Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP September Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
  • Flap Hats-sale, also B&R Ful.
  • Slippers for Kendee and Eliza
  • Bearded Hats for Kristi's son, Kaden, and Joanie's boys





Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Restock gloves, black, heather gray
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
  • make more slippers
  • try a new pattern of dishcloths


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new pattern
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Finish plarn bag 
Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Make/Design Beret
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)




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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Crocheted Troll Hat

This will be quick, as I'm blogging when I should be making supper. But, a friend of mine asked me to make her a Troll hat for her infant. Since I was up for a challenge, I headed over to KnottybyNeedles and bought the pattern listed here.

Then, through some trial and error, I worked it up!



And then, since my daughter was so envious, I let her choose some colors out of my stash, and worked one up for her as well.





What can I say? I'm just a softie.




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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Not Crochet--SEWN chapstick holder

So, we all know that I'm not much for sewing. Or, if we don't all know that, we certainly should know that.

However, thanks to my mother, my daughter has caught the sewing bug. Truth be told, it's kind of cool.

And, long story short, we recently acquired a "loaner" of a sewing machine from my mother. It just happens to be the machine that I used to learn to sew all those marvelous years ago. Kind of fun, no?

And, my mom was in town a few days ago, and we took the opportunity to all get a little sewing lesson from the master.



What did we make, you ask?


CHAPSTICK HOLDERS!! Hooray!

And, so that I can remember how to do it, and don't have to keep track of this scrap of paper forever:


I'm writing the instructions here.

Cut two 4 1/2" by 4 1/2" squares of fabric

EITHER: put two squares together with right sides out and zigzag around the edges (to prevent fraying)


OR put two squares together with wrong sides out, stitch down two opposite sides with 1/4" (or less) seam. Turn inside out and finger press seams.




Fold in half with the fabric that you want on the outside of your holder on the outside of your fold.


Place a pin 1 1/2" from the top,


and stitch a 1/2" seam, backstitching at the start and at the end. (the directions on the paper above say to use a 5/8" seam, but I like 1/2" better.)


Turn inside out, making sure seam allowance is open, flat, and in the middle. Then stitch 1/4" across bottom, backstitching at beginning and end.




MAKE STRAP:
Take a scrap of coordinating fabric and EITHER

Fold one side in 1/4" and stitch


Fold other side in 1/4" and stitch


Fold both ends in and stitch


OR

Fold both ends in 1/4", pin, and stitch




Fold strap over, decide how long you want it to be, and give yourself another 1/2" or so, and then snip it.


Pin strap on inside of top of holder, with the loop facing down.


Stitch 1/4" across top, making sure edges of seam allowance touch. Backstitch across entire top.


Snip the top of the strap off, making the strap flush with the edge that you just stitched.


Turn, pushing out corners (we like to use the top of a click pen, with the pen part not being "clicked" out.

Trim up loose threads, put a key ring through the strap, and you're all done!




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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIP July edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Stock up on dishcloths
  • Jenn troll hat
  • Use up fancy yarn-at least some of it
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
  • Hat for Kami-pale pink with navy blue and hot pink
  • Hat for Jessi-Flap hat. Teal where red, lavender where gold.
  • Slippers for Kendee and Eliza
  • Bearded Hats for Kristi's son, Kaden, and Joanie's boys




Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Restock gloves, black, heather gray
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
  • make more slippers
  • try a new pattern of dishcloths


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new pattern
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Finish plarn bag 
Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Make/Design Beret
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP - June

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
  • Vest and Pants for Diane 
  • Secret Cmas project-heather
  • Hat for Kami-pale pink with navy blue and hot pink
  • Hat for Jessi-Flap hat. Teal where red, lavender where gold.
  • Slippers for Kendee and Eliza
  • Bearded Hats for Kristi's son, Kaden, and Joanie's boys
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Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Restock gloves, black, heather gray
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
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  • make more slippers
 photo slippers.jpg
  • try a new pattern of dishcloths


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Finish plarn bag 
Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Make/Design Beret
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)




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Saturday, June 10, 2017

another ear warmer pattern

As I was dabbling around with ear warmers recently, I put together another pattern, this one loosely based on the fingerless glove pattern that I make most of the time. To be honest, I'm not sure how thrilled I am with the pattern as it now stands, but it's a start, and sometimes a start is good enough. Like now, for instance.

Cable Ear Warmers
Size G Hook

Chain 34

Sc in 3rd ch from hook and to end, 32 st

Round 1-Ch 2, Hdc in same st, 30 dc in next 30 loops of chain, hdc in next free loop, *sc in  end of row, ch 13, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 10 ch sc in same stitch as was done here * Hdc in next sc,  dc in next 2dc. * Fptrc in next 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc's. Rep from * 5 times. 30 sc's. Sc in end of row, ch 13, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 10 ch, sl st in same st as this * End row.

Round 2- Ch 2, *dc in next 3 st. Sk next st, fptrc in next fptrc below, go back and fptrc in skipped stitch, first "x" made.  Rep from *  5 times, dc in next 3dc. Sc in next 11 free loops of ch, sc in end and in next 11 sc's, sl st in next sc.

Round 3- ch 2, dc in next 2st, *fptrc in next 2 st, 3 dc in next 3 st, rep from * 5 times, sc in next 11 free loops of ch, sc in end and in next 11 sc's, sl st.

Round 4- ch 2, *dc in next 3 st, fptrc in next 2 st rep from * 5 times. Dc in next 3dc, sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st.

Round 5-ch 2, dc in next 2st. *Sk next st, fptrc in next fptrc below, go back and fptrc in skipped stitch, first "x" made.  Dc in next 3 st Rep from *  5 times. sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st

Round 6. Sc around.

Round 7- ch 2, sc's in same st and in next 106 sc's. Ch 4, turn, sc in next 2 sc's, turn back to front side and 4 sc's into loop just made, sc in next 11 st, sl st to beginning, finish off.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

slipper socks-something new

A bit ago, I was going through my yarn stash, and decided to make some slipper socks with some of my Lion Homespun yarn. I found a pattern that looked promising by Lisa Auch, and went to town.

You can find the pattern I used here.

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I liked working these up, but I'm thinking that using the Homespun yarn made things a bit less "stretchy" than I'd like slipper socks to be. They wear well the first 2-3 times, but then there isn't all that much elasticity holding the socks up.

Maybe I'll try making them again with regular yarn. Time will tell.


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