My friends and I were talking about things we just can't live without, and I thought I would fuse some of those obsessions into one piece: succulent plants, crocheting and bacon. The bacon is jute gardening twine, crocheted in two rows of single crochet stitches, and then painted with acrylics to give the look of bacon. What are your obsessions?
Last year at a thrift shop, I came across this wrought iron thingy that didn't have a tray. I bought it 'cause I thought it had a cool shape (and it was in the last-chance clearance pile). I finally got around to doing something with it when my cousin gave me some napkin rings that have bees on them. I like to crochet around everything, so I crocheted some "beehives" around the rings, and dangled them from the arch of the wrought iron. The yarn, BTW, also came from the thrift shop. I laid down some remnant tiles (supported by some popsicle sticks) from our kitchen reno. It looked okay, but to add life to it, I stuck some succulent cuttings in the little beehives. To complete the family of rescued items, I added some seed pods from one of my plants.
I crocheted a few "purses" with some jute gardening twine I got from the hardware shop and stuffed them with some succulents. Jute acts very much like coir or coconut fiber: it's biodegradable and provides good drainage. Sometimes, I don't even fill the crocheted jute containers with soil, and the succulents will root into the jute (hey, that rhymes).
I lined the inside of this one with newspaper before filling it with potting soil. When it comes to watering, I take it outside and spray the entire arrangement--purse and all--with water.
These little ones weren't lined with paper. I intend to leave them outside just as they are.
I can't knit but I like the stretch and texture of knitting. I recently picked up the book The New Crochet Dictionary. It's not "new." The book was published in the 80s, but it has loads of techniques, like tunisian crochet. I found out about the tunisian knit stitch (tks) from the book, but because the photos are somewhat blurry and in black and white, I had to supplement with web tutorials.
I started this hat with the tunisian simple stitch and then tks, but I didn't work in the round (that's the next technique I will have to learn).
Using a regular hook, I joined the swatch with slip stitches, and then closed the top with single crochet (sc) and sc decrease.
My friend wondered if I could design a hat for her little girl, Gia. Gia loves sea life and one of her favorite toys is a shark plushy. Playing with sharks brought fedoras to mind. After some trial and error, and lots of frogging, here's what I came up with:
Instead of starting with a ring, I started with a foundation strip of half double crochet stitches, and increased from there. The top is made of half double crochet stitches, the brim in single crochet, and the "ribbon" is made of a long strand of foundation half double crochet stitches.
Because it's getting warmer, I decided to recreate this look in raffia. The "ribbon" is still in worsted weight acrylic and the brim has more rounds to create more shade. I had to use a smaller size hook for this, but it's built from the same concept.
My hands get so cold, but I need my fingertips to text, crochet, etc. So I got these $1 knit gloves, and clipped the finger tips off. Instant fuzz! To stop it from fraying and unraveling, I took some very thin blue cotton thread and used a 1.8 mm hook to crochet some edging. What do you think?
Jute comes in colors other than brown or green!! I didn't realize this until I came across it on a florist site. The drawback: a spool of 100 yards is twice the price of the regular jute found at the hardware store, and that excludes the shipping. Well, after I splurged on a spool of navy blue, I crocheted a small basket to showcase this beautiful agavoides and some sedum. I didn't put any soil in there. The succulents will last a very long time.
I worked in a spiral with single crochet stitches and an F-hook. I wrapped the last round of half-double crochet stitches around a wire ring that I made from 19 gauge wire. The hanger is also made from the same gauge wire. The hook is an ornament hook.
You know when you get mad, and say shoot, or sheets-and-blankets, or son-of-a, or frick, or... well, you get my drift? I needed a similar substitute for the finger. Slip it on your ring finger and it prevents the middle one from staying up by itself.
No one can ever accuse you of giving them the frickin' finger again.
...and, true story: I just got back from the craft store, where, as I stood in line, a mother yelled out to her no-more-than 5 year-old daughter: "Shut the f**k up!"
A quick solution to those wandering hand towels that tend to clutter the counters. The main color is Red Heart Spring Green.
To start with, you'll need a hook small enough to pierce through the towel, but big enough to work with the thickness of the yarn. In this case, I used a 1.75 mm steel hook.
I cut a towel in half and worked a row of SC around each corner and across the rough edge. Once the first row is done, I switched to a 3.75 mm hook. 2nd row is backloop HDC 3rd row is DC and then I join this row with a SL st
The strap is 6 DC stitches wide: 2 DC, and the ridge is made with 2 BPDC or 2FPDC, then 2DC. Here is the back slit showing the slip stitch join and ridged strap:
To make the "button" hole, CH2, DC, TRC, CH3, SL st in the back ridge of the 2nd chain from hook, CH, TRC in next st of strap, DC, HDC.