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! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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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: โ€œMoss stitch ( or Granite stitch )โ€ – will be explained in steps one and two.

Base:

Ch 62
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.

Ushering in spring.

Recently I was at my cousins house raiding his attic, oops I mean visiting.
He lives in my grandparents old house and has pretty much inherited everything with it, so when I’m looking to up cycle, straight to cousins I go! Trust me, he’s more than happy when I take something away ๐Ÿ˜‚
My original reason for stopping by was lawn ornaments. I suddenly felt a huge need for some colorful creatures hanging out outside and I knew the grands had tons. One quick text later and I’m standing in a shed with my cousin laughing at me cringing and stepping away from shelves of gnomes. Sorry, those suckers creep me ( and the mister ) out…
We scored an amazing toadstool and an old cement frog that just makes me think of my gram when I see it. But the best thing ever, my side eyeing, you know he’s judging your life choices duck!! Fantastic, I love him ๐Ÿ˜‚

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They’re all so lovely and will look even better when the flowers and grass decide to finally grow again.
Anyway, back to the attic. A few months back I said to mister, we need a bench for the sunroom. He nodded ( probably just agreeing, he knows it’s easier that way ) I took it as a complete yes and started the search. I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. It had to be small, the rooms not very large, it had to be simple, and it had to be pretty. My attention span being what it is, after a few store visits, I gave up and completely forgot. And that’s how I found myself moving boxes and digging through the attic. Sure enough, buried in one of the back rooms under bird cages and behind a crib, my perfect little bench!

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I completely looked it over last time I was there. I blame the horrible color just blending into shadows and walls. A quick trip to the hardware store for some sandpaper and paint, some elbow grease from mister, I totally started sanding it myself but being the kind guy he is he took over, and :

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The perfect little pretty bench! It’s just so happy now and excellent for sitting to take off or put on your shoes.

Bakeneko ( Louise Belchers amazing toys

Yet again Bobs Burgers has infiltrated my crochet world. Louise has the best toys in her room and all I ever want to do is make real versions of them! Bakeneko has always been my favorite of her collection and after catching “Flu-ouise” on repeat again the other evening I knew I had to just do it.
My main criteria for him was that he had to be true to size. Best way to do that, blanket yarn! It made him super soft and squishy as well. I decided to go darker in his color and followed the triangle pattern from the actual episode as opposed to when he’s just lying around her room.
I have to say, blanket yarn is a bit trying to work with when you’re intentionally making tight stitches!! He took a bit longer than I expected to work out, however I’m very pleased with him now that he’s done. Now, whenever I walk into my living room, this 19inch Bakeneko stares at me from the corner. All I can hear is him singing! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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He’s oh so cute!

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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.

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…

“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. ๐Ÿ˜
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.

โ€œTail Centerโ€
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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