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!

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.

Cupcake Fingerless Gloves Done!

Blogged under Fiber Fun, Finished Projects, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 17 May 2014 at 10:45 am



The Cupcake Fingerless Gloves I started recently are done! And I love how they turned out. The yarn (Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Happy Birthday, Cupcake colorway) was wonderful to work with. Heck, even the striping almost matches, and while I did start the second glove around the same color as the first one on purpose, I honestly did not do much else to get this to happen. This yarn is sock weight made of 75% Superwash Merino wool and 25% nylon. It is not necessarily super soft like the previous pair of gloves I made for my hubby, but that yarn had some cashmere in it.

The pattern is a free one from Lion Brand called “All Season Wristers,” and I did modify this a tad. I made the larger size (that starts with 34 chains) and used a size G hook instead of an F. I also just attached yarn to the hole area for the thumb and did around 6 rows of single crochet. For me, that made the thumb part much easier than the instructions provided. Also, because I like to be able to turn down these gloves so that you can have the option of wearing them on the long side, I added about an inch of single crochet at the top of each one.

These are ready to be soaked and blocked, and then I have plans to mail them off to a friend of mine who is yarn worthy. I have a lot of left over yarn from this skein, so I’m toying with the idea of seeing if I can squeeze out another pair. I may even rewind the ball of yarn to see if I can get two even balls and try making them two at a time and see how that goes.

A “Little” Afghan

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 27 January 2014 at 10:01 am



As usual, I always have a number of craft projects going on, all in various stages. This weekend I realized that this small afghan I have been working on was super close to being finished, so I set all other projects aside and concentrated on it. The finished size is 34 inches by 41 inches, and it is made using Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and a size K crochet hook. It is all double crochet (6 rows for each color) with a single crochet boarder trim. The colorways I used are Grey Marble and Navy.

Originally, this started out as a stash busting project, but of course, I did not have as much of this yarn as I thought I had and ended up having to buy a few extra skeins to finish it. Each of the 6 row stripes requires almost one skein.




This was going to be a blanket mainly for Jasper, who is our oldest dog and sometimes has trouble getting up on the couch. We have various large dog beds on the floor too, along with another afghan I made for them awhile back, so I thought I should give him another blanket to use down there on those days when getting up on the couch is not possible.

But, Little had different plans. As soon as I set it on top of one of the dog beds, (and all the dogs had taken a look at it), he claimed it for his own and sat like an angel puppy on it almost the entire evening. This was after he had come close to destroying a second water pitcher and chewed up one of the baseboards. But, for a few hours, he was an angel.


Baby Sweater Done!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 17 August 2013 at 5:04 pm

It is done!!! The is the baby sweater I made while taking the Beyond the Rectangle crochet class on Craftsy.com. I am so happy that I not only finished the sweater but basically can check off another Craftsy class. I learn so much from these classes, and I like the fact that I can go back and revisit them whenever I want.

The Epic Windsor Lace Wrap FO!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 5:39 pm



I have an epic finished object! I started making the Windsor Lace Wrap back in July of 2012. Since then, this has been my no-brainer-got-nothing-else-to-work-on project. The pattern, which is free, is basically all double crochet and chain stitch, and there are three rows of this that you do over and over again until it is 87 inches long. Yes, 87! As in 8 - 7! This is why I call this epic because it is so long and took me so long to make.



I used Knit Pick Chroma yarn in the Fossil, and like most of the gradient Chromas, I love how the yarn changes colors. I am fairly pleased with how it turned out. For some reason, my gauged changed some from the beginning, which is wider on one end, than the end, but I don’t think it is that noticeable. More than likely, this will end up as my school office shawl because of the neutral colors that will go with just about anything I wear.

Infinity Scarf

Blogged under Finished Projects, Free Craft Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 5 April 2013 at 9:31 am

I gave a little look at this infinity scarf (housed in my Zipper Pouch Thirty-One bag) earlier this week. It was an alternative to a shawlette pattern that I just could not get the hang of. I have wanted to make a cowl or infinity scarf for awhile, so I decided to just wing it.




I know that a lot of these types of scarves are usually done with one long strand of chain stitch that is connected, but you have to really be careful about not twisting it when you go that route. I wanted something fast and easy, so instead of working it with a long connected chain, I worked from the shorter end and connected both ends when I finished. Here it is shown doubled around my neck.



It ended up being 4 inches wide and 36 inches long, and alpaca yarn tends to stretch, so there is plenty of room. I used a size J hook, and the yarn is Cascade Baby Alpaca in the 3030 colorway. Here is how I made it:

  • Start with18 chain stitches,
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain one at the end of the row.
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain four at the end of the row. (This will work as your first triple crochet on the row that follows.)
  • Stitch one row of triple crochet.
  • Continue to alternate between two rows of single crochet and one row of triple crochet for a total of 27 repeats, making sure to end the last row with triple crochet.
  • At this point, you have a regular scarf. Connect both ends of the scarf using slip stitch.
  • Finish off both sides of the scarf with single crochet.
  • Lightly block. (I put it on a towel and spritzed it with water and shaped it.)

Here it is flat. You can either wear it around your neck as one large loop or you can wrap it twice. If you wanted it longer, you would just need to repeat the single crochet and triple crochet pattern until you got the length that you wanted.




I have not weighed the leftover yarn, but I’d estimate that I used about half the skein on this. I probably have enough to make another one, or I might try making one but knitting it this time. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Alpaca yarn is super warm, but since I used a lot of triple crochet stitch in this, it should be light enough to use in Florida on the few occasions it’s cold or when my hubby insists on cranking up the air conditioner.

Another Shawlette

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Sunday 3 February 2013 at 5:59 pm



I have another shawlette finished! I used a similar pattern to the gray shawlette I made awhile ago. They are in the same book: Totally Simple Crochet: Over 30 Easy Projects for the Home and to Wear. This pattern is called Chain Stitch Netting Shawl with Fan. It is like the first one I made but has intermittent fan sections throughout and a fan trim. I changed the trim a little, making the shells smaller than called for, but otherwise, I pretty much followed the pattern.

The first picture does not really have a good take on the color of the yarn, which I got from Craft Me Happy. It’s called Calico Sock Yarn, is fingering weight, 100 grams, and the colorway is called Waimea Bay. Here is a photo I took of it in my photo tent. It shows the color better though not the shawl since I have it folded up.




I wasn’t sure if I would get much use out of a shawlette, but after having a brief cold spell here last week, I give them the thumbs up. I wore it to school with a light jacket and sweater underneath. When I got inside, I took the jacket off but kept the shawlette on with the sweater, and it kept me warm but not too warm. Sometimes the buildings can get cold because it is rare for the heat to get run as it usually warms up by about noon. The shawlette kept the chill off my neck, and I think it was a little more fashionable than a scarf.

I have not weighed it, but I have a fair amount of the yarn left, so I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. I could easily get some fingerless gloves out it, or there might be enough to make another shawl and gift it.

My Shawlette

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 10:25 am

Back in October, I splurged at a not-so-local yarn shop and purchased this wonderful skein of Frog Tree sock yarn (80% washable Merino wool and 20% bamboo). One thing I am trying to be very careful about when I purchase fancy yarn is to make sure I actually use it. I know from past experience with other crafts (such as beading) that it can be difficult sometimes to make yourself use the “good stuff.” You  buy it but then never use it because you think you are saving it for that perfect project, which never seems to materialize.

When I purchased this yarn, I had plans to use it to make a shawlette, and here it is just the end of November and I have it finished - yeah me. (I will try to get a better photo of it.) Of course, in Florida, there is not a huge need for me to have a lot of warm clothing, so I used a fairly large hook (US size H) and a pattern from the book Simply Crochet (crochet shawl with chain stitch loops). I also made it shorter than the pattern called for (37 inches x 17 inches), so it is not a very heavy piece to wear.




Shawlettes are basically small shawls that essentially work more like a scarf in a way. Over the past six months or so I have been treated for skin cancer in various areas, including right under my collar bone. Though I am not one to wear low-cut shirts, this has still meant that I have to had to keep my collar bone area covered. I have been wearing silk scarves to help with this, but now that there is a little chill in the air, I am hoping this shawlette might replace the other scarves for awhile as my skin continues to heal. I may even make another one using some more of the “good stuff” in my special yarn stash.

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