Delightful Plum Fields

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Hip! Hip! Hooray!  Finished this soft and cuddly afghan last night.  The finished size is 54 by 74 inches.  I started this project on April 9, 2017; but, have not worked on it daily.  There were periods of down time.  So, I actually do not have a full measure of the time it took to complete this project.

Six skeins of Bernat Blanket yarn (10.5 oz skeins) was used.  The body is done in five skeins of Plum Fields and one of Purple Plus. Using 10.5 circular needles, The initial cast on was 160 stitches. The pattern is garter stitch.

 

 

Recliner Makeover

Decided it was time to go through my fabric stash to find a piece that I could use to whip up a new cover for my recliner.  So, I found this hunter green quilted fabric that would work well on my olive green recliner.  With two King Charles Cavalier dogs who love to cuddle whenever I am on my recliner, it is important to have a cover to help keep it clean.

Using the old cover as a pattern, I cut out my new one.  All edges were serged to prevent any fraying during laundering.  Using double-folded matching bias tape, I finished each outer edge.  Then the sections were sewn together.  It only took a couple of hours to complete this project.

Quilted Recliner Cover img_1457  I had fun putting this project together.  I will make a matching one for my hubby’s recliner.  Then each dog will have a recliner to nap on and I won’t have to worry about fussing with clean up.

Avoiding Winter Blahs

Determined not to get the winter blues I decided it was time to add splashes of color to my home decor.  So off to the craft store we went to procure a new supply of wired ribbons.  Back at home and going through my stash of silk flowers I started to work.  Turning out a bunch of new wreaths.

Greeting visitors at the front door will see this one.  Mauve wired ribbon bow and touches of burlap interwoven among pansies helped to turn out this wreath. I like the way it stands out against our front door.

 

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Interior doors take on a different look.  See here …

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Wanted to try a different look for a white interior door so I turned to blending deep, bright purple flowers and pansies around a yellow dotted bow works well with this wreath. Personally, I’m not partial to purple, but, sometimes you need to stretch your preferences for dramatic effect.

Okay, that’s enough for an adventurous effort, it is time to go back into my comfort zone and a rustic touch. Those who know me would think Autumn colors and orange flowers.  Ha!  Guess again.

I got a great deal on several different wired burlap ribbons so I selected spring colors like–yellow, peach, and peach.

Now, I’m all set and ready to drive out any signs of winter blahs.

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.

Cozy and comfy in Silver Slate

Win for last night!  What’s that you say?  Whose team won?  What was the score? What is the prize?

Calm down!  Let me explain.  The prize is a finished cozy and comfy knitted comforter in Silver Slate.  Finished size 68 x 66 inches.  This project took several weeks to complete.  The pattern is quite simple–the entire blanket is done in a garter stitch.  I used five skeins of Bernat Blanket and worked it on a pair of circular needles. Once the main part was done, I used a solid gray to crochet a two-row edging.  img_0941

The first row of the edging is single crochet stitches and four single crochet stitches at each corner.  The second row is a single crochet, chain 2, single crochet.  This is repeated and between the single crochet posts, there is a space of one single crochet.  See picture below to get a visual of this.

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Because of the bulkiness of the yarn, you cannot see a clear distinction of the single crochet space.  It was critical otherwise the effect would be quite different.  The effect I wanted was simple and sleek.

 

Silvery Slate Gray Afghan

Another yarn project is underway.  This one is an afghan for an adult.  I’ve selected Bernat Blanket yarn for this project.  This yarn is an ultra-cozy, super bulky chenille-style yarn.  I Love the fact that it comes in a wide range of stylish colors.  The variegated style adds so much character to a project and in the process is complimentary to any home decor.

So as not to detract from the texture of this yarn, I opted to use a garter stitch.  My foundation knit row consists of 130 stitches using 10.5 circular knitting needles.  I purchased five skeins of this yarn.  Each skein is 10.5 ounces.  I want this afghan to be quite large so anyone can wrap themselves up in it, sit on a sofa, and watch a movie or ball game.  Take a glance at the way the colors blend in this view

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For a closer look giving you a better idea  better idea of the texture, check out the photo below.

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Stay tune for progress updates!

Pop-of-Red Granny-Squares Afghan

What do you do with the left-over yarn from projects of old?  What type of stitch would work?  Well, if you turn to an old favorite like granny squares then you have your next project.  Here is my completed granny square afghan.  Using a flat braid to join 144 granny squares yields a 5 ft by 5 ft afghan.  12 x 12 square

Each granny square was made in an assembly-line fashion.  What do I mean by that?  You start with the center and crochet the desired number of squares.  As I wanted this afghan to be large, I decided that I wanted to have 12 rows by 12 rows.  All yarn used was 4-ply medium weight machine washable yarn.

Gather all of your partial skeins and begin crocheting the granny squares.  In this case, I used tan yarn.  To add pizzazz, red yarn was used  for the second row.  Row 3 of each granny square used blues.  For the last row, I used a dark green.  Tying all of the different squares together, I used Kelly green.  The Kelly green yarn was the only yarn that wasn’t part of my stash.  So, I purchased 4 skeins.

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Peachy Delight

Didn’t think I could do it, but, I did.

Just finished another throw in just a matter of a day.  This one was crocheted.  It is delightful peachy and cuddly one using the same pattern from an earlier one (Country Rose). The secret to accomplish such a trip is to work on two simultaneously.  It is a challenge but great for keeping mentally alert and definitely beats boredom.  Large throws or afghans can become tedious causing the crafter to loose interest.  Alternating work sessions on each project keeps it interesting.

My first throw in this pattern was done in a Country Rose color with an off-white border.  This time I wanted to keep it monochromatic and enlarged it a bit.  The finished size is 45.5 inches by 65 inches.  This what my final project looks like.IMG_0668

I used two one=pound skeins (each 453.6 grams) in a One Pound Skein of Natura Deluxe Acrylic yarn.  The color is peach (504).

Here is a close up of the pattern.  As you can see the edging is a simple fan stitch.

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Here is a close up of one of the pattern blocks highlighting the lacy diamond effect.

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This pattern is fun to work with.  The secret lies in figuring out how many blocks you want.

Celebrating Autumn

I like all of the seasons, but, I think I love Autumn the most. I believe its because I am partial to all of the autumn colors–burnt oranges, burgundy, deep greens and warm browns.

So, here is a look at my Autumn decor. Hope you enjoy it.
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Fall wreaths Front Door Wreath

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Floral arrangements and tablescapes

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Touch of Country

After searching resources for a home decor idea, I decided I wanted to add a bit of country to our family room. I was intrigued with the use of burlap. Did not realize that burlap came in so many different colors. Since I was looking at window treatments, I settled on a coffee colored brown. I also thought it would be best that I use valances instead of full panels. I played with the idea of using pleats, but, when I hung up a sample I did not like the look. The pleats created a shadow effect because of the weave. Hence, I went back to the traditional pocket valance. To soften the look, I added a touch of white cotton flat lace.

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