Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas lights

Tired of buying christmas lights only to have them burn out and have to replace them the following year? Why not crochet some lights that will never go out?  Love this idea...

Perfect for indoor use or outdoor.  Hang them outside and people can see the "lights" during the day.  Hang them in a child's bedroom and have holiday lights without worrying about the kids playing with electricity! Make them to any color scheme you like. You no longer have to go from store to store to fine the right lights, make them in the summer and you wont have to stand in any long checkout lines.  This would also be a great project to use up all your left over yarn from previous projects!

Friday, December 9, 2011

What I Want For Christmas!

While shopping at Joann's this week, I came across this very fitting sign!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crochet School

Happy hump day, all you hookers and hooker wannabes.  It's half way through the week and it's our official meeting day so I thought it would be a good to to share some info and everyone excited to crochet tonight!

This post is more for the wannabes, for everyone who has been thinking they would like to crochet but just don't know how to get started.  This site has a great tutorial of all kinds of crochet stitches starting with the basics!

I got started in a similar fashion by picking up a basic crochet book and practicing some basic stitches until I felt comfortable jumping into a pattern.  I still reference that book from time to time when I forget a stitch.

Monday, December 5, 2011

V-Stitch Afghan

A few months ago my sister-in-law got me a bunch of yarn at a local garage sale. I think it was about 12 skeins total, however there were only 3 of each kind and color of yarn, which meant my projects couldn't be the huge afghans I'm used to making. That's probably a good thing since they take so long to make and I really don't need any more blankets. So I decided to make my niece a small child's blanket with the yarn her mother got me and give it to her for her third birthday, which was yesterday. For this project I decided to use Red Heart's Banana Berry (blue-green) yarn since she loves green so much. This was a super quick afghan to make as it used a V-stitch which allows you to crochet in a space versus a stitch... therefore you fly through the project.

I enjoyed the way the variant yarn created it's own pattern.

I didn't get to see my niece open this gift, but I heard that she wanted to sleep with when she went to bed last night!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The weather outside is frightful

December in Wisconsin, the weathers getting chilly, were sure to have snow any day its time to start thinking about bundling up for the long winter. I just came across this site with some great hat patterns, including a crochet cable pattern.

I love this hat and can't wait to try making it!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas gift ideas

Stylish Christmas gifts don't have to be store bought, they can be home made too! Check out some of these items I found at the holiday folk fair.