Quick Yarn Tip: Never Break Another Button

I know I’m not the only hooker out there who has broken a button (or fifty). I picked up this neat trick a few months back.  

No More Broken Buttons | From Home Crochet

You won’t break another button again. 

Have a yarny trick to share? Post them below! 

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Creativity Takes A Back Seat

This summer has been busy in our house(s). My husband took a job north of my hometown, which meant prepping and selling our home, finding somewhere to live in the new city, getting our stuff there, and finding out upon arriving that we will need to find somewhere else to live! (long story… )

So, we’ve been running around this small city, frantically looking for a new home. We have finally found it! 

Our house back home closes this Monday, and we will take possession of our new home later this month. Because we knew we were having to move again, we haven’t really unpacked here. So, we are basically living out of boxes and suitcases. Not exactly convenient, but better than being stuck with nothing at all. 

I have been working on orders, but my creativity has been pushed back quite a bit. We are also in a new timezone, and after three weeks here, still have not adjusted to the change. (it’s only an hour too!) 

Hopefully, settling in a permanent home will be the answer. 

On that note, I hope your summer isn’t nearly as stressful as mine. ;)

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DIY Bleached TARDIS Tee

Michelle Warwick:

Fantastic Tutorial by Tanya of Hodge Podge Crochet!

Originally posted on HodgePodge Crochet:

https://hodgepodgecrochet.wordpress.com DIY Bleached TARDIS Tee

Okay…I admit I’ve always wanted my very own TARDIS… Who wouldn’t?!? As long as it comes with a Time Lord, I’m set. :)

Since I am highly doubtful that my TARDIS dream will ever be a reality (anyone out there who knows David Tennant or Matt Smith and is willing to pull some strings would earn my eternal gratitude!), a girl has to settle for Plan B. My Plan B is to put the TARDIS on everything I possibly can.

Today, that thing is a t-shirt!

I had a ball painting the TARDIS on my DIY Handbag, but in order to get acrylic paint to behave better (I admit, I’ve never thought about washing a handbag before…) you need to add some acrylic medium when painting on clothing so that your fabric stays soft and lasts through more washes. Note: You don’t technically NEED to add it–acrylic paint won’t wash out–but it helps…

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Project Fall Square Exchange

Life has been all sorts of crazy around here. Our move has been postponed a couple of times because we’ve been waiting on paperwork, and we have been working on prettying up the house to sell. The nice thing is that my small business has slowed down a bit too. Five dozen moose hats, Creepers and Yodas really took a number out of me this past winter. That is not including amigurumi and other custom requests. I took a few weeks off from touching the hook so I could focus more on packing, painting, and supervising. With two weeks to go, I am ready to go and starting to feel anxious/excited!

Insert fall square exchange. My friend Kimberlie from Shop Kimberlie extended the invitation to her seasonal exchange group. I’ve been invited before a few times, but the thought of working so many squares has always seemed really daunting to me. Until now. The goal. 40 squares by the end of October. Totally doable.

I originally planned to create my own, and I did come up with something. But, it’s just not exactly what I want. So, I started searching, and stumbled on a cute flower square. It’s a freebie from So Far, So Good and it is called the Walled Garden Square. It is simple and cute! I have finished five complete squares and have the pattern memorized, which makes the task a mindless activity I can work on while watching tv.

Walled Garden Square | From Home Crochet

Walled Garden Square

 

I strayed slightly from the pattern. I am a BIG yanker, so I sized my hook right up to J (6.0 mm) and I needed to make it bigger, so I added one extra round to make it measure 8″. I chose Impeccable Teal and Aran for my colours. The texture of this design is amazing and once blocked, this square will look fantastic!

Walled Garden Square |From Home Crochet

Amazing Texture

 

35 squares to go!

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10,000 FAN Giveaway!

Michelle Warwick:

Fantastic Giveaway at Pattern Paradise! Get your entries in!

Originally posted on Pattern Paradise:

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I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself! I’ve reached 10,000 Facebook Fans and I want to celebrate with YOU, the FAN-tastic Fans!

Join me for a fabulous giveaway which will run from June 29th – July 4th, winners will be announced on July 5th!

Check out all the fabulous prizes below and the AMAZING Grand Prize too!

Just head on over to the bottom of this post to see the super, duper Grand Prize and complete the Rafflecopter entry form for a chance to win!

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Here is the collection of  great prizes by some fabulous vendors. Aren’t they amazing? Please click on the pictures to visit and support this generous group of vendors.

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wendy     sick lil monkeys

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May The Fourth Be With You Giveaway!

I love a good giveaway! I also love to make Yoda beanies and ami! So, why not have a giveaway celebrating both things? Just in time for “Star Wars Day” too!

One winner will receive their choice of a Yoda Amigurumi OR a Yoda Beanie (any size) Shipping is FREE! How awesome is that?

May The Fourth Be With You| From Home Crochet

Here are the prizes! Draw Date is May 4th, 2014 and you can enter here: http://tinyurl.com/mssuccw

Giveaway ends at 8pm EST on May 4th, 2014! To enter, http://tinyurl.com/mssuccw. Winner will have 24 hours to claim before a new one is chosen, so check back! And, finally, would you choose the ami or beanie if you won?

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Sunflowers Crochet Pattern

I was playing around with some yarn yesterday trying to come up with a beautiful piece of yarny goodness to share with you all, and when I made two rows of a plain circle it hit me. Sunflowers!

I know it’s not season appropriate, but, when I get an idea, I must GET. IT. OUT. NOW! Seriously, I have no patience, and I was worried Mom Brain would tuck it away in some cobweb covered file somewhere in the back of my brain to never be seen again. Ask any mother… that happens.

Anyway, back to the task at hand… I grabbed two skeins of Vanna’s Choice; one chocolate and one mustard and set to work putting my new thought to work. I had a Bates K in my hand, but this is really something you can make with any size hook. It is also a 15 minute project, although, that could be extended to half an hour if you kids. I see you moms nodding along…

Sunflower Crochet Pattern | From Home Crochet

Sunflowers

The Sunflower

You can save this pattern as a PDF file by picking it up in my Ravelry store, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sunflower-crochet-pattern

Stitches and Terms

  • MC – Magic Circle
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • DC – Double Crochet
  • SKST – Skip Stitch
  • SS – Slip Stitch

This pattern is made using a picot stitch. To simplify it, I have written out the steps to complete it in the pattern. If you look to the end of the pattern, I have posted photos to help you along if you are confused. The third round is not completed in the back loop. It is worked in the 3rd loop. I have also included photos of this for those unfamiliar with it.

Round One: With brown, make a mc. Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc x 11. Join with a ss to ch 3. (12 dc)
Round Two: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same spot as ch 3, 2dc in each st around. Join with a ss to ch 3. (24 dc)
Round Three: (switch to gold and ss into the 3rd loop of the next st) Ch 1 (counts as first sc), dc in same st, ch 3, ss into 3rd ch from hook (picot), dc in same st, sc in same st. *Skst, sc in next, dc in same, ch 3, ss into 3rd ch from hook (picot), dc in same st, sc in same st.* Repeat * * around. Join with a ss to 1st ch. Fasten off, weave in ends. (12 petals made)

 

Photos:

Sunflowers Crochet Pattern | From Home Crochet

Working in the 3rd loop: If you look in the back of your work, right below your back loop, you can see a small loop that runs right across your stitch. This is your third loop. All of your stitches will work into this loop.

 

Sunflowers Crochet Pattern | From Home Crochet

The Picot Stitch: When you have finished your first dc, ch 3. In the 3rd ch from hook (the 1st ch in this sequence), you will ss. The last photo shows what your completed picot will look like.

 I had an epiphany this morning! This pattern can also be used to make a sun applique!

Sunflower Crochet Pattern | From Home Crochet

Sunshine: we can use a little of that in these parts

I would love to see how your sunflowers turn out! Share them with me on my Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/fromhomecrochet

Sunflower Crochet Pattern | From Home Crochet

Stack of completed sunflowers ranging in size. I used a G, H and K hook to make these.

Happy Hooking!

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