It never even occurred to me that my husband would like a crocheted blanket. So, when he commented on how cozy this one would be when he grabs a quick nap on the sofa, I was thrilled.
I make all my blankets with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton, using a 5.5 mm hook. This one is 140 stitches across and I made it about seven feet long so it would cover my hubby’s 6-foot-tall frame. This is my favourite stitch, called the Woven Stitch, but is also known as the Granite Stitch and the Moss Stitch. To finish it off, nicely, I crocheted a border that is several rows deep.
I love working on these blankets–or, afghans–when I’m watching television because it’s so relaxing and doesn’t require any counting or real concentration. By the way, these Bernat colours I used in this one are Country Red, Sage Green, Jute and Overcast. Here are some close-ups.
The border…first two rows: dc, ch1, across. Next three rows, woven stitch. Last row scallops made in your favourite way.
That’s it for now. I hope this inspires you to make a cozy blanket for someone special in your life. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll drop in again, soon.
Isn’t it wonderful that vintage windows are no longer being relegated to the dump?
In fact, they are much sought after by artisans, handicrafters and DIYer’s. Besides reducing the amount of “garbage” that ends up as land fill, re-purposing vintage windows is a terrific way to add something unique and hand-crafted to your home.
This window, with its bright red cardinal and pretty blue bird, is now displayed in the window beside my back door. I planning to do the window in the door, too, so I can take down the dreary curtain. (See last photo) Here are some close-ups.
This was the first one I created on my own and it was a learning experience. (I took a one-day workshop and fell in love with this art). Next time I create a scene with evergreen branches, I’m going to use white or pale gray grout so the individual needs will be easily definable.
Here’s the little blue bird. And below the bluebird is a photo of the whole back entrance.
I hope this inspires you to try glass-on-glass mosaics or, perhaps, some other new craft. Check out your local stained glass shops for classes and workshops.
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I used to think of glass as an unyielding medium. Boy, was I wrong!
Glass-on-glass cardinal. I was so excited when I finished it that I wanted to take a photo right away so I could post it. That’s my sweet husband’s thumb on the left, patiently holding my art up to the window while I took the photo.
Learning how to make something with stained glass had been on my bucket list for decades. So, I finally took a class on how to make a sun-catcher. While I enjoyed the class, and was very proud of my finished product, I wasn’t convinced that stained glass was my “thing.” That said, I spent hours and hours wandering through Pinterest and found myself captivated and inspired by the photos of stained glass art. Sometimes you have to try something more than once to really get a taste for it, right? Well, three or four stained glass workshops later, I’m hooked!
Back to my statement about glass being unyielding: once you learn the basics of cutting glass, you can make it take on any shape you want. This cardinal, (shown above) which I made today in a workshop led by Cindy Laneville, well-known Ottawa Valley stained glass artist, demonstrates beautifully how glass can be manipulated with a couple of simple hand tools.
I hope this inspires you to try something new. Check your bucket list and just go for it!
Make a beautiful and unique blanket from leftover yarn.
Whether you crochet or knit, you probably have a stash of leftover yarn, right? Well, it’s time to turn those bits and bobs into something beautiful and useful. Here’s a photo of a blanket I made from my bag of leftover cotton yarn. If nothing else, it is unique!
Crocheted blanket made with leftover cotton yarn. For this one I used the “woven stitch.”
I crocheted this using the “woven stitch,” sometimes called the “moss stitch,” or the “granite stitch.” It works up fairly tight to make a nice thick and sturdy blanket. I started with three colours, crocheting one row of each and carrying each colour up as I went along. Rather than try to explain it, here’s a great video that will show you how to do this easy and interesting stitch.
A few more photos to show off all the pretty colours.
I hope this inspires you to make something beautiful and useful from your leftover yarn. Thanks, so much for dropping in. I hope you’ll come back again, soon.