Charlotte Part 2

I have completed part two of Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square and I love it!

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I used Esther’s video tutorial for to do the first triangle, then used LAWIM’s written/photo tutorial to do the remaining three triangles.

Each section was a very quick project with variety to keep it interesting!

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Clusters, puff stitches, front post treble crochet, etc.

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I love how the red makes the center square pop!

See part one here.

I’m not sure if I am going to do part three or use parts of the Around the Bases CAL to complete the blanket.

Have a good week!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Yarn: Deramore Studio DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm

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Completion

I always like to have a baby blanket or two finished (or started) in my stash.

You never know when someone’s daughter, a coworker or a family friend will announce they are expecting.

A while back I started a corner to corner (C2C) baby blanket, but never finished it.

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Recently, a coworker had a baby boy and since this C2C is gender neutral, I finished it and am ready to send it to her!

I used this tutorial for the stitch (which I had to watch to reacquaint myself with the stitch and decreases).  Thank you to Mikey of The Crochet Crowd for your clear tutorials.

I really wanted a nice border for this blanket, not just a simple double crochet.

Onto Ravelry I went and searched C2C.

There I found project notes from Sit-N-Spin (Ravelry name) who’s finished blanket had a fabulous wavy crochet border, I LOVED it!  (In fact, I love her entire blanket!).

I used this tutorial from Bella Coco to learn the stitch.

I love the result!

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Final touch will be this tag.

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(The above picture shows the true colors-it is a rainy day here in the Northeast, not great for picture taking)

Now its time to move onto my next baby blanket for the daughter of a friend!

I plan on doing either another C2C or using a Charlotte Square.

Happy Crocheting!

Yarn: KnitPicks Brava Sport in Canary, Peapod and Alfafa

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

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Yarn Along

I finished Molly Ringwald’s When it Happens to You.

For a book that includes hard topics such as infidelity, death and gender identity, I really enjoyed it.

This weeks reads are:

  • On my Kindle, Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

    It’s been a roller coaster of a few years for Carrie since her Tony- and Emmy-nominated, one-woman Broadway show and New York Times bestselling book Wishful Drinking. She not only lost her beloved father, but also her once-upon-a-very-brief-time stepmother, Elizabeth Taylor. And as if all that weren’t enough, she also managed to lose over forty pounds of unwanted flesh—not by sawing off a leg (though that did cross her zapped mind) but by doing what might be termed “wishful shrinking,” all the while staying sober and sane-ish. And she wants to tell you, dear reader, all about it . . . and more.

  • In hardcover, Fiona Barton’s The Widow

    When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

    But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

    There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

    Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

    The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

  • Still reading Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins (this one I’m reading here and there).

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My projects this week are finishing a Corner to Corner baby blanket for a co-worker.

I started this long ago and am determined to mail it this weekend.

I’m using KnitPicks Brava Sport and a 5mm Furls hook.

I am also working on Tin Can Knits Oats Cowl (knit) for myself.

Using Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost and 5mm circulars.

I prefer to not have things tight around my neck, so I cast on the longer version.

This will need a good blocking and I’m excited to see it when its all done!  (it is so squished on the needles, I can’t get a true picture in my head of what it will look like)

Have a good week reading & crafting!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

 

A Simple Lapghan

In June, Dedri at Look At What I Made revealed her Joy’s Journey Afghan.

In her post she mentioned that she designed this blanket and kit (found here) for Alzheimer and Dementia patients.

Recently, my aunt entered a care facility for Alzheimers.

Although this was a difficult decision for her family to make, it has been a wonderful blessing.

She loves her new home and loves all the social interactions she has with her new friends.

I wanted to make her something for her new home and this blanket seemed to be the right pattern.

I had ten skeins of Bernat Bargello in Plum (90 yards/skein) that I purchased from the Yarn Factory Outlet.

Purple being one of my aunt’s favorite colors, it seemed the perfect yarn to use.

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This pattern was based on Dedri’s Continuous Solid Square tutorial, pattern found here.

Ten skeins was enough for me to make a lapghan.

For some reason, my blanket is not a perfect square, it has a slight hourglass shape.

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I’m sure if I blocked it would square up, but I don’t have the room to block it properly.

My only dissappointment is the random light purple stitch in the third round.

Unfortunately, I didn’t notice it until I was quite a ways through the blanket

I will say it is a nice weight blanket and it is soft.

Honestly,as I crocheted, I was so warm and toasty with it on my lap.

I know it will bring her some pleasure!

 

I also have the kit for Dedri’s Summer in Swanage Crochet Blanket, which I plan on making for myself after I finish my husband’s Honeycomb Blanket.

Her Charlotte Crochet Square is one of my absolute favorite squares.

(You think I like her designs? ??!!!)

Happy Crocheting!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

 

 

Sweet Blanket

A lovely friend of mine is expecting her second child this fall, a girl!

So I searched for a simple, sweet pattern for a car seat blanket.

I had four skeins of Lion Brand Tweed Stripes in Luau (primarily pink) and searched the Lion Brand website for a pattern.

The Easy Stripes Baby Throw looked adorable so that is what I chose.

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I used a  little over three skeins for the car seat blanket and the remainder of the fourth skein to make a cute, simple hat.

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Soft and squishy!

It will go in the mail this week.

Happy Crocheting!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

 

Yarn Along

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My last Yarn Along post stated I was going to read Liane Moriarty’s newest book-Truely, Madly, Guilty.

Well, it never happened.

Basically, because the new Harry Potter came out!

So, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was quickly downloaded and read.

Not as good as the original series (what could be?), but enjoyable none-the-less!

Next up, a quick read from Lisa Gardner – Three Truths and a Lie.

This is a short story about an ongoing character D.D. Warren.

Quick and fun.

Now I am reading A Window Opens by Elisabeth Eagan.

I’m pretty sure I downloaded this once before and never got around to reading it.

So far, so good!

My projects this week include:

  • My Hull Poncho (my size 19 needles arrived from the UK-yay!)
  • Multiple charity hats (three more made)
  • Easy Stripes Baby Blanket

Happy Reading, Crocheting & Knitting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

 

Finally Finished!

Back in December I posted that I would be making a Mermaid Tail Afghan for a friend’s two year old.

After many stops and starts, it is finally finished!

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A big Thank You to Nadia at Yarnutopia for this free pattern and great video tutorial.  It was easy to follow and made an adorable blanket.

The only reason I kept putting this project down over the months was  the ends…more ends…and even more ends.  There are a ridiculous amount of ends to weave in, as you are changing yarn every row.  If (big if) I were to do this again, I would do either of the following:

  • Only use variegated yarn for the entire project or
  • Split and wind the skeins into two of each color so I could carry the yarn up the sides as I switched every row,  rather than having to cut and weave.

Last week I decided I NEEDED to finish this blanket.  Not only because my friend was waiting so patiently for it, but also because I am starting a KAL this week and want to feel free to spend as much time on that I as want.

So, one evening I sat and wove in all the ends that were present and for the remaining blanket I wove in ends every 4th row so it wouldn’t become overwhelming.

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The only other change I made was to the fin.  I made my starting chain for the fin 33 stitches instead of 43 (wanted a smaller fin for the smaller size of the blanket).  I also added one row of HDC.  When I sewed the fin on, the sides pulled up, so it looks a little less “pointed” than it did prior to sewing it on.

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It really is an adorable blanket and I encourage everyone to check out Nadia’s site for lots of great patterns and video tutorials.

Pattern: Mermaid Tail Afghan (3 Sizes available)

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5.5mm

Yarn: RedHeart SuperSaver Grape Fizz and Deborah Norville Yarns Everyday (this was super soft yarn)

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