Trying a Ripple

I am not a confident crocheter, so I had to watch a tutorial in order to do this. My count was apparently off on my very first row, but I’m hoping it won’t matter too much. It’s just a project that will be for my own child. I doubt being a bit wonky will really bother my little girl.

I’ve never been one to accomplish straight edges, or to avoid curling. We’ll see how it goes.

Trying to count with three loud preschoolers in my house was a nightmare.

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Finished Object

It’s hard to find the time to craft with 4 kids and a job outside of the home, but every once in a while I make something. πŸ™‚

I was able to make this little hat for my daughter on my round loom. (Harder to get pictures of her in it than finding the time to make it)

I realize it’s spring now, and she won’t have many opportunities to wear it but it’s cute. I followed a YouTube tutorial from Tuteate. It was a quick make. I didn’t have a 31 peg loom, so I improvised with a 30 peg. I also used 2 strands of thinner yarn instead of a bulky one.

Feeling Like Christmas

My family and I haven’t celebrated Christmas since my 13 year old son was maybe 5-6 years old. Religious beliefs led to our giving up Christmas. Christmas seemed pagan and wrong to us. The way it was being celebrated didn’t fit with our belief system. At first we gave up Santa, and the traditional Christmas “stuff” then we gave even the religious take on Christmas up too. None of it made any sense to us.

Recently we decided to celebrate again. None of it makes sense still, but we are in it for the fun and to see joy in our children’s faces. Maybe even to give ourselves some joy again too. We put up a tree on Thanksgiving.

I have to say that walking by it does put a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

The cold temperatures here have put me in a crafty mood too. I used my knitting loom to make a replacement hat for a family friend. I wasn’t happy with one I made him last year. This one seems better, we’ll see how it holds up to regular use. (If he likes it)

I’m also working on a new hat for my friend’s daughter. I don’t think she liked the slouchy one I made her, but her mom does and wears it all the time. Her favorite color is blue, so I chose to make a blue and white one.

I told her mom that if she doesn’t like it, at least she’ll have a spare.

I could be sleeping

I am still suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, but I wanted to have a little me time.

I have been watching videos of different crochet stitches since I don’t actually know many. I found the bean, and mini bean stitches and really liked how the pattern creates texture.

I decided to try the mini bean stitch on a small project. I am making a cotton washcloth. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong, but I think it is looking good so far.

I will probably make the 2 year old a blanket using this stitch next. It’s very easy to do, even being sleep deprived.

A Blanket For My Girl

I like making my babies blankets just for them when they are born. I crochet and knit…very basic skills only. πŸ˜‰

I had started a knit blanket a while ago for my little girl, but it’s going too slow. I searched for a quick pattern with a tutorial, and I found a crochet one that should work for me. I wanted to use yarn from my stash. The pattern called for a chunky/bulky yarn. I hoped that my Lion brand homespun yarn would be close enough.

I had trouble with the foundation row since the homespun yarn is so fuzzy. I know my edges are going to be wonky since I’ve already made some mistakes. I don’t think the baby will notice, or care.

It is growing quickly, so I am happy so far. Due to my yarn choice I don’t think the finished product will be as big as the example, but it should be a decent car seat blanket. πŸ™‚

Below is an updated picture of my blanket. It has grown so much and will be crib sized after all. I am amazed by how quickly it worked up. Especially since I have a very grabby almost 2 year old and my hands still go numb due to my carpal tunnel.

On my needles

I’m going to turn $2 of thrift store yarn into a neutral winter scarf…if the toddler will stop messing with it. He has already pulled my yarn off the needle once, and I am not a skilled knitter so that was a nightmare for me to fix. ;P

I probably shouldn’t be drinking coffee while I knit with such light yarn either…especially with a 3 year old and 1 year old running around. πŸ˜‰

I am making some progress. It’s not perfect… I’ve made more than a few mistakes but I’m pretty happy with it.

Been knittingπŸ˜€

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been knitting dish cloths. I really enjoy working with this yarn, and having an item finished so quickly is quite satisfying. ☺When you have 2 children under 3, an item that knits up quickly is important if you ever want to see a finished product. πŸ˜‰

You can see that the green one shrunk quite a bit in the wash. It’s not a big deal since I’m using these to wipe up the baby and his high chair at meal times. They don’t have to be huge.πŸ˜‰

I just LOVE the colors I’m working with now.