Christmas in July

A couple of Facebook groups are doing Christmas in July.  It is hard to think of snow when it is in the 90’s out. The snowman is called Sparkles and  is part of one of the Christmas in July groups. He is actually pretty tall. The snowman is made of two pieces stitched together instead of working in the round like many snowman are.  I really like this pattern and how it turned out. The white is Vanna’s Choice and the shirt and hat are out of Red Heart yarn called Real Teal (it was in my stash and I think discontinued.)  The pattern is free on here or you can purchase a pdf on Ravelry.

The placemats are from a Herrschners kit.  I bought two kits a year or two ago. Each kit made two placemats.  I struggle with making things more than once.  I like to make one thing and move on to the next thing.  I had a mental challenge to complete these.  I felt like the first two TOOK FOREVER. They really didn’t.  It was just my attitude. I picked this project up the other week and quickly got the other two done.  I don’t see that these kits are still available which is too bad.  They included plenty of yarn in the kits. I have used some kits that have poor quality materials and/or not enough.  These are the second kits I have purchased from Herrschners. In my experience, they are worth buying.

Now to pack these away and enjoy the warm weather.

Snowman!

For some reason these two snowmen took me awhile to finish.. They aren’t very big but they had accessories to be made and buttons to attach. I don’t always enjoy making things with lots of pieces so I think I was procrastinating some.

I fell in love with the pink scarf one. Although the pom pom on his hat caused me a lot of problems. I have made pom poms in the past with no issues. This time I tried 4 times and they kept falling apart. I gave up and found a store made one in my stash. I just added some glue and it is staying in place with no problem. He has joined my Christmas decor.  That pattern came from a Happily Hooked magazine. I have an annual subscription to the on-line version of the magazine.  I go back and forth as to if I will continue my subscription. You can get the issue on Ravelry here or on their website http://www.happilyhooked.com. It is in Happily Hooked Magazine #43 October 2017.

The snowman with the ear muffs was also fun to make. His nose ended up reminding me of Pinocchio.  This pattern is out of the book Amigurumi Winter Wonderland. You can find it here on Amazon.

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.

Soft, Cuddly Snowmen

I love Bernat Blanket Yarn. I was searching for patterns online one day and found an image of a snowman made out of Blanket Yarn.  The pattern wasn’t written that way though. The pattern is here.

I didn’t change the pattern at all. I used an L hook. One 10 oz skein of white was more than enough to make a snowman. 2 – 10 oz skeins is enough for 3 snowmen. One 3.5 oz skein is enough for the hat and scarf.  It took me about 3 hours to make one.

I will have a hard time selling these guys. I will have to make one that I can keep!