Friday, November 21, 2008

The End Results From My Spinning...

Well I got my top whorl drop spindle, and had my spinning lesson. Maryann was also nice enough to give me some wool to practice with, I am so thankful for it. Well I spun it up and I dyed it red with Cherry Kool-Aid. The end results looked like this...

This is what it looked like bfore I dyed it. This is my first spun yarn and my first time dyeing. It Is hanging up to dry right now. I love how dark the color came out. I used this website for the information needed to dye my yarn.. I have also bought some Merino from Myspecialtea on ebay, who has some good roving and is an honest seller. I am in the process of spinning that up and It is so soft and sooo easy to spin and is spinning up VERY nicely. Now I am looking for a crochet project to use it up with!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Quick And Easy Earrings

size 10 thread- any color
size 7 crochet hook
A pair of hook earrings (or you could use leverbacks too)
2 small to medium sized beads
2 Jumprings (optional)
Any type of stiffner

Stitches used:
DC- Double Crochet
Sc- Single Crochet
Ch - Chain
Sl St- Slip Stitch

Gauge does not matter, but you want to keep the same tension throughout both peices.

Before Starting:
Before starting your chain or making your slip knot, slip the bead onto the thread. Tie a triple knot so it wont come off. Now, push the bead down to the knot. Holding the bead, wrap it around your hook and tie it on, but do not make a knot, instead, push or pull the tie down to the bead, that is the start of your chain.

Round 1: Chain 30. Sl St to 2nd ch from the bead making a ring around your bead. You should now have your bead hanging in the middle of the 3

Round 2:
Dc 44 times into the ring, sl st to ch 3.

Round 3:Now when you are done take your favorite way to block, and block your work. I used 50% water and 50% white glue. I laid them out on the blocking board and used a paint brush to soak them, turned them over and did the same thing. Then I pinned them into shape,and let them dry.

When dry Attach the jump ring to the chain 10 area and then onto the hook earring.

Quick And Easy Potholders

Quick And Easy Pot Holders
Size I Hook
Cotton Yarn
Yarn Needle for weaving ends

Stitches used:
Ch= Chain
Sc= Single Crochet
DC= Double Crochet

Rev Sc= Reverse Single Crochet
Sl St= Slip StitchSt= Stitch
Note: Pattern is done in the round.Each round is joined. Potholder is made in 2 parts, front and back.
Row 1= Ch 3. Join to make a ring. Dc 12 times into ring. Sl st to ch 3 to join.
Ch 2.
Row 2= 2 Dc in each st around.Sl st to ch 3 to join.Ch 2.
Row 3= Dc in next st, 2 DC in next around. Sl st to ch 3 to join.Ch 2.
Row 4= Dc in next 2, 2 dc in next around. Sl st to join. Ch 2.
Row 5= Dc in next 3, 2 dc in next around. Sl st to join. ch 2.
Row 6= Dc in next 4, 2 dc in next around. Sl st to join.Finish off. weave in ends.
Follow same pattern as front, rows 1-6, except when you get to row 6 do not finish off.
Row 1= Place wrong sides facing each other and single crochet both sides together,sl st to first sc.
Row 2= Rev sc around. sl st to first rev sc and end off. weave in ends.
Coasters (make 4)
Follow first 3 rounds of pattern for potholders.
Round 4 rev sc around. end off weave in ends.

Versitile Little Flower

WW Yarn
G hook
Yarn needle

Stitches used:
ch- chain
hdc- Half double crochet
sl st-slip stitch
dc- double crochet
FL-front loop
BL- back loop

Ch 4. join w/ sl st to form a ring. Ch 2
Rnd 1:
12 dc in ring, sl st to 1st dc to join.

Rnd 2:
In FL skip the stitch that you sl st'ed in and (3 hdc in next FL. Sl st in next FL) aound. (6 petals)DO NOT JOIN.

Rnd 3: In BL dc 6 times, sl in next BL and ch 2. (5 dc in next BL sl st in next BL and ch 2) around. ending with sl st in last BL.(6 petals).

Rnd 4:For applique end off. weave in ends. For pendant draw up a big loop then end off. weave in ends.DO NOT FINISH OFF FOR NECKLACE, BRACELET OR HEADPEICE. Ch 50 (longer or shorter as needed for necklace,bracelet,or head peice)then end off

Rnd 5: Attach yarn with a sl st directly across on other side between petals and ch 50 (or same amount you did as other side) end off. weave in all ends.