Crocheted Sweater for Sheli

Shelibean is a nudist. He hates wearing store-bought clothes and sweaters. Since we rarely take him outside in the winter-time, it’s not an issue. However, I still want him to have a sweater when we do take him outside. And it’d be a big bonus if he is content in it.
It occured to me that he enjoys my crocheted collars and blankets that I make for him, so maybe, just maybe, he’d might be more content in a sweater I crocheted.
Starting early this morning, I set about crocheting him a sweater. It went together easier than I thought it would. I can’t believe I actually got it finished.I don’t have a pattern, so for the length and the width I kind of went by a store bought sweater. The store bought sweater just has slits where his front legs go,  but I decided to put sleeves in it to try and keep him a bit warmer.
I think the sweater turned out pretty good.
I think Sheli looks adorable in his new sweater.
He seems to like it quite well.
He strutted around the house in it and acted happy.

Sending out warm thoughts and snuggles to your pets.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Finished It Friday – Crocheted Cardigan

I’m so happy, I just finished my crocheted cardigan not more than an hour ago.
I consider my cardigan a success. I think it turned out fairly well considering I freehanded the pattern out of my own mind.
If I make another one, there’s some adjustments I plan on making.
But for now, I’m just happy to have my cardigan done.
Now I wait for cooler weather so I can wear it and not burn up.

Wishing you all success & a happy weekend.

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WIP Wednesday – Crochet Cardigan

I’ve always wanted to try to make a simple crochet cardigan to wear around the house.  Over the years I’ve looked at hundreds of patterns from fancy to odd, but none were as simple as I wanted.
I played with the idea of making one freehand just to see how it would turn out.  I planned in my mind how I’d make it. I got the hook and yarn together and then I began.
I’ve made plenty of hats and scarves to wear, but this is the first crocheted garment that I’ve made for myself.
It’s coming along faster than I thought it would. I figure I’ll finish it over the next couple days. I hope it turns out okay. Wish me luck.

Wishing you all success on your works-in-progress.
Happy Wednesday!

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Crochet Round Dishclothes

This past weekend I crocheted some new dishclothes. I used to make only squares ones, then last month I crocheted a round one and I like it quite well. The round ones are easier for me to make anyhow.
I prefer using cotton yarn because it’s not expensive and I can get a few dishclothes from each skein. The dishclothes sizes are about 6 inches for the square one and 7 inches for the round ones.

I freehanded the round pattern I used. I haven’t written it up, but I’m working on it.

Here’s hoping you all have a nice day.
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WIP Wednesday – New Blankets for Shelibean

When Shelibean first came to join our family, I discovered that he loved crocheted blankets. I crocheted him 4 simple little blankets. I used Red heart yarn that I had bought several years before. It was even the last of the yarn. I was happy to use it up. Crocheting Sheli the blankets restarted my love of crochet and yarn crafting in general. The blankets have held up really well even though I wash them alot. I figure they’ll last for a few more years.8-15-2012-sb

It’s been 4 1/2 years since I made the blankets. I thought Sheli might enjoy some new ones.  I use a simple granny square pattern. The blankets work up quite fast. I plan to make 3 (maybe more)
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Shelibean’s enjoying the first 2 blankets so much the he lay still while I took his handsome photo.

Wishing you all progress in your
works-in-progress, whatever they may be.

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Loom Knit Snowmen

snwmn1My husband is in the Christmas spirit early this year. I guess it’s partly my fault since I’ve been working on some holiday crafts. Anyhow, We put up our tree and started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. As I was unpacking a box of Christmas decor I came across 3 snowmen I had made for Christmas 2015.

As I recall, I got the idea from CherryWillow in August of 2015. She made some adorable no-sew snowmen out of socks and beads. If you get a chance go check them out. She has a link to a video tutorial link.

I originally wanted to use my Grandson’s socks that he had outgrew when he was much younger. He never got a chance to wear them because he was living in another state. Unfortunately, I had put them in storage and didn’t want to go through boxes to find them, so I decided to make my snowmen out of something else.

I chose to loom knit my snowmen. I made a tube like a sock without a heel and it worked out well.

I made my first one small using a Boye sock loom, using off-white yarn to give it a rustic look. For it’s hat I used a 3.5″ Knifty Knitter loom. I stuffed it with polyfil and glued a round cardboard piece to the bottom for a base. I used buttons for it’s eyes. I crocheted the arms, scarf, carrot nose and sort of embroidered the smile & buttons. I made the pompom using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.lilsno
I decided to make 2 more snowmen but make them larger and out of white yarn; one made on a 5.5″ Knifty Knitter loom and one made on a 8.75″ Boye long loom. I wanted to see if they would turn out looking very much different using 2 different brands of looms. Happily they look quite similar and both turned well, I think.
I stuffed both snowmen with poly-fil. There’s no weight hardly and no real flat bottoms; I hot glued a round piece of card board to the bottoms so they wouldn’t be as apt to topple over.
I loom knitted their hats and crocheted their arms, scarves, buttons, carrot nose & eyes and embroidered the smile.
I made the blue pompom  using a piece of folded cardboard and wound yarn oodles of times around it.
I accidentally made the red hat an awkward length. It looked dreadful, so instead of a pompom on top, I tied a piece of yarn around the excess hat and made sort of a poof. snwmn2

Snowmen are so fun. I think they bring an extra bit of cheer to winter.

Wishing you all a cheerful rest of the week.

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Happy Crafting!

 

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Crocheted Chicken Dishcloth

10-22-2016-chknpthldr0Recently I saw a crocheted chicken potholder. It was such a nostalgic looking piece that I wanted to try my hand at making it.
There’s a youtube video of the pattern. I’m not patient enough to sit through a video tutorial, so I purchased a pdf pattern. I printed it off because it’s easier for me to use a paper copy. The directions were easy to follow.

I’m glad the seller listed this pattern ‘For Decoration Purpose Only’ because it’s absolutely ‘Not Safe’ for use as a potholder.
However, it’s about 8×8 inches and that’s a good size for a dishcloth. I intend to use mine as a dishcloth.
The crocheted chicken would make a charming wall decor if a person wanted to use a stiffener and block it.

My chicken dishcloth turned out so well that I adjusted the pattern and made one facing in the opposite direction. For the second chicken, I used a size ‘G’ crochet hook and it came out being almost as big as the first chicken made with an ‘I’ crochet hook. I was a bit surprised for it to turn out that size.chknpthldr

Happy Crocheting!

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