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Crochet Granny Squares Kid’s Poncho and Hat

This project had its beginning because of a few left-over granny squares. When I saw them I immediately thought about making granny squares hat for my daughter; I came across one somewhere on Pinterest and it stuck in my head since.

So, as soon as I dug out those left-over squares from a box with unfinished crochet project I knew what I’m going to do.

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Then out of nowhere I came up with the idea of making her a matching poncho. The work was terribly slow and frustrating because I had made the poncho way too big for her and had to unravel part of it at some point. That had made to put this project aside for a week or so.

 

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we do have a matching blanket as well. I made the blanket when I was pregnant with her. It has served her pretty well.

 

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Will add the pattern soon!!! (although, you can make it with any granny squares)

 

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Enjoying our time before the big change

This is definitely my last post before the second baby arrival and probably my last post for a while.

This past weekend we enjoyed great weather and even with me feeling uncomfortable and tired we had spent some time playing together outdoors. 

Saturday we spent our afternoon in the nearby park:

On Sunday we went to a great Farm Park, one of our favorite places to visit.

This mean creature was trying to find a way to bite me for the entire time I stand in front of her.

This one didn’t give a damn about anybody and anything. Oh, how jealous I felt looking at her:

Didn’t know what to think about this one:

That didn’t look comfortable but different things work for different creatures. right?:

We found some eggs, too! They weren’t painted and, I bet they didn’t taste like chocolate either.

Our daughter had the most fun!

Finally, yesterday I made a hat for our soon-to-be born:

If you interested in the pattern – it’s from here. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t change a few things in this pattern but that’s not important ;)

I have never crochet a hat before so this was a bit intimidating.

There is a few things I want to have done for her (read: crochet) before she gets here but I think I won’t make it… Still, there will be plenty of time in the hospital so I am not so worried. I just want to have a few cute things for her newborn pictures. Though, I have no idea if I’ll be up to doing it when I get back. I hope I will. 

Till then, my friends!

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Metal cans and plastic bags don’t have to end up in trash

I’ve been working on this one project for sometime now. I would’ve done it weeks ago but I lost my interest in crocheting for a while and in addition my scissors are so dull it’s really hard to use them so, many times I just would lose my patience and stop working. I need to get a new pair but there is always something more important to get… .

So,

my first idea was to “dress” nice my metal cans. I wish I had more ideas to use them for because I throw away so many it makes me sad :/

The ones that I keep I like them to look nice, at least.

Few days ago using my old yarn scraps I made a can cover:

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The next day I made different basket. I planned it to be a cover for my second can but when I got to a certain height I’ve noticed that it will work without the can inside :)

 

I named this yarn “Charmin ultra Strong“. Not very creative considering that it was made from Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper plastic packaging (now you know what kind of toilet paper we use.lol). Here is a great tutorial of how to make plarn – yarn made from plastic bags.

Now I need to  finish my different plarn. This one will be called “The rest of it” as it’s made from all kinds of plastic small bags like the store-bought bread bag. When I started it we were still buying breads from the store. These days we don’t so to finish this plarn ball I’ve started using all kinds of bags.

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I do not use the regular plastic bags that you get in the store to pack your groceries in (those I keep for a different plarn ball). I use every plastic package of already pre-packed in plastic produce that we buy at the store, like tortillas or diapers. My husband buys many things online for his office so every single thing that comes to us is packed in plastic bag. I keep those, as well. It’s fun and great for the environment and thanks to all of it I received a nick name: “miss recycling girl”.

For those who are interested this is the pattern I used for both of my projects:

free crochet basket pattern pdf file

Of course I modified it a little and if you’re interested in details just leave me a comment asking about it.

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Getting ready for cold days

 

After my kind of long break I’m back to a blogosphere. That break was really really needed.

It’s Fall already. Where did that time go?! Geeze. It flies so fast.

It’s getting cold here in Cali and we are getting ready for those cold days :)

btw, while making those I learned the difference between “gloves” and “mittens”. In Polish language gloves are gloves. No matter how many fingers they have ;)

From my childhood I remember my grandmother making us those mittens all the time. So we don’t lose them she would connect them with a string going around neck under the coat and through it’s sleeves. I didn’t know back then but mittens connected by a string are called “Idiot mittens”. lol. Now it makes sense.


Pattern for “Baby Mittens”:

Being honest with you I do not understand that firs part of this pattern: 2 = 1/4″ wide (…) 9 sc = 2″; 9 sc rows = 2…. blah… blah… blah… WHAT?!

Small baby fits 2 + 1/4″ wide palm 1+1/2 ozs baby sport yarn and F crochet hook. 9 sc = 2″; 9 sc rows = 2″.
Medium fits 2 + 1/2″ wide palm 2 ozs worsted weight yarn and G hook. 4 sc = 1″; 4 sc rows = 1″.
Large fits 3 + 1/2″ wide palm 2 +1/2 ozs chunky weight yarn and I hook. 3 sc = 1″; 3 sc rows = 1″

… it’s like Enigma code for me… but even without understanding that part I was able to make those mittens with no further problems. They came out just a little bit too big for her but that’s ok. They’ll last longer ;)

MITTENS: (make 2 ): Cuff: Row 1: Ch 9, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. ( 8 sc ).
Rows 2-18: Working these rows in back loops only, ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. At the end of last row, fasten off.
HAND: Row 1: Working in ends of rows across one long edge, join with sc in first row, 2 sc in next row, ( sc in next row, 2 sc in next row ) across, turn. ( 27 sc ).
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in first 10 sts; for Thumb opening skip next 7 sts; sc in last 10 sts, turn. ( 20 ).
Rows 5-8: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 9: Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog., ( sc in next 7 sts, sc next 2 sts tog ) across, turn. ( 17 ).
Row 10: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 11: Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog., sc in next 6 sts, sc next 2 sts tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc last 2 sts tog, turn. ( 14 ).
Row 12: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 13: Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog., ( sc in next 4 sts, sc next 2 sts tog ) across, turn. Fasten off. ( 11 ).
THUMB: Row 1: Working in skipped sts of Row 3 at Thumb opening, join with sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in last 3 sts, turn. ( 8 sc ).
Rows 2-3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog., sc in next 4 sts, sc last 2 sts tog., turn. ( 6 ).
Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Leaving 8″ end for sewing, fasten off. Sew ends of rows together.
Assembly: Fold Mitten in half, lengthwise matching sts, sew sts and ends of rows tog., leaving Cuff open.

Hope you enjoyed it!

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Crochet bathroom rug

I am really bored, you may think, but actually I am totally in love in crochet. I just want to sit and crochet and crochet and crochet :) First day I’ve decided to make that rug we went to a Michaels and I bought just 2 balls of yarn. One black and one blue. After two days I had to go back there and buy 2 more. Even then it wasn’t enough, so we ended up going to the store one more time for two more balls, and there is just a little bit black yarn left.

If you interested this is the pattern:

Ch 55, 2 s c in 2nd st from hook, 1 s c in each remaining st of ch, working 4 s c in end st of ch, working on opposite side of ch, 1 s c in each remaining st, working 2 s c in same st as beginning, join in 1st sc.

2nd Round. 2 s c in same space, 2 s c in next st, 1 s c in each of the next 52 sts, 2 s c in each of the next 4 sts, 1 s c in each of the next 52 sts, 2 s c in each of the next 2 sts, do not join or turn this or following rounds. Place a marker at beginning of each round.

Next (x) Rounds. 1 s c in each s c increasing at both ends when necessary to keep work flat, join at end of last round.

Last round: sl around. fasten off.

Bacause I do not have the exact amount of stiches to increase in each row a few times I ended up unraveling rounds because it was too much (and the edges started to wave) or it was too little (and the edges started to curl).

Because I used two colors it’s very visible where I joined them. I kind of don’t like it. Next time I’ll know that in a pattern that you do not join rounds I should use one color if I don’t want the joints to be that visible.

Now I’m planning to make matching toilet seat cover, and top tray :)

In addition I keep forgetting about one great think that have happened to me a few days ago. My picture was featured at Evoking You. I am really happy about that.

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Crocheting with plastic bags

Yep, it’s exactly what you see! Yarn made from plastic bags.

How I made it?! Easy!

It’s funny because every time we went shopping we would take paper bags. Now I don’t bother to ask them for papers because I don’t mind (and I actually want) plastic bags. They are so cool for crochet projects. Strong and kinda shiny after all.

I used it together with my old yarn to add a little more color since all of my plastic bags were white.

That pattern is very easy!

1) Start with magic ring

2) 10 sc inside the ring

3) Tide it up

4) Join with sl sc

5) *4 ch, skip one sc, sl in next sc *, repeat * 4x.

6) *2 ch, 4 dc in the loop made from the 4 ch below it, sl in next sc (sc between those two 4 ch loops)*, repeat *4x.

7) (how many ch. you want) – this is the length of the chain between flowers

8) sl in 3rd (or fourth) ch from the hook – it will make a loop

9) 10 sc in the loop

10) repeat from no 4) for as long as you want

Off I go to make some more yarn :)

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Crochet basket

Every time I come across something what seems to be easy for me to make I do not think what kind of yarn I have to use in order to get the exact final effect as on the picture in front of me. Sometimes it doesn’t matter. Sometimes it does! It did matter this time. I saw a picture (that one below) and I really liked it. I looked at the pattern and I got all excited because it’s very easy! I thought: I’m gonna make it !

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When you look at mine, it’s totally different!

I wasn’t thinking that to make it I need specific yarn. Thicker and more able to stand on its own. The one I had and used for this basket is really light and not so good to support itself. Somewhere in the middle of making this basket I new mine won’t look like the one I wanted to make. As a new to crocheting and still learning stuff I’d decided to keep making it. Just for the practice.

While still “practicing” :) I got an idea. Yep… it happens sometimes! :) Instead, I thought, I might try to make something different. I took one of our plant pot and put inside the unfinished project I’d been making. It fit perfectly. Hm… almost! :) I’ve decided I’ll finish it as a cover for that pot.  In order to do that I changed a little that pattern. Instead of making that extra fold on the top of this basket I did something different. In the last 4 row I decreased the amount of sc instead of increasing it. That way my basket would hold on to the edges of my pot and not going down. When you look at that pattern you’ll know what I’m talking about.

If you’re interested in pattern for the basket I WANTED to make you can download pdf file here:

Free crochet basket pattern pdf file

I found it at Chickpea Sewing Studio.

My basket it’s an awesome idea to cover ugly looking pot, and make it to look pretty and interesting!


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Crochet camera strap cover

I know, I repeat myself over and over, but… I made this cover with no pattern. I would like to be more patient with writing it down as I go but I am not… .

Just for those who might be interested in making it I’m going to try to explain how I made it. Just give me some time to go through the cover one more time and I’ll be back with pattern. I can promise you right now, that’s soooo easy to make and soooooo hard to put on! lol. Seriously!

Right now I’m soo exhausted I can barely keep my eyes open. New very loud, just moved in, neighbors… That’s what it is. Grrr… . I hope it’s because they’re settling in… I really hope so!

I posted it because I just couldn’t wait to share it. I am so excited I made it :) When I started making it, out of boredom I didn’t know I’m gonna love it so much. This cover is awesome. My camera feels so comfortable around my neck like it’s never before. Before I tried it on today I almost never worn the camera on my neck. Those days are over :)

Pattern for camera (nikon D5000) strap cover:

hook G 6 – 4.25 mm

chain 8,

row 1: sc in second ch from hook and sc in every ch till the end, join with sl st to form a ring,

row 2: ch 1, 1sc in first sc, 1sc in every sc around, do not join

row 3: 1 sc in every sc around

repeat until you reach the length of the narrow part of the camera belt.

From there:

row 1: 1sc in first sc, 1sc in second sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1, 1,

row 2: 1 sc in first sc, 2sc in second, 1sc , 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1sc, 1sc,

row 3: 1sc in first sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2 sc.

row 4: 1sc in first sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 2 sc.

it should look something like that :)

next (blue part on the drawing below):

1 sc in every sc around for about 4 rows

red part:

*hdc in first sc, 1 ch, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, 1 ch* repeat for one row

next row – *hdc, 1 ch* repeat around every hdc until you get to almost the end of the wider part of your camera strap

blue part:

1 sc in every sc around for about 4 rows

black part:

row 1: 1sc in first sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, 1sc, 2sc, 1sc, 1sc, 2 sc.

row 2: 1 sc in first sc, 2sc in second, 1sc , 1 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1sc, 1sc,

row 3: 1sc in first sc, 1sc in second sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1, 1,

row 4: 1sc in first sc, 1sc in second sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1, 1,

repeat row 4 till the end (depends on how long you camera strap is)

I made that part while the cover was already on my strap and my tip is: if you making that cover do it around your camera strap. that way you can see where to increase or decrease stitches as you go, and you won’t have to struggle (as I did), to put it on after its’ made.

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Selfie Saturday with Elena

Took this photo a few weeks ago, but I thought it’s good for Elena’s this week theme – “Light”.

Picture below was taken a few days ago as well as this one.

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My last picture was taken today while taking pictures of my new crochet creation – belt for the camera or I should say cover for the belt. I’m loving that cover! It’s so awesome I can’t believe I made that :) Seriously. With not pattern. I am not such a big thinker when it comes to stuff like that. I just do it and at the end I almost always end up with something that doesn’t work, or is too small or too big, etc. This time it works, lucky me but, gosh it was hard to put it on.

All those pictures were taken with very poor light, and with 500 ISO (the last one had 400 iso). That’s why they are so grainy. I kinda like it. I used to be so terribly afraid of big ISO. Today my ISO almost never go below 350 and I’m really happy with my pictures. I feel like I’ve discovered my style, and I feel pretty good about it.

Crocheting story continues…

My new creation. A bag. Not perfect. A little bit too big, and too long.

I made it without any pattern, so I can’t provide you with any. I’m one of those people that if making something, more often, it’s withouth the recipe… .

Be honest with you I was inspired by this bag:

but I ended up making something totally different.

I didn’t measure anything. That’s why I ended up with not what I had planned for. Now I am too lazy to unravel, and change it. I’d been making it for a few days, and it’s so hard to go back to re-do it. No ma’am. I am not going to do that. I’m going to try to work with what I have.

Tomorrow I’m gonna talk to my mom on skype, and she’ll guide me through making the lining. I tried to do it today, but my skype didn’t work.

Withouth the lining this bag won’t work at all. It’s too big and everything I put inside stretches it even more :( Will see what I’m going to end up with. I do not want to be left with nothing, or to feel that I waisted so much time to make something that doesn’t work. At least the next time I make something I’ll remember to measure and to plan ahead… .

Please keep your fingers crossed for this bag to work with the lining!!! Please!!!!

For Bracelet Pattern go HERE

For Necklace HERE

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