Saturday, June 25, 2016

Spiderman Blanket

Remember that project I was working on and trying to get done for a certain someone's birthday, when I sliced my finger?! Well, I finally got it finished, but not on time. Too much happened and I didn't have enough days to get it done, since I could only put in an hour or so each day after he went to bed. Anyway, it's complete now and I'm excited to share with you the results!

 For my spiderman/color red obsessed son's 6th birthday I made him this awesome blanket!



I used the pattern here: http://stitchnfrog.blogspot.com/2009/07/superhero-dream-catcher-afghan.html

After the center circle, I used a pattern of 2 red then 2 blue stripes all separated by the black lines. I also slightly altered the pattern for the web strings going into the center, I used a (sl st and ch 1) for the black rows and (sl st and ch 2) for all the other rows. I absolutely love the way it turned out, I'm very proud of how this project turned out!


And, I must say, the little man approves!


Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

How to Hide Eyesores in your Yard

I have a relatively small yard, and we have accumulated a lot of stuff. Not just junk that we can't let go, but actually useful things that we use regularly, but lack storage space for. You know what I'm talking about. We ALWAYS need more storage space.

Well, in my back yard we have two water totes that we use to store water. We recently poured a new patio slab and had chosen the spot for them... right in plain sight!

I had to do something, so I searched on Pinterest and found a lot of solutions, most of them being wood covers. While I know those are very sturdy and can look nice, it would cost a lot for the materials and a lot of time to actually make it look nice.

What I decided to do was to build a wood frame, and choose a fabric to cover it with, kind of like you would upholster a piece of furniture or make a canvas frame. We were able to recycle the wood framing used to pour the patio (it didn't have to look nice, it was going to be covered anyway!) to help us save a lot of money, so the only expense in this project was the fabric.

Now, fabric can get very expensive, considering the beautiful prints are regularly priced at $21 PER YARD and I needed 4 1/3 yards for this project. That would have made the project $91!!! I was initially really let down by that high price, and started looking at wood prices, because duck cloth fabric, while it was cheaper, didn't look as nice.

Then I got a Joann store flyer in the mail, and saw that outdoor fabric was on sale for 50% off. I was even more excited to see that over memorial day weekend, they had a coupon for an additional 20% off, even sale priced items.

PERFECT!!

I went back to Joann's and saw that, indeed, all the beautiful designer fabrics were 50% off, and with my 20% off coupon, it brought my $91 cut of fabric to $27.30. Now, THAT was more do-able!!!

I came home and it only took me 15 minutes to get the fabric lined up and stapled to the wood, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE the result!

I hope you've found some inspiration to save money, and be crafty to make your yard more beautiful!



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Comfort Scarf Donation for Mother's Day

I rounded up and finished rolling up the scarves I've made so far this year to donate to the Handmade Especially for You Charity for Mother's Day. They never have enough scarves to meet the demand, and the recipients are always so happy to have them. I love being able to make someone's day just a tiny bit brighter through my crochet work.

I used a few new thicker yarns for a few scarves that were really quick to work up... I also used several of the patterns from my blog and a few from other sites I was trying out.


There are very little requirements to create these scarves, and I hope you will take the time to make a few if you have enjoyed the free scarf patterns here on the blog!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Finding Scarf Patterns in Unique Places

In my quest to make comfort scarves for the Handmade Especially For You charity, I have been on a continual quest to find patterns that satisfy the Charity's size and weight requirements. I've searched the web, Pinterest, and Ravelry for many different options and I try out almost every single one! I like to have a variety of patterns available at my disposal because making the same pattern over and over again gets a little boring. In this post, I want to share some of my tips and tricks to finding unique patterns by changing WHAT you are actually searching for.


When I finished my first Queen Anne's Lace scarf, I wanted to keep doing scarves worked in the same way. I tried searching and searching but it was difficult for the search to narrow down images for a crochet technique, so I had to filter them on my own. After a long time of searching, I started having success, not in searching for "scarf patterns," but entirely different things...



This lovely pattern is NOT a scarf pattern. It is advertised as a lace-tape pattern. This pattern is meant to be made with a fine yarn and small crochet hook. So I tried it out with a larger hook and my favorite yarn to see how the pattern would work out.


And, I have to say, it turned out so fantastic, that I made a few!!
SheRuKnitting.com has many different lace tape patterns that you can most likely turn into charity scarves. AND they are all video tutorials so you can follow along.

Here are some other patterns that I tried from SheRuKnitting.com:



If you follow me on Pinterest you've probably seen me pin some belts, headbands, and lace tapes because, guess what?! you can use those as scarf patterns too! Here is a list of a few that I plan to try out. Give it a try and let me know what you think!





Did the patterns work out for you? Which designs do you like the most?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Spring Garden Scarf - Free Pattern

This is a very fun pattern you can do to celebrate spring! I know the Handmade Especially for You charity would love these scarves because they are certainly going to brighten up the day of whoever the recipient will be!

If you enjoyed this pattern, please consider making an extra one to donate to the charity (HandmadeEspecially.org) or purchase my PDF pattern document so I can make one on your behalf.



Materials:
Size K crochet hook
Soft yarn (medium weight)
Sewing needle

Gauge:
Initial chain should measure around 65 inches. If needed, add or subtract multiples of 3 to pattern to change size.

Special Stitches:
2-DC cluster: *Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through stitch, yarn over, draw yarn through first two loops on hook, repeat from *, finishing off by drawing yarn through remaining 3 loops.

Pattern:
Chain 132
Row 1: 1dc in 4th ch from hk, dc in each ch across. Turn
Row 2: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, *skip 2, ch 2, 1dc in next st. Repeat from * across, ending with 1dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 3: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, skip 1, *(2-dc cluster [leaf], 1dc [stem], 2-dc cluster [leaf]) in the next st, skip 2, repeat from * across, ending with skip 1, 1 dc each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 4: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, CHANGE TO FLOWER COLOR, *(2-dc cluster in space between first leaf and stem, be sure to catch ALL 3 strands of the stitch, then 2-dc cluster on top of the stem stitch, then 2-dc cluster in the space between stem and last leaf, be sure to catch ALL three strands of the stitch.) skip next st and repeat from * across. After finishing the last flower change back to the scarf color and 1dc in each of the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 5: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in next 2 sts, *skip all flower stitches, only dc in between flower motifs, ch 2, 1dc in next flower space (catching all three strands of stitch). Repeat from * across, ending with 1dc in the last 3 sts. Turn
Row 6: Ch 3(counts as dc), 1dc in each st across.
Fasten off.

Weave in ends.



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shamrock Garland

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! To celebrate this festive occasion, I made a garland of shamrocks to decorate! I used the pattern located here: http://www.skiptomylou.org/crochet-shamrock-garland/


 Except I used a string instead of crocheting the garland string.


Make your own if you want!
 
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Rainbow Shooting Star - Free Pattern

I shared with my Facebook fans a photo hint to this project. How many of you figured it out? The colors are pretty obvious to me! RAINBOW!


But not just any rainbow, a rainbow shooting star! 


 
There were two reasons I came up with this pattern. First, I wanted a cool pattern to celebrate St. Patrick's Day coming up next week. Second, if you ask my kid what his favorite color is, he'll say "ALL OF THEM!" You can use this applique on any project: scarves, bags, d├ęcor.. anything!
 

I hope you enjoy the pattern!


Materials:
Light Worsted or Worsted Weight Yarn
Sewing needle for finishing

Size F Crochet hook

Gauge:
Tail works out to be 5 inches wide using materials listed 
 
Notes:
Rainbow Tail pattern is worked in rows without turning (except first row which is worked into chain). Begin each row with a slip knot of the new color working onto the first single crochet of the previous row.

Pattern: 
Rainbow Tail 
Starting with Indigo/Purple yarn, ch 21 
Row 1 (Indigo/Purple): sc in 2nd ch from hk, 1 sc in next 6 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 6 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 2 (Blue): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 3 (Green): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 7 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 4 (Yellow): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off.
Row 5 (Orange): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 7 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 5 sts. Fasten off. 
Row 6 (Red): Sc into first sc of previous row. 1 sc in next 5 sts, 1 hdc in next 7 sts, 1 dc in next 7 sts. Fasten off. 
Tie in loose ends and sew the star onto the smaller end of rainbow tail. 

Star (white) 
Round 1: ch 3(or start with magic loop), hdc 10 times in 3rd ch from hk 
Round 2: *ch 4, working into ch-4 just made, sc in 2nd ch from hk, hdc in next st, dc in next st, skip 1 hdc from previous round, sl st into next hdc. Repeat from * around to make 5 points on the star. Fasten off.

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