Darling Slippers

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Welcome to January. The weather has been typically erratic. Unseasonably mild turned bitter and hostile winds in 48 hours. Just the usual.

Something sweet to warm my heart and spirit: a dear friend lost her mother not too long ago, and in sorting her things, found a variety of pattern pamphlets and leaflets. Was I interested in them? But of course!

Her condition? I make her something.

That was an easy one! She mentioned mittens, but that pattern was knit, and I am not (yet) bi-stitual, though I hope to someday be…

The next set of patterns included this one: slippers in all shapes and sizes!

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Now, if you’ve been here a while, you know I rarely use a pattern that isn’t free. But in this case, well, it was free to me!

Now this dear lady, she loves her football. When asked about a color she’d like, she replied, the Detroit Lions, of course! And I was happy to comply.

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Aren’t they just adorable? I used the flower slipper pattern, and just added  little lion instead of a flower. 🙂 Too cute!

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It was a happy day when she received them. Not just cute slippers in her favorite team colors, but in loving memory of her mother.

The ‘Toad was happy to oblige.

May your hearth be warm and your yarn soft.

Happy hooking!

Until next time.

 

 

Round and Round

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I’m having more fun with my round grannies! Color inspiration struck and I’m playing with my yarn stash.

It started last time, with a granny in the round. It’s tricky to increase without waffling…that makes a ruffle and I want my grannies flat!

And then I discovered her fatal flaw…can you see it?

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Only 11 DC in the first round! Ahhhhhhhh!

Fine for a single piece, but I was planning to square her off for an afghan….

So again I begin.

It’s a game:

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Make one of round 1.

Then another one of round 1, and do round 2 of the first in the same color.

So much fun!

Planning to do nine rounds.

It will make a nice nine-patch afghan when squared off in white.

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Brights only, in this one! I considered adding yellow but neither my stash nor the shop had the right hue. Next time.

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Stash color fun is my favorite. Coordination is for exercise, not yarn. 🙂

Happy hooking!

Round to Square

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Ah , fall. You were nice while you lasted. I think it was about 36 hours.

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Now we are drowning in rain (again), trying to be thankful the temperature is above freezing.

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I’ve nearly given up that I will ever crochet again. It is a very different season from the one in which this blog began. But I found a few spare hours recently, and once again lost myself in making something beautiful.

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Here is the free pattern:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flowers-in-the-snow

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I love using up scraps almost as much as I love burst after burst of glorious color.

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This one shall be for me.

When I finish it someday. 😉

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Happy crocheting!

Dino Dash

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I love making baby gifts.

I think the hardest part is waiting to post photos of the beautiful blankets– after all, it wouldn’t do to give the mama-to-be a sneak peek, even accidentally.

So this colorful creation was made last winter…when we had that dratted April snowstorm that nearly did us all in with waiting for spring.

More self-striping yarn (for even more pretty colors, see last week’s post), and this marvelous pattern:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-rings-of-change

This is my third blanket or so in this pattern and each one turns out so differently! I love playing with color.

For example, I made this one to match the nursery colors- exactly!

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https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/glorious-mini-rings/

This time, I let the yarn wander as it will. It was a dinosaur theme, and I love that the blanket looks a bit like a volcano, or perhaps the sun, at the dawn of time.

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Just beautiful. I love the colors, don’t you? The variety of stitches in the pattern show them off to maximum effect.

And a fun sneak peek to a future blog: I’m already making another, this time in a lovely cream…the monochrome is gorgeous too!

Happy hooking! Autumn is nearly upon us and I am dreaming of cozy crochet time on crisp autumn nights. See you soon!

Sunny Summer days

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Ah, happy summer. Filled with swimming and sweating, treats and crunching snacks, sibling spats and sudden sweetness and just plain family TIME.

My favorite things.

I’ve crocheted just a little, after a nice long break to regain my bearings and rest my hands and head.

The self-striping mandala yarns –that are all the rage– proved too, too tempting and I found myself the owner of several mismatched shades. Who can resist those glorious colorways?

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The challenge with one skein is always the dreaded question: but will it be enough?

I promise, with my favorite quick work-ups, it is. For this I used my go-to favorite toddler pattern, the French Popover. Find the link here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

I hope you are enjoying our warm days and summer season as well, or whatever your weather may be this time of year. Happy hooking!

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