Knitting and Crocheting

I have been working on a couple of small things lately.

Knitted Dishcloth and Crochet Woven Square.

Knitted Dishcloth and Crochet Woven Square.

I’m still knitting dishcloths with the monthly dishcloth group (that’s the purple one).  With the little bit leftover from the cotton ball after a dishcloth, I make strips and add strips of white to create these woven squares.  I think once I get enough of them, I’ll sew them together to make an afghan.

Chicken and Tux, the cat facing off.

Chicken and Tux, the cat facing off.

We have three chickens, but by far the one pictured is the most aggressive, her name is short wing.  We also have two cats, the one pictured here is Tux.

The chicken won!

The chicken won!

Shortwing really likes to keep her yard “pest” free!

Giraffe Graphghan

I have again picked up the Giraffe Graphghan and am completely enjoying the process of crocheting from a graph.

Made it to the mouth!

Made it to the mouth!

I now have made it up to the mouth!  It seems to be going much more quickly now.

Weaving in ends.

Weaving in ends.

This is where I was the last time I worked on it.  I’m making good progress now.

Sophie’s Universe- Part 9

Slowly, but surely!

My whole Sophie so far.

My whole Sophie so far.

Although, far behind everyone else, I am truly loving this adventure.  For someone who started out as a novice crocheter and has had to google and you tube a lot of the stitches for this project, I am managing to keep going.  I give credit to the designer – her pattern is completely fool proof (as evidenced by my being able to do it!), very well written and the photos are fabulous!

The beautiful flowers on the short sides.

The beautiful flowers on the short sides.

More flowers!

More flowers!

I can't get enough of her!

I can’t get enough of her!

Working my way through part 10 – S. L. O. W. L. Y

Zooty Owl’s CAL-part 2

I couldn’t put this pattern down and continued on with the second part without stopping!

Traditional Granny.

Traditional Granny.

This was a traditional granny square, but with a twist.  You turn you work every round so that the square does not curl.  Pretty  neat!

All eight sewn together with the visible join.

All eight sewn together with the visible join.

Zooty Owl’s CAL-part 1

I fell off the wagon again!  I joined another CAL and am also loving this one.  It’s from Zooty Owl‘s blog and the patterns are very well written.

Circle in a square granny.

Circle in a square granny.

Each square is attached to the other by the visible join (I just learned this method) which is explained quite well on her blog.

Eight made and attached to each other.

Eight made and attached to each other.

Crochet Shoulder Bag

I have several small bags that I simply love.  They all have the same drawback – they are not big enough for my new phone.  My husband convinced me that I NEEDED the iPhone 6 (the screen on my old phone was cracked and the phone had stopped ringing).  So after much cajoling I caved and bought one.  I actually really like it – I can read everything I want on it (my old eyes were having trouble with the smaller screen).  The only drawback was that it no longer fit into my bags.  I don’t like to carry big ones, I like the small over the shoulder ones.  What to do…?  Hmm… Make my own!

Start of a crochet shoulder purse.

Start of a crochet shoulder purse.

I picked some fun, colorful yarn and started right away!  I took some measurements of my phone and got started.  Each row is single crochet and I really like the tight fabric this stitch creates.  I don’t remember how many I chained to begin with.

Crocheting done.

Crocheting done.

I crocheted until the piece was long enough to be folded in half and still hold my phone (and my checkbook).  Then I measured some cute, cotton fabric for a lining.

Lining being added.

Lining being added.

The lining edges are turned under and hand sewn in place.

Zipper closure.

Zipper closure.

All my bags need a zipper – I just feel safer that way.

Lining with pockets on both sides.

Lining with pockets on both sides.

Before I put the whole thing together, I added some little pockets for credit cards and cash.  They work perfectly I might add!

Isn't it cute?!

Isn’t it cute?!

This model is much cuter than me!  But you can see that it is the perfect length and it holds everything I need on a daily basis.

So useful!

So useful!

I have used it everyday since it was completed and I anticipate many years of use!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Giraffe Graphghan

I haven’t made much progress on this project lately.  I did manage to weave in most of the ends and teach myself the magic knot.  I am hoping the magic knot will reduce the number of ends that I need to weave in.

Weaving in ends.

Weaving in ends.

I spent the better part of an hour weaving in ends.  I did manage to crochet two more rows though!

Learning the magic knot way of joining new yarns

Learning the magic knot way of joining new yarns

I’m not quite proficient at this method yet, but it seems really strong and I’m willing to try it out.