Monday, January 30, 2017

Afghan Progress, Wreath and Slippers

 I've been busy with other projects lately so I haven't had much time to work on my afghan. I made a spring themed wreath for my apartment door the other day. I used a foam wreath that I had bought from Dollar Tree and some yarn, that I also got there, to wrap the wreath in. Initially I was going to use the yarn for something else but it was impossible for me to see my stitches with it, so I used it for the wreath. I have a whole unused skein of the yarn left so I'll have to find another use for it. Anyway, after wrapping the wreath I left it sitting in my closet on a shelf for a few weeks while I thought about what I was going to do with it. I thought about using artificial flowers on it and tossed that idea around in my head for a bit, but then I thought, why not crochet some flowers? I took the wreath out of the closet the other day and started crocheting flowers for it. No pattern was used for the flowers, I just whipped them together. Then I did the same with some leaves.  I know they aren't perfect but they look good enough for on my door. I fastened the flowers and leaves on the wreath with fishing line, using a wooden bead for the center of the flowers to add stability and dimension. Here it is, hanging on my door.


 
 It sure brightens up my door and is visible through the screen door as well. I'm pleased with it.

My youngest granddaughter loved the slippers that I made for myself and she asked me to crochet her a pair. Here's the slippers that I made for her.



After making those slippers for her of course her little brother wanted a pair. I've got the first one done except for the trim, which I'll probably do in the gray. Here is a photo of it.



These are very sturdy and warm and quite comfortable slippers. I'll definitely be making more of them.

I've worked a little on my afghan off and on, in between other projects. Here's what it's looking like as of this morning.



 When I'm done with the next 2 rows of brown I will go back into the brown and green variegated, green, and then brown & green variegated again. Then I'll repeat the brown and the brown/blue section again, continuing on with this pattern for the length of the afghan. I love how this is working out and can't wait to get it finished. This will be going on the back of my couch when it is done.

Well I better get busy and get that other slipper crocheted and finish the pair off.

Until next time!
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Blue and Gray Basket and Afghan Progress

I made a basket for my daughter's friend. I started crocheting it one day and finished it up the next. This is only the 2nd basket that I have made. I love how it turned out.

Here's a photo of it.




Another view



 She doesn't have it yet. My daughter is to deliver it this weekend. I hope she likes it as much as I do.

I'm currently working on an afghan. I had gotten about 10 in. along in it and didn't like the way the colors were working out so I frogged the entire thing and started over.

Here's what it looks like so far.



 After I finish this row of the brown I will go back to repeating the brown & blue variegated and continue on in the same sequence for the entire afghan. I'm really liking how it's looking. How about you?

Until next time!
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Slipper Success and a Messy Bun

I've only been crocheting for a little over a year now. During this time I have made many things, such as afghans, rugs, dishcloths, hats and more. I previously tried crocheting a pair of slippers, months ago, and they didn't turn out that great. I've learned alot since then and upon finding this tutorial by Naztazia for Sweet Simple Crochet Slippers I decided to try again.

The tutorial called for 2 strands of yarn so I used a multi-color and a solid blue. The pattern was real easy to follow and it didn't take long to finish the slippers.

Here are my finished slippers.



Here they are from another angle.

 

 They aren't perfect, but they fit and they're just for me, so that's just fine.

I made another messy bun hat yesterday evening. This one is for a friend. She wanted a black one with some turquoise in it. She's already seen the photos and loves it and says that she can't wait to get it. It's going in the mail soon.

Here it is.


Another angle.



I can't wait until she gets it and tries it on.

I'm still working on an afghan in between other projects. I didn't like how the colors were working in it so the other day I frogged it completely and started over. What's frogged you say? It's a crochet term. A frog says rippit, rippit. So that's what I did, rippit out 😁😁

Here's a hint of what it will look like.



A closer view.



I'm crocheting this all in half double crochet. That's my favorite stitch. It works up fast and I can watch TV while I'm crocheting and not have to concentrate on what I'm doing. I'll change up the colors after I finish the brown. The next color will be a variegated brown & green mix and then a matching green, repeating the variegated and then the brown again. Then I'll go back to this sequence above. I think it's going to look great. I'll update as I get further along with it.

Well my coffee has gotten cold and it's time to take the dog out for a walk. It's to rain most of the weekend so it'll be a good crocheting weekend. 

Until next time!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Yarn Basket For Yarn

I have a wicker basket that I keep my all of my yarn in. It sits on the floor, next to my chair that I sit and crochet in.  The basket works great except for one thing. I was constantly digging around in it, looking for cotton yarn when working on a project. I decided to crochet a basket so that my cotton yarn would have it's own home and I wouldn't have to dig through umpteen billion balls of acrylic to find it. I decided to use white cotton, black acrylic and green acrylic to make the basket, as I had more of those colors. The cotton yarn would give it some stiffness I thought, and it did.
I didn't have a pattern, just winged it. I started out with an 11 in. circle for the bottom, working in half double crochet. Here it is with a few rows on the side.



I worked mostly in half double crochet with a row here and there of single crochet. About halfway up the side I realized that I was going to run out of the green yarn so I switched to turquoise. I worked the sides until it looked like a good height, measured at 7 inches tall. Then I worked two handles on it so that it could be easily moved. Here's the finished basket.



My cotton yarn in it's new home.



Looks like I need more cotton yarn, huh?




Until next time!
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Green Beanies!

I made a green beanie for my youngest daughter the other day. I used 2 different colors of green yarn to crochet it. It was an experiment and a challenge to alternate between the 2 while crocheting.
Here's how it turned out.



My daughter loved it, although she said it was just a tiny bit snug. I babysat my grandkids Saturday evening so that she and her honey could go on a date. While they were gone my granddaughter K had to try on her mom's hat.



Doesn't she look adorable in it? I believe her mom has lost her hat because K loves it.

I decided that I better make another beanie for my daughter. This time I used 3 different colors of green yarn. I started it yesterday afternoon and finished it up last night. It was real difficult to keep the yarn from tangling as I alternated between the colors, but I managed.  Here it is finished.




I love the pattern on the top of the beanie. This is shown from the back.



Isn't that cool? I didn't plan it that way, it just sort of came together as I was crocheting.

I'm going to take a break from making beanies and try to make a rug for my entrance way. I also want to make a basket for my cotton yarn to keep it separated from my acrylic yarn. I have an afghan in the works as well.

It's been raining off and on and is cold today. Supposed to warm up as the week goes on. I'm tired of winter already and am SO ready for Spring, aren't you?


Until next time!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Eldest Granddaughter's Messy Bun Hat and Youngest Grandson's Beanie

In my previous post I showed some messy bun hats that I had made for my 2 granddaughter's that live near me as well as a beanie that I made for their little brother.  My other 7 grandkids live in PA. My eldest granddaughter fell in love with the messy bun hats and wanted one in black. I got some really soft yarn and whipped one up and mailed it off to her. It got there a day earlier than the P.O. said it would so I was surprised when I saw her post on Facebook about it.

Here is my beautiful granddaughter Brooklyn modeling her new hat.



Doesn't it look amazing on her?






















She really loves it. Her younger sister wants one in gray so I'll be off to buy yarn tomorrow for that one.

I had to babysit for awhile today and I told my somewhat stubborn 4 yr. old grandson that he HAD to wear his new hat to go to the bus stop and pick up his sister. I tried snapping some photos in the house but he was not cooperating and was a blur. He hates to get his picture taken LOL. While he was standing at the car, waiting for me to unlock the doors, I managed to snap these 2 photos. Notice the "I don't want to smile" look on his face?

 

Doesn't he look adorable in his new beanie? 
Then as he was opening the car door I managed to snag this photo.

 

I just love how this beanie striped! I can't wait to make more with different variegated yarn in this pattern.

They're calling for snow tonight, just a dusting they say..... but we are prepared. Tomorrow night we may get a few inches. I could smell snow in the air all day today..... we'll just have to wait and see.

Keep warm! Spring will be here soon.


Until next time!
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Christmas Wreath for My Door

I have been working off and on, crocheting a Christmas wreath for my apartment door. My door is a dark red so I didn't want any red in t...