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SOLD!

Okay, I’m freaking out.

I sold some crocheted items. I actually received money for something I made.

Wow. It actually happened a week or so ago, but now I have the money and it’s more real and my head is exploding.

So here’s what happened! Nate’s mom offered to try to sell some things for me and I I gave her a baby blanket and a bunch of scarves, even though I was pretty sure nothing would come of it. She asked me how much I wanted to charge, but I had no idea. All I wanted to do was be sure I covered the cost of the yarn, so I told her how much I spent on each item and gave her permission to price everything however she wanted.

She actually decided to buy the baby blanket from me herself so she could give it to her grandson, and then she sold two scarves. The total amount for all three items is $100! I literally cannot believe it.

Here are two of the things I sold:

This baby blanket is actually a bit large, like something you'd give a toddler. The whole thing is one big granny square with a shell border.

This baby blanket is actually a bit large, like something you’d give a toddler. The whole thing is one big granny square with a shell border.

I posted a tiny picture of this scarf last year when I started my blog. The little animal-thingies on each end are actually puppets! I hated making this scarf and will probably never make another one ever again haha

I posted a tiny picture of this scarf last year when I started my blog. The little animal-thingies on each end are actually puppets! I hated making this scarf and will probably never make another one ever again haha

The third item was a ruffle scarf made out of a dark teal yarn that had sequins scattered throughout. I didn’t get a good picture, but I still have a lot of the yarn left. Since it sold so quickly, I’m going to make another one and I’ll post a picture when I do!

I’d had that puppet scarf since 2011. I got to see a picture of the little boy it was given to. He looked pretty stoked and it was so cute. I’m really excited about the idea of people enjoying the things I make :]

So there it is. Sold items. Finally!

On another, much less exciting note:
My first blogiversary (I lol at that word every time I see it) was the first of January. It’s pretty crazy (to me, anyway) that I started out with the intention of posting pictures of my crocheted stuff and ended up posting about a ton of other crafts too. Before last year, I didn’t know how to crochet with any stitch other than a single or double crochet, decorate cakes, bake, make candy, cross stitch, use perler beads, make anything good out of clay, or sew. Now I know how to do all of those things, some of which I have yet to post about! I’ve always wanted to know how to do stuff like that, but I lacked the motivation. I think having a blog and being able to look at other crafty blogs really inspired me and gave me the motivation I needed to learn new things. Rad!

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The Ugly Granny Stripe

Inspired by both the granny stripe blanket on (in?) The Little Room of Rachell and the fact that I have way too much crappy yarn I’ll never use, I have started a blanket of my own. It’s a granny stripe (because they are neat), but it’s the ugliest one I’ve ever seen because I’m just throwing yarn into it so I can get rid of the stash. At first, I was kind of bummed that it isn’t going to look as nice as the others I’ve seen, but I’ve grown to love it.

It reminds me of my crochet beginnings. All of this ugly stashed yarn I’m using is from back when all I could make was a potholder or a crooked scarf and I had no idea what amigurumi was or that an afghan isn’t something you wear. I didn’t know how to do anything other than chaining, single crochet, and double crochet. When I bought yarn, I bought the cheapest possible yarn and didn’t care what color it was because I always said it was for practice. I wanted to “get back into crochet,” but I’d give up before my few rows of single crochet could actually become something, so I ended up with random half-skeins of puke-green or some horrible variegated mess.

And now, I am using those random skeins to make a blanket because, well, I shouldn’t be buying new yarn until I get rid of some of my stashed yarn, and all of this yarn is too ugly and/or not soft enough and/or there’s not enough of it left for me to make anything else. I did consider a yarn bomb, but there’s too much for that. No, it must become The Ugly Granny Stripe.

This is it so far. It’s even uglier in person. I love it.

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Giant Blanket

I’m off to a slow start this year, but I’ve decided to make a blanket! I started out trying to make a brown basket weave afghan from an old Vanna White book, but after about 16 rows, all I could think about was how bored I was. The basket weave stitch is very pretty and I really enjoy it  (I made a basket weave scarf for someone as a Christmas present and I’m still kicking myself over not taking a picture of it) but it’s a bit too monotonous when it comes to making something big.

Instead, I found this really cool-looking throw on Ravelry. I got all excited about it and then realized it’s a pattern for knitting. I always forget how to knit and it’s pretty annoying so I don’t want to knit it. The throw itself looks relatively simple. I think it’s just several pieces sewn together. So I drew it up in Paint and sectioned it off, and I’m doing the sections in single crochet. Nate chose the colors, he wanted something bright. We ended up with neon-ish shades of  pink, green, blue, and orange with black. Originally, he was going to help me make it, so we decided it should be as big as the bed. Unfortunately, I didn’t think about the fact that he has no experience and he has no idea how to match his tension to mine – everything he tries comes out super tight and I crochet pretty loosely – so I’m going to make this giant blanket all by myself. I officially started on the first of January, and I think I’m making decent progress.

I’ve finished 5 pieces but have yet to weave in the ends. I think it looks a lot like the knitted version.

I may redo the three middle blocks because I didn’t get into the groove of things until I started the first bigger section and there are a couple mistakes. I don’t usually mind if it’s something I’m making for myself, but that center block’s pink section is too big and it bothers me. I’m going to wait until the rest of the blanket is finished though.

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