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In line with the abundance of destashing in the blogosphere, I’ve been wanting to use up some of my yarn supply (it has nothing to do with telling myself I don’t get to buy more yarn until I’ve decreased my stash). Crochet is the easiest craft for me to consistently do since it’s easy to work on while the family catches up on the hours of DVR.

Maggie Too

This is the Crochet Lola doll, we dubbed her "Maggie Too"

I like to keep at least one project going so I always have something to fall back on. I especially love small projects that produce results quickly, although there is something to said for the rhythm of a large project when it’s a stitch you love to create. (like the Hooded Baby Blanket). I think I’m going to create some stitch samplers so I’ll have them to remember my favorite stitches.

So this project came from the Lion Brand Yarn website, it’s their Crochet Lola (they also have a knit version). I’ve never made a doll before and I haven’t done anything with changing colors, so this stretched me a little, and I love the way it turned out.

Since I was destashing, I didn’t follow the pattern for yarn recommendations, and the gauge is definitely off in some places, but I think it adds to the charm of the handmade feel. The colors also could have been more fitting, but again, I was working with what I had on hand, and I’m still pleased with her!

Maggie Too Hair

Maggie's hair is two different sizes of curls, and I can't wait to crochet a whole bunch for our beanies!

My favorite part of Maggie Too is the hair, the cute little curls really add texture and bounce and bring her to life! I love them so much (and so does the Fruit Ninja) that I’m working on a beanie pattern that will incorporate the curls and create an adorable beanie hat to wear next winter.
Maggie Too was crafted with the intention of giving the Fruit Ninja’s dad a companion while his wife is off traveling the world. We figured it would help him to have someone to talk to (other than the cat) while she’s visiting their daughter in Guam. [Note: they were supposed to visit Japan as part of the world traveling trip, due to the events there that part of the trip has obviously been cancelled. Our hearts go out to everyone in Japan and remind you to be prepared, you never know what will happen, or when. Love your people!] I think Maggie Too will work terrifically as a temporary companion and more importantly, I love that he loved her as much as we did!

Maggie Too Action Shot

Maggie Too with her new companion and in her new home!

Back in January I gave you a sneak preview of a project I was working on for my dear friend and her first child. I’m happy to say that Monday night I finally finished the project! The Hooded Baby Blanket pattern was from Lion Brand off the label for the Pound of Love in turquoise. I just love, love, love the color and wish I was brave enough to make a wrap for myself in it. Alas, I tend to stick to the neutral colors to be safe.  Hooded Baby  Blanket - FinalBut, for the baby it’s perfect, and I can’t wait to see pictures with him! For now, I had to stuff it with a sleeping bag (my hubby has a super tiny sleeping bag, the whole thing fits in the hood) to give it some feeling and give you and idea of what it looks like.  Since he just started rolling over this will be a great soft surface for him to roll around on. Oh, speaking of, did I mention how soft and wonderful the yarn is when you wash and dry it? No, it is, lovely, makes me want to shrink and take a nap. I’ve had to put it up high to keep it away from the cats, they are drawn to soft blankets like well, like me! I still love this pattern and will definitely use it again. I am thinking of making a narrow scarf with the remnants of the yarn. It won’t be a whole wrap but it’ll be a splash of color that I love!

Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy I finished the hooded baby blanket last night and had some of the yarn left over and was still in the mood to crochet so I did a quick search on the Lion Brand site and I found this quick and easy pattern for a Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy. Having spent the day home monitoring our sick kitty, it was only natural that I look for a cat related project. This pattern worked up so fast, I literally think this is the fastest project I’ve ever made. I’m not great at keeping my gauge on target, so this pattern was a good one since that is not important. I do wonder, in the ball if I’d done a little better if it would look more like a ball and less like a, uhm, deflated balloon? But that could have as much to do with my stuffing as it did the crochet. I love the spiral, I’ve never made a spiral before, but working that it made me want to crochet a flower pin, so now I’ll have to find a pattern for that. This project was probably an hour and a half tops, from start to finish. If you’ve got extra yarn and some stuffing lying around, whip this up, it’d be great for kids too I suspect… I think I’ll put this pattern in my repertoire and pull it out at Christmas to use as “ribbon” for the cat lover friends we have.Door Hanger Bouncy Cat Toy - Action Shot

Lion Brand Yarn Hooded Baby BlanketI haven’t been posting as often because I haven’t had as much to share while I focus on one bigger project. It’s a great project, however it doesn’t leave me much to talk about when I’m crocheting the same pattern night after night. I thought it was far enough along at this point that I can post a picture and show you what I’ve been working. I’m working with the Lion Brand Pound of Love to make a Hooded Baby Afghan. I borrowed this image from http://lionbrandyarn.com/  to give you an idea of what I’m working on.  I just knew this would be adorable when I saw this in the store, and now that I’m working the pattern, it’s so easy, but I love the way it looks! I definitely want to make another one for me to have a nice blanket at my desk for those days when the air conditioner is running too cold, even though it’s 90 degrees outside! I’m not sure what color I’ll go with when I make mine… Now that I think about it, this might make a good Christmas/Birthday gift for other office dweller’s… Of course, I will probably leave the hood off, though I think it would be pretty awesome if we all had our hoodies to wear it work, I can just see the group photo now!

Hooded Baby BlanketSo, for my version of this I’m using Turquoise to make it, and the image I took does not do the color justice in the least. The blue here looks more like a sky blue, but the color is a really a good gemstone turquoise color and is great for a little boy! I think this stitch would also make a good beanie… Maybe I’ll have to try my hand at that. I’ve never made a crochet item without having a pattern for it. The intended recipient was born in October last year, but he lives in Seattle, so it’s my hope that he’ll still be chilly enough to enjoy it when I finally get this in the mail to him! I’ll try to get an action shot when all is said and done, his mom and dad both love to take pictures, I’m sure they’ll help me out with a great shot of him all bundled up.  My only concern is that their kitty Merlin will like it as much as baby does! My cats have sure been enjoying it while I’ve made it, but there is that thing about cats and a ball of yarn, so that cold definitely have something to do with it.

My other project recently has been setting myself up to have an easy way to communicate with my friends that are not local, I think I’ll call them KIT’s (Keep-In-Touch-Stock). I want to be a better friend and stay in touch better so I was trying to figure out how to do that. I came up with a pretty simple idea, so simple that it’s ridiculous. I went and bought a few of those assorted greeting card multi-packs so I now have 24 cards. I picked the three friends that I want to send stuff too, I picked friends that don’t use email or technology to communicate or who are going through some tough times. I printed out address labels and return address labels and bought a book of stamps. I pre-stamped and pre-labeled all the cards, and now I have them ready to go. So once a week I’m going to take 10 minutes to write a personal note and drop it in the mail. I really want to include something special too, so I’ve been keeping my eye open for comics, quotes, articles, or anything else I can slip into the note before I send it off. I think it’s going to be great, and if I send one card a week to each of my three friends, I’m good for two months, just with about an hour’s worth of prep time. I’m keeping the cards in my desk at work, so when I’m on a conference call and waiting for it to start, or on hold for something, or one of our systems crash and I am waiting for it to come back up I can just pull out a card and write it out quickly while I have the free time. Should be great! I hope they like it and Keep In Touch!

Lion Brand Yarn Hooded Baby BlanketI haven’t been posting as often because I haven’t had as much to share while I focus on one bigger project. It’s a great project, however it doesn’t leave me much to talk about when I’m crocheting the same pattern night after night. I thought it was far enough along at this point that I can post a picture and show you what I’ve been working. I’m working with the Lion Brand Pound of Love to make a Hooded Baby Afghan. I borrowed this image from Lion Brand Yarn (link: http://bit.ly/hvosyg)  to give you an idea of what I’m working on.  I just knew this would be adorable when I saw this in the store, and now that I’m working the pattern, it’s so easy, but I love the way it looks! I definitely want to make another one for me to have a nice blanket at my desk for those days when the air conditioner is running too cold, even though it’s 90 degrees outside! I’m not sure what color I’ll go with when I make mine… Now that I think about it, this might make a good Christmas/Birthday gift for other office dweller’s… Of course, I will probably leave the hood off, though I think it would be pretty awesome if we all had our hoodies to wear it work, I can just see the group photo now!

Hooded Baby BlanketSo, for my version of this I’m using Turquoise to make it, and the image I took does not do the color justice in the least. The blue here looks more like a sky blue, but the color is a really a good gemstone turquoise color and is great for a little boy! I think this stitch would also make a good beanie… Maybe I’ll have to try my hand at that. I’ve never made a crochet item without having a pattern for it. The intended recipient was born in October last year, but he lives in Seattle, so it’s my hope that he’ll still be chilly enough to enjoy it when I finally get this in the mail to him! I’ll try to get an action shot when all is said and done, his mom and dad both love to take pictures, I’m sure they’ll help me out with a great shot of him all bundled up.  My only concern is that their kitty Merlin will like it as much as baby does! My cats have sure been enjoying it while I’ve made it, but there is that thing about cats and a ball of yarn, so that cold definitely have something to do with it.

My other project recently has been setting myself up to have an easy way to communicate with my friends that are not local. I want to be a better friend and stay in touch better so I was trying to figure out how to do that. I came up with a pretty simple idea, so simple that it’s ridiculous. I went and bought a few of those assorted greeting card multi-packs so I now have 24 cards. I picked the three friends that I want to send stuff too, I picked friends that don’t use email or technology to communicate or who are going through some tough times. I printed out address labels and return address labels and bought a book of stamps. I pre-stamped and pre-labeled all the cards, and now I have them ready to go. So once a week I’m going to take 10 minutes to write a personal note and drop it in the mail. I really want to include something special too, so I’ve been keeping my eye open for comics, quotes, articles, or anything else I can slip into the note before I send it off. I think it’s going to be great, and if I send one card a week to each of my three friends, I’m good for two months, just with about an hour’s worth of prep time. I’m keeping the cards in my desk at work, so when I’m on a conference call and waiting for it to start, or on hold for something, or one of our systems crash and I am waiting for it to come back up I can just pull out a card and write it out quickly while I have the free time. Should be great! I hope they like it.



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