Baby Blanket Time

This weekend finds me making a baby blanket for a customer. I just love babies and all the things that you can create for them.  The customer wanted the blanket to have raised roses on it so I had to do some research on how to make the roses. I ran across this pattern and loved the way it looked. The pattern is a square so that was a plus to me. Here is a picture of what the original square looks like.

You can find the pattern here: http://web.archive.org/web/20010710001210/members.aol.com/lffunt/irishrose.htm

I loved the way the square looked and thought it would make a beautiful blanket. I of course made one square and then decided I wanted to use only part of the pattern and  do my own thing. Which by the way is not unusual for me.

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I decided to take the square through the to round 7 and then dc a V stitch around behind the leaves. On the next round I made loops all the way around, next round was hdc V stitch in the loops all around, last round I went behind the hdc in the loops below and dc all around.

I did not want to have the whole blanket be of the rose square so I did up a plain square by using the first 2 rounds of the pattern. On each petal of the flower I then proceeded to make it into a granny square with dc. The next round was done all the way around in dc, next round was done in loops all around, in the loops for the next round I did hdc V stitch around, the last round I did with hdc around.

As you can see I started to sew the blanket together and I do believe it is going to be what the customer wanted. After I get everything sewn together I am planning on putting a border around the whole blanket. When I am finished with the blanket I will post an updated picture.

Thanks for stopping by to see what has been on my creative agenda! Hope you all are having a Fantastic Weekend!

Laura 🙂

My Favorite Little Town Of Winterset Iowa

Today I thought would take you around a town that I like to call home. The first time that I stepped a foot into Winterset I felt that I was at home.  Winterset has all the attributes of a small town. People that wave and smile at you even though you are a stranger to their town. I want to take a trip with you through my favorite small town.

I absolutely love the atmosphere of Winterset and its charming downtown area. The buildings are quaint and are all well kept for buildings that are over 100 years old. The Courthouse is beautiful alone, but combine it with the buildings around the square and you feel as you are stepping back in time.

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Then there is my most favorite place to come to downtown and that is Ben Franklin! They have anything you could possibly want or need.

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Winterset boasts of a City Park that has not only one of the Bridges from Bridges of Madison County but it also has it’s own tower called Clarks Tower.  You may also want to try your hand at the Hedge Maze just for fun!

I have already mentioned that Winterset is known for the movie Bridges of Madison County. The bridges are something you will want to see.  Then there is the Covered Bridge Festival every year in October.

There are only six extant bridges in Madison County:

Pictured below are Cedar Bridge where you can picnic at the Gazebo, Hogback Covered Bridge and a Swing Bridge at the Margaret Guye Woods Forest Preserve.

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Last but not least Winterset is also the home of John Wayne. They celebrate him with John Wayne Days.

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I love the fact that I can be in Winterset and not have to go any where else for what I need. It is quite the self sufficient town with restaurants, grocery, department, hardware and craft stores.  I will be back there soon! 🙂

I hope you have enjoyed this trip to my favorite town of Winterset Iowa! Thank you again for stopping by!

Laura 🙂

Make It A Crochet Valentines Day!

We all know that Valentines Day will be here soon. Why not add some fun and creative crochet to help celebrate the day! There are so many unique items that you can incorporate into that special day.

I ran across these cute Lips to make as an application or what ever your heart desires. Click here for the pattern {walker whimsy}: Crochet Kissy Lips {14 Days of Fluffy Stuff}.

Another way to add some fun to your wardrobe is to make this scarf! This could be made in pastel colors as shown or make it more vibrant with some red and white or even a touch of black added to it.  You will find the pattern here Conversation Hearts Scarf – Media – Crochet Me.

Have you ever wondered when Valentines Day was first associated with Romantic Love? Well I did so here is some information for you to take with you thanks to Wikipedia.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition ofcourtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady.[6] Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[7]

All right back to some of those unique crochet items that you can create for Valentines Day!  We go from the neck down to the feet. 🙂 I saw these and wanted to make me a pair of these slippers.

Pattern: Heart and Sole Slippers | AllFreeCrochet.com.

Here is one for the kids or those of us who remember doing this game on paper! I don’t know about you but I remember playing this game with my Brother, Sister and Cousins all the time.  Those are some fond memories! 🙂

Free Crochet Pattern – Cupid’s Tic Tac Toe.

Why not add some Romance with some home decor. A wreath of roses for your door or window!

Gorgeous Rose Wreath | AllFreeCrochet.com.

I have made some of these crochet Heart Coasters and love the way they turned out! As you can see they make any table have a touch of Romance.

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You can find the pattern here: Valentine Heart Coaster Crochet Pattern | Red Heart.

If you have had any fun things that you have made for Valentines Day let me know. I would love to see some of them! Thank you for stopping by and hope you had fun looking at the different things you can create in crochet to make your Valentines Day Romantic and Fun!!

Laura 🙂

A New Find Of Taxidermy Crochet

While I was having fun searching my favorite sites I ran across a picture of a deer that had been crocheted. I then said Wow! It looked so life like but it had been crocheted. I of course then did some more research and found that there was some people that were doing a thing called Taxidermy Crochet.

This is one of the many pictures of animals that Shauna Richardson has done. I was amazed by what she was able to accomplish with crochet. If you want to know more about her you can go to http://shaunarichardson.com/ 

Another picture I had ran across was one from Nathan Vincent. His Lion that he had created was awesome in my opinion. To see more of Nathan’s work go to  http://nathanvincent.com/

I wanted to know how you they had accomplished this art form. It was then on to more research to see if anyone had a pattern of taxidermy crochet. I soon discovered a form of Faux Taxidermy.  There were different ways to accomplish this form of crochet.

This I thought would be great for a child’s room! You can find her pattern at Ravelry: Rhinka the Rhino – Faux Taxidermy Head pattern by Sanda J. Dobrosavljev. I found quite a few of these kind of faux crochet on Pinterest that I thought were cute.

Another way of the accomplishing the faux taxidermy is to use a sweater that you no longer want. I thought it was quite a unique way of adding some art to your home.

This artist name is Rachel Denny and she uses mixed media to create her art. She has some amazing and unique art of nature. You can find more information on her at http://racheldenny.com/

I showed my husband the picture I found of the deer from Shauna Richardson and of course you know what he asked. He wanted to know if I could do something like that for him.  I now get to add that to my list of things I want to try in crochet. I am not sure that I will be able to accomplish something like this but I sure would like to give it a try! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by and coming into my world of creative crochet!

Laura 🙂

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

How has everyone been this week? There are so many patterns of items that I would love to make and so little time. I thought I would share some of my favorite ones this week. I love looking on Pinterest, Craftsy, Raverly, for patterns that interest me. That could be anything from Home Decor items to Clothes, Amigurumi and so much more. There are so many more sites where you can search to your hearts content for what interests you.

Here is an adorable Bear to make for a little one. I just loved the look of this and one of these days plan on making it!

Here is the pattern Huggable Teddy Toy | AllFreeCrochet.com.

This Afghan is from the Crochet Crowd and teaches you how to make an afghan from a graph. Click the picture and it will take you to the site! This is another one that is on my to do list 🙂

Here is an adorable Sweater, Hat and Scarf set.

Click the link for the pattern: Crochet – Apparel – Snow Girl.

I also love vintage patterns. This is a Mom and Daughter dress

You can get the pattern here BIG & LITTLE DRESSES – Groovy Crochet.

I love getting ideas and inspiration from looking up patterns. Thanks as always for stopping by!!

Laura 🙂

My Venture Into Making A Vest

I started this project with a picture I had found of a vest I liked on Pinterest. I loved the way it looked and thought I would love to have one of those. I went to the site where it had been posted and it was not in English so even with the translation I was unable to get much from it for a pattern in words. The pictures on the other hand were a good start. If you want to check out the site just click this link Hobilerim ve ben: Hanım dilendi bey beğendi motifinden bolero.

Well I looked at the pictures and thought all right you can do this.  To start out with made a granny square with a size J hook. The yarn I used was Red Heart Super Saver. For the granny square I chained 5, sl st tog and then I did the normal granny square for 7 rnds.  Below you will see how I started my version of the vest. I will explain what I did and hope you understand it 🙂

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After I finished the granny square I went to the corner attached the yarn and chained 50 then attached it to the other corner on the same side then fastened off. I then proceeded to do the same for the other side.

Rnd 1   From there I attached the yarn in the corner of the granny square in the ch 2 sp and made a shell of chained 3 which consists of the 1st dc in the shell  then (2 dc, ch1, 3 dc) then I went to the ch 1 sp of the granny square and then 1 dc, the next ch 1 sp of the granny square made another shell of ( 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) and continued that sequence until I got the corner of the granny square. Once I got to the chain I skipped 3 chains and then made a shell of (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in the next chain. You would skip 3 chains and do 1 dc in next chain. I continued that around to the corner of the granny square and do the same as the other side of the granny square.  I continued the pattern of shells and 1 dc around the chain. I attached with a sl st to the beg chain of the shell.

Rnd 2   I sl st to the ch 1 sp in the shell and ch 3 and continued to make another shell in the ch 1 sp.  Next I put 2 dc on top of the dc in the rnd below.  Went to the next shell and in the ch 1 sp made another shell, next st was on top of the dc from the rnd below and did just 1 dc. I continued in this sequence around alternating the 2 dc and 1 dc on top of the other dc from the rnd below.  This was the way I ended up increasing around.

Rnd 3   I increased by doing 2 dc in between the 2 dc in rnd below and then 2 dc on top of the 1 dc from the rnd below. The shells are always placed in the ch 1 sp of the shell below.

Rnd 4   I did not increase I just followed the same with the shells and the 2 dc in between the 2 dc from rnd below

Rnd 5   I repeated rnd 4

From there I just have increased in the same manner as above with adding 3 dc instead of the 2 in between the shells.

Below are a couple of pictures of what I have done so far.

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As you can see this is still a work in progress. I think it is coming together nicely! If you have any questions on what I have done please contact me. I will answer them as best as I can.

Thanks as always for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂