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So Fluffy!!!

​I have been seeing this really incredible, super thick wool roving for the longest time. Arm knitting (and even easier, arm crocheting) have been this huge trend that I was afraid to jump on. However, when Pink Unicorn Studio had a summer sale, I knew it was time. Her shop had great reviews on this roving, and even though it was coming from Poland, it definitely seemed worth it to see what the fuss was about.

So, I ordered 18lbs of this yarn, 4.5lbs in 4 different colors, and set to waiting very impatiently for it to arrive.

Well, it showed up yesterday, and I dropped everything in my entire life to start playing with this incredible, amazing ball of fluffy goodness. And let me tell you, this is the softest, smushiest, heaviest blanket I have ever made. And I am totally in love.

The biggest problem is, it is wool roving…so it is absolutely not machine wash/dry. It also can be picked apart or snagged and torn if you let animal paws on it, or drag it around the house.

Of course, I made the blanket (and the other 3 I have planned) as lap blankets for my nieces and nephews (ages 2-6), so I am sure my sisters will be grateful for their children to have heavy blankets that aren’t easily cleaned and need to stay on the bed. But, hey, they are fun and squishy and soft and wonderful.

I arm-crocheted this using a HDC. It is 8 HDC across, and 11 rows high. This used 2 skeins (2.2lbs each), and is great for younger children as a lap blanket. For reference. I am 5’0″ and 17″ across at the shoulders.

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Sock Monkey Blanket

Please excuse the crummy pictures, I promise that I am in the process of getting some better ones. But, this guy right here, my super adorable sock monkey blanket, is actually one of my favorite early pieces, especially of my own designs. Now, I say my own design, but there is obviously nothing super spectacular or difficult about this guy was made. A circle, a semi circle, and two 3/4 circles. Then add some eyes, a nose, and a smile. Really, really simple and quick to work up.

No, what I love about this guy is actually the yarn. This guy is made of a nylon yarn, so he is actually too warm and heavy to be used casually as a blanket, But, the softness, the texture, it is perfect for a tummy time mat or to lay on top of in general. I used Lion Brand Quick & Cozy yarn. And I have a feeling it will be discontinued soon, as I don’t see much of it on the website anymore. But man oh man, do I love that stuff.

I ordered it just on a whim one day while ordering an obscene amount of yarn from the LB clearance section. I just wanted to try all sorts of different textures, thicknesses, and fibers in general. It took me forever to decide what to make with this, because it is just so different from my other yarns. If you have never worked with a nylon yarn, touch some, your life will suddenly make sense. Well, not really, because it is amazing, but you can’t put it in the washer/dryer which makes it a pain in the rump too.

 

Anyway, I love this guy. He is one of my absolute favorites because I just like to touch him. (It’s a little inappropriate, ehh? Touching my monkey. Teehee!)

 

 

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Parrot Blanket

In February, I received a request for a custom blanket that had a similar shape to my owl blanket, but looked like their parrot. So, I ordered some of my favorite yarn, Lion Brand Hometown USA, and got to work turning the owl blanket that I had struggled with so thoroughly before into this killer parrot. Now, the pattern is modified some. Obviously I had to change the face because parrots don’t have horns. I also changed the nose and wings a small amount, to try and give him a more lean shape. And I added a pretty sweet tail. The tail is actually my favorite part.

I am quite proud of this guy. And I am even more excited because I got a message from this customer yesterday asking me to set up another listing and make another blanket based on their cockatiel! I am excited to get started on that, it should be so much fun! The colors for this second bird are absolutely amazing.

And, it totally gives me an excuse to buy more yarn…which I am not supposed to do, unless I have an order that needs it! Yay!

 


  
  

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CraftyMom75

I absolutely adore Etsy. I love to shop there. I love knowing that I am supporting small businesses. I love establishing relationships with other sellers and with my customers. I love knowing, and seeing, the difference that I can make in the life of a stay at home mom, a disable veteran, or a child learning about business.

When I really started focusing on the business, around August 2014, I joined a team on Etsy. I want to share a little bit about each member of that team, and the wonderful items they have. I have purchased from several members, and it is really exciting to be able to share our personal photos of the items we just had to have.

I decided last year to do as much Christmas shopping as I could on Etsy. I started ordering stuff months in advance, and everything turned out absolutely amazing. Angie, from CraftyMom75, just made our Christmas perfect though!

We started talking about skirts, and agreed that fleece was not the way to go. Instead, she was able to find some comfortable, lightweight material that included Sven and Kristoff!

 

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She creates these awesome fleece tie blankets, and when I saw she had some Olaf fabric, I knew my younger daughter would need this in her life.

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Out of the left over fabric from the blanket, she made a stocking for my younger daughter. And, she designed a stocking for my older daughter, using a Stitch patch. And this was after spending about 3 weeks looking for Stitch fabric for me!

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I bought this apron without even telling her, I surprised her with this order. This apron is a craft fair vendor’s dream. It has a ton of pockets, and it is super sturdy, and actually stays around your waist. It saved me at Funky Finds. However, I did not get a photograph of me wearing it.

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Angie is a stay at home mom to two boys. She started sewing when she was very young, about 4, and just like most kids, gave up for a long time. After her boys were no longer in the infant stage, she started to sew again. She started up this store to help supplement her income, to be able to provide all sorts of extras and fun times for her boys. Her family is also a bunch of avid Disney lovers, and try to make it to Disney World at least every other year. She is one of the kindest souls I have met on Etsy, always willing to give advice and help out wherever is necessary. And, best of all, she makes the cutest stuff!

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