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!
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!
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.
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.
I know it is mid-March but it is still cool and windy in Minnesota.
I am not a fan of making things twice so when I make finger-less gloves, I want them to work up fast.
The chevron gloves (maroon and gray) were fun and quick to make. They fit perfectly. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn and adjusted the pattern to make it shorter. The pattern is called Women’s Ripple Fingerless Gloves by eyeloveknots.blogspot.com. The free pattern is here.
The multi-colored gloves worked up really BIG! This could be because I used a different yarn than the pattern suggested even though they are the same weight. I used Baby Big Twist yarn (the first time using this yarn and love it!). The pattern is Bonnie Bell Wrist Warmers by Two Brothers Blankets. It is free and you can get it here.
The gray gloves worked up fast. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for them. I do plan on adding some buttons on them to give them some character. I did adjust the pattern some by making them a little smaller. As you make any glove, keep trying it on as you make it so you can adjust it to your hand. This pattern was in a crochet calendar. It is no longer available.
The cowl worked up quick. I was hoping it would look puffy-ier than it does. I used a Vanna’s Choice yarn that ended up being a little thinner then expected. I do like this cowl for this time of year since it is a little thinner. The pattern is Chloe V-Puff Cowl by Cre8tion Crochet. The pattern is on ravelry for a fee or you can find it here for free.
I was happy to find the photo adjustment on my iPhone. I took the picture when I didn’t have any makeup on and didn’t want to scare anyone. The ear warmer is warm and snug. The stitch is mimicking a knit stitch and makes the stitch tighter. I sometimes end up with the ear warmers being too big and falling off. This one won’t do that. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn for this too and made it a little wider than the pattern to make sure my ears were covered. The pattern is called Faux Knit Ear Warmer by Maria’s Blue Crayon. It is here for free.
The designer of this pillow offered the pattern for free if you would make one and send it to where these kids are fighting cancer. At first I started the one made out of blanket yarn since I love working with that yarn so much. Of course I didn’t look at the gauge. I was so surprised how big it was! I decided it would be too hard and expensive to mail so I made a smaller one our of worsted weight yarn. They were fun to do. I am not sure what I will do with the huge one yet! I am ready to do some patterns that don’t require a lot of sewing. If you are interested, the pattern is here and is by JoAnne Grimm Thompson.
A couple of years ago I bought some Red Heart Strata yarn to make the 4-color spiked basket. I JUST got around to making it. I love this yarn but unfortunately they already discontinued it. That is so frustrating and happens often. Even though this yarn is discontinued, there are other jersey knit yarns out there. One that is comparable is Bernat Maker Home Dec by yarnspirations.
The 4-color spiked basket is called Himalayan Basket by pattern-paradise.com. You can find the free pattern here. The pattern was well-written and it worked up fast.
Since the yarn was discontinued, I wanted to use up the extra’s from making the Himalayan Basket. I found a simple free pattern called Modern Nesting Baskets by Jennifer Dickerson. The pattern is here. I had fun mixing up the colors and sizes. I really like these baskets, especially the smaller ones.