My Ripple Blanket

My Ripple Blanket

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Seascape Blanket


Just a quick post this week to show you what I started and finished on my spring break this week.  I couldn't get to the seas or anywhere warm for that matter, so I brought the sea to me. 




  

The yarn is Billow from KnitPicks.   A 100% cotton bulky fiber that is so soft and fluffy. The yarn was a sampler pack of preselected colors that the company was offering a couple of months ago.  I think the colors are gorgeous together and look just like the ocean or the sea.   I used the shells pattern I posted last week http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp4.html.  What a fun pattern to work with. 

I hope your spring break allowed you some me time and a chance to get creative.  I know I appreciated the down time.

Have a super week!

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker

Please visit my Etsy shop to find this blanket and many other items that may inspire you to get in a creative mood!  https://www.etsy.com/shop/thecrochetcaretaker




 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Lilac and Sky Blue Rainbow

Spring is starting to get fired up here in Michigan.  Temperatures have been in the 40's and 50's recently and for some of you that is probably still way too cold, but for those of us here in Western Michigan it's like a heat wave!  My hyacinths have started to pop through the frozen ground and it made me think of pretty pastel colors.  While digging through my stash of yarn I came across some Encore acrylic and wool blend in the pretties shades of lilac and sky blue and off I started on another baby blanket.  I can's keep away from blankets for too long.  They seem to be my crochet passion.




I found this lacy shells pattern on Ravelry at this blog http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp4.html
It's a very simple pattern and is yet again one of those mindless repetitions that moves along very quickly.  The yarn is self striping which creates a beautiful rainbow effect when worked up.  Gorgeous!

Are you starting to see spring show it's true colors in your area?  Are the pastels of spring starting to pop?  If not why not bring a little spring to your crafts with some lighter colors.  Create your own rainbow!

Have a fantastic week! 

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker

You can find this beautiful baby blanket in my Etsy Shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCrochetCaretaker?ref=si_shop

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Change Of Pace

Hand Crocheted Burgundy Wine Colored 25 Inch Doily/Table Topper

Hi there!  The last couple of weeks I have had a change of pace in my crocheting.  All winter I seem to have been crocheting blanket after blanket.  They are my favorite thing to make.  Especially patterns that are mindless once I get going. 

But I decided I needed to stretch my mind a little and took on a doily pattern that required a little more thought. 



The project started out as just a typical doily, about 12-15 inches and ended up turning into a a 25 inch doily or table topper.  It's very lacy and if I do say so myself, gorgeous! 

The pattern is from a February 1992 issue of Crochet Patterns by Herrschners (I don't think it's a publication in print any longer).  There must have been something about this magazine that I liked when I was 24 years old to make me buy it back then.  I haven't crocheted any of the patterns from this magazine that I can of.  I guess I figured after hanging on to it for this long I better use it or pitch it.  I am very happy I tried my hand at this doily pattern.  I will be crocheting a few more of these beauties!

Do you have patterns that you have been hanging on to for ages and haven't done anything with?  Why not take time to go through some of your old craft magazines and see what strikes your fancy after all these years.  What was not so appealing to you 20 years ago just might be the thing that gets your creative juices flowing again.

You can find this beautiful doily in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/thecrochetcaretaker

Have a wonderful week!  And be sure to find time to do something creative!

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Neapolitan Ripple

This week I am still hooked, literally on the ripple pattern.  This time a baby blanket in white with shades of gray and pink.  It reminds me of neapolitan ice cream, except with gray instead of brown. I used a size G hook and Patons Baby Beehive Acrylic yarn.  The yarn is beyond soft and holds its shape very nicely.  It was a great piece to work on with the weather still not cooperating here in Michigan. It kept me warm at the same time I crocheted it, a simple pleasure of the craft.









Sunday, February 23, 2014

MINT



Everywhere I look I see snow.  In my yard.  In the trees.  On the roofs.  I am in need of some green.  This week I dug through my stash of yarn and came up with enough mint green baby yarn to whip up a super simple but totally beautiful baby blanket. 

A basic giant granny square is a mindless project that works up very fast and produces a great result.  This blanket  measures 38 x 38 and I crocheted a simple border of double crochets all around the edge.  With a second border row of single crochet.  For granny square ideas and patterns you can visit Ravelry.com for some great inspiration. 

Are you living in a state where there is far too much white stuff on the ground and not any color in sight?  Why not work some spring into your projects this week with color choices that help you envision spring being on the way. 

Have a terrific week ahead.  It's the last week of February folks.  Where have the first two months of the year gone? Personally I think you will find them under all of the snow.  Haha

You can find this baby blanket and many others in my Etsy shop at thecrochetcaretaker.etsy.com 

Take care!

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker





                      

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ripple Effect

Hi there!  Last week's post didn't happen due to a terrible virus my desktop computer contracted.  The guys at Best Buy's GeekSquad are geniuses.  They fixed a problem I was sure was unfixable.  And I am happy to report that the desktop is up and running again.  I would have written my blog post on my IPad but I have yet to figure out how to resize my photos on it and the images are super huge!  Haha.

This week I finished a new ripple blanket I am calling White With Shades of Gray

Crocheted White With Shades of Gray Ripple Baby or Lap Blanket                  

It started out to be a baby size blanket but ended up being quite generous in size.  45 x 41 inches.  An extra large baby blanket indeed.  But also wonderful for a lap afghan for an adult.  Perfect for a small child too. 

I used Patons Baby Beehive acrylic yarn.  It is super soft!  And the white and gray color scheme makes it rather up to date and gender neutral.   The ripple pattern is one of those mindless repeats that are great to work with when you are trying to do more than one thing at a time.  Easily picked up without much thinking.    The pattern can be found here http://www.lemondedesucrette.com/2011/08/05/summer-time-ripple-the-graphic-pattern/   This site has many wonderful crochet patterns and lots of fun color schemes to catch your eye.

What have you been working on lately?  I would love to find out.

Enjoy your week ahead and make sure you find some time just for you!

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker

You can find this new Ripple Blanket in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/thecrochetcaretaker  Take a peek.  You may just find the inspiration you need to create something new for yourself or a gift. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Bit Of Bunting

Happy February!  Can you believe a whole month of the New Year is behind us already?  With Valentine's Day just around the corner I decided to work up a crocheted heart bunting to decorate the windows and to bring a bit of brightness to these gloomy winter days. 




The pattern for this quick and simple garland can be found here http://sarahndipities.indiemade.com/blog/things-make-crochet-heart-garland-pattern

I used Red Heart Soft yarn in the most cheery shade of Red I could find.  You could definitely whip up a few of the hearts to use around the house as decorations, coasters or small doilies.  Adding  a crocheted heart to your sweethearts gift would be a romantic personal touch as well. 

When you think of Valentine's Day decorating do you think of paper hearts or lacy crochet?  When you think of Valentine's Day gift giving do you think of boxed chocolates or a homemade gift that was created from your heart with that special person in mind?  There is no right or wrong answers to these questions, just personal preference.  I don't think you need to ask me which direction I tend to lean.  Although I would never refuse chocolate.  Haha

Make the week ahead a fantastic one!  Be sure to stop by my Etsy shop and have a peek, whether for gift giving or inspiration for your own crochet work. https://www.etsy.com/shop/thecrochetcaretaker

See you next week! 

Teresa ~ The Crochet Caretaker