Monday, February 20, 2012

Week 7 : Quick Heart Bookmark

     Since I've been spending so much time working on my big projects I chose to do a quick one this week for the Weekly Project.  Here it is:

     It was super quick to make. I used an F/5/3.75mm hook.

Ch 4. In 4th chain from hook, 3 trc, 3 dc, chain 1, 3 dc, 3 trc, chain 3, slip stitch, cut off leaving a long tail. You can either make a chain as long as you need or just leave it as one strand.  I found leaving just one strand fits better in a book (closes better).  Another neat idea would be to use different shapes for the base. A butterfly could be cute, or a kitty even.  I did notice some cute 3D bases when browsing online.

I'm hoping to put up a post this week on the big projects I've been working on for the past week and a bit, but for now I'm posting pics of them on the facebook page found here.

Have a good week everyone, and Keep Crafty!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Week 6: Journal Cozy

     This was a neat project idea and I hope to make more of these.  I didn't have any buttons to put but I will be adding them when as soon as I find some nice ones.  Another addition I'd like to make is embellishments, such as a contrasting coloured flower.

    I took the original pattern from here and tweaked it for a journal.  I started with a base row of 26 chains.  The pattern obviously needs to be modified to fit whatever journal you'd like to use.  For the button holes I used doubles then skipped the 4th from the edge (sc, sk stitch then dc in next st).

    I like that I can keep my pen with my journal now.  I hope to make more of these for other various journals I have since I'm a total stationary nut.

Oh and let's not forget my company while hooking up this project:

     Verdict: I liked this project and definitely look forward to making more. Especially some with contrasting coulours, various stitches and embellishments.

    Well that's all for me tonight! Keep Crafty Everyone!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week 4 and 5: Facial Cleansing Pads and Holder

This week is a double header! But don't get too excited, it's only because I missed last week's due to a fabulous 60s party.

Week 4: Facial Cleansing Pads

     This is a pretty useful project, especially if you have oily skin, where lots of make up or just wash your face often. I had seen a few photos of these while browsing for dish cloth patterns several months ago and logged it away in my brain as a "someday it would be nice to make these", and well that some day finally arrived.  I tried a few variations and experimented on a few different shapes until I settled on the most functional ones.  Here are the results:

I used Bernat Cotton for all the Scrubbies/Cleansing Pads, the hook size varied per pattern.  Photo captions are linked (except Simple Round, I wrote the pattern beneath it)

Puffy Flower Tawashi

Simple Round Cloth
 This one was pretty easy but proved to be the most useful/efficient

I used a J/10-6.00mm hook [for both the Simple Round Cloth (above) and the Little Flowers (below).]

Chain 4
12 dc in 4th chain from hook, sl st into first dc
ch 3, 2 dc in each dc of previous row, join with sl st
cut and weave in end

Little Flower Cloth

     So far they work great and I'm lovin' them!

Week 5:  Facial Cleansing Pad Holder

     Now that you've made the Cleansing Pads you need somewhere to keep them.  Well here you go:

     I used Red Heart Acrylic pink yarn to match the scrubbies somewhat. Original pattern linked below, I used the pattern's recommended size hook.

     I based this item on the pattern found here.  After row 5 I just continued with the dc (basically repeated row 5 another 3 or 4 times).  Once I got to the height I wanted I finished off with the same cotton yarn I used for the Cleansing Pads but in a shell pattern:

Join yarn to work, Chain 1, dc in 2nd st from hook, 4 dc in same st, * sk next st, sc in next st, sk next st 5 dc in next st repeat from * to end.  Cut and weave in ends.

     And all together now:

     Like I said, I'm quite happy with the outcome of this project and use it daily :)  I hope some of you find it just as useful and fun to make.  It was a very quick project to make, took a couple hours in total and very well worth the effort.

     So that's the project for the week, hope you all enjoy!

Keep Crafty Everyone!