Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday's Tallies/GAD Update

There is another color to my Starburst squares, and I am up to twenty-three.  I have nine of off-white, six of melon, six of aqua, and two of my newest color, orange.  I hope I can get at least two more out of the orange ball, and make a 5x5 square blanket, which will be about 30"x30."  That sounds like a good size for a baby blanket, right?

I just noticed that the squares look like different sizes, because the yarns are not all the same texture/weight, but close.  I hope it all works in the end.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

FO Friday

I realized today that one of the reasons the jean purse I made from my daughter's skirt that I posted about on Monday was so special to me.  It is because when I use it, it makes me nostalgic of when she was so little and sweet.  She is a teenager now, and is still sweet, but differently.  If you have a teen-aged girl, you will know what I  mean.

She has been packing up a lot of clothes that she no longer likes or has become too small for, after puposefully losing weight, and she handed me a poncho that I crocheted for her several years ago.

She made a comment about knowing that she wouldn't wear it anymore, but knowing that I might feel a little bad if she got rid of it. That is an example of how sweet she can be, and because she said it, I could let the poncho go.  I may even use the yarn for something else someone will enjoy as much as we did this item.

In fact, I did make a poncho for a newborn this week..."and the circle goes round and round..."

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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WIP Update

Prayer Shawl/Lapghan
So, I have been making this for two weeks now, with more progress lately than before.  I have changed patterns, needles and frogged and started over at least twice. But now I am through a whole ball of yarn,  I am sticking with this.  It is rows and rows of garter stitch with a stripe of stocking stitch near the end of the current ball of yarn. I like the trees and shadows that I see coming out in the first section.  Do you see it?  Now that I have stuck with this pattern for so many rows, I think I will finish it much faster than I started.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Granny-A-Day and Tuesday's Tallies

There are twelve squares done now, and I have started a new color.  There are nine squares of the off-white, and I have picked an aqua as the third color.  It will most likely end up another baby blanket.

This Granny-a-Day project has been really helpful in stash busting!  My bins are emptying out.

Now I am going over to Gingerbread Girl to look at more One a Day projects.  Join us!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Easy Upcycled Jean Purse

I made this quite a while ago, but I have been getting a lot of compliments on it recently, so I thought I would blog about it.

The purses that I had seen at craft fairs usually were made out of jeans that had been cut off above the crotch area and then lined.  Somehow, I got the inspiration to make mine from a jean skort that my daughter no longer wore.  It already had the inside lined with knit shorts, so that made it even easier.

Here is what I did:

I started with a size 7/8 skort. I sewed each leg of the inside shorts together with a blanket stitch, and then hand-gathered and whip-stitched the bottom of the skirt.  For the ties, I used some 1" lace that I had on hand.  I chained the laces with a crochet hook until it was the length I wanted, and then fastened them to the belt loops, one handle to the two belt loops in front, and one to the two belt loops in back.  Finally, I used another length of lace for the "belt" by putting in through the loops around and then tying a big bow in front.

I would love to see pictures from anyone who tries this.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Finished Objects

Preemie Sleeper and Hat
There were several things I finished this week. I crocheted charity outfit for a preemie and some jewelry for myself.  The All In One was from an archive of patterns from TLC for Angels.  It is tied in the back, and has a long opening so it is easy to put on and remove.   The hat is from SLK Designs, without the cuff, because I ran out of yarn!

I made some earrings with beads and thread.  The pink set was from Cynthia's Cynfully Spiffy Stuff  and the rest were all my own design.  Since I learned some things from Cynthia's pattern, I redid the other three pairs.

The last necklace/earring set is from a combination of mine and another's designs.  After I made the necklace from a design at Pammie's Place, I decided to crochet a pair of earrings of a similar design.  They are both made from trellis ribbon yarn.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Squares Project

When I saw the Filet Crochet Starburst Squares at Creative Jewish Mom, I decided that would be my next project.  I am using left-over sport weight yarn and a G hook.  I don't know what I will do with the squares yet, since I don't know how many squares I will be able to complete. More to come...

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Granny Square Sundress

Another Granny-a-Day project, with 20 squares in the bodice, and granny stripes in the skirt.  The original pattern called for short sleeves, but I did my usual accomodations with the yarn I had.  Still haven't decided if I will gift it or donate it.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Natural Fireworks on July 4th
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WIP Wednesday~ 7/11

Prayer Shawl
 I have a knit and crochet project to show today.  My daughter says she doesn't have to ask me what I am working on any more, because prayer shawls and baby items are "all I do."  ; )   Yes, I do a lot of them.  They give me a lot of pleasure, to make something for someone else, since I can't do the things for my family as well as I'd like.  I think that is one reason I will never sell my items.  This is my mission.
Baby Dress

So I am repurposing yarn from previous projects I have made, that I no longer want.  The yarn for the shawl used to be a sweater, and the yarn for the dress used to be doll clothes for my daughter that has grown out of that stage.  I like to know someone else will use them well.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Ferris Wheel Square Baby Afghan

This afghan is part of my Granny-A-Day project.  It is made from worsted weight yarn scraps and a pattern I found in The Granny Square Book: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square by Margaret Hubert.  I like the color way, and have not decided what I will do with it yet.  It will either go to charity, or for another baby gift.
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