Welcome to the Craft Hoarders Anonymous October Blog Hop! The Hoarders Crew has been hard at work, de-hoarding and creating! Hop along and see what they have made!
My blog is the first blog in the hop! After visiting me, hop over to Vicki Robertson's Blog next! For the full list of Bloggers, see the list at the end of this post! There are 20 ladies, with amazing projects to share! Keep an eye out for Bloggers who are giving away Blog Candy!
I not only dug into my paper hoard this month, but I also started to use up my yarn hoard!
A few years ago, I learned to loom knit in order to make baby hats for charity. I added to my yarn hoard at that time. I have no idea why I even had a yarn hoard, because up until the fall of 2013, I did not knit or crochet! It was mostly yarn that I purchased for homeschool craft projects.
This summer, I decided to teach myself to crochet! I had crocheted when I was in jr. high, so it was not too hard to relearn from watching YouTube videos! The hard part is that I am left handed and need to "translate" the directions. I started making striped baby blankets using single or half-double crochet. Easy peasy. Which means, I am hoarding even more yarn!
Since I plan to donate the blankets to charity, I want to have some sort of gift tag to match. I used tag dies to cut out tag shapes from my hoarded Graphic 45 Little Darlings paper, and ta-da, instant tags! Little Darlings is retired, but you may still be able to find it online. The newer baby collection, Precious Memories is still available. But, since this is a "use it up" blog, just grab some coordinating prints and make some tags!
I have a vast hoard of chipboard letters. I was able to use the pre-colored chipboard for this blue tag. I stamped the scripture sentiment onto a smaller tag an added it to the base tag. I did cover the backs of the tags as well, and I may add a gift card holder to the back of some of the tags.
I created the green tag to match the bow! I had made this green bow for something and then never used it. It's one thing to hoard ribbon, but another entirely to hoard bows! I used naked chipboard, colored with pigment ink for the word "baby." I also hoard buttons...and I do mean HOARD. I have so many buttons... and I cannot stop buying more!
This blanket has two shades of blue, white, and a variegated yarn in shades of blue. I used single crochet only. I think the foundation is about 90-100 chains long. Then, I just chained one at the end of the row, turned the work, and placed a single crochet in each chain, repeat. I varied the width of the stripes, and that's that! I used a "K" hook. The blanket is about the size of a receiving blanket.
This green version is also single crochet, with various widths of stripes. The yarn was a bit bulkier, making for a heavier blanket. I used two shades of green, white, and a variegated yarn of green, pink, and lavender. (Don't ask the brand or weight of the yarn. I don't remember! It's all bulky, baby yard. From either Joanne's or Hobby Lobby.) I used a "J" hook.
I am currently working on this blanket using super bulky yarn (Bernat) in Baby Yellow, Vanilla, and Pitter Patter. This blanket is a bit larger than the others, as I think I chained 103 to start. I have one huge ball each of the yellow and vanilla and three regular size balls of the variegated. I am working this blanket with a half-double crochet and a an "L" hook. We will see if I run short of yarn!
I hope that you enjoyed my October Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop post! I know some of you are saying...what...this is NOT a yarn blog! But, most of us crafters are multi-talented, right?! Come back November 5th for the next post!
Now hop on to Vicki's Blog!
Make sure you visit all the ladies in the group. They have some AMAZING projects to share. A few of the gals may have Blog Candy to give away as well!
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel (you are here)
Kathy Clement (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Jan Ennenga (on vacation, hop on to Barbara's Blog)
Karen Zueger-Brownell (on vacation, hop on to Marisa's Blog)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Natural
Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Little Darlings
Stamp: Verve Wonderfully Made
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Chipboard: various alphabet
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Celery Green Plaid, Natural Solid Baker's Twine, Blue Topaz Double-faced Satin
Dies: Sizzix tags, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, hot glue