Category Archives: Yarn

It’s been a while

So I’ve been off the grid for a while now thanks to my first year teaching in a private school, going back to school to finish my education certificate, keeping up with my two year old, and with the expectation of my second baby (10 weeks to go). I’ve been so busy with those things I’ve had to put my photography business on hold, and have even found I have almost no time to snap a photo of the day. The one thing I have recently started making time for again is knitting and crocheting…to keep my sanity. If you think public school kids are stressful, try dealing with private school parents. I almost quit at the end of the first quarter because I had a lot of parents angry that their kids had earned a B in Art instead of an A. And they weren’t very civil about how they approached me on the matter. Most were aggressive and some even got nastily mean. I would honestly trade a year in a public school with 85 kids in one class than deal with those parents for a single day again. So I picked my needles back up after a long hiatus and made some pretty cute baby hats, and I’ve got the two sides of a pillow complete. I just have to stitch the pillow pieces together and stuff it. Five more days until Christmas break.
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Handmade Gifts

December was a busy month in terms of crochet and knitting. I crocheted a lovely scarf and pillow case for my family gift exchange. Our family is so large now we draw names instead of buying for everyone. I wish I had a photo of the pillow case because it’s absolutely adorable! I do have one of the scarf though. I call it Fuzzy Fall.

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I also made a scarf for my sister. She loves the color pink and this bright pink yarn just screams her name.

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In addition to the pink scarf, I crocheted a purple one for my friend’s 3 year old daughter. I ended up sewing a purple button in the middle of it so she could fasten it and not have to worry about the scarf ever falling off.

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I was also very busy knitting slipper socks. A scarf takes about two hours, but each slipper sock pair takes 4-5 hours. I made five sets of these cozy beauties. Three in baby blue, one in purple, and one in burgundy. I only have a photo of the baby blue ones, but will be making more of the other colors in the future. I gave the burgundy pair to my friend for Christmas, and the other four were purchased in my Etsy shop.

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I had to break my long time resolution of not purchasing yarn in order to stockpile for these slipper socks since I recently found out the yarn I originally selected has been discontinued. I’ve started the search for alternatives since I bought up all I could find on eBay, but have not found a suitable replacement yet.
My crafting resolution for 2014 is to finish the four blankets I have started by December of 2014. They are the top four things on my w.i.p. List so hopefully rotating between them will not only keep me from getting bored, but will allow me to finish them as well.

The waiting game

Well, it looks like another day of playing the waiting game with this baby. After nesting too much Friday and Saturday, I tried to take it easy on Sunday like I was told to. It was very difficult. All I wanted to do was rearrange the entire house.

My husband and I were hoping the baby would arrive on Saturday, in remembrance of the baby we lost last year. Baby boy seems to have other plans though.

So on my relaxing Sunday I made this cute little hat for the baby and started another one I’ll get finished tonight. It is a crochet pattern I got off Ravelry and although I can’t remember the user who posted it, the pattern is called Fuzzy Bear Hat. I can’t wait to take baby’s first photos in it.

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Sorry I’ve been away for a little while. Between caring for my husband, who’s still recovering from his trip to the ER a few weeks ago (heat exhaustion can take some time to bounce back from), and adjusting to my last month of pregnancy, plus client work in crunch mode, it’s been very hard to find the time to commit to this blog.

I’ve been working on a few baby hats the last week to send to my pregnant friends. Considering they’re due two weeks after me, I figured hats would take less time than blankets. And I was right. I’ve done three hats in the last week. Once my little man arrives, I’ll be able to start blankets for family members who are expecting in January & February. Speaking of blankets, I need to keep moving on my baby’s blanket. I still have to finish weaving in tails and then stitch all the squares together. I’ll have the opportunity to do that tomorrow night while I watch Project Runway.

It’s an astounding thought knowing my baby could arrive any time within the next five to seven weeks. All I can think about is all the stuff I still have to do to prepare our home for this new little life.

Well, that covers everything except Photo of the Day. So here it is.

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Almost There

I finally finished all the squares for my baby’s first blanket. Now I’ve just got to weave in all the tails and stitch the squares together. It’s another few hours of work, but it feels so good to be this close to being done with it.

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Moving Right Along…

Well, it’s a good thing I took my crochet to labor & delivery class last week. After watching the two birth stories, our instructor went into detail about spinal taps and epidurals. Having my crochet with me was the only thing that kept me from running out of the room in terror. For those who don’t know, I have a legitimate, medically diagnosed phobia of medical needles. My doctors keep my immunizations and blood draws to an absolute minimum because every time a doctor or nurse approaches me with a needle, I have a panic attack. These attacks include elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, and hyperventilation, which in turn leads to passing out. So when our L&D instructor started showing pictures and describing the procedure in detail, I kept my eyes on my granny squares and flinched every time she talked about puncturing the skin. I know the only way I will be having any type of needle stuck into my back is if an emergency c-section is required and in that instance, they better just knock me out completely. I still have no idea how I’m going to handle them sticking me with an IV. The only time I’ve ever had one done I ended up panicking and ripping it out. That caused such a commotion they stuck me in a mental facility for 24 hours.

Even my doctors (I see a team of 4) are trying to figure out how to best handle my needle phobia without causing any additional stress to the baby. I’m starting to think I should have looked into birthing centers or home birth instead of a hospital to have this kid.

Thankfully, tomorrow night’s L&D class is going to concentrate on the actual delivery and post delivery procedures. So fingers crossed no more needle talk. I’m still going to take my crochet stuff with me though. I don’t like the idea of being there with nothing to concentrate on if the instructor starts talking about needle stuff again.

Speaking of crochet, I have only two more squares to go before my baby’s blanket is ready to stitch together. I’m excited because it feels like I’ve been working on this project forever. I also started knitting a blanket for one of my friends’ babies. As I mentioned before, I have three friends who are due a few weeks after me. This blanket is my first experience knitting with circular needles, though I’m not knitting it in the round. I’m also trying something new for me and that’s changing yarn colors without having to stitch together separate pieces. I’m trying to give the blanket stripes. I just have to figure out how wide to make them. I’m hoping to post a photo once I get a few stripes made. It’s such a soft, fuzzy yarn in pretty baby blue and navy blue. I might also do a few stripes in silver. I haven’t really decided yet. Either way, I’m going to save some of the yarn to make a little matching hat too.

Seven weeks to go (give or take) before baby arrives. I’m looking forward to meeting him, but the house is totally not ready for his arrival yet. I’ve got two rooms to clean out, one so we can make it a spare bedroom for my parents to stay in when they visit and the other to serve as the baby’s room. It just seems like I have no time to do that stuff in. Last weekend though, I had my final wedding before baby’s arrival. So once I deliver the images and items they ordered next week, I’ll have my nights and weekends free again to make the house ready for baby. It’s so exciting and even my husband is looking forward to helping prep the rooms.

Finished Projects

Finally got around to snapping (poor) photos of some of my recently finished projects.

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This first scarf is probably one of my favorites ever made. I paired an old teal acrylic yarn from my grandma’s stash with Pattons Cha Cha yarn. I love the patch/stripes pattern it made. This is just a triple crochet using a size 10 (us) hook.

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This scarf is similar to the first one. Same stitch and hook, but I used an acrylic in earth tones with a baby blue fashion yarn, also Pattons but I forget the name of it.

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This one is made with the same earth tone acrylic as the last scarf, partnered with another yarn that had little tufts of fuzzy in it. This was my first attempt at combining knit and purl. I knit one row and purled the next. Except for the way it curls inward toward the purled side, I like the way it turned out.

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This last one is knitted using just the garter stitch. It’s a really light and whispy yarn (sorry I forgot the name of it, but it’s made by Pattons) on size 19 needles. It made it go pretty quick.

L&D Class and a New Project

Tonight, my husband and I have our third Labor & Delivery class. Hopefully, it will go better than last week when I started sobbing in front of the whole class because I was reminded during our practice breathing of our loss of baby Alex. We’re supposedly watching a few birth stories tonight that were actually filmed in the hospital, so they won’t have all that Hollywood flair added to them. “Very real-life” we’re told by the instructor.

Well, with the anxiety I’ve been feeling and my doctor telling me to find something to channel it through, I’m taking my next crochet project with me to class. I’ve finished two scarves this week (I hope to post them soon), and I’m not entirely sure what I’ll start on next. I do know that it will be baby related since I have just eight weeks to finish several projects I’ve put on my list of “to-do’s.” Now that I think about it, I’ll probably start a little blanket and matching hat for my friends Amanda, Shannon, and Kirstin who are all due a week or two weeks after me. Well, that solves it. Off to Ravelry to find a cute pattern for two little boys and a surprise.

Something’s in the Water…

So I found out earlier today that one of my cousins, whom I grew up pretty close to, is joyfully expecting his first baby with his wife. They are due in February. I’m very excited for them! This is another baby thing I will get to make and since they live in Ohio, I will get to make warm winter things like a hat and thick blanket. You know what this means? I’m going to frog the scarf I just started (I think it’s too wide anyway) and use the yarn to make a fuzzy blanket instead.

With that in mind I have the following projects I need to get moving on:

  • My son’s summer blanket (almost done) and winter blanket.
  • My son’s hat and teddy bear.
  • A hat and blanket for my sister-in-law’s baby (must be ready by Christmas because that’s when we’ll see them)
  • A hat and blanket for my cousin’s baby (to be shipped to them by the end of January).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Amanda’s baby (she is due two weeks after me).
  • A teddy bear for my friend Shannon’s baby (she is due the same day as Amanda).
  • A hat or blanket for my friend Kirstin’s baby (she is due a week after me).

And who knows who else will be added to this list of baby knits/crochets. My brother and his wife perhaps? Or maybe my sister and her husband? Only time will tell.

Photo of the Day – July 11th

The photo of the day is my most recent crochet project by the light of the computer monitor.

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