Posts from the ‘The Pursuit of Craftiness’ Category

Crochet Openwork Jacket

I’ve been working on this project (on and off) for months now, and I finally finished it! I’m so excited to get to share it with y’all πŸ˜€


Ignore the racks of clothes – I was in Dressbarn and took advantage of the full-length mirrors πŸ™‚


I cannot share the pattern as it’s fromΒ this book:

And this is what their jacket looks like:


Openwork Jacket


Quick post before bedtime

Thank you God, for the RAIN! It might still be 70~ degrees outside – at night – in October, nearly November, but thank you, thank you, thank you for the Rain! My little garden appreciated very much the 1/2″ You freely bestowed upon it. (And I’m praying mightily that it’s bringing a cold front, knowing my back is gonna protest; if I wanted 70ish degree weather year-round, I’d move to the Keys or some tropical island.)

Tomorrow plans include physical therapy, getting an approximate cost on 4 tires for my truck while I’m in town, and then working on my store; don’t know if it’ll go live tomorrow, but I got a bunch a pictures taken today of stuff that will be for sale (my awesome score from Goodwill, but you’ll just have to wait!), and my sis-in-law is proof-reading the burp cloth crochet pattern I wrote.

Good night, world!

To-do Today

Teddy taken to school – check

Garden watered – check

Go to dentist for 6 month cleaning (blech)Β  – and I know there’s at least one tooth that’s gonna be coming out, too :((Root canal/crown just ain’t in my budget… but hey, it makes cleaning “the back of the backs” a whole lot easier – thinking positive)

Go to Goodwill and try and find pants for son who won’t stop growing! This will make 4 pant sizes in 6 months for him – he keeps going bigger around the middle, waiting on him to shoot up to match….

Go to shoe store for Mama and see if they carry her sneakers, or if she’s got to order them online (who knew Reebok Classic Leathers would be so hard to find?)

Be back in time to pick Teddy up from school

Take Teddy back to town for 4-H BB practice

Come back home with kidd0 and eat supper

And somewhere in there this afternoon, talk to a lady about a job possibility; for my prayer warrior friends, PLEASE be praying that I find a job. Thanks πŸ™‚

Type up rules/chores/rewards list for Teddy

And being totally honest here, type up chore list for me too (cleaning is the bane of my existence, and an area I know I need to let God do a lot of work in me)

Want to do:

Blog post with pix of yummy apple butter for breakfast πŸ˜‰

At least get cooked, if not canned, tomato sauce

Hauling dirt for garden

Type up crochet burp cloth pattern so I’ve got it to sell in my store

Create said store


Y’all have a blessed day!

Crocheted sweatband

Well, I did it! I got it crocheted in the time it took to wait in line to pick up Teddy, and while he practiced piano for 30 minutes πŸ™‚ Then we went out and gardened, and I did not get sweat in my eyes, on my glasses (since I decided to not wear my contacts today), or running down my face! Yippee! It works!

If you’re a crocheter, here’s what I did: (gauge isn’t all that important/ aim for abt 1-1/2″ wide)

I used worsted weight cotton yarn and a size F hook; I wanted the fabric to be a little tighter “woven” so it would absorb really well. I used one size smaller hook than what the label called for.

Chain 8, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and each remaining ch, for a total of 7 hdc. (mine’s between 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″)

Ch 1, turn, hdc in each stitch across; repeat this row until the headband is as long as you need it.

My head just so happens to be 58 rows around, and then I slip stitched the last row to the foundation chain.

NOTE: I prefer to ch 1, have it not count as a half-double crochet, and then hdc in the very first stitch. But I know a lot of people use ch 2 in place of the 1st hdc, and skip that first stitch. If you are more comfortable doing this/prefer this, by all means use your preferred method. When I do a pattern now that calls for hdc, even if the pattern says the ch 2 method, I do it my way b/c I like it better, and I can’t tell a difference in the finished product.

I used some Bernat Cottontots that I’ve had for YEARS, in a pale yellow color. I like that it’s 100% cotton, so it absorbs really well. I’m sure it’ll wash and wear just fine, but for tonight (until I make more), I took it in the shower with me and washed it with the little bit of shampoo left on my hands after soaping my hair up. Now it’s hanging up drying, so it’ll be ready to go tomorrow πŸ™‚ You could probably use leftover acrylic yarn for this too, but I just don’t think it would absorb as good.

To Do list update: I also got PLAN B executed, and some more of the herbs planted too! (That’s how I know it WORKS!) Tomorrow’s plan is to get more (hopefully all) of the broccoli and butter crunch planted, and onions too, and to get pictures of my re-planted and newly planted lovelies online πŸ™‚

Done did and to do ;-)

Ok, top priority on my to do list: make myself a sweat band! I’ve got gobs of cotton yarn, it shouldn’t be too hard to crochet a strip then connect the edges, but I am SO tired of having to wipe the sweat off my face (when my hands are free), having it drip down my face, or worst of all – into my eyes and/or onto my glasses (if I’m not wearing my contacts). Don’t know if I’m just a heavy sweater, or if it’s because I’ve been so sedentary for so long that I’ve got a lot of toxins that need sweating out (if you know me in real life, you know that it really is God that has me out gardening and interested in a more sustainable lifestyle), or what, but I’m especially tired of the sweat dripping into my eyes. I can solve this problem here in a bit while waiting in the pick-up line at school to get Teddy πŸ™‚ (All the teachers are surprised if they open the door to put him in and I’m NOT crocheting something ;-))

Next on to-do list is PLAN B. I’ve decided for my broccoli starts that (as with my pallet raised bed frame) just to re-do it. It won’t kill my poor little broccoli plants to be dug back up – specially since I’ve got to do it with at least 1/2 of them anyway and replant them, and then transfer the dirt to another container that’s ALREADY at the height I want it. This determined redneck, err, country girlΒ  πŸ˜‰ is ready to get the rest the broccoli, the lettuce, the onions, and the herbs planted, and I’ve GOT to have the wheeled buggy to haul dirt.

Now on to the done did list: (okay, so redneck might be the more appropriate term, I like to let my roots show every now and again :D) Tried all kinds of ways to get that container up to where I want it by myself – levering it with a piece of wood, walking it up a wood bridge, and since you know PLAN B is on my to do list, I obviously wasn’t successful.

I DID get the sweet basil planted (single 8″ metal pot in a stand shaped like a dog – gift from wonderful friends), and the Italian oregano planted (recycling a plastic dish garden container received when Daddy died). I didn’t realize until today that I actually got TWO of the oregano plants, so they’re planted together. For my herbs, that leaves my rosemary, and my mints – spearmint, and orange mint. I THINK from something I read on Mother Earth News that the lemon balm (which my sister-in-law assures me REALLY does work against skeeters – when they would go out at night, they would just bruise a few leaves, and be left alone) is in the mint family too. And I also learned that (don’t have time to re-check it now or I would) that either the spearmint or the basil will keep the deer from enjoying MY veggies!

Last, but not least, on this done did list – get this post done!

Have a blessed day, y’all πŸ˜€

What was I making? part 2

This one would NOT be appropriately titled “The Pillow Post.” lol

Any guesses? Anybody? Not that the dyed terry cloth shows up real well at all, but I was making …. REUSABLE WIPES!Β  After reading somewhere online that directed me here, I found myself thinking “I could make those!” And as my sis has just had a baby and will be going with cloth diapers …. my biggest decision was trying to decide between the green monkeys and the tan monkeys, and as you can tell, I didn’t! The “pretty” fabric is plain ol’ cotton flannel, btw.

Hey! You can see a teeny bit of that terry cloth in this one πŸ˜‰ At first, I was trying to match my squares up and do the zigzag stitch exactly at the edges, but that was causing more problems, I’d have to go back and restitch an area because it didn’t “grab” one side of the fabric, etc. So I decided to go from approx 8-1/2″ squares to 8″ squares and used the edge of the presser foot as my guide. And I decided to take a pic before I cut the edges off πŸ™‚

So I made myself this REALLY high-tech pattern. 1 – 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet of computer paper, and make a square like we were all taught in kindergarten. To protect the edges since I knew I was going to be using it a bunch, I wrapped the edges in clear mailing tape.

“Wait a minute, I saw some pretty girly fabric in that last one underneath the pattern,” I hear you thinking. Yep; I’m trying to work up the nerve to start using them for me and Teddy. πŸ˜‰ I have the basket piled with them in the bathroom, and an old trashcan outside that just has to be cleaned out before it can used as my wipes pail. Not so sure about doing the extra laundry, but I know I’ll appreciate the $ not spent of something that’s literally flushed away, and doing my little bit to help with sustainability, and better managing the resources God has blessed us with.

Oh! And one more pic – I saved all my scraps (there’s some more of that terry cloth!) and will be putting them in the compost pile once I get it started… 100% cotton, why let it go fill up space in a landfill?

What was I making? part one

Okay, y’all talked me into it, I’ll share today just what it was I was making with the lace and terry cloth I dyed. First off, the lace (which I’m not done with…)

I’ve been eying some beautiful lace sheets/pillowcases in the Penney’s catalog, 300TC Tivoli Lace and 600 TC EasyCare Lace.Β  But I didn’t like the price AT ALL! So, what’s a girl to do…. Well, if you’re the slightest bit crafty, you make your own! (And OF COURSE, now that I’ve gone back to look up the links to share the pix with anybody who cares to look at them, they are ON SALE! Foul, not fair, boo-hiss … wait, I still came out cheaper in the long run, and I’ll enjoy mine more because I know I made them; shutting up now *sheepish grin*)



So I started with this plain pillowcase I picked up at Wal-Mart, pic doesn’t show it very well, but it’s a very light sage-y green.





And, drumroll pleae, the finished product!

My bedding is actually pretty new, got one of those “bed in a bag” creations on MASSIVE sale (think it might’ve even been clearance for this item) at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The queen-size comforter, 2 standard pillow shams, 2 Euro pillow shams, the dust ruffle, and 2 decorator pillows for $55!!!!! What you see the pillow laying against in the pic is the comforter, the small square decorator pillow (but it’s only the solid burgundy on one side, the other side is the same print as the comforter; I don’t get it), and in the far left bottom corner with the burgundy ruffle is the standard pillow sham.

Yes, because I’m goofy (read my page “The Pursuit of Craftiness”) I hand-sewed the lace on the pillowcase – I’m just awesome like that πŸ˜‰ I still have to hand-sew the mate to this one, and I also got a set of much darker green, guess it’s more of an olive color, that I’m going to sew the crocheted lace around.

No, I don’t like pillows, not one bit *MASSIVE SARCASM* – I only sleep with about 15 of them on my bed. I’m not kidding! There’s the 4 king-size pillowcases (which is what I’m making these pillowcases for, so I can get the shams that DON’T match out of my room), the 2 standard pillowcases, my shaped memory foam pillow – okay, that’s 7. Then there’s the decorator pillows – the 2 that came with the bed-set (no, I don’t take them off at night), 2 more I bought because they were on clearance at Target and matched so well,Β  and 1 that (even though it was my pillow) had been staying in Mama’s living room until I had back surgery, because it’s the perfect size and shape to go under my knees – but it matches my bedding, and is where I got the idea for the green-themed pillowcases, because it has some in it, and when held up against my new bedspread it pulled out the VERY faint green that was hiding in there! Okay, so that’s 12 pillows I sleep with, and once I get my Euro pillows to go with the Euro shams that are still folded up in the closet, it’ll be 14! So my guess of 15 wasn’t too far off πŸ™‚

So I guess when I post pics of my finished pillowcases – all 4 of them instead of just the one – I’ll include all the other pillows in the shot, just so you’ll believe me about my 12 pillows πŸ˜‰