Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: July

I recently got the chance to go on a crocation. I had two whole days in a hotel room with a suitcase of yarn and no interruptions!

Shout out to the Hampton Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Our room was huge. The hotel was so nice and quiet and clean. There was always fresh coffee and breakfast was pretty good. 

Now on to blanket talk!

I finished July’s blanket!!!


This blanket was done in Oregon Ducks colors. It’s a gift for my inlaws. I’ll be honest, green and yellow isn’t a color combination that I would normally use but it is the school’s colors. It should look nice in their den with all the rest of their Duck decor. Like every blanket that I’ve made this year it was made with love. 

I used a mile a minute pattern. The first row of the border was the yellow to smooth everything out. Next I did a row of dc in green. The third row was in white and hdc stitch. The final row of the border was green dc. 

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A Blanket from the Past

I was visiting my in laws in Ohio. Of course I had the blanket I’m currently working on with me. Everyone was interested in what I was making and what else I’ve made lately. Then my mother in law had a surprise for me. 

She left the room and came back a few minutes later. She was carrying this. 


I made this blanket for her. I forgot I had even made this blanket! It was one of the first blankets that I ever made. 

It was so wonderful seeing one of my earliest blankets and that she still had it. 

A break from blankets

I frogged June’s blanket so many times. I tried three different stitches. Finally I switched yarn and to c2c. The blanket WILL get done. Eventually. 

I needed a break from it so I made something for me. In fact I made two somethings for me. 


This is the first Cold Shoulder Coverup that I made. I sized it to go over a tank top and jeans instead of as a swimsuit coverup. 


I changed the pattern slightly for the second one that I made. I added the solid band just under the bust area and made the sleeves shorter. 

The pattern is available at:

http://hearthookhome.com/cold-shoulder-swimsuit-cover-up-crochet-pattern/

I used cotton yarn and an I hook for both shirts. When I made the shoulder straps on them I had to make them much longer than the pattern designer’s. That’s the great thing about this pattern. It is totally customizable. 

I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July and enjoyed seeing my patriotic wear!

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

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There is a story behind May’s blanket. It will be a gift for my dad. 

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was above the garage. It would be late at night when my dad would get home. I could hear the garage door open and close. I always ran downstairs and we would watch an episode of the original Star Trek on tv together. He knew it was late and that I should be asleep in bed. He still always let me stay up to watch that with him. 

Now I’m an adult and have children of my own. Most of my children are adults. I hope they have some special memory like that. I also hope that this lapghan keeps my dad warm on cold winter nights and that he can feel the love in every stitch.

The pattern for the blanket can be found at:

https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-trek-cal/

The instructions for the border can be found at:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/11/crochet-c2c-gingerbread-house-advent-calendar.html

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: April

I’m very late in getting this written up! I did actually have this work of love finished a while ago and I’m almost finished with May’s blanket. For April I made a Star Wars blanket using bobble and sc stitch. 


This blanket is one of two that are getting made for non relatives. It is for a dear friend. She goes on trips with us, puts the awesome rainbow in my hair and is always up for sushi. 

This blanket was the first time I’ve done the bobble/sc combo. It comes out beautiful but I’m not sure that I’m ever going to make a blanket like that again! I have one more Star Wars blanket to make but I need it bigger so I might do c2c for that. 

The pattern for the blanket is available at https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-wars-cal/

The blanket that I’m finishing up for May is also a Two Hearts pattern. You’ll just have to wait until I finish it to find out which one!

Until next time, keep crafting, keep making the world more beautiful. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: March

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You are who you choose to be.

My journey to create twelve blankets in twelve months is still on track. March’s blanket is an Iron Giant blanket for one of my sons. The Iron Giant was his favorite movie as a small child. He watched that movie enough times that I used to have it memorized.

 

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The first square is a coffee cup. It represents the espresso Hogarth drank the night he hung out with Dean.

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The second square is the iron giant falling through the sky into the ocean off the coast of Maine.

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The third square is Hogarth.

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The fourth square is a squirrel. When Hogarth first met Dean he was trying to show his mom the new “pet” he found.

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The fifth square is the “S” that Dean places on the giant to disguise him as a sculpture and hide him. Or it stands for Superman.

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The sixth square is the screw that the general sends to Hogarth. It was the part of the giant that the military was able to find.

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The sixth square is a tank that attacked the giant.

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The seventh square is the power lines that Hogarth rescues the giant from.

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The eighth square is the Iron Giant himself. The best part of this square is the eyes. They were crocheted in glow in the dark yarn.

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The banner contains what might be the most important quote from the whole movie, “You are who you choose to be.”

After joining all the squares, I decided to keep the border simple and did 1 row of sc all around followed by a row of dc, chain 1.

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The pattern for this blanket is available for free. Download here.

 

Yarn Storage

We have a bonus child that has been living with us for about a year and a half to two years. So I’m a little short on room. Eventually I’ll be able to shuffle bedrooms around and get my crafting room. Just not anytime in the next month. 

I had been storing my yarn in laundry baskets. And on the floor next to them. And under the dresser. And in a backpack. I’m sure you’re getting the picture. 

I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that’s going to be temporary. My husband wanted it more organized. 

This is what we came up with. The bins came from Menards. I have a few finished projects, my current wip and tools in the top bin. The yarn is organized in a way that makes sense to me. I can just glance at it and see what I have. Because the bins have depth they are all stacked several skeins deep. 


It’s not pretty but it is functional, was reasonably priced, and I can live with it until I get a permanent space to set up how I like.