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!

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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.

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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!

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

The Spirit of Christmas

As Christmas draws near I am thinking about what brings about the Christmas Spirit. Is it the traditions that people have and do every year or something else? My husband and I were putting up the tree today and having fun with Christmas songs playing in the background. Even had our dog get into the action as you can see 🙂

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As I sit here to write about the Christmas Spirit it reminds me of the time that I was asked by my employer what the Christmas Spirit meant to me. That was while I was working at Swiss Colony in Monroe WI and my children were still young.  My kids are now all grown and I have Grandchildren but I do believe the same things apply to how I feel about Christmas. I will share what I wrote then….

There are so many things that keep the Christmas Spirit alive for me! To start with it is being able to bake the treats that my family loves so well. Cinnamon rolls with that fresh baked smell, the cookies and candies that are made with sugar and all those fattening ingredients.  Then there is the putting up of the decorations the day after Thanksgiving, which has been a tradition in my house for a long time.  The tree comes out of storage along with all the rest of the decorations and that night after the chores are done we all gather around to put up the tree with the Christmas music playing in the background.

The hustle and bustle of trying to get the things that everyone wants on their list. You can actually feel the excitement in the air with people smiling at each other for no apparent reason.  When the first snowfall comes around, that is another exciting part of the joy of the Christmas Spirit especially for my kids! I go around singing too!! Of course what else would it be but Let it Snow! That song has always been one to give me that warm fuzzy feeling.

The thing that I love the most about this time of the year is seeing that special smile from someone that you really care about.  The sparkle that is in a child’s eyes when he or she looks up at you, saying I love you more than you can ever know.  The over abundance of energy that they seem to have this time of year, constantly asking you when Santa is going to be here.  There is also the list that is hung on the refrigerator for all to see of what they want Santa to bring them for the year.

Last, but not least is the openness of giving that happens around this time of year. I love that too! The kisses and hugs that are given, the warm handshakes, the smiles on people’s faces. Now what would really keep the spirit alive is if we as people could accomplish this feeling the whole year through.  Just think what the world would be like then!!

I also love to do crafts for the Holidays for decorations and gift giving! Here are some craft ideas to try!

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Holiday Charm Festive Reindeer Earrings.

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Ball Jars Snowglobe at Joann.com.

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Photo Mat “Believe” Banner.

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Sugared Black and White Tissue Glass Block.

On this one I think I would have a tendency to use more of Red, Green and White colors!  Thank you for taking a trip with me down memory lane on what the Christmas Spirit means to me.  I hope you all are able to reflect on what the Christmas Spirit means to you!  🙂 Have a Great Week!!

Recycle Those Unwanted CD’s With These Useful Craft Ideas

Have you ever wondered what to do with those CD’s that won’t work anymore or you just do not want?  I have made some crochet CD Coasters!  I love the way they look and also the way they soak up any extra moisture that comes from the condensation on a glass.

What I do for a CD Coaster is crochet in the round to make a circle. I make 2 of the circles and put the CD in the middle and sew together the outsides and Viola a CD Coaster!  A simple way to use those old CD’s.

Here is a picture of a Coaster I have made but had not put a CD in the middle. This is what they would look like on both sides. I would post a picture of one with a CD in the middle but they are well used! 🙂

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Here are some more great ideas on what to do with those unwanted CD’s. Here are a few of my favorites!

Beaded CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Holiday Ornament | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Clock | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Greeting Card | FaveCrafts.com.

Altered CD | FaveCrafts.com.

Quilted CD Ornaments | FaveCrafts.com.

Recycled CD Letter Holder for Mom | FaveCrafts.com.

CD Case Picture Frame | FaveCrafts.com.

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you have fun with these craft ideas!

 

Crochet Men’s Hooded Sweater Part I

As this Friday draws to a close and evening approaches I thought I would bring you along with me on what happens when I make a Sweater!

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Here are my tools of the trade. Well some of them anyway.  My tablet is full of patterns that I have written down in a language that only I can understand! 🙂  I have come up with my own form of shorthand.  Anyone else would look at it and wonder how on earth you were suppose to follow any of this! lol

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This is part of the pattern process that I use. This is where I figure out what I want for a stitch and what size the sweater is going to be.  You can see it does remind you of a sewing pattern.

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Here I have the Front of the Sweater finished. It does take me a while to finish each piece for this sweater. The making of this Sweater from start to finish takes me approx 25 hrs for a size Med. It does depend on the size of the Sweater as to how long it takes me to finish it. I love being able to try out different colors and stitches to see what I like or I think someone else might like. It is amazing and fun when you start to play around with colors and you find out what ones blend well together. You sure can come up with some crazy combinations!

At the moment I am in the process of making the sleeves so you will have to stay tuned to find out what they are going to look like and what happens next!  Thanks for taking a look and hope you tune in for the next part! 🙂