Monday, November 2, 2015

Corner to corner crochet blanket

Well HELLO my old friends! Been way to long. Since the last post where I posted the corner to corner baby blanket a lot has happened. But I did want to make sure to pop back on and share the (Corner to Corner) crochet blanket links with anyone who might want it. This blanket pattern has been kind of a saving grace for me.

When I got back into crochet it was at a time when I was still recovering from a fractured wrist from my bike wreck. I still did not have 100% use of it and going through a tough time. I'm a active person not one to sit around. If I was not doing something around the house I would be bike riding or crafting, did something with my time. Anyway when we found out our friend was having a baby I did as I always had done, wanted to make something handmade. So did a simple crib sized blanket. By the end of getting it done I realized this was something I did not want to stop doing.

For years people said you should sell what you make and would say no one will buy them. So after I got done with that blanket for a little baby girl named Faith I thought well why not just try and see what happens. So posted a simple blanket for sell on local craft sell site and since then I have been so busy. Have lost count on how many of the corner to corner baby blankets I have Think I could do them in my sleep now. But also start making others items to as well, like booties, baby beanie's.

So anyway that is why there has been no posting. Just been busy with orders. Think things are finally settling down. Took this weekend off because I needed it so thought I'd pop in and share the blanket pattern while got the time, will have the link below with a video that I learned from and some tips I learned in working this pattern to make it look the best. And you will see pictures of the different blankets I have done.

This one looks really bright but it was not that bright in person.

So those These are a few orders I have done.
Here is the You Tube video I learned from.
And I promise by blanket two you wont ever need instructions or the video again. The video is very handy for the decrease portion. When you are first doing the decrease it might seem confusing but its really not. This pattern works up in blocks not by chaining like 100 or 120 for your base row. When you get to the size you want you decrease on both sides for square. If you want crib sized the only difference is you keep one side decreased and you keep one side increasing if that makes sense. Now here are a few tips

Tip #1 Sounds crazy but if you have some graph paper and plan on doing a few colors you can plan your blanket out. Because it works up in blocks they end up being like a textured checker board. So you can use graph paper to work your blocks to plan a design or your pattern and colors. One row will be kind of under the other. I personally like all my accent boarder to be on the same side so if you work with graph paper you can plan your color rows and where boarder accents will be. And I might make that a post one day on how to step by step if that be better to understand. Kinda hard to explain.

Tips #2 If you want the accent colors here is the best way to do it without planning. If you do say three rows of pink like the one photo above. Do a odd number for the second section, did 5 rows of hot rose pink. With the pale pink as my accent color break and working like that that will make that pale pink all end up on the same side of your blanket. Just gives I nicer cleaner look.

Tip#3 Once you are done add a edging or boarder to it. This blanket is pretty with out it as well but if you are giving or making one for a baby it adds extra form to it to have the boarder.

Tips#4 When you first get it done you are going to see it and say well this is all Trust me it happened to me, square blankets seem to do it the worst. And if you wash it that will help solve that problem. Make sure to read your yarn care label tag. As a rule of thumb I wash on gentle cycle using cold water. It really is not dirty you just need it wet to be able to lay it flat to block or shape. Blocking it will make your blanket amazing! You can look up crochet blocking on you tube. Will make a post on how I block, there are a few different ways. Just be careful if you do the steam blocking. If you don't have a way to do proper blocking then at lest washing it and laying flat and shaping it best you can on a dining table will help. I used to use plastic trash bags or you can also use a plastic table cloths to lay it on. That was before I got my blocking setup.

Tip#5 For your first one keep it simple I recommend you do a solid color for the first time to learn how the pattern works up. Then once you got it down you can take on multi color designs.

Well that was a long winded post sorry that is so long but wanted to make sure all the info was there. I Will post about blocking soon. And this time it wont be months later I will do it soon. Plan on getting back to blogging. I have not giving up my love of paper crafting and crafting just having to work in crochet as well. This past weekend was spent working on my craft room getting ready to get back to crafting soon. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WOW it's been a while...

Sorry I have not been able to blog any since last post it has been beyond crazy busy last month and and a half. Feb was full of stuff I had to do everyday, was helping family handle some stuff. And then last part of Feb I had health issues so had to take a rest. But I am back with kinda  crafty blog post. I used to crochet and loved it but kinda stopped because there really was no need for me to crochet anything. No one was having babies and to just got more into paper crafts, which I still love would never give that up. But this past month I made a baby blanket and realized how much I enjoyed it. So my blog might start to include some crocheted crafty things if you all don't Here is my project I made and its super easy! Its crib sized baby afghan. Its called a corner to corner afghan. Be looking for a more in depth post here in next few days. I will have links and such to help you out. But here is a sneak peek at it. This pattern can be used to make any size you need from baby blanket size to a throw or for a bed.

 This was crib sized
 Square sized for cuddling
 I also made a newborn matching headband.
And if you want to gift these there are some really cute care tags you can add.

Check back I will have the afghan pattern links and also video links. Warning it prob will be a long post, just giving you a heads up. Might make the headband a different post. Take care :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First post of the new year

Hello everyone! So how has 2015 been treating you so far? I hope everyone has been off to a good start of the new year. This first week of the new year was a busy one. DH was on vacation, of course all the workers from the company called all week. They dont know what to do without But it was nice he got some time off, got to take care of some things in the house that needed to get done. And got to enjoy going a few places, did a little after Christmas sales shopping. I stock up on items for the next Christmas while they are on sale. I am starting to rub off on DH, he now looks on apps for money saving Maybe this year I can do some sharing of how to save and what apps I use to save. With the new year here I do plan to get back into my blog.

Since 2013 my blogging went down after mid year. We had the death in the family and health set backs. With all that went on I did not have the heart to craft or blog. When we welcomed in 2014 I was ready for a new year, new start. Just did not know 2014 be a bumpy year as well. We had a some highs in 2014 but there were many many I can tell you having a cycling wreck and breaking my wrist was on my goal of Was ready to say good bye to 2014.  Entered 2015 not sure of what it will hold, figure one of these years its got to get lest a little

As we welcomed in 2015 my mom was in the hospital, she is out now and much better. She is a trooper let me tell you. Sometime think I get my stubbornness from her. Some ppl keep saying I need to give up cycling but part of me is like, no! Yes I had a really bad cycling accident but it could have been much worse. Have not been on my bike since late AUG because of the broken wrist. Its taken me a very long time to get use back. And still not sure if I will be able to ride again, but hopeful in a few weeks I might. It will be scary, wont lie. I will never ride again without a helmet. My ears still ring from the concussion when I hit the rode. Have some new scars to add to the list, oh well shows I live life right. lol But one of my goals this year is to ride again and if I cant will find something else to love just as much.

Have had some haters in the past think just because I don't work outside the home I must sit on my butt all day watch tv and eat bonbons. And anyone who is around me enough and truly knows me knows better. I am very much a active person, and like to stay busy. We was watching Gravity a few nights ago and in one of the scenes its really quite in space and the person is just floating. He looked at me and joked lord you go stir crazy you there, and he is so right. LOL I am not one to just sit and look out a window watching the world go by. Always say there is something I can find to do and if not its time to be Why I love to craft.

So anyway lets hope 2015 will bring us all good times, and not so many lows. Sure there will be some, its life. But lets shoot for very  I do wish you all a happy healthy new 2015. So hard getting used to writing 2015 :\ Take care will be back very soon.


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