Sunday, April 29, 2012

Star Baby Blanket

Another teacher is having a baby.  This blanket is for one of my husband's colleagues.  I used some fun-fur type mixed fiber yarn that I got at Big Lots and some yellow Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  I made up the pattern as I went.  I may try to write up the pattern. If anyone is interested,  let me know in the comments section.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

In the Loop

My newest creation was a difficult one.  I found Crochet! Magazine's Easy, No-Sew Crochet at a local store.  It had over 60 projects with no needle assembly required.  I couldn't wait to start my first pattern.  I finally decided to try the "In the Loop" pattern that is described as a halter-style vest that can also be worn as a buttoned cowl.  I used Red Heart's Super Soft in Burgundy and Gala Yarn for the scallop edging.

It took me three times with crocheting the entire pattern, including the time-consuming scallop edging, before I finally got it to fit right.  For some reason, in the second half of the pattern each row had to be crocheted in reverse order.  I  don't know if it is a left-handed thing, or what.  Anyway, I am pleased with the result.  I think it was worth the effort.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sleeved Shawl

This shawl has kinda been more than a year in making.  I got the yarn about a year ago, but had so many other projects, I waited until about a month ago to actually start it.  After I had about sixty rows done, working side to side, I was ready to put in the second arm hole. It was then that I found I had read the pattern wrong at the beginning. I had to frog  it all.  Finally, when working on it during a weekend at a hotel, I put half the yarn I wasn't ready to use yet in a dresser drawer.  After I got home, I realized I had left it at the hotel.  I was lucky that housekeeping found the yarn, and sent it back to me by express delivery.  I think the person from the hotel must create with yarn also, since they seemed to understand how quickly I wanted it back. :)  I was happy to have it finished to wear this weekend.  It was warm outside, but the breeze that was blowing made me glad I had it.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Basket Cake

The PTO is having a Fun Night for the students at our school.  The faculty is usually asked to make/donate cakes for the Cake Walk.  Some of the teachers, including me, like to get a little fancy.  I was trying to find something easy to do, and since Easter is on Sunday, I googled "Easter cake for kids."  I found a Kit Kat  Cake at Speckled Freckle.

I changed mine up a bit, using Strawberry Wafer cookies instead of Kit Kats, and used the pastel Peanut M&M's for the eggs on top.  I may decide to add a pipe cleaner handle to it, but I think it looks good even without it.  I hope the kids like it!

Update:  I added the pipe cleaner handle and a ribbon around the basket.  Parts of the wafer cookies kept coming off in transport, and the ribbon held it back together.

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