Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Small Mesh Bag #2

Another small mesh bag. You can see from the paper behind it how small it is. I don't know how they end up so small...
Used a size G hook (could be why it's so small).
Pattern: I have no idea. LOL. I couldn't find the pattern in my bag and have no idea what happened to it. I have other patterns but not a mesh bag pattern. It used HDC in the mesh part (at least that's what I did at the end and I'm sure I did at the first).
I did the handles similar to the other bags I did, big enough to fit on my wrist but not too big. And yes, they are off center :blush: but that's fine.
I figure if I have 2 small mesh bags, one can hold bags. One in my car and one in my house. Perfect if I need a bag to take to my car with stuff (like my lunches for work or other things) and this way I never have to worry about not having a mesh bag.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sweet Scallops Shawl

This weekend was an off line weekend. And off work, I took Thursday and Friday off from my day job. I did do some things around the house but I mostly crocheted. I just took it easy. I started this on Thursday and finished it Saturday. I wanted to so I could wear it to church on Sunday.
Here's a close up:
Pattern: Lion Brand Sweet Scallops Shawl

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in White, 14 oz (I just about used 2 skiens)

Hook: Size J. I crochet loose, so I figured it would be okay.

I did do a few changes, but not many. I crocheted on the other side of the first side instead of making 2 sides like the pattern suggested. I figured I didn't want to do a second side and then sew them together. However, because my beginning chain was so loose, I had to take a long piece of yarn and kind of sew it up along there, so the first row wasn't so loose and open. I think it was a good idea because then it is reinforced and will stay put. I would suggest doing a row of single crochet or something to secure that first row, but that's just me.
And I would suggest doing only a row of single crochet along the edging. I didn't like the finished look too much. The picots on the bottom sort of stop there because the edging is done after the final row of picots.

I do love this. It is almost as long as the pattern called for.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Neopolitan Purse

Finished the purse.
As you can tell I added a cell phone holder with a tie (so I can tie it shut so the phone won't fall out...) and a loop, which was the first tie for the cell phone holder since it wasn't long enough I then decided to make it a loop hook. I crocheted aruond a bead to make the button.

Close up of the strap, button, lining (just basic white fabric) and cell phone holder.
Pattern: Just made up. I did a chain until the width I wanted, did a row of double crochet, decided it was too loose, next row hdc, liked it and kept going. Didn't frog (I hate frogging). Worked fine I think.
Yarn: Peaches & Cream Cotton yarn, it was called Mocha Swirl. I like Neopolitan name better. Reminds me of Neopolitan ice cream :)
Hook. Size H hook.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I really need this today, so I'm glad I had to log in.

  1. Family & friends
  2. My dogs (they love it when I come home :)
  3. Clothes (and enough that I can skip washing when something important happens--like being with friends to celebrate a birthday)
  4. Understanding friends
  5. An alarm clock with a snooze button

On #3 my friend and I decided that we have enough "stuff" (yarn not counted) and we can buy our own, so we decided that on our birthday's we would treat each other out to the movies and dinner. Whosever birthday it is, they choose. And drive. It was my turn to treat her. We saw "College Road Trip" which was better then I expected. I thought it would be good, but it was really good.

Crochet: I'm still working on the pink and brown purse. Just has been one of those weeks. I havne't been able to do much crocheting. On the purse, all I need to do is weave in ends and do the lining (the parts I do not like, but tolerate since I like crochet purses). Maybe I'll be able to finish it up this weekend.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Thrift Store Find & Walmart Find

Frist because the way blogger uploads pictures... my walmart find. This cotton yarn was just so cute. It's pink, white and brown. Reminds me of Neapolian icecream :) I decided to make a purse out of it. Just simple. I just make up the pattern. Chained until it was the length, did a round of SC with 3 SC in each end, then a round of DC and then I decided to try HDC and have kept it at that for the reaminder of the purse. Using an H hook. Books & yarn I found at 2 thrift stores.
Magazine and leaflet only 50 cents, hardbound books $1.
Top left "Knitting & Croceht Patterns" I think all wearables. Top right, "Rainbow Baby Afghans". There's a cute corner to corner. About 8 afghans. Bottom left "Old Time Crochet, Spring 1991". Cute shawl and several doilies and a few tableclothes. Bottom right "Top Techniques & special Stitch AFghans" has some afghans using different stitches (tusion, broomstick lace, etc.).
Heres one of the pattens in the "Top Techniques & Special Stitches Afghan" book. It's a sampler afghan with a lot of sample squares.

And here's the yarn I found. 2 skiens of new RH WW. The Teal looks newer and in great contdition. 2 Aunt Lydia's size 10 and one South Maide size 10. The Teal was $1, the others weer 50 cents.

That's about it for today.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Cape to Curtain

I was looking at posts on Crochetville about people who had made curtains. Loved them. Some were even in Worsted Wegith yarn.

I was cleaning and organizing my crochet garments and as I was doing so, I came acorss my Pineapple Shawl/Cape. I thought hmm... I wonder. So I tried this:


[clickable--click on it you will get a great picture]Yes I obviously need a new curtain. I like this one, but I think I need a new one. I'm going to leave this up for the summer (yes I believe it's coming LOL). Then in the Fall I'll decide if I want to use this as a cape or make a new one and leave this as is.

This doesn't show the entire window. The "cape" almost goes to the bottom, but there's about 5-10 more inches. I don't measure...

What do the rest of you think?

Friday, April 4, 2008

Thankful Friday & Update

Thankful for:

  1. Friends
  2. Abililty to crochet to relax
  3. Technology
  4. Nice people
  5. My dogs

That's my 5 that I just thought of and wrote quickly. I forgot to update yesterday for this, so I'm doing it today, which is fine.


I'm working on a Spring Green Purse that was a free pattern for a day from Annies Attic. It is green and has flowers on it. I of course am changing it. So that's what I've been working on since the vest.

This weekend I have some time and so I thought I might do an afghan. I figure then I can give them away at Christmas. It's from a book I have called Weekend Afghans. This one is suppose to take longer, in fact the front of the part this afghan is in, says something like, these are for when you crochet over the weekend, into Monday... Tuesday... just turn off the phone and tell everyone you've left town. LOL.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Easy Vest - Finished

Here's the finished vest!
here's apicture of the front:
Picture of the back:
Very bad picture with me in it... you can see how short it is, my hand is on my hip:
Part 1: Link to pattern and some how to start this.
Part 2: Some more pictures of how to make this vest.

Easy Vest - How To #2

Here's a picture of me sewing the shoulder seems. I decided on a "wrong side" and sewed it together in the back single loop of the stitch.

Here's another picture that might be better:
Hhere's the finished front. You can see the start in the last page. This also shows a close up of the boarder. Just one round of single crochet.
Okay, this blogger loads it weird, and I can't figure out how to change it... here's another shoulder seem. this is what I decided was the "right side". This was before the boarder was put on.
I added a tie. I chained 50. I found with ties, I'll tie it on one side with a very tight knot and leave it on that side always. This way I don't lose it.

Part 3: Finished Vest
If you missed it:
Part 1: Link to pattern and how to work some parts of the vest.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Easy Vest--How To #1

This is some pictures on how to crochet this Easy Crochet Vest. Someone was asking about it on Crochetville, so I started it last night. This will show pictures as I make it, 2 posts for that, and then one post for the final pictures.

There are a lot of pictures (4) so be patient for it to load if you have to. This is from a 1969 Vest pattern on the Groovy Crochet archived site.

This vest is very easy. Just chain stitches and single crochet.
I used Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn and a size K hook. Just so you know, I crochet very loosey so this may look a little different then yours if you want to.
I also choose Size Medium. So if you choose a different size you will have a different amount of loops for the fronts and back.

The pattern calls for working in "holes" these are also called, in other patterns, "spaces" or "loops" or anything similar. Usually that means that you work around the chain stitches and not in any stitches.

Here is the first part of the vest. I decided to make it short to get to the fronts & back, so this is what it will look like if you do a few rows. If you decide to make it longer, this will give you an ide of the first few rows and an idea of what it will look like:

Here ist he beginning of the front: Here is the arm hole opening. You will notice that there are 3 free holes that all sizes call for. And here's a picture of a front done: Some notes about the pattern:
I looks like the sizes aren't in paraenthesis, which they usually are. So for the right front top side if you'r working small you work across 4 spaces, medium 5 spaces, large 6 spaces. rows 2-5 you work across 3 (4, 5) spaces. Looks like you do that for 5 rows, then on row 6 you leave one space free, to make it one less. Work the pattern up to row 13, and the 14th row you do 1 (2, 3) spaces. 1 for small, 2 for medium, 3 for large. It looks like that you do the left front the same as the right front. They didn't write out the instructions, so you start on the same side as the front (you could call it the right side--they didn't call it either). Then you just work the same as the right side. I think it might be easier to start the back before the left front, so you can see where to place your first stitch easier. I did that, did the back before the left front. Just skipped 3 holes and started it. I counted over to make sure there was enough holes and there was. So if there isn't, I suppose you could leave one off the back and it would be fine (isntead of frogging). It would be smaller in the back, but for most women that would be better then the front.

Part 2: This has the top seems sewen and the boarder around it.