Here are 2 more purple baby hats that I crochet for A Child's Light charity. Here is the free pattern for them. I used Caron's Simply Soft yarn and an I hook. I'm lucky that my job collects them, so it is really easy for me to put them in the donation basket. You can see that several of the hats that I've made are in the basket. He hasn't picked any up during the Summer, probably because things slow down during theses months.
July's Disney Adventures (ravelry) theme was Alice in Wonderland (the animated Disney film), so I made this crochet bunny bobble square for it. Here is the free ravelry downloadable pattern for it. I used Plymouth Encore yarn and an H hook. This square is part of a slowly growing bobble afghan. I think that I will end up saving the afghan for one of my future grandchildren, because by the time I finish it my youngest son might be to old for it. Crochet bobbles are extremely easy to make, so they make great beginner projects.
Another of the Disney Adventures challenges was to make a hat (the challenge was inspired by the Mad Hatter), so I wanted to try a new to me slouchy hat pattern. When looking at all of the different crochet patterns on ravelry I decided to try one by a designer who is well known, Vickie Howell. This is the Jungle Crochet Slouchy Beanie hat, and here is the free ravelry downloadable pattern. For mine, I went into my stash and used some Caron Simply Soft yarn and an H hook. I remember that the beginning of the pattern confused me a little bit. I wasn't sure if I should decrease (skip a stitch) every round or not. I ended up not decreasing, and that was the right decision. I talked to a friend who had made this same hat before, and she had the same confusion. So the pattern isn't perfect, but once you get going it is an easy pattern to make.
I lead a kitchen swap in the Good Things Together recently, and the following yellow items were made for my swap partner. Her kitchen is a yellow / golden color with some other colors sprinkled in. We've actually been ravelry friends for a while, and we have even talked on the phone a few time so this was guaranteed to be a good swap. Plus I love the things that she makes. For the swap we were suppose to make 3 items for the other person's kitchen, but I knew that we would both go a little overboard (which we did). While in the craft store I saw a very large skein of cotton yarn that just screamed "buy me for the swap!" so of course I had to get it. I wanted to try a new to me pattern for a dishcloth, and I thought that this free pattern had an interesting texture. The pattern itself was easy, but I'm not to thrilled with the edge of it.
This free ravelry downloadable crochet scrubbie pattern is very easy to make. If you can single crochet, then you can make it. For the first one I forgot to go into the back loop of every stitch, but it still turned out fine.
My swap partner's first name starts with C, so I knew that I needed to make her a "C" dishcloth (free pattern by Rhonda White). I used Cascade Avalon cotton yarn (great yarn) and size 7 needles to make it. One hank of this yarn makes 3 dishcloths, so it is wonderful on both quality and quantity. I also love Rhonda White's patterns, however when checking the links to her website jus now it is not working. She might not have renewed her Go Daddy account, but I hope that she does.
My swap partner lives in Texas, so I chose another Rhonda White pattern to make this Texas dishcloth. I used the same Avalon yarn as the dishcloths above and below.
With what was left of the Avalon yarn I made this slightly smaller dishcloth. This is my "go-to" dishcloth pattern.
Speaking of my "go-to" dishcloth pattern, it here are 2 more dishcloths that I made using that pattern. I just grabbed some cotton yarn from my stash (Lily's Sugar'n Cream) to make these during a few movie and t.v. watching nights (when the lights needed to be turned off).
One of the challenges in the ravelry group Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup was to use fibre that you've never worked with before. This was an extremely hard challenge for me since I've used a lot of different types of fiber (plarn, t-shirt yarn / tarn, netting, etc.), but I decided to try my hand at making pants yarn. Making it was easy, messy but easy. Working with it was a nightmare! I tried crocheting with it, but it was to difficult even with a large hook. Then I used size 15 needles to knit with it. That was a nightmare to, so I only made a coaster sized object. It might be better to make braided rugs with it or weave with it.
Now back to what I made for the kitchen swap. My partner asked for an oven mitt, and after trying 2 patterns out that I didn't like, I decided to create my own pattern. This oven mitt is super thick (4 layers thick). It has a basket weave pattern on the outside and is smooth on the inside. My swap partner has used it a few time already and says that it is great. There is no way that she will be burned using it. It is also a yarn eater.
The Park Hopper challenge in the ravelry group Disney Adventures was to make something inspired by Mad Tea Party spinning tea cup ride. So I made a hexiflat and duplicate stitched a tea cup on it. This hexiflat is going to be a part of my slowly growing hexiflat afghan.
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