Adventures in Yarn Pooling

Now that Zoe’s blanket is finished, I’m letting myself try out this craze a little more seriously. A few weeks ago I experimented with a few swatches and hook sizes. Now I’ve discovered Marly Bird’s video and it seems a lot easier. Here’s some of my samples.

Red Heart Something or Other

Love these colors but the color changes were just too short to pool intentionally.


Bernat Softee Baby in Pebbles

I had this going for a while, then dropped a stitch …

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Bernat Softee Chunky in Shadow

I love the colors of this yarn but think it’s a bit too chunky for yarn pooling. The results were very stiff, although the texture improved with a larger hook.

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Caron Simply Soft in Violet Varg

This is my favorite and currently on my hook. I watched Marly Bird’s YouTube video as I started my sample. After a few rows I realized that I could be more consistent if I fernagled the yarn into 5 stitches for each color. So I ripped it out and started again. I ❤️ it. I’m thinking it will become some kind of cowl for me…just have to find a pattern I like.

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Cookie Catchup

Here’s some of the cookies I’ve made over the past year or so.

Pie Weekend

We celebrate the Stewardship season with pie at Church in November. I decided to go with a different kind of pie this year.

Christmas Cookies

Added a few new ones to my repertoire this year. The stencils for the Nativity and mitten/stocking are from Flour Box Bakery 

Brian’s Birthday – R2D2

Had to enlist the help of my Star Wars friends to get the details right on these ones.

End of Year Thank You Cookies

Thank you gifts for teachers and coaches at the end of the school year.

Hats for Babies Need Boxes

Our MOMS Club chapter was collecting donations for Babies Need Boxes of Iowa during our Trunk or Treat event this week. I threw together a few hats to donate. The boxes are unisex so I went with red yarn but I have such a hard time coming up with unisex colors.


Materials:

Lion Brand Heartland in Redwood

H hook

Patterns:

Bottom left  http://mangotreecrafts.blogspot.ca/2015/02/free-basic-beanie-crochet-pattern-all.html?m=1

Other three http://www.sewrella.com/2016/04/the-parker-crochet-newborn-hat.html?m=1

Zoe’s Doc McStuffins Blanket


This has been a labor of love off and on for the past 8 months.  Whenever I’ve put it down for a while, Miss Zoe (4) has kept me honest with her nagging.  Now that it’s finished, hopefully she’ll keep her Doc McStuffins obsession for a little while longer.  This was my first Corner to Corner (C2C) adventure.  Next time, maybe I’ll attempt something a little smaller, simpler, and faster.  I’m looking forward to some quicker projects – hats, scarves, possibly cushion covers.

Chart:

Materials:

Lion Brand – Vanna’s Choice

Bernat – Pipsqueak

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F hook (half way through I started using a Furls Candy Shop hook and I’m in LOVE.  My hand feels so much better).

Notes:

I highly recommend using bobbins of some kind for a project of this size.  I ended up using Dollar Tree pegs and a coat hanger to keep me organized as I turned my work.

Sources:

I used these pictures as inspiration when creating my chart in MS Excel.

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http://wondersofdisney.yolasite.com/resources/disjunior/mcstuffins/docexaminelambie2.png (although this link now appears to be broken).

Amelia’s Très Chic Hat

I saved this hat pattern to Pinterest a while ago and once Amelia selected this beautiful yarn for her next hat, I knew what I needed to make. I love the way it striped with each set of ribbing. If I make it again I might use a solid color for the bottom part.  Grandma has already requested one for Christmas so I get to make at least one more. 

Materials:

Lion Brand Landscapes in Boardwalk and Fuscia (flower). 

22mm button 

I hook (I think … must write these things down)

Pattern:

Paid pattern from The Hat and I. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tres-chic