Fabric Grocery Bag Holder

I am still working on making my first crocheted handbag.  It is almost completed, the only thing missing is the lining.  I’ve spent countless hours looking up how to hand sew a lining in.. with no luck.  Everything I’ve seen calls for a machine sewn lining, to begin with at least.  Now, I have a sewing machine,  I’ve had one for at least 10 years.  It’s a nice Singer model with tons of little gadgets and stitch patterns.  But every time I look at it, it intimidates me to no end.  I’ve attempted to sew.  Attempted.  When I first received it, as a gift from my mother, I attempted to make a dress for my daughter who was at the time a little over 3 years old.  The dress turned out so small it couldn’t even fit her doll.  So I packed up the machine and put it away, feeling very defeated.  Until today.  Before I tackled the lining, I had to figure out how to use the thing!  My wife sat with me and helped me figure out how turn it on, thread it and all that good stuff.  She also commissioned a starter project – a grocery bag holder.  We hoard those plastic grocery bags like nobody’s business!

So I buckled down, watched a bunch of youtube videos, read a bunch of blogs and created this:

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I’m really happy with the way it turned out.  Doing this little project has given me the confidence to forge ahead with my bag lining.  *fingers Crossed*.

MATERIALS:

Fabric measuring 15″x 25″

2 pieces of elastic measuring 10″

1 piece of ribbon measuring 6″

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Now on to my next project!  Have a wonderful week.

Decadent Stripes Afghan

Once again, my wife commissioned another piece from me.  This time, she wanted an afghan for our living room.  One that would take the place of a blanket that rests on the sofa.  She decided that she loved the Candy Stripes afghan so much, she wanted a larger version to match our space.  2 weeks later, this is the outcome of that request:

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I have really enjoyed making these striped afghans.  The line and color possibilities are endless.   I see many striped afghan Christmas presents in my future.  They are quick and fairly simple.  The edging seems to be the only tricky part.

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 This pattern is worked exactly the same as the Candy Stripes Afghan (found here).  I tailored it to make the pattern a full sized afghan:

Materials: 2 skeins each of  ”Loops & Threads: Impeccable Impecable” yarn in the following colors: True Grey, Claret, Chocolate & Aqua.  1 skein Soft Taupe

Crochet Hook: Size I

Row 1:  Ch 200

row 2:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across.  Turn

row 3:  Ch1.  Sc in each st across.  Turn

row 4-250: repeat row 3 following color table below (number shown corresponds to number of rows for that particular color)

6 Claret

16 True Grey

4 Claret

16 Chocolate

20 Claret

1 Chocolate

6 Claret

20 True Grey

20 Soft Taupe

1 Claret

13 Aqua

1 Soft Taupe

16 Chocolate

4 Claret

6 Aqua

16 True Grey

16 Aqua

13 Claret

1 True Grey

4 Soft Taupe

13 Chocolate

6 Claret

1 Chocolate

1 True Grey

20 Claret

1 True Grey

3 Chocolate

7 Aqua

Border:  Join with sl st in any corner.  *(Sc in corner, ch 2, sc) in same corner*.  Sc across to next corner, repeat from *to* at every corner.  Bind off.

You can continue adding colors or stop at 1

I cut the yarn at the end of each color change and wove in all of the yarn at the end.

Flower Power Pot Holders

My wife has been asking me for quite some time to make some potholders for our lovely remodeled kitchen.  I’m not sure why, but for some reason I’ve been putting it off.  Last week, I started working on an adult sized version of the candy striped afghan I recently completed (pics and instructions found here) for our living room.  I’m almost done with it, but I began to find myself a little bored by the redundancy,  so I decided to give the pot holders a go. I was extremely pleased with how they turned out so I decided to make some more and add some extra little touches.  Here are two of the finished products:

Bobblesandbaubles.com: Flower Power Pot Holder Patten

I love them and I can’t get enough of making them!  It’s a great way to use up some of the scrap yarn I have laying around the house and they make great gifts too.  Everyone uses pot holders.  They only take about an hour each and the color combinations are endless.  Here’s how you can make your own:

Materials: Any type of yarn will do.. in any color

                      Size F Hook

Instructions:

r1:  Start with a magic loop, ch 3.  15 dc in loop. (15 sts)

r2:  Ch3, 2dc in each dc around.  Join with sl st (30 sts)

r3:  Ch3, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl st (45 sts)

r4:  Ch3, dc in same st, ch1, 2dc in same st.  *skip next 2 sts, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next st*.  Repeat from *to * around.  Join with sl st.  Sl st 2 more sts to end at ch1 space. (15 shells)

r5:  Ch3, dc in same st. ch1, 2dc in same st.  *2dc, ch1, 2dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Join with sl t.  Sl st 2 more sts to end at ch1 space.

r6:  Ch3, 2dc in same st, ch1, 3dc in same st.  *3dc, ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join with sl st.  Sl st 3 more times to end at ch1 space.

r7:  Ch3, 6dc in same st.  *7dc in next ch1 space*.  Repeat from *to* around.  Join with sl st.  Weave ends in.

Edging:

With right side facing you, sl st in between any of the shells

ch1.  Sc in next 7 sts.  Sc in between the 2 shells

ch1.  Sc around the row below (you’ll have to turn the potholder a bit to reach the row below – row 6)

ch1. Sc around row 5

In row 4, you have skipped 2 sts, sc into the one on the right, ch1, then sc into the the one on the left

ch1.  Sc around row 5 (you are headed back up now – right next to the previous ones)

ch1.  Sc around row 6

ch1.  Sc around row 7

Repeat this pattern until you are right back to where you started.  At this point you can add a loop by: 12 sc, sl st to same sc.  Fasten off.

If you would like to add a ring around the center(pictured in the blue/green potholder above):  Sl st into any sc around r4, sc around, fasten off.

Experiment with different hooks to give you different sizes.   Add embellishments, try different color patterns, etc..

TIP: You will have to block this when you are done as the pot holder is a bit on the curly side.  Here’s a great post from “For the Knit of It” showing you how.  I used the steam technique.  It was quick and worked like a charm.

Happy Hooking!

Mosaic Monday

What a week I’ve had.  It was a sad, bittersweet week.  I’ve had to deal with and process all of these new emotions as I deal with the death of my grandmother.  It was good to be home and see my family, I just wish it were under better circumstances.  In my week in pictures, you will see my lovely grandmother, who I adored immensely and whom I will always miss.  There are also a few of the NYC sights, including my indulgence at Starbucks.  And finally, the comforts of home, including some lovely flowers my employees gave me upon my return to work.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.

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Scrapbook Sanctuary.. or decoupage birdhouse

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Yesterday, wifey decided that it was time for another family craft day.  I get out of work at noon on Fridays, so she picked me up and we headed to Michael’s.  It seems the whole store is on sale!  We got these great birdhouses for $4 each and the scrapbook paper was 12 cents a piece.. great deal!  We went home, set everything up and headed off to pick up our girls from school.  We got started as soon as we got home.  It was great fun.  My wife and I finished ours in about an hour or so, the kids took a little longer.  We can’t wait to get our garden Spring ready so that we can place them.

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Follow these steps:

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TIPS:

  • If you do not plan on placing the finished piece outside, regular mod podge will do just fine
  • Using a  foam brush will eliminate the brush strokes you get with a regular brush
  • Instead of leaving the edges plain, paint them!
  • Try other mediums instead of paper, such as fabric

Liebster Blog Award

2 posts in one day – fantastic!  Well, there’s a reason for it.  3, yes 3, of  my fellow bloggers have nominated me for a Liebster award.  Thank you so very much to Cro29 and Organize & Craft for the nods…  crazycrochetmama also nominated me and had the nicest words to say (check out her blog to read them)- thank you so much!!  I am so in awe that anyone actually reads my blog, let alone being nominated! Check out their blogs by clicking on the blog name.   So, what’s the Liebster award you ask?

“The Liebster Award is an award given to rising bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

I grabbed that quote from Organize & Craft.

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And the rules for the Liebster Award are:

  1. You thank the person who nominated you!
  2. You tell us 11 random facts about yourself
  3. You answer the 11 questions posted by your nominator
  4. Create 11 random questions for your nominees
  5. Present/nominate a Liebster Blog Award to more newbie bloggers!  (no tag backs)

First Off, 11 random facts:

  1. I’m an Aquarius.
  2. I’m a gamer.. and yes, a woman.  What rare combo! I love World of Warcraft and Star Wars, etc…
  3. I’m a newlywed, married last September
  4. I am Latina, Dominican to be exact
  5. I am from NYC, born and raised… until I left for college and never moved back (much to the disappointment of my entire family)
  6. I am a Social Worker by day, crafter by night
  7. I have 3 degrees
  8. My favorite artist is Diego Rivera
  9. I’m finding it extremely hard to come up with 11 random facts – oy!
  10. I’ve been watching Dr. Who non-stop for about 3 weeks
  11. I hate fruit in my hot food – yuck

Next, I have to answer the 11 question posed to me by my nominator.  Well, since I have 2, I decided to grab a few of each.. just to be fair *wink*

  1. What is your favorite place to be? My favorite place in the whole world is Cape Cod.  My wife and I go there every year for our anniversary.. and sometimes in between anniversaries.
  2. What craft do you love most?  My favorite craft, of course is crochet.
  3. Where do you find inspiration? I find it everywhere. However, my wife usually says ‘you should make this’.. and I do
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? In five years, my oldest will be in college, my youngest will be in High School.  My wife and I are trying for a baby this year, so hopefully my youngest youngest (haha) will be starting Kindergarten.  I see myself as I do now.  Happy & fulfilled, having everything I need in life… the love of my family.
  5. What’s your favorite dessert? Rum Raisin Ice Cream
  6. Summer or Winter? Summer, by far
  7. Where do you buy your supplies? Michaels, AC Moore, JoAnn’s… wherever I can find them
  8. Pink or Blue?  Neither.. I like red
  9. Where do you find your patterns? BOOKS!  I collect them, I hoard them, I salivate over them.  The pictures, the patterns, the covers, everything.  I cannot resist a good crochet book!  Even if I never make a thing out of them, I have to have them!
  10. Favorite singer/artist? I love Pink, love her.  I’m obsessed.
  11. Do you dream of making a living out of craft? Absolutely.  It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do – to open a local craft store, or pottery place, or anything to do with it.

So there, you know a bit about me.  Now here are my nominees.. go check them out:

  1. By Hook or By Crook
  2. Crochet with Passion
  3. Missmitchell
  4. stitchedupmama

My questions:

  1. What is the first craft project (outside of school) that you have ever done?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What is your favorite place in the world?
  4. What makes you laugh?
  5. What is your favorite food?
  6. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  7. Who or what inspires you?
  8. Why did you choose to begin blogging?
  9. What are 3 things blogging has added to your life
  10. What is your favorite flower?
  11. What is your greatest success to date?

Candy Stripes Baby Afghan

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So, you know how I mentioned in my previous post that I have been crocheting like a mad woman to keep my mind off of my grandmother’s death?  Well, this is the product of one of those mad crochet sessions.  This took two days to complete and I quite love it.  Although I tried to lighten it, the picture came out a bit darker than the colors actually are.  What looks like black in the picture is actually a chocolate brown.  I worked the entire afghan in single crochet.  It was just the right amount of tedious to distract me for a bit.  That, and my wife’s pampering – which I don’t mind one bit.

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The close up above shows a truer version of the chocolate.

For those of you interested in making it, it is actually quite simple:

Materials: 1 skein each of  “Loops & Threads: Impeccable Impecable” yarn in the following colors: Soft Fern, Aqua, Chocolate, Aran, Rouge

Crochet Hook: Size I

Row 1:  Ch 114

row 2:  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across.  Turn

row 3:  Ch1.  Sc in each st across.  Turn

row 4-130: repeat row 3 following color table below (number shown corresponds to number of rows for that particular color)

14 Aran

3  Soft fern

3  Chocolate

14  Rouge

3  Aqua

14 Soft fern

3 Rouge

14 Aqua

14 Aran

6 Chocolate

3 Aran

6 Chocolate

14 Aqua

19 Soft fern

 Border:  Join with sl st in any corner.  *(Sc in corner, ch 2, sc) in same corner*.  Sc across to next corner, repeat from *to* at every corner.  Bind off.

You can continue adding colors or stop at 1

I cut the yarn at the end of each color change.  Since some rows had quite a gap between color changes, I didn’t feel like carrying it through.  I wove in all of the yarn at the end.

If you would like to come up with your own striped pattern try this nifty stripe generator