Finished Friday: October 29th-November 4th

Wow, it seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to post a Finished Friday! Glad I’m starting to get things done because I’m going to need to mail my gifts up north the first week of December so that they get there on time, which leaves me with very little time to finish everything on my gift list! Yikes! 

Anyone else behind or cutting it close? No? Just me?!?

I’ll try to breathe a little as I tell you about the two items I was able to put the finished stamp on this week! The first project is my 5th (!!!) Anya blanket! Can you tell I like making these? They’re quick and have amazing results, especially if you use a bulky weight yarn. 

For this one, I used Lion Brand Homespun in Lagoon. The pictures don’t do this color justice, but I finished it at night and couldn’t wait to take a photo, so you’ll just have to deal. With the bulky weight and a K hook, the blanket ends up measuring about 58″ in diameter, which is pretty impressive for three days worth of work! If you don’t have any bulky weight yarn at home, you can always use worsted weight held double. Great for a last minute gift. This is a paid pattern, $3.75 as of this post. 

My second finished item just got completed today! Talk about cutting it close for this post! 

This hat is called Sun Valley Hat. It’s a free pattern provided by Lion Brand and in order to download it, you do need to sign up for access, but it doesn’t cost anything. This hat can be done in one color and be done in one skein depending on how many yards your skein is. I made the mistake of reading other people’s project notes and came across a decent amount that said this pattern was on the difficult side, so I was a little intimidated going in. I shouldn’t have been though. If you have experience in working with crocheted cables, you shouldn’t have a problem. The pattern did tend to overexplain a little, but I’m assuming that’s why they labeled it “beginner.” 

Also, other people had a problem with the fit, if you work in gauge, you shouldn’t have a problem, this hat fit me just fine. The materials I used were Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Royal Blue and Caron Simply Soft in White with the pattern specified “J” Hook. At least I know my cousin will have a hat on Christmas to open! 
I hope I’ve been able to inspire you a bit this week!
*Courtney*

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