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Temperature Blanket Update

Well, to say I have dropped the ball again would be an understatement. I have been tracking the weather for my location but I haven’t actually added to my blanket since the middle of January. I am about a month behind with the actual yarn work. BUT, I do have some pictures to share of the process.

First, this is how I am keeping myself straight. I created my scale (it is only slightly different from what was provided in the original post). I used a swatches of each skein of yarn to help me keep them in order.

Then, I created this color-coded spreadsheet. Some friends have called me “extra” but I am such a visual learner, that this helps me a lot. It is also color-coded in a way that whenever I type in a number, it automatically adjusts the cell color based on my set scale. I also added the checkboxes for each cell so that I know where to pick up when I start crocheting each day (on the days that I actually crochet). So, as you can tell from this picture, I have only crocheted through January 15th.

Here is what it looks like so far:

This is only 15 rows. I hope to get caught up this weekend. I am using a ripple afghan pattern that can be found here.

Until next time, friends!

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2019 Temperature Blanket

I have seen this picture at the beginning of each year on Facebook for the last few years.

See Post Here

Naturally, it was shared again at the beginning of 2019. I wasn’t going to attempt this BUT Michael’s just happened to have their Yarn Week sale at the beginning of January. So, it was the perfect time to buy 8 skeins of yarn and to start a new project!

I am a little Type A, So I created a color coded Excel spreadsheet with check boxes to help me keep track of my rows. I am keeping up pretty well so far. However, I think it looks pretty ugly at this point. I will post a picture of how it is coming along towards the end of January.

I decided to go with a chevron ripple stitch pattern instead of the pattern shown in the post. I like the shape so far, the colors just are not as excited to me. I am hoping that over the course of the year, it will look more appealing.

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Coffee Cozy

While taking a little break from my Santa Sack Hats, I decided to try a pattern that I found from Knit and Crochet Daily.  This pattern was super quick and easy to follow.  I think it took me about 20 minutes to complete the project including tieing in the ends and sewing on the button.

This Coffee Cozy can easily fit around take-out cups and regular sized mugs.  It can easily be altered to fit larger cups and mugs as well.  I plan to make mine a little bigger the next time I make it.  I usually have to use crochet hooks two sizes bigger than specified, but I tried this one with using a hook only one size bigger than specified.  I should have followed my normal plan!

By the way, I love the basketweave style of this and the yarn color!  So pretty!

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Santa Sack Hat

It sure has been awhile!  Work, Grad School, and Life have just been getting in the way of me completing new projects.  I have done a couple of things but nothing really exciting until my Santa Sack Hat.  I got this pattern from The Stitchin Mommy and fell in love.  I created my first hat by following the pattern exactly as written on her site.  I had baby red yarn but used regular Red Heart Super Saver for the white.  I liked it but I didn’t love it.  Here is a picture:

The white just seemed a little too bulky, so I decided to invest in some white baby yarn.  This made all of the difference!  Below is a picture of my next almost complete hat (I need to add the pom poms) and now I am loving it!

Yes, I had to put it in a Ziplock bag – I am making this as a gift and want to make sure it stays dog-hair-free!

So I now have 5 more to make and I’ve started with doing the white ribbing first and then I will add the red later.  In my next post, I will write how I changed the pattern to meet my needs.

 

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Earwarmer Headbands

Check out these adorable Earwarmer Headbands!

I got the idea for these from Maria’s Blue Crayon.  It caught my attention on Pinterest and I figured I would give it a shot.  I changed the pattern as necessary to fit my needs and they turned out way cuter than I expected.  Plus, they are just in time for Football season!

The pattern itself was pretty basic – a chain of 70 slip stitched together to form the round.  I did 10 rounds of half-double crochets and TADA – I had my base.  The cinching part of the ear warmers was also pretty simple.  Maria’s Blue Crayon linked to Little Monkey’s Crochet for instructions on cinching.  Then I just had to tie in my ends and they were complete.  I think it took me about an hour for one of these.  But that included breaks to look at Facebook and the distractions of my dogs, husband and the TV.  I think I could get them done quicker if I was totally focused – but when does that actually happen?

I completed the dark grey earwarmer headband first, and I was pleased with it.  But the red one blows me away.  You can really see the stitches and the details.  I am in love with this pattern and it could be done in ANY color which is always a plus.