Tag Archive | Yarn


Presents in the mail! Also known as…my online order from JoAnn’s arrived today. I took advantage of their 30% off yarn and 30% off books plus free shipping deal.

Some items can’t be shown yet but here is what I can share:

18 wonderful, soft, luxurious skeins of Bernat Bamboo. 6 each in the following colors: dill, lotus, and smooth sailing. Dont you want to just snuggle up with it?

I also finally picked up a book I’ve been hearing a lot about:


I may just have to try some tonight!

Peppermint Ribbons and Yarn

Look at all that yarn. Isn’t it gorgeous? Doesn’t it make you want to pick up a hook and get to work? I know it does for me! I already have several blankets filling my mind using all my new yarn plus what yarn I have down in the Wife Cave already. JoAnn Fabrics had a GREAT sale online last week. With shipping added, the yarn per skein was still cheaper than the sale price IN store! How could I pass that up?? It is all Bernat Satin and Red Heart Soft (two of my current favorites) which work very well together, which opens up a lot more options.


Lovely gorgeous variegateds. All of these are variegated yarns that I didn’t even know they offered, as I’ve never seen them in any stores. I don’t know which one I like best! But they all intrigue me with the possibilities.


And what do variegateds need to help showcase their beautiful colors, but solids! I did not purchase as many solids, as those are more common in the stores and can be picked up as needed (plus I DO have a lot of solids already…). The tangerine there in the middle is calling my name. Hm, what shall I do with that bright color?


By now you may be asking, well what about the Peppermint Ribbons in your blog title? What’s that about?

I’m glad you asked!  I’d like to introduce to you… Peppermint Ribbons! My newest blanket project. I’m loving the way this looks, but it is more time consuming than the other blankets I’ve done lately.

This pattern is inspired by Attic24’s Ripple Ripple pattern. I did start out doing a ripple with just these two colors, but I wasn’t happy with how it was looking so I set that aside (because who knows, I might go back and work on that too someday) and started over.

Using only Red Heart Soft in Wine and White. First ‘ribbon’: 2 rows HDC in Wine, followed by 1 row SC in White, then 2 rows HDC in Wine. Next ‘ribbon’ is the opposite: 2 rows HDC in White, followed by 1 row SC in Wine, then 2 rows HDC in White.  Oh I’m also working in either front loop only or back loop only, depending on if I have the right side or wrong side facing me. I want to have the front loop showing for each row on the right side, as I think that adds an interesting element to the blanket.

This blanket is slated to be added to the donation pile, but it’s also calling my name fairly loudly. I may have to make another one, maybe in different colors, for myself.

Black Friday Shopping

I woke up this morning and decided what the heck, I’ll go hit Joann Fabrics for their doorbuster sale.
12 skeins of yarn, 4 fat quarters of fabric, 1 glass jar, and an OTT light later: out the door for $62. That’s less than the regular price for the OTT lamp!
Since I did so well there, I decided to see how bad Kohl’s was. $100 pair of earrings for $38 after tax.

Overall for the day: $250 worth of yarn, fabric, lamp, etc for…..$100!


Crocheted Chain Links

What to do with a crocheted tube…

Have you seen all those knitted chains out there? I’ll admit, until yesterday, I don’t think I’ve seen or heard about anything like it. Then my mom sent me a picture text message of a crocheted chain link scarf she was making, the inspiration being a knitted one she saw somewhere.

Of course, once I saw her picture, I had to try it as well! Surprising to us, mine are done in brights, whereas hers are muted colors. Normally it’s the other way around with our similar projects. So far I’ve only used my Simply Soft scraps:

My plan for my crocheted chains is not to make a scarf. Instead, I plan to use the crocheted chain as decoration in my Wife Cave, to spruce and brighten the place up a bit. Along with another project that I think I alluded to in another post, which will be made of fabric.

My inspiration for some of my decorating ideas for the Wife Cave come from my Mom and some from So Resourceful‘s blog and her Astonishing Splashes of Colour posts such as This One. Then whatever my own creative brain comes up with (which sometimes is scary…)

Where does your inspiration come from? Have you tried making crocheted chain links before? How did yours turn out?


A Change In Plans…

Donation Blanket #6 just wasn’t working for me. And I finally figured out what it was. It’s not the pattern, I like that. And it’s not the color combo, because I like that. The problem? They are winter colors, and I’m NOT ready for winter! It was depressing me to work on that blanket.

So, that meant a change in plans for Donation Blanket #6. The Bernat Satin heather colors are being put in a bin and set aside until a time when it is already winter (or even next summer when I need to ‘cool off’) and I’ve started a different Donation Blanket #6.

This will also be done in Bernat Satin, in the colors: Bordeaux, Fern, and Faded Glory Ombre (oh yes, Faded Glory has popped up again in another blanket!). Not sure what those colors look like? Well of course I won’t leave you hanging! Here ya go:

And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse at the blanket being made, would it?

A couple days ago I was at JoAnn Fabrics and they had some totes that I’ve been eyeballing finally on sale, 50% off.

I picked up 2 green and 4 pink (that’s all they had) and they fit perfectly on my 6ft tall bookshelf where I keep “most” of my yarn. I want to pick up more once they restock. My estimate is that I can fit 12 of these containers on the bookshelf and have room for yarn tucked between on each shelf as well (or WIPS). Another bonus to these totes… I can sort them by projects and when I want to switch projects, just swap out a tote!

The best part about the 50% off sale? I had a text coupon as well for 20% off my entire order, sale items included!!!

Other crochet news on my end:

I’ve been asked to make another scarf, this one in gray and black, for a co-worker.

Then another co-worker asked me if I could make a blanket for her 3 year old daughter (she said she’d pay, I just need to figure out a price). Her daughter is a ‘girly girl’, loves pinks and purples, flowers, butterflies. I’m thinking a round ripple with pinks and purples, then crocheted flowers and butterflies attached on the points and one in the center. What do you think?

National Yarn Day is Oct 14th

Tomorrow, October 14th, is National Yarn Day. What do you have planned?

  • Are you buying more yarn? What brand and/or color?
  • Are you starting a new project? What kind of project?
  • Will you be working on current WIPs and trying to finish them? Which one(s) do you most want to try to get finished tomorrow?
  • What is your favorite yarn? What is your favorite yarn color?


I probably won’t be buying any yarn, as I bought 5 skeins today toward another donation blanket. Going to try out Red Heart TLC Essentials. It didn’t seem as scratchy as Super Saver, and it had some colors that really called out to me. Hm, maybe in honor of National Yarn Day, since I most likely won’t be buying any, I’ll take some pictures of my stash and project groupings of yarn!

One of the projects I will hopefully finish tomorrow night will be the pink and white round ripple that I started last weekend. I think another 5 rounds then a border and it will be finished.  Then I can start one of the other two lapghans that are planned out (or at least yarn bought for). The one I bought yarn for today will probably end up a round ripple as I know that’s an easy pattern now, and I can picture the colors easily in that pattern.