Blanket Sizes…

It’s the rainy season here in Southern California which means that it’s the perfect time to work on blankets. I mean, who doesn’t like snuggling up on the couch with a hot mug in your hand when it’s chilly? So, why not grab your crochet hook and start crocheting one!

The project is always on my lap when I am working on it, so it works as a way to keep me warm while I work on it. I mean, you have to make sure it serves it’s purpose right?! Like baking… you HAVE to taste test before you let other people try your baked goods!

I’ve made a few blankets in my time, but I never know how big to make them. I follow some patterns, which give you a finished size. But the ones that I just make up as I go, those I never know if I make the right size. Everyone that I have given one to always says that it’s perfect… but is it really? Or are they just being nice? This is the stuff that constantly runs through my head.

So, I did some searching on Pinterest and found an awesome diagram that Jennifer of A Crocheted Simplicity made, that lists all of the sizes that you would ever want to make! This is aw-mazing!! I have pinned it to my Crocheting Board so I can reference it every time!

I just had to share this fine with all of you! I hope you cherish it as much as I do! Thank you for this awesome piece of wisdom, Jennifer!

Make sure to go check out her site for other amazing crochet things!! https://www.acrochetedsimplicity.com

New Year… New Project!

I’m trying something new this year. I want to make it a habit to do something for me at least 20 minutes a day. I believe this will help with my stress and anxiety issues that I have been experiencing lately. So, to keep track of my progress I have been jotting my personal activities down in my day planner.

Yes, I do still keep a day planner. It helps me keep track of my many, many things that I have going on. Incase you are wondering, my favorite day planner is made by a company called Orange Circle Studio. They have 5 slots plus the main slot for each day and the whole week is payed out in front of you when you have it open. This calendar is perfect for my family since we have 5 members. Each one gets their own slot!

Anyways, back to my original topic! I’ve been working on a blanket but decided to put it down to work on something special for my Sister-in-Law and her Husband since they are expecting their first little one soon! I can’t tell you exactly what it is at this time because it’s a secret! But I can show you a little preview of the first two rows! No colors either because it could give it away!

Sneak Peak at a little gift that I am making for my Sister-in-Law and her Husband!

Collection of Christmas Pattern Freebies!!

I have been floating around facebook, visiting some of my favorite pattern designers and have made a list of designers that are offering free pattern downloads today! Yay! I mean come on, who doesn’t like free right!?! So, here is the list of the designer’s Facebook pages. Feel free to head over and get the info on how to get their deal!

Click the image to go to her website for more info!

 

Click the image to go to her Ravelry shop.

Click the image to head to her facebook for the details!

Click the image to head to their Ravelry page!

Click the image above to head to their Ravelry shop.

 

Learning to knit one step at a time with Melody’s Makings

I have been crocheting since my Mom taught me at the age of 10. I wasn’t that great at it in the beginning but every time that I took it up again (took a few years off from it here and there) I just got better and better at. When I was first learning I was just making simple single and double crochet blankets. I have way surpassed that now.

I have thought about taking up how to knit numerous times over the past few years. But I just couldn’t seem to find a good teacher (book or video) that I was comfortable learning from and showed signs of progress. That has all changed since Melody but up her first How-to Video.

Let me give you a little back story on how I can across her wonderful patterns. Back when we first moved to California I didn’t really have much to do. All of our stuff was on a moving truck going across country. I was 8 months pregnant and had a 18 month old daughter chillin’ with me at our little temp apartment. One day I packed her up in the van and decided to get some supplies to make the baby a blanket to help pass the time. After that I moved onto many other things; hats, scarves, cowls, photo props… you name it I was making it! About a year later I joined a giveaway that had a bunch of pattern designers that were participating. So, I figured why not enter…. sure enough I won a pattern pack for  Melody’s Makings. When looking at her site I noticed that she had many more knitting patterns then crochet so I picked all of the crochet ones and then a couple of the easier knitting ones (just in case I learned). I then liked her fan page and followed her blog. Since then I have done a bunch of pattern tests for her and have chatted with her over the internet.

When she posted that she was going to be putting up a How-to-Knit series up on her site I was super excited! I just knew from working with her crochet patterns that I was going to like her tutorials. Boy, was I wrong… I LOVED them!

The first two videos that she posted: Beginning with the Basics & How to Cast On, had me hooked! Her method of casting on was so easy and related to me since I am originally a crocheter and she taught how to do it with a crochet hook! Awesome right?!20140722-154659-56819813.jpg

Well, I have recently passed her Tutorial on The Knit Stitch and lets just say that I have mastered that as well!20140722-154523-56723573.jpg

I tried to move onto her next Tutorial which was The Purl Stitch but for some reason that one seems to keep eluding me. I chatted with her a little bit about it tonight and she offered to help me with it over the phone! How awesome is that! She is going way beyond any of the How To Videos or Books that I have found in the past that’s for sure!

I really can’t wait to get past the hiccup that is the purl stitch so that I can get into making stuff with this new found knowledge! Oh and did I mention that she doesn’t just teach you how to do a scarf or a swatch? She teaches you how to make one of her patterns! So she has you putting your newly acquired skills to use right away. I find this a good way to keep it in your mind and keep you working with it!

She just started writing up some awesome business advice for anyone that is in the crafting field too! But that will be in another post!

Here is all of Melody’s information so please: Like, Share, Sign-up and Follow!

Melody’s Makings
Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings
Website: http://melodys-makings.com/

 

 

 

The Crochet Crowd’s Summer Stitch-cation Challenge!

This is an awesome and fun summer project that The Crochet Crowd has recently put up on their blog! This fun project begins on July 1st and was designed to refresh or expand your crochet skills by using 10 different stitch combinations for this project! They are requiring everyone who does this challenge to use a minimum of 8 colors and you have to be able to change colors effectively without the use of horrible knots. You can put the required squares together any way that you want and you must have a border element (which is totally up to your choosing) to tie it all together.

They not only have the directions and videos for the project on their blog but they also have it available as a downloadable workbook! This is super awesome to me because it makes it easier to take it along everywhere you go!

Now comes the fun part! This awesome challenge ends on Labor Day, September 1st so make sure your afghan is submitted before then to qualify to win 1 fo 3 Red Heart Loaded Yarn Bags with Crochet Crowd Gifts! Yes, you read correct! They will be giving away THREE prizes for this challenge!!! The 3 winners will be randomly drawn so everyone has an equal opportunity to win one of these awesome prize bags!

Be sure to check out the link to enter the Challenge and check out the other awesome things that they have on their blog! http://thecrochetcrowd.com/stitch-cation/

Mystery Create-a-Long hosted by Melody’s Makings

I have recently finished an awesome Mystery Create-a-Long by the wonderful Melody from Melody’s Makings. She has hosted a few Mystery Create-a-Longs. She started off making separate ones for Knitting and Crocheting, but this time she included both versions so that we could all work on it together! I just loved that she did this one this way, I am currently working on teaching myself how to knit so I already have a super cute pattern for when I get the hang of it! 🙂

She took the patterns that she chose to use for the Create-a-Long and split them up into eight different sections. Each day (or two depending on how much the previous segment had us work up) Melody sent out a section for everyone one to work up. The pattern was not given away until the seventh segment went out.

Here are the segments that I worked up while participating in Melody’s Makings  Mystery Create-a-Long.

Segment One

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Segment Two

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Segment Three

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Segment Four

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Segment Five

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Segment Six

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Segment Seven

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Segment Eight – Final Piece

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To check out other patterns that Melody’s Makings has to offer, or watch for her next Mystery Create-a-Long please be sure to check out the following links!

Melody’s Makings
Website: http://melodys-makings.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelodysMakings
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MelodysMakings
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/melody-rogers
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/user/542836/pattern-store

Don’t forget to check out my other pages too! 🙂
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CraftingMommyofTwo
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftingMommyofTwo

Thanks for stopping by!
{ Robin }

Pattern Test for Sew Much Love Patterns – 01

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I have been working on some fun pattern tests for Sew Much Love Patterns and Hooked Up Crochet Couture. They have been collaborating on some fantastic patterns! The first one that I got the pleasure of working on and that I am going to share with you is the Pencil Scarf. This was a fun pattern to work up and would make a perfect gift for any teacher or lover of pencils! hehehe
I just loved how it has so many details that a real pencil has, right down to the ribbed markings on the metal band that holds the eraser in! The eraser is even made with a bulky yarn which makes it feel more like a soft eraser compared to the worsted weight yarn used for the rest of the pencil. Because of how it was designed you can easily adjust the length of the pencil depending on who you are making it for.

You can find the Pencil Scarf pattern by heading to any of Sew Much Love Patterns shops using the following links!

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/179044437/pdf-pencil-scarf-crochet-pattern-instant
Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pencil-scarf-7
Craftsy: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/pencil-scarf/85644?fresh=true&NAVIGATION_PAGE_CONTEXT_ATTR=PATTERN

You can also check out the other stuff that Hooked Up Crochet Couture has to offer by visiting her shops, just follow the links below!

My oldest just had to be a model with the pencil scarf! hehehe

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