Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Rose Bath Puff

I saw a pattern. Printed it out. Found out you had to do 3 pices. And the "rose" was 2 parts each one long piece you had to roll up and sew together. That's why it was 7 pages. No thank you.

So since I was at lunch with no computer, I just made up one. I decided to do the Irish Rose style. Then since I had enough SC in the first round, I then SL ST to the back and did another Irish Rose on the back. Then I did the chain. No fastening off. All one piece. I think it's kind of small, so I may try another one (after I try this one out) with one more round or petals.

I used peaches and cream WW yarn and one strand of size 10 thread (I read another post while searching for scrubbies or bath puffs that the size 10 helps make it more scrubby, so I thought I'd use both strands together).

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Ami's -- Teddy & Circle

I decided to make some Ami's for my friends twins. I was going to do a bunch but ran out of tmie. Since we're celebrating late, I took pictures late.... ;)

I found a pig ami, but then decided to do a circle. Was going to do a circle, square, triangle, etc. But again, ran out of time and attention span to the amis.

And then I decided I did need something else for the other twin. Since my
Gingerbread Doll (link) was pretty good, I decided to make it a bear.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Sort of Vintage Pattern for Doily

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Pattern: mar/apr 08 Crochet Today. It was titled Runner Redux. It was from a vintage tablecloth pattern. I think I remember seeing it on the web somewhere (may not be there still). The part in each motif with the solid part was all SC in the tablecloth pattern, CT changed it to the last round DC, probably to make it faster.
Thread: Size 10
Hook: Size 2
Size of doily: approximately 15".

What I changed: center fill in same 2 rnds as motifs with 3rd rnd similar to joining rnd of motifs, but added long chains for the sp between the motifs.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Slippers

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Made these for my aunt for Christmas. I think she has bad foot circulation and they get cold, so she loves my warm thick slippers.. The photo looked brighter on my cell phone. you still get a general idea.

I used red heart yarn.
2 strands.
Size N hook.

I made up the pattern. I did it in rounds from the toe up to the heel area and then worked in rows and then did the top edging. All one piece. Then I left a long end and sewed up the heel.

I used SC for the toe part, hdc for most of the rest, but added sc where needed to make it fit. The top edging is sc. I did a *sc dec* on every other stitch on the top boarder to close it up a bit.

I made many of my slippers this way.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dishclothes

Some disclothes I've made recently for last minute gifts. All peaches and cream yarn that I had left over from other dishclothes and market bags.
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#32 from The Big Book of Dischlothes. I changed the amount of stitches, but it's pretty easy to customize this. This one is quick and easy to do. Great if you need some fast dishclothes.

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#53 from The Big Book of Dischlothes. I did up to row 5 and then did the edging. Mine eded up pretty big since I crochet loose. Just made up the edging to match the pattern as much as poosible.

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Just a simple one I did (used a G hook, won't again, the yarns too thick). I did one row of SC and one row of DC and repeated that and finished with one row of SC. A SC edging.

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#48 from The Big Book of Dischlothes. I changed it. The 4th round or so says to do a ch 3 between the dc, I didn't want it that open, so I just did another dc in the chain and then the ch 2 to keep the same amount of stitches around. I didn't do all the rounds, as I crochet loose and it ended up big enough. Finished with a boarder of SC.

I usually measure the dischlothes to fit my hand. If they're bigger then that, they're big enough. This way I know that they will work out fine for just about anyone.

2009 Crochet Goals

My 2009 crochet goals are as follows:
  • Snowflake Monday. There is a CAL on Crochetville, but I don't know if I'll join just yet. But that's where I got the idea. I can do at least one during my lunch. If it's a holiday or I don't do one, I can either wait until the next Monday or I could even do one later in teh week. This will give me 40+ snowflakes by the end of the year in time for Christmas.
  • Scarf a month. There's also a CAL for this. I like this idea. Great for Christmas gifts or charity gifts. I think I'll do them the first Friday. That way I can have them done. I usually can do one during my 45 minute lunch.
  • Dishcloth a month. This is my own idea. There is one for a weekly one, but I don't need to do a weekly one. Most everyone I gave to last year, I gave a TON so I think they're okay for a while. I figure 12 will be fine. And sometimes I do an easy one during lunch and can even do another easy and quick one (just double crochet) during lunch. I'll do this the second Friday (notice I save my easy ones for Fridays).
  • AFghans. I would like to give some more away this next year. I gave my brothers one years ago. My dad is using one I gave him years ago. I'll do a square or piece one during my lunch when I'm not crocheting other things. Then a full one at home. This way I'll also have them for gifts.
  • Something for me. I have my 6-24 point afghan that I'm working on. This is something for me. And then I'm not sure what. maybe the stained glass window afghan from AA.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Crochet Christmas Tree

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Yes I made one.
I made it a few weeks ago but couldn't get it off my camera. This is taken with my cell phone.

I used the pattern just about everyone on crochetville was using
http://www.crochetnmore.com/christmastree.htm

I did change some of it though.
After row 3, I think, I decided to finish it off with one more row. It was taking a lot of yarn and a lot of time.

Then I bought a cone at the dollar store to just glue it on. I thought the silver would show through. Doesn't. It didn't go to the top, so I made up a top part and added to the tree, that's why the very top doesn't go out.

I found the orgnament, garland and star in one package at the dollar store.

My coworker who I made the stars for liked it and I think she was thinking she would like one. So hopefully next year I can find the pattern... ;) Yes I took it to work to add to my displays on my desk.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Crochet Necklace

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Using the idea from the Lionbrand Bobble Necklace, I made this.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70007.html?noImages=
I didn't have the pattern and just made the bobbles as big as I liked.

I found a pendant at Micheals and the size 3 thread there too. I used an F hook. Luckily the pendant had a big enough hole to put the thread through. I looked for beads to match or something else to work and nothing did or it was beads I didn't want to work with (too small), so I thought, I'll just crochet it! I was looking for something lime green anyway to match a new lime green sweater I just bought.

I'm glad Micheals had the thread so I could match the pendant.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Size 3 Thread Quick and Easy Doily



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Not blocked but you get the idea. ;)

It's a VERY EASY doily. And a QUICK one to make. It only took me 2 lunches, so maybe 1 1/2 hours, probably less.

I used size 3 thread.
Size F hook.
Pattern: My First Doily (
http://www.crochetnmore.com/myfirstdoilybyvictoriagable.htm ).
I changed the edging. I did 5 dc in between the (dc, ch 2 dc) and then a sc in the other ch 2 space. I like scallopped edgings on my doilies.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Stashbusting: Gingerbread Doll, Snowman, Yarn Snowflakes

Crocheted this weekend. A lot. Yep all this was from my stash. I made a few small things to counteract the large afghan I'm making for my friend for Christmas.

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Made this using the Crochet World, December 2008 pattern for the gingerbread doily. I just used yarn instead. Size H hook. It's about 12" tall. I left long ends on the pieces and used that to sew it together except the very last part which I didn't have enough. Used left over yarn on this too!
Joined the snowman CAL at crochetville and finally made a snowman. I just made up the pattern. Found some white yarn (left over from something) and decided to make it.
Was waiting on someone and made some WHITE snowflakes out of some left over yarn. I was too lazy to weave in ends so I just used those as the ties.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Hearts Coaster

From the Crochet Today Jan/Feb 2009 issue. Yes the new one. This is super easy!


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Yes it's white... it's my cell phone with no flash...

I used size 3 thread (of course) and a size F hook.

This would be a good first thread project for anyone.
Maybe took me 15 minutes with weaving in of ends.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

5 More Snowflakes



More snowflakes.
Size 3 thread.
Size F hook.

For my coworker who is buying them for $1 a piece. She loves all that I give her.

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I have other crochet to post, but my camera isn't cooperating. Actualy it's the software. It said it transferred all to my C drive but I can't do anything with them. Then when I try to retransfer them, the software shuts down. And to top it off, I don't know where my CD is... ugh. I hope I didn't accidentally recycle it. We got a new recycle bin from our city and I was making sure I put all my cardboard in there and the box the camera came is is cardboard. I'm thinking I didn't, but I'll have to look or find a way to get the software off the internet from my work computer onto a flash stick to put on my laptop.... I think I'll look tonight to see if I can find the disc.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

8 More Snowflakes


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Yep, 8 more for my coworker. Yes I'm really only charging her $1 each. She's a friend and doesn't have a lot of money. She plans to give all these out to friends as little Christmas gifts.

Size 3 thread.
Size H hook.
Pattern made up, whatever I felt like.

other posts with snowflakes:
http://debbia1.blogspot.com/2008/10/more-snowflakes-in-size-3-thread.html
and
http://debbia1.blogspot.com/2008/10/3-snowflakes-size-3-thread.html

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Simply Soft ECO hat & Scarf

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The hat shows a better, truer color.

Color: Ocean Mist and Natural, used 2 strands.

Done with an J hook and 2 strands.
Pattern: Made up. Just a sc then dc, alternating.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Caron SS Eco Shawl Started

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Large view. I actually had one more round, similar to the last row, so no biggy... but my camera stored it on the card and I can't figure out how to find the photo... LOL
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Close up of the yarn to see the white spots. It's from the recycled plastic bottles (I think). One skine uses .6 bottle, yes that point-six. But still that's something.

This yarn is soft, but doesn't split as much on me as the regular SS, you can see one slit in the close up, but that's about it. It's pretty easy to work with. Even with the J hook. And I crochet loose.

I do like this yarn. And it's not too expensive. Only $2.23 at my walmart They did lower the Red Heart Super Saver to $2.00. However this is nice and soft and pretty easy to work with.

I decided to do this shawl. I was going to, then found another one, but couldn't figure out that pattern so I went back to this one.

So far, very easy to do.


Pattern:
http://www.caron.com/projects/ss_eco/sseco_pineapple_shawl.html
Hook size: J
yarn: Caron SS Eco in "Woodland"


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PS: Please see my previous blog post and give me your opinion of my bag, I really would like some... Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Granny Bag

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I made this thinking it would make a great shopping bag. But it's only 11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches. I added the boader and "handle" this morning and then realized that I used a different color verigated yarn. I haven't weaved in the ends because I'm not sure if I like it or not. What do you think?

Pattern: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat13856&PRODID=xprd130237 a Joann's pdf (a real easy pattern).
Size Hook: Can't remember, used I for the boarder.
Yarn: Red heart various colors.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Witches Hat and Wand

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Made these this week.
The hat actually fits, it looks small because there's a foam cone ($1 at micheals in their Christmas section--it's brown) underneath that doesn't fit my head, but the crochet part is longer to fit. It is wavy around my face.

Pattern from the website The Leaky Couldron (an HP site) in their craft section.

The wand is from the dollar store, it had a foam star on the end, and I just taped it up and then crocheted over it.

All done with an H hook. Red Heart yarn in Black.

Monday, October 27, 2008

More Snowflakes in Size 3 Thread

Here's all 7:
Here's 3 new ones:

She wants a total of 20 or so.... at $1 a piece. She's a friend/coworker who loves my crochet work... she took all these, I suggested she look and see if there's any she didn't like, for example the small one in the bottle photo, but she took them all. :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Cutie Pie Doily, Size 3 Thread

"Cutie Pie Doily" is the name of the pattern.


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It's white. Really. The pictures aren't that great (sorry). You can click on for close ups, but the first one will still look off white and the second kind of off white.
Yarn: Size 3 thread
Hook: Size F.
Size: About 17" in diameter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Scarf & Hat Set

I needed a new scarf for the winter. Well I didn't "need" ... I've decided since I crochet I can make my own new one every winter. I remember seeing a hat & scarf set pattern on a lable of Red Heart but wasn't sure if I had the yarn. I cleaned Saturday and came across 2 skiens of yarn and the label with the pattern! Meant to be...
Sorry the pictures aren't that great. I didn't even bother looking at the ones in my camera (these are cell phone pics), on the screen of the camera they were worse, really. Click on the hat one and you'll get a good idea of what it looks like.
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Yarn: Red Heart Supersaver in Cafe and Coffee
Hook: Size K
Pattern: From the skien of yarn. Just called "Hat and Scarf Set" or something like that. It's done in puff stitches using 2 strands. I changed the hat. It was suppose to be a bucket style but I want it close to my ears to keep them warm and it also called for dc which is too open so I did sc and then one more puff stitch row, which I flipped up.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Peruvian Print Afghan

I have a few ends to weave in, but it's basically done. I don't really like the color of the Peruvian print. I also thought the off white/aron color in the print was white in the store (it might have been bright lights or I was tired; probably both) so that's why I did white between the print. So I decided I would keep it for myself.


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Hook: J hook..
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Pattern: From the old 7 Day Afghan Book, I can't remember the title, but it used verigated yarn. I changed the white part and did 1 row of dc cross stitch, 1 row dc and repeated that for 5 rows total. I used the print until I ran out (except the last one so it would have the same amount of rows as the first one). And somehow it ended up legnthwise instead of width wise. So that's the way it will be and I don't care, it's fine with me.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Spiderweb Doily


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Since I forgot my scissors at lunch to make snowflakes, I decided to do a doily. This ended up more open then I thought and it kind of looks like a spiderweb, so I decided to make it that. yes I still have the ends to weave in, but that's fine.

I used size 3 thread.
Size F hook
No pattern.

Now I need a spider...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

3 Snowflakes Size 3 Thread


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These are the ones I'm making for a coworker. I told her that they would probably be all different because I would get bored (not entirely different but somewhat). The one on the top right corner is the one I made for everone years ago. The one on the bottom is a slight veriation on it, only 1 picot instead of 3. The one on the top right is the lacy one I did for variety. Yes they look a little whirley because they're not blocked.

She decided to buy them in sets of 5. Easier on the budget and me too. I just now have to remember where I'm at with how many I've given her.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

2 Special Olympic Scarfs - FO





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Finished these this weekend. The first photo is a close up of both scarfs to see the pattern.

The White with Blue Boarder is just the stitch, 3 dc in sc, sc in middle dc of 3 dc on previous row. The blue with white boarder is the (2 dc, ch 2, 2dc) in the center with 2 dc on each side.

I did both with a dc boarder.

These were super simple to do and I would suggest these type of patterns, as there's only 4 ends to weave in when you're done.

Okay, so I do have another one with about 12 ends to weave in, if not more. So of course it's sitting there waiting for ends to be weaved in.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Crochet Chatter

Last year I made a yarn angel to sit on my desk because I woke up depressed and felt I needed and angel and whiped it up that morning and took it to work to sit on my desk.

I had a coworker come by and ask for several (I think 15-20) of those little angels. And as I looked at the one I made, I messed up on it, but didn't care for me. For her I had to figure out how to do it without the mistake. And write down the pattern to remember. Then I made it too big, bigger then the one I made (I never showed her it was only one). So I made another one, a smaller one and these were the ones I made for her.

A few years ago I made size 3 thread snowflakes for coworkers for Christmas gifts. This year the same coworker asked me to make them for her. I said sure.

The angels I only charged $2.50 each, they were out of yarn and she's been a good coworker/friend. The snowflakes are going to be only $1. They are out of size 3 thread, usually 2 rounds. So I guess I have to go yarn shopping. Besides I figure a ball of thread is $1.57 (walmart raised the price from $1.29 or something, but it's still a GREAT price) and I can get several out of that one, I'm sure.

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I'm also working on my 6 - 24 point afghan. But it's been hot. Suppose to be 86 for the next 5 days or so.

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I also decided to also to do some scarfs for the special olympics. I figured they would be a good break from my afghan. (See Coats & Clark site for info or search Crochetville.org).

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Oh and I did start a shawl, just half granny square with left over yarn in the colors aron and cafe, to have in my car as the week before church was freezing. And this way I could go out in my car and grab it. And with those colors it will match anything really. But that may have to wait for this other stuff.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cabled Purse

Calbed Purse:
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And a close up with the lining easier to see:

I made this from a pattern on Crochetville

I made a mistake on sewing the strap (towards the back instead of in the center of the side seam) and so I put it away. Then I decided to finish it, as I like the bag part. Well I couldn't remember the color of yarn I used, so I used a Cafe color for the key fob and cell phone holder. Then decided to do a boarder around the top and button and button loop the same color so it all mached. And both colors match the lining (yes a cute doggy one I used for my blue beaded purse too).

6 Point RR More Progress

This is where I'm at so far. I have one more white corder to do (after 3 more colors).
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And the close up:


Yes it's going to take a while being all SC.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Size 3 Thread Doily #4 - a Pineapple

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I made this one about 2 weeks ago.

I love doing these size 3 thread doilies.

This one took a little longer as I didn't think I had enough thread, so I stopped until I could get more, but it used up almost the entire ball! So then I made another one (I have to weave in ends and then I'll post it too).

I used a Size F hook.
I made up the pattern (I've done several pineapple doilies, as you know).

Oh it's not as odd as it looks, not blocked and not on a flat surface when I took the picture :blush:.

Friday, September 5, 2008

AA Round Riple Started

I bought Annie's Attic 6 Pointed Star Afghan pattern (available at Annie's Attic website or even through ePatterns as a download). This eventually goes to 12 points and then finally to 24 points.

I started it last night and here's what I have so far [all clickable for a larger photo]

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CLOSE UP:


I'm using an H hook. Someone said on a board to start with a smaller hook then what they suggest (I hook) and so I did. Then I couldn't remember where to use a larger hook, so I just kept going.
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The pattern also called for working in the back loop, but I'm crocheting in both loops as I crochet loose and that doesn't always work out for me. I am turning like the pattern suggests. This way there really won't be a front and back, too much.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sept 12 is International Crochet Day

Everyone join on this day to crochet!
*learn
*teach
*crochet in plubic

If anyone stumbles across this blog and doesn't know how to crochet, a Free PDF to Learn to Crochet is here:

http://www.craftfairsandevents.com/How%20to%20Crochet.pdf

Has even info on hook sizes and stitches.



If you do know how to crochet, choose a pattern, any pattern and crochet in pulic!

Crochet Patterns -- Free.
*Crochet Pattern Central: http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php
*Stargazer: http://marthac.info/links.html (note: she's moving it to this site, so you may need to check out http://home.inreach.com/marthac/links.html for a while for other patterns, but it is HUGE so that's why she's moving it).
*Crochet Poet's Pattern Collection:
http://www.myhq.com/public/c/r/crochetpoet/

I have others, but these are the 3 I look at the most, the others I'm not sure.

Bead Bracelet Try

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Okay a very bad bracelet. Done with worsted weight cotton yarn, size H hook and large plastic pony beads. Just a chain stitch and then sc with scbead in between. I decided to try it because I needed a bracelet to match my lime green shirt ;)

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Another photo of it flat (ignore the colorful crochet piece next to my leg... that's part of a UFO).

So what do you all think of this, please post a comment about my FO, I would like honest opinions (even negative ones).
I just want to know which direction to go to.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pineapple Doily, Size 10 Thread

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I just finished this UFO. Yes finally. It's been in my drawer at work forever. I just made up the last 2 rounds because I have no idea where or which pattern I was using. I'm sure I was using one, it's too nice. At least I think I was.


I used Size 10 thread.
Size 4 steel hook.