Apr 112016
 

My mom has been busy, as usual. She’s been turning old t-shirts into yarn and crocheting rugs. I’ve been toying with doing something similar with some old pants, we only have a few old t-shirts, but I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to tackle it until now.

I searched YouTube for examples of how to make continuous t-shirt yarn and how to change colors without huge knots. I don’t know if this is the way my mom did it, but this is what I’m planning on doing. It looks like the same process will work with old khakis and jeans, so I’m going to try my hand at an old pants rug as soon as I finish a couple other projects. Sadly, all I have is the khakis and jeans, so I don’t have different colors to work with. Maybe I should play with dying some, too?

Pictured is the beautiful rug Mom made for me. Now I just need to go pick it up.

crochet shirt rug

Nov 192015
 

So, I’ve been working on the same blanket for years, haven’t picked it back up yet this year, but Mister Underfoot won’t let me finish it. I made a post about it last year that you can find here: The Blanket I’ll Never Finish.

After I made that post, I decided that since he loved the blanket I was working on so much, I’d just make him one of his own. Since it was smaller, it was easier to work on, but he still had to try it out before it was finished.

underfoot-testing01

It’s a simple blanket, just single, double and triple crochet throughout. On the row before switching colors, I did a variety of variations. Some were 3 sc, 3 dc, 3 tc, 3 dc, 3 sc, 3 dc and so on. Some were 1 of each repeating and some were just seemingly random. I wanted to add a little something to see even though it was a blanket for a kitty.

And here’s what he wound up with…

underfoots-blanket

The variegated rows actually look pretty interesting. I love working with variegated yarn because you never know exactly how it’s going to look until it’s finished. Some people see ducks, others rabbits. I see a pattern of blobs, but I’ve never had something I’ve made with variegated turn out looking quite so uniform before.

After the blanket was finished, I spread it out on the couch. Mister Underfoot jumped up on the couch, wrapped his arms around the edge of it and pulled it up to his face.

underfoots-blanket02

I left him alone with it and came back a few hours later to this.

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I don’t think he likes it. 

Sep 302015
 

My husband likes more than a sheet in the summer, but blankets are too much. He was complaining one day about being too hot with the blanket, but not feeling comfortable without it, so I asked him if he wanted me to make him a summer blanket. He gave me an enthusiastic yes, so I set about gathering patterns and yarn.

I made him pick the pattern I was to use. I figured he would know better what would work for him. He decided rather quickly on the Spiders & Cobwebs Throw pattern posted on the Redheart website.

I had some leftover yarn from the blanket I made him several years ago and decided to make the summer throw to match. I was out of the exact green color and no one had it in stock so I opted to leave it out. I also dropped the brown because I wanted to get started right away and I was almost out so I was left with Redheart colors black, claret and fall.

I finished it last year right before the end of summer. I hate working on blankets, even summer blankets, during the summer. It’s too hot! He was so cute about it though, even taking interest in picking the pattern, that I wanted to get it done before he had no use for it anymore. Little did I know he’d use it through the winter, too.

spiders&cobwebsblanket

I made the sad choice putting the blanket on top of a similar color to shoot the picture, but I think the design comes through with the solid colors. He seemed to really like it and has used it ever since. In the winter, he piles the blanket I made him and the quilt my mother made him on top. 

Making this pattern and switching colors didn’t work out the way I hoped. I think next time I use this pattern, I’ll stick with one color, no switching. It was a fun pattern and I’m thinking about making myself one soon.

Here’s the blanket I was trying to match…

Hubby's Blanket

Nov 262014
 

The first project where I combined jewelry making and crochet. I made these for my daughter for Christmas 2013 to match the Twisted Chain Necklace.

These are very fast and easy to make. Just single crochet twice, then add a 8mm jump ring, single crochet around the jump ring and repeat. I finished it with a bead tip to hide the thread. You can choose to single crochet as many times between jump rings as you like to get the look you want.

Crochet Jump Ring Earring

Nov 162014
 

It’s already almost Christmas again and I still don’t have all the Christmas 2013 projects posted. Eek!

The original beanie pattern I modified is here.  http://annaheiser.blogspot.com/2011/04/beginner-beanie-pattern.html  Thank you, Anna for the pattern! It worked out well for all three people I made hats for.

I suggest testing the beanie out on your own head as you make it. I had to make it a little bigger than Anna’s pattern to make sure it fit all the big heads around here and a little longer for the men.

 

I made the purple, grey and black beanie for my daughter to match the gypsy shawl, chunky slippers and fingerless gloves. All the yarn was Red Heart Super Saver Economy in Black, Heather and Dark Orchid.

The other two hats were made from Caron Simply Soft in the color Sticks & Stones and Red Heart Super Saver Economy in the color called Fall .

The Sticks & Stones beanie was for my hubby and I made him a scarf to match. I don’t think I’d ever seen him so appreciative. Now he’s begging me to make slippers to match, too! I feel appreciated.

The Fall beanie was for my dad. He’s hard to buy for, so I made him something I hoped he could use. Slightly better than getting underwear or socks, right?

 

Nov 062014
 

Every winter for the last several years, I’ve been working on the same blanket. It’s maroon, navy, charcoal and black with a wave design and I’m dying to finish it. It’s huge so it has taken me a long time anyway, but Mister Underfoot makes the process nigh impossible.

Here’s what happens when I try to work on it…

 

If Mister Underfoot could understand everything I wrote for a day, I would tell him that I’m not trying to be cruel, but if he’d just let me finish the blanket he could sleep on it all he wanted!

Someone or something you can’t communicate with through writing (a baby, a pet, an object) can understand every single word you write today, for one day only. What do you tell them?

I’d also tell him that the toilet is pretty easy to learn how to use.

And I’d tell him that the baby isn’t here to take his place and he can stop being a jerk to him. He nips at Zander whenever he gets near and steals his toys. He’s super jealous and thinks everything is his.

The Daily Post – Literate for a Day

Sep 062014
 

I made these for my daughter to match the Gypsy Shawl, beanie and fingerless gloves I made her for Christmas 2013. They’re super easy and very warm.

I found the pattern on All Free Crochet. There’s even a video you can follow.

I’m not sure I like the feel of the stitches wearing them barefoot, but with socks they seem just fine. The hubby is begging me to make him a pair, so I already have something to make him for Christmas this year!

Easy Slippers

 

I added some height to the second pair I made so they would keep the ankle warm, too. I’ll try to remember to post them and a modified pattern after I’ve posted some more backlogged projects.

May 152014
 

I completely forgot to take a picture of the baby blanket I made for my grandson, but my daughter sent me a picture of him wrapped up in it.

So cute!

It’s just a simple sc and dc rectangle made with variegated Baby-Baby color Bernat. I added V’s to make it a little cooler since he was born in the spring. I like to try to take pictures of everything I make though so I don’t forget what I’ve already done.

Used Baby Blanket - Zander

 

I made sure to warn my daughter when I gave her the blanket that it was used. While I was making it, Mister Underfoot decided that it was his and it was big enough for him, so I could stop right then! He tried to keep me from working on it by sleeping in the middle of it and turning himself into a sack of rocks when I tried to move him so I could turn it.

Used Baby Blanket - Mister Underfoot

Kitty tested. Kitty approved.

Apr 202014
 

I made this shawl for my daughter for Christmas 2013. I decided against finishing with fringe, which would have been more gypsy-like, since we have cats that like to play with anything that dangles. While amusing, walking around with a cat hanging off your clothes makes everything more difficult. Hysterical, but difficult.

I think this is the first pattern I’ve tried to write myself, so please let me know if it’s confusing or missing anything.

Gypsy Shawl

 

Gypsy Shawl

 

Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used Red Heart Black, Dark Orchid, and Heather)
Hook Size: K

Chain 5

Row 1: In fifth chain – 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc

Row 2: ch 4, turn,2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in end chain

Row 3: ch 4, turn, 2 dc in first dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in center ch 2 space, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end 3 dc in end chain

Row 4+ repeat Row 3 until desired length

Finish: There are several ways to edge the shawl depending on the look you desire. I did this: 2 dc in first dc, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to center ch 2 space, in center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2 3 dc, after center 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in ch 2 space, repeat to end, 3 dc in end chain

You can also add poms or fringe if you like.

In the shawl pictured, I changed colors every three rows, but you can change as often or seldom as desired.

Here is a great video explaining how to change colors.

Nov 172013
 

While I was working on a Christmas present, I realized that I still hadn’t posted all the projects I did for Christmas last year and I’m going to have more to post when Christmas is over. I better catch up!

This is a pair of rainbow fingerless mesh gloves I made for my daughter. She loves fingerless gloves and rainbow colors, so I thought it would be a perfect fit.

I love working with variegated yarn because you never know how it’s going to look in the end. I thought they turned out pretty interesting. I haven’t gotten around to making a pair for myself yet. I seem to forget to make stuff for me.

Rainbow Fingerless Gloves

Here’s the pattern I used. http://chicrochet.blogspot.com/2010/05/mesh-wrist-warmers.html

 

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