Review: Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans

cover48973-mediumAny yarn worker knows that afghans are one of the top projects to take on. I have yet to make a blanket/afghan because they are so intimidating, but the book Comfort Knitting &Crochet: Afghans makes it seem not so hard. Looking through this book you will find patterns, color inspiration, and variety. You won’t just see crochet granny squares to sew together and make a blanket; there are also different crafts highlighted in the book too. You will find crochet patterns, knitting patterns, and embroidery. I like that it features both crochet and knitting because I have found that most yarn crafters, me included, enjoy both knit and crochet projects and having them both in one book is awesome! Go check out the book!

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Review: Crochet

9781465415912_e3559Crochet, a book published by DK Publishing, is an essential guide book for any crocheter to have, beginner or advanced. Some vital guides are included in this book that I find to be amazingly helpful.  Everything is covered from the basic daisy chain to filet crochet. One of the best parts of this book is that it covers blocking. I’ve not been able to find any good guides on how to block anywhere until I read this book and I am so happy I found it. It describes more than one way to go about it to.

Seasoned crocheter or just starting out, I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this craft. It will help you tremendously.

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Locked out!!!

In my attempt at being a “cool” mom today I made an epic fail. I successfully managed to lock myself and my four year old son out of our house this evening. My plan was to take him out for a Happy Meal ,because he has patiently wait the implemented two week period I have enforced, and then go by the store and pick up a few things. Then I was going to come back home and get little man ready for bed then off to sleepy land. After completing all this I then planned to relax from my already not so great day by indulging in the guilty pleasure of girl teen girl T.V. drama. Well at least the in-laws have a spare. Oh, and did I mention it was cold? It was. And my son had a nice warm jacket on. I did not.

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Rug of t-shirts

I have been thinking about making a rug with t-shirt yarn for a long time and since I finally made some t-shirt yarn I have the means to do just that. Yesterday I probably started a rug three or four times before I felt comfortable with the technique I wanted to use. I thought about making an oblong rug but couldn’t get a good start that I felt comfortable with. Then I tried to crochet around the t-shirt yarn and make a spiral like the one I saw on Pinterest, but I loused that up because I couldn’t figure out how to make the starting circle without it bulging everywhere or falling apart. I ended up making a big circle and it worked out pretty well. Fortunately for me, my husband wears black cotton t-shirts just about every day. It’s kind of like the wardrobe of Doug.  So I had a lot of the same color to work with. I am going to figure out a way to add a splash of color to the rug once I get it the size I want it.

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Here is what I have so far. Obviously it is not big enough yet, but you get the point.

 

The basic pattern is pretty simple. I used the magic ring technique and then SC ten into the ring. 2SC in each around, then increase with a SC in every other stitch, then SC twice between increases, then SC three times between increases and so on. I use a size N hook. I is a little tiring because the t-shirt yarn isn’t very stretchy and I crochet tight, so I arms got a little tired after a while and I had to take a break. Once I finish and figure out a way to add some color I will post the end result. I am going to raid some garage sales and thrift stores though to find some different colored shirts to use.

 

Procrastination

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I know that I haven’t posted any crochet related posts as of late, but I aim to remedy that in the next day or so. I have just not been in the crochet mood lately. You know how it goes. As soon as summer gives way to fall you pick up that yarn and hook and start creating all kinda of cosy things. Then you start working on Christmas gifts and then work on some requests and then you need to make some things for your own family to keep them warm too. By the time winter rolls into spring you are burned out! Washed up! Jaded!
Well I’m trying to work myself out of that very funk. It’s time to get outside and start my garden. I have some new things brewing in this noggin of mine and I will share it soon, I promise. But in the mean time, get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather! Happy spring!

Succulents!!!

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One of my favorite things to do, aside from crochet, is garden. I love gardening and I love learning new information. There are so many nifty little tricks and techniques that can be used in gardening that are constantly being passed on to others. My Dad has been raising vegetable gardens his entire life and he has it down to a science. Most of what I know has come from him.

Although I do enjoy vegetable gardening for sustenance, I also enjoy flower gardening for the pure beauty of it. One of my favorite things to grow is succulents. Succulents are so easy to maintain and grow. They are kinds of cacti and a new plant can be grown from a single leaf that has fallen from another plant. Something I have done is go to a store that sells succulents and pick up the leaves that have fallen off of plants to take home and grow new plants.

Succulents do not require constant watering, and there is potting soil specifically designed for succulents and cacti that make care even better. The variety of succulents also leaves for beautiful arrangements.