Pocketful of Yarn

Musings from a crochetaholic

September is here?!

Where has summer gone?? It always seems so quick and before you know it, it’s back to work and school. ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

So this was my summer project! Let me know what you guys have made this summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Until next time, happy crocheting! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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! ย 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜›

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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. ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ˜› 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

But all in all it was totally worth it! I am so proud of it and my grandma really enjoys it ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ˜€ Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s day to all the dads out there! I am so blessed to have both my daddy and my father-in-law in my life. Father’s day is so special and I hope all the dad’s feel cherished today (and everyday!)

My daddy has always been there for me and has the biggest heart. He is an amazing servant leader and has taught me so much. He’s smart, funny, and so easy to talk to. I can tell my dad almost anything and I know he’ll be there to listen. I remember when I was a student nurse and I had a really rough day as one of my patient’s was really sick and ended up passing on my shift. I called home and my dad was just the person I needed to talk to. Whenever I had issues with my car, my computer, my house – my dad has always been there to help me. I appreciate him ever so much!

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Even through the tears and arguments, my daddy is still the absolute best (and yes, as you get older you realize how right your parents are ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope this Father’s day my daddy knows how special he is to me and my family! Love you dad!!

I also have an amazing father in law (I never call him that , it sounds so weird!) He is so chill and cool that I had no problem calling him dad after hubs and I got married. He’s always offering to help, he sticks up for me, and he treats me like family. Can’t ask for a better father in law than that!

For this year’s Father’s day I wanted to make them both something special. It just so happened that both dad’s love the game of golf. I searched on Ravelry for golf related patterns and found an awesome pattern from Caron Yarns for golf club covers. I absolutely had to make them for my dads ๐Ÿ˜€

So for my father in law I crocheted him 3 color golf covers.

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And for my daddy I’ve decided to design my own cover. I haven’t quite finished it but he likes panda’s a lot so I’m making him panda covers for fun. My dad is a huge kid at heart so I know he’ll love them! I’ll post about them when I get my pattern all sorted ๐Ÿ˜›

So today I had to work in the morning so I was unable to go for brunch with my hubby’s family, but I was able to have my family over for a BBQ after work. Along with my family, my aunt, uncle, and grandpa were also able to come and hang out with us. It was a blast and the food was great ๐Ÿ™‚ Nothing beats time with the ones you love! ย I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s day!

What did you guys do for father’s day? Let me know! Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Bow-tastic!

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I love bows! I think they are so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ And since they have been popping up everywhere, I decided to attempt a few. They are super easy to make and there are tons of tutorials up online. I just kind of came up with mine while watching Modern Family (I LOVE that show!) Since I don’t have any kids to dress up yet, I decided that my little furbaby Milo would be my model. I don’t think he enjoyed it too much ๐Ÿ˜‰ Esp when I put the bow by his ear and made him look like a girl puppy – too cute!

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What a handsome chap! ๐Ÿ˜€

I picked up some sturdy hair ties from Sally’s and I’m planning to attach some bows onto them. I love the idea of having a big bow around a bun or straight up ponytail. I think they make lovely hair accessories, not to mention adorable little gifts ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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The Beginning of an Obsession…

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All obsessions have interesting stories of how they came to be. My current obsession with crochet began when I would work evening shift and watch my coworkers crochet on break. They were making all this neat stuff like blankets and dish cloths that I couldn’t help but be fascinated. One of my lovely coworkers offered to help me learn, so we had a crochet date on one of our off days. Besides good company and food, we worked on making a simple dish cloth (I mean who couldn’t use another one right?) It was the perfect project for a beginner learning to single crochet and read simple patterns.

Of course my tension was horrible and my stitches were super tight. I had to unravel my work multiple times but in the end, I did finish it! I still have that dishcloth as a soaker underneath my water pitcher ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My dish cloth is the tighter and smaller rainbow colored one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not bad for a first timer ๐Ÿ˜› My friend’s dishcloth looked awesome! What is your story on how you got ‘hooked’ into crochet? I’d love to hear! Happy crocheting ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spiral Yoga Bag

I love pretty yoga bags! I was surfing around on Pinterest and saw an adorable yoga bag from Flying Toothbrush‘s blog that I had to try. I had actually attempted this beautiful spiral yoga bag before I designed the yoga bag for my sister in law in my Project Yoga Bag post. The spiral ladder in this pattern really makes the bag pop against your yoga mat. It’s fun and very unique! My only issue with it is that it’s hard to pull on your mat. For me, once yoga class is done I want to quickly slip my mat into my bag and head on out. With this spiral bag I found I spend some time struggling to put my mat in. Other than that, this bag is awesome and I would totally recommend testing it out. Really it’s just me being picky about efficiency on putting the bag in ๐Ÿ˜‰ To be honest, it was a quick project that I would totally make again!

Here are some picture’s of how it went!

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Voila! A beautiful spiral yoga mat bag! I hope this inspires to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy crocheting!

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