Sunday, June 26, 2016

I am back!

WOW!!  I started this blog with the best of intentions...to actually BLOG....EPIC fail on my part, mainly because I tried out other avenues and ignored this site...and every other one as a new option popped up.  I am really hopeful that I can actually remained focused and keep this one running...time will tell.

I can't believe it has been almost 5 years since I became The Purple Hooker!  Sometime in August, but I am lousy with dates at time, so...  In that 5 years, I have tried a few methods of selling my items.  I have figured out that I love selling face-to-face at a boothed venue...like the local farmers' market.

While I won't get rich playing with and selling yarn, I have had a lot of fun and made so many friends.  I have learned a lot, and I have tried things I would have never dreamed of....all because I love to play with yarn!


Shoot!  Just the other day I made a deal with a guy on a local buy. sell, trade group.  He wanted a Mexican blanket.  I had one that has been living in a drawer unused for a few years.  He asked me how much I wanted for the blanket, and laughed when I told him I wanted YARN!  If you are reading this, you either know me or you also love playing with yarn, so you can understand this.  Long story short, the blanket is now being loved properly and I have more yarn to play with...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH YARN!! EVER!!  Okay, so MAYBE if you can't walk around the house, THAT might be too much....but probably not...Haahaahaa!!

Hook up and chain on!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Yo-yo bunny!


When I found this pattern, http://www.free-crochet.com/detail.html?code=FC00534&cat_id=326, i downloaded it and waited for the right yarn to come my way.  I like the bunny, but it looks kind of sad in the picture for the pattern.  I decided I wanted my bunny to be colorful and happy!


I decided I wanted red boots to match the red in the yo-yos.  I also opted to use the same yarn and the G hook for collar.  I think it makes him look less formal, and more fun.  I also opted out of using blush on his ears...who needs that mess?!

Either way you make it, this bunny is really fun and incredibly CUTE!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

UGH!!

Well, I have this really great idea to create a page in my blog to "house" links and patterns for gifts under $3.00 and one for under $5.00.  I would love to have a place where inexpensive gift patterns are grouped together.  I would like it to be for patterns where everything from getting the pattern to finishing off is no more than...

You say DO IT, right?!  Well, that's the UGH!!  My husband did some finagling with the settings here, and I can't easily add a new page without his help.  But I never seem to think about this when he is home.

So...I will get the page added one of these days.  Until then, if you have an pattern in mind, let me know and I will make a list.

Wow, I really can post a short note!  

Friday, April 13, 2012

Free pattern for a hanging hand towel using 1 ball of cotton

One of my goals this year was to write a pattern that could be understood and used by others.  I do not believe in charging for a crochet pattern, no matter what it may be for.  It is my belief that I am unable to make the item for everyone who might want one.  I believe that by sharing my "discoveries" with you only enhances both of our crocheting lives.

Below, is a pattern that was intended for Peaches and Cream's Stripes cotton yarn.  It was also tested on the Stripes from Sugar and Cream....and of course, it will work with any and all other cotton yarn.  Please enjoy this pattern.  My intent is too hang these in my guest bathroom, using an antique drawer handle in place of a towel bar.





Hanging Hand Towel


Materials:
1 ball of cotton yarn (I prefer Peaches and Cream Stripes, or Sugar and Cream stripes.) Please see note at bottom.
Size H crochet hook
1 button to match yarn -  1/2 to 1 inch, but Row 53 can be modified to fit any button...We all know how it feels to find JUST that right button, but it is the wrong size.  For smaller buttons DC in place of TR.  

Gauge:
17 rows = 4 inches
15 stitches = 4 inches

Chain 37.

Row 1:
SC in second chain from hook. * Chain 1. Skip next stitch in foundation chain and SC in next stitch.*     
Repeat from * to *, SC in last stitch of foundation chain.  Chain 1 and turn. (the last 2 foundation chains should
have SC in them) (36)

Row 2: SC if first stitch.  Chain one.  *Sc in chain 1 space of previous row.  Chain 1.* Repeat from * to * , SC in last stitch of row. Chain 1 and turn. (36)

Rows 3 through 40:
Repeat Row 2.

Row 41: SC decrease across, chain 1 and turn (18)

Row 42: repeat row 41 (9)

Row 43:  SC decrease in the first 2 stitches,  SC in the next, SC decrease in the last 2 stitches (5 stitches total)

Row 44: SC across; chain 1 and turn (5 st)

Rows 45 through Row 52: Repeat row 44

Row 53: HDC, DC, (TR,TR), DC, HDC (6 stitches total), chain 1 and turn

Row 54 : SC across (6st), chain 1 but do not turn.

Edging: SC evenly down side and around towel, sl st into first SC of Row 54.  Fasten off. 

Note: I have come to the conclusion that all balls of yarn, even by the same brand, are not created equal.  I created 7 towels before now.  All 7 were made by me, using the same hook.  The first 6 towels are identical, down to the amount of tail left to tuck at the end.  Towel 7 ended on a sad note, with the yarn not quite reaching the top of the second side of the towel. 


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Getting Ready for Christmas!

YEP!!  You read that correctly!  It is indeed only March 8, but I am getting ready for Christmas!  Last Christmas, I didn't get everything made I wanted to make.  WHY!?  I didn't give myself enough time!

I have those projects I didn't get finished, to get me started for this Christmas.  I only needed a plan to figure out how to get them all finished!  Or at least WAY more finished than last year...

I have figured out that if I set aside one day a week to work on Christmas projects, I should be ahead of the curve...so long as I quit looking at patterns and adding to my laundry list of projects!  Like THAT will ever happen!!

I decided to do this way back at the beginning of February.  Ever the procrastinator though, I only began DOING this this week.  I began on Tuesday, making a stocking for one of my dogs...I have 3 dogs and 2 cats to make stockings for.  I had so much fun making that first stocking, I can't stop!!  I have a second stocking made, but not put together and a third stocking in the making!  My husband is going to contribute to the stockings by making the little paw pads and attaching them.  They are 2 rows of circle crochet, so a really easy project that will just make the stocking that much more of a special thing!

I set aside a day, and I think I will probably finish my part of the stockings before going on another project!  YES, they are just THAT much fun!!  Even with my YADD, Yarn Attention Deficit Disorder, I have been able to maintain focus on the stockings...despite have found A LOT of other really cool patterns I want to try!

I like easy, fast projects, that give me quick results!  Patience is NOT a word that anyone who knows me would EVER even THINK about using to describe me!  I have a blanket I am making for our queen size bed, that I started back in October.  At this point, working on the thing just frustrates me!  It is SO big, that I can't see the progress!  I pull it out every week or 2, and I might get 5 or 6 rows finished before I get tired of it.  It is just a basic ripple pattern, back loops only kind of blanket.  The yarn is beautiful!  It is an easy pattern, with yarn that I love!  I am not seeing results though, so I am not having fun...but I also can't wait to have the finished product, so I hook along and endure...

Okay, so back to Christmas projects.  Today I am going to make a list of all the people I want to make for, and what items I want to make.  This will HOPEFULLY give me a chance to have a real reason to search patterns for those people left blank!  Who knows, I might even have to ADD people ;-)

I figure if I start with Tuesdays being my day for Christmas projects, that gives me the entire week to finish if I just can't stop!  It will also give me an entire week to stuff that thing away and out of sight if I don't really enjoy it!

So, the pattern for the dog stocking can be found at www.redheart.com, pattern number LW2697 or LW2626 if you want a stocking for you cat!

Here is what my first stocking looks like:

The name on this one was a complete after thought, and done in back stitch.  Embroidery is definitely NOT my strong point, but my little dog won't know or care!  All he will care about is what Santa left in the thing!  He will be glad to know I wrote his name on it so Santa will know which stocking is which!

My other stockings will be a bright pink for Sandy, and a red for Charger.  I opted for a softer white than just the bright white the pattern called for for the bone.  The bright white just said WOW, in my opinion.  I think the softer off-white yarn gives the stocking a much softer, more lived in look!

The cats are going to be a little more "difficult".  Well. not Meisha's, her stocking will be purple.  We have not figured out a color for Matisse's stocking, thinking maybe black with red toe pads for the black cat...who knows though.  The fishies on both will be red.

So, hopefully I will have quite the stash of homemade gifts to give this year, instead of quite the stash of yarn!  Only time will tell...