A friend asked me the other day when I find time to crochet. The truth is that it is hard to find time to just crochet, but since crocheting is so relaxing for me, I use it as a tool to help keep calm during high stress activities like listening to my kids read or playing Rook.
You think I'm kidding, don't you?
I'm not. Really!
All jokes aside, I thought I would share some of the things I've been working on lately.
First up are the dishcloths. Most of these will probably end up as gifts, though I may save a few for my own use. Some of them are actually thick enough to use as a hot pad or trivet.
|These two are simply granny square dishcloths with a pretty edging.|
The pattern came from a dishcloth pattern book I found at Walmart.
The original pattern called for dark blue, white, and yellow, but I like this
sunny variation as well.
|This is my new favorite pattern and I absolutely love this color,|
though it won't work well as a dishcloth because the color fades too easily.
It actually dyed my fingers as I worked with the yarn! I do love how
it turned out, though, so I plan to use it as a trivet.
|This is the new pattern in the same sunny colors as the granny squares.|
I thought that these three together would make a nice wedding gift.
The other thing I have been busy making lately is scrunchies. I have been making these for awhile and I think I have probably blogged about them before, but since I have learned more about crocheting, I have added to the patterns I use for these and have even come up with a couple of patterns of my own. I also decided (since my hubby asked) to see how many I could get from one ball of yarn. My test is a little imprecise because I didn't make them all by the same pattern, but the answer is nine and a half (you'll see what I mean by that in the pics).
|This is the first scrunchie pattern I learned ... it is simply single crochets around a|
pony-tail holder and then chains and single crochets.
|This was the first pattern I came up with myself. It is simply treble crochets|
around the pony tail holder. These are probably the fastest ones to make.
|A sampling of the ones I've done ... the one in the bottom right corner is another|
one I came up with ... double crochets for the first round and then scallops for the
second round. You can't tell it here, but it looks kind of like a flower.
|Here are all the scrunchies made from the single ball of yarn. The little ball of|
yarn on the bottom is all I had left when I finished.
Finally, here are a couple other projects I have done lately.
|I found this sweet little granny square heart on Pinterest the other day|
and it was so much fun to make ... not to mention the fact that it was
incredibly easy! I did change the original pattern a little, it had
a picot stitch for the edging, but they aren't my favorite,
so I used scallops instead.
I do have some other things I want to try ... like an interesting pattern I found on the same site that one of my dishcloth patterns came from ... her blog post is titled You Can Crochet with Sheets! Sound like fun, huh?