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. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February 

I finally bit the bullet and finally finished February’s blanket. I couldn’t have March’s blanket done first now. That just wouldn’t be right. 


February’s blanket was actually the first blanket that I started this year but the second finished. I started mid January then took a break to make the Ravenclaw blanket in January. So the Ravenclaw blanket got finished first. Then I needed a break from my last square so I started March’s blanket. Well it’s getting toward the end of March so I figured I’d better go back and finish February’s blanket. 

This blanket was crocheted in mini c2c. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Each small square takes about 4 hours if you don’t have interruptions like children or a dog. I have both. The large square is equal to 4 small squares. So it should take 16 hours. I wish! It took a bit longer. Finishing the Hogwarts crest felt like a big accomplishment. 

This is the blanket that started my quest to make twelve blankets in twelve months. I saw the pattern on www.twoheartscrochet.com and fell in love. If you’d like to make your own Harry Potter blanket, go visit their wonderful website. 

I love how the blanket came out. It will be hard not to drag it with me to Florida and take pictures with it all over Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on my next trip. I could get the coolest pictures on the Hogwarts Express. 

My husband was awesome and spent yesterday weaving in tails I missed. I’d also like to thank the baristas at my local Starbucks for being so encouraging. They have been so excited to see my progress on this blanket and kept me supplied with caffeine to keep working. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: February Update

I broke down and finally finished the last square for February’s blanket. I’ll assemble it tomorrow. I figured that I should probably finish February before March and I’m almost done with March. 

(I just have to crochet the banner and attach it to March. I’ve already assembled everything else on March.)
Something about this square took what felt like forever.

The pattern for February’s Harry Potter blanket is available at www.twoheartscrochet.com

I wonder how I should celebrate finishing my second Harry Potter themed blanket. I think I’ll celebrate by going to Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade and get myself a butterbeer. 

A Steampunk Pattern

I took a break from working on my projects and commissioned patterns to make something just because. 
My newest pattern, if any of y’all like steampunk. 

There’s also a robot square and an octopus square that can be substituted. 

Steampunk Pattern

If I ever get time to make something for myself, maybe this will be it. 
(If you ever want a challenge, try graphing gears. Shudder)

Today’s Crochet Tip: Borders

Sometimes you make something and you look at it and it’s just meh. There is a simple solution to this. Put a border on it. Borders can really make a so-so project spectacular. 

Here is a square from March’s blanket before. 


Now here’s the same square after I started bordering it. 


Now it really pops. 

These squares are actually getting borders to make them easier to join but they demonstrate how even a single row of sc in a contrasting color can set things off. Imagine the possibilities with a more complex border. They are limitless and can take a blanket from boring to breathtaking. By the time you finish a blanket you have put so much of yourself into it. You owe it to yourself to spend one last hour staring at a project you might now be sick off. In the end it will be worth it. 

Random Musings on Crochet and Strangers

I spent about 5 hrs at the ER with a sick child today. No need to worry. He’s fine. 

I did take my current project with me. 


For some reason I knew I was going to be there long enough to make packing up every thing worth it. Even working in a crowded waiting room, I got several rows done. 

Something interesting happened while I was listening to a 9 year old talk non stop. The woman sitting closest to us noticed what I was working on. She showed me a picture of what she’s working on next. 

She’s going to make the owl blanket I’ve read so much about lately. 

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bulky–quick-hooded-owl-blanket
Then of course we had to compare pictures of our dogs, recently completed projects. We discussed favorite hooks. She admired the bobbin system that I use. 

Carry your work with you. You never know when you’ll make a new friend. 

Dark Mark Scarf

Our friend Melissa went with us last November when we went to Universal Studios, Orlando. One of the things she bought for herself was Dark Mark tattoos. That’s when I found out that the Death Eaters are some of her favorite characters in Harry Potter.

My husband, kids, niece, sister and brother in law, my parents, myself, etc all have house scarves from Harry Potter. My friend Suzy made most of them.

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The whole family wearing their house scarves
This was before I had realized that I could crochet. At the last minute we needed 5 more scarves. My friend was already scarfed out so I figured I might as well try my hand at crocheting. I texted my friend asking her what stitch she used, what size hook, and what yarn colors we had chosen. I went online and taught myself Tunisian simple stitch.

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The start of my first scarf
My friend and travel buddy doesn’t have a Harry Potter scarf though! I asked her which house scarf she needed. She wanted Slytherin but won’t wear green. Hm…what was I to do? I decided to make her a Death Eater scarf instead!

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I started by picking out yarn colors. I couldn’t do the dark mark in green because she really doesn’t like green. White seemed like a bad idea. So black and grey it was. Next I made up a graph of the pattern. If you are interested in how I made a Dark Mark scarf, here is the pattern.

Dark Mark Scarf

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months

I’m going to be crocheting twelve blankets in the next twelve months. Coincidentally I have twelve people in my life that I need holiday gifts for. I started a little bit late. My first blanket was started in mid January. I finished it February 2.

This was my very first C2C crocheted blanket. I hadn’t even crocheted until December for about two decades! The pattern came from Two Hearts Crochet. It is a Ravenclaw House blanket from Harry Potter. In the books, Ravenclaw colors are blue and bronze. In the movies, the colors are blue and grey. I chose blue and grey to match a Ravenclaw scarf belonging to the recipient. It also didn’t hurt that I had blue and grey yarn sitting around the house.