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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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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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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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Project Storage & Organization

This is a topic that I’m pretty interested in, I’m always wondering if I’m keeping my projects clean – I think it’s the nurse in me 😉 I have a puppy at home so I’m extra careful to keep my projects free from dog hair and to tuck away so my little guy doesn’t find my project as a new chew toy.

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Using reusable bags from clothing stores is super planet friendly and they definitely can fit larger WIPs. When I was making my grandma’s afghan, I had it in a large lululemon bag and hauled it around making it. Definitely an excellent way to store large projects. I think even a clean reusable grocery tote would work awesome as a storage bag, esp for those big big blankets 🙂

Currently I keep all my projects separated and stored in ziploc bags. I find them to be super handy since they are clear and I can jot notes on the bag with a sharpie as reminders. It’s also handy that ziploc bags come in so many different sizes and are affordable. The projects that I have been working on haven’t been large projects so they all fit within a freezer bag. I also like to carry my projects around, so whether I’m going to work or my parent’s house, having my project in a ziploc bag makes it super portable (I’m not sure if I really want to lug a plastic container around – even if it is shoebox size).  I usually just tuck a copy of the pattern in the zip lock bag, mark my last stitch with a bobby pin (I have way too many) and make sure to note where I left off in the pattern and what hook I used. And it’s stored!

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Here’s an example of how I post all my notes on the ziploc bag as a reminder. I also write it in my notebooks just in case I have to throw the ziploc away 😛

As for organization, it’s pretty messy currently. So far I have all my ziploc projects in a laundry basket and my yarn is pretty much in multiple bags. My hubby bugging me about getting a shelf  so I can display all my yarn and have my projects in one area. We found a cute shelving unit from Ikea and we’ll probably pick it up the next time we head out there.

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I don’t have a craft room or area, so I think this shelf is going to be so awesome! I cannot wait to organize my projects and yarn stash 🙂

So how do you guys store your projects? I’m always curious to know how others store and organize, so let me know! 🙂 Until next time, happy crocheting!

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World Wide Knit In Public Day

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This past week is World Wide Knit in Public and yes, yarn arts pride! Crochet and knit groups all over are participating and posting pictures of knitting/crocheting in public. I really wanted to enjoy the sunshine and crochet outdoors but it’s been gloomy and rainy here all week. So my crochet in public week included me crocheting on the bus, in the library, and briefly in my backyard when we had a little bit of sunshine.

Thank goodness I wasn’t working in a large project, I just had my little bag with me and whipped out my WIP when I had a chance. It definitely stimulated interest from others which was pretty cool! I hope it got some people interested and inspired to make something themselves 😀

Here’s some pictures of the places I crocheted at:

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I love hanging out on my deck and crocheting 🙂 I overlook a ring road and it’s so calming to hear the cars going by. Not to mention catching some rays with my project!

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This is me crocheting at our local library. I’ve seen a group of ladies here before knitting and crocheting, so I know these chairs are super comfy. Not to mention free access at lots of crochet books and magazines to look at! Double plus!

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This is proof of our rainy week. Pouring most of the time. Hence me being inside snuggled in an armchair working on my project 😀

That’s all for now! I’d love to hear about how you participated in World Wide Knit in Public week. 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 😉 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 😀

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 😛

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 🙂 Nothing beats time with the ones you love!  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 🙂 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 😉 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! 😀

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 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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