Out With The Old

Happy New Year

In a few more hours we will be saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016.  So, it’s out with the old and in with the new.  Not sure as to when I will post this but I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.  The year flew by with a few personal ups and downs along the way.  My greatest moment was watching my son receive his college degree from Radford University earlier in the month.  Tragedy struck our family five days before he was to start college and ended with a victory for 2015.

R.I.P. Devin McDade Thompson, your son made it through the storm.

 

Making and sticking with goals for 2016 will be an ongoing battle.  I know I can’t write a list of goals and stay with it for the entire year.  So, I have to set either monthly or biweekly goals.  Many of us have set goals for the new year and many of us did not complete one stinking goal.  I want to be on the winning team and complete at least one monthly goal.  Having a hobby adds disorganization to my life.  I get so involved with a hobby until that hobby has taken over my house.  I have more skeins and copies of patterns that can keep me busy for a few years.

First things first…….

Dedicate a crocheting area, in my case I will have to include my sewing things also.  That was the easy part.

Now my biggest challenge and main goal for January will be to organize my yarn into categories.  In a perfect world everything would be arranged by weight and color.  This is the look that I’m going for.Yarn OrganizationIt’s going to take some baby steps to reprogram myself to be organized.  Out with the old and in with new habits forming.

What are some of the things you do to stay organized?

Did you know I’m on Pinterest and on Facebook!

Again, Happy New Year!

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

It’s another  boot cuffs pattern again yall!  Since the first pair of Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs were in the making I already had it in my mind to combine the colors.  It’s hard to decide which style I like best so I say I love them both.  Same concept as the first one and I think I changed a row.  Boot cuffs are becoming one of my favorite things to make.  I love the instant gratification of completing a project and they are great stash busters.

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs
Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs V2

 

Supplies:

  • Red Heart Worsted Weight Yarn or your 2 Colors
    • Red Heart Soft (Purple)
    • Red Heart Super Saver (Black)
  • I (5.5mm) hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

yo – yarn over

blo – back loop only

flo – front loop only

ps – puff stitch

Notes:

  • Worked in rows and joined when finished
  • Puff Stitch – yo, insert hook in st, yo pull up a loop, (yo, insert hook in same st, yo and pull up a loop) 3X’s, yo pull through all 7 loops on hook
  • Change color in last stitch and carry yarn
  • Colors are colored coded to the row
    • Purple
    • Black
    • FOLLOW THE WRITTEN PATTERN ONLY AND NOT THE COLOR CHANGES WHEN REPEATING

Size:  Medium (13”-14”) – Finished length 12 X 4 1/2

Instructions:

MAKE 2

Starting color is black

Row 1:  Ch44, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each sc to end, turn. (43)

Change to Purple

Row 2:  Ch1, *sc in 1st 3 chs or stitches when doing the repeats, ps in next st, repeat from * to end, turn. (33sc, 10ps)

Row 3:  Ch1, sc in each st to end, turn. (43)

Change to Black

Row 4:  Repeat Row 2

Row 5:  Repeat Row 3

Change to Purple

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2

Row 7: Repeat Row 3

Change to Black

Row 8: Repeat Row 2

Row 9:  SC through both loops Repeat Row 3

Row10:  BLO  Repeat Row 3

Row 11:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Change to Purple

Row 12:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Row 13-14:  BLO Repeat Row 3

Row 15-16:  FLO Repeat Row 3

Row 17:  Through both loops, ch1, sc in each st to end.

Leave a long tail, weave ends and finish off.  I also left a long tail in black so the purple won’t show when weaving that block of color.

With wrong sides together seam short edges and weave ends.

Turn inside out and you are ready to go with your new Knotty Knot Boot Cuffs.

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Finally Yarn Overload

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could find the yarn mother load.  Often in the crochet groups someone will post a picture of their mother load stash, whether it be given to them, found at Goodwill or Estate Sales.  I’ve been to Goodwill a few times and I never find anything.  While in one of the crochet groups someone posted their picture of their yarn score from OfferUp.  OfferUp is basically your typical buy and sell from people in your area.  There are many sickos out there, so be careful, and if it looks to good to be true leave it alone.

*Disclaimer:  I’m  not endorsing this company.  I’m sharing my experience only.

I was able to find something on the first try.  I was lucky enough and met a nice woman who could no longer crochet due to a hand injury.  For the $20 I paid I was overjoyed.  I told her the yarn was going to a good home.  The bag was huge and I did not expect that much yarn.  The yarn selection was definitely something that I would not normally buy.    That’s a huge plus because it will force my creativity with the textures.  There were many brands that I’ve heard of and quite a few I’ve never heard of.

Good Find
Yes, I will organize this one day I hope

Bored on a Saturday I picked out some bulky yarn and started a “listening” to movie on Netflix.

The yarn was from Blue Sky Alpaca, yay a company I’ve never heard of.  It’s 50% alpaca/50% wool super bulky yarn that comes in 24 colors.  I tried searching for a price on their site and didn’t find one.  The skeins are 45 yards and you will need plenty if you are making something larger than a cowl.    The cowl I made used 3 skeins with about 12″ leftover.    Overall it’s a very good quality, high end of the scale yarn.  The downsize of this yarn is the shedding.  By the time I finished my red shirt had white strands all over.  Maybe overtime it will stop shedding.  It’s no biggie to me.

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I was finished way before the movie was over.  I love instant gratification and cowl making satisfies my needs.  In between projects I find myself making a cowl.  A cowl would make a last minute gift.
Enough of the blabbing and on to the pattern already!
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Supplies

  • Blue Sky Bulky Hand Dyes

50% alpaca 50% wool

45 yards/100 grams

    • (3) Frost
  • Q Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

Notes:

  • Ch3 count as stitch

Gauge:  4 X 4               6dc X 3 rows

Instructions:

Row 1:  Ch22  (loosely), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, dc in each st from hook, turn.

Row 2:  Ch2, dc in each dc from previous row to end, turn.

Row 2-21:  Repeat Row 2 or until desired length.

Finish off and with wrong sides together whipstitch short sides and weave ends.

Soft & Warm Cowl

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Happy Hooking!