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 🙂

My New Fascination With Ponchos!

Lately I have been into making Ponchos. I think they can be very versatile! There can be so many uses for them. They can be worn with jeans or date night attire and help keep you warm on a cool day or night.  They can have a Lacey look or be Cabled to have a heavier look.  Below are some of the Ponchos that I have finished and are available at Crochet & Craft items by Dunmirecrochetcorner on Etsy.

 

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This one is fashioned for a more Casual and Modern Poncho with a hood.  The pattern for this poncho I found at Free Crochet Pattern 40493-C Vertical-Stripe Poncho: Woman’s Version : Lion Brand Yarn Company.  This is the basic pattern I ended up putting my own twist to it with buttons on the side and adding a hood.

 

 

Both of these were fashioned from the same pattern from 1970 but with different stitches and lengths. You can do so many different things with one pattern if you switch out stitches, colors and experiment with the length etc.  This is where I found this pattern PONCHO 3 COLOR – Groovy Crochet.

 

I had found quite a few patterns online for Ponchos and here are some of those.  Click on the picture and it will take you right to the pattern. It is amazing the different looks that you can come up with for a Poncho!

Magic Tweed Poncho

 

Simply Soft Striped Poncho

Patterned Poncho

I love that the Poncho has so many ways you can incorporate them into your wardrobe.  Have you owned a Poncho and what have you worn it with?  I am in the process of making me some different types of Ponchos for myself.  Would love to hear from you and any ideas you have for wearing a Poncho.

Thanks for stopping by and entering my world of crochet!

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 🙂

The Scarf, A Fashion Statement and A Necessity

I love the feel and look of a scarf! They can make a fashion statement or be there for the warmth against the cold.  The scarf can be made from a variety fabrics and fibers. They also can be worn different ways to accomplish that certain kind of look or for necessity.

Here is one that you do not need to sew, knit or crochet! Looks Great and the Free Pattern is below.

Knotted Fringe Scarf

Knotted Fringe Scarf Fun crafts Pattern | Red Heart.

Have you ever wondered where the scarf originated from? Here is a little history of the scarf. (Information from Wikipedia)

Ancient Rome is one of the first origins of the scarf, where the garment was used to keep clean rather than warm. It was called the sudarium, which translates from Latin to English as “sweat cloth”, and was used to wipe the sweat from the neck and face in hot weather. They were originally worn by men around their neck or tied to their belt. Soon women started using the scarves, which were made of cloth and not made of wool, pashmina, or silk, and ever since the scarf has been fashionable among women.

In later times scarves were also worn by soldiers of all ranks in Croatia around the 17th century. The only difference in the soldiers’ scarves that designated a difference in rank was that the officers had silk scarves whilst the other ranks were issued with cotton scarves. The men’s scarves were sometimes referred to as “cravats” (from the French cravate, meaning “Croat”), and were the precursor of the necktie.[citation needed]

The scarf became a real fashion accessory by the early 19th century for both men and women. By the middle of the 20th century scarves became one of the most essential[citation needed] and versatile clothing accessories for both men and women.

It is never too late to learn something new! I had no idea that the precursor for the Necktie was a Scarf.  Below are some variations on scarves that can be crocheted. Have fun with them and make your own Fashion Statement!

Another version of a scarf and looks like it is knitted. Pattern is below picture.

Brioche-Look Cowl Crochet Pattern | Red Heart.

Arm Knitting has become such a big trend. I have not tried it yet. That is on my to do list, which by the way is way too long!! 🙂 Below you will find a link for Arm Knitting from the Crochet Crowd!

Arm Knitting

Arm Knitting + Video Tutorial – The Crochet Crowd.

This braided scarf is beautiful and unique. I love the fact that this is made from strands of the foundation stitch. This pattern is available from Raverly to purchase.

Ravelry: Rapunzel Scarf pattern by Kristen Hein Strohm.

Thanks as always for stopping by! I do have scarves available in my Shop for your gift giving pleasures or for your own personal use!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Dunmirecrochetcorner

Laura 🙂