Crocheted Blankets

Last of my old yarnish projects from the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. I do love blankets, but they take so long to make! Heavy king-sized 3-stitch blanket done in a thick wool blend. Finally brought it back to Finland with us on our last trip home. Perfect for freezing winter nights. Thermal stitch preemie afghan, a commission from a friend.

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Crocheted Mittens and Socks

Third in the series of old yarnish projects I had up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. Crocheted “glittens” (fingerless gloves that convert into mittens). Matched a kitty cat hat, for a friend. I do find this ideal ridiculously useful and am going to make a pair for myself by next winter. Elbow-length fingerless gloves, so everything stays warm even when you need your fingers free for detailed work. Ribbon trim at top can be tightened as needed. Rainbow socks, for a friend who requested socks before I had learned …

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Crocheted hats of days past.

Second in the series of old projects I had up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site. Links to project pages and patterns as applicable, below the pictures. Light blue Fraggle hat for a friend. Also made a scarf to go with it, as you see. Rose-colored Kitty Cat Hat for a friend. Had matching glittens. Comfy purple Homespun Hat for a bestie. Had a matching scarf. A Maroon Cloche that traveled to Canada. And a purple Ribbon Cloche for another friend. Had a matching scarf.

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Crocheted scarves, a retrospective.

Most people learn to crochet from their mother or grandmother. I was taught by a friendly midwestern girl on the set of the godawful 2001 comedy “Bubble Boy“, during a week-long wedding sequence. Yeah, we had a lot of spare time. The only two memories I really have of that shoot are (1) learning to crochet and (2) being mooned by Jake Gyllenhaal. The crocheting has served me much better in life, overall. I originally had all my old projects up gallery-style on the old VKFashion site, but decided to just keep it simple with tags this time. After all, …

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Yarn stash!

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Hey look, it’s Sunday again! That means I should be updating this blog 🙂 With spring right around the corner and a big move coming, I figured it was as good a time as any to inventory and catalog stuff before packing. I’d been doing a haphazard job of keeping track of my yarn stash on Ravelry already, so today that was cleaned and updated to more accurately reflect what’s going on in that big box of fluffy cat-bait. Luckily, my yarn collection has not had time to grow very much here in Finland. I’d only brought over a small …

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WIP-y weekend.

Seems everything around me at the moment is half finished. Probably because I’ve thrown myself into a pile of larger projects with no instant gratification in sight. Boo. First, the saga of the purple yarn. I bought a few skeins of this pretty lavender wool to make my first full-sized knit project with, y’see. Then I started working on what should have been a simple eternity scarf pattern which went horribly wrong. Wrong beyond the possibility of fixing — as in, there were checkerboard spots where there were suppose to be stripes wrong. Luckily, I had only done perhaps 10 …

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Show and Tell

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This past week, I tried to use up leftover bits and pieces from my yarn stash by doing smaller projects. Leftover maroon sock yarn made a fun little hairband! And leftover yellow scarf yarn made a nifty little roll-up crochet hook mat. Another multi-purpose project started this weekend was a stitch sampler afghan — it’s using up my leftover yarns, refreshing my rather rusty technique, teaching me new stitches, and making us a colorful blanket all at the same time! Here are my squares so far — some of them are so classically “granny” in style that I giggle looking …

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Crochet Pattern: Mock Turtleneck Sweater for Cats

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I mentioned in my last post that I started making sweaters for our Siamese mix, Coco, because she seemed to be perpetually cold for most of this past fall and winter. Despite having very efficient indoor heating and piles of blankets to snuggle into, she’s a California kitty at heart and is having a hard time adjusting to our new Nordic environment. Having a pathetic-looking furball with ice-cold extremities trying to burrow into your armpit at 2AM every night is both sad and extremely annoying. Cat sweaters it was. The problem I found with most crocheted cat sweaters I tried, …

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A fortnight in crochet.

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Five more finished crochet projects to share 🙂 A pair of warm wool socks for myself, with a bit of embellishment. And a matching kitty sweater for Coco made with the same yarns! A favorite old hat with moth holes got fixed up. A comfy new waffle stitch throw blanket for watching movies on the couch. And my very first crocheted garment!

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Warm ears and manly feet.

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And this post concludes my recent spate of crochet spamming on various social networking platforms 🙂 I am now caught up so my project posts will come at a slightly more manageable pace. Socks! Really big ones! And a pretty flowered earwarmer. Yes, I have a glass lampshade the size and shape of a human head. Doesn’t everybody?

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