Monthly Archives: February 2014

Currently…

This past week  was a lot busier than normal! There was a huge three day volleyball tournament in Jacksonville this weekend. It was a lot of fun, and my team did pretty well, but it was certainly tiring.  I’ve been working on some small projects this week, in addition to a new blanket and my granny circle blanket.

Chunky Blanket 2

Chunky Close Up

I’m using Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick-and-Quick in the color Fisherman.  I’m just alternating single crochets and double crochets and I’m really liking it! I’m planning on just working on this here and there, buying a new ball or two when it’s on sale or I have a coupon.  It’s going really fast, but each ball of yarn is not going as far as I’d like it to. So far I’ve used 2 1/2.  I’m excited to see how many it will take!

I’ve been trying to come up with some new items to put in my Etsy shop. I’ve been really working to make my shop something I’m really happy with! It’s been a lot of work and I think some exciting changes will happen in the next few weeks!

Etsy Work

 

Currently

Watching: Veronica Mars.  I’ve wanted to watch this for a while, and with the upcoming movie, I felt I should watch it soon! I just started the 3rd season and I love it!

Listening to: The Avett Brothers (as usual) and the Inside Lleweyn Davis Soundtrack.  It’s so good! I’m dying to see the movie!

Reading: Alfred Hitchcock’s Witches Brew.  I’ve had a lot of time to read at work lately, and this book has been perfect! It’s a lot of short murder stories that I can finish quickly and are really great!

Wanting: To go to the Banjo-B-Q Festival in Georgia to see the Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine show.

Missing: Utah. I’m surprised that I actually miss it. I miss being close to my sister, my friends and even the snow! And, it is BYU men’s volleyball season, and there are only a few things that are better than a BYU volleyball game. And Cafe Rio.

 

Weekend Recap

This weekend was really relaxed.  I  had volleyball tournaments the past two weekends, so it was nice to have a break, especially with a big three day tournament coming up. We’ve had a lot of rainy weather the past few days, and we were all fighting  different sicknesses, so we kept it pretty laid back.

I spent most of my free time joining most of my circles on my blanket. I absolutely love the way it’s turning out! It’s growing, but there is definitely still a lot of work to do. My goal was to get all of them joined this weekend, but it took longer than I thought and I got a little burned-out, so I’ll have to finish this week.

Blanket Circles

Blanket

I took a break from circle joining and hopped on the mandala bandwagon. I’ve seen a lot of these recently on Pinterest and other blogs, so I thought it was about time I made my own.

Mandalas

Mandala2

Mandala1

I now see why they’re so fun! I love all of the color possibilities that make each one unique.  I followed patterns in issues 7 and 14 of Simply Crochet.  They were really easy to follow and I think they turned out pretty great! I used KnitPicks Shine Cotton in Robot, Reef and Green Apple and loved it! The cotton is super soft and the colors are bright and beautiful!

If you can’t tell, I definitely have a comfort zone with colors.  Blue is my favorite color and I have a really hard time straying from it.  I want to be better about trying new colors, so my goal is to use colors other than blue and green in new projects. Let’s see how long that lasts.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite videos. This is Scott Avett singing Bob Dylan’s One More Night and it’s seriously great!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBlrbFYfRkQ

Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Here are a few ways to add crochet hearts to your Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations! I think adding little handmade items make gifts so much more special, and these hearts are quick and easy to make!

Mason Jar Ties

Mason jars are always cute, and theses little hearts are a quick way to dress them up! I followed this tutorial from Maybe Matilda for the little hearts. They are so little and so adorable! I connected them with a long chain by slip stitching in the center of each heart. Just fill a mason jar with your favorite candy, tie this around it, and you’re good to go!

Mason Jar Ties

You can also use this to tie up a gift box!

Gift Tie

Garlands

I love garlands! They’re so fast and can be made for any holiday! I  used the same heart pattern from before with a 3.25mm hook and thin cotton to make tiny heart garlands. I connected them by chaining 31 and slip stitching in to the center of the heart.

Garland 2

I also made bigger hearts with this tutorial from yesterday! Your hearts may curl a little around the edges. To make the hearts lay flat, I sprayed them with starch and ironed them for a second.  This doesn’t make them too stiff, but does help them hang straight.

Garland 3

Card Holder

If you are giving a card, why not slip it into a little heart pocket? I used a plastic needle to stitch two hearts together. You can use it alone for a note or gift card, or tie it to a bigger gift!

card holder

valentinecard3

The easiest way to use a crochet heart is to just tie it to your card! I found some awesome vintage valentines here that I just printed out! Punch a hole in the corner of your card and tie it to your heart. It’s an easy way to add something unique and personal to your Valentine’s Day Cards!

valentinecard2

Heart Card1

I hope this gave you some ideas for your Valentine’s Day! I had a lot of fun coming up with the ideas and putting them together! Please let me know what you think!

Granny Square Heart Tutorial!

Heart Tutorial Words

With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, I thought it would be fun to post a quick heart tutorial! This heart is pretty easy and fast; the first two rounds of this heart are just a simple granny square!

To start, chain 5 and join to form a ring.

ChRing

Round 1:

1. Chain 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ring

1p1

2. *ch.2, 3dc in ring*

1p2

3. Repeat between ** 2 more times.

1p3_Fotor

4. To end, ch2 and slip stitch it top of beginning ch3

1p4_Fotor

5. slip stitch across to ch2 space.

1p5

Round 2 

6. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ch2 space

2p1

7. ch2, 3 more dc in ch2 space, ch1

2p2

8. *3dc, ch2, 3dc in next corner space, ch1*

2p3

9. Repeat between ** 2 more times in the corner spaces

2p4_Fotor

10. To end round 2, slip stitch in the third ch of the beginning ch3.

2p5_Fotor

11. To get to the right place for the next round, slip stitch in the next two dc, in each of the two corner chain stitches and in the first dc of the next dc group.

2p6

Round 3:

12. Now we’re going to start making the little bumps of the heart! Start with two tr in the ch1 space of the previous round and ch1.

3p1

13. To finish this hump, work 2tr, ch1, 2tr, ch1 in the same ch1 space.

3p2_Fotor

14.  Slip stitch in the last dc on the same side to finish the bump, then slip stitch in each of the corner chains and the first dc of the next group.

3p3

15. Repeat steps 12 and 13 to make your second bump. Slip stitch in the last dc on the same side.

3p4

16.  Like before, we need to slip stitch to get to the next ch1 space.

3p4_Fotor

3p5

Round 4

17. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in ch1 space, ch1

4p1

18. In bottom corner space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc, ch1

4p2

19. 3dc in next ch1 space

4p3

20. In the next corner space, work 2dc.  In the little space before the tr, work one more dc, ch1

4p4_Fotor

4p5

21. 3dc in next 2 ch1 spaces4p6

22. In the ch1 space after the third tr of the previous round, work 2sc

4p8_Fotor

4p8p2

23.  Slip stitch in the corner ch2 from the previous round.

4p8p2_Fotor

4p9

24. Work 2sc in the space before the next tr.

4p9_Fotor

4p9p2

25. In next ch1 space, 3dc, ch1.  Repeat in next ch1 space.

4p10

4p10p226. In the space after the last tr, work 1dc.

4p11_Fotor 4p11p2

27. In the corner ch2 space, work 2 more dc

4p11p3_Fotor

28. To finish, slip stitch in the third chain of the beginning ch3.

Finish

And there you have it!  A granny square heart!

Heart

There are so many things you can do with this heart! Tomorrow I’ll share with you a few ideas I have for Valentine’s Day decorations and gift wrap!