Pocketful of Yarn

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Crocheting to Christmas: DIY Greeting Cards

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Hi! Welcome to the first post of  the Crocheting to Christmas series!

I am a huge fan of unique and creative Christmas cards. I love looking at them at the mall and I never really end up buying them because they can get so pricey. I really like the homemade touch on cards so I thought I would give it a shot. I have seen some of the scrapbooking cards and WOW they look amazing – it just so happens that I have no scrapbooking ability. 😉 I thought since I love yarn so much I’ll do my own cards with a yarn/crochet spin.

There are loads of DIY ideas on the internet and especially on Pinterest. I took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest ideas and thought of ways to add some yarn to the fun. Here’s what I came up with:

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Aren’t they awesome?

For the Christmas present and wreath cards, I just glued single strands of yarn to embellish my cards. I found that if I crocheted a single chain and then made it into a bow, it would be too bulky.  So I ended up just sticking with just a single strand.

On the 2 Christmas tree cards, I just crocheted a long chain and I glued it in squiggles to make my tree shape. I saw a few different tree motif patterns online and I tried a few. I just thought the tree motif looked really thick on the card and some of my trees ended up not looking  like trees 😛 By using crochet chains it was much quicker to do and it saved yarn.

Lastly, on my bunny card, I just crocheted a row of HDC for each pieces of the scarf and it was enough to look pretty cool.

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I wanted these cards to be budget friendly and they totally ended up being so. I found a pack of plain note cards for $4.99 which had 25 cards – definitely enough for my close family and friends! I even lucked out and found some christmas-y stampers that were between $1.50-8.oo. I thought they would be a Christmas investment and bought a few to spice up my cards. The yarn I used was all from my scrap balls and I thought it looked really neat with all the different colors. The little pom poms I used as tree ornaments and the buttons for the wreath were both in packs for a dollar.  Lastly, I had glue and some colored construction paper at home. That’s all the materials I used! So really, depending on your budget, you really don’t need to spend a lot of money on materials. All you need is a little imagination, inspiration, and creativity! 🙂

Let me know if you tried your own DIY yarn/crochet cards!

I just wanted to let you know that I have recently moved my blog to pocketfulofyarn.com. Hope you’ll continue to join me on my crochet journey! Thanks!

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Crocheting To Christmas Blog Series!

I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s a month and 24 days till Christmas! It’s time to roll out the Christmas decorations and get into the festive spirit 🙂 What better way to get in the festive mood then to have a Christmas blog series!

I really enjoy all the crafty and creative ideas that come up during this time of the year. From gifts to love ones, to pet presents, holiday decor and hostess gifts, you can always add a special crochet touch. In this weekly series to Christmas, I’ll be sharing ideas and patterns that I will be making this year. I hope you’ll find the topics inspiring and interesting! And maybe, it’ll inspire you to crochet something special this season 🙂

The posts will be up every friday and as they come along I will provide the links below 🙂

  • Nov. 8: DIY Crochet Greeting Cards
  • Nov. 15: Holiday Slipper Madness
  • Nov. 22: Crochet Gifts for Guys?!
  • Nov. 29: Cute kids, Cute Amigurumi
  • Dec. 6: Dog Presents!
  • Dec. 13: Stocking Stuffer Mania
  • Dec. 20: Christmas Decor Insanity

I hope you guys will join me for this Christmas ride! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topics and perhaps suggestions on other topics that may interest you 🙂 As always, Happy Crocheting! 😀

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I Love Yarn Day!

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Happy “I Love Yarn” Day everyone!  What an awesome day to show off our yarn pride 🙂 I love yarn so much that everyone in my family is getting something crocheted for Chirstmas this year! Woot woot!

Now I don’t mean like blankets for all (can you imagine all the time? I should have started in May!) I’m thinking something small and useful. You guys know me, instant gratification projects!

I have recently read a few articles on how to be selective and careful of what you make and give to others during the holiday season. It is heartbreaking to see your time and effort pushed aside. So my crochet list for Christmas is only for my immediate family and hopefully they’ll enjoy what I make!

So currently I’m working on a chevron blanket for my mom. She’s been mentioning that the weather’s been getting colder and she was looking to get some cozy throws for their den area. So I thought what the heck, I can suck it up and make one big project by Christmas 😀 I found a really simple chevron pattern for a baby blanket online and I adjusted it so it was more adult sized. I really love the colors and I’m super excited to see the final outcome!

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Some other Christmas gifts I had in mind were slippers for my sisters 🙂 I found the cutest bunny slippers online that I’m so excited to try. I’ll definitely post up on how they turn out when I get working on them. Another idea I had were cup/mug cozies. I’ve been noticing on Instagram and Pinterest of many neat designs of mug cozies that are absolutely adorable and trendy.

Now the guys in the family are harder to figure out. Besides the usual scarves and beanies, I’ve been kind of stumped on gift ideas for them. Let me know if you guys have any cool guy gift ideas!

Have you guys started crocheting for Christmas? Let me know what you guys are making! I love hearing new ideas 🙂 Happy crocheting!

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September is here?!

Where has summer gone?? It always seems so quick and before you know it, it’s back to work and school.  I have been on a bit of a summer hiatus and it was an absolute blast! I had family from Australia come over, met cousins I have never met before, did a huge family trip to Los Angeles and Disneyland, and went to Las Vegas with my hubby. It was so refreshing to have a summer break – my husband and I were planning to stay around home all summer but decided in June to go travel.

Another cool thing I did this summer was learning how to swim. With all the hot weather and watching everyone else having fun in the pool, I finally got the guts to learn. My hubby has been teaching me (via Youtube videos) and I can now swim a few meters 😀 I’m still learning! And since we were spending more and more time at the pool, I decided I needed a cute swim bag to put all my gear in…

This is what I made!

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Isn’t it just the cutest? I used T-shirt yarn by Loops & Threads in the color fruit punch and it turned it great! I wanted the bag to be big enough to fit my towel and toiletries, so I used a shoe box to gauge for the size. The t-shirt yarn was super fun to crochet with. It’s stretchy and soft – just a neat texture to be able with work with. I’m planning to make a clear plastic vinyl lining to add to this bag – the yarn isn’t very water proof and I don’t want it to get wet with all my swim gear. I think that will make it so much easier to keep dry and clean 😀

So this was my summer project! Let me know what you guys have made this summer 🙂 Until next time, happy crocheting! 😀

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Birthday Awesomeness

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As a kid, I never had themed birthday parties – I guess it was something us kids never really cared for them. So when my hubby and siblings planned a super themed Hello Kitty birthday party for my birthday, it was very special! I had Hello Kitty plates, cups, table cloth, cake, candles, plushes, and best of all, massive helium balloons! 😀 That helium Hello Kitty stands up to my chest and basically the coolest thing ever. I can see now why kids love themed parties 😉

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Besides having a super themed party, my hubby got me the Clover Amour crochet hooks I have been oogling over. They are so pretty!! I really enjoy the grips on the hooks and I have already used all of them on swatches already. The little carrying case is bright and fun – a must have since I misplace hooks frequently. I definitely recommend these crochet hooks and they are well worth their price 🙂 I just can’t wait to get started on some new projects so I can start breaking them all in!

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Until next time, happy crocheting!!

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Flashback Friday: Panda Hat Fiesta!

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This is a blast-to-past project that I had made for my little cousins a couple months ago. It was still cold out here and nothing beats a stylish hat, especially a panda hat!  These little hats were absolutely adorable! I did have to redo one of the hats as I didn’t get their little head sizes right but other than that they were pretty straight forward! The look me about 3-4 hours to make – depending on how many interruptions I got and if I could focus on one sitting 😉 I did have a little trouble sewing on the panda ears. I had them pinned but I still think they were a little off centered. As always, sewing is not a strong point for me 😛

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These little hats were addicting to make! I wanted to make more after I finished them and to do different animal faces 😛 With all different colors to chose from, you can make classic hats or use fun, bright colors – which is a spray of creativity that you can play with. I can see why so many crocheters out there love making hats 😉 I want to hear about your crochet hat experiences! Do you enjoying making them? What kind of creative spins have you done to a normal hat? Until next time, happy crocheting everyone!

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Got Them Short Shorts?

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It’s summer time! And summer = time to pull those shorts out! I know I’ve been yakking about all the rain we have been having but this past weekend it’s been super HOT! No better time for a pair of crochet short shorts to wear outside 😀

I found a super cute pattern by Sandi Hagan on Ravelry for a pair of boyshorts. A super easy pattern that took me 2 days to finish. I used Stitch Nations’s Bamboo Ewe yarn in grape for these shorts and they sure turned out adorable! At first I struggled to pick a color I thought would look good – you can’t go wrong with black or white shorts but I wanted it to be more fun and different. So purple it was!  My sister was kind enough to be my model (THANK YOU!), so here are some pictures!

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Gotta have a bum shot! I absolutely love these shorts and will be making more in the future. The pattern called for an elastic waist but I may try a draw string waist to see how it turns out 🙂 Have you guys started your summertime projects? I’d love to hear! Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Third Time’s The Charm

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As I continue on my current crochet bikini spree, I’ve finally finished my third bikini top. If you have been following me, you would have noticed that I had some major corrections with the first 2 tops. The first top I made was way too big to be a size A-B cup bikini AND I had counting issues and my top strings were not evenly matched or long enough. The second one I made was much much better than the first and my friend even modelled it it (see here!). It still had a few things that I would have liked to change (i.e. I still wanted to adjust the sizing of the cup, and the length of the top tie strings). I’m a perfectionist but I like to keep improving on things 🙂

So bikini #3 was in a fun green color. I ended up using the Adriafil Papua yarn in green. The Papua material is not really yarn, it’s more of a fabric like tape. It was my first time using material like this and I really enjoyed it. It doesn’t fray and fall apart like yarn does and it’s got a nice feel to it.

Here’s how bikini top #3 turned out:

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Chest shot! 😛

I’m really happy with the progress from tops 1-3, I can really see how they’ve each improved. Now I’m ready to add some lining to them and perhaps some bra padding – I definitely need all the support I can get 😉

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Hardwood Floor? Chair Sock Time!

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We recently got a new patio set for the summer and with all the rain we have been getting, we haven’t actually put it outside yet. We did have multiple get togethers with friends and family so we put our patio table in our dining area. It fit quite nicely and the comfy chair cushions were a nice touch. Then the issue was the scraping of the chairs on my hardwood floor 😦 To be honest, our floors aren’t amazing and we’ve done our fair share of scratching them up – but with the new chairs I decided we needed a prevention strategy. Chair socks!

If you browse around the interwebs, you’ll definitely find lots of neat chair sock/covers that others have made.  I saw a lot of easy patterns for rounded chair leg socks and they were even interchanging color to bring a bit of pop to the chair legs. My chair legs were actually rectangle shaped on the bottom so I came up with my own pattern.

Using Red Heart’s Soft yarn in grape, I crocheted a total 16 little chair socks. This is how some of them turned out 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this nifty easy-to-do home project and as always, happy crocheting!

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Bobble Blanket

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I really like crochet blankets, especially beautifully designed throw blankets. Now when I think about if I want to make one, I have second thoughts about how much I like them 😛 They can be time consuming but the end result is well worth it.

I never really thought about making blankets until I noticed my grandma didn’t have a nice throw around when she was on the couch watching TV. Since it’s like winter 9 months out of the year here, I decided that I would make her a nice blanket.

I was quite picky in choosing a pattern for her blanket, I wanted something that was solid and “blankety” for snuggles on a cold evening. I ended up finding a bobble blanket pattern that had a bobble/puff stitch row every 6 rows to give the blanket a bubbly effect.

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I learned quickly that I’m a quick project person. I love getting stuff done in a couple days and seeing the finished product fairly quickly. With the blanket….I felt like it took forever. Honestly, it probably wasn’t that long – about 3 weeks of committing an 1-2 hours every day or two. I think it felt long because the one bobble row would take me a full half hour to finish. Which is basically a whole episode of Big Bang Theory before I could finish the row. So either I’m just really slow or I’m too busy watching TV 😉

But all in all it was totally worth it! I am so proud of it and my grandma really enjoys it 🙂 So I guess no matter now long it takes to make something, just seeing it make someone happy makes all the time and effort worth it! 😀 Until next time, happy crocheting!

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