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...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Yarn! Smell it before you buy it!?

Who would have ever thought to SMELL yarn before you buy it?  We all look at the color, and then we look at the texture.  Then we feel the yarn between our fingers and we either buy it or put it back!  Smelling yarn would most certainly get a few odd looks, right?!

Well, smelling before I buy is likely going to become a practice for me!  I just pulled a ball of cotton from my bin, to make a hat.  The cotton was brought home in the bin, since the bin was purchased the same day.

I was sitting here with the yarn next to me, smelling this odd perfume-like smell; nothing like anything around the house.  I kept wondering what I was smelling.  I picked up that yarn to start on a hat, and I got a very strong whiff of the smell.  I still didn't connect the smell to the yarn, yarn doesn't smell like THAT!!

So I sat here happily crocheting away, all the while wondering what on earth was I smelling!  I reached up to adjust my glasses, and realized my HAND was smelling like the strange smell.  STILL not connecting the dots, I became a bit confused.  Suddenly it hit me that maybe it was the yarn.  I picked up the yarn and smelled...not the dainty little sniff, sniff, but the all out SNIIIIFFFF!!

WHEW!!  It almost knocked me out!  It isn't a bad smell, just a very strong smell.  My yarn smells!!  Well, let me just say that in MY opinion my yarn stinks...

Oh well, nothing a good shower for me and a spin through the washer for the hat won't fix, but SMELL BEFORE YOU BUY!!  :-)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hey, it has only taken me 29 days to post for the first time in 2012!!

Coming off Christmas was quite an experience for me, as I can imagine for any of you made Christmas gifts.  I don't think I started early enough to get everything done, so starting in February, I am going to come up with some sort of plan...hopefully one that will help me finish gift projects throughout the year, and feel less like a yarn machine this coming Christmas season!

I made a few stockings, some just very simple granny squares folded in half and trimmed.  I made these for a nursing home, and filled them with candy canes and chocolate and a little piece of paper celebrating the birth of Jesus.  They were a smashing success, I got rave reviews on that project.

I made some more complex stockings, that can be hung for Santa to fill.  These were not only fun to make, but they ended up looking incredible!  The best part of being a hooker is that I can make things in colors that I want.  I made a green and orange stocking for my husband for work, in the company colors!  When was the last time you were in a store and saw a green and orange stocking?  I also put his name on it!  Yeah, hooking has it advantages!!

I made a few hats, some were Christmas gifts, some were chemo caps.  Again, these were made not only with love, but to fit the person receiving them.  I made some really wild colored hats, along with the more subdued monochrome look.  I just let the yarn flow and whatever came out, I went with it!

I made some stuffed turtles.  That was a whole ordeal and adventure in and of itself!  I have been collecting Amigurumi patterns for a long time, thinking I would venture into that area eventually.  Then I saw all the little stuffed turtle patterns out there!  I am not usually a fan of things turtle, but I HAD to make a turtle!  Once I made one, people wanted it!  In fact, my second turtle, that I had clipped to my purse, ended up going home with a pair of 2 year old twins...Each little guy would look at my turtle and say, "NAME'S turtle!"!  How could I NOT let them have it after that!!


Well, those are my highlights of gifts...

I could go on and on here about what I have been making this year.  I will save it though. I don't want to bore you, plus it will give me an incentive to come back and post some more ;-)

Til the next post, I will be hooking away...