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Heart Of My Heart

I am so excited! I have finally finished my Heart Of My Heart baby blanket and I now have both the blanket and the pattern listed in my Etsy shop. I like the way it turned out and think it’s a super cute pattern for the newest addition to your family.

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I would love to hear your thoughts and what you think of it.

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The pattern is available for purchase here Heart Of My Heart . I made 4 strips of Tunisian crochet using tunisian knit stitch and tunisian reverse stitich to make the heart pattern and then connected the strips with basic hairpin lace crochet and added a ruffle stitch border.  For this blanket I used Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Pink.

I have to admit that the border had me a little flustered for a bit. I pretty much knew what I wanted it to look like, but had a hard time finding just the right way to do it. Oh what a happy day when I finally got it figured out (after ripping it out and re-doing it about 4 times). But after seeing the end result it was worth the extra work. Just goes to prove there is great worth to “sticking with it”.

❤  Tracee

 

Sneak Peek

I am working on a baby blanket design using Tunisian crochet and Hairpin Lace. It’s coming along quite nice and the picture in my head and what’s actually coming off my hook are pretty close 🙂 Sometimes I try something out and it’s not quite what I pictured.

This is a sneak peak at my Heart Of My Heart baby blanket. When I get it all together and have the finishing touches on the pattern I will have it available on my Etsy shop. This isn’t the best pic I have ever taken, but let me know what you think of it so far.

Heart of My Heart Baby Blanket

Heart of My Heart Baby Blanket

 

I have also finished a custom order for some adult size character hats. One skunk and one owl hat done and delivered. I am so glad to hear that she thinks they are ADORABLE!

Adult size fun hats

Adult size fun hats

The owl hat I have made in kid sizes before, so I just adjusted the pattern for adult sizes. I had never made the skunk before so I looked up some ideas on Pinterest and came up with what you see here. Looks like I’ll have to remember what I did so I can make a few more 🙂

Now I’m off to finish a couple more custom orders and add some things to my inventory for the craft fairs coming up. Happy hooking everyone!!

❤  Tracee

The Baby Craze Continues

All I have to do is go on Facebook and I am bombarded with baby pictures. It seems to be a real baby boom in my area lately 🙂 So of course I am still making baby stuff, which is GREAT because I love it.

First there are a few hats. The Turkey hat was a custom order I made for the my hairdresser… she loved it 🙂  The other two I just whipped up for a craft event I have coming up.

Turkey Hat Custom Order

Turkey Hat
Custom Order

 

Little Ladybug Hat

Little Ladybug Hat

Snowy Owl Hat

Snowy Owl Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more item I made was a baby dress. This pattern came from the book Crochet Baby Boutique II from Annie’s It turned out so cute! The only modification I made was that I didn’t have snaps on hand so I used buttons on the back.

Baby Dress

Baby Dress

Button closure

Button closure

 

 

I used Bernat Baby Sport in pink and white.

 

 

 

I am working a cute Tunisian / Hairpin Lace crochet baby blanket that I’m designing as well. Hope to have an update on that the next time. Until then Happy Crocheting!!

❤ Tracee

Easter Success :)

Easter baskets are done and delivered! I made them for the grandkids and because of all the unique family dynamics of the family, I had Easter dinner at our house on Palm Sunday.

 

Flowers and butterflys for the girls... red tractors for the boys.

Flowers and butterflies for the girls… red tractors for the boys.

Of course grandma went a little overboard in filling them so I guess next year I’ll have to make them bigger haha. I should have gotten a picture of them filled, but alas, I got busy getting ready for a house full of people and forgot. The funny part is when the girls noticed they were crocheted and asked if I made them then how did the Easter bunny leave them? I had to do some quick thinking and mentioned that when I talked to the Easter Bunny I asked if I could send the baskets I made along for him to fill with goodies and then get them back here for our Easter party. Thank goodness they believed me 🙂

I have some craft fairs coming up soon again so I am busy, busy, busy getting things made for those. I need to fill my tables you know! So I’ll have some new pics of projects soon.

❤  Tracee

 

The Fiber Arts… No Electricity Needed!

Yesterday morning we woke up to no electricity. It’s one of those things that you take for granted until it’s no longer there. Now days it is almost impossible to get ANYTHING done without it, no showers, no morning coffee (which is a nightmare scenario for me), no heat, no nothing, even the cordless phone won’t work so you better hope you remembered to charge up your cell phone the day before.

We went without power the entire morning as it didn’t get fixed until almost noon. So what’s a girl to do when you can’t do anything? You pull out your crochet hook and/or knitting needles of course! It is awesome how you can get quite far on a project when you don’t have the distractions of all the electronic toys and gadgets our homes are crammed full of. And if the heat isn’t working, make sure you have an afghan going, it will keep you warm while you work on it 🙂

Current WIP :)

Current WIP 🙂

 

So now the power is back and all is well again. The distractions are back, but I have to admit… I did kind of miss them, even if it was only for a few hours.

❤  Tracee

Nailed It!

I love it when someone contacts me on Facebook and says “Can you make me this?” along with a picture of something they have found somewhere. It’s definitely a challenge, but I think the phrase “Nailed It!” applies here 🙂

It just so happens that the item they wanted this time is from a crochet along on another site and the pattern was posted free for those wanting to participate. I also found the thread of the pic they sent to me and she actually mentioned the yarn brand and color she used. It doesn’t get any easier than that! So I made one for her, posted the picture of it on her timeline and asked if that would work, then her friend chimed in and wanted one too LOL, so guess what… I made TWO.

Here are the custom order neck warmers I made this week. Aren’t they the cutest things??

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The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here… Button Up Neck Warmer …I used Red Heart Super Saver in the color Day Glow and it’s beautiful for spring! This project is quite simple and it only took about 2 hours to complete. It is a part of The Crochet Crowd’s ‘Spring has Sprung” crochet challenge. If you want to learn more about it click here…  Spring Has Sprung  …

Now it’s off to the next project.

❤ Tracee

From Babies to Grandbabies

How does the time go so fast? When I started to crochet and knit it was because my friends and I were having our babies and I wanted those beautiful baby blankets. I ended up making 24 or 25 in the next 5 years for me and my friends & family. Now I have grandchildren (5 to be exact) and so many of my friends are now grandmas too. So now we are coming full circle and I’m back on the baby blanket bandwagon once again  🙂  Here are just 2 of my latest blankets.

 

Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (1) Delicate Souvenir Baby Blanket (3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one is called Delicate Souvenir and was made with Bernat Baby Sport in Baby Denim Marl.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (5)
  The peach one is called Lacy Treasure and is made with Knit Picks Brava Sport in Seashell.

Lacy Treasure Crochet Baby Blanket (4)

Both of these crochet patterns along with 5 other absolutely beautiful and classic patterns can be found in the book Keepsake Baby Afghans from Leisure Arts. All 7 designs are by Kay Meadors and it is my new “go to” baby blanket book. They are all gorgeous and classic designs that can be used for years to come.

The peach one was already given as a baby gift to a family member. I plan to make a few more of each of the 7 patterns for my Etsy shop and the craft fairs I have coming up. Now all I need is to find time to make them in between spending time with all those grandbabies!

❤ Tracee

 

 

And Away We Go…

So I have taken a couple of months to gather my thoughts and rearrange my life a bit. I have cleaned out some closets, reorganized my office/studio, de-cluttered my computer and gotten rid of almost all of the inventory I had left over from my previous direct sales job. I have also reorganized my craft show displays and replaced some of my display shelves and props. I guess I am the type of person who likes to try and get as organized as possible before I move on to something new and while there are a few things that need to be done yet, I feel I am ready to take on my new and improved life. One thing that is big plus to all of this is that I have gotten rid of a lot of stress. I am clearing out the most stressful things (at least the ones I have control over) and I can’t believe the difference it is starting to make. It actually helps with the things I don’t have control over and I am starting to feel a little less stressed about those things too.

I have been working on projects (of course) through all this and here are a couple of things I have worked on.

Baby sweater and hat set

Baby sweater and hat set

Baby booties

Baby booties

Some cute baby items for some of my friends. Two of my girlfriends are becoming grandmas for the first time this spring. (I’m way ahead of them both with 5 grandbabies so far… hehe) So I am in kind of a baby items kick. I should have a few more to show with the next post.

 

 

I hope you all have a great spring and I hope winter is done for good! Some fresh air to go with my fresh life would be most welcome 🙂

❤ Tracee

 

An Afghan By Christmas? No Problem

Tis the season of gifts. And I have some work to do if I want to get finished by Christmas.

I have some custom orders, as I mentioned in the last post, from the craft fairs I had attended. One of those was for an afghan. She wants it for her fiance… for Christmas. WHAT!?! An afghan in 3 weeks? Are you kidding me?? But of course I didn’t say that. I smiled sweetly and said I will try to have it done by then, but an afghan is a big project so I might be just a little late if that’s alright. She said it was. I am now a little over half done (the pic only shows 5 strips) I just might make it by Christmas yet!

All I can say is thank you Lord for worsted wt. yarn and large hooks haha!! I am making a mile-a-minute afghan in a VERY simple, yet a VERY classy look pattern. (At least I think it looks classy)

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She wanted to stick with more of a neutral, earth tones look for the color. So I am using Red Heart Super Saver in “Aran Fleck” for the center strip and also to connect the strips, and I Love This Yarn in “Brown” for the strip border. I wanted to keep it simple for speed as well and I am using a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook.

Pattern:

With center color and size K (6.5 mm) hook Chain 11

Row 1: Double crochet in 4th chain from hook, skip next 2 chains work shell (3 double crochet – chain 2 – 3 double crochet) in next chain, skip next 2 chains, double crochet in next 2 chains. (the row should have 2 double crochet, shell, 2 double crochet)

Row 2 – 75: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch, skip the 3 double crochets of the shell and work the shell in the chain 2 space, skip the next 3 double crochets of the shell and double crochet in the next two stitches.

Row 76: Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), turn, double crochet in next stitch,chain 2, single crochet in chain 2 space of shell, chain 2, double crochet in last 2 stitches. fasten off yarn

NOTE: If you want to make it longer for tall people just keep working the pattern until you have the right length. Just make sure you end with “row 76”.

Strip Border: With 2nd color attach yarn in corner stitch. Chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), work 2 more double crochet in corner, at top/bottom of strip work double crochet in next stitch, 2 double crochet in chain 2 space, double crochet in single crochet, 2 double crochet in next chain 2 space, double crochet in next stitch, 3 double crochet in corner. On sides if strip work 3 double crochet around the post of each double crochet/chain. When you get all the way around, join with slip stitch to the top of the first chain 3. fasten off yarn.

Connect the strips: Hold “wrong ” sides together and working in back loops only of each strip with the same color as the center of the strip, single crochet them together. fasten off yarn

Weave in the ends and your done. Make as many strips as you want, the more strips the bigger the blankie 🙂  I am planning on doing 12 or 13 strips, but will judge that when I get there.

Short and sweet and very simple, just the way I like it when I’m on a deadline 🙂

❤  Tracee

Music To Hook To

I find that I am much more productive when there is some good music playing over having the TV on while working. I can concentrate better, make less mistakes and I have a tendency to all of a sudden notice I am watching, instead of just listening, to the TV and not working. I seem to lose my place easier with the TV over music as well. I do have most of my favorite music on my Google Play account and I have a couple of play lists, but this week I put together a new play list called Music to Hook to  🙂  It’s a collection of my most favorite “feel good” songs and it keeps me on task. I noticed I don’t get as drowsy (which I sometimes do especially on a real repetitive stitch pattern) which is a major plus too. So what helps keep you going and be more productive? Any an all ideas are welcome 🙂

With that being said, I have been working like a mad woman to get my projects done for the upcoming craft fair season (my November is crazy busy) I have made a few ruffle scarves, but figured there HAS to be more you can make with that kind of yarn… then inspiration hit me and I came up with the idea for this cute little drawstring evening bag.

Evening Bag (1)

Very simple, yet I was impressed with how cute it turned out. I think I will be making a few more of these for sure. What do you think?

Evening Bag (3)

❤ Tracee

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