Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easter buddies

I can't remember exactly when I got the idea for these, but I was so excited when I could finally get to the store to get some soft, fluffy yarn to get them made. I used Bernat Baby Blanket, which is almost like chenille, so it's chunky and super soft. I was hoping to get a bunch of these made to put on Etsy in time for Easter, but this darn cold that keeps going around our family had other plans. My daughter nagged me for over a week to "get pictures taken already" so she could snag these up to snuggle, so they were definitely a big hit!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


This afghan came about because I had quite a bit of yarn left over after completing my slipstream afghan. I wanted to do something with random stripes, but I have a really hard time being random. I learned about something called the Fibonacci sequence, and decided to give it a try. Basically, it's 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, and on and on. I did it up through 8 (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8) for this pattern, using the colors in the same order all the way through - because I had 17 colors and only five colors in each pattern repeat, it made it so the colors were different sized stripes each time they were used. I think it really gave me that random look without having to be random at all, and I'll definitely use it on future projects. Hooray for math!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Doily blanket

I have become addicted to making afghans, and more specifically quick and easy afghans. Combine that with my newfound love of all things vintagey, and I knew I had to make this doily blanket the second I saw it. It's from ohmygoodknits! Lace Love eBook, which can be found here. It took just over two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn (I used the color Aran), and took just a few days to complete. It's about 45 inches across, so a nice size for a throw or lap afghan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Patrick's Day decor

March is here, and in our neck of the woods it has definitely come in like a lion! We've had more snow in the past week than we did for most of the winter. Lucky for me, the nasty weather is a perfect excuse to hunker down and crochet or knit.

The argyle wreath above was inspired by the one I found on Pinterest and made for Valentine's Day. I had the idea for this wreath at that time, since I already had the green knitted wreath base hanging around - I meant to do something with it for Christmas, but just ran out of oomph. It's knit in a super chunky yarn (Hometown USA) in garter stitch, which I wrapped around a picture frame and sewed together. I used my Cricut and the Designer's Calendar cartridge to cut the shamrock out of chipboard, which I then used as a pattern to trace onto my two colors of felt.

The table runner was inspired by a free Red Heart afghan pattern, found here. I used two bright shades of Red Heart Super Saver green, sewing them together and doing a single crochet border around it all.