Friday, April 18, 2014

Egg scrubbie dish cloth

I love acrylic scrubbies for their scrubbing power over plain cotton
basic scrubbie pattern

but they do not absorb at all. I made scrubbies with both cotton and acrylic that work well however I needed a few new dish cloths... why not make one with a scrubbie center :D

The best yarn I've found to use making scrubbies is rough low cost acrylic... I used to use Redheart but most of what I find in the stores are not as rough as they used to be... I've been lucky to have been gifted some by family and friends... it holds up to unbelievable levels of nasty cleaning... hubby uses them to clean tires lol I only have to make new ones every few years... I was also gifted a unused skein of white yarn with this label
in like new condition, date on the label reads 1988... this yarn makes the old Redheart seem downy soft lol...       I like smallish dish cloths so it's just bigger than my hand...

Acrylic is only used in the center of the pattern.

This is a very easy pattern using just the knit stitch.



Size 8 US needles

Exact gauge is not essential to this project

I didn’t get a count on yardage, it doesn’t take much though. Not even half a ball of Peaches & Crème worsted weight 100% cotton, and a few yards of acrylic.

K = knit

Cast on 31 stitches using cotton yarn

Knit 5 rows

6 ) k14, pick up acrylic yarn knitting with both yarns k3, k14 with only cotton yarn

7 ) k14, bring acrylic yarn to back k3 with both yarns, k14 only cotton yarn

8 - 11 ) k13, bring acrylic yarn to back k5 with both yarns, k13 only cotton yarn

12 - 15 ) k12, bring acrylic yarn to back k7 with both yarns, k12 only cotton yarn

16 - 21 ) k11, bring acrylic yarn to back k9 with both yarns, k11 only cotton yarn

22 - 25 ) k12, bring acrylic yarn to back k7 with both yarns, k12 only cotton yarn

26 - 29 ) k13, bring acrylic yarn to back k5 with both yarns, k13 only cotton yarn

30 - 31 ) k14, bring acrylic yarn to back k3 with both yarns cut acrylic yarn leaving enough to weave in end, k14

Knit 5 rows

Bind off, weave in ends.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

thankful

Last year was the hardest year I've faced in many ways 
 
I spent many hours in a park
 
standing by a tree knitting one day I asked my Angels for help
 
yes I am pagan...
yes I believe in Angels
 
stay strong be happy in spite of everything
 
work on what you need to
 
 help the ones you can
 
we are doing what is needed
 
listen and you will be guided
 
I believe and trust my guides
so that's the path I followed
 
much time has passed now...
things are brighter
happier
peaceful
 
I stopped at this park not long ago
watching my guys
happily walk our doggies
I thanked
my Angels
 
hardly believing all we'd been through
when I looked down a saw a pink sparkle deep in the grass...
 
even though it was brisk outside and it was covered with moisture in the shadow of another tree
it was warm to the touch
 
the cross was missing it's center stone but other wise undamaged and remarkably clean
 
I've since replaced the missing stone with a crystal
fits as if made for it
I will hold this dear to me not because it's a cross but
because I know they heard me
 
 
 
life is good

Saturday, March 15, 2014

update

Okay I'll admit it I'm a sucker for yarn on clearance... okay fine any deal on yarn...
I couldn't help it less than half price... just over 2 bucks.. I've seen this yarn in stores for a while and always wondered what on Earth could you make from it other than a funky scarf.. it reminds me of the hats my grandma wore lol
It is not as quick to work up as you'd think with it's bulkiness those balls really slowed me down... no matter what size needle I used they still hung low... I reknit it a few times not liking the cowl or scarf... until it hit me.. this would make a fun bag...  




well at least I hope it will... as I don't want to reknit it again lol I'll update if it works out otherwise.... yeah
and to think this is the only knitting I've been doing in ages ....

I've been working on  dish scrubbies...    just playing not really bothering with patterns... cotton center with acrylic leafs and trim for better scrubbing power..
and the granny squares are starting to add up...small ones
 and others... I'm making many different sizes for my wrap...


Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

Earrings and matching necklace

dish scrubbies
 
I've been having so much fun playing with crochet :D
I'm still working with stitches and tension haven't really spent any time on learning the ins and out of witting the patterns out yet... so here's what I did to make the hearts hope you all can understand what I mean :D
All hearts were made with the same stitch pattern using different sized hooks and yarn...
two strands of worsted held together for the scrubbies with size N-9.mm
the earrings and necklace are made with crochet thread size 10 using hook size B1-2.25mm
I didn't get any yarn amounts or gauges

Chain 5 join in the round into the first chain with a slip stitch

Chain 3, double crochet once ( all stitches on this round are done through the center of the of ring ), treble crochet twice, double crochet five times, treble crochet once, double crochet five times, treble crochet twice, double crochet once, chain 3, slip stitch into the ring....

on the earrings I chained 10 for the hanging ring and slip stitched into the ring.

the necklace and the red scrubbie I single crochet around the edge... the pink one I put a half crochet on the bottom to make the point stand out a bit more
the necklace chain is 100 chains for each side
   

 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The best of gifts

 
I am so blessed to have people in my life who know what I love
 
 Thank you Kath for the wonderful heart pattern kit. come with everything needed to make them...buttons and all... even a bag to carry the supplies in while making them :D

 Thank you Sabine a full bag of different yarns... I'm having fun just looking at them... for now ;)

and Mom the bamboo/silk is such a dream to work with thank you again :D

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Granny square find

One of our very favorite things to do as a family to celebrate is thrift store shopping :D
So for son and hubby's back to back b-days we did just that..
Everyone found something they love.. hubby got music cd's and movies... one son got nice boots and pants...one got a nice shirt ( he also got a dozen or more seeds packs from the dollar store at 4 for a buck )
I was the one who hit the jack pot 2 pair of leather boots, 2 new pair of boot style slippers, 4 heavy duty dinner plates, a new pair of fleece leggings ( great under skirts in cold weather ) and these..  
a whole bag of granny squares...155 of them, in 3 shades of green.. less than $3.
 
 I love granny squares...
they had to come home with me...
all of the work that had to have gone into making these couldn't be for naught...
for whatever reason they found their way to a thrift store they will not be a wasted effort 
 
I am making some of the same size in different colors with my "left over" yarn that is too long for my ever growing ball of end pieces

I save every piece of yarn over an inch long after weaving in the tails...
I made a wrap with the last ball... haven't decided what this one will be yet.. I do love wraps though <3 p="">
 
I'm think I'll make the granny squares into a colorful small afghan.. to go with the larger square one I'm making