Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kindle 6" inch ereader crochet cover

I love perfecting a pattern.  Or I love finding ways to make a crochet pattern better.  If you have been following my blog, in my April 10th post, I wrote about how devastated I was to find out that Barnes and Nobles discontinued their Nook tablets and ereaders.  Because of that, declined in the crochet covers have been decreasing.  So I had to buy a Kindle Tablet and an ereader.  Well here is the Kindle Touch 6" ereaders.  I am still in the process of adding these cover to my etsy shop.

I crochet these using half double crochet stitch.  It is my first time using the stitch alone in a cover.  But I love how it turned out.  It was quick and easy.

Here's my technique.

I start with about 3ft in tail.
crochet 32-35 chain (depends on the thickness of your yarn)
For Michael's loop and Thread, I used 35 chain.  (using a G size hook)
for Red Heart with Love, I only needed 32 chain because this yarn is a big thick.  (using G size hook)
connect ends to form a circle.
hdc (half double crochet) in the next stitch and the following, till end of row.
hdc in the first hdc to form the 2nd row.
continue to hdc in each stitch, until you get the desired height.
I had about 15 rows of hdc.

Close the bottom with the 3ft tail you began with.  You can either use sc (single crochet ) or slip stitch to close the bottom part of the cover.

For the loop,
once you have the desired height, form loop by crocheting 13 chain middle of the cover, then single crochet on the 10th chain from the hook and the remaining 3 chain. 
My last row is actually a row of single crochet.

hope this helps.  If you're lost, check out my Youtube channel for video tutorial similar to this technique.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Crochet Granny Square Afghan Blanket

Sometimes, I would crochet granny square using left over yarn.  Eventually they will pile up.  So I started putting them together. I swear to you, that I am not a big fan of granny squares.  But lately I have I can see why so many crochet artists just love them.  I finally decided to connect them together using black yarn.  I used Red Heart with Love in black to piece them together.  I used single crochet to piece them together and it formed ridges.  Which I didn't mind at all.  I love how it turned out.  It is still a work in progress. I will update this post for more photos as I go along.

check out my Youtube channel and learn how to crochet granny squares.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crochet basket for bicycle

I just bought a $350.00 bicycle.  Which left me very little for accessories.
My bike still needs:

  1. rear rack
  2. rear rack folding baskets or penniers
  3. front basket
  4. headlights
  5. mirror
  6. bell
  7. fenders
  8. kickstand
  9. lock
  10. helmet
  11. Water bottle holder

 But a good bike was more important.  Here's one way I made up for it.

I bought a basket from the Dollar Tree and crochet a cover for it.
I connected the basket to the bike using shower curtain rings and some zip ties

Another thing, I crochet these pocket to hold cell phones and etc. 

Watch the video below

My old bike had some of the accessories pre-installed
it had the bell
the rear rack
But I didn't ride it as much as I am riding this new mountain bike.
I am planning on taking it to Cherry Street cycle to get it tuned up and the brakes fix

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Free clip art - yarn ball and crochet hook

I know how it is looking for that free clip art that you can use for whatever.  You find one, just to realize you have to pay for it or there's this watermark on the image.  Well... I'm sharing another ball of yarn with crochet hook for your use.

These are high resolution unaltered images.
If these helps you, leave a comment below.  That way I will continue to post free clip arts, if I know they are being use and appreciated.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free clip art - ball of yarn and crochet hook

Here's a high resolution image that I took of a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.  For those of you that are searching the web and only finding those with water marks or you have to pay a fee.  Enjoy!  free to use for what ever, just don't sale this image.

Free clip art - crochet hook and ball of yarn

Monday, April 13, 2015

Crochet Mandala

Inspired by Nataliedorf of Instagram, I had to make my very own crochet mandala.  

check it out.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Organizing tips for your crochet area

I love how one Youtube user said, "..there's nothing wrong with changing your organization..."  I was getting frustrated, because I found my self always changing how I organized my crochet stuff.  I didn't realized that I was changing constantly, because my crochet world continue to grow and grow.  Now I don't feel so bad when I find new and better ways to organize things.

Here's some ways I stay organize.
  • Got this medium size glass cookie jar with lid from Walmart.  It cost under $8 bucks or less.  
  • Salt and pepper shaker and mug from Dollar Tree is what I used to organize my crochet hooks, scissors, pens, sharpies and rulers.  
  • A used Altoids tin can is what house my blunt needles or crochet needles.
I would love to see how you keep it neat.  Leave me a comment below with link to your site or blog.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Kindle 7" Tablet - crochet covers

I was devastated to find out, that Barnes and Nobles discontinued their Nook tablets.  I was wondering why is there a decline in my sales for the Nook crochet covers.  I was forced to go to ebay and purchased a Kindle Tablet.  I did, but I only bought a used 1st generation Kindle 7" tablet.

It is 8GB 1st generation Kindle Tablet for almost $40.00 But I have to tell you, I am very impressed with the touch respond, because it is a touch screen.  It connects to WIFI and able to surf the internet.  I've connected my Kindle account to it and sync my library.

But the main purpose for me buying the Kindle Tablet is so I could replenish my etsy crochet covers for Kindle instead of the Nook 7 Tablet.

For $40 bucks it is not bad and I am actually happy with my purchase and do recommend a Kindle even if its an older version.  

So check out my etsy shop for new crochet covers for your Kindle.

click below for my etsy shop

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crochet Granny Squares

My left over yarn is starting to pile up.  So it's time to make some crochet granny squares.

I'm pretty sure that I will find some use for them.

Red Heart Super Saver - Primary Yarn

I just love this yarn from Red Heart Super Saver.  It is so comfortable to crochet with.  I'm using this to crochet some halter tops with fringe.  This "Primary" "Primaire" or Primaria by Red Heart is perfect for that Bohemian, Gypsie colors I'm going for.

Let me know in the comments below, if you have this in your yarn stash and what you use it for.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Yarn on Sale at Michaels

I was in need of yarn and visited Michaels yesterday.  I was hoping to run into their sale.  and I'm glad I did.  But I was limited in budget.  Check out their sale.  Get notification by subscribing to their email list.

I was surprised to see Caron Simply Soft on sale.  As you can see, the original price per spool of over 315 yards are usually almost $5 bucks.  But they are on sale for $2.49
I just couldn't resist.  I only bought  4 keins of yarn.  Two red and 2 white.

Here's something caught my eye at the check out register.
Safety recall on Bernat yarn
wow, I think I bought lots of this at the Dollar Tree store.
I will have to double check

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Solid Crochet Granny Squares as coasters

What I love about crochet is, it can be both simple and practical.  Remember those Sugar n Cream 100% cotton yarn I racked up on from Dollar Tree?  Well they make awesome solid granny squares that can be use for many things such as:  dish cloth, face crubbies, oven mitts, pot holders, coasters etc.

I keep a set of these solid granny squares on my desk.  I often drink coffee and my cup tends to leave a ring on the desk.  These coasters eliminate that problem and can double as a rag.  I simply toss them in the washing machine, hang to dry and ready for use again.    You can make plenty and strategically scatter them in the house to help keep your surfaces tidy.   and because it's cotton, they absorbs liquid pretty good and are very sturdy.   

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