I was thrilled when my Aunt told me she was bringing me some yarn but I had no idea how much. I’m excited to start thinking about things to knit or crochet. Any ideas? Comment and tell me what you think I should make!
Introducing our first giveaway! We have a crocheted market bag that would be great for gathering your produce purchased at the Farmers Market. Or take it to the grocery store and help save our earth by not using plastic or paper bags. Bag is handmade from 100% organic cotton. Giveaway is open only to individuals in the continental USA, 18+.
Watch for Pattern in the up coming weeks so you can make your own.
The Houndstooth Afghan Pattern is no longer available for free, but rather can be purchased for download in the Grace Elizabeth’s Etsy Shop.
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How many of you work on multiple projects simultaneously? Sometimes that is called procrastination but in this case I worked on two afghans at the same time out of necessity (to keep me sane). Afghans take time and doing the same pattern for hours can get a bit boring, so when I got tired of one I switched to the other. The best thing is when I am done I have two projects completed!
This afghan pattern, “Woodland Circle,” is a free crochet pattern from Lion Brand and is made with their popular yarn Homespun.
For this afghan, I simply took a crochet stitch pattern and adapted it to create the afghan. I call it “Houndstooth Afghan.” The use of contrasting colors makes it very striking. You can purchase this easy pattern from Grace Elizabeth’s Etsy Shop. You get a downloadable 3 page pattern with detailed instructions, stitch guide and pictures of the completed afghan.
Just as a baby takes his or her first steps, crafters take their first steps in the creative world. And like a toddler falling over and over eventually learns to navigate with their new mode of transportation, a crafter learns by making mistakes over and over until eventually she masters a craft. With practice the toddler is on his way to explore a new world and the crafter opens up to herself a new world of creativity limited only by her imagination.
I wanted to share with you a couple of first steps for me in the yarn world. I learned to knit and crochet when I was young but put away the needles and hooks to raise a family. Back in 2006 a devastating ice storm hit our area of the country and the needles and hooks came back out for good. Below is my first attempt at knitting socks. I am very pleased at how they turned out but if you look close, the heals do not match. I really didn’t understand the instructions for the first sock and then figured it out for the second sock. No, I wasn’t about to rip out the first sock to correct it. I am not that much of a perfectionist. Besides nobody knows my error except you and you won’t tell, right.
My second first is what they call a CAL, short for crochet along. This is where you and several other crochet enthusiasts join a group online and crochet the same pattern. You have the option to crochet it as instructed like I did or you can put your own twist on it. Being my fist CAL I thought I better follow the rules. I don’t do that anymore but love to be in a group doing the “almost” same thing.
Have you ever done a CAL (crochet along) or KAL (knit along)? Would you like to? Let me know and maybe we can get one started.
It is amazing how procrastination finds its way into all parts of my life. Not only do I procrastinate with my school work, but also with my household plans. I put off doing dishes (like this very moment) and I tell myself I will finish my project later. Recently I have been working on an afghan. I could have been done before the wedding but I decided to push it off until now.
I have actually made this afghan once before and gave it as a gift. When I started it, I thought “This is so easy! I already know what I am doing. Should go by fast!” Several months have passed. So much for getting it done right away. I am so excited to be able to use it!
As a child I loved cuddling up in the blanket that was always draped over the back of the couch. I don’t remember any of them having much significance to me. Now Nathan and I have a significant blanket: our first family afghan. Neither of us owned it before our marriage and it never belonged to someone else. Best part is that I made it! What could be better?
If you would like to make your own I found the pattern on Lion Brand.
From all of us at Grace Elizabeth’s I would like to say “Happy New Year!” A new year always gives me the sense that I can start over, start fresh and enjoy looking to the future and all the good things to come.
On a recent trip to the quilting store (an hour away) Alex and I were discussing how we really have dropped the ball on posting to our blog. Life seems to get busy. We had a wedding (Alex), we moved into a new permanent home and a temporary home (I would not recommend maintaining two households) and had a collage graduation (Alex). During the holidays I spent some time reading some blogs I enjoy following. The more I read the more I began to feel a little lazy. Where do all you young moms get the time to craft, blog, cloth your children with the most darling creations, make delectable meals and desserts and oh yes, sleep. Ok – you have motivated me. Projects are swarming in my mind and I am not getting much sleep. It’s time to take action. I’ve started a few projects and I hope to start blogging about the finished projects soon. Until then, I was busy for a couple of weeks making scarves for the ladies at my husbands work place. It was a last minute thought and I now have had my fill of making scarves for awhile. I made a total of 9 scarves (I kept a couple for myself).
Happy New Beginnings!