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About Lynn

I am an author, speaker, certified career coach and certified NLP Master Practitioner, My mission is to empower you to take control of your career and ignite your passion by showing you how to find work that YOU find financially, emotionally and intellectually rewarding.

More Blankets

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I’m working my way through my stash although I was given several more bags of yarn which might have added more to it than I’ve knit up. But I am not complaining. I’ll take free yarn any day.

Blanket #8 is a baby blanket made up of a worsted weight acrylic. I used a diagonal garter stitch and then knitted on the edging. It worked up beautifully . I have some more baby weight acrylic to knit up in another blanket, when I do, I will donate both of them.

For blanket #9, I gathered up all of my acrylic worsted weight (Red Heart) and crocheted a queen size blanket for my bed. I had to figure out the best way to incorporate all the colors and I think I did a pretty good job.

 

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Craft Show Goodies

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The holidays always give me the itch to do a craft show. The snowmen are my new favorite. I had some old styrofoam ornaments and crocheted over them with white yarn. I’ve had them laying around in that state for about 3-4 years now. This year I finally decided it was time to do something with them so I made them hats, gave them those adorable faces and I am in love!

 

Blanket #5

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Knit square motif blanket using sport weight yarn

Knit Square motif blanket using sport weight yarn

Here is finished blanket #5. I used about 25 balls of sport weight yarn that I had in my stash. The golds were an afghan kit I bought at a thrift store and I had the blues and whites. I really like this color combination as I think the blues help update the 70’s gold.

There are 48 squares in a 6×8 pattern. I crocheted the squares together and then did a simple double crochet border. After a nice little steam to set the stitches (the yarn is acrylic), I have a generous queen size blanket.

Unfortunately, have not made a significant dent in the stash. On to blanket #6…

 

My Recent Obsession

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Blankets!

I have a ton of yarn (maybe not an actual ton, but I moved down to Austin with a 7 foot pod and let’s just say that most of that was and still is…yarn…)

I’ve actually narrowed my collection down to the yarns that I like (I’ve been the recipient of a lot of leftover yarn as well as made some questionable color choices in the past…) and have hope of actually using but it still leaves me with about ten large plastic bins of yarn. I started knitting blankets as what I hoped would be a way of making a dent in my stash.  It is surprising how little yarn a blanket will actually use up!

The purple/lavender chevron blanket was number 3. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver which I picked up for $12 at Goodwill. I still have yarn left! The gold/blue/yellow squares will make up my fourth blanket. I’m loving this design. Basically I picked my colors (again, all the yarn was bought for super cheap at one thrift store or another  – it’s an acrylic sport weight yarn) and went with a block design instead of knitting it in one piece. I learned a lesson with the lavender monstrosity. I was blanketed (see what I did there?) in acrylic yarn as I knit it and wanted to avoid doing that during the 90 degree temps we often see during an Austin summer. I’m loving the touch of blue with the golds and yellow, help make it more contemporary (along with the geometric design) instead of a 70’s vibe. I’m getting at least a square a day done and I think I’ll easily end up with 40 squares. This might be a queen, maybe even a king size blanket when I’m done as each square will be at least 11 inches after they are blocked.

The problem is that I’ve got the yarn set aside for my next blanket and I’m itching to get that project started but I’ll be good and finish this one first.

 

 

Knitted Slipper Sock Pattern

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Experience/Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Measurements: One size fits most - they're not meant to be snug
Materials: Worsted weight yarn in blue, yellow, green, orange, 
purple, pink and red (or colors of your choice)
Equipment: Size 8 double pointed needles, pom-pom maker (helpful 
but not necessary) and tapestry needle.
Gauge: 4 sts X 7 rows = 1 inch on size 8 double pointed needles
Stitch patterns:  MB - (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1) into next stitch, turn;
k5,turn; 
p5,turn; 
k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1,turn; 
p3 tog
With size 8 needles and blue, CO 48 sts (I cast on using a straight
needle and then knit off to the double pointed needles on my first
row, I think it's easier that way.)  
Place marker at the beginning of row and work in k2, p2 ribbing 
for 13 rows, distributing 16 sts over each needle.

Change to yellow.
Row 1 - knit across, increasing one stitch in the middle
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - knit
Row 4 - *k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last stitch, k1
Row 5 - knit
Row 6 - purl

Change to green
Knit 1 row, decreasing one stitch in the middle
Row 1 - p6, * yo, k1, yo, p6; repeat from *
Row 2 - *p6, k3; repeat from * end p6
Row 3 - p6, *k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p6; repeat from *
Row 4 - *p6, k5; repeat from * end p6
Row 5 - p6, *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p6; repeat from *
Row 6 - *p6, k7; repeat from * end with p6
Row 7 - p6, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p6; repeat from *
Row 8 - *p6, k9; repeat from * end p6
Row 9 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k5, k2tog, p6; repeat from *
Row 10 - *p6, k7; repeat from * end p6
Row 11 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, p6; repeat from * 
Row 12 - *p6, k5; repeat from * end p6
Row 13 - p6, *sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, p6; repeat from * 
Row 14 - *p6, k3; repeat from * end p6
Row 15 - p6, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, p6; repeat from *
Row 16 - purl

Change to orange and knit 3 rows
Change to purple
Knit one row
Purl one row
Knit 2 rows
Next row: k5, MB: repeat across
Knit 2 rows
Purl one row.
Prepare for heel by slipping last 12 sts of last row onto free 
needle. Knit 12 sts of 1st needle - these 24 sts are the heel.

Heel flap (change to red)
Row 1 (wrong side) - sl 1 as if to purl, purl across, turn
Row 2 - sl 1 as if to knit, knit across, turn
Work these 2 rows until heel measures 2.75 inches ending with a 
right side row.

Turn heel
Row 1 - p14, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 2 - sl 1 as if to k, k5, ssk, k1, turn
Row 3 - sl 1 as if to p, p6, p2 tog, p1, turn
Row 4 - sl 1 as if to k, k7, ssk, k1, turn
Row 5 - sl 1 as if to p, p8, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 6 - sl 1 as if to k, k9, ssk, k1, turn
Row 7 - sl 1 as if to p, p10, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 8 - sl 1 as if to k, k11, ssk, k1, turn
Row 9 - sl 1 as if to p, p12, p2tog, turn
Row 10 - sl 1 asi if to k, k12, ssk - 14 sts.

Gusset (change to pink)
Pick up 13 sts, k24 sts from holder, pick up 13 sts,knit first 
7 sts of heel flap. Slide remaining 7 sts of heelp flap onto first
needle - 64 sts.
Row 1 - on 1st ndle - k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        on 2nd ndle - k24
        on 3rd ndel - k1, ssk, knit
Row 2 - knit
Repeat rows 1 & 2 seven more times - 48 sts.

Change color to light blue. 
Row 1 - knit
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - k12, (k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k3) three times, k12
Row 4 and even rows - knit
Row 5 - k12, (k2, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso; repeat from * one more time,
        k2) three times, k12
Row 7 - k12, (k1, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso; repeat from * two more times
        k1) three times, k12
Row 9 - Repeat Row 5
Row 11 - Repeat Row 3
Row 12 - purl

Change to orange (if you need to socks to be longer you can add
more rows in here)
Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
knit 2 rows
Purl 1 row

Toe (Change to yellow)
Rearrange sts so needle 1 has 12 sts, needle 2 has 24 
and needle 3 has 12 sts.
Row 1 - 1st ndle - knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        2nd ndle - k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
        3rd ndle - k1, ssk, knit
Row 2 - knit
Rows 3-12 - Repeat Rows 1 & 2
Rows 13 & 14 - Repeat Row 1
knit sts from 1st needle onto 3rd needle

Kitchener stitch the to toe together. Weave in ends
If desired, make pom-pom ties and weave through the eyelet row.