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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.

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.

My Baby To Do List

As I look at my countdown board and realize my baby is due to arrive in just 13 short weeks (give or take since babies make their own schedules) I start to think about all the things I still have yet to do to prepare for baby, and all the things I want to make for my little prince.

Here is the general “to do” list:

  1. Clean out old office so it can become the new spare room.
  2. Clean out the current spare room so it can become the baby’s room.
  3. Have a yard sale to get rid of all the stuff cleaned out of the two rooms.
  4. Set up baby’s room.
  5. Set up baby’s bassinet in the master bedroom.
  6. Send out invites for the baby shower.
  7. Plan the baby shower.
  8. Wash all the baby clothes we have so far.

And here’s the “to make” list (either knit or crochet):

  1. Blanket
  2. Hat for winter (yes, we have been known to get down to 27 degrees Fahrenheit even here in Florida)
  3. Hat with matching diaper cover for first baby photos
  4. Sweater for winter
  5. Booties
  6. Teddy bear
  7. Mittens for winter
  8. A few other toys like a ball, rattle, etc.

Now, to scrounge Ravelry for patterns for all these little things.

Recent Yarn Projects

I’m notorious for starting a personal art project and taking forever to finish it. So I’m really proud of myself when I finish personal projects, especially if it’s something I’ve managed to knock out in less than a month. So I just wanted to share a few of my recent finishes and some works in progress.

This little hat only took me three days to finish, but I know I could have done it in a day had I sat still long enough to do it in one sitting. I found the pattern for this little elf hat on www.ravelry.com. If you’re a yarn lover like me and you’re on ravelry, I’d be glad to add you to my friends there. I’m artlover08 on ravelry.

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The other photos posted below are earlier projects that I finally got around to snapping a cruddy iPhone photo of. But these little baby hats are totally cute in person!

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This fuzzy orange mess is a scarf that I’ve been working on and off for the past four or five years. It’s gotten so boring and I can’t wait to finish with the darn thing! Almost done though! I think it’s got another 45 – 60 minutes left and it will finally be complete. I’m knitting it, which is much slower going for me than crocheting. I’ve been crocheting since I was 8 (almost 20 years) so I’ve become quite the speedy crocheter. It’s knitting that takes me forever because I’m self taught and have only been doing it for five or six years (and I haven’t done it often enough to improve to be honest).

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And finally for tonight, here is the pretty baby yarn, granny square afghan I set aside so I could finish the darn orange scarf. It will be the first project I pick back up once the ruddy scarf is done.

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Most of what I knit and crochet is just off the cuff so to speak. The little elf hat was the first piece I’d ever followed a pattern for. Most of what I do consists of the basic beginner stitches, but now that I’ve joined a local knitting meet-up group (and thanks to them found ravelry) I’m hoping to expand my stitch knowledge and have a whole stack of really cute patterns to try out. I look forward to sharing those with you in the future.