Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WIP July Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
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Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Make stuffed animal cocoon for Heather
  • make a beard beanie for Nader (Notre Dame colors)
  • Make a few hats for Chris P at work
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  
  • make dress for Heather, as well as gloves
  • get pics taken of flower ear warmers, list in shop
  • Restock gloves, black, packer (green, gold, white) and any others that are sold out
  • Do iPad covers (mini and regular)
  • 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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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WIP May edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
salu stocking photo IMG_4131.jpg

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Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Make stuffed animal cocoon for Heather
  • make a beard beanie for Nader (Notre Dame colors)
  • Make a few hats for Chris P at work
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  
  • make dress for Heather, as well as gloves
  • get pics taken of flower ear warmers, list in shop
  • Restock gloves, black, packer (green, gold, white) and any others that are sold out
  • Do iPad covers (mini and regular)
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
 photo baby dress.jpg

  • 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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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Cable Crochet Ear Warmers Pattern

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Since I was in ear warmer mode, I went ahead an made up another one--this one to coordinate with my signature fingerless glove pattern.

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Cable Crochet Ear Warmers

Size G crochet hook

Ch 34

Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, *sc in end of row, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, sc in same st as * hdc in next free loops of ch, hdc in last free loop. *Sc in end of row, ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, sc in same st as here*, sl st in first sc. Finish off.

Rnd 2: hdc in next sc, dc in next sc, *fptrc in next 2 dc on other side of foundation ch, sk 2 sc behind, dc in next 3 sc, rep from *4 times, fptrc in next 2 dc on other side of foundation ch, sk 2 sc behind, dc, hdc, and sc in next 3 sc, sc in the next 10 free loops of the ch 11 you made in Rnd 1. Sc in end of row, sc in next 10 sc, sc, hdc, dc, in next 3 st. *Fptrc in each of next 2 fptrc, sk 2 st behind, dc in next 3 st, rep from * 4 times, fptrc in next 2 fptrc, sk 2 sc behind, dc, hdc, sc in next 3 st, sc in next 2 sc and the next 11 free loops of the ch 11 you made in rnd 1, sc in end of row, sc in next 10 st, sl st to beg ch 2.

Rnd 3: ch 2, hdc in next st, dc in next st (*), sk next st, fptrc in next st, then fptrc in skipped st, "X" made. Sk 2 st in back of "X" just made, dc in next 3 dc, rep from * 4 times, sk next st, fptrc in next st, then make "X" in last fptrc group, dc, hdc, sc in next 3 st (*) sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, hdc in next st, dc in next st, rep from (*) to (*) 1 time, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sl, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st to ch 2.

Rnd 4: Ch 2 hdc in next 31 st, sc in next 10 sc 2 sc in next sc sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc, hdc in next 31 st, sc in next 13 2 sc  in next sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc, sl st to ch 2.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, sc in the next 106 st ch 4 sc in next st 2 sc, 4 sc in loop just made, sc in next 11 sc, sl st to ch 2, finish off.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ear Warmer Pattern

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I've dabbled a bit here and there with ear-warmers, but up till now, had never worked up a pattern that really felt right. But, a month or two ago, I started working with a pattern in the round, with varying stitches, and it finally felt good enough to pursue.

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So, here it is, in all it's "Charlotte-ese" crochet language glory. I call it the . . .

Crossing Lines Ear Warmer Pattern
(!!!! Catchy eh? I'm just full of unique titles over here)

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Size G Hook

Chain 34

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

Round 1-Ch 2, Hdc in same st, make 15 dc "X"s 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, make 15 doc "X"s in next 30 sc's. Hdc in next sc, *sc in next st. Ch 13, sc in 3rd ch from hook and next 10 st, sl st in same st as this * End row.

Round 2- Ch 2, Hdc in same st, Hdc in each st across to "tail" (32 st). 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, Hdc in same st, Hdc in each st across to "tail" (33 st). Sc in next 11 free loops of ch, sc in end of row and in next 11 sc, sl st to beginning.

Round 4- Ch 2, Hdc in same st and in next 2 sc's. Make 13 dc "X's" in next 26 st, Hdc in next 15 sc's, 2 Hdc in next sc, 1 Hdc in next, 2 Hdc in next, Hdc in next 15 sc's, make 13 dc "X's" in next 26 sc's, Hdc in next 14 sc's, 2 Hdc in next sc, 1 Hdc in next 2 Hdc in next. Hdc in next 9 sc's, sl st to end.

Round 5- Ch 2 Hdc in same st and next 33 st, *sc in next 11 Hdc, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in next st,*  sc in next 11 st  Hdc in next 34 sc's rep from * to * sc in next 8 st, sl st to beginning.

Round 6- ch 2, sc's in same st and in next 110 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.

FLOWER
Ch 4, join in a circle, ch 4, sl st in circle made, repeat 5 times, six "petal frames" made

Sc, hdc, dc, hdc sc in first "petal frame", repeat in next 5 frames, sl st to first frame

Sl st around post between frames, ch 4. Repeat from beginning 5 times, sl st around first post

Sc in first ch 4 sp, dc 4 times, sc. Repeat in next 4 ch spaces, sl st to beginning, finish off

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WIP- April Version

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • Go through blog, clean up draft and scheduled posts
  • make earwarmer in other colors, write up pattern--both "x" pattern and cabled pattern
  • make a beard beanie for Nader (Notre Dame colors)
  • Make a few hats for Chris P at work
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  
Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • make dress for Heather, as well as gloves
  • Restock gloves, black, packer (green, gold, white) and any others that are sold out
  • Do iPad covers (mini and regular)
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
 photo stockings.jpg
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
 photo baby dress.jpg

  • 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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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Works in Progress--February Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • make earwarmer for Harmony's friend
  • make a beard beanie for dad
  • Restock gloves--black and others?
  • Do iPad covers (mini and regular)
  • Make a few hats for Chris P at work
  • Restock Stockings--make a few patchwork
 photo stockings.jpg
  • Make Earwarmers, print up pattern
  • Make flowers and maroon and hot pink for package decor
  • Make African Flower stockings
  • Make more baby dresses
 photo baby dress.jpg

Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • restock black fingerless gloves
  • restock packer gloves (green, gold, white)
  • restock any gloves that are sold out
  • 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?)
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  












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Friday, January 1, 2016

Plarn, the multi-faceted material

I made this bag ages ago, took pictures of it, and never posted it here. So, better late than never, eh?

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I made it out of plastic grocery sacks, which I turned into plarn, following the directions that I posted here. Once I had the plarn, I followed this pattern  for a box-bottom tote at kaylaksthriftyways.com. I found the pattern easy to follow, and pretty enjoyable.

To be honest, the most time consuming part of it all was making the plarn, but it's a really handy bag and I love it. Although I'm sure it would make a great grocery bag, I use it for swimming mostly, I fold it up and put it inside a large canvas bag along with our suits, sunscreen, etc. Then when we're done swimming and have changed into our street clothes, I wrap the wet suits in a towel and toss them in this bag. It means that I leave the pool with two bags (my canvas bag and my plarn bag), but it also means that I don't end up getting everything in my canvas bag all wet from the suits. It's an awesome solution to what can often be a pesky problem.

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