Mary Maxim: Conquered

Pattern: Mary Maxim Granny’s Little Girl No. 98071N

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Practice yarn used: Bernat Giggles (3 balls) in color Periwinkle Purple 

So I’ve had this pattern since maybe January (possibly December). My mother-in-law’s (Ms S) friend (Bev) bought it and decided she couldn’t do it so she gave it to Ms S who decided she didn’t want to do it. I inherited it because they know I love a crochet challenge. So here we go.

Challenge is a bit of an understatement. Headache: yes. Frustration: yes. Mind-boggling: you betcha. While the pattern isn’t exactly difficult once you get the hang of it, I just don’t recommend it for OCD people like myself. In my mind each stitch in a round or row should be accounted for and that’s not the way parts of this pattern work.

There is a pattern add-on for sleeves but I find the circular sweaters so much cuter without them. This was a practice piece so I could get used to the pattern without ruining the very delicate Mary Maxim yarn. Once Bev and Ms S saw the finished product we all decided it was a little more frilly than we were expecting and decided that for her intended gift I would just make The Lavender Chair’s circular sweater seen here.

So with so many negatives was there anything positive about this pattern? Absolutely. For one, I didn’t buy it so my money wasn’t wasted (sorta kinda just kidding). No, but really it was a difficult pattern that I can look back on with appreciation and say to myself “Brit, you stuck with something challenging and you conquered it! You’re not a quitter, you’re an OVERCOMER!” What good advice to myself for so many things in this life. 

My very most favorite part of this pattern is the pinwheel center medallion. I mean it’s gorgeous!  

Have you ever had a pattern that didn’t make sense that you conquered and can now call yourself an overcomer?

Ring Around the Rosie Part 2

Hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend. A couple of posts ago I showed you the Ring Around the Rosie Circular Sweater jacket/cardigan by The Lavender Chair. I was debating on whether or not I wanted to add sleeves. As you see in the photo above I did add sleeves and a button. On one hand I’m glad I did the sleeves because they were my first ever and it was an easy pattern. But my final decision on others of this pattern will be no sleeves (unless specifically asked). I feel like they made the rest of the garment look a little wonky. I’m not overly crazy about the button either. Now I know. Also if any of you decide to try this pattern I’m glad I could do both versions so you can now make a well informed decision. You’re welcome.

Turtle Burger Joins Instagram

Hi Readers. This is just a quick note to let you know as of yesterday I have joined Instagram. My user name is turtleburgercrochet. 

To be honest I’m not sure what this really means yet because I don’t have Instagram figured out yet. So there you go. I hope you’ll join me and we can share lots of crochet creativity.

Ring Around the Rosie Circular Jacket

I’ve been trying to work on a crocheted circular jacket for my mother-in-law’s friend. She purchased the yarn and pattern from Mary Maxim and just needed someone to make it for her. I can get up to a certain point with it and then the calculations get off somehow. I haven’t given up but it’s requiring an amount of patience that even a laid back person like myself is finding difficult to maintain. Anyway, I went on Ravelry to see if anyone else had made it. Thankfully there is so I asked for some guidance. Only one person responded and suggested also trying the Ring Around the Rosie sweater from The Lavendar Chair. Her recommendation was because its just as cute, similar and much easier. I checked it out right away and decided I liked it enough to try. 

Right off I liked that this pattern uses worsted weight. I had more than enough of that on hand. I decided to use Red Heart With Love in color Minty. I think it was perfect for this project. I used my favorite I/5.5mm hook. I believe this would be about a size 2T. There is an addition to the pattern to add sleeves but I can’t decide. I also can’t decide if I want to add a button. What do you think? Leave me a comment with your suggestion for sleeves and a button. 

P.S. I think I’ll submit this to our County Fair in July. What do you think?

Red Heart App

Hello all! Unfortunately I don’t have any completed projects to share with you but I do have exciting news. I subscribe to the Red Heart yarn newsletter. Today in my inbox I was informed they have a free app for Android and iPhone devices. I, of course, had to download and check it out since I use Red Heart a lot. I just finished looking it over and I am impressed. The photos I’m showing are screenshots from my phone which runs Android. When you first activate the app and give permissions for your camera and location this is the Home screen

I had to check out the Yarn Lovers Gallery. Here you can upload images of your projects using Red Heart yarns.

Next is a basic row counter but a neat feature. Maybe as they improve their app they would consider adding a place where you can list projects you’re working on and save a row counter for each project.

Additionally, you can shop all their yarns and their hundreds, if not thousands, of free crochet and knit projects.

Did any of you receive the Red Heart email? Are you going to give it a try? Simply type Red Heart into AppStore or Google Play Store. Let me know what you think.

Egg Apron

As you may have read in my last post I’ve been working on an egg apron for about a month and a half. I thought it would be super easy. It was up until I got to the pocket part. The apron part is just about 40 rows of half double crochets. I made all 3 rows of pockets per the pattern by Heart Hook Home. Now, I know her pattern is possible…I’ve seen projects using that pattern nevermind that she uses her own pattern and method…but I absolutely could not figure out how to do what she was describing. Ultimately I put it down because I did not have the time nor energy to invest in figuring out what I thought would be a couple nights worth of a project. So the bright yellow and orange yarn sat in my bag staring at me. Finally a couple weeks ago I decided I wanted this apron done (my intention was to give it to my sister-in-law at Easter…that didn’t happen). I decided to make my own pockets and sew them on. It seemed to take forever to sew 16 pockets but its finally done and that’s what is important. 

I hope my sister-in-law likes this. I found after I started the apron that she has 70 chickens. That’s about 50 more than the last count I knew of so she’ll still need a basket or whatever she uses to gather eggs but at least she’ll be super cute while doing it.

Have any of you made these trendy egg aprons?

Don’t you forget about me

Hello Readers.  Based on the title you probably know the song I’m singing to myself. I’m terribly sorry I have deserted you for a couple months. I hope I haven’t lost any of you. Different circumstances had led to my absence but the biggest downer was even after it was all said and done I lost my crojo (crochet mojo). Unfortunately I missed my one year blogiversary and I also reached 59 followers. Today’s post is more of a hello and let yall know what I’ve been working on although I don’t have photos yet. I made one sister-in-law some barefoot sandals. I’ve been attempting a toddler circular jacket for a friend of my mother-in-law and for about a month and a half I’ve been working on an egg apron for another sister-in-law. That one has really stumped me but I figured out my own way which I’ll share when it’s finally done.

Have you ever lost your crojo? What did you do to get your fingers back in the yarn basket and grabbing your hooks? I would try periodically but I just wasn’t in it. I did make sure I continued to scour Ravelry and Pinterest. I read all your blogs and discovered some new ones to follow. I also carried some yarn with me nearly everywhere in case the desire suddenly struck. I also watched and rewatched lots of YouTube. Thankfully it was still incredibly relaxing. 

So in summary, I’m back, hopefully better than ever and can’t wait to share some projects with you.