Archive for the ‘crochet’ Category


After finishing my year of teaching preschool, I suddenly have some time in the evenings to do something other than lesson planning, cutting, laminating, and preparing crafts.  I decided to take a breather before jumping into projects for others and make something for my house.  I have not done this in a long time.

I rambled around Ravelry, searching for ideas.  I came up with one potholder that just did not look quite right.  Perhaps I will try it again another day.  Then, I happened upon these lovely Fanciful Flower Potholders by Claudia Lowman.  I like for my potholders to be thick, so these seemed like good ones to attempt.  Since we have our red, white, and blue tablecloth on the table for Memorial Day through Independence Day, I decided to pull out my cones of red, white, and blue cotton yarn.  (Where did I get cones of these yarns?  Sadly, Elmore-Pisgah has sold their space in NC, where I used to order cones directly.)


I discovered that I need to pay a bit closer attention as I work this pattern.  Can you tell which one ended up not quite right?  I ended up adding one too many petals and have one hot pad that is off center.  Once I discovered this, I counted petals and wrote notes down on my copy of the pattern, so I hopefully will not make such a mistake the next time.  I could blame my mistake on watching the third part of Hatfields and McCoys on my DVR while trying to complete the second one.  If you want to follow my lead and mark your copy of the pattern to have the same size sections of colors, I count 17 petals for the first three rounds (first color), 22 petals for the second color, and 49 petals for the last color.


What is in your project bag this week?


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Counting Cookies

Counting Cookies











I really have been working on crochet projects. I just cannot seem to get motivated to completely finish them. These Counting Cookies look finished; however, I decided that they really need a container. So now I am contemplating what kind of container I want to create for them. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I am thinking that I don’t want to go for the huge cookie jar idea or the loose drawstring bag. I am thinking more of a container in which they fit only if put in neatly.

Christmas Ornament Ball

Holly and Ivy Christmas Ornament












In the meantime, I have been making Christmas ornaments. The tutorial can be found on my blog; I had discovered it elsewhere online a few years ago and have since lost the link. I seem to find myself making these in July; perhaps because they help me wind down from busy days with my kids and since I have made them many times they do not require too much thought once I have chosen the paper and ribbon. For more of my ornaments, please check out my Artfire studio’s Handmade Christmas section.

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crochet numbers one, two and five

crochet numbers sneak peak photo

As I planned, I worked on some crocheted number patterns during my Easter break from teaching preschool. A few customers have asked about these in the past and I finally felt like I had the time to squeeze in some pattern writing. I am sharing a sneak peak at the numbers that are ready to be tested. I have sent off the number one pattern, typed up the two, and have the five hand written.
Another angle of my new crocheted numbers
I did work on the three, but am unsure whether I like the looks of it, even though it is the same font as my letters and these numbers. I think I will try checking out threes in different fonts to see if I like one of them better before making a final decision about it. I also did not make my first three with the same brand of worsted weight acrylic. That made it just slightly smaller than these, which certainly would not work if I want to photograph them together.

Crocheted numbers one, two and five

Stay tuned for more number patterns coming soon. I hope to get through the set and get them all tested soon so that I may offer them in my ArtFire Studio. I also want to use my sample set in my preschool classroom while reviewing numbers during the last month of school.

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I have been toying with the idea of a giveaway from my Artfire Studio for a while, but just could not make up my mind which item to give away. So, I decided to let you choose by giving away a $10 gift certificate to my studio.

Now, what could you choose with that gift certificate? How about a set of tawashi

Heart Tawashi

Or you could purchase a baseball or football themed beverage cozy….

Football Can or Bottle Cozy
Baseball Can or Bottle Cozy

Or perhaps you could pick something for a favorite girl’s favorite American Girl doll….

American Girl Ballet Shrug and Tutu

For the crocheter, I have many crochet patterns….

Tawashi Patterns

There are also several other goodies in my studio, including apple cozies, alphabet letters, and Christmas ornaments.

How to Enter:

Want to win? Now through August 31, 2010 11:59pm EST you can enter to
win a $10 gift certificate to Laura’s Left Hook!

To enter this contest simply visit Laura’s Left Hook and pick out your favorite item. Then leave a comment with your favorite item to enter. Please remember to leave a way for me to contact you if you win. Your contact information will only be used for acquiring your address information should you win this contest.

For additional entries:

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By random draw, I will choose an entry and notify the winner through email (or method given in entry to contact you.)  If winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be chosen.

Be sure to check back since I expect to offer a consolation prize to all those who entered but do not win.

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18 inch doll sweater
I started this American Girl doll sweater thinking that it would be a long sleeved cardigan with buttons down the front. However, as I was working on it my daughter asked me if I could make it short sleeved. Then, I realized that the back portion was not quite as wide as I would have liked, so my plans all changed. I ended up with this spring or fall short sleeved sweater with a small button to keep it closed.
One button lime short sleeve sweater for 18 inch dolls
Tonight I plan to make another one to add to my Handmade American Girl Doll Clothes section of my Artfire Studio. Then, hopefully, I will get back to my idea of a button down cardigan sweater. Once I get that accomplished, I will begin the process of getting the patterns for my 18 inch doll sweaters ready for testing.

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American Girl doll Cardigan WIPAfter a bit of a break with American Girl doll patterns in order to get ready for Vacation Bible Camp, I finished up a second triangle mesh cardigan and moved on to a new project in lime. I am hoping this sweater will be a bit easier to get around those hands of my daughter’s dolls.

I am also hand writing out patterns for these sweaters in hope of having a three sweater pattern set some time soon. I am hoping to make these patterns easy for those who are gauge challenged in the row department. As YarnHarlot on twitter says, ” Just once, I’d like a pattern to say ” Stitch Gauge 24/10cm, Row Gauge: Who cares? It’s not like you’re going to get it.” For those of you who feel that way, I hope that my patterns will not have that issue.

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campfire and snake
This past week our church held its annual Vacation Bible Camp. Since I helped teach the preschool section of camp, I was in charge of gathering supplies needed to share the Bible stories with the preschoolers. On Wednesday we told the story of Paul being bitten by a snake while making a fire on Malta. I decided this would be a good opportunity to make some crocheted items to help me tell the story.
pattern for crocheted snake
I knew I wanted to make the snake so that it would be fun and not scary for the kids. I also did not want to go the super simple route of using a green sock on my hand as suggested in the materials. I searched around a bit with Ravelry and discovered a snake pattern on Lionbrand’s site that would work. My daughters helped me choose a couple shades of green from my vast yarn stash to make him. I used some of the darker green yarn to make eyes instead of safety eyes since I did not have any on hand. While making this, I discovered a neat technique for making the snake’s body curl while making this pattern and am hoping to think of a new pattern to create myself that would utilize this technique.
campfire crocheted with toilet paper tubes
As for the fire, I did check out a few patterns for campfires online, but all were not quite what I had in mind and I did not really have a budget to purchase a pattern for this project. So, while perusing photos on google I discovered one that involved toilet paper rolls and colored tissue that inspired my crocheted creation.
crocheted snake and crocheted camp fire
To make my fire, I crocheted brown yarn over three toilet paper rolls. I then modified my starfish tawashi crochet pattern to make the flames by make the “arms” longer and doing the last round in orange. I then stitched the toilet paper rolls together and sewed the flames onto the top middle.

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