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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!

Adelaide’s Blankie

In Crochet, For a Kiddo on May 24, 2013 at 8:37 am

My youngest has turned into Linus. It’s adorable and frustrating at the same time. She will be content the moment you give her a crocheted blanket but until that moment she will continue to come unglued.

Big Skein of Yarn

I had started this project because I had a very large skein of yarn that I wanted to be put to use. I am thinking it’s a skein of the homestyle lion brand yarn but when I bought it it did not have a label (joys of clearance buys). With such a thick yarn I used a N-15/10 mm crochet hook.

Close-up of Pattern

I found a pattern in one of my crochet books (side note: when I pulled up the book to add a hyperlink I saw that the kindle copy is nearly $17. I must have bought it on sale because I only paid $3. Go me!). The pattern is called Triple Loop Shells. The skill level says experienced but  once you got going it wasn’t hard to master. After working with this pattern I have decided that it is much easier to follow a chart than to read a pattern, especially for any lace-type project. Google Books actually has the full book and here this the pattern page.

Tail of Yarn

The blanket came together very well. After all was said and finished I was left with a fairly small tail of yarn leftover. I was beyond excited about this because I guesstimated how wide the project should be and worked the rows until I didn’t have enough yarn to finish a row.

Blanket in Crib

For the blanket I started with 74 chains to create the foundation row. The final result was a blanket 27″ x 39″.

I have two small blankies (the size of a handkerchief) for Adelaide to carry in the car and when we go places that were made from the same brand of yarn. This blanket while cuddly soft is way to big to be carrying everywhere! It came together so quickly I really want to make another one!

Happy Crafting!

Taming my Yarn Mess

In Crochet, Projects Still To-Do on May 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

I had seen a yarn winder online and after debating and debating, I finally ordered it from Amazon. What a great buy that was! I love my yarn winder and will never again go without it.

I had worked on a shrug for myself and as I was working my yarn turned into a big mess. DSC_5447

It doesn’t look quite as bad when you hold it up, Copy of DSC_5448

but as I continued working it turn into this lovely pile.  DSC_5450

But with time (over an hour) and A LOT of patience this mess started taking shape, DSC_5449

and eventually became this nice compact ball that sits in one spot while I work.

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I have taken the opportunity to start cleaning up my entire yarn stash. It has worked amazingly well and I can easily find yarn without multiple skeins being tangled together.  Here is a perfect example of a before:

 Yarn Mess before Winder

and an after: Yarn Wound

Such a great space saver! I would recommend one to anyone who has started accumulating quite a stash. I got mine here on Amazon. This particular style seems to work best for 5 oz of yarn or smaller. Order accordingly.

Happy Crafting!

Bulky Infinity Scarf

In Clothing, Crochet, Momma Must Have on February 6, 2013 at 9:49 am

My wonderful friend Meghan is always sending me projects and ideas. Sometimes I think she assumes I can make anything! Any who, she sent me a link to a DIY bulky scarf. The problem is that the tutorial had you sew together a store bought scarf and cut off the fringe, not really what we were wanting.Infinity Scarf Doubled

I decided to create a pattern myself. I decided to use shells and front/back posts to create visual interest and to make it airy. I used homespun yarn by lion brand because it is super soft and incredibly warm. I am working on another one to put on etsy.Inifinty Scarf Long

I really like how it turned out! I am thinking I should make one for myself as well!

Happy crafting!