Sunday, December 28, 2008

Final Peruvian Print Strip!

Finally! I have a strip finished in a size I like. This one is 18 stitches wide, all half-double crochet, on a J hook. It took an entire skein of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color Peruvian Print, and turned out 6 inches wide and 60 inches long. I'm going to edge the strips in Soft White, and I should have seven strips when I'm done, so it will make a nice-sized afghan. I'll crochet all the strips together, so there shouldn't be any sewing on this afghan.

I have to once again thank my friend Linda (aka Crocheting Fool) for the suggestion of crocheting this yarn into narrow strips. I really like this much better and I'm glad I decided to do a narrower strip.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Another Attempt with Peruvian Print yarn...

I took the advice of my friend Linda (aka Crocheting Fool), and used the Red Heart Super Saver color in Peruvian Print, crocheting it into a strip. I like this so much better than my other pattern attempts with this yarn. Thanks, Linda! I really do think this color is probably for knitters rather than crocheters, but I do like how this is turning out. I'm going to edge strips with white, and make them into a lapghan or afghan, depending upon how much yarn I have here. The strip is crocheted with a J hook in half-double crochet on 25 stitches...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fleece Blanket

Here's a fleece blanket that I put an edging on. I crocheted two blankets together, then just three rounds of a shell edging. Crocheting two blankets together makes them very nice and warm.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas gift...

I got to work yesterday and found that one of my co-workers had left me this gift. It's so cute, and I love snowmen too!

The day before, another co-worker left me a beautiful fruit basket. It was filled with oranges, apples, pears, a tangerine, a kiwi, and grapes. The fruit is so good, so I have to find out where he got that from! It was so nice of both of them to leave these gifts for me. Two of us got "thank you's" from them for all our help this year, and it is really nice to be remembered for that.

While I was taking the pics of my gift, I decided to take a picture of what I see outside my living room - it's snowing here, with up to 7 inches predicted by tomorrow with lots of blowing and drifting and below zero wind chills. Welcome to winter in Wisconsin!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Weather PIxie

I have that little picture to the right of my posts that is a Weather Pixie. If you click on the picture, it will take you to the site to get one of your own. It shows the current weather here were I live, and yes, it is cold here now! Had nearly a foot of snow yesterday...too much for one storm!

Peruvian Print

Red Heart Super Saver yarn has a new variegated yarn in a color called Peruvian Print. I bought some to try, but I can't decide if I like it or not. It may be the combination of cool and warm colors that I don't care for, or it could just be too many colors in it. I prefer cool colors, but do work with some warm colors, just not the colors I see in this yarn.

My first attempts of making something with this yarn didn't look good to me, so yesterday I tried making a solid double crochet square from it, with the intention of making a square lapghan. I didn't care for that odd-looking step up of the colors when the new rounds started, as you can see in this picture:

So, I decided to just try a half-double crochet lapghan with it. I'm still not sure I like the colors in this, but I'm going to continue with this and see how it goes:


I recently finished this scarf using JoAnn's Rainbow Classic yarn in a blue variegated. I used a puffy shell stitch for it to add texture, and this scarf turned out nice and warm, just in time for the winter weather we've had here.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Granny Square Christmas Tree

Here is a pattern that I created years ago. Feel free to give a try, and if you have any questions or find any errors please let me know. Enjoy!

Granny Square Christmas Tree


8 oz. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Green
3 oz. Red Heart Super Saver yarn in White
Small amount white or dark brown worsted weight yarn for tree trunk

You will also need:

4 - 1-inch red pom-poms
9 - 1/2-inch red pom-poms
4 red velvet ribbon bows with a gold twist-tie attached
4 - 1-inch gold jingle bells
Small amount of fiberfill stuffing for trunk
1 - 1-inch white/bone ring for hanger
Craft glue or hot glue gun
Size I/9 (5.50 mm) hook

Tree is approximately 24 inches tall when finished.

Granny Squares:

Using size I hook, start with a ch 5, sl st in first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, (3 dc in ring, ch 2) 3 times, sl st in top of beg ch-3, turn.

Round 2: Sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2, 3 dc in space to form corner, (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch-2 space) 3 times for 3 more corners, st st in top of beg ch-3, turn.

Round 3: Sl st to ch-2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in space, ch 2, 3 dc in space to form corner, (ch 1, 3 dc) in each ch-1 space along the side to corner; (ch 1, 3 dc, ch 2 3 dc) in each ch-2 corner space. Repeat around, and sl st into top of beginning ch-3, turn.

Repeat Round 3 for square. The last round of each square is done in white yarn. When you've finished with the green yarn, fasten off, and attach white yarn with a sl st into any ch-2 space, and repeat Round 3 for one round, fasten off and weave in all ends.

For the tree, you'll need 4 squares in the following sizes:

1st square: 8 rounds green; 1 round white
2nd square: 7 rounds green; 1 round white
3rd square: 6 rounds green; 1 round white
4th square: 5 rounds green; 1 round white

Tree Trunk:

Row 1: Using either white or brown yarn and a size I hook, ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; 11 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc and in each sc across; 11 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 20 rows. Fasten off, leaving a long end for sewing. With right sides together, fold the trunk piece in half lengthwise, making a square. Sew the side edges closed and turn right side out. Stuff the trunk, leaving space at the top to sew it closed. Don't stuff too tightly. When you've finished stuffing the trunk, sew the top closed; set aside.

To Assemble the Tree:

With wrong sides facing, fold each completed granny square in half diagonally so that the last 3 rows of the opposite side of the square show underneath. Sew or glue the tip of the corner to the back of the square.

Start by laying out the largest square. Take the second square and lay it over the top of the first square so that the fold of the second square just touches the tip of the first square. Sew or glue the second square to the first square.

Repeat these steps for both the third and fourth squares of the tree.

Center the trunk at the bottom of the largest triangle and sew in place.

Decorating the Tree:

Glue the 1-inch pom-poms to the top point of the three, and to the three points on the first (bottom) square.

Glue the 1/2-inch pom-poms to all three points on the remaining three squares.

Attach a jingle bell to the middle of a red velvet bow, securing the bell with the gold twist-tie on the bow. Make four of these. Glue the bows to the middle of each square flap.

Sew the 1-inch white ring to the back top tip of the tree to use as a hanger.

Extra Notes:

You can embellish the tree any way you want to, really. Use your imagination. As for the squares, I've also made this tree using a solid granny square (dc in each stitch across, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in each corner) for a different look. I've used both Red Heart Paddy Green and Hunter Green, and I like the look of either one. You could use Christmas yarns with a sparkly thread running through them for a different look too. Maybe use just a glittery white yarn and a different color, like blue or purple for the decorations. There are so many possibilities with this pattern!.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this pattern. You are welcome to use this pattern for personal use only. Do not copy and sell the pattern, however, you make make and sell these trees if you give proper mention of the designer.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Magic Ball Afghan #4 plus more...

Here's my latest Magic Ball Afghan - Yup, it's the fourth one I've made! These are so fun to make, work up fast, and are so warm. This one is 68 inches long and probably about 48 inches wide. I used Dark Navy as the solid color yarn that I carried with the magic ball yarns.

I keep making these to use up scraps of yarn, so as long as I have yarn, I'll keep making them. I have a few magic balls left over from the last four afghans, so now I'm going through my stash to see what color I can use as the main color for my next one. So far, I've used Dark Navy, Black, and Soft White. I'm not sure what I'll use next but I'll come up with something.

I've also been working on 4-strand afghans. The pattern these are based on comes from "Crafts" magazine - the November 1998 issue. The afghan is all half-double crochet, holding four strands of yarn together.

For the first one, I'm using all "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby. If you haven't tried this yarn, you must get some! It's a worsted-weight acrylic, and so incredibly soft and very easy to work with. If you aren't near a Hobby Lobby store, you can find this yarn at I'm using one strand each of Blue Camo Ombre, Medium Blue, Brown, and White:

For this next one, I started it because I was curious to see how the colors would look together. This one uses all Red Heart Super Saver yarn - two strands of Buff, and one strand each of Buff Fleck and Aran Fleck:

These both are worked with a Q hook, and go fast. It's a fun pattern to try when you have yarns that you just don't know how to use up.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Birthday...

Last Wednesday, November 12, was my birthday - my 50th. My co-workers didn't do the black birthday thing for me like I'd asked, thank goodness! Instead, one of my crazy coworkers did this - this is what I found when I walked into my room that day:

My co-worker made this for Halloween last year and used it in a display at his house. Honestly, when I saw this, I laughed so hard about it!

A group of ladies took me out to lunch that day and that was fun too. All the staff signed a birthday card for me, and one particular co-worker, a wood manufacturing instructor, told me that "at this age, if you were a tree, you could be harvested!" Okay, so I work with a crazy bunch of guys, but they are the best and so much fun, and I've known them for so long, that anything they say and do doesn't suprise me anymore!

I didn't do anything exciting for my birthday. I just don't get excited about birthdays anymore. But when people remember me that day, it is nice. I did have such a great time that day and really look forward to the "50's Decade" now.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Magic Ball Afghans

Here are pics of the Magic Ball afghans I've made. A "Magic Ball" is made of small pieces of yarn scraps. I tie them together and knot, leaving a tail. Then I wind them into balls. The result of those Magic Balls has turned into afghans. For my afghans, I've used two strands of yarn - one is the Magic Ball yarn; the other a solid color from skeins. I use a size "P" hook and half-double crochet stitch throughout. I chain until that is either the length or the width of the afghan I want, then just do hdc rows until it's the size I want. I leave the yarn tails from the Magic Balls hanging out just for interest, but they can be woven in as well.

The first is one made with Red Heart Supersaver "Dark Navy" (discontinued color) as the second color:

The next one is made with Red Heart Soft White as the main color:

The last one is made with Red Heart yarn in Black:

I've started yet another one with Dark Navy. These crochet up so quickly, and it's fun to see how the colors come together. You can used planned colors too - just choose your colors and cut yarn into different lengths and tie together, the roll into a ball. As long as I have Magic Balls, I'll probably continue making afghans out of them.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scrap Afghan - Finally finished!

Here's my solid color scraps afghan with an edging and all the ends have been woven into it. Now this one is officially done!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Earth & Sky Round Ripple Afghan

I finished another afghan. This one was made with Red Heart yarn in Earth & Sky, Coffee, Soft White; and in TLC yarn in Robin Egg. There are still ends to weave in, but the crocheting is done. When I measured this one, it came to about 90 inches from point to point! This one is a heavy afghan, but will be so nice and warm this winter...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Scrap Afghan Finished!

I'm finally finished with this afghan. All I have to do yet is weave in the ends and it will officially be done. I finished this one in less than a week, and it's probably the fastest afghan I've ever made. It was so fun to do, and the best part is that in the process of making this, my scraps of solid colors is down to about 8 small balls now! That's down from almost TWO large Rubbermaid totes of scraps!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Update on Scrap Afghan

Here's how it looks today:

All that's left is to do the red/pink rows and I'll be done! This afghan was very fun to make, and it helped me to use up all but a few scraps of my solid scrap yarns.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

What I'm working on today...

I've been trying to use up my scrap yarns, and I'm really making good progress. I have just a few solid scrap yarn colors left, and decided to start this afghan:

I'm doing all half double crochet stitches, and using a size "K" hook. I divided all my scraps into color shades, and just started crocheting until each color ran out. I'm doing color groups - first, all blues, then purples, then greens, then yellows, then oranges, then reds. I'll just keep going until I run out of yarn. What short bits I yarn I have left over after finishing a row of color, I'm winding into Magic Balls. Those I'll be using for another afghan. If I have large enough bits left over, I'm making four-round, all double crochet squares for another scrap afghan. Eventually, I'll crochet all those squares together with black yarn. That project will be a combination of solids and variegated yarns, and may be quite large. I'm thinking of making a bedspread with that one. I'll post pics of that project when I get to it.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

More Summer Projects

Here are some coasters I've made with scraps of my cotton variegated yarn. The pattern can be found here:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My First Post!

It's my first post on my new blog! This time I hope to keep up with this. I'm going to use this blog to post pictures of my crochet projects. I hope you enjoy them.

A little about me...I'm from Wisconsin, and love it here. I've been crocheting for over 35 years now, and make all sorts of things, but my most favorite is probably afghans. More about me later on.

Here are some pics of things I've been working on this summer:

This is an afghan I've started with my scrap yarn. The pattern came from "The Harmony Guides 300 Crochet Stitches Volume 6". Okay, so not much to see yet, but this one is fun to do, so I hope to have more pics of this soon.

Next are some dishcloths. I went crazy with these over the summer! The first three pics are Tulip Stitch dishcloths. The pattern came from here:

I really became addicted to making these. They take less than one ball of yarn, and are so fast to make once you get started on them.

Then, I got hooked on making Magic Square hotpads. This are fun to make too! The pattern I used for my hotpads came from here:

Here they are:

My latest project is an afghan from the Leisure Art's leaflet #4592, "Artsy Afghans". I'm working on Rainbow Circle. For mine, I'm using Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" in Grape, Orchid, and Grapevine Ombre:

This one is about half finished, and it's quick to make, so I hope to have this one finished soon.

I'll post more pics soon!