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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. A couple of weeks ago I started a new crochet-a-long (CAL) to make a beautiful afghan designed by Janie Crow called the Fruit Garden Blanket.

Forget Me Not Block

So far I’ve only completed the eight Forget Me Not squares and am on my way with the next four.

Columbine Flower

The next set of blocks are the Columbine. I’ve made the four flowers and will add the background like the previous one next. The petals look a bit curled up right now but eventually they get attached to the background to hold them down so you can see the flower better.

This afghan is made up of 8 different flower motifs that are all so beautiful. It is actually the second time this CAL is being run. The first time it started was during the time I was doing the Kaleidoscope CAL so I didn’t participate then. Also when the Fruit Garden CAL was run the first time some people had difficulties sourcing the yarn due to shortages caused by the pandemic. The designer and her sponsors, Stylecraft Yarn, decided to run it again and also added a third colorway which is the one I’m doing.

I can’t wait to show you my progress as I work through this CAL.

I’m joining the The Loop Scoop Yarny Link Party (formerly know as Hookin on Hump Day). You should stop by to see some of the other projects people have posted.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. After I finished the Kaleidoscope Blanket I happened upon a crochet-a-long for the Fade to Light Jacket.

Fade to Light Jacket
(Photo credit Lilla Björn’s Crochet World)

I made a cardigan early in my crochet career and found it difficult to do as the shaping wasn’t very well defined in the pattern. This cardigan is made with two kinds of Scheepjes yarn and is made from the top down so you get to try it on as you make it. I chose to do mine in the black & white version seen above as I felt this would go with more of my wardrobe. That version uses the Minimalism Whirl and Merino Soft in Pollock.

Scheepjes – Whirl Fine Art & Merino Soft

I started with a gauge swatch to make sure I was working to the right size and proceeded to work on the yolk (at the top of the sweater). When I completed that section I decided it was too big so I ripped it all out and started again at the next smaller size. I’m glad I did as it still seems a bit large but I can comfortably wear it with a shirt underneath.

Yolk section of Fade to Light Jacket

The next section we worked on were the sleeves. You start the sleeve by continuing to work the whirl yarn and then switch to the solid color. Here the pattern calls for you to make decreases every few rows. If I make this again I will make the decreases closer together to make the sleeve slim down quicker. I also might like to make the sleeves from more of the gradient whirl so that would require buying an additional one.

Fade to Light Jacket – Sleeve

Then it was on to the lower body where you alternate the gradient colored whirl with the solid color yarn to make the mosaic pattern. Since two rows were worked of each color you didn’t have to cut the yarn and just carried it up the side to the next row when needed. I was using two whirls and the solid color so this called for juggling three skeins of yarn to keep from tangling them. When I finished the whirl I did a few rows of the solid color.

Fade to Light Jacket – Lower Body

The cardigan is finished by working the front band and around the neckline with the solid color. When I was all done I tried the cardigan on and was happy with the fit. The instructions call for the cardigan to be blocked. This helps to even out the stitches for you. Since I’d never blocked a garment I asked some yarny friends and consulted YouTube for advise. I hand washed my cardigan and then used the technique of rolling it in towels and then stepping on it to gently squeeze some of the water out.

Fade to Light Jacket – Pinned to Blocking Boards

I pinned the cardigan in place without stretching it and left it on the boards for a few days to make sure it was dry.

Fade to Light Jacket – unpinned

When I unpinned the cardigan and tried it on I was horrified to find that it had stretched a size or two! Oh no! What to do? Charlie used his material science background and felt if I wet the cardigan again with just a spray bottle and then put it in the dryer on low he was confident it would shrink back to the size it was before the hand washing.

It fits!

Thankfully the cardigan regained the shape it was when I finished it.

I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I decided to leave the front of the cardigan without any buttons since I seem to never button any cardigan I have. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. The instructional images on the website helped with the understanding and there were also videos that helped too. I want to thank the designer Tatsiana of “Lilla Björn’s Crochet World” for a great pattern.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Well, I’ve finally finished the Kaleidoscope Blanket and I love it.

Completed Kaleidoscope Blanket

The last time I showed you this blanket I only had the border left to do.

I love the stripes on the border.

The border was very easy to make with mostly “V” stitches.

The edge is finished with a picot stitch.

I like how the border has a zig zag look.

The back of the afghan, while not as beautiful as the front, still has a nice look.

Back of blanket

All of the joining was done with single crochet from the back using the main grey color.

Closer look at the back

The joins leave small ridges along the back.

The blanket looks great on our sectional.

Without planning it we chose a colorway that perfectly compliments my Big Leaf quilt.

The perfect pairing of the Big Leaf Quilt and Kaleidoscope Blanket.

I’ve never worked so quickly on such a big project but it was fun working along with thousands of other hookers around the world. I’m so happy with how the blanket turned out and I can’t thank the designer Catherine Bligh enough for such a great pattern.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Sorry we’ve been MIA for so long. I will try to do better in the future. Millie & Walter say hello to all their friends too and have been busy helping with all the work in the yard lately.

One of the things that has been keeping me busy is finishing the crocheted Kaleidoscope Blanket I told you about a while ago. I volunteered to create charts of all the patterns and for the last few pieces that was quite a project in itself. The blanket has finally been all pieced together and I’ve just started working on the border so let’s take a look.

Kaleidoscope Blanket on queen sized bed

One of the last pieces we worked on before putting it all together were the 9 octagons.

Kaleidoscope Blanket Octagon

Here is what the chart for that part looks like.

Kaleidoscope Blanket Octagon Chart

I’ve really enjoyed working on this beautiful blanket and will be a little sad when it’s all done. There has been a wonderful Facebook group of people all around the world working on the same project together and it’s been great to be a part of it.

Here is a look at the entire blanket without the border. The pattern was based on a quilt and you can really see how that is when you look down on the whole thing.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – without border

For fun I also converted this to black and white.

Kaleidoscope Blanket – without border – in black & white

I find that I see lines that make up squares when I look at these pictures even though there aren’t any large squares in the design.

This blanket is full of color and texture.

Close up of one corner

Kaleidoscope Blanket view of the surface

Each element in this blanket was made up of multiple colors, multiple popcorn stitches (that’s 5 of the same stitch in one place) and many post stitches.

Kaleidoscope Blanket another view of the surface

Now that all the pieces are together I did a little math to come up with these statistics. The Kaleidoscope Blanket consists of:

9 Octagons

36 squares

188 Triangles

1796 popcorn stitches!

That sure is a lot of stitches.

I can’t wait to get the border done and show you the completed blanket. Even though it’s a couple days past hump day I’m joining the Hookin’ on Hump day blog hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a baby afghan I made for the newest member of my extended family.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

This past August my niece welcomed a baby girl to her family.

Meredith Anne
7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21” long

When I heard that a new baby was coming I started planning which afghan I would make. I made a circular afghan for the first baby in this family so I picked another one from Priscilla’s Crochet Matelassè collection. Pricilla’s patterns can be found on her website or on Ravelry.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

I really like these afghans because they have lots of texture for a little one to explore and finish at a nice size of about 36″ across.

Paris Matelassé Circular Baby Afghan

The pattern only calls for a single color but when I checked out other projects for this afghan on Ravelry I saw a few that were done in multiple colors and really liked how they turned out. The yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft in white for the main color, Bernat Softee Baby in Prettiest Pink for the darker pink, and Bernat Softee Baby in Pink for the lighter pink.

The Rolling Cable stitch gives the afghan dimension

I really like the way the rolling cable stitch (the dark pink) looks but it is a lot of work. To make this stitch you have to work over the same 8 stitches 3 times. The first to create a chain, the second to crochet over the chain and the third to work behind the cable to get to the start of the next cable.

Even the back looks nice

In addition to the afghan I made a pair of booties and a nice little bonnet for Meredith.

Sugar & Spice Bonnet
from Crochet World April 2017 Issue

The pattern only calls for one color so I did a little modification to give it a white accent on the front.

Meredith wearing her bonnet

Since Meredith was born my niece has been taking monthly pictures of her on the afghan and posting them on Facebook so those of us not living close to them can see how she is growing.

Meredith at 1 month

Meredith at 2 months

Meredith at 3 months

Meredith at 4 months

Meredith also enjoys some “tummy time” on her afghan.

Meredith checking out those cables

I don’t want you to think that Meredith doesn’t share her afghan with other family members. She has been very generous in sharing it with her kitty sister Downton Tabby.

Downton Tabby enjoys a nice nap on the afghan while Meredith plays

Downton Tabby napping on the afghan

Downton Tabby is such a sweet kitty and is one of my favorites among the family cats (check us out a few years ago here).

As you can see Meredith is a happy and healthy little girl. She and the rest of the family enjoy the afghan I made. It’s always nice to see that something you made is well loved.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a new afghan I made.

Grenoble Matelasse Afghan

This is a project that I’ve worked on, off and on, for the past couple of years and I decided at the beginning of the summer that it was time to finish it. The design is from a collection from Priscilla’s Crochet. She can be found on her website or on Ravelry. This afghan is from her Matelassè collection and is the same collection that I used for the baby blanket I made last year.

The afghan is made up of octagon and square motifs.

The pattern is called Grenoble and consists of octagon motifs that are joined together using a flat braid join. In between the octagons the spaces are filled in with square motifs.

This afghan has a nice texture

I wanted this afghan to be big enough to cover Charlie so I finished it using 9 x 6 octagon motifs. The final size is about 72″ x 50″. I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and it took 14 skeins to complete it at this size.

Even the back is attractive.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that the back looks nice too. The textured style uses a lot of front post and back post stitches which creates a very dense fabric. It makes an afghan that is very warm and cozy to lay under.

Close up of the back of the afghan

The pattern is well done and easy to follow but I found reading the words to remind me what to do for each round became tedious. To make it easier I made a chart of the pattern for the octagon. It was much easier to figure out where I left off if I put the project down for a little while after I created the chart.

The edge is finished with a very simple stitch pattern

After all the octagons and squares were put together the edge is finished with a simple stitch pattern that mimics the style of the flat braid join used to put all the blocks together. I’m happy with the way the afghan turned out and like all the Matelasse patterns I’ve done so far. I wish you could see the color in real life because the pictures don’t really do it justice.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. It’s been a while since I told you about my crochet projects so today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a couple of sunhats that I made.

Summer Sunhat for mom with white flower pin

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you may remember that I made a sunhat for my mom for Mother’s Day 2017. She took that hat with her when she visited her brother in Arizona this past winter and wore it many times. When she returned home she said how much she loved that hat but since it was navy blue she couldn’t wear it with some of her outfits and would it be possible to get one with more neutral colors.

Summer Sunhat for mom with tan flower pin

Since Mother’s Day was approaching again, by the time my mom returned from her trip, I picked out a nice khaki and used black and white for the accent colors. I used the same pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley as the previous one I made. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn which is the same yarn I used for the first hat.

Summer Sunhat for mom with black flower pin

As you can see from the pictures above I also added three pins she can use to accessorize with.

The hat is a hit and looks great on her

Needless to say she loved it and has been wearing it all summer long. In addition to the hat I wanted to give her something to safely store the hat in.

Claire’s Fancy Hat Box

After scouring the internet I discovered that Joann’s had the perfect sized hat box.

The 14″ hat box was a perfect fit

I found a fun hat embroidery and added some lettering to create the top of the box. With a little sewing and some spray on glue the box was covered and lined. I love how it turned out.

While I was working on this hat for my mom one of the young ladies in a group I get together with to crochet and knit told us she was just diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She knew she would be losing her hair during her treatment this summer and wondered if I could make a sunhat for her too.

A Sunhat for Hope

Hope picked out the colors of cream with light teal and navy accents.

Hope’s sunhat with cream flower pin

Just like with the other hats I made a couple of pins to go with it.

Close up of light teal flower pin

I don’t have a picture of Hope wearing her hat but this past weekend we had one of our get togethers and Hope told me of how much she wore it on a family vacation. She even had to rescue it when a gust of wind blew it off her head and sent it flying into the ocean.

My maternal grandmother died from ovarian cancer when I was about 1½ and I have no memory of her so I was more than happy to help Hope with this small gesture. She offered to pay but I only let her refund me for the materials.

Hope is doing well on her fight against her cancer but I’m sure she would appreciate any crossed paws or prayers you could send her way.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about my most recent Feel Better Friends (FBF) doll that I made.

Rylee’s Mini-me and “Extras”

Rylee is a 15 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy who recently received a feeding tube. She loves music, camping, fart jokes, crowns, jewelry, feather boas and her favorite colors are pink and purple. Her mom writes that, “She knows that we don’t have one (a feeding tube) and she doesn’t like ‘being different’. She’s sad and she looks at her f-tube and just cries. She needs a ‘friend’ that looks like her.”

Mini Rylee showing her feeding tube port

One of the things a FBF crafter does is to try and make the doll as much like the child as possible so the Mini Rylee has a feeding tube port (also known as a G-tube). G-tube ports look a lot like the valve of an inflatable toy so that is what I used. I found a package of 12 inflatable emoji beach balls on Amazon for a reasonable price and started from there (I receive no compensation for the Amazon link and include it for others to use).

How to insert a feeding tube port (inflatable toy valve) in crochet doll

I included two outfits for the doll. The crocheted dress you see above was adapted from a pattern for a barbie doll. I also made an outfit of pants and a t-shirt and to finish off the outfits a pair of purple and white sneakers.

The hair for this doll was made using Knit Picks Shine sport weight yarn that was first hooked into the scalp. I then styled it as close to Rylee’s hair as possible.

Rylee and her mini-me wearing their crowns

Since Rylee loves crowns I made matching ones for her and the doll. I found a pattern that included sizes from adult to newborn. I made the adult size for Rylee and the infant size fit the doll perfectly. I used Caron Simply Soft in white with Red Heart Shimmer in Snow held together to make both crowns. The Shimmer yarn gave the crowns a bit of sparkle. Then I added a few “jewels” to spruce them up a bit more.

According to her mom, “Rylee loves her doll! The crown and book were hits too. She squealed with delight, she was so excited!” The book she is referring to is Walter the Farting Dog. When I saw that she enjoyed fart jokes I knew I had to get her that book. My Walter included a note with the book for her too.

G-tube pads

Another one of the extras I included were some G-tube pads for Rylee with a matching one for the doll. I found some pads similar to the ones above on Etsy and knew I could make some just like them with my embroidery machine. They are made from 3 layers of absorbent cotton with flannel on the back for softness.

Rylee and Joy wearing matching G-tube pads

Rylee’s mom said, “Rylee named her ‘mini me’ Joy. Our moto is Choose Joy and we say that a lot to remind ourselves that God is good and we can choose our attitude. Thank you for bringing us a little Joy!” So far each of the dolls that I’ve made have had something new to work into them. I enjoy the challenges these dolls give me and I think Rylee’s smile is all the thank you I need.

Making Feel Better Friends dolls has been a great way to use my crochet skills for charity work. If you know of a child with medical problems that you think would benefit from having a Mini Me to help them you can visit the Feel Better Friends website to request a doll. I am assigned to the northeast USA but I think you can request a specific crafter if you would like.

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