Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pill Buddy!

So I came up with this last night, as my hubby was trying his best to calm down our poor teething 3 month old son. I kept saying "Take a chill pill kid" and DING! The idea to make a chill pill! It's super simple and quick. Then I started having all these ideas for different types of pills. The pattern will be up as soon as I get it perfected. There will be different sizes and types, there's sure to be one for everyone!

This one is just the first of many pill buddies! Not sure what I'm going to call this one.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Baby Clams

I'm in the (very slow coming) process of making some baby items for a friend's new grandson. Right now I'm making a blanket.

Here's what it looks like so far:

Stitch Pattern is from "50 Stitches for Afghans" by Darla Sims, block #25
I'm using some leftover baby yarn from one of Noah's blankets, there's almost a full ball of each color...
Bernat Baby Sport in Tangerine and Baby Yellow.
OH and Ravelry hates me...I can't access my profile... *sad sad face*

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Layout for the Peacock

I made 6 peacock squares, then realized I had no clue how many I need...so I made a layout!


Blue: 57
Grey: 56
Purple: 56

Each square is approx 5"  so I should end up with a 5' x 5.5' afghan/throw...hopefully.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Blueberry Pie Dishcloth Set Pattern #2

Dishcloth pattern #2 of the Blueberry Pie set. Enjoy!

Photobucket (I'll post a better photo later, took this in my kitchen so the light is a little off.)

Same as for pattern #1

Stitches Used:
Chain (ch)
Double Crochet (dc)
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)

Ch 50
Row 1:  dc in 4th ch from hook (3 sk ch count as first dc) and in ea ch across.

Row 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), turn, fpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next st, *fpdc in next 3 sts, bpdc in next st* rep across to last 3 sts, fpdc in next 2 dc, hdc in last st.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc) turn, dc in 2 sts, fpdc in next st, (dc in next 3 sts, fpdc in next st* rep across, dc in last 3 sts.

Repeat rows 2-3 till dishcloth measures approx. 5 1/2 in.
Working in rounds from here.

Rnd 1: ch 1, *sc in ea st across, 3 sc in corner, 2 sc in ea dc/hdc edge, 3 sc in corner* rep around, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: ch 1, *sc in st across, 3 sc in corner (the middle stitch of the previous 3-sc corner)* rep around, sl st to first sc.

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blueberry Pie Dishcloth Set Pattern #1

I've only made one so far. I plan on making as many as I can in different stitch patterns. Look for them! All will be made with the same color threads, doubled.

**Finished Dishcloth**

**Close-up of Stitch Pattern**

Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Cotton Thread Size 10 in purple and parakeet (I believe parakeet is the right name, I lost the wrapper for the blue.) or you can use any bright blue and purple thread.
Size C hook
Yarn needle

Stitches used:
sc-single crochet
fpdc- front post double crochet
bpdc- back post double crochet

Special Stitch:
Double Crochet Cluster V-Stitch (abbr. dc-v): *yo, insert hook in st/sp indicated, yo & pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * once more, yo & draw through all 3 loops on hook; ch 1; *yo, insert hook in st/sp indicated, yo & pull up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, rep from * once more, yo & draw through all 3 loops on hook.


Ch 43
Row 1: work dc-v in 5th ch from hook (4 sk chs count as first dc and 1 sk ch), sk next ch, dc in next ch, *sk next ch, dc-v in next ch, sk next ch, dc in next ch* rep across

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout) turn, dc-v in next ch-1 sp, *bpdc around next dc, dc-v in next ch-1 sp* rep across, dc in last dc.

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, dc-v in next ch-1 sp, *fpdc in next bpdc dc-v in next ch-1 sp* rep across, dc in last dc.

Row 4:  Ch 3, turn, dc-v in next ch-1 sp, *bpdc in next fpdc dc-v in next ch-1 sp* rep across, dc in last dc.

Repeat Row 3-4 till dishcloth is about 6 in.
You'll crochet in the round from here.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ea st and ch-sp, 3 sc in corner, 2 sc in ea dc edge, 3 dc in corner, sc in ea ch st, 3 sc in corner, 2 sc in ea dc edge, sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch1, *3 sc in same st, sc in ea sc to corner st (the middle st of the 3 sc corner from rnd 1), 3 sc in corner* rep around, sl st to first sc.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Neopolitan Bath Set

Finished the Neopolitan Bath Set! It contains 4 bath scrubbies and a face scrubbie.
**Side View of all 5**

**Front View of all 5**

**Bubble Scrubbie**

**Simple Circle Scrubbie**

**Posted Scrubbie**

**Pinwheel Scrubbie**

**Bubble Face Scrubbie**

Now on to the next set!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stars and Squares

I finished Noah's Star Bunting last Sunday. It took the hubby and I almost and hour to figure out how to hang it and to actually get it up on the wall. Needless to say these star ARE NOT coming down! We had to measure the wall, then the bunting and figure out how in the world we were gonna do it. Intially, I wanted the stars to hang down, but it didn't work out that way...so here's what it looks like::

Photobucket Photobucket

And...Did I show you this yet? I don't think I have.


I started these a couple of weeks ago. They're for an afghan I'm calling "Peacock." The motif is from "Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs" by Edie Eckman.

Now I'm working on a few dishcloths and scrubbies. Here's what I have so far::


The second one is also from "Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Testing...Testing...1 2 3

I made a tester star last night while rocking Noah to sleep. It took about 45 minutes, and came a little bigger than I though it would. Asked the hubby this morning if he thought it was too big and he said (of course) "No, it's perfect sweetie."
Here it is:

Each star should take about 21.5 yds, and they will not be solid colored, they will be multi-colored like the motif pattern photo shows. I still need to get more lemonade. I only have about 3/4 or less of a skein. But other than that this project is good to go. Might try another star motif with a smaller hook and see what that looks like.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Noah's Star Bunting

Discussed this idea with the hubby and he loved it. Noah's room needs a little pick me up, and this is perfect. Here's my plan, using my new book and G hook:

Close up of the motif:

Ignore my shadow...

So what do you think?

New Book...Tons of Ideas!!

So I finally sat down today and looked through my new book, "Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs," and I picked a motif! It's a square, of course, something easy, yet beautiful. I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Iris, Charcoal Grey and Ocean, they will be joined with Raspberry. I've made two so far, and loving this pattern.

Here's one square, I'll post more photos later.

Isn't it purty?

Also I want to make a bunting for Noah's room...not sure what colors though. I do have a few ideas, since his theme is basically Noah's Ark, and the colors in there right now are green, brown, blue and white, I might just go with those and find some way to incorporate animals into it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

So Fresh!

Crocheted Panda has a new look!
I learned how to dye wool with kool-aid and dyed my first skein...er partial skein...of wool. I didn't use kool-aid because I didn't have any, but I did have Crystal Light Rasperry Lemonade. The yarn I used was Yarn Bee Melody Wool Blend Bulky. It came out pretty good considering this yarn has an acrylic wrap and was originally black-grey-white ombre. I've also been working on hexagons using up my Red Heart scraps, I plan on making a scrappy-ghan.

First dye job.
Click to enlarge.

My plan for the scrappy-ghan.
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