Thursday, April 28, 2011

What I have been working on This week - BAGS!

My Husband and I are relocating to Parker, Co, South Denver. 
So I am in a search for the perfect house. But when I am not looking at houses,
already looked at 23 of them, I am crocheting.

I usually design my own, but I came across two really cute ones
that I just had to share with you.


 I made this darling little basket and purse

These are free patterns and I have included the links for them.

Close up of the purse...sorry about the shadow.


Close up of the basket.




Randon Stripe and Stitch Shopping bag.
I brought my yarn scraps and decided I needed a shopping bag,
I wanted a short handle that I could just slip on my arm.
I changed colors and stitches randomly,
after I made the a basic round bottom.

I will get a pattern written down on this one!






Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Greyhound Fishtail Collar Crochet Pattern

I was asked a few weeks back if I could design a
"Greyhound Fishtail Collar"
Crochet pattern.
I have never had the joy of owning a greyhound
so I had no idea what the fishtail collar was.
So I did what most of us do...I Goggled it!

Here is what I came up with.
Please note, this is a decorative collar
and a lead or leash should not be attached to the collar.

Skill: Easy to Moderate
(there is a little shaping)

Materials:
Hook:H
Rug Yarn: You can also use worsted weight yarn, but it may not stay sturdy.
2 1in. D Rings

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Single Crochet (sc)

We are starting from the center, then working each side.

Starting from the Center : Ch 17, for a 13 to 15 in neck (add 3 chs per in to lengthen collar)

1 sc in 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the next 68 chs, 2 sc in the 69th ch, turn, working down the opposite side of the chain, 2 sc in the first ch, 1 ch in the next 68 chs, and 2 sc in the last ch, join and tie off, weave in your end.
Right Side:

R:1 - Count from the right end of the collar, in 15 sts, attach yarn to the 16th sc with a sc, sc in each st, leaving the last 15 sts unworked, ch 1 turn.

If you added chs for length, the center will be longer, but still leave the lst 15 sts unworked.

R : 2 -  Skip the 1st st, sl st in the next st, sc in each sc, sl st in the last 2 sts, ch 1 turn.

R : 3 - Skip the 1st 2 sts, sl at in the next 2 sts, sc in each st across till 4 sts are left, 2 sl at in the first 2 and leave the last two unworked, ch 1, turn.

R: 4 - Skip the 1st 2 sts, 1 sc in each sc, till last 4 sts, 2 sl sts, leave last 2 sts unworked, tie off, weave in your end.

Turn Collar over and work R: 1-4 on the other side of the collar.



Sc evenly around the whole collar for a smooth look.

Attaching the D : Rings - Attach both D rings to the right side, by folding the end of he collar over the flat end of the rings and sewing down.  Slide the other end of the collar in the D rings and then through the top D
ring to secure.



I added a flower applique and a paw print applique for fun.
I hope someone has a Greyhound and will make this collar a send me a pic.





Sunday, April 24, 2011

My First Crochet Along - It was So Fun !

Mystery Crochet Along  @ Cami's Creative Commodities

I had never done a "Crochet Along" before and wasn't sure I could.
 Each Day only a part of the Crochet Pattern is given,
and you have to follow the instructions without pictures!!!!
Now I am a visual person and need pics.

Before we started she gave us a supplies list:

Red heart yarn - our choice
Little bit of Black yarn, batting,
Ribbon, hook and yarn needle.
Not too many supplies..So I had some hope!

Here was my progress.....

Day 1 - A Big Ball.

Day 2 - A Small ball... hum..


Days 1 - 5
Big Ball,  little Ball,  Med. Ball,
to half circles, and two tubes?
I am starting to to think ..PIG?  


Okay..All the pieces.....we now have 4 tubes, and 
 two black circles..yep I am thinking pig.


Here is my finished "Bear"..LOL.
 Yes, it is a bear.
My Son says it is a pig, my dil says it's a monkey..
But it is really a bear.
I choose red yarn because  I already had it..
now I wished I would have chosen brown or cream.

This was very fun and am looking forward to doing this again..

as a matter of fact I am thinking of hosting one myself.

Something Dog related.

Anyone interested? 


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where are My chihuahuas?

In Preparing 
 for our Garage Sale
this week-end,
I found my
"Taco Bell"Beanies,
as well as a few others.
Back to sorting through my beautiful skinny clothes,
that I can no longer wear,
(sigh).


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Really Big Garage Sale! Really?

Well, we have decided to have a
REALLY BIG GARAGE SALE
 this week-end since we are relocating.
Our son  and His Wife are moving as well. 
 So we are going to combine them.  
 Great idea!
This all sounds great, but now that I have spent
one day gathering everything together.....
I am not so sure.

It is amazing the amount of
"Nice Junk"
you can accumulate!

So as the Garage sale adventure continues...
I will keep you posted!



As I was going through the closet, pulling out extra things to put in the garage sale,
 I came across these. They are Crochet Sweater hangers.
They keep the hanger from making bumps on the shoulders of your sweater.
 My MIL made these for me many years ago...
.I wish I had paid attention when she showed me how to make them.




Come on by...Everything will be priced
cheap, cheap, cheap!!!

Help I am buried under
 a pile of beanie babies!!!!!








Monday, April 18, 2011

Crochet Pattern For Bowl made of T-Shirt yarn or "Tarn"

The Crochet Pattern for the Bowl made of Tarn
 is a really super easy Pattern and can easily be made bigger of smaller,
because it is really just a basic bowl pattern.


Skill- Super Duper Easy


Materials :

Hook: P11

T-Shirt yarn or "Tarn" as some call it -2 colors(C1, C2)

Stitches:

Chain(ch)

Single crochet (sc)

Picot (pc)

Ch 6 - C1

R :1 - 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the next 3 chs, 2 sc in the last ch, turn, stitching down the opposite side of the ch, 2 sc in the 1st ch, 1 sc in the next 3 ch, 2 sc in the last ch, join and ch 1

R : 2 - 2 sc in each sc, join, ch 2

R : 3 - *2 sc in the lst sc, 1 sc in the next sc, repeat from * around the oval, join, ch 1

R : 4 - *2 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next 3 sc, repeat from * , join, ch 1

R : 5 & 6 - Repeat R : 4

R : 7 - 1 sc in each sc, join , ch 1

R : 8-10 - Repeat R: 7

R : 11-14 - Change to C2, Repeat R : 7

R : 15-18 - Change back to C1, repeat R : 7

R : 19 - Pattern for bowl rim. sc, sc ,sc, pc..repeat pattern around the top of the bowl, join, tie off, weave in ends.
Happy Hooking!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Learning How to make T-Shirt yarn or "Tarn"

I wanted to learn how to make
 T-shirt yarn or "Tarn" 
as it is sometimes called.

I had heard alot about it, so decided to try it.
The first thing I did was raid my husbands
 T-shirt drawer. Once I picked the color I wanted,

I laid the it on the counter  flat, and cut  the hem off
and cut  across the chest, right under the sleeves.,

I The turned it side ways so the folds were on the top and bottom.
 I folded the Top down about 2 inches. 
 (Now, I did not measure anything,
I eyeballed it all.)
 I cut from bottom to top  about 1 inch strips,
stopping short of the fold. I did this all the way across the the T-Shirt.



I  opened the end of the T-shirt the  I did not cut, and mat a cut from the first,
 strip to the next strip. It will be  a slanted cut.

I was struggling a little with cutting the next slanted cuts,
so I got out my big tea pitcher, and laid it the T-Shirt on top.
 This really helped a lot.


As I cut each strip, I unwound it and let it drape to the floor.
Isn't it pretty?

Once I had the "Tarn" all cut, It need to be stretched to look like yarn.
I gently pulled on the yarn to get it to stretch,
but not to hard or it will break.

I ended up making three different colors. I had to stop,
 because all the cutting was rubbing a blister on my finger.
(yes, I am a big baby!)

With Tarn I made this yarn Bowl.
I think is is lovely.
I will have the pattern written down and ready for you
Next week!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Oklahoma Vs. Colorado


My husband loves
 the mountains
 and I love the beach. 
 So we live in Oklahoma
 were there is neither.

This has always been a joke 
between my husband
and I, as to why we live
 in Oklahoma,
But the real reason is 
because our family lives here.


But it looks like we will be relocating to
 Denver, Colorado.


It is going to be hard.
....not the move.
...the leaving.

My sister, Mom and me
I will be leaving my sister and my mom.


I will be leaving my Grandkids, Daughter and Son-in-law.

I will also be leaving
 my church Family At Eastland Baptist Church


I became a part of this church 40 years ago,
 as a child, I and my sisters began to ride the church bus to Sunday school.
My Mother, came to church , when the new Pastor came.
His name was Dave Hardy.
We began attending every Sunday Morning , Sunday night and wed.
And became very active at the church,
Which wasn't easy for a single mother of 4 girls, in those days.

I grew up at Eastland Baptist church, I learned about the Lord,
 I  learned about standards,  missions and tithing
and  The King James Bible..
When I was 15, the youth director's wife, lead me to the Lord..
 I was baptized in the "old green auditorium".

 I married a Christian man, my husband being the USAF
we traveled a lot, always went to good churches,
 but never one like EASTLAND.




Upon retiring from the USAF we decided to settle
 back in Oklahoma, because of the my family, yes, 
 But, also because of  the church.

My daughter was married at this church, in the Blue Auditorium, 
and I have seen several of my nieces and nephews saved and baptized
here, as well.  So alot of my heart is here.

 A Pastor preached a sermon once, that was titled,
 "Sometimes God Asks us to do hard things."

I Love my Church..
And Leaving is a "hard thing!"

And to answer the Question, "Is this God's Will".
Yes, It is God's will for me to be were my husband is.


Colorado...Here we come,
Are you ready for us!



Friday, April 8, 2011

Shell Stitch Dog Collar with a Big Flower or Butterfly

Shell Stitch Dog collar
 with a Big Flower

Crochet Pattern
And Video
See this Video on my Youtube channel at this LINK


Shell Stitch Collar with a Big Sunflower.
Please Add This Crochet pattern to Your Ravelry Favorites.

Skill :  Easy

Materials:
Tape measure :to measure your dogs neck
Hook-H
Yarn Needle to sew on applique
Yarn : Any worsted weight yarn
Button : 1/2 inch

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Single (sc)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Double Crochet (dc)
Shell Stitch (sh st) - (2 dc, ch1, 2 dc)

Size:
Pattern as written fits a 12 inch neck,
To adjust - 1 Row = 1 inch

R : 1 - Ch 8, 1dc in the 4th ch from the hook, 1 dc in the next 4 chs,
 ch1 turn (5dc)

R : 2 - 1 dc in each dc, ch 3, turn (5dc)

R : 3 - 1 Sh st  in the center dc, ( above, for how to st the shell st)
skip the next dc, 1 dc in the last st, ch 3(ch3 counts as 1st dc in the next row)
 turn.(ch3, 1sh st, 1dc)

R : 4 - 1 sh st in the center st, skip the next st, 1 dc in the last st, ch 3 , turn.
(ch3, 1sh st, 1dc)

R : 5 - 18 (or how long you need it to fit your dogs neck.) Repeat R : 4

The Shell Stitch forms a natural button hole, so there is no need to make one,
Just tie off and weave in your end.

Sew the button on the opposite end of he collar with matching yarn.
Flower:
R : 1 - With first color, Ch 3, 8sc in the send ch from the hook, join (8sc)

R : 2 - Change to next color,ch1, sc in the next sc,
*ch1, sc in the next sc, repeat from * 7 more times, for 8, join.
(8sc, 8 ch1 spaces)

R : 3 - In each ch 1 space, (1 sc, 4 dc ,1sc) for 8 petals.

R : 4 - Ch 2, attach to the center back of the first petal with a sl st,
repeat on the remaining 7 petal backs, join

R : 5 - In each ch 2 space, ( 1 sc 4 dc, 1sc) for the 8 back petals , tie off, weave in your ends, and attach to collar by sewing with matching yarn.


Same Shell Stitch collar,
 But I added a Butterfly instead of the Flower.

I got this wonderful crochet Simple Butterfly from
The  "Crocheted Sass" Blog
Only I modified it by putting and addition row of sc
 around the wings. I also chain 10, for the body and
wrapped it around to attach it to the back.
With the chain, it could be used as a collar slide as well.


Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Because of you, Chihuahua Rescue

Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a rescue located in Edmond, Oklahoma. We are incorporated with the State of Oklahoma and are a 501(c)3 non-profit group. We are a small rescue and passionate about the Chihuahua breed and their well being.


"Because of You" is dedicated to finding loving "forever homes" for unwanted, unloved, and homeless Chihuahua dogs.





Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a spay/neuter rescue and believe that there are more dogs than there are good homes to put them into. We would like more people to consider adopting existing dogs, rather than breeding more! And we want to encourage people to also consider the older dogs, since they are some of the most loving dogs and most in need of loving homes. These dogs have been someone's faithful companion, and for whatever the reasons, have been discarded like old garbage...



All rescued dogs live as our personal pets until a "forever home" is found. The dogs are not caged, but roam freely in our home! All veterinarian needs, including spay/neuter will be provided by "Because of You" prior to the adoption. We also do dental, shots, fecal, heartworm test and a prevention plan, grooming, nail care, microchipping and full exam.



Foster Homes Needed

Animal Shelters can be especially scary for the senior Chihuahuas. For some reason or another, senior Chihuahuas keep flowing into area shelters. Is it that they are no longer the young exuberant chi that they once were? Is it the gray on their muzzle that makes them unappealing for their owners? Is 10+ years too long to love a dog? Are these the reasons that so many seniors are in need of rescue?





I think not...a senior Chihuahua is the best of both worlds. They are calm; this doesn’t mean they are less active. They just do not feel the need to run around unless they have good reason. The gray on their muzzle gives them a regal and sophisticated look about them. It is by no means unappealing...Having your furry companion live for 10+ years, WOW, what a privilege to be able to love them and get love in return for that many years!



If you have an older pet please be a responsible pet parent and keep your faithful companion for life. Remember, you will be old someday too. Give your pet the respect they deserve, don’t abandon them in their silver years.

Please visit them on Facebook, too.


Chi Chi boutique
Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a 501C non-profit organizations, and all proceeds from the Chi Chi Boutique go towards the care of the chihuahuas

Harnesses, leads, t-shirts, car seats, belly bands and more.


If you would like to purchase a Mini E-book of Crochet Patterns : $1.00 of every sale will be donated to This Chi Rescue For the Month of April.
 
or Any of the Official Posh Pooch Designs Items, with $1.00 also going to this Chi Rescue.  Our Goal is to reach $100.00 for the month of April!