Rick and Morty

My daughter and guy are obsessed with Rick and Morty. Which means of course that I have to sit through it whenever it’s on. There’s only so much of watching something I can handle before my brain goes “psst, you can make that”. Fought the urge for weeks, finally gave in.
I also tried something new and used puff paint for detail work on these. Very pleased with the outcome and my Rick and Morty fans are in love. So, win win for all!

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They ended up larger than I anticipated, Rick is 18 inches and Morty 13.5! But that’s what happens when you just free hand…

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Always keep those hands moving!

I have a problem where I can’t simply sit and watch t.v. It makes me feel like I’m wasting time if I don’t have a hook or needles in my hands! However, there are always down times, you’re in between projects or the inspiration is just not there. Luckily a few months back I came up with a solution, one that is easy to pick up and put down, plus you never need to buy yarn for it, win win!!
I’ve started making mitered squares. Instead of connecting as you go, typical of the “memory” style blanket, I’m simply making the squares and storing them away in a box. No need to buy yarn, just use the left over balls from previous projects. When I finally decide I have enough, I’ll sew them all together and have a squishy warm blanket to remind me of all past projects. 😍
I haven’t settled on a game plan yet for construction, but I’m totally leaning towards dropping them all in a bag and just pulling them out in a random order. Thinking a fun patchwork look to it. Someday in the next few months hopefully, I’ll be posting the actual blanket!

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I’m back!

Oh my have I been a terrible blogger…….
I’m terribly sorry, life just sometimes gets in the way.
So anyway, what’s new? I have seemed to achieve my goal of learning to knit, I’m not the best knitter out there for sure, but I can definitely make items now!
Crocheting has not been pushed aside by any means, my hook has been busy! For some reason I have been obsessed with making blankets and shawls lately.
In a day or two ill post a pattern I just finished writing up, this time around it’s going to be a paid pattern.
Until then here are a few things that have kept me busy.
See you soon 😃

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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! 😃