Monthly Archives: February 2015

It’s my party and I’ll yarn if I want to (Part 2)

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In yesterday’s post we started the latest version of  my crochet hook/knitting needle case (I really need to find a shorter name for this)! Yesterday I left y’all the pattern for the wrap part of the case. Today we wrap it up with the pocket, pocket flap, and optional extra page! (didja see what I did there?)

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Notice the slits in the pocket. I use those for easy access for things like sheets of sewing needles, buttons, tape measure, and my small sewing scissors. This way you can load the pocket up with all of your various stuff and not have to unload it to access the stuff at the bottom. The pattern is based on this older pattern I found on Pinterest, so I can’t take credit for all of it. Just the modifications I’ve made. Check out the post from yesterday to see the list of changes I made!

Stitches used:

CH – chain

SC – single crochet

HDC – half double crochet


Pocket

CH 19

Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn (18 SC)

Rows 2-5: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 6: SC in next 4 stitches, CH 4, skip 4 stitches, SC in the remaining, CH 1, turn

Row 7: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Note: when crocheting through the chains, insert hook under the top two  and over the bottom one. this gives a nice clean edge to your openings.

Rows 8 & 9: SC in each stitch, CH 1, turn

Rows 10-12: Repeat rows 6-8

Row 13: SC in the first 2 stitches, CH 9, skip 9 stitches, SC in the remaining, CH 1, turn

Rows 14-18: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 19: SC in the next 16 stitches, CH 1, turn

Row 20: In back loops only, SC in the next 14 stitches, CH 1, turn

Rows 21 & 22: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn; tie off after Row 22.

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Pocket Flap

CH 15

Row 1: SC in the 2nd chain from hook and each chain across, CH 1, turn

Rows 2-6: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn (14 SC)

Row 7: SC in the first 5 stitches, CH 4, skip 4 stitches, SC in the remaining 5 stitches, CH 1, turn

Row 8: HDC in 2nd stitch skipping the first, SC in the next 12, CH 1, turn (decrease by 1, 13 stitches)

Row 9: HDC in 2nd stitch from hook as before, SC in the next 11, CH 1, turn (decrease by 1, 12 stitches)

Row 10: HDC in 2nd stitch from hook, SC in the next 10, CH 1, turn

Row 11: HDC in 2nd stitch, SC in the next 9, tie off.


Extra Page

Again this is optional. My case doesn’t have an extra page and it works just fine for me because I only crochet. What’s nice is the extra page has loops in both sides for hooks and needles!

CH 15

Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn

Rows 2 & 3: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 4: SC 1, SC in the back loop only for the next 11 SC, SC in last 2, CH 1, turn

Row 5: SC 2, SC in back loops only for the next 11 SC, SC in the last stitch, CH 1, turn

Rows 6 & 7: Repeat Rows 2 & 3

Rows 8-31: Repeat Rows 4-7

Row 32: SC in each stitch across, tie off

20150221_03Additional Notes:

I used buttons that were about 1″ in diameter.

The cord to wrap around the case was attached after the button was sewn on. I knotted 4 pieces of yarn on the inside, brought 2 pieces around each side of the button, and tied it to make sure it was secure. I then worked a fishtail braid for the rest. I think that’s stronger than a normal 3 piece braid.

Let me know what y’all think! I love seeing what others come up with.

As always, leave me comments and recommendations.

I’ll see ya soon with more projects!

It’s my party and I’ll yarn if I want to

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As I mentioned yesterday, I recently helped celebrate my friend’s birthday. She just so happens to be a fellow yarn enthusiast. When I showed her the crochet hook case I made for myself and told her how excited I was to make another, she graciously allowed me to design one for her.

This was more challenging than I’d expected. I really wanted it to be something that came from me plus I wanted it to function well for her. She knits, so I needed to make sure it fits her circular needles as opposed to my more uniform crochet hooks. I hemmed and hawed a LOT, but once I bit the bullet and made some decisions I came up with something good!

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…at least I think so… so here goes!

I used my handy H/8 hook and some yarn I had in my collection. Unfortunately because it was yarn I had laying around it didn’t have labels, but it was fairly standard size and weight. The gold yarn I used however proved to be a challenge. It was about half the thickness of my typical yarn. I’m going to have to take it to the store to find something comparable. I’ll let y’all know what I find out.

This pattern is worked in four pieces. The case its self, the pocket, the pocket flap, and an extra page (optional). This post will be the case only. I’ll post again with the next three pieces!

Stitches used:

CH – chain

SC – single crochet

PS – puff stitch *modified: [YO, insert hook in the 3rd stitch in previous row, YO and pull through], repeat [-], {YO, insert hook in the 4th stitch in previous row, YO and pull through}, repeat {-}, YO and pull through all loops on hook.

HDC – half double crochet


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      For gauging purposes, 15 SC = 4″

CH 53

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook and in each CH across, CH 1, turn (52 SC)

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Row 3: SC in ea SC across, CH 1, turn

Row 4: [SC x 3, PS], repeat [-] x3 (4 total), SC x 24, [PS, SC x 3], repeat [-] x 3 (4 total), change back to the white yarn, CH 1, turn

Row 5: [SC x 3, the next SC goes through the loops of the PS as shown below], repeat [-] x 3, SC in each of the next 24 SC, [SC through PS, SC x 3], repeat [-] x 3, CH 1, turn

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Row 6: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 7: SC in each stitch across, change to the blue yarn, CH 1, turn

Row 8: SC in each of the next 3 stitches, SC in the front loops only (shown below) in the next 14 stitches, SC in the next 18 stitches, SC in the front loops 20150218_05only in the next 14 stitches, SC in the next 3, CH 1, turn

Rows 9 & 10: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 11: SC in each stitch across, change to the white yarn, CH 1, turn

Rows 12-31: repeat Rows 8-11 with the following color changes.

Row 17: switch from white to blue

Row 21: switch from blue to white

Row 27: switch from white to blue

Row 31: switch from blue to white

Rows 32 & 33: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn

Row 34: SC in each stitch across, change to the gold yarn, CH 1, turn

Rows 35 & 36: repeat Rows 4 & 5

Rows 37 & 38: SC in each stitch across, CH 1, turn, tie off after Row 38.

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I use normal kabob skewers to block. I’ve run each skewer through the loops we’ve created by single crocheting in the front posts and its coordinating stitches above and below.

I’ll write up the pattern for the rest in the next post. Let me know if you try this how it works for you! I love recommendations. Here is the original unmodified pattern I found on Pinterest. I changed the length to accommodate her circular needles, changed the pocket flap to a hinged/buttoned flap for ease of overstuffing, changed the wrap pattern, I added an extra page to both help keep her circulars in place and keep her extra needles and hooks, and changed the closure.

This week Hubs and I are getting ready to go out of town for a friend’s wedding… in Hawaii! However this means a short week for me, so we’re gonna skip the weekly blessings and affirmation. Luckily last week’s challenge was so important I think it could use some extra practice. So keep being kind to yourselves. Spring is almost here!

Hockey, Harry Potter, snow-Havoc

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Hockey, Harry Potter, snow-Havoc

It’s been a few days and what a few days indeed!

As we’ve gotten closer to moving day, Hubs and I have been trying to knock items off of our D.C. bucket list. Knowing how much I’m going to miss the readily available assortment of professional sports we have here, Hubs took me to one more hockey game. These were the best seats I’ve ever had AND we won 5-1! It was a great game to send us off from D.C. and…. it was Ovechkin Bobblehead night (the latter quite possibly the most exciting part).

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The official lagging behind the other three is walking across ice in stilettos. This may have been the most impressive display of shoepidity I’ve encountered to date. Also, Pat Sajak is sitting above the Chili’s sign!

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That was Wednesday. Friday we celebrated my very good friend’s birthday, so I spent most of the week crocheting my little fingers off putting the finishing touches on her present (there’s your hint another crochet pattern is coming!).

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Cauldron Shots: 2 parts RumChata, 1 part Fireball

Well this didn’t actually start out as a birthday party, but since my friend’s birthday was postponed we turned our knitting/crocheting/Harry Potter movie-thon sleepover into a surprise Harry Potter themed slumber party! It was totally last minute, but we managed to pull it off I think. We mixed up some butter beer and hot chocolate, put out treats (Bertie Botts’ jelly beans, chocolate snitches, and ton tongue toffees), cauldron shots, and everyone had their own Sorting Hat (kinda). Not too shabby for 24 hour notice.

After reading recipe upon recipe for butter beer, I finally decided on one that seemed simple and flavorful. This seemed to be the least sweet compared to other recipes I saw that called for butterscotch syrup and caramel and the finished product is not too shabby at all… if not a little dangerous. You can’t taste the liquor at all. My only critiques would be that it’s still a little sweet for me to drink all night and I think it needed more bubbles. Next time, I’ll add a little club soda to see how that balances it out.

For (1) 8 fl oz serving of Butter Beer

1-1/2 fl oz Butterscotch Schnapps

1 fl oz Vanilla Vodka (we used Smirnoff)

Top off with A&W Cream Soda

As for the rest, our Sorting Hat party hats were actually Thomas the Train party hats! We used black foam to make the brims, black construction paper to cover the rest, and trimmed it with some green wire ribbon. Our Chocolate snitches were Ferrero Rochers. We used my salted caramels for the “ton tongue toffees”. My friend decorated with horcruxes, cauldrons, and candles. It was a fun night that turned into a fun weekend thanks to the snow in the morning. By the time we were all human it was dangerous driving, so day number two of our slumber party was equally as fun.

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For the record, holding a mini cauldron filled with liquid and taking a group selfie is a challenge.

Talk about a whole week of being kind to myself!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend! I will see you with that pattern tomorrow.

Tonight? The Walking Dead.