Thursday, December 31, 2009

November/December Socks

Finished everything but the sewing and weaving in of ends in November. Finished them up this week. I had other things to do. If you look back at the sock edgings, you'll see I used some of this yarn for them.

Yarn: Red Heart TLC [can't remember color]
Size: F hook
Pattern: Just made up. HDC on foot and ankle, sc on toe and heel, FPhdc and BPhdc on ribbing.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sunflower Afghan

I finally finished this. It was going to be the Pillowghan, but I ran out of time. Just finished it this morning. Not sure when I'll deliver it, but I want it finished just in case.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in Brown, Bright Yello, Green
Hook: size H
Pattern: Circle to Square in the Lionbrand patterns

sunflower afghan1

and a close up:
sunflower afghan2

6 Sock Edgings

No I'm not counting down. obviously. LOL.

Here are some sock edgings for my friends daughters. Her 2 year old twins. I found the socks at the dollar store and used some left over baby yarn. I have some unfinished socks of my own from this yarn and will post when I'm finished.

I used a Size D hook.
TLC Red heart baby yarn
Just made up pattern

sock edgings1

and a close up
sock edgings2

12 Scrunchies

I did these for my friend's daughters. She has 2 older ones and so I made these the exact same for each. So one will get one color of each and the other one color of each.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver. Left over scraps

Hook: size G

Pattern: Just made up various ones for each scrunchie.

The first 6

The second 6

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

13 Snowflakes = 45 So Far This Year

Okay, really I'm not trying to get up to 53. I decided, late last week, to make some for the teen age girls I teach. Since we have a small class, the other adults who teach and lead are also in the class. So I had to make a bunch. I just did quick and easy ones. I ended up with 2 left over, so I gave out 11 of them.

Yarn: Size 3 thread (Aunt Lydias)
Hook: Size F
Patterns: Just made up as I went along

[clickable for larger photo]

Thursday, December 17, 2009

5 New Snowflakes #28-32

No I'm not trying to rush to get my 52 snowflakes done.
A coworker wanted some, so, since these are easy, I just made them. I gave her some that I had all ready made and she liked them so much, she kept them. These will be gifts for her friends. She paid me for them, just less then $1 for them since I don't care, she's nice and a friend too.

Yarn: Size 3 thread, Aunt Lydias, bought at walmart
Hook: Size F
Patterns: Just made up.

[click on the photo to enlarge... these were taken before I blocked them...]

Snowflake ..Snowflake...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snowflake Pendant

Because I didn't have one and wanted one to match my charm bracelet I made a Snowflake pendant.

I used sie 3 thread with silver running through it.
Size F hook.
Made up pattern


Monday, December 7, 2009

Mittens & Hat

Made these this weekend.
I've never made mittens before so this was interesting. And I took a child's pattern and made it fit me. And they do! They had a scdec and I made the second mitten with that on the inside, since it created a seam.
The hat was the left over yarn.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver [can't remember the color... ugh]
Hook: Size G
Pattern: both from the Crochet Today, Nov/December 2009 issue

crochet hat
crochet mittens
[click to enlarge]

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Scrap Yarn to 2 FO's

Finally posting something.

I had some red yarn, I don't know why, I don't like red. I don't know why I even had 2 skiens. I have red hair so I don't wear much red, so no red vest or sweater, etc. Must have thought I needed a new one so that's why there's more then one. Or it could have been leftover from my sweetheart afghan I made earlier this year. And I happened to find both, so I used them for some projects.
red heart yarn in red

First a cowl.
I just made up the pattern. It's for a friend at work who takes the bus and it gets cold
Sorry for the bad photo, I took it quick. Yea bad excuse.
It's a wide cowl, so it can be folded down for extra warmth or unfolded for the nose and ears as needed. Anyway, you can see the silver buttons on it. It can button just about anywhere. It's open here.
red cowl

Then I made these towel toppers. One strand of yarn, size H hook. I made up the pattern, just double crochet. I cut the towels in half and crochet on the top. There are a lot of patterns out there for these things. I just crochet directly on the towel top. I punch my hook through. Yes it is hard and can take a while, but after that it's smooth sailing. I'm giving this to a friend for Christmas with a oven mit. Her kitchen is done in apples, so red works. Plus these have a snowflake theme so they can used all winter.
This is a much better photo as I used my digital camera and tried several settings until it came out nice.
red towel toppers

Monday, November 9, 2009

Brown Vest--Made in a Weekend

Yep it was that easy.
Because I needed a break from writing, I crocheted a brown vest. I saw a ton of drop sleeve type vests at a store last week and thought, I could crochet one for less. So I made this one this weekend. It's a very easy one.

PATTERN: Crochet Today magazine, March/april 2009. It's from the Verstile Vest. I just did the pattern stitch. I didn't want to increase or decrease on the shoulders, so I just did it straight. I figured out how many rows I would need for the front, doubled it for the back with a few extra for the neck. I just did a SC edging on it. Real simple and fast stitch.
YARN: Red Heart in the color Cafe.
HOOK: Size H.

A photo of the vest on a shirt and then a close up of the stitches

Brown Vest

Brown Vest Close up

Monday, October 26, 2009

Black and White Purse

I wanted a new purse (and then needed one). So I made this one. I always wanted a black and white purse, but never got around to making one.

PATTERN: the pattern is from the Big Book of Dishclothes. Since I started it a month ago and finished the sides, I misplaced the book since then, sorry about that. But it's one of those and easy to find as it's a two color pattern and you'll reconize it from these photos (if someone knows, please post, I will edit or comment later if I find it).
Cell phone holder: just made up using the same pattern stitch, it's a bit different beacuse it's done in rounds.

YARN: Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight Yarn. I had plenty left over too.
HOOK: I think a size H, but I can't rememer (as I said I finished the crocheting last month).
LINING: A cotton fabric I had. I folded it and it made pockets!

This first photo shows the lining over the purse. This is the bottom of the lining. I decided since it fits my Netbook I would need a double stitch on there. I did a straight stitch and then a diagnol stitch.

crochet pures
Second photo. This purse is big enough to fit my Netbook in! It's in the back in the black and white flower cozy I bought (I bought one instead of using the one I made because this one had a zipper). Yes my wallet is a zebra stripe, matched my last purse lining. And it matches this purse too.

crochet purse
Third photo. Cell phone holder and key fob.

crochet purse
Entire purse. You'll see that the straps I made extra study. I did a 2 row sc and then I chained a long length (125) and weaved it through the sc.

crochet purse

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby Afghans for Twins

A friend from church is having twins. Since I procrastinated and waited, I made these quick ones. The shower is tonight.

I used a K hook.
2 strands of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, one is green and white and the other yelllow and white.
I used the
Hooded Baby Blanket pattern from Lionbrand (actually bought the yarn but didn't like not pulling from the center). Since the pattern said it was in multiples of 3, I could make it fit for me. No hoods on these.

Two photos, one of the two blankets and one of the close up to show what it looks like. It is actually pretty heavy blankets, but would be great to put on the floor or over the baby when it's cold (getting to be winter here).

baby blanket

baby blanket

Snowflake #26, #27

Made these two this week and hadn't posted them yet.

The photos aren't that great, took them in the dark and tried to lighten them. But you get the idea (I hope).

Size 3 thread.
Size F hook.
Made up as I went along.


Sunflower Pillowghan Started

I forgot to post this. I started this a while ago and have been working on it for a while.

A pillowghan is 12" square afghan. One side is the complete afghan. The other side has a pocket of 4 of the 12" squares, the bottom. The top part of the pocket is open.

Here's an example of what it would look like (just a small version.) The S is the squares. The P is the pocket.
[ s ][ s ][ s ][ s ]
[ s ][ s ][ s ][ s ]

[ s ][ p ][ p ][ s ]

[ s ][ p ][ p ][ s ]

Then what you do is fold the afghan into the pocket and it creates a pillow. So a Pillowghan.
I figure the pocket could also be used as a foot pocket.

Here's a photo I took when I started, trying out the pattern and getting it to work.

Opps, here's the pattern: circle to squares afghan
As I've been working on it, I think I need more green. I didn't realize it would take so much. But that's okay. I hope I can get the same color, even if not the same dye lot (since it's in pieces, it should be okay).

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tiny Spiderweb

Found a spider for 99cents. I wanted one because I didn't have one. And because a coworker had a cute one. She also had a little bundle under it that the spider had caught. So when I found this one, I made the little bundle but decided it also needed a spider web. I didn't have the spider with me so I guessed on the size and it turned out pretty good.

Yarn: Size 10, I used 2 strands of thread
Hook: Size F
Pattern: Just made up. Just chain loops and double crochet.

[clickable for larger photo]

Friday, October 2, 2009

Snowflake #25

Finished another one today.
Yarn: Size 10 thread, 2 strands.
Hook: Size F
Pattern: Just made up.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MP3 Cozy

Just something quick to put my Sandisk Fuze MP3 player in when not in use. I still want to make the Owl one, but this works for now.

This is super easy if you have one (or a cell phone) you want to cover to keep protected. I just chained the length, did 3 sc on each end of the chain with sc down each side of the chain (one complete round of sc). The first 3 sc produced an extra opening for my earbuds (perfect). Then I did rounds of dc. I did the last row in sc because it would fit better and not be too long.

SanDisk Fuze MP3 cozy

Yep, my player and earbuds are pink. They only had a pink player and later I matched the earbuds to it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Silvery Snowflakes (#23, #24)

I decided to try some snowflakes in some silvery yarn I have. It's kind of hard to work with for large projects. I only made two. Let me know what you think.

Thread: Size 5, Aunt Lydia
Hook: Size F
Pattern: My own.

[clickable for larger photo]


Monday, September 28, 2009

Slippers for This Year

I love making slippers for myself every winter. They are quick (done in under 2 hours) and easy (from a pattern I made up, but simple stitches).

Yarn: Red Heart in Teal. I used less then a skien.
Hook: Size H
Pattern: My own.

crochet slippers for me

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Southern Blend Doily

Finished the doily. Blocking too. I'll post both pictures so you can see how it looks.

Size 3 thread.
Size F hook.
Pattern: Souther Blend, from Decorative Crochet November 2004. I didn't do the same edging because I didn't want to... ;) ... so just a sc on the edge. But I like it.
Size 15"

Before blocking:
Doily before blocking

After blocking:
doily after blocking

Snowflake 21 & 22

I did these at lunch after finishing a doily (I'll post that after I block it).
Size 3 thread.
Size F hook.
Just make up the pattern. 3 rounds on each. Not very big.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Crochet Socks

My latest pair I finished Saturday. I had one done and the second started so this is good.

I used Bernat Jacquards Baby Yarn, I think it's the "boys and girls" color yarn.
I wanted some more socks with blue in them (I wear a lot of blue).
I used a size D hook.
I really didn't follow a pattern, I made up the foot and leg, doing one row of sc and one row of dc. I did a FPDC and BPDC for the ribbing on the cuff. Afterthought heel.
I didn't try to get the color scheme to match, figured it would be okay. And I like them. I wore them Saturday and love them.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Snowflake 19, 20

Made these when I couldn't sleep last night.

Used size 3 thread.
Size F hook
No pattern.

I think I need to sit down and just make a bunch of these. I would like more.

19 snowflake

20 snowflake

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Since I haven't done one for a while and In true copycat style, I am taking my lead this morning from something that I found over at Sweet Mama Jones ...

1) What assumptions would a stranger make about you based on the books you read or have read? That I read a lot and a lot of different things (actually I don't read them that fast, I just get excited to start a new book)

2)Do you like taking naps? of course

3)What's the worst thing you've ever done with your hair? Not much. Except 1 1/2 years ago, I cut it from below the shoulers to above the neck and ears. Kept it that short since.

4)If you could change your name, what would you change it to? probably nothing else. Use to think of other names, but then I discovered it really doesn't matter. People may treat you different, but if you are who you want to be, then they will treat you that way. Same with kids, they treat kids the way they let them self be treated so naming them something unusual or usual doesn't really matter in the long end.

5)Do you own an object of sentimental value? My mom's wedding ring (she passed away 19 years ago). It's a small diamond, but worth a lot to me.

6)Are you a night owl or a morning person? Morning person. Of course now that I'm getting older... really neither... go to bed early and sleep in is bliss.

7)If your house were on fire, what material possessions would you grab? My journals.

8)What is more important to you? Photographs, scrapbooks or journals? Journals. They contain thoughts that others don't have.

9)If you saw someone commit a crime, what would you do?Duh, call the cops.

10)What songs do you sing in the shower? Nothing.

11)In what ways are you still effected by childhood problems? Shy and don't like to talk in public. Body image problems (just like just about every other woman I've discovered).

12)If you could find out the truth about one thing, what would it be? I don't know.

13)You are grateful for your body today because: I can walk, talk, see, hear, touch, etc.

14)How would you cope if you lost everything you own? cry. one step at a time. cry.

15)What makes you laugh? other people

16)What makes you feel guilty? saying 'no' to other people. buying something expensive. buying more of what I have (like more yarn).

17)Under what conditions would you approve of abortion?Wow, thats a heavy duty question. First off, I don't think its my place to approve or disapprove. But rape or incest.

18)Were you ever in any school clubs (speech, drama, etc.)? drama in 8th grade (total disaster, luckily we also did the year book) never had any lines (of course since I couldn't remember then anyway).. no I have no idea what I was thinking! ... band, but last chair if any, never marched...

19)Describe a favorite childhood friend and something you did with her or him. Kim. Use to get together when our parents were getting together and we would try to have fun.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

International Crochet Day Sept 12

It's a Saturday, so you have a good day for this day.

How are you going to celebrate?

*crochet in public

*make yourself something

*make something for someone else

*charity crochet

*teach someone to crochet

*learn a new stitch, pattern, technique in crochet

*wear a crochet item out in public

*make a card for other crocheters you know with crochet applique (of course someone mentioned that there is all ready cards... joann's gift card... micheals gift card... ;)

I haven't decided what I'm going to do. Probably crochet like I do all the time LOL. I also crochet in public all the time. That's the main goal to get crochet out there for those who don't know.

*Maybe go to a cafe where you can sit and crochet.

*A park if it's safe, maybe take your family and you crochet.

*Plan a party were everyone brings something and you crochet while taking with people.

Please see Jimbos blog for more on International Crochet Day


Another doily. I used size 3 thread (my favorite).
I started following a coaster pattern and then added some rounds to make it a little larger.

Forgot what size it is, over 10".

Size F hook.
size 3 thread doily

Bath Puff & Cotton Cloth

I used a basic Irish Rose pattern for the bathpuff, but I didn't fasten off and sl st back to the beginning to work the other side (yes it's double sided). I didn't want to fasten off.
The cotton cloth is just single crochet.

These 2 items will be part of a bath set gift for a friend. I saw the yarn and liked the colors.

Peaches & Cream yarn. Can't remember the color, but it has lime green which I liked (and matched my hook I ended up using).

Friday, August 28, 2009

Blue Green Socks

Finished a new pair of socks. Uploading the pictures from my computer not photobucket, which is missing the upload button :(

This is a full picture of them on my feet. Didn't want to take them off.

This is a close up of one. They color stayed pretty close to the same. (the pink cord is the earbuds to my pink MP3 player, a SanDisk Fuze).

Yarn: Bernat Baby Jacquards
Hook: Size D
Pattern: I just made them up. The foot and leg are the basic stitch of (sc, ch 3, sc) in each chain space. Basic afterthought heel.
These are so soft and comfortable. My new favorites.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Skinny Scarf in Burges Lace

Continuing with the Bruges Lace, I made a skinny scarf.

I used Red Heart WW yarn in a green (it was rolled up in a ball, some left over yarn).
Size J hook
Diagram from here:

bruges lace scarf

Close up:
bruges lace scarf close up

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bruges Lace Doily Finished

I started this doily (photos here) and have finished it.

Size 10 thread
Size 8 hook
Pattern started from a photo of an e-bay item (first bruges lace section) and just made up.

bruges lace