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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Shades of Purple Finished Project

IMG_99204-24-2014 I made a post “Shades of Purple“, in it I posted a photo of some purple yarn that I was planning on making a project out of.
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IMG_1319My next update on the yarn was 5-16-2014 in my post “Blackberry Winter & Misc” I posted a photo of a blanket I had started crocheting using the crazy crochet stitch. It was pretty, but I wasn’t happy with the blanket. I unraveled the yarn and balled it up and decided to wait until I found a pattern I liked.
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IMG_4510I found a pattern called corner-to-corner crochet on RedHeart.com. It’s basically the crazy crochet stitch only it’s diagonal. I absolutely love this stitch with my purple yarns and the way it worked up. It was fun to make too.IMG_4472(shhh this is a secret right now) I loved it so much that not only did I make the 5 feet x 5 feet blanket for my son & dil, I also made my Grandkitten a 2 feet x 2 feet blanket.  (okay, the Grandkitten is a full grown cat, but still as cute as a kitten) I’m in the process of finding a box to send the surprise blankets in. I’m not worried about mentioning the blankets here because I doubt my son or dil or their beautiful kitty-cat visits my blog. So, until I send it off, it’s a secret between you and me. 😉 IMG_4470Before I washed and blocked the blankets, I took a couple photos of Shelibean posing with the them. Unfortunately, his dark eyes didn’t show up in the photos, but I think he looks fairly cute anyhow.

I’m glad to finally have this project finished. I hope my son & dil & my grandkitten likes their surprise blankets.

Here’s wishing you all much success in finishing projects
and many happy surprises along the way.
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Yellow & White Loom Weaved Place-mats finished

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Thanks to all the thunderstorms keeping us indoors (and offline) I got all 4 of my place-mats made. They turned out quite well. They’re 12 x 15 inches. They’re real cheerful and bright in real life.
This is my second set of place-mats that I’ve weaved on the Martha Stewart Loom. They’re easy to clean. I just throw them in the wash with everything else and then throw them in the dryer afterwards. I’ve never blocked them.
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I crocheted a doily for the middle of the table. I had to block it. I was too lazy to set up a board and put pins all around it. Instead, I used my yellow Knifty Knitter loom. I placed the stitches of the outer edge of the doily over the posts and sprayed the doily with water, then let it dry. Ta dah! It worked like a charm and was so easy to do.

Happy Crafting!

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Trying to keep from slipping up

As fun as growing older is, the part about not healing as quickly or as sufficiently as in my youth has me trying to be safer about avoiding illness and accidents especially avoiding falling. I had never crocheted myself a pair of house-slippers because I knew that they’d have a potential for slipping during a misstep and I’d go crashing down.

I came across a video showing how to skid proof crocheted house-shoes for children. Wow! I was instantly interested because the video’s method can be used on larger shoes as well. I could finally make myself a pair of of house-slippers to wear.

I made some adaptions to fit my. I chose to make a simple pair of house-slippers just to test it out and didn’t even bother with a pattern. I put Silicone on the Soles, let them dry/cure for 24 hours and then tested them out. I really liked them. The silicone works like a charm to keep me from slipping on the linoleum.

I’m going to add here, that the linoleum got super slick after my first few days of wearing my slippers. So if you use this method, be careful and pay attention to if your floors start getting slicker.

I think this method could be used on most any knitted, loom knit, crochet, felt, fabric or even socks.
A person could have a whole wardrobe of different kinds of non slip house shoes.

Here’s a sort of tutorial photo montage of how I made
My Crocheted Slippers that don’t Slip

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Reference:

Video: SILICONE SOLES, how to add non skid soles to knit and crochet slippers

Tutorial on a blog for felt house-shoes: Making Sippers Non-slip tutorial

 

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