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

Granny Baby…

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Another weekend and time to start another project!  My Sunburst Granny Square Blanket I started last a couple of weeks ago is coming along great!  But, that one is for me and it was time to make something for Alpine Original’s, the little store where I sell my crochet…

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So… I set aside the Sunburst Granny just for a few days and started this adorable Granny Square Baby Blanket.  I have a large stash of great yarn and was able to pick a beautiful combination.   This is the pattern my Grandmother Beatrice Ryan taught me at 10 years old… It has regained its popularity recently and I am blessed to have been taught this skill that will hopefully inspire many others to learn and love the Art of Crochet !

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The Original Pattern I learned 40 years ago, now the beginning of a baby blanket…

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Super Soft yarn and great colors!  Perfect for an adorable baby blanket!

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A Granny Square Baby Blanket almost complete….

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I will be finishing up in the next day or so, then off to the shop!  I will post a picture of the completed project… Let me know what you think!

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So, here’s to teaching the Art of Crochet!!! Pass it on…

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Elena

Love of Crochet

It just seemed fitting that today I would begin my new journey and write about my love for crochet.  When I was 10, my grandmother Beatrice Ryan Ramshaw ( A Little Irish Powerhouse) taught me her love of crocheting…. My first project was a Purple Granny Square Blanket…At 10, I think every girl loves purple!

Over the years I have made and designed hundreds of crochet projects and would love to bring some of my ideas to life for you to enjoy!  I no longer have that Purple Blanket, but soon I will be posting pictures and patterns.  I hope to leave a legacy for the art of crochet to continue for many generations.  Both of my daughters Nicole 28 and Mackenzie 16 have taken up this family hobby and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  So here is to the Love of Crochet!

I made these Heart Brooch’s and they can be found at Alpine Originals in Mt. Shasta

Elena Hunt

Just in time for Valentine's

Just in time for Valentine’s

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