Summer projects

It’s been a busy, productive summer!  I made a baby blanket for a new niece.  My sister-in-law listed colors that she liked and I just happened to have them all in my stash.  I think the colors look nice together.

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In between projects, I made several dozens of snowflakes to restock my stash for the coming Christmas.

Then my single sister-in-law announced that she was engaged!  I decided to make a St. George temple cross-stitch for her as a gift.  The original pattern had blues for the windows and architectural details.  Since she mentioned liking the color lavender, I decided to use shades of purple instead of blue.  It turned out nice, if you like the color purple.  I hope she does!  DSCF0258

Next, I’m working on another custom Christmas stocking for a client of mine.  She has one made for each grandchild and she just announced the birth of grandchild #4.  Then onto 2 blankets a friend asked for.  Life is good when you can crochet.  :)

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It is finally done!

After almost 10 months of starting, stopping, and starting again, the stocking for my son is finally finished!  I’m so happy to have it ready for next Christmas.  In the meantime, the crochet to-do list has been getting long again…  I have 2 nieces due this summer, my Christmas snowflakes stash has dwindled, and a friend has requested 2 more afghans.  Looking forward to getting back in to my favorite hobby and having a break from cross-stitch.  :)

Ryan stocking

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Project Memories

About 15 years ago, I had a dear friend and next door neighbor and I wanted to make something special for her.  She loves all things Christmas and I found a beautiful pattern of a Christmas wreath afghan.  I was just starting to really enjoy crochet at the time and felt I was up to the project.  It was one of my first multi-piece projects and I was still learning how to weave in  and secure loose ends.  Fast forward to a few months ago and this same friend was on FB talking about her Christmas decorations–I remembered the afghan and realized I didn’t have a picture of it, so I asked her to post a picture of the afghan.  She  did so and I was so happy to see that she still enjoyed the afghan, but was dismayed to see some of the pieces coming apart.  Not wanting the afghan to further unravel, I asked my dear friend to send it to me for repairs.  The before pictures:

What a trip down memory lane, to have this afghan in my hands again!  Upon close inspection, I could see the main problem was my slipknots in the center of the circle pieces–the ends had not been secured well and they had slowly loosened and come out.  Thankfully, I was able to salvage the existing yarn and secured the slip knots with a tight knot and a better weaving of the loose ends.  After fixing the unraveled ones, I went and checked the remainder of the slipknots and finding nearly all of them about to come apart as well, I fixed them too.  I hope the results of my repairs will last many more years and bring much more enjoyment to my dear friend.   Below is pictures of the afghan, all fixed and ready to return.

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Mermaid Blanket

My sister sent me an email saying, “I found what you want to make for me!” and in it was a link to a mermaid blanket pattern.🙂 Seeing that her birthday was coming up, I decided I’d do it for her. So I pulled out a bunch of scrap yarn and went to work. I think it turned out well and she loves it.

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Simple Slouch hat

So much for cross-stitch…  My mom emailed me a hat pattern and asked that I make her one.  It was a quick, easy project–and it turned out nicely!  Thank you to my daughter for modeling. 🙂

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I’ve been busy working on another cross-stitch stocking for one of my kids–it’s a several month process.  However, in October, my sister-in-law requested a Christmas gift of an afghan, so the stocking was set aside for a short time.  She sent me a link to a pattern of a Neutral Chevron Afghan and asked that I make it a larger size–it ended up 5’X6′.  I raided my yarn stash for about half of the yarn and the rest I bought.  Here’s the result:

Then my son informed me he couldn’t find his mittens and the temperature has dropped significantly here in WA.  So I asked him what colors he wanted his mittens to be and he said “red, orange, and yellow striped”.  :)  Once again, I had all the yarn in my stash.  I think they turned out cute.  And they were a perfect present for Christmas!  He loved them. 🙂

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Now, hopefully I can get back to my cross-stitch project…


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Razzamatazz Pillow

I got into a pillow mode with the baby gifts I made earlier and found this cool pattern on Pinterest.  I loved the chevron flower look and I had fun with the colors.  It was a vintage pattern and only told me to use a certain vintage yarn, not listing the type, so I made a guess and used worsted weight.  Within a few rows, I could tell it was going to turn out much bigger than the pattern said (14.5″)…it turned out 19″ wide and 9″ high!  For future pillows, it would probably be better to use sport or baby weight yarn.  My kids love it!


It was my first time making crocheted-covered buttons, which was actually pretty simple.  It was also a challenge to put on the buttons, as the pillow was too thick for a regular needle–so I used my tatting needle, which worked perfect.  :)  As you can see, though, I didn’t do too well centering the button on the orange flower side…  It gives it character, right?  This would be really pretty with Christmas colors too.

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I have 3 nieces & 1 nephew due to arrive this summer.  I’ve been busy making gifts for the little bundles of joy.

I was given a choice of what to make for this little niece.  I chose a soft, snuggly afghan. 🙂DSCN2898

My sister-in-law suggested that I make something to decorate the newly redecorated bedroom for her girls.  I thought these pillows would add a nice bright touch.WP_20150530_004

And finally, my brother is having TWINS–a boy and a girl.  My sister-in-law requested coordinating bow ties & headbands for the babies.  I enjoyed making the little flowers and bow ties.

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Scrap Quilt

This project has been in the works for several months, as I had many different things come up during the process.  I wanted to use up a bunch of scrap yarn and saw this pattern on Pinterest.  I loved how it looked like a quilt–someday I’d love to learn how to do the real thing.  A crocheted quilt is the next best thing.🙂

The pattern wasn’t specific in how big to make the individual strips and I had to make a guess on how big they should be.  Now that it’s all done, I can see how I would do it differently.  The different strips don’t weave together very tightly, so there are large “holes” within the blocks when the blanket is being used–my feet go right in between the strips.  I think I would make the strips shorter and that, in turn, would make them tighter weaved.  It did turn out pretty though. 🙂


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Towel Holders

My sister called me and asked me to make her crocheted-topped towels.  She was tired of her towels falling off her oven handles and wanted them to attach.  I looked on Pinterest for patterns and instead found crocheted towel holders.  I liked this idea, because you would only need one or two and then change out the towels when they needed to be washed.  My sister agreed and I whipped a couple up for her.  I found a couple of large buttons in my stash and, ta-dah!  They were quick and easy to make and my sister loves them.🙂


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