Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cookie Jar #2

I made a yellow cookie jar for my son, and when I shared it, someone liked it so much they wanted to get one.  :) So here's the requested cookie jar, and 5 pictures.  I'll be posting it on Etsy for her to buy.  Some of the pics are a little blurry, so I'll have to retake them tomorrow.  It'll look better in natural light anyway.   But I wanted to get these up tonight before sleeping.  

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cafe Mugs

My daughter isn't yet 1 yr old, and I'm so excited to have a daughter.  She isn't quite old enough for tea parties yet, but with these cute little toys I can get her started.  One is a solid light purple, and it rattles.  While the other is a variegated light purple, dark purple, and green which crinkles.  I used a swimmers nose plug case with 3 pony beads in it, glued shut with a glue gun for the rattle, and for the crinkly one, I used cellophane wrapping paper.  Maybe she can play with her big brother and they can share a cup of pretend Mocha, and count their pretend cookies!  :)   (sorry the lighting is bad, I have a bad time taking pictures at night with my phone, but I was too excited and wanted to share this one)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Crocheted Cookies in a Jar

I designed and wrote the pattern for this fun, educational counting toy.  The jar is double stranded sport-weight acrylic yarn.  And the various cookies are made from cotton yarn.  The backs of the cookies have embroidered numbers done with size 10 thread.  Variety of cookies includes:  2 Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, 2 Vanilla Sandwich, 3 Frosted Sugar, and 3 Chocolate Chip, totally 10 cookies.  Since I wrote the pattern myself, I will be selling the pattern on Etsy, and I've already got a request for someone who wants to buy the set!  I am thinking $25 for selling the set, what do you guys think? I've never sold any goods before, usually just gift things to close friends and family for birthdays/holidays.  :)  Now I just need to get my ass in gear, get to a craft store and restock supplies.  Thank you for all your support, happy crafting everyone! 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

FREE PATTERN Hexagon Motif Blanket (Great for scrap yarn)

So this is a pattern my sister and I co-wrote.  It is a melding of 2 patterns.  It is ideal for all those bits and peices of scrap yarns left over from other projects.  What I love about this, is there no sit down and spend hours of time attaching all those individual shapes.  YOU ATTACH AS YOU GO!  :)  We designed it over 10 years ago, and now, for the first time ever, I have committed it to text and am now sharing it with you for FREE!  ENJOY!!

All the various scraps of yarn, I always try to make it so one yarn isn't ever touching itself side-to-side, but that's just my personal preference.

This red square, with the funky centers, is actually 3 bits of yarn in the center row.   You really can create a whole blanket out of ANY size scrap.  I like to tie all my tiny scraps together and make a ball out of those.

Hexagon Afghan
Skill Level:  Advanced - requires patience.

First Hexagon Motif:
Ch 4; join with a sl st to form a ring. 
Rnd 1:  Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 2 dc in ring, (ch 1, 3 dc in ring) 5 times.  ch 1, then join with sl-st in top of first ch 3.  
Rnd 2:  Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc) 1dc in next st, twice. working in ch-1 sp: dc, ch 2, dc. (dc in next st, 3 times. in next Ch-1 sp:  dc, ch 2, dc) 5 times.  sl-st to top of first ch 3. 
Rnd 3:  Ch 4 (counds as 1st dc and ch 1) skip next st.  dc in next st, twice.  working in Ch-2 sp:  dc, ch-3, dc.  (dc in next st, twice. ch 1, skip next st. dc in next st, twice. working in ch-2 sp: dc, ch-3, dc) 5 times. dc in next st.  join to top of 3rd ch.  Fasten Off.  Weave in end. 

Second Hexagon Motif:
work rounds 1 and 2 for first motif.   
Rnd 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1st dc and ch 1) skip next st. dc in next st, twice.  working in ch-2 space:  dc, ch-1.  with wrong sides together, sc in Ch-3 space of first motif. ch-1, back to 2nd motif: dc in  same ch 2 sp, dc in next st, twice. skip next dc on motif in progress - sc in  next ch-1 space on 1st work motif. back to 2nd motif:  dc in next st, twice. dc in ch 2 sp, ch 1.  Pick up 1st motif again: sc in next ch-3 space. ch 1.  back to 2nd motif: dc in same ch-2 space.  First Side join complete!  (dc in next st, twice. ch 1, skip next st. dc in next st, twice. working in ch-2 sp: dc, ch-3, dc) 4 times. dc in next st. join to top of 3rd ch.

Third Motif (and all others):
When attaching a 3rd motif to first two, you would need to attach along 2 sides instead of just one, when you get to the corners, you will want to SC into the side of the corner SC from the second motif, for a smoothest corner.  
Edging:  Rnd 1:   With Right Side facing, attach in any st; ch 1, work 1 rnd of SC evenly around, increasing at outer points, and decreasing at inner points to keep work flat; join to first SC. 
Rnd 2:  Ch 3, work 1 rnd dc increasing and decreasing at points as before, to keep work flat. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lego Man

My brother's birthday is coming up, and he has always liked Legos.  When we were little, I used to help him find the particular size of Lego he was looking for in the great big bin we had, for whatever little project he was working on.  Today as an adult, he still has a love for legos and has a room filled with them.  And so I figure what else to make for him, besides a little Lego man figurine to sit amongst his Legos?

He's made of thread, I'm not sure on the number size, but it is commonly called "Knit Crocsheen" (not sure on the spelling)

I used cardboard to give him structure (this is from a gum box) and a few pennies in the bottom to weigh him down so he could stand alone.  I used scrap yarns to stuff inside the cardboard (I never waste a thing).

And for size reference, near a soda can.  That's all I have today, I know it's been a while since I've posted anything, but I think this project has inspired me to get back into crocheting.  :)  Happy Crocheting everyone!!