Showing posts from August, 2011

Winner of "Second" Drawing

Congratulations, to Dana for winning the yellow diagonal knit dish cloth.

I will have another drawing next month for something else, so stay tuned to enter. YOU may be the next winner!

Crocheting a pot scrubber with yarn

I've heard of a few people mixing yarn with netting so I wanted to try it and see what I thought. I crocheted a round pot scrubber with netting and cotton yarn and also knit a square scrubber with cotton and netting. I used my size 13 knitting needles and only knit a tiny square. The yarn was so hard to pull through the needles that I gave up. I did find that when I crocheted it, I would put the yarn on the inside of the netting and enclose it. But when I knit with it, I left the yarn on the outside. Well, I gave both scrubbers to a friend of mine to try out.

She said she liked the knit square one best. The reason she hated the round one is that she felt she couldn't get it rinsed enough. And that the yarn felt greasy. Now, keep in mind, she loves the round regular ones without the yarn mixed in. She said the flat knit one worked great. Unfortunately, I don't plan to ever knit another! It made my hands hurt too much.

Updated- February 27th, 2014-
I have since tried making …

"Seconds" dish cloth drawing

Sometimes it seems that no matter what I try to knit it just doesn't turn out the way it's supposed to. I've knit this pattern close to 50 times and for some reason, it turned out wrong. So, I tried to knit another one today and it just wasn't working. I kept trying to decrease it, but it kept increasing or staying the same. I decided to try another pattern and I messed up on it three times. Someone once said, there are three steps to knitting: "Knit, Purl, and Rip" How true!

I was going to list this in my etsy shop but decided not to. Instead, I'll just have a drawing and send it to someone for free. Its bright and cheery colors ought to brighten someone's day, I hope! Contest open to U.S. only, excluding, Hawaii and Alaska.

I will ship out the item on August 31st. Enter a comment at the bottom if you wish to be included in the drawing.

I've also got this posted on my facebook wall, so I'll collect all the names and have the drawing using thi…

Purple striped socks

All I can say is, "WOW!"

I started this sock earlier this year and was planning on making a tube sock with it using this pattern.

But then I happened to measure the gauge on it and it was 7 sts per inch. So, I looked that up in my sock book and the CO was the same. 64 sts. So, I thought to myself, I ought to try and see if I can't make a regular pair of socks with it.

I was so anxious to get started on it that I didn't make the leg part very long. Not to mention that I don't care for knee high's. I just wanted the sock to come up about the same as I wear the store bought ones.

I started knitting it after watching the leader of the knitting club two weeks ago. She is the one with the yarn store. It really inspired me to give sock knitting another chance. In fact, weeks before, I tried to get rid of all my sock yarn and so glad I didn't find anyone interested in it. Cause now, I'm on a roll! lol

Anyways, I worked on it all last week here and there, and …

Making Plantain Salve part 3

Well, I needed a distraction the night that Ginger disappeared so I decided to make plantain salve then. It hadn't been the full 6 weeks but it also stayed a lot warmer in the camper during this time, so I figured it was okay. The 6 week time period is just what I picked for myself. It is by no means an exact thing or anything.

First, I strained the oil and set it aside. I was quite pleased to see that it was a nice green color. When I've made it in the past without steeping the leaves, it's more like a yellowish color. I knew that by it being green that it had drawn more of the good stuff out!

Then, I grabbed my beeswax block and grated some in a bowl. I bought this block of beeswax for $6 at the farmer's market in Kansas and as you can see there is a ton of it left. Now, I don't have exact beeswax amounts because I want you to make the salve how YOU want it done. If it's too soft, add more beeswax. If it's too hard, add more oil.

Grate and set aside.

In a…

Ginger- where are you?

Ginger my rabbit that I got last month is gone. We came home from grocery shopping to find her cage empty. The door was still latched too. My guess is that someone took her. But why? Who would be that cruel? Was it because she looked like a wild rabbit? Did they think I was keeping a wild animal in a cage  and let her go? Or did they want her as a pet?

I'll never know what happened to her.

She was such a good rabbit. She was content and mellow. Loved to eat her dandelion and wild lettuce greens that I picked every morning, noon and night for her. I'd pick her some all day long when I could.

She was good company. Only with us a month, but it feels like I've had her for years.

She loved her daily chunk of ice. When the weather got too hot, I'd get her a chunk of ice out of the freezer and she'd throw herself on top of it or use it for a pillow. Lately, she thought whenever I'd pass by her cage, that I HAD to give her something, a piece of apple, banana or a dande…

How to crochet a pot scrubber with video link

*If you wish to share this pattern with others, please send them the link rather than copying and pasting the pattern. One of my knitting friends shared this pattern with me. She graciously allowed me to share it with others.

If you want to buy some already made check out my etsy shop-

Now onto the FREE tutorial-

There are many ways to make these type of scrubbers with netting material. I've read through a lot of patterns and they all seem nice but so complicated. I like easy patterns! This is how I do it:

1 yard netting (or more)
Size K crochet hook

Here's the pattern:

It takes 7 strips to make one scrubber.

First Strip- Chain 3. Then, 5 sc in the third chain from the hook (which will be the first chain). Then,  continue around in spiral fashion by putting 2 single crochets in each chain. Continue the same with the second strip.
Next four strips, one sc around.
Last strip, one sc in every other chain. If when you go around it doesn&#…

Crochet dish cloth

An easy crochet dish cloth pattern

Size H hook

Chain as many as you want for the desired size.
Double crochet in back loop of each chain. Or you can single crochet.

Repeat until it is desired size.

This creates a ridge that is nice for scrubbing dishes with.