Monday, December 5, 2011
In October, my 7th graders participated in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. I participated right along with them in honor of Alexandra.
This morning, Alexandra passed away. My heart is broken for her Mommy and her family. All I have are prayers and a wish to hug her Mommy and make the pain go away.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I've been wanting to make a mug cozy for some time note. Honestly, I don't know what's been holding me back. Yesterday, on Tangled Happy, Sarah shared a link to a pattern for the Mug Coaster Cozy. I fell in love with it.
I've nicknamed it the Mug Hug.
Friday, November 4, 2011
I was playing with an idea of making a chain scarf. Essentially, you chain 300 or more for the first row, fasten off and start with a new chain single crocheting every once in a while to the original chain. When you do this, chain after chain you begin to grow the scarf and there is a really fun pattern that develops. I made one and it was adorable. I received a ton of compliments on it, but I wanted a variation on the idea:
Along came the Chain Cowl.
The pattern I made is simple and, honestly, you could do whatever pattern you wanted as long as you follow the basic premise: the pattern must repeat continuously.
Hook: H (does not matter, this is up to you)
Yarn: worsted weight (again, up to you)
Row 1: Chain 120. Single crochet into the first chain to create a circle.
Row 2 : Chain 11. Single crochet into the 12th chain in the first row. *Chain 11, single crochet into the 12 chain over.* Repeat until you reach the original single crochet.
Row 3 and beyond: Single crochet into the very first single crochet stitch in row 2. Chain 11 and single crochet into the next single crochet stitch from Row 2. Continue to repeat this pattern around and around the cowl until it reaches the height you desire. When you reach that point, make a final single crochet, fasten off and weave the ends into the row of single crochets you have made.
While I stopped at row 12, you could continue as long as you like!
The girls loved it and I hope to share their projects soon!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I wanted something fun for my boys. Meet Franken-Lukie
And then, there is the Cat Hat. It's just a little too big for Gracie. Just a little.
Just a little.
It was a bit big for Lukie, too. Not that he minded.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
You can find this pattern on Ravelry under Crochet Jolie. I bought it along with two other patterns and I'm so glad I did. This little spider is incredibly easy to make and I know I will be able to use her on a ton of things: headbands, scarves, hats.
She makes me happy just looking at her!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
It's not that I don't like blankets. I just don't like how long they take. I have a blanket around here somewhere that I started 10 years ago. It is only 50% finished. I find baby blankets and lap blankets much more doable.
I recently spotted a lovely blanket on the Pinterest board of one of the bloggers I read. It was called Vintage Crochet Blanket and the pictures fascinated me. I found the pattern and did something I rarely do: I purchased a pattern for a single item.
I'm on row 6 of this beauty and it looks so much more complicated than it is.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I think it worked! I'm going to have to test it a bit and maybe try a smaller bow, but the Bow Scarf concept works!
One end, there is a puffy bow and, on the other, there is a notch for the bow to fit through. The scarf gets wrapped around your neck and the two ends are connected to create the bow effect.
I'm so excited it worked! Now, to come up with a paten so I can remember how I made it.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I was looking at the flower scarf pattern I shared on Ravelry and contemplating what to make for my neice, Hailey, for her birthday. You see, Hailey is not a flower-type girl. She enjoys bows, but flowers are a little too girly for her.
It got me thinking: Is there a way to make a scarf that has a bow shape on one end and on the other a fastener that would connect the scarf together?
I have this idea in my head and I'm staying up to see if I can accomplish it.
So far, I have the beginnings of the bow end.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Today, I found a pattern with cool spikes and decided to adapt it for my version of a dinosaur hat. The dinosaur hat pattern was a little too young for Lukie, but I think my changes make this hat perfect for him.
|Can you tell he likes it?|
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Front view. I love those X stitches|
I used Peaches 'N Cream yarn which is very similar to the Sugar 'N Cream yarn by Lily. It is a very dense yarn and since this hat is crocheted holding 2 strands, this is a very thick hat. In fact, it is sitting on its side next to me and it is maintaining its shape! Originally, I did not add any embellishments to the hat, but some friends suggested it needed a little more. So, I added a band and crocheted 2 buttons to go on either side.
|Cap without the band and buttons.|
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I found lots of other inspiration on the site and I'm thinking I may make her some more clothes. It made Gracie very happy to be able to put the close on by herself.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Our plan is to teach how to hold your crochet hook, chaining, single crochet stitches, and how to maintain your tension. There may be some frogging in there as well. The goal is that all participants will crochet their very own single crocheted scarf and by class #2, be able to work on a nifty pouch project. The Pouchy Pouch from Maize Hutton's blog, is fantastic because it is created entirely of chains and single crochets. Her original pattern was created using linen yarn and a C hook, but I tested it using worsted weight yarn and a G hook.
Here is the result: a 5 inch tall pouch easily worn under your clothes or on top of them to hold a cell phone, your money (the paper kind) and/or a lip balm.
I made mine like this:
Begin by ch 11.
Sc in the second ch from hook and in each st across (10 sts).
Ch 1 and turn. Sc in each st across (10 sts).
Repeat until you have 32 rows.
See Maize's blog for the folding and stitching of the sides. She explains it the best. As you decide how many to chain for the strap, stop every so often and place it around your neck to see where you would like it to fall. In Maize's pattern, she chained 200 for the strap, but I used significantly fewer, about 110. In retrospect, using worsted yarn, a chain of about 90 would put the pouch in the ideal position for me. You'll need to test this though so that it works for you.
To personalize this more, you could add some sequins or buttons. You could also crochet a fold over flap to close off the top of the pouch. The possibilities are endless!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
One of my twin mom friends wrote to me a few weeks ago about a little girl, just turned 4, who has been rediagnosed with cancer. Cancer. How is that possible? How is it possible that a small child should fight for her life against a disease with no mercy? No child, no person, should ever have cancer. Ever.
Alexandria is brave. Recently, after starting a new round of chemotherapy, her hair started to fall out. Rather than be depressed that she was losing her hair, she asked her mom if she could cut it off instead. If only, I could look at something that devastating as simply a means to a change.
Needless to say, I have been touched by Alexandria's story. I hug Gracie and Luke tighter and pray for her every night. Kris asked me if I would be willing to sell her some hats for Alexandria. I don't sell my hats. I only give them to people I care about deeply. I told Kris that. Then, I asked what Alexandria's favorite color is.
Tomorrow, this box will leave via the mail.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Target has straw bags for $2.50. At that rate, they cost less than a gift bag! Since I have gifts for Gracie and Luke's teachers, I thought these bags would be a great alternative to paper gift bags. Here's the thing: they really needed to be personalized.
So, out came my crochet hook and a number of flowers later, I had the beginnings of two really cute bags. The flowers were sewn on with a tapestry needle and the same yarn used for the flowers.
If you would like to make your own, click here.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I think I'm in love!
Yarn: Worsted Weight
P.S. I took this picture with my new Samsung tablet!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
A while ago, Lucy offered a pattern for her Summer Garden Granny Square. I knew when I saw it that it was something special. A few days ago, I decided to try it and I fell deeper in love. I fell so much in love with the granny square that I decided to create a pillow (my current obsession). The bonus: It's my coworker, Alison's birthday tomorrow and it would make a great present for her.
Just look at what I made:
|See those Granny Squares?|
|These are the true colors.|
|The back was a little different.|
I'm so excited to see her fact tomorrow. These pictures do not do this pillow any justice. It is so lovely!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Isn't it gorgeous?
Next up is Stuart and his wife who are expecting a baby girl in June. I'm trying a flower blanket that is entirely crocheted out of circles. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
My sister, Rebecca, wears towels when she cooks. For her, I made an apron.
|See those Grannies? I designed those!|
For my Mom, I made a small tote bag. I love how the flower turned out!
Finally, for Kristen, I made a large handbag/totebag to match the Nook cover I made her for Christmas.
|See those ruffles? They were an experiment!|
Our first challenge is for Elizabeth. She and her husband are expecting their first child in June. They are planning to be completely surprised about the sex of their child, so Nikki and I decided to go with a palette of yellow, green, aqua and a light red color.
Nikki is making a bird mobile and a bib and I made a blanket. Nikki found a pattern for a beautiful blanket that looks like it took a super-complicated stitch to make. However, it is easy and works up quickly!
Here's the final product!
|Don't you love that border?? That's a reverse single crochet! I didn't even know you could do that!|