September 2015 Yarnbox: Shiny!

Can you believe it the end of September? October is right around the corner! This only means one thing: the weather is perfect for crocheting. Haha, not that I wasn’t crocheting all summer long, but with bigger pieces, it can get hot. Hot and heavy. ….ah… I’m terrible.

Anyway, this month’s yarn is super pretty and different. Firstly, it’s in my favorite color (purple). Secondly, it’s not only soft, but also shiny. Lastly, it’s made from a material called tencel, which is fiber created from wood! Isn’t that neat?

This is from Teresa Ruch Designs in Oregon. Subscribers got two 312 yard skeins of 100% tencel yarn in DK weight. This would make a really nice shawl.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #189, 193, 197

It is September now, which only means one thing: craft show and Christmas crocheting has BEGUN! It’s not too early. I went to the store today and bought red, green, and white yarn. The cashier even commented about it. Luckily, I finished the CAL squares, so my full focus can be on those projects (not that my focus was ever really on this CAL 100%).

189. Willow: I’m only left with these really bright colors, but I think this works well.

193. Textured Stripes: A slight twist on the classic single crochet square. Not that bad. Again, the colors.

197. Fretwork: I really like this one. The bit of yellow really pops!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Baby Sweater!

One of my coworker’s has a granddaughter who just turned a year old. He asked me to make a little dress or something for her. I decided since the weather is going to cool down, a little sweater will be just fine.

It’s really cute. The pattern is from Simply Crochet by Robyn Chachula. This is a size 24 months. I’m afraid I don’t have a model for this sweater, but trust me, it drapes nicely.

The flower button that holds it together is really neat. I found it at a LYS a while back. Glad it has some use now!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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August 2015 Yarnbox

Welcome to September! I was a little busy at the end of August, so there’s a bit of delay with this box post. No worries, because here we are.

Moving into fall, I think this is the perfect colored yarn.

The yarn this month is from The Verdant Gryphon. They have a fantastic logo! I received two 412yd skeins of sport weight (it’s called Bugga yarn) in the color Saturday Night. It’s 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% mylon.

The featured designer this month for crochet is Katya Novikova. It’s pretty!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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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. ❤ 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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