Do Your Plants Need A Sweater?

The calendar says March, spring should have sprung….not quite where I live and probably not where you live either. It seems as though Mother Nature is confused as to the seasons. Here in Buffalo, New York, we’re a balmy 28 degrees…insert eye roll! I don’t like extreme heat either so I’d be happy with 60 degrees but its a few weeks, cough, months away for us here. But as we get into March and April, the items in the stores become more colorful, tulips, and daffodils are now options for fresh cut flowers, which makes me want to brighten up inside too.

When we moved last December into the new house my beloved houseplants all died from the extreme cold, my father and husband put them in the bed of the truck instead of the warm interior of the truck. It was so traumatizing that it took a whole year for me to begin to replace my plants. As I did though the containers were pretty blah, you know the typical black container that the plants come in. Its not quite warm enough for places to be selling containers yet, so I was stuck with these boring containers. So I design….

I took some unused T-shirt yarn that I had been trying to sell and my M hook and designed a little plant sweater. I thought it was so cute that I decided I would make a medium sized one and a large one too. Aren’t they just the cutest things?

I have published this pattern, if you think your plants need some loving too! These little sweater baskets are sure to brighten up any space. You can find the pattern on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and coming soon to Love-knitting. If you aren’t a crocheter and want a sweater for your plants, I’d love to make you one! Send me a message or head on over to Etsy.  I do plan on designing a few more of these but I have a baby blanket coming up next! Thank you all for your continued support.

Blessings

~Mel

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Welcome to the World Little One…

If you know me outside of my little yarn world, you know that if if you’re having a baby, you’re bound to get something from me that is crocheted! Last year my husband and I each had a co-worker that were having baby. One was having a girl and one a boy. I wanted the gift to be unique and something special, which can be tough because you never know what they’ve already received and what their tastes are.

I decided I wanted to do a blanket for both, I know a daunting task, especially as they were due just weeks apart and I was beginning full fall prep. I went to my magic place (Google Drive) where all my patterns are stored and looked in the blanket folder for the special and unique blanket I was in search of. I narrowed it down to a few options, but couldn’t decide, so I went a different route and picked out the yarn first. A little backwards I know, but I thought it’d help me pick a pattern.

I was starting with the little girl, and found this beautiful soft pink from Red Heart (Soft). Now that the yarn had been chosen I went back to the patterns and had two to choose from in that yarn weight.  I settled on the Reese Modern Hexagon Blanket by Lakeside Loops. Seriously fell in love 10 rows in. It fits so well with my business tag line a “A Modern Twist on an Vintage Craft”, in that it uses a technique called filet crochet. I absolutely love the hexagon as they look like little bee hives in a way. I loved it so much that I decided that I was going to do the little boys blanket in it also. My husband said that the couple were huge Buffalo Bills fans, so I went with the Bills colors and used color blocking with the three colors.

So without further or do here is the finished item! As always I encourage you to purchase the pattern if you are a crocheter, and if not I’ll gladly make you one of your very own just visit my Etsy Shop.

Happy Crocheting

~Mel

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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)

Buffalo Love Irish Pillow

DSCF4020I wrote awhile ago about my Buffalo Love Collection. Well today I’m writing to let you know the first pillow in the heritage line is available! There will be at least two more pillows in this line but today we focus on the Irish.

If you live in Buffalo NY you know that Buffalo has three very distinct ethnic groups that the city was built around. The Irish, who still claim South Buffalo as theirs, have a strong sense of Irish pride. If you go into South Buffalo and visit the old first ward you can see the pride front and center. DSCF4022So when I set out to design pillows with our iconic Buffalo Silhouette the ethic lines came to me because in our house we are divided between two. My husband who is Irish and Scottish (kinda the same thing) and myself (Sicilian, not the same as Italian if you ask Nonni Piscitelli), and our son who is the perfect blend of both of us.

DSCF4017I started with the Irish not because my husband won out but because I was trying to get it done by St. Patrick’s Day which is a big deal here in Buffalo, there’s like three or four parades and what not. But alas my orders and life in general got int he way, clearly as I’m publishing in May….

So along those lines the Polish one was not published in time for Dyngus Day,11152341_989808077726321_1725952314445065653_n also a big deal here in Buffalo. But I still have hope for the Italian pillow which has the potential to be done before the Italian festival in July in North Buffalo, the area that is still primarily Italian.

The buttons on the Buffalo Love collection are going to unique also. I found a shop on Etsy that does custom buttons and I ordered Buttons that have the Buffalo Silhouette engraved in them. Check out All This Wood their shop is amazing!

DSCF4028I hope you enjoy these heritage line pillows as much as I do. If you think there should be another pillow in this line, let me know and I’ll see if I can put it together.

If you’d like to create your own Buffalo Love Irish Pillow you can find the pattern link to Ravelry here. Use IRISH to get $1.00 off, but hurry this is only good until Friday (5/15/15). If you’d like to purchase a Buffalo Pillow already complete you can do that too. Check out my Etsy or Facebook page. As always I appreciate all the love and support from you guys. ❤

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Blessings (Benedizione)

~Mel

Oh Granny Journal Cover

DSCF3740In a previous blog I stated some of my goals for the year. Finishing the abundant WIPS that fill every nook and cranny of the house was one. I’m working on that I have one done and its a beautiful doily. Check out my previous blog Just One Of My Favorite Things to see it. I felt so accomplished having started on goals that I thought “Hey why not tackle another goal!” I started writing a pattern….DSCF3739

That’s right, my other goal was to become a pattern designer this year. I spent a few days looking at granny square pattern books because I had this idea for a journal cover in my head for years. That was going to be my first pattern. So I took a few days to write and painstakingly take pictures, with a little help from my wonderfully supportive husband, I had all the makings for a pattern.

I spent a day editing photos and writing the pattern. FYI if you decide you want to write patterns I suggest checking out Selena Baca of Baca Creations for her pattern template. It was a big help when I went to type DSCF3744all my scribbles up.  After I finished all that up I asked for testers. I had wrote that pattern so it could be made in one color or two. So I had three lovely ladies make it in a solid color and three make a two toned journal cover. They turned out amazing and I was surprised that they didn’t find more mistakes than they did. One of my lovely testers even modified the cove to fit her Bible to protect the worn cover. I added that adjustment to the pattern.

Today I achieved a goal!!!! I published my first pattern on Raverly, Etsy, Craftsy, and Loveknitting! Holy Cow Y’all I did it! Don’t worry it doesn’t stop here because I’ve got a second pattern already in the works. Want a hint…..its more granny squares but there are lots of them and you join as you go so stay tuned for it! I have a feeling there is going to be lots of patterns coming!DSCF3741

Best

~Mel