Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Taking a break

I received another request from a very sweet lady down in Texas named Kelley. She would like a granny square blanket in the colors similar to her daughter's bedding. The fabric line is called "Citrine" and it's by Joel Dewberry. The palate is beautiful. Clean, colorful and modern.


So here's what I came up with:




I think the colors compliment the fabric nicely, and I'm excited to pull it all together.

I'll be taking a short break from the shop and blog to catch up on all these blankets, but I'll post some final photos of everything when I return.

Have a wonderful week and weekend!



Monday, June 25, 2012

Shasta daisy for a Shasta trailer

I was out watering flowers and plants in the garden and around the house yesterday when I came across my shasta daisies and realized that they have the same name as the Shasta trailer my Etsy customer is restoring. I wonder if that's why she picked this particular granny square blanket?

Here's a picture of my daisies and my daisies.




Lynette chose the white border, so away we go...


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Adding rounds to the daisy





Several people have asked to explain how I added the border to the daisy square. Here are some photos showing how I do it.


Round 1: Attach new color with a slip stitch to any ch 2 space. Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 double crochet (dc), ch 1, 3 dc (corner made).








Into next two spaces: 3 dc




Into next space: 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (next corner made)




Continue around: 3 dc in next two spaces, and 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc (corner) until you get to the beg ch 2. Slip stitch into top of ch 2.





If you would like to continue, Round 2: slip to corner space and beg with ch 2, 2 dc, ch1, 3 dc, then * 3 dc into next 3 spaces, 3dc, ch 1, 3 dc * repeat from * around and join with a slip stitch.






So, there you have it! I hope that makes sense and happy hooking!


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Daisies on pink

I received a message from a very nice lady named Lynette who is restoring a 58 Shasta trailer and is looking for an afghan for her finished project. I am flattered (especially since she still has afghans that her GREAT grandmother made) and more than happy to create something new for her.

She saw the first daisy blanket I did, but she liked the "flat" daisy from my mother-in-law's blanket, so we are merging the two. I did two samples for her - one with a white border and one with a fuschia border. Not sure yet which one she will pick. Which one do you like best?





You can find the daisy pattern here. I've also received several messages asking to share how I add the border. It's a very simple 3dc ch1 3dc granny square edge, easy to do, but I know how I was when I started out: the more photos the better, so I will try to post some photos with the steps some time tomorrow.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back from our trip

I wasn't able to get as much crocheting done in the car, but I'm almost finished with my rainbow blanket.



I don't know what I was thinking when I packed for our trip to West Virginia. Up on the top of the mountain was much cooler than I expected. At least we had a couple of sweatshirts and long sleeved shirts for nighttime.

Here's a picture from one of our site-seeing excursions - Blackwater Falls.




Very pretty scenery in Canaan Valley. I wish I took my camera out more to get some photos of the mountains. The kids loved hanging out with all of their cousins. I had a lot of fun too, but it's always nice to come home.

Onward to finish some projects and start some new...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Multi-tasking

I've been working away on my rainbow afghan, and when I need to take a break from it, I do a few squares for the daisy on blue blanket. This one will be slightly different than the pink daisy blanket.





I'm going to have a ton of weaving in to do, but we will be road tripping to the mountains of WV in the near future, so I will have some time in the car to lock in those little, pesky tails.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Over the rainbow

I have an overflowing basket of end-of-skein yarns that have been sitting around for too long, and now that I have some extra time, I've begun work on a scrappy rainbow-flower baby blanket. It's nice to use up these scraps, and I really like how cheery and colorful it is coming along.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Photo tutorial of how to create the daisy

To beg - chain (ch) 5 and join to form a circle

Round 1: ch 2, 11 double crochet (dc) into ring



Round 2: change to new color with a slip st in any space between dc; ch2, * 3 treble (tc) in same space; remove crochet hook and insert it into the top of the first tc; hook and pull last tc through first loop - petal made - ch2 * and repeat * to *. make 11 more petals in this fashion

Slip st into first petal and finish off.






Sorry I didn't include the steps and photos side-by-side, but I thought by including some photos, you could at least have a gauge for how it should look! Good luck!

You can see photos of my finished blanket here.

To see how to add rounds go here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

New pink flower blanket

I seem to have a love affair with pink, and since the daisy blanket was so well received, I'm doing a new version in pink for a little baby girl.

I'll try to work up a tutorial for this flower in the next day or two, so stop back.







Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's always a treat to finish a project

I finished the little blue cabled hat yesterday. It's a small hat for a baby, but I always get a sweet sense of satisfaction when I finish a project - no matter how big or small. It was especially important that I complete this one as it was my first knitted piece I've done in quite some time - over a year or so!



I wanted to brush up on cables specifically because my sister has hinted about a cabled blanket for her daughter Lorelei. I'm envisioning big cables in pink! I'll let you know how it goes...


Monday, June 4, 2012

Dusting off the old knitting needles

I came across a sweet, little cabled hat pattern awhile ago, but was so obsessed with my crochet hook, that any knitting projects went by the wayside. I pulled some light blue yarn for my baby daisy afghan, but instead, started working on the hat...




It's nice to put one project down for a bit, and switch it up with another - AS LONG AS, they all get done! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Donna's daisy blanket surprise

I finished my mother-in-law's blanket and sent it over with a vase full of flowers (daisies included of course) and a card with the grandkids on it. My husband was the delivery man, and he took the kids and left everything at her house when we knew she wouldn't be home. By the tone of her voice, I think she was very surprised!




I'm going to work on a variation of this blanket for a baby and list it on Etsy at tillie tulip. Hope you have a peaceful Sunday!

The daisy pattern can be found here.