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Textured Circles Blanket Pattern

Here’s the tutorial for the JAYG method I just re-blogged. I highly recommend you go take a look at this site – it’s awesome!

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Enjoy my Textured Circles blanket pattern!

I used two strands of worsted acrylic to make this blanket and a size 10mm hook – yarn and hook are optional but will greatly affect final size. Mine is 16 motifs and 68″ square.

Note: This square is a slight modification of the Circle of Friends Square by Priscilla Hewitt (Ravelry).

Related posts:

Main Page for this piece (view Gallery or order custom piece) – here

Tutorial for the Flat Braid Join used on this blanket – here

Simple Lace join tutorial – here

Celtic Lace Join tutorial – here

Guide to weaving ends for this project – here

Let’s begin!

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Chain 5 and join with a slip stitch to make a ring. SC, CH2 (counts as a TR) 15 TR in ring. Join with a slip stitch in the second CH above the first SC. Cut and finish off. This is…

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Celtic Lace Join

Wow, guys, I think i’m going to have to make this blanket! I saw the photo of this blanket all joined up on mooglyblog.com, and gasped because it’s so beautiful! I’ve always hated joining granny square (or any squares for that matter) because the sewing takes forever, but this? TOTALLY worth it! (and it looks quick and fancy, too!)

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I originally made this join for my 13th Textured Circles piece, but I ended up re-working that to attain my final measurement.

This join can be used for any type square! Enjoy!

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Scrappy TARDIS Afghan Pattern With Chart

Check out this AWESOME TARDIS BLANKET that my inner geek is loving! I don’t know whether it’ll be knit or crocheted, but I’m definitely making this one! Right after I finish my tote of projects, of course…

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002Finished afghan is 150 x 200 plus a one row sc edge.

Note: I made mine with the background being scraps of yarn (Every color but blue, because I didn’t want the background to blend with the TARDIS). You can do a solid background, if you’d like. If you do use scrap, make sure the yarn is all the same weight and material. It’s not a good thing to make anything with both worsted and bulky (unless that’s what you’re going for.) Likewise, if you use a washable acrylic and a non-washable wool, you may end up with unplanned shrinkage in places when you wash it.

Materials: H Hook and worsted weight yarn (Vanna’s Choice Colonial Blue, Black, and White for the TARDIS, anything you want for the outside.)

Using background color, chain 151. Sc across. Follow the chart for the rest of the afghan. After the last row is…

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Projects, projects everywhere…

One of my goals for this year has been to cut down on the number of active projects that I have going at the same time. I’m great at starting projects, but i’m really not so great at finishing them. In light of that [not so surprising] revelation, yesterday was spent frogging old projects that had been sitting in a plastic tote for almost 3  years (literally – 3 years!), and finishing up one blanket that I made the squares for while still in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a “before” picture of the tote, but you can use your imagination. This is all that was left after the frogging and blanket assembling:

wpid-imag1329.jpgNice mostly empty bucket with reclaimed yarn, yes? A couple projects did end up getting tossed, due to the fact that I think moths might have been at them, and it just wasn’t worth it to risk my stash!

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Here’s the blanket that I assembled last night – my taste in colors and design has obviously changed since high school, as you will see as we start to look at my current projects!! (get ready for lots of pictures!)

In the spirit of trying to finish up projects that have already been started, I re-filled the tote (the one I had just emptied) with projects (I took pictures first!) and have decided that I am going to knit/crochet only from that tote until it is empty, and then fill it again. It includes mostly already started projects, with yarn for one new one, and once I get the supplies for one commission project, that will be in the tote as well. My hope is that this will give me motivation to get rid of my old projects, either by finishing or frogging – it forces a decision. So, without further ado, here are the projects in my tote! I hope that I will be able to post finished pictures very soon!

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These five are my blanket projects they are (from Top to Bottom, Left to Right)

The Sock Yarn Blankie, by Shelly Kang (started in May of 2010), Owl Obsession, by Marken of the Hat & I, (Started April 2014), a scrappy blanket of five strands held together knit on US 50s that I have no pattern for, because i’m just making it up as I go along! A Purple Crocheted Lace Baby Blanket, by Baby Dear (Which I so believed I wasn’t going to finish, I deleted it from my project page on ravelry!, and a square for an ongoing test that i’m participating in, so the pattern is not yet published.

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These Two are my Mitten/Gl0ve projects:

Ringwood gloves, by Rebecca Blair, (started who knows when..), and a KnitPicks kit: Woodland Winter Mits (Started on my honeymoon.. December 2011!)

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Sweater Projects! The Rose Trellis Shawl Vest by Vera Sanon (to be started soon – and will actually be for me!!), and another KnitPicks Kit – The Corrie Fair Isle Vest (Started while I was still in high school – I’ve never gotten up the courage to steek it! Hopefully this filling a tote thing will force me to..)

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A couple random projects: Dragon, by Stacey Trock and Norma’s Bag (Pattern is my own – modeled after a picture I saw, but the pattern is no longer available, so i’m making it up as I go along!)

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Feet! A Slightly adapted version of DROPS 150-4: Little Red Riding Slippers and a pair of Galilee Slippers, by Tara Murray

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Last, but not least, projects that only need ends woven in, or blocking.

Hemlock Ring Blanket, by Jared Flood (Which is such a pain to block, but so pretty when it’s done.. I just really, REALLY hate blocking this pattern. I made two of them before blocking one. If I had waited to block the first one before making the second, i’d have never made a second one!)  A Brunello Cardigan,  by Amy Swanson, (This has been done for.. at least 3 years? Only requiring ends woven in and blocking. Such a slacker..), That thing that looks like unicorn vomit is a Lafayette Shawl, by Julie Farmer, and just the TARDIS portion of Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherly, because I really wanted a TARDIS scarf, but not a shawl..

Keep in mind!! These are NOT (I repeat, NOT) all of the projects i’ve started – just the ones i’m actively trying to finish in the near future! Phew!

How many projects do you all have going on right now?

Have you ever been a monogamous knitter? (If so.. teach me?!)

 

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I’m finishing up my PhD!!

No, really, i’m finishing my PHD!

my Projects Half Done!!

 

There will be pictures soon, I promise! I have soooo many projects i’m in the midst of, you wouldn’t even believe it! Ready for my list (because i’m totally a list person…) I’ll link patterns when I can, but some of these are either my own pattern, or i’m test knitting for someone, so the pattern’s not up yet!

This is me:

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1. Squirrel’s Paradise Lace Baby Blanket Test Knit – Finish cabled i-cord bind off over 650 (ish) stitches!

2. Crocheted princess hat with braids and crown – add braids, make crown, ship to customer!

3. Doctor Who double knit blanket squares (5) – Start… make… finish.

4. Samantha, the big Fluffy Teddy Bear – Make Legs, attach appendages, give to Sister in Law – this pattern is a mix of two: Sam and Jif

5. My orange Wool of the Andes Spinning Project (as seen in the post below this! Ravelry Link for those interested)

6. A Pink Mesh Cotton Beach Bag – Make and add handle

7. Fluffy Rainbow Colored Owl Obsession Blanket – Add White parts and sew together

8. A Rainbow Infinity Scarf that i’m designing – Make 85% of it, and get pattern tested, publish pattern

9. A crocheted bag that i’m designing – make 50% of it, and get pattern tested, publish pattern

10. Lafayette Scarf – Finish other 50% of it (I’m using 1 skein instead of 2, I think, for a scarf instead of shawl)

11. Blue Serenity Blanket – Finish the last 25%

12. Waterfall Blanket – Finish last 40%

13. Jude Bag – Just Add Lining!!

14. Cabled Slipper Boots – Make 1 foot, and 2 tops

15. Color Block Blanket – Make the other 50% of the squares and sew together

16. Cool Kid Cowl – Knit 20% more and Finish off

 

There’s more, but I think you get the picture for now!! This isn’t even including the ones I WANT to make – That’s another list in and of itself.. maybe you’ll get to see that sometime too!

 

Stick around, you’ll be seeing a lot of progress/ finishing pictures of these projects and more soon!

 

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Awesome Spring Giveaway!!

Spring Collage

I’ve just started a new giveaway for my Etsy shop!! Springtime means lots of new products will be coming, and the weather is starting to get nice again- but still a bit nippy! Things coming soon to the shop: Summer scarves, headbands, purses, more styles of phone cases, and more!

Check it out:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Moogly Contest!

So I know i’ve mentioned Mooglyblog.com before, but check out what Tamara is doing now! I love it!

A “Crochet for Cancer CAL”! You really have to go check it out for yourself- especially because Red Heart Yarns is sponsoring a drawing for everyone who participates (according to the rules, of course!) Seriously, such a cool incentive, and a great cause!

There’s links to tons of free hat patterns that can be used, and if you didn’t believe me about the Red Heart prize…

Join the Crochet for Cancer Crochet-a-Long: Make hats, do good, and maybe win a prize! :D

This is the picture from mooglyblog.com!

Crochet! Now! Go to Moogly! Be Excited!

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Coffee, A Breeze, and other delectable treats

Today I did something wonderful…

I woke up without an alarm clock!

I got up on my own,

When I wanted to.

Oh happy day!

Oh happy

happy

day

!

By the way, did I mention that i’ve been doing 3 weeks of “practicum” teaching? Yeah, i’ve been getting to teach poetry and literature to wonderful kids in grades 6-8.

Yeah. Poetry.

Today I get to go back and watch 7th and 8th graders do their first poetry slam ever!

Spoken Word Poetry is what i’m talking about, in case any of you are missing out on this wonderful thing.

I think it is now my favorite form of poetry.. or at least tied for first.

GO WATCH IT!!

Also, i’m sitting here with a cup of coffee in my hand as a cool breeze drifts through my window. It’s June, and a cool breeze is drifting.

Oh happy, happy, day 🙂