Crochet Vegetables

We are slowly approaching 3 months of isolation here in China. Life in the city is beginning to move back to pre- Coronavirus times, but you can sense the trepidation. There is still anxiety out there of contracting the virus. One positive sign is out school just made some of the final decisions to reopen in a few weeks. We will finish out the last six weeks of school on campus. The plans are a little sad for the kids (e.g., They can only play in designated areas with no equipment and at a distance from each other) but I am sure they will adapt.

For the last month, I have really been on a crochet kick. Especially with making toys. One of the fun projects I embarked on is making crochet vegetables for my daughter. Who knew produce could be so fun?

I am attempting to use up my scrap yarn, which has driven a lot of the color/ veggie choices. So far we have a cucumber, mushroom, bell pepper, tomato, and eggplant. Currently in the works is some broccoli and a carrot.

I am not using patterns, nor do I have extensive crochet construction knowledge, so I am just going with the good old intuition method. The hardest one to capture has been the red bell pepper- or capsicum as my Australian friends call it- due to the bumpy contours. With this one I used triple crochet stitches mixed with single crochet stitches to try to get the bumps near the stem just right. Not bad huh?

My mushroom needs a little something I think. Depending on what angle you are looking from, people have confused it with garlic. Maybe it is the color?

I will continue plodding along with this little project as the scraps make themselves available. It is a good filler for those times I am between knitting projects.

Anyone else exploring new crafts?

Until Next Time,

Crochet Blanket

I have a fickle relationship with crochet. I enjoy the intricacy of the stitches and the ease of incorporating color into a piece. However, the creation process is just not as relaxing as knitting for me. Knitting has the advantage because I don’t have to look at my hands all the time. With this being said, I generally have a crochet project languishing in my yarn bins. Case in point this blanket. It has been sitting around for about a year. Every now and then I pick it up and add a few rows and then it gets cast aside once again.

Last week, I decided I had reached a point that this WIP should move to FO status. It is big enough to be a baby blanket or lap blanket if your thighs are cold. I used acrylic based yarns with a size 7.0mm hook. I just made up the stitch design as I went along. I kept the general idea of a granny square while adding some other elements.

I need to give this blanket a good wash and blocking and then it will be all set to find a new home. I don’t think I will search for a crochet project anytime soon, but I never know when my hands will get the itch to change it up.

Until Next Time,

Happy Halloween!

I whipped up a couple of quick items for the husband and baby to join the “Spooky Walk” hosted by our co-workers. 👻

The outfit was a gift that was too cute to resist. I made a simple wool crochet headband to top it off.

When my husband saw the cat costume he wanted to be a mouse. So I dove into the stash and whipped up a simple knit beanie with crochet mouse ears. The two of them looked quite cute as we walked around trick or treating.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Amigurumi Animal

I keep seeing all of these cute little crochet animals on IG and I wanted to try and make some. Now that I have a child (and know more people with children) I figured these darling animals would make great gifts for birthdays and the holiday season.

I am not a real cat fan, but this one was just irresistible. The pattern I followed was from https://paintitcolorful.blogspot.com and I used Rowan Handknit Cotton with a 3.5mm hook. The modification I made were adding the stripes to the body. I couldn’t quite judge if I would run out of yarn so I added them to give myself a little more yardage with the lilac color. I sewed eyes on the face and added a pink nose to up the cuteness factor. All in all this kitty is quite charming.

Until Next Time, 

Learning Tunisian Crochet

Recently, I had a lull between knitting projects. I couldn’t quite decide what to work on next. My Ravelry queue had about 30 choices, but the choices just made me more indecisive. So instead, I decided to investigate the excitement around Tunisian Crochet.

I gathered some scrap yarn and a hook and settled in front of my computer. I figured out the mechanics in about 10 minutes. If you know the basics of crochet, Tunisian Crochet isn’t that far off. The difference is you work the piece from right to left and DON’T turn the work.

I chose to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which to an inexperienced eye looks just like knitting. You can notice a slight difference in the back of the swatch. The look and weight of the garment is slightly thicker than knitting.

I ended up really liking the final look of the stitch. However, in order to make anything larger than a swatch I will need to invest in an Afghan hook (super long crochet hook). I don’t know if there will be much Tunisian Crochet in my future, but it was fun to try it out.

Have you tried Tunisian Crochet? What did you think about it?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Flower Power

Headbands are a great spring transition accessory. They keep your ears warm on those nippy days and are a fashionable way to hide a bad hair day 😉. Headbands make for great stashbusters as they use around 30-40 grams of yarn.They also are great gifts for kids, teens, and co-workers. 

Flowers are a easy way to adore a basic knitted band. I generally crochet them, but I also like to experiment with I-cords. Here are some of my original headbands listed in my Etsy shop.

Are you a headband fan?

Until Next Time,

-Whit- 

Sock, Sock…Blanket!

Fiber has been flying in the House of Whit. I have 1.5 Anastasia Socks completed. Why only 1.5 you may ask? I ran out of yarn…#rookiemistake. This really annoys me. I recently made a pair of socks with the same yarn and gauge and had more than enough left over.

Guess I will need to buy another skein only to use ~ 1/4 of it.😒 I guess there are bigger problems in the world.

In the mean time, I started another pair socks. I am using up the scraps of my Valley Yarn Huntington in Sea Gull and Bluestone. The toes, heels, and cuffs will  be accented in the Bluestone.
 Last, but not least, I am plugging away at my crochet blanket. I have decided it will be a gift for my grandfather’s birthday.

One in hibernation, one on the needles, and one on the hook. Not a bad line up for the week.

What are you making this Wednesday?

High Fiber Diet

I love knitting, but I occasionally fancy other fiber-based crafts. This week, I began spinning some of the roving I bought last weekend. Spinning has become more enjoyable now that I have practiced a bunch. With that being said, I am still not spectacular. I am having trouble with keeping the spin in the fiber consistent. Some parts are tight and uniform and others are fat and fluffy😟.

I am off to a not so shabby start, but there is certainly room for improvement.

I also began a crochet blanket to try and use up some of my old acrylic yarn. I am on a quest to be rid of 50% of my undesired yarn by July. It is just taking up too much space for no reason.

Hopefully, I can reach my goal. Here is to finding my old yarn a new home.

Christmas Crafts: Part 2

So this weekend I had all of these plans. I was going to make a bunch of Christmas crafts, finish some knitting projects, and whip up some cookies. Well the only thing I finished was making these cute little cork caroler ornaments. It’s a good thing I did as my little tree was looking a little sad. I only had two ornaments and a tree topper.

Well what do you need to replicate the cork carolers? A crochet hook, scrap yarn, a Sharpie, and some corks ( I used champange corks).

First, I crocheted some little hats. I basically trial and errored this. I made a chain of about 15 stitches and measured it around the larger part of the cork. Once it looked like it fit, I crocheted in the round for a few rows. Then I began decreasing to get a stocking cap look.


After the hats I began the scarves. I used the same format as the hats, but I didn’t decrease any of the stitches. The white scarf was created with 3 double chain stitches in back and forth rows till the piece was about 5 inches. After dressing my carolers, I drew on their faces.

Aren’t they cute? I need to add some floral wire or some cord to suspend them from the branches of my Christmas tree. I think floral wire will be best as I can anchor the ends into the cork. This was a great weekend craft as it was a great way to use materials that the average crafter probably has lying around. Enjoy!