So Far My Sox Doesn’t Sux

December 23
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
December 27
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
Finished on:
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

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BOB’s Blanket

And Other Items I Did This Summer

One of the big projects that I finished this summer was the blanket for Bob the RV’s foldout couch/bed.

The Fold out Couch in BOB the RV covered with a flannel sheet.

David was the one that had the idea for doing a blanket for Bob. I thought for sometime what I would do. I finally decided to do a granny square blanket, so I could say I had finally done one of this type. I decided to use a lot of the pink yarns in my stash. At first that was all I thought that I would need but I realized it would not be enough to make the size I wanted.

I began by making 108 six-inch squares. Most of these were in various shades of pink. When I realized I would need more than the pink I also made some in rainbow colors.

I then joined 3 squares in a row, then joined 3 rows to form a 3 x 3 square color theme. I joined these squares into a row as seen in photos below.

I made 3 such rows of the 3 x 3 squares, then joined them together. I finished this up to form a 3 by 4 blanket. It was still not large enough so I decided to make a granny square type border. I first did a round of double crochet around it then did the granny square around in the rainbow colors.

The following photos are the final rounds of the border and Sully’s inspection.

I also finally finished my Skrappy Triangle Shawl.

I made a beanie and scarf using granny square patterns.

A Yellow spiral hat.

A pink beanie.

A bucket hat.

And this rainbow wedge hat.

A coin pouch.

And finally this indoor outdoor golf disc.

I have some projects on my hooks that I am working on now. They include 2 blankets, a beanie scarf, a wall hanging, a canvas bag I am upcycling, and a pair of socks. I pulled the socks out and started over once already as I left them to long between sessions on them that I forgot what row I was on. Lol I guess this time I shall make hash marks on paper to remember. 😀

My daughter and son-in-law both like coffee so when I found this pattern for Coffee cup coasters I thought it would make a good wall hanging for their names.

I received a couple of used canvas bags from my brother-in-law who has been cleaning out his sister’s things after she passed. I thought I would add a crochet square to hide the nursing logos and add some pockets.

That wraps up my summer crochet projects.

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.

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.