Archive | April 2014

Closed shop

I decided to close my Etsy shop this week.Custom Preemie or Baby Cocoon Set with Cap and Booties I may go back to it some time in the future but don’t want to fool with it right now. I decided to only make for charity when the mood hits or play with pattern designing.

I am aggressively working on the premise of  The Simple Year. My husband teases that if I can get rid of it I will. Not true completely. I am holding on the quilt tops his grandmother made and the crochet blanket he made.


Green Dragonfly Tutorial: Crochet Cat

So now I have another soft animal to make for my “kids”. Don’t you just love the bright colors! Perfect for a pre-k classroom but first let me finish Pete the Cat.

The Green Dragonfly

Id like to introduce you to the newest addition to our family, Caity Cat…

Crochet Cat

She’s a pretty little cat who loves to hang out in the garden… hiding amongst the flowers.

Caity Cat Tutorial

To make Caity Cat you will need:

A small amount of coloured yarn and a corresponding hook. Caity was made using DK (8ply) yarn and a 3.5mm hook. The flowers are made using a 3mm hook. Two buttons for eyes.

1. Begin by making the base of the cat. Chain 15, turn and single crochet (sc) into the second chain from the hook and in every stitch across. Chain 1 and turn, sc in every stitch across- repeat until you have a rectangle 8 rows wide.

Crochet Cat

2. You will now be working in rounds. At the end of the seventh row continue around your rectangle working along the short end putting an sc into each stitch…

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What has been on my hook

Do you ever make something and then forget to take a picture of it? Well that is what I did this week. I made a cot blanket so we would have a backup in case a child forgot theirs. I work in pre-k and they take naps. I took it to school Friday which was the last day before spring break and left it. So I will take pictures when school starts back. I used the CJAYG method I have fallen in love with.

In the meantime it is spring break and I plan to spend it spring cleaning. I will be organizing, discarding, and scrubbing in the house and finishing up major yard work. I told my husband I was going to be cleaning like I was getting ready to move.

Speaking of cleaning, have you read this blog? Check it out. It is inspiring and informative. I have learned new places and ways to share the wealth and clean out my excess.

The Simple Year

The Simple Year

Have a great week. I have to get back to cleaning!

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

I decided to share the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week information I found at eskimimimakes this week. It is May 12-18. I see it as an opportunity to meet other bloggers, let them know I am here and increase my audience and blogs I want to follow. Check it out and see what you think. She will be telling more about it in the weeks to come.Annual-2014-Knitting-Crochet-Blog-Week-on-Eskimimi-MakesIn the meantime I am busy with spring cleaning, taking care of rental business and making 3 join as you go blankets. I couldn’t decide on one so like any crafter I am making several. I plan to either sell them or have them for our pre-k children’s cot who don’t bring blankets next year. Have a great week everyone.


Free Fairy Dress Pattern

I finally finished the dress and decided to share it as a PDF. I added some pictures where I thought it might be a little hard to visualize. I had a wonderful tester and tweaked it some. It has several versions and ideas in the pattern. It will fit a preemie and small baby if made as is. I made it in both Caron’s Simply soft Light and Caron’s Simply Soft. My tester made it in Pound of Love. All the patterns made up quickly, used less than a skein of yarn and got rave reviews by people who saw the dress.

IMG_0120Fairy dress I would really appreciate hearing from people who download it. I tried to figure out how to make it where a person had to follow me to get the pattern but couldn’t.

Continuous Join-as-you-go (Again!)

In all my years of crocheting the granny square, I have never seen it joined like this. Just think of how nice it would be to not have all those tails to worry about. I am doing this but in a larger size for a baby blanket this week. I will post pictures soon.

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Continuous Join-as-you-go (CJAYG) *Again!*

Make this 20″ cushion cover with me and learn the CJAYG. 🙂

I decided to make another tutorial for this joining method because I get so many questions about it, and it’s soooo great! I have given a lot of linky love to the cyber-folks that I learned from, and you can see those links in my original tutorial. I also have a “main page” about the CJAYG – see it here.

This tutorial has slightly different methods from my original tutorial because I did a Slip Stitch join instead of a “twist” join like in the pink Sunburst Granny Square blanket from the original.

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