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 🙂

Works in Progress (Crochet Projects on my hook at the moment)

It is always amazing to me how many projects I have going at once.  I sometimes think why can’t I just finish one before I start another one!  I have come to the realization that it is never going to happen!!  I guess I will never know why it works that way.  I get into a project and then my mind starts to wander or maybe I just start to daydream about what else to I would like to make.  🙂 I do eventually finish the projects I do start, well okay if I am going to be honest I do have some that have been put away for years.  Hmmm guess I should look into those one of these days!!  Below I have a Granny Square Afghan that I started and am still working on.

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Here I have the Granny Squares themselves made without sewing them together. I have a total of 5 squares made for the Afghan.

DSC01122 Here I attached the Granny Squares together diagonally. I then proceeded to work on one side of the Granny Squares with a Ripple or Chevron pattern.  Here is the link that shows you pictures of how to attach the squares together and proceed with the zigzag pattern.                Tutorial Manta Hueco Zig Zag | Buscando Comienzos. You will have to use a translator for English.  Below is just another view of what I have done so far.

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While working on this Afghan I started thinking I want to make something for myself. Wait for it….. of course I started another project! lol

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DSC00992 Here is the diagram I am working off of. As you can see it is basically a square with a neck. This is such a simple top to make.  The front of the neck just goes down 2 inches and the back just 1 inch.  The sides are just sewn up to where the armhole would be.  There is not any shaping for the armholes. That makes this a very easy top to create.  It is meant to be a crop top but you could always add to the length to make it what ever size you wanted.   There are so many possibilities for this top. Make a tighter stitch, longer length, or a different width.  Depends on what you want from the top, a tighter fit or looser like I wanted to layer over a tank top!

Oh by the way I am also in the process of finishing up on the Barbie dress.  I have to wonder sometimes if I am the only one who has this many projects going at once! lol I sure hope not!!

Thanks for stopping by,                                                                                                                      Laura 🙂

Making of A Bag from Old Jeans continued!

Here is a look of the Bag I am making from an Old Pair of Jeans Continued!  DSC00997 DSC01000       I added the lower part of the bag by crocheting around the loops I had attached on the jeans. The bottom I created by crocheting in the back loop of the round where I wanted the height of the bag to stop. I then proceeded to keep crocheting around and started to decrease the stitches until I was able to close up the hole and fasten off.

DSC01009 DSC01006      Here is the back and front view of the bag. . I do plan on using this as a beach bag so I thought it was a good idea to fill the bag with beach towels to show you what type of shape  the bag will take on once it is filled.                                                                                                I am happy so far with the way this bag has turned out.  It has a lot of room and I know it will hold what I usually take to the beach!                                                                                 You of course could always use a bag like this for a Market Bag.

I am still in the process of making the straps or handles for the bag!  I have thought about crocheting all three colors at once together or even braiding them together.                         Hmmmmm not sure yet what I will do! 🙂 If you have any ideas for straps or handles be sure to leave a comment below. I love getting input and ideas from people!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!  Hope you All Have A Fabulous Weekend!!

Laura 🙂

My Idea Of Making A Purse or Bag From Old Jeans

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for a while now. I thought I would try and see what I could do to combine my love of crocheting and the use of some jeans that I am not going to wear anymore.  My mind was going round and round with ideas on how to accomplish this task!

My first task was to cut up the jeans but I did not want to do any cutting until I had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Lets just say I did cut the jeans but did I know exactly what I was going to do? Not really!!                                                                                      DSC00772                              Pictured above is what I have gotten done so far.  As you can see I did cut the jeans off and left the front pockets in tact.  I did remove the back pockets of the jeans.  The yarn that I am going to use to crochet on the bag is Bernat Handicraft Cotton.  The colors of cotton thread that are pictured are the ones that I am going to combine together to make a Bag.

In my minds eye I see this as a Beach Bag! I love the bright colors and they bring to my mind a day of being at the beach.  Of course this bag will be big enough to use for a market bag, an overnight bag or as a big purse!  

The bag so far is 18″ wide. I am uncertain at this time as to what the length of it will be. In order to crochet onto the jeans I took some of the cotton thread to make loops all around the jeans.  I will post more pictures as I continue to progress on this project.

Here is some more ideas on what do do with jeans!  19 Things to Do with Old Jeans | FaveCrafts.com.

If you have any fun ideas on how to reuse old jeans please leave a comment below.             Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

Little Girl Crochet Fun and Frilly Skirt!

I have been busy coming up with ideas for things to make for spring and summer! I ran across this pattern and thought it was just so cute! 🙂 I decided I would try my hand at making this fun skirt for a little girl.  I am now in the process of making one for my Granddaughter.  She of course wanted a different color than what I had originally made lol

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Here is the finished skirt in a Baby Blue color! I just wish I would have had a little one to model this Pretty little skirt.  It was easy to make and did not take much time to complete. I was able to complete this in a couple of evenings!

Here is the pattern that I found on Redheart. The pattern is in British English and not English from the US.

Country Fun Skirt Free Crochet Pattern from Red Heart Yarns
Crochet
Designed by Linda Dean

What you will need

Red Heart® Miami: 2 (3, 4, 5, 6)
balls 00113 Rosa A
Red Heart® Las Vegas: 2 (2, 3, 3,
3) balls 00370 Pink B
Crochet Hooks: 3.75mm [US F-5]
and 5mm [US H-8]
Stitch markers, yarn needle
TENSION/GAUGE: 22 sts = 10
cm [4”]; 24 rows = 10 cm [4”] in
pattern stitch using smaller hook
and A. CHECK YOUR TENSION/
GAUGE. Use any size hook to
obtain the tension/gauge.
Red Heart® Miami,
Art. 9809606 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 120
m (131 yd) balls
Red Heart® Las Vegas,
Art. 9809613 available
in 50 g (1.76 oz), 90 m
(98 yd) balls

Directions are for size 2 years; changes
for sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10 years are in
parentheses.
Finished Measurements
Hip: 60 (65, 70, 80, 85) cm [24 (26, 28, 32,
34)”]
Length: 23 (25, 28, 32, 34) cm [9 (10, 11,
12½, 13½)”]
NOTE
Skirt is worked in a spiral method in
continuous rounds from waist edge to hem.
Place stitch markers for beginning of round.
SKIRT
With smaller hook and A, ch 132 (144, 154,
176, 188), slip st in first ch, taking care not to
twist sts, to form a ring.
Round 1 (Right Side): Ch 1, dc in same space,
*ch 1, skip next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from
* around, ch 1, slip st in first dc.
Round 2: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from
* around, slip st in marked st.
Round 3-4: Repeat Round 2.
Eyelet Round 5: Dc in next ch-1 space, place
marker, ch 1, *dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3,
dc in next ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from *
around, slip st in marked st.
Round 6: Dc in next ch-1 space, place marker,
ch 1, *dc in next ch-3 space, ch 1, dc in next
ch-1 space, ch 1; repeat from * around, slip st
in marked st.
Round 7-32 (35, 44, 53, 57): Repeat Round 2.

Edging
Round 1: With wrong side facing and larger
hook, join B with a slip st to any ch-1 space
along last row of Skirt, ch 1, dc in same st,
*ch 5, dc in same space, ch 5, dc in next ch-1
space; repeat from * around.
Round 2: Ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space, place
marker, *ch 5, dc in next ch-5 space; repeat
from * around.
Round 3-6: Repeat Round 2.
Fasten off.
Drawstring
Row 1: With A, ch 162 (174, 184, 206, 218),
working in back bump of ch, dc in 2nd ch
from hook and each ch across.
Fasten off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.
Weave drawstring through ch-3 spaces of
Eyelet Round 5.
Abbreviations
A, B, C = Color A, B, C; ch = chain; cm =
centimeters; dc = double crochet; mm =
millimeters; st(s) = stitch(es); * or ** = repeat
whatever follows the * or ** as indicated.

If you want to download the pattern you can here Country Fun Skirt Crochet Pattern | Red Heart. Here is a place for you to look up the a translation of the different Versions of British and US stitches Crochet Pattern Terms Differences Between British and American English.

I had also substituted the yarn for Bernat Baby Sport yarn and Lion Brand Fun Fur for the Ruffle. If you have a little one that you would like to make something for try this cute pattern.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fun with this pattern 🙂

Crochet Harry Potter Sorting Hat

Now that the Holidays are over I can show you what I have been up to in my Creative Corner of the World! My Sister had told me that she wanted me to try and make a Harry Potter Sorting hat for my Niece and her Friend.  I took on the project by printing out a picture of the Hat. Here are a couple of the pictures I went by to create the Crochet Version of this hat.

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Down below is the starting process of me creating a pattern and getting the hat to be shaped like the pictures above.  The color yarn is different than what I made for my Niece and her Friend. I wanted to just use what yarn I had on hand to create a pattern or I should say my form of shorthand for a pattern. lol  This hat is crocheted in the round.  The eyebrows as I call them were a challenge but I had overcome that challenge and proceeded on to the rest of the hat.

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The next challenge I encountered was getting the mouth to look like I wanted it to.  I wanted to create the hat to look like the original hat in the movie. I will admit I was not going to get it to look exactly like the hat in the movie but I was hoping to come up with a real close facsimile!  With some trial and error it was taking shape.  In the picture below I was at the stage of working on the brim of the hat.  This was after a lot of tearing out and revamping. 🙂 I have to say that happens a lot in my creative process.  Even after going through this process, while I was making the hats for my Niece I was still tweaking the pattern here and there!

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This is the finished product of my version of the Sorting Hat. Here shows the front and back of the hat.  There are ties on the original hat but my Sister did not want those attached to the hat.

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Pictured below is my Niece and her Friend wearing the hats after they received them for Christmas.

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Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my Creative World!  Let me know what you think of these hats and if they do resemble the Hat from the movie!!

Laura 🙂

My Project of A Crochet Baby Sweater

Here is one of the many projects that I have going at the moment.  I am at the moment in the process of finishing up on the gifts that I am making so you will have to wait to see those!

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Here I have different views of the same sweater.  This sweater is going to be a size 0 – 3 months size.  Pictured here I only have the back and one of the front pieces done. As you can see I started on the other half of the front of the sweater.  I am using Bernat Baby Sport yarn. I just love the soft luxurious feel this yarn has.

I am debating on attaching a hood to this baby sweater. I am also running ideas through my head on how to fasten the front of the sweater together.  Anyone that would have any opinions on either of my ideas please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think!!!    Stay tuned for more pictures of this project as I finish the sweater.

Thank you very much for stopping by to take a look!                                                                   Hope you are having a Very Blessed Holiday Season!                                                                      Laura 🙂