Blanket Planning 101

I love making blankets during my lulls between orders. I usually keep them for myself or give them away as gifts. Handmade is so much better! Plus it gives me an excuse to watch all of House of Cards season 4 in one sitting without feeling overly guilty.

The hardest part of blanket planning for me is choosing the colours. The supplies to make a blanket can be quite the investment, so I have a hard time limiting myself to one particular brand of yarn that hopefully has the exact colours I am looking for.

I am a huge fan of Knit Picks Brava Worsted because it has so many colour options. Another bonus is that it is actually really nice yarn. I always get compliments on my products made out of this yarn saying that it is so soft, and it really is! Usually whatever colour scheme I end up choosing I can make work with their selection of yarn.

Back to choosing an actual colour scheme. Pinterest becomes my best friend when I am searching for colour inspiration. The number of amazing and talented photographers out there is just insane, and I am able to draw my blanket visions out of their beautiful pictures.

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I came across Design Seeds recently, and I love the colour palettes they have created. Seriously so beautiful. Each one works perfectly and there are so many to choose from that you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for. I found my next blanket inspiration there.

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Denim shades of blue and vibrant springy greens are really doing it for me this year. Paired with some simple beige and cream neutrals, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

If you are trying to plan a blanket but are having the same issues finding colour inspiration, look through Design Seeds! The more I look through their feed, the more blankets I want to make.

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Fellow knitters and crocheters, I need your help.

I’ve mentioned on other posts how difficult this time of year is for me. It is now March! Spring break is upon us in British Columbia, which hopefully means the weather will begin to grow nicer (still waiting for that part). I have a hard time cuddling up with my chunky yarns and thick needles and hooks when my mind is telling me, “But Tia, you won’t be able to wear this for another five months.”

What does one make this time of year?! I am still trapped in fall and winter mode, so I am having an extremely difficult time moving onto different projects. All of my unfinished winter projects are staring at me with these sad eyes, begging to be finished. I just can’t do it.

I have been slowly entering Amigurumi World as of three days ago. My little Easter bunnies are extremely popular this time of year and I received orders for 10 of them in about two days. That will only keep me busy for about another week. If anyone wants to order or give the pattern a try, I sell them in my Etsy shop and I posted the free pattern when I first started this blog!

My goal for today is to figure out what exactly I am going to do for the next 5 months until August when I start my fall and winter prep. I have a few ideas in mind, and hopefully I will be able to share them with you soon. The first is going to be a themed blanket. The theme? You’ll have to wait and see!

Share your inspiration and current projects with me in the comments! I’d love to hear about what my fellower knitters and crocheters are up to this time of year.

New pattern released!

Finally, I’ve got this pattern written down. One of my worst habits as a knitter/crocheter is that I routinely make up patterns and never write them down, so I can never go back to them. I actually took the time with this pattern to test and size 6 different sizes!

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I have named this beanie The Dreamer because I have literally been dreaming about this design for months now. I came up with an idea of the pattern in my mind probably last winter (2014) but never got around to actually making one. Now that the weather is slowly warming up, of course I’ve got plenty of free time to design.

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This pattern is available in adult, teen, child, toddler, 6 months, and newborn sizes. Head sizes are random and they vary quite a bit, so measure as you go if you are able. I design all hats to first fit my average sized woman’s head and work from there. The beauty of this pattern is that it is worked in a rectangle however long enough to go around your head, and then sewn shut.

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This is an awesome pattern for beginners/more advanced beginners. For my more advanced friends, this is still an extremely satisfying pattern because you can make one up quickly while you watch a movie.

I’ve got this pattern available in my:

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Ravelry shop

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Please let me know if you have any questions at all about the pattern, or if you need help with the pattern! I can be reached through any of my stores, or with my email: stringsandthings16@gmail.com

Happy crocheting!

New month, new beanie

It’s been a while. I have to say I’ve been in a bit of a yarn slump. To me, March is the beginning of Spring. Spring generally means the end of cold seasons, which means no more chunky squishy knits. Spring is so bittersweet for knitters and crocheters. Who doesn’t love chirping birds and budding flowers? But that means it is time to put a lot of my yarn away until later in the Summer when I start my Winter prep.

I thought I would end my season with a bang  and work out this pattern that I have had trapped in my brain for months. I was so busy this past Winter that I didn’t’ get around to writing up this pattern and it has just been eating away at me!

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Texture. Faux fur. Mustard yellow. So much love going on in this picture right now.

This is seriously an easy pattern to work up. I was shocked how quickly it went as well. This faux fur pom pom was pre-made, but I have figured out how to make them by hand. I’ll be writing up a tutorial for that in the next week or so.

Before I release the pattern I am going to work up a scale in a few different sizes: baby, toddler, teen, and adult. This beanie has the perfect amount of stretch. I made it to fit my own head which is your average 20-21 inch circumference women’s head, and I managed to get it comfortably on my boyfriend who has a giant 23 inch head. Super versatile.

Go to your favourite fabric store. Grab about a 7 inch strip of faux fur. Head over to a craft store and grab one skein of your favourite worsted yarn. That is pretty much all you need!