Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This year's Projects: 2013

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I started writing in this blog on November 25, 2011. I wrote about My First Scarves. I didn't start writing with full force until March 2013. I want to end every year with a post of all the projects and how-to's I have made.

March 19, 2013: Sundance Slouch Hat
March 28, 2013: Origami Fold Newspaper Pots

April 2, 2013: Market Bag
April 3, 2013: Recycled yarns: Plarn
April 10, 2013: Recycled yarns: T-shirts
April 15, 2013: Perfect Purse
April 18, 2013: Recycled yarns: Jeans

June 12, 2013: Simple Crochet Square
June 18, 2013: Hat Patterns I've Used and Loved

July 17, 2013: Crochet Button
July 31, 2013: Banana Bread Bundt Cake

August 15, 2013: T-Shirt Covered Notebooks

September 20, 2013: All-Occasion Greeting Cards

October 10, 2013: Traditional Chilean Empanadas
October 17, 2013: Crochet Tail

November 1, 2013: Wizard of Oz

December 5, 2013: Crochet Snowflake
December 6, 2013: Crochet Poinsettia
December 19, 2013: Crochet Bird

And here are all the crochet projects I did not write about:

2012:




2013:


 



I tried a few different projects like baking and and recycled crafts, but crochet patterns dominated this year. I was trying to find my purpose for this blog, and I think I will continue with crochet projects and recycled crafts. But that does not mean I won't add a few new and personal things along the way. That's what makes a blog special.

Thank you for joining me in this journey. Happy New Year, and to more crafty years to come!

Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year's "What Are You Doing?" Blog Hop Week 1

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Wow! 10 days have gone by since my last post. The holidays have been busy with buying all the right presents for everyone. I even crocheted a few gifts. I love it when people are delighted with their presents!

I feel like I spoiled myself this week. The university is closed, so I had 10 lovely days at home. Even when I had to drive my sister to work, and when I had to get my car fixed for the weekend, it was still a wonderful time off. I slept in a few days, and I stayed up a little longer at nights. I have to change that now since I go back to work on Thursday. I caught up with Season 7 of Doctor Who. I enjoyed some great time with family and friends. This is the best end to the year!

This week I am making the blog hop last for 2 weeks, since I missed last week's blog hop, and that'll give some time to catch up on blog posts. I will also have a regularly scheduled blog hop, so there will be 2 hops you can share on! HAPPY  NEW YEAR!


This New Year's blog hop runs from Monday, December 30th through Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:59pm EST.

Your hosts:


Sara from Content in theMeantime
 

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses



Featured posts of the week:


Don't forget to check all the blog posts to see if you have been featured!

Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week



My favorite post from the last blog hop is from Dolly Creates: DIY Colorblock Infinity Scarf. Learning how to knit is one of my new year's resolutions. Maybe I will try this soon! Thanks Dolly

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


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    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Put a Bird on it! Crochet Bird Pattern

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    I was looking for a quick ornament to make for my coworkers. I found this bird on Pinterest, but I could not find a pattern for it...

    Crochet a Little

    Definitely giving credit to Crochet a Little for making this and other great crochet works! She also has a Facebook page. (I know I am assuming that this blogger/crocheter is a lady. I know there are men who crochet too!)

    Anywho, I looked at this bird, and I tried to figure out the pattern on my own. I always wanted to look at something and make a replica. This time, I have done it!

    Here are my best looking birds. 

    The first few looked like something else...

    The pattern still has some kinks to fix, but this is what I did:

    Hook size: H (5.0 mm)

    Abbreviations:
    ch = chain
    st = stitch
    dc = double crochet
    sl st = slip stitch
    * = repeat sequence
    dc2tog = [Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 2 times, yarn over, draw through all loops on hook. Video.
    sc = single crochet

    Do a magic circle. If unsure of how to do this, watch this video. Or, you can chain 3 and slip stitch to make a circle. 

    Round 1: 2 dc in the circle. Ch 3 and sl st to first chain to make the beak. Continue with 10 more dc in the circle. Sl st to first dc. 12 dc total.
    Round 2: Turn project. Chain 2. 2 dc in ch space and the next 2 dcs. This makes the neck. 7 dc total (including chain).
    Round 3: Turn. Chain 2 (chain counts as dc). 1 dc in the same ch space. *Ch 1. 1 dc in ch space between the dc.* Repeat * sequence 4 times total. 2 dc in last st. 8 dc total.
    Round 4: Turn. Chain 2. Dc2tog (2dc decreases to 1). *Ch 1. 1 dc in ch space between the dc.* Repeat * sequence 4 times total. Dc2tog the last 2 dc st. 6 dc total.

    Before going to the next round, you need to make the feet. 
    Ch 4. Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, and 1 sc in each ch space. Sl st to the ch space. 3 sc total.

    Round 5: Chain 2. Dc2tog (you may have to finish the stitch in the chain space). *Ch 1. 1 dc in ch space between the dc.* Repeat * sequence 2 times total. Dc2tog. 4 dc total.

    Now to make the tail:
    Ch 2. Dc in the next 2 ch st.
    Turn. Ch 2. Dc2tog.
    Turn. Ch 2. Dc in ch space.
    Ch 1 and pull to tighten. Cut yarn and sew end into work.

    AND for your viewing pleasure, while you are making the birds:

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    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #33

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    Good morning! Welcome to What Are You Doing? Blog Hop #33! 

    This blog hop runs from Wednesday through next Tuesday 11:59pm EST.

    Your hosts:



    Sara from Content in theMeantime
     

    Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses


    Featured posts of the week:


    Don't forget to check all three blog posts to see if you have been featured!

    Sara's featured post of the week
    Kassandra's featured post of the week


    This is a wonderful post written by Darlene Nemeth's Let It Shine, and a good reminder to double check the view of your blog. Good blog post for the new year!

    Congratulations to the featured blogs!



    Link-Ups and Blog Hops 


    What have I been doing?


    So many crochet project ideas, so little time! I want to make everything, and this cold weather is the perfect opportunity. I can't wait for the week off to make more projects!

    I also received all the Crafty Christmas Swap ornaments in the mail. I will write a post on them (when I take pictures)!


    Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

    • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
    • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
    • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
    • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
    Follow Sara @ Content in the Meantime's board What Are You Doing? Blog Hop Entries on Pinterest.
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