First Days of Spring Catch-up

I’ve had a lot going on lately. I was assigned a very challenging teaching assignment. The weather has been beautiful so we’ve spent a lot of time outside walking and fishing and playing. Last but not least, today is Easter so we are visiting with family and friends.

Happy Easter to all my blogging friends! Every year we make a bunny cake. This year we tried to ice it too early so he looks a bit messy but still tastes great.

  

Through all this busyness I’ve still found time for crochet. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Here are a few snapshots of what’s been on my hook. I have been working with all of my springy pastel colors.

  

A pin I made my mom for her birthday this week. The button came from my grandmother’s button jar. I have not yet wore her out on crochet gifts! The flower pattern came from Little Doolally


  

  

I’m always swooning over pictures of crochet bunting. I love garlands and bunting!! I finally made my first and started out simple with a mini triangle bunting.

  

Adorable Granny Heart Purse by Daisy Cottage designs. It is supposed to be a purse for a little lady, but until I have a little lady to give it to it works great as a scissor bag to hang on the door.


  

This was intended to be a dishcloth made from a pattern by Maggie Weldon but turned out a little too small. I thought about adding extra rounds but then thought it better as a hot pad. As of now it’s in use as a “candle pad.”



Hope you have been enjoying the first days of spring like I have!

xKelsey

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A Week of Snow Days

I still remember the feeling of waking up as a child and being told it was a snow day. One of the great things about being a teacher is having snow days. I get very nostalgic on these days, probably because I still get that same rush of excitement I got when I was a child. Here in WV we had a whole week of snow days last week. Although I did start worrying about what my paycheck would look like, I did get to spend a lot of time with my yarn–working on long lost projects and starting new ones.

I had learned most of the basic amigurimi skills and made small ornaments and such, but I had never made an actual stuffed amigurimi animal. I sat down determined on one of my days off. Looking through my many pins I found an adorable little lady bunny. It didn’t take me too long to make the pieces, and I was feeling really good. Then I got to stitching the parts together. It took me two days, having many problems with the nose and eyes and feeling like she would fall apart, but I have to say I am very pleased with my first amigurimi animal. I think I will name her Lola and may have to give her a small embellishment on her dress. 

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If you would like to make your own head over to Zan Crochet for an easy to read free pattern!

When I Learn to Knit

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I have only been crocheting for a little over a year, so I don’t think I’m quite ready to learn to knit yet, but I know I will be sometime in the near future. When that time comes I will be prepared thanks to my wonderful grandpa. He’s a treasure hunter like myself and was the one who showed me the joy of finding a bargain. We used to shop yard sales all the time when I was young. Every time I visit he always has a pile of treasures for me. At Goodwill the other day he found me a whole load of knitting needles, yarn, and thread for $3!!

Along with the needles came a box of various tan and light pink yarn, which can be washed and used. Somebody bought yarn for a project and never finished?? Until the day I learn to knit these lovely vintage needles will be shown off in a mason jar. ๐Ÿ™‚

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What does a crocheter…

…do with an income tax check? Well, go to the craft store, of course, for yarn and other crafty things. I set myself a limit before going and only went over $20 so I’d say it was a successful trip. It is kind of a big deal for me to go to Hobby Lobby considering the closest one is an hour and a half away. We have a local craft store but it just isn’t the same as going there. My fiancรฉe and I decided to make a day out of it, him shopping his hobby stores (remote control cars) and me shopping mine. It was a great day. I can’t wait to dig into my new purchases tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Best $3 Ever Spent

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I have a confession: I have a MAJOR weakness for the bargain bins at Target, Walmart, etc. When they put their Valentines Day stuff out I was in heaven with all the cute (and cheap) crafts and printed notepads. I found a Shrink Art bracelet kit for $3. I didn’t get my hopes up because we all know cheap doesn’t mean quality. I took a shot at coloring and shrinking the beads this evening and I was very impressed. It was so much fun watching them shrink in the oven! The only problem I had was getting the marker to stick in some places, but I will definitely be on the lookout for more of these kits.

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I decided not to make the bracelets the kit was intended for, but I did use some of the materials to make bookmarks with my three favorite beads. I still haven’t decided what to do with the rest…maybe make some stitch markers. Let me know if you have any ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

First Popcorn Project

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I posted about my first successful popcorn stitches a while back and here is what it turned into. The potholder pattern came from the Mollie Makes Crochet book and I think it has to be my favorite thing I’ve crocheted thus far. It was so fun to make, although a little time consuming. I love the way the colors turned out! I will definitely be using this color sequence in a future, possibly larger, project. I’m already picturing other color possibilities for this potholder…possibly the main color a light pink with white bobbles??

New “Dailies”

I have added a couple new fun things to my daily routine. The first is a five year memory book my mom got me for Christmas. When I was younger I had time to keep a journal with long daily entries but not so much anymore. That is why I loooove this memory book. You write one line a day each day for five years. I can’t look back on previous year’s memories yet since this is the first year I’ve written it it, but it will be neat to do.

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The second thing I’ve started is crocheting one square a day. I started out wanting to make a mood blanket for 2015 but then realized I sometimes do not like to look back on my moods. Although I’m sure my mood will influence the color choice for the day, I’m not going to have a color scheme pinpointing each mood. It will end up as a patchwork granny square blanket. I used The Purl Bee’s Classic Granny Square Pattern to make a six round, one color square. I chose to use a smaller hook since I tend to crochet loosely. I really hope to stick to it. This will be my first granny square blanket!

I have been enjoying the snow here in WV…it gives me more of a reason to stay inside with my yarn. My black lab Stella and I have spent all morning cuddling on the couch. (I think she’s enjoying it also ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

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Popcorn for Dinner

I’m very proud to announce that I have successfully made my first popcorn stitches. New to crochet, I will probably be trying “new” stitches for a while. One small step for crochet, one giant leap for Kelsey! These stitches are the start of a neat potholder from the Mollie Makes Crochet book. I will hopefully be sharing the finished product in a couple of days.

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Eating in Style

I wanted to crochet a baby shower gift for a friend but I didn’t have a lot of time to finish it. Since I didn’t have enough time to crochet a blanket I looked for a smaller project, something small but useful. I started to make a little toboggan then realized it wouldn’t be of much use since the weather will be getting warmer by the time the baby arrives. Then I came across a pattern for a beautiful bib on Ravelry. It was perfect for the project I was looking for. Paired with a matching outfit from the store it will be darling. I will definitely be using this for future gifts and hopefully future children.

If you want to make one of Sonea Delvon’s Round Baby Bib’s the pattern is available here for free. Instead of making the thick strap from the pattern, I made a thinner one that is tied instead of buttoned. I just made 50 ch on each side and ss back down each.

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I have a bad habit of just starting in on a project before even reading halfway through it. This time it worked out in my favor since it made me conquer my fear of charts. Fear? I don’t know why I shied away from projects because they included a chart vs written instructions. They (or this one was) are so simple to read.

Goodnight!
Kelsey

Resolutions & Late Holiday Post

My New Year’s resolution is to blog at least twice a week. I started blogging last year and it made me very happy, but then busy life got to me. If something makes you happy, why not take time out of your busy schedule to fit it in?

In other exciting news, I have signed up for all of next years local holiday craft shows. I go to them every year but just now feel confident enough to sell. After crocheting for over a year now I feel I am making good quality work people would want to buy and am simply going to make things I enjoy making. Along with crocheted items, I am making waterless snow globes I became obsessed with last holiday season. Here’s a little peek at a couple of my favorites so far. Some are big jars and others are teeny tiny jars for ornaments. They are so simple and fun to make!

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During the holidays and on my two week break from work I took a breather from my bigger blanket project and made some fun little ornaments. Can’t you just imagine a tree full of crocheted ornaments? Next year I may have to display a mini tree just with crocheted goodness. I have linked you to the patterns and tutorials for these four adorable ornaments. I know, I know the Christmas trees are down, but these can be hung anywhere. I know my mandala ornament will be hanging around the house year round.

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1. Gorgeous Mandala Inspired Ornament by AnooCrochet Designs

2. Hot Cocoa Mug Ornament by Frayed Not

3. Owl Ornament by Drops Design

4. Mini Snowman by Dapper Toad

Best wishes! It has been very cold here in West Virginia. I know I will be spending my evenings snuggled on the couch with a hook and ball of yarn.

—Kelsey ๐Ÿ™‚