As some of you may know, I am a member of the Ravelry community. Ravelry.com is a fantastic community that brings together people who knit, crochet, weave, and spin. I’ve been a member for a bit over a year, and it seems like every day I am on the site, I discover something new and wonderful. Last night I discovered the Random Acts of Kindness group. What is this you ask? Its a group that pairs people’s wants (often small things) with people who might fulfill them. I was able to find multiple people looking for just the thing I’ve had laying around for some time and was so happy to ship out a few small packages this afternoon to people who were asking for things I’ve been wanting to get rid of. I used to be part of the BookCrossing community years ago and I participated in the RA(Bookcrossing)K groups there too. Its always no nice to bring a smile to the face of a stranger!

Today I shipped out several skeins of embroidery floss, a skein of fun fur yarn, and a package with several of the little zippered pouches I made so long ago along with a bonus pair of earrings. There are a few other small packages I hope to send out as well- I’m just waiting to hear that what I have suits what the person really wants. 🙂

If you are a member of the Ravelry community, you can find me here. I’m inkdork. 🙂

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.

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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 at the beginning but otherwise it turned out really well.

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I’m planning on making another star blanket, but with more points next time, and in different colors. I’m thinking Pink Camo, Light Raspberry, and Aran. I was dying to share this one with you guys for weeks but had to wait until after Nikki had received it.

I was super worried she would never get it though. I dropped it in the mail one night and only after it went into the chute did I learn her phone had auto-corrected her mailing address into a street that does not even exist so I had no idea where her package would end up or if it would find its way back home. Luckily her mail carrier is stellar and figured out the correct address and delivered it to her!

After weeks of sitting and being just a head, I finally got with it and finished up my weenie dog I started how long ago now? He’s super sad looking and done is just about every shade of blue I had in Red Heart Super Saver yarn, and after stitching him together, making felt eyes which I glued on with E600, and posing him for photos with Sashi, I can say he’s done and not too bad looking. If I made him again I would make the body bigger around and the head a bit shorter in length but overall I’m pretty happy with him. I’d also stuff the next one tighter as he’s a bit lumpy in the head and body but the legs and tail are nice and plump. I used a pattern I found on Ravelry to make him.

Ready to see? Here we go!

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Sashi is very unsure if this is a toy or a monster so she gives him a little sniff and nibbles his tail a bit.

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Maybe it’s alright. She’ll lay down next to it and see what happens. She knows I want her to pose next to it but she doesn’t really want to.

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Giving it the side eye. Mr Sad Blue Dog seems to be giving her the side eye right back.

As you can see this guy is pretty big and it took me about 2 days if I had worked straight through to make him. You can find me as inkdork on Ravelry here.

After exactly 6 weeks, I finished my second crochet project ever, my Granny Ripple blanket. This crochet blanket is just 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.

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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!

I got the idea in my head a few days ago that I needed to knit myself some slippers. I saw several patterns I really liked, but after reviewing several of them, I realized I have no idea how to read a knitting pattern that’s written as a diagram. Then I found this patter, the Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes. The instructions looked really simple, the slippers are knitted flat in one piece, and I figured there was no way I could mess them up unless maybe my gauge was off or something.

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Because slippers matter that the size is right, I did knit a gauge swatch and found with the yarn I was using (a black based bulk buy yarn from Joann’s that looks like some assorted neon colors puked on it. I think it was a regrettable purchase when I saw how it knit up, but Mattie loves it.) knits up the stitches in the right width when I used I think it was size 10.5 or 11 needles, but the length was a little short. I ended up doing a few more rows then the pattern called for in the first part of the design to get the right length, and in the second half, I stitched about an extra half inch than what was called for since it was for a ladies’ medium slipper and my feet are pretty big. Other then that, I followed the directions to a T. Stitching them up was super easy, and I did choose to add a felt sole to them which in hindsight I will need to find sturdier thread to sew them on better, but overall I am quite pleased with them.

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I’m calling them my Ugly Granny Slippers on Ravely because honestly this yarn is just awful, but its sturdy and since this pattern calls for two strands of yarn, doubled up its pretty thick.

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There’s really nothing special about them other than the fact that they will keep my feet cozy and warm, and I left off the pom pom, and while I did add the fold over edge to them, I did not actually fold it over. I like it better up. The best part? I am not a fast knitter at all, and t took me about 4 hours to knock out both slippers including sewing on the soles! So quick and easy!

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And and check out (what you can see of) my new monster pants! Adorable monsters and they are having a dance party! I made those yesterday. 🙂