Tuesday, August 30, 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!

Friday, August 26, 2011

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 a crocheted pot scrubber with red heart yarn mixed with netting and found that acrylic yarn works much better than cotton.

This is a great way to destash my red heart yarn which I found I can use in small quantities without having an allergic reaction to.

To make the purple one shown, I chained 12 sts, and single crocheted in second chain from hook. When I got to the end, I chained one, turned and repeated the pattern. Picture shows scrubber halfway completed. It measures 5 inch square.

It scrubs nicely, doesn't get greasy, washes and rinses up nicely. I think for any future ones, I will make them magic square styled.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"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 this great site.

I'll post up the winner's name here at my blog.

Taking the week off from knitting! lol

until next time!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

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 even messed up on one part and had to take it almost ALL OUT! Somehow I managed to figure out my mistake and just had to start over on the heel part.

Well, tonight, I decided it was time to finish it. I have to admit it looked a little strange because the cuff/leg was so short, but after putting it on. "Ahhhhh!" It feels wonderful! Now I just need to make the other half. I can't believe how comfy and warm and soft these socks are! Well, I should just say sock because I haven't made the other half yet but they are getting started first thing tomorrow!

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 double broiler pan, heat up oil. Heat it up slowly just until boiling point. I like to then turn off the heat and add in the beeswax- which is flammable. I used about 3 Tablespoons to start with. Then added more as I needed it. Stir until it's dissolved. If it cools and it's not dissolving then turn the heat back on low and try again.

You can add a few squeezed Vitamin E capsules in at this time. Or add some drops of tea tree oil or other scent. I just like it plain and simple and we use it up within a year so it keeps just fine.

Put a drop of the salve on a plate and let it cool. Some people say to put it in the freezer but I've found when you do that it gives an inaccurate test, because it gets harder than it will just sitting at room temperature.

Test it and see if it's the thickness that you want it. If it is, then pour it into your jars.

As it cools in your jars, it will change to solid. I love the way it looks!

That's it! See, wasn't that super easy?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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 dandelion green.

Something I really liked about her is that she always knew when to say enough. If I gave her a handful of carrots she'd only eat what she wanted. She never ate too much. One time, she was happily munching on some dandelion leaves that I had given her and I stuck a wild dock leaf in at the same time of her eating the dandelion leaves and you could tell she knew in her mouth there was something different. She never did care much for dock after I tricked her into eating that one! But she'd always try new things at least once.

I stuffed a toilet paper tube full of hay for her and she loved chewing on an apple stick that I got at Orschlen's for her. She was so cute to watch eat, especially grapes. You'd see her licking her lips as she'd bite into the juicy fruit and try to contain all its juiciness.

One day I went to check on her, and found her toilet tube stuffed with hay sitting in her feeder. Like she was saving it for later. I don't know if she stuck it there on purpose or if she flipped it and it flew in there, but I thought it was pretty funny.

Keeping cool with the ice

She loved her daily allowance of hay-

She was so gentle. I never worried about her biting me. She would have been great around children.

Laying with her ice chunk

Here are two videos of her  eating a grape.

Rest in peace, Ginger.

Someday, I'll get another rabbit, but she'll always hold a special place in my heart.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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- https://www.noelwright.etsy.com

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't come full circle, just add another strip of netting until it does. Sometimes this happens. Then when there is no hole left, finish off and weave in any extra tails. You can tuck them inside or trim.

Clear as mud? Hopefully these pictures will help you along the way. 

First, you'll need to prepare your netting into strips. I purchase my "Net" material  at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. There are many other types of tulle but this is what you need. It has bigger holes and is coarser. 

This is what it looks like when I get it home from the store:

 You can use a rotary cutter, but I like things simple so I just use scissors. I just use a really big table (or the floor) and put down weights so the material doesn't shift.

Cut the netting so that each strip will be the width of your material. In my case, the width is 72 inches wide. If you look closely at your netting, you will see that each strip will look like this:

Notice how the points are on the side. If you cut the material the wrong way,  then the points will be up and down.   If this doesn't make sense, look at the other post found under the label, "pot scrubber"

a tip:
to make it easier to cut, I take the bottom piece and fold up. then fold up and fold up again. That way I don't have to cut so much.

Don't worry about measuring each strip. If you have to, measure the first one so you know about how wide to cut it and then just eyeball it.

Here are the strips ready to store in ziploc bags ready when I need them. Convenient and ready to make scrubbies!

 If I have multiple colors, I'll keep them in the same bag. Three sets will fit nicely in a ziploc quart sized bag.

How many scrubbers you can get from one yard depends on how wide you cut your strips. 

Now, that you have 7 strips ready to go. Here's what you do!

Take the first strip and chain 3. Kind of hard to see, but:

Then make 5 single crochets in the first chain. Not the slip knot, but the first chain you made.

here I have put three single crochets in so far.

Try not to pull too tightly when you get done with each one. You want it to stay loose. If you pull too tight, you will break the netting material. If that happens, no big deal. Use the method I will teach you and you won't have any waste.

After you make 5 single crochets in the first chain, then continue around and make 2 single crochets in each space. (note- the pics with the black scrubbie show shorter strips than you will be using. example only)

 this is what it will look like when you get done with the 5 single crochets. the part right above my thumb is where you will then start and put 2 single crochets in each space.

 Poking it in to grab the netting. I am doing the first single crochet in there.

 First single crochet done. Now another one.

as you may have noticed I am almost out of material, so I need to connect it together with another. 

When you have about 2 inches left, take the next strip, and lay it underneath  of the previous strip.

Shown below with some red, so you can see better. the red material is sort of pinched in the middle. Put that part on top.

Then take the top part and fold down.

and take the bottom part and fold up. the red part is now encased in the black. You can fold it in half again if you'd like. Now grab it with your finger and hold it in place, so you can do more single crochets.

 see where my index finger has a hold of the new/old piece. It's darker because there are two pieces of black held together as one. Now, keep doing 2 single crochets around.

more pictures below showing how to attach netting.

2. folding down top.

3. folding up bottom.

 In case you are still having trouble figuring this out I made a NEW video since I started this post. I hope it shows better what I'm trying to say!

 Once you finish the first two strips, attach a new piece of netting and put one single crochet in each space around. Do this with the next four strips. Remember there is no joining. You just keep going around and around in a spiral manner and since there is no counting of rows, you don't need to remember which part you are on. Just keep track of how many strips you have left.  I like to lay them out in sections so I don't get confused. Also, to give you an idea after you finish the first two strips, the diameter should measure approximately 2 1/4 inches.

You will repeat this part (1 sc in each space) using 4 strips worth. It will start to look kind of like a bowl.

Keep going until you almost run out of material again. (This method keeps your work from looking knotty and will never unravel on you. By this point, it will measure approximately 3 inches in diamter.

When you almost run out of netting, connect it as I said, but this time for the last strip put one single crochet in every other space. This will close up the hole. Then, you just need to poke the crochet hook through to the other side to knot it. Pull the netting through and weave in your ends.

And there you have a nylon net pot scrubber!

Front view and back view

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Need extra help now? Look at label, "pot scrubber".

Happy Crocheting!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

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.

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