I'm Making a Temperature Blanket - You Should Make One Too!

I joined a temperature blanket CAL (short for crochet along) for 2017. It isn't just any CAL, it is being hosted by the fabulously talented Felted Button! She designs the most beautiful blankets. For the CAL you can choose any of her great patterns and there is a huge selection of free and paid. If you choose a paid pattern there is a 25% coupon code you can find in the Facebook CAL group. I've had making a blanket for myself on my list of things to crochet for a while. In fact, I started a king size blanket....and it's sitting unfinished on a shelf in my living room. That's a subject for a future blog post.

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TnT Boot Cuffs

I've see TnT yarn primarily marketed for newborn props. While perusing different patterns that call for it so I could decide how long to make the hanks I spin, I took a good look at the way it stitches up. TnT gives your project this beautiful variance in texture that makes the simplest of projects look Pinterest worthy handmade. I love keeping things simple. I also love Pinterest. This got me thinking TnT yarn needs more adult patterns for the smaller hanks. The big squishy scarves are gorgeous, but hand spun yarn can be pricey. I've been making my hanks between 30 and 50 yards so you can try the style out without breaking the bank. What can I make for an adult with less than 50 yards?

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Shell Belle Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern

The Shell Belle Hooded Scarf is by far the most popular original design I have as of now. It's simple construction and the warmth it provides to chilly necks and ears must be it's appeal. As you can see in the background of the updated photos it is FREEZING in Phoenix. Just kidding, I think it was around 80, which makes Aurora's cooperation in taking these new photos amazing.

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What to do with Your 1st Hanks of Hand Spun Yarn

In July when I brought Orabelle back out I was rusty. Not that I was ever great at spinning yarn, but now I couldn't even figure out how to draft and get the uptake right, so I made a lot of funky, bumpy, interesting yarn. I put them on a shelf because it was some of the 1st yarn I had spun! I was not going to throw it away, even though I knew it wasn't likely I'd crochet with it. 

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Caroling Headwrap Crochet Pattern

The farm I received my Alpaca fleece from, Tranquil Lane Farms, had some yarn mill spun. As soon as I saw I had to order some! I have a new found love and appreciation for all things Alpaca. When it arrived and I felt how soft and squishy it was I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

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Class Review: Spinning Stupendous Singles

I took my 1st Craftsy class, Spinning Stupendous Singles! We've all seen them advertised. I've always been a bit curious, but fairly skeptical. Is there really any more information in them than I can find online for free? I mean, this is the internet age and everyone with a camera and a laptop is sharing their experiences online in one form or another. 

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