Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 2017 Granny-Spiration Challenge - Last Few Days to Share & Enter

Just a reminder: Don't forget to enter the Yarn Giveaway for two skeins of Andes Alpaca Yarn and share your Granny-Spiration projects in the link up! Visit my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies to enter the giveaway and link up. Even if you entered already - the timers restart every day, and you can now enter again!! Keep working on your Granny-Spiration projects too because we'll be back with more projects for you Saturday, March 4th with another link up and giveaway!

Featured in the collage are your bloghop hosts. Left to right, then top to bottom:

Granny Square Floral Wall Hanging - Atelier Marie-Lucienne. At first glance of the photo, you are taking away by the beautiful flowers, but after following the link, you come to a gorgeous wall hanging created with a simple granny square embellished by those beautiful flowers. This is a great addition to your home approaching the Spring Season, or as is for Valentine's Day. Post includes free crochet instructions for the flowers. I am not much for blocking, but I could see myself working something like this and then attaching it to a canvas - like Sigrid from Kat Kat Katoen did last month with her Granny Canvas.

Granny Square Diaper and Wipes Organizer - Rhelena. Free Crochet Pattern and Photo Tutorial from [R]Helena! I am really in love with this idea. I do not have any kids so I wouldn't need it for diapers, but I am thinking it would be a great addition to the tv table next to where I do much of my crocheting to hold my yarn, some notions and WIPs. And! If you want some more stability, sew the square bottoms to some stiff plastic canvas. I use it in my purses, and it works like a charm to better keep the shape, and is very sturdy. 

Granny Phone Cozy - Kat Kat Katoen. I have made a similar cozy using a regular granny square, but I much prefer the look of the solid granny square as Sigrid has done - especially the one done up in a variegated colorway! This is a nice project to work up as a treat to yourself, or for gift gifting. And the use of the rubber band - genius!

Granny Heart Tote - Crochet is the Way. What a fun way to dress up a bag. This is an easy way to show a little extra love when gift gifting. You could even follow her pattern for a smaller heart, put some felt on the back and use as a tag, or make them in different colors to differentiate. This is a free crochet pattern with photo tutorial.

Be My Valentine Heart - The Philosopher's Wife. Such a sweet little heart with a fun twist! This heart is worked in worsted weight yarn, so I am assuming it's a larger heart which I think would probably make a nice little coaster. Worked in thinner yarns would also make this perfect as a applique to add to a hat, shirt pocket, or even a card! (just to name a few). Free crochet pattern included for us :)

Carousel Blanket - Hakelfieber Austria. This blanket is just breathtaking! Truly a work of art. Looking at it, and following along with the construction of it, you can see lots of hard work, time and yarn has gone into this (and maybe some cussing, long sighs and ice cream consuming - especially when it came to weaving in all those ends!). I am in love. I have pinned the pattern (from Stylecraft) so that when I have a clearer schedule, I can try my hand at it, and I've subscribed to the Stylecraft newsletter because I want in on the next CAL. 

Lastly, my Chunky-Like Preemie Granny Square Beanies! These little beanies don't take hardly any yarn, and work up so quickly. Please consider working up a set, and donating! They would also work for dolls :)

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February 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
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Inspire Me Monday - Week 267 - Create with Joy
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{Wow Me} Wednesday #286 - Ginger Snap Crafts
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sofia Cowl - Crochet Pattern Review - Red Heart

I have been working on a child size hat that has taken quite more calculation and reworking than I anticipated, and a hooded scarf that had to be taken completely apart because I made the rooky mistake of twisting my beginning chain. I was in need of a quick, easy and beautiful project to work up and share, and thought this Sofia Cowl would be great! I love the simple pattern, and beautiful colorway of the Boutique Treasure yarn. I will definitely be working up many more of these!

Materials:
     - Lightweight worsted weight yarn - I used about 2/3's of one skein of Red Heart's Boutique Treasure (as suggested in pattern) in the Abstract colorway
     - L11/8mm Crochet Hook
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Sofia Cowl, Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns

Material Notes:
     Any yarn will work for this project - sizes will vary. My suggested Yarn Alternatives: Caron's Simply Soft, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, Lion Brand's Wool Ease, Bernat's Sheep(ish)

Time Spent:
     I was able to work up this cowl in about an hour and a half.

Measurements:
     4" Wide by 59" in Length

Pattern Notes:
     This cowl is more like an infinity scarf - measuring 59" in length. Next time I work this up, I would add some width to it - another 1-2". It will take some experimenting to get the pattern right, but I think it would lay and wear better.
I would like to also make one more cowl sized, which is easily doable.


I choose not to begin my cowl with a foundation double crochet, as suggested in the pattern. I love using the foundation double crochet for a couple reasons - 1) it's great to use when you are designing a project that you aren't sure how many stitches it's going to take to make it to the width you want; 2) when you need added flexibility to a project worked in the round, such as a neck warmer, a shirt, a skirt or pants, a hat worked bottom up, fingerless gloves, etc. The reason why I did not use it with this cowl was because the cowl was so long that it did not need added flexibility - With the given length it could easily be doubled around the neck. I just started with a beginning chain, and worked the second round as double crochets around.

The pattern was so easy to follow, and work up. After the first repeat, I didn't even need to look at the pattern for the second repeat.
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View Color Options Here: Boutique Treasure (contains 30% wool, with BEAUTIFUL variegated colorways), Everyday Soft (100% acrylic).

Linking Up To...
February 2017 Sharing Time - Raising Memories
Nifty Thrifty Sunday #269 - Nifty Thrifty Things
Makers Gonna Make Link Party {no. 113} - The Girl Creative
Craft Schooling Sunday - Creative Jewish Mom
Inspiration Monday 2.12.17 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Monday Funday - Club Chica CircleCreatively Living
Create Link Inspire Linky Party #168 - The Crafty Blog Stalker 
Inspire Me Monday - Week 267 - Create with Joy
Made by You Monday - Skip to my Lou
Tutorials & Tips Link Party {292} - Home Stories A to Z
{Wow Me} Wednesday #286 - Ginger Snap Crafts
Hookin' on Hump Day #136 - Petals to PicotsMoogly Blog
Your Whims Wednesday #294 - My Girlish Whims
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party #150 - Lou Lou Girls
Show & Tell Link Party - Eighteen 25Sugar Bee CraftsFlamingo Toes  
FDTR #254 - The DIY Dreamer

363rd Inspire Me Tuesday - A Stroll Thru Life
TOO Cute Tuesday: Link Par-Tay! #324 - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Fiber Tuesday 98 - The Quilting Room with Mel

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