The Circus Baby Blanket

The Circus Baby Blanket

It’s finally done: 225 Motifs plus a border that required turning a total of approximately 320 times…and in plenty of time before the arrival of my great nephew Michael Kenneth Aguilar, due in January 2018. This blanket measures approximately 36 x 36 inches for the motifs only, and approximately 38 x 38 inches including the border.

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About the Pattern

I will be writing this baby blanket up as a pattern that will be available on th e AHW Pattern Page and my Ravelry store. The motifs are based on a video I found, but had to revise to my liking. The border is also a video that I had to modify to my liking and to fit within a ten-stitch space versus the original eighteen-stitch multiple.

About the Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates

Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Acetate, 2.6% Nylon
Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue, 01012 Iced Mint, 01011 Lemon Custard, and (no yarn label for color number) White
Yarn Weight: 3, DK

So glad to be able to destash! This blanket border might benefit from a yarn that would provide better stitch definition. Definitely a yarn with more body might improve the appearance of the entire blanket.

 

 

Heffalumps and Woozles

Heffalumps and Woozles

About the Project Name

Heffalumps and Woozles is a song from Winnie the Pooh and The Blustery Day. It has never left my mind and I am glad to have a project that I can name after a Disney song.

About the Project

Puntilla de elephantes  by Lace Star (Elephant Lace) is the crochet border I had in mind for this blanket from the moment I felt The Circus theme. I had to adjust this border from its 18-stitch multiple to a 10 stitch multiple for my blanket. Having managed that, I still need to compensate for the corners of the blanket.

The first idea that came to mind is a circus tent shape for the corners. I still may be able to fashion something similar, as I visualize my solutions in my mind, but only time will tell and what happens when I get to the corner.

‘Cause we all know a hooker works hardest on the corner!

Let’s Review

The Circus

I finally have business cards with all the correct contact information, especially phone number.

I am back in the El Segundo Slipt Stitcher’s Knitting Guild. As expected, I was warmly welcomed back by several members, much more than non-Hooker Leo fans. Because of all the drama surrounding my previous departure, I was well-behaved, not moving an inch from my chair during the entire meeting, maintaining my humility.

I am so glad to have an outlet, albeit once a month. I forgot my checkbook this time, so next month I will pay my dues and once I am a member, I will feel more comfortable ( justified 😉 ) walking around and saying hi to the less mobile Hooker Leo fans. This time I will remain in the background and go with the flow…go with the flow…go with the flow.

I have changed project name Please, Mister Postman to The Circus by Erasure, on which I have completed the body of the baby afghan 15 x 15  2-inch circles. Today I am going to watch some Being Human , and work on The Circus – on which I have just rounded the second corner of single crochet into chain [can be time consuming] ; then consider how wide a border I want there to be between the afghan body and elephants. OMG! I just had a thought…I could double crochet the border so the thickness would match the circular medallions.

Hold d’line please…yarn check. Yikes! Got stuck on color…thinking double crochet border white elephants on white backing. Crud! Got stuck on dying videos. Now I am reconsidering frogging back to foundation chain border and starting double-crochet border from that point…kind of makes more sense…aiyaa!

Ha ha ha ha ha! I was trying to find the original Please, Mr. Postman post…there is none! The featured post image is the very beginning of the what was Please, Mr. Postman, now known as The Circus.

Thrift Shop Scarf

Thrift Shop Scarf

About Thrift Shop Scarf

Dimensions: approximately 60 (L) x 4.5 (W) inches
Cost: USD $36.00*
Fabric:
100% Acrylic
Use & Care: Machine washable and dryable. Do not bleach, iron, or dry clean.

Design Notes

This is one more stitch pattern that will be included in my future eBook: Hounds-tooth & Beyond. Unfortunately, I thought I had crocheted all the different stitch patterns I wanted to include, but apparently not. Because they patterns bare many similarities, it was hard to identify my own work because I did not keep good track…live and learn. I then discovered from Ravelry that I need to create separate patterns before including them all in an eBook…aiyaa!

I must admit that I am so impressed how these two colors complemented each other so well and elevate the stitch pattern from thrift store to regal.  This pattern is being created after I finish this post and will be available in a separate post. Stay tuned!

About The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable

Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
Yarn Colors: 01011 Soft Taupe & 01532 Claret
Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted

I always use worsted weight when I am testing. Because this is a stitch development project, yarn weight won’t matter much in the end.

About The Project Name

Originally, this pattern was going to be  named Mediate by INXS because of the mindless crochet. As it developed the colors really reminded me of vintage clothing and I changed the name to Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz.

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Chantilly Lace Shawlette: Pattern

Chantilly Lace Shawlette Testing Pattern

Now that I am on SSI ( Supplemental Security Income), I need to start generating additional unreported income.

I decided to finally get this pattern tested in The Testing Pool Ravelry Group, before publishing. As of the writing of this post, I have not received any takers. Because this is bruges lace it was hard to write the pattern. I had written one previously – Accidents Never Happen Shawlette – discovered errors when I made Chantilly Lace, hence the rewrite.

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around Romper

When I Come Around by Green Day is the name of this project. Ironic because January 2018 is when my great nephew is expected to come around. The other thing I noticed is that the romper is green and the name of the band is Green Day. My romper measures 9 (W) x 14 (H) inches.

About The Pattern

Blue Orchid Baby Romper by Croby Patterns written by Doroteja

While I am not crazy about the trellis top I am glad to finally have found a infant romper for a boy. Either the pattern is written in shorthand or I did not read the entire pattern once again, experiencing difficulty starting each row. The larger sizes are available if you download the PDF, but I don’t trust their PDF method, which is more involved than necessary.

About The Yarn

Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2% Rayon, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01012 Iced Mint; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)

I am not crazy about this yarn for the damn pile and that string that runs through the yarn. I have noticed it is easier to crochet with a Susan Bates versus Boye hook. I used a US F/3.75 mm hook. Otherwise, I am glad to have a baby to use this yarn up on.

Days Go By Sweater

Despite rusty counting skills, I finally finished Days Go By Sweater for M. K. Aguilar. I can’t believe how complicated a simple pattern can be. I saw this sweater as I was surfing for a pattern. I immediately loved the Hexagon Sweater at Cozy’s Corner. As it turned out, it is based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sweater, the pattern I never acquired. The first thing that bothered me about the pattern was the neglect that one is crocheting a piece that is “meant” to ripple and curl. Because of this error, I made the pieces twice! I’ll chalk counting errors up to poor health and painful feed.

Anyway, I am finally done and I love it! I might put snaps on, but will wait to talk to the mama. This sweater was made from Bernat Baby Coordinates (Fiber Content: 75.2% Acrylic, 22.2 % Acetate, 2.6% Nylon; Yarn Color: 01009 Soft Blue; Yarn Weight: 2, Sport) with a US F/3.75 mm hook. I want to make one in green and blue stripes next.

The project name – Days Go By by Dirty Vegas – was a random pick from my music library, but is kind of apropos as to the passing of time to birth day.