Ombre Coasters

I needed a quick fix to complete my crafty weekend that didn’t quite happen but kinda did.  LOLOL!   But before I get to the project, I have to tell on myself cause the pattern is one that came from a new crochet block book I bought last month.   Yeah … I’m not doing so good with not purchasing books.  Kinda but not kinda.  I’ve not bought any magazines or random books … just instruction books … but I digress.

But back to the project — Ombre Coasters; I like to call the pattern, “Spring In Brooklyn

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Details:

  • Pattern: In Bloom (from book 500 crochet blocks)
  • Yarn: KP Dishie in Pomegranate, Fiesta Red, Lionbrand Cotton in Grape, KP Dishie in Flamingo and Lionbrand Cotton in Vanilla
  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
  • Modifications: None.  But when I do them again, I’ll use the seamless join instead of the slip-stitch join the pattern calls for.  That join is typically untidy looking to me and with cotton being so thick, the join is even more untidy to me.

These are such a happy, cheerful addition to my kitchen.  I’m using them already!  😀

Hope you each had a wonderful weekend.

Merry Christmas Baby: Are They Yarn-Worthy?

To make this short, when I did this list, I was 100% sold on making all my Christmas gifts this year.  However, as I grew in craft skill-set, through some recent experiences and encounters I’ve had, it seems that some people I know are just not yarn-worthy.  They consider what I do “old women stuff” and are not very appreciative of the time, effort, energy, love and sometimes cost it takes to create a great hand-made gift.   Not that anything’s wrong with their choice — they like what they like and I like what I like — no biggie.  I know though that I wouldn’t want to give a gift that’s not appreciated especially since many times the effort and cost of a hand-made gift is way more than just purchasing something from a store.

This hysterically funny diagram from Panopticon really helped me asked my own questions to narrow down who’s yarn-worthy and who’s not;  go through it, you might find that you either have more yarn-worthy people in your life or … less. 😀

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That said, the only hand-made gifts I’ll be making this year is for my co-workers.  One of them requested a scarf and all the others will be receiving spa-packages.   The children in my life will all be receiving books and since my immediate family live in the Tropics … errrrr … handmade yarny gifts wouldn’t be very practical!  😀

Each spa package will contain face-cloths or face scrubs.  After the “Gift That Never Was”, I’ve learned my lesson and got some KnitPicks Dishie to make those items.  😀   I didn’t want to go with traditional Christmas colours, so I chose a more Spring-like palette for the cloths.  I got:

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Linen

Jalapeno

Creme Brulee

Clementine

I rounded up that order with some Cotlin in gorgeous Chartreuse!  This with some Wallaby from my stash would make a great combo for a striped sweater that I’ll start after the holidays.  This is my inspiration sweater:

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I’m not sure why this is a “Goodbye” item!  In my opinion, it’s a slept on colour.  Look at this gorgeousness then tell me that I’m wrong!  😛

But the sweater’s a side-note, so let’s leave that alone for now.  😀

What’s more important, have you started your Christmas crafting yet?