Tuesday, July 28, 2009

10 Things Crocheters Would Like to Say to the Rest of the World, but Most Times Are Far Too Polite to”

Mary Beth Temple at Lion Brand Studio

Thursday, July 23, 2009

9 to 5 Shrug

I finished the shrug. It came out nice, and I can't wait to get started on another. I'd love for a few people to test the pattern, so please let me know if you are interested.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm dreaming of....sterling silver!!

I dreamt this pattern up at work one day, and it has quickly become a regular bracelet in my jewelry rotation. I think next time I will use a smaller toggle, and I also have some gold wire I'm going to try out next.

Crochet enough chains to fit around your wrist, but leave enough space for the toggle clasp, or the clasp of your choice. I crocheted three strands of chains with enough space of wire to twist them together.

Hold the strands together and twist the three ends on one side together, then braid the chains together and twist the opposite end together. Use a tool to bend the twisted wire and make the hole for the toggle. Attach the toggle and wrap the wire around, cut and secure to hide.
You can add beads or dangles near the clasp, but I was looking for something simple.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Pretty Purple Pilates Mat Holder

This bag was made based off of a pattern from Shavasana Yoga Mat Bag. I liked her pattern, but wanted something more see through. I changed the body of the bag as follows:

--This now starts after you have finished the base (I did the base with hdc)--

Ch 3, *sk 1 hdc, dc ch 1 in the nxt.* repeat from * around, join in 2nd ch of ch 3.

::Depending on how many stitches are in your origional base circle you might have to fudge it a little bit here. For instance in mine, I had to skip more than one stitch to reach the 2nd ch.::

Ch 3, dc ch 1 in the very first possible chain space. Contine dc, ch 1 in all the chain spaces around. You will be working in the empty space, not actually in a stitch. When you get to the chain, don't [dc, ch1] into the last space, but skip it and sl st into the 2nd ch st of first ch 3.

:: This helped me from the bag increasing in size or shaping itself weirdly, but you can alter the joining as you see fit. ::

Continue in this way until the bag fits just short of your mat once it's rolled up. I kept my mat next to me and fitted the project over it every few rows. Actually pick up the mat once it's inside the project, that way you can see how much it stretches.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Earth Day Shower Scrubbie

Someone shared this fabulous idea and instructions with me at an Earth Day Fair. The woman was very nice and was passing out the instructions to anyone interested. I can't find any info on ravelry or anywhere else on the internet to link it to her, but I would like to give her credit.
Thank you Earth Day woman!
This can be knit or crochet, just follow the instructions to create a string of “yarn” with the bag. Then use your desired hook or needles and create your scrubbie! Rounds, rectangles or squares all make great scrubbies. She also told me this was better than a washcloth because it doesn't hold in bacteria.
These are the instructions. I absolutely love her hand written ideas and drawings. If you click on it you can see a closer view that is easier to read. If you have trouble reading the instructions let me know and I'll write them out.