I’m busy working out of my basket of cotton yarn today. I had an exam this morning and now I need a little hooker therapy. I’m making wash cloths from the 100% cotton yarn, and will have these in the shop soon.
I ordered the yarn for my temperature blanket 2 days ago, and in impatience I’m waiting…and waiting, for the UPS man to show up. I’m pretty certain it hasn’t even shipped yet but I’m really excited to start this! 🙂
What are you working on today?
I’ve been seeing a trend of posts on Pinterest lately of temperature blankets. At first I was confused as to the point of row upon row of changing colors, why and how you would change them. So I did some research and discovered that the outside high temperature of the day is what dictates the color of the yarn.
Obviously this would take some planning and a color chart. I’ve seen a number of these done as one row per day, others as one row per week. Some pick their colors to represent 10 degree ranges, others 5 degree ranges of temperature. In the end the blankets have a look of those beautiful blankets from Mexico, but are a record of the temperatures for that calendar year in your particular area.
I’ve found the photos over at Beneath The Rowan Tree’s blog, her pattern there might help you in deciding what to do for your own temperature blanket. I picked them because the colors are just gorgeous and I love how they played out in her blanket. Just click on the link to check out her post on the blanket (and others as she has a really great blog!).
I was also curious if anyone sold these so I looked over on Etsy and sure enough, a few folks do them made to order. They research the highs in your area and make the blanket for the previous year. That would be a lot of work, in my opinion, researching and then depending on the way it is done, 52 or 365 rows, it could be a really HUGE undertaking.
Now, making one for 2017, even a few of them, adding one row per day or week, then selling them at the beginning of 2018 would be very doable, and once sold that is all until the next year. I’m thinking some would want it simply for the beauty, others in that area might enjoy one for a colorful record of the past year.
Either way I’ve decided to make myself one, and an extra to sell. They are just too pretty not too! Now to decide upon the stitch to use for each row, keeping it the same or changing it? So many decisions. For now I suppose I will just research the first 14 days of this year and get the temperatures recorded in my planner for this project and then plan the yarn colors I will use. Updates will follow!
I’ve got the baby bug. In the mood to make a baby item this morning, I pulled out my gear and made this adorable little baby girl hat. Too cute if I do say so myself. On that note I’m going to be adding it to my shop, and a blue version. This particular one is for newborn to 3 months, but I can make them in a variety of sizes (and colors!).
I think some baby booties are a good pairing for this item…what do you think?
Winter has moved into our area, though with it being 59 degrees today one would be hard pressed to prove that! Have no fear, in greater Cincinnati one only needs to wait a few minutes before the weather will change. Snow and cold will make an appearance before long.
While waiting for the snow to fly I’ve been working on a number of scarves to sell. These are nice and thick, 72 inches long, and I can customize the colors to suit a variety of preferences. I’m currently working on matching hats. The hat pattern that comes with the scarf pattern simply isn’t working up to look right, so I’m on a quest to find a new one so I can make them and get them on the shop. I have 3 more scarves that should release later today in the Etsy Shop. Currently I am working on the fringe for them, and I am not a big fan of doing fringe for some reason. But it does complete these so fringing I will be!
My favorite thing to do when hooking a project is listening to music or watching TV. As luck would have it, Harry Potter has been on, can one ever watch that too many times?
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I recently took a custom order for a baby blanket that is rather unique. It is taking a bit longer to complete because mom ended up in the hospital and life in our home went off the rails for a while. But it is nearly finished and I cannot wait to deliver it. The customer is local, so I refunded the shipping. I really want to see her face when she views the finished product for the first time.
This is a Bavarian crochet blanket, but rather than baby colors she wanted it completed in earthy tones to match the soon-to-arrive little one’s room. I wasn’t sure what to expect but have just been amazed at how incredibly gorgeous this blanket has turned out! This is a photo of the original blanket (we’ve made and sold 2 of these already, very popular!):
The mom-to-be and I picked these colors to work up the custom order, going from 7 to 4 colors:
Once the finished product has been delivered, I will post a photo.
Next up on the custom order list is a really cute elephant rug, pattern can be purchased from IRAROTT Patterns on Etsy:
Isn’t that just too adorable! Boo is shopping for the yarn and going to make it. If all goes well we will make another and sell it in the shop, as this is just adorable.
We love to crochet!!!
We’ve been known to carry smaller projects around with the ball of yarn in our purses, crocheting as we walked through the store doing the grocery shopping. Sleep? Who needs that when you can stay up way past your bedtime hooking something wonderful! THAT is how addicted we are to crocheting.
For years family and friends told us we should be selling our projects, but we were always just making them to give to others as gifts. Trouble is when there is no gift needed we’d be lost as to what to make next. That all changed as we rolled into 2016. For sometime we had talked about starting a shop and writing novels. Well novels take time, but a nice Etsy Shop could be easily created in minutes. With the shop created, we needed items to stock so we started working that yarn. We wanted to have dozens of creations before going live online, but we got antsy, so we put in 6 items and went online. Since then we’ve added a few more, and sold 4 of those. We’re so hooked (no pun intended), it is a good thing our full time jobs are ones where we cannot take our project bags to work or we’d be found lurking in a linen closets and stairwells while call lights were going off.
We will share projects as we are working them here and let you know when they go live in the shop.