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!