Craft

7 Favorites places to buy yarn online

March 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

You’ve got to know, I love love, LOVE yarn.  Without being a yarn hoarder, I buy a lot of yarn.  I believe that great yarn is the key to the gates of heaven, nothing less.  And the more I know about yarn, the more money I am willing to spend to get the best fibers.

Between swatches and gauges

February 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

I have decided to make the plunge into knitting and do the impossible, being knitting my first sweater! This is so exciting, and actually reminds me of an anterior period in my life.  You know, when you were in college and a new semester began…

Gen’s Market Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here it is, my second free crochet pattern! I began working on another crochet bag while on vacation with my family.  As I was flying across the country I didn’t want to take anything big with me, such as a blanket, because I knew my space was limited

Whoopsie doopsie!

August 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

You can never have too much yarn, I heard lately.     While I completely agree with that statement, I still like to think of myself as a minimalist.  My yarn stash fits – barely – in a storage bin, and I want to keep it that way. As I was on a cleaning and decluttering

Kindle Fire Cozy Free Crochet Pattern

May 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Hey y’all, I was working on a sweater crochet project last week and I must admit it is not going so good.  The sweater I did is too big for me.  So while I was pondering whether I should frog it or keep it too big I decided to attempt a smaller project. I designed my first pattern, yay!  Well, it’s not so much a “pattern” as it is two different stitches combined in multicolor to create something nice. While working on said sweater, I fell in love all over again with the Half-double crochet stitch.  There really is something soothing about that stitch.  It works up fast and is a no brainer (great for when you’re also watching Game of Thrones and need to concentrate on the numerous characters, ha!). To create this Kindle Fire Sleeve, I used some leftover yarn I already had from a previous project for my son.  You can add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kindle-fire-cozy   Materials: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino yarn, 4 colors or any sport weight yarn. Size D (3.25″) hook Scizzors Yarn needle to weave ends   Gauge: 20 stitches & 15 rows = 4″ X 4″ Adjust hook if necessary to obtain gauge     The pattern is worked in one long rectangle assembled together prior to working upper border. Chain 30 Row 1: Hdc into 3rd chain from the […]

10 free crochet patterns to try

April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been browsing Pinterest this morning and while sipping my hot coffee I found a lot of great crochet patterns I would like to try. So here are today’s top 10 free crochet patterns to try this week! They are all FREE.  Just looking at these my fingers are itching to get going.  If only I could find a way to crochet while drinking coffee!   Nautical hobo bag: http://www.joann.com/nautical-hobo-bag/0953863P37.html This bag pattern from Joann is nice and would be a great accessories when attending my sailing lessons!   This is a cute basket pattern that’s also free. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spikes-yarn-basket This girl does have some great patterns you might want to browse through her website. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-smoothfoxs-diagonal-box-stitch-square-6×6 Here’s a great stitch pattern that would be great for afghans or dishcloths…  I can’t wait to try it!     Great dishcloth pattern: http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/crochet-linen-stitch-dishcloth/ This combination of sc, ch is so easy yet soothing while making a sturdy fabric. I’d try it for dishcloths, or even a cute lovie, just like Dedri made.    Felix the frog pattern: http://lilleliis.com/free-patterns/felix-the-frog-free-pattern/  A friend of mine loves frogs.  This would be a great gift for her!   This one has no pictures, but it sure looks great! I love crocheted cats, and having one with long limbs reminds me or a toy I had as a kid. I can’t wait to try it! http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/diagram/crochetedCat.html   Sailor elephant pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sailor-elephant This cute elephant pattern is […]

Free Hoody Crochet Pattern

April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A few months ago I found this great hoody pattern on Ravelry for my son. If you’ve been looking for a free pattern that will fit your child and that is easy enough, this one’s probably the best you can find. I crocheted this sweater in less than 3 weeks, taking advantage of nap times and evenings in front of the TV. I used a great quality yarn, Cascade Superwash 220 Sport Merinos wool.  While I had to work with a different gauge than what the pattern dictated, it still ended looking great. The hood was probably the trickiest past for me to do, and I really have no idea why. I also added a few rows and stitches for the sleeves, as they looked quite small even if my son is on the skinny side. I did not follow the instructions for the front pouch, which maybe I should have, as mine is square instead of decreasing at the top. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably add a little more red, have either 2 stripes or a larger one, and include a little flash of red in the sleeves.   Overall, it’s a great pattern and I might use it again someday. Link to the free pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/faster-than-lightning-hoody