crochet:: i don’t do doily

In the center of my kitchen table, as it has for 20 years, sits a handmade Amish oak lazy susan.  Under that, for 20 years, I have required a centerpiece made of some sort or another of fabric.  To make it look pretty.  Because I said so.

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I used to shop at an Amish general store when I lived in Ohio, and they had a furniture store next door.  I always oogled over the beautiful tables and rockers and bedroom sets that were way too expensive, but the accessories…I could afford some of those.  So entered into my life the lazy susan and the hand quilted centerpieces.  Fast forward 20 years and the pretty quilted centerpieces look more like pretty shabby after several hundred washings.  Even though I have mad crafting skills ~ I don’t quilt above the level of a 5 year old.  I also don’t do doilies.  I may be all LittleHouseOnThePrairieMakeItMyselfIBrakeForYarn, but I just don’t do doily.

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Using 3 strands of doily cotton together, I whipped up a new centerpiece.

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I am the weirdest 40something I know.

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But my table is pretty.

crochet:: on pins & needles

I got the wild idea that I needed yet another pincushion.

Redundancy runs in the family & courses through my veins.

Then I came up with this mini sewing kit featuring a watercolory felted african flower.

Told ya.  My life has a theme.

felted pincushion lid

image Make today ridiculously amazing!

crochet:: may the force be with you

Dark side, dark schmide.

Making Star Wars stuff is cool.

I’ve made the DeathStar before, so I won’t bore you with the details.  But the R2D2 hat was awesome fun to make.  I googled it & I found several free patterns, several paid patterns, and more movie shot images than you would believe for a make-believe robot.  In the end, I made it up as I went along with bits and pieces of ideas from all over and I love the outcome.  Photos don’t do it justice.  I will look so freakin adorable on my friend’s little boy!

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I’m the first to say I love amigurumi stuff.

I am also the first to say I will not make the AT-AT toy again.

Nearly 10 hours to finish that little guy.  Great pattern ~ but not fun.

I need fun patterns in my life, it kind of makes the world go ’round for me.

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So to recap, if you are into geekery crochet…

DeathStar = good

R2D2 hats = AWESOMENESS

AT-AT toys = may the force be with you cos you’re gonna need it ;)

Happy hooking!

crochet:: for the love of african flowers

My WiP basket runneth over with african flower projects right now. Wanna peek?

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I love how the dishcloths turned out.  I was playing with those colors for Valentine’s Day and then it evolved to needing the combo in my life on a daily basis.  Can you say channeling my Grandma Amy from the 1940’s???

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What the what?! you ask

That my dearies is a brick covered with african flowers to transform into a doorstop.  It even has handles.  That way I can drag it out of the way instead of trying to lift a brick.

Will wonders never cease?

 

 

 

 

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And this is the start of a project bag.  More on that one later.

Make today ridiculously amazing :)

crochet:: headwraps are all the rage

In my part of the world it’s pretty cold right now and we are headed for the longest short month of the year.  You know, when all you want is for the weather to break and February is super stubborn.

I’ve been using headwraps this winter, and even though I am a little slow to adopt the craze, I still think they have been the accessory to have this year.  I have a spare shoved into my bag at all times and they take up way less space than hats.  Which we all know, I do not wear.

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The free pattern for this headwrap can be found here.

I made mine with her Resilient Superwash wool.  PS ~ this is where I got all the sari silk recycled yarn a few months ago.

It’s a tad on the expensive side, but wowsers I love that wool.  I’ve been making socks with it, and 1 skein will make a pair of socks and a matching headwrap.

The other day, Miss Cortini came into work with this one and I thought it was pretty cute.

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It looked like knitting, but it’s actually crochet.  It’s hdc behind the back loop (not a bphdc), so it pulls the top loops forward. Kind of interesting.

Naturally, I decided to make my own take on it.

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Would you like another free pattern? A two-fer today, woot.

winter headwrap::

K hook

Lion Brand Homespun yarn

rnd 1 – ch 45, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, then hdc 41 to end, 4 hdc in beg ch, then hdc back down the opposite side of the ch and make 3 hdc in end (makes 4 on that end too) join, ch 2, do not turn (or work in continuous rounds ~ your choice)

rnd 2 thru 4 – tilt your work towards you so you can hdc in the loop behind the back loop (that’s what makes it look like a knit stitch) and continue on with behind the back loop hdc on the long sides; on the ends where you have 4 stitches on the previous row make dc, dc & tr, tr & dc, dc still working the loop behind the back loop

rnd 5 – continue on with the hdc st, but on the ends switch to dc& tr, tr & tr, tr & tr, tr & dc in those 4 end stitches

rnd 6 – switch to sl st in the loop behind the back loop, join and voila ~ done.

Add your favorite flower, or not.  Add a cluster of buttons instead, or any other embellishment, or not.

Then sew on a big button near one end to be your clasp.

Finally…snap a late night selfie when you get it done…image

Happy hooking :)

crochet:: as graceful as a baby giraffe

But we’re not talking about me right now.

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The northern hemisphere in December really knows how to mess up photography.

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This was a fun one and turned out much more graceful than I.

A special THANK YOU to Jill over at Nice Piece of Work for the hat-spiration ;)

Smooches, Miss Jill!

crochet:: something new…sari silk yarn

I’ve told myself time and time again to STOP BUYING novelty yarn!!

But I don’t listen to me all that well.

sari silk yarn

Isn’t this stuff absolutely divine??

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I’ve started a few scarves as Christmas gifts with this beautiful stuff.

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It’s scooped up threads at the sari factory spun into yarn.  Yay for recycling and upcycling.

And that my friends, inspired me to do a little facelift on the old blogster.

Whatcha think?

crochet:: my masterpiece is complete

And the funniest part?

I have stats.

21 months

145 colors

254+ hours

16,747 (approx) yards of yarn

And the most impressive stat of all…

244,896 stitches

Boom.

palette afghan before

~before washing~

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~after 1st shrinking wash~

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We’re going to give it the 2nd shrinking wash today.  I fully expect that it will have decreased by 1/3 in size…but we absolutely love it.

This has been my ALL-TIME FAV afghan ever.

And I don’t usually say things like that, because let’s face it afghans take forever to make and if the stitch, yarn, or pattern is a bore/hassle/frustration, I’m just satisified the experience is over.  This one was pure bliss all the way around.

I loved the yarn:: Knit Picks Palette (they don’t pay me btw, but they have been PIVOTAL in changing my mind regarding fibre choice & I will most definitely purchasing from them again.  Just sharing my personal thought as a customer.)

I loved the stitch:: ch, sl st, dc (can you say mindless so I can watch seasons of Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, and tons of football??)

I loved the pattern:: 14 round grannies/join as you go (I could always keep a square or 2 in my purse with me)

The finished product is exactly what I was looking for.  Warm and squishy, soft and cozy, and my very first large-scale 100% wool blanket.

I love it when a project is successful. I’ve decided this is a family heirloom.

My son asked me how much time & money I spent on it.  So I told him & showed him my stats.

Then he asked:: Why didn’t you just buy a new comforter?

He is no longer in the will.

crochet:: my deathstar pillow can beat up your deathstar pillow

Hellloooooo friends.

I’ve been doing some child’s-play.

That’s no stretch for me, amiright?!

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I’ve started my making for Christmas.   When the weather is beautiful, I have a NEED to make art on the weekends.

I have a Star Wars obsessed nephew and  had no choice but to make one after I

 found this pattern through the most odd set of circumstances on fb,

Holla!

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