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

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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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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Blanket Update

February 2012

Since the last update I have made a few blankets all for different reasons. Starting from top to bottom.



I am teaching my cousin how to make this blanket. It is similar to the blanket I am teaching to a couple of close friends. I love how simple these squares are to make, but  can change so easily by colors and type of join. The purple one is joined with a slip stitch through the back loops.

Slip stitch in the back loops give the raised edge look between squares.


Custom orders are available at $65 for up to 3 colors. $5 additional for more colors.



I am in love with this pattern! I made this to give as a gift. I’m not sure if I am ready to give this up. I am already planning at least two more blankets, just bigger! This is the blanket I taught myself the continuous join as you go method.

Where you see the brown yarn is the join.


South Seas Swap

Another tripple S! 🙂 To put it simply, I make a given number of squares and mail them out to others who have agreed to do the same. In the end I have a blanket made up of squares made up by women from all over the U.S. and Canada. After learning the new joining technique I couldn’t wait to dust out this swap (they’ve been sitting in a box for over a year).


Ripples are high on my list of favorite blankets to make. This one is made up of 10 different colors. It’s a great lap size. Perfect for next to the couch, or in a cold office. Made of 100% acrylic yarns, machine wash/dryer, Super warm and cozy.

Available for purchase. $80


Class Prep

I am teaching a couple of friends how to make this blanket (in their own colors). If you’re interested in learning how to crochet, this is a great blanket to start with. The squares are the same pattern and the Purple blanket. The join I used in this method is the continuous join as you go. To me, this feels like a very different blanket.

Pink Wisteria

Baby blanket.

Available for sale: $80, Custom orders (4 colors) $100.

Juliet Swap

A friend is going through some hard times. I was trying to think of ways that I could help make their day a little brighter. I dusted this blanket out from it’s box and new it had to go to her. The women who swapped in this group are full of a type of love that isn’t found in many places. They are always making blankets for those who need a warm hug on those hard days. This blanket is being sent off in hopes that when they need a big warm hug,they can wrap themselves in this and feel support stitched into each square.

Contact me privately (Shelby Sheas Stitches @ gmail (dot) com )iIf you know of someone needing the same kind of hug. The South Seas is up for grabs.


Wow! Thank you if you read through all of that. You’re a troope!.




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