I’ve learned to knit! ( barely )

Hope everyone had a happy holiday and the new year is good to you as well!
For the first time in a long while, we decided to just stay home this year and had the most amazing and calm Christmas. I took the opportunity to try my hand at something new. I’ve started knitting! It’s something I’ve been wanting to get into and just never found the time.
I have much to learn and lots of practice to go, but I feel I’m off to a good start.

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I’m loving chunky wool, it makes such delicious and warm hats! The shawl was a gift for my mother for Christmas, she loved it. 😊
Also working on some new crochet hats. Trying to be prepared this year for the craft fair season and am working out patterns and items I want to sell. I feel the knit hat is on my list, but still on the fence with the tunsian hat, it mocks knit so well, is very thick and warm, but a bit stiff. The Pom Pom one is definitely on my list to make more of. It’s so soft and has an amazing slouchy drape!

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By the way, was gifted a clover Pom Pom maker, I highly recommend getting one. They are amazing!!
Well that’s it for now.

The making of a “scrap-ghan”

All yarn-ists, will inevitably have the issue of too many left over scrap balls. I found myself in this predicament recently and it was stressing me out. So many small balls of yarn taking up space, not big enough to do anything spectacular with, yet still enough to be unable justify just tossing them. I spent weeks trying to figure out what to do with them and then one day inspiration struck!
I love blankets, I’m notorious for heading straight to blanket sections of thrift stores and can whole heartily admit I have too many. However, when you live in New England and winter strikes, nothing is better than curling up on your couch wrapped in soft cozy blankets!
With that in mind, I made the scrap-ghan!

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Get it scrap-afghan, scrap-ghan!? Anyway….
The stitch choice is crucial in my opinion, get it wrong and the blanket ends up a hot mess. I settled on a C2C ( corner to corner ). It works up quickly and makes a soft drape.

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If you need instructions for this stitch, I highly suggest watching The Crochet Crowd video on YouTube.

My first step was to gather all my scrap balls and pair them up by size. I tried my best to keep one light color with one dark color, didn’t always work, but hey I tried. I should also note that I made sure to use all the same weight yarn to keep it cohesive. Mine are all worsted weight.
Next I grabbed my N-hook. Went with the large hook here because I held two strands of yarn together the whole time, hence the pairing of sizes!!
And then, just C2C, I had plenty of yarn and extended it into a rectangular shape as opposed to the typical square. This took me about a week to make, had issues with a certain someone being obsessed with it!

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We had a lot of that going on….
What started as a way to use up yarn, quickly became my family’s favorite blanket! Everyone who sees it loves it and want their own. It’s so soft, warm, and squishy.

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So save up all those leftovers and make a new blanket for your home. 😍

Costume time!!

My daughters school does “senior Halloween”. It’s a right of passage deal where only seniors are allowed to dress up for school. The classes are basically cancelled and the kids are encouraged to go full out and stay in character all day. I give those teachers so much credit, she’s taken photos and videos of previous classes and its utter chaos!!
But, this is her year! They start planning in early summer and its now crunch time.
All over town you can see the high schoolers running in and out of thrift stores looking for pieces, the goal is always to be the best!
Happily I got to make one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite shows!! Momma didn’t even mind helping out, even taking on some of her friends pieces to get this perfect for them.
We spent a total of $20 and still plan on getting orange hair dye ( I’m not kidding about how serious they take this! ) and a box of Scooby snacks for her to feed “Scooby” throughout the day. So all in all I think we did well. She also has pink tights and some amazing retro purple heels. But here it is:

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They’ve been practicing posing as a group, character runs, walking and the iconic Scooby/shaggy jump. Also “Scooby” has a mini van so they’re all being picked up and entering school as a group. Can’t wait to see the group photos!!

Nature inspired me today!

Today was the perfect fall day and while walking Louis I was inspired to make something “fallish”. So I grabbed a few perfect little acorn tops, my stash of embroidery floss, and the trusty glue gun!
I love how they came out and may make a few more before winter hits us.

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Look at Louis’s sweater! Does that not make you think of cocoa by the fire and thanksgiving dinner!? Love it! 😍

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Dobby!

I joined a Halloween themed secret Santa swap in one of my vintage groups this year. And of course the person I’m paired with doesn’t even like Halloween all that much!! Ugh, fine, whatever. She does love Harry Potter and homemade gifts, so……

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I made her a dobby! I’ll add him to the candies and smaller things I’ve already bought. Hopefully she likes him!

Random crochet for the pupper.

I’ve been working on a commission piece for a couple of weeks and desperately needed a break. So I took 2 days and whipped up some things for the dog!
Firstly, he had a Darth Vadar toy that he was beyond obsessed with. We knew it was the squeaker inside he truly loved, so when he officially killed the toy I knew I was going to have to save the squeaky bit. He was trying really hard to still play with it but had a hard time picking it up, so mom to the rescue!

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I started crocheting a basic black tube and quickly decided it was too plain. So I grabbed a handful of yarn left overs and just went random with it.
Crochet right up to the point of decrease,then slide the toy in. Finish the decreasing and tada! He can grab it way easier now, it’s much nicer to look at, and there’s no need to throw it out and buy a new toy.

Next. Fall is rapidly approaching us here in good old New England. And while it’s still lovely out during the day, the nights have gotten cooler. So, he needed a new sweater! We’ll invest in a good winter coat when the time comes, but figured why waste money on a sweater he’ll only need for a month or two. I’m very proud of it, I think he looks dashing!

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So that’s that. Suppose I’ll get back to the real work now….
See you soon! 😃

Free Pattern jump start!

I’m being super smart and prepared this year. Started working on the free holiday patterns for everyone already! The Halloween ones were finished yesterday and I also have a non crochet craft in mind for Halloween as well. Getting the Christmas ones started today.
But for now, here’s a sneak peak of what I have ready for you all for Halloween this year!

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Voldemort truly is the dark lord…

Texted a photo at midnight, they showed up to pick him up at 9 in the morning, I’m assuming he’s s exactly what the child wanted!
This guy has been on the hook and needle far too long…. He’s definitely one of those one offs, never making him again types.
But here is my version of Voldermort:

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Maybe now I can work on something I want?!

So busy, so sorry! 😫

Hi guys, I’m so sorry I’ve been quiet for so long. It’s just been super busy around here lately. I have been crocheting in any spare time I have, just not responsible enough to be writing things down….
But here are a few things I have been up to:

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For the first time in a long time, I actually used someone else’s patterns. The shark blanket was very easy to follow and lots of fun to make. Winnie the Pooh, not so much. While the pattern was easy enough to follow, I am a tight crocheter and found myself having to take it apart and redo much looser. I wasn’t pleased with the outcome, his gauge is too big and I can see the stuffing, a huge pet peeve of mine. The foot and hand are mine, I’m working on a Voldemort doll that has been taking way too long and stressing me out! He’s much further progressed than the photos at least and hopefully will be finished soon.
And then there’s the rapidly growing puppy!! He’s almost 6 months old now and getting crazier by the day. I’m not complaining though, he definitely brought much laughter and energy into our house.

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So, please forgive me!! I’m going to get Voldemort finished soon and then start up some new free patterns for you all!!