Josh, dressed as a kitty for Halloween. He’s showing me his tail with his right hand and you can see Baby in his left.
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I’m a cat person. I’ve had a cat for most of my life so it wasn’t much of a surprise that my youngest son, Josh, loved kitties too. When he was about three years old, my mother bought him a beanie type stuffed kitty. The kitty was named “Baby” and Josh carried her around everywhere. At night I had to wrap Baby in a blue cotton blanket. She had to be wrapped really tight, rolled up in the middle with just her head popping out. Baby went on many adventures and very quickly became one of many stuffed kitties that had to be in bed at night with Josh. But Baby was always his favorite and always the one to be wrapped up extra special. Like all sweet little boys, Josh has grown and is turning into an amazing young man (14 just last month!) and the kitties have been replaced with things like an iPad and XBox.
A few years ago I was working on a new method for a blanket design, Made with Love, Patchwork Heart Baby Blanket. When I was drawing it out, Josh watched me. After a few minutes he said I should make a kitty blanket. He said I should make it like the heart blanket, but a kitty. It took me a while but I did design that kitty blanket. Josh helped me a lot. He worked with me on the preliminary drawings. He helped me pick the right colors for both the kitty, blacks and grays of course, just like Baby, and the background, blue of course! And he helped me arrange the squares to avoid the placement of identical colors next to each other. The child is a puzzle whiz and his help was greatly appreciated! The naming of the pattern was easy, Baby Kitty.
This blanket has so many memories stitched into it. Not only the precious memories of Josh’s suggestion and help, but I made most of the squares while on a family road trip. It was a wonderful family adventure of which the blanket serves as a souvenir. This blanket will be treasured forever, as will Baby, with her matted fur and scratched up eyes. She is a sweet reminder of the past and of the sweet little boy who loved her.
I remember, in either 1st or 2nd grade, an elementary teacher of mine having a huge calendar in her room. Each month had a saying but the only one I really remember was March-In like a lion, out like a lamb. I remember thinking it was really weird-how could a lion turn into a lamb??? and what does that have to do with March??? For whatever reason this saying stuck with me for many, many (many…) years. So when it came time to publish my latest design, I thought the perfect day would March 1! I’m pleased to announce that March 2016 is indeed, coming in like a lion. A Peek-a-Boo Lion to be exact.
I finished what will likely be my last charitable project for 2015, the Melo Hat by ACCROchet. It’s a super cute hat. I had to adjust the pattern a little as my yarn was much thinner than the suggested yarn. I ended up adding an additional pattern repeat and working a lot of extras rows. It’s super slouchy with a removable pom-pom. I hope a young teen will enjoy it. I’m super happy I was able to complete this during the Gift-A-Long on Ravelry. There is a slim chance I’ll have time to finish another hat before 2016 starts. But if not, I’m pleased with the results to date!
The hat weighs over 4.25 ounces.
Total hats made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 12
Total bears made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 6
Total blankets made in the 2015 Stash Bust Challenge to date: 2
This is the third year for the Indie Designer Gift-A-Long and I’m so excited for it to begin. Every year has been a lot of fun and this year, it is bigger than ever and guaranteed not to disappoint.
What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!
Basically, 335 indie designers of knit and crochet patterns, have banded together to support each other and help everyone get their holiday to-do list done while having a lot of fun and possibly winning patterns and yarn and kits and lots of other fiber finds.
There is an amazing stats page you can find here: Indie GAL Stats!
In a nutshell there are:
335 designers from 30 countries.
Over 150 donated physical prizes, and more coming in…
Over 2,300 digital prizes (patterns!)
There are almost 16,000 patterns to knit or crochet that will make you eligible to win one (or more) of the fabulous prizes. Of the almost 16,000 patterns, 5,065 of them will be on SALE for 25% off! Yup! Big Savings so stock up on your favorites. The sale runs from Thursday, November 19th at 8:00 pm US EST to Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm US EST.
There will be Pinterest boards and Ravelry Bundles available to peruse for all the sale patterns. Each designer has at least 5 and up to 20 patterns on sale. Once you get your sale pattern, check out the other patterns the designer offers. All patterns are eligible for the KAL/CAL threads and all paid for patterns (self, or third party published) are eligible for prizes. Did I mention the prizes??? Tons and tons of prizes but you gotta’ be in it to win!
Check the Ravelry group for more information. And be sure to check my Facebook page as I will be featuring a GAL Crochet Pattern of the day, every day of the Gift-A-Long!
I’m super excited to share with you the finished Inca Blocks Lapghan! The pattern was adapted from Beth Graham’s Inca Block Wrap. The only change I made was to add some stripes and work a few less rows. Basically I worked the pattern until I ran out of yarn. The finished blanket is 42″ wide X 39″ long and should be a nice and cozy lapghan. I know it kept me cozy while I was stitching it 🙂
This blanket and the other lapghan I made earlier this year, will be donated to the local nursing home. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the nursing home puts up a wish tree of items needed by residents who don’t have much or don’t receive many visitors. I always see lap blankets listed and I always wish I had time to make one. This year I (finally) thought ahead and made two ahead of time. The tree should be up this week.
Mark your calendars-The Third Annual Indie Design Gift-A-Long (GAL) will be here in just 2 weeks and will run from Thursday, November 19th at 8pm (US-EST) through the New Years Eve party, Thursday, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). What is a GAL? Find out more about it from last year’s post or check out the Ravelry group, Indie Design Gift-A-Long.Keep watch for more information as we get closer to the start date.
Pattern by Darleen Hopkins February 2017 Photo by ILikeCrochet.com
Pattern by Darleen Hopkins August 2016 Photo by ILikeCrochet.com
ILikeCrochet.com is an online/digital magazine that is published by Prime Publishing. You can view the bimonthly issues on either your desktop/laptop or your tablet.
The site offers a couple different options for access. Either tablet only, website only or combined tablet and website access. I don’t have a tablet so I only use it via my laptop. The great thing about the website subscription is you get access to ALL THE PREVIOUS ISSUES dating back to April 2014, as well as 6 new issues a year! That’s a lot of patterns and articles. FYI-back issue access isn’t an option with the tablet only subscription, just the website subscription.
Check it out, see all the great patterns currently available and imagine all the fantastic patterns still to come. If you do subscribe, please follow my link. This is another way they support independent designers by providing referral fees. How awesome is that!