Inspired by pretty yarn at Michaels

About a month ago I had some extra time while I was waiting to meet with a friend and decided to spend it in my favorite craft store – Michaels.  I had been trying to avoid going there because I was trying to use the stash of supplies I already have, and I know that it is really hard to resist buying something while I am there.  But this time I gave in to temptation and decided to browse in both the scrapbooking section and the yarn section.   Sure enough it wasn’t long before my eyes found some pretty yarn with an equally pretty name – gumdrop.  I didn’t have any idea what I was going to make with it, so I decided I had better pick up two skeins  – I sure didn’t want to run short when I finally decided what to make.

I met with my friend and didn’t get home until late, so it wasn’t until the next day that I could look through some patterns and decide what to make with my new yarn.  The other projects that I had been working on got set aside while I worked with this yarn.

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When I finished my first project I was still so excited about this yarn that I found another pattern and made it.

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And then made a third project before I ran out of yarn.

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What has inspired you lately?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns and Tutorials on Blogs

On my last post I shared some links to yarn companies that offer free patterns. This time I want to share some blogs that have free patterns and sometimes even tutorials.  I find that the pictures in the tutorials really help me learn new stitches and understand new patterns.  This is just a short list of blogs where I have recently found patterns.  I will continue to add more as I discover more.  I hope some of these help inspire you to try new patterns. 🙂

http://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com  Cross bookmark, pineapple bookmark

http://8thofthe8thofthe8th.blogspot.co.uk
Lots of color in these designs

http://www.homemadezenshop.com/2011/04/free-amigurumi-crochet-pattern.html
Great graduation owl and other animals

http://www.mooglyblog.com/category/free-moogly-patterns/

http://www.purlbee.com
Knit, crochet,sewing, embroidery,needlework, etc

http://doityourselfbyruta.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/the-grey-giraffe-with-a-bow-tie-pattern/
This link will take you to a cute giraffe toy.

http://allnightknitter.wordpress.com
This knitter has been working through some stitch patterns that her grandmother left in a notebook.  She works through the patterns and then shares them.

http://petitepurls.com/Fall11/fall2011_p_george.html
Here’s a pattern for a vest for a boy.

http://blog.knittersmercantile.com/category/free-pattern-friday/
A blog that has a new free pattern every Friday

http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com   The owl pattern that I posted about in an earlier post came from this website.  This is a website that I regularly follow.

 

Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns

I think most of us have a limited budget.  A pattern has to be really special or I have to have a special reason for needing it before I pay money for it. So I am always looking for free patterns to try. Today I thought I would share some of the places I find free patterns.

YARN COMPANIES

A great place to start is with companies that make and sell yarn.  Here are some that I have found.

https://www.lionbrand.com/

http://redheart.com/

Crystal Palace yarns http://www.straw.com/cpy/free_patterns.html

http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?NEW_PATTERNS=1

http://cascadeyarns.com/patterns.asp

http://www.berroco.com/patterns

http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/patterns/free

http://www.caron.com/free

Yarn market lists a lot of yarn companies that I didn’t know about and gives you links to their free patterns.  http://www.yarnmarket.com/knitting/Free-Patterns-527.html?CFID=15256215&CFTOKEN=57588291

OTHER

www.ravelry.com

http://priscillascrochet.net/freepatterns.html

http://www.bestfreecrochet.com

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/

BLOGS

Blogs are another place to find some great patterns.  There are usually a few free patterns mixed in with others that you can buy.  Sometimes you will even find a tutorial which I consider a bonus!  🙂  In my next post I will share some blogs that have free patterns.  If you have a great place to find free patterns I’d love to hear about it!!

Soap Cozies & Dishcloths

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Here are two of my recent projects – Soap Cozies and dishcloths. Both of these projects are great for using some of your leftover yarn. The Green/Brown/white dishcloth was crocheted and the purple dishcloth was knitted. These are just two of the patterns I have been trying.

What are soap cozies you ask? They are my own personal creation. They are crocheted little bags with a tie on the top. You place either a bar of soap or leftover pieces of soap into the bag, and tie the bag shut. It’s like a washcloth and soap in one, and you no longer have to worry about a slippery soap bar slipping out of your hand. It also solves another problem that I have. I hate throwing away small pieces of soap because I feel like it is wasting them, but I also hate trying to hold on to them. This way I can use them up!! These cozies were crocheted with cotton yarn.

Easter bunny idea from another blog

Today my mind has been on the annual Easter party that we have for the grand-kids each year.  We dye eggs, make rise krispy Easter baskets and fill them with candy, destroy a pinata :), and have an Easter egg hunt.  Sometimes the party also includes Easter crafts.  Through the year I pick up things that I can use and keep them until the special day arrives.   On my trip to Wal-Mart today to buy some socks I couldn’t resist  picking up some candy and small toys to add to my growing list of supplies.

Since my mind was already on Easter these cute crocheted bunnies jumped out at me while I was surfing other blogs.  You can find them at http://thegreendragonfly.wordpress.com  If you would like to make some yourself  there’s a great tutorial on this blog as well as links to other bunnies and patterns.

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(All the pictures are the artist’s property.)

 

Using extra yarn

My daughter-in-law gave me some yarn that was left over from projects she and a friend had made.  That inspired me to make some potholders for my Etsy shop.  I want to try some other patterns later, but these were quick because I used the same basic pattern for all of them.ImageImageImageImageImageImage 

Custom Potholders – Sammy & Mammy

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Sammy & Mammy

My latest creative project is this custom order of potholders.  The customer sent me the pattern (Grandmother’s Sammy ‘N Mammy Pot Holders)  and told me that she plans to use them for decorative purposes rather than actual use as potholders.  She ordered three sets and I just finished this first set.  I am going to send her some pictures of these to see if she wants me to make any changes for the other two sets.   The potholders are made with worsted weight yarn, are double sided and are quite thick.    I enjoyed making them although the pattern was not very detailed so I had to guess on some of the parts.  The pattern also called for thread, but we used yarn instead.

Here’s a picture of the back of mammy.

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The pattern called for a different color on the back which I did – But my personal preference would be to have the back the same color as the front.  I think I would also do something different for the eyes if I was designing the pattern.  I guess I will see how the customer feels about it.