All posts tagged: Inspiration

Relaxghans Ebook: Six free stash-buster crochet blanket patterns designed with peace in mind

In January, I decided to create a series of blanket patterns that were designed with an air of peacefulness and tranquility. Patterns that you can work on whenever you like, without stressing over any element. I’ve been saying lately: Crochet is meant to de-stress you, not re-stress you. The high strung and tightly wound among you will undoubtedly want to meticulously plan layouts, bypass stash to buy fresh new yarn, or frustratedly obsess over every pattern quirk. This includes me. I am not a laid back person, and I’m as tightly wound as they come, but I’m trying to get better at relaxing. While constant tension does play a factor in CypressTextiles upward motion and in my own personal continuous improvement (pressure makes diamonds, or what-have-you), I’ve recently begun to appreciate letting the light in a bit more. Maybe you also need to let some light in? Join me as I release a new free blanket pattern on the last day of every month from February to July. (Yes! The first pattern releases tomorrow, Feb …

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Sunshine Blanket – Tada!

Ta-daaaaa! This post has to be short and sweet as I am off to do a science project with my middle daughter, but i just had to show you all my latest FO. It. Has. Pompoms. On this overcast winter day, I present to you the happiest, most Springy-est, pastel-icious Blanket you could imagine. And it’s pint-sized! 26x34in to be exact. During the progress pic posts on social media, I got a lot of positive feedback on this color combination and on the design of the blanket itself, which is so great and unexpected! I think the draw was the perfect little center circle, or at least that’s what I love about the motif. So playful! Related links: Pastel Palette yarny post Shop this yarn* WIP post Free pattern Scheepjes website My blogger page! Warning: Gratuitous yarn photo ahead!! * This post contains affiliate links, and Shopping through them costs nothing additional and supports my content. Affiliate links are better than guacamole! They don’t cost extra!

Paid -> Free = FUN!

Hi, y’all! Today in the spirit of the Autumn Refresh, I wanted to tell you about three of my older patterns that I browsed through and decided to convert to freebies. Yay! Ravelry pattern links Gumball Four Square Wildflower Autumn Refresh is all about pressing pause on new content and going through your existing body of work to see what needs a freshening or if anything can be “reused, reduced, or recycled.” I find that I am constantly dreaming up new content and just having a “set it and forget it” mentality for my previous works. Along the way I’m finding it important to make a habit of cultivating existing content for the folks who are just stumbling upon CypressTextiles.net for the first time. Okay, so let’s jump right into it, shall we? The three patterns I’ve converted to freebies are: Gumball {Click image to see original blog post} Gumball holds a special place in my heart as the first pattern I ever wrote. I always tell the story, but after I made my first …

2018 Goal: Stack of Blankets

You guys… people are sharing their stacks of blankets… and I’m going slowly insane. More on that later, but first! I searched Instagram tags #crochetblanketstack and #blanketstack — Loooooook…. I preserved the IG name in the crop so you can go have a scroll! From pastel above to bright below, these stacks are giving me all the feels.  One of my crochet BFFs, Tester Tribe member, and overall amazing human, Gwen – @StitchGwen. Omg this stack is so jewelly and beautiful. Bonus crochet footstool cover ❤️❤️ One of my favorite IG feeds, and this photo is over a year old, but wow! You can scroll the @kikalite feed all the way down and it’s nothing but gold. Eeeeep!! Look at this cozy stack!! Honestly this is goals. WendiCrocheter is like the best. Have you seen her embroidery floss mandala by the way? Yes… embroidery floss. Just wow! But back to this blanket stack, it’s not hard to see that she loves two things: details and pastels. This next photo is like the “Where’s Waldo?” of …

Birthday Blankets: Something old into something new :)

Who remembers that Sesame Street song??? I just knew it would be on YouTube, and yep! Go ahead… you know you wanna watch it 🙂 Today I’m getting into this spirit by turning some (111!) squares that I made last year into 2 blankets for my little cousins on their birthday. They’re 4 years apart, but born on the same day! Wowzers! Here are some old photos of the squares I’m using today. They are the extra pattern tester squares, photo model squares, etc.. from the Vibrant Vintage CAL that I hosted in 2016 using Stylecraft Special DK (affiliate) – All 33 square designs are represented here and I love these squares enough to frog all the edging and joining and give them new life as a pair of birthday blankets. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Here is what my living room looks like at the moment: I’ve frogged most of the edging and joining of the squares that were previously joined up for tutorials and what-not. 48 of the squares have a DC round of edging already on them. …

Namaste Chunky: Celebrating yourself as a WIP

Oooh the issue of exercise and weight and food and body image and wrinkly tummy skin and junk in the proverbial trunk. We all go through these struggles in one way or another, and Namaste Chunky is my way of saying I accept and love my body and all its curves. It’s like “so are you doing yoga to lose weight?” – “Umm, Namaste Chunky – I just love yoga.” 😁  And I do love yoga! Doing Yoga with Adriene at night has been a life changer. If you really listen to what she says and balance, and actually “focus on your breathing” and lay on the floor when you’re done, just staring at the ceiling, I promise you will feel so refreshed and relaxed.  If you’re like me and have a brood of kids running around screaming all day, and you cook meals, cart kiddoes to activities, clean house, and run a business, all with a huge, beaming heart, then reconnecting with yourself at the end of the day is a must. You always …

Magic Carpet: A Weird Phenomenon

This post is about an awkwardly constructed magic carpet that I made one time about four years ago, which would turn out to become one of my most requested custom items…  If you guys have ever had a project that you didn’t think was that great but it got a lot of online attention, then you know what I mean.  Here is the very first “magic carpet” I ever made. (Caution, blurry iPhone 3 photo ahead)  It was actually my first Etsy sale ever! After I posted that small blanket (it was for a cat!) I got a request to make one that looked like the famous one from Aladdin. I took it as a challenge and came up with this: Fast forward to four years later, and I have made 34 of these baa-aa-a-ad boys 😂 I made a collage ordered from oldest to newest for your viewing pleasure!  It turns out the reason one might want a magic carpet can be pretty neat! One of the larger ones was made for a guy …