KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 4

Love.Ewe:

In case you’re following along, here is square 4. Read through the post to find the link to the next square for KCACO-CAL2015. :)
Maybe one day soon I’ll block mine and share what I’ve been making with these. I’ve never blocked before and worry that I’ll mess it up so I’m waiting. lol (insert chicken sounds here)

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

So we had a bit of fun with block 4, putting it out for a public vote, and I can now reveal that the square that received the majority vote was ‘F’ – the ‘Harriett’ Square!  Although we are on block 4 there is still plenty of time to catch up – the full schedule and details about the CAL can be found here.

I love this fun design which plays with an octagonal shape inside a square.  It’s all created with simple stitches and produces a lovely end result.

This square is currently free on Ravelry (and has been since June 2013).

Click on the link in the title below to go straight to the pattern.

Harriett Square 12″ by Carolyn Christmas

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great with up to 5 different colours changes but I would suggest at least 2…

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KCACO-UK Afghan CAL 2015 -Block 2

Love.Ewe:

I did not share the second square in the CAL that I’ve joined, hosted by KCACO-UK, so here it is.

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

Yay our next square is here!! And it’s a beauty!  This block has been designed by the fabulous Kimberlie of ShopKimberlie, a good friend of mine, who some of you might have got to know as one of my lovely Admin in the Facebook CAL Group.

You are going to LOVE this square!  I did because it introduced me to a new technique; the Jacob’s Ladder which I have COMPLETELY fallen in love with!  So without further ado may I introduce the…

Ladder Loops Afghan Square by Kimberlie Goodnough

This square will be available as a free Ravelry download throughout the end of the year 2015 (December 31, 2015).

ShopKimberlie

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5.5 mm / US Size I
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works best in at least 4-5 different colours
  • Pattern contains English and American crochet terms: see the following link for a printable conversion chart: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/70437470329344/ 

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Making Laundry Soap

Love.Ewe:

I think I recall this being shared last year, but I’d never heard of the soap before so I skimmed through it and forgot about it. I may have to find some of this soap though. My kids are getting older and with a miner in the house, I’d like to give this recipe the once over and see if it works better and saves like it’s said to. :)

Originally posted on From Home Crochet:

If you’re anything like me, you like to save money… so that you can buy the most AMAZING new bag from Shaggy Baggy! Okay, that wasn’t why I make my own laundry soap, but I do like that I can make a batch that lasts me for 6-8 months (or more) and only costs me about $25. It works great, smells clean and most importantly, is HE friendly for my front load washer!

 The materials are pretty simple and can be found at your grocery store. The recipe I use came from a pin I had stumbled on by How Does She? about a year and a half ago (maybe slightly more), and this is my third batch of soap since then. What you need:

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 (3…

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 3

Love.Ewe:

I hadn’t thought until now to share the rest of the squares with you, in case you wanted to join in without joining the group. Here is square 3. If you need square 2, I can go back and share that one as well.

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

So it’s time for block 3 already, these blocks are coming round quick! 

So sometimes you just see some crocheted loveliness and think one day I am going to have to make that.  For me this CAL is definitely helping me fulfil my wish list.  I really feel as if I have had this next pattern saved FOREVER so it was a joy to finally make it up.  

This square is free (and has been since Mar 2011) on the Crochetville site.

Yarn Clouds by Amelia Beebe


Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great in single colours or up to 5 different colours changes.
  • Pattern available in US terminology for conversion chart please click HERE

Specialist stitches:

Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) - Yarn over, insert hook from back of work through side of specified stitch, going in…

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Getting ready for Valentines

Yes, I meant that as in plural up there. My middle kiddo is in school this year and is coming up on her first Valentine’s day among peers. I’ve been working on getting Valentine gifts ready for her classmates and teachers because I’m almost certain there will be a party or at least a card trade with treats. Now, we haven’t had this happen personally but I do know that children are able to have diabetes, food allergies, or other things that may make them feel a bit left out in these holiday celebrations. For the 100th day celebration we were asked to send 100 food items. I sent pretzels. Yeah, I forgot to account for gluten free items, but I was trying to think healthier than candy. Ya know what I mean, Vern?

SO… gearing up for the holiday I looked on Pinterest for ideas. I found crayons. I saw heart shaped crayons. Now, I don’t know how boys think this day and age, because my boy is still a snuggle bug, but I wanted something for girls and boys. I looked on Amazon and found some silicone molds in animal shapes and some in robot shapes. Lion is the class mascot, but I think the robots will go over well for all kids too so we made lots of robots and some animals too.

Silicone molds shaped these tiny wax figures.

Silicone molds shaped these tiny wax figures.

The white crayon looks a bit odd on them, but they turned out great otherwise. :) I did use this post on Blogger as a guideline, but had to turn up the heat a bit, and keep them in for much longer. Also, the molds I purchased came with no instructions at all. I also plan to draw out some cards or something for the kids to use the crayons on right away. I hope this plan works out the way I picture. I want this first Vday to be awesome for my baby girl. :)

KCACO-UK Afghan CAL 2015 -Block 1

Love.Ewe:

I’ve decided to join a year long crochet along. Well, almost a year. Basically, we start today and work one square every couple of weeks and in November we piece them all together. This is the first square pattern released, designed by the host of the CAL, Keep Calm and Crochet On UK. I’ve chosen colors that my son likes and plan on making this for him. He’s 3, but I hope it will become a keepsake.
Follow along at KC&COUK’s blog.

Originally posted on Keep Calm and Crochet On U.K:

Yay so it’s time for block 1!!! How exciting!!!  AND it’s my first design for 2015 so super exciting!!!  You can tell how excited I am by the abundance of exclamation marks!!!

Yes I thought that I would have a go at designing the first block for the CAL, I wanted it to be fun, yet simple to ease us into the CAL process.  Believe it or not this was the first 12 inch square I have EVER made or designed and it was sooo enjoyable after designing many 6 inch ones.  It seemed huge too but, I tell you what, it some how seemed so much more satisfying when I’d finished it.  Hope you enjoying hooking it up too – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

This square will be available as a free Ravelry download forever or scroll down the page to where I have also posted the pattern below.

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2015

So long 2014. I’m not going to rehash all of the issues I had with the last year, because, well, let’s face it, I’m still here, things could have been a lot worse, and I’m grateful for another year. I won’t even bother making more promises that I am not certain I can keep. Doing so just makes me feel like a failure when things don’t go as planned, and I worry that it also makes others lose faith in me. I’m only human. We make mistakes. Lots of them. And we even repeat them, as history has proven, because we’re idiots.

I just wanted to share some progress on a drawing with you here to let you know, I’m not gone completely. Just been busy. Also, I’ve been working on knits and crocheted items still too. So here’s some of it. <3 Happy New Year.

A bit of fan art I'm working on for an online friend who did me a favor.

A bit of fan art I’m working on for an online friend who did me a favor.

I made a hood for a dog in November and got this as a showing of how it fit and was received. Cute.

I made a hood for a dog in November and got this as a showing of how it fit and was received. Cute.

I made these for a gift exchange for my husband's family. They seem to have been well liked. Patterns found on Ravelry.

I made these for a gift exchange for my husband’s family. They seem to have been well liked. Patterns found on Ravelry.

I used to play World of Warcraft and an old gamer buddy requested this for a friend of his. Rather proud of how it came out.

I used to play World of Warcraft and an old gamer buddy requested this for a friend of his. Rather proud of how it came out.

This is my latest caricature commission. She put Santa hats on them all and it was so cute.

This is my latest caricature commission. She put Santa hats on them all and it was so cute.

This is one of the final caricatures I'd created for the wedding in November. One of my favorites.

This is one of the final caricatures I’d created for the wedding in November. One of my favorites.