Use an Electric Mixer to Wind Yarn!




What?  
After this idea came across my feed on Facebook, I 'bout fell outta my chair!  
I had to give it a go.

I already have a yarn winder but this goes so much faster and works great with leftover yarn from a skein.

I didn't have a hand mixer (mine's the big Kitchenaide lug), so I picked one up at the thrifts for a few dollars. 

You could also use an electric drill with a mixer head attachment, but you'd hafta use two hands, one to hold the drill and one to keep the tension on the yarn, which could be a bit tricky.  

Cut a small slit at the end of the roll, slide it on the mixer head attachment and attach the yarn to it.  
Hold the yarn to keep a firm tension on it otherwise it'll be all tangled up on the mixer head.

Set the mixer on the counter, turn it on low speed and watch the magic happen!  

I was also thinkin' if you have yer yarn rolled up nice and tidy, you could stick the roll on one of those paper towel holders which would prevent the yarn from gettin' messy and make it oh so much easier to croshay.  
Storage would also be easy because you could hang them from anything.  

Store up on those toilet paper rolls ladies!

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My Crocheted Wedding Bouquet Featured in November 2014 issue of Homespun Magazine



This gurl is over the moon to see her daughter's croshayed wedding bouquet in a magazine!

Australia's Homespun magazine has featured my projects two months in a row.
How can that be?!

I'll be croshayin' Christmas gifts this weekend.

A few on my list:

These socks.
This pillow.
This cowl.

Have a fun one!

Woolly Granny Ornaments


Now that Halloween is finally over, let's move on to Christmas!

For the past two years, this gurl has decorated her tree with granny squares!

It was time I came up with some new ornaments.


You can use any size yarn but pick a hook to match.

I used a 3mm hook and Sheepjeswol in stonewash. 

These work up quickly!

Let's get started...

CH 4.  SL ST to first chain to form a loop.

Row 1: CH 3, 11 DC into loop, SL ST into top of beginning CH 3, insert hook into next DC, attach new color yarn to hook and pull through as a SL ST. (12 stitches)

Row 2:  CH3, 2DC in same ST.  CH1, SK 1 ST, *3DC in next ST, CH 1, SK 1 ST* repeat from *to* to end.  SL ST to top of beginning CH3.  Insert hook into next DC (center of cluster), attach new color of yarn to hook and pull through as a SL ST.  (6 clusters)

Row 3:  CH3, 2DC in same ST. CH1, *3DC in CH1 space from previous row, CH1.  SK 1 DC, in next DC (center of cluster) 3 DC, CH1*.  Repeat from *to* to end of row, SL ST to top of CH3. (12 clusters)

Row 4.  SL ST into all stitches around.

Row 5:  Turn.  The back side is now facing you.  CH 1 and SC around to end.  SL ST to CH1.  SL ST to center DC.
Make the loop:  CH 13 or however long you want your loop.  Then SL ST back into the beginning ST to secure.  

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Hang on the tree, make a garland for your window or use as decoration on your presents.

RAWR!


One of my favorite things to do is croshay hats for lil' Bubby.


This Shaggy Lion pattern is from the book Crochet at Play by Kat Goldin.


It's the perfect hat for a fall photo shoot and he just happens to be a perfect model!


RAWR!

ps.  Chunky is the new Hunky!

pss.  If the hat didn't have ears, you'd think he has hair like mine!

Featured in October 2014 Issue of Homespun Magazine


This gurl is always a-Maize-d when she's contacted by magazines from faraway places.
A coupla months back, the Australian magazine Homespun contacted me with a request to feature the lil' flower thimble necklace I created 3 years ago in their October issue.



I still wear mine from time to time.

If you'd like to give it a go, you can find the DIY here.

Thank you Homespun

Yer awesome!

Nothing can escape my hook


Some time ago, this gurl traveled along the Oregon coast and discovered a glass blowing studio where I could make my own glass float.

I opted for the traditional color and was pleased it turned out how I'd envisioned.

My float has been moved around the cottage quite a bit as Bubby has been threatening to throw the 'BALL'.

I decided it needed its own safety net.

Out came my 25mm hook (purchased for 40% off at Hobby Lobby) and some clothesline rope.

I had to stand up in order to croshay.  
I'm sure it's quite the sight to see a person trying to maneuver a hook of this size.


Now it will be hanging so as to not entice the Bubster to throw it against the wall.

I'm so happy with how it turned out!

Lil' Wooly Pin Dolls


This gurl just couldn't help herself.  
She had to make wooley jackets for some pin dolls.  

This isn't the first time I've made pin dolls.  
Way back in the time machine, 2007 to be exact, I made a chorus line.

If yer new to croshay, this is a perfect project to practice your stitches using a smaller hook.  
Just make up lil swatches, wrap them 'round the shoulders of yer lil' doll and stitch the ends up the back to secure.

These serve no useful purpose other than makin' ya smile.  

Or maybe you could hook up a bunch for a toddler to play with.

Hope ya have a crafty weekend!