My Big Big Baby Blanket

Last Spring, I bought some Bernat Baby Sport yarn. I’ve not done anything with baby yarn and decided to give it a go. Well, I tried the yarn with plain & basket weave knitting, plain & basket weave loom knitting and then tried it with block & shells & simple crochet to no avail.
I did not like the way it worked up, so I put it away.

My mind couldn’t let the idea of using the yarn go, so after a few weeks, it occurred to me try a corner to corner (c2c) stitch. C2C is like a slanted type of brick stitch. It’s like the Crazy Stich only instead of straight across rows it’s done starting at the corner and making slanted rows. Years ago, I made a solid blanket using C2C I’ve not done anything with either stitch pattern in years.
The c2c worked okay, but I wasn’t satisfied with it until after I adjusted it to make the brick a bit tighter. Then, I had to think of something to make and decided to buy some tiny tulips Bernat Baby Sport yarn and make it kind of like a patch work blanket.
The blanket is about 60 inches x 72 inches (5×6 feet).
It’s a nice warm snuggly blanket. I’m very happy with it.
3 – 8.5 oz skeins Bernat Baby Sport yarn – Funny Prints
3 – 8.5 oz skein Bernat Baby Sport – Tiny Tulips
Part of a skein of white Bernat Baby Sport yarn
Size I crochet hook
I made 10 blue and 10 pink, 14 inch squares.
I whip stitched them together
I made a double crochet border with a single crochet around the border to finish it off.

Wishing you all Happy Crafting!

 

 

 


 

Wednesday WIPs – Shelibean Blanket & Plastic Canvas Tray

1st Wednesday of 2021 Work(s) In Progress – WIP
I decided to dive right in and start a couple of projects for the new year. I’m determined to get back to crafting again. I’ve been idle too long.

WIP 1: I’m making or rather attempting to make a tray out of plastic canvas. I don’t have a pattern; I’m making it up as I go along. I’m using a Woven Stich. It’s slow going, but enjoyable to do.
WIP 2: I’m making Shelibean a new crochet blanket out of scraps. I don’t have a pattern. I’ll just granny around until I think it’s the right size for a Shelibean to nap on.

I wish you all joy in all your 2021 projects.
Happy Crafting.

 

 


 

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December 2020 Crafty News

Well, it’s near the end of the year. I’m still not in a very active crafting mood. However, I thought I should make a bit of a crafty post since the last crafty one I made was way back in April.

During this month of December, My husband and I made a couple diamond dot paintings. It’s become a Christmas time tradition for us. We sit at our kitchen table, each with our own diamond dot kit. Over the course of the weekends, hours at a time, we work and enjoy sharing a pleasant relaxing craft together.
Yesterday, I transformed leftover baked ham and deviled eggs into ham salad. It’s a very easy thing to do.
I chopped up some ham,
mashed up 3 deviled eggs,
mixed them together,
and spooned the ham salad onto snack crackers.
It made a nice tasty snack and used up the rest of the leftover deviled eggs.
In November, I tried to do a bit of crocheting. Unfortunately, I had to stop because I got a very uncomfortable ache in my hands. I’m surprised that I haven’t experienced it, to this extent, before this stage in my life. When in the mood, I love crocheting, so I know I don’t want to give it up. I looked online and ordered a set of cushioned crochet hooks that are made to hopefully help ease the ache. They’re real nice.
To try my new crochet hooks out, I attempted to crochet some popcorn. I thought I’d make oodles of it and string them for garland for our tree. After crocheting only 3 popcorns, I lost interest. It’s a lot more work and requires more holiday spirit than I can muster up this year. Maybe, some day in the future, I’ll give the popcorns another try.
On a more happy note, We got a nice extra bit of cheer this Christmas when we awoke to a light snowfall. I know it’s silly, but it feels so much more jolly with snow on Christmas day.

I’m sorry I haven’t been around but very little.
I’m going to try to do better in the new year.
I pray you and your families are well and
looking forward to hopefully more positive
times to come in the new year.

 

 


 

2019 Temperature Blanket Finished Update

I’m delighted to announce that I have finally finished my 2019 Temperature Blankets! ~Happy Dance~
They measure out at 38″x52″ (inches.)

I enjoyed making these blankets, every morning adding the 5 little rows of the temperatures from the day before… until about the 300th day… then for whatever reason my joy waned and my morning add-ons became a chore. It saddened me to loose the joy in my blanket journey challenge.
However,
I thought about you all, my blogging buddies, who’ve been with me every step of the way. It was your positive feedback that kept me going.

I say a heart filled grateful, Thank you, to all of you who has supported and encouraged me along the way over the past year. Your cheers have been the wind that kept my creative wings in flight. You’re the best!

In order to get the 365th day in, instead of doing the usual 5 rows a day, I did 4 rows for the last 5 day temperatures.
I’m happy to post these photos of the finished 2019 temperature blankets.

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2019 Temperature Blankets

I’m happy to say that I crocheted my daily temperature add-ons every day of 2019. I’m in the process of crocheting a border on the blankets. The border is taking a while because there’s so many yarn ends around the edges. The next and last update for the blankets will be when I get them 100% finished. I’m really looking forward to finishing them and making that final post.

I hope you all had happy times during this past holiday season.
I wish you all a joy-filled successful 2020.

 

 


 

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11-4-2019 Update Finished Country Apples Afghan (6)

~Dance o’ joy~
I finished my ‘Country Apples Afghan’.
It’s a lot prettier in real life.

Country Apples Afghan (Not Blocked)

*couple notes:
-My blanket’s unblocked finished size is 58″ x 44″. That’s 4 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower than the pattern mentions. My blanket might stretch to the pattern’s size if I blocked it or perhaps I should have used a bigger size hook.
-It’s curious that in the photo the cherry red in the edge looks burgundy, it’s the same yarn and color as the apples and checkered blocks.

I’m happy to have my ‘Country Apples Afghan’ finished, but I already miss not having it to work on.
Now, I’m in search of another project to catch my craft-fancy.

Wishing you all a week of pretty days and finished projects.

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 
Country Apples Afghan – 4 
Country Apples Afghan – 5 


 

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10-25-2019 Update Country Apples Afghan (5)

A few weeks ago, our area got its first frost of the season. Since then the temperatures have been on an uneven cooling spree. Some days are warm and other days are quite chilly. It gets down to almost freezing during the night. Cool weather puts me in the mood to do puzzles. Since my Country Apple Afghan granny squares are made and putting them together is kind of like a puzzle, I decided to put it together.

It took a couple weeks, but I’ve got the blocks and the borders made and ready to be joined together.

I like this pattern. I’m not fond of all the yarn-ends that have to be woven in, but hey it’s one of those necessary aggravations that come with yarn crafts.
I think this afghan is going to look pretty when it’s all joined and finished.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 
Country Apples Afghan – 4 


 

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Loom knit and Needle Knit Dishcloths

I was a teenager when I last knitted with needles. I made baby hats and booties that I sold in a thrift store. I liked knitting and wished I could have expanded my skill past a knit stitch. Knitting with needles took alot of coordination and talent to make really pretty stitch patterns and in my teen years I just wasn’t able to master it.
I took up crochet in the years that followed. Crochet was easier for me and I stuck with it. Then a few years ago I started loom knitting and that’s fun. Loom knitting doesn’t require the same amount of physical hand movement coordination. I’ve enjoyed using it to create many things.

There’s a project that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile; making 2 dishcloths, one by loom knitting and one by needle knitting and see how they compare. It took up until a couple weeks ago for me to get up the courage to try my hand at knitting with needles again. My Bff encouraged me and was convinced that I could do it.

I struggled to remember how to knit with needles. Then I went on that famous video site and refreshed my mind on the basics. I worked on my first knitting needle project attempt over and over, at least a dozen times. I’d knit and purl and miss a stitch or the yarn would slide off the rods or I’d drop the rods and then I’d unravel it, recast on and take off again. I did this for a couple of days. Then I finally got a bit better.
During my trial and error, I worked up a pattern for a dishcloth and finally needle knitted the dishcloth without missing a stitch.

I used size 7 knitting needles, they were the smallest size I have. I made up a pattern for a dishcloth for my Boye Sock Loom that is the same finished size as the needle-knitted one.
The stitch pattern I used for both needles and loom knit is what I call a ‘basket-weave’, I’ve heard it called a tile stitch, a cobblestone stitch  and I even heard it called a waffle stitch. I think, regardless of what you call it, as long as you’re enjoying creating with it, then that’s what matters most. 🙂

The dishcloths are not blocked.

I used a knit & purl pattern for the knitting needle basket weave. For the loom knit basket weave I used Ewrap & Purl pattern. (Truth is, I was halfway through the loom knitted dishcloth before it occurred to me that ‘ewrap stitch’ isn’t the ‘knit stitch’. :/ I decided it didn’t make enough difference to matter, so I continued on.)

The dishcloths are not blocked.

The Needle Knitted dishcloth is 6×6 squares. The Loom Knitted dishcloth is 7×7 squares. I had to make the loom knitted one a square more to get the two dishcloths to be close to the same size.
I used a ‘slip-stitch’ for the edges of the loom knitted dishcloth. It finishes off a project smoother and neater.
I’m not skilled enough at needle knitting to know a stitch to make a smooth edge, so I just carried the k,p pattern alternating out the 2 stitches for the edge. It’s not very neat and tidy, but it works-for-me. 😉

The dishcloths are not blocked.

Both of the dishcloths are handy for washing dishes. I know some folks might think them small, but for me they’re the most comfortable size.

The dishcloths are not blocked.

My comparison of needle knit and loom knit dishcloths turned out well. I think that both the needle knit and loom knit fiber-art forms are wonderful outlets for artistic expression for making fun, useful, beautiful or silly creations.

I’m happy that I relearned how to knit with needles. I may attempt to make another project in the future.

Wishing you all fun with whatever craft or project you’re doing or planning.


 

9-27-2019 Updates Temperature Blankets and Country Apples Afghan (4)

It took longer than I thought it would to make the 136 Frosty Green granny squares for the ‘Country Apples Afghan’. I’m glad I made myself weave the yarn ends in as I made the squares, hopefully it’ll make joining them together more enjoyable.
I’m surprised that I’ve made all 352 granny squares.
I wonder how long it’ll take me to assemble them.

My temperature blankets are coming along and growing day-by-day, week-by-week and month-by-month. We’ve been in a heat wave and it sure makes for a lot of lighter colors in the low temp blanket and fiery colors in the high temp blanket. I hope it won’t be too long until the temperatures cool down and we catch a break from the heat.

How are your ‘works-in-progress’ progressing?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Happy Crafting!

related posts:
Country Apples Afghan – 1
Country Apples Afghan – 2 
Country Apples Afghan – 3 

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