One of my favourite things to do is browse the yarn aisles at Michaels as there are always new yarns I’ve never seen before. When we can take our time and we’re not in a rush (i.e. no crying children), I love picking up different yarns and giving them a good squish and feel as my mind races a mile a minute thinking what projects I can use them for. Myla also loves browsing the yarn aisles and she proudly picks up different skeins and shows us what she’s found. She’s also very good about putting the yarn back in the correct area too! Soon enough her sister Brielle will be joining in on the yarn shopping fun, but first things first, she needs to learn how to walk ;)
A while ago on one such yarn shopping trip, Ryan came across these “Isaac Mizrahi Craft” 100% cotton yarns on clearance for $2.99. The sales associate allowed us to use the extra 25% off coupon (apparently this is usually not allowed though as some readers could not use the coupon ontop of clearance items) so they ended up being only $2.24 each! This was a huge reduction from the normal $8 price tag! The colours were beautiful and it was the softest cotton yarn I’d ever felt, so I loaded up on some of this yarn.
I posted the above photo on my social media to inform people about this great deal and to ask if anyone else had worked with this yarn before. I received a lot of feedback and comments as people told me that they loved working with this yarn and many were excited to see if they could score the same deal! I love our crochet community as we can bounce ideas off one another and suggest projects. Two readers (thanks Julie & Pia) suggested that this yarn would be beautiful to make a “C2C blanket”. When I first saw “C2C”, I had no idea what it was or what it stood for. I discovered that it means a “corner to corner” blanket as the construction is very neat: you start from one corner and work diagonally until you reach the opposite corner. This is in contrast to most blankets where you work row by row, from the center outwards (e.g. my “Granny Square Baby Blanket” or where you piece different squares together. Julie linked to the beautiful C2C “Spring Into Summer Blanket” pattern HERE by Susan Carlson of “Felted Button” so I thought I would give it a try! It was fun learning how to work up a C2C blanket, and Susan’s step-by-step photo tutorial was very helpful I love the various shades of the yarn (many said it reminds them of Neapolitan ice cream) and the pretty, delicate, and almost lace-y look of this pattern! What was not fun were the knots and tangles that I encountered along the way, but I made it through ;)
Rather than working up a huge blanket, I made a tiny blanket for Myla’s stuffed animals! We love playing pretend, and Myla’s stuffies were in need of a blanket for naptime and nighttime. I used one ball to make this square blanket measuring 11″ x 11″ or 28 cm x 28 cm (without the edging) so you can approximate how many balls you would need to make a larger blanket. Each ball is 175 yds/160 m and 3.5 oz/100 g. Isn’t self-striping yarn magical? How does it know when to change colour, hehe?
Myla adores the new special blankie I made for her toys and it’s so sweet seeing her use it to tuck in her animals. I love how we as a crochet community can make things that we need instead of always buying them. In need of a bib? Crochet it! Need chair socks? Crochet it! Need a small blankie for Myla’s stuffed animals? Crochet it!
I am so glad I discovered this new pattern- it works up quickly once you get the hang of it and it is neat seeing the blanket expand. Thank you for always sharing your ideas with me! Sarah of Repeat Crafter Me has taken C2C blankets to a whole different level with her graphgans- she displays pictures on them by switching colours! Check out her C2C baby sheep graphganHERE and her Christmas Character afghan series HERE! C2C blankets have such a beautiful texture and look to them, and perhaps one day I’ll complete a larger one! Once again, check out the free pattern for the basic C2C blanket that I followed HERE!