I never knew my appreciation for handmade dish washing cloths or scrubbies until after I was gifted some by a family friend. I loved the quality feel of them, and also they had the right amount of grit without being too harsh for our dishes. What surprised me most was that they brought just a little more joy into such a dreaded chore of mine. A couple of years ago I also made members of my family little square scrubbies out of Red Heart Scrubby Yarn to share the love of handmade dish washing scrubbers.
Recently, my dad informed me that he broke a glass while he was washing dishes. Little glass shards ended up in his scrubber that I gave to him. Apparently he also has become fond of handmade ones over store purchased and was dropping hints that he would like another one. Or, maybe he just likes to use something that his daughter made for him. Either way I needed to replace his so he could continue washing dishes with handmade dish scrubby enjoyment.
A few weeks ago, I was out shopping with my mom when she started looking at scarves. I told her that I could make her one, but she said “no, no, no, you are busy as it is, and you don’t need to make me anything. I can buy one.” Well, for once I won over my mom. We settled on me making her one as a Christmas gift. Here it is, December 8th and it is finished! Hooray for not finishing it last minute!
Earlier this spring I came to the realization that I did not have any handmade wool sweaters to wear. Living in Michigan it is cold, and I’m always cold. I have found that layers that include wool garments have become my best friends in staying warm. I have several men’s wool sweaters from our local thrift store that I wear around the house, but I didn’t have anything that was presentable to go out in or that I had made.
So, while the weather was still cool and full on summer heat hadn’t arrived, I began to design and make a wool sweater cardigan for myself. Since I had wool sweaters I knew I wanted more of a jacket or cardigan because it is easier to take on or off if you get hot. It also has the option to be worn unbuttoned. Practicality and versatility are always a priority for me. Continue reading “Weekender Cardigan Crochet Pattern”
A little while ago a friend asked me to make her a scarf that was long, thick and cozy; like a blanket that you could wrap yourself up with. After playing around with stitch patterns and yarn thickness the Coffee House Knit Scarf pattern came to be.
I have always liked tuck stitch/slipped stitch patterns in knitting. They give you so much depth and texture, in addition to creating a thick and cushiony fabric that is perfect for something that you want to be warm and cozy. Continue reading “Coffee House Knit Scarf Pattern”
A few years ago, Red and I were out shopping at a local craft store. Somehow, we managed to end up in the doll making aisle. I can only guess we arrived there after looking through all the toy aisles since they are right next to each other. On a lower shelf, perfect for a then 4-year old’s eye perspective, there were several muslin fabric dolls. The head, body and limbs were all sewn together and stuffed. There were no facial details or hair, but just a blank doll that you could do as you wanted. Red immediately fell in love. As it was only a few dollars I caved in and we bought the doll. We also picked out a skein of yarn for me to make her a doll outfit. Bonus – more yarn for me!
As I was crocheting the Calla Lily Bouquet, I started day dreaming about the reception for my sister’s wedding. After the ceremony at the church we planned to go to a Mexican restaurant that the priest (who is Mexican) recommended. My sister had two requirements; she required great margaritas and a Mariachi band to add to the festive ambiance.
Knowing my sister would have a strapless wedding dress, I wanted to make her something to wear in the restaurant in case it was cold. I knew it shouldn’t be a heavy winter shawl since we would be in Texas over the summer. Also, something too heavy of weight wouldn’t pair with the elegance of her dress. So, I determined lace it would be.
Toward the end of July my sister told us that she was getting married! We were so excited since they had been together over five years and are great together. Then, she quickly followed that by telling us that the wedding would be in just over a month, and over 1,000 miles away.
We have a family friend in Houston who is the priest that she wanted to marry them. One of the dates he offered as a wedding date was just over a month away so she took it. And so the wedding details started to get underway.
In addition to the Dual Duty Scrubber and the Summer Spiral Scrubby here is the Waffle Scrubby crochet pattern. When I still had yarn left after making the two previous scrubbies, I just kept going and made another new one since I had another idea.
This time I combined both yarns together to create a thicker and heavier scrubby. Since I upped the weight of the yarn by combining the two I also increased the hook size by 3 letters. Going from a H to a K hook. This gives a nice heavy fabric, but it isn’t too stiff to be unmanageable. Continue reading “Waffle Scrubby Crochet Pattern”