Friendly Red Fox CAL’s

This past summer, The Friendly Red Fox hosted a couple CAL where she released parts of her patterns for the Elephant and Molly for free on her blog. You can find them here at Ravelry: Elephant  and Molly.

They were both fun and quick to make.  Her one tip that was new to me, was to use plastic hair rollers in the neck to keep the neck from flopping.  I had my sister grab some for me at the dollar store so I could try it.  It works pretty well.

She also demonstrated a way to change colors to prevent a step/jump in the color.  Basically the first stitch of the new color is a slip stitch.  It seemed to help make the color change less noticeable.

I recommend her patterns. Her blog is here: The Friendly Red Fox.

Red Heart Holiday CAL

20170921_121022502_ios.jpgFor the past couple of years, Red Heart has hosted a 12 week Christmas Crochet-A-Long (CAL). In 2015, I made a lot of the patterns but last year I wasn’t interested in the patterns they had.  The 2017 CAL just started. This is the first week’s pattern put on by Pattern Paradise.  You can find it here.

The placemat is made out of cotton yarn.  I couldn’t find a Christmas Green at my local store so I used an Evergreen color I had on hand. I did enjoy making it. The border turned out nice. The last round is done on the wrong side and gives it a little bump/dimension. The snowman’s face was challenging for me. I am not that good at faces.

I will make a second placemat so I have a pair. The red base was a little time consuming to make as every other row is done in back loops.  It used an H hook which was nice for my wrist. I personally don’t make much with cotton yarn as it hurts my wrist to use that yarn. This pattern was too cute for me to turn down making.

Sea Isle Tunic CAL

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I have crocheted many different types of items but I have never been too interested in adult sweaters. I would lose interest the few times I tried them.  This summer I tried to make a long tunic but didn’t like how it was turning out. I had specifically bought the yarn for it so I searched for a new pattern. I decided to make the Sea Isle Tunic that Cre8tion Crochet was hosting. She had the pattern offered for free during the Crochet Along (CAL).  The pattern is located here Sea Isle Tunic

The pattern was written very well and comes in a variety of sizes. I am not a fan of gauge because it never seems to work out for me. Instead I kept seeing if it would fit as I was crocheting. I used the suggested yarn from Knit Picks. This is what I had purchased for the other top I didn’t finish. It is Shine Sport  in the Sweet Potato color.

 

First blog post

I have never blogged before. I am stumbling around the site and saw that the first blog I did didn’t replace the default blog post. I decided to modify it! The picture is an afghan I made this year. Creative Crochet did a CAL making a square a week. We started in January and it ended in August with crocheting the squares together and doing a border. I am pleased with it. I used Red Heart Soft yarn. It has a nice sheen to it. I personally don’t like soft yarn as I like to use stiffer yarn. I struggle with the soft yarn splitting as I use it.