It is a beautiful fall day outside. I am sitting in my craft room with my New laptop, looking at all the beautiful colors and watching the leaves blow off the trees. The last couple of months have been busy with so many things; weekend trips, yarn shop hopping, a wonderful visit from my mother in law (it was way too short) unpacking boxes and finding places for things, internet issues and my Surface tablet decided to stop working 😦 But I still found time to create 🙂 So I am doing my first blog post on my laptop, so please excuse any typo’s. The keyboard is pretty flat and I am not used to that at all, especially with long nails. I’m not very techy, so I am still learning how to use this thing. Hubby has already received several “help desk” calls from me this morning. So onto the fun stuff.
I can confidently say that I am now a crocheter. I have crocheted off and on since I was 11, but I am not very good at it. While I have made some crochet items, they had issues. Especially in keeping my sides straight. And I have never been able to crochet a granny square. Until now!! It all started with this pumpkin.
A few weeks ago I took a class to make this pumpkin. It’s not very big. As you can see in the photo, it is sitting on top of a candle stick. I thought I would get it done in class, but no. I had gotten the tiny circle that is the bottom and one strip up the side. I was very frustrated in class and had no idea what I was doing. A couple of days later, I whipped this thing up like I had been crocheting all my life! I can’t explain it, other than the one who tried teaching me when I was 11 was working through me. I can’t tell you how excited I was to have done this. So then I had to pull out the new CAL patterns from Cherry Heart, ( I have such a weakness for her patterns) Nature’s Walk Blanket.
I fell in love with the look of this blanket the first time I saw it over the summer. I had printed out the first few patterns and ordered some yarn through my local yarn shop. I thought since I crocheted a pumpkin, maybe I can crochet a granny square. So last week I pulled out the patterns, read through the intro and pulled out my yarn and hook and began crocheting the gauge block. With some tips from the sweet gals in the Black Sheep Wool group, I was able to crochet my very first ever, granny square!!!
It’s not perfect, and I know where I made some mistakes. I was so geeked and proud of myself for making a square I didn’t even realize it had hearts in it until someone pointed it out to me. Duh! I may just use this pattern for some of my squares. It is so cute! My gauge was close enough and I was confident that I could get started on the first part. And boy did I!
I stitched up all 8 of the Gates squares and the first Berries square in a week. I am over the moon!! They still need blocking. Hubby made me this nice box to put my squares on to block them. He doesn’t usually do things like this, so it is even more special that he did this for me ❤
Last night I started crocheting a square from the most current pattern, the Star.
I’m not going to lie. This one was a bit difficult. One of my points is a little off, but I do know what I did wrong. I will finish this one out and then get back to the berries and make 7 more of those. I am loving this CAL and am looking forward to having a beautiful blanket of granny squares out of these colors:
I’m using Berroco’s Comfort DK. I was able to get 5 of the gates squares out of a skein. This CAL is free from Sandra of Cherry Heart along with Black Sheep Wools. I believe you can still get in on it if you are interested. You can get more information at the Cherry Heart Blog
I also finished cross stitching the Sunflower Pillow I was working on. It turned out beautifully and the recipient was quite happy with it.
I also stitched the July thru October sections on the 2019 Mystery Sampler, so I am all caught up on that and can’t wait to see what the last 2 border sections look like. This is also free through Linen and Threads.
And I started stitching on a little Baby Princess Tiana from Les Petites Croix De Lucie.
She is so adorable!!! My favorite princess, too 😉 But she is a lot of work! Lots of crazy backstitching. She was the first of 9 little Princess Babies. I believe the 6th one just came out.
So that is what I have been up to the last few months. What new project are you working on or what project have you finished?