I Spy… New Yarn!

Don’t let my absence fool you. I’ve still been acquiring yarn and creating. I’m just finished an afghan I started on last September. It’s the first afghan I’ve made using blocks. I found this pattern for my project. And I used these directions to join my blocks.

In progression.

In progression.

I apologize, the lighting wasn’t the best when I took the pictures. I used Red Heart Soft Navy, Red Heart Aran, Red Heart Pumpkin and Red Heart with Love Pewter. It took about one Super Saver skein each of Pewter, Pumpkin and Soft Navy, and probably two skeins of the Aran. I used recycled Aran yarn, so I’m not sure on the amount. I ended up with a few extra blocks after joining them all together. As with most of my projects I tend to fly by the seat of my pants and don’t follow directions. In hindsight, I would have made it 7×9 blocks instead of 6×11.

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Here’s the finished project! I’m really happy with how it turned out. I have a few extra squares left over.

I’m thinking about making another like this with different colors and smaller.

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Do you think this afghan would look great on one of theses sofas?!

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This post was short, but sweet. Until next time! Save a life… send yarn!

Frozen Tundra a.k.a. Polar Vortex

…or is “Polar Vortex” a 2014 term?

I don’t know where you are at in the world right now, but if you are in the U.S. there’s a good chance you’re trying to keep warm this week. I have a love/hate relationship with cold weather. I only love it if I don’t have to leave the house. So, most of the time I have a strong dislike for the bitter cold temps. This is a picture of a Kansas sunrise I took last week.

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Now… back to YARN! I really wanted to post a new blog every two weeks. But, my two week goal has turned to four weeks. Goodness! Where does time go! I haven’t even been able to crochet as much the last few weeks. I am still working on the mint green and white baby afghan (in my last post). I made a lot of progress on it, but I was getting tired of looking at it. So, I put it aside for now to work on a navy and mint green baby afghan, it’s coming along nicely.

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I’m working on writing a pattern for this. It’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. Or… maybe it’s just me making it harder than what it really is! Either way, I will post it when I have it written.

With the cold temperatures my mind thinks of those who don’t have heat, a warm bed or a home. I really think that yarn can warm the soul. If you love to crochet (or knit or quilt or whatever) just for the fun of it, please consider donating a blanket or afghan that you have made to a local charity. Maybe you personally know a family that could use one. If you don’t, I’ve posted a link below of a list of places to donate to. (Not all of them on the list are for afghan donations.) And if you are an animal lover, consider making something for animals at your local humane society.

http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2011/09/25-charities-that-accept-crochet-donations/

And last, but not least… my latest yarn purchases!

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Finish one, start two more…

I wrote in a previous post about starting the year finishing up several projects before starting any new projects. Ask me how that’s going??? Well, I did finish one project that I started a while back.

Finished afghan!

Finished afghan!

Finished afghan!

Finished afghan!

But, since then I’ve completed three new projects and started two more. Here is the link for the Brain Wave Beanies. I made two last week!

Three beanies I finished last week! Find link for Brain Wave beanie in body copy.

Three beanies I finished last week! Find link for Brain Wave beanie in body copy.

The start of my washcloth.

The start of my washcloth.

I’ve been wanting to crochet some washcloths for a while now. At one time I bought a pattern book and several balls of cotton yarn to make them with. I’ve yet to make a one! However, over the weekend I was moving some stuff around. I had a small tote bag with the pattern book and cotton yarn sitting in the corner. I picked it up and thought “oh, I could just whip one of these out real quick!”. I flipped through the pattern book to find something I liked. I started reading the pattern and realized it was for size 10 cotton thread instead of the larger cotton yarn. I was excited! (Doesn’t take much to excite me, does it?) I was excited because I have tons of the crochet thread sitting around! I’ve made a couple of doilies in the past, but I really haven’t had the interest in making more. I inherited quite a bit of crochet thread from my great-grandma, who tatted and grandma who crocheted doilies. Plus, I’ve bought some over the years. The only downside to all of this is what I thought was going to be a simple and fast project is now taking longer to complete. Smaller thread equals more time. I am pleased with how it’s turning out though. And I really like the thread for a washcloth instead of the cotton yarn.

My other project is a baby afghan. I bought some yarn on clearance a few years ago with the intent to make a baby afghan. Well, I did start on it, but it didn’t go well. It wasn’t ‘regular’ yarn. It was hard to see my stitches. So I just wrapped it up and put it away. I finally thought of a way I could use it. I’m combining some regular yarn with it in the pattern. I think it’s turning out quite well!

Start of the baby afghan.

Start of the baby afghan.

Close up of baby afghan.

Close up of baby afghan.

Can you help?

Warm Up America! needs 150 child-size afghans (at least 54″ x 42″) for Morehead State University’s Build-A-Bed campaign. This organization builds beds for children in need in Eastern Kentucky. Warm Up America! provides the blankets for this event and we need your help to fulfill this need. Please send the finished afghans to the WUA! home office before April 1, 2015. Thank you for your support and spread the word!

Warm Up America!bed
℅ Build-A-Bed
3740 N. Josey Lane
Suite 102
Carrollton, TX 75007

Wake Up America Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WarmUpAmerica

Wake Up America website: http://www.warmupamerica.org/

Whew!

Is it just me or is 2015 racing out of the gates?! I had two really good blog posts in my head ready to write after the first of January. For the life of me, I can’t remember what one of them was. The following is the other…

I had a great time off from work December 31st through January 4th! I had grand plans to clean and work on some crochet projects. Ask me how those went? I guess you could say I accomplished a little of both, but not what I originally had in mind. Before Thanksgiving and Christmas I worked really hard to clean out clutter and just clean in general. Some might consider me a bit of a hoarder. But, nonetheless I was ready to part with “stuff”. While in my cleaning and de-cluttering, I boxed up old t-shirts. My plan for these shirts was to make t-shirt “yarn”. As I was cleaning the boxes of shirts ended up back in my closet. But, they had been labeled, that’s progress, right?! So, come January 1, I took out a box of shirts, gathered my materials and got to work! I first searched my Pinterest boards and looked through the tutorials I pinned for this project.

Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

This is the one I settled on and got busy! I will tell you, it was easy and simple enough, but VERY time consuming. I wasn’t in a hurry and I took my time. I watched movies and took breaks. After all, I was on vacation. I spent four days cutting up shirts. The first and second day I spent about 7-8 hours cutting, pulling and winding up balls of yarn. The third day wasn’t as long, probably 5 or 6 hours.20150104_182029 The last day I only cut for an hour or two. I still have about 8 shirts to cut up. After my four days of work I ended up with 29 balls of t-shirt yarn!

20150102_141426All in all, I was pretty proud of what I accomplished! Now, to decide what I want to crochet with it!

Also, this post wouldn’t be complete without my last yarn purchase…

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Yarn purchase 1/4/2015

I made a quick run to Walmart to pick up a couple skeins to finish out my current project. I talked in my previous post about finishing up projects I started. This is what I’m working on right now. It’s an afghan/throw for a baby/toddler or couch. (I apologize for for the terrible lighting.) The dark gray skein I picked up for another project in progress, but realized it was the wrong shade of gray. I’ll find another project for it. This yarn addict doesn’t return yarn! 😉

Current project

Current project

Winding down and Starting Fresh

Twenty-fourteen is almost gone. I don’t know about you, but as the years pass it seems like it is less and less a momentous occasion. I quit making New Year’s resolutions several years ago. But, I still feel the new year is a great time for a fresh start! I’m sure I’m like many of you. Over the years I’ve made resolutions to lose weight, go to the gym, be healthy, start or quit a habit, etc. only to let the resolution fade in January, or only follow through part of the year. At one point I even said I was making new year’s ‘goals’ instead of resolutions just because it sounded better to me and wasn’t such a let down when I stopped.

I’m notorious for not finishing projects. Currently I have at least 6 or 7 crochet projects I’ve started and not finished. I love the excitement of a new project, the challenge of a new pattern and new color combinations! I’m sure this is why I start projects and fail to finish them. Every once in a while I go through a ‘finishing’ phase. I just pick up a project I’ve already started, finish it and move on to the next project in progress. I always feel so accomplished when I do this!

In the following weeks I plan to finish up most of the projects in progress. I’ll try to post them here as I finish them. This year I would also like to begin regularly list items on http://www.etsy.com, organize my yarn stash and grow this blog. I truly appreciate any shares to help me grow!

12/27/14 Purchase!

12/27/14 Purchase!

This post wouldn’t be complete without sharing my latest purchase this past weekend. More YARN!!! Who can pass up a good sale?! At Jo-Ann’s it was 25% off and then I had a coupon for an additional 15% off! WOOT WOOT!

Also, as promised… Here is the pattern I have used for many infinity scarves. It’s quick and easy!

Lacy Scallop Infinity Scarf

Lacy Scallop Infinity Scarf (Right)

Lacy Scallop Infinity Scarf (Right)

Pattern adapted from this book.

Hook: Size H/8

No Gauge

(Multiple of 6 ch plus 4)

Adult: Ch 268 (5 rows) approx. 70” diameter

Junior: Ch 220 (4 rows) approx. 60” diameter

Child: Ch 184 (3 rows) approx. 50” diameter (size pictured)

Row 1: *sk 5 ch, (2dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in next ch*, sk 3 ch, 1 dc in last ch, ch 3 turn

Row 2: *(2 dc, ch3, 2 dc) in 3-ch sp*, 1 dc in top of turning ch, ch 3 turn Rep from Row 2

Finish: Use large needle to stitch ends together.

Hookin’ for the Holidays!

This year I feel like one of Santa’s elves. About a week ago I posted some infinity scarves on Facebook. Several of them found new homes. Next thing I knew, I had several orders for one hot little number. Just a couple of weeks before Christmas every spare minute has been spent crocheting.

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Several of the scarves I had made.

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The one on the right is the ‘hot little number’.

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Red Heart’s Blacklight Yarn

I used Red Heart’s Blacklight yarn. It seems to be pretty popular right now! By the end of the day I had orders for two adult, four child and one junior size infinity scarves with the Blacklight yarn for Christmas. As well as, three others. I made a trip to Walmart and Michael’s over the weekend to stock up!

Here is a pattern like what I used for the chain scarf. And I will post my pattern for the other later. I hope you’ve enjoyed my first post!