Single Granny Square Crochet

My appreciation for handmade started back in grade school. We had a Home Economics course where we learned how to do basic cooking, table setting, sewing, crochet and cross stitch. Sounds really cool, doesn’t it?

Granny squares can be used for a lot of items. They can be used for blankets and throws, scarves, bags and for home accents and decor.

I remember this pattern as my first crochet project. I made a table centerpiece using bright colored scrap yarns that I had. The finished product measured about 12 inches x 12 inches. Now, I am wondering if my mom still has it.

It is a very simple pattern. I did not write it down or had it memorized but it is so simple that crocheting it just naturally flows with its logical design.

Below are the stitches used. If you need some help or a refresher on how to do them, I have the links ready for you.

Pointers: I have included some photos for clarification.

There can be a lot of variations as to changing colors as well. The possibilities with granny squares are endless! Please feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions or issues. You can reach me on social media on contact me through this site.

Interested in trying this one? I would love to see what you come up with! Show me what you’re making.

I hope you enjoy this pattern for years to come. You can get really creative with this one. God bless and happy crocheting!

DIY Ice Globes

Merry Christmas everyone! Another week to go and we are saying goodbye to 2020. What a year, huh? This year definitely has been a roller coaster ride. I am thankful for each one of you for supporting our little handmade shop.

If you are located somewhere with freezing temperatures, here is a fun and easy project that you can do to bring some light and decoration to your yard or deck. We had the winter solstice a few days ago and it is a big deal up here in Alaska since it means we are starting to gain back daylight a few minutes each day.

I found these beautiful ice lanterns on Pinterest and decided to try the simplest one. We ended up lining our driveway for Christmas Eve last night. We haven’t been to church lately because of COVID restrictions and we were grateful there were even Christmas Eve services to attend.

There are a lot of different ways to make these ice globes. I admire some of these bloggers who are just so passionate and driven to find the perfect technique. This is my first time trying it out and I am definitely pleased with how they turned out.

Onelittleproject.com has the blog post on how to make these: Ice Luminaries: How to make your own ice lanterns. This approach only uses balloons and battery operated tea lights. It is a fairly cheap project that can actually produce a very satisfying result. I chose Ashland’s Color Changing Flameless Tea Lights and they were a little over $4 for a 4-pc at Michael’s. The balloons were the 15-pc pack from Walmart.

The first step after gathering the materials is to fill the balloons with tap water. The balloon opening should wrap around the faucet’s mouth and you can fill them according to the desired size.

I suggest about 6-8 inches in diameter. It was a good idea that I made extras since a couple of the balloons popped during the freezing process. We had a storm a few days ago and the temperatures went up and down the freezing temp.

My husband found a round can to press the snow with, placed the tea light and then rest the ice globe on top. Since we used the color changing tea lights, these are the effects we got.

It is an easy DIY project and will be fun to do with kids too. Some bloggers suggest putting in food color to achieve colored ice globes. I imagine using the color changing lights will achieve a similar outcome if using food color. There are a lot of other variations to this DIY. I am pretty sure I will try a few others and share them with you here.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the year. Happy holidays everyone!

Knitted Pumpkins

It is only a week and a half to go before the market day I am going to be in and there are lots to do!

This week, I have been enjoying working on some knitted pumpkins.  The pattern is from FitFoodArtShop and I love it because it uses up some of my stash yarn.

The possibilities are just endless! You can combine any colors you want or any color stash you have for that matter.

See you next time and happy knitting!

Market Prep 2019

It’s been a week since fall started but here in Alaska, it seems like we are closely approaching the end of it. Check out the mountains around us and they are all screaming winter! That brings me to point out another exciting thing…. hat season!

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Knitting wise, I am having a blast.  I am currently doing a market prep for the end of October.  So for you makers out there, you know what this means.  I have been knitting away hats in different sizes for months now, and I am loving it.

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New discovery: Lion Brand Yarn’s Wool Ease Thick and Quick has released newer colors.  I am not entirely sure when these colors came out.  However, among what I have used so far, these are my favorites: Coney Island which has gorgeous shades of fall colors and Astropolis which has pinks and purples.  These color ways definitely made my all-time fave list like the Hudson Bay.  Look how those colors play out!

How about you? Do you have a market or bazaar you are prepping for? Share with us what you’re working on.

Happy knitting!

 

Seed Stitch Headbands

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When I was starting to learn how to knit, I looked for pretty stitches with my limited capability of just knit and purl stitches.  The seed stitch immediately caught my attention.  Using just knit and purl stitches, it creates a beautiful texture regardless of the yarn weight being used.

These headbands are quick to work on. They are perfect! Think fall colors and simple pleasures!

Here is a free pattern of the Seed Stitch Headbands that I made in two sizes.

Materials:

  • US 13 double pointed needles
  • Super Bulky (6) yarn

Measurements:

  • Baby-Toddler size: 13.5 inches circumference, 2.5 inches width
  • Regular adult size: 17 inches circumference, 3.25 inches width

Pattern:

This pattern can be used for 2 sizes: baby-toddler size and regular adult size which is the measurements in parenthesis.

Headband Pattern:

  • Cast on 7 (9) sts
  • K1, p1 until end of row.
  • Repeat for 60 (82) rows
  • Bind off and sew both ends together.

For the headband tie:

  • Cast on 5 sts
  • Right side (RS): knit all sts.
  • Wrong side (WS): purl all sts.
  • Do 9 (10) rows total ending with the RS (WS)
  • Bind off.
  • Pinching the headband strip where the seams are, sew the tie together.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as you enjoy the change in seasons! Happy fall everyone!

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Current projects, anyone?

My favorite season is fall and living in Alaska, fall lasts a few weeks if not shorter. So, I actually start craving for autumn and winter knits before the summer ends. This is also when I start ramping up my inventory for festivals and bazaars to sell my creations.

Currently, I am working on some baby hats and playing with some autumn colors. Ask me what my favorite yarn is and without batting an eye, my answer would be Lion Brand’s Wool Ease, particularly Wool Ease Thick and Quick. Aren’t these colors adorable?

What’s keeping you busy these days? Is your creative energy inspiring you to explore a new hobby? Perhaps master a skill that you already have? I would love to hear all about it. ❤

Blessings!