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Upon hearing the news that both my cousin and friend are pregnant, I knew it was time to make a set of baby blankets. Picking out the right yarn is always a fun challenge, I wanted something bright and colorful and preferably variegated so I wouldn't have to keep changing colors. I choose an acrylic so it can be washed in the machine, but I think a superwash merino wool would also be a great choice. I found this yarn, Carnival, and thought it would be perfect.  It's a size 3 light weight yarn Crochet hook:  4mm- 4.5mm You can...

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Happy July! We are officially six months into 2020 and that means I'm half way done with this crochet temperature blanket as well.  A temperature blanket is a blanket that records the daily high temperatures in a given location for every day of the year. So everyday I record the high temp, and crochet a row in the color corresponding to that temperature range. It's been a fun project to work on and exciting to watch the colors unfold without having to make creative decisions all the time. A temperature blanket can be done many ways but here are some...

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Happy Summer Everyone! It was a long quarantine but I stayed busy and sane with lots of crochet projects. I had plenty of time and a bunch of half skeins of different purple yarns, which would be great for a patchwork project. I had never made a dress and I thought a patchwork dress would  be super cute with a top like the halter tops I have been making. It took a while to finish, as most big projects do but it came out so special I decided to keep it for myself. Right when I finally fished the dress, a...

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   It's been a weird couple of weeks with this pandemic going on. The CDC is now recommending that everyone wears a face mask in public to help minimize the spread of covid-19. As much as I've avoided this band wagon, it suddenly seems like a bad time to waste a skill when I could be helping people. I started making crochet face masks and am offering my pattern for free, written below.  You can also follow along on my youtube tutorial:  https://youtu.be/DJkhj34LQfw   Please note: Wearing a mask will not prevent you from getting the virus, nor it is intended...

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Introducing my latest creative endeavor, the Crochet with illJay Youtube channel!  Although I've been brainstorming this project for a while, what better time than now to inspire people to be creative while they are stuck at home. Also, I'm stuck at home and have plenty of time to capture and edit and share with you my first few crochet tutorials. For beginners, visit the tutorial on basic crochet stitches. It starts from the very beginning and takes you through a few common stitches: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-lmr0Xbj50&t=2s   If you know the basics already, try learning the Granny Square pattern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdju4ShryU4&t=4s   After...

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