Sunday, May 28, 2017

Toy hammock net

My kid has a plethora of stuffed animals. Like, that's her thing, and we have about a million of them in our small home.

One day, I decided that I needed to do something about them all, and I put together a toy hammock for them.

It turned out well, looked pretty, and keeps our home a little less cluttered. Win!

Here are some (typically rough) instructions that I used

Toy Hammock Net

Cotton yarn
Size I hook

Ch 6, sl at to make a loop. Ch 125, then ch 6 again, and make another sl st loop as at the beginning.

Ch 4, sk 2 ch below, dc in next ch, ch 2, sk 2 ch below, dc in next ch. continue across.

Ch 4, sk next loop, dc in next loop. Ch 2, dc in next loop. Continue across. Repeat this row to end of hammock. (Pattern automatically decreases by one in each row). 

Make another ch 6 sl st loop, finish off.
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Don't be fooled. This is only about 1/4 of the number of stuffed animals that reside in our home.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scripture Carrier

My husband and I are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the things that we do in our faith is that our children aren't baptized until they are eight years old. My daughter had looked forward to the day that she would be baptized for years and years, and to celebrate the day, we decided to give her her very own set of scriptures.

Knowing that she would need something in which to carry them, I decided that I'd try my hand (literally-ha ha) at making her a scripture carrier.

Here's what I eventually came up with:

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Use size G hook and cotton yarn

Granny Square, make 14

Chain 4 and join in a circle, then using hdc, and two-stitch "shells"' with one ch in between each one, make 4 rows, one with 4 shells, one with 8, one with 12, and one with sixteen. Finish off.

Stitch or sc squares together in panels, three panels of two squares each and two panels of four squares each.


For each panel, make a corresponding swatch of the same size, using sc rows, bordered with one round of sc. When complete, sc each lining swatch to corresponding square panel.


Use the three 2-square panels as bottom, and side panels of bag. Use the two 4-square panels as front and back of bag. Sew all panels together in this manner. To "square up" top corners, use ribbon, rope, or chain/sl st "ropes", and run a small piece through the top of each corner, securing each with a know or a bow.

Carry Strap
Switch to size F hook.
Ch 200, being careful not to twist ch, join.
Rnd 1, sc in each chain, join, ch 3
Rnd 2, dc in each chain, join, ch 2
Rnd 3, sc in each dc, join.
Rnd 4, sl st in each sc around, join, fasten off
Join yarn in any foundation chain, sl st in each ch around, join, fasten off.

Make lining (strengthener) for strap using sc in rows and borders as with panels. Sc to strap.

Secure strap to bag by placing in long skinny oval across bottom of bag, and bringing sides up to form handles. Tack in place on bottom, and at top and bottom of front and back panels. 

Strengthener of bottom panel

Cut a piece of thick cardboard to the dimensions of the inside bottom panel of bag. Using sc, crochet a "cozy" around cardboard, sewing up,both ends with cardboard inside. Place in bottom of bag.

Add snaps, buttons, zippers, and other embellishments as desired.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

WIP May edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • 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
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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
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  • 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.
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  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)

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