HOT HOT Summer

It is HOT here in northwest MS —— that usually means that my productivity level hovers around ‘zilch’ but I am trying to combat my general summer laziness.  When it is too hot to breathe, it’s too hot.

One of my latest projects is this Go Green Market Bag that I made for my friend Amber.  It should come as no surprise to anyone that I have a lot of Sugar N Cream cotton yarn.  I am making strides to use some of it – This bag used about 1.5 skeins of Hot Lime and .5 skein of Summer Splash.  This is my favorite market bag to crochet BUT I have to admit that at this point, after 4 of them, I am tired of it.  So, I am retiring this pattern for a while.  I’m sure it will make a comeback.

Baby Whale

Last week, my mother asked me to make her a baby gift for a baby boy – I told you that I was elbow deep in baby projects!!!  She did not give me any specifications, but when I suggested this bunny pattern from Lion Brand or this whale, she chose the whale.  Evidently bunnies are not manly, and whales are.  Hahahaha.

This is my first Amy Gaines pattern, and like everyone else that has tried them, I found it very easy to follow.  This whale was knit in one piece – so I did have to do some seaming – but I survived it!! The yarn I used for this pattern is not my favorite – Bernat Cottontots – so I am just trying to use up what I have left.  This is Blue Berry, and it took about 1/3 skein.  For the underbelly I used some left over Sugar N Cream in white.

I do not find knit amigurumi as easy to stuff as crochet, so does anybody have any tips??  Knit is just so stretchy; everytime I would put the stuffing in, it would just stretch out into a *new* shape.  I found this to be rather aggrevating so I did not stuff it as firmly as I would have preferred.  Aside from that, I think it turned out very cute!!!!

Babies on the Brain

I guess you could say that I have babies on the brain since I am doing so much baby knitting and crocheting lately!! I guess I am just *lucky* enough to know a lot of people having babies!  My most recent baby FO is the Summer Stripes Baby Afghan from Lion Brand.

I found this to be a very enjoyable project!!  I chose the pattern because 1) I already had the Vanna’s Choice in my stash – please note my unique color combinations 😉 and  2) I really love the border!!  I think that is my favorite thing about crocheting baby blankets – the frilly borders that they all have!!!  Love them.

My crocheting gauge is usually much smaller than called for, and this time is no different really.  The pattern called for finished measurments of 29.5″ x 37″ and mine ended up 30″ x 34.5″.  Close enough.

I used 5 skeins of Vanna’s Choice, all with varying amounts of leftover yardage: Beige, Rose, Dusty Purple, Dusty Green and Silver Blue.  All from my stash!  YAY!!!  (I consider the Beige to be all ‘used up’ since it only had about 10 yards left.)

This was gifted to my work friend, Dabney, who only has 1 month until her little princess arrives!!

Tiramisu, the Third

Since this is such an adorable pattern, I have now made it THREE times!!!

This particular blanket was a request and I was happy to comply as best I could.  This was my first time crocheting with Bernat Baby Coordinates and it was a bit of a challenge starting out.  Not my favorite, but a very soft finished product!!  I love this color combo : Baby Pink & White.

It’s already been tested out and given a lamb’s stamp of approval…

What, I ask, is cuter (or better) than that?