Love Of Making Items For Grandchildren

Since I have become a Grandma I have loved to make things for those precious babies. I also love the fact that when they are babies it does not take me very long to create and finish those items.  I will often end up searching the internet for patterns and ideas. This of course can take up some time because I will get engrossed in the process. If I do not monitor the time I spend on this I can spend hours upon hours on the computer.  🙂

Here is a costume that I created for my Grand Daughter when she was a baby. She was Miss Peanut Guy.

 

At the moment we have 12 grandchildren and trying to keep up with all of them gets to be quite interesting.  Lately I have been on a kick of making ponchos and had made one for my Son and Daughter in Law.  My Grand Daughter saw them and of course wanted Grandma to make her one!  Below is a picture of her modeling her poncho for me.

 

My Grandson also loves to have his picture taken and was a nice model for me with his fedora hat I made him.

 

I wish I had more time to spend on making things for those that I love! One of these days I hope to find that time 🙂

As always thanks for stopping by,                                                                                               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 🙂

 

Men and Crochet

I have often wondered how many Men do Crochet! I do know that I had a houseful of boys that grew into Men and not one of them Crochet now! When they were young and when I was crocheting they wanted to learn how. I then taught them how to crochet and they actually made friendship bracelets but that was as far as they took the crocheting.  Now they say hey Mom I like this could you make it for me!! 🙂

I have done some research on Men Crocheting and it seems that there a few of them that enjoy this craft.  The Crochet Dude  is known in crochet circles and here is another guy that blogs from my home state WI about crocheting among other things Real Men Crochet and other things.

When searching for patterns for Men I find mainly hats, afghans, scarves, some sweaters and vests. I have 3 boys and was looking for some sweater patterns to make for gifts. In my research I was just not coming across anything that I knew they would wear.  This is why I decided to start designing items for Men.  I have always loved to make things for my family and give them as gifts but there is only so many hats and afghans that they can use!

I love to use Pinterest for inspiration on Men’s Fashion. There are so many ideas that you can use for inspiration and for patterns. I was trying to see how many different things that I could find for Men that have been Crocheted.

5020bcce64d2e08c30246ac3da726b20 d3da9ebf76890c654509f1e0dcb21519                                     I know you will recognize these Men that are wearing crochet vests. These were some of the pictures that I ran across while researching for Crochet for Men.  Both Vests are made from Granny Squares.

c17ae4eb1eb458ac654aef8f98018e2e                                                                                                     This Vest I thought was unique and it is made by combining crocheting and material. Check out my Crochet for Men and Boys on Pinterest to see more! Crochet for Men & Boys on Pinterest

DSC08204DSC00970DSC07334DSC05529       These are a few of the items I have created for my boys and grandson. My middle son is pictured wearing the hooded sweater and has helped me quite a bit with items to create. He will see something and he will say “Mom” could you by chance be able to make this? This is where the idea came from for the Fedora style hat and the Tie.

Here are a couple of links for patterns to crochet for Men and Boys!                                          Rugged Vest Crochet Pattern | Red HeartSimple Sweater for Him AllFreeCrochet.com,  DROPS Men’s and Child Vest in Silke-Tweed ~ DROPS Design

If you know of any guys that crochet I would love to hear about them. As always thank you for stopping by and taking a look!

Laura 🙂

 

 

Fun with Manatees

I thought I would share with you the fun I had capturing these pictures of Manatees. In July of 2012 my husband Dennis and I were painting a Sail Boat on a canal in Apollo Beach Florida. I was able to take some pictures of Manatees that were living in a canal in the Mangroves.  I was so excited get some great photos of the whole Manatee. I have been trying for years to take some pictures of them and have them be of the Manatee and not just the water, a tail or a head shot.

1011021046 1011021252a                         Here they were just coming in from the Bay to the Mangroves.  The first picture is how my pictures would look when I was finished taking photos of the Manatees.  It was so Great to be on the canal in their natural environment and hear them coming closer. You can hear them when they come up and when they dive back down under the water.

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DSC05764DSC05753       I am lucky to have a viewing center near by when the weather turns cooler.  If you are looking for information on the Manatees it is a fantastic spot to visit and learn. We will bring company here and they love it!  Manatee Viewing Center – Tampa Electric.                                Manatees are a large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 13 feet (4.0 m) long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds (590 kg), and have paddle-like flippers.

1011021253 1011021322       I was able to walk onto the pier and get a close up of the Manatee.  I was trying my best to be quiet and not spook it and have it swim away. The second picture above the Manatee had begun to swim back out into the canal.                                                                                           I have to believe there was something special about that day because the sun was shining and the tide was out so I was able to get close to these beautiful giants! I had felt blessed that day and also excited to be able to capture these pictures.

1011021323 1011021322d      They are slow moving and have been known to get caught up in the props of boats.  As you can see here there is scarring on this Manatee.                                                                              If you are interested here is a link for information about Manatees. Florida Manatee | Basic Facts About Florida Manatees | Defenders of Wildlife.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures of the Manatees as much as I did taking the photos!  Thanks for stopping by and having 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

DSC00991 DSC01174                                                                                   This is going to be a top to wear over a tank.  In the first picture I was using only 1 strand of thread and a smaller hook. I of course changed my mind and started all over with 2 strands of thread and a larger hook.  It is of the same stitch, the Marielle Lace Stitch. You can find it here How to Crochet the Marielle Lace Stitch NewStitchaDay.com.

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 🙂

Having Fun with Barbie Clothes

This all started out because a friend of mine had made her Granddaughter a dress for her Barbies.  It got me to thinking how difficult could it be to crochet Barbie clothes. I have to admit I did some research and looked up what others had designed.  I found a pattern and tried my hand at it.  Here is the finished dress below!

DSC01103                                                                                                     At this point I still had to sew snaps onto the back of the dress.  I did not however have small enough snaps to attach. I had to make a trip to the store to purchase them.  I did have fun making this dress and the pattern was easy to follow.                                                             Here is a link to the pattern I followed.  Barbie Simple Sheath Dress (Free Crochet Pattern)

Once I accomplished that dress my mind went into overdrive, which happens quite often with me on anything to do with crafts! lol  Now that I have gone off on a tangent back to the original thought!  I started to think that I could design something myself for Barbie.  Once I finished the dress above I understood what was needed to make clothes for Barbie.  Having sewing experience making my own clothes helped.  Below is what I have started on another dress for Barbie.

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My thought for the dress is to make it a full skirt and be lacy on the bottom half of the skirt.  For the top I had chained enough to go around just under the breast and overlap a little on the back and continued back and forth for 6 rows and then started to work on the back. Both dresses are made from size 10 cotton thread and I used a size 7 hook on the purple dress and a size 1 for this dress.

DSC01151                                                                                                      I then continued the pattern for 6 stitches and worked them back and forth for 2 more rows and at the end of the next row and started to decrease stitches each row until I had a total of 3 stitches and fastened off. I then did the same for the other side on the back.  For the front I skipped 6 stitches for the arm hole and attached with a slip stitch and continued pattern for 4 stitches and continued the pattern for 2 rows. The next row I decreased once and then continued the pattern for 2 more rows and fastened off. I then proceeded to do the same for the other side on the front.  I then sewed the shoulder seams together.

DSC01148                                                                                                     This is another view of the front of the dress.  After I sewed the shoulder seams together I was ready to continue on with the bottom of the skirt. I attached the thread to the back and just chained 4 and skipped 1 chain and sc in the next chain on the bottom of original chain from the top part of the dress. I then worked that across, turned and chained 4 and sc in the next ch 4 space and across.  After the open chain work I then proceeded to start the pattern back up for 2 rows.  The next row I slip stitched them together in the back and continued working the pattern in Rnds. I am now at the point where I increased all around and that is where I left off.

I do believe I am going to have a lot of fun designing Barbie dresses for my Granddaughters.  I love making things for my Family and with the Barbie clothes they are smaller, so I am able to finish a project sooner than I do with the full size clothes.  I can not wait to see their faces when they receive the Barbie clothes.  As I finish the dress I will post pics so you can see what progress I have made.

Here is another link for some free patterns for Barbie clothes for those of you that are interested in making any yourself.  Crochet Pattern Central – Free Barbie Crochet Pattern Link Directory.

Thanks for taking a look and coming along with me on my creation of Barbie Clothes. If you have any questions or any ideas you would like to share feel free to comment!

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 🙂