Saturday, January 12, 2008

Crocheted stockings

I mentioned a few posts ago that I was already looking ahead to Christmas 2008, at least as far as new Christmas stockings for the whole family. Well, I'm happy to say that I got further than just looking ahead and actually made them! I used this pattern (note: you might have to sign up for free in order to see it). I made a few minor adjustments, such as making it longer from top to heel, working the toe differently to avoid having to sew more seams than necessary, and doing only six rows for the cuff (I used a thicker eyelash yarn so six was plenty!). What do you think?

I'm very pleased with how they came out ... now I can't wait until next Christmas so I can try them out LOL!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

My first thread crochet project

I've been having fun lately exploring the Crochetville website (if you love to crochet or want to learn how, check it out ... it's a great place to meet others and exchange patterns and ideas). One area is for show-and-tell, with various categories such as home decor, accessories, babies and thread crochet. Browsing the thread crochet category reminded me of my first (and only) thread crochet project ... a filet crochet design that I made for my mom so long ago that I can't remember when (late '80s or early '90s, I think). When I visited my mom last year (she's in Florida), I took pics of it hanging in the guest room and they've been sitting on my computer ever since. Seeing all the pretty projects at Crochetville made me want to share my own thread crochet project, so here it is:I really enjoyed making it, watching the pattern emerge as I hooked ... maybe someday I'll try another thread crochet project ....

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Final Christmas gift post ... I promise LOL!

Finally, the last of the Christmas gifts have been given and opened so I can now share the remaining projects ... I thought there was only one last homemade gift, but I forgot two others. The first one was an apron I made for my sil in red and cream:She has her kitchen decorated with red apples, so I thought this would fit right in! I got the pattern out of The Apron Book. It was a very simple pattern and I love the way it fits. I also made one for myself and one for my stepmom, both using a Christmas cardinal fabric:

And the final present is something I totally made up ... I call it a "Trump Holder":My grandparents play a lot of Pinochle and I try to squeeze in a game or two with them once or twice a month. Sometimes in the middle of a hand, we're asking each other "What's trump now?" LOL! So I came up with this little gadget to remind us. I hope it gets lots of use!
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