All posts tagged: wip

Working on a NEW Desert Bloom!

Hi, y’all! Since late 2012 when I began designing crochet blanket patterns, I have gotten oodles of feedback, but had little time to implement updates. So this year is all about designing new patterns and taking time to update old ones. I’m even having them tested to make them more “user-friendly” for you lovely crafters.  The first pattern is Desert Bloom – one of my favorites!  Here is the original Desert Bloom Blanket. The border still gives me heart eyes. Did you know that Desert Bloom was based on a dress belonging to my middle daughter? Take a look at the quick preliminary sketch and the inspiration dress: And check out some Desert Blooms that pop up in the #DesertBloomBlanket Instagram hashtag… Now these are some real beauties! The color alterations and craftsmanship – it is an honor to have such beautiful pieces made from my patterns. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• There’s just something about those flowers, and mixing motifs in the design takes it to another level. I mentioned I’m having this pattern tested, and …

Hearthside Blanket: The WIP that I never want to end.

Seriously. I’ve had some convos recently about how quick I am to frog something that’s just not doing it for me, so y’all know I cannot stand having WIPs laying around… But this yarn is so fun to work with, I had to jump into a project knowing full well I’d have to promptly cast it aside.  At least the play time was fun!! Read my full review of Scheepjes Secret Garden, and see for yourself how beautiful it is. I describe it as a sort of thick and thin tweed.. and it has all these marly bits. Every stitch is a surprise 🙂  Maybe the most fun part of this WIP (and  also the saddest… but really the funnest!) is the fact that I sent all the yarn off to a lovely member of my NEW CypressTextiles Tester Tribe! I’ll have the page introducing everyone up and running soon.  Now Robyn Axelrod is testing the pattern, and for that I am so thankful. Her work is really beautiful and I know she has a …

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 …

Velvet Yarn WIP!

Hexagon Burst came to be when I decided to see how many petals I could jam onto a sunburst circle flower. Turns out you can safely cram 24 petals if you add an extra round in the center and make those sts taller with trebles (UK double-trebles).  Such an exaggeratedly large and bold hexagon motif deserves a unique yarn, and Scheepjes* Velvet* is just that! With a saturated palette, and a super-cool color effect, this yarn makes a pattern really stand out. Perfect for Hexagon Burst! To read my full review or buy this yarn, click – HERE.  By the way, I love that they named this yarn “Velvet” because it totally reminds me of those fuzzy velvet coloring posters. More motifs as the blanket grows.. The yellow and green colors stand out so much, I decided not to use them for the center 2-round circle, only for outer petal rounds. That way I don’t get a polka-dot effect. Can’t want to finish this up and write the freebie pattern – Hexagon Burst – to …