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Too many projects at once

18 Aug

I need to focus and execute.  Ever have that problem?  I’m getting very close to my birthday which means I ought to be focusing on my resolution list of things to do before I’m 27.  Which I kind of am, but kind of not ….

I am sewing this duvet cover:

#13 – Jazz up the Master suite… on its way!

Also sewing this quilt (times 3) for my boy’s room:

#16 Grow grass in the backyard = not going to happen!  So I fixed up my boy’s room instead.  These quilts are a part of that, and a much-needed part I might add!

And I’m still knitting this.  Pattern here.

…Started a new knitted throw inspired by this one:

but wait – I haven’t finished this one and #4 on my list!!

  I started to re-finish my dining room table (which is on my list at #18) and I am really forced to finish that one quickly, seeing as it’s difficult to feed my family around our coffee table.  Really difficult.

So that’s basically what I’ve been up to.  School starts on Monday and now I’m busy with haircuts (mine too!  Hurray for #8 being checked off!), finishing up T-Ball, labeling school supplies and last-minute doctor appointments for shots.  Fun, but crazy.

Here’s my friend’s post that seems applicable.  It’s titled, “A Wind Storm?”  And like all of her posts, it is a must-read!

Cheers!

Bethany

Work-in-Progress: Granny-Square Blanket

29 Jul

I’ve been working on this since the spring.  I’ve been taking a summer hiatus from it so I can work on some sweaters (seen here), but seriously, who wants to crochet under a blanket during the summer?!  I far prefer to be working on hot sweaters.  jk.

The yarn is just good ‘ol Cotton-Ease and I’m making it throw blanket size for any and all couch snuggling this winter.

Unlike the awesome Babette (which I wrote about here) that features many sizes, I did all of them the same size in a more traditional, granny-square afghan fashion.  I like to think the colors and the style of the square keep it a bit more modern, you can be the judge of that though!

Here is the pattern I used for the squares, alternate colors however you’d like.

Foundation Ring: Ch 4 and join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2), [3 dc into ring, ch 2] 3 times, 2 dc into ring, join with sl st in 3rd of ch 5.

Round 2: Sl st into ch 2 space, ch 7 (counts as 1 dc, ch 4), * 2 dc into same ch 2 space, 1 dc into each dc across side of the square ** 2 dc into nest ch 2 space, ch 4; repeat from the * twice, and then from * to **.  1 dc into last ch 2 space, join with sl st to the 3rd of ch 7.  (the ch 4 makes the four corners)

Round 3: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc,  ch 4) *2 dc into same ch 4 space, 1 dc into each dc across side of square, ** 2 dc into next ch 4 space, ch 4; repeat from the * twice and from the * to ** again, 1 dc into last ch 4 space, join with sl st to 3rd of ch 7.

Round 4: Basically repeat round 3, but you will have more stitches along the side of the square to dc into.

You can do this pattern around and around to make as big of a square as you’d like!

If you’d like to crochet your squares together as you go (called join as you go), check this out.  I haven’t been doing this exactly, but I have been joining them as I go by slip stitching the squares together with the same yarn as the final row.  It’s worked pretty well for me, so I haven’t bothered to figure out this technique, but I bet it would be handy in doing hex-blankets or blankets with smaller squares!

Please share (and link!) your endless afghan projects!  Or you can check out the flickr group which has some gems on it!

Cheers!

baby shoes

7 Nov

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i discovered these shoes on ravelry and think they are adorable!  i’ve already made two pairs, and because they’re crochet they’re pretty quick to whip up once you figure the pattern out.  you can purchase the pattern here, and this seller also has some awesome little boy shoes as well.  i’m just waiting for someone to have a boy so i’ll have a good excuse to buy that pattern too!

purpose-lacking granny square

19 Sep

these weird granny squares are a lot of fun to make and try out, but what the heck am i supposed to do with just one?  i don’t want to make more… so, any suggestions?  throw it in the yarn bucket and re-use the yarn when i have the desire to try new pointless granny squares again? will do!  :)

finally finished!!

2 Sep

Well, I think I have been working on this for about 30 weeks.  My friend made a human in that amount of time, and I made a miniature babette blanket.  Hmm…  Ok, she wins.  But who cares!  I’m DONE!! 

Oh yeah!  I should also mention I have been working on this:

baby cuatro is coming this March.

my work-in-progress babette blanket

20 Mar

i’m making a baby-babette for a friend’s soon to arrive little one. i’m following the pattern, found here, for the particular granny square, but other than that i am just winging it. Interested in knowing more about the babette? check out my previous post which has some good links to check out.

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review of two crochet books

12 Jun

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i ordered these books a while back to learn how to crochet because i, “MUST MAKE A BABETTE BLANKET”

the first was, beginner’s guide to crochet, by pauline turner. as you can see, there are lots of great visuals to show you where to put and loop what, etc. I learned how to single, double, and half double crochet almost exclusively from this book. it teaches you how to read patterns, and includes a couple of projects, most of which leave much to be desired (see the inappropriately named, “cute camisole” below). a good book to learn crochet basics. don’t buy it for the project patterns included.

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the second book i purchased was, 200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws, and afghans, by jan eaton. this book included a number of patterns to make blankets out of mix and match crochet squares. none of them are nearly as cute as interweave’s “babette blanket,” but they may be a fun way to try out new squares, as this book is loaded with cute ones! i was able to successfully make one square without any color changes… sorry, i will not be photographing that ugly duckling! the pattern instructions seemed very clear, and i am a serious dummy when it comes to crocheting and following directions in general. I really liked this book, and highly recommend it!

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