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If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Then a video paints a thousand times a thousand words. Multiply that number by the number of times needed to watch it in order to gather enough information and what you’ll have is a bridge across a language barrier to an incredibly adorable child’s sweater.
A generous member of YouTube shared how she made a sweater. She has other video tutorials as well. The ones I clicked on were in a language other than English. Below is the video from which I made the latest sweater. I don’t know if it is exactly the same but it is close enough for me.

Child's Sweater Tutorial
Here is my version of her sweater.

8 lbs of Yellow Cotton Yarn

Jiminy Crickets! What was I thinking?
Okay. I was thinking it looked light enough that I could alter items made with it with dyes and probably can just it won’t be as true a color had it been white.
It’s a LOT of yarn and it was an awesome deal on it and I wanted to make some more things from cotton and and and and
One headband is crocheted (pattern by Tina Rodriguez) the other knitted (pattern by Teresa Harmon). They and many others can be found on Ravelry Dot Com

Onto the next yellow item!

Seeing Red!

While taking advantage of some super ebay auctions on yarn I wound up with quite an abundance of red Red Heart yarn. It didn’t seem like such a bad thing until I gathered it all up to continue with my projects. I only thought I was sick of pink. I will happily go back to pink (if I had to) after I’m done with all the red. I was tootlin’ along in my needlework, using various colors but the red, in its’ vast pile, loomed over me like a menacing cloud…the red cloud of doom. I HAD to do something to reduce the amount of it, and soon. I first thought to just hide it but, like any other messes, you still know they’re there and they must be dealt with and the longer you wait, the larger they seem. Well, I have put a dent in it and will now work on something else, coming back to the red periodically. Gosh! It was all still a good deal and I am glad I got it. I reckon I’d feel the same had it been all of any color.

Afghan (actually, a pillowghan) made using Chris Simon’s 12×12 square flower burst pattern

The shawl-collared sweater (2y/o) was made using the pattern shared by Linden Down on Ravelry for the Baby Sophisticate

The large slippers used the crocheted moccasin pattern shared by Umme Yusuf, also on

Smaller slippers made using Thistles and Tulips Crochet’s Bella Slipper pattern and the hat, one of my favorite crocheted hat patterns, is shared by Sarah Arnold at

The Tote Is Done (as done as it’s gonna be)

     I completed the crocheted tote that has been taking way to much time to make.  I do get off track when things take too long…more than 2 days and I’m looking for something else to do.

     It has a double liner…both having rigid interfacing applied, also 2 inner welt pockets…one on each side.  The handles were made by making a double strand of sc braided rope with a loop on each end and ran through an eight stitch round, sc tube which was stitched to the top of the loop after being attached to the loops on the purse.  The loops on the purse that the handles were attached to were made using a short length of sc braided rope…attached one end, inserted through the handle loop and other end attached a couple of stitches over.

     The tote measures approximately 10″ wide(side to side) x 8″ high (bottom to top) x 4 1/2″ deep (front to back).  Stitches used were, the single crochet and a bubble/bobble/popcorn stitch (made by making 5 half double crochets in one stitch, removing hook from loop and inserting it from front to back into the first hdc made and pulling loop through, chain one to close).


The lining…



The outside/completed tote


Bead Crochet Rope

     I recently completed a small crocheted tote.  I wanted to add something different than the regular crocheted handles.  So, I tried my hand at bead crochet rope.  I love the look of the necklaces and other jewelry made using this technique.  Using a fantastic picture tutorial (found here, ) shared by Julie A. Harper.

     I strung 364 6/0 glass beads (3 cream, 1 dk blue, 1 lavendar, 1 dk blue) onto size 3 crochet thread and used the technique shown in the above tutorial…a slip stitch instead of a single crochet and crocheted rather tightly and worked 6 stitches around using a #7 steel crochet hook.  I first tried with size 30 thread and a #10 steel crochet hook.  Well, my eyes ain’t what they used to be and I couldn’t see them well enough in the beginning and got aggrevated and switched to the larger, size 3 thread.  Now that I’ve got the general idea, I’ll secure me a better light and possible a hands-free magnifier for the first couple of inches at least.

     What resulted was a nice length (almost 9 inches) of rope that was usable for my tote.  The only problem is…I now have to get more beads in order to make the other one…I’m short on the lavendar ones.  So, I’ll save the beaded handles for another project and continue on to completing the tote with regular (tubular) crocheted handles.



Image of the Fuzzy Bunny…Finally

I used the same pattern and hook size for both of these bunnies.  The one on the left was made using Caron Simply Soft and the one on the right with Red Heart Fluffy Clouds.  Fuzzy Bunny-Take 2 of the artbugstudio crochet along

ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along continues

         I completed an amigurumi bunny  (free from Lion Brand Yarn…must sign up but that too is free) from Artbugstudio‘s crochet along.  I’m glad the bunny was chosen.  It was a nice break from the hats/wearables and the SOFA (oh my word! Perfect example of simple taking over) and to take my mind off the SOFA while I wait (impatiently) for the cording to come in so I can finish the front.

     My granddaughter loved it even before the legs and tail were sewn on.  I thought if she didn’t love it just as much afterward, I would remove them but, she came back over today and her great big smile let me know that the legs and tail would not have to be removed.











I will attempt another using a different yarn.  It’s a curly, fluffy, nobby looking yarn (I’ve long since removed the label but I’m thinking it’s a Red Heart Baby Yarn.  I’ll hunt down the exact yarn to share the name).



                                                                            Thanks Dina!

ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along Begins

     Today marks the beginning of ArtBugStudio’s Crochet Along featuring an amugurumi character from Lion Brand Yarns.

This is my first crochet along to follow.  I am one that crochets like I’m in a race against the clock no matter what I’m making.  Making multiples of the same thing while trying to beat the previous one’s finishing time.  If it takes too long, I have a tendency to lose interest but that is something I am working on…patience in crafting.

     I am using Caron Simply Soft yarn for this project.   It’s what I have the most of on hand (must. use. this. yarn. before. buying. more.), starting with watermelon.   If it turns out well, I have some fluffy baby yarn that I plan to try if time permits.

     I managed to get the head and body done so far.

So far behind

 The plan was to finish up outstanding projects but instead, I have started others along the way.  Some of the new projects, as well as some of the old (er) projects have been completed.  I can’t say that I’m completely satisfied with how they turned out but, I now know how to make those less than ideal items better should I decide to attempt them again.  (I tried to make a small bench/box without measurements beforehand.  I need to take a photo of that one to share for sure…we all could use a laugh from time to time, right?)



      The pink and brown jumper was my most recent project.  It was completed in less than 3 days.  It started out to be this dress .  I followed the pattern and wound up unraveling it twice due to sizing issues.  Since I wasn’t up to dickering with the stitches, I opted to save that pattern for another day and embark on a creation of my own.  It began with a crocheted rope or cord that was made long enough to go around the subject (my granddaughter) at mid chest area (think empire waist).  Then, working in the loops along one edge of the rope/cord, and using the shell pattern from the dress originally planned, I made the skirt portion, working back and forth for several rows before connecting and working in the round.  After finishing off the skirt, I began the bodice.  I made another rope/cord long enough for the neckline.  Working in the loops along one edge and with this type pattern in mind, made the bodice to fit her, working back and forth or side to side (however it’s termed working from one edge to the other).  When the bodice was long enough, I attached it to the skirt and continued on to the pants (minus the waistband), again, working side to side until the length of the opening lined up the the opening of the skirt.  Then, worked them in the round.  I made a few decreases while doing the legs to taper them a bit.  Basic bow with contrasting disc were made and attached to one side of back.  A length of rope/cord was made and attached to opposite side from the bows at back opening so that there were two loops large enough to fit the bows through snugly…the bows and loops were the closures.
     I’m sorry I don’t have a pattern for it but, patterns, like the ones above (hyperlinks), were pieced together to create it.
     The  sweater (you may have to sign up (it’s free) for the pattern), including the assembly time,  is one of  the easiest, fastest working pattern I have ever made.  It can definitely be completed in one good (good = a long stretch of  time to devote to the project only) day.
     The pants can be completed so quickly that, as long as the pattern is followed, one can have several pairs made by the end of the day (given, the day has been a good one).

     The black and green pants were made with the same pattern but instead of making a ribbing at the bottom of each leg, I incorporated a version of the crocodile stitch.

     I still need to tidy up my tails of yarn and add a closure to the black sweater.  I’m all for all in one designs…little or no piece work and fast working ones, like this one, are ideal for gifts and make for a productive donation season as well.
     I absolutely LOVE the pattern for the hat with the lattice looking pattern!  I kept buying yarn just so I could see it in another color!  I did have problems with the pattern.  The problems were actually with me, the reader, and not the pattern.  The pattern is perfect as is.  If you try it, there may be some trouble areas around row 5 and again at row 7.  If you find yourself getting aggravated ’cause it just ain’t workin’…unravel it to the point before it jumped track, put the piece down and REREAD the pattern sloooooooowly.  The pattern is gorgeous and well worth the time it takes to understand and complete it.  I know not everyone has difficulty with it but for those who do, know the trouble is not in the pattern.
   The hat with the cables and posts  is a fast working, interesting pattern as is the other hat pattern by the same creator.  I love all of her hat patterns!
     The afghan below was made using the beautiful pattern from and an absurd amount of green and rust colored yarn I had in my yarn box and had so long I don’t even know why I bought it.