Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I won a hook rull up case

From Alice (here's her blog http://craftioergosum.blogspot.com/ )

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I love it. It's very pretty in person.
I put in various hooks to see how they fit. There's a right side large pocket for extras, like scissors.

[Alice, I just picked it up in my PO box, I hardly check that, so if it's been there for a while, I apologize... :blush: ]

Monday, March 30, 2009

First Pair Of Socks

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First pair of socks.

Barnat Sox yarn.

Size c hook.

Pattern crochet today sept oct 2008 issue. very adaptable pattern. I changed the toe amount of stitches and did not do the linked dc on the bottom, it took too long to do and made it looser (or so it seemed), I did dc on the bottom. This pattern requires no sewing but I decided to whip stitch the heel so ther would be no seem. Almost one piece start at toe work cuff fo then attach yarn for heel.

Found the pattern on line (while looking for my next pair pattern): http://www.knitandcrochettoday.com/episodes/pdf/KTV2005C.pdf

Or here http://www.redheart.com/FREEPATTERNS/tabid/118/Default.aspx?patternid=KTV2005C.pdf

I plan on making more socks.

ETA some more info on the socks for those who may want some help:

First I didn’t do the guage, I figured by the time I did that, I would have the toe and part of the foot done and could check that way easier. So that’s what I did. Yes I frogged the first one and made a smaller toe with less increases instead of chainging the hook size. I noticed it said that you could make the toe any size you want (at least I thought so with this part “Try on your toe. It should be almost wide enough to fit around the widest part of your foot. Work an extra round or two if necessary.” I thought it meant more or less increase rows, and really you can do that. I just made sure to divide the foot between the bottom and top. I think my bottom foot even had an extra stitch.


I didn’t do the FSC because mine always end up way too loose and too long. So I just chained a good length for my foot to fit over my heel. Looking at the notes I made, I chained 24, which is what I’ve done on most patterns since too. I just made sure it was even amount to work the pattern stitch.


I didn’t care for the cuff on this, mine ended up really loose. But I can fold it down, so that’s fine. Next time I’d either skip some to make it tighter. But it was fine and a good learning experience.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cut-away Cardi Started

I found a pattern I really like. I even started a CAL for it on Crochetville.

Pattern: http://drgnews.qtrop.com/sc.asp?a=8&q=7402&s=905701&u=http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters/talkingcrochet/pages/TCNL1609_patt1.html

I did my guage and it is a little bigger then what they suggest, but that's okay, the cardi looks form fitting. I don't want that. So I'll make it my size instead of larger.

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I'm using Red Heart TLC Baby, it's a sportsweight yarn in size 3. Using a G hook.

Monday, March 23, 2009

3 Bunnies

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Same as the Orange bunny here http://debbia1.blogspot.com/2009/03/orange-bunny.html and my pink bunny (link in the orange bunny post).

Yellow WW yarn.
Size G hook.
Made up the pattern, but there is one on the web.

Here's all 3 bunnies in their little Easter basket.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Hankie Edging

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I decided to do a hankie edging for me. I use to make these for brides or others who I thought might like them.

I used a man's hankie and just added the femine touch to it.

I used size 10 thread
A size 8 steel crochet hook.
I just made up the pattern. I found the last round in a book I have that has reprinted turn of the century edgings and such.

Found the book: Crochet More Edgings from Turn-of-the-Century Sources, edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot, ISBN: 0916896846, Lacis Publications, 1997, SC 144 pp. [another one I have is: Crochet Edgings & More from Turn-of-the-Century Sources, edited by Jules & Kaethe Kliot, ISBN: 0916896811, Lacis Publications, 1996, SC 144 pp..... and another one I have is: Crochet Edgings & Insertions from Early 20th Century Sources, Eliza A. Taylor & Belle Robinson, ISBN: 0916896803, Lacis Publications, 1996, SC 96 pp. ... I love, love, love looking at these books. ]

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Orange Bunny

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I made another bunny (see my pink one here: http://debbia1.blogspot.com/2009/03/egg-bunny.html ).

This one is done in orange WW yarn with a yellow egg inside of it.
I just made it up from another one I saw (I guess she did the pattern too, but I didn't look at it).
Used an F hook.
I stuffed the head and embroidered the face on.
On this one I did the arms and legs separate and then put them between open stitches and sewed them on. For the ears I did them as I was decreasing on one of the last rounds on the head. I used a crochet cross stitch for the pattern.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sampler Square #7

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I finally, finally finished this one. It's been in my bag for about a week. Mostly because I've been busy, tired, or crocheting something else. And then one time I didn't have the hook with me.

The pattern is called a Snowly Spiral Square because she used blue and white. Here's the pattern: http://www.geocities.com/granniegroup/Snowy_Swirl.html?1012601926280

Same as the other ones (but in case you forgot or didn't see the other squares):
I used RH WW yarn in a Lavendar color.
Size H hook.
It's 12 inches.
I'll be making 20 of these for an afghan.

Moderne Jacket

Finished.

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I used one strand of RH WW yarn in Light Raspberry.
A size K hook.
Pattern is from Lion Brand (free for a limited time as part of their crochet-a-long).

I changed the pattern just a tiny bit. I did a boarder around the edges (except the sleeve). I did a larger boarder around the front because I want going to do the buttons, but decided that it would be too form fitting, so I did a tie.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Sweetheart Ripple Finished !

The entire afghan with both sides you can see :
 
 
Just the heart side:
 
Just the ripple side:
 
And a side showing a close up (wanted to try our my new phone):
 
 
 
 
If you wish to start from the beginning and read my two other posts, here are the links.
 
 
 
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The pattern is available through:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Moderne Jacket Stitch

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This is just a sample of the stitch. I only had my sampler afghan yarn with me so I thought I'd try it. The guage swatch worked perfectly for me. Which I was surprised about. But that's great.

I'm using a Size K hook.
Need to decide on the color of yarn. I will use Red Heart. I'll go tonight and look at the colors. I'm thinking something spring like.

Pattern from Lion Brand's Crochet-A-Long, Moderne Jacket (get the pattern now if you want it).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Scrap yarn afghan started

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Just to do something with all the left over yarn and make it easy on myself by not having 100's of ends to weave in, I started this.

It's just simple double crochet, with an I hook. I just stop using a color when I run out. I think on some I will stop if there's a big knot and it's not worth it to untangle (takes more time then it would to crochet another color).

This is also very relaxing. Something simple but keeps my hands occupied.

And I won't get bored, I finish one color quickly and start a new one. So far I haven't.

I thought the photo was better then this... The bottom color is burgendy, then dark blue, then bright pink, then lanvendar purple, then brown.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sweetheart Ripple Stitch Video

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I made this video using my cell phone and not realizing I could make it longer then 30 seconds, so it stops at 30 seconds. But if you need to do this stitch, you can kind of get an idea of how it's done.

Not the best since I had the cell phone on my lap and crocheting at the same time. And it's on the side... not sure how to fix that...

St. Patrick's Day Angel

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Saw something simlar on Crochetville. The pattern. The angel she had made up was separate parts. I made up this angel about 2 years ago, all in one piece. Not the best pattern, but doable for me.

WW yarn. RH. Size H hook.

Egg Bunny

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Saw something similar on Crochetville so I created my own. I used a real small egg, not the best idea to use with WW yarn. But doable. It's the last of that bright pink (thankfully) because I used the remainder on a scrap yarn afghan I'm making since I finished my sweetheart ripple except for weaving in ends (will post a pic, maybe Thursday).

Just used an H hook, WW yarn, RH.

Old Blue Crochet Sweater

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I crocheted this years ago. I haven't made one since because the sweaters don't turn out all that great. This one, the shoulders fall down easily. The buttons don't keep it closed.

Yep taken with my cell phone in a mirror..

The picture actually looks better in this photo then in real life (unusual, but true).

It was all done in SC in Red Heart WW yarn. It's very warm though. That's why I wear it. I actually have unbuttoned it because it got too hot for me.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Monthly Afghan Ideas

Since I started the Sweetheart ripple I thought about doing an afghan for every month (may take longer, but one for each month). My coworker had a cross stitch leaflet with a cross stitch pattern for each month and each month has a quilt on it. She's done several over the years. So I have some ideas.

January - Snowflake Afghan http://www.artoftangle.com/snowflake.htm
February - Sweetheart Ripple http://www.e-patternscentral.com/det...ification_id=M

Mine:


March - Shamrock square (I have a pattern I wrote up last year and it turned out cute)


April - Butterflies http://www.coatsandclark.com/NR/rdonlyres/24810DAF-0B81-4BB7-AF74-7A6EDBC3E3C6/76175/WR1666.pdf
May - Tulips (not sure yet, there is some quilt pattern somewhere I could proabably use)
June - Double Wedding Ring (started this a loooong time ago, so it's somewhat done) http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/WT1647+Wedding+Ring+Quilt.htm
July - Red, White and Blue (I recently found a RWB leaflet at a second hand store, so maybe one of these or a flag afghan) Or there's this one http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/chs-americanaAfghan.html 
Which I started here:

I did this one for a friend, used 2 strands of yarn, no pattern, so it's an idea for anyone else:

Aug - Flowers http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/WW1002+Flowers+in+a+Row.htm
Sept - Back to School or Home http://happyyellowhouse.com/htm/house.html or maybe even School bus http://happyyellowhouse.com/htm/bus.html
Oct - Harvest of Friendshttp://happyyellowhouse.com/htm/fallghan.html
Nov - Fall Leaves http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Crochet/Projects/AfghansThrows/WR1039+Falling+Leaves+Afghan.htm
Dec - Christmas http://www.coatsandclark.com/cgi-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=497&page_id=15599360&query=wreath&hiword=WREATHS+wreath+

So those are some ideas. If you have a favorite, please put it in the comments section. I would love to hear it. I have my heart set on some (Jan, Feb [since I'm almost done], Mar, June [since that's half done and a favorite quilt pattern of mine], April [maybe, I want a butterfly one though]).

ETA
I changed Aprils because I tried the butterfly square and could not get it... thought I'd try it for my sampler square afghan.

Monday, March 2, 2009

February Scarf

Yea a little late. But it was done (um... a while ago) I just needed to weave in the ends and take a pic.

My March scarf will be the 4 leaf clover scarf, maybe.

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Used RH WW yarn, Dark Plum.
Size 6.00 mm hook, plastic.
Just did it all in half double crochet.

Sampler Square #6

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Flower Box Throw pattern from crochet today mar/apr 2009.

Again I used Red Heart WW yarn in Lavendar.
Size H hook.
Size of square: 12 inches.

4 Leaf Clover & Lucky Penny

I need all the luck I can get, so I created this:

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I couldn't remember how to put in the penny, because I know there are patterns for lucky penny holders (for brides) so I just sewed the back over the penny, although it seems like it could be removed.

Red Heart WW yarn and size H hook.

4 Leaf Clover Scarf

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I decided to try my hand at a 4 leaf clover scarf. Of course since I don't like fastening off, I just did it in one long piece. Just made it up as I went along.
I used Red Heart WW Yarn and a Size H hook.

I think it turned out pretty cute.

Leprechaun Kisses


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Got the idea from a craft site here:
http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/leprechauns/l/bleprkisses.htm

There's a poem that goes with the "kisses" if you choose to give them away.

The Crorchet Pattern pattern fro the kisses is here:

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=26587

Used Red Heart WW yarn in green.

Size F hook.