Shelby's Stitches's Blog

Mostly random rambling about yarn, crocheting, knitting, giving back, dogs, and football. And that's just today!

7 of my favorite things

I have lots of favorites. The list for now is things that help me throughout any given project.

1. Pencil box:

I found this pencil box at Target for  50 cents. It is perfect to store my hooks, business cards, pens, needles and any other crochet items I might need. There might even be a love note or two in there.

2. Stretchy thing:

This looks super silly. It’s made with a stretchy plastic. If you pull your yarn from the center of the skien this helps with keeping it together and avoids tangling. So simple and so genius.

3. Wine glass

 One of my least favorite things to do is weaving in ends. Most of my projects that I make myself still have dangly ends. To make the chore more fun, I grabbed a stemless wineglass and fill it up with my scraps. It’s fun to see all the different colors from all my projects in one place.

4. Notebook

 I have notebooks for everything, crocheting is no different. I like this small one with pockets on the side. The front has a cute flower on it and has a stretchy cord to keep it shut. I keep track of pattern ideas, color ideas, notes and to do lists.

5. Scissors

These scissors are amazing. They have not dulled at all. The light blue piece moves so that I can hook them to various places. I can hook it to places like the strap of my bag, or the stretch piece to my pencil box. The gray piece in the middle locks the blades. I have accidentally cut projects in the past from scissors opening up in my bag. These are about the size of the child size type, but they come in all sizes.

6. Project bag

You can get really creative with project bags. I have used everything from reusable grocery bags, purses and my favorite gardening bag. On a side note, my Mom is the best Macy’s shopper. She found this bag for me for a fraction of the price. There are six of the small size pockets and the middle is big enough for me to carry around around 8 different balls of yarn. The pockets keep everything I might need in a day. I make sure this bag is prepared with a project at all times.


I know this isn’t a “thing” but it is the best resource out there for anyone who knits or crochets. There is a very large data base of patterns. There are groups for just about everything (favorite t.v. show, books, types of yarn, favorite pattern, due date, and lots more). You can also browse other projects for a pattern you’re  interested in. If  I need help or inspiration this is the first place I go to. 


Mother’s Day Blanket

For years I have wanted to make a blanket for my Mom. Nothing ever seemed quite good enough. I finally took the challenge head on and started designing one from the resources I have.
I took squares from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks, a join from an online tutorial and a border for Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner.
The blanket turned out soft, elegant and feminine.

Yarn: Vanna’s Choice
Colors: Beige, Pink, Dusty Blue, Dusty Green, Dusty Purple, Oatmeal, Espresso
books: 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton (order here) and Around The Corner by Edie Eckmans (order here)
Join: Flat- Braid no hook out method (tutorial here)


Block 189:Willow- Dusty Blue/ Beige


Block 189: Willow- Pink/ Beige


Block 189: Willow- Dusty Green/ Beige


Block 19: Lacy Cross- Oatmeal


Join- Espresso


Border: (will get the number soon)- Dusty Purple / Espresso


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What goes into making a blanket: part one

What exactly goes into making a blanket ? Most know yarn is involved, maybe a couple of those pointed sticks, but what does it really mean to make a blanket.

I am going to use a recent baby blanket I made for a co-worker as an example. As soon as I hear someone is expecting my brain starts planning. I wonder what colors they will use for their baby. Will they find out the gender? What is their general style? I start researching patterns for possibilities.

Colors are next. I was lucky enough to see a picture of the nursery and was able to decide on these colors.


Now that I have the colors I can finalize the pattern. I used a mix of parents style and nursery theme. I picked Promise Petals, a free pattern at Ravelry.


Now the fun starts. I decided the final blanket would be a 4 X 3 quilt style. I cranked out 12 squares in a couple weeks. For this square it made more sense to make it in an assembly line.

Center flowers first



I didn’t snap pictures of the squares with the background added. Each full square took roughly an hour to make.

Next I joined the squares. Which is another two or so hours.


I picked out a pretty border. Another couple of hours. Then it’s ready for the wash.


Not the best picture, but here she is all done. Ready for Baby Girl Munson to make her debut in a few weeks.


My blankets are, usually, one of a kind, and customizable. I don’t follow one specific blanket pattern , but pull from several resources.

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Where in the world have I been?

I guess I am not so great at this blogging thing.

I ended the 2012 year making some of my most favorite blankets for some of my most favorite people, a few baby and sibling blankets, some comfortghans, a few hats, a few scarves, and I continued to practice knitting.

Here are some of my adventures. Please excuse the Instagram snapshots. My goal for this year is to take better, actual, pictures. 🙂

For one of my BFF’s I made a log cabin style blanket. It has been one of my favorite finished blankets to date. I still think about making another one just about every week. Here is a picture without the border.


Another BFF now has one of my favorite blankets to make : the Babette. I have made about 6 of these now. I made this one in fun, dramatic colors to match her personality.


There are a few great things that happen in the online yarn community that is One is swapping handmade items. A group I belong in swaps between 12-20 squares in a coordinating theme. In one of my previous posts I talked about the blue lagoon swap. The second great thing is something that happens along side of the Olympics. People set up their goals and work during the length of the events starting with opening ceremonies. This year I decided to take my 20 blue squares and turn them into 3 lap-sized blankets for my husband and his cousins. I finished in time!


I made my first sibling blankets for a family I adore. Both Daisy square blankets. I only have a picture of the older sister’s blanket. The baby sister’s blanket was a 3 X 3 of daisies in more muted colors.
The other sibling blankets I made were stars. The big sister got bright girlie colors. Baby brother got soft, sweet boy colors. I didn’t get a picture of these before I gifted them.


In my goal to make blankets for all of my family, I made my sister a blanket that matched the tones in her living room. Seriously, my pictures suck.


I fell in love with infinity scarves this year. I made a whole stash before the morning sickness kicked in. Most I have gifted out.


And this was another swap blanket for my favorite sister-in-law.


This year I hope to make a bunch of new blankets for people to love.

Follow me on Instagram for (probably too many) progress shots of my many on going projects. That is including Baby, coming August 2013. 🙂 ShelbySheasStitches

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LP 2 swap

Here are the squares I made for the Lily Pulitzer themed swap. I asked for solid colored blocks in the same theme. I made a beautiful blanket for my little sister, which I will post about soon!






My first pattern!

With the help of some wonderful women, I have my first official pattern named “KISS-FIST”.

Where does KISS-FIST come from? If you make a fist then kiss the back of your hand it means something in American Sign Language. Roughly, it’s the concept of loving something that goes beyond just the word love.

In any event, here is the pattern. Link it to your Ravelry page if you have one. I would love to see your work!

KISS-FIST by Shelby Shea



Ravellenics 2012 event wip blue lagoon


Day one of Ravellenics 2012

Today J and I went to Kingston on a date day. We packed up of bags and headed towards the ferry. I brought with me a couple skeins of navy yarn and my project book.

I patiently waited until 1pm, the official start time of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies, to cast on the first square.

I love being a passenger! Between the car and the ferry I was able to finish 6 filler squares.

Watching the olympics I finished bordering the rest of then swap squares from blue lagoon. Is now deciding what squares are going to which blanket.







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WIP Round-up

Wow! I just sat down and wrote out a list of all the blankets I have started and plan to gift within the next year. I have 7 blankets, 7 swap blankets, and 3 baby blankets. I have 6 more planned to go out by next May! Busy bee.

Blankets: In order to keep some recipients a surprise I will code name some of the blankets.

Kelly and Mark’s wedding Babette I am beyond words on how late this blanket is. Their two year wedding anniversary is coming up in now time. I might just have to mail it out to them in order for them to get it by their anniversary.
For Phil I was hoping to gift this one for her birthday but that was last weekend. I am more than 2/3 of the way with all the joining. I am working on it non-stop until the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.
Ravellenics blankets Whenever there is a large sporting event Ravelry will host their own version of the games. Knitters, cricketers, spinners and various other skills set their own personal goals. This is done to build community, competition, and to challenge your own squares. My project for the games will be to use up my squares from one of my swaps to make 3 blankets. I will be bordering each square, making 24 filler squares, joining and bordering each blanket withing the time of the Olympics. Will you be watching?
Comfort’ghan there are times in everyone’s life when you could use a blanket to wrap yourself in and feel as if several friends are wrapping their arms around you. A family is in need of a few extra hugs. A total of 5 blankets are being made for a family in need of many, many hugs. I have agreed to take the work of other crocheters and join their squares into one of the blankets. It’s truly amazing the love and positive energy you can feel from these squares.
baby stars I am making a couple of star blankets for siblings. The baby shower is next month which means I should have then done sooner, not later.

Is that enough for now?? I really can’t help myself once I get started with ideas. I just need more hours in the day to make all my ideas happen.

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The journey of Roz’s Daisy Blanket

My current finished project is setting in the dryer right now. A co-worker saw the colorful daisy blanket I made and asked if I would make one for her niece. She decided on a soft green background, deep purple for the petals, and a soft cream for join.image

This blanket had quite the journey. When J and I went to Hawaii in June I made sure to pack my yarn. By the time I left Hawaii I had 3/4 of the squares finished.

I finished joining and bordering the blanket a month ago. It sat in my almost done pile since last night. Between Phil’s blanket and the ravellenics I didn’t quite finish it. I get so exited about a new project that I put off weaving the ends until the very end. Why I don’t take care of them right away is beyond me.

The good news is she is ready to go to her new home.


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Swapping: Blue Lagoon Style (Lots of pictures!)

First off, what is a swap? A group decides on a theme, square size and how many squares to make. The swaps I have participated in are: Juliet- black, white and hot pink or red 12-inch squares, Forrest- 12-inch squares made up of of browns and greens, South Seas- light blue and greens in 9-inch squares, and Granny McPhee- swapped 100 (yes ONE HUNDRED!) granny squares. We then exchange those squares with the others in the group. I am then able to make one (or more) blanket(s) from people from all over Canada and the  U.S.

My current swap is called Blue Lagoon. The colors used- all Vanna’s Choice yarn- are Sapphire, Colonial Blue, Lime, Silver Blue, Dusty Blue and Aqua. Between 14 of us, we agreed to make 20 9-inch squares.

Are you ready for the pictures?? Here are the squares I made to send to my friends! The pictures are linked to the pattern. About half of them came from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks book and the rest are free online patterns.


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Cat's Claw


Cat's Claw


Creeping Trebles


Creeping Trebles


Creeping Trebles


Forest Chains

Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks

Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks

Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks


Log Cabin


Log Cabin


No Pattern.


Jan Eaton: 200 Crochet Blocks

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I’m no fool!

I have been told a time or two that I can crochet pretty quickly. Time to put that to the test. On April 1st I will be spending some time at a cozy little spot in Arlington whipping up as many hats as I can. What am I going to do with all these hats? I will be donating them to the Providence hospital to give to their cancer patients. I will be making the hats in toddler sizes.

How can you make a difference? There are two ways. With a $50 direct donation to Relay For Life (link to follow) I will donate 5 hats under your name in a color of your choosing. The other option is to pledge a dollar amount to how many hats I make in my sit in. If you pledge $1 per hat and I make 10 hats, you would be committing to a $10 donation.

Please email if you would like to be updated about the time, location and all the awesome fundraisingness!

Shelby’s Relay Donation Page

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