Monday, March 28, 2016

Sweater Update & A Sale 20% Off

Just started the 20% off everything in my shop
Get these discounts before they're gone! 244 items ON SALE NOW #etsy

As for an update on the sweater i was making, it turned out way too big, so i just gave up. It was as heavy as a blanket. I will just look for another sweater pattern.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Yarn Score From The Thrift Store

Since my shop sales have slowed down, I've decided to crochet myself a pullover sweater from a free pattern i found on line

So far i'm about 12 inches up from the bottom of the first half. Pretty easy so far, (fingers crossed) Sorry, picture/color isn't great, but you get the idea.

Here's my progress. I'm doing a extra large.  The pattern covers sizes extra small to 4/5 x-large. I'm using Caron Simply Soft Soft Green 9739. I scored a bunch of it from a thrift store for peanuts! The bag of yarn i bought even had an unfinished king size afghan made with the same yarn that must have at least 15 skeins worked into it. I think i paid $5.00 for it with a few full skeins of yarn. The balls of yarn are what i made off the afghan. Now i'm just working off it.
The only forseable change i may make to the pattern itself is the desigh on the arms. I may just continue with the same main stitch pattern.
Will keep you updated on my progress.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

My Crochet Today Snake Bag Holder

Ok actually i didn't make it today, but it's one of the latest..
I came up with the idea from making my door snakes. I've only made this one so far as sort of a test to see how it goes.
I have been working on making the door snakes a lot, but starting to get bored with them so i need to look for a new project. Will keep you posted.

Snake Bag Holder             

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I'm Crocheting As Fast As I Can

I can't make my door snakes fast enough. Now that the colder weather has arrived, i figured i would start on more cold weather items. Although i live in Florida, it does get chilly here at times also.
I came up with the idea from my own drafty door in my craft room. I would just throw a towel down in front of the door. It worked, but i thought why not crochet something.
I have quite a bit of mixed colors yarn, and craft eyes. I was even able to come up with my own pattern for the forked tongue. So here's a few i have available right now. I'm working on more and each one will be different colors/patterns.
Stay Warm

Door Snake

Door Snake

Door Snake

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays

Mortimer Elf and I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Great New Year

Yes it's hot here at Christmas time in Florida

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sop It Up Turtle Crochet Pattern

Someone had requested a pattern for the Sop It Up Turtle. It was a pattern i made up years ago after someone showed me an old one his mom had. The turtle shell , head , tail and legs are crocheted and attached  to it's body (made by sewing two washcloths together) and stuffing them a bit with fiberfill. I personally never used mine, but i could see how it would work to sop up a spill. I also have not tested it in the wash, but i would suggest low heat as cotton can shrink. I made up a pattern and wrote it down on Bubblews. Well Bubblews just shut down so it took my pattern also. I thought i had saved it somewhere, but didn't. Luckily i did make myself a turtle, so here's the pattern again from my visual. I will do my best. You will need to know some crochet terms, stitches which you can look up on you tube if unsure. It's too hard to explain. Thanks and good luck. Enjoy!

Sop It Up Turtle
Materials 2 wash cloths, Fiberfill, 2 buttons Cotton Yarn, Size H hook . I used a thicker cotton yarn, but not sure what kind and my hook size is a guess. Gage isn't very important, just as long as your shell is a bit smaller than your washcloth. Feel free to change hook size or add / subtract rows. This is a very rough pattern from memory/visual.

ROW 1-make a magic loop, ch 3, do7 dcs in loop, join w/sl st.. tighten loop.
ROW 2- Sl st in between next 2 dcs, ch 3 ,*dc in same space, ch 1, 2dcs in between next 2 dcs ch 1. repeat from *around. join with sl st. (16 dcs inc. the starting ch)
ROW 3- Sl st in the next ch 1 space,  ch 3 ,*2 dc in same space, ch 2, 3dcs in between next 2 dcs ch 2. repeat from *around. join with sl st.(8 groups of 3 dcs, and 8 ch 2 spaces.)
ROW 4-  Sl st in the next ch 3 space,  ch 3 ,*3 dc in same space, ch 3, 4dcs in the next space,  ch 3, . repeat from *around. join with sl st.(8 groups of 4 dcs, and 8 ch 3 spaces.)
Row 5- Sl st in the next ch 3 space, 5 dc in next space,* ch 6, make 6 dcs in next space, ch 6, rep from * around ( 8 groups of 6 dcs, and 8 ch 6 spaces)

I used the excess from the cut washcloths to stuff the head
See picture for placement
Row 1-Make magic loop, 12 scs in loop-join w/ sl st , ch 3
Row 2- Dc in each sc around- join w/sl st (12)
Row 3-4 Repeat row 2
Stuff  head and close up (i apparently just winged-it here)
Sew to shell (see picture for placement

Legs (make 4)
See picture for placement
Row 1- Join yarn in shell, ch 3, do 2 more dcs in next two dcs, ch 3, turn
Row 2- ch 3, do 2 more dcs in next two dcs, ch 3, turn
Row 4- ch 3, dc in same space (increase made) dc in next dc, 2 dcs in next dc (increase made) ch 3 turn
Row 5- ch 3, dc across (6 counting the ch 3)
Row 6-  ch 3, decrease over next 2 dcs, dc in next 2, decrease over last 2 dcs- finish. weave in end.

See picture for placement
Row 1-join yarn Ch 1 and do 3 scs across, ch 1 turn
Rows 2-6  sc across
Row 7- Decrease over the 3 scs-finish

I added a row of slip stitches around the edge of the turtle shell AFTER i added the legs, tail , continuing under along the edge of the head, This gives it a more finished look and also gave me a guide to make my sewing of the stuffed body easier.

Note: Your "shell" circle needs to be a bit smaller or about the same size as your washcloth at this point as it will raise up when stuffed. 

Cut your two washcloths into the biggest circles possible. Sew together (wrong sides facing) leaving a small place to add your stuffing,) Then sew up and sew to the bottom of the shell. I used an embroidery needle and more yarn which was a bit tough. If you have a sewing machine all the better.  Add button or fabric eyes if you wish.

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You can sell items that you make using the pattern, the only thing I ask is that you put a link to my blog mentioning the pattern.

Do not sell the pattern and call it yours or i will release the wild monkeys!

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