The Hawaiian Volcano

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Midsummer, next to chill, dark winter days, is my favorite time to crochet, cool and quiet in the air conditioning. All the extra sun I’ve been getting increases my energy level significantly…and the creative juices are flowing!

I was working on two or three other projects the other day, chatting with my neighbor who had dropped in, when I suddenly dashed into my office– otherwise known as the yarn cave– and began pulling out armloads of skeins.

In a sudden fit of color-coordination I had decided I needed to make something in an ombre rainbow of hues– immediately!

To my neighbor’s amusement I began to lay the skeins out on the floor, muttering to myself and springing between rooms as I would think of another box or bin that had just that wanted, next certain color.

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I stole shamelessly from the five foot laundry-sorter that holds the skeins for my worsted-weight rainbow Sophie. See her here: https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/unveiling-the-universe/

Goodness, has she been lying neglected since March?

I shan’t apologize a bit when I go to the store for more yarn for her! The VOLCANO is worth it!

Here are my gathered shades:

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And her humble beginnings:

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The pattern is known in some circles as THE mypicot. There are a few patterns on the mypicot site, but this one seems to be the most popular, or perhaps it was the first?

It can be a bit confusing, but the pattern is here:

http://mypicot.com/4025.html

If you have trouble finding the download link, here is a clue…Find the words in BLUE that say “How to follow a crochet diagram” and click on the phrase AFTER that, in italics.

Better yet, use the ravelry link, it is much simpler. 🙂

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beautiful-shells-blanket

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I worked on this one on and off all month, while my oldest sweetie was gallivanting about Italy on a scholarship. I missed her, and worried not a little, so it was nice to have a project!

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I showed my latest projects to her upon her return as we were exchanging all sorts of stories catching up, and she exclaimed over this rainbow beauty.

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She declared it tropical and said, “The middle looks like a volcano!”

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And so she was christened, my tropical delight.

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It’s fun to start this sort of blanket, but it begins to wear on me as the rounds get longer! It takes over an hour to go around her now, making shells.

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I put in a good crime show DVD and double-crochet away.

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Just the lavender left and then I must decide…do I start over? And with which color, pink or brown?Or white?

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She’s about 3×3 ft now…I’d like her to be a bit more than that, but not double the rows of color? And then there is my yarn stash, which is SERIOUSLY depleted by my summer color craziness.

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In fact I am hoping to get to the store later this week.

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I must decide which project to bring on vacation soon.

Never an easy choice for me!

I will definitely need more yarn. 😀

Oh sorrow, cresting the halfway point of summer…the second half slips too quickly away.

Happy hooking!

Update (November 2015):

The Hawaiian Volcano has been donated to a cancer charity auction benefit to help raise funds for expenses. Please take a moment to read abut this worthy cause, donate and say a prayer or two, thank you!

http://www.communitybenefittree.org/broeniman-family-fund.html

and follow the story on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Broenimanfamilyfund?hc_location=ufi

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Softee Splurge

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Yes, I spent over six dollars of my profit on this skein…no, I am not sorry. 😀

Time to make a little something for me, after all the holiday orders. Thinking I’d like an infinity scarf like this one:

http://www.hopefulhoney.com/2013/10/basic-chunky-cowl-crochet-pattern.html

Or maybe

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chunky-winter-infinity-scarf

I’d like a longer length so I can double it, we’ll see!
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Finished one! It was super-quick, too with the simple pattern…yay!

And the Bernat…one skein in about an hour with this basic hdc, ch-1 pattern…and I figured out a twist while crocheting in the round! Truly an infinity scarf. 😉 Looking foward to making a pic tutorial for that one! It won’t be my last, I love this yarn.
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{{30 Days of Christmas Crochet}} ALL ABOUT REINDEER

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All about Reindeer!

Here are five of my favorite holiday reindeer patterns:

{{30 Days of Christmas Crochet-Cuteness}}

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1. Roly-Poly Reindeer

This one is a free http://www.ravelry.com pattern (I love Ravelry!)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amigurumi-reindeer

2. Stripey Pete the Reindeer

This one seems to originate from a Dutch website but I ended up looking at little leather shoes…cute, but not a reindeer, lol. For a very similar pattern (It’s a bunny, just add antlers… 🙂

http://www.fairfieldworld.com/pattern/99

I plan to use this pattern to make the giraffes I posted on facebook a few days ago. I’ve had several requests for those!

http://www.fairfieldworld.com/pattern/99

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3. Rudolph the Reindeer Hat with Earflaps

Love this quick and easy hat! I made a dozen of these two Christmases ago for my daycare kidlets. They loved them! As they grew, I added more rows on the bottom and they continued to fit.

http://www.achickwsticks.com/2011_11_01_archive.html

and here is my beloved MAX pattern (not pictured)

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/12/crochet-rudolph-reindeer-hat-pattern.html

 

4. Reindeer Cup Cozy

These would make such adorable gifts for friends and co-workers.

http://www.yarnspirations.com/pattern/crochet/reindeer-cup-cozy

 

5. Reindeer Booties

These little darlings aren’t free…

http://www.etsy.com/listing/160112340/baby-reindeer-booties-crochet-shoes

However here is a link to a basic slipper pattern, just add your own antlers and embroidery and you are good to go!

http://www.crochet-patterns-free.com/2012/06/free-crochet-pattern-for-baby-bat-and.html

I typed out a quick antler pattern below.

Tiny Antler pattern:

ch 8, turn, sc in next 3 st, ch 4 (to make prong), turn, sc in 3 st just made (you should be back to original ch 8 at ch 5), sc in each remaining st and finish off. Sew to bootie.

 

I hope you enjoy these cute reindeer as much as I do. Happy Crocheting!