Five Years in the Making: My Amish Print Afghan

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Amish Print Afghan - Five Years in the MakingAccountability.

That’s how I was able to complete this afghan (or blanket if you need to hear that word instead) after it sat in my garage for the past five years.

How do I know it’s been five years?

I don’t.  I don’t know how long it’s been sitting around.

What I did know was that I got the pretty bag the squares sat in at least five years ago.  (I have a thing for purses and bags so that’s more memorable.)

For all I recall this project was started 10-years ago and I put it in the pretty bag five years ago.

The point is, THAT IT DOESN’T MATTER.

It’s done.

One less unfinished project in my garage and more yarn used up from my yarn hoard.

How did I do it?

I joined a Facebook group ~ a small one, but convenient nonetheless ~ that exclusively discusses and allows creators like myself to be honest with our WIP’s (works in progress) and struggles of completing projects.

I counted many of my Unfinished Objects (UFO’s) on a previous blog post, and this was one of them.  Out of the six projects listed in that post, two of them are now complete.  <Whoop, whoop!> 😉

Here’s the link to pattern if you came for that: Amish Print Afghan

The Free Patterns Website is under the blanket (see what I did there) of Annie’s.  Shown below are some photos of my work-in-progress.  I am most proud of the fact that after sitting in my garage for at least the past five years, I completed the blanket in about 5-weeks.

Be warned!

There is the exact same pattern for sale on Craftsy for $2 AND THAT’S NOT RIGHT!  I wish people wouldn’t do that when the pattern is clearly free on Free Patterns.com

Have a creative, crafty & crochet-love Wednesday friends.


Color nature with Copic markers!


These are the squares I had in a bag in the garage before working on this crochet project over the course of 5-weeks to finish it.

These are the squares I had in a bag in the garage before working on this crochet project over the course of 5-weeks to finish it.

This is a close up of the square for the Amish Afghan pattern. What I liked the best was the use of so many colors.

This is a close up of the square for the Amish Afghan pattern. What I liked the best was the use of so many colors.

I took this photo after the first week of trying REALLY HARD to work on completing this blanket. I gave myself a timeline of completing a row of squares each week.

I took this photo after the first week of trying REALLY HARD to work on completing this blanket. I gave myself a timeline of completing a row of squares each week.

the beginning square process

I would work on three to four squares at a time during lunch and break times at work. I would complete a row of color on all the current squares, before moving on.

All those square had to be joined somehow and all those colors have to have ends weaved in.

All those squares had to be joined somehow and all those colors have to have ends weaved in.

The Amish blanket really tested my patience. I believe this was done around week 4, and what really got to me mentally was trying to convince myself to sew all the squares together. I ended up staying up one night and finishing it.

The Amish blanket really tested my patience. I believe this was done around week 4, and what really got to me mentally was trying to convince myself to sew all the squares together. I ended up staying up one night and finishing it.

Here is the Amish squares all sewn together and ready for the edging.

Here is the Amish squares all sewn together and ready for the edging.

Here are my hands crocheting the edging around the Amish Print Afghan (blanket.)

Here are my hands crocheting the edging around the Amish Print Afghan (blanket.)

I am so in love with the colors of this blanket. I used many different types of yarn from my yarn stash so the colors are similar in many instances, but not the same.

I am so in love with the colors of this blanket. I used many different types of yarn from my yarn stash so the colors are similar in many instances, but not the same.

The edging is definitely a compliment to the blanket itself. I'm so glad it's complete, and now, to decide what to do with it!

The edging is definitely a compliment to the blanket itself. I’m so glad it’s complete, and now, to decide what to do with it!

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Crochet Hanging Basket Gift

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Crochet Plant Hanger-TitleI have been diligently trying to use up the yarn hoard I currently own.  This beautiful hanging basket was crocheted out of a yarn called Red Heart Cordial.

I used a pattern from Vicki Howell’s website: Planter Happy: Crochet Planter Hanger.  She uses a t-shirt yarn, but the pattern worked up exactly the same for the 10″ pot I purchased. IMG_5136

This particular hanger and plant was given to a charity, and I attached a hook, 1-inch size eyelet and a tag I made up with my Max Stamp Pegz stamps.

I used a few cut and rooted pieces of my ever growing Golden Pothos plant in a separate pot, just in case the person who gets the gift wants to use the hanger for another plant.

The pattern is relatively easy, and I would rate it for a beginner.  I used a size N hook for the yarn I used.

IMG_5148IMG_5156 IMG_5158As you can see from the photos, the hanger looks like it’s small, but it stretches significantly while it’s hanging.

I ended up using two balls of the yarn as ran out of the yarn while crocheting the hanging portions. I believe this project can be done with one ball, but I hope you have two handy just in case.

As this yarn is made out of nylon as well as other synthetic material, I burned the ends of the cords to finish them off.

IMG_6796 IMG_6809This plant was one of my creations for the YBC Golf Tournament.  I hope to add more photos of the other things my husband and I donated.



On My Hook – Peyton’s Heart Project

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As it is February, I am going to show you a little heart that I’ve been busy crocheting for several months now.

I can complete a heart in a matter of five minutes or so and the amount of yarn used is perfect for that leftover yarn that ends up in a small ball you don’t know what to do with.  Hopefully now, you can make some of these charity hearts.

Peyton Heart ProjectSeemingly on accident, and I don’t believe in coincidence, I stumbled across a small crocheted heart pattern.  That pattern led me to find out about the Peyton Heart Project.

From The Peyton Heart Project’s website:

Their goal is to raise awareness about suicide and bullying. They also have a mission to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

The project is named after Peyton James, a 13-year-old boy who, in the fall of 2014, died by suicide after years of being bullied. We know far too well what the negative effects of bullying are on a child and how difficult it can be to believe that it will ever get better. Far too often, bullying leads to depression, self-harm and even suicide.

Essentially, caring, anonymous people around the world make small hearts through their talents and gifts from yarn, and disperse them around their communities.

I am one of those crafters/crocheters.  The bits and pieces of left over yarn from projects are now being used to make these little hearts, as well as skeins of yarn that don’t have a named project for.

I am no different than any-other-crocheter, but unlike some, I do appreciate my anonymity.  I create these hearts and place them on running trails, at coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores and craft stores alike in the city I live in.

People need to know that they are loved.

I believe people need to know that there is something greater than themselves and perhaps, in a small way, when one of these little hearts is found, the recipient feels that love that he or she might be longing for.

I may never know who they are – but I hope that a little small act of kindness and love will brighten his or her day and let them know that they have so much to live for.

The Peyton Heart Website has all the info for the tags and links to patterns. Peyton Heart Tags

The pattern I’m using is from the Ravelry pattern I stumbled upon, originally found on The Painted Hinge.

You can see my hearts on Ravelry as well.


Gauge is not necessarily important.  I use a size H hook to make my hearts but I tend to be a loose-stitch crocheter.

The Painted Hinge website has the pattern so please look at her website or the Ravelry links listed above.

Here are a few photos from my work, and I add the prepped tags after the hearts are complete.

The center of the heart pattern prior to slip stitching to the top of the first ch 3.

The center of the heart pattern prior to slip stitching to the top of the first ch 3.

 

This the crocheted heart half-way through the pattern.

This the crocheted heart half-way through the pattern.

The heart is ~almost~ complete here.

The heart is ~almost~ complete here.

I’ve explained suicide to my 10-year old and 6 -year old, and both of them are on board with spreading hearts in our community.

As I look forward to Valentines Day with my family, I am thankfully and graciously remembering how blessed I am to just have them here with me.

Thanks for reading and please be a part of the solution.

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On My Hook – Temperature Scarf

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Jan 20-Scarf Pattern-Day 16A couple years ago, crafting personality Vicki Howell posted that she completed a temperature scarf.  I searched high and low for a link and I couldn’t find one!  Instead, I found the link to Yarnspirations 2013 Temperature Scarf forum, if you want to read more about it.

At that time, I thought “How cool is that?”  But I knew that I didn’t have time to start one as my life was really complicated back then.

One could say that my life hasn’t gotten any less complicated, but I have plenty of yarn and I really want to do projects that are both meaningful and fun.  This seems like something I would really enjoy, and at the end of the year, I would know that this scarf would be one of my projects from the Year of Twelves.

Virtually all of the temperature scarf patterns I found were for knitting, but the idea would be the same for a crocheter like me.

Temp Scarf HighsI looked up a couple different temperature/yarn matrices, but in the Central Valley of California where I live, it hardly ever gets colder than a high of 30-degrees.

This led me of course to come up with my own temperature/yarn table, and I present to you the process I used to start, and hopefully finish throughout the year, my crochet temperature scarf.


Temperature Scarf by DeAndrasCrafts

Photo only for Temperature Scarf Colors, high temps of 30-degrees and higher.

Photo only for Temperature Scarf Colors, high temps of 30-degrees and higher.

Notes:

  • This Temperature Chart was created for places that don’t get lower than 30-degree F
  • I specifically used this chart in the Central Valley of CA
  • I used the high temperature of each day
  • I get my temperature history from weatherunderground.com under the “History” tab of my city
  • If you choose to use this chart, please tag it on public social media as #DCTemperatureScarf
  • See my progress on Instagram by searching for #DsTemperatureScarf2016
  • Please link up with me on Ravelry if you do one!

Last Note: This chart was created for personal use only.  That means don’t profit from the sale of the chart itself because it’s free.  Please use it to CREATE things from it and if you are able to sell the things you make, more power to you!

Temp Scarf YarnI picked yarn straight from my yarn stash.  That was the point.  I keep it all in one bag, with very simple labels wrapped around them.

I modified Vickie Howell’s Color Card Scarf Pattern for crochet.  (My photos, her basic pattern from the website link.)

Gauge: Gauge is not necessarily important but I am a loose-stitch crocheter.  I wanted a 6″ wide scarf so adjust the chain at the beginning of the scarf than what she stated in her blog post if you want it smaller or larger by three stitches.  She used a size I hook.

I used a Size H hook

Pattern is written for U.S. terms, acrylic (4-ply) yarn

Modified Single Crochet (mod sc) stitch:

Start with a single loop on the hook, pull a loop into the st indicated (2 loops on hook,) yo and pull through both loops.

See the photos for help if needed. Jan 20-Scarf Pattern-mod sc1 Jan 20-Scarf Pattern-mod sc2

The pattern describes “FRONT LOOP” as the front loop of the previous (or bottom) row to the row you are working.

Subsequently, the “BACK LOOP” is the back loop of the previous row.

Directions

Ch 24. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and to end. Turn (23 sts.)

Row 1: Ch1 (counts as sc in front loop), mod sc in FRONT LOOP of next st, *mod sc in BACK LOOPS of next 2 sts, mod sc in FRONT LOOPS of next 2 sts; rep from * until last 3 sts, mod sc in FRONT LOOPS of next 2 sts, mod sc in BACK LOOP of last st.

 Do not finish off or change color of next row UNLESS the temperature changed per the table for the next day-row.

Row 2: Rep Row 1.

Rows 3-366: Repeat last two rows, changing colors as necessary for each day of temperature change on the chart.

Finish off.

Chain 24.

Chain 24.

Two rows (two days of colors) complete.

Two rows (two days of colors) complete.

Pattern of scarf up to end of day 7.

Pattern of scarf up to end of day 7.

Temperature Scarf Pattern - Up to Day 11

Temperature Scarf Pattern – Up to Day 11 for high temperatures.


Miscellaneous Notes

I started out with eleven rows (first 11 days of the year) and picked up the piece about every few days to catch up.

I carried the previous ends into the next row to minimize loose ends to weave.

I hope to update the scarf on a monthly basis in a blog post and on Ravelry.

Cheers to your crocheting goals for the year.  I hope I can keep this up!

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What’s on My Hook – Accidental Spiral Slouch Pattern Hat

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Accidental Spiral Slouch Hat with Pom PomIt’s Wednesday.

One of the ways I plan on tackling my goal of posting twelve blog posts a month, AND sharing what I have completed or will complete for crocheting projects throughout the year is on Wednesday’s, I hope to post “What’s on My Hook” posts.

Much like the “Hookin’ on Hump Day” trend that Moogly and Petals to Picots started, I hope to highlight my crocheted projects, whether completed or not, on a regular basis – primarily on Wednesday’s!  (Hence the catchy title….)

This week I’m showing off my latest hat using the Accidental Spiral Slouch Pattern.  (The link takes you to Ravelry.)

My pattern notes/changes:

  • Overall, the pattern is written very well.
  • I know I didn’t follow the pattern she wrote exactly, and I modified the body of the hat by doing a fptc working on the row below, not on two rows below as described in her pattern.
  • I didn’t make the hat as slouchy as described in her pattern.
  • I also did six rows of hdc’s (half double crochet’s) for the brim.
  • I used an acrylic yarn I had in my stash, and oh do I think I’ll be doing this pattern again. yarn used for my accidental spiral hat
  • It probably took me about 4 hours to complete this hat, and as you can see, I added a pom pom to brighten up the top of the hat.

Thanks for checking this crocheted item out! Accidental Spiral Hat with Pom pom

I found the link itself on Ravelry, after searching for things with the word ‘spiral’ in them.

Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest for more crocheted projects and things I do/want to accomplish with my crafting!

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The DeAndrasCrafts Contest on Instructables – Results

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I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you the results from my DeAndras Crafts Instructables Contest.

Wait no further!

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the entries and the winners.  There was a total of forty-six (46) entries and it was difficult to narrow down the list to the 10 winners you see below.  That was one of the things I had to do!

Prizes were listed in the previous post about the contest if you would like to see what they’ve won.

Grand Prize

Mixed Media Festoon Pendent by watchmeflyy
Mixed Media Festoon Pendent by watchmeflyy

Judges Prize – The best charitable project entry in my opinion.  I got to pick the winner!

First Prize Winners (3)

My notes: The hat is amazing as it uses a chain stitch glued onto a hat.  What a simple yet effective idea.  I also love the flowers in the kusudama and may make those for other reasons!

 

Crochet Kusudama by ChrysN

Crochet Kusudama
by ChrysN

Runner Up (5)

Out of the five patterns below, I think the crocheted whale is the cutest!  I love how the author incorporated little felt pieces as part of the face.

Crocheted Whale by Little Dragon and Company

Crocheted Whale
by Little Dragon and Company

  Embroidered Vintage Wall Clock by lindarose92

Embroidered Vintage Wall Clock
by lindarose92

 I hope you get to check out some of the Instructables above.  My passion for opening up the conversation about using your talents to serve others is ongoing.

Please let me know if you have a yarn-craft pattern that you would like to feature here on this site that you can share with others to give away for charity.  Have a blessed day!

 


Tips for Taking Yarn Projects on Vacation

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Tips for taking yarn projectsContinuing with my notes-to-self series of going on vacation to Yosemite, I’m going to list my best tips/suggestions for taking my crocheting projects with me.  There is SO MUCH DIRT, that I’m sure some people think there’s no way he/she would take yarn projects camping with them but thankfully, I’ve done it before and been very successful at it too.

We are blessed to be going to a camping facility where there is a concrete floor and raised beds where we sleep, even though we are as-close-to-nature as I’d like to be right outside the door.  Nevertheless, it’s very hard to keep things clean, and keeping my crocheting projects clean are no exception.  But hey, thankfully there’s washing machines waiting when we get back!

The first thing to do before I pack: Decide which projects to take.

Tip No. 1: Take Smaller Projects.

I have so many things I want to do, namely off “My crochet dreams” Pinterest board.

I also have an extensive list of unfinished projects, and could always find a way to incorporate the smaller ones into the things I’m going to take.

Don’t have smaller projects that could fit in a gallon sized sealed bag?  Thankfully free crochet patterns are everywhere!

Get free crochet patterns like afghans, baby projects and more! Download one today!

Tip No. 2: Have printed copies of all the instructions – if they have one.

I know how it is for seasoned crocheters – I think I’m going to remember the pattern because I’ve worked on it before.  What I found in my travels though is that if I don’t have the pattern handy, my mind goes blank from some sort of “vacation brain” syndrome that I’m sure exists, and I forget/forgot how to do a pattern.

So while we’re camping and I don’t have internet service to look up most of the free patterns I need, I will be printing my patterns and putting them with the yarn I bring.

Tip No. 3: Place your work in 1-gallon or 2-gallon sized Ziploc or seal-able plastic bags, and take extra bags.

Seal-able plastic bags are a must when we go on vacations, namely to store dirty keepsakes (like shells from the beach) or (ahem) that extra dirty underwear that’s just to cute to throw out (or is it because I’m too cheap?)

You’ll see all my work in plastic bags, in my crocheting bag when I’m traveling pretty much anywhere.  I include the pattern and if I have an extra, I even put the size of crochet hook, even though I have a crochet hook holder that I bring.  I just want everything in one place.

Tip No. 4: Be realistic about what you can accomplish.

I say this to remind myself.

While packing for the upcoming trip, I literally grabbed ten small projects right away to consider taking.

RIGHT AWAY!  They are close enough for me to grab and go if needed.

I also have kids, so my time is limited to the mornings when they haven’t woken up or the evenings when they’ve gone to bed.

Tip No. 5: Bring baby wipes and hand sanitizer to help keep work “clean.”

Said with a sarcastic smile, I know how much those baby wipes and sanitizer are handy for every other possible senario other than crocheting, but, it’s a must for me when I’m camping to take both and have them close by while I work on my crocheting projects.


I personally ended up choosing three projects and I’ll update this post with the status of what I was able to accomplish when the trip is over.

So if you’re curious, here’s what I’m planning on bringing:

My Glittery & Glamorus ShrugGlittery & Glamorus Shrug

One of those projects that I grabbed quickly because its nearby, I don’t think I’ve worked on this project for over a year.  I really want to finish it this year, as I’d like to wear it by Christmas.  It’s also listed in my UFO post.

A Crocheted Square Yellow HatCrocheted Square Yellow HatInstructable Robot Square Crocheted Hat
A personal pattern I came up with, I was selected by Instructables to “host” a yarn & thread craft contest.  The excitement I have for this opportunity is understated by this sentence.  (I AM SO EXCITED!)

Anyway, I am providing an Instructable Robot Hat as one of the prizes and I need to make it!  It’s going with me as it’s a small & easy project that I can complete within a couple of hours.

Crocheted Chunky Pattern Basketwool-ease yarn for a chunky basketThe yarn will be used to make this, a free pattern from Crochet in Color:

A project I am excited to start, the project instructions suggested a size L hook.  I didn’t have one so I bought a Crochet Dude Plastic Crochet Hook Set.

Do you have any other tips or suggestions for taking crochet projects on vacation?  I’m personally looking forward to not being plugged into the world for a week.  Crocheting is my hobby and I look forward to spending some hobby time on my down time while camping!



Crocheted Sponge Bob Square Hat

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My favorite site, other than Pinterest, is Instructables.com.

I “got started” in the web world on that site and am excited for the new opportunities it has given me in the near future.

Fair warning – that site can be addictive, almost as much as Pinterest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Anyway, you are here for a Sponge Bob Square Crochet Hat Pattern.

SpongeBob Square HatMy three-year old asked for this hat.

I consider this pattern an easy pattern, and if you need crochet help, you can use one of the Instructables from this Collection: How to Crochet on Instructables, or a tutorial from Craftsy.

It took me about two hours to crochet the cap/beanie. Sponge Bob‘s embellishments took me about four (4) hours to make and sew on, but I was taking photos in that time too. Sponge Bob Square Hat Pattern Link

As with all of my free patterns, please feel free to make and sell anything you make from them. Do not use my photos and do not call this pattern your own. In all cases, please give me credit for the pattern and better yet, link to the Instructable or this web post.

A shout out to the basis of the square crocheted hat: Rachel’s Hat by Leslie Rudden.

I wrote my own pattern and instructions to make the square hat, and included gauge in the Instructable.

The instructions have full details and photos for three types of characters, including the Instructable Robot, Sponge Bob and Wall-E, all made from the same square yellow hat.Crochet Square Hat Pattern Link

The thing that took me the longest to make was the Instructable.  It took over a week and lets just say it was a labor of love for the site.  As always, I’m trying to win a contest (for the Instructable Robot hat) so wish me luck!

I hope you enjoy the tutorial on Instructables.  It’s called Crocheted Square Hat – Instructable Robot, Sponge Bob & Wall-E.

Drop me a line on the site that you found the pattern through this site and I’ll send you an emailed gift!

Sponge Bob Square Hat Pattern Link



What’s in My Bag – Holly’s Ripple Blanket

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Delicious Colors Baby AfghanThis was in my bag for a couple weeks.

There’s a baby shower at church on Sunday and I wanted to make the recipient a blanket that she pinned on Pinterest.

Pinterest-blanket-from EtsyIt was a link to Etsy, so all I got to see was a photo of a cute blanket.

I am blessed to be able to crochet, so I looked around for a ripple pattern that resembled the photo on Pinterest.

I found one that I liked, and the pattern is here: Lion Brand – Delicious Colors Baby Afghan

A free pattern, I loved the pattern and gave it a 5-star rating.

ripple blanket-close-upBecause I was under my own time constraint to finish before the baby shower, I was unable to do the gauge, and I changed the hook size to an I.  The pattern calls for an N-hook (American standard) and I used Red Heart brand yarn to match what was on the photo.

My post on Ravelry is here: Pink, White & Grey Ripple Blanket

ripple blanket-foldedIt took me about 24-total hours over the course of two weeks to complete this blanket.  I hope she loves it just as much as I do.