Yesterday was crochet day for me. We had our From The Heart group meeting in Ashland in the afternoon. I took this blanket to work on since it will ultimately be donated to FTH. I got the top dark green stripe done and the next light section started. I sure hope that most of this yarn is gone when I finish this large blanket. It is looking pretty good though. I think someone will like it.
It seems like a good time to check in on all of the crochet projects because if I'm going to get one bag out to photograph I can get them all out.
I have a hat bag that I use for taking to meetings or to have in the car and I've been working on some masculine chemo hats. I like Lion Brand Feels Like Butta (and the Yarn Bee and Premier equivalents) for chemo hats. I makes such a soft hat that's perfect for tender skin. I also like Lion Brand Mandala Ombre and I think I will be able to get 2 hats out of one ball. This is a new pattern for me and it makes a slouchy style hat. It's a larger size hat for larger heads and I like the look of it a lot. It's the Brimless Beanie and it's free on Ravelry.
Remember a couple of years ago when I said I was only going to have one project at a time? Pfft. Forget all that!
Project number 3 is another of the big blankets that I've been making for family members. I don't have a recipient identified for this one but it's great to work on in the winter to cover my legs while I stitch away.
Finally, after some time in crochet purgatory, my hexagon sweater is back in the rotation. It's not turning out perfect but it is going to be wearable and I'm learning a lot. I have to sew the center back, add the bottom band and the neck band. It's getting close!
I usually rotate the projects every day. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with my crochet time now that football season is coming to the end. We don't have a habit of watching much TV but I do like to wind down with some productive sitting at the end of the day. No reason I can't continue that habit with my audiobooks.
A friend and I made some deliveries to From The Heart this week so I focused my crochet over the weekend to finishing this blanket. It finished to about 30 x 34 and used 2 Caron baby Cakes. This color is from a few years ago.
The pattern is from the BagODay YouTube Channel and is called Easy Crochet Blanket. It really is easy! My starting chain was 108 and the simple pattern is worked in 3 stitch clusters of one SC and 2 DC. I used a J hook.
I'm making good progress on the next big blanket. Each blanket takes 7 balls of yarn and I've just started the second ball. This one will last into February for sure.
I also need to start a new donation project and I've decided to use up some of the Pound of Love yarn and make a larger blanket that will be donated for someone receiving chemo or dialysis treatments. I'll do a stripe pattern in some sort of simple stitch, maybe like this one.
I gave my cousin this blanket last week and she sent me this photo that night. It made me very happy and I think Barclay likes his new blanket! It looks like the size is perfect for watching basketball games this winter.
I started the next one. I actually spent about an hour looking for other patterns but in the end I came back to this one. I think it looks great in these yarns. This one isn't designated for anyone yet but it will probably have a home by the time it's done.
I'm pretty close to having this baby quilt done. You can see in the project bag how much yarn is left. The colors in this photo are pretty washed out and the dark spots at the color changes aren't nearly as noticeable as they are in the photo. I have some matching turquoise that I could use as a border but I'll likely leave it the way it is. A friend and I are going to From The Heart Tuesday to deliver some items so I'd like to get this one ready for delivery too.
Over the past couple of weeks I've worked on a few hats and these two are finished and earmarked to be chemo hats.
The blue one is made with Loops and Threads Impeccable Flecks using this BagODay pattern on YouTube.
The pink one is made with Lion Brand Feels Like Butta yarn using the popular Divine hat using the Fiber Spider tutorial.
Once I finish the baby blanket I'm going to get back on this cardigan and get it wrapped up. I haven't touched it since early November and I need to get it finished. I think the next step is the center back. I'll have to get back to the video for the instructions.
Mom and I are supposed to meet up with my cousin for lunch today so I've been pushing to get this blanket done for her husband. Barclay went to college at University of Richmond and the school colors are blue and red. When I started making this one he was the first person I thought of.
This is the 5th blanket that I've made with this pattern. It finished about 47" x 66". I have enough yarn to make 3 more big blankets and 1 small blanket. Good thing I'm not tired of this yarn but I might use a different pattern on the next one.
This yarn is so soft and squishy and makes a beautiful blanket. It's too bad it's discontinued but there are lots of other similar yarns available. Premier Puzzle comes to mind.
I can hardy believe that I finished 4 of these this year along with 8 other small blankets for donations. But most of the patterns I choose, especially this one, go really fast.
Here are all the details:
Cascade Cartwheel Yarn, 7 balls,
Pattern from BagODay Crochet, pattern repeat is 8 stitches plus 3
I used a K hook and chained 147 stitches (with an L hook)
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you had wonderful weekend. If you are in the US I hope you were able to stay warm! As soon as we got back from Chesapeake we cranked up the wood stove and the house has been quite toasty. In fact, as I write this Sunday evening, I'm sitting in short sleeves while it's 30 outside.
We had a really nice (and quick) trip to Chesapeake to visit my brother and I was finally able to deliver his afghan to him. Of course, I knew that it would be adopted by their princess. She likes the quilts that I've made for them too. She pretty much owns every surface on the house.
When we were growing up we always had a train running under the Christmas tree. It was the American Flyer set that my Dad had. My brother's best friend has an even more serious train legacy with his Dad. Now, every year, Eddie and John set up a combined display in John's garage and we got to see it for the first time. They put it up every October and leave it through Christmas. They had all of the trains running for us today. It's really cool in a nerdy sort of way.
They have all sorts of buildings and scenes but I cracked up when I saw that they even had a chain gang!
It was fun to see it and appreciate all of the work that they put into it.
Between the drives and time in the hotel, I had a lot of time to finish off a few crochet hats. The top 2 are made of Feels Like Butta-type yarn and I'm making those to be men's chemo hats. The others are the Chunky Guy hat that I'm currently loving for donation hats. They don't look great flat but they look really good on the head. These three are thick and warm. I've already donated my winter hats for this year so I'll put these in a bag and start collecting for next year.
Since my last post I finished one of the 2 Chandelier quilt tops. My first goal of today is to finish the second one. There's also chores. I need to get outside and pick up the ton of sticks and branches that fell during the windstorm Friday and Saturday.
I've also decided to power through and finish this blanket over the next 3 days. I only have one ball of yarn left. I'm making it for my cousin's husband and I'm seeing her Thursday for lunch. It should be pretty easy to get this one wrapped up as my last finish for 2022.
My only wish for the last week of 2022 is that there not be a lot of yarn sales to tempt me into buying yarn that I do not need!
I'm not sure exactly what all I accomplished this weekend except for watching football all day yesterday (hence the crochet update). I know I did some yardwork and I did make a Christmas gift Saturday. I can't share the gift yet but I can tell you that I'm really happy with it.
Sunday was all football and all crochet so here's where I stand with my crochet.
Look familiar? This is the second capelet I've made in this yarn. It's Lion Brand Ice Cream Cotton Blend. It's lovely to work with and feels great and I got it at a great deal (the only way I buy yarn).
I just don't love how the colors pool. I also have 6 balls of this in shades of tan/brown and I think it will actually look better. The pattern was for a smaller weight yarn so I had to do lots of adjusting for 4 weight yarn. This one is a medium size. The last one was large.
In the end, I'm confident that it will find a good home.
I didn't have a lot leftover but I added what there was to my 4 weight scrap blanket. Even yarns of the same weight vary quite a bit in size but I"m not worrying about that. It's a scrap project that might become a pet bed so I'll just keep going.
My next charity project will be a blanket (baby or wheelchair....whatever) using tis Caron cake yarn that was also bought on sale last year. I think I got this yarn half off. It will be just like this blanket with either a purple or turquoise border.
It was interesting to go back and read that post where I talked about the pain in my hands and how I had to limit my crochet time. I'm so glad I found a good chiropractor! I crocheted for probably 5 hours yesterday and I'm no worse for it. No pain at all.
I do have some pain from my ab-focused workout this morning. My computer app tried to kill me.
Barclay's blanket is coming along well. I'm about to start ball 5 of 7. He will probably have this right after Christmas.
I still have the blue sweater underway but haven't touched it in a bit. The next step requires me to sit down and focus on the instructional video. I hope to have time for that next week. This week requires me to do a lot of tie dye shirts for Christmas gifts.
So, recently I went to Joann to get some thread for Mom. I took my usual stroll through the yarn department to see what was going on there. There was a lady standing by and end cap looking at the O'Go Colorama yarn. I stopped for a second and she pointed out that it was buy 1 get 3 free. We started talking about making hats for charity and discovered that we make things for the same organization, From The Heart Stitchers.
I know I said a month ago that I had made my last hats for the year but FHT had made a request for more hats recently so I bit on the Colorama deal.
I like The Chunky Guy beanie for fast hats made for men. They don't look so good flat but they actually look great on. So I got started and decided to only work on hats until I made as many as I could with this yarn.
I paid about $9 for all of the yarn and I got 9 hats made. I probably could have made one more but by the time I got it down to $1 a hat I was done. I did not love this yarn. It made a comfy hat but it wasn't fun to work with. I refused to put this yarn in the closet and forced myself to use it as a lesson to myself on impulse purchases.
With the hats finished it was time to make a delivery. These are the things that our Ashland group made in the past few months. I delivered the Tuesday. I'm already working on another of the blue capelets. I'll be happy to see the end of that yarn as well. I love the texture of the cotton/acrylic blend but I don't like the way the colors flow. I know someone will love it though because it's very warm and comfy.
In other news, I keep a puzzle going and usually work on it while I'm eating breakfast. This one was a little surprising because it turned out to be one of those with hidden animals. I just couldn't do the sssss so I'm calling this one done.
The other thing I've been working on this week are some gifts from friends. I think I'll have them done and ready to share tomorrow. Next I have to work on some December birthday cards and I want to make sure they don't look anything like Christmas.
I was totally heads down this weekend to get my second "Paula" quilt done.
My goal this year with Paula's fabrics was to design quilts that didn't require a lot of cumbersome fussy cutting. That aspect of using these fabrics turns some people off. So I wanted to show that these fabrics are really special no matter how they are used. They really do sparkle and I can't wait to share them in color with you. Both of my quilts will be veterans quilts and I will do more just like this one. It was fast and easy but has a huge impact.
My other goal was to get the stitching done on my postcards. One day I stitched the moon and the next day I did the star.
All three designs are through the steps to do stitching. I have to add the backs, serge the edges and add a few embellishments to finish them off. All of those things will be pretty fast to get done this week. My goal each year is to have the Christmas cards in the mail by December 10 and I should be able to do that.
There was plenty of football to watch and I get my second scarf with this yarn started.
This week I've got to get caught up on my actual business and spend a day putting up the Christmas decorations. I also want to finish the postcards and get those out of the way. Then I have to come up with a gift for my girlfriends and get those made by December 9.
After the 10th I should have the rest of December free to relax and enjoy the holiday.
I made good progress on my Paula Nadelstern quilts this week. I've finished the first one and have started the second. I can't wait to show you these fabrics in color so you can see how much the background fabrics sparkle.
Meanwhile, I can share my latest crochet project in full color.
Sometime last year (I think), Lion Brand put their Ice Cream Cotton Blend yarn on sale at a deep discount. I had heard great things about it so I got some in blue and some in tan to make shawls or wheelchair blankets. This shawl is 3+a little skeins of the blue and can probably be considered a large size. The pattern is this one from Etsy.
I do not love the way the colors pool with this yarn but it it great to work with and is going to be a very warm and comfortable shawl. All of the "Ice Cream" line of yarns pool like this and I really don't like it. I will use what I have but will not buy more. But I know this will appeal to someone. I have 3 more skeins of the blue and 6 of tan so I can make 3 more shawls if I want.
The pattern is incredibly easy and fast. It's basically double V stitches. The pattern doesn't specify the yarn, but based on the hook size and image, it's meant for a smaller gauge yarn. I made this size by chaining 75+4. I'm starting the next one with 66+4 for a medium size.
These scallops make a nice finished edge. There's supposed to be one more round but I didn't think it looked good in this heavier weight yarn. This is sufficient for this project.
I started the medium sized one while watching football between meals yesterday.
Laura left yesterday morning but we spent our last evening watching some pretty bad TV. In between laughs I started my next big blanket and after last night's football game, I'm through the first ball.
Yesterday afternoon was my monthly knit/crochet group. I worked on this shawl and I'm on the 3rd ball of Lion Brand Ice Cream Cotton Blend. I do not love how the color plays out. But it's great to work with and it's going to be a very comfortable and warm shawl. I think it's about long enough and then there's trim around the edges to do.
But I've been crocheting too much and I will take the next 2 days off to rest my hands. Instead I'll be sewing.
First thing is to clear off the cutting table by figuring out how I'm going to use these fabrics for my third postcard design. I found that pretty batik at the only quilt shop in Greenville, ME this summer. I love the added gold sparkle snowflakes printed over it. This today's task along with making cookies to take to my brother's house tomorrow for a Thanksgiving meal with family.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.