I found this beautiful burnt orange yarn and I was inspired to crochet some mug cozies for friends and families that will be visiting for dinner tomorrow. After dinner coffee or tea time will be awesome with these Thanksgiving inspired crochet mug cozies.
I've always wanted to give a try, to crochet a granny square blanket. And since my etsy shop is loaded with almost 500 crochet items and I have some newly purchased yarn from Hancock Fabrics of Macon Georgia. I decided to give it a try. I'm in love with the outcome. I don't really like working with a big project. That's why if you've notice, most of my crochet projects can be done in an hour or a day. But with granny squares, it takes planning and patient. The biggest decision I made with this project is how to attach the squares together. and I think that steered the directions how this blanket was completed. I waited till all of my squares were completed and then attached them at the end. But there are a few techniques on how to attached your granny squares and youtube.com have plenty of tutorials.
the colors weren't planned. I just used what I had in stock, as per yarn.
I love this granny square so much that I've already started on two similar project with a slight variations. Will be posting them soon.
Finally! some apple cozzies! Yes, its been a long time coming. and here they are, Crochet Apple Cozzies. I decided to crochet some apple cozies for my friend's grand children to give to their teachers. I thought it was the perfect way to offer a teacher an apple. I also thought about getting a small piece of felt material and stitching the "A+" on it. But for now, these will suffice my knack of creating.
I just had to get it done. Here is a sneak preview of my catalog for my handmade goods. Although it's almost November of 2013, I went ahead and design a printed catalog of my crochet goods with a 2013 edition. It took about a week of figuring out the layout and design and uploaded it to www.magcloud.com and ordered just one copy because I wanted to go over it and edit then upload a new updated version with corrections. I am really happy with the outcome. Although it is suppose to be a catalog, I gave it a magazine layout here and there. What I wanted to use it for is when I return to Savannah Georgia, I would like to visit some boutiques and leave them a copy of my catalog for ordering. It truly take my craft to the next level.
As you can see, I incorporated some brief articles, to give it that magazine/catalog feel.
Included a free crochet pattern. which will be a steady section in my catalog
here is another article page
This is the back page. I gave it to a friend of mind and promoted her home-based business.
The catalog is 32 pages, full bleed, glossy and approximately 8.5x11 in size before trim.
It stapled for binding and it only cost 20 cents per page. So, it cost over $6 per each copy. Not bad. For more info visit them at www.magcloud.com
The perfect pair for leggings. I'm a big girl and often have a hard time looking for something to wear with my very comfortable leggings. I was inspired by etsy seller KnottyLoop for this wonderful pullover. I decided to give it a try and see what I came up with.
from KnottyLoop collection on etsy
It stretches a bit, so if I want it to be longer, I can just pull it down. I had left over yarn so I made a matching hat with it and umbrella case. As you can see, I made the arms shorter and about 4 inches slit on each side. Perfect top for fall or spring.
Hancock Fabrics in Macon Georgia was having a sale on their yarn. I grabbed 4 pool of this pistachio green yarn. It's a bit a heavy. I was going to make an area rug but got inspired to do this quick kaftan or pullover instead.
I thought of the pattern as I was going along. To make it plain and simple, below is a diagram of what I crochet.
The pattern begins where the blue star is. so you are actually beginning the crochet pattern at the bottom corner of the sleeve. This pattern is for xl. See below of Large and Medium size.
To begin the pattern chain 120 for your foundation
Row 1 - ch 3 and dc in 4th chain from hook,
*** chain one, skip stitch and dc in next
Repeat *** till end of row
Row 2 - chain 2, turn and dc in between post
chain one, dc in between post
(repeat row 2, until you have 12 rows
chain 1, turn and 2sc in between post (until you have 20 sc, which equals to 20 stitch for the arm)
CREATING AN OPENING FOR THE NECK AREA
from the end of this row, count 20 stitch and sc in the 21st stitch till end of row
Just got through watching a movie entitled "Loosing Control" (starring Miranda Kent in this 2011 film) and had to capture this crochet afghan that was on the movie set. Notice there are three different patterns.