Learning

My last sewing class (until the end of May) was Saturday.

We learned how to make a simple stuffed bunny.

Simple, but with lots of learning points: making darts, sewing curves, pattern cutting, etc.

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This bunny was intended for a newborn, so no eyes and I sent the pompom tail incase they wanted to put it on (choking concern).

A charity I give to, Hooking for the Homeless, has put out a request for handmaid stuffed animals so I plan on making more of these (and other easy animals) and sending them off in the next couple of weeks.

They will provide the stuffed animals to police stations so officers can use them for children in difficult situations.

I also made a simple reversible baby blanket.

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I had grand intentions of making this one, but you need to have one particular skill (which I don’t have).

You need to cut nice, straight lines.

After failing and changing my plans, I read comments and now have tips on how to do a hem and then make the blanket.

I think it makes a cute set!

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Today is Opening Day here in the Boston Area and the kids were dressed appropriately! (A big feat for me as I completely forgot St. Patrick’s Day and sent my kids to school in blue and pink).
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Also, yesterday was my brother’s birthday, 2nd one since his passing.

 

Many family members and some friends came out to my neck of the woods to participate in an Autism 5k and raise a glass to Matt after.

A nice way to spend the day.

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I hope you all have a good week!

Dublin Beanie

This week I made Bonnie Barker’s Dublin Beanie.

Found in Celtic Cable Crochet.

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I can honestly say this is one project I really enjoyed making!

I loved the construction of this hat.

Done in sections, you start with the main body of the hat working flat.

After you join, you add the crown and then the brim.

This worked up super quick and I really love it!

In fact, I wore this yesterday and stopped by a local church craft fair.

I was stopped several times and asked at which table did I buy the hat.

I recently purchased Lion Brand’s Fisherman Wool with the intention of using it for my first pair of socks.

However, I think I may use it to make several of these beanies to donate to Hooking for the Homeless…help keep people warm in New Hampshire (and it is definitely a warm hat, I had to turn the car AC on at one point for a few minutes!).

Last night we went to a Holiday concert a few towns over.

I am an obsessive lover of Christmas music and my husband bought us tickets to a Carpenters Christmas Album Live show (We’ve Only Just Begun-Carpenters Remembered)

It was FANTASTIC!

The woman’s voice was amazing.

The show was at the Norwood Theater, which was renovated a few years ago.

It was lovely to see the town square decorations and then see a show in this gorgeous theater!

Last but not least, as I looked through my photo stream for these photos I found 150+ selfies of Miss ME!

They weren’t bad, this one was the best:

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There is always a sweet surprise when I look though my iPhone photos!

Have a good week!

Happy Crocheting and Knitting!

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Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Colorspun Worsted

Color: Wheatfield Drift

Hook: Furls Odyssey 5mm

Linking to: Sew Can Do, Live Randomly Simple, Moogly

 

Paying Forward

I am really trying to put good out into the world throughout the year.

Especially during the holiday season.

Hooking for the Homeless is a lovely charity and I enjoy knitting and crocheting items to donate.

In this shipment I am including the following:

  • Knit hat which I knit flat using Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky yarn and some stash orange (I made two, but Miss ME claimed the plain one.  It kept disappearing from the box.  So, my little love can have it!).image
  • Knit hat, also knit flat which I did in Berocco Vintage Chunky (post here).
  • Knit hat done with circulars using Lion Brand Hometown USAimage
  • Rain on the Cobblestones Cowl (crochet).  This was a pattern test I did for The Knot Theorist.  Although I love the pattern, I want to make myself one using a more “tweedy” yarn.  Yarn used was Cloudborn Highland DK.image
  • Shawl/Scarf.  This was a WIP that I dug out and finished.  RedHeart Unforgetable in Dragonfly.  I used this pattern.

A lovely way to start the holiday season!

Have a nice day!

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Yarn Along

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I finished The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.

A quick, sweet read.

Next up, Today Will be Different by Maria Semple.

I picked this up at the library yesterday and I hope I like it.

I was a fan of her previous novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

I continue to make hats for the homeless to send to Hooking For the Homeless (in New Hampshire).

I have figured out my issue with knitting hats in the round.

I preface this with the statement, I never claimed to be the sharpest knife in the drawer.

I thought the “16 inch” cable needles referred to the length of the cable, not the total length tip to tip.

I could never figure out how you didn’t need to add a lot of stitches to make it reach to join.

Then at Joann’s I saw  size 13 16″ circulars and it was a “light dawns on marblehead” moment.

So, I am currently knitting a hat on my 60% off 16 inch circulars.

Using up stash bulky yarn, Lion Brand Hometown USA in Spartans (found in the discount bin at Joann’s)

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along

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Yarn Along

I am sleep deprived.

I am stunned.

I am saddened.

I slept from 1am-3am.

I couldn’t stop listening to and watching the results come in.

Among so many reasons that I am sad, I am sad that my mom didn’t get to see a woman elected president last night.

I feel the need to do something to put some good out into the world.

This week I am going to focus on making hats for the homeless.

I’ll be filling a box for Hooking For The Homeless.

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This weeks read is a light one, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff.

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

 

 

Yarny Goodness

I jumped on the Caron Cake bandwagon.

I chose Lilac Frosting (cream, beige, lavender and violet).

The yarn is soft and I had no problem with the abrupt color changes.

I had one knot I needed to cut out, but overall I was pleased.

I chose to make a Granny Shawl Scarf designed by Charlene Van den Brande.

I fell in love with the designer’s color scheme (reds, blues, tans and browns).

However, I was making this scarf for charity so I decided to try it with the Caron Cake.

My thought was that there would be less ends to weave in and therefore would hold up to multiple washings.

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The Caron Cake was enough to get to round 16 and do a simple HDC border.

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I’ll be copying the designers color scheme for my own and I’ll be increasing the original starting chain.

Also, for mine, I’ll finally remember to do my starting chain with a larger hook (I always forget to do that).

My LYS was having a Labor Day sale (50% off) and I picked up some squishy, yummy yarn for my birthday!

First project up is Sophie’s Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Cotton Candy.

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Next up (to help practice my knitting and purling) is GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley using Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky in Cafe Au Lait.  This yarn is sooooo soft!

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I also picked up some back issues of Knit Simple (my favorite knitting magazine).

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I had some fun using my new Amish Style Swift (purchased here).

I love it!

Happy Knitting & Crocheting!

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Colorblock

It has been a busy few weeks.

I injured my back at work and have had a lot of doctors appointments and Physical Therapy twice a week.

I am also getting a property I own ready for sale (hopefully listing in 2 weeks).

So, I needed a very simple, no need to think project.

Recently on my FB feed has been posts from Hooking for the Homeless (I must have “liked’ a post at sometime).

They post patterns and ideas for charity donations.

I also purchased a copy of Knit Simple Magazine.

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I love this particular issue because most of the patterns are just what the name implies-SIMPLE.

For a new knitter there are a bunch of projects I can make.

So, combining these two things I chose to make the  Kids Color Block Scarves to donate.

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Stash diving, I found Knit Picks Brava Bulky in browns and decided to make a practice scarf.

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Not too bad!  Good enough to donate I think.

So now, I am making a cranberry/white combo and will make a cranberry/grey combo.

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Both of these made in Lion Brand Jiffy which a purchased for $1.50/skein last year.

I like the pompoms rather than tassels, so I’ll be adding those to the scarves.

I think I like this magazine enough to purchase a yearly subscription!

Happy Knitting!

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Charity Hats

My hope is to send a box of hats to Beth’s Hats for Hope by the end of September.

If I can, I also plan to include some scarves.

I make all these hats from acrylic yarn so there aren’t any worries about allergies to wool. Plus, they can be thrown in the washing machine and dryer.

This week I made three hats.

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First up was a Happy Granny Hat by Simone of Cows and Pink.

A quick pattern that made a nice hat.  The only part I didn’t like was the occasional double clusters in the pattern.  I realize they are needed to increase the size, but I thought it looked a bit strange.  Luckily, where it occurs is in the dark part of the pattern so I don’t think it is that noticeable.

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Next up were two simple, basic hat patterns.

I used the following pattern:

Worsted weight yarn, 6mm hook.

  • Start with a magic ring
  • Chain 2 (counts as 1 HDC)
  • HDC total of 11 into ring (including ch 2), SS to ch2
  • Ch3, 2 DC in each stitch, SS to ch3
  • Ch3, 2 DC (ch 3 counts as 1st DC), 1DC in next stitch.  *2DC, 1DC* until end, SS to ch3
  • CH3, 2 DC (ch 3 counts as 1st DC), 1 DC in next 2 stitches.  *2 DC, 1DC in next 2 stitches* until end, SS to ch3.
  • Ch3, 2 DC (ch 3 counts as 1st DC), 1 DC in next 3 stitches. *2 DC, 1 DC in next 3 stitches* until end, SS to ch3.
  • Continue in this pattern until you reach the size you need
  • Chain 3, 2 DC (ch 3 counts as 1st DC), 1 DC in each stitch to end, SS to ch3.
  • Continue until you reach desired length.
  • Last row, SC around, fasten off.
  • Add embellishment, applique or pompom.

An easy, quick, basic hat.

The toddler hat turned out perfect.

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The adult hat, I used sport weight yarn and had to do a few DC 2 TOG to get the size right towards the end (I wasn’t paying attention and forgot to change to a smaller hook for the yarn weight).

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For both hats I did a simple reverse SC on the last row and added a pompom.

This has been a great way to use up some stash yarn.

Just because they are for charity doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty and cute!

Now to make some hats geared more for men.

Happy Crocheting!

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Linked to: Live Randomly Simple, Sew Can Do, Lou Lou Girls, The Stitchin’ Mommy, ELK Studios, Moogly, Its All About Crochet

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!

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