Saturday, July 30, 2011

~ 4-hearts square (ice cream & cupcakes too) ~

I wanted to try and come up with a heart square but I couldn't get it to work the way I wanted.  I only wanted 1 heart.  I was able to figure out this 4 hearts square though.  I sat down and came up with this pattern all on my own, but it does seem familiar - have any of you ladies & gentlemen ever seen a square like this before?  If you have, could you please let me know.  Thanks so much.  :)
**this square measures 5 3/4" - I crocheted it with RHSS and I used a 'J' hook.


~~The Butterfly Bush Diaries left me a comment saying that this reminded her of a clover.  A few of these squares crocheted in green would make nice potholders for St. Patrick's day. 

Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
   - pink
   - white
- J hook

Size:  Rnds 1 - 5 is approximately 5 3/4" but you can always add more rnds.

Notes:
- I crochet tight so you may need to adjust the size of your crochet hook.

Directions:
Rnd 1:  With pink ch 4, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 2.  (3 dc, ch 2, in same ch) 3 more times.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch.

Rnds 2 - 3:  Ch 3, dc in each dc around with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 spaces.  For Rnd 2, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.  For Rnd 3, join with a sl st to back loop of the top of beginning ch 3.  End off.

Rnd 4:  Join white with a sl st to any corner space, (ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same space.  Dc in the back loops of each dc across.  Work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner space.  Join with a sl st to top of beginning ch 3.


Rnd 5:  Ch 3, dc in each dc around with (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each corner space around.  Join as before. 

~~you can end off here or continue to make the square any size that you would like

For heart tops:

Join pink with a sl st to 1st front loop on any side of Rnd 3.  *skip next front loop, 3 dc in each of next 2 front loops, skip next front loop, sl st in next front loop.  Repeat from * 1 more time.  End off.

Repeat for next 3 sides.  Tack down heart tops.



***Debi Y's version***
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~ ice cream cones square ~

Rnds 1 - 3:  with brown, follow Rnds 1 - 3 of '4 hearts square' pattern.

Rnds 4 - 5:  with soft white, follow Rnds 4 - 5 of '4 hearts square' pattern.

- you can add a rnd of sc if you'd like.

For ice cream tops:

Row 1:  join your color choice with a sl st to 1st front loop on any side of Rnd 3, skip next front loop, 5 dc in next front loop, skip next 2 front loops, sc in next front loop, skip next 2 front loops, 5 dc in next front loop, skip next front loop, sl st in last front loop.  Ch 1, turn.

Row 2:  Sl st over to 3rd dc, ch 1, sc in same dc, skip next 2 dc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, sl st in next 2 dc, sl st in same front loop as beginning sl st of Row 1.  End off.

- tack down tops of ice cream.

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~ cupcakes square ~

Rnd 1:  with soft white, follow Rnd 1 of '4 hearts square' pattern.

Rnds 2 - 3:  with brown, follow Rnds 2 - 3 of '4 hearts square' pattern.

Rnds 4 - 5:  with soft white, follow Rnds 4 - 5 of  '4 hearts square' pattern.

- you can add a rnd of sc if you'd like

For cupcake tops:

Rows 1 - 2:  follow Rows 1 - 2 of ice cream tops.

- tack down tops of cupcakes

- I used Sharpie permanent markers to make the sprinkles 

***Debi Y's pattern***
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

~ baby blankie #19 - a new lamp - and Insomniac's giveaway~


Finished this blankie last night.  The yarn was bought from AC Moore - it was a mill-end bag so I don't know the brand.  It's worsted weight and 100% acrylic.  If anyone knows what brand this could be, please let me know.

**eta - I saw this yarn at Hobby Lobby - it's 'I Love This Yarn!'  - color is 'gelato stripes'.

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I've seen on a few blogs that little yarn snippets from projects were being saved in a jar.  I started saving mine and then attached a lamp kit - I now have a new lamp for my crochet room.  Here's the link to Lampstuff if anyone is interested in making their own lamp.  :)



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Neicee from 'Insomniac with a Hook' is hosting a giveaway - hop on over for a looksie and tell her Debi Y. sent you.  She's giving away a great prize:

- two issues of inside crochet March and July

- their premier crochet collection book with 48 patterns

- a Susan Bates crochet hook size J

- and two skeins Debra Norville Serenity Garden Yarn


Is that a great prize or what?  :)
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

~ working on a blankie ~


I've been working on this blankie for a little while now - I'm not really liking the colors.  Do you think they're too dark for a baby?

I bought the yarn from AC Moore - it's one of the mill-end bags.  It is 100% acrylic and was made in Turkey.  If anyone recognizes the brand, could you let me know - thanks. 

P.S.  The pattern was sent to me from Neicee - her blog is 'Insomniac with a Hook'.  Thanks Neicee.  Here's the link she sent me:

http://www.piece-by-piece.net/Crochet/block_stitch.htm
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Monday, July 25, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

For this week, I'd like to feature Anita's ASE Knits 'n' Crochets.  Anita is such a sweet lady and her blog is a nice place to visit.  She graciously offers her own free crochet and knit patterns for everyone to enjoy. Check out her little lamb - he's just the cutest.  Drop by for a visit - you'll enjoy it as much as I do.  :)
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

~ window topper ~

I'm going to be re-doing my crochet room so I can get a set of bunk-beds in there for my grandsons when they spend the night with us (they've been sleeping on the floor with lots of blankets).  I've been standing in the middle of the room looking around, trying to figure out what to do - it's obvious that I need to get rid of alot of stuff.  I just don't know where to start. 

I looked at my window and decided that I needed a new topper and I thought of the little african flower lapghan that I've been keeping on the couch.  I threw it over the curtain rod to see what it would look like and I've decided that I like it.  I like it alot.  :)

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~ giant granny crochet-a-long progress ~

Still working along the one side.  Thank goodness for air conditioning.  Working on it all over my lap really isn't a good thing when it's hitting the 100's outside.  It was put aside last night for a new little baby blankie that I started.  I got the pattern for the blankie from Neicee - a nice lady who took the time to send it to me.  I'll probably show a picture within the next day or two.  :)
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

~ baby blankie #18 ~

First, I want to show how I hold my crochet hook when I'm crocheting.  It's much better for my hand with a handle.  It's not right - it's not wrong - it's just the way I do it.  :)

Second, I'd like to show off baby blankie #18.  It is an 18-point round ripple.  I crocheted it with the bag of mill-end yarn that I got from AC Moore and a 'J' hook.  It measures 29 1/2" from point to point.  
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

~ to pattas and Crochet dude ~

I was able to get your crochet hooks mailed at the Post Office this morning.  I hope you like them.  :)
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

~ and the winner's are... ~

Thanks to everyone who joined in my crochet hooks giveaway - and for all the nice comments.  I put the names in a large soup mug and ...


drew out 2 names.  The first name I drew out was pattas - she will receive the lime green hook.  The second name I drew out was Crochet dude  - he will receive the blue hook.  Congratulations to you both!  :)



Email me at dlyrs@juno.com with your mailing address and I will have these hooks in the mail to you as soon as I can.
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~ crochet hooks & a fort ~

These are my new crochet hooks.  The top 2 I bought from NK Designs on etsy.  I couldn't resist - they're so pretty - and besides, one can never have too many crochet hooks.  The bottom 2 I made myself.  Mine are alot less fancy. I was a little hesitant to photograph the hooks together - but I figure, what the hey?  They're mine and I like 'em.  :)

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Victoria over at '...yarn round hook...' showed off her beautiful new bolster cushion and asked if all children shared a 'throw the cushions off the sofa' trait.  I took this picture a few minutes ago - my gs James definately has that trait (he also has some bed pillows in there too).  He's loving the little fort he made.  :)
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Monday, July 18, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

And my featured blog this week is glor's 'Crochet Galore'.  I love reading glor's blog - there's always an inspirational quote on her side-bar.  And of course, there's her crochet work.  Glor works with thread and has created beautiful doilies - she also works with yarn and she's been getting some projects ready for a new grandson.  Congratulations glor.  She also offers her free crochet patterns - and has recently taken up cross-stitch.  Take a hop on over and I bet you'll find something you like.    :)
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Friday, July 15, 2011

~ crochet hook giveaway ~


I created this crochet hook handle today using Sculpey and Fimo clays in the colors of lime and pearl. I have attached a glass bead to the top. This hook is a Boye size H/8 - 5.00 mm.  It's not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good. 

I have 352 followers now, so I've decided to host a giveaway.  If you are a follower of my blog, and you would like a chance to win this crochet hook, please leave a comment on this post only.  I will draw the lucky winner's names on Tuesday, July 19th at 6:00 pm.  Good luck.  :)

Edited to add:

I've created another hook - this one is a Susan Bates size H/8 5.00 mm.  I used Sculpey clay in the colors of light blue and pearl.  I've added a glass bead to the top. 

I will draw 2 names for the giveaway - the 1st name drawn will receive the green hook - the 2nd name drawn will receive the blue hook. 

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P.S. the doily is not included in the giveaway - it was a giveaway gift that I won from Lia - her blog is 'Lia's handwerkblog'.

**If you would like to try your hand at creating your own crochet hook handles - please take a look at this post:

http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2011/07/re-post-for-heldasland.html
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

~ more SIBOL squares ~


I crocheted these white squares for Ms. Sue's 'winter wonderland' challenge.  You can find all the information you need on her SIBOL Challenges 2011 blog.

These squares were crocheted with the discontinued Red Heart Sparkling yarn.  I glued on the buttons with Aleene's 'ok to wash it' glue and I will also be sewing them.  They were very quick and easy to crochet.  :)
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

~ giant granny crochet-a-long progress ~

I got a few more stripes done on my giant granny last night.  Look at all those ends that will have to be taken care of.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

~ giant granny crochet-a-long progress ~

**2 posts from me today - make sure you scroll down a little to read my Blogday feature. 

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My giant granny is now measuring 36" across.  I am now crocheting along only on 1 side to make a stripe effect.  My giant granny will now be a giant rectangle granny.  :)

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~ It's Blogday ~

And today's featured blog is Bev's "One Yarn After Another".  I enjoy reading Bev's blog.  She posts about her crocheting, her family, cooking, and whatever else that may be on her mind.  She also offers her patterns (for free) for everyone to enjoy.  Go visit her blog - you'll like it as much as I do.  :) 
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

~ new board...~


...is up for "The Crochet Way".  Come on over to add your link.  :)
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Friday, July 8, 2011

~ giant granny crochet-a-long progress ~

Angie from Le monde de Sucrette is having a giant granny crochet-a-long challenge.  If you'd like to join in, you can check out her blog for more information by clicking on the 'giant granny crochet-a-long' button posted over on the right sidebar.  Right now there are 55 lovely ladies that are crocheting a-long.  There is also a flickr group, and a Ravelry group was just opened yesterday.

Here's my progress so far:

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

~ re-post for Heldasland ~



~~this re-post is for you Helda~~

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:

Step 1: knead the polymer clay to make it more pliable. (by the way, I use Sculpey and Fimo polymer clays)

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.

Step 3: bake in a toaster oven at 275* for 15 minutes per 1/4" thickness.

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 a couple of tips:

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

2. lay the polymer clay hook on a soft bed of quilt batting.

3. fashion a little tent out of aluminum foil to cover the hook and quilt batting while baking.

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Here's the link to the post where there is more instructions:

http://hooksandyarns.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-crochet-hooks.html
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

~ on my hooks ~


I'm working on a few things at the moment:

- a round granny blankie (in RHSS 'monet')
- a hexagon blankie (in sparkley yarns)
- an 18 point round ripple (in spring variegated colors)

About the round ripple yarn - I went to AC Moore on Saturday to get some green, purple and orange yarn for the TMNT Bottle covers, so as I'm walking down the main aisle I come to this big rectangle box that has the mill-end bags of yarns. There are different yarns so I always look through there. There is a young girl and her husband standing on the right side of the box and I come up on the left side. She is holding a bag of variegated pink cotton yarn and looking down to her right. I pick up a bag of pretty variegated spring colors (acrylic) - look at it for a second and then put it in my basket. The girl looks up at me, looks at her husband, huffs a little bit, drops the bag she was holding back down in the box and stomps away. What the? I certainly did nothing wrong. The only thing I can figure is that maybe she wanted the yarn I picked up. Well then - she should of had it in her hand or in her basket. It was also a good 2 feet away from her so it's not like I reached over by her to pick it up. What a wierdo.   
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Monday, July 4, 2011

~ It's Blogday ~

Today's blog that I would like to highlight is 'Sharon's Eclectic Retreat'.  I enjoy visiting her blog - she has free pattern links for doggies and free pattern links for round afghan patterns.  She posts about her crochet, family, and gardening - in my opinion, the 3 most important things in life.  :)   
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Sunday, July 3, 2011

~ TMNT bottle cozy ~

I came upon this pattern one day while checking out Crochet Pattern Central - it's a cute coffee cup cozy.  My grandsons like the TMNT's (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) so I thought of them when I first saw it.  The only thing, of course, is that they don't drink coffee - so I crocheted a bottle cozy.  This is the purple one - I think it's Leonardo - he's for James.  I am almost finished with the orange one - Michaelangelo - he's for William.  :)


Materials:
- 4-ply worsted weight acrylic
  - green
  - mask color
- J hook
- pair of 1" wiggle eyes

Size:  fits 16.9 oz. bottle

Notes:
- I crochet tight so you may want to adjust the size of your crochet hook
- The ch 2 at the beginning of the dc rnds does not count as a stitch

Directions:

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

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in each dc around.  Join as before.  (24 dc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 1, 2 sc in same st as joining, sc in next 5 dc.  (2 sc in next dc, sc in next 5 dc) 3 more times.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  (28 sc)  

Rnd 4:  Working this rnd only in back loops, ch 1, sc in each sc around.  Join as before.  

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 6:  Ch 1, sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.

Rnds 7 - 10:  Repeat Rnds 5 - 6.

Rnd 11:  Repeat Rnd 5.  End off.

Rnd 12:  Join mask color with a sl st to 1st dc.  Ch 1, sc in each dc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st sc.  

Rnds 13 - 16:  Repeat Rnds 5 - 6.  At end of Rnd 16, end off.

Rnd 17:  Join green with a sl st to 1st sc.  Ch 2, dc in each sc around.  Join with a sl st to 1st dc.

Rnd 18:  Repeat Rnd 6.  End off.

- glue eyes to mask

***Debi Y's pattern***
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