Friday, May 23, 2008

This is going to be some scrap blanket

So in the process of spring cleaning my mother came across some fun fur left over from a forgotten craft project. I hate working with fun fur and the like because such a pain to work with. I have combined it with some Lion Brand wool-ease in dark gray. The white and gray looks like a skinned a dog while the blue looks like I killed a muppet.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I admit it, I have a problem

So lately I have found a lot of yarn on sale at different stores. I found this yarn for $1 a skein at Walmart. It is just a bunch of crazy yarn that I think will make good squares for the scrap blanket. I know that you are not supposed to buy yarn specifically for a scrap project but what else is cheap yarn for. The only stuff on clearance is crazy and ugly anyway. Here are the squares I have made. A total of 4 skeins which made 7 squares.

Monday, May 19, 2008

It's a good thing I like being barefoot

So I have started on my first pair of socks and after only getting past the toes on sock #1 I have stopped. I just don't feel like working on it anymore but I need to because its my only non scrap project at this moment. This is what 20 min of work has gotten me and I need to find the motivation to continue it.

Note: @ 2:05 pm I ripped out the sock :(

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Placing a dent in the scrap mountain

I have only been crocheting avidly for little over a year and half and I have managed to accumulate a large amount of scraps. Previously I have made baby blankets out of the large qualities of similar scrap yarn and then donated them to Project Gabriel. Now I have the problem of small quantities of different weights of yarn ranging from cheap acrylic and fun fur to nice wool and wool blends.

The knitters I live with both have started scrap blankets and I have been looking for a crochet solution. I have decided that the solution is to make granny squares out of my scrap yarn and then sewing them all together. This makes it so I can use different weights of yarn and as long as the square is 6 x 6 inches they will fit together. So far I have created several in an attempt to avoid making socks and finishing a hat for my grandmother.

Left: Green Heather lace weight 100% wool from size f hook
Center: Rainbow Incredible yarn 100% nylon from Lion Brand size j hook
Right: Red sock wieght yarn, 100% acrylic (I think) size f hook

Cotton Ease by Lion Brand 50/50 cotton acrylic in Berry and Maize size J hook
I like how with one simple pattern the squares can look so different just by changing the colors.

Don't worry more to come because I don't think scrap blankets are ever finished

Friday, May 16, 2008

Easy Pointed End Scarf

Easy Pointed End Scarf

Worsted Weight Yarn

Size J/K hook

gauge not important

This scarf was made super thick and warm by using 2 stands of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in green and white. This scarf can easily be made single stranded, wider, or in stripes.

Chain as long as you want the scarf, approx 60 inches (longer or shorter if desired)
Turn and sc in second ch from hook and sc in each reminding ch
turn and repeat until scarf in desired width. Finish off

Looking at the end of the scarf fold the two ends together to create a point and sew the two short ends together. Make a pom-pom and leave one long end of yarn. Take the yarn and weave it through the point on the end of the scarf and sew tight.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Alas Poor Yorick I knew thee well

For Halloween this past year Lion Brand created a pattern for felted crocheted skulls using their Lion Brand Wool. I thought the would be adorable and hilarious to make and hang from the ceiling of our living room. Much to the surprise of my roommates they liked the idea and thought it was a great way to tie together the mauve couch, gold loveseat, and hunter green carpet in the room. I made the skulls out of Patons wool in bright blue and hot pink (yes very traditional skull colors). Double stranded each skein made 3.5 skulls. I then suspended the skulls with some scarp yarn (in the same colors) from the drop ceiling above the couch. We loved them so much we kept them up the rest of the year.

Here is the link to the website

Monday, May 12, 2008

Chained Fringe Scarf

By leaving an unworked chain at each end creates a unique and different type of fringe.

Chained Fringe Scarf

Worsted Weight Yarn (For this scarf I used Red Heart Supersaver)

Size J hook (You can use whatever size is appropriated for the yarn you are using)

Gauge is not important

Chain to desired length (approximately 60 inches) then chain 40 more. Finish off

Start a new chain

Chain 20 then join with a slip stitch to the 20th chain of the first row. Sc in each stitch until the 20th chain from the end then chain 20 not connecting them to the first row. Finish off.

Chain 20 then join to first sc of second row. Sc in each sc. Chain 20 after last sc. Finish off.

Repeat this process until scarf is desired width.

Because each row is separate it is easy to do stripes with this pattern. This can also be a great scrap yarn project if you have a large surplus of the same size yarn.

Monday, May 5, 2008

My Favorite Roomie Gift

Sorry for the long delay in posting but I have been busy with school and stuff. Hopefully I can post more this week with the lull in work due to finals.
These are pillows that I have made to decorate the common room of our dorm room. Each one represents the first letter of one of our names. I made my roommate and mine last semester and the other two girls I made as Christmas presents for them. I noticed they like ours at the beginning of the semester so I made them in secret (not hard it's called making them at work) and then left them on the sofa to see if they would notice. The noticed and they loved them. Since it is move out time I thought I should take a picture and post before we all take our pillows home.
I found the patterns from this web site. The pillows are made out of Caron Simply Soft Brites in white and hot pink. On side is white and one side is pink. It would take about 1 skein per a pillow using one color or 2 pillows from 2 different colored skeins.
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