Rug making

Last spring we moved into an old house. Built in the 1870s, it has all the charm and little details one would expect. And while I like the majority of them, creaky floors, low narrow staircase and “quaint” bedroom, there is one thing that I can’t get used to. Those old creaky floors…. Love the sound, love the look, hate the cold!! In the summer, they’re great, in the winter, not so much. There’s nothing worse than getting out of bed to use the bathroom and freezing the soles of your feet instantly.
Luckily I was gifted quite a few bags of rag strips and knew what had to be done!
I grabbed my Q hook, dug through the bags, picked out a couple of colors and got to work. Unfortunately I learned quickly that what looks like a lot of material is in fact not as much as you think…. so it came out a bit more eclectic than I planned, however the more I look at it the more I love it! It matches the wallpaper, fits perfectly next to my bed in my tiny little room and no more cold feet!!

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I googled away and found this great pattern here: crafts.tutsplus.com
I’m already pairing up colors for more, planning a half circle for in front of the kitchen sink and possibly an oval for the upstairs hallway.
Using the rag strips makes it so thick and squishy under foot, and the animals love laying on it!
If you don’t have pre-stripped material you can use t-shirt yarn ( as the original pattern suggests ) or cut up old sheets for yourself.( your local thrift store is a great place to buy them cheap!)

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There’s something so satisfying about making something instead of buying it, plus the final product will be unique to you, your home, and your family!

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Knit flat yoga socks!

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My daughter loves yoga and really “needed” a pair of yoga socks. I can knit with circular needles if I’m working something decent sized such as a hat, however dpns still give me a hard time. Plus in usual fashion I wasn’t feeling going out and spending money on sock yarn or new needles. So, I jumped on the Internet and began the search. Criteria: knit flat, worsted weight yarn, an entire evening wasted, couldn’t find a thing! Plenty of crochet versions, but she really wanted knit and momma was not going to disappoint. I almost appreciate the fact I couldn’t find a pattern that would work, it pushed me to try something I’ve never done before. I wrote it as I did it, I’ve never written a knit pattern before, so hopefully it’s easy to understand.
These will fit a size 7 1/2 to 8 woman’s foot ( American sizes ). They do stretch around, so I assume adding a few extra rows in the “bridge” section will adjust them to a bigger foot.
Hope you enjoy!
Yoga Socks

Materials:

* Worsted weight yarn ( I used Lion Brand Heartland, less than one skein )
* Size 8 flat needles
* Yarn needle

Terms:

* K – knit
* P – purl
* RS – right side ( all knit )
* WS – wrong side ( all purls )
* sts – stitches

Pattern:

Toe edging:
Cast on 40 stitches

1. K1, P1 across – 40
2. K1, P1 across -40

* Repeat rows 1 and 2 ( rib stitch ) until it measures 1 inch.

Bridge of foot:

1. Knit across – 40
2. purl across – 40

* Repeat rows 1 and 2 ( stockinette stitch ) until entire piece ( including edging measures 3 1/2 inches )

* Make sure to end with a WS row

Heel/Ankle:

1. Bind off 20 sts, K next 20 – 20
2. Purl 20, using the working yarn, cast on 20 sts – 40
3. Knit across – 40
4. Purl across – 40

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* Photo above: what cast on stitches will look like, row 2

* Repeat row 3 and 4 until cast on 20sts measures 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

* Main part of the foot should measure about 6 1/2 inches.

5. K1, P1 across – 40

6. K1, P1 across – 40

* Repeat row 5 and 6 once more, binding off on row 6 ( WS row )

* Fasten off, seam shut.

* Optional: use H hook, join yarn with slip stitch and continue to slip stitch around the heel opening.

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I like to knit them at the same time. It helps me make sure I’m doing the exact same number of rows and my tension is consistent.

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I use both the center pull and outside end of the skein ( just make sure they don’t twist too much while knitting ) each sock has its own separate working yarn strand.

Double knitting is genius!

I’m certain I’m late to the game here, but I’ve just discovered double knitting!! My personal preference for mittens and fingerless gloves is flat knitting, seaming up after. What I wasn’t a fan of was one at a time and risking tension issues. Now having both going at the same time has solved my problem, consistent tension through out both items, brilliant!!

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Also, let’s talk about Caron Cakes. Love them for these! Just let the yarn change at its own pace. No two are alike. I made a whole bunch of each, dropped them into bins and let the family pick which ever two struck their fancy. Guaranteed to “match” color family and yet have some character and quirk, plus such fun watching them all dig and fight over ones they wanted! Theses are the sets my daughter picked out.

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Rick and Morty

My daughter and guy are obsessed with Rick and Morty. Which means of course that I have to sit through it whenever it’s on. There’s only so much of watching something I can handle before my brain goes “psst, you can make that”. Fought the urge for weeks, finally gave in.
I also tried something new and used puff paint for detail work on these. Very pleased with the outcome and my Rick and Morty fans are in love. So, win win for all!

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They ended up larger than I anticipated, Rick is 18 inches and Morty 13.5! But that’s what happens when you just free hand…

Always keep those hands moving!

I have a problem where I can’t simply sit and watch t.v. It makes me feel like I’m wasting time if I don’t have a hook or needles in my hands! However, there are always down times, you’re in between projects or the inspiration is just not there. Luckily a few months back I came up with a solution, one that is easy to pick up and put down, plus you never need to buy yarn for it, win win!!
I’ve started making mitered squares. Instead of connecting as you go, typical of the “memory” style blanket, I’m simply making the squares and storing them away in a box. No need to buy yarn, just use the left over balls from previous projects. When I finally decide I have enough, I’ll sew them all together and have a squishy warm blanket to remind me of all past projects. 😍
I haven’t settled on a game plan yet for construction, but I’m totally leaning towards dropping them all in a bag and just pulling them out in a random order. Thinking a fun patchwork look to it. Someday in the next few months hopefully, I’ll be posting the actual blanket!

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The Dobby inspired Huggable House Elf

A little over a year ago I joined a Halloween Gift Swap. My recipient was a Harry Potter loving soul and also requested something handmade. Being who I am, that obviously meant an Amigurumi of some kind, after days of character image searching ( I’ll admit, I’m not really a fan of Harry Potter, had to look up the movies ), I settled on making her a Dobby. Everyone else seemed a bit to bland and I was looking to make something in a larger size. Little bit of drawing, little bit of frustration, and a lot of “does this look right” texts to my sister ( she loves that series! ) Dobby was born.
Fast forward to now and I finally decided to clean up his pattern to share with everyone else. It’s only been a year after all!!
I think he’s an easy pattern to follow, you’ll need basic stitch knowledge, no fancy stitches used! And I’m always here to help and answer questions. I also teach how I connect fingers and toes in this pattern ( always a good technique to know for Amigurumi makers πŸ˜‰ )
He is available for purchase in my Ravelry store:
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/huggable-house-elf

Hope you enjoy!!

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I’m back!

Oh my have I been a terrible blogger…….
I’m terribly sorry, life just sometimes gets in the way.
So anyway, what’s new? I have seemed to achieve my goal of learning to knit, I’m not the best knitter out there for sure, but I can definitely make items now!
Crocheting has not been pushed aside by any means, my hook has been busy! For some reason I have been obsessed with making blankets and shawls lately.
In a day or two ill post a pattern I just finished writing up, this time around it’s going to be a paid pattern.
Until then here are a few things that have kept me busy.
See you soon πŸ˜ƒ

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“Jowls!” A dog toy

Mister calls Louis “jowls” all the time. He’s got some loose lips on him and my all time favorite movie is Jaws, so in my household it’s the best knick name. 😍
Louis is a crazy little beast who adores toys and sits ever so sweetly in my lap as I crochet, so I thought it was about time to make him something.
I present to you:
JOWLS!!!

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Supplies:

* G-hook
* Worsted weight yarn
* Yarn needle
* Poly-fill stuffing
* Squeaker ( optional )

Terms:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease
* slp st – slip stitch
* hdc – half double crochet

Special Notes:

* Make sure to pull your stitches tight! It will make the toy stronger and keep your stuffing in.
* If your dog is a destroyer, I suggest using a cotton yarn. Thankfully Louis does not eat his toys so we don’t have to worry about him swallowing acrylic yarn.
* If you’re going to use a squeaker, stuff the shark halfway, insert the squeaker, and stuff the sides around it firmly.

Pattern:
Body:
Ch 2
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st around – 10
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
5. sc around – 20
6. ( sc 3, inc )5x – 25
7. sc around – 25
8. ( sc 4, inc )5x – 30
9. sc around – 30
10. ( sc 5, inc )5x – 35
11. sc around – 35
12. sc around – 35
13. ( sc 6, inc )5x – 40
14. sc around – 40
15. sc around- 40
16. ( sc 7, inc )5x – 45
17. sc around – 45
18. ( sc 8, inc )5x – 50
19-26. sc around – 50 each row
27. ( sc 8, dec )5x – 45
28-29. sc around – 45
30. ( sc 7, dec )5x – 40
31. sc around – 40
32. ( sc 6, dec )5x – 35
33-34. sc around – 35
35. ( sc 5, dec )5x – 30
36. sc around – 30
Start Stuffing
37. ( sc 4, dec )5x – 25
38. sc around – 25
39. ( sc 3, dec )5x – 20
40. sc around – 20
41. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
42-46. sc around – 15
Sew tail end shut flat. Weave in ends.

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Side Fins: make two
Ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. dec 2, sc 12 – 14
9. dec, sc 12 – 13
10. slp st 7, hdc 2, slp st 4, fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Dorsel fin:
ch 2
1. 4sc in second ch from hk – 4
2. 2sc in each st around – 8
3. sc around – 8
4. ( sc, inc )4x – 12
5. sc around – 12
6. ( sc 2, inc )4x – 16
7. sc around – 16
8. sc around – 16
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Tail Fin: make two
Ch 2
1. 6sc in second ch from hk – 6
2. sc around – 6
3. inc, inc, sc 4 – 8
4. sc around – 8
5. sc 2, inc, inc, sc 4 – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc 4, inc, inc, sc 4 – 12
8. sc 5, inc, sc 6 – 13
9. sc around – 13
Fasten off, sew the ends shut flat, leave long tail for sewing to body.

β€œTail Center”
Holding two strands of yarn together,
Ch 7
1. starting in second ch from hk: sc across – 6
2. ch 1, turn, dec, sc 2, dec – 4
3. ch 1, turn, dec, dec – 2
4. ch 1, turn, dec
5. ch 1, turn, sc
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Tail Assembly:
Line up edges as shown, sew together.

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Sew the tail onto the body. I doubled my yarn and ran it a few times to make it strong.
Being that it is for a dog, I used embroidery floss for the eyes, no risking him swallowing plastic safety eyes.
Finished size 9 1/2 inches long from tip of nose to tail.

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As you can see, someone knew it was his and was not feeling the photo shoot.

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I’ve learned to knit! ( barely )

Hope everyone had a happy holiday and the new year is good to you as well!
For the first time in a long while, we decided to just stay home this year and had the most amazing and calm Christmas. I took the opportunity to try my hand at something new. I’ve started knitting! It’s something I’ve been wanting to get into and just never found the time.
I have much to learn and lots of practice to go, but I feel I’m off to a good start.

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I’m loving chunky wool, it makes such delicious and warm hats! The shawl was a gift for my mother for Christmas, she loved it. 😊
Also working on some new crochet hats. Trying to be prepared this year for the craft fair season and am working out patterns and items I want to sell. I feel the knit hat is on my list, but still on the fence with the tunsian hat, it mocks knit so well, is very thick and warm, but a bit stiff. The Pom Pom one is definitely on my list to make more of. It’s so soft and has an amazing slouchy drape!

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By the way, was gifted a clover Pom Pom maker, I highly recommend getting one. They are amazing!!
Well that’s it for now.