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Not Your Average Cloth

After discovering and working with cotton yarn I took a detour and made dishcloths.   Nothing could beat my dishcloths from Walmart.  Let me say this, I haven’t used a store bought dishcloth in a few months now.  The first few ones I made were nothing spectacular, just your basic square pattern.  I had my doubts about washing dishes with it so I shared them with friends.  The cotton yarn is the key.  I like it because it’s inexpensive and comes in an array of marvelous colors.

Sugar ‘n Cream is one of my favorites.  I like the way things feel on my hands and I’ve found Sugar ‘n Cream to be a bit hard on my hands and I always have a tight tension for some reason.  So I try not to make too many things with this yarn, mainly large projects.

 

Pineapple Dishcloth Citrus Punch Pack Citrus Punch Dishcloths Spa Cloth

Life is Too Short Not To Experiment

Don’t be afraid to try a new stitch or pattern.  I try to learn a new stitch in my so called down time.  When I look around my house I have loads of patterns in binders and organizers.  Sometimes I  go through my discarded patterns to see if I can master the pattern at this present time.  There’s a reason why it was tucked away and it gives me the opportunity if it’s a yay or nay.

I gave myself a little challenge.  A coworker wanted three dog sweaters, so I told her to buy the yarn and I’ll make them.  Well let me tell you, almost three weeks later and I’m not close to a darn thing.  Making clothing for dogs is not my strong suit at all.  First off, I can’t visualize the breed of their dog and even with custom measurements I’m struggling.  I’m determined to give her at least one sweater by the end of the week.  So here’s to me experimenting with a different pattern.

I saw a lovely sweater in the May/June 2013 Crochet Today magazine with a stitch that looked interesting.

As I was searching for what I was writing about above, my attention switched from looking for the info on the sweater to the next edition of the Crochet Today! magazine.  Feast your eyes on this crochet candy….

Sunday Cardigan

Sunday Cardigan

Here’s  the specs from their April/May 2014

YARN

RED HEART Boutique Unforgettable, 3.5oz/100g balls, each approx 279yd/256m (acrylic)

  • 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins #3965 Candied

CROCHET HOOK

  • Size H/8 (5mm) crochet hook or any size to obtain correct gauge

NOTIONS

  • 2.5 yds of Ribbon or Cord
  • Yarn needle

SIZES

S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”/91.5 (101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142)cm

Length 26.5 (26.5, 26.5, 27, 27, 27)”/67.5 (67.5, 67.5, 68.5, 68.5, 68.5)cm

GAUGE

24 sts = 6.5″/16.5cm and 16 rows = 5.5″/14cm over pattern.

I’m heading over to the wonderful life of online shopping to purchase the yarn.

Knot Just Yarn Blog

Mikey Mikey Testing An Idea

I feel like I am a cat sometimes. I have a need to explore and be curious. Diva Dan and I are on the polar opposites to a design I am working on right now. Personally, I think the design is incredible but it’s not big enough to get the full visual of what it can turn out to be. To Diva Dan, the colours need to be more defined between the squares like a checker board.

As much as Diva Dan and I are very creative, we don’t come at creativity at the same angle on some issues. This diversity is what makes us a great couple. If we agreed on everything, our lives would be pretty boring with nothing to discuss to share with each other.

In my project, I am using James C Brett Chunky Marble Yarn. I am letting the yarn…

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Ice Cream Hat

Thought I would not go back to making hats for a while.  After seeing so many lovelies I started back again.  What was I thinking, hats are a great way to display your skills.  I showed off a couple and in return received a sale, whoopee!  Duh, it’s cold out and people are still wearing hats.  The plan I have in the works is to go through all my WIP’s of hats and finish weaving the ends.  You already know I don’t like to do it but it has to get done.  Whatever hat that does not sell I will donate what I have to a charity.

The Chameleon Hat on Raverly caught my attention very quickly.  The sizes were straight forward and easy to follow.  Even though it’s geared for Newborn-Kids it had instructions on how to make it adult size with simply adding a two rows.  Ice Cream Hat with Watermark1

There are so many color combos that can be made and of course think of what type of embellishment you can add to it.

I found another hat to make from the same site called Rina’s Beanie

Name change…… Cool Summer Hat

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This was my first time making a hat from cotton yarn.  I usually use the cotton yarn for my dishcloths but now they are going to serve another purpose.  I may have to venture out to Hobby Lobby and try their brand of cotton yarn.  Any excuse is good for me to go buy yarn.

Crochet Intro

You want to learn to crochet?  You have already found your favorite groups/sites/blogs on social media.    You have your yarn, hook, and a lovely sweater pattern full of detail and multiple color changes.  You are on your way to being the best crochet designer out there.

You see this

                                      When in fact you will only see and do this

Single Square Coasters

When I first learned to crochet many decades ago the only thing I made were Granny Square Blankets.  I only knew the basic stitches and counting the stitches were no problem because the pattern called for repeat groups/clusters.  That’s all I made until I grew bored with that and found another hobby.

I picked the hook up again and thanks to the world wide web I can learn to crochet anytime of day or night and the added bonus a personal teacher thanks to YouTube videos.  It’s nothing wrong with making Granny Squares, that square will open your mind to endless possibilities.  I always tell beginners to always start off with something simple like a square.  That basic square will be your best friend for a week or two.  Your friends will have more than enough coasters from you and they won’t have the heart to tell you to stop, lol.

Before you begin your coaster, stop by Red Heart and bookmark it.  They have loads of patterns, tutorials and videos.  The major yarn companies offer the same services.  I have a few sites that I absolutely love and some I just don’t bother.  The ones I don’t bother with are a personal preference, such as I don’t like the font or pattern instruction layout.  What are some of your favorite crochet pattern sites?  Make sure you leave a comment below.

Mikey, from The Crochet Crowd  (website) is a great blog to follow.

Let’s make a Granny Square

Sit back and watch the video a few times and follow along.  If you think you are ready then click here and make your first coaster.

I’m new to blogging so this is a work in progress and I have to figure out all the bells and whistles.

Comments, suggestions or just say hey is always welcomed.

“A day without crocheting is not a good day”

Cloche Hat

Photo-12_29_13,-10.09.48-PM-1I spend way to much time on Raverly.  I’ve seen this hat before and passed it by.  It was passed by because I was on a beanie fix.  Naturally, when I saw this hat again it was added to my growing library.

The Spring Blossom Cloche from Cre8tion Crochet took me back in time.  While I was crocheting I even watched Bonnie and Clyde so I could get in character, lol.   Bonnie is defiantly what you would call a ride or die chick.

Back to the hat…

Easy and endless color combinations is what made this fun to make.  I’m thinking of giving this to my 80 year old Granny, who by the way will be going to Antarctica next month.  Yes, you read it correctly, ANTARCTICA.  Why would seniors pick there?  Her answer was that was the last continent she had to visit.  My Granny is a world traveller and always on the go.

Antarctica

I’ll play around with the colors some more and try adding a detachable flower.  As I’m typing more ideas are coming to me.  I better quit while I’m ahead.

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Goals for the New Year

The craft side of my life is in a state of confusion.  Finally, one hobby that I enjoy and stuck with for over a year.  Since I enjoy it so much it’s time to perfect my talent and branch out.  I’ll set up some personal hobby goals for 2014 to stop the confusion.

 

 

Goals for 2014

 

  • Organize crochet magazines/binders/books
  • Organize yarn
    • color
    • type
    • ball up ones attached to forgotten WIP’s
    • untangle and ball up (if not possible save for scrap/stuffing)
  • WIP’s
    • place ALL WIP’s in container
      • separate into categories and place in bags
      • pick a WIP and finish completely
    • place finished WIP’s in another container
      • clean
      • photograph
      • showcase
      • sell