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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

 

 

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 🙂