Lots of Ideas to Ensure the Cutest Babies

I’ve just discovered the most gorgeous thing to make which requires my most basic crocheting skills. Making baby gifts, but more specifically baby flip flops. Crochet baby sandals are the most perfect little gift to give any little ones you know. I found them totally irresistible and could just imagine some of the babies I know with their fat little feet in these baby sandals. There is no reason to go rushing out to buy a pattern either as the best thing about the Internet is that there is a lot of stuff which is free, like these baby sandals patterns. They are absolutely perfect for home and for the beach, and a baby won’t feel restricted wearing any of the different styles.

crochet flips flops

Crocheting for a baby is so addictive because in two ticks you can have these small items done and dusted. Whether you’re expecting yourself or you’ve got somebody else in mind, once you’ve done with the sandals, you’ll be inspired to go on to complete other baby crochet patterns such as adorable little hats for new-borns as well as booties and jackets in the cutest patterns and you’ll have loads of fun choosing the different colour yarns.

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Crochet Jewelry

Crochet jewelry combining traditional crochet techniques with fashion jewelry
Crochet Jewelry

I have just downloaded a free e-book on crocheting jewelry that looks really interesting and I quite fancy using my skills to try something different from the usual items. Thought if they look good enough they would make nice presents for friends etc at Christmas. Notice the ‘download’. Yes I am getting more computer literate every day. Hubby bought me an iPad and it is great that I can carry it around with me. I have even got more into Pinterest and now when our group of ‘hookers’ gets together I can impress them with my computer skills. It really is useful for passing on patterns and going through some of the video tutorials together. This week it’s my turn to present something and I am going for, of course, crocheting jewelry. I rather fancy having a go making this necklace as well.

Crochet jewelry, a modern use for traditional crochet techniques
Isn’t this beautiful?

Thought I would also update you today about our current activities (the group of 5 hookers) have now completed two blankets, 7 hats and 4 pairs of gloves for the homeless shelter. We are feeling quite self-righteous about our achievement but it really is a good feeling knowing you are helping someone in need. We thoroughly intend to continue with this project.

We are also looking into doing some crochet items for the premature baby unit at our local hospital. I have a Danish friend who is involved with doing this in Denmark, apparently a well organised country-wide group.I am waiting for her to email me with information on it. I will update you here when I know more.

Happy crocheting

Crochet and New Year Resolutions

 

Bulky yarn is less expensive than finer yarns.
Image courtesy of vitasamb2001 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Well, we’re in the New Year with resolutions being made, then broken at break-neck speed. Friends have already regretted committing themselves to weeks of denial  and hard labor while more attainable goals, that missed becoming resolutions, languish. I’d point and laugh, but I’ve had my share of resolution failures and I understand these well intended hopes and dreams.

Without falling into the traditional resolution trap, my crochet circle of 5 habitual hookers has decided on a group effort. Since we have discussed volunteer opportunities, we’ll make items for local homeless shelters, youth hostels, and other organizations helping society’s less fortunate. This idea also helps us keep our yarn stashes under control while giving our finished items someplace to go! Since bulky yarns and quick projects seem trendy, finding suitable yarns should be easier than if we’d decided to crochet lace tablecloths or lady’s sweaters. Since hats and blankets are fairly straight forward, each contributor is limited only by their skill level or willingness to learn new stitches. Granny square lovers can add as many items as those preferring  intricate crochet stitches and complex techniques. The only rule is that each item must block cold air.

Of all resolutions, this agreement touches my heart the most. Helping others using our own crafting skills beats starvation dieting any day! If you have considered using your crochet skills to help others, the Knitting & Crochet Guild is a great place to look for the perfect opportunity.

 

Coping with Crochet

Are sheep more expensive?

Crocheting keeps my fingers limber and my relatives believing I cast secret spells turning thread or yarn into the scarves and blankets of winter solstice and baby showers. My book shelves hold stacks of crochet magazines and pattern packs. When time allows, I sit with  2 or 3 of them, choosing the patterns I’d love to execute.

I want to make garments from Doris Chan’s designs, especially those based on large doilies. The radiating spikes and clusters won’t need as much yarn as most knitted garments, but to get the drape and softness I want, I’ll need to buy yarns made with natural fibres. Alpaca and cashmere are a little exotic, so I can understand why a skein or two might cost as much as  100 skeins of acrylic yarn. However, I cannot understand why cotton, a natural but common fibre, is almost as expensive.  I guess  having good taste and thrifty, but soft, yarn are inverse functions!

black doily dark turquoise doily

As a modern woman, accustomed to microwave cooking and other tools of near instant gratification, I haven’t the patience, skill or equipment for dying. I considered making only those patterns calling for lighter weight yarns. Sock yarn stretches, a little, making it a great substitute for thread when making headbands, fingerless gloves and pin cushion covers. However, yarn substitutions are tricky, if not impossible when converting a pattern from crochet thread to sock weight yarn.

Instead of circumventing the expense, I’ll need to accept that making garments, showcasing my skills, will be an investment. It won’t be the burden of sending a child to a 4 year college, but it might be close. I’m considering setting up a special savings account, just for yarn and other crochet needs, much like the old Christmas Club savings accounts my parents and grandparents used during the last century.

Sometimes, taking a step backward makes more sense than plunging ahead. If I can’t buy yarn at last century’s prices, I’ll buy it using last century’s savings practices.