Bobbly Flowers Crochet Blanket (and Discontinued Yarn)

Thank you for all the messages, comments and emails over the past month!  I have a lot to go through.  I’m sorry I missed everyone who came by for the Nuts About Squares 2017 Crochet-Along, but I’m so happy to have you here!  I am working on a future photo tutorial post for the border of the Tropical Delight square, and if you are waiting on a message from me, I’m slowly working my way through them!  Thanks for your patience and support. 

~*~

Bobbly Flowers Crochet Blanket - mellieblossom.com

I have a lot of unfinished crochet projects.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of finished projects too, but for one reason or another, and with blankets especially, I take my time and work on them when I’m inspired to do so, in between other projects.

But.

The one problem with this is that over the course of a year or two (or three or four), some of the yarn colors that I started out using were discontinued.  I know that you’re supposed to purchase all the yarn color up front for dye lot continuity, but for acrylic projects that use no real dye lots like Red Heart or Vanna’s Choice, I’ve never really considered that necessary.  There’s a craft store right down the street from me, and it’s no big deal to run out for ten minutes and grab a few more skeins of the color that I’m running low on. 

Bobbly Flowers Crochet Blanket - mellieblossom.com

Big mistake, though.  Because back in 2012, I participated in an awesome swap with the VCFC gals called “Pink Lemonade”, featuring a great color scheme of pinks and yellows.  And when the swap was over, I decided to use up my leftover yarn on the gorgeous Bobbly Flower crochet blanket.  I worked on it for a while, and it got put away during a move, placed in a basket on a shelf, and took a bit of a break in my project rotations.

Fast forward to a few years later, I’ve pulled it out again and have found that not one; not two, but SIX out of the eleven colors I used in it have been discontinued!  Yikes!  Of the colors:

  • Olive Green
  • Pink
  • Kelly Green
  • Fern Green
  • Antique Rose – ?
  • Duckie – discontinued
  • Lamb – discontinued
  • Pink Poodle – discontinued
  • Pea Green – discontinued
  • Soft Pink – discontinued
  • Wild Berry – discontinued

Has Antique Rose been discontinued?  I’m only able to find regular Rose online, but I’m so out of the loop these days I don’t even know!

Bobbly Flowers Crochet Blanket - mellieblossom.com

Now fortunately, I do have an admittedly small stash of most of these colors; others just a skein or two, so I’m planning on continuing the project for now, but I’m fully aware this may end up to be more a lapghan than an actual blanket.  It’s just such a bummer to have such great colors disappear seemingly overnight.  I especially miss Soft Pink – there were so many projects I wanted to use that color in, and all of the substitute yarns I’ve tried so far have been close in color- but not quiet there. 

Bobbly Flowers Crochet Blanket - mellieblossom.com

 

So now I’m debating whether to include some new colors in this, or make do with what I have?  Or maybe I’ll hit up the eBay circuit and see what I can collect.  I’m not sure.  This pattern, with all its bobbles, certainly does use up a good deal of yarn.  And at the very least, I’ll enjoy making what I can with what I have left.

~Mellie

Yarn Giveaway Week 7

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Do forgive me for my absence and for the brevity of this post.  We’ve all been hit by some sort of virus that’s been going around and it’s knocked me off my feet.  But a yarn giveaway is a yarn giveaway, and so here is today’s (terribly uncreative) but nonetheless free yarn for you!  Since winter time is the perfect time for warm woolies on your feet, here is a group of nine different sock yarns.

Again, my apologies on the single, tired photo, but I’m heading back to bed now to sleep and (hopefully) kick this flu

Sock yarn

 

HOW TO ENTER

You have four (easy) chances to enter & win!

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1- Leave a comment below!  (The “comments” link is right underneath the title of this post if you’re on the home page).  Be sure to leave your email with the comment; that is how I’ll contact you if you’ve won.

2 – Go and like my Facebook page here, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in a new comment below.

3- Follow me on Twitter, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in a new comment below.

4- Follow me on Instagram, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in the new a new comment below.

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Four chances = great odds!  Be sure you leave your correct email in the comment form, because that’s how I’ll be contacting you if you win.  Comments will close Sunday morning, and I’ll pick a winner through a random number generator then and contact them then for shipping information.

A note, especially for those using IE, some of the comments seem to be going into my “to be moderated” folder for some reason.  Rest assured that I’ll get it approved ASAP and that your comment will be counted!  Thanks.

And I will be back here on Monday, hopefully fully recovered to share all the Christmas goodness I’ve been working on as well!

Good luck!

 

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Congratulations to this week’s yarn giveaway winner, chose by a random number generator:

Tammye S Green says:

Following you everywhere concievable except to bed..lol…get well soon and thank you for caring enough to post. Hope that you are back on your feet in warm slippers before the Holiday Season gets here.

Stop by next week for another chance to win free yarn!

 

Yarn Giveaway Week 6

Comments for this giveaway are now closed; thanks for participating and stop by next Saturday for another chance to win free yarn!

Another Saturday, and another free yarn giveaway!  This week’s yarn is an explosion of color.   Here’s the loot for this week’s giveaway:

Free Yarn Giveaway

2 Skeins Lion Brand Hometown USA in Monterey Lime.  This is a super-bulky, very soft acrylic yarn.

  Free Yarn Giveaway

Next is a skein of plied worsted weight wool yarn from 100purewool.  This is handpainted in the color “Chagall”.

Free Yarn Giveaway

Third, a skein of Paton’s Décor, a wool/acrylic blend, in shades of blue, green, purple and dark grey; called “Secret Garden”.

  Free Yarn Giveaway

Fourth, a skein of Bernat CottonTots 100% cotton yarn in variegated shades of white, green, purple and blue, Jelly Belly.  (I love that, because I called my son Jelly Belly as a nickname for his first year of life!)

  Free Yarn Giveaway

Last is a skein of sock yarn from the Deborah Norville Collection.  The line is Serenity and the color is “Harlequin”, a self-striping mix of plum, blue, green and yellow.

  Free Yarn Giveaway

All this can be yours today, free!

 

HOW TO ENTER

You have four (easy) chances to enter & win!

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1- Leave a comment below!  (The “comments” link is right underneath the title of this post if you’re on the home page).  Be sure to leave your email with the comment; that is how I’ll contact you if you’ve won.

2 – Go and like my Facebook page here, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in a new comment below.

3- Follow me on Twitter, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in a new comment below.

4- Follow me on Instagram, then leave a comment that you’ve done so in the new a new comment below.

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Four chances = great odds!  Be sure you leave your correct email in the comment form, because that’s how I’ll be contacting you if you win.  Comments will close Sunday morning, and I’ll pick a winner through a random number generator then and contact them then for shipping information.

A note, especially for those using IE, some of the comments seem to be going into my “to be moderated” folder for some reason.  Rest assured that I’ll get it approved ASAP and that your comment will be counted!  Thanks.

Good luck!

***************************Congratulations to this week’s winner:

Yikes. Instagram is new to me but i did it. Following. Dawndiamonds007@gmail.com

Be sure and come by next Saturday for more chances to win free yarn1

~ Mellie ★

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

I joined in a Christmas Ornament Swap this year over on the Crafty Hookers group on Ravelry.  The idea is to make crochet Christmas ornaments (or any other craft too, I suppose) and include a little gift and card and send it to your swapmate.  (Swapmate, if you’re reading this right now, turn away!)

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

Last year after the holidays, I picked up a few of these Heart and Sole skeins of yarn on sale in the color “Christmas”.  I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with them, but sale + yarn + Christmas = I’m buying it.  I brought them home and stashed them away with the rest of my yarn hoard and knew that the perfect opportunity would arise to use it.  And it did.

After I contemplated all the different kinds of crochet Christmas ornaments I could make for this swap, the yarn came to mind and I knew right away that this was my chance to use it.  But as I searched among the patterns online, I couldn’t decide what exactly I’d do with it.  Variegated yarns often make complicated patterns look so messy and busy, and I wanted something simple and elegant.  I finally decided that a simple hanging ball would perfectly complement the design of the yarn and work for all sorts of Christmas decorating styles.   I picked up a bag of Styrofoam balls at my local craft store and just started crocheting a circle.  When it got to be the size of the ball, I stopped increasing and did a few rounds around and then decreased to the top, adding a simple loop to hang it on the tree.

You would be surprised at how happy this little hanging ornament made me!  I even went on to make half a dozen more for my own tree.  I think next time I would use a smaller hook (I used an F, and you can see in the pictures that in some spots the Styrofoam still showed through).  But from where they hang on the tree, it’s not at all noticeable so I’m not too concerned.

  Crochet Christmas Ornaments

For those interested, although I didn’t write out a pattern for this ornament, here’s the basic idea:  You can use any size hook or yarn, whatever you’re comfortable with.  Pick up some Styrofoam balls (sizes will vary, so alter your pattern to fit).  Chain 2.  In the second chain, begin with the pattern:

Round 1 – In the second sc from the hook, make a round of 8 sc. (move on to the next round without joining, so that it is made in a spiral)

Round 2 – Make 2 sc in each sc (16 sc)

Round 3 – Make [1 sc in next stitch, 2 sc in stitch after] around (20 sc)

Round 4 – Make [1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (24 sc)

Round 5 – Make [1 sc in next 3 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (28 sc)

Round 6 – Make [1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after] around (32 sc)

From this point, keep increasing by one extra stitch around until you reach the size that fits snugly around the Styrofoam ball’s middle.  This will vary depending on the size of your Styrofoam ball and the hook and yarn size that you’re using.  Once you reach the middle, make a few rounds.  Your goal is to have the top half and bottom half of the ball be symmetrical.  So count back from the middle round and then start decreasing.

To decrease, note the number of stitches from your last increase row and skip that many before decreasing.  So, if your last row was the same as my Round 6 above [1 sc in next 4 stitches, 2 sc in the stitch after], you will instead [1 sc in the next 4 stitches, 1 dec in the next 2 stitches].  Basically you’re just stepping your rounds down instead of up.  Continue until you have only 8 decreases and then pull a knot through the last one, closing tightly.  Leave a tail of a few inches, and then tie a loop, weaving the ends in tightly.  Voila!  Your new Christmas ornament!

Crochet Christmas Ornaments

I know that’s a little vague, but since my bag of Styrofoam balls were a variety of sizes, I just kind of winged it.  There’s a lot of flexibility though, so little mistakes here and there weren’t even noticeable.

It’s a fun little pattern and a pretty yarn.  I have one all tucked away for my swapmate along with the rest of her gift.  All I need to do is run out and grab a little bit of chocolate to include in the package (plus a little extra chocolate for me, of course) and this will hopefully reach her before December 1st with enough time to deck the halls.

~ Mellie ★