Finished Object: Daffodil Bag

When I saw this Daffodil Bag on the cover of the Mar/April 2013 issue of Crochet Today, I wanted to make it. I didn’t want to go with the colors that were modeled but, went for a more traditional color combo of navy, red, and ivory. The pattern went along smoothly and I enjoyed it. I wore that bag for about a month after making it but, now it just hangs on the end of my bookshelf. I also made my mother a bag because she liked mine. She wanted a more neutral color palette so she chose buff, brown, and soft white. These bags were made back in March.

Both bags were lined and I added a snap closure to the center.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Hook – K (6.5 m)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

The Missionary Department at my church has requested that I make a few of these. so, you will be seeing some more of these bags in the future along with some more simpler bags.

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Finished Object: Your Neighbor Lady’s Doilies

crochet today doiliesHave you ever had one of those patterns that you knew you were going to make but, it just kept being in the back of your mind? And then years pass by and you realize that you have yet to make that pattern. That is exactly what happened with me and this pattern. I thought,¬†I could whip up those doilies in a single night and have some time to spare so, I’ll get to it. Well, three years passed and I am just now getting to it ūüėČ

I was at home one night thinking about my future big projects (i.e. sweaters/cardigans) and how I couldn’t wait to start them. But, the yarn had not arrived from KnitPicks yet. I could have picked up my Shapely Cardigan that I have been working on and off since September 2012 but, that pattern just bores me. So, sitting right next to me was the May/April 2010 Crochet Today issue and I thought of those doilies.

I first made one in turquoise to match a painting that I had. Then, I thought let me whip up one for my mother and I chose the pinkish red color. The next night, I made one with a variety of 5 colors that matched the scheme in my Living Room. I love how super fast these worked up and I really enjoyed the simplicity of this pattern.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Hook – H (5.0 mm)

Level – Beginner

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My Crochet Today! Letter

I mentioned before that I made the Bouquet Earrings from the May/June 2012 ¬†issue of Crochet Today!¬†. Let me tell you a story…

Well, back in March or April I did a presentation for International Association of Administrative Professional (IAAP) and my workshop was entitled “The Art of D.I.Y.”. The workshop mainly focused on how we can implement crafting into our busy and hectic lives. I covered felting, cardmaking, knitting, and crochet. I even brought copies of my magazines so, they could flip through them and know that they too can make those wonderful designs. Of course, I brought my Crochet Today! magazines and I even showed them a recent project that I had made–the Bouquet Earrings. Well, they were a huge success. Many of the ladies pleaded with me to make them a pair. (Unfortunately, my busy schedule doesn’t really allow for a lot of requests. But, I encouraged them to give crochet a try.)

So, after the workshop I wrote to Crochet Today! to let them know that it was a success and how much everyone loved the earrings.

Long story short, they featured my letter!!!!! You don’t know how excited I was to see my earrings in my FAVE crochet magazine!

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Crochet Style: Wintry Cowl

This outfit is actually from yesterday but, I didn’t get a chance to post it. This wintry cowl is from a pattern in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I made this last winter and it worked up very quickly. It employs the V-Stitch. I used Lion Brand Hometown Solids, which is a Super Bulky yarn.

I like to pair this red cowl whenever I wear neutral outfits that lack color. It is something just so fab about a big chunky cowl in a bold color. Did I mention that this cowl is so snuggly and warm? ¬†Well, it is ūüôā

Outfit Details:

Dress – Ross Dress for Less

Boots – Plato’s Closet

Cowl – Handmade by Me

Spring/Summer 2012 Magazines

I simply adore Knitting and Crochet Magazines! I actually have too many and I know that I will never knit every pattern in those magazines. But, how I would like to try!

So, recently I picked up some new magazines to add to my library. They are the Crochet Today March/April 2012 issue, the Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2012 issue, and Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2012 issue.I will try to give a brief overview of each issue and what stood out to me. I will also talk about the patterns that I have plans to knit or crochet.

Crochet Today March/April 2012: This issue had some absolutely lovely patterns. There were patterns for women, children, holiday inspired, and much more. There is a total of 23 patterns. The patterns I plan on crocheting are the Bright Stripes Skirt by Robyn Chachula, the Obi Cardigan by Elena Malo, and maybe the Lantern Pullover by Cristina Mershon.Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 2012: Ok, there are soooo many projects that I want to knit in this magazine that it’s not even funny. Almost every single picture was pure inspiration and I could see myself in so many of those patterns. The colors used in many of the patterns were just gorgeous, the lace patterns were just beautiful and romantic, and the children’s nautical clothing was adorable. This issue contains 30 designs. I will post pics below of a few stand-outs.Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2012: This issue had some truly wonderful patterns and quite a few that I would like to make. The¬†issue had a great article on the history of circular needles, beautiful patterns with lots of¬†color, great lace projects, and a section¬†of patterns that focused on blush¬†pink.¬†The patterns I dream of making are the Curve Hem Top by Vicki Square, the Stripe Tunic and Cowl by Kazekobo, the Color Zig-Zag Top by Katherine Hunt, the Slit Shoulder Top by Margaux Hufnagel, the Lace Beret by Deborah Newton, the Lace Triangle Shawl by Helen Bingham, the Lace Panel Pullover by Laura Zukaite, and the Lace Top and Cowl by Carolyn Noyes. Whew! That’s a lot of patterns. A few pics are below:Alrighty. That concludes my brief overview of the knit and crochet magazines that I recently purchased. If¬†you’re looking for some inspiring and up-to-date patterns you should definitely give these magazines a try.