Year: 2016

Holiday Cheer: A snapshot of my 2016 year end 🎄🎄

Playing With New Yarn I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test out a new Scheepjes* yarn: Secret Garden!* This yarn is just whoa…. it’s one of my absolute favorites. Completely swooning over the color changes, tweedy bits, and thick and thin parts. Absolutely can’t wait to work a piece up with it, and in fact I have something planned! Here’s a shot of the three color-ways I chose: My full review of Secret Garden is coming next year alongside a new pattern reveal. Woohoo! Fun Gifties! Find these festive mug*, Yarn Bowl*, and  blank cards* at WoolWarehouse.com and other Scheepjes retailers. Perfect crafter gifts! (Under-tree feline gift guard not included) ❤️🎄 WoolWarehouse also now stocks the gorgeous yarn swift* that I showed off in one of my previous posts! I’ve purchased a swift online before and it was terrible quality – very rickety… this one is sturdy and well made. Yay! Vacation This year for Thanksgiving, my wonderful mom planned a huge eleven-day family vacation. We went exploring through the Disney World parks in …

KnitPicks Chroma Yarn

Because of the long color changes and gorgeous combinations, KnitPicks Chroma has always held a place in my heart. I also love the texture of this yarn and how it has a “freshly spun” quality.  Browse my Vibrant Vintage blankets on BabyLoveBrand.net (my portfolio site) – No. 3 and 5 are the gorgeous hexie blankets seen in this post. Just look at this color range, which not only includes a myriad of palettes, but also features a few neutrals for mixing in or making motifs with a solid background. Chroma comes in two weights, fingering and worsted. I prefer the fingering weight for delicate, impressive pieces, but I’ve seen gorgeous blankets made with the worsted. Fingering weight details:  Buy here: Chroma Fingering Weight Fiber Content: 70% Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon Weight: Fingering Knitting Gauge: 7 – 8 sts = 1″ on #1 – 3 needles (2.25mm-3.25mm) Crochet Gauge: 21 – 32 sc = 4” on B – E hooks (2.25mm-3.5mm) Yards: 396 Grams: 100 Put Up: ball Care: Machine Wash/Dry Flat Worsted weight details: Buy …

*New* Scheepjes  Accessories!

Hi, y’all! I recently opened some super happy mail and felt I just had to share! Scheepjes Yarns has unveiled a new line of crafty accessories, and I had the wonderful opportunity to un-box a gifty package of them.  As I started tearing through the festive holiday wrapping paper (thank you, Scheepjes!!), I stopped myself and decided to make my very first ever video. This is huge! I’ve gotten numerous requests along the way to make videos, and always felt out of touch with technology and completely not savvy.. But I gave it my best shot and it can only get better from here (lol) ❤️ I’ve had my Patreon.com account set up and ready for launch for about two months now, just waiting for the right time to hit that Launch button. Well, what’s a better way to open my Patreon site than with my first video?  Head over and check out the reveal of all the Scheepjes goodies complete with links on how to use some of the accessories that you see in …

Moon Landing Blanket is finished!

Allow me to introduce my newest FO: the Moon Landing Blanket!  Features:  Bold, large hexagons with color rings worked through BLO for a beautifully neat layered look Bobbled corners that reach out to each other creating a diamond visual PLT join using HDC instead of SC which gives a wider band of color between motifs 3 Different yarn types (see below!) with varying textures and makeups, all the same  care instruction for easy wash My first blanket with hexagons placed in this “sideways” orientation! Half hexies are on the long sides of the piece – never done it that way before! Yarns used (all Scheepjes brand): Inner hexagon color – Stone Washed First color ring and join/border – Colour Crafter  Second color ring – Softfun Aquarel Full free pattern coming soon – Should be finished with it by next week! Hope y’all enjoy this one! It’s for my cuter than ever 3yo cousin – adopted from Ethiopia ❤️❤️ Can’t wait for her to snuggle in it! I made her brother a blanket for last Christmas (Zendoodle Blanket No. …

What’s in a (pattern) name?

Do y’all have as much trouble naming your projects as I do?? I meditate and ruminate and contemplate and deliberate, and then at the end of it all, the name I choose has to “grow on me” before I start to love it.  Shown here is one of the first hexie prototypes for this blanket. Sometimes you can just name a blanket based on its form, and that makes it easy. “Popcorn Hexagon Blanket” was almost the name of this piece, but I thought it was so boring and cold, especially for a cute pattern that’s about to form epic popcorn diamonds when I join more motifs… So that means sometimes you have to name a piece based on what it looks like and how it makes you feel! Difficuuuuult… But here goes.. What my WIP reminds me of: 60s Space Age  2 words: Space boots. Salt water taffy!!   Maybe I’ll call it the Space Taffy Moon blanket. For now I’m just calling it  “Moon Landing.” While working on this WIP, I generated a …