I’ve mentioned before that I am trying to use up my much too large yarn collection. While I’m not near the end of it yet, I had noticed I was getting more and more partial skeins and bits and pieces. I also had a collection of swatches, unsuccessful design WIPS and projects that were abandoned when I realized I didn’t have enough yarn to finish. So I took some time this weekend to work on my scrap yarn stash. I pulled out all the scraps, partial WIPS, design fails and swatches of yarn that had been discontinued. Everything was frogged and balled up. I’ve been inspired by Grace’s Bits and Bobs Mother Bears so I put all the tiny scraps in one bin and the even tinier ones in another. I’ll need to make a magic ball with them at a later date. It was like going down memory lane frogging some of those items. Some dated back to my very first published design, theI Do Blanket, where I was working out different ways to attach the rings.
I’m excited to have this section organized. When a yarn is discontinued, I won’t use it for a new design. The discontinued yarn is what I use when I make Mother Bears or other small items for personal use. Having them all together and ready to use will make it a lot easier when I’m ready to start a new project. I haven’t yet dived into the partial skeins, unsuccessful design WIPS, abandoned projects or swatches of current yarn, but I’ll get to it. For now, they are in the appropriate stash box with full skeins of the same yarn.
I’m super excited to share the latest #CbyDH pattern! The Aleteo Scarf. This crochet pattern is very easy and is a great introduction to lace crochet. The pattern includes written instructions as well as a chart and works up really quick. I made the sample in a couple hours. It even includes blocking instructions and photos.
Did you know? Aleteo is Spanish for “flutter”.
While I was taking photos of the sample scarf, a baby cardinal was taking her first flight. The nest was located in the bushes next to my front porch. All spring the parents guarded the nest. When I set up my camera and white board for the photos I had no idea what was about to happen. The baby was ready to take her first flight. She flew back and forth over my head searching for a safe place to land. I could feel the flutter of her wings as she passed above me. What fun it was to witness the beauty of nature up close.
You can work this scarf in yarn weights from 1 to 3 (fingering to dk). And you can easily adjust the length and/or number of stitches.
I’m super excited to share the latest #CbyDH pattern! The Tiffany Scarf. Create a beautiful lace scarf with this easy crochet pattern. If you use the suggested yarn, you can make the scarf as it is written with just one ball! Written for fingering weight yarn but instructions are provided to adjust the length for any gauge and any weight from lace to DK. The scarf is stitched the lengthwise. A chart is included with the full written instructions. The entire scarf can be completed in just a few hours.
So, why is it called the Tiffany Scarf? I don’t know! I just thought it fit. 🙂
About a year ago, I picked up a used crib. I had asked the manager at a local thrift store to please let me know if she received a crib that she couldn’t resell as I was looking for one to use as a photo prop. She called me a few weeks later letting me know she had a crib and a changing table. She couldn’t sell them because they were recalled. Since I didn’t plan to use them for a baby she said if I was interested she would let me have them for $10. SOLD!
Changing table saved from the trash.
I was super excited. Right away I painted the changing table white and used it for photos and for storage when I wasn’t using it as a prop. Because the changing table worked so well both as a prop and for storage, I decided I didn’t need the crib after all. It spent some time on my covered porch while I tried to determine if I could/would ever use it. When I finally decided I did not need it I recycled the metal springs and posted the wood pieces for re-purposing. I couldn’t bring myself to toss them in the trash as they were in good shape. When nobody responded, I put them under the porch and thought I’d try again in a few weeks. Then this morning, while taking a shower, I had a EUREKA moment; use the crib slats as yarn storage. It was so simple and so awesome! Originally I wanted to hang the slats. I also thought I needed spacers between it and the wall. But when I started filling the slats up with yarn to see if it would really work I realized I didn’t need any of that. Propping it up against the wall is perfect! Easy-Peasy. The room has carpeting in it so it shouldn’t slide at all. AND the crib has another piece just like this!! I plan to pull out the other one, clean it up and fill it up with more of my yarn stash! I know I have enough. One day I will work through all this stash…one day.
YIPPEE! They arrived! The packaged didn’t even make it to the house before I ripped it opened. And they are gorgeous! In May I posted about a crochet potholder swap (Post 1 and Post 2) and I’m super excited to share with you the three beautiful potholders I received in the swap. I can’t wait for the next one 🙂
The round purple/teal was crocheted by Sybil. The pattern is called Disc Disc.
A while back I posted about men in crocheted pants. That post has become quite a hit-obviously, who wouldn’t want to see men in crocheted pants! I get a lot of emails asking where to get the patterns. And I have always had to respond “Sorry, I don’t know.” Until now.
Pattern and photo by Kirstie Adamson with EcoCreate. Photo used with permission.
These amazing crocheted shorts can now be made with the awesome pattern by Kirstie Adamson. I haven’t tried the pattern…yet. I’m envisioning a pair of capris in blues and greens. I have the perfect yarn. I just need to find the time, and the guts, to go for it. If you decide to make a pair of these shorts, please let me know. I’d love to see them!!! The link for the pattern is here: Crochet Shorts Pattern by Kirstie Adamson. While you are there, check out the website and blog for some great upcycling ideas and tips.
Whoo-hoo! I finished all three of the potholders for the swap. Super excited to participate in this. Some of the participants have started posting pictures in the Ravelry group and they are CUTE! Wanna play? Finished potholders and return mail are due in Texas by June 13, 2016 so there is still time to participate if you like. Potholder Swap 2016
I’m super excited to share the latest #CbyDH pattern! The del mar Scarf. The crochet pattern is pretty easy. There is one tricky part where one motif ends and another begins (all worked in one piece, seamlessly!) but the scarf is charted so if you get a little confused, you can always refer to the chart. After you make a couple motifs you won’t even need the pattern, it is that easy!
Did you know? del mar is Spanish for “from the sea” or “of the sea”.
New #CbyDH Pattern Alert! The Modern Tote is now available!
An easy and versatile tote bag for you to make. Use yours as a gym bag, a project bag, a take my lunch and other necessities to work bag, a book bag, a beach bag, a large purse, or make yours in thinner yarn for a smaller purse. Whatever purpose it is made for, it will look fantastic. Pattern is written for heavy worsted/aran weight but it can be made in any weight yarn. Your bag will vary in size if you use different yarn.
Josh, dressed as a kitty for Halloween. He’s showing me his tail with his right hand and you can see Baby in his left.
Some people are dog people, some are cat people. I’m a cat person. I’ve had a cat for most of my life so it wasn’t much of a surprise that my youngest son, Josh, loved kitties too. When he was about three years old, my mother bought him a beanie type stuffed kitty. The kitty was named “Baby” and Josh carried her around everywhere. At night I had to wrap Baby in a blue cotton blanket. She had to be wrapped really tight, rolled up in the middle with just her head popping out. Baby went on many adventures and very quickly became one of many stuffed kitties that had to be in bed at night with Josh. But Baby was always his favorite and always the one to be wrapped up extra special. Like all sweet little boys, Josh has grown and is turning into an amazing young man (14 just last month!) and the kitties have been replaced with things like an iPad and XBox.
A few years ago I was working on a new method for a blanket design, Made with Love, Patchwork Heart Baby Blanket. When I was drawing it out, Josh watched me. After a few minutes he said I should make a kitty blanket. He said I should make it like the heart blanket, but a kitty. It took me a while but I did design that kitty blanket. Josh helped me a lot. He worked with me on the preliminary drawings. He helped me pick the right colors for both the kitty, blacks and grays of course, just like Baby, and the background, blue of course! And he helped me arrange the squares to avoid the placement of identical colors next to each other. The child is a puzzle whiz and his help was greatly appreciated! The naming of the pattern was easy, Baby Kitty.
This blanket has so many memories stitched into it. Not only the precious memories of Josh’s suggestion and help, but I made most of the squares while on a family road trip. It was a wonderful family adventure of which the blanket serves as a souvenir. This blanket will be treasured forever, as will Baby, with her matted fur and scratched up eyes. She is a sweet reminder of the past and of the sweet little boy who loved her.