Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stash-busting Blue Dishcloth

I had 2 leftover skeins of the pretty blue variegated yarn and about half of a skein of solid blue yarn.  I used up both of the variegated yarns and most of the solid yarn.  It isn't a perfect square, but it is good enough for a dishcloth.
Size 7 needles & cotton yarn:
- co 2 sts
- knit in the front and back of the first stitch, knit to the end.
- repeat until you have the size that you want along the sizes.
- knit 2 together, knit to the end.
- Repeat until 2 stitches are left.
- Bind off and sew in the ends.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Market Bag, Hexiflats, Pouches, Dishcloth, and Mermaid

On May 30th I started this bag to show someone how to crochet in the round and how to make a V pattern with the stitches.  I then put it aside that night after making 10 rounds of the base.  I didn't pick it up again until this week, because I was suppose to see her last night (she was a no show).  Anyway, here is my pattern for it so far:
Using an H hook and cotton yarn
- Chain 2
- 6 sc in 1st ch
- 2 sc in every stitch = 12 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next stitch, repeat = 18 sts.
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 2 stitches, repeat = 24 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 3 stitches, repeat = 30 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 4 stitches, repeat = 36 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 5 stitches, repeat = 42 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 6 stitches, repeat = 48 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 7 stitches, repeat = 54 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 8 stitches, repeat = 60 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 9 stitches, repeat = 66 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 10 stitches, repeat = 72 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 11 stitches, repeat = 78 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 12 stitches, repeat = 84 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 13 stitches, repeat = 90 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 14 stitches, repeat = 96 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 15 stitches, repeat = 102 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 16 stitches, repeat = 108 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 17 stitches, repeat = 114 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 18 stitches, repeat = 120 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 19 stitches, repeat = 126 sts
- 2 sc in one st, 1 sc in the next 20 stitches, repeat = 132 sts
- Then in the first V where the first 2 sc in one st were made in the last round, sc twice into that stitch / V then skip a stitch and repeat.
- I made 2 rounds of the sc V stitches.
- Then for the rest of the V stitches I did hdc.

I plan on adding a few rounds of single crochet at the top of the bag, and then add 2 handles using single crochet.
I also made 2 more hexiflats using stash yarn.  The green and black one used up lots of small bits of leftover yarn.
These two pouches were made on the knitting loom at work.  I want to line them, add zippers, and then attach them together.
I have finally gotten around to cleaning and organizing my craft area in the basement this month.  It is more like my craft storage, because I keep materials for current projects in the living room and dining room.  Anyway, while cleaning I came across an unfinished dishcloth from I don't know when.  So last night I finished it.  I really like the way the color pooled in it.
Last night was suppose to be my crochet class.  We were going to work on amigurumis, but she didn't show up.  However I really wanted to make the project that I brought to the class, which was this mermaid.  I really love how she came out, although I do need to make her mouth a darker color (using puff paint).  This is a great pattern, and I want to make more.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I made these 4 hexiflats this week using leftover yarn.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blue Doll Afghan

I made another doll afghan using this free pattern.  I used some mosaic yarn that I found on clearance.  I'm actually rather sad that it is on clearance, because I would really like to make a bigger version of it.  I also get to show off my new Deuce Monster High doll in these photos (the male doll).  

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Monster High Mermaid Outfit

This mermaid tail pattern was suppose to fit a Barbie, but it was to short.  I could always knit several more rounds in the center to make it longer though.  But it does fit my Monster High doll just right.
Here is the free pattern for the tail.  For the top I used a size 2 crochet hook.
Make 2:
  • chain 4
  • turn and sc 3, ch 1 and turn
  • sc 2tog, sc 2, ch 1 and turn
  • sc 2tog, sc 1 , ch 1 and turn
  • sc 2tog
  • chain 15 and cut yarn
Chain 15, sc across the bottom of both triangles, ch 15, cut yarn.
Next time I will begin by chaining 15 plus the 4 at the beginning to include the back tie (but make it 5 for a bigger top).

Friday, June 21, 2013

Flip Flop Coasters

Here are some cute Summer time coasters that I made this week.
Here is the free pattern.
I had fun taking pictures of them at Chuck E Cheese recently using their fun photo app. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Spun Cast Fur

At the end of last month I decided to try spinning my kittens' fur.  They are both long haired kittens, and they have been shedding since the weather has been getting warmer.  I'm not sure how long the single ply was, but after Navjo plying it, it was 105 inches long.  I made a boo boo by writing yards on the photo instead of inches.  
I crochet a long chain out of the spun fur and gave it to my husband for Father's Day.  He said that it was the greatest Father's Day gift ever.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Little Mermaid Hexiflat

I recently learned about double stitch, so I wanted to try it on a hexiflat.  So here is my first attempt at double stitch - the Little Mermaid.  She seems a little squat, but I think its because the flesh color that I used was thicker than all of the other yarn.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Log Cabin Afghan in progress

I just can't stop working on my log cabin afghan.  Its probably because it is 30 rows of garter stitch in each direction.  I can knit garter stitch with my eyes closed, which means that it is the project that I grab when I'm watching a good t.v. show, for movie night, and while reading a book.  I've been reading a lot of books lately, so this afghan has seen many hours within the last few weeks.  I'm sticking with a mainly blue theme with some gray and purple mixed in.  I debated adding some green, but settled on only adding green through a light blue and green variegated yarn.  I did have a little boo boo where my teal bumped into itself, so I'm trying not to let it happen again.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Wave Pool Dishcloth

Last night I made this wave pool dishcloth for a challenge in my Disney Adventures group on ravelry.  The challenge was to make something inspired by Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon.  Typhoon Lagoon has a great wave pool, so this dishcloth was perfect to represent it.  

Happy Birthday Donald Duck!

It took me a week to make (lack of motivation), but I finally finished this doll sailor top in time for Donald Duck's official birthday.  I used size 2 dpns and sock yarn.  Here is the free pattern for it.  
Also inspired by Donald Duck, I made this red bow headband.  It can also double as a bow tie, just like Donald's.  Here is the free pattern for it.

Monday, June 3, 2013


Here are some resent photos that I took.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Log Cabin Afghan and the spider who loved it

Anytime I need to work on something simple / easy, I have picked up my log cabin afghan.  It is coming along nicely.  I also added to the colors that I'm using due to a Caron's Simply Soft yarn sale. 
While outside yesterday, this spider decided that he/she really liked my knitting.  

Saturday, June 1, 2013

May Dolls

I made this doll afghan using the same pattern and same type of yarn that I used to make my afghan from last year.  
I made this Star Wars doll quilt and 5 matching pillows in honor of Star Wars day.  "May the 4th be with you."  I used the leftover fabric from the goody bags that I made in April.  The back side is the leftover dancing skeleton fabric from the goody bags.  
I made this fun shrug using the silver eyelash yarn by Martha Stewart and size 5 needles.  I cast on 20 stitches and knit until I knew that when I folded it in half that there would be room enough for her arms.  I then laid her in the center and sewed the 2 sides in half for the arms.  I did remove her hands to put the shrug on her easily.  

I made my 10th tiny teddy bear last week.  This is my smallest one yet.  I used a size 10 (1.30 mm) hook and crochet thread for the body, scrap yarn for the bow, and puff paint for the eyes and mouth.


The other day I knit this long tube on the 1909 machine knitting loom at work. The red, white, and blue acrylic part was done earlier in May to be like a knitting cap (so the weight can pull down on the material so that I can knit with no dropped stitches).  I used up 2 skeins of sock yarn, which I had bought on clearance.  

For all of the pouches I needed to frog a few rows on both sides (after carefully cutting a row of stitches), then I did a bind off on one end and the kitchener stitch on the other end.  This pouch is now holding some very small leftover yarn.  I plan on making hexiflats with the left over yarn.
Sadly I lost one of these blue pouches somewhere. 
I'm thinking of add fabric linings and a zipper to each of these pouches.  One would be great for holding my dpns.