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1  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Frida's Flowers CAL-FREE Ravelry Pattern on: June 27, 2016 09:45:23 AM
Is anyone doing the Frida's Flowers Crochet Along?  It's a free ravelry pattern and also available here:
http://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/Crochet.htm
I started it last night using Sugar & Cream cotton yarn, the blocks work up really quick and they colors are striking.
(Jane Crowfoot's photo-NOT MINE)
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Orlando Strong on: June 14, 2016 09:11:01 PM
Like most of you I am in utter shock and dismay over this weekend's events in Orlando.  A resident of Orlando for over 20 years, this tragedy really hit home since it was right in my backyard.  Orlando is a great place to live and raise my family, it's a huge melting pot of wonderful cultures and great people I love calling it home.
I also lost 2 co-workers in the massacre and my work is having a vigil on Thursday.  Although I had no direct connection with either victim, we mourn their loss as part of our family.  I crocheted this garland for my cube, it's the very least I can do to show I am Orlando Proud and Orlando Strong.  I donated blood 3 weeks ago and my son donated 5 weeks ago so we missed out on that opportunity for support.

If anyone wants the heart pattern it's real simple

Round 1: 10 HDC in a magic ring, join
Round 2: ch2, 1 HDC in same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around (20 stitches)
Round 3: ch 2, 1 HCD in same stitch, *1 DC in next stitch, 2 DC in next stitch* repeat around, join (30 stitches)
Round 4: see below diagram

All aboard the Hot Mess Express:
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Tale of Two Bags on: May 23, 2016 07:34:37 PM
My first attempt at a portable yarn toting bag was a disaster.  I ended up with a basket :/



It was cute and all but I wanted something portable.  Never a quitter I decided to try again and I couldn't be happier with the results

I've dubbed it the YarnAGo-as in "yarn-on-the-go"




I made a pouch inside to hold my crochet hooks as well as two pockets for scissors, stitch markers, etc....



Holds two skeins of yarn perfectly



And when I'm ready to take a break from whatever I'm working on I can tuck it safely in the bag with interference from the zipper since it's offset about an inch

4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Steel Magnolias inspired birthday care package on: May 08, 2016 07:24:37 AM
"It is going to be a great PAH-TEE!"
Do you have a friend that you can speak almost entirely in movie quotes and song lyrics?  My girl, Vanessa, and I absolutely LOVE the movie Steel Magnolias and we always try to interject one line from the movie in every convo we have.  She lives in Canada and me in Florida so birthdays are celebrated virtually.  This year I decided to let her have a Steel Magnolias inspired birthday.  Complete with her favorite Southern Belles. 
I made cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers for her.
The cupcake picks feature the pictures of our favorite Southern Belles, I printed them out on cardstock, and glued them to pink construction paper (after all, pink is Shelby's signature color)
Then on Microsoft Publisher I designed the cupcake wrappers to feature armadillos (a la Jackson's groom cake)
I was going to include a box of red velvet cake mix and a can of white icing with a tube of black icing to mix together to make grey icing but I wasn't sure about regulations of mailing food to our neighbors to the north.  She'll have to supply that herself
Cost for the project (no receipt)
Cardstock: $3
Construction paper: $1
Bamboo skewers: $1
TOTAL: $5
Not too shabby
While this may not be her most practical gift, I sure hope it's her funniest



5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / BB8 Hat-with tutorial!! on: April 01, 2016 06:52:32 AM
I just love this little guy and now you can make one of your very own!

Gather your supplies:
size H (8mm) crochet hook
white yarn
orange yarn
black yarn
grey yarn
Stitches used: Half double crochet (HDC), and double crochet (DC)
this hat is not worked in rounds, it is joined after each row, the first ch 2 of each row counts as the first double crochet heretoforward

Round 1: Starting with white yarn, and magic circle, make 8 half double crochets, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD (I start all my hats with a HCD magic ring because it creates less of a "pointed cone-head look" on the finished hat)
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, join at top of ch 2 (16 stitches)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 1, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (24 stitches),  fasten off white yarn
Round 4: (Switch to grey yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 2, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (32 stitches)
Round 5: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 3, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2, fasten off grey yarn (40 stitches)
Round 6: (switch to white yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 4, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2, fasten off white yarn (48 stitches)
Round 7: (switch to orange yarn) ch 2, dc in same stitch, dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch, dc 5, dc in next stitch, switch to white and dc with white yarn in same stitch as last stitch with orange (this is where the natural increase was, we're just doing it with 1 orange stitch and 1 white stitch), dc with white yarn in next 5 stitches, dc with white yarn into next stitch, switch to orange yarn and dc in same stitch (another half white/half orange increase) continue with orange yarn, *dc 5, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches), fasten off orange yarn
Round 8-12: (switch to white yarn) ch 2, dc each stitch around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 13: ch 2 dc in next 26, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to white, dc in 1, switch to orange, dc in 2, switch to white, dc in 14, switch to orange, dc in 9, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 14: ch 2 dc in next 26, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to white, dc in 1, switch to orange, dc in 2, switch to white, dc in 11, switch to orange, dc in 3, switch to grey, dc in 1, switch to orange dc around to end, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches)
Round 15: (switch to grey) ch 2, dc in each stitch around to end, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (56 stitches), fasten off yarn, weave in ends
NOW, the hat is done but our little buddy still needs his lenses!
Larger lens:
Round 1: (black yarn) 8 HDC in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD
Round 2: ch 2, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each stitch around, join at top of ch 2 (16 stitches)
Round 3: ch 2, dc in same stitch, *dc 1, 2 dc in next stitch*, repeat around, join with slip stitch in top of ch 2 (24 stitches), fasten off and attach to the front of the hat
using a scant amount of grey yarn, place a french knot (see pic for placement) on large lens
Smaller lens: (black yarn) 8 HDC in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first HCD, fasten off
(grey yarn) 8 single crochets in magic ring, pull tight and slip stitch into top of first single crochet.  Attach to smaller black lens and sew onto hat
TADA!  You're done!!
Any questions, lemme know!
Peace and Blessings
Beth
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES / Wicket the Ewok on: March 04, 2016 07:28:50 PM
Measuring in at just under 4 inches we have Wicket the Ewok!  This is from the Start Wars Crochet kit that I have so he joins his buddies Boba Fett, Stormie the Storm Trooper, and Yoda.  He now resides on my desk at work


7  COOKING / Dessert / Groundhog Day Cake on: February 01, 2016 04:52:09 PM
I find that Groundhog Day is highly underrated and I searched high and low for Groundhog themed decorations to no avail.  So I Improvised and made a Groundhog Day Cake!

It's really just a Kentucky Butter Cake recipe that's old as the hills, and a cut out of a groundhog.  But with a little ingenuity it looks like the groundhog is bursting from his burrowed nest to give us all the good news that winter is over!

The cake recipe:
Cake:
3 cups  all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (I used a scant cup of whole milk with 1 tbsp. white vinegar, worked great)
1 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
icing:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Heat oven to 325F, grease and flour bundt pan

Combine all cake ingredients and large mixer and mix for 5 minutes.  Don't worry about creaming the butter and sugar, this cake pulls together nicely

Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 1 hour

cool 10 minutes and invert onto wire rack.  Do not wash the pan yet!!

poke holes in the cake using a bamboo skewer, this will help the icing soak in

Combine icing ingredients in pan and boil for 1 minute without stirring, remove from heat and stir lightly

return cake to pan (careful it's still hot) and pour icing over the cake, sit back and watch as it soaks in (it's mesmerizing I tell ya)

Let sit til cool at least an hour or even better if it sits overnight.  Turn out onto cake pan, slice and enjoy!

I did a quick google search for a groundhog picture and trimmed it to fit into the bundt hole Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Boba Fett on: January 30, 2016 07:31:56 PM
The latest in my Star Wars creations!  Boba Fett!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / In Love With Color Afghan on: January 21, 2016 08:36:36 PM
I finished my #1 project for 2016!  I feel so accomplished!!
inspiration:
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/love-color-throw
perspiration:
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nifty needle case on: January 04, 2016 07:09:20 PM
Moogly always has such great patterns for free!  And I love quick projects.  This needle case is adorable and it's a great needle minder for all my darning needles. It even has a space for my small scissors
http://www.mooglyblog.com/nifty-needle-case/



so nice I made it twice Smiley


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