Posts tagged ‘Yarn’

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

Baby Blanket… Bingo!

As I mentioned in my last post, my yarn order came in that I was waiting for. I had ordered the yarn for a custom baby blanket I was hired to make and they wanted it in blues and greens. I get a little nervous when ordering online sometimes if I haven’t seen the color before. You never know just how far off the color on the computer screen is from the actual product. I decided to go with Knit Picks because the have not only AWESOME quality yarn, but they describe their colors so well.

Baby Blanket Custom (1)

The pattern they picked is designed by Anne Halliday and is from the book A Year of Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts #4439) This one is January. The original pattern is done in white and shades of blue with fringed ends. As I mentioned they wanted blues and greens… more green though. Also a cleaner finished edge instead if the fringes. I went with Knit Picks, Brava Worsted (100% Acrylic) in White, Cornflower, Tranquil and Grass. BINGO! The colors are beautiful together.

Baby Blanket Custom (2)

This is how far I am as of the time of this post. The pattern is not difficult and seems to go quickly. I can’t wait to show you the finished project.

❤ 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

Welcome

Welcome to my new blog! My goal is for everyone to have a good time, learn some new things but most of all be a support for one another in our love of the fiber arts. Whether you are a crafter yourself or just like to admire others and their handiwork. This is all pretty new to me so be patient and stop back often as I learn and improve.

I taught myself to crochet and knit over 27 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. I really wanted one of those beautiful crocheted baby blankets and I didn’t know ANYONE who could make me one. None of my friends or family had a clue. So I bought a few books, my first crochet hook and some yarn and set out for what would become a lifelong love of crochet. I made that first blanket and it looked pretty good, but I had a friend who was pregnant at the same time as me, so I gave it to her as a gift and started another one. As life would have it, it seemed that I was entering a time when all of my friends and a few family members were getting married and starting families and so I kept making blankets and giving them as baby gifts.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

Baby Sweater I knitted.

When my oldest child was about 7 and my third and youngest child was about 2 I finally got to keep one for me! I had made close to 25 baby blankets and had taught myself to knit a couple of baby sweaters as well in that time.

Over the years I learned as many new techniques and stitches as I could. I made gifts for people and a few items for myself. Some were awesome and some were not so awesome (haha) In 2003 I lost my younger brother to cancer and in 2012 my mom died from cancer.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

One of the cotton hats I made for my mom.

While Mom was going through radiation and chemo treatments her hair fell out and the skin of her head was very sensitive. The only material she could wear on her head was cotton… other fibers were irritating to her. So I stocked up on cotton yarn in every color and started crocheting her a complete wardrobe of hats and caps. A lot of people loved them and told me I should start selling them, that’s when I decided to open my own Etsy shop called Fromm Me To You. I have a section in my shop just for my 100% cotton caps and hats and $3 from the sale of each one goes to The American Cancer Society in memory of both my brother and my mom.

So that is a short (okay, so maybe not so short) version of my lifelong love of yarn.

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