My First Big Crochet Project: Chevron Blanket

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I started this blanket February 4th and finished it last night — which is about 5 weeks. I feel really proud of myself for following this all the way through. I’m notorious for starting something and not finishing it. I made this blanket for my friend Rosa and I think it helped that it was for another person. It kept me motivated. I used this pattern — except bigger — and it’s so easy and goes by pretty quickly.

I am really excited to have it done, but I’m already planning a blanket for my Grandma for her 90th birthday next month. I haven’t even bought the yarn yet but I have just under 6 weeks so I think I’ll make it.

I made a couple of other things I want to show you as well and I’ll post about them a little later. Happy Weekend!

steph

needlefelt owl turned cat toy

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Remember when I showed you those needle-felted pumpkins I did for Halloween? Well, I did a very adorable owl before that but I didn’t show you because…well…Alice stole it. The owl was actually my first needlefelt project ever and I was really proud. Well, a few months later it was found. I’m sure they had a lot of fun together by the look of the owl.

owl wool brown bodyneedlefelt owl with eyes and chest

cat toy needlefelt owl completed

I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was a pretty lazy day for us but today I got my clean on in preparation for a visit from my best friend from Washington on Thursday. Can’t wait!

steph

paper version of me

Stephanie paper portrait by Cameron - Cameron plus Whitney
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cameron plus whitney

I have mentioned Cameron’s work before and I’m massively excited to say that I am a recipient of his amazing work. For a short time, he was accepting commissions via his Etsy shop and I quickly jumped on the chance. Here are the results!

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Stephanie paper portrait by Cameron - Cameron plus Whitney
Stephanie paper portrait by Cameron - Cameron plus Whitney
Stephanie paper portrait by Cameron - Cameron plus Whitney
Stephanie paper portrait by Cameron - Cameron plus Whitney

Thank you so much, Cameron!

All photos taken by Cameron.

Happy Halloween!

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I hope everyone had a party filled weekend and will have a candy filled evening tonight.

I wish I could say that I have a collection or even a single photo of myself dressed up. But I don’t. I can only remember 2 Halloweens vaguely and one Halloween specifically. To tell you of the latter, I dress up as Cleopatra and my mom put fake eyelashes on me and loads of makeup. My mom drove my brother and me all around the “nice” neighborhoods and we filled our pillow cases at least halfway. After a little while, it started to rain – as expected in Washington – and my make up was smeared all over my face. There is a picture of it somewhere…and I was smiling ear to ear.

For the last ten years, I haven’t really made a real go of it. I am just not a Halloween girl. I can’t watch scary movies, I don’t like strangers coming to my house, our porch lights are never on (Halloween or otherwise), and I hate putting up temporary decorations. Call me a poor sport or lame or what have you but that’s just me. The only Halloween exception is that I love candy. I could eat loads and loads of it.

Ryan and I have a friend that loves Halloween more than life itself and for her, I made these.

needlefelted pumpkins for Halloween
needlefelted jack 'o lanterns for Halloween

I bought orange wool from Fancy Tiger – a crafter’s dream, BTW – and with a single needle, I sculpted them into these cute jack ‘o lanterns. The smallest little pumpkin has had 2 other faces since then. I keep redoing it but I’ve given up. Right now he’s sporting a odd looking mustache with a round nose.

Since this is our first year in our new place, we’re not sure how many trick-or-treaters we’ll have, so we’re still debating whether to buy candy or not.

UPDATE: We did indeed turn on our porch lights and hand out candy. We had approximately 33 trick-or-treaters. I say approximately because there was one very greedy bunch that took handfuls so I was busy being a candy regulator to count heads.