Friday, May 30, 2014

Jogless Stripes tutorial from

I always have trouble making organized stripes. So when I decided to add stripes to the market bag, I went searching online and found this wonderful tutorial from Needle Noodles on how to make jogless stripes in the round. 

At the bottom of this picture, you can see how the spacing in the second blue row was wonky. That's when I was getting frustrated with my method and looked for a new way. The website shows two different way to make the jogless stripes. This is the 2nd Method (She also has video tutorials for the visual-type people like me).

When you get to the end of each round...

Remove your hook from the loop and place it where the slip stitch should be going in.

Put the loop back on the hook and prepare the next color yarn.

Yarn over with the secondary color and pull through the loop and the stitch, completing the gray stripe.

Then crochet as usual with the new color.

The tutorial on Needle Noodles is shown for single crochet, but this method works well for double crochet too. Make sure you check out Needle Noodle's website, and I found her page on Facebook too!

~ Sara

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What Are You Doing? Wednesday Blog Hop #53

Welcome to this week's blog hop! I'm so happy that you've stopped by!
This blog hop runs from Wednesday through next Wednesday 8:00 AM EST.

Your hosts:

Sara from Content in the Meantime

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week
I am loving this post from Blogging While Nursing's Life Through my Lens Thursday series. These pictures of  Manhattan Chinatown are so great, especially in black and white. The shops remind me of the vendors in Chile when my family and I went to visit my brother. It makes me want to go back, but it also makes me want to explore my city. My boyfriend and I love to find local events to go to on the weekends. 

Congratulations to the featured blogs!

What have I been doing?

This is the first newborn hat I am making, a safari hat. It may be a little wide, but hopefully he will grow into it. I am following a Red Heart pattern for toddler and child sizes, with my own modifications for a newborn hat. I have a few more rows left to finish the brim.

Next will be Thing 1 Thing 2 hats for my friend's twins. I might follow the pattern from Repeat Crafter Me with some changes. 

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

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Monogram Market Bag - the Letter M

I donated one of my market bags to the Ultimate Blog Party prizes. When I received the specific colors of the winner's choice, I had to create something special to make her bag unique. She chose her alma mater colors of royal blue and gray for the University of Memphis. I started looking online for ideas, and I thought to make a large M on her bag. I wanted it to look like the letterman jacket letter from high school, and I found the perfect inspiration.

I was inspired by this M pattern from  A Crocheted Simplicity's Etsy page. I figured out how to make the two sides of the letter, but the V part was difficult.

Crochet Pattern: Book Antiqua "M" Applique, University of Michigan Inspired "M"

I looked online again and settled to use this crochet V pattern from Moogly. It was the perfect thickness and length I wanted.

The Moogly Crochet Alphabet - free patterns! #crochet

I connected all three parts together with a variation of the mattress stitch from Aesthetic Nest's tutorial. Lastly, I slip stitched around the M with the grey yarn.

I sewed the M the market bag with blue yarn. It still looks somewhat crooked to me, but that's my perfectionist talking. It looks as good as it can get for the time I spent crocheting the bag.

If I get more interest in these letters, I think I will writing some patterns.


And here's me attempting to model. I wanted to show how big the bag is. 

~ Sara

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