Red Heart “Scrubby” Yarn

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Has anyone else tried out this yarn yet? I have been making face and dish scrubs for a long time. Normally I just use leftover scrap yarn –cotton for face and acrylic for dish–but this scrubby yarn caught my eye as I was minding my own business strolling through the yarn aisle today. It’s 100% polyester and while not super soft, not super abrasive either.
I just took the last 10 minutes or so to whip up a little circular scrub (really simple 2 ply by dc 10 in a circle, build out 2 rows, and then use decrease stitches to build back in), and I think I rather like it! Not sure if I will use it as a face scrub in the shower or a dish scrub.  There’s plenty of yarn left in the skein to make several more, so maybe I’ll test it out for both! I’ll let you know what I think after 🙂

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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″

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!

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

Solution to the “Now What?!” Post

So I will admit that I tried cream and I tried white (as was suggested in one of my crochet groups), but neither looked quite right.
I headed to the store and after about 30 minutes in the yarn aisles, these were the colors that I settled on. When I bought them, I wasn’t sure if I would use one color or both, but in the end this is what I settled on.
It’s growing on me and I think that it will be a hit!

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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

 

“Finger Knitting” to a Granny Shawl

School started again this year for us here in North Carolina. We welcomed a new group of nervous and excited 1st graders 2 weeks ago. The school where I work is a nature based school and we integrate so much more into our days! One of the new skills that many children enjoy learning is “finger knitting” (which is actually just crocheting without a hook). It’s such wonderful fine motor work and the kids are so excited when they create necklaces and bracelets. My daughter is a 2nd grader at the school and has been enjoying this activity for a while now.
The other night, she asked to learn how to crochet with a hook! It probably wasn’t a great idea to start right before bedtime, but I managed to patiently teach her to do a few chain stitches with guidance. Before I knew it, she was stitching along on her own. Since Friday night she has chained several long strands and has fastened them to doors and chairs and across rooms. It’s like a limbo arena in our house right now, but for the love of crochet, I am allowing it 🙂

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This strand goes from the stairs to the front door 🙂
As for me, I’m still creating as well. This was a custom order for one of our new students. I just love the colors!

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I used I Love This Yarn in “Secrets” for the main body of this shawl and “Razzleberry Sparkle” for the trim.

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