granny square update 5.

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So I thought I was in the home stretch as I approach what I THOUGHT would be the last row of the blanket. The more I look at it, and the more I think about it, I’m going to just go for it and make it bigger.  I’m planning one more row across down, and three more across.  Which means I have about 50 more squares to make and a few more skeins of yarn to buy, since Im ran out of quite a few colors.  I figure, if I’m going to do this, might as well DO this, am I right?! So I definitely have my work cut out for me, but this is such a fun project, I’m ok with it.  Hopefully a few more weeks of work cut out for me, but photo sessions are starting to pick up, and we have some travel in our future, so we shall see….

granny square update 4.

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I forgot to post an update last week – but thanks to the blizzard I was able to make some progress that weekend! I also got a ton more of the circles crocheted up as well. I have enough for exactly 14 more rows making this 11×14 squares. Trying to decide if i should make it a little bit wider and increase the width to 12 across….which means I would need to make 14 more circles….decisions, decisions….

granny square update #3

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Another update!

I hadn’t really touched the granny square blanket this weekend – but I got some work done to it last weekend, so I thought I would show its progress! Still a long way to go….

granny square update.

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A few weeks into the year and I’ve been making some progress on the granny square blanket. Here’s to keeping the momentum going!

happy new year!

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Happy new year!

This blog, which started as new years resolution to make something every day, is now entering its fourth year! I’m going to try to keep at it again this year – not blogging every day, but im going to continue to make things and document them here!

One thing I’d like to do more of is crochet.  Or at least crochet away my my yarn stash!  This granny square project has been haunting me for almost 5 years. I started it with the intention to make a granny square blanket. I had never crocheted in my life, and I hit up some friends one afternoon determined NOT to learn how to crochet, but how to crochet a granny square, and a granny square only. I swore I had enough hobbies and didn’t need any more! So they taught me how to make a granny square and I made about 100 of them for a few months while my son was a baby. I then took a stab at a few more projects since then and have realized that I DO really like crocheting and I understand it A WHOLE lot more than knitting. Im able to figure out projects on my own and things just make sense to me.  Also, it seems that I can usually find a you tube video that helps me through what im trying to figure out.

This bag of granny squares has been staring at me all these years and I’m determined to do something about it this year!

Ive seen granny square a day projects, and I think about starting one EVERY year, but I already have so many made….What I really need to know how to do is connect these babies. OH and remember how the heck we actually made these squares so that I can make more….

I took a look at how to make other granny squares with a round center and after a few trial and error attempts – I figured it out.  And now that I understand HOW to crochet, these were a breeze to whip up and they look so much more consistent than they have in the previous ones I’ve created.  So I weeded some out. I don’t have 100 anymore. Im ok with that because I have so much yarn laying around I can easily whip up some more. And they look so much better.

Next up: connecting these bad boys. I tried whip stitching them and I tried connecting with single crochets.  But heres the problem; since I didn’t really know what I was doing, when I initially made all  these, they are all different sizes. They aren’t really consistent.  And when I crochet them together it doesn’t lie flat and looks kind of awful.  I sat on it for a few days and realized its ok; this first 100 were a learning process and now that I know what I’m going to do, I’m going to just start over.  I think that crocheting them as you go method would look much nicer anyway.  But THEN I realized, that I could just cut the white border off the ones I ALREADY made, and the crocheting as you go method WILL work and I can save a lot of the work I already did! I got rid of about 1/3 of them b/c they were kind of on the bigger side (probably from when I was still learning) and started making a whole bunch more on my own. I probably made about close to 30 this weekend. I started to do the crochet as you go method, as well as sewing in the ends and I have about 12 crocheted together now and I’m SO much happier with it than when I started. AND the thought that I will actually complete this project this year makes me really really happy!

So I will continue to keep you posted on my progress with this blanket, but for now I’m excited that this project that I was so passionate about, will finally get some love again!

asymetrical shell stitch crocheted throw.

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Remember last year when I whipped up this baby blanket? Shortly aftewards I started working on an adult sized one. I actually finished this months ago, but have yet to get around to getting it up on the blog. I still have to do some edging to it, but its done and has been sitting on our couch and getting some use.

For this throw, I used bernat waverly yarn, and about 10 skeins of it.

 

crocheted whale.

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I was itching to crochet something, and I found a pattern to crochet this little whale.  He turned out super cute, and was really easy! The only changes I made to the directions are I used a 4.0 hook, instead of a 3.75 hook, and a 3.5 hook instead of a 3.0 hook.

you can find the pattern here.

dog sweater, take 2.

Stella gets a new sweater!
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And its a much better fit than last time.

I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Flower Garden Dog Sweater, only modifying it to fit my dog. I used the 1x pattern for stella, even though shes only 42 lbs. I didnt crochet the flowers, and I made mine a little bit shorter than in the photo.

But overall this was really easy. It took me about 2 hours total. I used bulky yarn and my trusty 10 hook. I stopped often and measured it against stella to make sure it would fit in the end; this was a big help and she was always willing to come over to me and oblige.

This pattern is two pieces – you crochet the back piece first, and then crochet the underside and sew them together, leaving spaces for the arms. When it was all done, I crocheted brown trim on the edge, armholes and neck to give it a more finished look.

Happy to report that miss stella loves it. I believe you have to enter a password/username in order to view the pattern above, but the pattern is free, so check it out!

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Stella got her first hoodie a few weeks ago and she really liked it. Shes smaller than we thought she would be, and pitties seem to love to be warm, so I got her one and she seems to really enjoy it.  She hasn’t been too much of a fan of all this snow and cold weather we have been getting – so to help get her through this winter, I thought I would take a stab at making her a sweater with some yarn I had laying around (which is why its so pink!) It definitely needs some work, but this was a pretty easy pattern to follow. I may take another stab at it, but she seems to like it, and it keeps her warm in these chilly temperatures.

Here is the link to the pattern I used. My favorite part is that she refers to the dog as “doggie.”

I’m thinking of trying to take a stab at another one this weekend….We’ll see how that goes.

crochet scrappy hat.

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hatThis is a pretty easy hat to make for a kiddo – using scrap yarn. You can use any combination of colors – I used a 6mm hook and red heart yarn.

I followed this pattern, only my hat came out more rounded, than triangular. ( I think i missed the chain twos at the end when i was going around…ooops!), but in the end I came up with something that still works, and used up some of scrap yarn while at it!

I started with making the band first, using a ribbing stitch until it was 18 inches long.

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IMG_4302I decreased my stitches, as the pattern told me to until I got to the point that my hat was too tight to flip in and out and I made a big pom pom to put at the top.