Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Yogurt tub basket


Just finished sewing in the ends while waiting for my daughter's driving class to end.  Will update with a link to my source when I am on my desktop later on.


Made with a large yogurt tub and mason's line.


Sent from Anna's phone



Update: Oh, look!  A computer!


Here's the link where I got the idea for this container

My kids - especially my younger daughter - were sweet enough to use a Magic Eraser to take the print off the yogurt container.  Then I trimmed off the shaped bits at the top and used a hole punch to make the holes around the edge.  I really liked using mason's line for this project - it's really strong and not as slippery to work with as I was afraid it would be.  For the initial round of single crochet through the holes, I did [1sc, 2sc] around.  Thankfully, I had an even number of holes! *L*  After that, I worked sc in a spiral so there would be no seam.  After a few rounds, I did foundation single crochet for the handle, then sewed it to the opposite side.

At the last minute, I decided to hide the holes by doing a round of slip stitch, finishing off the last loop with a needle so that it looks seamless.  I like it much better than with the holes exposed.  It seems cleaner that way.

My first experiment with this was actually a 4L milk jug.  I thought the rounded corners would be okay.  It turned out all right, but I don't recommend using a milk jug.  Stick to round things. :-)

I'm not sure if I should call this a basket or a bucket or what.  *L*  It's just a handy little thing, though.  It even held my roll of mason's line for me while I worked, so it served as a yarn bowl as it was being made.

Definitely something I'll be making more of.





Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Is this awesome, or what?

My younger daughter recently completed a new shawl for her sister.  She bought herself a copy of Exquisite Crochet Shawls, and the pattern is the Galician Sea Shawl.

There were some minor modifications.  Instead of the recommended light worsted weight yarn in the book, she used, the medium weight Waverly for Bernat in Classic Navy.  She also used a larger 5.00mm hook. Because the yarn is a heavier weight and larger hook size, she made it several pattern repeats smaller than the pattern recommended.


Which, as you can see from the size of it, was a good idea!  Blocking it was a challange.  I don't have enough of those interlocking foam mats for something this size, so she had to make do.


The border rows alone took 1 1/2 balls of yarn, which means it took a total of 6 balls of yarn to make this shawl.


 Her sister loves it!



Friday, May 10, 2013

UPDATED: Class and $5 Yarn Night schedule

I've got my schedule for classes and $5 Yarn Nights at Michaels done up for the rest of the year.  I hear that Michaels will be having online registration for classes soon!  Should make things easier for everybody.


Class name and date
Times
Months
Single Crochet (Beginners 1)

     First Friday of the month 
3:00-5:30pm

May 3,  July 5, Sept. 6, Nov. 1
5:30-8:00 pm

June 7, Aug. 2, no Oct, Dec. 6
Tall Stitches (Beginners 2)

     Second Friday of the month
3:00-5:30pm

May 10, no July, Sept. 13, Nov. 8
5:30-8:00pm

June 14, Aug. 9, Oct. 11, Dec. 13
Textured Stitches

     Third Friday of the month 
5:30-8:00pm

May 17, July 19, no Sept, Nov. 15
3:00-5:30pm

June 21, Aug. 16, Oct. 18, Dec. 20
Granny Squares

     Fourth Friday of the month
5:30-8:00pm

May 24, July 26, no Sept,  Nov. 22
3:00-5:30pm

June 28, Aug. 23, Oct. 25, Dec, 27
Hooded blanket

    Second Thursday of the month 
3:00-5:30pm

June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, Dec.12
6:00-8:30pm

May 9, no July, Sept. 12, Nov. 14
Daisy Ring Rattle

    Second Thursday of the month 
6:00-8:30pm

June 13, Aug. 8, Oct. 10, Dec. 12
3:00-5:30

May 9, no July, Sept. 12, Nov. 14
Lace Crochet Wrap

     Third Thursday of the month
3:00-5:30pm

June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 17, Dec. 19
6:00-8:30pm

May 16, July 18, Sept. 19, Nov. 21
One Piece Granny Throw

     Third Thursday of the month
6:00-8:30pm

June 20, Aug. 15, Oct. 17, Dec. 19
3:00-5:30pm

May 16, July 18, Sept. 19, Nov. 21
Crochet gifts - Totes

     Fourth Thursday of the month
3:00-5:30pm

May 23, July 25, no Sept, Nov. 28
6:00-8:30pm

June 27, Aug. 22, Oct. 24, no Dec.

Time for Crochet - open

     Fourth Thursday of the month
6:00-8:30pm

May 23, July 25, no Sept, Nov. 28
3:00-5:30pm
June 27, Aug. 22, Oct. 24, no Dec.



$5 Yarn Nights
May 18, break for summer, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21
1:00 - 3:00pm


Simple Lap Blanket - free crochet pattern

I just finished writing up a pattern for a very simple seed stitch lap blanket, which is available here.



I made this using the new Luxury Wool yarn from Loops & Threads that Michaels has started to carry.  An excellent price for 100% wool!  Also, it took me quite a long time before my very mild wool allergy started to act up. 

I have three more balls of this yarn in blue and haven't decided what to do with it yet. 

Any suggestions?

Once again, here's the link for the free pattern.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Step-by-step: Making a Pot of Roses

I just published another step-by-step at my Squidoo site, showing how to make an everlasting pot of roses.  I hope you enjoy it!