Goodies!

Happy BC Day everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful long weekend, I sure am!

I wanted to share the goodies I have received from swaps and such. First up are my music squares from the Granny Square Swap. They hail from a wonderful lady in Ohio. A country square and a square representing a song by Pink. Aren’t they lovely?

Next up are my Crochetville KISS Granny Squares. My swapner was Linda from Australia. I love international swapners! Aren’t the squares gorgeous? I love the colours and the stitches, so pretty, thanks Linda!

Last of my received goodies are my July Squares. The theme was Olympics, and look what I received from  California! One is a soccer square, very nice, and the second is a water themed square. She was thinking of creating some diving or swimming related, but after the IOC attacked Ravelry about their Ravlympics she decided to create a water themed square based on their behaviour. In one word, juvenile. So clever! The yarn is SO soft, and I love the rubber ducky! She also sent me some birthday goodies. A keychain, a cutting mat, a pencil sharpener and a delicious skein of purple yarn.Thanks Tsubunny!!!

My last share today are a couple of goodies I picked up at a flea market in Grand Forks, BC. I think the total for these 3 items was $1.50. Awesome :) There was a bunch of pattern books (like 2 baskets) that I went through. My swapner, Bonnie, is an avid knitter, and I decided to pick her up a couple of sweater pattern booklets. They are definitely vintage. I hope she likes them! The other goodies are a couple new crochet hooks for myself. One is a wood handled H hook, and the green one is an I hook. I am super excited to give these a try!

There are my goodies, I hope you enjoyed seeing them!

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FO Friday Number 38

Greetings! As promised, I am here to share some FOs that have been completed for a while.

First up, the squares I made for July’s Olympic themed Granny Square Swap. I had a bit of trouble deciding what to make, until I finally watched the Men’s Wimbledon Final (I know, old!) and decided to make a tennis inspired square, completely freehand. The net sits up in 3D :) Do you like?

The second square has nothing to do with Olympics, but I LOVE the pattern. It is called Modern Mitered Granny Square from Sue Rivers, and it is such a beauty! I will definitely be making more of these for sure. I used some scrap yarn and a G hook (I think). I love the brightness of it, and my swapner in Oklahoma really liked both!

My last FO for today is my handmade item for my Afghan Swap. I decided to make a cotton bag for my swapner in Ottawa. The pattern is No Assembly Required Market Bag by Barbara J. Stuart. I used Lionbran Cotton Ease in Terracotta, about a skein and a half and am H hook. I strayed a bit from the pattern (more because I am terrible at following patterns sometimes) but I think it turned out good, it’s a good size. I plan on putting all of my other items in the bag to ship, it’s like free wrapping. It’s not the best picture, sorry. I am planning on sending out the package soon, I’ll have photos of all the goodies to share :)

So there are my FOs for the week, check out the others here and have a great long weekend, XO!

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WIP Wednesday XXIV

What a week off! BF and I went up to Christina Lake to spend the week with his family and it was such a lovely trip, minus a few unfortunate events!

I wanted to share the WIPs I worked on while I was away.  The first is an update on the baby blanket I showed you a couple weeks ago. I only added a couple rounds, so it still looks like a scarf, but I’m still liking the result and it’s a pretty easy pattern to work with.

Next up are a few goodies for this month’s Granny Square Swap. August’s theme is fruit, and I got inspired early for this theme. My first WIP is an apple applique that I am hoping to center into a square. I have finished all but the leaves of it, and I am pretty pleased with it. The pattern is Apple Coasters by Louise Howe. I used some green yarn and a G (I think). All I need to do now is center this into a square and add the leaves.

I am also planning on sending an apple cozy with my squares. I found a cute pattern called Apple Cardigan by Rebecca Harmon that I decided to try. I used the same green yarn and G hook. I need a button and some leaves and the coy is complete. It’s a tad small, but it stretches, I figure it will be ok.

So there are my WIPs for the week, stay tuned because I am a bit behind in my posting, I have lots to share. As well, check out the other great WIPs here, XO!

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WIP Wednesday XXIII

Happy Wednesday! I haven’t had a WIP Wednesday since the spring. Wow…

My current WIP is a baby blanket for my sister’s friends. They are having a baby boy who is due in November. The pattern is Cheryl’s Puff Shell Surprise. I am using Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel and Denim Marl, and an H hook. I really like the look so far, and the texture is very lovely. It should keep me company when the BF and I go to the Lake next week. Do you like?

There is my WIP for this week, check out the others here. Hopefully I’ll be back on Friday with an FO, XO!

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FO Friday Number 37

Hello Summer!!! The sun is finally out and I am baking in its glory! I spent the last 2 days outside and will continue to do so until the sun goes away :)

Crochetville once again offered the KISS Granny Square Swap this year, so of course I jumped in right away. My swapner is a lovely lady from Australia, who requested a 12 inch red square for her granddaughter’s babyghan. I asked her if I could use other colours in the square and she said yes. This turned out to be helpful as I had a little red in my stash but certainly not enough to make a 12 inch square. 

Tadah! The pattern is the Crown Jewels square from Melinda Miller. I made it in one night and I love it! I love the popcorn, I love the shell lace, so pretty! I did have some gauge issues, as it called for an H hook, but once I finished the final round I was only at 8 inches. I decided to add another round of the shells and border and it finally came out to 12 inches! I am also so glad I was able to incorporate a different colour as I definitely ran out of red. Still, it’s quite pretty no?

What’s next? Why, my July Swap Squares of course, the theme is awesome this month! And head on over to Tami’s to see the other FOs this week, XO!

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Bonne Fete Canada!

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians. Hope you get a chance to do something Canadian today!

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Stamp-a-palooza!

Last weekend I went to Angela Mckay‘s Stampin’ Up Open House, and I indulged in some paper crafting goodies (Hello cute new stamp sets). Looking at some of her examples gave me some new ideas on card techniques. Later last week I decide to make cards for the staff to say thank you for everything they did for me. I also indulged myself some more and FIANLLY bought a heat gun and embossing stuff. I am now officially hooked on Heat Embossing. 

Here are some of the cards I made. I am super happy with the way they turned out, and will definitely be making them again.

I also needed to make a Wedding card for the BF, so I used the same Triple Stamp technique of the second card, added some embossing, and voila!

XO.

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FO Friday Number 36

IS THE CRAZY OVER YET?

Today was my last day at school, and I was a little teary-eyed saying goodbye to all the great staff *sniff

I finally get to share my June squares. This month’s theme is Music, and I knew exactly what I wanted to create.

I love country music. Especially the boot scootin’ type. I went searching for a cowboy boot motif and stumbled upon this one from Cecinatrix. I modified it to be all brown, and I used some leftover brown RR Super Saver and an E hook. I really love the result!

The other square I made is a Diagonal Box Stitch Square in black, and I added some cute appliques. A heart, the pattern from Crochet-Atelier, and a music note from Crochet Spot. Basically, I love music. I really hope my swapner, Cella, in California likes them!

Ok, so, June Squares done, itching to get going on the July Squares, I signed up to do another square swap for July, AND my summer vacation has FINALLY started! Let’s do this! Check out the other FOs here, have a great Canada Day Long Weekend, XO!

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Squish!

Report Cards, check. Car fixed, check. Life back in order… almost. Received 12 inch square from Sharon in California, CHECK!

It is called Butterfly Garden from Chris Simon. The yarn is Vickie Howell for Caron Sheepish in Teal. It is DELICIOUS! So squishy and lovely. I love it, thanks Sharon!

I still need to finish my June squares for the Granny Square Swap… Now that I am done with Report Cards I can get those off quick quick like a cat. Stay tuned tomorrow for those, XO!

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FO Friday, Number 35

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a good week, I am still on the mend from my cold, but am back at work, and still kickin!

Today I wanted to share a couple FOs. I decided to participate in a 12 inch square swap to add to my friendship-ghan. I was partnered with a friendly lady from California. She requested oranges and yellows for her great-granddaughter, how could I not oblige? Here are the 2 squares I came up with.

First up, the orange square. I decided to  try the pattern I selected for my Afghan Swap. It’s the Pineapple Afghan by Mary Conley. Big surprise huh? I love me some pineapple plumes. I actually really like this pattern. I used a an H hook and some leftover orange yarn. I didn’t even make it thru the whole pattern before it got too large. It’s simple but looks really good.

Next up, the yellow square. I decided to try something different. I recalled that I had used a pattern for a different square and really liked it, so I tracked down the lady (Aurora Suominen) and grabbed another of her 12 inch patterns. This one is called Snowfall 12″ Square. I used an H hook again and some yellow and grey scraps I had laying around. I really like this square, I love the snowflake in the center and the FPDC texture surrounding it. It’s quite lovely. I would probably go up a hook size next time and I really struggled to get this to 12 inches. But it’s cute none-the-less. I really hope my swapner likes them!

So there are my FOs for the week, check out the others here, have a great weekend!

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