Monday, March 11, 2013

A Finished Project, Crochet Books and a WIP

While my great-niece Ashley was here staying with us, I made her something very special. She absolutely adores cows, and we just could not find a cute stuffed cow in any of the local stores. I decided I should just make her one instead, and after looking through many patterns, I chose to make the Chibi Cow pattern that I found on Ravelry. It was a really easy pattern to follow, with well-written directions.

Ashley was absolutely thrilled with it (even though the udders somehow got sewn on sideways!)

This past weekend I went to visit my sister in the big city and got to go to Hobby Lobby and Jo-Ann. I found some great crochet books and magazines that I wanted to share with you.
The first crochet book I found was called Farmhouse Crochet:
I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but this book was marked down to $2.36... such a steal! There are several great projects in here that I want to make, including this pillow:

And these cushions for my kitchen chairs:

I also liked this Yo Yo Afghan:

There are quite a few nice projects in this book, and the price just couldn't be beat!

These are the two magazines I bought:

I purchased the Crochet Gifts to Go for this pattern:

I fell in love with this table runner - isn't it pretty? It is also a join-as-you-go project, which makes it even better. There was lots of variety in this book, including some really nice cardigans and tops, as well as baby items, placemats, socks, and afghans. The retail price for this one is $9.99, but I got it with my 40% off coupon.

I found the Glorious Granny Squares magazine at Jo-Ann, and since it was already 10% off the retail price of $9.99, I wasn't able to use a coupon for it. I thought it was well worth the money, though, as there are almost 40 projects included, ranging from home decor items to clothing to afghans. Look at this beautiful afghan:

After I finish my baby blanket that I'm working on, I think I will start one of these projects.

I finally started my Attic 24 Granny Stripe blanket.  Thankfully it is one of those easy patterns that you can memorize quickly. Here is what I've done so far:

I added the black yarn to hopefully make the colors pop and also to make it not so girly, since it is for a baby boy. I haven't decided yet what kind of border/edging I will put on it. As you can see, I'm going to have lots of ends to weave in :( 

Oh, also wanted to let you know that I changed my blog so that you can now find my reply to your comment immediately underneath yours in the comment section (think it is called a thread??) I have always been lax about replying via e-mail, so this way will be much easier.

That's it for now - hope everyone has a great week :)


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