Christmas gifts ctd.: crocheted ornaments

There’s a crochet group on Facebook that I’m a part of and sometimes I see some really inspiring things.  A while back someone made some beautiful Christmas ornaments and I decided I had to get the exact pattern (it’s from an old, hard to find Annie’s Attic booklet called “Springtime Satin Balls” that can be expensive unless you find a deal).  I got some KnitPicks Curio crochet thread in a navy color and a silvery grey, some pearl head pins and pearl beads from my local chain craft store, and some satin wrapped styrofoam ornaments that I had to order online from Wal-Mart.  Here are the results:

My first attempt with a smaller hook and no beads

My first attempt with a smaller hook and no beads

 

Attempt #2 with beads and a hook size up from #1

Attempt #2 with beads and a hook size up from #1

 

Attempt #3 with a larger hook size than #2 and XL beads

Attempt #3 with a larger hook size than #2 and XL beads

 

Attempt #4, back to the middle hook and regular beads, which I think I like best

Attempt #4, back to the middle hook and regular beads, which I think I like best

 

These aren’t actually completed yet — I also got some ribbon to put voluminous bows on the tops and some silver thread to actually hang the ornaments with.  I’ll add those things last though once I complete the next few ornaments and figure out how to make pretty bows…

Well that’s all for now!  Hope you enjoyed the crochet, and thanks for stopping by!

Christmas gifts ctd.: more hats?!

Hope you guys are liking the doorknob cozy pattern I posted a couple of weeks ago!  I knew I’d get to some crochet after those knitted Christmas hats.  Well, I maaaaay have gone on a hat making spree… Here’s what I’ve done since then:

Ribbed Waffle Hat #2

Ribbed Waffle Hat #2 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Cranberry

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #3

Ribbed Waffle Hat #3 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Avocado (will make a yellow pom-pom so it’s John Deere colors, for my husband’s younger brother)

 

Lace Rib Hat

Lace Rib Hat – 105 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Gold, will probably add a furry pompom

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #4

Ribbed Waffle Hat #4 – 153 yds of Lion Brand Wool Ease in Ranch Red

 

Ribbed Waffle Hat #5

Ribbed Waffle Hat #5 – 154 yds of Berroco Vintage in 5176

pattern links:

Ribbed Waffle Hat (free)

Lace Rib Hat (free)

Well, as you can tell I’ve been not only on a knitted hat kick but more specifically a Ribbed Waffle Hat kick.  I did go up a needle size for those just to make extra sure they’d fit the heads of all of the men they’re going to for Christmas, and they fit my husband so they should be fine.  I went up a needle size for the Lace Rib Hat too but even so the cast-on was a little tight even for my smallish head — I’d definitely go up 2 needle sizes just for the cast-on if I make this again.

That’s all of the knitted gifts for now.  There are some crocheted ones coming up and a couple of things I’m keeping!  😉  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

it has begun.

Christmas.  It is time.  I’ve been wanting some crochet projects to do but didn’t have enough to do something big like a blanket, so I figured I’d just make some African flower motif potholders out of my drawer of Berroco Vintage & Vintage Chunky.

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I started with 10 yellow centers and continued working them at the same time.

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Before long they had their little khaki/tan borders (and I literally had about 6″ left of yarn — that was a close call)!

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The dark ones are purple, even if they look almost black in the photos.

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I love African flower motifs — they’re fun and easy to make.  With this chunky yarn and a J hook it feels like they’re just flying by, too!

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This was my first one and I ran out of the light blue to do the ruffly border called for, at least in that ball.  I have more, I was just too lazy to attach it & continue on.  I might do it anyway though because the ruffle just makes them look a little more finished:

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I completed both of those today & I don’t plan on stopping there.  More are on the way!

And if you’d like to see some different shots & some videos check my blog Instagram (and if you want to check out the adorable office bunny that is making a home under my desk, check out my personal Instagram too).

Well that’s all for now!  Gotta get back to crocheting!  I actually had a really bad day so I’m doing my best to keep busy, and this does the trick.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

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