Sunburst

I decided to ‘frog’ my Pentagon Afghan for the time being and rolled up all of that yarn back into balls for later use.  It wasn’t going so well and the errors in it were bothersome.

I love various granny square blankets with pops of color and found another pattern on Ravelry.com named Sunburst Granny Square Blanket Tutorial.  These are so cute and quick to make.

As you can see from this photo of my first square I’ve chosen a light color named Aran, Gold for my main “petals” of flowers or “rays” of sun and Pewter as the base color.  You can certainly make it very colorful by using various colors.  I was able to make 5 yesterday and when completing the last round in the Pewter color I used the ‘join-as-you-go’ method of attaching the squares to each other.

This was the first time I’ve used that joining method and I absolutely love it!!  I also took care of all of my yarn ends before I even joined these squares together so that makes this project more bearable, in my opinion.  🙂

My goal, initially starting this project, is to make an afghan with these three colors.  After measuring each square and then measuring them together as they are joined I approximate that I will need at least 8 squares across in width and 14 rows down in length to have it be a nice size afghan to snuggle under.  Creating these squares actually goes quickly and now that I’m getting the hang of joining them together as I crochet the final round, and that will improve, I may be able to get this afghan together quickly.

And with ‘Stella’ on her way to the Mid Atlantic on Tuesday I think I will have at least two days of crocheting this week!!!

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If you want to join along and crochet this pattern, you can find it on Ravelry.com or at this link to the website where the instructions are given in further detail:

 http://nittybits.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/sunburst-granny-square-blanket-tutorial.html

Happy Crocheting!!!

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Create my Own or Follow Along?

Crochet Alongs (CAL) and Knit Alongs (KAL) are all the rage these days (along with all those ‘Temperature Blankets’ which seems like everyone is doing!).  With the world wide web and the ability to reach people everywhere, the connections to others with the same interests as you have become so easy.

Since I learned to crochet and knit I’ve become more aware of everything that is to be found on the web.  So many patterns (FREE!) and groups of people who have the same interests have drawn me to various sites with great enthusiasm.

Although my intentions were well meaning last year I just couldn’t keep up with two afghan CALs which I found online.  I even began one of them and started making some of the pieces for the afghan but it wasn’t long before life just took over and I stopped following along (I have those crocheted pieces somewhere among my yarn items!).  This month I’ve found a few which interest me and one that will begin next month which I would like to create.  I’m not buying any yarn for the project; just using what I have hidden in my rather large stash.  I don’t know how well I will be able to keep up with this project because it is making squares which must be joined together at the end.  I’m finding that doesn’t work so well for me.  I began making large granny squares a few years ago and still haven’t completed them for the afghan which I wanted to create.  Putting together granny squares for an afghan just seems overwhelming for me.  I love those crocheted and knitted one piece seamless projects which can be used once I get them off the hooks and needles.  Do you find that you enjoy those as well?

I started to think about creating my own ‘Chaotic Crochet Along’ for others to follow here on my site.  I want to do something different then what most others are doing.  Something easy and not too overwhelming but fun!  I recently started a Pentagon-shaped throw which is fun.  It is one piece which means that when it is completed I can use it immediately!  If I was a full time stay at home woman I probably would get those granny square projects completed but that isn’t the case for me.  I work full time (in a city 35 miles from home) and only get to enjoy my knitting and crocheting in the evenings/weekends and days off work.

Crochet certainly uses up more yarn than knitting does so it is a great stash-buster for you.  Would you enjoy something like that?  I know that so many other websites and groups have CALs and KALs so it’s a tough market to get into these days! (lol)

Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping in and reading my rants!

A Cool Knitted/Crocheted-Creation Idea

I recently read this on the LionBrand website about a Temperature Blanket.

The idea is not new to me; I’ve read about this concept before, regarding a scarf, and I know someone who is currently making a blanket using the concept too.

I really think that it is a cool idea for a blanket and I just created a temperature chart which I could use for where I live in Pennsylvania:

<0*

1*-32*

33*-50*

51*-74*

75*-85*

86*-99*

100*+

Too bad I didn’t start this project on January 1st because due to the varied weather we’ve been having this calendar-year I’d have quite a colorful blanket.  Our temperatures have been on a crazy roller coaster and our summer is extremely hot and humid which is quite unusual for our area (I think this Winter may be very cold and snowy too).  There is no set time to begin such a project so I may begin it on the first day of Winter 2016 (December 21) and continue until the final day of Autumn 2017 (December 20) so that I create a seasonal-year blanket versus documenting a calendar-year.  And even if I am unable to knit/crochet each day I would document the temperatures which we have at our home (either choose the high or low for each day or choose to put colors in for both the high and low for that day; I would choose one of those to keep consistent throughout the project) and then I could add to the blanket when I have time.

As I ponder this idea and try to determine the colors to use I think I will choose much of what is found in a rainbow.

Here are my current choices on colors-

<0* [gray]

1*-32* [purple]

33*-50* [blue]

51*-74* [green]

75*-85* [yellow]

86*-99* [orange]

100*+ [red]

I can’t guarantee that I will even get to begin this project any time soon but a girl can daydream; can’t she??

 What are your ideas?

My Hook and Needle Story

My Mother was a creator and lover of all things pertaining to sewing and needle crafts; especially creating clothing for herself and her family and crocheting many blankets/afghans.  For as far back as I can remember, in my childhood home, there were crochet hooks, yarn, lots of material, notions and other odds and ends which she salvaged (she always kept buttons and zippers from everything and salvaged other material items to become something else.  “Use it up.”).  It was a very passionate hobby for my Mother.

As a child, I enjoyed playing outside and being with friends (no computers or electronics).  I did not have much interest in sewing, crochet or other needle crafts, although I had learned to sew, cross-stitch and latch hook at some point in my youth.  I never picked up those gorgeous colorful crochet hooks which my Mother used like magic wands.  I often watched her crochet and I was fascinated by what she created.  As I got older, I sewed more (and eventually she gave me one of her vintage Singer sewing machines) but that became the extent of my needlework endeavors.

After my Mother passed away there was so much yarn which she never got the opportunity to use.  And her many crochet hooks and knitting needles were sitting idle.  She would never again get to use them and I just couldn’t give them to anyone else.

A friend of mine, a young first-time Mother herself, had learned to crochet at some point before her pregnancy.  She created so many beautiful things for her baby and herself and I fell in love with crochet, again.  A spark ignited in me, finally!  I needed to learn those arts which I missed out on learning before.

One Autumn, at my Mother’s birthday, I decided to finally take that yarn and those crochet hooks and learn.  It was something I really wanted to learn and I wanted to do it in memory and honor of my Mother.  Learning at her birthday was perfect and I felt that she was helping me to make those stitches from Heaven.  She had wanted me to learn once, but it just didn’t happen.  Now it finally was coming to fruition.  Those crochet hooks were once again creating and I know that my Mother was proud of me using them.  I have continued to crochet and enjoy creating.

The following year after learning to crochet, at my Mother’s birthday once again, I decided to pick up her knitting needles and yarn and began to learn to knit.  It was something that I really wanted to learn since all of those knit items I was seeing were so attractive to me.  I really enjoy knitting as well.  As I gathered her knitting needles, I saw that she had begun to knit something although I don’t know what she was planning to create.  I still  have that unfinished item on the needles and hope to turn it into something someday.  I don’t recall my Mother knitting when I lived with my parents so I think it was something new which she was currently learning at the time of her death.  I haven’t found any completed knitted items, yet, in my parent’s home.

My Mother’s huge stash of yarn ended up in my home and I still have much of it and it is being used for crocheted and knit items.  Every time she and I would go shopping someplace, especially to a craft store, she just had to buy yarn, sewing material or other notions.

I am so very thankful that I have learned these two priceless needle crafts.  I enjoy creating with yarn, hooks and needles just as my Mother did.  Now I do understand my Mother’s crazy obsession for yarn and it is catchy!  I always look at yarn whenever I go to a store. 🙂

I have created many items for myself and others.  Among them I’ve made baby items, blankets, scarves, hats, cowls, amigurumi, shawls, doilies and dish cloths.  There’s so much more which I want to create (thanks to Ravelry.com and the internet with millions of free patterns and tips (oh, and YouTube videos to help too)!).  I now wish I would’ve learned when my Mother was living so that we could’ve shared that too.  But I am still thankful that I have learned and it has taught me that it is never too late to learn something that you’ve wanted to do.

Spring Mandala

My newest hobby is crochet.

I love creating things which are unique and made especially the way I like them.

This Mandala is no exception to that rule.  I want to frame this and hang it on a wall along side of my photography.

You may tweak this pattern to make you happy, as I have.  Choose any hook, yarn and colors to suit your style or make your heart happy!

(I think it would look great made in the ‘Cool Breeze Ombre’ color of Sugar ‘n Cream and hung in a kitchen; don’t you?!

🙂

Spring Mandala

Spring Mandala

Abbreviations for crochet:

ss-slip stitch

sc-single crochet

dc-double crochet

tr-treble crochet

ch-chain

st-stitch

sp-space

I used the following to create mine:

“H” crochet hook

1 2oz. skein Lily Sugar ‘n Cream “Country Side Ombre” (with some leftover to use for another project!)

Ch 5, sl to join into a ring (make more ch if you want a bigger hole in the center)

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), 11 dc into the ring, ss to the top of beginning ch3 (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 3, dc in the st at the base of the ch, 2 dc in each st around, ss to the top of the beginning ch 3 (24 dc)

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in the st at the base of the ch, ch 1, 2 dc in the same st, ch 2, skip the next st, *2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc in the same st, ch 2, skip the next stitch,* continue * all the way around, ss to the top of beginning ch 3 (12 sets of 4 dc, 12 ch 2 sp)

Round 4: Ch 3 (first dc), *ch 10, dc in the next sp between the 4 dc groups,* continue * all the way around, ss to the first dc.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as first tr), 5 tr in the same ch-10 space, ch 1, *6 tr in the next ch-10 sp, ch 1,* continue * all the way around, ss to the top of the beginning ch 4 (12 6-tr groups, 12 ch 1 sp)

Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, sc in ch 1 sp, *3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, sc in ch 1 sp,* continue all the way around, ss to the top of the beginning ch 3 space (12 sets of 6 dc)

Fasten off and enjoy.

You could use as a doily or hang somewhere to brighten your wall.

Been busy hookin’ (yarn, that is)…

Been busy crocheting since I’ve learned.

My cousin is due to have her baby soon and I just had to make a few items for her.

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Here is the baby blankey which is 35″ x 35″.

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I also have to indulge in items for myself.

Here is my first hat which is so comfy and warm to be wearing these days here in the NorthEast.

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For those of you in the snow and ice~take care, keep warm and just stay off the roads and enjoy time at home

🙂

It’s been awhile….

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  My photography has been on vacation for several weeks while I enjoy a new hobby which I’ve recently learned.

Here are a few images of my latest “crochet-creations!”

Needlework hobbies were my Mother’s passion and most favorite hobby.

Unfortunately, I never learned how to crochet from her.

I have, however, finally learned and I’m so addicted to “hookin” yarn!

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This is a photo of my first bag which was made ‘in the round.’  I truly am pleased with myself for this creation.  It certainly is not perfect, and I had a bumpy road, but I certainly learned a lot while creating this.  I was thinking of creating more bags to sell (I have been really considering opening an Etsy shop to sell items).  But, for now, I want to just have the luxury of creating items for myself.  I was hoping to create a few things as gifts for Christmas this year, but I don’t know if that will happen.  And, I really don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself.

scarf

I really am enjoying creating scarves.  They are so simple and yet so elegant.  Here is one which I made as a birthday gift for my 11 year old niece.

Please….share your thoughts.

(psst….hope to get back to those photography challenges in the near future.  for now, i’m camped-out on my sofa with some hooks)! 🙂