I Need More Summer Items

 

So to get that idea going I made this dark brown visor. I also need more items in colors that will also appeal to guys. I think these colors will appeal to both. I may need to go up a hook size too so that I can get the circumference larger than 21 inches for those guys with bigger skulls. These don’t take me that long to do either. So I will probably be doing a few more in various colors and sizes.


Project Name: Dark Brown Summer Visor with Burnt Orange and Dark Gold Stripes
Pattern Used: Summer Visor
Designed by: Tia Davis from Craftown.com
Started on: 04/06/2017
Finished on: 04/07/2017
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double crochet, Double crochet, Single crochet and slip stitch
Colors Used: J.C.Penny Knit and Crochet 100% Acrylic Fiber 4 ply Worsted Weight in 715 Dark Brown
Red Heart Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 255 Burnt Orange Hand Knitting and 602 Dark Gold
Measurements: Circumference of 21 inches . Band withd measures 2 1/2 inches when laid flat. Brim is 13 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide.
Size Made: Adult
List Price: $ 7.00

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I could also do some more of the indoor/outdoor golf discs. They take me awhile though. It is all single crochet and lots of colors with small hook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Name: Pink and Cream Indoor/ Outdoor Golf Disc
Pattern Used: Coozie Lion Brand Pattern # LO577
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Various shades of pink unlabeled balls of yarn.
Unlabeled various shades of white/cream balls of yarn.
Measurements: 8 inches in diameter. 1 inch lip/brim.
List Price: $ 8.00

I also made 3 more as gifts for my kids.

I think I have plenty of variety in bags, purses, wallets and coin purses. That can be bought and used at any time of year.

And of course I have many other designs that are more for summer as they have brims to keep the sun off.

You can find all these projects on my home page “Crochet Projects”. When you get to the page just  click the photo of the project you fancy, the stats and the link for the pattern are given there.

All of my “Crochet Projects” are available for sale on Ebay. I have not posted the Ebay links directly in the projects, because the links will change each time the item ends and I relist it. So you can click this Ebay link or click the one in my “Blog Roll” at the bottom of each page.

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My WIP’s List Just Got Shorter But This Post Kept Getting Longer.

Tuesday was another cloudy, dreary, wet day.

So I busted out this bad boy.

I was finally in the mood to do some sewing. I was able to get two projects finished. The first was adding the liner with pockets to the crochet fabric to complete the makeover on my crochet hook pouch. I selected my fabric and fitted it to the size the crochet fabric. I had some spray fabric finish that I got from my sister-in-law which I used to iron the piece to fit. I just folded it, sprayed it, ironed it in place. It worked like a light starch. I loved doing this instead of pinning the fabric. I am always pricking my fingers. Nope, don’t own a thimble. lol  I then used another piece and sewed each pocket for each hook. I then sewed  the big orange button onto the crochet fabric. After that I sewed the pocketed liner to the crochet fabric. I then crocheted the button loop. And there you have it a finished crochet hook pouch. It may not be perfect, but it is just for me. I liked how it turned out.  😀

The Old Crochet Hook Pouch

Just a reminder what it use to look like.

The Crochet Fabric

The New Crochet Hook Pouch

Project Name: Crochet Hook Pouch Make Over
Designed by Arlene K. Didier from Skrappy Skarves
Hook: F/5 -3.75 mm
Stitches: Single crochet
Colors: Red Heart Wintuk Handknitting 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 255 Burnt Orange for trim.
Tied- together Unlabled Scrap Ball of rainbow variegated yarn.
Crochet fabric piece measures 10 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches

 

Now on to the second project I finished sewing.

That would be the Blues Market Bag.

A look back at its beginnings.

The crochet bag all finished just waiting and waiting and waiting for that lining to be sewn in.

I did the lining a bit differently this time. Instead of just laying the fabric out, folded in half, laying the bag on the fold and tracing to make the liner. I cut five different pieces from cloth napkins that I purchased at the Senior Citizens’ Garage Sale thrift store. I got 4 of these light blue ones for a dollar. I cut two side pieces, a front and a back piece and the bottom piece. I sewed the sides to the bottom first. Second, I sewed  the front to the bottom then the front to the sides. Next I sewed the back to the bottom then the bottom to the sides. I now had a nice rectangular fabric bag. I then turned it inside out and placed it over the crochet bag which was also inside out. I hand stitched them together using a heavy waxy thread and needle. When I finished stitching I turned the whole thing inside right again.  And finally that lining is sewn in.

Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished Crochet on: 03/07/2017
Finished Sewing in Liner on: 04/04/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue and 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Vonnel Pop n Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 605 Blue/ White (variegated)
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 11 inches wide. Base is 3 inches x 11 inches
List Price: $ 20.00

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I didn’t have to sew the next two projects, but they are finished too. Instead of working on the baby blanket this week, I finished up the rust colored beanie and made some matching mittens to go with it.

The Beanie

Project Name: Brushed Rust Set- Beanie
Pattern Used: Bubblegum Heart Beanie or Emy’s Beanie
Designed by: Amanda Evanson from MNE Crafts.com
Started on: 03/19/2017
Finished on: 04/02/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Front Post Double Croche, Front Post Single Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn in 281 Rust
Unlabled Scrap Ball in Peachy Pencil
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches. Crown to edge measures 8 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult
List Price: $ 8.00

The Mittens

Project Name: Brushed Rust Set- Mittens
Pattern Used: Mommy’s Simply Easy Mittens
Designed by: Rhondda Mol From Oombawka Designs
Started on: First Mitten: 04/02/2017 Second Mitten: 04/03/2017
Finished on: First Mitten: 04/02/2017 Second Mitten: 04/03/2017
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Single crochet back loop only, Half Double crochet, and Half double crochet 2 together
Colors Used: Red Heart Caress 60% Acrylic 40% Nylon 4 ply Brushed yarn in 281 Rust
Unlabeled Scrap Ball in Peachy Pencil
Measurements: Cuff- 3 1/2 inches wide. Thumb palm 5 inches wide. Fingertip 3 1/2 inches wide.
Length: 10 inches
Size Made: Teen/ Small Adult
List Price: $ 8.00

Total Price of Set: $16.00

I Whipped a Couple of WIP’s and Two Hats, I Also Found a Couple of Froggs

After frogging ” THE PENCIL CASE”, my intrest in it was renewed along with the fresh start when I decided to give it a point. So I finished it straight away. Oh, by the way I used the entire paper towel tube, I didn’t remove a piece as per the pattern, when I cut it.

Project Name: “THE PENCIL CASE”
Pattern Used: Crochet Pencil Case
Incorporated: Halloween Treat Bag
Both Designed by: Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots .com
Finished: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: G/6 – 4.25 mm
Stitches Used: Single crochet and SC back loop only
Colors Used: Unlabeled Scrap Balls of black, peach and pink.
Other Materials: Paper towel tube and a 1/2 inch diameter Neon Yellow Button
Measurements: 14 inches long by 2 inches wide.

I have also finished crocheting the Blues Market Bag/Purse. Now I just need to find the motivation to get the sewing machine out to do the liner.

Project Name: Blue Multi-Color Market Bag/Purse
Pattern Used: Dynamite Market Bag
Designed by: Jaime Maraia from Crochet Dynamite .com
Started on: 02/05/2017
Finished on: 03/07/2017 crochet
Hook Used: I/9 – 5.50 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double Crochet and Single Crochet
Colors Used: Red Heart Wintuk Knit and Crochet 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fabric in 814 Robin Blue
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 Ply worsted wieght in 0381 Light Blue, 0387 Soft Navy
Kitten Spun Yarn Knitting 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in Light/Dark Blue Ombre
Unlabeled Skein in Purples/Blues variegated
Measurements: 10 inches in length x 12 inches wide base is 3 inches x 11 inches

I found a few more balls of scrap going through my stashed yarn. So I was able to add 2 1/2 rows to the Skrappy Triangle Shawl. It now has a section of Christmasy rows.

Simple Triangle Shawl
Designed by: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish .blogspot.com

I also finished two hats. The first one is a baby/toddler summer bucket hat in blue variegated yarns. I used my children’s size pattern, but because I crochet on the tight side and variegated yarn tends to crochet up smaller the circumfernce was more suitable for average head sizes of baby/ toddlers from 6 to 18 months of age.

Project Name: Child’s Multi-Blues Bucket Hat
Pattern Used: Children’s Summer Bucket Hat
Designed by: Sara Sach from Posh Pooch Designs . com
Started on: 03/07/2017
Finished on: 03/08/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Single, Half double, Double Crochet and Slip Stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Wintuk 100% Virgin Orlon Acrylic Fiber in 814 Robin Blue Knit and Crochet Yarn
Vonnel 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight Pop n’ Yarn in 605 Blue/White (Variegated)
Kitten Spun Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Light/Dark Blues Ombre Knitting
Measurements: Circumference of 17 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 6 1/2 inches when laid flat.
Size Made: Children’s 6 to 18 months

The other hat was this black bowler hat for Martin.

Project Name: Martin’s Bowler Hat
Pattern Used: Mini Brim Hat
Designed by Dianna Judge from Artsy Daisy Crochet .com
Started on: 03/10/2017
Finished on: 03/12/2017
Hook Used: K/10 1/2 – 6.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet with 2 strands of yarn held together.
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0312 Black
Super Saver 8 oz. in 633 Dark Sage for hat band.
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Crown to edge of brim measures 7 inches when laid flat. Hat band is 22 inches in circumference and 1 inch wide when laid flat.
Size Made: Toddler size was made by only doing 20 rounds then doing the brim.

I made it to match the one I made for his daddy, Justin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had to make a dark sage hat band for Justin’s too. He did not like the neon colored one that was crocheted right into the hat. The reason I just made a hat band for Martin’s is I didn’t have two skeins of this color yarn to hold two strands together. So both hats have removeable bands.

Another way to get things off your WIP’s list is to frogg the project, so I decided to frogg the wavy blue green baby blanket.

I was not liking how it was coming along. I only have one ball of the puppy print and I think I was over using it in the stripe pattern. After I got it all ripped out, I decided to crochet a blanket using the pattern I am using for the light and airy spring scarf. I also have a better idea what I will be doing for the stripe pattern. So actually a baby blanket is still in the WIP’s but just in a new form. 😀

 

 

Speaking of the light and airy scarf I decided to frogg it also. I liked the pattern, but I realized that I did not have enough different variegated blue and no variegated pinks to do the color stripe pattern I wanted. I plan to start this project again. I will be finding yarn that I have enough of to complete what I have in mind, the next go round.

My Summer Visor: The MakeOver

After making a new adult visor for sale, I took another look at my visor and decided to redo it. It was loosely crocheted and just looked messy to me. I have improved and augmented the pattern to better suit my crocheting style since I made this. Instead of starting the brim right after finishing the band, I fastened it off. I then count half of the total stitch count from the begining stitch in this case it was 40 stitches. I place a stitch marker there. I then counted 18 stitches to the right of that marker. It is half of the total stitch count of 36 for the first row of the brim. Doing this puts the brim in the middle of the band, so it is not right next to your seam from slip stitching for the next round.19d-sunvisor

It places the seam at  the back of the visor rather then the side. Like in my original visor.

 

 

 

I also made the band only 5 rows instead of the 7 called for in the Adult visor. I do this because I then single crochet a round the top with a trim color. After I finish the brim I single crochet a round it and the bottom of the band with another trim color. So I still get 7 rounds, just not all Half Double crochet.

I like my Makeover better it has a smaller circumference so it fits more snuggly. The band is narrower so it doesn’t cover half the back of my head. The Original looks more pinkish because of the contrast color. The MakeOver the blue is brought out more because of the blue trim color. I thought that was neato.

 

 

Project Name: My Summer Visor
Pattern Used: Summer Visor by Tia Davis from Craftown
http://www.craftown.com/Summer-Visor.html
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Slip Stitch, Single Crochet, Half Double and Double Crochet
Colors Used: One ball of unlabeled yarn in Dusty Rose Pink
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0784 Bon Bon Print
Measurements: Circumference of 22 inches when laid flat. Band and brim each measure 2 1/2 inches wide.
The Makeover
Started: 02/21/2017
Finished: 02/22/2017
Same Hook size used.
New Trim Colors: Unlabled Ball of Bright Pink.
Red Heart Super Saver With Love 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in Blue Belle
Measurements: Circumference 20 inches.
Band Width: 2 1/2 inches
Brim measures 12 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide

 

A Tale of Two Hats and A Triangle

This is the new hat I made for Martin. I gave it to him when he came over Saturday afternoon( 02/18/2017). Grandma and Grandpa babysat while Mama and Daddy went out for a belated Valentine’s Day date.

I don't have a baby/toddler size foam head. This is why the hat looks so small.
I don’t have a baby/toddler size foam head. This is why the hat looks so small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The stats for the Newsboy cap.

Project Name: Martin’s Dark Brown Newsboy Cap
Pattern Used: Newsboy Hat Crochet Pattern # LW2375
Designed by: The Double Stitch Twins For Red Heart Yarn
Started on: 02/15/2017
Finished on: 02/17/2017
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm Pattern called for a I/9-5.50 mm but I crochet tight so I went up a size.
Stitches Used: Double Crochet, Half Double Crochet, and Single Crochet
Colors Used: J.C. Penny Knit and Crochet 100% Acrylic Fiber 4 ply worsted weight in 715 Dark Brown
Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted weight in 0334 Buff
Measurements: Circumference of 18 inches. Height of 3 inches.
Size Made: Small


I finished the White Summer Visor also. I didn’t finish it on Saturday as I said I would in the WIP’s post. I was too tired to do my crocheting that night as Martin tired out his Grandma. I finished it up on Sunday. 😀

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The final stats for the White Summer Visor.

Project Name: White Summer Visor with Red and Blue Stripes
Pattern Used: Summer Visor
Designed by: Tia Davis from Craftown.com
Started on: 02/17/2017
Finished on: 02/19/2017
Hook Used: H/8 – 5.00 mm
Stitches Used: Half Double crochet, Double crochet, Single crochet and slip stitch
Colors Used: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo 100% Acrylic 4 ply worsted wieght in 0311 White, 0319 Cherry Red, 0387 Soft Navy
Measurements: Circumference of 20 inches . Band withd measures 3 inches when laid flat. Brim is 13 inches long by 3 inches wide.
Size Made: Adult


I was also able to add some more rows to the triangle shawl. I took some new photos so as to compare with the last ones.

Pattern Used: Simple Triangle Shawl By: Sharon Maher from Laughing Purple Goldfish Designs
http://laughingpurplegoldfish.blogspot.com.au/2008/12/its-just-triangle.html

The top side measures 58 inches.So all in all I have added almost 5 inches to each side.I am now out of scrap balls again. I was thinking it may be big enough now. I was thinking to single crochet one or two rows across the top and one row of single crochet along the sides. Then add some type of border to the sides then add fringe. I have left over fringe from all the scarves I have made, I always cut to many. 😀

So what do you think should I trim it up now or add some more rows when I get some more scraps?