River-Rock… Flower Power… Paperweight….

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I had the spring bug to crochet something colorful… It has been blowing snow here the last couple days and although it is spring,,, It sure hasn’t felt like it!  So,,, An African Flower something was my thought… A Potholder, Pincushion,, or …. A Paperweight!   Yes,  a paperweight will be great… I have a collection of Mt. Shasta River Rocks I collected up above the lake last summer to crochet doily style paperweights… So with hook in hand once again, the experiment began!

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River-Rock, Flower-Power Paperweight…

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I think they turned out so cute!  I will have to make more and at least one for my desk at work where the papers get blown every time they guys crack a window… Of course,,, this one is for Alpine Originals and will be up for sale later today!

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Here is just a peek of the blowing snow yesterday… it didn’t stick,,, but it was wet and windy… No fun to be outside…

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A Snowy Spring Day from my window at work…

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So here is to Snowy Spring Days, African Flower, River-Rocks and Paperweights…

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And a little fun news… I received the most clicks on Busting Stitches Link Party last week for my Hobo Granny Bag.

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Elena

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Joining A Crochet-A-Long….

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I’ve never done a Crochet-A-Long before,,, But recently I have been searching for one to join.  Alot of the other bloggers I follow have been doing them and it seems like a fun idea!  But, if I am going to make something for the family it has to be something we will use… I bumped into the perfect one for me, well my daughter actually…  She has been asking for an afghan, and at 17 I think it is cool that she wants me to make her something… I don’t think she realize it may be a keepsake someday!  I have several keepsakes my grandmothers  made me,,, I will share them all in a post soon!  It is amazing to have a treasure from someone who would have been over 100 years old, made just for me!

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Ok, so a Crochet-A-Long,,, Some of you may not really know what that is… So a quick word on the subject,,, Some one comes up with a great pattern and sets up a pace that we all follow to complete at the same time.  Some are a block a month,,, done over 1 year and you end up with a great afghan,,, Some are a project like a hat, scarf or bag and each week they give a clue and no one knows what it is until it’s done…

The one I chose is a Afghan-A-Month Group (not sure I will do one every month), The pattern is give out and we all work at our own pace,,, finishing at the set date… Then when done,,, we post our pictures in the group gallery and are entered in a drawing for a Red Heart Yarn Give-Away… The Afghans must be complete by the set date and to the minimum specs they have given to qualify, it can be larger if wanted…  Sounded like a great idea,,, And who wouldn’t want a chance for some free yarn!  If you are interested to follow along with me… It’s not too late… Check out The Crochet Crowd by clicking HERE

Today is the first day to begin the Afghan,, The end date is May 15th… Perfect,,, My daughter turns 17 just a few days later…  So, like I said in my last post,,, we went yarn shopping and she picked out her colors… That was a blast!!  She did a great job…

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What do you think???  Hue’s of green, tan and cream…

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So, when I thought of only 1 month to complete an afghan,,, I was a little nervous…  The pattern is Ocean Waves,,,, I divided it up and figured out how many rows I would have to complete per night to get it done in the size I have chosen to make.. A full size blanket instead of a throw is what she wanted,,, so it’s a little bigger than the minimum specs… Not to bad… It will only take 2-3 rows per evening,,, very do-able!  So off I went with my hook in hand and finished 10 rows already in just a couple of hours…  So far, I am ahead, and that will be a good idea since I have other projects to work on too!

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 Ocean Waves  Afghan, 10 rows, 5 color repeat…

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My daughter chose a unique choice to repeat the colors,,, I will reveal that in my next post… She is  a future crafter/artist!  As we speak she is in her room macraming a key faub… Love it!  The Pansy Garden Bag I was working on last post is almost done… Just a few more rows, strap and lining and it will be all set!  That big reveal coming soon too!

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So here is to Crochet-A-Longs, Keepsake’s and projects in the works!

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Elena

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Spring Granny Bag…

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So here it is… Another bag,,, This month must be an obsession with bags!  This bag started as a Spring Granny Blanket, the colors reminded me of what I would wish for if our spring was here and flowers were blooming… It’s still cold and windy, not to many flowers or buds are out yet.  Here in the North West, at the base of a 14000′ +  mountain it is still not feeling like spring.  I have to make the most of it and brighten up my days with bright crochet projects!

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Spring Granny Bag

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Just to keep up my theme of the month,, Bags… I have started the next bag!  Nothing to do with Granny Squares which I have been making alot of lately!  It won’t take long, so here is a little peek….

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Pansy Garden Bag…

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Both of these bags will be making their way to the shop in town, Alpine Originals to be up for sale in the next couple days… The weekend is almost done and my crochet projects have been working up quickly.  I was able to do a little yarn shopping yesterday when we went to my daughters track meet in a larger town about an hour down the canyon.  She picked out the yarn for her blanket  that I will start tomorrow, it’s for a Crochet-a-Long that’s featured at The Crochet Crowd.  I really had fun watching a 17-year-old decide on colors for an afghan for an eclectic room…  At least this way she won’t steal the Sunburst Granny Afghan that I just finished!  Also, Michael’s Craft Store had Cream and Sugar Cotton on sale,,, so I restocked my stash for summer!  Always a great day when I come home with new yarn!

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So here is to Bags, Granny Squares, Crochet-a-Longs and Yarn Shopping!

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Elena

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