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Crochet Baby Owl Hat, Vest and Granny Square Blanket

Posted by Ronnie on September 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I made this lovely vest, hat and blanket for my kids' marching band director and his wife who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.


The hat pattern is from www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-hat-31. I can't seem to find where I got the vest pattern but when I find it I will post the site. The blanket is a giant granny square.


I mostly used Simply Soft by Caron which is my favorite worsted weight yarn. I get a LOT of my patterns from Ravelry. Also my fb friends in the crochet groups I belong to.>

I also have a sweater, booties and hat but I have to put a few finishing touches and then will share.

Free Crochet Thread Dress Pattern for OOAK Dolls

Posted by Ronnie on September 10, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out lovely dress!! Made from cotton crochet thread. It is rare to find a pattern of this quality listed for free!!!

http://wordsmith2418.hubpages.com/_y30dfdmd3k34/hub/Free-Crochet-Thread-Pattern-For-8-inch-OOAK-Dolls-or-Lil-Bittie-Doll

Writing Crochet Patterns

Posted by Ronnie on July 17, 2013 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I am working on getting some patterns ready to publish!! I am so excited about this new venture. Most are patterns for dolls but I am planning to make some hats and items for children as well. I just have to be disciplined. I start crocheting and then get to creating but forget to write down what I am doing. I'm still a work in progress. LOL!

Remember God loves you. Have a blessed day!

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August Updates

Posted by Ronnie on August 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hard at work, working 9-5. I have so little time for crafts lately, especially crochet. :(

On top of that, there are three ladies at my job having babies and my best friend just had a baby so I've been swamped trying to crochet for baby showers.  I did finish this blanket and wanted to post pictures. 

This is my own pattern that I've made several times with different variations. Basically, afghan squares and then hdc and dc stitches around with a scalloped trim. It measures approximately 33 x 30 inches.

I like this yarn because it is pretty and lightweight. I found this beautiful peach yarn on sale at A.C. Moore and of course when I went back to get more it was all gone. Rats!!  It is peach in Bernat Coordinates. The white was not on sale but I got 40% off because I had a coupon. I absolutely refuse to pay full price for yarn.

Bible Bookmark & Doily Book cover

Posted by Ronnie on May 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I just made this lovely doily. Sorry I can't share the pattern. It is from "The Ultimate Doily Book". The pattern is Gentle Wind. The designer is Jo Ann Maxwell.  I found it to be a relatively straight forward pattern. There are only a couple of rounds I had difficulty with. This measures about 16 inches but is not the full doily. There are still about ten more rounds. I haven't decided if I will finish it or not. I needed it for a book cover. I wrote a little book of devotional material and want to use this photo for my cover. I made the bookmark using a couple of bookmark patterns I found on Ravelry.

The pattern calls for white ands ecru but I just had to add a bit more color!!

 

 



Crochet Bookmarks for Charity

Posted by Ronnie on April 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am finally getting around to posting a new blog entry. I have been crocheting like crazy but wanted to share these bookmarks. A lady we know lost her son due to a heart problem and is doing a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. She is selling chocolate lollipops. So I decided to help out by making crocheted bookmarks for her to sell. I used a couple of patterns. There was a pretty flower pattern I found for earrings as well as a complete bookmark. I sort of combined the two, especially for the orange and red flowers. I like how these came out. Here are pics of some of them:

 

 

Each one only takes a few minutes to make. If you look on Ravelry.com you can find patterns similar to these.

Teddy Bear Made From Crochet Thread - Yeah!

Posted by Ronnie on March 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (9)

I've been trying to make amigurumi for quite some time. I have made quite a few little animals but didn't like any until this one.


I finally was able to take a pattern for a large teddy bear and make a tiny one using thread. She measures 4 inches tall. I have to admit my fingers felt cramped afterwards.


I put a cute little dress on her. The bow I crocheted and sewed to to the top of her head between her ears.  I think she is adoable!


 

 

Vintage Style Dishcloth

Posted by Ronnie on February 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I decided to try my hand at writing my own pattern in vintage style. This is what I came up with. I will share pattern soon, but it needs tweaking.

Old Fashioned Vintage Potholders Complete!

Posted by Ronnie on February 21, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A while back I posted some pictures of dishcloths because I was too lazy to crochet two sides to make potholders. Well, I kept looking at the dishcloths and finally decided to crochet a back for all of them to make into potholders.  Here are pictures of two of my favorites below. I have to say I really like how they came out. And I love how they feel like they have so much more substance to them. Now I am working on a scarf using the same type of motifs, let's see how that comes out. More pics soon!  Oh and the original pattern can be found here. :



 

Free Crochet Thread Baby Bib Pattern

Posted by Ronnie on February 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a lovely baby bib pattern I wrote recently. You can find the free pattern here.

      

 

Pentagon Vintage Style Dish Cloths from Free Pattern

Posted by Ronnie on February 2, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I decided to give the pentagon potholder a try as a dishcloth. Here's how it came out. I also added more colors. I'm trying to experiment with more colors lately. A trip to my local American Ribbon store where they had a nice selection of cotton crochet thread.

 Here is a link to an article giving tips on how to find vintage patterns like this: Free Thread Crochet patterns - Antique/Vintage/Contemporary.

 

Pentagon Crochet Thread from Vintage Potholder Pattern

Posted by Ronnie on February 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (2)

This is a lovely no pattern, pattern. (Basically a pattern you kind of can figure out on your own with little direction.) I like this pattern because the creator, Cath at my little kitchen blog, learned to crochet using this pattern which is pretty cool. You can read more about that and find the sort of pattern on her blog here.


I used my own colors. When I got to around the 9th row, I decided to change from doing little clusters of 2 dc, to just doing a single dc all around, still keeping the 2dc, ch1, 2dc in the corners to maintain the shape. Also, Cathy's pattern uses 4 dc in the corners with no chain.


I made mine double-sided to give it more integrity as a potholder, though I wouldn't use it for this purpose. I love to cook but hate to get burned so I use and oven mitt AND a potholder! I will do this again but this time as a dishcloth so I don't have to crochet two and then attach together. I'm thinking of experimenting with some more of the vintage potholder patterns I have found and transforming them into dish or wash cloths by omitting the second side. I may also try doing one side but crocheting two strands together. 

So here is a pic of both sides. Hope you lie it and give it a try. It is quick and easy to make.



You can find more information on how to find free crochet thread patterns here.

New Doll Outfits on ebay

Posted by Ronnie on January 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Good Morning!!

Just wanted to let any visitors know I've got some gorgeous outfits newly listed on ebay. My user id is davoncreations.  Here is a link: ebay


Here a couple of pictures. I decided to make the most of the time I was stuck in or around bed the past few days. I will list more soon!


Lovely Rose Potholder Made from Crochet Thread

Posted by Ronnie on January 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (4)

The photo below is of a lovely potholder I just finished. I love how it came out. I'm going to try it in different colors. One of the ladies on my crochet group mentioned dishcloths on the Maggies Crochet blog. When I went to check it out I found potholders which I love!!!


There are lots of similar vintage potholder patterns made using crochet thread on the internet.  I have been searching and collecting sites in my favorites. I hope to do a hub on my findings some time this week.  You can check out my hubs here.


You can find the potholder below and other beautiful patterns at Best Free Crochet..  It's titled "Round Rose Potholder". It is double-sided. One side is all one color, white and has no flower. But you can make the other side any color you want. This is so easy to make! Works up fairly quickly and easy to sew together. I'm sure you could just do one side for a dishcloth.


 


Lil Bittie Doll Outfit

Posted by Ronnie on January 25, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Adorable Outfit for sale on ebay. This outfit can be purchased here. I will be listing more in this size as well as the Berenguer 5" Bitty Baby outfits. I have one for sale in my Featured Products in the right sidebar of this page. Thanks for looking.


I hope you enjoy reading my inspirational and crochet blog entries. Have a blessed day!!

Free Round Dishcloth or Face Cloth Pattern

Posted by Ronnie on January 23, 2012 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

I like to quickly work these up when I need a couple of new dishcloths. You can also use these as face cloths but I usually make my wash cloths square. You can pretty much use any cotton yarn you like and just change the hook size.


Round Dishcloth No Pattern Pattern


Two balls of size 10 crochet thread. You can use size 20 if you like or even size 3, I like size 10 because it makes a scrubbier dishcloth. I used two strands.



I used a size 1 steel crochet hook. I did the last couple of rounds using a size F hook.


 

Chain 5. 

      

     

Insert hook into first chain and dc 9 times. Slp stitch in 4th chain to form ring. Chain 2.

  Dc in same stitch as slp stitch. 2Dc in every stitch all the way around. Slp stitch in top of chain 2.


We will continue working in rounds.

Chain 2. 2 DC in the back loop of each stitch. Slp stitch to top of ch2. You can see a pretty ridge is formed by working in back loops.


Ch2. Hdc in top of adjoining slp st. Hdc, 2hdc in next stitch, *hdc, 2hdc in next stitch. Continue around from *. Ch 2.

DC in each stitch. Slp stitch to top of ch 2. Ch 2.


*DC in 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch. *Repeat around.Slip st in top of ch2. Ch 2.


Switch to larger F hook. DC around. Slp st in top of chain 2. Ch2.


Repeat last row. Join with slp stitch and chain 10. Slp stich to top of ch 2. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


This one measures approx 6 inches in diameter. For a larger cloth just keep rounding. You will need to add stitches as you go around or it will curl.

Just For Fun! Attempt at Training Our Rabbit

Posted by Ronnie on January 12, 2012 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We were blessed by one of the local farmers who is a member of our church. Around Easter last year he gave us a tiny bunny rabbit. Who knew Niblets would become such an important part of our family!

My daughter decided to check out some videos on how to care for rabbits and came across training videos. So of course now she wants Niblets to do tricks! So we have worked together and sort of trained her to throw a ball. This is still a work in progress and we should be posting a new video this week but this was our first attempt.Training Rabbit video Enjoy!!

Crochet-A-Long Valentines Day Hearts Doily

Posted by Ronnie on January 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Okay, I found this fabulous pattern. What I love it is you can stop wherever you want, sort of.  The pattern is by my favorite crochet designer, Cylinda Matthews. I don't know why but I can come to certain intricate patterns for doilies, crinoline ladies, christening gowns, etc. and I get to a section where I'm like, what?!  I can't figure out what the directions are saying for the life of me.


I have purchased and also used some of Cylinda's free patterns and so far, have never had this problem. Her directions make sense and are easy to follow. Sometimes I look at my work and am shocked that I am doing something so intricate and yet so easy!! Cylinda sends out a monthly newsletter. She's got a new format which is very informative and exciting. I probably visit Crochet Memories more than most crochet sites because I love crochet thread and she has tons of patterns in this medium.


I love crocheting doilies. But I don't always love finishing them. As you can see in the photos below, I will sometimes let them get quite large or very small but neither of the photos below include all of the rounds offered in the pattern. Sorry I don't have the patterns for these. I like to add colors. Most patterns I find are in ecru, ivory or white but I insist on adding some color!

 Approx. 5" diameter

 15" in diameter


Maybe this is why I love Cylinda's pattern. She has a couple of places where you can just stop, at a coaster, a small doily or go all the way and complete the hearts. At one time, I'm sure she had following and they probably crocheted this doily together. I'm hoping to get to the point where I complete the hearts and when I do, I will be sure to post on my blog. Oooops, almost forgot, here is the link to the free pattern: Crochet-a-Long-Hearts Doily by Cylinda Matthews. Enjoy!!

 

A Beautiful Website!!

Posted by Ronnie on January 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi All,

I just had to share this website with you all. I love crafts. I don't quilt and can barely sew but I find myself perusing this site and considering dragging out my machine, running down to my local fabric store and trying my hand at a Log Cabin quilt or something.


I have a list of favorite sites. I put them into a folder called "Creative Inspiration."  These are the sites I visit when I need to be inspired, can't figure out what to make next or am feeling a little down.  As time passes I will be sure to share more of them with my readers.  So for today I encourage you to check out  Sarah Lynn's Quilting site.


Not only do I love the graphics which are phenomenal but her work is outstanding. She reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman because I'm trying to figure out how she can run an at home business, be involved in so many activities, create beautiful quilts and aprons and have time to blog on a daily basis. Anyway, I hope you do visit her site and check out the pages. You will probably end up putting her site in your fav places as well! 

Crochet vs. Knitting

Posted by Ronnie on January 7, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (2)

I learned how to knit a few years before I learned to crochet. My aunt taught me how to knit and at first I loved it. The concept of taking yarn and creating a garment was wonderous.


Then I saw someone crocheting. I was a kid back in the 60's and my parents didn't just plop down money on a whim. So since my mom wouldn't buy me a crochet hook, I don't even think she knew what it was, I made one out of the wire twisters that use to come with sandwich baggies. I shaped it and covered it with cellophane tape to smooth it out. Once she saw that I was really serious she got me my first hook from Woolworths. And I've been crocheting ever since.


Last year I purchased a bunch of knitting needles for next to nothing at a thrift store. I made a couple of hats, a scarf but found I was soon bored. My hands itched for something a bit more exciting. So I decided to take on a project that even my sister, an avid knitter had never done-- socks. Talk about frustration, after not really knitting for years and then deciding to knit socks! I tried and tried but each time got stuck at the heel. Finally, I was able to complete one sock. But alas, I didn't like it. So with new yarn and a circular needle I was able to make a lovely pair of wool socks. And I haven't picked up my knitting needles since. I hope to make a few more pairs of socks for myself and my daughter but other than that there are no more knitting projects on the horizon.

I think knitters are a different breed of crafter. I crochet but I have also delved into oil painting, reborning dolls, faux stained glass, cross stitch, needlepoint, silk flower arrangments and refinishing furniture.


Maybe I'm wrong but knitters seem like they are more into the process and crocheters are more into the finished project. (I have a friend who makes the most beautiful baby sweaters, almost. I used to donate an hour or so to finishing them for her, attaching the buttonhole piece, weaving in ends and sewing on buttons and finishing seams.) Or maybe it's just me. Knitting lulls me almost to sleep with the rhythm of the needles and throwing the yarn, whereas when I am crocheting I feel invigorated! I am envisioning my finished creation. I love to crochet while surrounded with yarn for my next projects as I dream of my upcoming projects.


Even though I love yarn, I am always put off when I enter a "knitting" store. We have a local one where the selection of yarn can make your mouth water, but once I identified myself as a crocheter, something shut down in the proprietor's face. Sure, she'll take my money. When prodded she revealed that they have a night where the knitters gather to talk and work on their individual projects. Oh, and you can come also and crochet (pause), if you would like to. We'd be glad to have you. Perhaps one evening when I am feeling especially brave I will venture in and sit down with the knitters. But for right now, I'll stick with the crochet group at my local library, where if you are a knitter (pause) we will be happy to have you join us.