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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

Life In The Craft Lane

The last two weeks have been filled with a lot of personal business that needed attention. And I am happy to say that it is mostly taken care of and I feel a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I am now ready to start the next chapter of this crazy life I live!

One of my goals was to let go of my other J-O-B so I could concentrate on Fromm Me To You full time and I am now in the process of doing that YAY!! I am so excited and so scared all at the same time. I mean what if I fall flat on my face? What if I fail? What if I make a complete a** of myself? I am TOTALLY willing to risk it! This has been (in my mind at least) my dream job for the last 28 years and I don’t want to wait until I’m on my deathbed to say “gee maybe now I should try my dream job”. So there it is… out there… in the open… for all to see… totally exposed. I am going to give this crochet and knitting for a living thing a try.

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I looking forward to having the time to keep this blog updated a little better than I have these past few weeks and put more effort into my Facebook page, Ravelry and Craftsy accounts and most of all getting some of these ideas in my head down on paper in the form of some fun patterns.

So say a little prayer for me and wish me luck. I am ready to start Life in the Craft Lane!!

❤ Tracee

Enjoying the Fiber Things in Life

This morning was a dark gray, cool day, then the rain came. I opened the window a bit and listened to the rain fall and the thunder roll. Instantly I had to grab my cup of coffee and my project bag. What some people consider “nasty weather” I love because I feel all cozy curled up on my favorite chair with crochet hook in hand. The stress of looking at my to do list for the day melted away and I just crocheted while I listened to the storm out side. Here’s the afghan I worked on during the storm. (Afghans are AWESOME projects to work on in bad weather – so comfy cozy)

Round Afghan

The pattern is a free one from the Red Heart website and can be found here. I am using I Love This Yarn in Black and Nightwatch. I fell in love with the teal and plum colors together in the Nightwatch variegated yarn.  It is a pretty simple pattern, worked in panels of single crochet which are later joined together.

After the rain stopped I opened the window and let the newly cleaned air come through the house. I love how fresh and clean everything looks and smells after the rain 🙂 What a great way to start the day. Now I’m ready to tackle those to do lists.

Tonight my fiber artist friends and I will get together for Hookers Club. We gather together twice a month and work on our knit and crochet over either wine or coffee and solve the problems of the world while we work. It’s a great support for us and we also help each other when stumped on a pattern or learning a new stitch. Everyone should have a night with fellow knitters and/or crocheters, it can be quite therapeutic. Take time to enjoy the “fiber” things in life!

❤ Tracee

Queen of the Halvsies

As I look around my office / studio today I realize I am queen of the halvsies. I have in my project bag 2 half done hats, 1 half done baby blanket, 1 half done afghan, and 1 half done baby sweater.  I also have 4 half done patterns on my computer waiting to be finished. Does anyone else have this problem? I just get started on a project and then I see another pattern I just HAVE to try and start a new project and so on and so on.

I am beginning to wonder if there is such a thing as a crochet/knit version of ADHD. If there is I am definitely showing symptoms.  Just two days ago I went shopping and found some great yarn that will work for a couple of other patterns I have sitting on my “gotta make these” pile, so it looks like before the weekend is over I will be starting 2 or 3 new projects to add to my halvsies bag.

One of these days I will amaze all of you with a plethora of  finished projects in a VERY large blog post HAHA!

 

❤ Tracee

Hats and Fairs

Slochy Hat - Knit (3)

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Well I made it through my first double pointed knitting needles project. I have to say it sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. Once I got into it I was having fun, I like the way the hat turned out, so I will have to make a few more for the upcoming vendor shows I will be attending. This hat is a custom order for my youngest son’s girlfriend. I hope she loves it (and shares with her friends where they can get one – haha)

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Slochy Hat - Knit (2)

Back

The vendor fair went well last Friday and I met some great people. I also have a few leads on some possible custom orders… FUN! I have two more coming up in September and am looking forward to those as well. Time to speed up and get some holiday projects done for the upcoming shows. I also have some patterns in the works that I have been meaning to get done and posted. I seem to keep running out of hours in the day. Looks like it’s time to put the coffee on (the STRONG coffee that is)

❤ Tracee

Getting Ready

Well the cloth is finished. My first tunisian crochet project. While I have some improving to do on adjusting my tension, I think I have found a new friend. Lots of fun and more stitches to learn.

Spa Cloth (3)

 

Now it’s time to get ready for vendor fair season. I have a booth at our local Corn Days festival tomorrow and am in the process of labeling, pricing, finding my display, packing everything and trying not to forget important items like my calculator and receipt slips. I am getting a little anxious because I feel like I’m no where near ready for this UGH! But I go through this every time haha. I get all excited and freak myself out trying to get everything perfect and convincing myself that I’m not ready, then the event comes and everything is just fine 🙂 So time to take a deep breath…  aaahhhhhh.  That’s better 🙂 Now back to work.

❤ Tracee

School Is In Session

I’m always open to learning new stitches and techniques and new crafts altogether. This last week I have been trying to learn Tunisian Crochet. Not a big leap from crochet or from knitting either, but still a craft unto it’s own. I’m working on a simple washcloth right now which is one of the projects for the class I’m taking through Craftsy. I will let you know how it’s going a future post,

Tunisian Spa Cloth (1)

I have mentioned before that I also knit, but I admit that I am much more proficient at crochet. I have a custom order for a knit slouchy hat and it is worked on double pointed needles, which I have not tried up to this point. Looks like the next week or two I will be studying up on the finer points of DPNs  🙂 I will keep you posted to how that’s going as well. If any knitters out there have some helpful advice… I’m open to some helpful hints and tips!

❤ Tracee

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