Category Archives: crochet

The Riddle of the yarn

Riddle me this…
I bought 3 red heart yarns. Same style, weight and everything. Only thing different, color.
I am making a Mickey blanket for my nephew. It’s turning out wonderfully. Since I am using 3 strands of yarn together, it is thick and soft.

However, as I am crocheting, I notice the yellow and black are much closer to empty than the red! How does this happen?

Now I have to get more black and yellow. Of course the good sale is now over. Darn yarn! #crocheterproblems

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Another t-shirt rug!

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I have been obsessed with making t shirt yarn. I need more t-shirts! Never thought I would hear myself say that.

This is my 3rd rug. I have seen online people also making baskets out of the yarn, but I like the rugs better. They are easy to make, once you cut the t shirt.
The last one I made, out of my father’s work shirts, was tough. Cutting through the shirts was painful. Trying to do more than one a day would cause my hand to numb. It took me MONTHS to finish.

The t-shirts in this project were much better to cut and work with. I am not sure what the difference was. They must have been thinner or something.

Other than that, my life is so uneventful and predictable, I have nothing else to write about!

Racing Stripes on a baby blanket

I’m not good at following instructions. Esp. crocheting instructions. Patterns make little sense to me, so I mostly rely on my creative side to figure it out for myself.

I bought some baby yarn on super clearance. Why? Who knows. I had no babies to make blankets for and I am just a crazy yarn lady.

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See? I wasn’t kidding!  This was ONE TRIP.  I ended up going back for more.  I need a yarnervention.

I am trying to use up said yarn by making scarves and baby blankets. I get bored using the same stitch every time, so I try to look online to see if I can come up with new ones.  Here is the latest. I was going to just use the multi-colored yarn with a double crochet through the back loop.  Half way through, I thought it needed something… but what…

Racing Stripes. Every baby blanket needs them!

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I do enjoy how this pattern photographs. I don’t think the layers are quite as pronounced in really life, but looks good!

TA da! T-shirt rug!

I have been so productive today! Not only did I make the pretzels, I also made chocolate bark and cupcakes.

Plus, bonus! I finished my t-shirt rug! I like it.

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It took 6 T-shirts to complete it. The one is from a tie dyed shirt. I had a white shirt and I thought that was boring so I attacked it with sharpies. It not only looks good, it was satisfying to color.

Now that it’s done, what am I going to do next?

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T-shirt Yarn- in love!

So, like most people I have T-shirts sitting in my closet with no purpose except collecting dust.  Most of them are college T-shirts that have stains or whatever.  T-shirts are a dime a dozen (not really, because when I go to AC Moore to buy a blank one, they’re like $3).  We get them at work, for events we participate in, colleges we go to, pretty much the T-shirt is one of the most popular giveaways.

When I look in my closet (which is overflowing), I have nothing to wear. Because it is ALL T-shirts that I can’t wear in a professional setting. I found this tutorial on re-purposing T-shirt into yarn… get rid of the bulk and can make one of my favorite crafting items? Yes please! Polka Dot Pineapple  I wish I would have thought of that name!

Now my only problem is I don’t have ENOUGH T-shirts.  I want to make a bath mat out of them, so I will need quite a bit.  Plus I have too much fun pulling the the strips to make the tube.

Favorite crocheting stitch at the moment

So, I thought I would share my new favorite stitch, although it is not so new to me. I have made multiple blankets with it for a few months now.

I guess I should preface this with a little about my history crocheting. I was taught to crochet by my best friend when I was 14. I caught on quickly, but still to this day have issue reading patterns. Most of the time I go back to that same best friend with a pattern and have her show me.
I also do not like projects that take forever, I mostly stick to scarves and baby blankets. When my friend mentioned to her husband that she told me she was pregnant, his comment was ‘what color blanket is she making us?’ I am known for these two things.
Even when no one was having babies, I was still making them and donating them to a local hospital organization. People say I should try to sell them. I have thought about it, it would be nice to get money to buy new yarn. However, I worry it will take the fun out of it.

Anyway, the stitch is a v-stitch. Use two of the same weight yarn. it makes it fun to see what patterns will come out! For a baby blanket I usually chain 76. Takes about two red heart super savers. I think that is about 12ounces each color.
Dc in the 4th loop from the ch. ch one and dc in the same ch. skip two of the chains and dc, chain one, dc all the way until the last 3 chains where u dc in the last chain. Turn.

Here is the Lion Brand Pattern
Tweedy V-Stitch Baby Throw
Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® Baby
GAUGE:

3 V-sts + 4 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) with 1 strand each of A and B held tog. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
STITCH EXPLANATION:

V-st: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in indicated st.
NOTES:

Throw is worked with 1 strand each of A and B held tog.

THROW
With 1 strand each of A and B held tog, ch 58.
Row 1: V-st in 5th ch from hook (beg ch counts as dc), *sk next 2 ch, V-st in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch – 18 V-sts.
Rows 2-29: Ch 3, turn, V-st in each ch-1 sp across, dc in top of turning ch.
Do not fasten off.
Border
Ch 1, sc evenly around outside edge of Throw, working 3 sc in each corner; join with slip st in first sc. Fasten off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.

They use a P hook in this pattern, I have used K-P depending on the yarn. Currently, I am in love with my N hook. I just bought a L, but have yet to use.

Here is a scarf I recently finished.
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I used two of the same color yarn in this one.