Splashing in the Blue Surf

surf-varigated

Just completed my first craft project for 2017.  This is a knitted baby blanket done in a garter stitch.  I used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights (Surf Varigated).  This yarn is a 6 weight and a 10.5 oz skein. I used my favorite needles, circular 10.5.  This blanket is finished in a row of single crochet stitch in lime green.  The finished measurement is 42 x 43 inches.

 

 

Welcoming 2017

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We spent our Christmas in Baltimore.  Spending the holidays with family is always enjoyable, relaxing, and energizing.  We explored many new eating pl…

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Goodbye to 2016

goodbye  It is time to say goodbye to 2016.  2016 was a very busy and fulfilling year.  There were many craft projects, new area of creative growth, new commitment to a healthier lifestyle and lots of traveling (road trips).

It’s time to take a few minutes to reflect on 2016 blessings.  I am grateful for last year which was a very productive year.  I spent a lot of time working with yarn in 2016.  Knitting and crocheting helps to keep my mind active and I love the feeling I get when I complete a project as well as the sense of fulfillment and satisfaction upon learning a new skill. I made a lot of blankets.

 

I also ventured into a few new projects such as a couple of mermaid tails and one shark’s tail.    These were fun.

I took a knitting class to learn to do a cable stitch correctly.

 

I also knitted a couple of triangle shawls.  ( no pictures though)

Another new craft I tried was braiding.  I made a braided rug using bath towels.

img_0947     This turned out to be a wonderful hostess gift.

In addition, my needle crafts I have moved my creativity into the literary arena by writing a children’s book.  I published my first children’s book, Bekah’s First Adventure. I started dabbling in poetry as well.  I started gathering information to write another children’s book.  So, I will keep you posted as to its progress.

My biggest accomplishment occurred with regard to my health.  I lost 30 pounds this year thanks to Weight Watchers.

I could not have accomplished all of this with out the blessings I’ve received from our Heavenly Father.  I offer up my thanksgiving to Him who continues to shower me with blessings.

 

Royal Blue Fuzzy Blanket

Finished knitting a fuzzy blue blanket in garter stitch.  Used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights. This blanket is finished with a simple edging in cream. Finished blanket is 51 x 49 inches.  I love working with this yarn as it washes well.

Olive Cable Cowl

Mastered learning how to knit a cable stitch with the Cable Cowl project.  To make this cowl, I used one and two-thirds skeins of Lion’s Brand–Vanna’s Choice.  The end result is this soft olive cowl.

Dog Coat – a Quick Pattern

Last week I asked whether I should knit my spoilt pooch a coat and the response was an overwhelming “Yes”. So I got on with it and for the time being, I left the work-intensive angel wi…

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OMG! A SharkTail

I’d like to thank a couple of Weight Watcher’s team mates for providing me an opportunity to venture into a different realm with regard to my needle escapades. These ladies asked if I could make them special blankets for young ones in their families.  The initial excursion started with crocheting mermaid tails.  Mermaid tails are great for little girls, but, what about the little boys.  So, in answer to that challenge, I agreed to experiment with crocheting a shark tail.

I turned again to a great website, yarnutopia.com, for my inspiration.  Above are two pictures of the finished product.  Nadia’s shares patterns on her website along with video clips to help crafters understand her patterns.  I highly recommend this site.  Her patterns are copyrighted so please do not publish them for respect to this fine crafter.

I had fun working on these projects. In addition to the special feelings crafters get from working on a new project (pattern), I enjoyed several health benefits.  Crocheting allows you to keep your brain active.  The rhythm of the stitches promotes calmness.  Helping out friends is another asset.  So, thanks ladies for this rewarding opportunity.  Hope your love ones enjoy these blankets.

 

Pink Camo Mermaid Tail

Completed a second mermaid tail using Nadia Faud’s pattern from Yarnutopia.  I did make an adjustment to the original pattern.  I added a border to the top,  I also added an edging around the tail, the top band, and back opening.

I tried a different brand of acrylic ombre yarn–I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  This yarn came from Turkey.  Weight is #4. I used 5 (5 ounce) skeins of the variegated yarn in pink camo.  My contrast color, for the tail and top border is hot pink.

Mermaid Tail Blanket

I made this mermaid tail blanket for a friend who wanted one as a Christmas present for her daughter.  Crocheted in a shell stitch.  Tail made in double crochet stitch.  Added a trip of the turquoise on the top using the same shell stitch to tie in the colors of the tail.

Directions were found online from Nadia Faud’s yarnutopia. (https://yarnutopia.com/2015/04/29/how-to-crochet-video-tutorial…) made this a quick pattern.  Directions were easy to follow and the videos helped.  It took me about a week to make this project.  Nadia has done an excellent job teaching this how-to video.

Materials I used:  5 skeins Red Heart Super Saver worsted yarn (Macaw).  1 skein Red Heart Super Saver worsted yarn (Turquoise).  Using the turquoise yarn to tie it all together, I added a single crochet edging to the back opening and a couple of rows of double crochet shell stitch border on the top.

Thank you Nadia for helping me to my friend with a perfect Christmas gift for her daughter.

 

Bath Towel Bath Mat

Stumbled across a buzz feed blog post, “Recycled Towel Bath Mat,” detailing directions to make a recycled towel bath mat.  I was intrigued with this project  as this would be a first for me.  There was a catch, however, I did not want to use old towels.  Why?  Because I wanted to make a house warming gift for my daughter, who is serving in the Army.  She is away from her home and family and I wanted to give her something I made with love to remind her every day of how much she is loved.  So!  This blog post gave me the perfect gift.

I used three bath towels to make this project–two gray and one canary yellow. Here you can see a close up of the braid and the finished product.

The process to create this bathmat was not complicated at all.  Here are the instructions.

  1.  Trim off the hems of each bath towel.  Fold in half (width wise) to make it easier to handle.  Then using a rotary cutter, cut strips 3 inches wide. Do this for each towel
  2. Taking your first strip, fold sides inward toward the center and then fold again.  This should resemble a double-faced bias tape.  Pin to keep in tack.  Remember that you need the top edge free to be used to anchor three strips together to initiate the braiding.  Repeat the folding process for the other strips.  Note:  I wanted to make sure each folded strip remain closed so I slip stitched the edges.  You need to leave about 2 inches from the bottom edge as you need to have this open to join subsequent strips together.
  3. Starting at the center of the rug, twisting the braid into a coil.  Stitch the coil rings together.  Note:  a hook needle moves this part of the process along nicely.
  4. Once you have completed step two for three strips, stack them on top of each other.  Stitch the top edge together, turn edge over so you have a clean sewn edge and begin braiding.  When you reach the end, stitch on another folded strip to each strand of the braid. Continue braiding and coiling.  Continue to you have all ends have been used.

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