8.19.2014

It’s A Daisy Day

I had been experimenting with acrylic yarns, and in the process found a series of cute crochet patterns. One thing lead to another and I started an afghan. I’m hoping to get it done for my Nieces Birthday! So everyday is a Daisy Day at our house!

What is so nice about Granny Squares? Portability, stash busting, quick to make. Downside? # that I need to make a blanket, *grin*!

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I started reading crochet blogs, and found some cute patterns, well a lot of cute patterns. This pattern is from: Mad Blanketer and is called the Bobbly Flower Hexagon (pattern link). I also found a similar one at Attic 24 (who has all kinds of crochet goodness on her blog)

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Solids, Love this! I now see why people rave about this! I wouldn’t make a sweater out of it, but love it to crochet with. I also made some placemats out of it to begin with, and I did knit those, I have washed them and dried in the dryer many times, and they look as nice as the day I finished them. I was surprised to not have any pilling.

Placemats, knitted in seed stitch with Caron simply soft yarn

I’ll add some crochet blog links that I have been reading, I might be a convert! Lots of creativity below, Enjoy!

Attic24
A Creative Being
Bunny Mummy
Cherry Heart
Fox’s Lane
Dada’s Place

5.19.2014

I Love Mices to Pieces

I was reading some blogs and saw the cutest crochet owls on Karen Makes Stuff (who is a prolific creator, check her out, you want to make it, she probably already has and can show you how), of course she has just made them up without a pattern. Super Cute! They would be perfect for my niece, which I was looking for a little something to gift her to cheer her up. And then they show up in the mail! Thanks Karen, you are so sweet! Check out how small they are, love the colors!

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Along the way I found crochet mice patterns, which I had no intention of making, but they caught my eye, from The Green Dragonfly, she had a through tutorial, which was very easy to follow. Well they were somewhat addicting to make, LOL (look through her free crochet patterns! I’ve already found a few I’d like to try)

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Who us??                                                                      …..and then she said…..

 

While the owl and mouse have a relationship to each other, maybe not ideal, well for the mouse.

Below is a wooden stamp available from Workshoppe see link!

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More creating soon….

Happy Knitting

5.14.2014

The Crazy Hair

My husband has what we refer to as “the crazy hair”, he has cowl licks and loves to wear hats. Add those together and unless he has just gotten his hair cut, he is usually sporting “the crazy hair”. His hair likes to stick straight up, but also pushes together in a Mohawk like ridge. I don’t know how it happens, but am thankful he loves hats, and will wear them 3 out of the 4 seasons. In fact I just finished a hat for him, in 100% wool, and in Southern Indiana it is in the 80’s now, he came home from Starbucks with it on. Well I can’t complain of a husband that will wear my hand knits!

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I picked out this pattern The Modern Rib Hat by Susan B Anderson, but had decided to style it into a slouchy hat. The pattern is free on Ravelry and written well and super easy to follow. It has 6 sizes, from baby and toddler up to an adult size. This is great, a size for everyone. Style it from the tradition rib, or cap size to fold up brim or a slouchy hat. I will be making more of these. Any size, any look and easy, well written, and free, well it doesn’t get better than that! Thank you Susan! Susan also blogs here, check her out for some inspiration.

So Steve is all set he can look a little slouchy cool, or go all Jacques Cousteau, for those of you who didn’t follow his exploits, see more about the famous diver/explorer, “father of scuba diving”.

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Yarn:
Lion Brand Fisherman's 100% Wool yarn-Worsted Weight: Afghan, Aran Yarn, 8 oz. (227 g), 465 yds. (425 m), 100% pure virgin wool,  Gauge: knit 16 stiches x 22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) on size 9 (5.5mm) needles.

Product Care Instructions: Items made from this yarn may be laundered through the use of water, detergent or soap and gentle hand manipulation. No bleach product may be used. A machine dryer may not be used. Lay out horizontally for drying.

While this yarn is a bit scratchy, I still keep buying it. I can buy it at JoAnn's’ which is close to me, I love the natural colors, and the cost is great, especially when using a coupon! Listed price is $12.99 for 4 oz., but I never buy it without one of those wonderful JoAnn’s 40% off coupons. I’ve tried other wool yarns there, I also like  Patons Classic Wool Yarn, at list price of $6.99 for 240 yds.,  it is a softer yarn and described as merino, but have always gone back to this one. I’m not sure if I’ll buy anymore of this yarn, I think for the quality and price I’ll switch to Patons Classic Wool, or travel to my LYS.

I’ve noticed lately that the yarns in JoAnn's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby etc.… are going up in price, It makes me get back in my car and travel to a local yarn store to pick out something,

I think this yarn softens up after washing and although it is described as worsted weight, I would say it is closer to DK weight. I believe this yarn used to be manufactured in the US but it now has a brown wrapper on it, no just saw it today and it has a wrapper similar to the original one, but still says made in China.

Lion Brand does make some of its yarns in the USA, (see list here if your interested) The wool yarns made in the “US are LB Collection Pure Wool, and Martha Stewart Merino, and Martha Stewart Roving. I have not seen these anywhere. I passed through JoAnn's and they had all of these out, I looked at them, and there was an increased range in colors of the Patons Classic Wool also. They are also online to purchase. It seems they are pricing these yarns at a higher price point.

Well this turned into more of a yarn rant than  I had planned on. If you don’t know where a local yarn store is near you, take a look at the yarn store locator here. Yarn store GPS app (IOS), yarn store GPS app (Android). Go visit one, they usually have a wonderful staff who can advise you on yarns and patterns, and I usually find some knitting friends there.

Happy Knitting!