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My New Craft Room

My New Craft Room

When Nate and I bought our house this past July, one of the bedrooms was in pretty rough shape. It had a behemoth wall cabinet built around a bed that fit into the center. I remember Nate’s dad remarking that it looked like the drawers in a wall at a morgue, and my first thought was this thing had to go!

Behind the bed was exposed wall and mortar. We even discovered a small hole where we could see light from outside! We found little critter poo in the area behind where the previous owner had their bed. I had total heebie-jeebies following that discovery! The first step was to ensure that there were no openings to the outside where critters can enter, so my dad filled the cracks and holes both inside and out. That went a LONG way to giving me peace of mind!

Where to start?

The room was poorly painted in a funky celery green color that was dirtied with age, with patches of the former paint peeking through. Our first inclination was to tear everything out and gut that insanely HUGE cabinet. After careful consideration, we decided to repair everything, repaint the room a soft gray with white accents, and try to work with the massive shelving (that was actually very well constructed). The previous owner had built the cabinet by hand out of solid oak, so the quality and construction was excellent. We all felt it would be a shame to completely destroy it. But what to do??!

The idea of facing this DIY project was a bit daunting, yet, when we started to disassemble and remove the drawers my mom came up with the idea of using this as a yarn storage wall! That had me shifting into 5th gear with an excited, “YES, PLEASE!” So, Nate, myself, my mom, and dad reinvented this wall unit into a yarn storage and turned the bedroom into my new studio/craft-room! It’s a night and day difference, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

 

 

A little hard work never hurt anyone. It can however make me scream.

We started with the carpets. We rented a Rug Doctor and shampooed the carpets several times over. Once the floors dried, my dad removed the remaining drawers and hardware, leaving empty openings in their place. He measured and cut the wood for each “shelf” that needed a bottom. Then, we inserted each shelf into its cubicle and secured them with nails. We had 23 to reconstruct. I left two of the bottom drawers intact for notions, crochet hooks, and other supplies.

We decided then to paint the room. Since this room eventually will be my filming studio, I could only choose from white, cream, or gray paint so the lighting didn’t cast a strange color on my videos. So, I chose the soft gray with white trim. What should have been a simple paint job, was a disaster. One, we had to wash years of grime off the existing walls. Two, it took more than 3 coats of the light gray to cover the green color beneath. Three, I stepped off the ladder and the can of gray paint tipped over spilling and splashing paint EVERYWHERE all over the carpet! I screamed!! What a mess to clean up!! It took two full days to finish painting this small room. I still have a bit of trim to fix, paint, and replace, but overall it looks 100 times better than it did!

The Fun Part

Now the task of filling those compartments of my wall unit was next. My mom and I unpacked boxes upon boxes of yarn and began organizing them into colors. That took hours and hours! I think I went up and down the step ladder a hundred times that day. My legs were burning by the end! But what a difference it made! It transformed from being this massive thing with cold, empty caverns, into a wonderful warm, colorful work of art (haha!). My excitement just grew by leaps and bounds!

My dad and Nate repaired the back wall and constructed the table where I will be filming. They custom built the table for me to work and do my tutorials. They also added lighting fixtures to illuminate my work area. Once that was complete, my mom and I began to add personal touches to the room. The first thing to be hung on the wall was my Silver Play Button I was awarded from YouTube for surpassing 100,000 subscribers. One of the last pieces to be done was changing the ceiling fan into a hanging light fixture. We also accented with a black room darkening curtain so we can eliminate light coming through the window while filming. Soon the room began to truly come to life.

 

 

Finishing touches

Over the course of the past few weeks, I added a big comfy chair and additional artwork to the room. Most of the items are second hand or gifts that add to that personal charm to make this space my own. It is one of the coziest and happiest places in our new home. It is the perfect place for me to spend most of my time!

I am still transitioning between homes as I still live with my parents until our wedding. In 5 months, I will be getting married and will be moving ALL my yarn to our home permanently and those shelves will be full! YARNutopia will have a new home with a new beginning! I am excited to make these changes not just in my personal life, but in the life of our online community! Lots of exciting things to come and I am so happy to share this journey with all of you!

We still have to add some finishing touches. I will be keep you updated on more changes to come as well as posting about the day we film our first tutorial in my NEW studio!! Thank you for joining me and sharing this adventure!

Let me know stories of your own home DIY projects! Have you remodeled a room? Share in the comments section!

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Crochet Tutorial: Roly Poly Panda Quilt

Crochet Tutorial: Roly Poly Panda Quilt

Searching for inspiration on a new project practically fell into my lap recently! I ran across a wall hanging/quilt project that popped up on my news feed on Facebook of a Fabric Panda Blanket. I was fixated on it and took a screenshot with the idea that I could somehow replicate it using all crochet. The cute peeking pandas pop right out on this blanket and add a touch of whimsy!!

The shape in the quilting world that was used for the original pieces was called the clam-shell. Seeing that replicating the clam-shell shape was going to be a bit of a challenge in crochet that I didn’t want to take on, I decided to create this project using all full circles and half circles.

Picking out my color palette was my second challenge as the template that I was working off of used many shades of printed fabric. How would I achieve a look similar without it looking too busy? I decided to stick with solids on all the shapes however; a variegated yarn might add some fun texture to this piece. Really anything goes!

After counting out all the pieces needed and arranging the color palette, it was a simple repeat project from there. Just crochet 49 full circles and 22 half circles. I made my original circles approximately six inches across, but feel free to make them larger for a more sizable piece. You can also use the same size circles, just multiply to make it larger if you are going for a bigger blanket. Like I said earlier, anything goes!

Below, find the video tutorial and written pattern for your convenience. I love how this turned out and it can be a darling accent hung on a wall in a nursery or child’s room or used as the quilt it was intended. Also, with a few minor adjustments and a little handy artistry, you could add a stalk of bamboo or change these pandas to emojis, puppies, kitties, silly monsters, or any other fun and whimsical character! Let your imagination run wild! Have fun and be sure to share your work here on Facebook when your project is complete!


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Follow along with this video tutorial to make this panda quilt:

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***These patterns are copyright YARNutopia © so PLEASE DO NOT COPY, SHARE, ADJUST OR RESELL MY PATTERN. I wrote and tested this pattern myself, from beginning to end. It took a lot of time and work, and I would really like to have it remain “my pattern.”

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Teacher: Nadia Fuad
Video and Editing: Fuad Azmat (My Daddy)
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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
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NOTES:
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make these smaller or bigger.
-You will need 1100 Yards of yarn for this whole project.
-My blanket is 32 inches (82 cm) by 37 inches (94 cm)
-You can use any type of Worsted Weight, Aran, or Bulky yarn to crochet this blanket
-Scroll down to see Materials Section for Color Numbers and See written pattern for how many of each Circle and Half Circle you will need.
-My suggestion would be to not use a dark tone behind the panda ears. As you can see, the ears don’t show up really well in front of the Soft Navy yarn. A brighter color may have been better in that location.
-Different Afghan Sizes can be found in the middle of this page here.

Here is the pattern I gained inspiration for this project.

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Materials:
Color Number 1: Red Heart With Love Jadeite
Color Number 2: Red Heart Super Saver Delft Blue
Color Number 3: Red Heart Super Saver Carrot
Color Number 4: Red Heart Super Saver Charcoal
Color Number 5: Red Heart Super Saver Frosty Green
Color Number 6: Red Heart Super Saver White (Pandas!)
Color Number 7: Red Heart Super Saver Medium Thyme
Color Number 8: Red Heart Super Saver Pool
Color Number 9: Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy
Color Number 10: Red Heart Super Saver Gold
Color Number 11: Red Heart Super Saver Flamingo
Color Number 12: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe
Color Number 13: (Main Color) Red Heart Super Saver Turqua
Color Number 14: Red Heart Super Saver Black
Stitch Marker
-H-5.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Measuring Tape

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Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
Sl st: slip stitch
SK: Skip
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.


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Pattern:

Color Number 1: Red Heart With Love Jadeite
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 2: Red Heart Super Saver Delft Blue
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 3: Red Heart Super Saver Carrot
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 4: Red Heart Super Saver Charcoal
Make 2 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 5: Red Heart Super Saver Frosty Green
Make 2 Full Circles and 2 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 6: Red Heart Super Saver White (Pandas!)
Make 7 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 7: Red Heart Super Saver Medium Thyme
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 8: Red Heart Super Saver Pool
Make 3 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 9: Red Heart Super Saver Soft Navy
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 10: Red Heart Super Saver Gold
Make 3 Full Circles in this color

Color Number 11: Red Heart Super Saver Flamingo
Make 3 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 12: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes Polo Stripe
Make 2 Full Circles and 1 Half Circle in this color

Color Number 13: (Main Color) Red Heart Super Saver Turqua
Make 14 Full Circles and 10 Half Circles in this color

Color Number 14: Red Heart Super Saver Black
Use black for panda accessories

Full Circles:
Ch 3
Rnd 1: 10 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (10)
Rnd 2: 2 DC in each st around, sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (20)
Rnd 3: [2 DC in next st, DC in next st] 10 times, Sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (30)
Rnd 4: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 10 times, Sl st to first DC, Ch 2. (40)
Rnd 5: [2 DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 10 times, Sl st to first DC. (50)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Half Circles:
Ch 3
Row 1: 5 DC in 3rd Ch from hook, ch2, turn. (5)
Row 2: 2 DC in each st across, ch 2, turn. (10)
Row 3: [2DC in next st, DC in next st] 5 times, ch 2, turn. (15)
Row 4: [2DC in next st, DC in next 2 sts] 5 times, ch 2, turn. (20)
Row 5: [2DC in next st, DC in next 3 sts] 5 times. (25)
Continue to SC around entire piece for a clean edge.
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Assembly step:
Sew all your pieces together starting from the top down. Use the photo below as a layout guide. (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Panda Features:
Ears: Make 14
With Black work in continuous rounds
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 SC in each st around. (12)
Rnd 3-4: SC in each st around. (12)
Fasten off with long tail for sewing.

Eye Patches: Make 14
With Black
Ch 4
Row 1: 2 SC in 2nd ch from hook, SC in next ch, 2 SC in last ch, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 2: SC across, ch 1, turn. (5)
Row 3: HDC in first 2 sts, Sl st in next st, HDC in last 2 sts, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: SC in first 2 sts, sk sl st, SC in last 2 sts and continue to SC around entire piece.
See video tutorial for visual instructions on last row.

White part of eyes:
You can embroider a lot of the eyes, but the white part is:
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 SC in 2nd Ch from hook. (6)

Assembly step:
Sew panda ears and eyes to white panda circles
Embroider nose and mouth on each one.
See video tutorial for visual instructions.


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Border:
Using Black: SC around entire blanket putting 3 SC in corners.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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