The other day a Facebook friend posted a pic of some cat butt coasters saying she would like some. I replied that I had seen these before and had thought about making some. Well a few days after that when I was able to get to the library to use the internet. I downloaded this PDF pattern for Cat Butt Coasters which I found on Ravelry.com by Lydia of Indoor Cat Crochet.
I set to work making cat butt coasters the next day. I finished two that day. I finished 4 the next day. I took a couple of days break then made the last two.
I made two sets. The first set was for the friend. I didn’t get picks of it, but her set has two black cat butts and two tri-colored. She also has a dog, so I made her a tan-colored dog butt too.
The Second set was for my daughter. The black one is for her kitty, Mina. The one with patches of orange and brown is a memorial for her kitty, Punky. The tri-colored one is for my son-in-law’s cat, Larz. The rust colored one is the dog butt for their dog, Buck. He has a stubby tail so I only chained seven to make it that way.
I finished it, even though I had a major catastrophe!
I decided on Tuesday evening(May 01) that it was time to get out the canvas book bag and put on the pocket. I got it, the blue polka dot fabric, the crochet square, ironing board, iron, light spray starch, straight pins, and my sewing box out. I measured and starched the fabric to size for the crochet square. I folded it in half and pinned the sides. I was now ready to sew the sides closed. I pull the sewing machine up out of its cabinet and get it all threaded. I place my fabric under the needle and put the foot down. I am now ready to sew. I put my foot down on the pedal, I hear the wheels turning but no sewing is happening the needle is not going up and down. I think maybe I loosened the wheel last time I used it making a bobbin. I turn and look… THE BELT IS BROKEN! AGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!
I took the belt out to the living room with the most saddest face ever and showed it to David. He did not feel my pain. He just got me that belt not too long ago. I don’t use my machine that often, so why did it break so soon? Maybe just sitting on the machine in fluctuating temperatures weakened it and the first spin just broke it in two. I think if I get a new one, I will remove the belt between uses since it usually is a long time between them.
I really didn’t want to do this part by needle and thread, I can’t stitch a straight line or keep the stitches even. It was not a very big piece so I thought I could just turn the sewing machine wheel by hand. It worked out fine except when I wanted to reverse to seal the seam. Then I remembered the wheel doesn’t actually move the piece backwards it is the feeder foot under the plate, so I had to flip my lever from forward to backwards. I sewed the fabric closed and then sewed it onto the crochet square. It took longer, but the stitches were straight and even. I probably would have taken longer by needle and thread too.
I was now able to hand sew the pocket to the bag. I knew I would have to do that, because the bag was already together. If I had a different type of machine where you can slip closed fabric over the end I would not have had to even do that by hand.
I was going to make another pocket out of the fabric to cover the company logo on the back of the bag, but with no machine I just didn’t feel like it. I then remembered that my daughter had given me some iron on letters and a few iron on patches. So I decided to use them. I wanted to put Books Rock but did not have enough O’s. So I went with Books Rule instead.
I showed the finished bag to David and Nick, they both informed me that I had ironed the peace signs upside down. I said now they look like cheering stickmen.
The Work in Progress Photos
The Finished Bag Photos
Stats for the Bag
Project Name: My Upcycle Book Bag
Pattern Used: Granny Square
Designed by: Arlene K. Didier
Started on: 10/12/2017
Finished on: 10/12/2017
Finished sewing project to canvas bag and Ironed on words and patches: 05/01/2018
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo – 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0311 White and 0381 Light Blue
with Love 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in1805 Bluebell
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/ Dark Blue Ombre
Vonnel Pop n Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 605 Blue/ White (variegated)
Measurements: 10 inches x 10 inches
Other Materials: Used 14 x 12 x 4 inches canvas bag and Light Blue with White Polka Dot Fabric
Weight: 8 ounces
We are expecting our second grandson in mid May. Since he is going to be born in the late spring I didn’t think he needed beanies just yet. So I made this newborn sized visor for him. He probably won’t wear it very long if he grows as fast as his older brother, Marty did. If he does he can wear all the beanies that Marty out grew. 😀
The Stats for the Baby Visor
Project Name: Browns with Green Stripes Baby Visor
Pattern Used: Baby Visor
Designed by: Tia Davis from Craft Own
Started on: 04/17/2018
Finished on: 04/21/2018
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single, Half Double and Double Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart – Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0334 Buff, 0365 Coffee, 0360 Cafe Latte, 0406 Medium Thyme, 3620 Glowworm
Super Saver Jumbo – 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0368 Paddy Green
Measurements: Circumference of 14 inches . Band is 2 1/2 inches wide. Brim is 7 inches long by 2 inches wide
Size Made: 0 – 3 months
It was back in October, when my son and I were at the library using the internets on our laptops, I thought I would see what I needed to do to get a library card. They needed my address and a pictured ID. Well that was great, I had both. So I filled out the infomartion paper work. I got a shiny new card signed my name on the back with a sharpie pen. The librarian taped over my signiture and I was ready to borrow away.
I have been happily borrowing books, but mostly DVD’s. Since we no longer have internet at the house to watch Netflix. We no longer have a DVD rental store either just a couple of Red Boxes. The library has a good selection of movies plus a lot of popular tv series to borrow and they are free big plus there.
In January they started their adult winter reading program which lasted until March 17 th. I was able to read 8 books during this time. One of the titles was Game of Thrones. I also read the first 2 Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz, and 5 William Monk Series novels by Anne Perry. I did not win any of the prizes for most books read, but I did collect some cute small prizes for each time you turned in your book list. The prizes for 1st ,2nd and 3rd place readers this year were 3 different types of music systems. The first prize lady read 75 books, 2nd prize gentleman read 68, and the 3rd prize lady read 32. Do the first and second place people have a life or did they take a speed reading course at some point in their life? lol
It was around this time that I was getting a bit bored with my crocheting. Now that the reading program is done. I have picked up my hooks again. I was able to get the chevron baby blanket finished over the Easter Weekend.
See the project information for it on my home page.
When I finished that I decided to make a matching beanie. I am having a bit of trouble with that because I took such a long break my crochet brain atrophied. I keep getting the wrong amount of stitches for the round. I have ripped it back several times. I got frustrated with that so I switched to working on the V-Stitch throw. I worked on that while I was a bit tired and then had to rip it back a whole row because I missed the second double crochet on one of my v-stitches. So I have left off doing crochet for another week. I will continue to work on the V-stitch throw. It will be welcomed on my lap as winter does not want to let go of its grip on us this year. I hope to get back at that beanie too. I also have a beanie with an attached scarf and one more sock to work on. So there is now shortage of projects to get my crochet brain back in working condition.
After I get the v-stitch throw, the baby beanie, and the beanie scarf done, I think I will just work on personal projects for a while. I don’t have internet at home now. It would be a hassle right now to come to the library to run my Ebay listings. I also have a pretty good size inventory built up just sitting in my pink 30 gallon plastic storage bin. 😀
I have been working on the socks over this Christmas break. I kept track of my rows on the cuff with hash marks this time. I then progressed to the ankle section. Where you have to crochet down the row ends of the cuff and then slip stitch the ends together. That went pretty smoothly. Next up was the heel flap which was worked in rows off the ankle section. The last steps I completed were the heel turning steps. This is the section that makes the little “cup” for your heel. You can really get lost here if you don’t keep track of your stitches and the decreasing over sc and the next sc crochet of row 15 of the heel flap.
I stopped there because I had to write out the next section instructions on to paper from the PDF file I have on the computer. I don’t have ink in the printer at this time and I don’t want the computer on just to look at the pattern. Also I might do my crocheting in bed, don’t want laptop on the bed for Sully to bump or walk on the keyboard. 🙂
The next section is the gussets and foot. This part might make me pull at my hair a bit. I was reading it and at some point I have to have a marker for the beginning of round and two for each end of the gussets. If that doesn’t drive me to madness it sounds like the toe shaping section might, you have to double marker the same stitch. I hope I don’t move the wrong marker up as I complete each round of the toe! EeeeK!
If I complete the first sock and still have half a brain, I might rest it a bit before starting the second sock. 😛
Update on Sox Number One
Well there was no hair pulling while doing the gussets and foot. Once I got to going it all made sense. Sometimes the instructions can be scary at first, then you do a few rounds and say to yourself, “What was I making such a fuss about?” So I had my full brain to tackle the toe section. The part about double markering the beginning stitch of a round was not necessary. I use colored paper clips for my stitch markers, so the gussets markers were both red and the beginning stitch was a green paperclip. So that worry was removed. Again once I got to going the instructions made more sense, I was no longer intimidated by them.
I am happy to report that I have conquered sock making. Sox number two should be a breeze! 😀
Project Name: Kay’s Purple Shaza Socks
Pattern Used: Colorful Crochet Socks Red Heart Pattern # WR1783 (free Downloadable Pattern)
(Rainbow Sherbert Socks on AllFreeCrochet.com)
Designed by: Kathy Wesley for Red Heart Yarn
Started on: 10/10/2017
Hook Used: E/4 – 3.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Herrshcners Afghan Yarn 100% Acrylic 2 ply Fine Weight in 0112 Seascape and 0069 Grape Frost