Crocheted my fellow a beanie! Inspiration from Kathy Lashley’s DJ’s Guy Hat.
I found this crochet Hemp Bag pattern at Chabepatterns. Maria Isabel does each of her pattern tutorials in English and Spanish and they are so helpful. In her original pattern she uses hemp, but as I had no hemp on hand so I used wool yarn as a substitute since it is very sturdy and a little course. The bags worked up quickly and work as great lunch bags!
Three days prior to our recent east coast snowstorm I began to crochet a poncho. Having never tried one before I had been searching a long time for patterns that interested me. I found an amazingly talented crocheter Nadia Fuad on the blog Yarnutopia. Nadia is a beautiful young woman who not only has the easily understandable free written poncho pattern on her blog, she has a video of step by step instructions. Videos and YouTube are so helpful to me when working on something new or learning new stitches. She actually has tons of crochet patterns written out on her blog with individual videos of instructions on her own YouTube Channel. I have already picked out several more and placed them on my “want to make” list. I do so love lists, especially fun ones!
Nadia’s pattern is the Pizzazz Poncho crocheted up with multiple individual rows of colors while I chose to use one type of variegated yarn by Loops & Threads Impeccable in the color of Holland. NOW, this is 100% acrylic yarn. My very favourite for my projects is either 100% cotton or 100% wool, but I simply could not pass up the springtime colors that this yarn was lending to my winter project.
The entire body of my poncho took two full skeins, approximately 536 yards. Another change I made was in the collar. Nadia crochets the neck of the Pizzazz Poncho to be straight across in the back and V-neck in the front. I chose not to make additional necking and to simply trim the existing neckline and poncho border in two rows of singe crochet, using Impeccable in Grass. Since I didn’t differentiate between the front and back with the neckline, I added a little Grass green bobble to the point in the front.
With the children playing in the falling snow, I sat snuggly inside with a warm cup of coffee finishing my poncho. I stepped outside just long enough to photograph my very colorful brand new handmade poncho against a snow-covered background.
My Liveygirl arrived in the snow just in time for me to finish and give her a snow day gift. Her first thought was, “Oh, a Strawberry Poncho!”, so that’s exactly what I called it.
How many times have you discarded, (hopefully recycled) a tuna or chicken tin? If you eat a lot of tuna then probably a lot of them. Hold on to the next one and dress it up a bit. These little things are the best for sorting little whatnots that you have lying around in a cluttered drawer. The tin itself can be used plain as it is or you can make it prettier!
This makes a wonderful craft for you and your children. For yours and your children’s safety, please follow the first six steps completely then have a go at whatever type of decoration you feel inclined to give it.
I have painted the tin with paints. I have glued cloth material or paper to them. You can wrap them with twine, gluing a little as you go but my favourite way to decorate is with a crocheted tin cover. If working with a small tin then it takes very little yarn and is a great stash buster!
There are very detailed step by step instructions on one of my favourite UK blogs Attic 24 as Lucy shows you exactly how to make one. She is so good about her instructions and always informs the reader / crocheter the difference between her UK stitches and what the US stitch conversion is.
The crochet tin covers are quick to whip together and can be embellished with buttons, beads and flowers. I crocheted a small round disc for the inside of my tin as it is for paperclips and I didn’t want to hear them clanking around every time I placed one in or took one out. It makes a great buffer as well if you are using the can to hold something you don’t want scratched and of course the are wonderful for little stashes of left over yarn!
Any type of metal can may be used as long as it is not a “pull top” can, it just might take a little more medium to cover. I especially like bean cans that have the pretty white enamel coating on the inside.
Make a project of it or just a fun thing to do with the kiddies on a rainy day. I would love to see some of your finished designs!
Crochet is a huge part of who I am and a daily part of the little things in life that make me happy. I crochet every single day. Maybe only a few stitches, or a few rows but my crochet bag just like my camera bag is never far from my side. I find in today’s busy life, mine anyway, that I have batches of down time when I am waiting on something. During those times I crochet to pass time and keep my hands busy.
I will crochet anywhere the mood strikes and no longer worry that people will say, “What in the world is she doing?” Now they just say, “Oh, there’s that crazy crocheting lady.” Laughing to myself, but it is good for one’s sole to have a hobby, something to do for themselves that makes them “happy”! And crochet definitely makes me a happy girl!
I love to find new and different things to crochet, glancing through the written pattern to see if it will be a good fit for a new project, and I do have baskets of WIP’s (works in progress) that I work on at all different times. I have been a soccer mom for 16 years and that is a lot of waiting time. Waiting at practices, waiting for games to start, long long drives to distant cities and towns for away games and tournaments. If I am the passenger rather than the driver, I crochet along the way.
My most recent finished project was new, something that I had never attempted: YOGA SOCKS! A co-worker picked this Raverly pattern by Codi Booher and purchased her choice of yarn and I got to stitching. The pattern was very simple to read and it only took me three tries to get it right. Remember, I had never attempted this before so I am pleased with the number of go’s it took. The finished product was two pair of multicolored Yoga Socks. I followed the originator’s wishes to not use the pattern for profit and happily gave the two pair as a birthday gift to SJ.
It is a sense of accomplishment to begin and actually finish a project whether it is crochet or something else and have your Ta-Dah moment.
How many WIP’s do you currently have? Pick one and set a goal to finish it within a reasonable time frame. You will be thrilled with your accomplishment I just know it!
What an awesome week with a new job, new friends made and new relationships to nurture. A cold and dry one day, warm and rainy the next kind of week, but awesome just the same.
I have been looking for months for just the right massage therapist and this week I found her, so exciting! We met her at the fabulous New Year’s Eve party I was telling you about here. She made the appointment for the very next day.Even though the appointment wasn’t for me she made me feel so welcome. Her shop was so relaxing. As soon as I walked in she handed me a cup of freshly brewed herbal tea and a book she thought I might enjoy reading while I waited. Dave found the session very therapeutic and relaxing. Thank you Becca!
This week I have also discovered my love for ripples! A crocheted chevron pattern or ripple is so very fun to make. I started a ripple blanket, see the header on the blog? It will be a project to keep me busy for quite a while and I will show my progress as it moves slowly along but while while waiting for the boys at the barber shop I started an over-sized ripple dishcloth or finger towel. I am rippling all around town!
This cotton yarn in three colors makes a perfect chevron design. The base pattern I use is from my favorite Attic 24 ripple pattern and using her guidelines I can make the project as long or short as I want. I just have to carefully follow the directions. The last three ripples I tested with didn’t come out so well and ended up being pulled out to start yet again. I was just determined to master this thing and now I feel that I have. It just all of a sudden clicked! If you crochet and have never tried a ripple pattern or project, please try one, you will love it.
I can remember my Mommie Wilcox crocheting ripple afghan’s when I would spend the days with her. I never knew how she made the little ups and downs or also known as hills and valleys of the blankets, but they were mesmerizing and now I finally know too!
I did treat myself this week to a new set of vintage mugs which are absolutely delightful for my coffee addiction. The simple design and little speckles and flecks throughout the mug just pulled me in.
Stepping out of my comfort spot a little I did manage to make it through the entire first week of my new job. I am excited about this new chapter and about meeting so many new and different people. Keep your fingers crossed that I have continued success with it. Thank you! Change is good so I will step up to the new challenge with a positive outlook and be thankful for the opportunity to learn something new.
What have you done recently that was new and challenging and had you standing at the edge of your comfort zone? Was it the thought of change or the change itself that was most moving for you? Did you find it nerve-racking or exhilarating? I would love to know.
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You know how it goes, every year, we start out with the whole year ahead and like a flash it will be March, then July and before we know it we will be carving pumpkins again.
Without time travel and worm holes, and short of making the ideas of L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time), Crichton (Time Line) and Wells (The Time Machine) come to life we are destined to believe that time doesn’t stand still and wait for us, nor can we change it; or can we?
In the words of Principal Jake Hord, “Take time to smell the flowers.” I heard that every day of elementary school, but to a child, it was just part of the morning announcements. It wasn’t until I was much older that I understood what he was embedding into our minds. So I really do have high hopes of changing each of my days with simple happy thoughts and taking time to smell the flowers.
Now, I can’t really extend the number of hours in a day, but each day I can do things that are pleasing and memorable which will extend the thought of that day and thus, I won’t feel as if time is just slipping away. I believe that we feel we lose time because we can’t remember the special things we do during them, or maybe we aren’t doing enough of those special things for ourselves.
Special is relative to each person and doesn’t have to be big or expensive. It is merely something that brings you happiness and makes you smile. The key is to be consistent so you can continue to feel in control of your time. It is called making time for yourself.
I have a short list of the things I need for my life during this new year and was so excited about them, I thought I would share. Right on top is, HAPPINESS. Happiness is found within and sometimes we just have to dig in our heels and maybe even get a bigger shovel~
Happiness I believe to be one of the most complex thought processes imaginable and it holds three questions: Where is it? How do we find it? And, how do we keep it?
Since we have such a short time on this earth why do we as people fill so much of our time with worry and despair instead of with happiness? If we could find it and keep it flowing through our hearts and minds consistently each day wouldn’t we be so much better for ourselves and the ones we associate with? I do believe so!
Some of us may have more happiness than others but there is happiness to be found everywhere, and kept, and shared. It could be that we are setting our sights too high, yes, too high.
We are socially taught that we have to have specific tangible things to be happy and if what we have doesn’t measure up, then we cannot be happy. Look a little closer at the small things in life. What makes you smile, really smile? I’ll bet more times than not it is simple and small.
When we are able to personally be happy within ourselves then and only then are we able to share it with others. Before you know it you’re spreading happiness around like raindrops. A drop of happiness here and a dollop over there~
I don’t expect to run around all over town with a Joker’s grin on my face but it couldn’t hurt to sing a little louder and smile a little more!
So there are the first three things on my need list: HAPPINESS, SINGING and SMILING. Have I lost you yet? Hope not. And there’s the fourth item. HOPE.
You see without hope, the first three are much harder to achieve; but with hope, the happiness, singing and smiling fall right into place. So maybe I should move Hope to the top of the list. Yes, it should read Hope, Happiness, Singing and Smiling.
In no special order I have four passions and I plan to work on each of these more, which will also increase my happiness level. Doing more of the things you love to do cannot be a bad thing!
Crocheting: I do so love to crochet beautifully colored yarns into little pretties. My crocheting inspiration comes from so many people but mostly from my UK friend Ms. Lucy at Attic24.
Organizing: Truly, truly I hope to do much more of this in 2014 than I accomplished last year and am greatly inspired by Michele Connolly down under in Australia at Get Organized Wizard.
Photographing: I do get lazy and leave my camera at home more than I used to because my phone has a camera, but it is just not the same. I enjoy my real camera and miss the feel of it in my hands so I shall remember it more on my outings.
Reading: Since my move early last year I have struggled with unpacking my 50 boxes of books and feel that part of me is packed away downstairs. I love the way they feel and look and how I feel when I am reading them. Not listing a specific goal but I will unpack more of them and find nooks and crannies in the house for them to live.
What do you want out of the coming year? Changes for yourself or your loved ones? You don’t have to set (that dreaded word) resolutions and you don’t even need a written list. Just take a few minutes and ponder some of the things you need in your life and then think of a way to achieve it. Small steps are best and if you’re already thinking about it then you have taken that first step.
I do wish for all of my readers more hope, more happiness, more singing and many, many smiles!