don’t we hate it?

This will tell you who I am… My project was going to be a beanie hat for a friend of mine with cancer   I picked the color – turquoise – and since I had worked that pattern a few times, it was going to be a quick delivery.  Hell no!  First of all, I couldn’t find the instructions!  Secondly, I struggled with the magic ring.  So surfing online trying to put my hands on the pattern and a good magic ring video, I stumbled on this darling hat that I joked about on Facebook.  Well, the joke was that I was too young of a crocheteuse to jump into such a complicated design.  But this “cuello con capucha de osito a crochet” was sooo cute!

And here I am: frustrated with my initial project, I decided to take a detour of my idea and start this new hat. [my friend will get her hat, don’t worry!].

I love challenges but this one… The tutorial was in Spanish!!  [I am French speaking so the crochet in English is plenty enough] But I so wanted to do this!  You should see me going from the video, to a transaltion website trying to decode the stitches and get whatever this guapa was saying.  I soon realized that it was too much time consuming and scrollling down her YouTube page for more details, I suddenly got all the written explanations and a subtitled video!  Madre Mia!

Unfortunately that didn’t end my misery…  Look at my picture and you will understand why!!!  And this is the third time it happens  to me.  Si Señora!

Feel free to give me some advice otherwise I will have to learn Spanish for real!  Hopefully Helena will read this…

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Cotton Field, a blanket for Kaidan

After the big failure of Kaidan’s first blanket [that he never received], I had to give it another shot.  Once again, I had seen a beautiful pattern from Crochet Caché and decided to go cotton.   Well cotton, as previously noticed with my potholders, is not as popular as you would think in dear Atlanta.  To my huge surprise, Hobby Lobby has a pretty decent selection.  After spending ages in the dedicated aisle, I picked ‘I love this cotton!’ [made in Turkey] in skeins of 100 gr.

I always have a hard time picking the colors.  But pretty quickly, I decided for turquoise (#70), bright citrus (#100), white (#6) and dark denim (#306).

I started this much more easier project that I planned to wrap up in a short time.  Well, poor Kaidan, the job got interrupted.  Again.  This time, because of a left arm issue: a crochet-elbow and let’s diagnose it as the beginning of a frozen shoulder [trust me, it was more complicated than that].

After repair, I went back to action and finished Kaidan’s blanket.  And don’t ask me why I called it Cotton Field.

Details for Cotton Field
  • 163 ch wide (about 112 cm)
  • 5.5 mm hook
  • “I love this cotton!” from Hobby Lobby | turquoise (#70), bright citrus (#100), white (#6) and dark denim (#306)
  • Based on a pattern from Crochet Caché: Peaceful Stripes Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern – Video tutorial
  • My stitches: back loop DC but I did add a line of Slip Stitch to remove a bit of the elasticity.

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Charlies’ jester

When I saw this little jester, I immediately started one for Charlie.  It ended up super cute with a happy choice of color for a little boy.  I added a ‘Paint Splatter‘ to make it a little more original.  Unfortunately mother-daughter described the splatter as a bullet hole … So I don’t think that Charlie will ever wear it.  Still,  I am very proud of the result and love it. What about you?

Details of this chef d’oeuvre

  • Hook H or 5 mm
  • Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky 75% acrylic 25% wool – Color 0389 Grey
  • Mainly DC’. One row puff stitch (based on 3 HDC) – single crochet to finish
  • Two pompons and a paint splatter for fun
  • How to video
  • And a website with a slightly different pattern with pictures.

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