Introducing Molly and her friends.

Since moving to Iowa I have been busy making some Amigurumi animals. They also include some blankets and monsters. You can see a video of them here on my YouTube Channel.  Molly and her new friends

Molly is an elephant that I made specifically for me because the pattern was just too cute. I also decided to name her Molly.  🙂

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I am now in the process of quite a few different projects which I hope to share soon.
As always I thank you for stopping by and taking a look!

Have a Great Evening,                                                                                                                                       Laura 🙂

A Little Luck Of The Irish In Crochet & Crafts

I have been busy with my Brother and Sister in Law coming down to Florida to visit so I am behind on everything! It was great to see them but now that they are back home it is time to get busy again.

Seeing that St Patrick’s Day will be here soon I thought I would see what there was available in crochet and crafts for this Holiday.

I ran across this Four Leaf Clover Throw and thought I have not seen anything like this before. I love the different color of greens that run through it.

You can find the pattern here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/four-leaf-clover-throw

This is such a cute way to capture those precious moments with this Lucky Shamrock Frame. I wish I had more time to delve into all the crafts I would like to indulge in. (sigh) 🙂

The directions and all the materials needed to accomplish this project are found here: Lucky Shamrock Frame at Joann.com.

Are you one of the many who celebrate this holiday? I know I have some Irish in my blood and so I wondered where and when did this holiday come about.  Below is some information about this holiday thanks to Wikipedia.

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early 17th century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),[4] the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,[3] as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.[5] Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.[6] Christians also attend church services[5][7] and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.[5][6][8][9]

On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to thepagan Irish.[13][14]

Well this certainly explains why there is so much alcohol consumption on this day! I often wondered too where the custom of wearing green came from.

Here is a cute Irish Hat to make and then to wear while celebrating!

You can find this pattern here: https://www.freepatterns.com/detail.html?code=FC01287&cat_id=334

I love this wreath and the way they have incorporated all the different fabrics to convey the Irish Spirit!

The directions and materials to create this wreath are found here: St. Patrick’s Day Wreath at Joann.com.

I can say that I did learn some things about why we celebrate this day. Have a great time celebrating this Irish Holiday and I hope you gained some inspiration on some items that you can create for this day!

Thank you as always for stopping by and entering my wacky creative world!

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

 

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 🙂

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 🙂