African Violets

So … from my previous post I had talked about recently acquiring a stash of yarn, but not just any yarn.  It belonged to a departed aunt, and I wanted to make something with it.

There was purple variegated yarn and eggplant in one bag, and so I thought that perhaps African Violets, which she liked, would be a good pattern.  This is actually the African Flowers pattern; the African Violet flower has five petals, so this should have been a pentagon motif.  But I had hexagons on the mind.  Maybe I can still change it – I’ve only made four motifs so far.

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My plan is to use only the yarn that she had in her stash, and nothing more.  But my OCD brain is already mapping out the colour scheme.  The other colours she had in the other bag were fall colours – pumpkins, gold, coral, chilis.  I suppose that could still work with these colours, if correctly placed.

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Maybe this is what is wrong with me – I over-think.  I should just keep crocheting, let my fingers and my subconscious work it out on their own …

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I’ll make a few more of these … I’m determined to get my crochet mojo back …

 

 

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Minion Mania

So … this is a project a year late. The movie came out last year (?), and I saw minion patterns and finished minions springing out all over. So I commented about it and showed the boys … and was promptly requested to make one for them.

Huh?? The boys are asking me? to crochet them something?? What’s happening? Is the world spinning around too fast?

Well, I was a little delighted that they actually think I’m good enough (now!) to be able to make a minion … Well, of course I can read instructions … I should be able to make one with no problem! Right?  So I bought the fiberfill stuffing, and the yarn.  And there they sat in the corner, until some months ago, when I was watching WIPs waiting to be picked up again, and yarn that I was itching to start playing with … and I decided maybe I should try to make a minion instead.

This little fellow took me about a half day to make.  Crocheting the different body parts didn’t take me long.  Stuffing him didn’t take long.  Putting him together?  Well, that was a different story.

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My first try at putting the parts together ended up sort of crooked, said the boys.  Even the mouth was crooked.  Really?  So I took him apart, and put him together again … body part by body part.  *sigh*  In the end, I got him together the way the boys liked it.

Good thing too.  I settled for one big eye, instead of two.  I was getting tired.  I see a jogged line, where the colour change happened.  No, I didn’t want to unravel all that to make a seamless colour join.  I didn’t have felt to make the eyes.  So I crocheted them instead.  The eye doesn’t quite look round, but it’s going to have to stay that way.  Put together like this, they didn’t mind all that.  They have a minion.  And who has claimed this as their own?  Hubby.  Now I have to make another one for the boys, this time with two eyes.  *another sigh*  Now I know why amigurumi doesn’t appeal to me …

So I started a minion hat instead …

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In Her Memory

Hello all!

I’m back … Actually, I’ve been around, trying to find my mojo, as they say, for crochet and yarn again.  There were so many things going on, and my mind was whirling round and round. Even now, as I write this, I still don’t have the urge to create.

Oh I’ve got plenty of ideas and plans; it just hasn’t translated all the way down to the fingers. I kept telling myself that it was time to sit with hook and yarn, and yet when I did, nothing came out of it.  I would crochet a few rows, then frog it.  I would try out new patterns, and then frog it.  I looked through pages and pages of patterns on Ravelry and on internet for inspiration.  I looked through pages and pages of websites selling yarn, looking for that colour or colour combination to hit me, for the new yarn that I just had to try.  Would you believe it that with all those sales going on, I did not purchase any yarn.  Nope.  Did not hit that ‘add to cart’ key.  Ok, so maybe because I’m on a yarn diet and budgetary restrictions may have factored into that. But has it really gotten so bad that not even a sale or seeing all those gorgeous colours or new yarn could entice me?  This must really be bad …

Maybe as we settle down into summer, my mind will settle down as well, and I’ll pick up hook and yarn again.  Maybe this will help transition me back into yarn creations …

This stash belonged to my Aunt Leticia, who recently passed away.  She was also my yarn stash co-conspirator. Yep, I’ve told Hubby a couple of times that the yarn I bought was for her, and that she would pick it up from me next time she came over.  LoL … yeah it was that bad in the beginning. And it was partially true … she did pick up a couple of skeins or so when she would see something in my stash that she liked.  But she had better control than me, only buying yarn for projects that she was working on, so there were only two bags of color combos that she had plans for – the purple and variegated blues-greens-purples, and the pumpkin-gold-coral-chili reds.  That dark spot underneath the pumpkin is actually brown yarn, which didn’t come out well in the photo.

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The finished blanket underneath has already been claimed by my oldest son. The other blanket looks to be a scrapghan in the works.  All single crochet – she liked single crochet, and sometimes double crochet.  And that was all the hooks and needles she had.  Four crochet hooks and two sets of knitting needles.  She didn’t knit; I think it came with a bag of yarn that somebody had given her.

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So, with this new stash that actually means something – not just a simple purchase from a store – I want to make something with these in her memory.  With this amount of yarn, it would have to be some sort of scrapghan, or motifs.  Perhaps those hexagon motifs that I’m always talking about.  I saw the variegated and purple, and thought of African Flower motifs.  She liked African flowers – she always had pots of those plants in her garden.

Yes, maybe that … in her memory.

 

 

 

 

Tapestry Repairing

With all the rolling and wrapping around it, and just general wear and tear, I wanted to update my Tapestry blanket by adding another inch on the border.  After I had finished working on the length, I wanted to be done with it after working on it for so long, so I single crocheted just an inch around for a border.

Looking at it now, it’s about a foot longer with all the stretching that the boys put it through, and getting narrower, so I decided that I would work on the border … and found this :

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A hole !   *gasp*

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I can’t tell if it’s a join that has fallen apart (I didn’t know the proper way to join back then), or if toes have poked through it, or if some little critters – one of them sitting right there … have bit and chewed on it …

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So now I am off in search through my tubs and boxes if perhaps there might be a scrap of left-over yarn in these colours … as well as experiment and research on how to repair stitches in the middle of a piece!

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Always something new to learn, isn’t there?

Hawaiian Flowers

I thought it was about time I started on some baby shower gifts.  I have two to attend in May, and I didn’t want to be finishing it up on the night before, like some recent ones in the past.  I had picked up some yummy Candy Baby from Bernat Baby Coordinates, and had been itching to start working with it.  I tried out some pattern swatches with it, but didn’t like it, so I frogged them and put the yarn away.

Last night, in the middle of another cold, arctic freeze, my brain put two and two together.  I’ve been wanting to try out the pattern Hawaiian Flowers by Sarah London for a while.  The colours in the yummy Candy Baby yarn reminds me more of flowers than candy.  My cousin, who is one of those expecting, used to live in Hawaii.  Ta-dah!  Perfect!

So late last night, I made two of the flowers, and decided that I would join as a I go.  Wasn’t sure I wanted to be joining all those squares with one or two single crochets, and then have a million ends to weave in.  This is what it looked like this morning.

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It wasn’t looking too bad.  Since the yarn was already variegated, I didn’t exactly follow the pattern with all the yarn changes.  But looking at it and imagining it completed, the riot of colours started swimming in my eyes.  I started thinking about a contrast colour on the last row instead.

So I made up another pair, this time with some variegated pink that I found in the stash.

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Not looking bad either.  Since it wasn’t pure white, it didn’t quite make the colours pop.  It gave the flowers a subtle outline instead. Hmmmm … that might work.

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I joined it to the two others to see the overall effect, and made two more.  Don’t know why I did that, because now if I want to frog the two made completely in variegated yarn, I would have to frog all.

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And then I got some more suggestions of contrast colours – black, one of the other colours in the yarn, a complimentary colour, green … So what I’m doing now is just making the flowers, without the last row for now, until I decide on what colour I want to do the contrast colour in.  I suspect that I will be buying more Bernat Candy Baby.  I have one more baby layette to make, anyway, so I can play with all the contrast colours and put them together.  

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Snow Is on the Way

So … the snow is coming our way because I’m making snowflakes?  LoL .. I’m already tired and it’s not even the middle of the week yet!  Wait .. maybe I should be home instead making snowflakes.

These are the squares for the challenge from The Crochet Crowd, that I had posted about before.  Sorry about the poor picture quality, but the only times I can work on my WIPs is at night, and the camera phone is so much easier and convenient to take quick pictures with.

I made the first two in solid blue (royal and navy blue) – that’s the two on the left side.

Then, because my brain was whizzing all around, I thought maybe it would look good with variegated yarn to outline the snowflakes, then a dark blue border.  That’s the second and third squares on the second row.  I picked up what I had on hand, which was a sort of grey-blue combination.

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Not feeling entirely satisfied with that, I went to Michael’s for a quick trip and bought two skeins of Dusk Ombres.  Those are the three on the first row, and the one on the bottom right on the second row.   The boys liked that better, so I guess that’s what I’m sticking with to complete the afghan.

I hope I don’t have any other inspirations that will distract me from completing these … like maybe I can use the variegated yarn to make the snowflakes, then use the white around it?  hmmmm ….

What do you think?

The Colour of Snowflakes

I had seen this pattern in the summer, and filed it away as a future WIP.  But then The Crochet Crowd picked it up as one of their challenges, and I thought ok, maybe I should join since it was also on my to-do list.  But then, I said that I had too many WIPs and I really didn’t need another one to add to the pile, so I passed it over.

Until I saw photos of the completed throws, and again, I wanted to join in … and so I picked up hook and yarn just to try out the pattern ….

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‘Oh, that looks cool,’ said Justin.

‘Really?’

‘Yeah, you should do it in light blue, because that’s the colour of snowflakes.’

Hmmm …. I like that … the colour of snowflakes.  A lighter blue sounds good too, but this was the blue that I could lay my hands on at the moment.

‘I’m sure you have a light blue somewhere in a box up in the attic’, said Justin.

I probably did, but nobody wanted to go up in the attic for me … *sigh*  Maybe during the weekend … or else a quick run to the craft store for one skein of lighter blue …

So … nothing inspires me more than one of the boys giving their stamp of approval, their endorsement, their go-ahead.  It’s not often that they really really  like something that I’m working on.  I’ll ask them what they think of my current WIP, and they’ll look over and say ‘Good’, or ‘OK’, but you know that they’re not really seeing it.

And so another WIP is added to the pile.  But I think this one will work up fast, and might just be finished in time for Christmas …

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