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Crocheted Plarn Basket of Goodies

August 17, 2017 No comments yet
Crocheted Plarn Basket of Goodies

Just sharing my latest crocheted recycled plastic bag or plarn basket filled with goodies for an upcoming fundraiser. I crocheted black and orange items in a local school’s colors to fill my basket.

The basket was crocheted using my plarn basket pattern with mainly white plastic bags. I added one row of black and then orange plastic bags for the stripes. Here is all the goodies I added to the finished basket for the charity auction.

The black scarf was crocheted using […]

Purple Haze Flower Square

August 2, 2017 No comments yet
Purple Haze Flower Square

I crocheted this pretty flower square using the Golden Harvest pattern by AG Handmades. It is a lovely crochet square featuring raised flower petals in the center. I thought it would be a beautiful center square for a baby blanket in purple.

First here is my finished square I crocheted following the pattern with medium weight yarn and an I (5.5 mm) crochet hook. I love the pattern but not sure when you are suppose to switch back to work on the front of square. I did at color change of row 8. At row 8, I worked on the front with the petals facing. Not sure if this is correct but my square turned out fine to me so I am satisfied with how I worked the pattern.

So to clarify I worked on the front side of square at row 8. On the final row, I worked sc’s around and did only sc, ch 2, sc in the corners with the Red Heart Purple Haze Shimmer yarn to complete the square. Square measures 6.5 inches wide at this point.

Once I had the pretty center square done, I added granny stitching around with lilac and white yarn finishing with the same shimmer yarn for the final trim row. Here is the a photo of the completed Purple Haze Baby Blanket.[…]

Top 100 Upcycling Blogs

July 17, 2017 2 comments
Top 100 Upcycling Blogs

I just was notified that my blog was selected by a group of panelist as one of the Top 100 Upcycling Blogs on the web. Wow that is so exciting to be recognized in this way on the Internet.

I am number 23 of the 100 blogs. This is one of the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Upcycling Blogs on the Internet and I am so honored to be listed.

Here is the full list of blogs that made the list. I hope you take a few minutes and check out the different blogs featured in the post. […]

Crocheted Mandala Cloths

July 6, 2017 Comments Off on Crocheted Mandala Cloths
Crocheted Mandala Cloths

Crocheting Mandala cloths has been such a fun adventure. I love how you can mix and match colors to create beautiful patterns. Here is a roundup of all the different Mandalas I crocheted this week.

This pastel Mandala cloth was crocheted using the Magnolia Mandala pattern. I crocheted this cloth using sugar’n cream cotton scraps. My finished cloth is 11.5 inches wide. It is such a pretty cloth and would make a beautiful hotpad or just as a decorative centerpiece on a table.

Next I crocheted several more Mandalas using Lucienne’s Summer Mandala pattern. My dishcloths were all just crocheted to part 1 of the original pattern which has up to 4 parts for a very large Mandala.

Here are a few dishcloths I crocheted with a 4 mm and 5 mm crochet hooks.[…]

Magic Wheel Round Ripple Blanket

June 29, 2017 No comments yet
Magic Wheel Round Ripple Blanket

Crocheting round ripple blankets are always one of my favorite patterns. I love making round ripples and always look forward to the different color combinations that are created with a variety of yarns.

I crocheted the center of this RR using some leftover Caron blue yarn before using a Yarn Bee Sugarwheel. The Sugarwheel is a new yarn that comes in a pretty yarn cake that is naturally variegated. This colorway is called “That’s my Jam.” It worked great for my small blanket that will be used for donation to Warmth for Warriors. I added some additional yarn from my stash in black and blues to finish off the blanket.

Final size is 43 inches across which should be a good size for a wheelchair blanket or lapghan. Warmth for Warriors collects lapghans and blankets all year long for use in VA hospitals, VA nursing homes, VA homeless shelters and/or base hospitals. If you are interested in helping our group, […]

Sunshine Mother Bear

June 18, 2017 3 comments
Sunshine Mother Bear

I just took a break from my other crocheting to make a bear for the Mother Bear Project. Meet Sunshine bear crocheted seamless and in the round. He’s a bare bear crocheted in his jammies with sleepy eyes.

This is bear number 23 that I have crocheted for this worthy and rewarding charity. If you aren’t familiar with the Mother Bear Project, you can check them out at their official website here or join us over at Ravelry for all the bear making fun.

For more helpful tips, you can check out […]

Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

June 5, 2017 1 comment
Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Holder

As you might expect, I have a huge stash of white plastic bags. People give me bags all the time to recycle. They know I use them to make plarn and crochet them into new useful things. So this is my latest project, a large water bottle holder.

This water bottle holder is designed to hold a large Nalgene reusable bottle or a 32 ounce water bottle. I used this free crochet pattern to make the water bottle carrier but with a shorter strap. The original pattern calls for a long strap that can be worn across the body. This water bottle holder has a […]

Top-Down Christmas Stocking

May 27, 2017 No comments yet
Top-Down Christmas Stocking

Here is a new mini Christmas stocking crochet pattern. This 6 inch long stocking pattern features a ribbed cuff and is worked top-down. There is an option for a folded over cuff which was a later idea added to the original pattern. Directions for both styles are listed in the free crochet pattern below.

Top-Down Crocheted Mini Christmas Stocking Pattern

G (4 mm) crochet hook ā€“ approx. 52-55 yards depending on yarn medium weight yarn
or 56-60 yards for longer fold-over cuff option.

With Caron Simply Soft yarn- length is 6 inch long from top cuff to toe. 2.75 inches wide across top cuff.

With Red Heart Super Saver yarn- length is 6-1/3 inches long. 3 inches wide across top cuff.

R 1: Leaving a long tail to start, chain 8 and Sc in the 2nd chain from hook. Ch 1, turn. (7 sts)[…]

Recycled Mini Scrubber

May 19, 2017 1 comment
Recycled Mini Scrubber

Here is an easy recycled bag project to make a mini kitchen scrubber. All you need is a small amount of yarn and about 3 plastic lettuce nets. I just save the green plastic nets that my lettuce comes in from the grocery store.

This simple scrubber is made by crocheting the recycled plastic diagonal scrubbie pattern.

I have a picture tutorial here on how to cut and assemble the plastic lettuce nets. You just need to assemble 3 nets to crochet a 4 inch scrubbie along with a small amount of […]


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