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DIY Yarn Container

In Creative Fun, Crochet, Momma Must Have on December 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Paint Can Turned Yarn Container

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and post something. Life with three children is crazier than I imagined and I have not had the time to post. I have been working on some awesome projects and recipes and I can’t wait to share to them with you.

Today I was at Hobby Lobby checking out their 80% off Christmas items. I saw some see through decorative paint cans and instantly realized that I could turn those into yarn containers. No more having the baby play in the yarn and create terrible knots. No more creating tangles because I wasn’t paying attention and the yarn got snagged under my chair. The pictures are not going to be great because I was in a big hurray to try it out. You know how us crafters are! I think any paint can would do. I choose these because they are fairly see through and they were only $1.40 a piece!

So pretty

So pretty

1. Take your paint can, any clean crafty can will do. The clear ones would be ideal so you can see how much yarn you have left.

Paint Can Top Paint Can Top Close-up

2. Drill a hole in the center of the top. I used a 5.5 drill bit.

Paint Can Top Inside

3. The inside of the lid is going to be rough, as the metal is going to be jagged and pointed. Take a hammer and strike flat against the hole on either side. This will flatten out the metal and make it smooth to the touch.

Paint Can Filled

4. Insert yarn and enjoy!

See how easy that was! Now you can keep your yarn safe and sound. I hope you all benefit from this as much as I am going to. Now that Christmas is over I  can start on projects just for the fun of it. As little man gets older and I get a handle on my new crazy life I hope to be able to share more tips, tricks, projects and recipes in the year to come.

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!

Fall Poncho

In Birthday Party, Clothing, Crochet, For a Kiddo on September 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Fall is not quite here yet but I am really itchin’ to get out my fall gear; with that in mind I thought I’d share something I was able to make last year.

My sister had been looking for posing ideas for their family pictures and came across this one on facebook.

 

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She loved the poncho on the little girl and asked if I would be able to make one. I jumped at the chance!  I decided to do blooming granny squares because I wanted to give the poncho a little more of a girly flair to it.  I am also horribly particular when it comes to visual spacing and patterns so the poncho was not made of random squares.

Noel's Poncho

I ended up making the poncho too big. I wanted to make sure that she could grow into it but I don’t even think it will fit her this year. 😦 The poncho is made up from 16 granny squares and are joined with a basic single crochet stitch inbetween the squares. I added a basic picot trim to give it a little more oomph as well.

 

Noel's Poncho Side

The poncho was big on Charlotte but hey, there’s nothing wrong with wearing something you got on your first birthday when you’re three or four is there?

 

Noel's Poncho back

I’m going to try it again one day and just do smaller squares. I used an 8/H crochet hook without thinking about how big it would make my end product. It’s not worth doing if you don’t learn something from your mistake right?

 

Happy Crafting!

Meet Goliath II, the Elephant

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

Goliath

I have been working on this little guy for a long time it seems! I found this amazing pattern on Etsy for a little guy called Peanut. The pattern (seen here) was created by Amy at Little Muggles.  She has some amazing patterns in her shop so please check her out! She also posts on her blog: littlemuggles.com

The first time I made the little guy he turned out to be a big guy. He sits 11″ tall and has no neck strength. Remember when I posted about Horton and used the wrong stitch the entire time? Well I messed up with Peanut first. So this was my second go around.

He is still taller than the pattern indicates. I even used a smaller hook size and still he ended up about 9″ tall instead of 7.5″. I wonder if I am just a little big handed when it comes to crochet. I’ll have to actually do some pieces for gauge to see what I’m doing wrong.

The pattern has the elephant with spots and I decided to forgo the spots and create a tie and a flower for personality instead.

Goliath with a Tie

I couldn’t find a tie pattern I liked online so after a lot of trial and error I finally created something that would work. I’ll have to remake it and actually write down the pattern this time so I can share it will all of you!

Goliath with a Flower

The same goes for the flower neckband. Even though Goliath is a boy in my imagination I thought someone else may prefer a girly elephant, thus the flower neckband.

The best part of this post is that you can win him! Visit my facebook page for all the details. I’ve decided to do one giveaway a month of a project I have been working on. Unfortunately my budget will only allow me to ship within the US (Sorry everyone else!). I’m hoping this will be something fun for all.

I’m so excited to see if  you guys like him or not! Happy Crafting!

Goliath Giveaway

 

Horton the Hedgehog

In Crochet, For a Kiddo on May 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

Charlotte has been really into hedgehogs lately. It seems that she picks an animal and that’s her favorite, for at least a few months. Since I have been really into amigurumi lately I decided to look for a hedgehog pattern and make her one! I found this perfect pattern on Etsy. The pattern was created by My Golden Crochet.

Hedgehogs

It helps if you pay attention to the pattern. I realized after I made the little guy that I had been using a half double crochet stitch instead of a single crochet stitch. So I decided to start again, this time doing the right stitch from the beginning.

Hedgehogs Conversing

He turned out super cute and now I have a baby and a Mama hedgehog according to Charlotte. The baby does not have a name but the Mama is named Horton. I thought Horton was an elephant but Charlotte insists this is the correct name. Now to make one to put in my Etsy shop!

Hedgehogs Measured

Happy Crafting!