Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Birthday presents

I'm dying over how cute these turned out!!
I made a minion hat and tiny fingerless gloves for my cousin's little guy who is turning two. 

I just basically used the same concept as the free minion fingerless glove pattern you can find on I canNOT wait to see him in them! 

I had to share here because I didn't want to spoil any surprises for his mom. And I think she sees all my Instagram and FB stuff. 

Now, I just need to stop at the store and pick up a pair of 2yo thin mittens to fit under the fingerless mitts for his trip to WI for Christmas. 

Hopefully, I will be able to get pics of him. He is so kissable and cute. 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Converse Slippers

The original pattern was written in Finnish. And Handimania posted a picture tutorial and some instructions on their website. (Update 2017: It looks like they have done a Google translate from the original Finnish since I originally translated this.) It took me most of a day, but I got it figured out.

I wrote the instructions down so that I could make them again and I'm sharing with you. 

About 4 oz main color- WW yarn
About an ounce white- WW yarn
G hook
Large eye needle for weaving ends

With white-
Row 1- Ch 3, join to make a circle, ch2, 12dc in circle. Join with sl at to 1st dc. 
Row 2- ch2, 2dc in each dc around (24) join
Row 3- ch2, (1dc in 1dc, 2dc in next) around. Join (36)
Row 4- ch2, dc in each dc. (36) cut white, join with main color. 
Row 5-8- ch2, dc in each dc, join (36)

Row 9- ch3 (cts as dc), dc in 13 dc. Leave remaining unworked. 
Row 10-20- ch3, dc in each dc. Finish off. Weave end. 

Row 9- rejoin with last dc of tongue with a ch3, dc across to the other side, dc in am sp as ch 3 from tongue. (24)
Row 10-12- ch3 (cts as dc), dc in sm sp (increase), dc in each across, 2dc in last dc (increase). 
Row 13- ch3, make increase, dc in 13dc, 2dc in next, dc in 14dc, increase in last dc. 
Row 14- ch3, dc in each
Row 15-17- repeat rows 10-12.
Row 18- ch3, increase, (dc in 9dc, 2dc in next) 3 times, dc in 7dc, increase in last. 

This is where you can customize the length. Try it on if you can. 22 rows gives you an 11-1/4" foot. 
Row 19-22- ch3, dc in each dc. 
Cut leaving a long end. Whip stitch your slipper end together. 

Shoe edging:
Join with slip stitch in the base of the tongue where you join for the shoe- ch1, 2sc in each row end around, sl st to join join space on opposite side. 

Ch1, turn, skip sl st, sc in each sc, join with sl st in sm sp as original join. Cut, weave in ends. 

Star circle:
Row 1- Ch 3, 12dc in 3rd ch from hook, join
Row 2- ch3, 2dc in each. (24)
Row 3- ch1, (sc in 1dc, 2sc in next) around. Join. (36)

Embroider with black. 

With white
Ch 151, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each. 

Weave in and out like shoelaces in the big holes left on the side where you put sc in row ends. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Packer Afghan Featured on Ravelry!

My mind is blown! Ravelry featured my Packer Afghan on their "where my stitches at?" on November 15th. I didn't even know it until I opened up Ravelry to look at a pattern I want to make, and noticed over 60 messages in my mailbox. Thank you to everyone who has left a comment! I appreciate it!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Bizzy Crochet FB Page 1500 LIKES Giveaway!

Hey all! 
I'm having another giveaway! Bizzy Crochet's FB page has finally hit 1500 LIKES, so I am giving away a fun prize package with some yarn, a book, and some fun crochet tools like a hook, a stitch marker and some buttons. 

(Just a hint...the tab button is your friend. Use it to get to the orange button. Don't ask me why it acts like that, it just does.)

The only requirement to be eligible to win the prize package is that you are a "liker" of Bizzy Crochet's FB page! There is also a "bonus" entry for you if you like my Instagram page too! :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Crochet Beans the Kitty

This kitties name is "Cinnamon".

Crochet "Beans" the Kitty Pattern

G hook/red heart super saver yarn

R1- ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch. don't join. 
R2- 2 sc in each (12)
R3- 2 sc in each (24)
R4- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) around (36)
R5- sc in each
R6- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) around (48)
R7-9- sc in each. 
R10- (sc in 4sc, sc dec) around, (40)
R11-12- sc 
R13- (sc in 3sc, sc dec) around. (32)
R14-15- sc
R16- (sc in 1sc, sc dec) around, sc in last 2. (22)
R17-18- sc in each. Don't cut. 
Stuff plump. Pinch top together and sc through both thicknesses. Cut. Tuck end. 
Cut a long piece & with lg eye needle, start at the bottom, push up to one side of the finish row in the center- go over the finish row and push needle through to the bottom. Tie snugly, indenting the head to make ears. 
Embroider a pink nose. Eyes use black or white or whatever you have on hand. 

Tail: ch 22, sc in 2 ch from hook, sc in each ch. (21)
Cut leaving a long end and sew to butt. 

Kitty Knits

     I've been on a "kitty" kick for the past two days. I found this adorable pattern by Linda at Natural Suburbia and I've just gone kitty crazy! It takes me about an hour to make one. It uses so little yarn that I have been using bits from my "ball stash". They are great little stash busters. 

     The most fun part of this for me has been naming them. The original pattern done by Linda was named "Beans". I adopted that same name for the first little guy I made (first picture). When I started using other colors, they needed other names. I had my friends on Bizzy Crochet's FB page help me name one of the kitties...which I called Paprika, but there were so many cute names I decided that I needed to make a kitty for each name. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the list. 






"Cherry" and "Pumpkin"

Size 6 dpns, a little ball of yarn, and some fluff....THE CUTE IS RIDICULOUS!

 Once is the pattern.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Finished Mushroom Purse

I finished what I call my 'mushroom bag'. I used fall tone acrylic yarn that I purchased on clearance. Then I lined it with an adorable cotton blend mushroom patterned fabric. I added a chunky wooden button and wooden handles. I love the way it turned out, and I can hardly wait to give it to my friend for her birthday. 

The original pattern is in this issue of Simply Crochet-UK, which you can get as a download online or through the newsstand app on iPhone. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chubby Minion Pattern

I promise a better picture (and pattern) of this guy later. But, I wanted to get the pattern up and shared. I know there are a ton of Minion patterns out there already. I'm really not trying to beat a dead horse, I just struggle following other people's patterns. And, I'm not fond of going through the hassle of making a separate pair of pants when I can just crochet them right in. If the "line" where the colors meet bothers you...then do a slip stitch row in blue across them from one strap to the other. This will cover up the color change and create a "straight" edge to your bibs. 

This little guy is very easy and only takes one or two episodes of my TV shows to work up. 

Chubby Minion
by Elizabeth Mareno 2013

1 oz yellow WW (RHSS, Hobby Lobby, etc)
1 oz blue WW
scraps of white, black and gray
polyester fiberfill
large eye needle for assembly
H hook

Finished height: approximately 6-7"

Body starting with yellow:
R1- Ch2, 6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)
R2- 2sc in each (12)
R3- (sc in 1, 2sc in next) repeat (18)
R4- (sc in 2sc, 2sc in next) repeat (24)
R5-7- continue to add 1 stitch between increases until you have (sc in 5sc, 2sc in next) (42)
R8-13- sc in each 
**Change to blue**
R14-17- sc in each
R18- (sc in 5sc, sc dec) repeat (36)
R19- (sc in 4sc, sc dec) repeat (30)
R20-23- continue decreasing pattern each row until you reach (sc dec) repeat (6) 
**Start stuffing at row 21 or so** Finish off after row 23. Leave an end long enough to close the bottom securely.

Legs starting with black:
R1-2- repeat body pattern
R3-4- sc in each
**Change to Blue**
R5-8- sc in each
Finish off, stuff and sew to the bottom

Arms: with yellow
R1- repeat body
R2- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) repeat (9)
R3-12- sc in each
Finish off, stuff and sew to sides with ends flattened so they move up and down. (Don't stuff them as full as I did on the one in my picture. He looks like he's in a "Strong Man" competition.)

Bib straps with blue:
R1- ch13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch. Cut and sew to body above arms as shown in the picture. The strap should naturally "curve".

Eye starting with white:
R1-2- repeat body pattern. Cut white after row 2. 
**Join with gray**
R3- (sc in 1sc, 2sc in next) repeat (18).  Do not cut!
R4- working around the posts of row 3, with the right side facing you, sc around the posts of each sc on row 3. This will create the raised edge of his goggle. You could sc another row on top of this row if you like a deeper goggle. 

**Embroider pupil in with black. Embroider a smile with black.**
**Slip stitch a goggle strap around his head with black**
**Cut two 4" strands of black and latch hook them to the top of the head for "hair"**

Let me know how you like him if you try him out! Btw, I made this little guy to give to my boss for Boss' Day since I'm his little minion. LOL

Monday, October 14, 2013

Packer Football Afghan

Here is the latest football themed afghan that I have had the privilege to make for some friends of mine. This one is done in Packers colors. I just wanted to share a completed project on here. I'm working on becoming a better blogger. lol

Pattern Information: The book name is Annie's Favorite Special Occasions Crochet Projects put out in 2000. I know it can be found on and other places that sell books. It usually ranges anywhere from $20-$60 depending on the seller. I have contacted Annie's about permission to share the pattern since it is out of print, but their answer to me was that they would like to reserve the right to share it themselves, which I respect. The problem is they aren't sharing it, even for individual pattern sale. (Which they would make a killing on if they would just do that.....just in case Annie's is paying attention.) So, the best I can tell you is to find it on Amazon or some other book selling site and decide whether or not this pattern is worth the cost. Other than that, I have no information on how to get it. 

Friday, February 08, 2013

Bizzy Crochet has a WEBSITE!!

It has finally happened! Bizzy Crochet has a website. I am going to start working my patterns over to the website bit by bit. Many of my patterns were written as blog posts, so now I have to convert them to .pdf's so that they are more easily accessible to all of you. Eventually, I will move all of my operations over to the website, including my blog. Come visit and sign my guestbook! Let me know what, if anything, you would like to see in the new place!

Friday, January 25, 2013

What Was I Thinking?

It's official. I hate college. I ask myself almost every day.."What were you thinking??"

I know what I was thinking:
1) I want a degree to better my job choices/opportunities.
2) I want a degree, because I never finished the first time I went to college and I have always felt like a failure.
3) I want a degree so that I can show my children it can be done no matter what age you are.
4) I, specifically, want a business degree to enhance my entrepreneurial spirit.

Reasons I keep talking myself out of quitting:
1) What kind of example would I be setting for my kids?
2) Even though I keep saying 'what's the big deal about having a degree?', I know deep down in my heart it will actually improve my life.
3) I REFUSE to EVER pay another student loan back without a degree to go with it.
4) I feel like I've come too far to give up!

My last block of classes was ridiculously stressful. I was working the full-time job from hell, and trying to keep up with my Etsy Christmas orders, all while trying to be this amazing college student. Let me just say this:


I now have a part-time job with absolutely no stress involved. I had 'difficulties' with a bad attitude towards one of my professors last block. This block I am humbling my pride and letting my critical thinking professor, who is younger than me, polish my edges and help me get better through his critiques. Boyyyy, is that hard. My flesh doesn't want to work that hard. This degree is going to have blood stains on it by the time I get done, but I'm getting it.

As with everything in life, it's all about attitude.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 Featured Another Pattern! Yay! has come out with another cool, FREE e-book and they have featured my Faeries pattern (page 20- Fairy Tales Baby Blanket) as one of the 17 Colorful Afghans!

Woohoo! Thanks All Free Crochet!! 

I know I'm inspired by all of the colorful afghans in this e-book! Can't wait to get started making some "Colorful Circle in a Square" granny squares!

And a "Stained Glass Motif" blanket....

OH! And that "Blackberry Salad Striped Afghan"!!....or am I just hungry? Nope, I want to make the afghan! LOL

It's a win, win with this book!!

Facebook 1,000 LIKE Giveaway Update

The winner of the 1,000 LIKE Giveaway was announced on January 15th on my Bizzy Crochet FB Page, but my winner has not contacted me yet. So, I figured that I had better post her name here to give her a fair chance to collect her prize. 

BRENDA B.  WON!! :) She commented on my 1,000 LIKE Giveaway post at 7:16pm (that's all the info I have). If you are Brenda B, please email me: bizzycrochet (at) hotmail (dot) com with your valid mailing address and full name. Thank you!!

I will hold your name as the winner until January 25th, at which time I will redraw for a new winner.