Archive for December, 2009

Free Crocheted Washing Up Cloths Pattern

December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!  My gift to you is this really easy washcloth pattern for beginning (or lazy, or hurried) crocheters:

Click on the link (below) for the pdf file

Oh-So-Easy Crocheted Washing-Up Cloths


Ah….Knitting you are so beautiful and Crochet you are so fast!

December 21, 2009

Really, that is what I think.  I am sure that there are people who crochet really beautiful things (well, my friend Nadine does) but I am not that skilled with crochet.  I can do really basic things.  I can’t really follow a pattern.  I made Nadine teach me last year just so I could make hats faster for the Mitten Tree at church.  I have made a couple of things that I am really happy with (the hippy vest, the mystery-stitch hat), but I find most of the things I can do are very utilitarian.  Which is great, too.  I can crochet up a dishcloth/washcloth/whatever in far less time than it takes to knit a similar one.

But, I still love my knitting.  I am working on this green wrap and I am totally in love with it and can’t wait to finish it and block it and wear it and gather in the adoring looks.  🙂  I’m not a particularly fast knitter, however, and it is many many many stitches to finish something lovely in skinny yarn (which is how I’m starting to really prefer my yarn).

Unblocked lace Anytime Wrap I’m working on.  Knitted with handspun, handdyed, handprocessed rambo/cormo lambswool.

crocheted Santa-Elf hat with pompom.  Mostly single crochet double-strand lionbrand woolease with a faux-fur yarn (I forget which, I got it on sale) trim.

Oh-So-Easy Crocheted Washing Up Cloths–last year I finally made some knitted dishcloths.  I don’t really use dishcloths, but the lady who got them at the Twelfth Night Gift Exchange was really excited.  These crocheted ones are faster.  And really easy and I’m pleased with them.  I am hoping to write up the pattern and put it on here and add it to Ravelry…

Various things to catch up

December 15, 2009

Note to self:  the canvas bags take FOR-EV-ER to absorb dye.  I think I put the wax on thick enough that it will be okay, but I’ve had the messenger bag in the dyebath twice as long as I normally leave the t-shirts in and it is still not as dark.

Hooded cardigan with super bulky (new Lion Brand Hometown Pride) yarn.  Crocheted.  Liked all the parts.  Didn’t like the final product.  I think I’ll rip it all out.

Crocheted hats.  Sat in the children’s church Christmas musical dress rehearsal and finished one whole hat and started another.  These will go on the mitten tree at church, methinks.

Sock machine.  I knit one sock (mock rib, hung hem, will do an afterthought heel and toe later) plus half of its mate on my Gearhart sock machine, but got tired of sitting there.  Really ought to finish that one.

Bookshelves everywhere.  My FIL brought us a bunch (8?) of bookcases from his house, along with some dressers and a “new” futon/bed for child #2.  Not all of the bookcases are in their correct homes yet.  He also brought (and had previously sent, but they haven’t been put away yet) several other boxes of books and a bunch of MILs yarn.  Some of the yarn needs to find someone else’s home to live in.

Rambo-Cormo lambswool anytime wrap.  I finally finished spinning the rest of the kool aid lemon-lime dyed fleece into 2-ply yarn and I have knit about 2 bobbinsful into this very easy (see other post about the Anytime Wrap I made for Jane from handspun, handdyed wool) lacey shawl.  I have lots of shawls, but I almost didn’t give Jane’s to her because I thought it was so pretty.

Going to dye PINK in a couple of hours…

December 15, 2009

so if you are “waiting” to do a special order or looking for a pink-batiked bag or tshirt, let me know RIGHT AWAY (as in, before 10 am Eastern, Tuesday, 12/15/09) and I won’t charge you the extra (usual) “custom order” fee, if I have the blank available without going out to the store and you want PINK!

I have several t-shirts (med, large, extra large, 2x womens, 3x unisex) on hand, as well as the 8″x10″ drawstring bags and a couple of “messenger” bags.

Samples and already-ready stuff on my Etsy shop!

GOT WOOL ladies M orchid batik sheep tshirt
NEARLY EDIBLE 2 oz of handpulled roving balls from handcarded handdyed down WOOL fiber for spinning
ENCHANTED CASTLE YARN pink and blue handpainted TIE DYE cotton worsted 100 yds
reduced price GOT FIBER batik ALPACA backpack 12x14 great for knitters spinners orchid purple
CHAMBRAY BLUE batik SHEEP mini 8x10 drawstring bag great for spinners knitters gifts FREE SHIPPING
FREE SHIPPING batik fuchsia pink SHEEP mini project or notion drawstring bag NO TEXT
Goodness Gracious pink 2T tie-dye tshirt
earth green tie-dye 5x7 drawstring bag for little things
GOT WOOL Sheep Batik t-shirt Unisex M ORANGE
GOT WOOL youth XL pink batik sheep tshirt
FREE SHIPPING batik LLAMA 8x10 PINK mini drawstring bag great for spinners knitters gifts
SALE kid's med/small orchid purple LLAMA batik tshirt
GOT FLEECE 6-9 mo LLAMA onesie fuchsia pink
turquoise blue tie-dye 5x7 drawstring bag for little things
orchid purple tie-dye 5x7 drawstring bag for little things
GOT WOOL kids xs orange sheep batik
CUSTOM batik fiber animal youth childs batik SHEEP t-shirt GOT WOOL
FREE SHIPPING batik ALPACA 8x10 turquoise blue mini project or notion drawstring bag knitters spinners
GOT WOOL unisex XL grey batik SHEEP tshirt
Grey and Grape Shetland handdyed handspun yarn
reduced price GOT WOOL sheep batik backpack 12x14 great for knitters spinners fuchsia pink
Pink Ribbon Batiked tshirt ladies large Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit
GOT FIBER grey unisex ALPACA batik alpaca V-neck tshirt size Large 42-44
CUSTOM Batik Fiber Animal tshirts Sheep Llama Alpaca Goat or Bunny YOU PICK color and size
pink batik BUNNY tshirt youth med long-sleeve
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