Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Some past projects...

I've made a lot of projects over the years, I don't always think ahead and take photos but here are a few of the projects I've completed:

From "Simply Creative Crochet" Magazine, January 2004, Hooded Car Coat:

Also from "Simply Creative Crochet" Magazine, January 2004, Mohair-and-Roses Coat:

my own designs, two crocheted leaf necklaces:

and a purse designed by The Crochet Dude, Chic on the Halfshell (find the pattern on his website here)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

A FREE design...

Everybody needs a kitchen washcloth. It's nice to have several on hand, and especially ones that are easy to wash and dry. There are a lot of "fancy" designs on the internet, but I just wanted a simple design that you could churn out in an hour or two. In fact, with just a little time you could make several - some for yourself, some to give as gifts:

A Basic Kitchen Washcloth

I used Lily@ Sugar 'n' Cream yarn for this; it is easy to work with, the natural absorbent cotton is machine washable and dryable, and it's inexpensive. You can usually find a wide color selection online or at your local crafts store. The pattern is worked with a larger hook in seed stitch, which combines alternating single crochet and chain stitches to create an open yet firm weave.

One skein Lily Sugar 'n' Cream yarn, or any medium sport weight (4) yarn that is absorbent
Size J crochet hook

  1. Chain 31. Gauge is not important for this; you can increase or decrease the size to fit your need. Just make sure to start with an odd number of chains.
  2. Row 1: Place a stitch marker in the first chain. Sc in third chain from hook. *Ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch*. Repeat from * to * across the row, ending with a sc in last ch.
  3. Row 2: Ch 1, turn. *Ch 1, skip sc, sc in ch space*. Repeat from * to * across, ending by working a sc in the chain where you placed the stitch marker (remove the marker). 
  4. Row 3: Ch 2, turn. Skip first sc, *sc in ch space, ch 1*. Repeat from * to * across, ending with a sc in the turning ch of the previous row.
  5. Repeat Row 3 until your washcloth is the desired size. Stitch pattern will look like this:
  6. Seed Stitch
  7. Fasten off and weave in ends.
This pattern can also be used to make face washcloths; I recommend a silk or bamboo blend for something that will be gentle on the face.

Some of my menagerie...

I like to make amigurumi crochet. I first got started when I purchased Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Amigurumi and quickly found that I wanted to create some of my own. Here are some of my own little creatures:

Scooty the Snail

He was a gift for my younger son...

Olivia the Owl

I really wanted to have an owl, and couldn't find a pattern I liked so I made this one.

Domokun & his Dead Kitty

Another one for the kid. He asked for this. I tried to not get weirded out by that. Anyway, I'm happy with the way the design turned out. *sigh*

Pedro the Pufferfish

This guy was inspired by a trip to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

The IKEA Hack: A vertical storage bin for artwork and canvas

A lot of us do more than just one craft, I also paint and do collage and I needed a sturdy storage bin for my canvas, masonite and completed artwork. However, the cost of a ready made storage bin from one of the art supply houses was out of my reach. They can cost in the hundreds, or even thousands of dollars!

Putting my head to the problem while wandering the aisles of IKEA one day, I realized that I could probably just make one myself. After all, I had already built a rack of GORM storage units for the craft/art studio area of my basement.  It's always been one of my life's ambitions to get an original design posted on the IKEA Hackers website, so with this goal to spur me on I created the GORM Vertical Artwork Storage Bin:

The free instructions for making this can be found at: IKEA Hackers: GORM Vertical Artwork Storage Bin.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Welcome to Crochetlandia!

This is Chip, the official mascot of Puddletown Crochet. Chip likes to sit and watch as I make new creations (friends) to join him. Chip was made entirely in freeform single crochet. My inspiration for him started with his button eyes...

I first learned to crochet from my grandmother Linda when I was eight years old. Today I enjoy crocheting clothing, accessories, household items and gifts. Besides crochet I also enjoy a lot of other arts and crafts, so you will see other non-crochet posts here from time to time.