WIP 1/17/2018

So for 2018 I decided to “clean” my Ravelry queue by making the hundreds of items I save and never get too (I should be doing this to each area of our house but maybe this will motivate me, eh?)

The first project I selected is the LOVE IS IN THE AIR VALENTINE COWL by Oombawka Designs.

If you follow me on Instagram (@turtleburgercrochet) then you already know I’m indecisive about this one at the moment. Maybe it’s the yarn (Redheart Super Saver) or maybe it’s just not the right time for this project. Something just feels off about it so on Ravelry I’ve hibernated it. I may come back to it…one day.

My next project (also in Redheart Super Saver) I’m completely adoring. I already strayed from Ravelry on this (ok I actually went and added it but I saw it first on Instagram). It’s the Habitat Cardigan by Make and Do Crew. I haven’t gotten very far with it. Anyone that follows me regular knows I like making practice pieces first before I give things to people. I have 2 sweaters I want to make for 2 special moms in my life but I want it to be something they’ll love and actually wear. I think this pattern could be it. So here’s the sneak peak of my practice cardigan.

For RedHeart it’s incredibly soft. For the actual gifts though I’ll probably get Red Heart With Love and it’ll be soft and cozy and warm.

Now an update on what I want to do. I never post goals or resolutions or anything because to be honest I probably won’t keep or achieve most of them. However one of the projects I want to do is a houndstooth scarf. I watched some videos last night on how to do this stitch and I thought to myself “it’s so easy! I’ve completely got this!” I was very excited for myself. Then a thought occurred to me. I will learn one new stitch a month and make a reasonable project using that stitch. So here I go. I’m making an official goal. Stay tuned.

Have you or do you make goals or resolutions and then keep them?

Britnee

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Ring Around the Rosie Cardigan

Ring Around the Rosie Cardigan by The Lavender Chair

Size 12-18 months

Sleeves are optional

Yarn used is Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee Soft Secret Ombré in color Whisper

I love this pattern. I do want to try the sleeves as a 3/4 sleeve. I think that would be super cute. I’m currently working on a newborn version.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made this pattern. I can say it is a Bartholomew County Fair 2017 award winner. Remember this

Have a great day!

Britnee

Sugar Violet Skinny Scarf & Hat

Last week my Mom asked if I had a matching scarf and hat set already made that she could give to a dear friend who is starting chemo soon. I did but nothing appropriate for that situation (think messy bun beanies or scratchy yarn). I told her no worries; I’d whip something up quickly. That night I scoured YouTube (my first go-to). I knew I had certain requirements: 1. I wanted to use a super soft yarn. I happen to have lots of Caron Simply Soft in Strawberry. 2. I didn’t want a complete circle scarf because I’ve been told chemo patients fluctuate between hot and cold. Also, my mom lives in the Deep South of Mississippi on the gulf. It gets hotter than all get out down there and while it’s winter now, I wanted Marie to have something that she could wear during treatments if they should continue into the spring and summer. A skinny scarf fits the bill.

With my search narrowed down I found a scarf I loved from one of my favorites: Jennifer at Fiber Flux. She’s such a great teacher. The pattern for the Sugar Violet Skinny Scarf is really very basic but is simply gorgeous and light and airy and perfect for Caron Simply Soft. The finished scarf is 72 inches.

After the scarf I needed a hat. I wanted it to match the scarf so I had to design my own. I say design loosely since it’s the same stitches as the scarf but I had to figure out how to turn it into a hat. I think it turned out really well. Ternie named it the Turtle Shells Beanie.

Since this hat is an extension of the Fiber Flux scarf pattern, I’m not sure if I can post my pattern. I may contact her and see if she minds. If she doesn’t then I’ll update here.

Have any you designed a companion piece but not sure what you could legally do with it? I’d love some advice.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Britnee

Crochet Cup Cozy Gifts

I made these cup cozies for all my coworkers and Turtle’s teachers. Everyone loves them. Turtle’s teacher said it best “Handmade gifts are always the best.” The adorable cup cozy holder is a free template I found on Pinterest from froggingalong. It was printed mostly on brown card stock paper from Walmart. I did print a few on regular white paper to see the difference. I do not recommend this because as you can imagine the white paper is too flimsy.

Did you crochet any handmade gifts for Christmas?

Crochet Dog Sweater

Hi folks! This time around I’m posting a super easy dog sweater. I, myself, am not a dog person but this was so unbelievably easy I’m considering making several more to add to Etsy. It’s a great stash buster too.

Here’s how this sweater came to be.

Ternie noticed our neighbor walking her dog in the cold in one of her old sweaters. He thought it would be nice for Sugar (the dog) to have a sweater of her own. Ternie’s great about thinking of things like that. It’s one of the millions of things I love about him.

The photos on the website even showed cats wearing these. We have 2 cats (Brit & Paws) but I value my life too much to even attempt getting a sweater on either of them. If you happen to have a docile cat that will let you dress it up, I’d love to see.

Britnee