Monday, January 26, 2015

New Year's Resolution WIP's Part 5

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Here we are again, continuing on with my WIP New Year's Resolution project and with each post that I make sharing my WIP's, I feel a little more embarrased as I know that I have WAAAAY too many unfinished projects!  But still I'm sharing, as a way to keep myself accountable and moving along in these projects.  As of writing this, I've already finished 2 projects that are in my WIP box, and can't wait to start sharing the finished projects with you!!!  Don't worry, those will come soon, sometime after I finish up with all of these posts!!  So lets jump right into it with....
WIP #20 
Now this project is actually a conglomeration of a bunch of different motifs that I found and have put together for a sort of sampler blanket.  My husband is a very tall man and I wanted to make a blanket just for him that would be big enough for his frame, to give him his own blanket to snuggle up with on cold days.  I love the way that the squares are coming along, however, I shelved it when I was working on other projects.  I'm hoping to finish it this year and give it to him for Christmas!!
Seen in this first picture are: Celtic Knot Square and Double Treble Burst
Pictured below: Sampler Afghan Square and Sunny Spread

Pictured below: Both from Sampler Afghan

Pictured Below: Both from Sampler Afghan

Pictured below: Sunny Spread and The Answer My Friend

Pictured Below:  Sunny Spread and Sampler Afghan

WIP #21
So this blanket was based off of the baby blocks crocheted afghan.  I started based off of some designs that I had sketched out for 3 dimensional eye popping designs.  I got this far and decided I just didn't like how it was coming out!  I went ahead and changed the design and did end up creating something gorgeous, which will be coming to my website soon!
This project will probably be frogged and its yarn repurposed. :)
WIP #22
This blanket is for a very special little boy I know.  This is just one square, and sadly it is the only square that I have complete right now.  I need to delve back into the patterns and get the squares finished so maybe I can gift it next christmas!

WIP #23
I love this blanket.  I just can't figure out how to finish it!!  The center is that huge floral block that I designed, and I just love how it came out!  The long panels are for the sides, but I do not know what sort of block to put in the corners of the blanket.  (the pink and white side was the first one I made and then I decided that the sides needed to be in multiple colors and not so pink.  I still plan on finishing it, but need to decide on those darn corner squares.

WIP #24
Now these are an interesting bunch.  I can't tell you what all of the patterns are, as many of them do not have any pattern.  These are all little bits and scraps that are eventually going to make up a really unique CAL that I plan on hosting, made up of lots and lots of flower squares.  I've already picked this up and put it down several times, so it probably won't be the first thing I work on!

So there you have it, my next installation of WIP's that I'm working on.  Do you have any WIPS that you're trying to knock out right now?  Have you made one of these projects?  Leave me a comment below!!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Scouting Sunday: New Year's Resolutions, Aids for Organization

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This week, I'm focusing on another great New Year's Resolution that I know I have this year, and I'm sure many of you do too.  The goal of organization.  There are all sorts of great DIY organization tools and tips and I had a really hard time narrowing the choices down to list on today's Scouting Sunday.  I've settled for my favorites and I hope you enjoy them!!!



Mason Jars as Bathroom Wall Storage - Top 58 Most Creative Home-Organizing Ideas and DIY Projects
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Friday, January 23, 2015

My Pattern Experience: Grace the Elephant, Sort of...

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This wonderful little elephant toy was inspired by "Grace the Elephant," a pattern that I found on Ravelry (You can find it on Ravelry here: Grace the Elephant, or on the designer website here: Look at What I Made's Grace the Elephant)
I made this for one of my good friends newborn baby because I thought it was adorable and had these great colors in Caron Simply Soft, which I just LOVE for making baby items.  (My daughters blanket is made out of Simply Soft and she still takes it to bed with her every night!) 
Now let me say that I was INSPIRED by this pattern.  This is in no way, shape or form even similar to the pattern on that page.  Except maybe the ears.  I tried to work up the head based on the pattern there and it just wasn't working for me.  So I did what I always do, and went ahead and created my own.  I didn't write it down or I would share it here, but lets just say it was a funny looking tube that got fatter and then rounded out all of a sudden into a ball shape.  I used the yarn tail to ensure that the trunk would curl upwards, as that is a sign of good luck. 

The actual blanket is just a granny square, worked in alternating rows of color all the way around.  I just went until I felt that I had something that was the right size for a baby to tote around and love, but then also could grow with him.  All in all, I love how he came out, even though he was my own lumpy little creation. :)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beautiful Leaves Crochet Scarf {Crochet Pattern}

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Not all of my crochet projects get an introduction... but then again, not all of them are as beautiful as this one turned out.  This was the last of my favorite lovely blue and white ombre indie dyed yarn from Stitches Midwest, and it worked up so beautifully.  I made this one as a gift, but I'm going to have to make myself one for ME!   I hope you love this pattern the way I do!

Leaves Crochet Scarf
Materials Needed:
H Hook or larger depending on how tight you want the stitches and what yarn you use
Worsted, Sport or Fingering weight yarn

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R1: ch 3, sk 1st sc, (2dc, ch1, 2dc {called cluster from here on through pattern}) in next sc, ch 1, sk 2 ch, dc in next 5 sp, sk 2 ch, ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, ch 3, sk 2 sp, dc in next 3 sp, ch 2, sk 2 ch, dc in next 5 sp, ch 1, sk 2 ch, cluster in next, dc in last sc of row. Ch 3 and turn.

R2: cluster in ch 1 sp of previous cluster, ch 1, sk ch sp and next dc, dc in next 3 dc, ch 2, sk ch sp, 2 dc, dc, 2dc, ch 1, dc in ch 4 sp, ch 1, 2dc, dc, 2 dc, ch 2, sk ch sp and next dc, dc in next 3 st, ch 1, cluster in ch 1 of previous rows cluster, dc in last dc.  ch 3 and turn.

R3: cluster in ch 1 sp of previous ros cluster, ch 1, sk ch sp, sk dc, dc in next, ch 2, sk ch sp, 2 dc in first dc, dc in next 3, 2 dc in last, ch 2, sk ch sp, 3 dc in dc, ch 2, sk ch sp, 2 dc, dc in next 3, 2 dc, ch 2, sk ch sp and dc, dc in next, ch 1, cluster in ch 1 sp of previous rows cluster, dc in last.  ch 3, turn.

R4: cluster in ch 1 sp of previous rows cluster, ch 2, sk ch sp, sk dc, sk ch sp and next dc, dc in next 5 sp, ch 2, sk last dc and ch sp, 3 dc in 1st dc, ch 3, sk dc, 3 dc in next ch 2, sk ch sp and 1st dc, 5 dc in next 5 sp, ch 2, sk ch sp and cluster in ch 1 sp from previous rows cluster, dc in last.

Continue on by repeating rows 2-4 until scarf is desired length, ending on 4th row.

To finish, ch 1, turn, sc across in each st and ch space.

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