Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Vintage Crochet Pic

So, are you digging that cool crochet hat I'm wearing? That is me, thanking my cousin for the doll she gave me on my 4th birthday. You may notice that my arm is broken and tucked up inside my dress. There is a vital lesson here. Don't jump on the sofa!

I am sure that the hat was made by my grandma as a gift to me. It's amazing how everything old is new again. That hat looks like something my daughter would wear (albeit in a different color!)

Of course, we should all take a moment to revere that orange/gold shag rug. It goes quite well with the orange ottoman in the background. And yes, there was a club chair that matched that.

I plan on photographing my grandmother's afghans soon and posting them here so that everyon can see the amazing works of art she created. I am so glad she shared that art with me.

ETA: In case you were wondering...1972!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wanna Swap Potholders?

I have started a Potholder Swap on Ravelry. If you are not a member of Ravelry, you will need to join. (It's free.) Here's how it works.

(LINK to the swap)
This swap is for lovers of the crochet potholder. It requires either a 6 month or one year commitment, where members will crochet ONE potholder per month.
This swap will place you in a group of either 6 or 12 members. When a group has enough members, a “Featured Member” will be chosen for the month. Each member of the group will then crochet a potholder for the “Featured Member” and send it to them. The next moth, a different “Featured Member” will be selected and they will then be the lucky recipient of either 5 or 11 beautiful potholders.

This group will accept members year round and signups will proceed on a rolling basis. As soon as one group fills up, they will begin swapping and a new group will begin.

To sign up for the swap, please post in the “I Want Potholders” discussion thread within the group's forum.

This is going to be really fun! And, you have the opportunity to receive potholders from members all over the globe.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Potholder Treasure

I got my 5 potholders from the 2010 Potholder Swap on Ravelry. Wow! What beautiful works of art these lovelies are!

My heartfelt thanks to the ladies who poured their hearts into makiing gorgeous potholders and the admins who ran the swap. All that hard work is greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Old Denim/ New Projects

These denim coasters are an "Earth Day" craft that I did for the Red River Family Magazine website. The tutorial is here. It's all about repurposing what you already have lying around the house.

And while the pouch on the RRFM site has just a button for decoration, I took this pouch a bit further and added fabric and trim to the flap using fabric glue. I already have a 12 year old eyeing it to carry around in her purse.

Using the back pockets of men's jeans, this is big enough to hold a cell phone, lip gloss, cash-- it might be good to carry hygiene items in your purse. The possibilities are endless! With pockets from women's or kids jeans, it would make a great coin purse.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Miss Butters Gets Her Crochet On

het,Last night I caught Buttercup snoozing with her head buried in 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix and Match. I like to think she was dreaming of having opposable thumbs so that she could create some beautiful blocks.