Friday, June 17, 2011

Been Doing a Lot of Crafting Lately

I've been doing a lot of crafting lately but it's of stuff I can't/shouldn't show on here. Baby blankets, both sewn and crocheted, for a baby doll therapy program I've started at the Hospice I work at now. I don't want to give anything away as to what I'm making so there's no chance of it being matched up to someone out here locally. HIPAA and matching up a photo of something I've made and seeing it with the person in real life and all that. Just trying to keep things private for our patients. Tonight, I'm even starting a floppy brimmed hat for a woman with some yarn that was donated to me by another caregiver.

But I tell ya, I've been busy. It's been good. A complete change of pace from the shithole I worked in previously.

But on to better things.

A friend is pregnant and expecting twins. I decided to raid my yarn stash and make 2 travel blankets: 1 light gender neutral and 1 dark gender neutral. They were each made with an H sized hook and are 25" across.

This one is made from:
--unknown white
--Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Weight in Forest (#03)
--Lion Brand Wool Ease in Mushroom (#403)
--Lion Brand Wool Ease in Wheat (#402)

--Tartelette in lavender (#731)

This one is made from:
--unknown white
--unknown pastel variegated
--Caron Simply Soft in Sage (#2611)
-- Lion Brand Pastel Yellow (#157)
--Tartelette in lavender (#731)

Because it looks like the twins will be a boy and a girl, they obviously won't be identical. My plan was to make two very similar blankets. The whites are the same, as is the edging of Tartelette, which was a nice ribbon yarn to crochet with.

Crocheted Jewelry

The most awesome link of the day is the crocheted ring link! I just finished a salmon colored chenille ring (pattern 1). I did five more of them and turned them into charms on a chain.

This image is from Brett Bera's pattern

The really nice thing about this pattern is after you've made the three options they show, you'll start to realize how to make others! However, don't use cheap chenille when making the ring. I did that with the ring I made (the same chenille yarn I used for the necklace). I realized that because of it's size, the ring kept getting bent into a concave shape on the back of my hand. I think better (newer) yarn (because this chenille was a little old) would work better, and with a smaller hook. And I needed to make the band part a little more snug because yarn has give to it that metal doesn't, when it comes to jewelry being taken on and off. I will definitely try the ring again.

I like how the necklace turned out. I already had the rings and the chain.

The Yarn Bombers Strike AGAIN

Who keeps mysteriously bombing the Mary D. Pretlow Library?