Friday, August 22, 2014

Finished: All Washed Up Dishcloth

I started the All Washed Up Dishcloth back in June and put it down halfway through.  I finally picked it back up.  I worked on it during lunch.  Leftover homemade macaroni and cheese was delicious.

All Washed Up 2014

Finished Product

All Washed Up 2014

All Washed Up 2014


Monday, August 18, 2014

Finished: Houndstooth Baby Blanket

It's finished.  It's finally finished.  

I feel like I have been working on this blanket FOR.EVER.

According to my project page, I began this project on October 6, 2013.  I started making this before we even got pregnant.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I did what I could but I couldn't work on this blanket for long because I had three babies coming to people close to me that were due before mine was.

First was the  Done in a Jiffy Baby blanket my cousin's son.

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

Done in a Jiffy Baby Blanket 2014

Then there was the Tiramisu Baby Blanket for my best friends baby girl.  I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Chicago for the baby shower.


Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014


Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014

Tiramisu Baby Blanket 2014

And last but certainly not least the Classic Baby Blanket  for the new son of my Hubby's best friend.

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

Classic Baby Blanket 2014

My cousin's baby was due in April and the other two were due in May though they all end up coming the week of Easter!

So back to work on my houndstooth blanket.  It was very slow-going.  The pattern was not hard, mostly knit and purl with slip stitch.  You just need to be careful of the slip stitches.  When looking at the pattern gallery on ravelry, you can tell that some people messed up the slip stitch placement.  It is an easy error to make!

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I started putting markers on each weeks progress every Sunday night after watching The Good Wife.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I finished the main body but had a month hiatus.  I had bought red yarn before the move into our new house in April but couldn't find it.  I was convinced I was going to find it and not buy more yarn.  Finally I gave up.  I worked too long to abandon the project now.  So for the past two weekends, I worked on the border.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

I finally finished.  I am not sure where my iron is and this blanket badly needs some ironing but here you go.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Kitty seems to have claimed it.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Houndstooth Blanket 2014

Please forgive the mess in the crib.

Houndstooth Blanket 2014
I used Caron Simply Soft.  If I were to make this again, I would use a nicer yarn.  The Caron Simply Soft was soft and made a thick blanket but there is a fuzz to it.  

This blanket is pretty large for a baby blanket and if I were to make it again, I would make it smaller.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Time to Clean (and Save Money Too)!

I am not a strong housekeeper, I will admit it.  But I love making washcloths and had lots of cotton yarn leftovers.  I saw this pattern for homemade Swiffer pads or should I say the crochet biffer shrug and had to try it.  Swiffer pads are expensive so it made perfect economic sense.  I could use yarn leftovers (thus not buying more yarn) and I wouldn't have to buy swiffer pads.  I can use these reusable pads and throw them in the washing machine.

I have used them and they work really well!

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Crocheted swiffer pads
Crochet Biffer Shrug 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Finishing and Starting

I had been working on my houndstooth baby blanket for what feels like forever.  I bought red yarn for the ruffle border before we moved and misplaced it.  I was determined not to buy more.  I was going to find it.  But I finally gave it.  I haven't found it yet and I have put too much time in to the blanket to abandon it, nor did I want to abandon it.  So I went to Jo-Ann's and got two skeins of Harvest Red.  I am on the second edge and so far I am happy with it though it took me three times to get it right.  Maybe I shouldn't be knitting when watching Girl Meets World.  Yes, that is Hubby and my guilty pleasure.

Houndstooth Baby Blanket 2014
I also started crocheted another stash-busting stroller blanket.  This one is not themed like Autumn in 1970.  I am okay with that.  I am thinking of maybe a Team Spirit Gone Awry theme? I just feel a strong urge to reduce my bothersome Red Heart Stash.

Unnamed Stashbuster 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Autumn in 1970 Stroller Blanket

One of the things that hangs over my head is the abundance of yarn I have.  Now, I know that having a stash is a good thing but most of the yarn was bought in my budget days.  I am not a natural fiber snob by any means.  I actually like some acrylics, especially when I don't know if someone has a wool allergy or not.  But I have a plethora of Red Heart Super Saver that has just been sitting there.  Hubby is pretty good about not caring when I buy yarn for a project but he makes comments about all the yarn sitting in our upstairs closet in rubbermaid bins.

I was on Ravelry looking up ideas for leftover yarn projects. I came across Kids and Stitches blog entry on using leftovers and let's just say that I was inspired.  She has an elaborate system of using scraps to the smallest bits.  I can use these leftovers right down to the scraps!  I also love looking at others colorful creations. Evelyn at The Soaring Sheep is always working on something colorful. And Linda at alottastitches is always making ripple blankets for charity.  I could do this.

I have made scrap blankets before.  I love making the Apache Tears Blanket.

Navajo Pattern
Apache Tears 2006


But I didn't want the time commitment of a large blanket.  Then it dawned on me that while I have made a few baby blankets, I didn't have any that I would want to take outside in the stroller.  I could use something that I wouldn't mind getting dirty and would be easy to clean.  Plus, a baby blanket would not be a huge time commitment so I found Lion Brand Baby Ripple.  I had lots of greens, browns and an orange so I went with that theme and ended up calling that blanket Autumn in 1970.  I am happy with this pattern and would use it again.

Leftover Yarn
Autumn in 1970

Leftover Yarn
Autumn in 1970

Leftover Yarn
Autumn in 1970

Believe it or not, this one did not photo-bomb.

Autumn in 1970

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Baby Shower

I am having too many of these "Where did *insert month* posts go?"  Where did July go? I haven't really been doing much crafting.  I haven't really been doing much of anything except napping.  I have a couple of WIP's that are close to being done and my August goal is to complete them.

July 19th was my Baby Shower.  My friend Michele was so nice and threw it for me.  I was so touched.  I wasn't expecting a shower.  My family isn't one to throw one for me so it was no nice to have friends do this for me and baby.  Here are some pics.

 Michele did a good job at incorporating my sheep theme.   Her roommate Maria made homemade chocolate bottle pops.

Baby Shower 2014

Baby Shower 2014
 Since it is summer and people are so busy, this shower was a brunch.  That way people didn't have to have their afternoon booked up.

Baby Shower 2014
 Sheep cupcakes.

Baby Shower 2014
Everyone was so generous.

Baby Shower 2014


Baby Shower 2014
 A note from my four-year-old nephew.

Baby Shower 2014
A note from my six-year-old nephew. 

Baby Shower 2014

Baby Shower 2014
 Red Sox Mickey!

Baby Shower 2014

Baby Shower 2014
Good friends!

Baby Shower 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tri-City Valley Cat's Stitch N' Pitch.

I just thought I would put this out there.  Deadline is today.

I will say, I can't say that I approve.  I love knitting and I love baseball but I don't think knitting at a baseball field is the best idea.  It would be my luck that I would be looking down, counting my stitches and miss a great play or worse, get hit in the head with a fowl ball.  I personally will keep my knitting and baseball mixing confined to my living room where there are no fowl balls.

Besides, I would have to listen to my husband complain about people not watching the game.  He think the only hobbies that go with baseball are eating and drinking beer.

But if you do go, have a good time!