After six years of solid posting, this break was certainly welcome.
Posting is a joy, exploring the web for new ideas for crafting and being able to provide free patterns to support those designs.
Taking time to recharge one's batteries is also vital for maintaining the creativity involved.
The decision to create a collection of crochet patterns has been on my mind for some time.
Even though I enjoy working and designing knit, crochet and needlepoint, I decided to start with crochet designs.
This undertaking takes time, discipline and energy which is why my posting has been somewhat sporadic.
In the meantime I'm posting a free pattern for a messenger bag, which I find to be one of the most useful bags to own.
You will note the shoulder strap is not crocheted although you could work one up easily.
In previous posts I've mentioned how much I love thrifting so this happens to be a strap from a thrifting expedition.
We're lucky in this city to have so many large thrift stores such as Value Village and Talize.
The strap cost me all of 3 bucks, a bargain.
The button is vintage, again part of my vast collection of buttons.
Make your new spring bag out of the suggested yarn or any bulky yarn you like. Enjoy!
Video Tutorial | Front Post Single Crochet Stitch
Click on images of past posts featuring different styles ofbags
There's a new hat fashion in town - The Messy Bun Beanie. Styles have cropped up all over social media in a big way.
It's always amusing to see something old become popular again with a sexy new name.
Doesn't a "messy bun beanie" sound so much more interesting than an old ponytail hat.
As a kid I wore these hats and remember all too well in my teaching days the little girls at recess with "holey hats".
Like all fashions, they come and go waiting to be re-invented or as we say today "rebranded".
There are 3 styles - a hat without the last few rows on top, a hat with a back seam partially sewn up or a few stitches in a row at the back, cast off or chained over to create a simple hole.
But in the end all these styles serve a purpose allowing long hair to swing freely and not be bunched up inside a close-fitting hat.
Read further for patterns that may inspire you to knit and/or crochet different versions of this holey hat.
Getting a "headstart" on making gifts this season has never been easier.
Our family has for some time traditionally used the "Secret Santa" method for family gift giving.
On Thanksgiving, names are pulled for whom you'll buy a gift. There is a limit and unfortunately has devolved to gift cards.
My sister-in-law's family has decided to draw names but gifts have to be handmade.
This is a great idea and Josie is knitting a scarf for her niece's boyfriend. Some members of her family became worried, thinking they had no DIY or crafting expertise.
But in the end, this forces one to be creative and I believe the recipient is much more appreciative of what's been created.
All those trinkets that money can buy are lovely and definitely an easy gift to think about, but creativity has so much more value.
The quick and easy hats and headbands featured above are definitely a project to be made in a weekend and hopefully enjoyed for years to come.
Nothing simpler to knit or crochet than a large rectangle with two slits for armholes et voilà you have a sleeveless wrap vest.
The only things to consider are how long you want the vest, how big a rolled collar you want and how deep the armholes will be.
Length can be determined from the bottom of the armhole to where you want the vest to stop.
The deeper the armhole, the more the vest will drop.
Do you like to wrap with a large collar (I do) or do you prefer the neck edge away from the face.
A sleeveless wrap vest is great to throw on over another sweater, a light jacket making it a great accessory you'll want in different weights of yarn.
The holiday season has pretty much creeped up on us but you still have some time to make one of these as a gift for yourself or someone special in the family.
Think about texture and yarns with sparkle. Plain stocking stitch for bulkier yarns or simple relief stitches for lighter weights.
Read further for different ideas to inspire you and how to get you started on your project gone sideways.
Flowers needn't be sweet and cloying as you can see from the forecast trends.
Think of backgrounds such as the actual headwrap and the neckwarmer in black, navy, grey, dark purple and even camouflage green.
The flowers themselves pop out and make a statement while the background color fades into the neckline of your coat or the hair.
For the most part, we have a tendency to choose lighter colors for the background whether it's cream or a pastel.
Choosing a dark background gives the accessory a sophisticated air and quite frankly looks more expensive.
Note that some of the patterns are for pillows but dear crocheters don't stress, you can stop whenever the flower looks big enough.
Remember in this case bigger is better. These are quick and easy gifts to give yourself or the fashionistas in the family
Read further and find the perfect flower to bloom on a headwrap, scarf or neckwarmer.