Crochet Carrot Pocket-Tutorial

DSCF2852Happy Spring!

DSCF2858I shared these last year, but I never posted the tutorial like I had intended. Well, better late than never. Actually, let’s pretend I’m early. After all, you do have a little time before Easter and a little time is all you will need.

DSCF2855Abbreviations:
ch = chain
st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s)

Things You Will Need:
Worsted weight yarn: orange and green
G crochet hook
Scissors
Ruler

Special Note: Pocket is crocheted in continuous rounds through rnd 20. Do not ch up and connect after each of these rounds.

What To Do:
Form a magic ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in the ring. Pull the tail to cinch the center closed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. (8 sc)
Rnds 3-4: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 5: *Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. (12 sc)
Rnds 6-7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: *Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around (16 sc)
Rnds 9-10: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 11: *Sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from *to* around. (20 sc)
Rnds 12-13: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 14: *Sc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (24 sc)
Rnds 15-16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *Sc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st*, repeat from * to * around. (28 sc)
Rnds 18-19: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 20: *Ch 2, sk next st, sc in next.*, repeat from * to * around. This is the end of the continuous rounds.

DSCF7230Rnd 21: Change to green yarn. Ch 1. 2 sc in each ch sp around. Sl st to the beginning ch.

DSCF7232Rnd 22: Ch 2. 2 dc in next st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.* Repeat from *to* around. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Fasten off and weave in the end.

Drawstring
Ch 60. Thread the chain through the ch spaces of Rnd 20.

Roots
Cut an 8″ length of green yarn. Thread through the bottom tip of the pouch and knot. Unravel the ply to create the carrot roots.

DSCF7241Enjoy!

Party Time!

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Metal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

metal stampingMetal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

Whew! It’s been a bit since I last posted. I’m still here, I’ve just been working on articles for Love To Know and projects I sell locally. Sometimes I get into the flow of things and forget to take pics…

…and sometimes I forget I have the pics after I have written tutorial for others sites…

…and then I wake up and share!

I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects for metal stamping. Years ago my dad had given me a basic metal stamping kit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would ever do with it. Turns out it was a blast to play with. These projects would be great for craft shows.

DSCF6636Stamped Belt Cuff

These cuffs were made using old belts for the base.

DSCF6657Votive Candle Sleeve

Believe it or not, the metal I used for this candle sleeve was actually an aluminum oven liner.

DSCF6623Lucky Penny Key Ring

Stamping coins was “harder” than I thought it would be, but practicing only cost me pennies. 😉

Do you want to give it a try? You can find the free tutorials here.

Enjoy!

Book Page Wreath

DSCF6798Book Page Wreath

I was going through some boxes that I had stored some craft supplies in when I came across some old books that were left over from a previous project. They became the inspiration for my next project.

I love the look of anything made with book pages, but I had never made a book page wreath. Preparing the books was the first thing on the agenda.

DSCF6790I used old paperbacks and removed the covers. Even the cover over the spine. I also tore them apart into small books about 1/4-inch thick. This makes it easier to accomplish the next step.

In a cake pan I placed eight single-serve tea bags and filled the pan with hot water. I let the bags steep for about 20 minutes and them removed the bags. Adding a few small books at a time, I submerged them in the tea and let them soak for a few minutes. I then let them drip off on a few layers of newspaper before I put them in a warm oven to dry. Drying does take a bit of time, but if you tea stain them one day, then the next you are ready to construct your wreath.

DSCF6791After the books were dry, I pulled each of the pages off the spine.

DSCF7042The wire for the wreath is a hanger. I cut the hook off and straightened it out, then I formed it into a circle. On one end I curled a closed loop that was folded vertically. On the other end I bent the end slightly in a horizontal direction. This was to visually remind me which way to bend the end when I finished the wreath. Making one vertical and one horizontal loop is important. If they were both one direction, then when they are attached the wreath will twist wonky.

DSCF6794The pages were simply folded in half. I placed two pages together, kinda crossing them so they didn’t line up perfectly.

DSCF7044The pair of pages were poked in the center with the end of the wire that was not looped, then slid around to the loop end. Because of the constant movement of the wreath while in progress, I applied a piece of masking tape over the loop and onto the first page. Yep, I know this is ugly, but it won’t be staying.

DSCF7054More folding, more poking, more folding, more poking…Yep, it is kinda boring, but if you put a movie on, you will be surprised how quickly it goes.

DSCF7072At some point you are probably wondering how many pages are needed. Well, that’s kind of hard to pinpoint. Depending on the size of your hanger, how thick your pages are and how firmly you push your folded pages together, it could be anywhere from 800-1200 pages. Most of my books were approximately 350 pages long and I used just shy of three books.

DSCF6780When the wreath is finally full, remove the tape from the loop and the first folded page. Bend the un-looped wire end at a right angle (in the same direction as your beginning slight bend). Insert the tip through the first loop, then curl the right angle into a closed loop.

DSCF6804A bit of lace for the hanger and the bow completed the wreath.

Enjoy!

Bulky Fingerless Gloves Pattern

DSCF61981Bulky Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Wow! Social media has blown up this week. It seems to be snowing everywhere! Staying warm is a top priority.

So far we have lucked out in our neck of the woods, but we have had cold spells. Here is my contribution to keeping y’all warm while snuggled on the couch watching movies.

DSCF6196Bulky Crochet Fingerless Gloves Pattern

One pair can easily be completed in an evening.

DSCF6190Click on any highlighted text to take you to my free pattern on Love To Know.

Enjoy!

Make Your Own Felted Wool

Felted Projects-006Free Felting Patterns

Have you ever made the mistake of washing and drying a wool sweater? You would definitely remember if you did because the shrinkage is quite dramatic. An adult-size wool sweater quickly becomes child-size. If your first thought is to throw it away, STOP! You have the perfect fabric for a felted wool project.

Recently I finished an article for Love To Know that explains how to felt. There are also free patterns on what you can do with that felt when you are done.

DSCF6324Wool Sweater Purse

DSCF6344Felted Chick Ornament

DSCF6322Felted Heart Candle Mat

DSCF6232Felted Dryer Balls

Enjoy!