Remember last week when I was full of hope and light and could not wait to start trying out Freeform crochet and Irish Lace? Well now I am also full of apprehension – what if I use the wrong yarn? What if I just hate the result? What if, what if, what if. I have been flipping through the books I bought that are full of motifs and dreaming up plans of things to make with them. I think right now I am going to try using cotton yarn, and making a forest themed rug for my daughter’s room. That would work right? Now I just have to go buy an untold amount of cotton yarn to make it. So in an effort to avoid working on the freeform crochet I made Mermaid a Snow Princess Dress and have been teaching myself C2C.
The Snow Princess Dress is a free pattern on Red Heart.com and is actually pretty easy. I made the whole dress and all of the parts in 2 days. I added some extra trims and changed the snowflakes – I am working on a post for Monday that has my pattern review and the changes I made so you can make your own. So make sure and check back for it.
I am also making a set of graphgan panels to make her a pillow. So far I am half way through the first one and not sure how people do this all the time with huge detailed pictures. I have 5 balls of yarn juggling around to make the back end of a fox and I am tempted to set the whole mess on fire in the back yard fire pit. Seriously. I know that I am going to be making a pillow and it doesn’t matter if I just trail the yarn across the back because it is going to be sewn to the inside, but how do people do this for a blanket? You could potentially have over 100 ends to weave in! I don’t think I have ever been that committed to any project ever. I would have to develop an easy way to back the panel if I ever did this as a blanket – because there is no way I would sew that many ends in! And how people make them and sell them for less than $100 each for a baby blanket I have no idea. You should be paid that much for weaving in the ends alone.
I am excited about a new feature I found on RedHeart.com! I signed up this week to be a Red Heart Coach. If you have a good knowledge base on working with patterns in either knitting or crochet (or both) you can sign up to answer questions on Red Heart.com and help other crafters. I know your thinking – wait isn’t that why they have a customer service department? Well yeah, but they may not know how to do everything, or if it is 2 am they probably aren’t open. But Betty Sue over in Alabama could be up and ready to help someone while she is scrolling through the site looking for a pattern. So wish me luck! and if you get stuck on a Red Heart pattern or need help with their yarn go to their site and ask a Coach.
I am working on my August list of KAL & CAL. So far I have a few but if you know of a new one or one in progress leave a comment below and I will add it to the round-up!
- Tassel Shawl < avoiding trimming the tassels even
- Elsa Dress < Finished
- Woodland Pillow < Working on the panels
- Highlander’s Poncho – Father In Law’s Birthday < Need to start
- Dragon Scarf < Need to start
- Heating Pad Cover < Finished – writing the pattern out to publish
- Lavender Fields Blanket < made progress
- Pixel Blanket < hibernating
- Curvy Girls Sweater < just need to seam the edges
- Pineapple Blanket – Birthday Gift
- Fingerless Mitts – Christmas Gift
- Moogly CAL
- Mermaid’s Quilt
- Lazy Day’s Skirt
- Garden Sampler
Go Get Stitchy!