Monday, October 27, 2008

Coming Along!

Here's what all that cotton is turning into...

I have 2 more weeks to make more!

And a new pattern...

A pretty coffee cozy so that I stop killing the trees with the cardboard ones :) The pattern is for sale on my Etsy and on Ravelry!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I Can't Stop!

It feels like I'm only half-way done with one project when another idea pops into my head.

Momma and I are planning on doing a Christmas Boutique at the beginning of November. I decided to make a BUNCH of dishcloths with my overflowing box of cotton yarn.

I've always loved handmade dishcloths, but always wanted some extra scrubby power. I’ve seen the patterns where you crochet around a store bought scrub pad, but knew there had to be a way to make them home made…

While browsing the craft store the other day, I came across the plastic craft lace that I, along with many other elementary schoolers, had made those lanyard key chains with. It was like one of those cartoon moments when the light bulb clicks on :)

I combined the plastic lace with regular 100% cotton yarn in the middle of a pretty, lacy 6-petal dishcloth.

One skein each (2 and 2.5 oz) of a solid color and an ombre color plus one small 10 yard package of plastic lace will make atleast 3 dishcloths!

If you enlarge the pic below, you can see little shiny parts in the middle... That's the lanyard lace!

Pretty cool, if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Know it's Only October

But it's never too early to start Christmas projects, right?

So super easy to make and very cheap, too... Only 1 skein of Vanna's Choice yarn and pony beads!

I have so many ideas for these guys... earthy ones for my front room... fancy swarovski crystal ones for my in-laws... and don't tell momma, but maybe shabby chic, pink ones for her???

They'll be up in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry... I guess there really is only 70 days until Christmas... Get crocheting guys :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

My Gigantor Aran Bag

It's finally done, and the pattern is written up! Yeah!!!

I really love this thing, but I don't think I'll be using it as a purse after all. It's, uh, kinda big :) It'll be perfect for weekends away, tho!

You can buy the pattern in my Etsy Shop, or from Ravelry ...

I'm going to have my momma line her for me (why is she a she? hmmm, just looks like a she!). Can't wait to see what it looks like with the pretty fabric on the inside. I think I'm going to design a smaller one, for everyday use. I just love it sooo much!

In other news, I have 2 people testing my Ernie Sweater (thanks guys!!!) and will put that up for sale as soon as I get feedback from them. I need to make my second one, so that's technically another test-round, too.

Anyways, I guess it's back to the drawing board... What else is next??? Hmmm... stay tuned :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Charity Crochet

I have been racking my brain trying to figure out a good pattern to sell for charity with the $$$ going to my local children's hospital. My little bro, as some of you know if you read my momma's blog, was born quite premature. He stayed at what was then called Valley Children's Hospital here in the central valley of California (for 3 months!). I try to send them a check every year in thanks of helping to get my brother healthy enough to come home. My family and I will forever be grateful!

Last weekend, my nephews visited and we sat and played and read books and laughed. Most of their books are Sesame Street stories (I must admit that I spoil them, and most have come from me... oh well!) mostly because they LOVE Elmo. They were so cute, turning every page to find Elmo and yelling, "EEELLLLMMOOOOOOO!!!" While reading with them, I remembered one of my favorite characters... Who does this remind you of?

Yep, Ernie!!! I have this pattern all typed up and am just looking for a few people who'd like to test it for me (I'm going to ask on Ravelry, but if you'd like to test it, leave me a comment!). It's for a size 24 months (to fit the boys!)...

When I get this guy tested, the profits from the sale will go to my favorite children's hospital. They need every penny they can get :)