Baby boy blue (and green and gray) crochet and knit blanket

thisI was recently commissioned to make a baby blanket for a darling young chap and was given a lot of leeway in terms of pattern, color and size. After a stint of analysis paralysis, I chose the “Beach Comber Baby Blanket” pattern from knitculture.com I found on ravelry.  Love this pattern! It’s one of those you can do while watching TV and you can make it however big you’d like.

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

What better to accompany a diaper cake than with a handmade blanket! I had a couple of days before my friend’s daughter would receive her gift, so I thought to make a quick and easy stroller blanket. It takes just an evening or two to crochet and you can watch TV, too, while making it. I think I caught up on Breaking Bad while making it!

This little blanky gave the presentation just so much more delightfulness.

Baby gift montage

Baby gift montage

There are a million instructions out there on how to make a granny square. So, this is my rendition. I can’t claim it as my own pattern. I can only guess some lady named Granny came up with it!

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Let’s crochet this stroller blanket!

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DIY – T-shirt yarn (tarn) crochet and knitted baskets

I’ve had these 2 XL t-shirts moving from drawer to drawer for the past 2 years. I finally decided I was going to make another upcycled t-shirt dress. It was going to be so great and cute and everybody was going to ooh and ahh all over and pin it on Pinterest a million times with captions of how they were going to make one too right now… And when everything was said and done it looked terrible. The shirts already started off with wonky seams and the wonkiness just pervaded the entire project.

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Rather than admit defeat I took my failed project and cut it up! T-shirt yarn (tarn as some have coined it) is the failed T-shirt craft’s chance at salvation! The blue basket is my fail to fabulous and is crocheted. The dark gray basket is a T-shirt that had a bleach stain and a hole at an inopportune location on it. I used a combination of knitting and crochet on that one to see the effect of it.

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T-shirt yarn and Paton’s Divine Yarn baskets

Let’s make T-shirt yarn! Let’s crochet this blue basket! Let’s combo crochet and knit this other one! (I’m just a little excited to share with you!)

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Crochet edged fleece blanket and a product review

It was a friend’s birthday and I needed a gift to make quickly. One thing about having a reputation of being a crafter, there is a lot of pressure (that I put on myself) to create a present that is cute, useful and that is handmade while not looking homemade. Catch my drift?

My friend’s older begat and my older begat are on the same baseball team so I thought of making a stadium blanket with the team colors (red, white and blue). I ran into Walmart and saw this No-sew Microfleece Throw Kit – Baseball. edge9But rather than tie the ends in little knots (this is homemade to me…just sayin’), I decided to attach the two fleece sheets together with a crocheted edge (handmade to me, and by me, too!).

So here’s the review part of this post:

The blankets are super soft, not too thick yet very warm. I love that.

I don’t love how both pieces were not the same size. I especially don’t love how “they” (“they” are probably poor sweatshop kids in China. Now I feel bad.) left shredded selvages.

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Assuming that this product is sold for the purpose of no-sew-cut-the-fringes-for-ages-5+, it would be natural to think the fabric would be ready to go right out of the box. Not the case. I had to trim about an inch on all sides on both  fabrics. And because they weren’t the same size to begin with (of course, I didn’t check that until after I trimmed up the both pieces of fabric), I had to trim them again to make sure it was square.

The box says that the blanket is for ages 5+, could be made in an afternoon, and it includes “everything you need to make this throw”. Let’s take these statements into consideration. A 5-year-old will need some help, even ones with really strong motor skills. I’d be interested in seeing what a 5-year-od would do to this blanket if left to their own devices. Start at noon because you’ll need time to trim the yucky edges on both pieces, and then match them up to trim again so that both pieces are the same size. Finally, the kit didn’t come with scissors or a ruler. So, it contains most of what is needed to complete the project. Seriously, not being obtuse about the whole thing; everything, to me, means all things.

Anyway, those are just minor annoyances and first world problems to this little project. Overall, I liked the fabric, its feel and the pattern on it.

Here’s the disclaimer part:

I am not affiliated with the company that sells or manufactures this item. I paid for this product with the intent to make a gift. I had thoughts about the product that I thought would be useful to future consumers. Ok, there.

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On to the fun part! Let’s edge this blanket!

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Valentine’s yarn wreath

My home is aching for some Valentine’s decor. Actually, I am aching to make my home more Valentine-y. It gives me a little outlet to bring out the girly-girl in me. Would you believe it? This project cost me zero doll hairs!

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It could be a blue light special up in here for you if you opt to make your own wreath form! Even more satisfying for me is that I used up a lot of little bits of yarn. I have too many little UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) and tiny balls of yarn. UFOs frogged and tiny balls of yarn miraculously disappeared thanks to this project!

And to be even more smug about the whole thing… I made it in a couple of hours. Boo yah!

I first discovered how to make the base from this youtube video from Hectanooga1 when I made this Halloween yarn wreath.  The possibilities in making these wreaths are wonderfully endless!

Let’s make this wreath!

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Heart shaped crocheted wire earrings

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Now that all the holiday stuff is put away and the shelves at Michael’s are picked clean of all the good Christmas stuff…who really wants the bent antlers attached to the Santa hat, even if it is 80% off? I’ve been feeling a yearning for the next holiday, Valentine’s Day! I know I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Ground Hog Day or Superbowl Sunday (which isn’t really a holiday! What?! Gasp!) But I just don’t have earrings to go with those days…yet. Until then, let’s make these earrings!

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