Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring is in the Air

And to that I say Hallelujah! It's been a weird winter. Warm for weeks at time, then bone cold the next. But March is coming, and with it the promise of warmer days and planting. As I've shared, in the past, I love to decorate for the seasons. I decided to take a break from making the granny squares for our swap, and work on something new. Of course they are free patterns and they turned out adorable!

I wanted to use my scrap yarn for this wreath. I'm really trying to use what I have on hand, and trust me I have tons of yarn in my craft room. It's like I have an addiction to yarn... I didn't have enough green to make the whole wreath one color, but I think it looks really cute with the stripes of green. I found the foam wreath form at my Dollar Tree. Can't beat that deal; a foam wreath form for $1!

I also made half the flowers like the pattern said, but the other half I made 5 petals, using the pattern I made for the flower headband. After all the flowers were done I was going to make the bumblebee, but my dinosaurs said they didn't like it as much and started calling out different bugs to put on it. We finally decided that I would make a ladybug for the wreath!

I love how it turned out. It's not hanging on the door yet; it will be hung up March 1st. Let's hope it ushers in Spring faster!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February's Granny Square Swap

I apologize for this post not getting out sooner. I had it scheduled for the 9th of February, but it never posted! These squares tested my knowledge of crochet, and were so fun to make! I love how they turned out and hope you do too!

Each square is 6" by 6". Some of the patterns I post are either larger or smaller than what I wanted my end result to be, so adjust your number of rows accordingly.

These first three squares are all the same pattern, and easy to do once you get the hang of it. The pattern is free! The original pattern only made a 4" square, so I made more rounds and did the border in hdc with the same color of the center heart.

These last two squares were the toughest yet. The pattern was slightly confusing, so I ended up watching the YouTube tutorial on how to make them. Unless you've made something like this before, I would highly suggest watching the YouTube video on how she makes them! It makes the pattern make so much more sense! The pattern is free as well!

Until Next Time,

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Crochet Projects

Love is in the air, and one thing I love to do is decorate the house for the different seasons and holidays. I don't know why, but especially in the winter it makes the house seem so much more cheery! I put up the normal Valentine decor, but decided it just wasn't enough this year. I had been working on March's granny square swap and decided to take a break and make some new things for the house. My children love the items, and they really did turn out fantastic!

I followed the free pattern above, but decided that instead of just making the hearts the same size, I would make small hearts as well. To do that I simply skipped step two and went onto step three. Pairing it with our Valentine Mailboxes and a heart shaped bowl with oranges in it really made the counter look festive!

This was one tough heart to make. Not because it was a difficult pattern, crochet wise, but the pattern was hard to make sense of. The author of the above pattern even said that certain parts didn't make sense! I think it still turned out well, even if I did have to restart it three times. I used fabric glue to glue the base of the heart down to foam board, and my wonderful hubby carefully cut the whole thing out. It now proudly hangs on the inside of our front door!

Speaking of hard patterns, this one gave me fits. I followed the above pattern perfectly, and counted every stitch, but I don't think the author's math was quite right. I really don't think that she had her stitches counted right, or accounted for her previous increases. Ended up redoing this one two times, and finally just used her pattern as a guide and made it up myself. It hangs on the outside of our front door, but is protected by a glass door.

Even though these were tough to make, it was fun to do them! I'll be working on an adorable Spring wreath soon, and can't wait to show you the end result!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Doll Clothing for Barbie Sized Dolls

Mopsy received a Barbie like doll for Christmas, and this doll immediately started having tea parties with her Elsa, Anna, Rose, and Dorothy dolls. Mopsy was in love, and heartbroken when the new doll's dress started shredding. And I mean, shredding. The fabric was that thin fabric that can't be sewn back together without leaving giant sized holes from the needle, and would probably have ripped again in a matter of days.

Never fear, I have crochet hooks and know how to use them!

I started looking online for free patterns, for doll clothes, and found this.

Click on the picture to be sent to the pattern

It was ridiculously easy to make, and of course I had to add my own touches. Mopsy asked me where were the sleeves on the dress, so I had to add those, and she wanted pink in the dress as well. So I added a pink sash and a pink border.

For the sleeves, I put the dress on the doll and chained enough so that it fit from the back, where I had attached the yarn, and enough to fit snugly to the front. Then I did two SC in each CH and finished it off. 

Then, I was commissioned (payment paid in kisses and hugs) for a new dress for her Dorothy doll. This one was based, loosely, on the above pattern, but I really made this up as I went along for the top.

I wanted the dress to be the normal Dorothy dress, but more 'princessy' as Mopsy was sad that this doll was the only doll she had that didn't have a princess dress! I started the dress as the pattern says, but once I got the end of the top I added white and made a tank top looking piece. Then I added sleeves and SL the blue on the front to make it look like a frock. She wanted pink in this dress as well, so I made another sash and the trim is in light pink, as well as cutting some pink yarn and tying it in the doll's hair.

I have been asked to make Mopsy's Elsa and Anna dolls new dresses as well. She's rather rough on them, and they are starting to fall apart. I'll attempt to write down what I did for those, so I can share!

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

January's Granny Square Swap

I know, I'm a few days late writing this blog post, but I had to get permission to post these granny squares.

A friend of mine and I decided to do a granny square swap. We're making each other five different granny squares every month, giving us sixty granny squares at the end of the year. Each granny square is 6" by 6".  The goal, for me, is to make a blanket, with the squares I receive, to put in Mopsy's hope chest. Yes I know she's only 5, but it is never too late to start a hope chest!

I got permission to show the granny squares I made, and only had to get permission because my friend hasn't seen them yet! We're a bit behind on giving our squares to each other, only because of conflicts in schedules. I did complete my January squares before January ended though!

Here's what I made, and I'll post the links to patterns, where I used a pattern!

This pattern is free on Ravelry. I did the star, which looks like the Star of David to me, in white with gold threads, bordered the star in black with gold thread, and finished it with same white with gold. I think it turned out gorgeous! I do promise this is a square, but it hasn't been blocked yet, and the corners turn wavy. 

Same pattern as above, but done in the opposite colors. I think the contrast is striking.

Once again, this is the same pattern as above, but I actually messed it up. :( Somewhere I only had five corners, instead of six. Once I realized it, it was too late, and I liked the star shape, so I kept it. I did have to do a lot of math to get the ring to be the same size as the six pointed star, and make it the same shape. It ended up working, but needs to be blocked to keep it's square shape.

These last two are just a normal granny square pattern. If you don't know how to make a granny square, here's a good tutorial. The only thing I do different is that I always do a magic ring, instead of the normal chain and slip stitch. I like having no hole in the center!

I really liked how these turned out! I can't wait to show you February's granny squares. Those turned out amazing!

Until Next Time,

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