Monday, August 19, 2013

Hexagon Prayer Shawl Tah Dah

This prayer shawl is finished.  I ran out of  of the tan colored yarn, and decided to make the shawl longer by adding rows that mimicked the pattern of the hexagons.  I edged the whole thing with one row of single crochet.  It was a hit at the prayer shawl ministry group.

One end

Other end

Among other shawls

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Little Girl's Puffy Sleeve Sweater

I belong to a group on FB called Crochet Craze.  One of the members of the group showed a picture of a sweater she had just finished.  I saw it, and know it was something I wanted to make.  It is a pattern created by the Double Stitch Twins, and is on the Red Heart site, here.

I had some yarn left over from the baby blanket that I thought I would use.  I crocheted a swatch and found that I needed to use two strands together of the baby yarn from Big Lots, with a K size crochet hook to get the right gauge. I used pink and yellow yarn together for the back, the sleeves, and the peplum.  Blue and green yarn were combined together for the front and the edging.  I also used one less treble stitch in each stitch for the sleeves, since it seemed like it was getting too bulky. It is the smallest size, for a two-year old.   It  worked up pretty fast, since I crocheted it in one evening.  I figured out how to tie it before I photographed it, the next day. :)



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Monday, August 5, 2013

Two Projects with Puff Ball Yarn

The baby blanket is finished!  It really knit up pretty quickly, once I got the hang of it.  I think it is around 30"x 36".  I actually knit through one ball and part of another ball before I decided it was going to be a lot bigger than I planned.  So I frogged it and redid it.  I like how it turned out.  Even my husband commented on how soft it was.

I only used two skeins, so I decided to crochet a scarf with another skein.  The pattern was demonstrated on a video by Mikey, from The Crochet Crowd.


It is very quick and easy.  I finished in about thirty minutes, and still have about 2-3 yards of yarn left.  Now I have to figure out what to do with the other skein.  Maybe I will make another scarf to give to someone else.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Puff Ball Blanket

Two years ago in November, I saw several skeins of pink Bernat Puff Ball yarn on clearance at for $1.19 per 3.5 oz skein.  I am a breast cancer survivor, so I was interested in seeing that some of the money from the purchase of these skeins would go toward  Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  I purchased four skeins, put it in my yarn stash when I got home, and promptly forgot about it.  Every time I would see it since, I would think that I needed to figure out what I would do with it.  Finally, I decided to make a baby blanket with it last night.

I started to crochet a scarf with it first, but realized that would only use one skein, so I decided to knit a baby blanket instead.  I am knitting a smaller version of the blanket from Bernat's Peppermint Stripe Blanket pattern in just the pink, so it will be without stripes.  It took me about three tries to get the hang of it, but now it is going along fairly smoothly.  I hope it is not too bright.  I know it is nice and soft.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Granny Stripes Baby Blanket

I have crocheted a baby afghan in the pattern commonly called granny stripes.  I have seen it many places around the internet, so I don't have a particular pattern link.  I used a baby yarn from "Big Lots" that is labeled as Hand Knitting Yarn For Baby Projects.  I chained the length I wanted, using a G hook, and then crocheted a 3 dc shell in every other stitch.  The next row was a 3 dc shell in the place between the shells, just like in a granny square.  I chose to have three rows of each color, with 12 rows of white between them.  I edged the blanket with a row of sc, followed by a row of sc, ch 3, sc.   


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hexagon Update

As of today, I have seven+ rows done on my latest prayer shawl.  There are a total of forty hexagons, made with a motif pattern from JPF Crochet Club.  I am mostly using sports weight yarns from my stash, but I am also crocheting with some yarn from my stash that is not labeled.  I don't know the weight of that yarn, but I like how it blends with the rest of the yarn. ;)

The hex's are being joined using a modified version of the flat-braid join, with two neutral colors.  Now I have to decide how I want to make the edging, and whether or not I am going to use half-hexagons from this style motif to make the sides straight.  Hmm...  I  think I will figure that out later, after I am almost finished with the hexagons.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hexagon Prayer Shawl WIP

I finally have more color this week in my prayer shawl.  Lots of color!  I put my hexagons together a couple of different ways, and I think I have found the way I like.  I am going to do rows of 6 hexies, and then rows of five hexies.  I think I need to crochet about seventeen rows of hexagons to get the length I want, from wrist to wrist.  I have five rows of hexies crocheted, so I am a little less than a third finished.

I have been trying to figure out a way to join the rows together.  One method is the flat braid method, which is usually used with granny squares.  I have tried a couple of times and the picture below shows the latest result.

I have mixed feelings about whether I like this or not.  What is your opinion?  Does any one have a suggestion on how these should be joined?

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Friday, July 12, 2013

30 Minute Comfy Cowl

When I saw this pattern on All Free Crochet, and read the post written about it at Busting Stitches, I felt like I had to take the challenge right then and see how long it took me to crochet this comfy cowl.  I used some ivory handspun wool that my husband had brought back to me on a trip to Oregon.  It is so soft, I knew it would be perfect for this cowl.  I watched a couple of TV shows, and was also doing laundry, and it took about three hours for me.

I love the textured waves in this pattern.  When I finished it, I decided I wanted to stitch the ends together instead of using buttons.  I really like how it looks on me, and like how it doesn't hug my neck.  Warm enough, but not too hot to wear.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hexagon Prayer Shawl

I continue to add more hexagons to my pile.  I have now made seventeen.  I was able to crochet fifteen out of the tan/beige color, so this will kind of be a base color.  I am going to make a long strip the length I want, and then design it more as I go.  I don't even know what it will look like when I am finished!  :D

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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I am claiming my spot on Bloglovin.  I hope you will join me there.


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Newborn Boy Outfit

Last week I shared the Monk Strap Loafers, and said I would maybe crochet a vest and cap to go with it.  Well, I didn't have enough yarn for both, but I was able to make a vest.  I used a free pattern I found online, at Red Heart's website.


I used a size F hook with the 6 month size pattern, so that it would be smaller.  I found out that I had to change colors half way through the vest so that both sides would be the same front and back.  If the vest and shoes don't fit at the same time, then they can be used separately.

Here is the set together.

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One a Day~7/2

I managed to get nine hexies done in the last week for my One a Day project.  All are the same color, to see how many I can get from this ball of yarn.  I am looking forward to finishing this ball, so I can make the shawl more colorful!

And I had to share this picture of my dog, Pipsqueak.  She often cuddles with me while I am crocheting. <3

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Monk Strap Baby Loafers

I fell in love with these baby shoes the minute I saw them on Whistle and Ivy.  I wanted to crochet them right away.  I decided to make a pair for my church charity that provides clothes for kids in the area that would not normally receive brand new clothes.  I used yarn from my stash in cream and brown and started with the 0-3 month size.  Once I read the pattern correctly, they worked up fairly quickly.  I think I am going to make a vest and cap to go with them.  I know I will definitely make more in other colors and sizes.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Brand New One a Day Project

It has been almost ten months since I have posted a One a Day project.  It is been a really busy time, and I am glad to be back.  One of the things I have been doing is looking for a new job, since my job was out-sourced to the local special education unit.  This decision was made for both me and the other speech pathologist at our school.  I have sent out several applications, since April, but have yet to have an interview. I keep hearing/seeing that there are several jobs out there for SLPs,  but I have to learn patience.  Any prayers/good thoughts would be appreciated.

Now on to the project.  I have seen lots of hexagon projects on the internet lately, and have wanted to try my own.  I found a pattern for a hexagon motif that I like from the JPF Crochet Club site that Julie had as her featured free pattern a couple of months ago.  I have done a lot of other projects since then, but finally decided it was time to use a bunch of sport weight yarn scraps and give it a try.  I only have two hexies to start, but I have started.

I have to remember to work the pattern backwards since I am left handed.  As I was writing this post, I just realized that I crocheted pentagons instead of hexagons, so back to work I go.  At least it doesn't take too long to get these redone. 0_o

Two Pentagons

Forty minutes and four frogs later, I think I got the design right. ;)  It will get more colorful as I go along.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Prayer Shawl Helps to Heal

I was having a bad day with MS yesterday.  I was sore all over, and very tired.  I think it was due to the change in weather over the past couple of days, but I am not sure.  It is on these kind of days where I can't do very much, since I have so little energy and hurt with most movements.

There is one thing I can still do.  I can crochet.  God has blessed me with this ability, and I will use it as long as I can to glorify Him!  I often make prayer shawls, where I pray for the person who will receive the shawl while I am crocheting.  Sometimes these shawls take weeks, sometimes months.  I am often crocheting these shawls while I am working on other projects.  When I am finished, I take the shawls to the Prayer Shawl Ministry group at the church I used to attend when my husband was the choir director there.  I also attend this group on Monday afternoons,  when I am not working.  The fellowship I have with the ladies there also blesses me.

So, between naps and some time on the computer yesterday, I finished my latest prayer shawl.  It is an easy pattern that I learned from a baby blanket pattern published many years ago.  The yarn I used was Red Heart's Super Saver in Aran Fleck and Caron's One Pound in Espresso.  The pattern alternates between single crochet, chain three in one row using one color and the next row of three double crochets in the chain three space of the previous row in the other color.  I ended up running out of the Fleck color, so I finished with an old Sayelle Bone-colored yarn I had in my stash.  I love how it turned out.  I pray that the person who receives this shawl will find joy in its making.  It brought peace to me.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Pink Button Scarf

Earlier this spring I was looking for a neck wrap I liked.   The hi-low temperature in Illinois changes rapidly, so I wanted something light.  I browsed the internet and found this pattern at Fave Crafts. 

The Blue Button Scarf is a scarf that is described as "a spiderweb scarf. You only wear it around your shoulders kind of like a shawl."  I decided to use some yarn I had from my stash, a pink mixed fiber yarn from GALA Yarns that I had purchased at Big Lots. 

Scarf laid out

Scarf as worn

In the description, it says the pattern is easy, but I would not agree.  Although the pattern only uses chains, and single and double crochet, the six-row pattern repeat needs to be carefully followed eleven times.  Having to concentrate this much was difficult for me, and I was only able to work on it for about an hour each time, and could only finish two repeats each time.  Even so, it was well worth the effort.  I think it turned out beautifully.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WIP Wednesday~6/19

Yesterday, I intimated I was not into working on prayer shawls during the summer.  They get really warm on my lap as I am adding rows.  However, I still have one going.  It looks like it is done, but I want to add a couple more rows on each side to make it wider, so it can be used as a shawl or lapghan.  Here's hoping the air conditioner is working, or there is cooler weather!  ;)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summertime Crocheting

It is summer, and I will be back to blogging on this site, at least for now.  It has been an extremely busy school year, and I am looking for another job.  If you are interested in catching up on that, you can go to my other website, Mlissabeth's Musings.

Since it is summer, I like crocheting small projects instead of the prayer shawls I usually make.  These pieces get finished faster, and I do not get as hot as when hooking with all the "in progress" part in my lap. :)

One of the things I like to make is jewelry.  I have made two bracelets and a  ring for myself.  I adapted a pattern from The Crochet Spot for the Chain Wave Bracelet.  I used some yarn I got at a garage sale, which doesn't have a label, and ended up using a steel  size "0" crochet hook.  I didn't use a clasp either, and instead tied it together.  I was a little stretchy, which made it easy to slip it over my hand.

Chain Wave Bracelet

The Emerald Drops Bracelet was also from The Crochet Spot.  It features a crocheted toggle clasp and diamond motifs that are crocheted all in one.  As usual, I used my own flair, and used blue variegated thread instead of the emerald it called for.  It turned out so pretty and delicate!

Emerald Drops Bracelet

The Crochet Ring pattern I adapted did not have beads, and I wanted a little more bling, so I added them to a pattern I found on Fave Crafts. The pattern was written by Brett Bara, the host of the TV show Knit and Crochet Now.  It took me a couple of times to figure out the correct size of hook to use with the yarn from my stash (again, not labled), but after about four tries I finally got it.

Bead Crochet Ring

These pieces are things I have been making since school is out.  I am linking up with Keep Calm Craft On.  You can click on that link to see what other crafters have been doing.