Aztec Granny Stripe Blanket

I think I almost forgot that I have a blog… geez.

Between everyone passing around colds in January & February, gearing up for Spring Break, Spring Break itself, and now it seems everyone has a field trip/field day that needs getting ready for. The joys of family life, never a dull moment. And, of course about half of my kids have woken up with feet two sizes bigger, or a few inches taller so lots of sorting clothes and shopping for shoes has been going down lately too.

Luckily I have some time to crochet while waiting at school pick ups and activities, down time yes!

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I just finished this granny stripe blanket, oh I love it! Granny crochet in any form is probably my favorite crochet goodness EVER.

The stripes are all random and crazy like, because I can only make so many blankets with a ‘must stick to it’ pattern. I guess I need to be a little rebellious sometimes.

I used a total of 6 skeins of yarn (I did buy a skein of Aran, just needed it) and 6 balls of yarn. There were 5 balls left from the skeins, I consider it a ball if it’s smaller than a softball and larger that a golf ball. Anything larger I still consider a skein and anything smaller I consider scrap (not enough to really make anything)

The final measurements are: 40in by 50in

If you’re interested, this blanket is listed in my Etsy shop.

AND, my new stats for #UseAllTheYarn2015 are:

  • 104 Skeins (down 5.4%)
  • 60 balls (down 1.7%)
  • 7 large cones (no change)

Yay for progress using my stash! I have pulled to start my next project already too, an African flower throw it is!

Use All The Yarn 2015

Yes, I know it’s February but I just had to start this even though it’s not the real beginning of the year.

I have a question for all you crocheters/knitters out there. How many skeins of yarn do you have right now?

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Don’t lie, be honest. (That basket is full, and it’s three feet wide, two feet high, and two feet deep)

Me? How many do I have??

As of right now I have:

109 skeins, 61 balls, and 7 large cones of yarn. And a few handspuns, but I won’t count those here. They’re from my grandma, little different see:

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You read that right.

I had two different ladies give me yarn at about the same time almost two years ago. I put it away and just knew I would be making things with them gradually and the stash would dwindle.

Even though I have made a few things, I still have that much yarn. (Just imagine how much there really was to start….) I would like to add that some of these yarns are not what I would necessarily choose to buy, but I’ll be more than happy to work with what I have!

So, enter #UseAllTheYarn2015!!!

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Use the yarn you’re stashing, share on instagram with the hastag #usealltheyarn2015, and I’m thinking there will be random giveaways throughout the year for those playing along!

I’ll be keeping track of how much I use of my stash throughout the year, and I’d be glad to have you join along!

Right now I’m on my second project in this endeavor.

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Since I used 4 skeins (with only one small ball left) on the first one, here’s my current stats:

Used:

4 skeins

Have Remaining:

105 skeins, 62 balls, 7 cones

Here’s to using what we have and making beautiful things!!

2 FOs This Last Weekend

How is that even possible??

Either way, it was quite awesome.

First finished object was my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief. The pattern is a free ravelry download, just click on the link and it will lead you to the pattern.

It's nit a vacation without some awesome knitting #ageofbrassandsteam #sublimecashmeremerinosilkdk #knittersofinstagram

This is the first kerchief I’ve even made, and it was definitely a easy/fun knit. It’s a little smaller than I would like, so I gave it to my oldest daughter. She has been asking me for a shawl for a while now, which I think it funny all on it’s own but that’s another story.

The second project I finished was a crochet bolero for my oldest. She really likes to wear boleros, especially over her dresses to church. This one has been a WIP for a long while, honestly I’m glad it fits her.

A's White Church Bolero

The bolero is also a free pattern on ravelry, although I did make some modifications.

I feel like I need to start something for each of my other kids now. I can’t believe these both got done in one weekend!

 

Hats, Hats, and Hats

Truck on the Road Hat

You would think I was preparing for a snowstorm or something with all the hats I’ve made lately! Geez…

Sailor’s Watch Cap

Finished three this week alone!

Wave Hat

It’s been quite nice to have so many heads to cover though. *cheesy grin*

Boba Fet Hat

Is there anything to make like crazy in the colder months??

(Links to Ravelry in the captions of each photo.)

Earflap Hat for 18inch Doll – Free Pattern

For any of you that have an 18 inch doll in your life than this pattern is for you!

Since Kit has become a part of our family, my daughter and I have been working on a few things to add to her ever growing wardrobe.

Who knew a doll could need so many accessories?!

Since it does get rather cold (only sometimes) around these parts, naturally Kit needed an earflap hat just like her ‘big sisters’ have.

This is a very quick project, and a pretty good one for a beginner also (or a good incentive to learn to crochet).

Pattern:

Materials:

– Ball of worsted weight yarn
– Small ball of contrast yarn worsted weight (optional)
– Size G hook
– scissors

Directions:

Using US terms.

Hat:

  • Ch 3, join to make loop
  • Round 1: Ch 2. 9 dc into loop. Join to top of ch 2. (10 sts)
  • Round 2: Ch 2, 1 dc in same space. 2 dc in each st of previous round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round. (20 sts)
  • Round 3: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in nest st, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (30 sts)
  • Round 4: Ch 2. 1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (40 sts)
  • Round 5: Ch 2. 1 dc in next 6 sts. 2 dc in next st. *1 dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st.* repeat to end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (45 sts)
  • Rounds 6-9: Ch 2. 1 dc in each st till end of round. Join to top of ch 2 from this round (45 sts)
  • Cut yarn leaving about 5 inches from hook. Ch 1 and pull tail through. (tie off)

Earflaps:

  • Count 7 stitches to the right from where you just tied off. Attach yarn and sc in next 6 sts. Ch 1, turn. (6 sts)
  • Sc 2 tog, 1 sc in next 2 sts, sc 2 tog. Ch 1, turn. (4 sts)
  • Sc in each st (4 sts)
  • Sc 2 tog, twice. (2 sts) Tie off again.

Make another earflap the same way, counting 7 stitches in the other direction from the tie off of the hat.

Finishing:

  • Starting near the hat tie off, attach contrasting yarn and sc around entire hat and both earflaps. Tie off.
  • Cut 6 pieces of contrasting yarn about 12 inches in length. These will be your ties, they will be about 5 inches in length.
  • Take 3 pieces and fold in half. Take the looped end and put it through one earflap, from the outside in, and pull the tails through the loop. Braid the ties, and knot. (make 2)

Enjoy!

Ravelry page (and pdf download).

Edited to add:  I would LOVE to see any projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Your Lyanna Jean Designs.

Just a reminder, my patterns are for your personal use and enjoyment only. These are not to be produced for profit of any kind. If you have any questions please email me at lyannaanderson@gmail.com.

Oh Monday

How is it that you manage to come EVERY week and still feel the same??

Eh, either way I’m looking forward to this week.

The items on my ‘to-do’ list are slowly dwindling getting ready for the baby, there are only 3 scheduled ‘events’ on my calendar for this week (joy) 2 are doctor’s appointments, and my que on Ravelry is calling me since I’ve been so good at finishing projects lately! Though I’m still not sure how I only have 12 things in my que.

Here’s a few recent FOs & my first try with a cookies press:

Piper’s Hat, yes I need to weave in that one thread.

Martha’s Reversible Purse I made for me. LOVE it.

Kit’s Winter Hat, tutorial coming soon.

Hearts Hat, this is what you get with a click and shoot camera after getting a nice one.

Light Pink Diaper Cover & Earflap Hat

I’m also quite excited to send out my squares for my first ever fabric swap. Did I mention I’m excited?!

I even took a photo of my squares, haha. I chose to do royal blue, but mostly by default simply because it was the first color on the list that I found 10 FQs worth of fabric for. There are 200 squares there, all 4 inches. I can’t wait to get back all the colors after the ‘swapping’.

I’m also thinking of sending along a little gift for the woman hosting this swap, I mean I’m not sure I would enjoy doing 3 rounds of sorting thousands of 4 inch squares to make sure everyone gets one of each fabric. Maybe if I had a day without all my kids around….

Wow, I feel like this post is just a hodge podge of everything. Sorry. My brain is kind of all over the place lately.

Hopefully your week is looking good too!

ROYGBIV Ripple Finished

Since this blanket was finally gifted I can blog about it, I only finished it about 2 weeks ago so I didn’t have to wait too long.

I absolutely LOVE this blanket! I love the colors, I love how wonderful it was to work on, and I love how soft it came out. I’m thinking I need one of my own!

Stats:
– Tutorial: Neat Ripple @ Attic 24
– Finished size: about 46 inches by 52 inches.
– Cast on: 227 (has 16 ripples)
– 118 rows
– Hook size: G
– Started: Nov. 16, 2011
– Finished: Jan. 27, 2012
– Ravelry: ROYGBIV Ripple

Posted about it here, here, and here.

I’m Hooked

I mentioned in my last post something about tons of crochet this month.

Big Brother Little Brother Hats

Maybe it just feels like a lot to me because I’ve made or finished 6 crochet projects this month, and one more will be done today. That’s huge for me since crochet has been a little on the back burner for sometime. It always seems that my crochet projects end up being the ones that travel with me and get done during ‘waiting times’, and for some reason I’m always making a blanket (and I finished one of those this month too).

My ROYGBIV Ripple is DONE!!! More on that later…

I found a really cute pattern on Ravelry, Earflaps Hat for Kids, and I LOVE it. Of course, I only made 2 that were by the pattern, but made 3 others that were bigger just by adjusting the pattern.

Brother & Sister Hats

There you have it, I made 5 hats this month and am finishing one for me (yes me) today. It’s just like the little pink one pictured above, funny cause I think pink is my least favorite color but I love how this one looks! I rarely ever make something for myself, and this month this is the second thing I’ve made for me. I feel like I’m spoiling myself.

This Week…

Tuesday brought with it my first (successful) knitting and crochet group. Two good friends came by my place and had their first lessons, one knitting and one crocheting. It was such fun! I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in quite a while.

Between trying to teach 2 completely different things, I did not work on any of my own projects which I really didn’t mind.

Progress is coming along nicely with my ROYGBIV Ripple. I decided I didn’t like the first yellow that I picked, the texture was all wrong. So, after on 3 rows of frogging I was at it again, and much happier with the second choice.

Lots and lots of baking was happening, and apparently Martha was the go-to source for recipes. This week I made:

Chocolate Crackled Cookies
These were great! They are like a cross between a brownie and a cookie, so good!

Cranberry Shortbread
These are a favorite in my family!

…and…

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies (not Martha’s, but Hershey’s)
New recipe for us, but everyone loved them. Definitely a keeper!

My oh my… I don’t need to do much more baking or I’ll need to make myself some mumus to wear (the not-so-pretty ones).

Friday night brought our church Christmas Party (one reason for so many cookies). We had lots of fun. My family along with my in-laws sang ‘Away in a Manger’ together, and I stood the farthest from the mic… I know better than to quit my ‘day job’.  Yes, our youngest is hidden in the back, but this was the best photo.

The best part of this week so far though by far was when my little girl sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ at the Christmas Party.

Thankfully today will be an easy one because we’ll be celebrating this guy’s birthday!

Nothing like tons of family around, and hopefully I get lots of photos.

To Grandmother’s House We Go

Tonight we head out!

Our ‘little’ family will be going to my grandma’s house in West Virginia, I’ve only blogged about it a few times… here, here, and here.

Thankfully, we’ll be stopping tonight at my Dad’s in Maryland and staying the night. It’ll be nice to break up the drive, it would be about 7 hours one way (and that only includes 2 short stops) otherwise. Making that drive in a Mazda MPV with 4 kids isn’t exactly easy/fun.

I’ve got a project (possibly two) going along with me. I’m pretty excited to get lots of hooking done on this soon-to-be baby blanket (on Ravelry here):

This is a project that was inspired by Lucy at Attic24, she’s doing a ripple-along, her ripples are simply adorable!

Loving all the colors. Maybe I’m trying to get more into scrappy crochet… I’ve got tons of granny squares that I need to kick myself into making into something because I think I’m abandoning the original King-sized plan for them. (I know, how horrible to abandon an original project… it’s either that or it’s gonna sit for much longer than it already has.)

Wish me luck (and sanity…).