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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The best things about babies...



...is crocheting tiny little baby things! Okay, I suppose that's arguable, but that's my favorite part. I'm just starting to accept that I'm at that age where I should probably just start stockpileing the wedding afghans and baby blankets now. The yarn for this one was donated by a friend of my mom's who was cleaning out her stash - it was perfect.
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Klean Kanteen Cozy





I get up around 4am for work most mornings, and I am cranky and groggy, and occationaly want some nice hot coffee to take to work with me. Got a kleen kanteen the night before and thought, "Great! I can bring my coffee to work this morning." Yeah. Um. Coffee is HOT, and that canteen is made of METAL. I am not smart at 4am. So after I bandaged my badly burnt hands (leaving my fingers exposed so I could still hold a hook), I grabbed a scrap yarn ball, and crocheted this during a boring morning at work. It's proven totally invaluable. I've posted the pattern on ehow ...http://www.ehow.com/how_5546258_crochet-bottle-insulator.html

but you can scroll down and get it below too :-)

You will need:
a 5mm hook
less than on skein. I used a color I had in my scrap stash, so I can't be sure exactly how much.
a Klean kanteen, or a bottle of similar size
basic knowledge of crochet

The Bottom:

Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook.
Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 7 dc in center. Sl st in top of ch 2 to join. (8 dc)
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same sp as ch 2. 2 dc in next dc, and in each dc around. Sl st in ch 2 to join. (16 dc)
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same sp as ch 2. *dc in dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from * to* around. Sl st in ch 2 to join. (24 dc)
Row 4: Ch 2, dc in same sp as ch 2. *dc in dc, 2 dc in next dc*, repeat from * to* around. Sl st in ch 2 to join. (36 dc)

The Body:
Row 5: Ch 1 (count as 1st sc), sc in each dc across. Sl st in beg ch to join.(36sc)
Rows 6-26 (or till desired length is reached): Ch 1 (count as 1st sc), sc in each dc across. Sl st in beg ch to join.(36 sc)


The Trim:

Fan stitch: Skip first sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip sc, sl st in next sc. *Skip sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip sc, sl st in next sc*, repeat from * to * around. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Easy peasy.
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The Holiday Spirit



I've been crocheting as fast as my little fingers can fly....leave it to me to leave eveything till the last minute. For the first of my holiday offerings, I'm making my dad a set of golf club covers. He took up golf this year, and asked for a set. I had no luck finding a crochet pattern online that wasn't A. for knitters, B. less than 8 dollars, or C. completely, utterly, and totally rediculas looking. So I've started a set of my own...that's the beginning of them up top. I'll post another pic when they're finished in all their pom-pommed glory.

My sister likes all things Japanesey, so I whipped her up a sushi toilet paper roll cover. It makes me giggle when I look at it. I'm going to give it to her with a pair of chopsticks on top.
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