** There is a vast amount of crochet patterns published both in print and on the internet, and although all of my patterns come from my imagination and are written down as I crochet the item, if you believe that any of my patterns resemble someone else's pattern, please email me at dlyrs@juno.com or you can leave me a comment here on my blog. If my pattern was created after the one in question - it will be removed. Thank you. :) **

Monday, January 31, 2011

~ the kindness of crocheters... ~

...never cease to amaze me.  We crochet squares, hats, scarves, and blankets to donate so those in need can feel the warmth and comfort of someone who cares.  We crochet for others before we crochet for ourselves.  We share our patterns.  Makes me smile.  :)

I've also had the pleasure of making a new friend from the crochet blogging community.  Her name is Michele and she has so graciously sent me a large bag full of novelty yarns to play with.  (I have ideas floating around my head already.)  She didn't know me from Adam but she decided to share - such a lovely surprise.  Has me thinking that maybe I'll surprise someone too.   

     
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

~ a cupcake hat ~


Materials:

- 4-ply ww acrylic yarn
  = approximately 1 oz. pink
  = approximately 1 oz. brown
  = small amount red
- J hook
- various buttons

Notes:

- ch 2 does not count as a stitch
- I crochet tight so you may want to adjust the size of your crochet hook.

Size:  This little hat fits a toddler.

Directions:

Rnd 1: With pink ch 3, 10 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with a sl st to 1st hdc. (10 hdc)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in each hdc around. Join as before. (20 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next hdc. *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc. Repeat from * around. Join as before.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 hdc. *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 2 hdc. Repeat from * around. Join as before.

Rnd 5: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 hdc. *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 3 hdc. Repeat from * around. Join as before.

Rnd 6: Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 hdc. *2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next 4 hdc. Repeat from * around. Join as before.

Rnds 7 - 12: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each hdc around. Join as before. At end of Rnd 12, end off.

==Note: the hdc st basically has 3 loops - the front loop, the back loop, and what I call the side loop. Rnd 13 will be worked in the back loop and the side loop, leaving the front loops unworked.

Rnd 13: Join brown with a sl st to back loop and side loop of 1st hdc. Ch 2, hdc in next st (counts as 1st 2 hdc together), hdc in next 10 hdc. *Hdc next 2 hdc together, hdc in next 10 hdc. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to 1st hdc.

Rnds 14 - 19: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each hdc around. Join as before.

Rnd 20: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each hdc around. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. End off.

For trim: join pink with a sc in any hdc loop of Rnd 13, 2 hdc in next loop. *Sc in next loop, 2 hdc in next loop. Repeat from * around. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. End off.

--with red, make a pom-pom and sew to top of hat.

--sew on buttons randomly.

***Debi Y's version***
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

~ SIBOL squares ~

Here's a couple more squares for SIBOL.  Crocheted with RHSS and a J hook.  I love the variegated blues and green - I'll have to get some more.  :)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

~ my son the joker ~

My son was joking around and this is what he says I do when I'm on my blog.  Pretending he's me, he has his fingers moving like he's typing and says: 

 "I'm a crazy old lady and I'm going to type crazy old lady stuff on my blog."

He's such a joker.  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and kick his butt.  :)
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~ a scarf and Crochet a Rainbow squares ~

Found 2 skeins of lime colored Sensations Bellezza Collection Petalo in my stash and crocheted this scarf.  It's a simple dc, ch 1 mesh pattern - worked up real fast.


Here are a few squares I've crocheted for Crochet a Rainbow.  I used RHSS and an "I" hook - they measure 5 1/2".  :)

 
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Friday, January 21, 2011

~ 2 worthy causes ~

 Over on my right side-bar, you will find links to 2 very worthy causes. "SIBOL" and "Crochet a Rainbow".

"SIBOL" - which stands for Sunshine International Blankets Of Love - is Ms. Sue's baby.  She accepts 6" granny squares from all over the world to assemble (which she does beautifully) and then present to nursing home residents in honor of her grandmother. To date she has created 50 blankets.

"Crochet a Rainbow" is the brand new baby of Sarah.  She's accepting 5 1/2" granny squares from all over the world to assemble and then donate to the victims of the floods in Australia.

A little bit of our time will go a long way in comforting those who need it the most. :)
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Monday, January 17, 2011

~ Peruvian print scarf ~

I came across a skein of RHSS Peruvian Print yarn in my stash and decided to crochet some squares.  I hooked them together to create this scarf for me.  :)

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Friday, January 14, 2011

~ another sweet-heart ~

===you can find the heart-shaped bracelets at the Dollar General  in the party section or at the Dollar Tree in the Valentine section===

Materials:

- plastic heart-shaped kid bracelet (bought at the dollar store)
- 4-ply ww acrylic yarn
- I hook

Size:  spproximately 6" across

Directions:

Rnd 1:  Join yarn with a sc around the heart bracelet.  Continue to sc around bracelet until covered.  Make sure you end up with an even number of sc's.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in same sc.  *Ch 2, skip next sc, sc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a hdc to 1st sc.

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc around hdc.  *Ch 2, sc in next loop.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc around hdc.  *Ch 3, sc in next loop.  Repeat from * around.  Ch 1, join with a hdc to 1st sc. 

Rnd 5:  Ch 1, sc around hdc.  Ch 3, hdc in 3rd ch from hook.  *Ch 1, sc in next loop, ch 3, hdc in 3rd ch from hook.  Repeat from * around.  Ch 1, join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

==add a hanging loop if desired.

***Debi Y's version***
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~ more yarn ~




As I sometimes do after work, I stopped at the thrift store to browse a little. I came across these yarns - all for $4.90. Yay! Kind of makes my day. :)
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

~ what's this? ~

I spent the afternoon at my daughter's house taking care of my youngest grandson - couldn't bring him home with me because my hubby is sick - I wanted to check my blog so I did a google search.  I came across my blog on some site called "bloglovin'".  They have every post I wrote and every picture I posted.  I'm not quite sure what I think about that.  I guess it's Ok.

http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/2181809/hooks-yarns-crafts-amp-gardening
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

~ a cupcake ~





My daughter's friend is having a cupcake themed birthday party for her daughter.  I was asked to crochet 6 cupcakes.  Here are a few of them:

Materials:

- 4-ply ww acrylic yarn = cake color and frosting color
- I hook
- small red pom-pom
- various small beads
- fiberfill

Note:  Ch 2 does not count as a st.

Directions:

- for bottom:

Rnd 1:  With cake color, ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, 2 sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to back loop of 1st dc.  (24 sc)

Rnd 3:  Working this Rnd in back loops only, ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st hdc.

Rnds 4 - 7:  Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.  At end of Rnd 7, end off.

- for top:

Rnd 1:  With frosting color, ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.  (12 dc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 hdc in same st.  2 hdc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st hdc.  (24 hdc)

Rnds 3 - 5:  Ch 2, hdc in each hdc around.  Join as before.

==Ok - now comes the tricky part==

Rnd 6:  Holding cake piece and frosting piece together and matching sts, ch 1, sc 1st hdc of the frosting and the 1st hdc of the cake pieces together.  Continue matching sts and sc together around stuffing with fiberfill before closing.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.



Rnd 7:  Ch 1, sc in same st, 2 hdc in next sc.  *Sc in next sc, 2 hdc in next sc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Glue red pom-pom to top.

Glue various small beads all around top.

***Debi Y's version***
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

~ Thank you! ~

Thank you so much to Le monde de Sucrette for giving my blog the "Stylish Blogger Award".


Now I have to tell you 7 things about myself:

1.  I occasionally talk to myself - especially if something on TV irritates me.

2.  NCIS is still my most favorite show (I love Tony) - I have all 7 seasons on dvd

3.  I'm 5' 3" and 132.5 lbs.

4.  I love chocolate candy - the kind that comes in boxes

5.  My 1st favorite color is pink === my 2nd favorite color is light blue

6.  My grandson's call me Ya-Ya.   

7.  My daughter's birth month and year is 9-82 ==== my son's birth month and year is 2-89.  The same numbers as my daughter's, only backwards. (no, I didn't plan that)


I would like to pass this award on to: 

Heather of "The Good Life"

~Niki~ of "Butternut Street"

Glor of "Crochet Galore"

Emma Kate of "Land of Emma" 

Sharon Marie of "Sharon's Eclectic Retreat" 

Please visit these blogs - I love 'em.  :)
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

~ a sweet-heart too ~

Materials:


- plastic heart shaped kid bracelets (I bought mine from the Dollar General in the party section)
- 4-ply ww acrylic yarn
- I hook

Size:  approximately 6" across

Directions:


Rnd 1: Join yarn with a sc around the heart bracelet. Continue to sc around bracelet until covered. Make sure you end up with an even number of sc's. Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in same sc, ch 2. *Skip next sc, sc in next sc, ch 2. Repeat from * around. Join as before.

Rnd 3:  Sl st into ch 2 space, (ch 5, dc) in same space.  (dc, ch 2, dc) in each ch 2 space around.  Join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 5.

Rnd 4:  Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next dc, (sc, ch 3, sc around the 1st sc) in ch 2 space.  *Sc in next 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc around the 1st sc) in the next ch 2 space.  Repeat from * around.  Sc in next dc.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  End off.

Add a hanging loop if desired.

***Debi Y's version***
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Monday, January 3, 2011

~ a sweet-heart ~

Materials:

- plastic heart shaped kid bracelets (I bought mine from the Dollar General in the party section)
- 4-ply ww acrylic yarn
- I hook

Size:  approximately 4 1/2" across

Directions:

Rnd 1:  Join yarn with a sc around the heart bracelet.  Continue to sc around bracelet until covered.  Make sure you end up with an even number of sc's.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnd 2:  Ch 1, turn.  Sc in same sc, ch 2.  *Skip next sc, sc in next sc, ch 2.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, sc in same sc.  (hdc, dc, hdc) in next ch 2 loop.  *Sc in next sc, (hdc, dc, hdc) in next ch 2 loop.  Repeat from * around.  Join as before.  Ch 12, join as before again.  End off.

***Debi Y's version***
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

~ 'Round in Circles' blanket progress ~

My 'round in circles' blanket as she sits right now.  I love all the colors.  It's a great project to use up all the small scraps of yarns - and a great take-along project.  I also figured out a way to kind of close up the holes in the centers - just added treble crochets.  :)
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~ Thrift store yarn ~

Stopped by the thrift store after work Thursday and picked up a crocheted hat/scarf for $3.90.  I didn't buy it to wear - I bought it to re-claim the yarn.  The yarn feels and looks like Sayelle brand and it is the prettiest variegation of pink and soft white (the picture doesn't really show the true colors).  Both cakes of yarn each weigh 6 oz. 

I was kind of feeling a little guilty when I was frogging the hat/scarf - whoever crocheted it did a very good job - and I kept thinking that it was a shame that she put all this work into something that a loved one obviously never wore and then gave away.  I hope I never find anything I've crocheted in a thrift store.  :)
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~ Happy New Year! ~

I wish everyone a very happy and yarn-filled new year.  :)

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