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Frustration…again

 

I was about half way through my baby blanket when I spread it out to look at it on the bed to have a look at how it was turning out. Now, I know I have laid it out before to look at it, but was apparently drunk each time, because I noticed it was doing this weird wavy thing on the side, and there were whole chunks of rows that were either tighter or had fewer stitches, and chunks of rows that were longer.

Needless to say that wasn’t going to pass.

Luckily I was already mad at the blanket and felt great satisfaction in ripping it out.

So if you’ve ever wanted to see what 280 g of yarn looked like all kinky and laying on the floor, here you have it.

I’m giving the blanket one more chance, and if it doesn’t start looking the way I want it to…well I’m not sure what I’ll do. Maybe a nice fire. (kidding). Wish me luck!


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I’m Back!

I’m back from the doom that is the school year, and I have a lot of crafting to do this summer!

While trying to make it through finals, I did make a small amount if progress on a baby blanket I had begun around Christmas.

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That’s about as far as I had gotten over the holiday.

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And this is what it looks like now. I looks a little fuller than it really is due to some creative folding on my part.

I have a super huge list of projects that I have been dyeing to get my hands on, so be sure to stick around for more updates!


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Helping Out Kids in Need

Like many of you, I spend a lot of time making beanies for cancer patients, blankets for babies, and other odds and ends to donate to the local hospital.

My sister was really sick as a baby and spent a lot of time in there, and now that she is healthy I feel the need to give back and try to help out those who weren’t as lucky.

One of the volunteer organizations at the hospital were I donate all of my knitted and crocheted goods is running for a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project. In oder to receive this money, which will help purchase almost 1500 Josh dogs and books, they need to win a nation wide popularity contest. We could really use your help to do this. Please visit http://www.refresheverything.com/joshandfriends and vote to support this idea. Each vote will bring us one step closer to the prize money, and everyone can vote once per day for a given idea. You can also vote by texting 103177 to Pepsi (73774).

Project Josh and Friends is an organization that provides comfort to hospitalized children through the use of a plush dog named Josh and a story about his trip to the hospital. The story tells all about the diagnostic procedure, surgery, and recovery while the dog serves as something for the child to hold on to while alone in the hospital. Together, the work as a therapy tool to help the healing process. These items are provided to the children free of charge.

There are only ten days left to vote, and there are 50 projects ahead of us in the running. Please help spread the word.

Thank you.

 

 

 


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Teeny Preemie Beanie

The other day, I came across this ultra cute beanie pattern on the Lion Brand yarn website. It was so adorable that I just had to make it right away.

I was surprised that this pattern called for the use of an I hook, it being for tiny babies I thought that ti would use something smaller. However, this was a pleasant surprise as it meant that the pattern would take less time. This one took me about two hours.

Instead of using ribbon for the contrasting color on this hat, I used yarn instead. It makes the contrast a bit more subtle, and is much softer than any of the ribbon I had available at the time.

Originally I wanted to add a flower decoration to make the hat a bit more feminine, but was unable to find a pattern that didn’t completely overwhelm the hat. Perhaps another time.


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Preemie Patterns

In browsing through the top searches that lead readers to this blog, I noticed that after I featured the preemie hat, it has been getting hits almost every day. Almost all of these hits are from people searching for preemie patterns to knit and crochet.

I do plan on working on more preemie items in the future, but in the meantime I’d like to share a couple of links to patterns.

Preemie Crochet Patterns

Preemie Knit Patterns

These two links contain a wide variety of patterns, all of which are very cute. If you know of any other patterns you’d like to share, feel free to post them in the comments section.

Happy crafting!