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Mini Christmas Stockings for the Troops

March 16, 2018 No comments yet
Mini Christmas Stockings for the Troops

The Warmth for Warriors organization is once again requesting homemade mini Christmas stockings for the troops. For the last several years, I have been heading up the yearly drive for the group on Ravelry and promoting the stocking drive on other sites.
Each year we ask for handmade crocheted, knitted, sewn, or woven mini Christmas stockings be crafted to about 6 inches long. They are then filled with little goodies at the Warmth for Warriors headquarters before being sent off in early November to soldiers overseas.

In 2017, over 2800 stockings were stuffed with soaps, shampoo, candies and other little treats as a small gift for our troops for Christmas. The filled socks are just a little gift to brighten spirits for our troops during the holidays.

I have several different free crochet patterns available on my site to inspire people to make stockings for the Warmth for Warriors. I hope that others will be inspired and help us in this year’s campaign. Here is the top-down mini Christmas stocking pattern featured in the above photos. […]

Round Granny Blanket

March 4, 2018 No comments yet
Round Granny Blanket

I have wanted to try out a round granny blanket pattern for a while now. I used this round granny mandala pattern from Crochet from Raymond. It is an outstanding pattern with lots of pictures to help show how to create a beautiful round granny mandala blanket.

This pattern can be used to blend different colors and assembling color fades creates so stunning granny mandala. One only needs to check out the over 600+ different completed blankets on Ravelry to be inspired to grab some yarn and start your own beautiful round granny mandala.

Here is one more round granny blanket that I just finished today. […]

Front Post Crocheted Hat

February 25, 2018 1 comment
Front Post Crocheted Hat

I just finished up this front post crocheted hat using a skein of blue wool. Towards the end of the pattern, I ran short of yarn. This thick front post crocheted hat pattern is a real wool eater and I just didn’t have enough yarn in the solid blue to finish the hat. So I looked through my stash in search of a matching yarn to add to the hat.

I added 3 rounds of Big Twist yarn in royal blues before finishing with 3 single crochet rounds of trim in the solid blue yarn to complete the hat.

Here is a close up of the contrasting yarn I used.

The variegated yarn added a fun and different look to the hat. What at first appeared to be a problem with a shortage of yarn actually turned into a blessing in disguise as I wouldn’t have thought of adding such contrast otherwise.[…]

Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

February 14, 2018 No comments yet
Unicorn Baby Round Ripple

Here is a baby blanket I crocheted in a round ripple pattern. I used a Lion Brand Mandala yarn cake in colorway Unicorn to crochet this blanket. I did use a scrap of pink yarn at the center to get things started.

I finished the round ripple with the pink shade that I pulled out of the center of the cake. I wanted to end round ripple blanket with the blues all in one round. Then I pulled out the pink to finish the round ripple with a round of single crochet for trim.

Finished width is 35 inches and I do have a bit of the Mandala cake of yarn left to start another blanket. This blanket is going to a favorite NICU baby blanket drive over at Crochetville.[…]

Kitchen Towel Toppers

January 24, 2018 No comments yet
Kitchen Towel Toppers

I crocheted several kitchen towel toppers last month for gifts. Now that Christmas is over, I can share them here on my blog. It seems that everyone enjoys receiving these handmade towels so every year I crochet a few of them for friends, co-workers, and family. I do try and not give them every year to the same people as I don’t want them to get tired of receiving them.

My towels are double layered as I fold the towels in half and then crochet through both layers to add the tops. The nice thing is that there is no cutting or sewing needed to begin crocheting the towel topper onto the towel.[…]

Wool Ribbed Hats

January 13, 2018 1 comment
Wool Ribbed Hats

I am kicking off my 2018 crocheting with some wool ribbed hats. These 100% wool hats are for this year’s Warmth for Warriors hat drive.

The crochet pattern is free and here is the link for the ribbed hat pattern.

I crocheted the hat on the right a little bigger than the written pattern. I crocheted 5 rounds of ribbing instead of the 4 rounds called for in the crochet pattern. The result is a longer hat with more ear coverage.

If you are looking for a charity craft project for 2018, please consider joining us over at the Warmth for Warriors group on Ravelry. We make hats, blankets, lapghans, and mini Christmas stockings each year for Veterans and our troops. We always need more volunteers and love to have more people join us in this charity crafting cause. […]

Holiday Crocheted Towel Topper

December 17, 2017 3 comments
Holiday Crocheted Towel Topper

I am busy finishing up a few last minute Christmas gifts. I love crocheting towel toppers and using holiday towels make wonderful gifts. Here are a few I crocheted using the double-layer method. You fold over the towel and crochet through both layers to create a useful kitchen towel and an attractive gift.

These were crocheted using the free pointed handle towel topper pattern. I added a jingle bell for the closure in place of a button.

These are fun and quick projects. You can crochet the complete towel topper in just a matter of a few hours. So if you are in need of a last minute gift, consider hand making a gift which will be long remembered after a store bought item.[…]

Crocheted Twiddle Muff

November 24, 2017 2 comments
Crocheted Twiddle Muff

Twiddle muffs are used by people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The twiddle muffs provide them with something to hold and manipulate, and something to fidget with thus the name twiddle muff. The result of twiddling with the different textures and items on the muff has a calming effect on a person. Plus it doubles as a hand warmer which can provide additional comfort for a person.

It is a great project in which to use recycled materials. I set out to use such things as plastic juice rings, plastic bags, old buttons, beads and ribbon along with different textures of yarns.

I had this special green plastic bag that was sent to me from an on-line friend. I used the green bag to crochet this 4-leaf plarn clover.

I used fun fur to crochet around a recycled milk jug ring that is sewn on the twiddle muff below.[…]

Scrappy Star Dishcloths

November 10, 2017 4 comments
Scrappy Star Dishcloths

I have this big bag of cotton scraps that I have been trying to use up. I decided to crochet some star dishcloths and attempt to reduce my stash of bits of cotton at the same time.

Here is a closeup of the purple star dishcloth.

This pattern is called My Star Dishcloth and dates back to 2008. The pattern is free and does require light blocking and pulling on the points once done to get a flat lay to the cloth. But of course after washing, […]


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Hello, I’m Cindy or aka RecycleCindy. Welcome to my blog site that is dedicated to recycling and crafting. I love to crochet and create crafts and other useful things from recycled materials. I share many free tutorials and patterns for creating recycled projects as well as other handmade items.

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