For a precious little one…

I can finally post pictures of my latest baby blanket.  Getting it washed, gift-wrapped, & ready to go to this precious little one was easy – delivery is another story.  Even though we don’t live that far away from each other, it’s not easy to get together.  Well, my oldest daughter recently changed jobs & is working at the same company as the daddy of this precious little one.  So, I sent it to work with her on Wednesday. I wish I could show you a picture of the little one that this was made for, but I can’t until the adoption is final.  He’s so precious!  And, I’m sure he’s grown quite a bit since I last saw him! 

Here is his blanket!  And just in time for the cold weather, too!

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Arlin’s blanket

When I asked mommy & daddy what colors they were using in the nursery, they said they were doing a Bible story theme, so no specific colors.  When I asked if they had any favorites, the reply back was, “bright colors!”  So, that’s just what I did! 

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I just love how the colors turned out!  It was a little tough to give it up since the color were so pretty, but I know know sweet little Arlin will enjoy this blanket for many years to come.  And, I always make my baby blankets about toddler size so that the blanket can be used for a long time, and not just for a few short months. 

Welcome to the family, Arlin! 

For a precious baby boy….

Some dear friends’ of ours recently had their first baby, a sweet baby boy.  I wanted to do something special for this sweet little one.  So, once I found out the nursery theme, I got out my hooks & yarn & set to work.  His nursery theme is a nautical theme, so the colors I chose worked out beautifully!

The first blanket is an Ocean Waves pattern that is extremely versatile.  But, the waves pattern fit with what I was looking for.  It’s rectangular shape makes it so that it can easily be used with a car seat, swing, etc.

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I ended up making two because I came across this next pattern and just knew that I had to make it for the sweet little one, as well.  I ended up having just enough yarn for both!  This pattern is called Chromium Star Blanket.  By using the same colors, it reminds me very much of fireworks!

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I was so please with how they turned out, and mom & dad loved them!  I pray that their precious little boy has many years of enjoyment out of them.

My 2013 Fair Entry: Sunshine & Shade Crocheted Afghan

Our local county fair was later this year than normal, and the entries were only about 1/3 of what they normally are.  This makes me sad because I so enjoy seeing what everyone makes each year in all the different divisions.  It was also a little disappointing, especially since my afghan was the only one entered in my division.   In the rules, if there is only one entry, it automatically takes 2nd place.  So, not only was I surprised to see mine as the only entry, but I was also surprised to see a blue ribbon!  No matter.  I absolutely love my afghan and am looking forward to curling up with it during the cold winter days with a good book or my next crochet project & a nice cup of hot tea or hot cocoa.

I patterned after the log cabin quilt pattern: sunshine & shade.  I love how the colors came together.  The border is my own little added touch.  No pattern for it – just the one that came together out of my head!

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Handmade Baby Blankets

Those who know me know that I absolutely LOVE to crochet.  It is a passion of mine, and I have to be careful that it doesn’t take up too much of my time.  I can get so caught up in working on something that I don’t realize just how much time has really passed. 
A couple of months ago, I was able to test a couple of blankets for one of my favorite designers, Donna Mason-Svara aka Smoothfox.  I also made a diagonal baby blanket (A Red Heart Pattern in my Crochet Today magazine). 

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Both of the pink baby blankets went to my cousin Brooke, who is expecting her first baby in July!  The blue & green one is still patiently waiting for a forever home. 

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone….

Hi!  My name is Steph and I’m addicted to yarn! 

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love to crochet!  Well, over the last few years, my yarn stash has really started growing.  Well, today, Melia was looking for some yarn for the graph-gahn that she would like to make for Michael for his birthday next month, so she turns to her favorite source of yarn, her mom’s stash! 

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So, while the majority (no, this isn’t all of it) of it was out, I decided to do a bit of “housekeeping” and reorganize it & take a couple of pics. And then I thought I would share them with you, dear followers.  I know other yarn addicts lovers would appreciate these pics as much as me!  My color palette is not as widely varied as it has been in the past since I really hit it hard over Christmas, but who knows.  Maybe I’ll add some more fun to my stash this year.   Even one my kitties had to come see what mom was doing with all of this delicious yarn!

 

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Candy Cane Chains Scarf Pattern

 
I decided that I wanted to share my pattern for this scarf with you.  Please remember that I saw a version of this in a store and created this pattern from seeing it.  This is my version & I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
Candy Cane Chains Scarf
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Created by Stephanie Martin © 2011
Materials needed:
Approximately 3.5 ounces of Red WW yarn
Approximately 3.5 ounces of White WW yarn
Hook size H/8 (5.00 mm)
 
Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
 
Red Chain (make 8):
Row 1: Ch 7; dc in 4th ch (counts as 1 dc) from hook and in next 3 ch (5 dc).Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as first dc here and throughout), dc in next 4 dc (5 dc). Turn.
Row 3 – 14: Repeat row 2.
Row 15: Repeat row 2 once more; fasten off
 
White Chain (make 7): Repeat same pattern as for red chains.
 
Sew ends together, remembering to alternate colors and to slip each new ring into previous ring before sewing together to create the “chain” effect. Weave in all ends.
 
*I prefer to sew the red chain loops into their individual “chains” & then slip 2 red chains onto a white prior to sewing the white “chains” closed, but they can be done one at a time, alternating colors and slipping each “chain” into previous one. *
 
Make 2 tassels of 30 strands of yarn each and attach one to each end of the scarf.
 
This pattern is protected by copyright. Please do not redistribute it in any form. I do not mind if you sell finished items from my pattern, however please give me credit for the design. For any questions or pattern help, please contact me at sahm2g1b at gmail dot com 
From my heart to yours, Stephanie Martin
 
“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”     – Proverbs 31:27
 
 

Perfect Holiday Scarf

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While out shopping with my kids at a local craft store, I saw a similar scarf hanging in the yarn isle with a price tag of $42.99!!!  Eek!  After looking it over, I knew that I could make it myself for a whole lot cheaper!!  So that’s just what I did.  I did, however, make some modifications.  It’s slightly thinner, which makes it hang better & look better, and I extended in a bit more, which also makes it look better.  This is such a quick and easy project.  If anyone would like for me to whip one up for them, just let me know.  I’m asking $15 each.