Owl Basket

I’ve taken my first steps into my Stash Down 2015 goals and completed one of the projects that has been sitting in my queue for quite some time. The Owl Basket. I’ve developed quite a thing for owls in the last year or so and I’m super excited with how this turned out. There is a corner in my living room just desperate for a basket. I’m not quite sure yet what I’ll put in the basket, but that is neither here nor there. Owls are awesome & I must have them everywhere. End of story.

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Ready for spring

I’m so done with winter. I have been for a while. I’m ready for spring. I think it might be the colors.

And I am ready for spring colors. And flowers. And plants (I keep thinking about what veggies I’m going to plant in my container garden this year).

But since spring isn’t here yet, I decided to create a little bit of spring for myself.

How about some flowers?

Pretty, pink, and functional too…flower dishcloths.

Flower Dishcloths

The pattern is Flower Power Dishcloths by Doni Spiegle and is a free Ravelry download. It’s an easy-to-follow crochet pattern and it works up super fast.

I think I’ve figured out the two things I like most about crocheting.

  1. I can make a crochet project much faster than the same thing if it were knitted.
  2. I find it to be much easier to do shaped things – like flowers, Mickey ears…etc. (There are plenty of ways to do the same things with knitting, but they don’t come as easily to me.)

And bonus, the dishcloths are made from my stash of cotton.

Project Use Up All The Cotton Totals: 54g for both flowers

468 grams of yarn used, 618 grams to go

The Valentine’s Day Surprise

I have been working on a Sooper Seekrit! project. I cannot hope to convey how excited I was to make this.

One of my Ravelry friends posted this pic & link to a pattern a little while back.

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From the moment I saw it I knew exactly what the Hubs was getting for Valentine’s Day. I can’t really explain it, but he enjoys the Gangnam Style song far more than is reasonable for a grown man.

So, I made this:

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And, oh yeah, it plays the Gangnam Style song. That’s right! I put a chip in it to make it play music.

Who is super awesome? (And quite possibly, a bit weirder than necessary?) Yep…I AM!

Simple, quick, pretty

Washcloths. They’re quick, they’re easy. And bonus, they use up a bunch of yarn…especially when you crochet them.

These four I made in one night. I don’t have a specific person in mind to give them to yet so I bundled them together with a pretty ribbon and put them in my closet. I’ll hang on to them until a gift or donation is needed…or maybe even a craft show.

My goal is to make at least 2 Project Use Up All The Cotton items a month and I made 4. Yay!

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Project Use Up All The Cotton Totals
100g total for all 4 washcloths

414 grams of yarn used, 672 grams to go

Plans and goals and projects, oh my

Yes, it’s already been 2013 for a week, but I think I’m still safely in the window for resolution-making.

1. Make at least 2 “Project Use Up All the Cotton” items per month. I have no illusions about actually emptying the cotton stash completely, particularly because I’ve had to buy more to use in customer projects. However, I figure 2 items each month is a reasonable and achievable goal. Plus, it would be nice to have a stash of washcloths & soap pockets to donate later in the year.

2. Make this sweater for the Kiddo. It’s a beautiful short-sleeved cable sweater that would be great to wear over a long-sleeved shirt in the early spring. The designer is Elena Nodel and she has created some wonderful patterns. For me, this will be only my 3rd sweater ever attempted and the largest. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by larger garments, but I figure if I was able to tackle a lace shawl in 2011/2012 I can take on a child-sized sweater in 2013.

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photo from “Sea Princess” (by Elena Nodel) pattern page on Ravelry

3. Learn how to make an “Aunt Gert” blanket. What is that you ask? Well, the simplest explanation is that it’s a crocheted ripple afghan. More than that though…it’s a blanket that almost every kid in my family has received – me, my sister, my cousins, my niece & nephew, the Kiddo. Aunt Gert was my great aunt. I don’t really remember her, but she made my blanket, my sister’s, and 2 of my cousin’s. My Aunt Barbara and my mom have made all the others. My mom can’t really sit and work on the blankets like she used to so someone needs to step up and make them. That’s really the main reason I decided to learn to crochet. (I had the story totally wrong earlier & my mom called…she was like, “You know all this.” To which I responded, “Duh! Yes I do. I don’t know what I was thinking. So I came back & fixed it.)

There are lots more plans I have in my head for what I’d like to do this year, but as far as solid goals go I would be super proud of myself for accomplishing all three of these.

More than meets the eye!

When a friend of mine requested a Transformers hat for her son, I figured that it would be no problem. I mean, it’s Transformers. Someone has to have made a pattern right?

Yeah, not so much.

I searched as many of the corners of the internet as I could think of. All to no avail. I did find one crocheted Transformer hat on Etsy, but she was only selling the finished product not the pattern. My only recourse was to write a pattern myself. It was a really fun challenge since, although I’ve improvised before, I’ve never actually written a pattern down.

Here’s what I came up with:

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What do you think?