Yarn Bombing

Today I decided to yarn bomb the nearest item to my person…which happened to be my baby Nikon. I love this camera so much, but it kills me inside every time I take it anywhere because I’m so scared that the screen is going to get scratched. Now that problem is evaded thanks to my newest experiment with yarn. I actually really like this wool cover I made. It connects with nude colored buttons to the back and bottom of the piece so it can easily be put on and off, making taking pictures safer ( and cuter!) that ever!

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Laptop Case

I’ve been wanting a chunky crocheted laptop case for FOREVER and I finally sat down and watched 40 episodes of The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and made one last night. I love it since it’s dual color, but I ESPECIALLY love the button, which I found at a thrift store in Seattle. My laptop is very happy with its new home.

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Mug Hugger Pattern

 ‘Tis the season for white elephant gift, and other kinds of gift exchanges, including one of my personal favorites: The mug exchange. This little Christmas treat allows you to get rid of that ugly mug you got for Christmas last year, or find a new tea cup for your already ridiculously out of control collection. Either way it can be tons of fun. For me, as a person who is not a fan of the “ugly” trend for the Christmas season (ugly sweaters, mugs, costumes etc.), I’ve decided to crochet myself through this trend as well. And, as my gift to you: Here is a little present so that you can avoid it as well.Mug Hugger

Materials: What You Will Need

Worsted Weight Yarn

Size J/6.00mm Crochet Hook

A button

A mug

 

Instructions:

Ch 31

Join Chain, turnMug Hugger2

Sc in previous row leaving 3ch unworked, turn

Sc back and forth on remaining sc until piece measures 4 ½” or ½” from rim of mug

Ch 5, sc back in initial st (making a loop which will be used to catch the button)

Fasten off

Attach button

Weave in all loose ends.

Enjoy!

Krochet Kids International

I have had the honor to work with one of the most dedicated and inspiring non-profits ever as a former intern of Krochet Kids International. Tonight I am beyond proud of these guys as the winners of the American Giving Award’s Community Builder’s Award …and $500,000.00 which will, be used to to impact countless lives.

If you haven’t heard about Krochet Kids International before, they are a non-profit based out of Costa Mesa, CA. The non-profit was started by three Spokane natives who took their passion for Crocheting and used it to impact the lives of women in Uganda (and, most recently, Peru!) and their communities. By teaching women to crochet/knit and then selling their wares in the US they are able to provide countless jobs and opportunities.

Not to mention their beanies are ADORABLE!

Check them out! Buy a hat. Change a life.

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

1. Hats with Pom-Poms. Because who doesn’t like hats with pom-poms! These adorable Christmas time perfections are on sale now at Anthropologie and I’m pretty much in love with them in every color. Might have to make myself a knock off.24277285462994862_yv1Mq9aQ_c

2. Crocheted Mittens! Because knitters can’t have ALL the fun! I CANNOT wait to try out these little treats. They’re pretty much the cutest present you can make someone not only because they’re hand made, but because they defy the law that mittens and gloves were destined for the two needle crafter. Welcome to the new world of crochet! Grab the FREE Pattern HERE!

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3. Mini crocheted/knit ornaments! These babies I found on etsy, but I’ve been craving to make a set of my own. I love the idea of anything miniature and love it even more when they allow me to use my crafting expertise.

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4. BLANKETS! Correction *CUTE* blankets. No matter how cold it is outside, no one wants to sit under an ugly throw. I’ve loved finding cute little patterns that show the perfect solution. This one is a bit springy for right now, but I think with the right color combination (robin’s egg blue and white?) it could be a winter classic!

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5. Combining cute print fabrics with crochet! I really want to use this technique with a laptop case. There are some extremely beautiful and cute fabrics available at local crafts stores right now and I love the look of combining the sewing world with the yarn world. Fantastic. Can’t wait to try it out! 146226319122524348_9y3K3DLW_c

I am seriously so excited for the crafting season of Christmas! Check back later to see some of these fun ideas come to play in my workshop of yarn and needles!

House Slipper Pattern

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In the spirit of giving, here’s a little pattern I whipped up for one of my friends. House Slippers on the go!

Enjoy! 

Materials:

Hooks: J/10-6.00MM

F/4.00 MM

Yarn: Worsted weight 100% Acrylic

Size: 7.5 Women’s Shoe

Bottom (Make two pieces):

Ch 21

Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across to last ch st, being careful to only hook the TOP loop of the chain (20 st)

Sc 3 in last ch sp

Work your way back working in the bottom of each ch space across until last sc, 2sc in last space (20 st)Houseslippers2

Ch 2, 19 hdc, 3 hdc in sp, 19hdc, 3 hdc in sp, hdc in remaining st, join with sl st (44 st)

Continue last row until piece measures desired width and length,

(For size 7.5 womens 4 more times)

Fasten off.

Make two of these pieces.

Connecting bottom pieces:

Place one bottom piece on top of the other making sure all sides line up

With crochet hook and new color

Sc in each space aroundhouse slippers1

Join with sl st

(For size 7.5 womens, this will mean sc five times around, joining each round with a sl st, until side measures 1 ¼”)

Fasten off.

Top Piece:

Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc across to last ch, sc in last ch, ch 2

Hdc each row until piece measures 2 ½” for size 7.5 women’s (or until it covers

about 1/3 of the open space)

Decrease one hdc on each side of the piece for the next five rows.

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Fasten off.

Connecting Top Piece to Main Body:

Pin top piece in place so that the smallest part lines up with the toe (or one end) of the main body

Make sure the sides are equally lined up

With F hook sc in each space from top piece and main body until top piece is connected

Continue around until you’ve made an additional row around foot opening and the top piece is connected

Fasten off.

Half Double Crochet (hdc)