Race Day A Crochet Jeff Gordon Afghan

I love watching Nascar and I am a Fan of Jeff Gordon. My husband has a room full of items of Jeff Gordon so you know he is definitely a fan.  I am not sure any more of what year I did this afghan as a surprise for my husband. I was able to surprise him which is not an easy feat to accomplish. I was able to crochet the majority of the afghan while he was around because I of course am always crocheting something for around the house. There is a part of the afghan that I did while he was at work and I had a day off of work.  There were times that I took my mother-in-law to a doctors appointment and took it with me to work on.  I was able to complete the afghan without him realizing what I was doing. It had also took me longer to accomplish than what I had expected. I wanted to have it completed by Christmas and then I wanted to have it done by his Birthday and that was in January. Needless to say I did not get it done by either of those dates. I was able to give it to him about a month later. He absolutely loved it. I guess the reason I am writing about this is because Jeff Gordon is going to be retiring after this year and we will miss seeing him on the race track!

The back of this afghan is just the checkers. I had found a picture of Jeff in cross stitch and adapted it to the crochet. I made a rectangle in the afghan stitch so I was able to cross stitch his likeness on to the rectangle. The blanket was all made with the checker squares and sewn together. After I finished the rectangle I sewed it to the middle of the afghan.

If you are interested or know someone who is a fan there are some patterns for afghans that I have found.

 

These afghan graphs are available for purchase here http://www.mckcreations.com/racing.htm

I found this afghan that someone had done in single crochet but no pattern but thought it might help someone with inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and I am off to watch the Sprint Cup Race!!

Laura 🙂

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.

Baby blanket in the making

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 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 🙂

My New Year’s Project And Resolution

I am going to start off with saying that the year of 2014 went by way too fast! It is a start of a New Year which means a chance to have a new way of thinking and a new beginning.  I have never been one to really make a New Year’s Resolution, but this year I am thinking that I want to make one. I am going to have a goal of when I start a project I finish it within a set amount of time.  I also want to get more organized with my craft room. You will have to stay tuned to see if I manage to make those resolutions through the year!

My New Year’s project is to make me a coat for colder weather. We will be moving from Florida up to Iowa to be closer to the Grandchildren. Seeing we live in a warm climate now I am in need of a warmer wardrobe for the move up North. Below you will see what I have accomplished so far.

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This is the back of the coat. I have ribbed the bottom and the rest of it is made with a basket weave stitch.

I am really going to have to work at the finishing one project before starting another. The reason I say that is because I am almost finished with a Poncho and I am in the middle of this coat.

Have you ever wondered where the New Year’s Resolution came from or how long it has been around? Well I did so I did some research courtesy of Wikipedia. What I found out is that there were also some Religious beginnings to the tradition of New Year’s Resolutions.

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day

The ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts.[2]

The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.[3]

In the Medieval era, the knights took the “peacock vow” at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry.[2]

At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.[4]

There are other religious parallels to this tradition. During Judaism’s New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one’s wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People may act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, though the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility, in fact the practice of New Year’s resolutions partially came from the Lenten sacrifices.[4] The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.

What kind of resolutions have you made through the years? I would love to hear some of them! 🙂 Thanks as always for stopping by my crazy world of crochet!

Laura 🙂

Christmas Already??

Wow this year has just flown by. I can’t believe that Christmas is almost here! The last few months I have been busy getting our house ready to sell! Now that I am done painting, cleaning and all that goes with getting ready to sell a home I can finally get to what I love most. You guessed it Crochet!!

Okay I have got to be honest I did find some time while I was watching TV to get some crocheting done. Here is what I have finished.

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I am not real sure I am happy with the way this one turned out. I am thinking that I will have to do some more experimenting with this type of yarn. Which is Bernat Boa!

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I love this yarn which is Bernat Soft Boucle. The way it works up is so nice and soft. This yarn also works up real fast. This scarf will definitely keep you warm on a cold winters day!

Are you all ready for Christmas? Do you have all the decorations and the tree put up, the gifts all bought and wrapped?

Here is a cute Santa Hat to make for the little ones! Click on the image to get the pattern.

Santa Hat and Beard for Kids

Easy Does It Blanket

A Cozy Christmas Afghan to make for those you love!  I love to cuddle up with a blanket on those cold winter nights.

Thanks as always for stopping by my crochet and crafting corner of the world! Have a Blessed and Wonderful Christmas Season 🙂

Laura

What you can do with a Recycled Cat Litter Container

I have been busy with remodeling our Living room and Dining room so I have not had time to work on crafts. Now that we are done I am hoping that I will have more time to work on my crafting.                                                                                   I wanted to share with you today what I had done with a Cat Litter Container. I love crafts of all kinds and I have been wanting to conquer a use for those Litter Containers. I had started to think of uses for this and came up with a magazine holder.

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This is the container I used for my project. My husband already used this one for his media for brass polishing.

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As you can see I took off the label on the container and washed them. I then proceeded to use my knife to cut the top off.  I measured where I wanted to cut and then drew a line around the container. Some of you may be able to cut around it straight but as you can see even with the line drawn on the container I was still not totally straight. I did not worry about that because I was going to put something around the top.

These two containers are going to be a holder for my toiletries in the bathroom and a holder for my yarn.                                I used some paper from my scrapbook collection and tore the pieces into smaller sizes.  I then did a dry run and put paper up where I thought I wanted them to be before I glued them on with the Mod Podge.

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This is what the container looked like on all sides after I glued all the paper on. I did put 2 coats of Mod Podge on after to give it a finish.

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This is how I decorated the container on all sides. I put seam binding around the top to finish it off.  There would be limitless possibilities on things you could use to decorate the container.

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As you can see it does hold magazines well. There is still room for more! 🙂 I am looking forward to getting the other containers finished.

Here are some links for some more ideas for uses of Litter Containers. Reusing Cat Litter Buckets | ThriftyFun.                    HowStuffWorks “Don’t Recycle: Reuse Kitty Litter Containers Instead”Reduce reuse recycle on Pinterest.

If you have any other ideas for these containers I would love to hear about them! Please leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!                                                                                        Laura 🙂