Breezy Bee, Crochet

Baby Blanket for my 1st Niece

I’m super excited to announce that I became an auntie this week! My niece arrived on Monday and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also excited to share the gift I made for her. It is by far the biggest project I’ve completed.

The blanket is a little bit bigger than a standard full size blanket, so I have it split into two pictures. Those who follow my Instagram account have already seen it in pieces along the way.

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My niece’s nursery has jungle theme with an emphasis on tigers, so when I saw the tiger pattern from 1dogwoof‘s zoodiac collection I knew it would be perfect. I used the tiger and monkey designs from her original collection.

I was also lucky to find some redesigns that let me keep with the jungle theme. Alli Palli Creations was working on a similar baby blanket while I made this one and was kind enough to send me the graphs she was using for hers. That added the zebra, cheetah, hippo, and giraffe. I also found a blanket done with some additional animals by Semiha Atak Yenidünya, and that added the panda and lion.

Inspired by these wonderful ladies I did a few recolors of 1dogwoof’s tiger and monkey desgins to create the white tiger, panther, and lemur. Lastly I made the elephant design to get me up to 12 animals for the blanket. I’ve included the graphs for the ones I’ve added below. You can check out additional pictures of the blanket on my Instagram and Facebook.

This was my first project using corner to corner (C2C) crochet and I’m in love with the stitch. The only thing I would recommend is not using ombre yarn. It looks awesome, but it makes weaving in ends absolutely miserable. Lesson learned. I used a size J crochet hook and full details for yarn colors used are listed below:

(Red Heart Super Saver abbreviated RHSS)

Edging: RHSS Grey Heather

Zebra Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS White and Charcoal
Eyes: RHSS Ombré Scuba

Monkey Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Fur: RHSS Warm Brown and Buff
Eyes: RHSS Charcoal
Inner Ears: Baby Pink

Cheetah Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron, White, and Charcoal

Panther Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS Charcoal and Grey Heather
Inner Ears and Nose: Black
Eyes: RHSS Saffron

Panda Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS Charcoal and White
Eyes: RHSS Ombré Scuba

Hippo Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Base: Big Twist Premium Medium Denim
Snout and Tail: RHSS Light Blue
Inner Ears and Nose: RHSS Baby Pink
Teeth: RHSS White

Lion Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron and Buff
Mane, Nose, Feet: RHSS Coffee

Tiger Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS Pumpkin, Charcoal, and White

Lemur Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Violet
Fur: RHSS Dusty Grey, Charcoal, and White
Eyes: RHSS Saffron

Elephant Square:
Background: RHSS Ombré Sea Coral
Base: Dusty Grey and Grey Heather
Eyes: RHSS Charcoal

Giraffe Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Spearmint
Fur: RHSS Saffron and Warm Brown
Feet and Ossicones: RHSS Coffee

White Tiger Square
Background: RHSS Ombré Scuba
Fur: RHSS White and Charcoal
Inner Ears and Nose: RHSS Baby Pink
Eyes: RHSS Spring Green

Thanks so much for reading. If you have any questions feel free to comment below!

Breezy Bee

Happy (Belated) New Year!

Anxiety and depression are the worst. They got the better of me by a long shot and I’ve been neglecting a lot of things, especially my blog. It is a new year and I did manage to get in a post before the Chinese New Year, so I’m calling it a win.

I’ve never really done the big new year resolution thing, but I want to try a few simple goals for this year. I’m hoping that putting it down in writing may help push me to work harder to achieve things this year.

First of in my personal life is a new job. I get so overwhelmed by the job search and not finding what I want, even though I don’t really know what that is. At this point I just need to pick something to pay the bills. However, if you’re reading this and you know me and like my work feel free to send me an email (breezybeeblog@gmail.com) or message me on Facebook to request a custom crochet job. I’m pretty willing to try to work with requests. I’ve also become pretty good at corner to corner crochet, so I can make blankets/scarves with pixilated images which are really fun.

Moving on from that personal train wreck that I struggle to think about…

Crochet/Knit Goals:

  1. Learn at least 5 new stitches this year.
  2. Make baby blanket(s) for my newest nibling.
  3. Actually use some of the knit looms I have! I’ve tested one out, but need to make better use of them.
  4. Yarn Jar! I follow @KnotAnotherProject on Instagram, and loved her idea to collect all of your project ends in a jar for the year. I’ve already started and I’m excited to see the colors of all my projects together at the end of the year.

Journal Goals:

  1. Make use of my Happy Planner and incorporate bullet journal ideas. (I can’t seem to keep a bullet journal, so this is my happy medium)
  2. Try not to fall behind on my line a day journal, but if I do fill it in with fun doodles so that each day still has something fun.
  3. Get out of my comfort zone (aka rut) and do more so that I have more fun filling in my list a day journal.
  4. Finish my Wreck This Journal: Now In Color! and start my Harry Potter themed Wreck This Journal.

Others:

  1. READ! Books, comics, web comics, ANYTHING. I haven’t been doing this enough and I miss being a person who read all the time. I’ve recently become obsessed with a few web comics, so I’m hoping that the weekly updates will get me in the habit of reading more again. (I ended up downloading the Webtoon app and I’m completely in love with Lore Olympus and Let’s Play)
  2. PLAY! I am not a gamer, but one of my besties is and I’m going to have her show me how. So many of my friends adore video games and I really want to be able to contribute something beyond “oh, that sounds cool,” when they talk about their faves. We may end up streaming, so if it becomes a thing I’ll definitely post about it.
  3. LISTEN! Podcasts are awesome and wonderful and lovely… and I never take the time to listen to them. I have a major list of recommended ones that I need to start on, especially now that a couple of my friends started their own pod cast. It is #1 on my list: Two Rambling Sisters, and they just added it to Google Play so I have no excuse not to get listening.
  4. SHARE! I am a major fan girl about a lot of things, but never think to share it. I’m hoping to start reviewing things (like books and podcasts) to share my interests and support the works I love.

Final goal: write posts for this blog. I didn’t do a great job last year, but I’m going to make more of an effort this year. On the plus I already started a few projects this year and gave a few of the gifts that I’ve been holding off sharing.

Thanks for bearing with my absolute lack of blogging and I will have lots of updates coming soon. Happy 2019!

Breezy Bee

Breezy Bee Blog!

Welcome to the Breezy Bee Blog!

Full disclosure: I’m not sure what I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of changes recently, and decided to take advantage of some free time to start my first blog.

 

Be prepared for a variety of topics to keep up with my scatter brain. You can also expect puns, journaling, crochet, cat pics, and more.

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Starting with the cat pics right away. Meet my paw-tner Jinx. She’ll be the one distracting me from actually blogging. If there are any delays please blame her.

That’s all for now! I’ll get some real content added soon!

Breezy Bee