Saturday, February 09, 2019

12 Point Star Temperature Blanket - Connecting the Points

January came and went and we're well into February already - how'd that happen???


Here's a video showing how I'm connecting the second point (February) to the first point (January). I created a temperature tracker spreadsheet with space to fill in the temps and a cheat sheet showing what the stitch numbers are for each day, which you can download here, and you'll see in the video below. 


(Click the square down in the corner to view full screen)

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

2019 Temperature Blanket

It's been 2 years since I made a temperature blanket and I'm ready to try it again! This time I'm going for something a little big smaller and more manageable....recall A Row a Day for 366 days.

I saw several people in the facebook group Temperature Blanket Yarn-Along doing a 12 point star and I've totally fallen in love with it. I'm going to attempt this blanket this year, in a purple color scheme.



I'll be using the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket pattern on Ravelry but making some changes as described below:

To begin, follow the instructions on the pattern, using the color you want for the center of your blanket, for rounds 1-6.

Now, instead of working in the round for the rest of the rows, I'll be doing one star section per month. Each star section will be 31 rows (for months shorter than 31 days, fill in the last row(s) with your center color).



Begin with a slip stitch to the right of one of the points. Chain two. Double Crochet in the next two stitches, stitch a "small shell" (refer to pattern from Ravelry) in the chain space, and finish the first days row by double crocheting in the next 3 stitches. You're done for today.



Follow the chart below, based on what day of the month it is:

  1. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 2 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 3 stitches.
  2. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 2 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 3 stitches.
  3. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 3 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 4 stitches.
  4. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 4 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 5 stitches.
  5. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 4 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 5 stitches.
  6. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 5 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 6 stitches.
  7. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 6 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 7 stitches.
  8. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 6 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 7 stitches.
  9. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 7 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 8 stitches.
  10. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 8 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 9 stitches.
  11. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 8 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 9 stitches.
  12. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 9 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 10 stitches.
  13. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 10 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 11 stitches.
  14. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 10 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 11 stitches.
  15. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 11 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 12 stitches.
  16. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 12 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 13 stitches.
  17. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 12 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 13 stitches.
  18. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 13 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 14 stitches.
  19. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 14 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 15 stitches.
  20. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 14 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 15 stitches.
  21. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 15 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 16 stitches.
  22. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 16 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 17 stitches.
  23. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 16 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 17 stitches.
  24. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 17 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 18 stitches.
  25. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 18 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 19 stitches.
  26. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 18 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 19 stitches.
  27. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 19 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 20 stitches.
  28. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 20 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 21 stitches.
  29. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 20 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 21 stitches.
  30. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 21 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 22 stitches.
  31. Sl. Chain 2. Dc in next 22 stitches. Small shell in chain space. Dc in next 23 stitches.
When you start month two, you'll move to the next point to the right, and slip stitch into the first stitch of the previous months row for the given day to finish the row. Finally, for the last month, you'll slip stitch both the start and ending previous month chains to complete the rows. Then finish the entire blanket off with a slip stitch, chain 2, dc in next 22 stitches. Large shell in chain space. Dc in next 23 stitches.

I plan to blog this whole process throughout the year, so stay tuned!

Friday, January 13, 2017

A row a day for 366 days...

I finally completed my 2016 temperature blanket - it's bigger than our queen sized bed but I love how it came out! The blanket consists of 366 rows (leap year!), with each row representing the high temperature of the day.


I went with a rainbow color scheme, with the cooler colors representing the colder temperatures and warmer colors being the warmer temperatures...and as you can see, we had a lot of warm days here in St. Louis, MO this past year!



Technical details: my rows were single crochet for week days and granny stitches for Saturday and Sunday. This ultimately made the blanket longer than the bed but it allows for some visual detail between the weeks. I used a size G hook (4mm) and the width is 288 stitches. On each of our families birthdays, I added a silver thread that I crocheted along with the color corresponding to the temperature of the day. For the most part, I crocheted over the tails when changing colors using the next row, except in the case where it was a granny stitch and I had to weave those in using a yarn needle. I did stitch back and forth from each end, whichever end I left off with the previous row. The border is two rows of single crochet, finished with a large shell border. 






Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Dress (Jewel Stripwork Dress by Create Kids Couture)

This dress is pretty much made according to the pattern, with the 3/4 sleeves, no bottom ruffle and optional sash. The only change I'd make is to alternate the halloween fabric every other on the strips instead of every two or three strips...I just don't think you can see enough of the halloween just by glancing at it. I would have done other halloween fabrics but none seemed to match the circle fabric (it has bats, ghosts, "boo", witch hats, pumpkins, and candy corn in the various colored circles) very well, and I just fell in love with it.




I'm really thinking about making a similar dress for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentines day!

You can buy this pattern from Create Kids Couture here:

 - Girls sizes 6-12 months to size 8

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Willow Wrap Jacket (Create Kids Couture)

I made this pattern in a sew-along on Facebook with the designer, Create Kids Couture. Each day of the sew-along there is an assignment and you post a photo of your progress.

I chose a thin corduroy for the outer layer and flannel for the lining. The sash and ruffle is also flannel, but next time I'll use a cotton for those because I don't care for the look of flannel after it starts to get worn and washed. It's nice and soft for the lining though so I'd keep it there. The pattern calls for a sash closure, but knowing my 3 year old, I knew that was not practical, so I sewed the sash onto the jacket (next time I'll do this before sewing the jacket outer to the lining). Then I added a 1" snap to hold the jacket closed. I am going to add a half inch snap toward the top to keep it closed up there too when my cuckoo kiddo is running around.

This was a really simple pattern, and came together nicely - and it was so fun to watch everyone making the jacket together and posting their photos!

Day 1: Cutting

Day 2: Bodices - outer and lining

Day 3: Skirt and Gathering

Day 4: Bodice Ruffle

Completed Jacket
I am so in love with this pattern! So much so that I am going to make one for myself (yes the pattern comes in girls, tweens and adult sizes!). I'm almost anxious for fall temps to get here so she can wear it!

You can buy this pattern from Create Kids Couture here:

- Girls sizes 6-12 months to size 8
- Tweens sizes 7/8 to 15/16
- Womens sizes XS to XL

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Kirby Plush Toy

Plush Kirby

My daughter recently became obsessed with Kirby from Nintendo and kept asking for a plush Kirby. A quick google search revealed a tutorial by Seremeres Blog. My kirby plush is made from this pattern (but I didn't read it carefully and didn't do the arms quite right).

Kirby wearing the hats

Well, just a plush Kirby wasn't enough for my daughter, and she wanted his "copy ability" hats. Kirby as quite a few abilities, and since I was also using the Kirby as the "mascot" for my St. Louis Challenge team, I picked some of the easier ones to make first. These headbands are designed with elastic in the back so they fit Kirby's head, as well as both my 3 year olds head and an adults head as well (except for the hammer Kirby one, but it's made of yarn so easy enough to make 2 separate headbands). I didn't use a pattern for these, just made these myself.

close up of fighter hat

close up of hammer hat

close up of leaf hat

St. Louis Challenge Team


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Grace Ruffle Dress (Funktional Threads)

Front and back views

I just recently completed a sew-along on the Funktional Threads facebook group. I've been wanting to try a mixed fabric print style dress for awhile, but honestly wasn't confident that I'd pick fabrics that looked good together! I spent quite awhile at JoAnn Fabric trying to match the colors and get a good mix of fabric styles - striped, polka-dots, damask. And, as many veteran "mixed print" sewers warned me, I am now hooked on mixing prints - I've got a halloween dress in the works with 5 different fabrics as well!

My fabrics

It took a good two hours to cut out all the pieces - this dress was more complicated than I realized at first! I spent a week total from start to finish working on the dress. I even learned a new technique for ruffling that is AMAZING - I will never go back to the baste stitch technique. Here's the tutorial I used to learn the clear-elastic ruffle technique.

Apron Ruffle using Clear-Elastic Technique
The seam ripper did get a bit of use on this project, but honestly, it was as complicated as it was time consuming due to all the ruffles and top stitching. I love the final result though! I made the size 4 for my little sweetie and I did have to adjust the elastic in the back bodice so that it wasn't so loose on her. Otherwise it fits perfectly and the best part of making something yourself is being able to make adjustments to fit your model.


 


The pattern comes in sizes 18 months thru girls 14, and includes many different options. Purchase this pattern from Funktional Threads by clicking the image below!

Click the image to purchase the pattern

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Photoshop Magic

Whenever someone finds out that I "know" photoshop one of their first questions is about altering photos and what kind of "magic" I can do. I thought I'd share this recent example...

I really wanted a photo of my daughter and my cousins son (they are 4 months apart, my cousin and I are 3 months apart) together, since we don't see them very often. Well as you can probably guess, the two toddlers never did manage to look at the camera at the same time.

Original 5 shots

Best shot of Jillian

Best shot of Milo

Final photo of the two of them. Can you tell that it's 2 pics put together in photoshop?

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

First Day of School!

Jillian started preschool this week! Such a cutie and so proud of her pony backpack. We went out to lunch after school and when we got home she asked if she could go back to school.



Monday, September 03, 2012

Summer of Fun - August

We celebrated Fipsy's 9th birthday on August 3.

We spent the night in a caboose at Wildlife Prairie State Park in Peoria, IL.

The next night we stayed at Riley's Railhouse in Chesterton, IN, super cool bed and breakfast in a renovated train depot and active rail line across the street. 

Jillian hanging out in the kids loft at Riley's Railhouse.

Beach at Indiana Dunes State Park

We met up with some friends in the chicago area and the girls got to spend the morning together at Pirate's Cove Theme Park - a park designed just for little kids!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer of Fun - July

Photos from our July Summer of Fun activities...

Contemporary Art Museum Playdate, we built the "pony balloon" you see on the table behind her

Weiner Mobile!

Practicing for her future career as a veterinarian 

Pop Goes the Jillian (a new favorite game)

Storytime at the library - identifying colored crayons felt board activity

Lots of cooking - here she's making banana bread for Daddy

Lots and Lots of paintings

Feeding a camel at a birthday party at Grant's Farm