Brought back out those rag strips

Still trying to use up all those rag strips I have.
I had this brilliant idea that a floor pillow would be a great way to do this. There’s a lot of floor sitting in this house, mister drawing at the coffee table, offspring playing video games, it seemed like the perfect solution. Little did I know that I was blistering up my fingers to make a glorified dog bed! 😂

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Not that they don’t want to use it, they both love it, just that someone else claimed it. Couldn’t even take a photo of it finished without him jumping on, silly boy.
It was super easy to make, I just went with the basic circle, changed colors when I felt like, threw in a few spike stitches for fun and done.
The best part, it’s drawstring on bottom!! It’s stuffed with extra blankets, storage and functionality, can’t beat that.
Being a glutton for punishment I decided to keep going with those rag strips and a new rug was in order.

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This one was a bit more planned. I graphed out the diamond pattern and simply repeated it three times. The colors were picked simply based on supplies. There was a ton of that blue and I figured it would be enough. The final product has bit of a “beachy” feel to it, completely unintentional, yet very pleasing.

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It made its new home in the sunroom, right across from the bench!! Combined, they both seemed to lighten up the room, give it a more “airy” feel. And yet again, my little photo bomber has to get in the shot.
Still have SO much more of this stuff to use. I’m going to give my hands and arms a break and try to brain storm some new ideas.

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Some extra hanging storage for the bathroom

My bathroom has been bothering me lately, the walls seem too bare. It’s a great old room with a deep claw foot tub, pedal-stool sink and flowered wallpaper. While the closet space is excellent, the counter top situation is lacking. I actually have an amazing vintage hamper that we use as a table in there. I threw a doily on top and the mister calls it “granny chic”. However right above it is that empty space that bothers me. So I dug through my yarn bin, found a bunch of cotton to play with and got to work.
I am extremely pleased with the outcome and wrote it up to share.
So I give you:

Hanging Bathroom Storage:

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Supplies:
* G hook ( 4mm )
* 2 skeins Sugar n Cream cotton ( I used Overcast ) you can use acrylic yarn if you’d like but I feel cotton will hold up better in a steamy bathroom.
* 3 buttons ( 1 & 1/8 in or 28mm in size )
* Yarn needle
* 6 stitch markers
* Small amount of yarn or twine for hanging ( the length is entirely up to your preference on looks )
* Either a stick or dowel for hanging 1/2 inch in diameter and 12 & 3/4 – 13 inches long
* Optional: glue ( I used a dab of hot glue to hold the twine securely )

Terms:

* Ch – chain
* Hk – hook
* sc – single crochet
* st – stitch

Special stitch used: “Moss stitch ( or Granite stitch )” – will be explained in steps one and two.

Base:

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1. starting in the 4th ch from the hk:
( sc, ch 1, skip next ch, sc in following ch, ch 1 )repeat across the entire ch – 30scs and 29 chs total.
2. ch 2, turn, ( sc in ch space, ch 1, skip next sc, sc in next ch space, ch 1 ) repeat across entire row.
3 – 45. repeat row #2 – each row will have 30scs and 29 chs
Fasten off, weave in ends.

Place stitch markers. When counting, make sure to count both stitches and chains. It helps to look at it from the top down.
Starting from the left side:
1. 5th stitch.
2. 11th stitch
3. 21st stitch
4. 31st stitch
5. 41st stitch
6. 51st stitch

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Hanging tags:

Starting on the right side, insert your hk into the stitch with the 6th marker in it, slp st to join yarn.
1. sc across stopping in the stitch right before the next marker ( #5 ) – 9 make sure to use both the scs and chs.
2. ch1, turn, sc across – 9
3 – 14. repeat row #2 – 9 each row
15. ch 1, turn, sc 3, ch 3, skp next 3 stitches, sc in last 3 – 9
16. ch 1, turn, sc across ( using the 3 chs as well ) – 9
17 – 18. ch 1, turn, so across – 9 each row
Fasten off, weave in ends.

* Repeat these steps between markers #1 & #2 and between markers #3 & #4.

Sew on buttons:

I pretty much just eyeballed it here. Line them up in the middle, I used the last row of the base as a guide line.

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Pouch:

Ch 62
Repeat rows #1 – #17 of the base.
Fasten off, leave an extra long tail for sewing.

* Pin the pouch to the bottom of the base and sew down each side and across the bottom.
* To divide, I placed a few pins, keeping 22 stitches on each side. This gave me two larger and one small section. Sew down.

Weave in all ends.

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– Wrap your twine or yarn around the ends of your stick, attach your pouch and enjoy!
– Finished size 8 & 1/2 inches tall, 10 & 1/2 inches wide
– You can make it wider if you like by increasing your starting ch and following the same moss stitch pattern. Just make sure to start with an even number ch.

Tiny bendable monkey

I’ve been having fun playing around with different techniques lately. First with making something glow in the dark and now with making bendable limbs. After messing around with a few different approaches, it seems the simplest way is the best way!
So here’s how I made a little monkey that can grab at fingers!
Supplies:

* F – hook ( 3.75mm )
* Worsted weight yarn in two colors ( main color, second color for details )
* Small amounts of poly-fil stuffing
* Pipe cleaners ( 2 per animal )
* scissors ( no need for super special sharp ones )
* Yarn needle
* Black yarn for eyes
* Stuffing tool ( not 100% necessary, however I find it extremely helpful. My favorite is the one that comes in the bag of poly-fil )

Terms used:

* ch – chain
* sc – single crochet
* inc – increase
* dec – decrease

These require following the pattern in perfect order.

We’re going to start by preparing the pipe cleaners.
Using one ( the average sized ones you can purchase at Walmart, Michaels, etc. I believe they are 12inches in length ):

* Fold the pipe cleaner in half
* Cut right at the bend

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* Repeat on second pipe cleaner
* You now have four 6 inch pieces

Body/Head:

The head and body are one piece worked from the body up.

Ch2 in main color
1. 5sc in the second ch from hk – 5
2. 2sc in each st – around
3. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
4. sc around – 15
5. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
6. sc around – 10
7. sc around – 10

* Insert pipe cleaner for legs ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Stuff the body halfway

8. dec, sc, dec, sc, dec, sc, sc – 7

* Insert pipe cleaner for arms ( see end of pattern for instructions )
* Continue stuffing body ( this where the stuffing tool can come in handy, it will help to make sure your stuffing under and around the pipe cleaner, not just above )

9. inc, sc, inc, sc, inc, sc, sc – 10
10. ( sc, inc )5x – 15
11. ( sc 2, inc )5x – 20
12. sc around – 20
13. sc around – 20
14. ( sc 2, dec )5x – 15
15. ( sc, dec )5x – 10
16. dec 5
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Arms: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. sc 4 in second ch from hook – 4
2. sc around – 4

* Switch to main color

3 – 10. sc around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

* Another good use for the stuffing tool, every few rows, insert the thinner end into the arm ( legs and tail ) it will open up the piece and help you see your stitches.

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Legs: ( make two )

Ch 2 in second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5
2. sc around – 5

* Switch to main color

3 – 9. sc around – 5 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Tail:

Ch 2
1. sc 4 in second ch from hk – 4
2 – 12. so around – 4 ( each row )
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing. Do not stuff.

Ears: ( make two )

Ch 2 using second color
1. 5sc in second ch from hk – 5

* Switch to main color

2. 2sc in each st around – 10
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Muzzle:

Using second color:
4sc in a magic circle.
Pull circle tight and slip stitch into the first sc.
Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Inserting the pipe cleaners for arms and legs:

* The process for setting up the bendable arms and legs can be a bit trying. It will take some practice and patience to line them up the way you’d like.

* Use your finger to hold open the body while inserting the first side. You’re going to go from the outside in, then run the pipe cleaner through the body coming out the second leg location.
* My example has the legs set up at just above row #3.
* The arms are set one row below the neckline.
* I find when pulling the second side through, it’s helpful to insert your hk where you’d like the pipe cleaner to exit the body. It will open up the stitch a bit making it easier to find.

Legs:

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Arms:

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Construction:

* Sew muzzle onto head. It can face any direction you’d like.
* Sew on eyes
* Sew on ears
* We’re now going to add limbs and tail:

1. Make sure the pipe cleaners are as even as possible on each side of body.
2. Line up one arm to the pipe cleaner, fold over at the end. You want it as close as possible to the length of the arm, however shorter is better than longer here!
3. Wrap the excess around itself, leaving a small loop at the end.

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4. Run yarn through the loop, thread BOTH ends of the yarn through the needle.

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5. Insert the needle through the arm, making sure to come through the center of the arm.

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6. Use the yarn ( threaded through the pipe cleaner loop ) to pull the pipe cleaner up, while pulling the arm down.
7. Sew the arm into place before moving into the next one.
8. Repeat the process for both legs.
9. For the tail, take a piece of pipe cleaner, make the loop on the end and loop yarn through for helping to place in tail. Fold any excess length ( after sizing against your tail ) and wrap ALL of it around itself. I like the tail to have the extra thickness and stability. Sew in place.

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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!

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.

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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Strawberries and Cream

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I’ve been in love with Tunisian crochet lately. I just love the way it stays loose and yet thick. So I decided to make a scarf using the Gobelin stitch. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, but oh so squishy in the finished form!! I grabbed some left over Caron one pound I had from a previous project and got to work. My daughter named it, she said its all she could thing of while I made it!! So here’s how I made the strawberries and cream scarf:
Supplies:
-worsted weight yarn, I used Caron One Pound
-afghan hook, size J ( out of personal preference, I’m using an extended hook, you don’t need to, you can use a basic straight one )
-yarn needle

Ch 30
Starting in second ch from hk:
1. *Insert hk into ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.

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Insert hk through next ch, yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk* repeat across ch. -30 loops on hk

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2. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop.
Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO loops.
*yarn over hk, pull through nest TWO LOOPS* repeat across.
You’ll end with one loop on hk.

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Now we’re going to use the space between the stitches:

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3. Insert hk through vertical space ( 1 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. Insert hk through next vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk

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Continue using vertical spaces until the end, skip the last vertical space and insert hk through the ch spot, yarn over, pull through. -30 loops on hk

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4. Yarn over hk, pull through first loop. *Yarn over hk, pull through next TWO LOOPS.* repeat until end, ending with one loop on hk.

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5. insert hk through second vertical space ( 2 ), yarn over hk, pull through, leave loop on hk. *Insert hk through next vertical space ( 3 ), yarn over, pull through, leave loop on hk.*

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repeat to end, including the last vertical space. Insert hk into ch space, yarn over, pull through -30 loops on hk
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until,desired length.

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To finish:
Finish on a repeat of row 4, fasten off the yarn leaving a long tail.
You can sew the two ends together or leave as a straight scarf, your choice!

Snow Day Scarf ( super fast, last minute gift idea! )

Went to Michaels today, saw this yarn, fell in love, had to have it. That’s it, that’s the whole reason/inspiration behind this scarf!!

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Seriously though, it worked up so thick, warm and squishy!! And bonus, even though it’s called wool ease, it’s machine washable!!
So here you go, make yourself something that laughs at the cold days when the snow just keeps falling.
Supplies:

Super Bulky yarn ( size 6 ) I used two skeins of Lions Brand Wool Ease in Hudson Bay
P – hook
Yarn needle

For this cowl, we’re going to work in the third loop of a hdc:

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In the first photo, you’re looking at the hdc from the front, in the second photo, we’re looking at it from the top. Work all of your stitches into the marked loop.

Ch 100
Slp st to form a ring being careful not to twist.
1.Ch 2, hdc in each st around – 99
2.slp st into first 2 ch, hdc in the third loop of each st around – 99
3-10. Repeat row #2
Fasten off, weave in ends.

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Look! You can wear it two ways!!
This one is super easy to customize, use more than one color, just switch colors on each row, make it thicker or thinner by adding or subtracting rows.
Have fun with it and stay cute and toasty!
Alright, I had this pattern written up and on hold for a couple of weeks now. It’s been scheduled to post this morning, I woke up, looked out the window, saw this:

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First significant snowfall of the season! And it’s still going. Turns out this scarf was named properly!!
Following the pattern, this took me only a couple of hours. So if you need a cute last minute gift, it’s perfect. The yarn can run you up to $10 a skein depending on your location, but don’t fear, go online and grab yourself a coupon. Michaels and joanns always have coupons available on their websites! 😉

DIY witches broom

Fall is here!!!!!! Ok, got a little excited about that. Today was crisp and cool with the perfect amount of sun and breeze. I decided the perfect day to finally make a witches broom for the front step.
Again, I spent no money on this craft and you can too!
So, let’s play!
Supplies:
-a long stick or branch depending on the size you want. Go on a hike, crunch some leaves underfoot, bring home supplies. 😜
-older straw broom. I got mine from my grandparents basement. I believe you can purchase them cheaply though.
-twine/rope/string, whichever makes you happy. 😊
– scissors, perhaps a hammer ( ? ) these tools depend on your broom. Mine was extremely old and required a bit of stubborn brute strength to dismantle!

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As you can see my broom had a welded metal bar wrapped around it. I proceeded to pick up my phone and call my brother. He came right over and applied the above mentioned brute strength!!
Anyway, you need to first remove the straw from the broom. After the metal was removed and he uncoiled the wire at the top, I cut the rope from center pieces and begin pulling the straw out.

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Next spread your straw out, keeping it thick enough to hide the stick.
Place your stick on the straw. I placed my stick pretty far in on purpose.

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Cover the top and sides of the stick. Take your string/twine/rope and pull it tight around the bundle ( keeping close to the top ) tie a knot.
( or you know have brother do this too! )

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Continue wrapping the top of your broom until you’re happy with the look. Tie it off, display your pretty.
Tada you’ve made a witches broom for your porch! Or your brother basically did, but it was your idea and you told him what to do, so same thing right?!

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