Keepsake Baby Afghan

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One of those projects that I started (about a year ago!), ran out of yarn, tucked away and forgot about, recently found, purchased more yarn, and FINALLY FINISHED!

Yarn: I Love This Yarn – turquoise
Hook: 5.00mm
Pattern : “Sweet Memento” Keepsake Baby Afghan by Leisure Arts
**adjusted slightly as I only did 59 of the 77 rows that were in the pattern.
Finished size: approximately 39″x39″

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Graph to Greek Key!

So you know how we want for our children to intrinsically value themselves and be excited about learning? Well, I am so excited about my learning and can’t wait to share it with you!
I have forever been looking up Greek key patterns for crochet on Pinterest, but have consistently put them on the back burner because I am not a fan of all the color change that would be necessary (sidebar: this is also the only reason I haven’t attempted a “grafghan” yet).
Then I found a picture on Pinterest of a tunic that was made up of strips of Greek key connected. The best part was that there was no color change, just “blank” and “solid” spaces! This I could do! Bad news. No pattern. The link had been blocked as spam 😦 I started looking up Greek key crochet graphs and found a link to this little gem.

Despite being in a different language, I was able to do this :

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From there, I began to draw the key “pattern” on graph paper in multiples

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I applied what I learned in the video about the stitches used for “blanks” and “spaces” and began crocheting using my drawn pattern. As I finished a row by using the visual graph, I wrote down what I did (in a very rough/not suitable for sharing “pattern” that at least I was hoping to be able to understand for the next strip).
Here is my first finished panel!

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I am so excited and hope to finish a couple more panels this weekend!
Stay tuned… I may be able to create something resembling a tunic eventually 😉 Wish me luck!

Altering a Pattern

Does anyone else do this? I bought that “Wrapped in Warmth” pattern from ELK Studio and I absolutely love it! In the short time since I’ve purchased the pattern, I have made 2 shawls with it.
I decided (kind of last minute) to make a shawl for a friend that was having surgery tomorrow and decided to use the pattern again. As I was making it, I thought that it might be quicker and use less yarn if I omitted the repeating 3 solid dc rows. It was! I also omitted the last 3 rows of edging, but still love the finished look. What do you think?
I used a 5.5mm hook and 2 1/2 skeins of “I Love This Yarn – COLORS” in Morningstar. I bet if I had used a solid color, I probably could have finished the shawl with only 2 skeins as they seem to be bigger, but I really liked this yarn…or rather I loved it!
What do you all think about my changes?

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Wrapped in Warmth

I don’t often buy patterns, but when I saw this, I knew that it was one that I would use over and over. And I have! I am now making my 3rd shawl with this pattern and altering it a bit so that it will use less yarn. I will post pictures of that one soon (I hope). This was the first “Wrapped in Warmth” shawl by ELK Studio (found on ravelry) that I made. I used Isaac Mizrahi yarn and a 5mm hook.
These are pictures done by my  photographer friend. Just goes to show how important a good picture is to marketing your items! Thank you Christina from http://www.beeskneesphotographync.com for the wonderful photos! Please go check out her beautiful nature photography as well.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/239568980/golden-threads-crochet-bridal-shawl

Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.

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You can find the real pattern here

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dishcloths-bouquet

Hope you enjoy!

Maria

 

Cancer Awareness Afghan

Toward the end of this past school year, my friend posted one of the most heartbreaking status updates that I have read to date. Her son (my son’s very first friend that he met when he was almost 8 months old), had just been diagnosed with cancer.
They began a fb page called “Prayers for Elijah” to share his story and his journey while building a community of people who are willing to send positive energy and prayers his way. Please look it up to follow along with his story.
During this time, I found a free pattern for a “Cancer Ribbon Afghan”. I used the basic block pattern which can be found here http://www.crochetcabana.com/chatity/charity-patterns.htm
However, I chose to join my squares using the zigzag stitch (my preferred method when making granny square blankets as well) and then I added a “granny” border.

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Here you can see a close up of the zigzag connecting stitch as well as the beginning of the border. I used yellow and white. Yellow is for sarcoma which is the type of cancer that Elijah has.
And here is the finished afghan…made with love and prayers for complete healing for Elijah.

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Cupcake With Pin Sprinkles Please!

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Okay, I have to start by saying that I am forever in awe of some of the super creative and wonderful ideas that I find on WordPress. Today, I am especially thankful for one that I found last night on “The Whole Knit & Caboodle” ( here’s the link to the post http://thewholeknitandcaboodle.com/2013/05/22/free-cupcake-pin-cushion-pattern/).

While the pattern was super easy to follow, I must admit that I was watching “Hell’s Kitchen” last night while making this and it’s possible that I miscounted rows 🙂 Therefore, my cupcake seems to have turned out a little larger than it was supposed to, but I think that’s ok. Either way, it does the job and I absolutely love my new pin cushion. No more sticking pins in the ironing board cover or piling them on the desk while sewing 🙂 No excuses!