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Grandma Twinkle Stars

starI just love these crochet stars, they are so pretty, and pretty quick and easy as well. They are also extremely versatile, in winter they look like snowflakes and they are stars any other time. They can be strung up as a garland, used as ornaments, or placed on gifts as a beautiful tag. This is the Grandma Twinkle from The Royal Sisters. Let me just say, there is a whole lot of talent over there, and these are just gorgeous. I was able to make 8 stars out of a 2.5 ounce ball of cotton yarn, and that is just the beginning. I’ve got lots of plans for these little beauties. So far they are all natural, but I see some brightly coloured stars in my future. Hope you enjoy making some, I sure am.

crochet, gifts, green • Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 • 20 Comments »

Tawashi

tawashi Most of yesterday was spent struggling with a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. By the time the kid’s bedtime came, I was really desperate for some quiet. After getting the babe to sleep, I curled up on the chair with a cup of tea and some cotton yarn and a hook. I have seen different versions of tawashi (Japanese scrubbies) all around the internet lately. They are so cute, and best of all, practical. Washing the dishes is part of every day, so why not do it with something cute. This is the tawashi pattern I used for these. They are really simple, and I was able to make two of them really quickly. There are lots of other patterns and variations out there, and I am looking forward to trying out some other types as well. These work up really quickly, and you can make them out of small amounts of yarn, so perfect for using up scraps. With Christmas around the corner, these would make fantastic stocking stuffers as well. Who doesn’t need to wash dishes? They could also be used instead of washcloths for the little ones provided that you use a soft yarn. There are so many uses and they can just be tossed into the wash when they need to be cleaned. Sounds like a win-win to me. I know that I will be working on quite a few of these in the next few weeks, aren’t they great?

crochet, green, home • Thursday, November 19th, 2009 • 17 Comments »

French Press Cozy

french press cozyYesterday started another blizzard here, turns out we beat the October snowfall record by 2 inches (still more forecasted) as the highest since 1906. Yeah, it’s a lot of snow. Perfect playing in kind of snow, and lots of it. We’ve been snuggled up since yesterday and are now getting in a wintery kind of mood. I guess we won’t have a real fall this year, oh well. We’re trying to keep the thermostat a bit lower and just bundling up to make up the difference. Generally this works, though I noticed that my hubby was having to microwave his coffee to warm it up as it cools off really quickly in the chilly air. Even though I like my coffee sweet and milky enough that it no longer resembles coffee, I know that microwaving it is not the ideal way to have hot coffee, especially after he has gone to all the trouble to roast his own. So, when the kids were resting I pulled some charcoal yarn out and crocheted this cozy up. I love quick projects that are easy and this one was a breeze. A big hook, fat yarn and 40 minutes later I had a french press cozy. I tried to make it masculine and not all girly, and he loved it. I might have to make some more of these for gifts, they were so easy and I think that they will do a great job of keeping the coffee hot till the last drop.

crochet, home, sewing • Friday, October 30th, 2009 • 13 Comments »

Sweet Fabric Bird

finished bird.jpgSome weeks it seems as though I don’t have a spare minute to breathe let alone craft, but after going for a while not creating anything, I get a serious itch. I am working on decorating my girl’s room and this is one project for it, a sweet little fabric bird. It was so windy today I had a really difficult time photographing him, he just wanted to fly away, so the picture is not brilliant. He is a sweetie though. I used a vintage sheet I picked up at a thrift store, and some vintage buttons. The wing is made from some fabric from one of the babe’s dresses that she outgrew. He has cute little crochet legs and wooden button feet. I really enjoyed working with vintage fabrics, buttons, cotton yarn, an alpaca blend yarn and hand embroidering as well. I think that is a lot of his charm is that he is a hodgepodge of materials. I’m hoping to have a tutorial up by tomorrow in case anybody wants to make their own cute birdy. UPDATE: The tutorial is now available here.

crochet, home, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 • 10 Comments »

Chocolate Brown Wrist Warmers

wrist warmersI was really inspired by Lucy’s wrist warmers, so after I saw her post, I went through my stash and found this scrumptiously soft, chocolatey brown yarn leftover from making Christmas stockings last year. I figured it couldn’t be too hard to crochet a rectangle, right? After learning a new stitch, I got these made pretty quickly. I finished making these wrist warmers on our drive up to the mountains last weekend. Well, I say finished, but I had to finish the seam after we stopped the car as looking in the van while driving up really curvy, curvy roads up the mountain was maybe not such a good idea. I love how they turned out, they were so simple to make and so soft and warm to wear. They are especially great when it is chilly at night and I can’t quite get my fingers to crochet well. If I can make these, then anybody can.

crochet • Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 • 8 Comments »

My Granny Square Laptop Sleeve

granny square laptop sleeve inside laptop sleeveThis is the project that I started on last week, it’s finally finished. I always admire items made with bright colours, but normally stick to my typical muted colour palette. I decided to jump in with a bunch of bright colours and try to make something nice and cheery. I mastered a granny square a couple of weeks ago and though I am working on a blanket, I wanted a quicker project that I could finish much sooner. I decided to make a laptop sleeve for my laptop. So for the details…. I used cotton yarn as I didn’t want the yarn to get fuzzy after being stuffed in and pulled out of a bigger bag. I used fleece to line it so that it would be a little bit more cushioned and look nice and finished on the inside. the bad I do not like the orange in this bag. I think the colours go well together, but something about the orange colour and floral pattern screams 70’s and shag carpet. Maybe it’s just me, but this is what I think now when I look at this sleeve. I also do not care for the border around the front, but quite frankly it wasn’t wide enough to cover the top of the computer, and since I basically was winging it and really had no clue as to what I was doing, there we go. the good I love that I was able to crochet something useful. I love the idea of the granny squares, especially if I had colours that looked good. I’m thrilled with the actual construction, like I said, I had no idea what I was doing and just kind of figured things out as I went along. I’m a little disappointed that after all of that work, I don’t really care for it, but I am very excited that I can tweak what I didn’t like and start from scratch and hopefully produce one that I love. I’m a little stumped on the colour choice though, as it is fairly obvious that my bright colour palette skills are seriously lacking. I guess like with anything, practice makes perfect and hopefully my eye will get better as far as these new colours go. Any suggestions? I was thinking possibly the same blue, red, and adding white instead of the orange.

crochet, sewing • Friday, October 16th, 2009 • 18 Comments »

Our Little Girl’s 5th Birthday

birthday crownThis past weekend was our little girl’s 5th birthday. We woke up in the morning and there was a solid foot of snow on the ground, we were snowed in. We really try with our kid’s birthdays to have it be more about memories than stuff. We let them choose what the meals are for the whole day and if it is possible, what to do that day. Even though we couldn’t go anywhere, it ended up being a great day, with lots of fun and snuggles. After donning her birthday crown we ate bacon, cheddar scones from the recipe in The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country’s Rather Sweet Bakery & Cafe, which were absolutely fantastic. They will definitely be made again, and again. We had plenty of hot chocolate and Christmas music, after all it was snowing. little crocheting handsThis year for her birthday gift, we put together a sewing basket filled with all the goodies necessary to start crocheting. I found a neat old sewing basket at an antique shop last month and had fun picking out pink and cream cotton yarn, several crochet hooks in colours she would love and Kids Learn to Crochet by Lucinda Guy. This book is fantastic, and it really hold’s her attention. Incidentally, it is also really helpful for me as I am just learning how to crochet as well.learn to crochetThere was lots of playing in the snow, making snowmen and snow angels, plenty of black forest gateaux, and lots of snuggling with her new crochet hook and yarn. She mastered the slip knot and was thrilled to complete a chain of 23 stitches with just a teeny bit of help. Five years ago I held a tiny baby girl in my arms just seconds after she was born. My how time flies, and now she has grown into a beautiful, funny, imaginative, loving, creative 5 year old. We are so grateful to have her and look ahead to many years of love and laughter. Happy Birthday little one!

books, crochet, family, food, sewing • Monday, October 12th, 2009 • 9 Comments »

A New Crochet Project

new project materials 1Yesterday I started a new project. I knew this crocheting business was going to be addicting. Now that I can do a granny square without looking at the pattern, I am finding it very easy to fit them in during the day. They are so quick and easy, and I can put them down and pick them up and know right away what to do next. This is perfect for my life with four kiddos, I don’t waste time figuring out where I stopped off, and I see fairly immediate progress, all good things. These are the materials for this project. I decided to go for some brighter colours and a cotton yarn as I need this to be a little sturdier. I’m hoping to have it done in the next few days and I am excited to show you all. The top photo is the way I arranged my materials, but I like how my daughter did it much more.new project materials 2

crochet, kid's art, sewing • Saturday, October 10th, 2009 • 5 Comments »

My First Granny Square

granny square This may sound really silly, but I am so excited and pleased with myself. I’ve wanted to learn how to crochet for quite a while now, but every time I would try, I would get really frustrated. I am a very visual learner, and a lefty, and for some reason I just couldn’t figure it out. Other people who crochet didn’t really know how to help me flip everything around and so for a while I tried to crochet right-handed. That was not happening, so I just gave up. Lucy and Jane both have blogs that I just adore, and all of their crochet was making me have serious envy issues. I finally decided to give it another go, and guess what, I think I cracked it. I sat down for a couple of hours with a couple of crochet books, and Lucy’s tutorials, and came out with this one perfect (ok, well not perfect) granny square. It took a fair bit of concentration and plenty of ripping it out and starting over again, but I finally got it. I used Paton’s classic wool, which is so nice to use. The pinkish yarn (called Currant) is not quite as orange as in the picture, I just couldn’t get a great picture. Anyway, I can see how this crochet business could be very addictive. I think once I get the hang of these granny squares and am not relying so heavily on the pattern, they will be super easy to whip out. I have lots of plans in my head, but first I think I shall make a blanket for myself. Then again, maybe I’ll come up with something else. Thank you Jane and Lucy for the inspiration to give it another go, and thanks Lucy for the fantastic tutorials.

crochet • Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 • 18 Comments »