Monday, December 28, 2009
Can you guess what this is besides my being latest Red Heart Super Saver project?! Scroll on.....
I bought this gray nesting "thing" at a garage sale and my kitties love it but it's been washed a few times and seems to be falling apart and getting a little ratty looking so I crocheted a cover for it! Frank loves it!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tricity Hokes Creations Blog
Tricity just joined our group and I thought I'd feature her blog so you can all get to know her a little better. She has free patterns for you so check out her blog.
Tricity says: "I am a Mom, Wife, Sister, Daughter, Grand Daughter, Aunt. I work full-time and have 4 kiddos ranging in age from 3 yrs old to 17 yrs old....I am quite busy and love to crochet...my crocheting is my escape from my busy, busy world! I love to design new patterns and crocheting is my therapy. All of my items are one of a kind, no 2 are exactly the same, and they are all my original designs."
Free Premie Cacoon Pattern
Check out her free patterns and her Etsy store.
Anyone else have free patterns you'd like to share, please let me know.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Here's my version of Royal Sisters tree. I did use their free pattern.
This pattern is super easy but I won't be posting it unless you're interested. Let me know. I will be charging a small fee. They're my version of the peepee teepee.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The blog is called The Royal Sisters
They have the most wonderful crochet patterns for Christmas and the first thing I am going to make is the banner. There's patterns on the blog for trees, stars and a doilie garland.
Awesome, right!? In their Etsy store I want to buy one of these:
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
First Youtube video ~ How to make your own round loom
Second Youtube video ~ Part two of How to make your own round loom
Third Youtube video ~ Knitting on your round loom YOU made
Have fun with this one! Winter is coming and it would be great fun for a home school project or Sunday school project for those little kiddies! Big kiddies, too!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The yarn I used was Lion Brand Chenille in a denim color and their Jiffy in Denim spray. The major part of the purse is just double strand chenille and the strap, sides and closing flap is one strand of each since I ran out of the chenille. It's a rather stiff bag but should soften up a little with use.
It's a beautiful purse and I can't wait to have it completely done. Her photo is far better than mine. I just can't take a good picture.
Now, I'm going to work on more of the CD snowflakes.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Red Heart Yarn FREE eBook
Friday, October 16, 2009
Also I was away for a few days before I got sick to visit grandkids and got to see the oldest grandson play football. Wish I could go tonight but this cold is keeping me home.
I will be posting again soon. I have another free pattern idea and have to work on it some more.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here's a cute little easy lace for beginners. I know it looks a little messy but with lace, it needs some steaming and/or shaping. This is how it looks before all that.
I decided to use this stitch for this yarn. It makes an automatic scalloped edge which I think will do nicely for this scarf.
More photos later and I'll post the pattern then.
Monday, September 14, 2009
You can see that when you're designing you just never know what you're going to get. I love the stitch I had chosen but it might not work too well with the yarn I have to use.
One problem I think is that the needles could be too big or the yarn to small. Also, this stitch might not be good for a shawl as it seems to snag very easily and you don't want that.
I worked for only about an hour or so and have decided to rip it out and either try other yarn or a different stitch.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Found this pretty lace pattern I think will make a wonderful shawl. What do you think? I'm not sure the name of the stitch pattern but it's a very easy one. I will post a pattern real soon so keep watching.
Here's how the other lace scarf/stole or whatever it turns out to be is looking now that I've knitted quite a few more rows.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Don't know why that came out blue so here's another shot of it.
Lots has happened in the last several weeks to me and my family. AND my blog. But we're back.
Here's the latest project I'm working on and hope to get done as soon as I can because I have so many ideas running through my head. This project is a lace stole and I'm using Red Heart Sport Weight yarn that I had in my stash. I'm using a number 6 needle which were my Mother's needles so this stole is kind of special. Silly, I know.
Since I had trouble with corrupt links on my blog, I am going to try to start designing my own patterns. Stay tuned for that because that takes lots of time.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I found this wonderful site and thought you'd be interested if you're at all interested in recycling and crocheting. I give recycleCindy complete credit for writing this pattern and sharing it. Visit her web site at: Recyclecindy. Thank you Cindy
As promised in my last post, here is my striped shell handbag purse that is crocheted from recycled plastic bags. I changed colors of plastic bags every round to create this unique looking shell stitch purse. I did 16 rounds and each round takes about 2 to 2-1/2 bags to complete each different colored row. Also this is my first experience using store purchased purse handles. I splurged and bought these as they were on clearance for $2.00. I think they really compliment the handbag and along with the lining, make this a really beautiful and fashionable upcycled handbag.
Free Striped Shell Handbag Crochet Pattern
14-16 different colors of plastic bags made into plastic bag yarn “Plarn”
Approx. 35-40 plastic grocery bags in different colors
1 Set of Purchased Bamboo Handles
“N” U.S. size metal crochet hook
Description: Striped Shell Handbag
Bag measures 13” wide and 9” long with purchased bamboo handles
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I found this on the http://craftside.typepad.com/craftside/april-24-30-09/ blog and would like to give her full credit for the pattern. She calls it Pop Art. I call it Pretty Darn Cute!
And I think Pop Art fits best.
Pop Art Roll of toilet paper toilet paper cozy cover:
Click on the photo to see my crocheted roll of TP cozy.
Pretty funny, hu?
To make your own TP cozy you'll need:
Gray worsted weight yarn
White Worsted weight yarn
size H crochet hook
How to crochet the roll of toilet paper cozy:
With the gray yarn:
Chain 4 and slip stitch to join
About 15 sc into circle and join
single crochet around again, about every 3rd or 4th stitch do a second sc in the same loop. This will increase the size of the circle allowing it to stay flat. Adjust number of stitches as needed to lay flat.
Cut gray yarn and weave in the end.
With the white yarn:
SC around gray circle every few stitches doing two sc in one loop. Join each circle, then chain 1 and repeat until you have a circle the size of your roll of toilet paper. For me this was about 6 rows (circles)
For the side:
Chain 1 and sc into second to last stitch.
SC back into every chain stitch, chain 1, turn and sc back into every stitch. Adjust number of stitches as needed for your roll of toilet paper.
Repeat until you have a strip long enough to go around the entire roll of toilet paper plus a few inches to fall open. For me it was about 20 inches.
Stitch the top to the sides and then join the beginning of the side strip under the falling open end.
Weave in all the ends.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Here's all my tawashis that I've been making with scrap yarns. Some are cotton and some acrylic. The larger ones are a different pattern that the smaller ones and I think I like it better.
Below is one of the larger ones closed up at the bottom and I crocheted a chain to close the top. I thought it could enclose a bar of soap and used in the shower to scrub your body.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I found a pattern for crocheting a tawashi that I like. So cute, huh? They crochet up really fast, too. I used cotton, Lily's Sugar and Cream, for the light colored ones and Red Heart KIDS acrylic yarn for the bright one in front.
So fun and they really work well. The cotton ones are soft enough to use on your skin and the acrylic ones are great for dishes. You can use the cotton ones for dishes, too.
Ok, it's time for me tawashi the dishes! LOL
You can see, I'm still having trouble with the focus on my camera.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I know this isn't my hat nor a floppy hat at all but I decided to switch to pot holders. They're kind of cute.
Here's my first ones. I really need to get to the store for more yarn. I don't have a stash like a lot of people and am getting dangerously low on yarn.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Check it out!
Have you ever taken a picture of yourself wearing a hat and not wanting to get your face in the photo? Not an easy task but I think you get the idea of what the hat looks like so far.
Tonight I could get it finished. I need to use a little bit larger hook, I think, it's more of a child size hat.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ok, I thought I'd be done tonight but it didn't happen.......yet. I had to take time to play a game of horseshoes with my son. I even won!!
You can see the handle stitches going up the side of the bag.
I'm pretty sure it'll be done tomorrow but I do have a full day at the foodbank so we'll see. I'm trying......
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Here's my next project. Remember that blue mesh market bag? This is the same pattern only I'm using varigated cotton. What you see is the bottom of the bag and I've begun working up the sides. This is being knit on size 13 circular needle.
The yarn is on a cone but I think it's like Sugar and Cream or something like that. Whatever you can get at WalMart.
I'll post another photo later so you can see my progress. This bag is similar but not the same pattern. Click here
This is the yarn I exchanged for the concrete leaf. I'm really into bright colors these days it looks like. It's quite a tight knit so next time I use Homespun, I will try knitting on EON, every other needle. The yarn was Lion Bran Yarns Homespun in Candy Apple. It's just a bit thicker than regular worsted weight 4 ply yarn.
I have more of this color so have another afghan on my machine that will be a thread lace pattern.
The yarn doesn't make good tassels so I crocheted around two rows in SC. I prefer the tassels as they seem more finished to me but this yarn tens to separate and falls apart as soon as that little thread making the bumps is cut. I don't think the tassels would wash up very good.
The yarn is completely machine washable and dryable.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Here's an afghan I knitted on my machine for a friend. She gave me so much yarn in exchange for two concrete leaves I made awhile ago for my garden. Anyway, as a thank you, I made her one.
I used Bernat Soft Boucle in Blue Shades. Really pretty but the yarn wouldn't make very good tassels so I just crocheted a couple rows around the whole thing. Below is one of my concrete leaves. I used a rhubarb leaf as my mold.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I love the way this market bag turned out. I ran out of the yellow so just finished off with the orange again. This was Red Heart worsted weight 4 ply yarn. They say to use cotton for these bags but I love the color choices in the Red Heart yarns. I just compensated for the extra stretch by not doing all the rows. Think I stopped about two short of what the pattern said.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Look at what multi colored Red Heard Kids Yarn can make! I love how it turned out! Snappy little thing, don't you think? I made it quite awhile ago and just finally finished it. I believe you use two strands of yarn so one must have been multi colored and the other the solid dark teal green color.
The stitch is called mosaic knit. I had some great deep colored fabric to line it with. I always line my bags and purses.