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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.

 

Purple

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.

 

Daisy

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).

Waterfall

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!.

 

MUCH MUCH LOVE

SSS

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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.

7. www.Ravelry.com

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. 

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7 things I wish I knew as a newbie

1. Don’t be afraid to rip out your work. It was really hard for me to wrap my head around this idea. If I have to rip something out then it means I did it wrong. Doing it wrong isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a thing. I rip out my work every single day. Some times after hours of work. All I can do it roll up my sleeves and keep going.
2. Trust that in the end it’s going to work out. If it doesn’t. Rip it. There are so many things that look awful until that final round. If it looks funny, it’s okay. It usually will lay flat by the end. If there is something still going wrong, there are plenty of people willing to help you figure out why and fix it.
3. Take frequent breaks. Anytime you’re learning something new it’s important to take breaks. Just a five minute get up and move around.
4. Read the entire pattern More times than I can count I would sit down with my supplies and start cranking out the first part of a project. After a while I hit a spot in the pattern that I had no idea how to do. I would have to hold up my project, spend sometime on youtube then loose interest in picking the project back up. I started writing out every pattern into my own words to avoid this.
5. Ask if you don’t know. Even though many people see crochet and knitting as Grandma’s hobby, google has heard of it. If you have no idea what you’re doing the internet is a good place to seek help. My favorites are youtube.com, ravelry.com and google.com
6. Scissors When you are ready to start a yarn craft make sure to pick up a pair of scissors. On the way home, pick up another pair. While you’re out the next day, pick up another pair. I have had to cut my yarn by keys, nail clippers, corners of tables and lots of other ways. It sucks loosing your scissors.
7. Notebook Keep a notebook with you all the time. A small one. I write pattern notes, color ideas, measurements, and lots more in my notebook. I also re-wrote every pattern and tallied every stitch and row so I wouldn’t forget anything.

 

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Giving Back

One of the things I love about the yarn community is their willingness to always give back.

Some of you have heard about the penguins in New Zealand. There was a need for sweaters to help protect the oil slicked penguins. An overwhelming amount of people from all over the world sent one of a kind penguin sweaters.

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On a more local level, in 2010 I asked for a hand in making a blanket for my best friend’s silent auction for her 3-Day team. The response was way more than I expected. Each person sent me squares of different sizes. My task was to join them all together into one big blanket. Squares were sent from as close as home and as far away as Scottland.

It has been a while since I have given back.

Yesterday I stumbled across this.

http://scarvesforspecialolympics.org/states

This is a picture from last year. Scarves are handed out at the Winter Special Olympics. Every year they have a different color scheme. This year the colors are navy and red. Washington’s goal is to collect 1,000 scarves by February 1st., 2012.

Who is wanting to join me in making scarves? I will take care of collecting them and sending them off. If you’ve never crocheted, I can teach you! It’s a perfect opportunity to learn!

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Getting ready

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I am gearing up for another photo shoot with my fantastic friend. I am hoping to have four base blankets done by next Friday. These will be blankets that are easily customizable for color preferences. I already have two finished. Both I have loved making. And I am trying to keep my focus on different patterns instead of making up several more. I am in the middle of two more. One of which I can’t put down. The other I am feeling so so about right now. I am hoping it is one of those blankets I fall in love with once it is all put together and cleaned up.  Here is a sneak peak of three blankets.

(All photos are taken with my phone, so not the best of color or quality. )

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Baby D’s blanket

I know I’ve posted a few things related to this blanket. Now that Baby D’s Momma has the blanket ready for his arrival I can show off the final project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t wait to meet the little guy who’s going to be bundled up it. 🙂

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What is my favorite thing to make?

One of the most popular questions I’m asked is: “What is your favorite thing to make?”

Without hesitation my favorite thing to make is blankets. More specifically the Babette blanket. It is a blanket that is made up of (up to 17!) different colors and square sizes.

After spending several months drooling over pictures of other versions online I decided to buy the pattern. I will link the pattern at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in making your own. I remember running out to the yarn store and picking out my colors. It was so much pressure at first trying to decide what colors to choose. I finally just grabbed about 15 different skeins ( that’s what those round things of yarn is called) that I just liked. I didn’t bother trying to make sure they all matched together. The minute I got home, I pulled up the pattern and started working. I couldn’t put my hook or yarn down. I decided to not make the full size blanket. Instead I made it a lap size.

Some time later I had this beauty

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J instantly claimed it as his blanket.

 

Last year our close friend asked for one for her birthday. We went to the store together and she picked out her own colors. This is the full size pattern.

 

 

So why do I love this pattern so much? It makes color combinations I would never thought of on my own. It is unique. This isn’t your grandma’s afghan! It can be as simple as two colors and as complex as 17.

Here is baby babette I made with only two colors.

 

If you’re interested in your own custom babette feel free to contact me. Please allow up to 8 weeks for completion of blanket.

All prices are based on acrylic yarn. I can make the blankets in any type of yarn, but prices will be effected depending on which type of yarn you’d prefer.

Here is a flikr pool of other babettes: http://www.flickr.com/groups/purlbeebabette/pool/

If you’d like to make your own : http://www.purlbee.com/babette-blanket-2/

Photo credit to Sandra! Thank you 🙂

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Some super cute kid/baby things

Cosy Feet Slippers

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cosyfeet-slippers

 

 

Cocoon Set

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cocoon-set

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Cluster and Stripe Legwarmers

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cluster-and-stripe-legwarmers

 

Long Tailed Baby Elf Hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/long-tailed-baby-elf-hat

 

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If I ever become brave enough to jump into clothing…

Here are some things I would love to make.

V Neck Topper

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/v-neck-topper

 

Team Spirit

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/team-spirit-skirt

 

Rows ‘O Ruffles

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rows-o-ruffles-dress

Crochet Bronze Beauty

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-bronze-beauty-top

 

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So many ideas not enough time

I have the best job in the world. I spend my days and nights meeting people from all over the country.  I have experienced every emotion known to man through my finger tips. I learn something new every day. I see the worst and the best in humanity. In most days, my heart is full.

That being said…

I have so many great ideas for my crochet projects. They range from adorable baby booties, to funky hats and one of a kind blankets. There is one big problem to accomplishing these… time. In a perfect world I would spend my days with my husband and my pups, surrounded by patterns, hooks and yarn. My coffee mug would always be full. The radio would most likely be playing Jack Johnson. Next to my pile of yarn, on the table, would be a notebook filled with “sc 4, dc 36, sk 1” scribbles which could only be understood by me. How cool would it be to develop a pattern that other people would enjoy making? 

I would come up with a way for anyone to custom design a blanket, submit it to me and I would create it. If you could, essentially, design your own blanket, pick your colors and know it would be made with great quality, wouldn’t you jump all over it? I would. There is nothing better on cool nights than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket that is soft, durable and one of a kind.

Then spend my evenings working as the interpreter I’ve loved becoming.

What would your dream day look like?

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