Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Yarny Review & Something for You

First the "disclaimer". I am extremely bias to Red Heart Super Saver Yarns. It's what I have used for years for my amigurumi and my preferred medium in producing my designs.

However, that being said - a few weeks ago, I had ordered some of the Mary Maxim Worsted Yarns since they were on sale for 99 cents a skein.  I generally treat myself to new yarns once or twice a year.
I can't say I am disappointed in how it works up for amigurumi - but it won't be replacing my Red Heart stash anytime in the near future.


PROS:
- Easy to work with and is comparable to the worsted weight I am comfortable working with.
- 2 of the 3 colors I used were soft and easy on the fingers. (1 was a little stiffer, but still not - to me - scratchy on the fingers)
- Colors are are vivid and very "primary" in nature.
- While this particular project contains no "draping", several pieces made for the project are 'flexible' and yarn easily accommodates this allowance.
- 100% Acrylilc yarn approximately 215 yrds (200m) /3.5oz (100gm) is more than enough to produce a small to medium sized amigurumi project.
CONS:
- Limited Colors - only 8 in the Worsted Weight Line
- Not an easy find for ends and not sure if skein is designed to be an inside pull or not (I had quite the yarn barf for one skein and used the other 2 working from outside - I will end up having to use a winder to make these skeins easier to use.)
- This yarn DOES have Dye Lots
- There was some splitting and pulls in the skein
- Yarn is made in Turkey. (personal preference to support USA and or Canada produced yarns.)
- Texture of yarn is not as elastic or forgiving as RHSS when frogging or if tension goes off on a stitch.


OVERALL:
Would I use it again? Sure!!
Would I recommend this yarn? I wouldn't not recommend it - MM is still having a sale on this yarn. Purchase 8 skeins and you get them for 99 cents each. At that price, of course it's worth trying to review for yourself.
You can see more specs on this brand/yarn here: http://bit.ly/2oB30Fa


So what did I make with Mary Maxim Worsted Yarns??


So grab up your favorite yarn and head on over to the @FDbyK4TT Facebook Page to hook up this adorable creature for yourself!



FDbyK4TT is not affiliated, endorsed or sponsored by Mary Maxim, or it's subsidiaries.  There are no affiliate links contained in this post and no monies have been promised or given for any review of products mentioned in this post.  

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Janelle Blanket

As every hooker learns, once someone discovers your creative skills; you are going to get requests for gifts to give. Friends, family members even coworkers will ask you for a handmade blanket or cap to give to a new mom, a sick friend or as a "heirloom gift" to treasure.

It's always good to have a memory file of quick and easy crochet stitches that make for beautiful (not to mention quick) projects that can be completed in a weekend or so.

This was the case with The Janelle  Blanket that my daughter asked me to make for a school administrator's new baby.


What's a Mom to do?  (hint - you can't say no...)
You take the gifting needs as an opportunity to teach your child an easy stitch that makes for an easy, but memorable and thoughtful gift!





The Janelle Baby Blanket is full of texture and beauty.  Choose your own color scheme or use the one here to create a gift sure to be cherished.

Materials Used in Model:

Red Heart® WW 4-Ply Yarn in 0311 White, 0722 Pretty 'n Pink, 0373 Petal Pink and 0321 Gold
(appoximately 13oz of White, less than 7oz for ea accent color)

Size US H6/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Crochet Needle (for weaving in tails)

with White,
Chain 111,

___ ROW 1: DC-Inc in 3rd ch from hook, {skp ea of nxt 2 chs, (sc, DC-Inc) in nxt ch} 35 times, skp ea of nxt 2 ch, sc in lst st, TURN


___ ROW 2: ch-2, DC-Inc in first sc, {skp ea of nxt 2 DC, (sc, DC-Inc) in nxt st} 35 times, skp ea of nxt 2 DC, sc in turning chain of previous row.

___ ROWS 3-4: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 5: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 6-8: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 9: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 10-11: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 12: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROWS 13-15: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 16: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 17-18: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 19: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 20-22: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 23: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 24-31: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 32: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 33-34: repeat ROW 2, changing to Gold on lst st

with Gold,
___ ROW 35: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 36-37: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 38: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 39-41: repeat ROW 2, changing to 
Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 42: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 43-44: repeat ROW 2, changing to Gold on lst st

with Gold,
___ ROW 45: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 46-47: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 48: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White, 
___ ROWS 49-56: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st


with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 57: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 58-60: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 61: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White, 
___ ROWS 62-63: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 64: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROWS 65-67: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st


with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROW 68: repeat ROW 2, changing to White on lst st


with White,
___ ROWS 69-70: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st


with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 71: repeat ROW 2, changing to Pretty 'n Pink on lst st

with Pretty 'n Pink,
___ ROWS 72-74: repeat ROW 2, changing to Petal Pink on lst st

with Petal Pink,
___ ROW 75: repeat ROW 2, 
changing to White on lst st

with White,
___ ROWS 76-79: repeat ROW 2

Finish off.






Finishing.  You can add any simple border of your choice.  I used single crochet, placing 3 single crochet stitches in each corner to keep the "corners" sharp.

 

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