Category Archives: crochet

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a nice Christmas. We did. It was a blessing that the storm that wreaked havoc across much of the country did not disrupt our Christmas plans.

One of the gifts I made this year were these gnome towel toppers. The free crochet pattern can be found here. I made several of these as they worked up pretty quick and were budget friendly to make. I didn’t make them in red in green as the original pattern calls for because I wanted the recipients to use them throughout the year not just around Christmas time. I knew when I started making these that one of them would be for my next-door neighbor, Karen. Like me she is a cook and a crafter, and she and I like to exchange homemade gifts.

These gnome towel toppers have a ring crocheted inside them to hold the towel so the towel can be removed and washed. The gnome hat loops down and buttons so it can be hung, usually on the oven handle.

On the Tuesday before Christmas, I took Karens gift over to her. As I handed her the gift she said, “Oh, I have something for you,” then handed me a gift bag. We opened our gifts at the same time and then had a good laugh.

Karens gift to me were the two towels, with toppers, pictured below. The first one I saw was the Gnome for the Holidays one.

The strange thing is that she and I had never even spoke about Gnomes before, we just thought they would be a good gift each other.

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Crochet Season Comes To A Close

As the days get warmer and longer the amount of time I spend crocheting is greatly reduced. I can’t say that I don’t do any crocheting during the spring and summer because my hook and yarn are always at the ready and you never know when I’ll just pick it up and I do have one project in mind that I would like to get done before fall.

Any way let me show you the last few projects I have done. None of these really fit into the “quickie” crochet category that a couple of my previous projects did.

I made some sunflower pot holders that I gave to my daughters for Easter. I think they look better in real life than they do in the picture. I think I will be making some more of these since I did not keep any for myself.

Here is a link for the sunflower pot holder pattern.

The next project is one I worked on most of the winter. It is and afghan I made for my daughter Tina. Like the pot holders, I don’t think the photos do this justice. The colors were much more vibrant than they appear in the photo.

In the above photo it is folded in quarters. I took a photo of it opened up but for some reason it would not download to my computer.

My husband loved this blanket and whenever he would see me working on it he would ask me when I was going to have his blanket done. I guess I’ll have to make another one for him.

There is no pattern for this. It is simply double crochet stitches done in a square. I loved using the self striping yarn.

I did add a shell stitch boarder for the very last round to give it a touch of class.

The afghan was not a difficult crochet project at all – just time consuming because of it’s size.

The last project, despite being small, is one of the most difficult crochet projects I have ever done. I had actually started this project two or three times in the past only to become frustrated and give up.

This time I completed it. It came out bigger than I like for a book mark (about 4×6 inches) and the stitches are not as uniform as they should be so I am trying again using a smaller hook. I did apply a coating of clear craft glue to this so it will hold it’s shape. I do have a link to this pattern saved somewhere on my computer so if any of my crochet friends would like to give it a try just leave me a comment and I’ll dig it up for you.

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More Quickie Crochet

I was looking for a bunny hot pad pattern when I came across this Easter basket pattern. It seemed simple enough so I decided to give it a go. They did work up very quickly. I think these will be just the right size to fill with Easter treats for the grandkids. I added the color trim on the ears to differentiate between Jackson’s and Addy’s.

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Crochet Quickie

Two nights ago I came to a stand still on the crochet project that I am working on because I need to get more yarn. I began looking for something small I could make in the meantime. I came across this pattern for a chicken pot holder and decided to give it a try.

It worked up really quick and I think it turned out really cute. I’m sure I will be making more.

Homemade Christmas Gifts 2020

If you know me, or have been following my blog for very long, then you probably know that much of the month of December I spent making Christmas gifts.

In early December, with a plan in mind, I ventured to Joann Fabrics to get the supplies that I would need. It was a fun outing because I met my youngest daughter there. She wanted to pick out some fabric for a project that I am now making for her. She also helped me select fabric for the gifts I would make for Jackson and Addy.

For Jackson and Addy I decided to make fleece bathrobes.

I also made them each a pair of flannel pajama pants and a stuffed puppy to match.

I was quite pleased with the way everything turned out.

The puppies were a little more challenging that I expected.

For my daughters, who are all dog lovers and puppy parents, I decided to make paw print scarves. I also crocheted them each a pair of slippers since it had been several years since I had made them any.

Somehow I neglected to take a picture of the four scarves all of which were the same pattern as the one above but in different colors. At least when I realized this I still had one scarf and pair of slippers that had not been delivered yet.

It wasn’t until I saw Addy putting on the slippers that I made for her mother that I realized that I wasn’t quite finished with the outfits I made for the grandkids. Can you guess what I’m crocheting now?😉