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Sorry, guys

I know, I know. it’s been weeks since I’ve said a word. I’ve been crazy with work, and my computer’s screen is cracked, so typing up and spell checking ANYTHING takes awhile. I’ve also been so busy, i haven’t been able to crochet anything. ):

i took a little vacation this week, traveled up to asheville to visit my better half. But even during those 5 days off, i only managed to make half of another hook case, which was meant to be for his mother (the woman who taught me to crochet, in the first place) but i didn’t get it finished in time.

 

Here’s a few patterns i’ve stumbled upon and thought you guys would like:

after finishing my yellow rug, i’ve been focusing on finding doily patterns, which when made with bigger hooks and bulkier yarn, would make nice rugs. Here, CrochetGalore is one step ahead of me, with a pattern, hook size, & yarn, for a doily rug. check out the pattern here:

http://glor-crochetgalore.blogspot.com/2010/11/birthday-doily-november-doily-of-month.html

 

this pattern, from crochetincolor, is made with the same idea as the original basket i’ve already posted, but this one is alittle big larger, and is made with various colors for an awesome effect. It’s a perfect project for busting a bulky yarn stash. try it out!

http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2012/03/ombre-basket-pattern.html

 

this one is my favorite, and it’s super super cute. Tangled Happy posted this link for the pattern to this rainbow coin purse. It’s precious & i can’t wait to have time to make it. It’s an awesome gift for someone of any age, and  it’s a cool way to practice incorporating zippers into your projects without it being too drastic if you mess up

http://www.tangledhappy.com/2010/12/rainbow-coin-purse.html

 

this pictureless update is bland, sorry, i’m kind of in a rush. This next week is looking slower for me, so i’ll have more time to work on my projects, & hang out with ya’ll. (:

for now, happy hooking!

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Recent crochet adventures

Hello! Sorry that I’ve been the worst about new posts these past couple days. This is the first second I’ve had to myself pretty much since last sunday. However, I’ve been watching what’s been going on here, and WOW! All it took was one repost of my t-shirt yarn tutorial and all of a sudden my traffic has gone up almost 400%! It’s been making my day, receiving all of your comments and likes on my posts, so THANK YOU!

 

So here’s my biggest thing: I finished my bulky yellow rug!! I’d gotten it finished sometime last week but am just now getting around to having pictures to show you, so here it is:

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II ended up using all five of the skeins I had from that sweater, & it measures about three feet across. I used lionbrand hometown USA yarn for the yellow, and for the ends i actually combined two yarns that were slightly less bulky, to give it the extra thickness it needed to match the other yarn, and it also gives it a nice variance in color. I’m in love with it, but i’m hoping to put it up in my etsy shop. (don’t ask, it’s not up yet!) I was thinking of pricing it at around 75$. does that sound like too much?

 

Also this week, i’ve been making a bunch of baskets. In addition to the deep dish looking basket i made out of the t-shirt yarn from the tutorial, i made another t-shirt bowl/basket for blueberry picking. (our 13 bushes are finally ready!!!)

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i also used up some nasty bulky acrylic yarn i had to make a flimsy basket-type thing. I used two different colors, to create the look i’ve started calling “blueberries & cream”

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whatcha think? 

 

Lastly, i wanted to share this pattern with you guys, of something that i made last night. The pattern comes from Alli Crafts blog, and i loved it so much, i couldn’t wait to give you the link! http://allicrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/free-pattern-star-hook-case.html.

This case is super easy to make. once i worked out the basic pattern and figured out what i was doing wrong, it took me about an hour to make the whole thing. After showing off mine at work, a friend requested that i make one for her paintbrushes! Yay! I love spreading the joy of crochet with everyone i love :) 

 

What have ya’ll been crocheting lately?

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The Versatile Blogger Award!! (Plus one completed project!)

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So yesterday, I came home from work really late, and as I was lazily checking my notifications before bed, I nearly lost my nonsense when I saw that Home, Heart and Hook had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award!! So first off, thank you so so much to her, for making my day, & showing me that people DO actually read my blog, & are liking what they see~

 

The rules of receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows…

Nominees must: Tell seven things about themselves, pass the award on to (up to) 15 other blogs and thank the person who nominated them for the award. Also no one is obligated to take the award, so don’t feel you have to accept it.

So let’s start off with 7 things about myself!

1. I’m left-handed, but I crochet right handed because when I was being taught, we were in the car, & it was just less confusing to not worry about having to make everything “backwards”. 

2. I’m an NC gal, born & raised. I’m the only one of the 4 kids in my family that has never lived in another state. 

3. My favorite food, any day, is spaghetti. But it has to be made a particular way, with certain noodles & sauce, otherwise I won’t even consider it spaghetti.

4. I speak English, French, Spanish, limited Russian, & now i’m studying German! I can never get enough of learning languages. 

5. I tried to pick up knitting in 3rd grade when it became “popular”, but I hated it so i never really caught on. However, 10 years later, picking up the hook felt like the most natural thing in the world & I feel like i’ve been crocheting for years!

6. I’m currently studying Sociology at my university, but I hope to actually being pursuing EMT training as early as next summer. 

7. My favorite movie is currently 300 mainly because of awesome story line, cinematography, & Gerard Butler. My LEAST favorite movie, as my boyfriend so lovingly reminded me, is Silent Hill because of that HORRIBLE scene where that disgusting guy all tied up in barbed wire is dragging himself across the floor while flicking his tongue back & forth. ugh. 

here are my nominations:

Crochet in Color

Maggie Again

The Sweaty Knitter

Crochet Time

Craft Know It All

 

On a final note, I’ve finished up my yellow rug! I’ll have a picture of that tomorrow.
while you’re waiting for that, here’s a cute little bowl/basket I crocheted up really quick, out of the t-shirt yarn I made in the tutorial!

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Hope ya’ll have a great monday!

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More yarn upcycling!

Hey guys!

I feel like it’s been a week since my last post. Sorry about that. between two jobs and trying to catch up on sleep, my free time has been completely non-existent  But for you who enjoyed my last post about making t-shirt yarn, I’ve prepaired two more quick tutorials for you!

today we will learn how to make this

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out of a plastic grocery bag,

and this

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out of old linens!

So here we go…

Making Plarn (plastic yarn) is super easy, although the amount I ended up with seems hardly worth it.

first, you take a plastic bag and straighten it out by tugging on the bottom and top corners until it lays flat, and folded along its edges, like this:

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Next, cut off the top with the handles, and the melted edge.

now you’re going to cut strips about 1 inch wide, from side to side. Unlike with the t-shirt yarn, you’re going to cut all the way through, resulting in alot of plastic loops

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now, take these loops and tie them together using a basic slip knot method

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keep doing this until all your strips are connected.

when i made this tutorial, one bag resulted in 16 feet of plarn. I know, this isn’t very much. but it also took me a total of 3 minutes, so it’s not hard work to do 100 of these in one sitting.

So… what can you make with plarn? Pretty much just more bags. But having a reusable bag that’s hand made is WAY more awesome than that collection of grocery bags that you’ve been stashing in your pantry for 3 years! here’s a link to a pattern for a plarn bag, that i like:

http://www.kaylaksthriftyways.com/basic-plarn-tote/

Now, let’s make some yarn out of sheets!

This one is easy-peesy! even more so than the plarn, because there’s no tying involved, what so ever!

first, just grab a sheet, and cut off any boarders or hems.

Then, start at one corner, and cut a slit about 1 inch from the end.

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then, grab each side of that cut and PULL!the sheet should rip along a grain and come out straight. If you pull to hard and fast, it’ll end up deviating to one side. So rip it firmly but not too quickly.

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Rip until you’re about 1 inch from the end. At this point, turn the sheet, cut a slit 1 inch from the end, along the next side of the sheet.

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Rip. Repeat this until you get to a point where the sheet is too small to be worth all the turning & cutting. If at any point you accidently rip all the way through, no worries. Start it again like you’re beginning with a new sheet, and then just tie the ends together. no big. Then, roll it all up into a ball & Voila!

So.. what can you make with fabric yarn? tons of stuff. Rugs! Baskets! Bags! Bowls! anything that calls for bulky yarn can pretty much be made with fabric yarn. Just keep in mind that you probably don’t want to use it for garments because it’s going to be heavy and have that worn, cut up look to it. just google what you want to make and you should easily find a pattern for it!

happy recycling! (& TGIF, am i right?)

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Old t-shirts become new yarn!

Ever gone through your old clothes and realized you have about 20 t-shirts from college events, football games, and vacations, none of which have even been picked up in about 5 years? Well then…

I’ll show you how to turn this…

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into THIS!

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It’s a pretty easy project, but I’ve got a lot of pictures, so it should be pretty clear, and we’ll go through it step by step!

1. Fold your T-shirt in half, sleeve to sleeve.

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2. Cut off the top half, directly under the sleeves. I used a ruler to feel out where the sleeve seams ended, and draw a line marking that, for a guide.

 

3. Take the bottom piece and then re-fold it once, twice, or three times (depending on what your scissors can cut through) leaving about an inch of the t-shirt at the top. Then, cut off the bottom seam. If the layers are too thick to cut with your scissors, unfold once, and leave it unfolded to a comfortable thickness (this happened with mine, so my next sequence of pictures shows a longer piece of material)

4. take a ruler, and at the base (the side opposite from your 1in at the top), measure out the width of your strips. I measured mine out at 2 cm, but if your want your yarn thicker, cut thicker strips, and thinner for thinner. Be careful about going too small though, because the yarn will break during the final step, if you go too thin on your strips.

because I had to unfold a layer, and was going to be making cuts more than 6inches long, I used the dots to draw lines as cutting guides. Don’t be afraid to make marks on your shirt; Once it’s done, even if you can see the occasional mark, it will be barely noticeable.

5. Cut strips the width of your measurements, up to the 1in remainder. At this point, do NOT cut all the way through, separating the strip. Once you get to that extra inch, stop & move on to the next strip.

6. Cut the remaining strips in this manner until you get to the end. Once you’re done with that, pick up your shirt by the 1in piece, and let all the folds come apart

7. open up the shirt where the 1in area is. I like to insert my arm through this space, to keep it separated, and keep the spaces easy to see, and cut. It should look something like this:

now here’s the confusing part: take your scissors and place them in the 1st slit on the bottom row, and make a cut through to the SECOND slit on the top row. continue in this diagonal manner until you reach the end. Your cuts will be like this:

this method results in one long unbroken strip.

8. The last step is easy! Just grab one end of your strip, and pull! pull it pretty tight, but don’t break your strip. This causes the material to curl in on itself, making it into a small tube.

Once you get to the end, roll it all into a ball, and you’re done! The amount of yarn each t-shirt makes depends entirely on the size of the t-shirt. I used an XXL  so i ended up with A LOT. smaller shirts can result in significantly less.

I feel like this is the most long-winded tutorial I’ve ever seen, but if you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Happy recycling, everyone!

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quick pattern for you all

A friend of mine (thanks Mrs. Munn!) showed me this link to a princess tiara pattern: http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/Accessory/Newborn-Princess-Tiara-Crown/71

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and i thought it was the cutest thing, and wanted to jump right on it. but $1.50?! I’m too cheap for that. So i did some browsing, and found this free pattern for something very similar!

hattingmadlycrochet had this pattern which is alittle bit too big for a newborn, but can probably be altered to fit another size! (cause i’ll be honest, when i make this, i’m gonna want it for myself!) I can’t wait to try it

http://hattingmadlycrochet.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/free-toddler-princess-crown/

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have a great weekend!

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