I’ve decided on the next blanket for myself!

“But,” you say, “you have so many WIP’s already!”

Yes. Yes, I do. I don’t see the point here. Moving on!

I saw an absolutely gorgeous hexagon blanket shared on a Facebook crochet page recently. I had to have one for myself. It was a “starburst” hexagon, with circles of red, blue, green, and yellow from bright shades to dark, each hexagon ending with white so the blanket all tied together.

I immediately showed my husband and said “This is what I’m making next!”

What further made up my mind was when he mentioned “Sure, but I’d like it better if it was black instead of white. I’m messy.”

He likes it too! That just means I basically have to do it now. Black as the connecting color, and definitely shades of red and purple (because that’s his and my favorite colors). I’m not sure how many other colors I need, and what they would be. But I’m not buying the yarn until after our tax return comes in, so I have some time to decide. I’ll check back with you guys when I get an idea 🙂

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Check out square 1!

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Ignore the table stuff, it was hard to take a picture of a square for some reason.

But I’m really happy with it! Once I can sit down and work on it, a square doesn’t take all that long. It’s right around 12 inches, too, which fits my plan…although I discovered my math sucks in the morning so this blanket probably won’t be as big as I planned. But I’m winging it, so I don’t care. If it ends up just being 4′-something on each side, then it’ll be a nice square size for a couch…right?

Anyway, that’s what I’m sticking with right now. It’ll be a nice pretty blanket regardless of size, and I’ll love it because RAINBOW!

The Rainbow Blanket

Might as well keep the name simple.

But I’m super excited because this is the first crochet thing I’ve come up with on my own. Not a pattern, not seeing someone else’s thing and trying to make it myself, this is entirely my own idea.

I should shut up and just show you instead of telling you over and over.

Just look at the plan:

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Excuse my MS Paint skills, although I think the idea comes off alright.

Each “corner” of 4 squares is going to be one colorway of Ice Yarn. I bought 4 balls of two different colorways for this plan, and will be buying the other two when budget allows.

I love it because there’s 16 squares, but each group of 4 makes its own little picture, and then the center 4 squares, even though they’ll be different colorways, should also make a neat little square of their own.

The stripes in between are probably going to be black. I wanted a border in between so the rainbow doesn’t get messy/overwhelming.

I’m aiming for 12″ squares, which should make this a roughly 6′ x 6′ blanket. Perfect for snuggling on the couch!

I think this is my first pattern! Eek! Unless there’s already one like this, but I couldn’t find it on Ravelry.

Tell me what you think! Is it a dumb idea? Is it the coolest thing ever? (Ok, just be honest but polite!)

It is finished.

The chevron blanket is done.

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(Special thanks to my mother-in-law who graciously offered to hold it for me to take a picture, as there was not enough floor space to lay it out flat.)

I love it so much. It’s already with its new owner, she was too excited to wait and had me meet up with her right away to hand it over!

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It’s so squishy all folded up, and it’s warm and comfy and I miss it so much.

I was excited to move on to my rug, but once I started it I realized I hate the pattern with my yarn. So I’m putting the Vanna’s Choice aside for a bit and playing with my Ice Yarn, the Dancing Baby colorways. Such a weird name, but if the yarn is pretty I don’t care. And it is. I’ve probably shown you before, but…

So much color I could die...

So much color I could die…

So I’m doing corner-to-corner squares, a few of each colorway, and it’ll be a giant rainbow blanket of beauty. I love it already and I haven’t even started yet.

Yay Thanksgiving!

My husband has actually had days off this week, which is a phrase he barely remembered the meaning of since he started his second job. So I haven’t been crocheting too much because I’ve been able to actually spend time with him and run errands and stuff.

But we went to the local yarn store earlier this week! I had a few projects to bring in for consignment, they still had the payment to give me from my first sale there, and I really wanted to stop by because they had increased their stock (it’s a new store, like only a couple months old, and barely taking off). While I was there, I drooled over pretty much everything they had, and fell in love with these awesome baskets (…which I want for Christmas if any family is reading this…you know what store I’m talking about, there’s only one in this town. And I love all the baskets, there’s no wrong choice.)

Anyway, they had lots of yarn. I took a long time to browse, considering they don’t really have much of a selection there yet, and kept looking at the Heartland. I’d only used it once before, the brown for my baby Groot a couple months ago. It was soft and I liked it, so I knew it was a decent yarn. And I am in love with jewel tones, which is a lot of Heartland’s colors. So I figured I might as well grab a few balls of it and use them with the 3/4 ball of brown I still had.

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Freaking gorgeous, right? I had to wind it first because I loathe working with non-center-pull balls.

I struggled for hours to pick a pattern, and eventually chose a shell baby blanket. I’ll probably bring it in for consignment when it’s done because there’s only one upcoming baby in my extended family and I have another blanket in progress for him/her.

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Right away I was in love.

The pattern is the “Beachcomber Baby Blanket”, and I found it through Ravelry. I’d link it but from Ravelry I followed a few links to get to a free pattern PDF, so I’m not sure what part I would link to avoid getting in trouble with the creator. Just search it on there, I think it’s pretty popular so it shouldn’t be hard to find.

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The colors work together, too! I think after this picture I decided I didn’t like purple and brown next to each other and changed the order.

I didn’t want a “striped” look to it (same color order throughout), so I’m kind of doing it with a “random” order. Essentially, as I finish each row I look for what color I haven’t done in a while or haven’t done next to the color I just finished recently, then I join in that one and go.

I think it’s working:

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I, for one, love it. It’s not really a traditional baby color scheme, but I think it’s still pretty. If I named my projects I would call this one something to do with jewels/precious rocks in the dirt. That’s all I can see when I look at it, and is also exactly what I intended with my color choices.

That’s about all I have to say for now, this is really all I’ve worked on lately. Thanksgiving prep with family staying with us, then the actual celebration, then I had to work that evening/overnight, and then of COURSE I had to shop today…got great deals though! I know you don’t really care, but…

About $100 for a pair of jeans, a cami, 5 Blu-Ray/DVD combos, a jean jacket (denim jacket, can’t remember if jean jacket is the normal name), pair of sneakers, ornament for my mom, and some chocolates for my husband because we never find them and found his favorite brand. I consider that a huge success.

Anyway, have a great post-Thanksgiving weekend! I hope you’re crocheting a lot while you recover from feasting/shopping and hide from all the family in your home!

Updates!

We never come to Starbucks anymore…I need wifi at home again.

So I have updates on like everything.

First of all, the bulldog blanket for my grandfather-in-law. I’m hoping to have it done by Christmas, but since my brother’s birthday has already passed and the Batman blanket was supposed to be his present, it’s been taking priority. But anyway, here’s the bulldog:

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I didn’t want to put all the pictures of him on here because it looks pretty boring in order: “here’s the bottom lines of some paws…here you can kind of see the 4th paw…here’s a few more rows to fill out some toes…”

Isn’t it cool? I’ve done more since then but couldn’t find the picture…he has half a tongue now, and I’m actually onto his cheeks and soon I’ll get to the collar! I’m making good progress, until I basically stopped for Batman.

So I should update on him. I don’t remember where I last was when I showed you, so I’ll just share the most recent pic of him:

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Totally freaking sweet, right? I am in love. And I really hope my little bro likes it. It’s unofficially for his 20th birthday (because that passed 2 weeks ago), so I think he’s at the right age where he’ll appreciate a practical gift like a blanket, but also be excited that it’s BATMAN!

Ooh, and I’m almost done with it, too! I’m a bit further than that picture, but just look at THIS…

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To keep track of my stitches and rows, I copied/pasted the instructions for Batman into a word document. The 125 rows took up like 3-4 pages. I’ve been deleting each chunk of stitches and then each row as I complete it. It’s worked really well!

And I believe this was yesterday, I deleted a row and realized that at the bottom of my screen…I think you can read it there…it says FINISH OFF. I’m close enough to the end that the remaining rows can fit on ONE screen! I’m on row 106 now, so just 20 to go and Batman is DONE!!!!!

Aside from that, because I love torturing myself with projects, I have been making a rug. I really wanted to work with cotton because I hadn’t worked with “nice” cotton yet. Just crappy, scratchy Peaches & Cream. It makes a sturdy-ass dishcloth but sucks to work with.

So a week ago, when I was given a yarn budget again, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought 14 balls of “I Love This Cotton”…

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4 gray because I found it pretty, and then I was looking for 10 colors in some sort of pretty transition. I liked blue/purple, and then I found green and it ended up being exactly 10 with all the shades, so I was in love. I wanted to do the “Ruffled Ribbons Rug” from my good old obsession Felted Button. I love that woman. I couldn’t remember how many colors I needed but I guessed 10, and ended up being exactly right.

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The back is done in one piece, and this gray ended up being perfect. It’s just gorgeous…I want to touch it every time I see it. Like I’ll be working on something else and just HAVE to touch the gray rug mat thing. It’s half done now. The way this pattern works is the mat piece and then the 10 “ribbons” are all different pieces. I knew I’d be so bored if I did the whole mat and then 10 whole ribbons, so I divided it up and I do a ribbon every several rows of the mat.

So I’m halfway through the mat and have 4 of the ribbons done out of 10 (I’m working on the 5th)…it’s a fairly quick project. But again, Batman is taking precedence until I get the damn thing done. And my ribbon pictures failed to upload 😦 I’m not going through all that work again getting it from my phone to Dropbox to my computer to here…they’re not that cool-looking individually anyway.

Um…I think that’s everything. I’m using the leftover cotton from the bath mat to make a baby blanket because we just learned my cousin is pregnant! It’s the first kid in my family in about 5 years so I’m super excited. I haven’t had an excuse to make any baby stuff and it feels weird to do with no baby to give it to. But now I have one!

I hope to be back soon but make no promises. Batman needs me!