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I am 42. I am married to the love of my life. Together we have two beautiful young adults who bring me joy everyday. Secretly, I'm counting the years till grandbabies start coming; they just need to find their forever loves first. We have lived in Florida for 3 years (transplanted from WI) and we finally love it. I graduated with my AA in Business Foundations from UoPhoenix in February 2014! Yay, me!

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Free Pattern!! Paddle Wheel Crochet Dishcloth!

Wow, did I drop the ball on this one!

My new Paddle Wheel Dishcloth pattern has been available for weeks now and I totally forgot to post it on here! Where has my head been??

So, without further ado....here is the Paddle Wheel Dishcloth Pattern




Happy Crocheting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NEW FREE Pattern! Rastafari Slouch Hybrid Hat- Knit/Crochet Combo!

I came up with this hat close to Christmas and I am just now getting it put up for everyone. It uses both knit and crochet- so you will need to know how to do both to make this pattern. Otherwise, it's very simple and beginner friendly. 





Chutes & Ladders Infinity Scarf Pattern coming soon!!

Comparing Cottons

I looked up Knit Picks cotton yarn today because I got an email about something-something...cotton yarn...something-something. I know, specific right? 



But, they have a fantastic color selection, so I went to look. The first balls of cotton yarn I saw were the Comfy pictured above. They are only 50g for $2.99. That seemed somewhat expensive for me considering I can get super soft "I Love This Cotton" (approx 85g to 99g depending on the color)  from Hobby Lobby for $3.29/skein, pictured below. 



To my $ sensibilities it looked pretty no-win for the Knit Picks. However, I noticed they had a yarn called Dishie, picture below. 



From a distance, the shape of the ball gives the illusion that it is the same scratchy cotton as Sugar n Cream. However, upon closer inspection of the picture, you can see that it has the same silky texture that the "I Love This Cotton" has. It is also a much bigger skein of yarn than the Comfy at 100g, and very close in size, if not a tiny bit bigger than the ILTC. It costs $3.99...$.70 more a skein than Hobby Lobby's brand...but, the color palette is so bright (even thought there are only 28 colors between the solids and variegated's). I'm going to have to give some serious thought to purchasing some Knit Picks cotton. I have been slobbering over Knit Picks for about 7 years now, and the only thing I have gotten from them is my ball winder. (The one and only time my husband bought me a birthday present that was a complete surprise and something I really, really, really wanted.) Besides, I think I would really like to start custom dying some yarns for my own uses. I hate it when people have very specific color requests and you can't find anything like what they want without having to use two separate yarns together. 

If anyone has any experience with Knit Picks, I would love some advice!

Friday, April 04, 2014

New Knit Design! Fuzzy Warmers for your legs!


Unfortunately, you can count how many knit patterns I have available on one hand. It's taken me some time to work through learning all the intricacies of which way the different decreases twist, and which ways your cables lay when you go between front and back cables. Just lots of technicalities that seemed so much less confusing in crochet. 

But, now, I think I've "got this"! I present to you my Fuzzy Warmers Pattern. These were created as a Christmas gift for my niece (she's the model in the first picture). They turned out so cute, I knew I needed to write the pattern up. They feature chunky cables that swirl toward each other. There is a lot of stretch to these. They fit best up to an XL leg. 

You can purchase the pattern HERE. Thanks for all your support!



Thanks Theresa P for testing this pattern for me!


Thursday, April 03, 2014

Works in Progress and Completed Projects

Today's post is all about my Works in Progress and a couple of completed projects. 

The Yellow Blanket is Done...and should actually be delivered in Minnesota today! 
Unless FedEx lied. The yellow blanket is for the youngest of my brother's kids. 


These next two afghans are next in the series I am making for my nieces and nephews. The ripple afghan pattern comes from the Crochet Club. It's called the Wavy Ripple


I am making this one in Orange, Pink, and Neon multi for my brother's second youngest child, Lizzie (my name's sake).  It is very bright and for some reason every picture I see of it online looks so bright it's almost fuzzy. I promise it is easier on the eyes in person. I am very close to finishing this one, but I needed a little boredom buster project, so I started on my nephew's blanket. 



I am winging it on Sam's blanket. He's 14 and I just wasn't sure of what he liked other than the color green and guitars...and drums. I wanted his blanket to be manly, but still fun. And I wanted it to have a "graphic" feel to it. I am also aiming for each child's blanket to be completely original and nothing like any of the blankets their siblings receive. Everyone assures me he's going to love it. To me, it resembles a turtle's shell. However, it could also have a bit of a drum set feel to it, too. This picture shows Phase One. I think Phase Two might change the look up quite a bit, and maybe it will lose some of it's turtleness. The hexagons are quite large at 10" from flat side to flat side. I'm not even sure what they are point to point. I'll write up and share the pattern when I finish it. 


Some other projects that I have completed are two sets of Minnie Mouse newborn photo props. Turns out I didn't really get any decent pictures of them completed. Here you see the full set, but the little Mary Jane shoes don't have their buttons yet. I purchased this set from Stephyscrochet on Etsy. I LOVE this pattern. She did a great job with it ( I especially love the shoe pattern!). There are lots of pictures to help you assemble things properly, and her instructions are complete. Unfortunately, you cannot say that about all indie designers, but kudos to you Stephany for putting out a great pattern! If you all have known me for any length of time, you know I don't like purchasing patterns if I can help it. This set is worth it, so give her a visit! 

Ok, y'all...that's my last two weeks in a nutshell. Tah for now! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Yellow Blanket

I've been working on the Double Diamond baby afghan pattern by Bernat. I used worsted weight yarn and a size I hook to increase the size of my squares. 

This is for my nephew, Josey. He asked for a yellow afghan for Christmas, but I didn't have time to get one done. Instead, I sent him a car pillow and a promise that a yellow afghan would be following. My sister-in-law, who is good at making me feel guilty..LOL..let me know he's been waiting patiently for his afghan. Thankfully, I started this afghan before she said that, so I felt like I was slightly ahead of the game. 

Anyway, I actually "finished" it, but then I measured it. It was only 42" x 42" and Josey is already 46" tall. So, that's not going to work. I am currently working on some "afghan extensions" to increase the length to at least 52", more if I have enough yarn. I will post more pics when I am done. 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Still obsessed with dishcloths


Yes, I'm still obsessed with dishcloths. So obsessed, in fact, I dug into my pattern book and found a dishcloth pattern I designed last year and forgot to release. (It was a busy year) This one is called Paddle Wheel Dishcloth because it reminds me of the paddle wheel on a river boat. I started the design as a wagon wheel from a covered wagon, but as it worked up it morphed into a paddle wheel instead. Either way, I like how it looks. It uses very little yarn and is only 6-1/2" from side to side. Not everyone is in love with big 9" dishcloths, I'm not. I like something that fits in my hand and squishes up nicely. This one has the added benefit of "scrubby ridges". 

Paddle Wheel Dishcloth is currently in testing. I will get all the feedback, notes, and pictures put into a nice, neat package available on March 15th as another free Bizzy Crochet pattern! :)

Blessings!!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Green Leaf Hat - New Free Pattern!!


Head on over to Bizzy Crochet's website to get the free .pdf pattern! 
Or copy and paste from here: 

Materials:
2-3 oz worsted weight yarn (used Red Heart Super Saver)
1 oz or less sport wt yarn  for flowers
H hook (F Hook for flowers)
Lg eye needle for assembly

Gauge H hook: 4 rows dc x 8 stitches= 2”x 2”

Instructions for Hat:
With H hook and worsted yarn.
Row 1: ch4, join to make a circle, ch3 (does not ct as dc), 12dc in circle, join with sl st to first dc. (12)
Row 2: ch2, 2dc in join and each dc around. Join with sl st to first dc.(24)
Row 3: ch2, dc in join, 2dc in next, (dc in next, 2dc in next) around. Join with sl st to first dc. (36)
Row 4: ch2, dc in join, dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 2dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (48)

SIZE 0-3 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 12 times, join with sl st to first sc. (12 fans)
Row 6: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 11 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (12 dc, 12 sc)
Row 7: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 11 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (12 fans)
Repeat Rows 6 & 7 until hat measures 6” long, ending with Row 7.

SIZE 3-6 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, hdc in join and next 4 dc, 2hdc in next dc, (hdc in 5dc, 2hdc in next) around. Join. (56)
Row 6: ch1, (sc in hdc, sk 1, 5hdc in next hdc, sk 1) 15 times, join with sl st to first sc. (14 fans)
Row 7: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 14 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (14 dc, 14 sc)
Row 8: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 14 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (14 fans)
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 until hat measures 6.5” to 7” long, ending with Row 8.

SIZE 6-12 INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, dc in join and next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 3dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (60)
Row 6: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 15 times, join with sl st to first sc. (15 fans)
Row 7: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 14 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (15 dc, 15 sc)
Row 8: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 14 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (15 fans)
Repeat Rows 7 & 8 until hat measures 7.5” long, ending with Row 8.
   
CHILD/ADULT INSTRUCTIONS:
Row 5: ch2, dc in join and next 2 dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 3dc, 2dc in next) around. Join. (60)
Row 6: ch2, dc in join and next 3dc, 2dc in next dc, (dc in 4dc, 2dc in next) around. Join (72)
Row 7: ch1, (sc in dc, sk 1, 5dc in next dc, sk 1) 18 times, join with sl st to first sc. (18 fans)
Row 8: ch4 (cts as dc + ch1), (sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, dc in sc, ch1) 17 times, sk 2dc, sc in next, ch1, sk 2 dc, join with sl st to 3rd ch.  (18 dc, 18 sc)
Row 9: ch3, 4dc in sm sp (fan made), (sc in next sc, 5dc in next dc) 17 times, sc in next sc, join with sl st to first ch3. (18 fans)
Repeat Rows 8 & 9 until hat measures 8” to 8.5” for child/8.5” to 9.5” for adult, ending with Row 9.

CONNECTED TRIPLE FLOWER:
With F hook and sport weight yarn (larger hooks and yarn just make bigger flowers)
Flower 1: ch4, join to make a circle, (ch2, 2dc in circle, ch2, sl st in circle- Petal Made) make a total of 5 petals. Do not cut or detach the yarn in any way.
Flower 2: ch4, join to make a circle, **when you join the circle, it’s going to feel like the first flower is in the way, just keep turning your flower until the circle is facing you the right way and work into it** Make 5 petals in the circle.
Flower 3: repeat Flower 2.

This will come out in a bit of a “clump”. It can either be left in a bunch when you sew it to the hat, or straightened out like the original picture shows. You can also keep going and create a flower border. It’s up to you.