Saturday, January 11, 2020

Update: January 11, 2020


Hello, and welcome to the Crazy Crochetin’ Mama! I’m glad that you have stopped by today. I want to wish everyone a happy New Year. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas 2019, and that you enjoyed your New Year’s celebration as 2020 begun. My children and I celebrated a quiet Christmas here at home, watching movies, reading books, and playing with toys. New Year’s Eve was much the same as all my children are young, and we live far outside of town. They went to sleep early, and I stayed up a little while longer listening to an audiobook and crocheting on one last cardigan.

Ignore the faces on my boys in blue and red.  Trying to get the one in yellow to stand still for a picture is hard enough.  I take what I can get.


December was a whirlwind of finished projects. I made all the kids’ teachers and bus drivers scarves, hats, and gloves this year (or some mix match combination of those three items), and I crocheted each of the kids and myself a cardigan. I, unfortunately, did not take any pictures of the teachers’ gifts as I barely got them finished in time for the kids to give them to their teachers before Christmas. I did get a picture of my kids in their Christmas cardigans. (Mine still isn’t finished.)

I still have a lot of works in progress because I can’t just work on one thing. My Christmas cardigan is about halfway done. All I have left is the sleeves and the collar. I just ran out of steam when everyone was sick. I’ll be picking that back up this week.

I also have a woven blanket that I am working on, I’m still plugging along on the Tetris blanket, and I have three new shawls that I am working on. I also have two patterns that I wrote up after Thanksgiving that I am trying to crochet up so that I can set up the patterns for my blog or my shop (I haven’t decided where those two patterns will end up yet). And I have a knitted shawlette that I am working on and a knitted washcloth pattern that I wrote that I am in the process of knitting up.

The shop will be experiencing some growth this year. I will be adding patterns as soon as they are ready for release, and I have several crocheted/knitted/woven items that I want to sell that I will be adding soon.

That is it for now. I’m hoping to have more growth as I share more in 2020, and I hope that you all enjoy. Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Pattern: Basic Fingerless Glove Crochet Pattern


Basic Crochet Fingerless Gloves


Materials Needed:



Worsted Weight (#4) yarn
H – J (5.00 – 5.5 mm) Hook

Stitches Used:

DC – Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet


Special Stitches:

FPDC - Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Insert your hook into the front of your work, behind the indicated stitch, and then through your work such that your hook is now at the front of your work again. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull up a loop. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull through final 2 loops on your hook.

BPDC - Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Insert your hook into the back of your work, in front of the indicated stitch, and then through your work such that your hook is now at the back of your work again. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull up a loop. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull through 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook). Pull through final 2 loops on your hook.


Pattern

Round 1: Double Crochet Chainless Foundation for 27 stitches (count stitches, not created posts). Slip stitch together to form a round.

Round 2: Chain 2. FPDC around the first post. BPDC around the next post. (FPDC, BPDC) until the end of the round. FPDC around the last post. Slip stitch the ends together to close the round.

Rounds 3 – 6: Repeat Round 2.

Round 7: Chain 1. Beginning with the stitch at the base of the turning chain, HDC in every stitch around. Slip stitch the ends together to close the round.

Rounds 8 – 13: Repeat Round 7.

(Working the thumb hole.) Round 14: Chain 1. Beginning with the stitch at the base of the turning chain, HDC in every stitch around. Do not join together. Instead, turn your work.

Rounds 15 – 19: Repeat Round 14.

Round 20: Chain 1. Beginning with the stitch at the base of the turning chain, HDC in every stitch around. Slip stitch the ends together to close the round.

Rounds 21 – 23: Repeat Round 20.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Decorate as you wish.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Pattern: Quick and Easy Crochet Circular Coaster

Today, I am going to share a pattern that I have been using for years.  It is a very basic pattern, and it is fairly easy.  The only skills you need to know is how to join a ring, slip stitch, and double crochet.  I use Worsted Weight dishcloth cotton yarn for my projects along with an H-Hook (5.00 mm).  I also tend to crochet tight with cotton, so you may need to adjust your hook size for your project to lay flat.  With all of that being said, let's get to the pattern.


Quick and Easy Crochet Circular Coaster Pattern

Materials:


H - Hook (5.00 mm)
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn  (any worsted weight will work, but cotton will be the most absorbent when it comes to condensation.)


Project Notes:

*  The (Chain 2) at the beginning of every round counts as the first stitch.
*  The first crocheted stitch of each round is always done in the same stitch as the turning chain.


*  The last stitch(es) of every round are always done in the top of the last stitch of the previous row, the one hiding beneath the turning chain.




Pattern:

Tie a slip knot around your hook.  Chain 4 and slip stitch into the first chain to make a circle.  Chain 2.

Round 1:  Remember that your (Chain 2) will always count as your first stitch.  DC x 11 into the center of the ring.  Slip Stitch in the top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (12 stitches)

Round 2:  Chain 2.  DC in the stitch at the base of the Chain 2.  DC 2 times into the next stitch and in the remaining 10 stitches, including the very last stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip stitch in the top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (24 stitches)

Round 3:  Chain 2.  DC in base of Chain 2. DC in next stitch. (2 DC, 1 DC) around, ending with a 1 DC in the stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip Stitch in top of the Chain 2 to close round.  (36 stitches)

Round 4.  Chain 2.  DC in base of the Chain 2.  DC in each of the next two stitches.  (2 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC) around circle, ending with a second 1 DC in the last stitch tucked under the Chain 2.  Slip stitch to the top of the Chain 2 to close the round.  (48 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 2019 Goals

Another month has come and gone here at the Crazy Crochetin' Mama, and though I intended to roll out September with my new blog schedule, my plans very quickly fell to the wayside.  My first child fell ill with a severe chest cold around the 7th, and by the 11th, we all had it.  And when I finally thought that I was seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and everyone would be well again, the first two kids that had it fell ill again.

Everyone has been well for the past two days, so my fingers are crossed that we all stay this way.  I have now kicked myself into high gear to roll everything out this month -- blog and Etsy shop.

So, my goals for this month include:

1)  Establish my blog schedule. -- I have most of it figured out.  I just need to fill in topics for the last two slots of the month, and I need to start writing.

2)  Launch my Etsy shop. -- This is scheduled for October 15th, tentatively.

3)  Write (3) new free patterns and (3) paid patterns. -- This may be easier said than done, but I have to start somewhere.

4)  Finish (1) big project. -- I am aiming to complete the Tetris blanket, but doing the same block pattern over and over is monotonous sometimes, so I will even accept a completed shawl for this task.

5)  Begin crocheting Christmas items for the Etsy shop.  -- I missed the ball for Halloween, and probably for Thanksgiving as well, but I think I can have some Christmas items ready in time.  I will begin with Christmas ornaments then branch out from there.  I know I am still late getting started so I want to start with smaller items.

Those are my five goals for this month.  We did get the Fall garden planted here on the homestead, but I did not finish cleaning out the abandoned horse stable, and I did not get as much research and trial runs done on Youtube videos as I wanted.  But it will all get done eventually.

I hope everyone had a great September, and that you are all looking forward to a fun and festive October.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Jumping Back in the Saddle

I love working with fibers--I really do, but for a while there, real life just got in the way.

As many of you may know, my husband of fourteen years walked out in August 2017, leaving me with four kids, no job, no car, and a lot of unforeseen headaches.  And life got tough--fast.  I had to figure out how to feed and take care of my kids on what little I received each month.  And with a special needs child who needs constant supervision, my job opportunities were narrowed drastically.  Not many businesses are interested in hiring someone who can a) only work while their kids are at school, and b) may have to leave work to pick up a sick kid or may not be able to work for a week because all four kids are sick.  So, I had to figure something out.

So, I cut back drastically on spending, and I started selling patterns and a few custom-made pieces.  It wasn't enough.  At least not then.  I focused on my writing and released a few books.  It still wasn't enough--and worse, writing wasn't the one thing that I really enjoyed doing anymore.  I wanted to knit and crochet and play with all the fiber-y goodness.  Then, I went back to my roots: farming.

I planted an herb and vegetable garden this summer, and I am preparing to plant my Fall garden now.  I canned and preserved enough food to almost half my cost of groceries, and I'm finally not worrying so much about money.  We aren't stretching to the last penny anymore.

I am finally able to relax and pick up my fiber arts again.  Right now, I am only crocheting and knitting from my stash, but I plan to pick up my spinning again soon.  And the kids and I are looking into raising and shearing sheep in the future.

It finally feels like we are on the right track.

So, without further ado, I want to welcome everyone back to the blog, and I want to share my goals and plans for September.

Before the end of September, I want to:

1)  Finish crocheting/knitting at least two of my larger works on progress.

2)  Prepare and plant my Fall garden--lots of delicious greens!

3)  Finish setting up  my blog an establish a posting schedule.

4)  Finish setting up my Etsy shop and list my first items.

5)  Research the process of establishing and running a Youtube channel.

6)  Clean out at least half of the abandoned horse stable so we can begin converting it to a sheep shed.

I know that it may not seem like much, but a few of those tasks will take more than a day to complete.  Others will take only a few hours, but i still want to leave myself some time to unwind.  For the first time in tend years, all of my children are in school, and I am finally getting some "me time."

And I intend to enjoy it!

So, that's it for now.  I will be settling on a posting schedule for the blog over the next few days, and hopefully we can settle into a routine.  It's good to see everyone again, and it's great to be back among the fiber community.  Until next time, ta ta!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket (Continued)

Welcome to another WIP-It Wednesday!  My WIP this week is still the Tetris Blanket.

WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #geekcrochet #tetris
My completed gray squares, 20 in all!

I crocheted forty-eight more squares this week, finishing all the gray blocks and the orange blocks.

I pulled all of the skeins from my stash that I will need for my blue squares.  I have to make forty-four of those to fill in all the spots in the pattern, so I will start on those tomorrow, and hopefully finish them this week.  If I finish them quickly, I will move on to the black squares.
WIP-It Wednesday: The Tetris Blanket - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #geekcrochet #tetris
My completed orange squares, 28 in total.

The goal is to have this blanket done before the end of the month.

Well, that's my project for WIP-It Wednesday.  Leave links to your projects or leave a comment below.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What's On Your Hook? - February 13, 2018

What's On Your Hook? - February 13, 2018 - Crazy Crochetin' Mama #crochet #blanket #scarf
Good morning!

What started out as a crazy-busy week turned into a stalemate here at the Crazy Crochetin' Mama.

I started out the week by working my way through the gray and the orange granny squares for my Tetris blanket.  The full update on that project is scheduled for tomorrow's WIP-It Wednesday, so I won't go into a lot of detail about it here.

I also started on a red wool scarf.  I have crocheted about sixteen inches on it, and I am hoping to finish it this week now that things have settled down.

Before I go any further, I need to explain the reason for my stalemate at the end of the week.  My oldest son had a dental emergency.  One of his baby molars chipped, exposing the nerve.  By the time I got his dental insurance from his father and found a dentist who would see him, it had become infected.  I spent most of Thursday morning on the phone with the dentist, Thursday afternoon at the dentist office with a miserable little boy.  Then Thursday evening and most of Friday was spent watching him as he came off anesthesia and making certain that the extraction site didn't start bleeding again.  (He's an easy bleeder.)

And by then, it was Saturday, and I had all four of the children at home.  I try not to work when they are home, so I left my weekend open to hang with them.

Yesterday morning, I started working on the blue squares for the Tetris blanket, and I turned my focus back to my red wool scarf during my evening crochet segment.

So, what's what has been on my hook this week.  What's on your hook?