Work In Progress (WIP) 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan: Clue #9

wpid-20150413_123449.jpgHere is  my WIP for the Mystery Afghan CAL. Clue #9 can be found here.

I am getting a little sentimental about the Mystery CAL this week. It is almost over and looking back it has been quite a journey for me. While I never really struggled with a clue, they took time since they were often a new technique for me to learn. With the squares being joined for the past couple weeks I am able to see my work as a whole and it truly is beautiful! I really cannot believe that I made this!

This week started with a row of skipping single crochet THEN we turned our work! With the WS facing we worked 5dctog to start to create a ruffled effect. While I do love ruffles I really appreciated the peak of color the single crochet gave in between the criss-cross and ruffled rows. I used this technique in a baby blank WIP to create the look of hearts in between certain rows. Take a look:

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Here are some more images of Week #9 WIP:

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TOTAL PROGRESS

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WEEK 1

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WEEK 2

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WEEK 3

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Week 4

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Week 5

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Week 6 & 7

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Week 8

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Week 9

 


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Here are my colors reference:

  • Caron Simply Soft – Burgundy (Contrast A)
  • Caron Simply Soft – Off White (Contrast B)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Grey Heather (Contrast C)
  • Caron Simply Soft Heathers – Charcoal Heather (Contrast D)

I hope you all will following along with my progress (here or through Facebook) or sign-up yourself and post your own progress! I think this will be a great project for myself to learn and grow my skills. I am very excited to be participating in my 1st crochet along! This is the 2015 Crochet Along – Mystery Afghan by The Crochet Crowd.

Crafty Hair Bow Holder

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For those of you with daughters you know that the hair bow/accessory situation can get out oh hand. Ours were consuming a drawer and becoming tangled and pretty much unmanageable. Here is an attractive and organized solution that will not only display these pretty bows but can teach your daughter some gross motor skills as well!

Materials

  • 1 x wooden picture frame, any size, no back or glass needed (You can find these at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I used a 9 x 12)
  • various ribbons (Get creative with color, size and texture. This would also be a good use of scraps!)
  • Staple gun
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Instructions

1. Measure and cut the ribbons so they are about 1-2 inches longer than the frame.

2. Turn the frame over so the front is facing away and place on a sturdy surface.

3. With the ruler, measure every 1-2 inches and mark the top and bottom of the frame where the ribbons will be attached. My frame had a nice lip to keep them tight and away from the wall when it is hung. These will be your guides for the next step.

3. With the staple gun, staple the ends of each ribbon to the back of the frame, using your marks as a guide. Try and keep the ribbon as tight as possible. They will get stretched out with use.

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4. Trim the ends of the ribbons.

5. Hang on wall. I stapled a 2.5 inch ribbon as a hanger and used a stylish hook on the wall.

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ENJOY!

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