crafting all over the place

crochet
I crocheted up a little unicorn last week, using a pattern from Fresh Stitches, Clarita the Pig. I made some small changes to turn it into a unicorn. The yarn is Hawthorn & Wool in her Unicorn colorway, I bought the yarn with the intention to crochet this Fatty Lumpkin pattern. I crocheted some of it but decided I didn’t actually like how it was turning out, so I tried to find a new pattern, took me awhile but once this pattern came along, I decided to use it. The hair is made from a fun fur I found in a remnants bag from Michaels, I have a lot more of the stuff and am looking for something to make with it. The unicorn is quite small but I’m really happy with how she turned out.

it's a wee unicorn 💖💖 Pattern: Clarita the Pig by @staceytrock I obviously made small changes to make it a unicorn 😀 Yarn: @hawthornandwool in her Unicorn colorway #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftasth

knitting
New socks are also on my needles, my needles have sat empty for a couple weeks and I felt the need to finally change that. I’m using a set of rainbow neon minis from NikkiSlipp on etsy and a skein of Alegria in the Marshes colorway.

I have no socks on the needles, going to change that this morning #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #craftastherapy #socktawk #makersgonnamake

I wasn’t sure how I was going to knit these socks, I just cast on and went with whatever flew off my needles. I ended up striping the minis at the top and then switching to the Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern. I am so in love with how the sock is looking!

I had no solid plans when I cast on but I'm very happy with where I've ended up 💕 #knittersofinstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #nikkislipp #manosdeluruguay

other yarn goodness
I have been dreaming up projects using pom poms for quite some time but I hadn’t figured out if it would work how I picture it. So, I’m making a little project right now to try it out. It’s going to be for my son and I’m actually very excited about how it’s turning out right now, I’m excited for it to be finished.

working with pom poms again #craftastherapy #pompom #makersgonnamake

This week, we’re getting ready to take a small trip to Edmonton. I found out that the Edmonton Fiber Frolic is happening the same day I will be in town, so I’m excited about checking it out. I have never been able to make it to an event like it before. I’m hoping that the weather gets better for our drive out on Friday, right now it’s storming and raining off and on with quite a few different warnings for the next couple days happening. I’m not a fan of driving on the highway in the rain, so fingers crossed that it is over by then!

Thanks for stopping in! Hope you have a great rest of your week.

♥ Casey

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a real life finished blanket!

I had some crappy internet troubles again last week (so close to switching providers), so I couldn’t post about the projects I got finished. I feel like I have been so terrible at finishing off projects, blankets especially, that I was pretty excited that I finished pretty close to when I wanted them done.

pom poms 💕 #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #ratschebohohippieblankie #caroncakes

I was addicted to this blanket I crocheted using Caron Cakes. I think I would like to make this pattern again but with different yarn. I’d also make it much bigger, this one ended up 45X45 inches, definitely not big at all. My oldest likes it for curling up under when she’s on the couch though, so it’s being used!

It's done! This was a fun one to put together 😊 Each section is a full Caron Cake, I used the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway. I would happily crochet this type of blanket again! The pattern is from @ratschebutsch under the #ratschebohohippieblankietutor

The pattern for the blanket can be found under the hashtag #ratschebohohippieblankietutorial on instagram. I used a skein of Caron Cakes in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway for each section of the blanket, I had very tiny leftovers from three of them. For the border, I used almost an entire skein of white Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn. The pattern for the border is free and can be found here.

Fresh off the needles to start the week! pattern: Socks on a Plane yarn: @hawthornandwool in Drift #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #hawthornandwool #socksonaplane #craftastherapy

I also managed to get my socks finished! The pattern is Socks on a Plane and it’s free on ravelry. I knit this pattern once before but gifted the finished socks, so I’m really happy I now I have a pair for myself. I love knitting this pattern, the cable is simple enough that this move pretty quick off the needles. Yarn is by Hawthorn & Wool in the Drift colorway, a local to me yarn. The dyer owns a shop in a town close to me, I visit it as often as I can, it’s beautiful. She’s a florist and does beautiful arrangements, I haven’t got one because my allergies are crazy rough but I have gotten a couple plants from her, I will suck it up at some point, her arrangements are really that gorgeous.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got today. It’s grey and chilly out, so it’s making my brain feel a bit foggy. Hope the weather is sunnier where you are! Thanks for stopping in!

♥ Casey

weekend plans

My husband is back from work this weekend and all next week but I think I can squeeze in some time for crocheting and knitting. I would like to be outside though if I can, the weather is supposed to be really good, in the 30’s (celcius). All week my allergies have been fighting against me being out there too long though. darn the growing season! I have allergies all year long but right now is really a crappy time for them.

after too many starts and frogs with this yarn, I feel like I finally found its project! #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #ratschebohohippieblankie #caroncakes

I started a blanket using my Caron Cakes yarn. I have started more than a few projects using it, so I’m happy that I finally found the project it wanted to be. I’m not entirely following the pattern that I found for this, it’s super easy so I only looked at it and started crocheting. It is under the hashtag #ratschebohohippieblankietutorial if you’re interested in it.

this and listening to S-town plus a noisy robin digging right by my open window. #crochetgirlgang #crochetersofinstagram #craftastherapy #ratschebohohippieblankie #potatochipcrochet

I’m really enjoying this project, it’s hard to put aside for any length of time. Granny stitches really are potato chip crochet! When I finally landed on this project, I thought it might be cool to have each section exactly the same but each skein starts and ends on different colors. I’m fine with them not being identical, I think it will still look really cool.

Maybe I'll have another pair of socks after the weekend? #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #craftastherapy #hawthornandwool #socksonaplane

I’d also like to work on these socks. I had planned on finishing last weekend but my arm acted up too much, so I set them to the side. There’s only a couple cables and a toe to finish now. I’ll be happy to have this pair to wear!

I hope that your weather is good where you are and that you can enjoy your weekend! Thanks for stopping in!

♥Casey

daily knit socks

Last week was a rough one. My son had a terrible stomach virus that had me taking him to the ER twice.  Thankfully it was nothing serious and after spending a few hours each time trying different things, we got to go back home. It lasted about a week, but he is in no more pain and is himself again. So, I was tired and decided to give myself a small challenge of wearing a different pair of my knit socks every day. I haven’t been wearing my knit socks so much this year, so it was fun to pick out a fresh pair each day. The idea came from a hashtag on instagram named #dailyknitsocks.

Saturday
This last week was rough, the youngest ended up with a really bad stomach virus that took us to the ER twice 😥 thankfully he's doing so much better now, we'll see how tonight goes, yesterday was good until night too, would love not t

Sunday
Sunday #dailyknitsocks 💕 #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #flyingkettleyarn

Monday
Monday #dailyknitsocks ... yarn is @nomadicyarns 😍 #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagram #sockstagram

Tuesday
Tuesday #dailyknitsocks 💚 #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockstagram #sockknittersofinstagram

Wednesday
Wednesday #dailyknitsocks plus my growing Skew, this not an easy project to put down! #knittersofinstagram #socktawk #sockknittersofinstagram #sockstagram #craftastherapy #skewsmekal

Thursday
Thursday #dailyknitsocks #sockstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #socktawk #knittersofinstagram

Friday
Friday ☁☁ #dailyknitsocks #sockstagram #sockknittersofinstagram #knitpicks #socktawk #knittersofinstagram

Doing this has given me the sock bug again, I want to cast on all the socks! I also found out that I have some sock repairing to get done soon, four pairs of them, not so fun but it has to be done I guess.

Have a great Monday!
♥ Casey

back to normal

Hello!

My oral surgery went great last week, thanks for the love ♥. The day started with me not eating because of having to fast, not fun. They called me right in the morning because they had a cancellation due to the weather (snow!) and so I went in early. My main fear was the drugs, I’m not a fan of not being in control of myself but it went alright. I definitely don’t remember a thing, like the series of pictures of my arm I found on my phone the next day… It was funny to find though. I was told to expect a lot of pain afterwards as well but I haven’t had any serious pain that can’t be helped with a little Advil. I’m so happy to have been able to have the tooth taken care of now, there’s no way I could have made it to December in the pain I was in. Things are great again!

finished these beauties the other night!🎉 I love everything about them, the cuff is the best! 💗 . . #perlecottagesocks #perlecottagekal #perlecottagefo #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #socktawk #operationsockdrawer #craftastherapy #boxo

Now that I’m not in constant pain, my sock knitting mojo has returned! I started these Perle Cottage socks back in August and they sat untouched for quite some time. I picked them up again Tuesday and finished them. These socks are so much fun! The cuff is perfect and I want to do more of them!

knitting always comes before laundry 😉 . . . #knittersofinstagram #cozymemoriesblanket #knittersofig #procrastiknit #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake

And I’m still happily knitting on my cozy memories blanket. I’m about to square it off to 132 squares. I have a few projects I’d like to get working on, so I may put the blanket aside again for a little while.

Other than knitting, I started a new book, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. The only thing I really heard about this one is that it’s a bit disturbing and it definitely is. I am enjoying it though, through the cringe worthy parts and all.

Linking up with Yarn Along and KCCO this week.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Talk soon!
♥ Casey

lately…

Hello! It’s been awhile since I’ve been here, I’ve tried to write but haven’t been able to figure how exactly to. My mind’s been fogging I guess from all the sickness and pain I’ve been dealing with since last month. So, I’m just going to go with whatever flows out today.

I ended up with bronchitis for most of September, I have the rare painful coughing fit still but I’m for the most part over it. As soon as I started feeling a little better, tooth pain hit me like a damn train. I was supposed to go see an oral surgeon a year ago to have an extra tooth pulled but the pain subsided and I basically chickened out. Definitely kicking myself right now for that! It’s been so terrible that my husband wanted to take me to the hospital a few times. I got a new appointment with the surgeon when my pain started but it wasn’t until December 7th, so we called in to explain what was going on and I got bumped up to go in tomorrow. I’m definitely nervous about it but I’m excited to be done with the pain and excited to eventually be able to eat more than just soup again!

Enough about that stuff, I have managed to do a few small things during the last month. I finished up my son’s blanket completely, border and all. He sleeps with it every night now.

so far this week has been the shittiest, most pain filled ever 😵😵 but there were two really good mail days! I got an email telling me I won a book from @randomhouse and it was in my mailbox the same day 😁 also, minis from @nikki

I won Jodi Picoult’s new book Small Great Things through a Random House giveaway, they emailed me one day to let me know I won and it was in my mailbox the same day! Pretty awesome. I’ve finished reading it already, it was tough to make it through because I seriously hated some characters, they were white supremacists. I think it was so tough because of the fact that there really are disgusting people like that out in the world. But, in the end, I absolutely loved the book! The book is released next week on October 11th if you want to get your hands on it too.

I ordered some new minis from Nikkislipp’s shop on etsy. She’s my favorite mini dealer, I decided to see how many times I’ve ordered them from her and I am no longer able to count on one hand… I have pretty much no doubt eventually two hands won’t be enough.So, now I’m working on my cozy memories blanket again. After knitting my son’s blanket, this one seems so small!

I love knitting on this, I should do it more often 💓 . #knittersofinstagram #cozymemoriesblanket #scrappyhueshift #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

This blanket is the only project I really feel like working on right now. I have almost no drive to do anything else, I’m sure it’s just because of how crappy I’ve been feeling. I have socks that still need to become pairs, hopefully I will find some desire to knit on them again soon. But, for now I’ll just enjoy my blanket.

I hope everyone out there is having good weather where they are! We got out first bit of snow yesterday and it’s sticking so far, it’s supposed to stay pretty cold for awhile. Perfect for curling up and knitting though!

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!
♥ Casey

a birthday blanket

a blanket in 10 days? hopefully! 👍 #knittersofinstagram #knittersofig #blanket #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

Last week was my son’s 8th birthday and I challenged myself to knit a complete blanket by it, only 10 days. Knitting on this blanket is the only project I worked on in those 10 days. The kids went back to school, so I had two full days of knitting without worrying about him seeing the blanket.

I'm not the most optimistic right now but I'm still knitting! They're the size of my hand, so pretty big! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife #craftastherapy_geometrical

this blanket is around half way done, maybe, almost too big to get a decent sneaky shot, without the recepient spotting it. My hand has rebelled a few times but I'm hoping to push through! Knitting feels so slow though, I wish the boy would have wanted a

I chose to knit mitered squares in a patchwork style. Earlier this year, my son had watched me knitting on my sock blanket and asked if that one was for him. After that, we started looking through ravelry at different blankets I could possibly knit for him. He did say he wanted one like my sock blanket and that it had to be knit. I of course procrastinated big time and thought something else might be out there. In the end and cutting it far too close, I decided on this.

not small squares! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

I decided that the squares should be much bigger than my sock blanket, I thought the size would help me finish it faster. It felt like it took forever to knit, my hand hurt while doing it so often but I pushed through the pain and managed to finish in time! Well, pretty much. I thought the blanket should be one more row wider but it fits his bed, so I decided to give it to him and let him decide if he’d like it a little bigger.

loads of ends to weave in today but it's done(ish)! I feel like it could use one more row of squares but there's no way I can crank them out before tonight! I'm going to let the birthday boy decide if he'd like it bigger still before I add the final borde

He slept with it on his birthday and decided one more row would be okay. I haven’t started knitting it yet though because when I stopped knitting, my hand got much worse. I’ve been to the doctor and it’s definitely tendinitis again, so I’m resting my hand for awhile. Hopefully by next week, I can get started on the next row. I didn’t snag a “finished” shot yet but I will once it’s actually finished!

I stitched up a tag for the birthday blanket, I'm planning on doing these for all future blankets I make for the kids! #knittersofinstagram #birthdayblanket #craftastherapy #makersgonnamake #ourmakerlife

I stitched up a tag to sew onto the blanket also, I’ve thought about doing these for other blankets but have never actually done it. I’m planning on doing this for all future blankets I give my children. I think it’s a sweet idea, hopefully if they keep their blankets for years, they will too.

Have a great week!
♥ Casey