Finished Object Friday: Granny Square Sweater

Last year’s Black Friday, I had a good haul of this Heartland yarn by Lion Brand. This has been my on-the-go project because it’s just a big ol’ granny square!

Granny Square Sweater

I just made a granny square as wide as my arm span. Then slip stitched together the side into itself to form the sleeve. A single crochet edge around the openings. And there you have it!

Granny Square Sweater

Really, that’s it.

Granny Square Sweater

The top part is folded over to make it look like a collar.

Granny Square Sweater

Granny Square Sweater

Warm and comfy. But in this Hawaii summer, this sweater will have to wait.

FO Friday: Wire Wrap

Introducing “Finished Object” or “FO” Friday! Now I share recent projects I have completed! So here’s a quick one to start.

I’m always finding my cords all tangled up, so I made a solution!

A quick little thing to strap around cords!

wire wrap

A rectangle/strip with a buttonhole, add a button, and done! I didn’t use any particular pattern, I just made some half double crochet rows and single crochet around.

Want one? Order here.

FO Friday: Edith Hat

Get a head start on Halloween!

I’m starting to stock up on these hats. Because last year, I was crocheting at maximum capacity to keep up with demand!

The most popular item during Halloween season last year were these Edith hats. It was getting made in all sizes!

Edith Hat

Edith Hat

 

Avoid the rush and order Edith hat (or any other hat) here any time of the year!

Black Tourmaline Hat

I felt like knitting a hat out of a yarn I got a while back. It probably took me longer to find a pattern/design to knit than it took for me to actually make the hat. (Crocheter problems, lol!)

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This pattern is super easy to follow and I just love the unique look of the finished product! This would make a great beginner project.

  • Pattern from: Caitlin ffrench
  • Yarn: Puppy Bergen (??? some imported yarn I scored from a craft swap)
  • Needle: 8.0 mm Clover Takumi bamboo double pointed knitting needles from Clover USA

Yoda Prop Set

I just wanted to quickly share a recent order, a photography prop set. This worked up faster than I thought it would. Well, it is for a newborn!

Yoda Photography Prop

Yoda Photography Prop

Yoda Photography Prop

  • Pattern from BeeMineCrochet
  • Order a set here.
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Green; Red Heart With Love in Tan; Loops & Threads Impeccable in Grass
  • Hook: 5.0 Furls Odyssey crochet hook

Slouchy Beehive Hat

The shop has been quite busy lately, but I finally managed to get photos of something I made before orders came in.

Gray Knit Beanie

I felt like getting my needles out and knit, and use up some yarn my sister found at a thrift store. I started off using circular knitting needles since I don’t need to worry about falling stitches or losing needles. But once I got about halfway through, I switched over to double pointed needles (dpn’s). Luckily, the set I had was long enough! This is especially easier once the decreases started.

Gray Knit Beanie

My personal queue is still (and probably always will be, right crafters!?) quite lengthy. So you just never know what I’ll be posting next!

Gray Knit Beanie

  • Yarn: sorry, the label is in Japanese, but it feels like a silk blend
  • Needles: 5.0 mm and 5.5 mm double pointed knitting needles from Clover USA; circular knitting needles from Knitter’s Pride
  • Pattern: Flower Pot Designs

Making Lemons for National Stress Awareness Month

April is National Stress Awareness month! I am celebrating Craft Yarn Council style, and I am making lemon stress balls!

This month, we take note of what causes us stress and rid of them in a healthy way. Standing in a slow line? Take it out on a lemon while you wait! Be aware of what stresses you out and find a healthy outlet. My go-to is crocheting, but other crafts work for me too. I try to scrapbook and knit. Whatever floats your boat, maybe you enjoy floating on a boat!

Lemons

Keep in mind that having a hobby does not mean the stressor goes away permanently. if your taxes are stressing you out for example, settle them ASAP. Neighbors getting on your nerves? Talk to them about the issue, and move on to the proper authorities if they’re not cooperative. Do something to help the situation, constantly running away from it does not always help.

Want to crochet lemons too? The pattern I’m using is linked below.

Check out the hashtag #stitchawaystress on social media to see what others are making for National Stress Awareness month!

  • Pattern: Twinkie Chan’s Lemon
  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable in xxx; Red Heart Super Saver in Lemon
  • Hook: Clover Soft Touch 4mm
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Granny Square Bag

I’ve been wanting to make one of these bags for a while now. I finally took the opportunity to do so when I’ve frogged (rip/undo) my yarn for the 2nd or 3rd time. The more you frog a yarn, the more the yarn itself unravels and it doesn’t look as clean as it is fresh from the skein. These yarns are leftover from a dress I made for my daughter, so there was no real plan for this material.

I made 10 squares using the traditional granny square pattern. Here is a great tutorial from Tamara at Mooglyblog.com on making granny squares.

Once my squares are done, I attached them accordingly using slip stitch. I think it created a great texture and made it look sturdy. Added some handles, woven in all the ends (the only time I needed a needle). Here is another great tutorial from Mooglyblog.com, this time on making bag handles.

Maybe next time, I’ll make hexagon/african flower theme. Have you made this type of bag? Feel free to post and share your project in the comments! I love seeing what everyone comes up with!

 

  • Yarn: Cestari Heather Collection (75% cotton/25% wool), and Brown Sheep Company’s Cotton Fleece (80% cotton/20% Merino Wool)
  • Hook: 4.0 mm Clover USA Soft Touch