Monday, August 30, 2010

~ My crochet hooks ~

I've had a couple readers ask me about my crochet hooks so I've decided to post about how I make them.

I made my first crochet hook handle in 2002 - I needed more substance to hold in my hand - I was having a problem with having to stop crocheting and stretch out my fingers every once in a while. I thought of tape but I didn't think that that would feel comfortable or look very nice. My next thought was polymer clay. I had a small stash of it leftover from trying to make beads, so I tried it and it worked great.

This is how I create my crochet hook handles:

What you will need:
Step 1:  Knead the polymer clay to make it more pliable. (by the way, I use Sculpey and Fimo polymer clays) - then roll into a rope.  Twist the ropes together and then knead a little more.
Step 2:  Wrap the polymer clay around your crochet hook handle and shape it to your preference. I roll the handle on my dining room table to help smooth it out.

To flatten the end - I gently drop it to the table:

-- if you plan on adding a glass bead to the top, do that now.  Use a head pin (found in the jewelry section in the craft store) to help secure the bead.  You will have to cut the head pin about 1/8" from the bead.

Step 3:  Lay hook onto a bed of quilt batting - cover with an aluminum foil tent.

Step 4:  Bake in a toaster oven or regular oven at 275* for 15 minutes per 1/4" thickness.  Once baking is complete - leave the oven door open and the exhaust fan on to air it out.

Step 5:  Dry sand the handle with 320 grit sandpaper.  If you'd like, give it a good wet sanding with the 320 grit sandpaper also.

Step 6:  Buff with an old t-shirt.

Once you get the gist of creating these handles, you can let your imagination go. My favorite style is swirling 2 or 3 colors together with a glass bead on top. I think they're pretty and they really help out my crocheting hand.  :)

***Edited to add:

Use only metal crochet hooks. I tried a plastic hook once and it drooped down.

For spotted handles:

Make a handle according to the instructions except use only 1 color. To get the spots - just roll out a small ball of clay - flatten it between your thumb and finger and apply to the un-baked handle.  Then roll the handle on your table gently until the handle is smooth.  Bake it, and then sand it according to the instructions.

A little snake made with Fimo white glitter mixed with 1 drop of food coloring.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

~ Labor Day candy jars ~

Here's the candy jars I've done up for the G-men (garbage men), the glass men (recycle men) and for my co-workers. I do these every holiday with the crocheted toppers matching the holiday. When I first started doing these some years ago, I got funny looks from my family - they wondered why I was giving candy to the G-men and the glass men. I just think it's a nice idea - they work hard too - think about all the crap that is put out on the road for them to pick up. Heavy things, gross things - they get it all.

I also reap the benefits - they are nice enough to put our trash cans and recycle can over the fence into our yard. Everyone else's is left in the street. :)
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

~ Who knew..... ~

......that Barney Fife could crochet?

My son watched this episode just a few minutes ago. He thought it was funny. You have got to watch at least the first 3 minutes. :)

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Monday, August 23, 2010

~ Granny shawl ~

After seeing everyone's granny shawls while making my blog rounds, I decided that I would like to crochet one too. I started mine yesterday afternoon. I'm using Caron Simply Soft and an "I" hook.  :)

Speaking of Caron Simply Soft - if it's 100% acrylic like RHSS, Bernat, Vanna's and the others - why is it shiney and crunchy? Wierd.

(I think "crunchy" is not the right word to describe the feeling I get when I scrunch the yarn in my hand. When I think of it, I'll come back and re-post.)
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

~ dottie angel blanket - final ~

Finished my dottie angel "ordinarily extraordinary" blanket last night. I have a couple more african flowers to add though. I enjoyed working on this project - went along kind of fast - and it was fun deciding what color to use next. It measures 33" x 48".   :)
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

~ Blue square blankie ~

Ok - I couldn't really figure out how to make a granny square into a bag, so I decided to finish it off and make a baby blankie. I used the Phentex Monster ball (ww acrylic) and a "J" hook. It measures 32" square.  :)

The pattern is found here:
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~ Scented Lily Sugar 'n Cream ~

Just got my email this morning from Lily - they have 'scented' sugar 'n cream - how cool is that? Well - maybe not for the people that have sensitive allergies - but I think it's cool. I'll definately have to try some for the bathroom. I wonder how long the scents last?
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

~ A day away ~

On Tuesday morning, Vince, Bobby, William, James and I went to the campground for the day (actually, we spent the night and came back home Wednesday afternoon). On the car ride there, I crocheted a dishcloth for my sister Julie. In between golf-cart rides around the campground, I worked on my current scrappy round ripple.  :)
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

~ fuzzy flip-flops ~

Been wearing my pink flip-flops for a little while now and the rubbery, plasticy straps keep sticking to my feet. I crocheted around the straps with this pretty yarn I picked up at the Dollar Tree a little while back. I've crocheted around my flip-flops straps before - I don't know why I took so long to do it this summer.  :)

The yarn I used is Patons Twister in the color of "raspberry twist" and I used a "J" hook.
(P.S. I really don't like 'just because' funky feet pictures - but I have a reason to post this one - please excuse.)
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

~ another dottie angel blanket update ~

Here it is - 3rd column finished. I'm thinking about using african flowers instead of doilies that dottie angel used. I like difference. The same - but different. My own touches.

By the way - the african flower motif will make a lovely coffee cup coaster. You can find the pattern for the flower here:

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

~ All I can say is WOW! ~

Over on Sandy's blog - "Sunflowerz Crochet" - I entered her giveaway. She was having her giveaway to celebrate her 100th post. She gave all entrants a choice of what we would like for our prize (I chose a reversible tote bag).

Needless to say I was very happy when Mr. S drew my name as the winner. And let me tell you - Sandy delivered! She sewed the most prettiest tote bag for me - colorful dots on one side and colorful stripes on the other side. And not only that - she also sewed a crochet hook holder and a zippered pouch for me - all with matching fabrics. Inside the crochet hook holder was a pink size J Lion Brand crochet hook and inside the zippered pouch was a pink and purple hearts emory board.

Sandy was also nice enough to crochet a coffee cup cozy for me. :)

I really hit the jackpot with Sandy's giveaway - it was like my Birthday, but without having to be a year older. She is a very kind and generous lady. Please visit her blog and check out her work.  :)
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Friday, August 6, 2010

~ Color, color, color ~

(Sorry - still playing.) :)
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

~ Yay!! ~

I awoke this morning to find that I have 100 followers. Yay!! I never even thought that I would have more followers than I could count on one hand. Thank you ladies so much - I will try to keep you interested enough with my crochet to stay.  :)
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

~ Melonberry round ripple ~

Here's the RHSS in 'melonberry' round ripple I told you I had started. Right now it's sitting in it's basket next to the other WIP's.  :)
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~ Some of my projects ~

Still playing around. :)
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~ New thing ~

Just playing around with Picasa 3 - having fun. :)
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

~ Jeez...

...I, Debi Y., do solemnly swear to never, ever use 35mm disposable cameras again. Such terrible pictures - I should of taken pictures with my digital. Well, I guess I still can but what the hey.
In the 1st 3 pictures we have variegated squares which are the SIBOL squares, followed by the 8 solid color circle in a square squares, then a pink, black and white cotton face scrubber.

In the last 3 pictures is the beginning of another scrappy round ripple and 2 cotton dishcloth's for the campsite trailer.
Quick and easy projects that are great for working on at the campsite.  :)
P.S. If you click on the picture, and then click on it again - it will get larger.
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Sunday, August 1, 2010

~ Back from vacation ~

Hi everyone! I'm back from our vacation (to our campsite) with lots to share. I took lots of pictures but the only thing is, I have to wait until I get the film developed to show you what I crocheted while I was gone. Yes - I did write "get the film developed" - I took regular 35mm disposable cameras with me - not my digital camera. I'll write a list of what I crocheted:

8 squares for SIBOL
8 circle squares to add to my afghan
started another scrappy round ripple (it measures 25" across)
2 dishcloths for our campsite trailer
1 cotton face scrubber
started a RHSS melonberry round ripple

mmm - I think that's it.

If you'd like to see our campsite:

I'll come back with pictures when I get them.  :)
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