Stacked Squares Scarf

Stacked Squares Scarf

I recently tested a pattern for Amy of lovemademyhome.  It was a great little pattern to crochet and consisted of two rows, so once you remembered that you could crochet away while watching tv and not have to keep referring back to the pattern.

I love having different scarves for the winter and this one was crocheted with a soft yarn and it will fit nicely under the collar of my winter coat.  The pattern that Amy made used 175 rows which made the scarf much longer than I wanted.  The joy of this pattern is you can make it any length you want.

the stacked squares scarf at craftygardener.ca

I worked 73 rows which was long enough for me.  I used Loops & Threads Woolike yarn from Michaels and a 4 mm hook.  This was some yarn I had purchased ages ago when it was on sale.  The scarf is very light when finished but very soft and I know it will keep my neck warm in the winter.  I’ve added the project to my Ravelry page.

the stacked squares scarf at craftygardener.ca

Check out Amy’s Ravelry page if you are interested in this scarf pattern or any of her other patterns.

I’m sharing with The Really Crafty Link Party and with Hookin on Hump Day.

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National Granny Square Day

August 15 is national granny square day.  This is the very first pattern I learned to crochet and I’ve used it in many, many oatterns.

In honour of granny square day I’m sharing some of my favourite items.  Here is my very first blanket.  I’ve improved a lot since then.

my first granny square afghan at craftygardener.ca

My favourite granny square purse.

And another.

blue granny square bag at craftygardener.ca

Granny square lapghans.

granny square lapghans at craftygardener.ca

Big granny squares.

stash granny afghan at craftygardener.ca

Small granny squares.

a granny square at craftygardener.ca

Have you got a favourite granny square to share for National granny square day?

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Drink Cozies

Drink Cozies

When working I used these cozies all the time for my water containers.  I used to partially freeze the water in the container and then top with cold water.  As the day went on the frozen part melted and kept the water cold.  The cozy absorbed the condensation on the container.

water bottle cozies at craftygardener.ca

I switched from plastic bottles to stainless steel containers to eliminate recycling all the plastic bottles.

Since retiring the cozies only come out when the water containers are used.   But recently I’ve found a new use for these bottle cozies … I use them to put on wine bottles in the fridge to stop the bottles from clinking together.  Now these cozies could be used on any glass bottle in the fridge to stop annoying clinking when the door opens and closes.

wine bottle cozies at craftygardener.ca

The covers shown are made from worsted weight yarn or cotton yarn and will fit water bottles, stainless steel bottles and pop cans and even wine bottles.

You need a 4.5 mm crochet hook and small amounts of worsted weight or cotton yarn. These are great for using up those odds and ends in your stash.

Round 1 – Chain 4 and join to make a circle.

Round 2 – 7 dc in circle, join last to first to complete round

Round 3 – 2 dc in each dc (14 stitches), join last to first to complete round

Round 4 – ch 3 (first dc) *(2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc), repeat to end, join last to first to complete round

Round 5 and on – ch 3 (first dc), dc in each dc, join at end of round – this starts to make the sides, continue doing this till you get to the desired height, changing colours every 2 rounds makes a nice pattern.

For the tie I just did a row of crochet of 75 (or long enough to go around bottle and tie), thread this through the stitches on the top row.

This pattern is great for using up small amounts of yarn as doing each row in a different colour makes a really nice cover.

This pattern is easily adjustable to fit the width of the bottle or drink container.

Did you see my wine bottle hats?

cork cozy from craftygardener.ca

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It’s Flossie Bird

It’s Flossie Bird

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It’s spring and the birds are retuning to the garden. I’ve seen and heard robins, red wing black birds, cardinals, bluejays, sparrows, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more.

And look … here is a rare bird sighting.
It’s a … ah … um … duh … Flossie bird.

Flossie Bird at craftygardener.ca

This bird isn’t found in any birding book but you can catch a glimpse of it at Attic 24. It was a fun and quick pattern to make up. Of course I had to tweak it a bit and instead of using yarn I used embroidery floss.  I save them for small needlework projects or perhaps I save them because I just can’t throw anything away. And wouldn’t it be just the same as using crochet thread, except it would be just a bit thicker and come in a variety of colours. Well, now I’ve got a new way to use them up because I don’t do much embroidery or needlework anymore.

With spring coming I think I need some more flossie birds to hang in a tree.  I love having little projects to work on while watching some of my favourite shows on tv … Miss Fisher mysteries, Father Brown, Coronation Street, A Place to Call Home, and more British tv shows.

Here are two colourful camera straps made out of embroidery floss.  I guesstimated (don’t you just love neat words?) how many stitches were needed to wrap around the strap and worked a few rows in double crochet with a 3.5 cm hook. After measuring and readjusting a couple of times I got the right width (15 seemed to work well). From then on it was just continue in dc until I had the right length. Then it was a quick row of joining to form the tube and then slipping them onto the straps.  I suppose I could of worked it in the round by joining the first stitch but it didn’t occur to me at the time.

crocheted camera straps at craftygarddener.ca

I’m hoping the bright colours don’t scare the birds away … but it just might attract more flossie birds. And perhaps it will be a great conversation starter and I’ll meet more photographers on my favourite walks down by the bay or out and about on my travels. If you see someone with a colourful camera strap, please stop and say Hi, it just might be me.

These strap covers have been washed numerous times so it is time to start working on new ones and this time I’ll work it in the round.

Besides these 2 projects I’ve also used embroidery floss to add features to the little felt birds I made.  The patterns either came from Creative Cain Cabin,  Downeast Thunder Farm or Bugs & Fishes.  This collection of felt birds is used to decorate nature tree at Christmas.

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I’m an avid reader and also crochet bookmarks with embroidery thread.

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I’ve made keychains or fobs using plastic canvas and embroidery floss.  The pattern shows one that I made for Girl Guide leaders but the pattern was changed to make other ones as well.  This pattern piece is 20 holes wide by 60 holes long, with the center piece being one 5 holes wide.

key chains/fobs made with plastic canvas and embroidery floss at craftygardener.ca

That covers 5 embroidery floss projects that I’ve made over the years to share with Five on Friday

I’ve still got lots of embroidery thread left so I’m thinking about what to make next. Do you have any suggestions for me?

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Going Round in Circles

Going Round in Circles

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The idea had been mulling around in my mind for ages, time to think outside of the box (or square) and get into the round. I’ve been making crochet circles of different shapes and I’ve put them all together into my latest ‘purse’onality project.

The rest of my crochet bags are either made with granny squares or stripes, so it was time for a change.

blue granny square bag at craftygardener.ca

 My bags are always lined, done at the end of the project.  This time I made the bag backwards, starting with the lining and the crochet strip that would hold it all together.

This was a great project to use up those odd balls of left over yarn from other projects.  There was material left over from my towel apron and that determined the colour of the yarn I would use for this first bag.  I keep all the odd balls of yarn organized by colour in storage bags, which is a great way to quickly find what you want.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

The lining was made (no photos while actually sewing it).   Then a strip of double crochet was made to fit around the top of the bag and then sewed onto the lining.  This would be the base line for attaching the circles.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

The circles were made from different colours of yarn, all in the beige and brown colour scheme.  At first I pinned them on to see if my idea would look right.  Each circle had a long tail left on it when finished off so this would be used to stitch them into place.  Some bigger ones were placed on first, then the medium sized ones got a bit of overlapping here and there and finally the small circles were used to stitch on top of the spaces as circles don’t fit together as well as squares.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

The ones at the sides and bottoms were wrapped around the sides or bottom and secured into place.  One thing to remember is to be working onto the wrong side of the lining, so that when finished all the seamed edges and left over tails were tucked inside.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

Here you get a peek at the inside with a good size pocket and the pinning on of the strap and lining.  This bag has a single strap done in double crochet and is attached at each side.  Adding the lining stops the strap from stretching out when in use.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

It’s all finished and ready for use.  Each side is different to the other.

making a circle bag at craftygardener.ca

I certainly will make this bag again using some different colours … perhaps greens, or black/grey.  I’ll have to see what colours I want to use up next.

It is satisfying to cross off another project on my crafting to do list … towel apronfixing of the gate tree, , gnome logs, fairy pot house, stash afghan in blues, stash afghan in multi, crochet twiddle muffneedle casefingerless mitts, circle tote bag, driftwood, owl, hair bows.  Added this week is a cute pattern for hair bows that I saw at one of my favourite blogs and an owl that I’ve had on my workbench for awhile but forgot to add to the list.

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A Crochet Needlecase

A Crochet Needlecase

Here’s how I made a crochet needle case that resembles a little hat.  I received my original one many years ago as a gift one Christmas from a student.  It has had many years of use.

It’s a great little project to use up some odds and ends from the yarn stash.  You also need a small amount of felt and a thimble.  It’s also a great project if you sell at craft sales or bazaars.

The original one is about 11 cm. across but the edges are curling after lots of use.  But the curl makes it more like a little hat.  Inside there are two circles of felt stitched to the back circle.  As you can see I store lots of different sized needles in it.  The felt holds the finer needles and the bottom of thenehedl case holds the thicker ones.

a crochet needle case at craftygardener.ca

Recently I made a green crochet needle case.  I’m working on an embroidery project and it needs more delicate needles.  I don’t like to keep changing the floss from one needle to another so I thread up several needles in the different colours I need and store them in the green needle case.

a crochet needle case at craftygardener.ca

I started out using the pattern I made for the little pot hats and just kept going to make it as big as the original needle case.  It really isn’t hard to figure out as it is basically a crochet circle with a bit extra to make the little holder for the thimble.  You also need two circles of felt the stitch inside to hold the needles.

I do have another needle case that was a sewing project at Brownies. It resembles a dog or cat.  Years ago they had to know how to sew on different buttons and this was a cute little project to make.  I’m not sure that it is part of the program now as things have changed so much since I was a leader.

The red felt is 20cm (8 in.) and 9 cm (3.5 in.) wide.  When folded over the back piece is about 12 cm and the fold over top piece is about 8 cm.  The white tongue is about 10 cm (4 in) long and 7 cm (almost 3 in) wide.  It is hand stitched in with a running stitch.  The eyes  can be 2 or 4 hole buttons and the nose is a shank button with pieces of yarn tied around it to make the whiskers.  Two safety pins are added to be the ears.

a felt needle case at craftygardener.ca

While making the round circles for the needle case I had an idea to use circles in a different way involving a tote bag. Better add it to the crafting list.  I’ll be sharing that soon.

It is satisfying to cross off projects on my crafting to do list … … towel apron, fixing of the gate tree, , gnome logs, fairy pot house, stash afghan in blues, stash afghan in multi, crochet twiddle muffneedle case, fingerless mitts, circle tote bag, driftwood, owl, hair bows..  It seems as things get crossed off the list something else gets added on.

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