Making Hot Pads To Go With My Chickens

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Or they could be table mats, place mats, pot holders, dish cloths…

The chickens can stand alone but I thought they would look nicer sitting on top of something. So, I created these mats. They are double-sided, nice and thick. I played around with the design, had a few flops, but finally got it to match up with the design in my head.

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The hot pad is my own design. (Chicken potholder pattern is in Gooseberry Patch, Fun-to-Crochet Gifts book.)

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I am calling them Granny Hexie Hot Pads/Table Mats. I used Patons Classic Wool. Ecru and Rich Red.


Update 2-2-13: Pattern is available for purchase here. Thanks much!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/96058755/pattern-hexie-granny-crocheted-hot-pad

Crochet Hat: Just Finished A Special Order

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Have been working on this hat for several days. On and off.

It is a combination of a skull cap and a shell headband from the book 1-2-3 Crochet. Then I put my own special touches to it by adding a contrasting strip above the brim and a coordinated flower.

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As you can see, the hat can be worn several ways. And the flower is detachable.

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I made this for a friend’s daughter. Hope they both like it!!

Bit By The Designing Bug

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I have chickens on the brain!!

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I successfully enlarged the chicken potholder but now have gone off in a completely different direction.

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What do you think?

I am thinking cute red and white checkered dishcloths sticking out of both sides. Or Easter grass and eggs surrounding him.

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I have sooo many ideas for chickens. I filled 3 pages in my Idea Journal I keep handy.

Can you guess what this is going to be?

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Free Macrame Pattern: Square Deal

While browsing on-line looking at macrame cord at Kings Kountry, one of my macrame suppliers, imagine my surprise to see this.

A free pattern for Square Deal.

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http://www.kingskountry.com/free-pattern-square-deal.html

Boy, did it bring back fond memories. Memories of me making these tissue box holders 24 by 7. Non-stop. I bet I made and sold over 100 of them back in the middle 80’s. I kept two for myself. A rust one and a white one. Both still being used today.

Here are a few photos of some of the square holders I made. (The pictures were polaroids and didn’t scan very well.)

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As you can see, Square Deal isn’t just for tissues. Can be used to hold or store just about anything. From plants, to candy, to gifts.

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I designed this Baby Shower gift box. Sold them in yellow, pink and blue with a cute ceramic bear in the front.

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No limits on what you can make with these square macrame rings. Follow the pattern. Change it up. Let your imagination be your guide.


Kings Kountry has also started something which I find intriguing. A book buyback. You submit a list of macrame books you are willing to part with. And if a book on your list is what they need, they will give you a store credit.

http://www.kingskountry.com/book-buyback.html

I have looked through my books. I have a few duplicates I could offer but the rest… no way, no how. I frequently look through them and say things like. “I remember you. I made you in blue and green.” Even after all these years, I still have MANY macrame items on my To Do List. So… will I offer my books? Probably not. However, if you have macrame books collecting dust and cobwebs, you should look into this.

While you are there, check out their other free patterns. I saw a cute Easter basket and a pretty plant hanger. And a folding lawn chair. You may remember when these were extremely popular. Let’s bring them back!!

http://www.kingskountry.com/

Lined Up Like Chickens

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Oh. They ARE chickens!! Just don’t tell KFC. 😀

I made more chicken potholders. One is a special order. Just don’t know yet which one that is.

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I really like how the wine one came out with the red tail. 

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Here’s the gray one. I changed up on this one. Did 4 dc’s instead of 3 all around. It tightened up the “holes.”

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I am making more. In brown, tan, black. And I am designing a larger version. Don’t know how it will turn out. Will show you when finished.

All were made with Patons Classic Wool. Pattern can be found in Gooseberry Patch’s Fun-To-Crochet-Gifts book.

Winners of Crochet Book & Squares

Congratulations to Sandy, Lakshmi and Arleen.

Comments were selected in this order using random.org.

  1. #8
  2. #2
  3. #13

Sandy (comment #8) wins the book, 101 Crochet Squares, by Jean Leinhauser. Plus she wins Square 3. Hope you make all 101 squares as I did.

On March 9, 2010 at 11:45 pm sandy Said:
I like number 3. I would try and make more for a blanket or throw.

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Lakshmi (comment #2) wins one crochet square.

On March 9, 2010 at 11:22 am Lakshmi Sadala Said:
Hi Donna, my favourite is no9..my favourite colours..
if I win this square probably use in one of my embroidery projects..

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Arleen (comment #13) wins one crochet square.

On March 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm Arleen Said:
I like #16. I would like to make an afghan of squares for my sister. She enjoys my crochet projects.

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Have fun creating something pretty with your squares. I hope you will come back and post a picture here for us all to see.

Thank you everyone for posting a comment. I enjoyed reading each one and visualizing what you planned to make.

Sandy, Lakshmi, Arleen… go check your e-mail. Have fun!!

Crochet Ripple Clutch: “Making It Work”

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When my ripple “pillow” didn’t turn out the way I had planned, I moved on to Plan B. A clutch bag. That was about the only thing I could see turning it into.

The length of the fabric shrunk with each additional row until around row 13 when it stabilized. I was happy when that happened. I was thinking I would end up with THE smallest of whatever it was I was making. Now I know. Add lots more chain stitches when beginning.

Here I am, taking a break, looking at the shrinkage.

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Now working it as a clutch.

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Adding the sides. The gusset. My 1st gussets. This was fun.

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And done!!

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I like making ripples. Have you ever tried them? I plan to make a couple more handbags AND will retry my pillow.

Come Help Me Celebrate My Blog’s 2 Year Anniversary!!

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March 9th

Yep, another year has gone by. My blog is two years old today. Almost a half a million hits!! That is truly amazing!! And of course I owe it all to you. Thank you for returning again and again to read about the life of a crafter. One of the highlights of my day is seeing your comments here on my blog and also via e-mail. They give me inspiration to continue doing what I love.

So… to celebrate my 2 year anniversary, I am throwing a week long party. There will be random drawings for free stuff. You just have to post a comment on my blog to win. More details to follow.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to This Year’s Dozen!!  Thanks again for making my blog a success!!


Go here to read my very first post.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/03/09/introducing-this-years-dozen/

Project 101 Photo Gallery

Here are photos of my completed crochet squares made from the book, 101 Crochet Squares, by Jean Leinhauser.

Squares are numbered as they appear in the book. Click on each photo to enlarge.

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Go here to read my blog entries about each square.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/category/crochet/project-101/