Is That Another Rug Pattern????

It’s that time in the winter season….you know, when leaving the warmth of your bed is only tolerable because there is hot coffee. As I shuffle my way to the kitchen, I can feel the chill settle in my bones. I know how blessed we are to have good heat in the home; but that doesn’t stop me from checking the temperature about 15 times a day. I’m just sure that it’s 40 degrees in here!

Cabin fever is real my friends and I have it bad!!

If you are anything like me then you have a to-do list that is unreasonably long, rooms that you continue to walk by and continue ignoring even though it needs a cleaning and you have at least six crafting projects unfinished. I should add that I have no real interest in doing any thing…..except maybe napping…I feel like Garfield.

Garfield the cat

I should get moving. I mean, I still have Christmas stuff up in Gracie’s room and I have done little more than vacuum and spray air freshener in there since Christmas Day! Seriously! I clean the floor, grab the dirty clothes, spray the air and back out slowly. I usually mutter under my breath, “Jimmy Cracked Corn!”

Well, the door is closed, so I can pretend it’s clean and pick a craft project to work on for today….just for today though, tomorrow I’ll clean 😉

If you are following along, you know that my current obsession is crochet. I have to decide whether to finish a current project or start a new one…it’s all about priorities.

The project I grabbed this morning and started stitching on was not a chunky blanket, but another rug….I know; but my feet are cold and that makes me think about the floor. Besides, who can’t use more rugs???? It is a work in early progress, so I will show a little now and share my pattern when it’s all finished.

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The lovely rugs I made and talked about in my Stay-cation post are great, but since I didn’t follow the second pattern exactly, I did have some issues. It wasn’t sturdy enough worked with three strands. It’s too big and needs the stiffness the extra strands will give it.

Because I only used three strands I also had trouble getting the circle to lie flat. I added the shell border on my own with the hope that would weigh it down. It did, but the rug didn’t hold up well to high traffic….or light traffic for that matter.

So, that rug got a good wash and is now a circle throw for the couch. It looks good there and it’s less frustrating on the couch versus the floor. Moral of this one is if you want a rug, follow her pattern….please. If you want a cute throw for the house, three strands and a cute border should make a perfect piece.

If I am going to do a quick rug review before I get back to what I’m working on today; then I have to take a minute and talk about the Pom-Pom Rug I made just after Christmas. I had such high hopes for this one. I loved how colorful it was and how much of my yarn stash it ate up. As I predicted, the pom-poms have been pulling apart and the frayed yarn ends up all over the floor. I made this one with all acrylic yarn of various weights and it’s a fail….as a rug. It might be beautiful as a tapestry though.

I haven’t tossed the idea of pom-pom rugs out the window, though. I have been gathering cotton yarn and creating new poms of all different colors. When one of the craft stores has cotton yarn on sale, I will grab some. I only have a small handful of poms now, not nearly enough to start a rug. For now, that idea sits in the unfinished piles.

It’s time to make another hot cup of coffee, get back to working on this new rug and show-hole Season 6 of Catfish. I hope what ever you are working on today turns out amazing! Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about Gracie’s new rug…..and then I’ll stop obsessing over making rugs…..probably.

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Teacher’s Gifts in Under One Hour

Today I want to share the holiday gifts I decided to make for my daughter’s teachers and caregivers.  I have limited time to work on side projects and even less money in the budget, so I’m always looking for the biggest bang with the least amount of wallet pains and I think I’ve found a few winners this year.

As you can see I made scarves for the ladies this year and I think they came out super cute!  The wonderful thing is they are all patterns that are easy for beginners to follow and they each are one skein so they are really affordable since most brands of chunky yarn cost about $5.00.  The dark pink scarf is made from Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn so I was able to work one scarf and had enough let for one; possibly up to 3 more!  Now that is a real bargain!

The first pattern I will share is for the dark pink Boho Scarf.  This pattern is not mine.  I found the pattern available for free at Classy Crochet.  She has wonderful instructions with photos to help you along.  There are also some other beautiful creations I can’t wait to check out on my next visit to her site.

The dark pink scarf was made using Lion’s Brand Homespun yarn and the only changes made from the diamond lattice pattern  was to use a “P” Hook so that it would grow faster and with bigger spacing.  She suggests it in her pattern and it works up beautifully.  I also added fringe in various places around the ends.  I didn’t count them or place a specific number of threads through at a time….nope, this time I only kept their length (16″ cut length) similar and varied the placement.  Next time I will add some all natural wood beads to the tassels and it will be perfectly me!

Chain Scarf

This beautiful chain scarf I made about three years ago as gifts for the women in my family.  They were all made from the super chunky yarn and the patterned worked up quickly while I watched television.  As with the other two patterns, this is an easy beginner pattern and I think when you make something quick and uniquely you, it makes you more confident to try other patterns…so don’t put it off…grab these quick supplies at any Wal-Mart or Target in town and make something you will love to wear…

For the Chain Scarf, you will need:

Any chunky yarn (1 skein)

P Hook

2 Buttons (about 1″ each)

Tapestry Needle

Sharp Scissors

*We are only using two stitches for this pattern so you only need to know how to chain stitch and how to single crochet.   If you don’t have a P Hook, any hook that have that is a K or larger should work.  Gauge is not important for this pattern so no need to worry.

To work the body of the scarf, just begin chaining…..keep going……yep, you want a big pile of chained yarn….I chained over 1,000 times for the one in the photo.  Make sure you stop and save some to create a cuff that holds the chains together.

Before we make the cuff, we need to wrap our chain around something that creates the length we want before we hold it all together with the cuff.  I used my dress form, but there are a lot of possibilities that you have on hand…I use Hubs a lot for these kinds of jobs.  He holds his hands at the distance apart I want and I keep wrapping until it’s perfect.  Now is a great time to grab the beginning chain and the end chain and secure the ends together….tuck the ends in with your tapestry needle.  Set your loops of chains aside to secure with the cuff.

My cuff was 5″ wide and I made it 10″ long so that I could wrap it around the chains but not choke them.

For the cuff:  chain 7, sc in 2nd ch from the hook and in each across, ch 1, turn (6)

*Repeat until the piece measures the width you want to wrap around your chains.  For me it was about 10″.  When you finish off, leave a long tail so you can sew your cuff seam around the loops.  Set your cuff aside for a sec and grab the buttons you picked for the piece.

The buttons pictured had two holes, but I picked various buttons with different ways to attach them, so you will have to decide how you need to attach the buttons to the cuff.  Make sure you work them opposite the seam…I didn’t for the one I photographed, but I did for the rest.

After the buttons are secured to the cuff, you want to wrap it around your loops with the button side facing out.  I used a slip stitch to secure my cuff, but you can grab up your long tail and secure the ends using single crochet stitches as well.  Finish off and weave in your ends.  That’s it!!! It’s that simple 🙂

Pink Chain Scarf

The light pink chunky yarn scarf is made the exact same way as the Chain Scarf patterned for you above.  The chain was looped longer so that it would hang much farther than the other scarf and I made four cuffs that were 1/2 the size of the one large cuff above.  I didn’t use any buttons since the cuffs and the chain loops give this piece a lot of movement already.

I hope you will give these patterns a try.  If you have any questions about them or need any help, just leave me a question in the comments.  I would love to see your work if you create any of these for yourself or your friends.

As always, Happy Hooking!

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Shop Opening!!

I’m sorry that my postings have been sporadic as of late.  It wasn’t my plan to not write about my creations for three weeks, time just got away from me.  I wish I could say it was because our family was off on vacation at a tropical beach soaking up the sun and melting away the stress, but no…..it’s just been hard learning to balance new responsibilities and having school out.

I have been working on a number of creations that I have given out to friends and family to “test” for me.  It’s been fun and sometimes frustrating since I’ve been working on some new crochet patterns AND I’m learning to sew!  The patterns have been beginner level works that come together fairly quickly.  The frustration is working a pattern and realizing I have sewn the pieces together wrong…….it has happened more often than I would like to admit.

On the plus side, I have taken some time out to work on the technology side of running a blog and web-based business.  Even with pre-designed templates and the help of Hubs, who knows soooo much more about computers than I do, it was a challenge.  I’m still working on a number of listings to add to the store page, more photos and descriptions; but it is coming along nicely.  I don’t know if I would go as far as saying “Grand Opening!”, but I like the general direction it’s going and I’m looking forward to adding those important touches that set Knot Your Way apart from other fiber artist creations.

I currently have three items listed.  It’s just the beginning though…..so many more are coming.  A few more crochet items will be listed as well as a whole lot of sewn items when I am confident in my skills.  I even have plans to write my own patterns!!

If you would like to check out the store while it’s still under construction, please stop by!  I would love your feedback on the way things are looking and any products you would like to see featured.  Don’t forget to bookmark my store page so you can find me again easily!

Next week I will be blogging about some of the sewing patterns I have been working on and links where you can find the patterns to make for yourself.  In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of some of my new creations…..

These contoured burpies are a feature item in a Baby Couture line for KYW.   I’ve just started the work on this line and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Talk about useful……..how have I lived all these years with earphones and no case????  Well, problem solved with this adorable zipper pouch pattern that is made to fit on your key ring!!!!!  I’ll be sharing this free pattern soon too!

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This is the beginning of a sewing machine cover….I came up with the design myself and it’s so functional and easy to take on and off.  It’s prettier too than the original cover that came with my machine.  I’ll tell you how I put it all together in an upcoming post.

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Stick around!  I’m so excited to share these projects and a few more I’ve completed over the last few weeks.  Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest and subscribe to my blogs for all the latest patterns, creations, and useful tips.