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Chunky Scarf Pattern using Double Crochet- the Short Version!!

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I CAN’T STOP MAKING SCARVES!!!!

It’s totally an addiction at this point.

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I made this one over the weekend.  I needed a quick gift for someone, and I thought with the lovely cold weather we have all been having, a scarf would work nicely.  I used the same pattern as THIS post— the Chunky Scarf using a Double Crochet, the only thing I did differently was to stop it at 40″.  I wanted this scarf to just go over your neck once, and to not loop around.

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I found that this makes it a really nice length– not too short, where it looks awkward, but not so long that it gets to be too much.  To put it simply, it’s lovely.  And the best part?  It works up really quickly!!

I used two skeins of regular Red Heart yarn, in Cocoa.  It is a nice, chunky yarn, that may not be the softest, but it sure is warm!

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Funny story,  I asked Nate to take some photos of me in the scarf, and let’s just say….the coloring was a liiittle bit off because of all of the snow.  So I made him put the scarf on so that I could try.  This is the face I got.

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Ha!  Sorry babe, but I just had to share this gem.  Also, I’m pretty sure you were messing with me, because the color looks fine on this.

Anyway, thank you to my lovely little sister for being my impromptu model!  I stopped by her work on my lunch hour, met her outside, and snapped a few photos.  Then went home and packaged this up and shipped it off to it’s new owner!  Fun times!

Andddd I have had someone else place an order for one, so I just finished a hot pink one today. I almost wish it would stay cold for awhile longer **ducks**, so I can continue making scarves!  Yeah, I know, but seriously, nobody wants a scarf in 100 degree Kansas heat lol!

I will be posting this is my Etsy shop soon, if you’d like one visit HERE.

Pattern HERE.

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Chunky Scarf Pattern using a Double Crochet

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Made using Red Heart With Love in Boysenberry

If you are having weather like we are right now, I’m sure you can appreciate a nice scarf.  This one is great because it was easy to work up, and I was able to use some chunky, inexpensive yarn.   But instead of buying 4 or 5 skeins of 6 weight yarn at $3 or $4 a skein, I was able to make it using two skeins of the Red Heart With Love worsted weight yarn at $3.50 a piece.  That was it.  This skein only cost me $7 to make, and a few hours.  Can it get any better than that?  I think not!

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Made using Red Heart With Love in Lake Tahoe Blue

I found this scarf pattern when I was making Christmas presents.  The design is so simple that i have made quite a few since!  It is basically a base stitch, then going back in with DC, chain, skip a space, and repeat.  Seriously, easy peasy.  It is a great, chunky scarf, which is very ‘in’ right now.  They work up really quickly, I am able to finish one of these in an evening.  I love projects like that.  Talk about instant gratification!!!

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Yes, that is me, and yes, I am awkward. I have since started asking my sister to model things for me….she’s much better at it.  :-)

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You can customize the scarf to be however long you’d like it, mine came out to be about 80″ every time.  Basically I would crochet it until I could wrap it around my neck twice, comfortably.  This also used up almost the entire skeins.

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They are extremely warm and make great gifts!  I plan to make more using different colors, but these have been my most popular so far.  I posted them on my facebook page and had a few orders come in — there was one for a grey/black mix that looked SO COOL.  That might be my favorite look so far!!

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I will be back soon with another variation of this scarf.  We have a storm moving in, so I’m going to go settle in with my crochet and a little embroidery project (what?!).  Happy weekend!!

Pattern HERE.

I have a few posted in my Etsy shop as well, if you would like to order one, go HERE.

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Cocoa Cream Pie

The first time I made this pie was back at Christmas.  I wanted to make the boyfriend a special pie for Christmas dinner, since he doesn’t like most pies.  The one kind I know he does like?  Chocolate Cream.  So basically I was on a mission!  I was going to make him the best chocolate cream pie he’d ever had!  I didn’t want just a regular pudding mix cream pie (although those are good, too!), I wanted a from scratch, cooked pie.

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A quick Pinterest search led me to THIS recipe, by Forgotten Way Farms.  It looked simple enough, and the only thing I needed to buy was the pie crust (no, I do NOT make pie crust) and the cool whip.  Because really, what pie isn’t better with cool whip?!

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I made it Christmas Eve, and I have to say, it was one of the easiest recipes, like, EVER.  Simple ingredients, fantastic results!  The wah wah part? He didn’t even eat any, because he had thawed out his fancy pie that he gets for holidays.  Yes, I totally forgot that part.  Oh well, Red Wheel might have won that round, but I would not be deterred!

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I decided that I would make another pie for him, this time for Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day is not enough of a holiday to warrant a Red Wheel pie, so I knew I was in the clear!  Aaaannnd since I had to buy a two pack of pre made pie crusts, I went ahead and made a second pie to give to my dad since his birthday is on Valentine’s Day.  Two birds, one stone, knowwhatI’msayin??

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The good news?  It was just as fabulous as I remembered.  The bad news?  There are two of us eating this pie, so it’s going a lot faster this time and we are almost out.

Reasons I love this pie:

– It makes a silky, rich, chocolate filling that is not only perfect for pies, but would also be great served as a pudding.  After it sets up in the fridge it will have a firm, almost custard type consistency.

–  Super cheap ingredients….always a plus.

– It makes up really fast, like, you’d better bake your pie crust first and have it almost done in the oven before you start the filling fast.

– There’s a little bit of extra filling that won’t fit in the crust.  I feel like this is my ‘bonus’ for making the pie and eat it warm out of the pan.

– It’s chocolate pie.  Duh.

I plan to try this in a graham cracker crust, since I feel like that would be super yummy as well.  I think I will also make a few of these for the bingo fundraiser in a month or two….I have a feeling it will go over well.  :-)

Now excuse me while I go over to Forgotten Way Farms and see what else I can find to make.

My Granny’s Cocoa Cream Pie

Recipe from Forgotten Way Farms

½ c. cocoa

¼ cup cornstarch/or arrowroot powder (or ½ c. all purpose flour)

3 egg yolks

1 ½ c. sugar

¼ tsp. salt

2 c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix cocoa, cornstarch, beaten egg yolks; sugar and salt, then add milk gradually, while stirring in a pot over med-high heat. Cook until thick, beating it smooth. Cream pies take some time to thicken, so stir… and stir (10-15 min). Using a heavy bottom pan really helps. Just keep it up until it thickens add vanilla in after you take off the heat. Pour into a pre-baked pie shell. Put in the fridge to chill, add whipped cream if you like. Or use the left over egg whites for a meringue topping!

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Crochet Heart Washcloths

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I follow a few crochet groups on facebook, and one of them shared this really cute pattern for a heart coaster.  I immediately clicked through to the pattern and thought, I am so going to make that!!  Ok, fast forward to that night, I sit down with the pattern and my yarn.  I crochet, it isn’t looking right, so I frog it.  I start again, get caught up in the same spot and have to frog again!  At this point, I’m getting kind of pissy, but I think, ok, ONE LAST TIME.  I start again, making sure I am following the instructions to a ‘T’.  It’s still not right.  So I frogged it, said forget it, and went to pinterest.  I thought that surely there would have to be an easier heart pattern out there!  And there was :-).

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The pin I found took me to THIS post.  So I started again…. and I messed up the first time.  Sigh.  All I can say is WTF dude.  BUT I went back and checked the pattern, saw where I messed up, and was able to fix it.

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Make sure you take note that starting at Row 13, you don’t HDC, DC in the same stitch, it is JUST a HDC.  lol.

Overall, it’s a fairly simple pattern that I can now do without looking at the written pattern.  Once you realize how it is HDC, DC, SC, DCx amount of times, SC, DC then HDC…you’re golden until row 13.

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The yarn that I used was just a regular cotton yarn that I get at Walmart– Peaches and Cream?  I also used a G hook for my heart dishcloths, and they are really big…so I wouldn’t use an H like they did, personally.  I also just finished the cloths in a super simple border.  It’s just a single crochet all the way around.  I posted these on facebook and immediately sold 5 washcloths and a potholder, so I’d say it worked out well for me! ;-)

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I love the stitch that it makes– it is very dense, which will be good for dishwashing.  I think they would make fun little Valentine’s Day gifts for friends/sisters/moms/etc.  I am actually planning to make some of these to have in my farmer’s market booth.  Hearts don’t have to be just for Valentine’s Day!

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Love it!  For the potholder, I will just make two, then attach with the SC border around, then probably go around once more with another round of SC.  Easy peasy!

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Let me know if you make some!

HEART DISHCLOTH PATTERN from Allcraftsblog

Heart Kitchen Set Patterns

This set includes instructions for potholder, hotpad and dishcloth.

Materials List

Worsted weight cotton yarn – about 6 oz. of the main color (MC) and 2 oz. of the contrasting color (CC)
For Potholder: Crochet hooks size F and G
For Hotpad: Crochet hooks size G and H
For Dishcloth: Crochet hooks size H and I

Potholder Instructions (make 2)
Starting at the bottom point of the heart with MC and size F hook, ch 2

Row 1: (Sc, dc, sc) in the 2nd ch from hook; ch 1, turn. (3 sts)

Row 2: (Hdc, dc) in the first sc, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last sc; ch 1, turn. (5 sts)

Row 3: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (7 sts)

Row 4: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 2 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (9 sts)

Row 5: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (11 sts)

Row 6: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 4 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (13 sts)

Row 7: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 5 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (15 sts)

Row 8: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 6 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (17 sts)

Row 9: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 7 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (19 sts)

Row 10: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 8 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (21 sts)

Row 11: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 9 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (23 sts)

Row 12: (Hdc, dc) in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 10 times, sc in the next dc, (dc, hdc) in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 13: Hdc in the first hdc, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 11 times, sc in the next dc, hdc in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 14: Hdc in the first hdc, (dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc) 11 times, dc in the next sc, hdc in the last hdc; ch 1, turn. (25 sts)

Row 15: Repeat row 13

Row 16: Repeat row 14

Row 17: Repeat row 13

Row 18: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts (to work hdc decrease – yo, insert hook in first st and pull up a loop, yo, insert hook in next st and pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 5 remaining loops on hook); (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 10 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (23 sts)

Row 19: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 9 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (21 sts)

First lobe of heart:
Row 20: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn, leaving remaining sts unworked. (9 sts)

Row 21: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 2 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1, turn. (7 sts)

Row 22: Hdc decrease over the first 2 sts, sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts. (5 sts) Fasten off. Weave in end.

To work row 20 of the second lobe of the heart, attach yarn with a sl st to the last WORKED st on row 19, ch 1, hdc decrease over the SAME st and the next st; (sc in the next dc, dc in the next sc) 3 times, sc in the next dc, hdc decrease over the last 2 sts; ch 1 turn. (9 sts)

Work rows 21 and 22 the same as the first lobe.

****I did not use the edging posted here, I just did a SC all around my washcloth.  Visit the website above to see what the edging looks like that she posted.  It’s verry pretttty!
Edging
Round 1: Using size G hook, attach MC with a sc in the bottom point of the heart, work 22 sc along the side of the heart in the hdc of each row, sc in each of the 5 sts on row 22, sc in the sides of the next 6 hdc in the top center of the heart, sc in each of the 5 sts on row 22, sc along the side of the heart in the hdc of each row; join with a sl st to the first dc. (61 sc) Fasten off.

Repeat round 1 of edging on the second heart.

Round 2: With wrong sides of hearts together and matching, sc through each sc of both hearts to join. (61 sc) Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Round 3: Using size F hook, attach CC with a sc in the sc at the bottom point of the heart, (ch 2, sc in the next sc) 29 times, skip next sc, sc in the next sc, ch 15 for hanging loop, sc in the next sc, skip next sc, (sc in the next sc, ch 2) 29 times; join with a sl st to the first sc.

Round 4: (Sl st in the next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in the same ch 2 sp) 29 times, skip next sc, sl st in the next sc, sl st in each of the 15 chs of the hanging loop, sl st in the next sc, skip the next sc, (sl st in the next ch 2 sp, ch 2, dc in the same ch 2 sp) 29 times; join with a sl st to the first sl st. Fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Hot Pad Instructions
Work as for potholder, substituting a size G hook for the size F hook, and a size H hook for the size G hook, and eliminating the ch 15 for the hanging loop in the edging.

Dishcloth Instructions
Make only one heart. Work as for potholder, substituting a size H hook for the size F hook, and a size I hook for the size G hook. Skip round 2 of the edging, and and eliminate the ch 15 for the hanging loop in round 3 of the edging.

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Creamy Potato Soup

Lately I have been really into soups.  What with the cold weather, the fact that I don’t want to go to the store to get groceries, and that the bf really likes it, how could I not be!?  My favorite lately has been this Creamy Potato Soup.  It seems like every other week or so I make a batch of this on Sunday night and we eat it for lunch throughout the week.  You can use this ‘base’ and then customize the spices however you would like.  Personally I keep my little shaker of red pepper flakes handy, because I like mine a lot spicier than he does, so I just shake some into my bowl.

One of the great things about this soup is how inexpensive it is to make!  Potatoes, onions, flour, chicken broth or milk (or water and chicken bouillon!) and you’re good to go.  Everything else is pretty optional.  I’m thinking about adding some canned corn in the future, too.  I think that would be pretty tasty!  It makes quite a bit of food for having such simple ingredients.

My sister thought that I was crazy for cooking my potatoes in the soup from raw.  Apparently she precooks her potatoes and adds them mostly done to her potato soup.  You can do that, too, if you’d like, but I don’t see why I would dirty another pan :-).  I also like the consistency it adds to the soup, since some of the potatoes break apart.  It’s super creamy and delicious!

Creamy Potato Soup

5 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced into 1″ pieces

1/2 lb bacon, sliced into 1″ pieces

1 medium onion, diced

4 T. flour

6 C. chicken broth or milk

Creole seasoning, to taste

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Garlic salt, to taste

Optional toppings- shredded cheese, extra bacon crumbles, diced green onions

In a large pot over medium heat, cook your bacon until it is brown and crispy.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Add your chopped potatoes and onions and cook until your onions are translucent.  Sprinkle with your flour and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring pretty often.  Add your seasonings now.  I just do a few shakes of each, then stir it and taste a potato to see if I like it.  Add your liquid, making sure to stir it really well to mix in the flour.  Cook over medium heat until your potatoes are soft, stirring often.  It will thicken up as it cooks.  Right before serving, stir your cooked bacon in.    Add any desired toppings.  Serve.

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket- Lime Green and Heather Grey

I think that this is probably my favorite baby blanket that I have made so far.  I just love the pop of the lime green against the crispness of the white.  And I’ve just had a thing for grey lately.

 

 

 

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I made this one with the same Caron brand of yarn as the others.  It is inexpensive, super soft, and I can get it at Walmart.  Win. Win. Win.

 

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Finished dimensions on this one: 32″ x 32″.

 

 

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I alternated colors after two rows, and ended with a border of SC in the grey.  Super simple!

 

 

 

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If you would like one of these blankets of your own, you can purchase it HERE.

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Cookies and Cream Pudding Pie

Well heck, how has it already been a month since I posted? Big, fat blog FAIL!

You know, I always have the best of intentions, but I just can’t seem to get my shit together to make it happen. Story of my life haha!

I have a really easy recipe to share with you today. It’s for a delicious pudding pie. Yes, pudding pie. I make this when I help do the bingo concession stand for the preschool and I need some desserts. My requirements? Quick, cheap, and easy. This fits the bill to a ‘T’! It just takes 4 simple ingredients: pudding mix, milk, cool whip, and a pie crust. Like I said, easy!

Usually when I make pudding pies, I get a few different flavors, and some in sugar free. My favorites are butterscotch, lemon, coconut, chocolate, banana, and the cookies and cream. This flavor in particular was a great big hit this year. The whole pie was gone in less than an hour, and I had people coming up all night to ask me if they could have some of that yummy pie. I even had a guy I went to high school with ask if I was in the market for a husband. HA! That one cracked me up, but man, he really liked that pie! He was kidding of course, but it still tickled me.

This is so easy it really doesn’t even count as a recipe, but I’ll share it anyway.  I’ll be back soon to share more projects.  I have a couple of blankets that I haven’t posted.  Ha, yes, more blankets.

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Cookies and Cream Pudding Pie

1 box oreo pudding mix
1 3/4 cup milk
1 tub of cool whip, thawed
1 chocolate graham crust

In a small mixing bowl, combine the milk and the pudding mix. Let it set up in the bowl for a minute or so, then pour into the chocolate crust. Put into the fridge to set up completely. Pull it back out and cover the top of the pie with your cool whip. Cover and put back into the fridge. You can garnish it with some crushed oreos, or even the mini oreos if you’d like, or chocolate syrup drizzled over the top.

That’s it! You can of course switch up the flavor of the pudding, and sub in a regular graham cracker crust. The possibilities are endless.

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket: Pink/Purple/Green

 

 

I thought that I would share another blanket that I finished.  This was ordered by the momma of a sweet little girl named Bentley.  (I actually just made her first birthday cake!)

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She wanted pink/purple/green/white, so I picked up some Caron yarn at Walmart.  I LOVE Caron yarn- it is so so soft!

 

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Basically, I did a giant granny square blanket, changing the color every two rows.  I used an H hook.

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Then I just finished it up with a sweet little ruffle border!

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I am a big fan of the giant granny square pattern.  It works up really quick!  I actually made this a little larger than a regular baby blanket- it is 32″ x 32″, but I think it’s the perfect size for cuddling up with.

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I just loved the vibrant colors!  They were really happy with it, which make me really happy. :-)

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Ok, I have a few more blankets that I have finished recently, so hopefully I will share those with you soon!

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Camo Baby Afghan using Grit Stitch

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So, I made this baby blanket.  And it’s really cute.

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I actually started this blanket back in July when we were at the hospital when Nate’s mom had her surgery.  We spent two very long days in the waiting room, and I had big plans to work on THIS blanket, but stupid me, I left the pattern back at the hotel.  So, I grabbed my camo yarn, pulled up THIS pattern on my phone, and started making squares.

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If it looks familiar, it’s the same pattern that I used for Ainsley’s Daisy Afghan.  I ended up making about ten squares that day, before I ran out of camo yarn and started on another blanket (which I should probably share).  Well, when I started, I thought I would give this to Kolt Lee for his Christmas present!  But I have a different, way cooler pattern that I want to make for him.  So I finished this one and put it up for sale.

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The finished afghan is about 36″ x 29″.  I used Red Heart brand yarn, and I went through 3 skeins (I think) of the camo, and just used a portion of a neon orange skein that I had. I love the grit stitch, as it makes a solid square that is really warm. The outside border is one SC round, then a DC round.  I will say that the Red Heart Yarn is kind of scratchy when you are done with it, and the blanket will be really stiff, but once you wash it (I even let mine soak in the washer for an hour or so), it is SO soft!  And it will just get softer everytime you wash it.

If you are interested in purchasing this adorable afghan- here is the listing.  If that one is sold, make sure you check out my shop, as I can make you another one!

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Pinworthy Thursday 11-06-14

Hello!  Did you guys have a good Halloween?  I did!  Our local Chamber of Commerce sent out an email last Thursday asking all of the businesses to dress up, so my boss and I decided that we would.  Nothing crazy, but just to be fun.  Well.  I showed up in my leopard ‘costume’, meaning my leopard print top, headband with ears, and face makeup….

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I got up early, curled my hair, put on red lipstick and false lashes, etc etc.  I felt really weird, but it was all for fun!  I get to work, and my boss was wearing a Halloween tshirt! I misunderstood! Bhaha!  I felt like Reese Witherspoon when she shows up to that ‘costume party’ in her bunny outfit.  But not nearly that bad, because it was Halloween anyway.  Plus, everyone loved my makeup, especially the kids that came in that day.  Totes worthsies.

Later that night, I finished it up with some glitter, whiskers, and a nose!  And some of my favorite people who came to visit with me!

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Here are my fun pins from the last week!

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I don’t know why, but I seriously want to try this Dill Pickle Soup!  It looks like potato soup, with pickle juice.  It’s weird, and it’s happening.

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I’m sorry, what?!  A baby ‘snuggie’?!  This is AWESOME!  And now I have the pattern…..

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I need to know how to make these tent weights for Farmers Market.  I literally had to sit with my arm around my tent a few times last summer.

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These risers would be really good to put my glittered wineglasses on.  No instructions, but it looks fairly simple.

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Again with the Dill Pickle.  But I am a fan of pickle chips, so I don’t know why Dill Pickle Popcorn would be any different!

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I just LOVE how these outdoor fireplaces look!  I want one SO BAD.

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Cheesy Cajun Shrimp and Rice Casserole.  I see nothing wrong with any of that.

 

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