Flowers!

For Mother’s Day, I made a bouquet of flowers out of cotton yarn. The pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me. The pattern is here.  She had the flower stems in a mason jar. The mason jar was actually a zip lock heavy bag. Michaels carried them last year.  I picked some up intending to use them for this project but it didn’t look right. She had a white canvas background and a white frame. I couldn’t find anything like that so I used a wrapped canvas I already had on hand. I had got it on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics a long time ago.  I glued the flowers to the canvas. I think it turned out pretty nice! 🙂

Yarn Scraps

I hate throwing things away. I ended up with yarn that wasn’t long enough for any projects. I decided to crochet cat beds for my mom’s cats. I had chunky yarn in my scraps so I used a 9mm hook. I doubled up my worsted weight yarn to keep the same thickness.  As you can see in the pictures, Buddy approves of the first one. The other one I need to make a little bigger for Kita to have. As you can see below, my cats prefer to sleep on tissue paper.

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Bunny Lovey

The other week I was able to test this pattern for a bunny lovey. I used Red Heart worsted weight yarn for the bunny and some mill-end yarn I had on hand for the blanket. The pattern is free and by Victoria Stewart. Her business is called “Once Upon a Hook.”  I really like her designs and am excited to become a tester for her designs. I love crocheting and have a passion for well-written patterns. I have no desire to design so I like being able to contribute as a tester.  You can find her pattern here. You will not be disappointed with her patterns. They are well-written with really good pictures.  You can check out her other patterns on ravelry here.

 

Blooming Petals Poncho

I had joined Fun With Furls CAL in March. Each month they host two (usually something to wear and amigurumi). I liked this pattern and had some comparable yarn in my stash to use. I am trying to not buy yarn (not easy!) I used Patons Shetlund Chunky Tweeds yarn. This yarn was fun to work with. The pattern is easy and works up fast. You can find the pattern here. Just look for the pattern called Blooming Petals Poncho by Lorene Eppolite. While you are there you can see other patterns they have for free.

I bought a hand held steamer to help block my crochet projects. This one by Conair works well. I got it off of Amazon. I also bought a bust to put my crochet clothes on since I am making more clothes. I found one off of ebay. It displays my crocheting and I can steam my projects on it. Unfortunately, I don’t look good in ponchos so I won’t model it for you!

 

 

Zebra – the misfit toy

Time sure flies! I had been planning on this post for awhile but life got in the way. I just got back from a long weekend in Colorado. I wish I could say I came back refreshed but I didn’t sleep well so I am dragging some.  This zebra was fun. The pattern is by The Friendly Red Fox. She hosted a CAL the end of February to make this zebra.  Her patterns are well-written and I like making animals so I participated.  I like to think of my zebra as my misfit toy from the Island of Misfit Toys.  I am trying to use up yarn I have and mis-judged how much I needed of each color. I still think she turned out cute.   Kali is the designer and she has videos she posts on certain parts of the patterns.  I haven’t needed to watch them but it is handy to have them available. Since winter isn’t leaving us, hopefully this cheerful zebra can give you a smile!

Hotpads

The other week we had a bridal shower for my niece. I made a few hotpads as part of her gift.  Their kitchen will be red with the turquoise accents.  The bone worked up fast. I used Lily Sugar’n Cream in Nautical Twist. The pattern was from a calendar and is no longer in print.

The bigger hot pad is a mandala. I had a subscription for Happily Hooked magazine and it was in there. You can get the pattern on ravelry. It is called Geometric Mandala Hot Pad.

The smaller hotpad is by Maggie’s Crochet. It is called Gold & White Potholder. It was also in a calendar and doesn’t seem to be available.

All three worked up quickly and were fun to make for my niece.

Easter Bunnies!

The past few weeks I made some new Easter decorations. The peeps (pink one and lt blue one) are made out of Bernat Blanket yarn and takes about an hour.  The pattern is here and is free. The pattern used worsted weight yarn.  There are a couple of mistakes in the pattern and works up a little differently when you use the blanket yarn. Pay attention as you make it as to where the increases and decreases are.

The bunny and duck are magnets. They worked up fast. I had printed the pattern in 2007. and is no longer available. It was by Marlo’s Crochet Corner.

The turquoise bunnies were fun. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn by Lion Brand and the patterns were free. The bunny with the white eye patch is in Spanish. I let google translate it which worked fairly well. The pattern is called Conejito Bipedo and is by Lanukas. You can find it here. I had no problem with the pattern. I did not add a pompom tail. I have been struggling in making my own pompoms. They keep falling apart.

I also like the simplicity of some designs. The other turquoise bunny just has a tail. I didn’t put a face on the other side of the bunny. The pattern worked up easily and is by Yarnplaza.com.  You can find it here.

The white bunny is different and cute. It is called Little Easter Bunnies by Magoo. The pattern is free. I did find a mistake in the feet. It was easy to catch if you watch your stitch counts. You can get the pattern here.

Enjoy!