I haven’t been doing a lot the last few weeks besides looking at project ideas and making parts of things to try our make. I did however finish this throw this morning and its so cozy and warm! I used 11 7oz skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky in four different colors and it measures about 44″ x 55″. Here’s a close-up of the cables. I didn’t count the rows between them – I just cabled on the first right side row of each new skein. It turned out pretty well though! And as always, this sweet face was making sure I was doing things right.Read the rest…

I haven’t posted in a few weeks but I’ve been busy with my crochet, some knitting, and I started a new craft last night. Let’s start at the beginning though. Let’s start with my Mickey blanket which I was only able to finish with the help of a really nice fellow yarn crafter who mailed me a few yards of the orange yarn I needed to finish. I didn’t want to buy a whole new skein of yarn for just 8 or 10 yards worth that I needed. The #mickey #blanket is finally finished! My orange yarn fairy came thru and sent me just enough yarn to finish and my scraps were just enough to stitch the blocks together. I’m pretty sure I know where this one will end up too! #crochet #crafting #madebyme #redheart #yarn A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Jul 4, 2015 at 6:22pm PDT I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll be doing with the Mickey blanket, but I suspect I will be gifting it to someone in the future. After that, I started a new blanket, and while I’ve done quite a bit on it, I want to make it bit enoughRead the rest…

Some odd weeks ago, I was texting my good friend Nikki who now lives in Washington and I showed her a blanket pattern I was considering making. She commented that she loved it and the next thing I knew, I was crocheting it for her without telling her. It was a baby blanket pattern that I worked to a larger size, and it was so easy to make once I found a video explaining the instructions a bit better. I didn’t get any good photos of it really as I worked on it, but I do have this close up of it that shows the colors really well. I worked it up in Red Heart Super Saver yarns in Black, and Blacklight, and I used one entire Jumbo skein of black plus 3 regular sized skeins of Blacklight. The colors in Blacklight are truly neon and super bright.   Nikki shared this photo she took of the blanket after she received it (which is another story!) and posted it to Facebook where it got lots of compliments, which made me super happy! One of the points was a little odd center due to me not properly counting my stitches atRead the rest…

I finally finished my knit blanket yesterday that I started in January. It took forever, mostly because I put it away and ignored i for weeks at a time, but it’s finally finished now and I’m glad. Its not as flashy and colorful as my crocheted blanket but its super warm, cozy, and very plush, and it’s going to be great in winter. I just wish now I had made it a little wider as its really only twin sized.   The brown bits in the teal yarn pooled in interesting ways and the places were it didn’t pool at all are neat too due to the garter stitch. The whole thing turned out well and I feel good for having completed such a large and time consuming project- I especially feel good because I finished it! Mattie was teasing me the other day about starting and not finishing things, which was what got me motivated to complete my two blankets quickly. Yesterday I also started a small snuggle blanket for Jami’s daughter and finished it this morning. I’ll be meeting her today to get some other yarn and make up one for her little boy as well in differentRead the rest…

After exactly 6 weeks, I finished my second crochet project ever, my Granny Ripple blanket. This crochet blanket is┬ájust big enough for our queen sized bed. My original plan was to do 4 repeats of the rainbow but it turned out that 3 were enough. Aside from my foundation chain being too tight and it making my ripple a bit wonky on that edge, I had no issues with it and it turned out super well! A few suggestions were made about my foundation chain issues such as using a technique to use actual stitches for my foundation instead of a chain (forget what its called) or to go up a hook size when chaining. I’m trying hard this weekend to finish my knit blanket so I can move onto my next project- I want to do a pink and white baby blanket using the leftover white yarn from my knit blanket, and the rose colored yarn of the same type I got super cheap off of Amazon. Hopefully sometimes Monday I’ll be posting photos of my finished knit blanket too!Read the rest…

As you might know, I started crocheting a blanket a few weeks ago and I’m just about to the halfway point. I’m using ten different colors in my pattern and the pattern will repeat four times to complete the blanket. It’s just a simple rainbow, and the colors are as follows : Claret Cherry red Carrot Bright yellow Spring green Hunter Green Royal Light Blue Medium purple Dark Orchid I’m just using Red Heart Super Saver yarn because I don’t mind it any, it’ll soften up a bit after I wash it, and I’m keeping it for myself. I’ve had it draped over my lap while I work and it’s pretty nice and cozy. This photo was after I finished the second pattern repeat. #queen sized #crochet blanket is now half finished! Two more repeats of the rainbow to go! #crafting #madebyme #yarn #redheart #granny #crafty A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Apr 7, 2015 at 1:30pm PDT I’m well into the third repeat of the rainbow, and its been mostly without snags, though my second light blue stripe was a nightmare. Every time I pulled a length of yarn out of the skein, it came withRead the rest…

Its been about a month, most of which I have not been working on it, but I’ve got 49″ of blanket done now and hopefully a few more inches before bedtime. The biggest hurdle I’ve run into in working on it now isn’t time, (I have more time than I know what to do with most days) but the fact that at this point the blanket is large and heavy enough to be cumbersome in flipping it to work back the other direction at the end of each row. I could avoid that completely by knitting one way and purling back the other way (the whole thing is worked in garter stitch) but I am slow at knitting from right to left and I hate feeling slow at things. I’d rather flip it each row. #bernat #blanket is more than half done now. 49″ and hopefully a few more before bed! #knitting #madebyme #crafting A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Feb 11, 2015 at 8:38pm PST Anyway, just wanted to update on my blanket and make a post or two this week to show I am still alive! I’m really hoping to get to the 55″ markRead the rest…

The time since I last posted has been filled with a variety of things. I’ve finished the last of my knitting UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) with the exception of my blanket, which I’m still slogging along on. I have an informal goal to do at least 4 inches every time I work on it, but some days I don’t feel like working on such a large project. I’ve knit a few more ruffle scarves, which will be available in Raeosunshine Pets‘ auction the second week of February. I’ve listed a few random items I somehow missed in my shop, and I’ve sold an item (not made by me, sadly) that I had hanging around for ages at a much better price than I expected on eBay. I had a birthday yesterday (I’m 34 now) and I took myself shopping for new fabric, new yarn, some new knitting needles, and some meat at Mattie’s request that was “not chicken.” We eat a lot of chicken. The fabric, once pre-washed, will be made into another pair of pajama pants for me, and I have a fun idea for a new scarf using the Edgar pattern I used with that bulky green and yellowRead the rest…

I need my own cozy blanket for TV watching, laying on my computer, and for of course on the bed. It doesn’t need to be a huge blanket, because quite honestly, Mattie almost never gets cold, but I figured a twin sized one would be perfect. Tonight’s further progress on my blanket #knitting. I think tomorrow if I have time to work on it I’ll do a few more rows of white then back to teal. #madebyme #crafting #bernat A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Jan 13, 2015 at 9:10pm PST After nearly a week, this is what I have done- about 23″ of blanket. It measures 58″ wide, and I’m using Bernat Blanket yarn in Mallard Wood, and Antique White. So far it’s coming along nicely, and I am hoping to get another 6 inches of it finished today if possible. The Bernat Blanket yarn is a chenille yarn and is so thick and soft and snuggly! I knew it was exactly what I wanted to use as soon as I touched it. I did at first think about using the Sand color instead of the Antique White but when I got it home I justRead the rest…