Who doesn’t love babies…

Really though who doesn’t love babies? Maybe it’s because I just took my baby (he’s 12), to see Boss Baby, or my love of making baby things, that today I write about babies! If you have been a follower/fan of The Cotton Road, you know that I love to crochet for the home and you guessed it babies. It’s really no surprise. Ask any of my friends that have had a new bundle of joy and they’ll tell you they all received something homemade from me!

So lets talk about those baby items!

My favorite thing to make is blankets! There is just something about a blanket that gets me. My current obsession is the Paddy Blanket by Little Doolally. It’s completely unisex and has endless possibilities. I just created this one in the new Colorwheel Yarn from Michaels Craft Store. It’s a gift for friends who are welcoming a baby boy next month!

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Paddy Blanket

My next favorite thing to make is Sweaters! Now this one is tricky there isn’t as many options for little boys, but the little girls sweaters I have made are so adorable. My go to for baby sweaters, well baby clothes in general is Mon Petit Violon. My favorite is probably the Zara Sweater, but I really do love them all.

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Zara Sweater

While were at it I’ll just tell you my favorite dress is also from this designer and its the Halter Ruffle Dress.

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Ruffle Halter Dress

Which brings us to my third favorite item, toys!!! I am obsessed with the ragdoll patterns from A la Sascha. Seriously I have 99% of the patterns, but I must say my favorite one of all is the princess ragdoll. If traditional amigrumi is scary for you, it is for me, then this is perfect for you. Minor stuffing of the hands and feet and a bit more for the head, but just as beautiful.

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Princess Ragdoll

So…baby season is upon us. Whether it’s showers, the arrival, or just because, now is the time to buy something. If you don’t crochet and want something made now is the time to act. I have a promotion going on right now in my Etsy Shop, spend a $100 and receive $25 off with the code “because” don’t put the quotes in when you use it. You can purchase one thing or ten things as long as the total is $100. The code is good until 4/24/17. Here is the link to my Etsy shop!

~Blassings

Mel

The Boss Bitch Shawl…

Spring has sprung here in Buffalo, New York, which means its time for spring shawls. I love traditional pointed shawls. Like the Tea House Wrap from Two of Wands. Tea House Wrap2It’s my favorite pointed shawl, or the traditional rectangle wrap, I’m partial to my Rustic Ridgeline Wrap.

So when I saw the Boss Bitch Shawl from Mamachee Patterns I fell in love with the asymmetrical shawl design. Even better when the pattern called for DK weight yarn I knew I had to use Knit Picks Cotlin yarn. When you read Tara’s inspiration for the name it just makes sense. Here is here description, “BITCH is an acronym for Beautiful, Intelligent, Talented, and Creative Hottie…that’s you! and if you’re a born leader or want to channel your inner leader then the Boss Bitch Shawl might be for you. ;)”. I just love it!Rustic Ridgeline wrap1

The design is amazing and when you pair it with the Cotton/Linen blend yarn it gets all the heart eyes. I had a few colors but knew that I had a WIP of a blanket that just wasn’t working that I could pull apart. It was painful to frog my blanket but so worth it once the colors came together. It was a quick project to work up.

I took pictures with it on my mannequin but it just didn’t do it justice so, as much as I hate pictures of myself, I had to brave the camera to get good pictures. So my photographer, aka mini me, and I set out to find the perfect spot and did we ever. I fell in love with this cement wall. And my 12 year old sure can take a photo. I only had to do minor editing of my face…

If you want to make your own Boss Bitch shawl get the pattern here.

If you want to have me make you your very own Boss Bitch Shawl you can order one here.

 

Time to Bundle Up

So the snow has stopped falling, but it’s still very cold here. So now that its back to school and work, you’ll need a sweater to keep you warm. Since the blanket round up went so well here are some of my favorite sweaters and links to the patterns. Stay warm!

Cairbre cardiganCairbe Cardigan by The Velvet Acorn Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

sophie's cardiganSophie’s Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon (I love this pattern, and have made it several times! She is my go to designer for baby sweaters.

 

 

 

 

sweet heart fair isleSweet Heart Fair Isle Sweater by Ball Hank n’Skein

 

 

 

 

classic baby cardiganClassic Baby Cardigan by Holland Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vphee_01_mediumVphee Sweater by Rohn Strong (Those lines, I love how its almost a chevron)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

danielle-1-logo_mediumDanielle Sweater by Sincerely Pam (I have this in my Revelry library, need the time to make it)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cocoon Sweater Shrug by Kelly Brooks

 

 

 

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Wisteria Cardigan by Melody’s Makings

 

 

 

 

 

shining starShining Star by Drops Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer diamond-cardigan

Summer Diamonds Cardigan by One Dog Woof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy the sweaters that I have shared. If you make one of the sweaters in the round up I’d love for you to share it! I’d love to hear what kind of round up you’d like to see next!

Blessings

~Mel

 

Brrrrr…its cold outside

If you live on the East Coast you know that there is a giant storm. Maybe you’re snowed in, or wishing you were. It’s winter’s last big hurrah before spring is officially here. Lets be honest though in certain parts of the U.S., Buffalo, New York being one of them, winter is never very far away. So while I did go to work on the first day of the storm, I’ll be home for the second day with my mini me. So I’ll be doing lots of crocheting! I have several projects started and a few new designs on my hook. It’s not a coincidence that three of those are blankets. So here is a sneak peak of my new blanket design and a few of my favorite blanket designs and a link to the patterns. Stay warm and snuggle up under your crochet!

new blanketNew design that is currently nameless but if you follow me you know I love ripples and cotton blend yarns. Pattern coming soon!

 

 

 

Charlie BlanketCharlie Blanket by Kristen Ballering

 

 

 

 

Rizo Crochet Baby BlanketRizo Crochet Baby Blanket by Fairmount Fibers Design Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyden blanket Hayden Chevron Blanket by Lakeside Loops (I really want to make this)

 

 

 

 

wave blanketWave Blanket by Jane Green

 

 

 

vintage blanketVintage Crocheted Blanket by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas (I’ve made lots of these, its one of my go to’s for baby blankets)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow RippleRainbow Ripple Blanket by Celeste Young

 

 

 

 

monets garden throwMonet’s Garden Throw by Felted Button (Any thing by Susan is amazing)

 

 

 

 

 

Winfred blanketWinifred Baby Blanket By Little Doolally ( One of my favorite designers ever, I really could have chosen all her blankets. I’ve made several)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its a blanketIt’s a Blanket by Mamachee

 

 

 

4 seasons chevron4 Seasons Chevron Blanket by CrochetObjet

 

 

 

 

Vintage Fan Ripple Blanket Vintage fan rippleby A Creative Being ( I’ve made several of these too, and it’s FREE)

New Year, New Pattern

The year 2016 has come and gone. 2016 saw five new patterns from me, and lots of finished items. Last year was really the year that I feel my little pattern side gig, to my finished items, really took off. Five patterns may not seem like a lot but it was for me because each pattern was very different than the next. Not to mention that three out of the five were published patterns to either Happily Hoked Magazine or The Pattern Pack. It saw my love of Tunisian crochet explode. The three published patterns were all Tunisian items. Here is a quick look back at those five before I show you the new pattern.

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The Rustic Ridgeline Wrap as seen in Happily Hooked Magazine

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The Bee’s Knee’s Honeycomb Rug as seen in The Pattern Pack

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The Tunisian Mop Cover as seen in Happily Hooked Magazine

As you can see each pattern is very different from each other. I’d like to think of 2016 as a growing year, not just from the difference in patterns, but in terms of retail. For the last two years if you live in Troy, NY you could find cowls at Blue Bird Home Decor, an amazing shop, check out Nicole’s little gem in the heart of the city. I was looking to branch out to boutiques in the Buffalo, NY area and found a shop called Thin Ice Gift Shop Another awesome shop in the Allentown district of Buffalo, NY, where amazing local artisans are featured. Toward the end of the year another Buffalo based business, Nickel City Designs, reached out and wants to carry some men’s and woman’s scarfs and of course Buffalo Pillows. It’s safe to say 2016 has been a big year and I’m going to work hard to make sure that 2017 is another year in which the business grows.

With the holiday season behind us, I started to focus on the request of the last shop. I have one scarf currently for sale but it was definitely not a unisex or manly one so, I got out my trusting stitch books and set off to create a scarf that was pretty enough for a lady but manly enough for a guy. Five or so stitch patterns later, the Cobblestone Scarf was created. This is the first pattern of the new year and another scarf is on the hook right behind it. Here is a look at the new design. You can find this one and the all the rest of my designs on Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, or Loveknitting.

Wishing you and yours a wonderfully happy and prosperous new year!

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Fall Fashion

It’s October and in most places, especially here in the Northeast, its the most wonderful time of year. The cool crisp nights, apple cider in the air, leaves a multitude of colors, pure heaven. I love the fall, and not sure I could live anywhere the leaves don’t change colors. So with these crisp nights and cool days one must prepare fashion wise. The standard scarf or cowl comes to mind immediately, but hot right now are wraps or shawls.

So just pursing Instagram as I do, and I see the most amazing shawl I’ve ever seen. Now I’m not a big fan of them, never worn one, or made one for that matter, but this shawl grabbed my attention and quick. So of course now I must find this pattern, and low and behold it’s a free one!!!! The angels sing hallelujah in my head, how can this be, its so amazing AND free. So I immediately add the Tea House Wrap into my Ravelry library for safe keeping. The next day I head to Jo Ann’s to purchase the yarn because this is getting made now!

The pattern calls for Lion Brand Heartland yarn, another sign I’m meant for this pattern, that’s one of my all time favorite yarns. With a little help from my boys I pick, Black Canyon, Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone! The perfect fall colors for my perfect fall wrap!

I finish the wrap and its even more amazing than I though it could be. This wrap is so versatile it can be worn in so many ways the possibilities are endless. I convince my bestie that she needs to model it for me,because no justice is done with it on the mannequin, it needs shoulders and arms to wrap around. Check out the pattern here and show me your version.

~Mel

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New Pattern: The Poppins Purse

Today is pattern release day!!! That’s right the first pattern of 2016 has been released, I View More: http://littlebelliesphotography.pass.us/baby-rugknow its already June.  The Bees Knees Tunisian Honeycomb Rug was published in April 2016 of The Pattern Pack.The Tunisian Mop Cover released in the April 2016 Happily Hooked

Magazine. I’m working on another pattern for the DSCF4683September issue of Happily Hooked Magazine. But this is the first one published
on its own.

I have a Bees Knees Tunisian Honeycomb Baby Blanket to match the rug that is almost done!!! I’ve been working on orders and working the day job so designing has taken a back seat. I decided I need to get something out so I went small. I saw a video in I think Dutch, so obviously I didn’t understand her instructions but loved the stitch. She was making a DSCF4791large baby blanket…I said I was thinking small. I settled on a change purse. Now I’ve never done this before so it was a bit of a challenge.

I set off to amazon and found metal frame clasps, ordered them two day shipping. Once they arrived I headed to the yarn room. I wanted cotton or a mostly cotton blend so that when the coins were DSCF4793added the purse didn’t stretch too much. The first purse I made was with 100% Egyptian cotton yarn, the second was with Bernat Cottonish yarn. Both work great but I’m partial to the 100% cotton.

I watched that video a million and one times, I’m not sure I did it the same as she did, but I like the look that developed. I tried round, I tried oval, but alas they didn’t look right. So I switched tactics and went rectangle and boom it worked. I will admit the sewing on of the frame was not easy, even after 4 coin purses.

DSCF4795As I crocheted it it began to look like a mini carpet bag and it took my to Disney…my absolute favorite movie is Marry Poppins! Her bag fixed anything!!! So the Poppins Purse was born. My little helped me model it and even asked for one himself. We’re giving them as teacher gifts for the end of the year.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Loveknitting! I’d love to see your finished items, share on my Facebook page, hook it on Ravelry, or tag me on Instagram!!

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Blessings

~Mel