Sunday, August 30, 2015

Afghan 5th Week

Well it seems that I'm getting there! The afghan is now 35 inches long and is covering almost half of my bed. I think I might have it done before the weather turns cold. Do you think so?

I have run out of one of the yarn colors, the golden brown one, and our local store hasn't had that shade in weeks. I think I'll have to make do with the colors that I have for now.

I have decided that when I finish the afghan I will be doing a scalloped edging all the way around it, just to give it a finished look. What do YOU think?  Or should I do just a plain edging around it?

Back to crocheting!

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More Hooks, More Grips

I previously wrote about the cushion grip I made for the crochet hook that I'm using for my afghan. You can check out the post HERE.

I bought a new, smaller hook the other day and today I decided that I better make a grip for it too. Then this evening I made one for my biggest hook. Here is a photo of the 2 new grips.

The smaller one in the front is the new hook.
Here is a photo of all 3 of my hooks with their new cushion grips or cozies as some like to call them.

I'll definitely have to make more as I acquire new hooks. This is only the beginning.
Back to crocheting!

Until next time!

Crochet Patterns I Love

Since re-learning how to crochet I have run across a bunch of beautiful patterns that I just HAVE to try someday.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I love owls. This owl pattern is SO cute! I have GOT to try it.

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Also this owl mug cozy.

OMG are you serious!?!? ***Owl mug cozy pattern!  //  ♡ FOR MY OWL LOVER!!!  MUST MAKE BEFORE SHE LEAVES!!!  ♥A

I love this handbag, I would want to make mine in dark brown or black or even gray, but no flower though.
 Wobbly Stripes Handbag - Free Pattern | Tw-In Stitches
This hobo purse is cute too.

Quick and Easy Hobo purse-- Free from ༺✿ƬⱤღ✿༻

These fingerless gloves will sure come in handy!

Mosaic Snowdrop Fingerless Gloves - Dearest Debi Patterns
 My hands are always cold.

 This market tote is great, I think I'd use it for a handbag.

FREE crochet pattern : sturdy market tote // Delia Creates

This turtle reminds me of the turtles that my grandmother used to crochet. I'd love to make one someday.

Ravelry: CindyEggleston's Baby Turtle Instructions ༺✿ƬⱤღ✿༻

There are loads more items that I want to crochet on my Pinterest board. You can see it in the right column.
Seems I better get busy crocheting!

Until next time!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Afghan 4th Week

If you've been following my blog posts you'll know that I took a slight detour from working on my afghan this week and made a beanie. So my progress on the afghan is not as much as I'd like but it's still progress.
I switched things up a little, tried a new stitch, which I loved, but couldn't figure out how to do the 2nd round in it. That took some work getting it back into a straight line again, but once that was done I continued with the half double crochet stitch that I have been using.
Here's a close-up of the new stitch.

It's at the end of the light green row, going into the darker green row.
Maybe one day I'll conquer that stitch, but in the meantime I'll continue on with the half double.
Here's the afghan in a full shot so it can be compared to last week.

I had just done 2 rows on the light green by last week. It's now 27 inches long. Still quite a ways to go before it's long enough to fit my bed. Remember, this is 80 inches wide, so each row takes a bit of time. I'm getting faster with each row though, so that's a plus.

I also changed up the color, I added a beautiful variegated color called Icelandic. It's the top rows in the afghan and what's left of the skein is laying above it. I love how it looks and will be using more of it as I crochet the afghan. It would also make a gorgeous beanie.

Oh dear, I might get side-tracked with a beanie again. I think I'm hooked!

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Slight Detour & My First Beanie

I joined Ravelry the other day and spent quite some time looking at all the patterns there. That got me itching to make something and finish it. Work on the afghan is still in progress, but I've spent my free time crocheting a beanie in the past 2 days. Granted, there are some mistakes in it, considering it was my first beanie, but I am pleased at how well it turned out.
I used my leftover bits of yarn to make it and used this pattern Half  Double Crochet Beanie.
I had my granddaughter Bella model it when I finished it this evening.

Here is a closeup of it.

Now it's back to work on the afghan.

Until next time!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cushion Grip for Crochet Hook

I have arthritis in my hands and sometimes it's hard to grip things. Since I have taken up crochet I've noticed an improvement in my arthritic hands but still have a hard time gripping the hook. I had a grip for my band loom hook and tried that on the crochet hook but it was too short. So I got the mini loom out and made one to fit the crochet hook. You might have seen it in this post, here's a close-up shot of it.

The grip sure makes crocheting a breeze for me now. I can spend hours crocheting and watching TV and my hands don't bother me. These are easy to make, I'll have to make one for each of my hooks.

If you'd like one for yourself just comment below.

Until next time!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Afghan Third Week

Well it's the end of the third week of working on my afghan so I thought I'd update with a progress report. Here's a photo of it now.

As you can see, it's grown some since last week, which you can check HERE for comparison.

I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere with it. Remember, it's 80 inches wide and it is now 20 inches long. I've got quite a ways to go yet, but it covers almost a quarter of the length of the bed now. Maybe it won't take me as long to finish as I thought.

I did take a wee break in working on the afghan to make a cushion grip for my crochet hook from my loom bands. It sure makes it easier to hold the hook and crochet with. That's it laying on the afghan.

I bought a skein each of the next 2 colors that I'll be using in the afghan while out shopping yesterday. I sure don't want to run out of yarn when I can't get to the store to buy more. Also, you never know when the store might run out of the colors I'm using. Hmmm, maybe I better stock up on the rest of them.

Until next time!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Afghan 2nd Week

I've been working on this afghan for 2 weeks now. It's 80 in. wide, I'm making it that wide so it will cover my bedspread. I'm getting faster on it but it's still going to take about 2 months more work I'm guessing.
This is what it looks like this morning.

I've added two more colors since the last photo, which can be seen HERE.

I plan on working on it today while binge watching Heartland on Netflix. I love that show, don't know how I missed it when it was on TV.

Until next time!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Finished granny square

Well it's finished, by no means perfect. I have to keep practicing, I'm sure I'll get better at it.
Here's the completed sunburst granny square.

Until next time!


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First attempt at a granny square

Since I've taken up crocheting I have wanted to try making a granny square. I've looked at alot of tutorials on YouTube and started one last night that is similar to one that my daughter wants an afghan made from. I completed the first 2 rounds and it's looking pretty good. It's not perfect, but I'm sure I'll get better with practice. Here's what it looks like so far.

This is just the center, it needs to be squared off, that's the next round. I'm going to attempt to finish off the square later today. 
Until next time!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Crocheting and Blogging Again

I have missed blogging, I haven't had a blog in awhile. I also have missed crafting. I started working on a rag rug a few months ago, refreshed my memory on how to crochet, my grandmother had taught me the basics when I was a teen, and I used old T-shirts cut into yarn to crochet the rug. It's finished, just a double crochet stitch, it's not the greatest looking because of the different thickness of the material I used, but it's on the floor in front of my dresser. My first completed crochet project.
I started watching how to crochet videos and bought some yarn and a smaller crochet hook. I wanted to crochet an afghan for my bed, but a big one that is more like a bedspread. I just hate not having a big enough blanket and as they say in Game Of Thrones, "winter is coming". Here's a photo of the afghan after one week of working on it.

I've added a few more stripes to it since then, I'll update with a newer photo later.

I have been wanting to crochet a bath poof that I saw while I was looking at how to videos so I gave it a try.  I used the dark green for the inside, which you can't see in these photos, and the camel for the outside.

This poof is great to use in the shower! It's bigger than the nylon mesh ones you can buy, it's more substantial, holds soap suds better and it's machine washable. I've got to make more of them, using variegated yarn would be prettier.

Until next time! 

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