FO: Blanket for Mom

It took a lot of Netflix watching and listening to audiobooks to get it done, but I got it done. My mom absolutely loved the blanket I crocheted for her for Mother's Day! Yay!
I finished it up a couple days before Mother's Day. Look at me, getting done all early!
I went over to my parents' house over the weekend to help with some yard work and when I walked in, my mom was under her blanket (side note: basically, 2/3 of my family is under a blanket whenever possible). I'm glad she likes it!

The pattern I used was Juicy Fruits and Whipped Cream Throw from Red Heart (it's a free pattern). I used more yarn that what the pattern called for, but I think I made my blanket bigger. I didn't pay much attention to the dimensions in the pattern, I just kept crocheting until I decided it was long enough. I used 6 skeins of the grey, and two skeins each of the other colors. I used Red Heart Soft for the blanket.

Since finishing I have been constantly searching on Ravelry for more blankets to crochet. I think I am becoming addicted to the big crochet projects. :)


Birthday Sale!

I decided this year to do a birthday sale! Yay! So, 30% off all my self-published patterns and e-books on Ravelry! No coupon code needed.

Hey, it's almost summer, it's a great time to stock up on shawl patterns to work on when it's hot! :)

Like Fremont:
Or Any Way You Want It:
Or Keswick:

Remember, my self-pub e-books are 30% off too!

Thank you to everyone for your continued support. I am so happy to be spending my birthday doing a job I absolutely love full-time. Spending the day working on writing patterns is sooo much better than spending the day in a windowless lab testing wastewater. :)

Happy knitting!


Searching for Stitches

I don't think it's any secret that I love me some stitch dictionaries. They are my favorite knitting and crochet books to buy. I love flipping through them, looking for inspiration, and dreaming of how to turn the stitch patterns into shawls and stuff. I bought this German stitch dictionary awhile back and it's definitely one of my favorites:
I got it from here.

There are so many beautiful patterns in it. The charts a little different than what I am used to, but, with a little patience, they are pretty easy to figure out. 
I've been on a search for more. But, trying to find German stitch dictionaries when you don't speak/read German and don't really know what to search for to find them can be tricky. But, finally, I scored another (and this one gives you TONS of information on how to knit and includes patterns as well as little stitch dictionary sections):
I bought it used off of Amazon. It was published in 1983 and is awesome. I have been loving flipping through it, even if I can't read it!
So the hunt continues for more. Do you have any German stitch dictionaries? If so, which ones and where did you get them? I need to feed the stitch dictionary addiction. :)


The Addicting Afghan

A couple weeks ago I decided that my mom needs an afghan. Like I always do, I went to Ravelry to try to find a crochet blanket pattern. One that didn't seem too hard. I found the Juicy Fruits and Whipped Cream throw from Red Heart and it seemed like a good fit. 4 row repeat, easy, and addictive!

I'm maybe about 2.5 feet in right now. I am IN LOVE with it.
My mom's favorite colors are orange and yellow, so I knew I had to include at least one of those colors. Her comfy chair is a kind of a forest green, and I think this color combo will work with it. I am using Red Heart Soft for my blanket.
I continue to stitch away on it each night. I'm hoping I can have it done for Mother's Day!

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