Finished My Sweater!

Who says I can’t finish a CAL? I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. The pattern is from Simply Crochet by Robyn Chachula. It’s a book with 22 patterns from different designers. This pattern is called the “Spa Shawl Top” by Doris Chan. Doris Chan is well known for her big lace designs. This is no different.

It was a little bit difficult to understand the pattern at first. You really have to read it carefully, but, in the end, it was straight forward.

It’s an alternating pattern of shells and Vs with a solid waistband in the middle. Choosing the buttons was the best part. I picked these shell/fan patterned buttons, because they match the shell crochet pattern.

This is 80% wool and 20% silk. It’s really soft and light weight. The color is great. It’ll work in the fall too! This is Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag yarn from one of my Yarnboxes.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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70 Flowers

A while back I mentioned that I was going to make a flower afghan and that I’ve been wanting to make it for a couple of years now. I’m happy to report that stage 1 has been completed!

This is what 70 crocheted flowers look like:

DSCN0500These 70 flowers will eventually become 70 squares! Each of these flowers has taken me 15 minutes, so you can do the math on that one. I might have to keep this afghan, I’ve spent so much time on it. Although, if someone I know- really know, really love- is going to get married or something, this would make an excellent wedding gift.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #177, 181, 185

I’m happy to report that I’ve actually finished the last square of this CAL!  I am just a bit behind on the blogging part, but I do like to space out my posts. As long as I’ve completed them, I don’t mind having the post be a little slower.

Let’s begin!

177. Trio: Not bad. I’m not sure I would pick the white background again. It makes it seem dull.

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181. Begonia: Begonia, as I had to look up, is a type of flower. I suppose the middle part looks like a flower, but I like how colorful this square is.

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185. In the Pink: The book has this square going from a dark pink to a light pink color. I’m running low on colors, as mentioned before, so I made it random. You may notice that these colors are just like the colors from the previous square. I don’t think I’ll put them next to each on the blanket.

DSCN0497I have 6 more squares left to post. Isn’t that just exciting? Until next time, happy crocheting!

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We’re Getting Close! CAL #165, 169, and 173

This is becoming very exciting! I have such a huge drive to finish right now; no idea why, but after 3 years, this will finally be done (almost!). I just need to figure out how to organize all these squares to make more projects later. However, that is a problem for another day. Right now, I need to finish making all the squares first, which will hopefully be soon… unless I get side tracked by another project again.

165. Coffee & Cream: I tried to keep the brown and cream color going, hence the name of the square. As I’ve stated before, I’m running low on colors, so effort made. I do like this square.

169. Interlocking Stripes: This square is a dreaded single crochet nightmare. They always look nice at the end, but the carrying and picking up is not super fun when making it. I hope to never have to make a single crochet blanket.

173. Big Round: I really like this!

Now there’s only 9 squares left until the end.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #153, #157, #161

Yay yay yay! I’m making progress!

153. Candy Stripe Bobbles: I do love bobbles. This is like chili peppers, right?

157. Boxed Square: This is annoying. It’s also really tight. Not a huge fan of this one.

161. Daisy Chain: As you may be able to tell, I’m running out of yarn for this project, which is way the colors are exactly the same as the previous square. I do like this one.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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July 2015 Yarnbox

Yarnbox is having a KAL/CAL with their May and June yarn! Basically, you just make a sweater with the yarn. Yay! I will be participating! (I know, I don’t have the best track record with CALs, but I love trying.) I’ve decided to make this sweater with the yarn from June. :) Who’s excited?!

And speaking of Yarnbox, they did really well for their July box.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

CASHMERE. It’s cashmere yarn.

Pepperberry Knits made a Yarnbox exclusive yarn. 100% cashmere, sport weight, 200 yards each, 2 skeins. <3 It’s love.

There are also patterns for some shawls designed by Mary Beth Temple.

I’m so excited about this!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Yarn Winder

For my birthday, my sister gave me a yarn winder because I asked. I also got a waffle maker and that was awesome.

Anyway, I decided to test out the winder. This is what it looks like:

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It’s a standard yarn winder, I guess. I’m not too familiar with them as I’ve always done it by hand.

The thing is I don’t have a swift. So, I improvised. I tried some free hand weights, but that was good. They kept falling over. I had my boyfriend hold the yarn while I winded it, and it worked fine, but he’s not always around to help with that. Then I tried some chairs.

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The chair legs were maybe too long? It was okay. I’m debating if I should get a swifter. Anyone have experience with this kind of thing?

This is what the ball of yarn turned out to be:

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It’s okay? I mean, it’s usable and won’t get tangled anymore (hopefully).

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Getting Ready for Sweater Weather

A heat wave has been occurring lately. It is so hot. It’s terrible.

Yet, I still decided that it was a great time to make a sweater vest. It took me about a month to complete. My friend’s mother wanted one because she works in a cold room. It might be a little clumsy, but it is definitely warm! It’s 100% wool. I quickly wore it and took it off just for these pictures.

My favorite part is the ribbing on the sides, and it’s not your typical single crochet pattern either.

If you want to make this sweater, the pattern is free, and available here.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Other Crafts: Tie Dye!

Sometimes I venture out and do other things besides yarn things. Haha. Although, right now, it seems it’s still fabric related.

My boyfriend did some laundry and something bled, so this particular shirt became a slight pink color in some spots. It’s actually really hard to tell in the pictures. Anyway, he thought it would be best to tie dye it to fix the problem, so that’s what I spent this morning doing.

At first, I was just thinking a nice red dye color, but it is after Independence Day, so guess what? 70% off all red, white, and blue related items! To make it better, this kit was the first thing you see in the front of the store!

YES! It came with some star stencils, red and blue dye, and then this white glitter.

So, then I tried it.

I thought it might be fun to make a flag pattern. They did give me all the stuff for it. (The shirt looks totally white here, but it’s really slightly pink.) The stencils are stickers and you stick it to the shirt, and then spray the dye around it. This was the easy part. The stripes were more complicated.

I wanted to avoid dying the sloth and turtle in the middle, so I did my best to do a weird bunching of the fabric to avoid any problems. Afterwards, I strayed the red on. I used a lot of red. Most of the bottle is gone! (The kit says it makes up to 8 shirts! Am I doing it wrong?!)

When you’re doing this, you might end up thinking, “Did I just murder someone?” The red really gets everywhere. In fact, I thought it might have become a disaster, but then I removed the elastics.

The sloth took a little damage, but not too bad! A good way to spend my morning! :)

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June 2015 Yarnbox!

Before we begin, it was my birthday two days ago. I’m now 27. I almost forgot how old I was, and had to do the math out. It’s just that 27 doesn’t seem like a very significant number, such as 13, 18, 21, or 30. Even 25 was more interesting: a quarter of a century! For my birthday, my boyfriend and I traveled to Vermont, and it was most wonderful. That is why I’m only now writing about the Yarnbox, as it’s been a little busy.

Now, back to the yarn.

Yarnbox is a subscription box just for yarn that starts at $35.95/month depending on the plan you choose. This is the classic box with a preference on crocheting (sometimes that makes a difference).

This month is a nice change from the mostly neutral colored yarn I’ve been getting. It is from Mrs. Crosby, and it’s their “Carpet Bag” yarn. Haha, what a funny name. It’s DK weight 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk = SOFT. Subscribers got two skeins of 240 yards each in Sunset Regatta. The pattern provided this month is from Sara Peterson with a little shawl.

Not bad this month, Yarnbox. :)

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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