Mar 042016
 

I saw a table runner my mom made and commented on how much I loved the design, so she made me a lap quilt like it for my birthday. It’s gorgeous!

There’s only one problem… Mister Underfoot thinks it’s his. I spread it out and snapped a quick picture of it while he was occupied filling his belly. Otherwise, there would be a big fuzzy in the middle of the picture. So, I didn’t get it perfectly square for the picture and it’s a little fuzzy, but at least you can see the whole thing. I wanted to get the picture posted today, so I opted not to fight Underfoot and post what I had.

Click on the image to see more detail and the fuzzy right side.

Lap Quilt by Sandy

Nov 192015
 

So, I’ve been working on the same blanket for years, haven’t picked it back up yet this year, but Mister Underfoot won’t let me finish it. I made a post about it last year that you can find here: The Blanket I’ll Never Finish.

After I made that post, I decided that since he loved the blanket I was working on so much, I’d just make him one of his own. Since it was smaller, it was easier to work on, but he still had to try it out before it was finished.

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It’s a simple blanket, just single, double and triple crochet throughout. On the row before switching colors, I did a variety of variations. Some were 3 sc, 3 dc, 3 tc, 3 dc, 3 sc, 3 dc and so on. Some were 1 of each repeating and some were just seemingly random. I wanted to add a little something to see even though it was a blanket for a kitty.

And here’s what he wound up with…

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The variegated rows actually look pretty interesting. I love working with variegated yarn because you never know exactly how it’s going to look until it’s finished. Some people see ducks, others rabbits. I see a pattern of blobs, but I’ve never had something I’ve made with variegated turn out looking quite so uniform before.

After the blanket was finished, I spread it out on the couch. Mister Underfoot jumped up on the couch, wrapped his arms around the edge of it and pulled it up to his face.

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I left him alone with it and came back a few hours later to this.

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I don’t think he likes it. 

Sep 302015
 

My husband likes more than a sheet in the summer, but blankets are too much. He was complaining one day about being too hot with the blanket, but not feeling comfortable without it, so I asked him if he wanted me to make him a summer blanket. He gave me an enthusiastic yes, so I set about gathering patterns and yarn.

I made him pick the pattern I was to use. I figured he would know better what would work for him. He decided rather quickly on the Spiders & Cobwebs Throw pattern posted on the Redheart website.

I had some leftover yarn from the blanket I made him several years ago and decided to make the summer throw to match. I was out of the exact green color and no one had it in stock so I opted to leave it out. I also dropped the brown because I wanted to get started right away and I was almost out so I was left with Redheart colors black, claret and fall.

I finished it last year right before the end of summer. I hate working on blankets, even summer blankets, during the summer. It’s too hot! He was so cute about it though, even taking interest in picking the pattern, that I wanted to get it done before he had no use for it anymore. Little did I know he’d use it through the winter, too.

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I made the sad choice putting the blanket on top of a similar color to shoot the picture, but I think the design comes through with the solid colors. He seemed to really like it and has used it ever since. In the winter, he piles the blanket I made him and the quilt my mother made him on top. 

Making this pattern and switching colors didn’t work out the way I hoped. I think next time I use this pattern, I’ll stick with one color, no switching. It was a fun pattern and I’m thinking about making myself one soon.

Here’s the blanket I was trying to match…

Hubby's Blanket

Sep 212015
 

My mom made this quilt in 1992 for my daughter and now she’s using it for her son. I think she even used it for her dolls until she grew out of playing with dolls.

1992 was before we all had digital cameras, so none of us thought to take a picture of it. While my daughter was over with our grandson she happened to have it with her, so I snagged a picture.

I believe this was the first baby quilt Mom made. Countless washes and 23 years later, it’s still in fantastic shape. It was loved, cared for and gently packed away until it was needed again.

BabyQuilt

You can’t see the baby feet in the picture, so I saved out a section of the quilt and enhanced it so the baby feet are more visible. It did some funky things with the other fabrics, but you can see the baby feet now! They’re so cute!

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May 062015
 

I’m going to have to wait a few years before my grandson can help me make these concrete nesting tables, but I think this would be an amazing project when he gets older. I can think of a few fun things we could make like this!

Looks like I need to buy some Legos!

May 042015
 

More in Mom’s amazing Denim Collection.

My mom gave this beautiful blanket to my husband as a Christmas present. He loves heavy blankets and quilts, so the first thing he did when we got home was spread it out on the bed and climb under it. Between the weight of this quilt and the blanket I crocheted for him, I don’t see how he moves at all in his sleep.

It’s absolutely gorgeous. The eye is immediately drawn to this quilt when you enter the room. I’ve spent more time than I care to admit trying to identify pairs of jeans that were mine.

Apr 272015
 

My mom has the neatest ideas. I just love these denim placemats! The pockets for the silverware… genius! They’re all different but still in sets which makes them that much more interesting.

And I thought her denim storage boxes were amazing!

Another fantastic and creative way to put old jeans to use. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Actually, still have several of Mom’s projects to post. It has been difficult to space them out instead of posting them all at once.

Click on the pictures and take a closer look. The thumbnails fail to show all the detail and character.

Mar 302015
 

My mother has been particularly industrious recently and she gave me permission to post a few of her projects!

I’m always amazed at what my mother can do with sewing (and everything else for that matter), but I just LOVE these storage boxes she made out of old jeans. What a fantastic way to get rid of clutter and make things look neat and organized without using a bunch of boring plastic storage boxes.

The pockets are not only cute, but also functional! The wallet wear adds so much character. It makes me want to snoop to see what’s in that particular pocket.

This almost makes me want to break out my sewing machine… almost. I’d have a lot to learn before attempting something like this. I think I’ll stick to crochet for now.

Nov 292014
 

Twisted Chain Bracelet

This was the first twisted chain piece I made. I gave it to my daughter along with the Twisted Chain Necklace for Christmas 2013.

Like the Twisted Chain Necklace, this bracelet was made from 8mm jump rings in a twisting pattern. It’s a little easier to see here than in the necklace picture.

I really enjoy making the twisted chain pieces and hope to make myself some in the year to come.

Nov 262014
 

The first project where I combined jewelry making and crochet. I made these for my daughter for Christmas 2013 to match the Twisted Chain Necklace.

These are very fast and easy to make. Just single crochet twice, then add a 8mm jump ring, single crochet around the jump ring and repeat. I finished it with a bead tip to hide the thread. You can choose to single crochet as many times between jump rings as you like to get the look you want.

Crochet Jump Ring Earring

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