5.16.2017

Blarf Border

Finishing up my Stashbuster Blarf today. I wanted to find a unique border to use, one that would lengthen the shawl some.

In my "travels" on that Worldwide Web, I found some gorgeous borders on a Russian Internet board, including  the beauty below, which was my ultimate choice.

Just the perfect touch to finish it off!

5.14.2017

Jenny's Faith

I have been obsessed all evening, and into the wee hours of the night, trying to find the fabulous Jenny's Faith Shawl crochet pattern by Anastasia Roberts.

This very talented designer created this lovely shawl, and a few other patterns, and has since seemingly vanished. Dozens of crocheters have sought the pattern on Ravelry, but the source is down. We have begged her to republish, but two years and no reply yet.

I am thrilled that I found the pattern online, after some serious digging, and I share it with you here out of love for the design and respect for the designer.

Until she returns...here it is.

Maybe she will republish it, when she learns how much we love it!

All rights belong to the designer, Anastasia Roberts.

5.12.2017

A Blarf, By Any Other Name...

I have been playing recently with the wonderful Stashbuster "Blarf" pattern I found on Ravelry. I've been having fun, trying different color combinations.

The pattern is fun and so easy, that after a few repetitions of the four stitch patterns, I found it easy to remember.

The pattern is by designer Esther Sandrof. I really enjoy her designs.

Then today I found another project she made, this one a variation on the Stashbuster Blarf, her Replacement Blarf (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/esandrof/stashbuster-blarf-rectangular-shawl). Next project!

5.11.2017

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it seems like a great idea. I'm amazed by some of the recipes for mug cakes!

What do you think of it?

Know any good recipes?

http://pin.it/y8kZp1U

5.04.2017

December 20, 2013: Last Minute Gift

Here I am, just before Christmas, working on one last gift. (I know I'm in good company there!) My niece needed a warm hat.

So where did I go to find a pattern? (You can probably guess...) Ravelry, of course!

I was drawn to this cute slouch hat, the Majestic Tweed Slouch by Kathy North. I found the terrific pattern on the Classic Elite Yarns website. It's easy and quick to make, and the pattern's even free!

This one was made in Red Heart Super Saver worsted in the Grape Fizz colorway. Make one yourself, and enjoy the warmth this winter!

December 5, 2013: Silly Sock Monkey Hats

The boys needed new winter hats, and I wanted to make them something special.

I found the cutest pattern on Ravelry, which led to the wonderful Stitch11 blog and the free pattern.

It's a fun pattern and the boys love them. I hope you'll try your hand at this fun project!

July 15, 2013: Sweet Summer Shrug

Needing something to keep the chill off my shoulders when out in the evening, I went looking on Ravelry for a crochet pattern for a shrug.

My search led me to the wonderful Maui Shrug on the Interweave website at https://www.interweave.com/article/crochet/maui-crochet-shrug.

I made it from charcoal gray acrylic worsted, with the contrasting border in a multicolored yarn. You can use Red Heart Super Saver yarn in charcoal gray and Monet.

 

May 12, 2013: A Little Dog Coat

I made this cute dog coat for my Aunt Sara's chihuahua, Baby. It was a quick project and a fun pattern.

The pattern is the Dog Coat by Bernat Design Studio. I found it on Ravelry, my favorite fibers website, of course. Have you been there yet? It's yarny heaven on the World Wide Web!

Happily, both my aunt and her Baby really liked it. Success!

Back in the Saddle Again!

Since my last post, much has happened! An extended illness kept me from posting. A move across country disrupted but improved things. And now I'm back at last!

Through it all, though, I kept on crocheting, and I kept notes on my projects so I could share them with you.

I crocheted for years, and just came back to it in 2011. My projects describe my journey, in a way, and I can mark my growth through them.

I share the pattern along with my photos. I hope you will find a new project here that you will enjoy making.

1.19.2014

What else can we do with crochet? (Or knitting)

Crochet-Beading Jewelry?!

How about crocheting jewelry? You can crochet soft, light jewelry wire, mixing in beads, to make artful jewelry out of anything you have handy~! Earrings, bracelets, beaded crocheted items...


Check out these Pinterest boards for some great ideas:


Have you ever knitted or crocheted with beads?

Try this out:
http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/knit-and-crochet-with-wire/single-crochet-with-beads"> StitchDiva.com's tutorials to help you knit and crochet with wire and beads
.
How about free-form crochet? Take a gander at http://www.freeformcrochet.com/designs.html.">these
amazing creations!
There's more to the art form than meets the first glance! Have fun!

Ravelry is my Playground!

I've been having fun, since I finished my holiday gift crocheting, playing in my favorite playground, ravelry.com. Not that I really need more items in my queue...but I always find inspiration there.


So today I saw a beautiful granny square I liked, CorrineMB's "Smooth Foxs Lemony-Lime Square" (shown above).  It's the January Square for the 2014 BAM (Block-A-Month) CAL (Crochet-A-Long). So that got me thinking about other CALs, from previous years.

I saw links to the 2013 BAM CAL (that's a mouthful of letters!) and the 2012 BAM CAL, the 2011 BAM CAL, and so on.
When I searched those, I found so many squares to play with, that I had to start thinking of who to give them to!

If you're not on Ravelry yet, what are you waiting for?!? It's the most amazing place online for fiber-lovers!
I hope to see you  there!

12.07.2012

A Quick DIY Knitting Gift Project!




Shawl Collar Cowla

The Shawl Collar Cowl shamelessly conjures the classic 'New England professor', if there is such a thing. The gray ribbed exterior transitions into a smooth, creamy white stockinette interior. Folded over and wrapped around, you'll be outstandingly warm, but not weighted down! This cowl is knit up in the nearly weightless Blue Sky Techno, a feather-light cloud of baby alpaca, extra-fine merino and silk.  



Note on the yarn used: Blue Sky's Techno is a cozy soft cloud of baby alpaca, extra fine merino and silk. Its feather-light, no-split finish is the result of a high-tech process that blows the alpaca and merino into a delicate mesh tube of silk. A real modern marvel! Choose from a well balanced palette of four groovy pop colors and six nature-inspired neutrals.
CONTENT: 68% baby alpaca , 10% extra fine merino, 22% silk
WEIGHT: 50 grams
LENGTH: approximately 120 yards
GAUGE: 3-5 stitches per inch
SUGGESTED NEEDLES: US 10.5 (6.5 mm); Hook size K
Price: $24.40

Or you can substitute a similar-weight yarn from something soft, like Webs'
 alpaca yarn, available in great colors from  http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-fiber-alpaca/webs-knitting-yarns-berroco-ultra-alpaca/

Free pattern at http://www.purlbee.com/shawl-collar-cowl/

More DIY Gift Ideas!

One-Skein Projects to Whip Up for everyone on your list!


Hooded Infinity Scarf
Free pattern at http://stringwithstyle.blogspot.com/2012/10/infinity-hooded-scarf.html











Autumn Scarf

Do this in any color, to suit the holidays.
http://crochetchiq.blogspot.com/2012/09/abstract-autumn-scarf.html







These Designs (and more) are available in the free ebook, "20 Crochet One Skein Wonders + Bulky Crochet Hats and Scarves."
Read more at http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Miscellaneous-Crochet/17-Crochet-One-Skein-Wonders-Bulky-Crochet-Hats-and-Scarves/ct/1#ku1LufcUa6obPi6l.99 

Quick Crochet Gifts!

Here are some ideas for quick gifts you can make for the holidays. for more ideas, see my DIY Gifts Pinterest board. I have some great crafts you can make quickly, like this one:


Crocheted Slouch Hat--free pattern!

(for men or women--separate patterns below)

Crochet this slouch hat which transforms into two distinctive looks: a chic beret or a cool slouchy hat. An interesting ridged pattern using post stitches makes both hats plush and warm.

Designs by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby

Women's

Skill Level: IntermediateFinished Sizes: Instructions given for small/medium; changes for large/X-large are in [ ].Materials:

  • Crystal Palace Yarns Mochi Plus medium (worsted) weight merino wool yarn (1 3/4 oz/95 yds/50g per ball): 3 [4] balls #558 Neptune rainbow
  • Size H/8/5mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn you might also like: Lion Brand Amazing medium (worsted) weight wool/acrylic yarn (1 3/4 oz/147 yds/50g per ball): 2 [3] balls color of choice

Gauge: 6 post sts = 2 inchesPattern Notes:
  • Chain-2 at beginning of round does not count as first double crochet unless otherwise stated.
  • Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
  • When working back post double crochet decrease, work same as double crochet decrease, working back post double crochet stitches instead of double crochet.

Women's Hat
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 9 dc in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs count as first dc)join (see Pattern Notes)in top of beg ch-4. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (see Pattern Notes)fpdc (see Stitch Guide) around first st, dc in sp between sts, [fpdc around next st, dc in sp between sts] around, join in beg fpdc. (20 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 fpdc around first fpdc, 2 bpdc (see Stitch Guide) around next dc, [2 fpdc around next fpdc 2 bpdc around next dc] around, join in beg fpdc. (40 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *dc in sp between fpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (50 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around next dc, fpdc around next fpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (60 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *2 bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 3 bpdc**, fpdc around next st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (70 sts)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (80 sts)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 4 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (90 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 4 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in first fpdc. (100 sts)
Rnd 10: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 4 bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in first fpdc. (110 sts)
Rnd 11: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 5 fpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc.
Rnd 12: Ch 2, fpdc around first st, *bpdc around each of next 5 bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc.
Rnd 13: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 6 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc.
Rnd 14: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc.
Rnd 15: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc.

Small/Medium Size Only
Rnd 16: Ch 2, [bpdc dec (see Stitch Guide and Pattern Notes) around first 2 sts, bpdc around each of next 5 sts, [bpdc dec around next 2 sts, bpdc around each of next 5 sts] around, join in beg bpdc dec.
Rnd 17: Ch 2, bpdc around each of first 10 sts, bpdc dec around next 2 sts, [bpdc around each of next 10 sts, bpdc dec around next 2 sts] around, join in beg bpdc.

Large/X-Large Size Only
Rnds 16 & 17: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc.
All Sizes
Rnd 18: Ch 2, bpdc dec around first 2 sts, [bpdc dec around next 2 sts] around, join in beg bpdc dec.
Rnd 19: Ch 1, sc dec (see Stitch Guide) in first 2 sts, [sc dec in same st last worked in and in next st] around working last st in last st worked in and first st worked in, join in beg sc.
Rnds 20-26: Rep rnd 19. At end of last rnd, fasten off.
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Men's

Skill Level: IntermediateFinished Sizes: Instructions given for small/medium; changes for large/X-large are in [ ].
Materials:
  • Crystal Palace Mochi Plus medium (worsted) weight merino wool yarn (1 3/4 oz/95 yds/50g per ball): 3 [4] balls #566 feldspar
  • Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Yarn you might also like: Universal Yarn Classic Shades medium (worsted) weight acrylic/wool yarn (3 1/2 oz/197 yds/100g per ball): 2 [2] balls color of choice

Gauge: 4 post sts = 1 inch

Pattern Notes

Chain-2 at beginning of round does not count as first double crochet unless otherwise stated.
Join with slip stitch as indicated unless otherwise stated.
When working back post double crochet decrease, work same as double crochet decrease working back post double crochet sitches instead of double crochet.

Men's Hat

Rnd 1: Ch 4, 9 dc in 4th ch from hook (first 3 chs count as first dc)join (see Pattern Notes)in top of beg ch-4. (10 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 2 (see Pattern Notes)fpdc (see Stitch Guide) around first st, dc in sp between sts, [fpdc around next st, dc in sp between sts] around, join in beg fpdc. (20 sts)
Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 fpdc around first fpdc, 2 bpdc (see Stitch Guide) around next dc, [2 fpdc around next fpdc 2 bpdc around next dc] around, join in beg fpdc. (40 sts)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *dc in sp between fpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (50 sts)
Rnd 5: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around next dc, fpdc around next fpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (60 sts)
Rnd 6: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *2 bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 3 bpdc**, fpdc around next st, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (70 sts)
Rnd 7: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (80 sts)
Rnd 8: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *2 bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around each of next 4 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc. (90 sts)
Rnd 9: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around each of next 2 bpdc, 2 bpdc around next bpdc, fpdc around next st, bpdc around each of next 4 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in first fpdc. (100 sts)
Rnds 10-12: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc.
Rnd 13: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc dec (see Stitch Guide and Pattern Notes) around next 2 bpdc, bpdc around next bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc.
Rnds 14-17: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc.
Small/Medium Size Only
Rnd 18: Ch 2, fpdc around first fpdc, *bpdc around next bpdc, bpdc dec around next 2 bpdc**, fpdc around next fpdc, rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join in beg fpdc.
Rnds 19-20: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc. At end of last rnd, fasten off.
Large/X-Large Size Only
Rnds 18-29: Ch 2, [fpdc around all fpdc and bpdc around all bpdc] around, join in beg fpdc. At end of last row, fasten off.
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Source: http://www.crochet-world.com/newsletters.php?mode=article&article_id=2408&key=CWNL

For ideas of what you can do with free-form crocheting, see the amazing photos at http://www.freeformcrochet.com/designs.html.

Pinterest!

Pinterest is the best thing going for a crafter of any kind, and if you haven't discovered it yet, you'll be happy you checked it out!


Follow me on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/mrstiddleywinks!
You can find my boards on crocheting, knitting, tatting, spinning, baking, DIY projects--including things for the holidays!

Holiday Treats

This time of year, I am thinking about what I can make for the holidays: to bring over for family events, to package for gifts, and to put out in that glass treats bowl when folks come over to visit and see the tree.

This year, I'm posting the treats I'm making. You may find one you like, too. Read on!


Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites



from: http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2011/12/peanut-butter-pretzel-bites.html