Cat Snuggles = Destash!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 3:20 pm

I always like to have at least one no-brainer crochet/knitting project going on that I can do while watching TV or sitting in a work meeting. While I have made lots of snuggle blankets for local animal shelters, it has been awhile since I have made any for my own cat crew. So as a way to help with my summer destash goals, I’m making snuggles for my furry girls and boy. This is a great way to use up some of those orphan skeins that are left over from projects.

The first one I made from a yummy and now discontinued yarn, Caron’s Spa yarn. Chanel had to test it out about 5 seconds after I put it in one of her favorite hang out boxes.




My second cat crew snuggle is made from some other discontinued yarn. This is Bernat Baby Softee in Tangerine and Aqua that I held together.



I’m participating in The Knit Girllls’ 2014 Destash, and I just have 996 yards to go to make the 5k challenge!

Bright Star Baby Afghan Done!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:14 am



The second baby afghan for my niece is done! Loving the ripple pattern still. Plus I had enough leftover yarn to make a matching hat. I lighting is making the turquoise look green, but it is definitely turquoise. This hat uses Mari’s Baby Hat pattern. I will probably attempt a few more hats. This is a very fast one, so that’s why I used it since I was on a time crunch, but it has a seam, which I’m not overly thrilled about.



I added the total yardage to Stash Dash 2014. I have completed a total of 3482 yards towards the 5k required (5468 yards). That means I have 1986 yards to go!

Bright Star Baby Ghan

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 23 June 2014 at 5:17 pm

Afghan number 2 for my niece is in the works. I’m using Knit Picks Brava worsted in cornflower, orange, and canary, three colors she likes. Again, I’m turning to one of my favorite baby afghan patterns, Rainbow Ripple. Hopefully, I’ll get this done in time to also make a matching stuffed toy by the time I see her.

Another Baby Ghan Off the Hook!

Blogged under Finished Projects, Social Networking, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 5:22 pm



Along with full skeins of baby yarn, I had an assortment of large yarn scraps, so I decided to put them all together and make this 30×30 inch granny square style baby afghan. It’s always nice to work on a simple project like this during the evenings while watching TV, and they work up so fast. Plus, since I plan to do some baby yarn destashing and my niece is pregnant and will be getting lots of baby knits from me, I decided to participate in The Knit Grillls‘ Stash Dash 2014, a yearly event hosted by these podcasters as a way for yarn crafters to clear out their yarn stash, so of course, they can acquire more yarn!

So far, I’m up to 1512 yards, which means I have 3956 yards to go before I reach the 5k requirement or 5468 yards of yarn. Once I get my Fan Afghan done, I will have a lot more yardage to add to my total and a lot less yarn in the stash. I am past the half way point on it. While I am concentrating on my Knit Lab class too, I’m still crocheting when I need some yarn fun where I don’t have to think so much, and the fan stitch is super fast and easy to do.

Fan Afghan Begins

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 7 June 2014 at 2:02 pm



I’m starting another baby afghan. This one has a designated home for sure. My niece is expecting, and she likes bright colors, specifically yellow, turquoise, green, and orange. I had about 3 skeins of Vanna’s Choice Baby yarn in the Sweet Pea colorway in my baby yarn stash, and I ordered some additional Knit Picks Brava yarn in Canary. Because Knit Picks tends to be a little thinner than most yarns, I went with bulky for this, and it’s working.



See here I started adding the yellow yarn, super bright and cheerful! I found the stitch, called Fan Stitch, in a stitch dictionary, and I plan to make 10 rows of each color. I’m using a size J hook, and I started with about 120 chain stitches. The stitch is very addicting, and so I hope to whip this afghan out really fast.

Free Crochet Craftsy.com Class

Blogged under Crafty Videos, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 5 June 2014 at 2:30 pm



I’m taking a brief break from my Knit Lab Craftsy class while I finish up another baby afghan so decided to watch a new class I signed up for called “Amazing Crochet Textures.” It is a free class offered by Craftsy and is taught by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude). The class includes five lessons (I’m about half way through them so far) and covers elements for creating textures with yarn stitches like the cables and post stitches. Like most classes from Craftsy, it centers around a project, so you actually make something while you learn various techniques. For this class, the project is a 34 x 42 inch afghan. Written and charted instructions are provided in a downloadable pdf file.

Drew is a wonderful instructor and gives very clear explanations and helpful tips as he goes through each part of the process. I like that this class is for someone that has a little crochet experience but is not necessarily an expert. I think you should be able to do chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet before taking this class, but that’s about all you need to know, and those are pretty simple stitches most beginners learn right away.

So other than it’s a great class, hey, this is a free class! Go sign up for it now, seriously! Did I saw it was free? Hopefully, we will see more of Drew on Craftsy as well as more crochet classes. I love that there are lots of knitting classes, but we crochters need more choices over there too.

Another Star Afghan & More Stash Busting!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Thursday 29 May 2014 at 3:16 pm



Because I was so close to finishing this baby afghan, I set my knitting aside today and finished this up. It’s another star afghan. With this one, I made it larger using 2 skeins of Bernat Softee Baby in pink and about 1 plus skeins of the same brand of yarn in Baby Denim Marl.

The center pink is 10 rows, then the blue is 10 rows, then the next pink section is 9 rows, and then after that I trimmed it with the blue yarn, one row of single crochet followed by one row of half-double crochet. It ended to be about 45 inches.

This made a good dent in the baby yarn stash, but I still have a fair amount of various blues, so I think I will whip up a granny square style one. I like baby afghans that start from the center and work out because that way I don’t have to worry about the end size so much. I really don’t want to have to go out and buy yarn to finish up a project when I’m trying to destash!

Baby Yarn Stash Busting

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 20 May 2014 at 12:22 pm



Well, I got a bee in my bonnet and have decided to do some baby yarn stash busting this summer. My first stash buster project is yet another star afghan. This is a free pattern I found on Ravelry, and it’s called the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket. I follow the pattern for the most part until I get past the center, and then from that point on, I just keep doing the “large shell” and don’t switch to the “small shell” part of the pattern. It’s almost all double crochet and very addictive. Which means…of course….I started another one after the one pictured above.

This second afghan I am switching from pink to blue and will be larger than the first one (which is about 39 inches from tip to tip). Each color will have 10 rows, and depending on how much yarn I have left (I have 4 skeins of this Baby Bernat yarn), I might add a trim.

I am using a size H hook, and this yarn is sport weight. This combination means you can whip this up super fast, and you end up with a fairly light-weight blanket.

My baby yarn is stored in one large plastic tub, and it’s about half way full at this point. My goal is to use it all up in the next few months. I have a relative who just became pregnant (perfecting timing!), and anything else I don’t give to her, I will probably donate to a local shelter.

Cupcake Fingerless Gloves Continued

Blogged under Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Tuesday 13 May 2014 at 3:25 pm



This is just a brief post show show off my progress so far on the fingerless gloves using some yummy “Happy Birthday Cupcake” yarn. As usual with this pattern, it’s stitch, stitch, frog, stitch, stitch, stitch, frog, stitch, but they are looking pretty good so far. I love how this yarn looks!

Cupcake Fingerless Gloves!

Blogged under crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 7 May 2014 at 2:10 pm



I have rolled up a new skein of yarn that’s been in my stash for awhile waiting to be transformed into fingerless gloves. It is from Desert Vista Dyeworks, and the colorway is called “Happy Birthday, Cupcake.” Now this was totally not planned at all, but as I was searching for an empty project bag, I realized I had a cupcake project bag with nothing in it. Seriously! How timely is that?

The finished gloves are probably going to be a future gift for someone, and yes, it’s not cold now, but it will be someday, right? I can’t wait to see how this colorway stripes as I crochet these.

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