Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Many years ago, I finished a blanket that my grandmother had started before she passed away.

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You can read that story here.

Interestingly, a year or two ago (maybe more--the years kind of run together for me now), my mother-in-law gave me half of an afghan that my husband's grandmother had started before she had passed away.

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her half

So, eventually, I finished that one too.

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my half

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After all, why stop at one grandma blanket, when you can have two?

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crochet Pants--an adventure in quirky

So, basically since I married him, my husband has been asking me to make him a pair of crochet pants--because he's an eccentric kind of guy who thinks that crochet pants would be randomly, retro-ly, and in every other way, awesome. I've blown him off the whole time, but this year, I totally surprised him with his heart's desire. 

It was hands-down, the best moment of Christmas! 

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SO, you wanna know how I made these fine specimens of trousers? Well, okay then!

Here's my rough and tumble pattern:

Use Crochet Hook Size G

Make 64 Granny Squares consisting of five rounds

(The granny squares are made using groups of three dc)

Rnd 1&2, same color
Rnd 3: different color
Rnd 4: different color
Rnd 5: Black (or other constant color if chosen)--leave a tail for later whipstitching.

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When time to assemble, make three rows of three squares for calf area, then two rows of four squares for thigh area. Do this twice, once for each leg.

Whipstitch together seven squares in a circle (do this twice). Whipstitch one of these 7-square circles around top of two legs, whipstitching the leg holes to eachother where indicated.

Whipstitch the other 7-square circles to the top of the first 7-square circle.

For Casing and Drawstring:  Make a row of triple crochets around top of last 7-square circle. When complete, fold over and stitch to bottom of round 5s on each square (casing made).

Make a drawstring by chaining the appropriate amount (175 chains works well) and then slip stitching into each chain. thread drawstring through casing.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cloudy Day Ripple Throw

When it comes to crocheting, gloves are great, purses are fun (pics of those coming), but for me, there just really is nothing like working on, and then finishing an afghan.

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Introducing the Cloudy Day Ripple Throw, which I crocheted using a free pattern from Red Heart. It now belongs to a dear friend of mine, as she was in need of an afghan to keep up at her new cabin by the lake.

I'm quite pleased with the way it worked up. I'm actually not always all that keen on the look of ripple afghans, but I like how this pattern alternates the shell pattern stripes with the straight double crochet stripes to mix things up a bit.

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The blanket worked up quickly, and I enjoyed making it.

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In light of all that, I went ahead and listed it as a custom-order option in the etsy shop here.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

my go-to dishcloth pattern

Sometimes I like to get fancy with my dishcloths, but when I'm looking for basic, this is the pattern to which I turn.

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Crochet Hook Size G

Chain 21

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and all across. Ch 2, turn.
Row 2: Hdc in each hdc across.
Repeat Row 2 eleven times, until you have 13 rows total. Finish off.

Go around your square one or two times with sc, shooting for 18sc on each side, with 3 scs in each corner.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Works In Progress-March Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)

  • Deepen stock of Fingerless Gloves (5 of all listings), maybe make some in a soft wool.
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  • Stockings for Amanda, a few for the shop
  • Purses, other using up of scrap yarn 
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    Back Burner, but still on the stove

    • A few Nora sweaters for the shop
    • Repair Aunt Mary Beth's Rose afghan
    • Afghan with weston yarn
    • Slouchy/Beret winter hats for me (one in red/white, one in blue to match scarf)
    • Write down pattern for crochet pants, list both pattern and pants in etsy shop?
    • Make market bag--use up other plarn
    • iPad sleeves (3 different color schemes, then list as custom order)
    • sashay yarn projects (gifts)
    • Make 5 Baby Girl Dresses (or sweaters) for future gifts
    • make more slippers
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    • restock dishcloth sets, try a new pattern

    • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
    • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
    • Crochet legwarmers
    • Several camo hats to go with picture that Harmony took, list in shop.

    • Restock Chunky Beige Scarf
    • Restock Lacey Scarf

    • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
    • Work on (finish?) garden of pink baby blanket, write up pattern.
    • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
    • Dodger hat for Doug (?)
    • restock Newsboy Caps (?)
    • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there

    Someday, (I hope!)
    • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
    • Make/Design Beret
    • New Winter Cap for me, using that big button and 3 already made flowers.
    • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
    • Design/experiment with long stocking caps (Robert)
    • Make/Design Soap Socks for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other.
    • Re-learn to tat.
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    • Make/Design leg warmers for H and other girls?
    • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
    • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)
    • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Blazing Needles Indeed

    So, awhile back, my mom was hanging around Salt Lake City, and she decided to go check out one of the places she and my dad lived when they were poor students at the University of Utah.

    As she roamed around 1100 East and Harrison Ave, what should she spy but an exemplary specimen of Yarn Bombing!

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    Knowing that I'd be tickled pink, and being an awesome mom, she shot some pictures for my (and now your) enjoyment. What a treat!

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    Thank you, Blazing Needles, for adding a little bit of quirky to my day!

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