Saturday, March 27, 2010

Dishcloths: The Swap

I signed up to be in a Dishcloth Swap on Ravelry. My partner for the swap is a fan of purple, so here are the dishcoths I made in all their grape-y goodness!

This is the Open Ridge Dishcloth by Betsey Sennott. It's a quick crochet and works up nicely.

The other cloth was made using the Interlocking Shells stitch from the new book, The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet. I LOVE this book. So many cool stitches that I never even knew existed. This one is a little more time consuming to make because of the yarn changes, but worth it. I edged it by working single crochet all the way around, then a round of ch 3 sk 2 sc and slst into the 3rd sc. And, finally, I worked 5 dc in each ch 3 sp.

They are now ready to wing their way to Wendy in Australia. I hope she enjoys them!

These were made in Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Solids, #250 Amethyst and #262 Mulberry.

Slipper Love!

I am so excited with how cute the Mary Jane slippers came out! The pattern called for an H hook, which was making them waaaayy to big. That may have had something to do with the cotton yarn. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream in Hot Blue instead of the wool that the original pattern used, because seriously, who wants wool slippers in Oklahoma in the spring? Ugh! Anyhoo, I went down to a G hook and that seemed to be a better fit.

I found the adorable matching buttons at Jo-Ann for $1.25 each, so with the $1.89 skein of yarn, I made these for about $4.50. They weren't very time consuming, especially after you got past the crochet in the round part.

Zoe wanted to know who they were for. I told her whoever they fit. They actually fit both of us bigfoots (sz. 9-10) and I'm not sure how you would downsize them although a different yarn and hook size would definitely make a difference.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


It reminds me of that old commercial where the kid is waiting for the ketchup to come out of the bottle. Yes, that was when ketchup was still in glass bottles. (Let me age myself!) It's what it feels like waiting for the new book I ordered to arrive via UPS. While my mailman is usually here by noon, my UPS man never gets here until 5:30 or later. Grrrr! I have ordered The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet from Amazon and I am practically salivating in anticipation of receiving it.

The Harmony Guides: Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet

In the meantime, I am working on a crochet Mary Jane while the dishwasher runs and the laundry is going. Pictures will follow when I am done.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lucy Bird

Who doesn't love Lucy of Attic24? Everything she makes is so cheerful and full of yarny goodness! I have completed my first Lucy bird and am in love!!!! Here he is hanging from my sewing machine.

I didn't put legs on him, so perhaps he was in some unfortunate incident with a squirrel that rendered him legless? Yes, that sounds good.

I have circles done for 3 or 4 more birds. They are just anxiously awaiting their, wings, beaks and possibly, a great set of legs.

For more on the birdie decoration, see here.

Ocean Blue Masa Bag

It has been awhile since I posted. Chalk it up to keeping busy with my boy's 10th birthday, another family birthday, Spring Break, preventing my children from killing each other, and of course, a magazine deadline that required me to work for a living!

I am most disappointed because I missed an opportunity to get together with one of my favoritest cousins and catch up with her. Growing up we were very close because she was much younger than her siblings and I was an only child. We are just a year apart in age. As it happens so often, life got in the way of us keeping in touch and we are just now catching up via Facebook, the blog, etc. It's nice, but not the best way to spend time with family. That is always best done one on one. I am hoping to change this situation soon.

In the meantime, I have been hooking madly. I made a bag for Zoe, which was a huge undertaking for me simply because it required sewing, which is not my strong suit.

Here is the pattern for the Masa bag. I've been calling it the "Ocean Blue" bag because that what the yarn reminds me of. I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream Stripes in "Tie-Dye."

I did make 2 modifications to the pattern. I added a lining to give the bag a bit more strength and I also added a button closure. Oh! I Scotchgard-ed it as well, to keep all that white yarn from getting filthy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I whipped this up for Zoe to wash her face with. Although it was orignally intended to be a dish scrubber, worked up in Lily Sugar 'n Cream Stripes, it makes a great face cloth! I used this tawashi pattern and added a loop big enough for her to get her hand through.

Mark It!

Here are some quick-to-make bookmarks. The shamrock ones are for 2 ladies with St. Patty's birthdays. The softball one is for my softball playing daughter. She loves it! I improvised the softball by making a small flat circle and adding the stitching. I made an extra circle to back the one that was stitched. Here is the pattern for the 4 leaf clover, although I modified it some to get the look I wanted.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Crochet Flowered Caps

I made 2 of these caps. They work up SO fast. The flower is a bit more time consuming, but how cute is it??? Here is Zoe modeling them for our enjoyment :-)

The Beginner Friendly Cap is another pattern I got from Ravelry. Seriously, if you aren't hanging out online at Ravelry, you should be! Look for me there-- I'm "theeditorchick."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Finishing Up the WIP's

I have so many WIP's going, that it is imperative I finish some of them up soon! They are starting to overtake the house. I finished up my potholders for the swap today and I must say, I LOVE them. These are not your granny's potholders! The pattern for these can be found at Crochet Memories.

I made this cute little bag for Zoe, but alas the inseam of her brother's old jeans did not make a long enough strap, so I'm going to try the inseam out of an old pair of her dad's jeans instead. Still, I think it's cute for her to carry her phone, lip gloss, etc. in.

Here's the current progress on the hexagons I've been making.

Well, dinner is about to be ready, so I will be back later with a couple of actual FINISHED projects!