Thursday, January 31, 2013

African Roseanne Afghan

You know how on the TV show "Roseanne" they have that blanket on the back of the couch, made from all different little scraps of yarn, just added at random and a black border framing each square? Well... Yesterday early evening I decided I would do that but with African Flowers. It will use up all the little balls of yarn scraps that I have that are too small to do much else with. The African Flowers work up very quickly. This is not going to be a full size blanket but more of a throw. Here is what I started on early last evening and have so far.

I am sure by now anyone reading this blog is starting to think "But just about everything you make is out of scraps!".  This is true and untrue all at the same time, LOL!  The reason why I have a lot of scraps is because I keep a laundry basket filled with various balls of yarn.  Some of them are donated, and some of them I purchased.  Many of the colors that I wouldn't normally pick are slowly going away and getting used up in some of my projects.  I like to look at my yarn basket in the same way that a child looks at a box of crayons or a painter looks at all the tubes of paint sitting there, just waiting to come together in whatever fashion they see fit. Sometimes a color isn't all that pretty on it's own, but just the right thing you need to make something "pop", and a key "ingredient" to make it come together.  I would not sit down and eat a tub of butter on it's own, but I sure like some on my mashed potatoes, and I would not sit down and eat a carton of baking powder, but my biscuits would be flat without it! 

I don't like to constrain myself to just a select 4 colors for a project or whatever.  In some cases yes, that is ideal.  But for many things I figure why not just get as colorful as you can, and so I do.  Once I start to use up some of the colors that were donated to me, I see myself making some projects with more "me" type colors in it. Much of the time, I will pass by the yarn isle and just pick up a skein of whatever color because I think it is pretty, although I have no plans for it in particular. Many of the colors you see here I purchased, but there are bits and pieces here that I did not.  Anyway... I have the laundry basket sitting right next to me and I am using the smallest balls of yarn and some of the colors that I am not super crazy about in this project and mixing them with "me" colors and eventually I will make use of all those colors.  It is fun to see how they will all come together.  

That is why I am calling this my "African Roseanne" blanket.  Just like on the blanket on her couch, this will make use of all the colors I have on hand and form something colorful and cheerful.  We all grew up with one of those blankets or knew someone that had one on the back of their couch.  Some were prettier than others depending on the yarn used.  This is my take on it but instead of using granny squares, I am using African Flowers.  

OK, my pot of jasmine tea is ready I think, and I have an hour to kill... off to hook some more on this project and have some tea while using my new tea cozy ;)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Asian Tea Pot Cozy, The idea and pattern in the works

I got my tea cozy all made.  It is only a prototype as I had to figure out the pattern for this.

It turned out pretty cute if I say so myself.  I just picked random colors and all from bits of yarn scraps I had sitting around.  When I make another and perfect this into a workable printed pattern I will make a little better color choices for it.  I grabbed one of the largest balls of yarn I had sitting close to me and got busy, as I figured I would be ripping it out over and over again, but once I got going I was committed to this color choice.  Then the rest was just sort of random, by grabbing whatever yarn I grabbed first without looking from my yarn basket. 

I searched and searched online for a tea cozy pattern that would fit an Asian style teapot and none were available.  I did manage to find a few photos of cozies for an Asian style pot but they were just like a flat scarf that wrapped around the base like a scarf and fastened at one end.  They did not cover the pot and they did not hold the lid securely.  All I could find were patterns for a western style pot.  Those slip over the top like a had with a slit in each side to allow for the spout and handle to poke out each side.  I drew this little illustration to demonstrate the difference between the two style of pots so you know what I mean about the handle.  You know what they say about necessity being the mother of all invention right?   I had to sit and figure out how I would make one to fit and allow it to slip under the handle and form to the teapot itself.  This is what I have come up with so far. 

First I made a ring so it would slip down over the lid and hold it in place and fit around the knob on top.  I kept going round after round until I got to the base of the pot.  Then I had to just keep stitching until it fit, increasing and decreasing and counting stitches until I had one piece that would fit around the pot.  It had to secure on both sides of the pot somehow to hold it snuggly in place.   I wrote down row by row what I did so that I can go back later and perfect this as a pattern to publish here on the blog.  The pattern needs a bit of tweaking still.  It is slightly off on which rows I increased and decreased and I don't want to drive anyone into OCD overdrive with that being slightly different on each side, even though it fits both sides perfectly.  The pattern needs some fine tuning before I can publish it.  I will fine tune it and make a nicer tea cozy from it to publish a pattern here at some point.  

I made a bunch of little flowers and leaves to put on the pot to make it festive.  I will need to also write out a tutorial on how to make these little flowers and how to make the leaves at some point too.  I am not sure if I should just make 2 different posts because putting them all in one post might make for one very very long blog post, but I digress...  I will get this all organized somehow when I get to that point.

The post uses buttons to hold it on nice and snug, and I gave it a test run with a pot of tea last night and the cozy was easy enough to put on and remove while the pot was filled with hot tea.

The front uses a loop system over a button and the back side has 2 large buttons to hold everything in place.  This way you can button it up the back and then quickly just loop the button over the front while the pot is filled with hot tea and not have to fiddle with it too much, making it easy to slip on and not worry about splashing hot tea about.

Here is the tea cozy off of the pot after all the flowers are put on it.  It kind of squishes up the flowers when it is not stretched over a pot.  I assembled/sewed the flowers on while the cozy was on the pot.  This allowed for proper flower placement while securing them.

I can't wait until I have the chance to offer this as a free pattern.  I just need to sit down when I have the chance and work out the details a little better.  And, it is going to take some time to snap photos for a tutorial, write out the pattern, etc.  So, it is still in the works and might be a while before I can do so.  I just need to use the cozy for a while, and see what areas I can improve it, and let ideas swim around in my head for a bit, before I perfect a pattern.  

Anyway... This is the beginning of a great little tea cozy for an Asian style tea pot.  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sneaky Peekie, look at the tea cozy I am designing.

Last night I sat down to start on a tea cozy project.  My dear friend bought me a tea pot at Christmas time and I love it and use it all the time, but sometimes my tea gets cold because I don't sip it fast enough.  I looked online at teapot cozies and every single one of them were for the traditional western tea pot with the handle on the side, and the tea cozy can just slip on over the pot, with a slit on each side (one for the spout and one for the handle) and fasten in some sort of fashion because they do not have the handle on the top to contend with.  I sat up late and worked on it until about midnight!  The time just zipped past.  I managed to get the foundation built so it fits the pot well, and now I am working hard on the decoration which will involve all sorts of wonderful flowers and buttons.  It is going to be very festive indeed!  I can't wait to finish this so I can show it off.  I wrote down each row on the tea pot and made a pattern but I am still unsure if I will publish it just yet.  I want to make sure it is readable and I made it to fit this specific tea pot... Anyway... I am getting ahead of myself here.

Here is the sneak peek at the beginnings of my tea cozy design.

I can hardly wait to finish this fun and festive tea cozy, and enjoy 2 cups of hot tea in a row for once.  A pot of tea can cool off pretty fast around here, in the winter time.  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Big Reveal, Crazy Patchwork Blanket.

Finally, the big reveal on my crazy patchwork blanket!  I absolutely love how it turned out.  It was free form and no pattern to make this thing.  I hope you have a cup of tea ready, because this is a long post and you might just sit a while to read it.  I am so excited to be done with this even though I had a blast making it.  I am completely smitten with it and the variations in the square sizes and how it is sort of wobbly and such.  It for whatever reason reminds me a bit of Alice In Wonderland or if you have ever been in a Fluevog shoe store and how the doors and everything is purposely just off kilter.  

 I just let the blanket become what it wanted to become.  I started out with a basket full of scraps from other projects and went from there.  The final size ended up being 73x88 inches after I got the border put on it.  I decided to keep the border simple because the blanket is busy enough as it is.  I just looked in my laundry basket of yarn sitting next to me and pulled out the largest and brightest colors that I knew I could hook the  border all the way around in that color.  

The first 2 rows are a neutral grey that I have in spots of the blanket.  Then a few more rows until I had enough to frame it and make all the colors in the blanket pop. With this having so many different sized squares, 

I highly suggest doing a bit of blocking before putting the border on it.  I do not own blocking wires, so I do the "low rent" version of putting towels on the floor and smoothing the blanket out the best I can, and putting a wet towel over it, and then placing the iron down in a spot for about 2-3 seconds, and picking up the iron and placing it down next to that spot until the whole area has been steamed.  You do not want to "iron" it or it will stretch the acrylic in ways that you do not want it to be stretched.  See the area that I have steamed and the areas I had not and how it is all wrinkled?  The white block is a wet towel that I am using to do this technique. 
This is the blanket before I had a chance to "block" it and put the border on it.  Adding the border makes all the difference in the world, don't you think?

Originally I wanted to make a throw for the couch but once I started I just kept going and it grew and grew until it told me that it was done.  This was partly due to the fact that I had no real plan and this was my first one, and I didn’t know what I was really doing.  I added some large squares and then it would become lopsided a bit too much and I would flip the thing over and work from the other end and insert another large square in an attempt to rescue it and balance it out a little bit.  Next time, I will make a rough sketch on paper to figure out the placement of some of the large vs smaller squares.  I still want to make a throw for our couch.  

I have to give credit where credit is due here, if it were not for both the Babette and the lovely blogger that created the Klimt tutorial, I would not have made this.  This blanket is closer to a Klimt but it has a little bit of Babette in it too.

This blanket is not a Babette and it is not a Klimt blanket but it is kind of my version of both of those.  I downloaded the Klimt blanket tutorial and started on it, but then after about  half way through the first row I decided to add an odd numbered row to make the thing a little wider (hey the Babette has odd and even numbers, so I thought why not).

 That was, until I got to the next section and thought to myself “What have I done?  The count is all off and I don’t know what I can do to fix this and I don’t want a row of odd numbers exactly the same in every section repeating itself, oh great, I got myself into a pickle here!”.   Then I thought about it, and 2 odds together makes for an even number.  I quickly went back to that first row and added another section of odd numbers exactly the same and it all evened out, whew!  Saved!  That is really when something clicked in my head and it took off.   I can make sections in it that measure to an even number to keep the math simple. 

If you look at a Klimt blanket it is sort of like a grid within a grid, of all even numbers making up sections.  If you look at a Babette blanket, it is a mixture of odd and even numbered rows on the squares, all figured out in sections to assemble and it comes out one lovely blanket.  With a Babette it is an actual pattern on where to put the counted odd and even numbered squares for this to work.  With the Klimt blanket, it gives you more freedom to assemble large and small squares all even in count of the rows to make a blanket. 

Please excuse the sloppy artwork here, I put it together super quick on photoshop to kind of illustrate what I mean. 

Here is a detail on my blanket to kind of illustrate how I did this. 

As you can see, the Klimt blanket has a count of either 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and assembled together.  With the Babette they have a mixture of both and since math was not one of my strong suits in school, I decided that I can still do something to mimic the odd and even in the final blanket like a Babette but keep it simple.  All you need to remember is that 2 odd numbers make for an even number.  I put together groups of 3 to create a “6” or groups of 5 to make a “10” and randomly placed these in with all the even numbered squares so they would fit and give it more of that wobbly non grid type feel to it. 

In the Klimt you work in rows of 12 or 18 (I think those were the numbers, anyhoo, I suggest you go download her tutorial as it is excellent and make her blanket as this blanket is a Klimt in reality with my added spin on it but you don't make a giant row and put it together in sections.  You keep adding and going across and down until you get close to the bottom and then square it off). .  Once I made my first row of 12 when I started off following the Klimt, I just kept going and tried to keep it kind of even as I went across so I did not get ahead of myself.  I just mixed things randomly and tried to put dark and light colors together and big and small squares together in various areas. 

When adding the squares with rows I tried to mix up the rows in each square something like in this diagram.  Some squares got a different color on one row, and some others got 2 rows of the same color to just mix it all up.  I also did not make the big solid centers like on the Klimt.  I had a lot of small scraps I wanted to mix up.   

The best way I can describe how I do this is to take 2 baskets.  I made 10 centers for each color and then I tried to mix both dark and light when doing the first rows.  I would take dark colors out of the basket as I did the 2nd row and and when I was done, throw that in the other basket.  I kept going down the line and then switched to dark centers and kept going until I used up all I could.  Then I would start on another section of colors, and continue out of that same basket until they were all used up and start on the other basket, back and forth.  I used this technique all the way through the blanket so it was sort of random and at times would pick colors that I thought needed to go into an area as well.  So it was random, but kind of planned random all at the same time. 

After the first two rows of doing this, I would line up the squares by their outside color and group them together in a 3rd basket to keep sort of organized and I would try to pull a new color from a different stack as I went along. 

Sometimes when I made a big square size “12” rows I would assemble several “2” squares to make a “4” for the center and add to it.  With these the stitch count will be different as it kind of makes for a larger square if you actually made it “12” rows.  This actually is “11” rows but big enough to fit the same exact size as a “12”. 

Here is one more photo of some of the stitch detail

While this isn’t exactly a “tutorial” it is a description of how I assembled the blanket to make it a little different than the Klimt pattern and give it a bit of a less structured “grid”.  It is still on the grid, but it gives it more of the feeling that a Babette has with the odd and even numbered squares.  So, before anyone calls it in, this is a Klimt blanket that has been modified somewhat to just make it different with the freedom of adding squares at random both odd and even instead of making sections to give it a less of a grid type feeling to it.  If you want the pattern for the Klimt go here and download it.  It is a wonderful tutorial in which this blanket would have never been created without it, because it inspired me to do my thing.  I would have sat and stared at my computer screen while browsing google images of Babette blankets and wondering where to start… I found the Klimt which gave a tutorial for total freedom to do what you want and I then added my own spin to it. I made it through about 1/2 of the first "row" on the pattern, and just closed the pattern on my computer and never looked back.  I just kept going and going and doing my own thing without a pattern of any sort.  If you download the Klimt, you will see how it is a pattern and how it is done in rows.  

This was made from many scraps.  I started out with 22 colors and some of the balls of yarn were quite small.  This is why I make the centers the way I do, it helps distribute the colors in splashes through the blanket more and then I get to use up balls of yarn, and have the colors lopsided if I happen to run out of one half way through making the blanket.  Most all of the yarn is just Red Heart Super Saver.  If you want to go more expensive then by all means go for it!  Just have fun and add some color to your world ;) 

If anyone has any questions that I did not cover here, please by all means leave a comment and I will either answer you there or if I feel that it will help anyone reading this, I will update this posting.    I hope that anyone reading this feels inspired to go out and create their own crazy patchwork blanket.  I had loads and loads of fun making it and will be enjoying it’s warmth for many years to come.  

If you would like to see previous posts about this blanket, then please just hit the tag at the bottom of this post for "Crazy Patchwork" and all the pages will come up in your search.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crazy Patchwork, the final stretch...

Yesterday the sun came out for a bit.  It was such a welcome little thing in my world.  It gets so dark and damp here in the greater Seattle region.  I sat in the living room on the floor with my blanket that I am working on steam "blocking" it.  It really isn't properly blocked but it does help a lot.  I take a wet towel (the white bit in the photo) and place on the blanket on top of towels on the floor, and smooth out the blanket in sections the best I can and hit it with an iron for about 2-3 seconds at a time and then pick up the iron and move over and keep going.  I do not actually "iron" as I don't want to flatten the stitches.  As you can see in the photo, I had just begun and where it is all smooth, that is where I had already steamed it.  This will help the blanket remain flat and nice for all it's life.  With a blanket squared together with so many sizes, you can see how it can be a bit wobbly and wrinkly.  That seems to be a common complaint reading other blogs and fiber communities when I have seen others make the Babette blanket.

Last night and this morning I already started the border.  I can't wait until I get this done.  I feel so impatient every time I get to doing the border.  I can feel the finish line on the horizon, it is so close, yet so far!  I should have the border on this to complete the blanket and make it look nice within the week.  Once I do, I will do a big reveal of it and also describe how I assembled this whole thing free form.  There was absolutely no planning and it was kind of random.  I can't wait to show it off.

Friday, January 25, 2013

It is coming together, babette inspired blanket

Today I finally finished the last square on my Babette inspired blanket.  It still has a bit of work to do before I can do the big reveal.  I am excited to get the border on it so it "pops!" and is framed.  I had no real plans as I went along.  Sometimes I would see the big vs the little squares get off kilter a little and have to flip the blanket and work on the other end.  Then, I could put a big square in an area to kind of balance it out.  I just got done doing the low rent version of steaming it or "blocking" it but it really isn't truly blocked.  I have no blocking wires or anything such as that.  For me, as long as it lays pretty flat and straight, it is good enough for now.  Some day I will invest in blocking wires and mats.  Until then, this will just have to do.  It is still better than a ripply blanket.

I would also like to say welcome to my new blog if you are coming from "The Creative Crochet Group" on Facebook.  Please excuse the dust here as I just now started this blog recently and am trying to get caught up with making it snazzy and better, and going into detail about past projects that I recently posted.  I just had one of the admins from there contact me and ask if they could upload some of my photos to show my blankets.  I love to share and I hope it inspires someone.  I hope to not have this blog in total chaos for too long and have a great source of projects, with details, tutorials, and also some recipes as I am an avid foodie and cook as well.  It came as a "surprise" when I was asked and I am a little shy here because this is all I have up on the web so far, and I am not sure it is too much of a resource just yet.  

I started crocheting over 10 years ago, but in reality, I put my hooks down after just a few months all those years ago, and only recently picked up crochet again in the last year.  It all started when I completed the 63 square blanket in my first post.   After that I never stopped and I am "hooked" quite literally.  That first project is off with the stitch count and it does not lay all the way flat and has quite a few mistakes.  But, it is a reminder of my journey and that is what it is all about, just challenging yourself and learning and hopefully along the way inspiring others.  

With that said, off to start on the border of this babette/klimt inspired blanket (links in my previous post).  I will go into further detail on some of the things I did differently with the count from the wonderful klimt tutorial to make this my own.  Happy Crocheting everyone! 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crazy Patchwork Blanket, The Start

For a very long time, I have wanted to make a Babette or a Klimt blanket.  My bucket list for items to make, is much much longer than the hours in each day to complete them all.   I have been keeping my fingers very busy this winter on one thing after another.  This fall I was busy making gifts for others and crocheting the nights away.  Now I am on to a project for myself.  I have decided that I need to spend more time making the things I want for around the house, and squeeze a gift in for others here and there.  Well, I finally started on my Crazy Patchwork blanket.  It is yet another scrapghan type project.  I think it is a cycle where I keep trying to use up scraps, then I start to run out of colors and buy a few more skeins of yarn and soon I am up to more scraps again, and this blanket is no exception.  But, I am using up more than I am purchasing which is a good thing.

Let's get down to business shall we?

First I gathered together all kinds of balls of yarn that sort of go together.  I left out some of the more obnoxious almost neon type colors that I had left over from when I made the neighbor down the street a blanket for Christmas (she likes bright colors, and I mean REALLY bright).  Here they are in my basket.  I typically just us an old laundry basket for my yarn when I am working on a project.

I started making centers for all the squares.  I made 10 of each inner color and then I have a method where I would rotate making the 2nd row.  I line up all the balls of yarn and go down the line until I run out of colors and then start again.  I was able to do this twice, so 10 dark centers, 10 light centers and 2 left over colors which I reserve for when I start again.  This gives me a pretty even amount of light and darks and no centers end up the same.  It also gives me an idea what the finished project will look like with them all muddled together. 

Here is the first bits of my blanket that I am working on and it's progress.  I am putting it together in a rather random way.  I just do the math for each section as I go, so it all fits, and I pick random colors as I go.  It will be interesting to see how it comes along.   It will be exciting to have a fun blanket like this.  I am not going to make it full bed sized as I tend to make blankets large be default and have nothing to curl up with on the sofa.  This will be a sofa blanket just big enough to curl up under while watching TV on the couch.  I can't wait till it is finished so I can do the big "Ta Dah" in bloggy land.  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Introduction and a year in review

Hi, My name is Charity and my friends have encouraged me to start a blog.  I am still unsure if it is to showcase them or they just are telling me in a kind way that I don't need to constantly flood their facebook walls with all my cooking and crocheting type posts, LOL!  I am unsure where to start except maybe I should catch up on what I have been up to in the past year with some of my crocheting projects and do a year in review type post.  Then, later on I can go back and write a little something about each one in detail to catch anyone up on the technique, or pattern or whatever.  I think that would be easiest and then fill everyone in on my more recent projects that I am working on.  This way I can get a little more organized, and go from there.  Let's have at it shall we?

It all started in early 2012 when I got serious about crocheting.  I had started about 10 years earlier but never got totally into it.  I taught myself with one of those kits that comes with a how to crochet book and a few hooks.  I made a few blankets and started a few more and at that time in my life I kept running into people that would discourage me.  It is most likely because I was not very good at it yet, because I would crochet them blankets and they would refuse them...  But then again, those people are not in my life any longer either, and now I have people in my life that are far more supportive of my creative attempts.  Anyway.....  into the closet the first blanket that I completed in 2012 went for a long 10 year rest when I pulled it out and finished it.  The squares that I had started were all a bit off from all those years ago but I pushed through anyway and threw it together.  It was not the prettiest of blankets but it is functional and I did learn a lot of stitches along the way.  It was a pattern from Leisure Arts on how to crochet 63 different squares and stitches.  It was a great pattern to learn stitches but terrible for beginners because blocking is important and I did not do this.  Also, some of the stitch counts are off on the final squares making assembly a bit tricky.  This blanket is functional however so I keep it around and that is what counts.  It is imperfect but a reminder of my early attempts at crochet.  The yarn colors were not my choice for something I would want for me.  I made a few early attempts with blankets and all for other people.  Some I gave away but they were simple single or double crochet designs. This was the first real pattern I attempted.

Next I decided to take on a new project.  Not one that I had picked out the yarns for someone else, or one that someone else picked out the yarn, but one for me.  It was all about me after accomplishing such a task.  I am a big fan of Lucy over at attic 24.  I loved her arrangement of the granny squares.  So, I heavily modified her version and basically just followed the layout and made it my own completely.  Here it is finished and it is huge!  It is big enough to fit a king size bed. It took me about a month to crochet and I finished it last Feb. 

I wanted to try my hand at a chevron design next.  I always loved the way the designer Missoni treated chevrons.  I got busy making this one.  I followed the simple rules for a chevron and the design with the layout of the colors and how I mixed them is completely my own.  I made this throw for a friend.  It took me a long time as it is single crochet as I did not want the little holes that double crochet leaves behind in a chevron.  I also put this blanket down for the entire summer and did not pick it up again until the fall.  I was able to ship it in time for Christmas where it now resides in it's happy new home. 

Next I made this cherry blossom set.  I actually made several but this is for myself.  I did not use a pattern but the design is something I saw someplace else and I winged it with creating my own pattern for everything.  I will need to re-visit this one and anything else that I made not using a specific pattern and write out a tutorial on here one of these days.  I really like how this set turned out although there is a lot of hand sewing with the flowers and such.  I wanted to pump out some smaller projects for Christmas gifts and this is why I made several sets.  Plus I had a bunch of the off white yarn that is discontinued, and figured it would be a great stash buster. 

This is not one of the prettier things I made, but I winged it and made a  Super Mario Goomba hat.  It was for a 10 year old boy.  He loves it, that is all that matters.  

I have always loved Twinkie Chan and have followed her since her early days on Livejournal.  I was so happy when I discovered that she had a book out.  Twinkie Chan Fashion Goodies for Fashion Foodies.  A little girl wanted this for Christmas.  I did not use the thick and chunky yarn required for it though.  I turned to my stash of acrylic Red Heart yarn and pumped this out.  It made for a smaller gingerbread man, which was perfect for a 7 year old girl.  She absolutely loves her new scarf.  I did go out and purchase the thick and chunky yarn to make another one for myself but that remains on my bucket list for now. 

I wanted to make my neighbor down the street something nice, as she has always been a sweetie and been there for us when we needed her.  When our van caught fire and we were without wheels, she took us to Costco shopping every month so we could keep stocked up on groceries.  I wanted to find a way to thank her so I turned to my stash of scraps.  I loved the hexagon blanket that Lucy made on attic 24 so I got busy with it.  I did not like how the hexagons did not not make the blanket square so I winged it and made the half hexagons to straighten up the sides.  My neighbor was absolutely thrilled with her new blanket when I gave it to her.  

This blanket I actually finished up on New Years Eve!  I wanted to use up a lot of the scraps in my stash.  I loved this blanket pattern for a long time.  It was the same with the circles above but instead of making them into hexagons, they were put into lacy beautiful squares.  I haven't even had a chance to put this on my bed yet.  I hope to make some pillow covers to match at some point as I think it would look nice on the bed together.  That will be a future project.  

 Now I am working on a version of  The Babette, but it really isn't a Babette... as I don't have the pattern for that blanket.  I am winging it and making my own Babette inspired blanket.  I look forward to sharing it here in the future.   I made other things through the year like dish cloths and pot holders and other small projects that are boring and functional that I am not going to bother blogging about.  All in all a pretty good year for crochet.  I can see just from making this post just how far I have come from those early projects and it is really apparent with the one I finished up a year ago while cleaning out the closet.

I will re-visit some of these projects in the future and write more in detail as I have time to give them the full attention they need.

Anyway, that is my year in review from last year, and my first post on this blog.  I created this blog years ago and never did anything with it... I think I need to keep a record of my projects.  It will be fun to see how I progress over time and hopefully one day be writing my own patterns to share with the blogging world.