Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crocheted Dishrag Pattern

 This is my pattern for crocheting a dishrag. I use 4-ply, cotton yarn and a G hook for this project.

To begin: Chain 33

Skip on stich and single crochet into the next stitch.
Chain one.
Single crochet into the next stitch.
Continue this pattern to the end of the row.
 Turn and repeat the above steps to crochet the next row.
Continue until you have a perfect square, (20 rows).

Chain one and rotate to the right. Single crochet in the first stich going down the side of the dishrag. Single crochet in each stitch after that all the way around the dishrag.
Single crochet around the dishrag a second time, creating a second row.
Tie off at the end and weave the loose yarn into the dishrag so it is not visible.


I love these dishrags.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Latest Creation - Small Tote Bag

This project started as a lunch bag for my daughter. Every year I'm concerned about the germs in lunchbags and wish I could just throw it all in the washer and dryer to feel like it is more clean.

So I finally decided to create the bag I wanted. This pink and brown bag is insulated and has a pull out lining. The only problem is that the bag is not moisture resistant. I've been looking for a way to resolve this, and still have it be machine washable. But without complete success.

I really wanted to make these and sell them on Etsy, but figure people will want them to be moisture resistant in case the chocolate pudding spills inside or something.

Finally, I decided to make it into a tote bag for now. That's what this blue and yellow bag is. It fits my scriptures so well. I think I'm going to make one for myself that's purple and gold. So excited to see how that one turns out.

I love the little triangle pockets on the front. Inside I designed one of the four pockets to hold pens and pencils.  The other three are big enough for things like cells phones and whatever else. The flower on the front is fun. I've been making lots of these with many more ideas of what to do with them. More later on that.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Angora Dream

Here he is...Alfred, my angora dream.

Many years ago, maybe ten or fifteen, I saw a picture of an English Angora. I've been interested in spinning for about that long too and had this vision of keeping English Angoras and spinning their wool.

At the time I had a house full of young children and was homeschooling them. I read about how much time is involved in caring for one of these beautiful rabbits, and knew that dream was for a different season of my life.

Evidently, that season has arrived. With the children becoming more independent and some of them beginning to leave home, we started looking. And one Saturday afternoon this ball of fluff came home with us. He's alot of work, but has a great temperament.

The other day I plucked my first real handful of wool. I've been collecting what I get just from grooming him, but this was beautiful wool that looks like I could spin it right now.