New toy!!!

Hi all!

I hope you guy are all doing well and staying warm despite this polar vortex. I definitely underestimated or cold it really was and thought my fingers were going to freeze off. I ended up wearing my winter jacket all throughout work because the poor little heater we have in my uncle’s shop couldn’t keep up with the cold and kept blowing out cold air.

On top of the bitter weather, I think I might be getting sick. My mom was really sick after Christmas and I thought that I had thankfully managed to dodge that bullet. But, I was exhausted all day and I passed out on the couch after dinner. I had to wake up so I could write this post before I go to bed for the night, and now I am fighting through a massive headache and body ache.

Let’s hope that my body can just push through it because I have an interview on Thursday for Jo-Ann Fabrics! Working toward Resolution #4. Booyah! My mom is a little afraid that if I do end up getting the job that I will end up spending my entire paycheck there. While I hope that I have more self-control than that, she could be right; after all, my name is Colleen and I am a craft addict, with a particular propensity for buying yarn. But seriously, I think I can handle it.

Finally, the main topic of my post today…

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My new yarn ball spinner! TADA!

It just came in yesterday and I was so excited I wound yarn from about 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. It was on my Christmas list but I didn’t get it so I just had to buy myself a belated Christmas present using some of the gift cards I got. Let me tell you, I am so happy that I got it. I cannot stand when yarn skeins don’t have the option to pull from the center. This completely eliminates that problem! Also, it will be very useful for when I am trying to organize my room.DSCN0789

I bought this winder on Etsy from Stanwood Needlecraft for $43.99. It’s a large ball winder so it can handle up to 10 oz of yarn. I was considering buying the Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder made by Lacis, but I thought the one made by Stanwood Needlecraft looked more sturdy. Now that I have it, you can definitely tell that this yarn ball winder was built to last. Also according to reviews of the Lacis winder, it only will fit on tables that are 1.5″ thick but the Stanwood Needlecraft winder will fit on tables that are just over 2″ thick. My tables aren’t that thick so either one would have worked but why not go for the product that has the wider range of thickness just in case it does become an issue.

DSCN0790There is one semi-con to the Stanwood Needlecraft winder, the shipping cost. At first, I was a little upset with the $15.00 cost to ship the winder from California to New Jersey which brought the total to about $59.00, but I cannot believe how fast it got to my house. I bought it late Friday Night and by Monday, it was setup on a tray table winding its little heart out. Looking back on it, the $15.00 shipping cost really wasn’t a big problem for me and I would buy this product again in a heartbeat, but I know that my family was turned off by the shipping price.

Well, I should go rest up for the night so that I can fight off this cold and be in tip-top shape for Thursday.

Thanks for reading!

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Rest of the Christmas Patterns

2014-happy-new-year-wallpapersHi All!

I hope you all are as excited about the new year as I am. I can’t wait to see all of the new creations that my fellow crocheters come up with and to see what new projects I will create. I have a lot of things that I would like to improve on and implement in this new year but I would really appreciate some of your suggestions. Are there certain patterns you would like to see made? How about my style of writing? Would you all like to get to know me better or do you want me to stay focused on crocheting? Any input would be appreciated.

And before I forget, here are those patterns that I promised you all. I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!

Snowflake Trivet

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The Snowflake:

I used a H hook with Simple Soft yarn by Caron in White.

Ch 4. Sl st in first chain to make a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Work 14 Dc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 2: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc twice in each stitch around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 3: Ch 8. *Skip 2 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Ch 5. Repeat around from *. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 4: Ch 1. Sc in next stitch. *Sc in next stitch. 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Work 2 single crochet together (sc2tog) over next 3 stitches (skip one in middle). Repeat until at last sc2tog. Instead of last sc2tog (since you don’t have enough room) sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: Ch 10. *Skip 5 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Repeat around from *. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 1. Sc in next stitch. *Sc in next stitch. Sc in next stitch. 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Work 2 single crochet together (sc2tog) over next 3 stitches (skip one in middle). Repeat until at last sc2tog. Instead of last sc2tog (since you don’t have enough room) sl st in first sc.

Rnd 7: Ch 4. Dc in same stitch. Ch 3. Skip 7 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Ch 1. *Dc in same stitch. Ch 1 Dc in Same stitch ch 3. Skip 7 stitches. Dc in next stitch ch 1. Repeat from * around. Sl st in ch 3.

Rnd 8: *Ch 8. Sl st in 4 chain from hook. Ch 3. Sl st in same stitch. Ch 3. Sl st in same stitch. Sl st in back of each of next 4 ch. Sl st in next stitch. Sl st in each of next 9 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 9:Ch 1. Sc in same stitch. *Sc in each of next 3 stitches. work 5 sc in pivot. Work 5 sc in next pivot. Work 5 sc in next pivot. Work 1 sc in each of next 9 stitches. Work 3 sc in next stitch. Work 1 sc in each of next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.

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Pad:

I used a H hook as well with a dark blue Simply Caron Yarn (it was an old yarn and I don’t have the label)

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1. Ch 3. work 15 dc in ring. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 2. Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Work 2 dc in each stitch around. sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 3. Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in next stitch. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3

Rnd 4: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 2 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 2 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 5: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 3 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 3 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 6: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 4 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 4 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 7: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 5 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 5 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 8: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 6 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 6 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 9: Ch 3. Dc in same stitch. Dc in each of next 7 stitches. *2 Dc in next stitch. Dc in each of next 7 stitches. Repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3.

Fasten off.

Sew the snowflake to the base.

Christmas Star Ornament

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I used the same Darice cord as I did for the snowflake ornament but in gold and white. Unlike the snowflake ornament, I used a G hook (which is why I think the snowflake would look better if you use a G hook).

This ornament is pretty difficult to explain in words too so forgive me if this explanation is confusing.

Ch 4. Sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Work 15 dc into ring. sl st in top of ch 3.

Rnd 2: *Ch 9. Sl st in back of 2nd chain from hook. Sl st in the back of the next 7 ch. Sl st in next 2 stitches. Ch 4. Sl st in 2nd chain from hook. sl st in back of each of next 2 ch. sl st in next 2 stitches. Repeat around. Sl st in first ch.

Rnd 3: Ch 3. *Dc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Sl st in next 3 stitches. Ch 1 . Sl st in next 3 stitches (the 3 slip stitches). sc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. Dc in next 2 stitches. (Now it should look symmetrical). Skip 2 stitches. Hdc in next stitch (in the first chain of ch 4 from previous round). Sc in next stitch. ch 1. Sc in next stitch. Hdc in next stitch. skip 2 stitches. Dc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Do not do last Dc (since the ch 3 is in that spot) Sl st in top of ch 3. Fasten off.

Christmas Bangles

??????????I have always loved the idea of bangles. They always look so fashionable but I can’t stand all of the clanging. I also can’t stand the fact that if I wave my arm, they fly right off my hand. So I found a use for some of the old bangles that I have and never wear. Here is my solution:

The pattern is quite simple. I just single crocheted 9 rounds with three rounds completed around each bangle. Depending on the size of the bangles you may have to adjust this pattern but I think this will work for most.

I used a 1/2.75 hook and lace (the kind you use for friendship bracelets and sell for $0.40 at Michaels) in white, green, and red.

Start by using the red lace and ch 50. Sl st in first chain to create a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1. Sc in each chain around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1 around the first bangle. Sc in same stitch. *Ch 1. Skip 1 stitch. Sc in next stitch. Repeat from * around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1. Sc in each sc and ch 1 space around (49 sc).

Repeat the 3 rounds two more times. Once in white then in green.

Twelve Days of Christmas Patterns: Day 1

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Hi All!

For Day 1, I was inspired by a stocking my great-grandmother crocheted.

Great-Grandma's stocking on fireplaceGreat-Grandma's stocking

We have been using stockings like this one in my family for years, and thanks to great-grandmas crochet skills, the stockings have held up over time. Unfortunately, they are beginning to show their age. As you can see in the picture the white has been turning more and more yellow and the yarn is becoming matted. So in honor of my great-grandmother I adopted her pattern, tweaked it, and am sharing it with all of you.

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Here is my version of the stocking.

I used one ball of worsted Simply Caron yarns in Autumn Red (A), Dark Sage (B), and Bright White (C) and a G hook.

Like my great-grandmothers, my stocking is made of granny squares. My pattern uses 19 squares.

Granny Square:

Using Autumn Red (A), Ch 3. Sl st in first chain to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3. Dc twice in ring. *Ch 3. Dc 3 times in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times. Ch 3. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 2 stitches.

Rnd 2: Change to Dark Sage (B). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. DC 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in next corner. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. Repeat from * two times. Sl st in top of ch 3. Sl st in next 3 stitches.

Rnd 3: Change to Bright White (C). Ch 3. Dc twice in ch 3 space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in same corner. * Ch 1. Dc 3 times in ch 1 space. Ch 1. Dc 3 times in corner space. Ch 3. Dc 3 times in the same corner space. Repeat from * to more times. Fasten off

stocking-chartWhen you have made all of your granny squares, piece them together like the diagram to the left, using your preferred method of connecting the squares (I used slip stitches to sew them together but I think sewing them would have been easier).  The triangles shown in the chart below are simply granny squares folded in half.

Once the stocking is sewn together, you can create the rounds of Dcs around the opening of the stocking. Simply insert your hook into any space on the top granny squares, and using Dark Sage (B), Ch 3, Skip 1 st. Dc in next st. Continue in each st until the round is complete. Sl st in top of ch 3. Repeat the round 2 more times. Fasten off.

To make the loop, use Dark Sage (B) and chain 6. Dc in 3 chain from hook. Dc in next st. Turn.

Ch 3. skip 1 st. Dc in next stitch. Dc in top of ch 3 space. * continue until loop is desired size.

Then sew the loop onto the inside of the stocking.

The finished product should look like this:

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I hope you like the pattern! I know its pretty simple but I thought it would be nice to honor my great-grandmother.

Thanks for reading!