I have 8 grandchildren. I have made 4 of them afghans. This summer I am making the last 4. Each of my grandchildren will have a twin sized "Grammie Blanket."
I got bored with the last pattern I used. I may still use it at another time; but for now I have decided to use my Soft Waves Baby Blanket pattern and adapt it to a worsted weight and a twin size.
The yarn I used for this first afghan is from Hobby Lobby. It is Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel in the Blueberry Pie colorway. These cake style yarns come in a 7 oz/355 yard "cake." Each afghan takes approximately 5 cakes.
I am working on the second afghan now. This one done in "Minted Macaroon." For this pattern I am using my K Streamline hook from Furls. These lovely hooks are light weight, reasonably prices and very easy on the hands and wrists.
I am hoping to have the pattern written up and edited soon. Keep an eye out for my next post with the FREE pattern included in it!! Until then, Happy Hooking one and all.
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Leisure Arts Knits for Kids
Designer: Judy Lamb
Photographer: Jason Masters
#7118 US $9.99/Can $11.99
Leisure Arts Knits for Kids has 5 adorable patterns in it. Three for girls and two for boys. All of these patterns can be made in sizes ranging from 1 to 10. Each size is color coded. Size 1 is in blue, 2 in pink, 4 in green, etc. Each pattern is rated intermediate, has all of the materials and special stitches listed above each pattern and also includes a stitch guide and general instructions in the back of the book.
Leisure Arts has also included all of the abbreviations used, the symbols and terms, and how to gauge swatch for each project. Each pattern has schematics with the sizing for each size in inches for you.
Also included is a conversion chart for U.S. and U.K. needle sizing. All of the patterns are written in U.S. terminology. A chart for the various yarn weights and symbols are also included in the back of this booklet.
The yarns used in these patterns are Caron Simply soft, Red Heart Super Saver, and Red Heart Classic. I cannot wait to be able to find the time to make one of these patterns for a grandchild. I will post a pattern review and some pics when I am able to complete one of these lovely sweaters from Knits for Kids.
Still on my Red Heart Super Saver Stripes kick, here is the last (for a while) stripes pattern. This is Flamenco Stripes, a combination of pretty pinks, corals, and purples. This easy to make scarf takes just one 5 oz skein of stripes, making it an affordable make.
What you will need to make this scarf is, 1 5 oz skein of Red Hear Super Saver Stripes, or 5 oz of #4 weight yarn, a J hook, and a tapestry needle to weave in your ends. My scarf measures 7.5 inches wide by 36 inches long. This stitch pattern uses multiples of 8 + 2. Okay, do you have all of your materials gathered up? Lets begin!!
Shell: in specified st, work (dc, ch 1) twice, dc in same st. Shell made
Cluster (CL): YO, insert hook in specified st, bring up loop, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook; YO, insert hook in same st, draw up loop, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook, YO draw through all 3 loops on hook. CL made.
Row 1 (ws): sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (32 sc)
Row 2 (rs): dc in 1st sc, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc; *ch 2 sk next 3 sc, shell in nest sc, ch 2 sk next 3 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * across to last 4 sc, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in last sc; ch 1, turn.
Row 3: sc in 1st dc and next ch 1 sp; *ch3, CL in next sc, ch 3**; sc in 1st ch 1 sp of next shell, ch 1, sc in 2nd ch 1 sp of same shell; rep from * across, ending last rep at **; sc in turning ch sp; ch 4, turn.
Row 4: dc in 1st sc, ch 2, sc in top of next CL; *ch 2, shell in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sc in top of next CL; rep from * across, working sc in last CL; ch 2, (dc, ch 1, dc) in last sc; ch 1 turn.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for pattern until scarf measures 36 inches, ending with Row 4, ch 1 turn.
Finishing Row: sc in 1st dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, *2 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch 2 sp, sc in next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, sc in next dc, sc in next ch 1 sp, sc in next dc, repeat from * across, ending with sc in laast dc, sc in turning ch sp. Fasten off, weave in ends.
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I got home from a weeks vacation 3.31.2018. I flew (my first time flying) down to South Carolina to see my sister, Laurie, and her family. It was a wonderful visit; it was nice and warm and sunny! I never see family as much as I would like too. Everyone is busy working, going to school and raising children. It is still winter here in Maine; will spring ever arrive?
Guess what was waiting for me when I came home? This month's Happy Yarn Mail!! Yay!! Yarn mail is the best mail.
What was in this happy envelope, all covered with sprinkles? An adorable beret pattern, two skeins of yarn, a cute little button with yarn and sprinkles, and a sticker announcing "your yarn party".
The yarns are both by Lion Brand, DIY yarn in Cream and Touch of Alpaca, a 90% acrylic, 10% alpaca blend. It is so soft and squishy! The color is called Purple Aster. The pattern, Parisienne beret can only be gotten through Happy Yarn Mail. I haven't had a chance to get started on the beret yet, vacation set me a little behind!! Nothing new there.
Due to new packaging Happy Yarn Mail has been reduced in price. It has gone from $29.95 to $19.95. You can subscribe to a month Yarn Party for One or you can purchase just one package, it is all up to you!! Follow the blue link to get your Yarn Party for One today!
Knot.mad's Auction for Alex is winding down. There is still time to bid; bidding closes at 11:59 p.m. With 40 items to bid on there is a little something for everyone.
This is such a wonderful way to help a fellow warrior. The crafting community is one of the most generous, kind and caring communities that I have become involved with. Whether you are a maker or a fan of handmade; pop on over to Knot.mad to browse all of the listings.
Please follow all of the bidding instructions to guarantee you get the item(s) you have bid on!! Please, serious bidders only, payments will be due when auction closes. Please read Melissa Anne's instructions for payment and other important details regarding your purchases.
Don't see anything that you would like, but still want to help? You can make donations for Alex and his family through the Go Fund Me page set up for Alex by his Mom, Allyson V. Still Have So Much to Live For
Can't afford to bid or donate? Please share across all of your social media sites to get Alex's story to as many people as possible. Alex is such a young man, he is in the battle of a lifetime and needs all of the help and support that we can give to him and his family. No one should have to worry about medical expenses, all energy needs to be placed on getting well.
Thank you to everyone that has shared Alex's story, bid on items in the auction or donated to his families fund page.
Being a stage 4 survivor, a warrior woman, I know just how long and hard this battle will be.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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Auction is being held March 21 through March 24, 2018
March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month!!!
I am teaming up with an army of makers to help Alex, a 21 year old young man recently diagnosed with colon cancer. Alex is in the battle for his life. His family is in crisis, over-whelemed by everything that is happening, trying to absorb it all. Trying to keep doctors, surgeons and treatments straight. Trying to learn everything that everyone is doing to your body or your loved one's body.
I have been in this battle, their are doctors, specialists, hosptials, labs, cancer treatment centers. Blood draws, PET Scans, CT Scans, the list goes on and on and on... You get the picture. Being diagnosed with an illness called cancer is like having a full-time job, with plenty of over-time, no days off and no pay. To learn more about Alex and the treatment regime that he is facing please visit his Go Fund Me page, started by his Mom, Allyson Still Have So Much to Live For. If you can't donate, please share this campaign, prayers are always more than welcome.