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Friday, April 25, 2014

Put your heart into it Free Kitchen Scrubbie

In case you have not caught on, I am a fan of really useful crochet.

Would you like to add this gem to your arsonal?  We can get started now.
For this project, you will need

N Crochet Hook (For body of Heart)
H Crochet Hook (For surface crochet of Netting)
Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn, 3 strands, in any color you like
Coarse Nylon Netting, cut in 1 inch strips
A Pattern, I chose this one from Planet June  ( I have used a Heart shape many times, but recently discovered this pattern, I truly Love it. Much better shape, and easier construction than my original..)

Using Junes Pattern for the Large Heart, with 3 strands of cotton and the N hook, construct your foundation, exactly according to pattern for round 1.
For round 2, I want you to follow the pattern, with a slight modification of the multiple stitches into one. For those, I want you to place the last stitch of the group in the post of the stitch, thus spreading your placement just a smidge. This will provide a better base for your netting layer. (See the pictures for further explanation)
See the V there, one string is red, the other is yellow, your final stitch of the group will be placed there, to allow a bit more movement in your yarn. 3 strands can get bulky, even with a large hook. By spreading the Love, your Heart will be in better shape.
This is how the stitch looks after you have placed the final stitch in it. Kind of cool the way it is all secured there.
The third round is made exactly according to June's pattern. Isn't this great, the shape is so perfect, It goes together so quickly. Oh, for the tip of the point, place those stitches the way I had you do for round 2. (All of them)

Now for the closing, I went a bit nuts with the pictures, but it makes a difference in the finished look, as well as how your ends will be dealt with.  After you make the last stitch of round 3, remove the hook, turn the heart over, and follow these simple steps.
Insert hook through fabric, in the next stitch

Grab working loop, and pull it through to the back of your work.

Yarn over and pull it through to seal the slip stitch

Pull the yarn through, far enough that you have ends to work with,
about 3 inches is good. Cut in the center of the loop.

Using each end individually, secure this, tugging each one, but not pulling so tight as to snap your yarn.
Just a little more to do before we add our netting.  it matters, hang in there.
Using your H hook now, Use loops along the back or your Heart to secure the ends you just cut
Insert hook under loop, grab yarn tail and draw it down

Repeat this with another place that seems logical to you, the goal is to bring this tail
to the end from your starting ends at the center of the heart.

Once the tails are close enough, tie each color together once,
like the first step in tying your shoelaces. don't form a knot,  secure each of the three yarns this way, then grab a needle to bury each of the six ends, going out from the center, in different directions.

Whooo Hooo, Heart is done, and for the first one, it took longer than you thought, simply because you were going back and forth between June's instructions and mine. The next one will take about half the time, because it really is simple once you have done it!

Lets look at our heart now, to determine which side to place our netting. This piece is crochet in the round, with no turns, so there is a designated right side, and wrong side.  The netting will go on the wrong side, because of the loops that naturally form there. So, for all you rebels out there, this is a time when the wrong side is the right side!  Feel better now?  I Do,  I tend to be somewhat rebellious. It is fun, keeps people wondering.
Okay, Here we go with a ton of pictures.  If you don't like it, feel free to amble off into your own experience. Just because I lay out guidelines here, it is not mandatory for you to follow them. If it were, you would not be looking at this, as I would not have been able to do it!
Just take a gander at all these loops we have to work with.  to keep your netting from ripping, and the heart from getting really sloppy, I encourage a minimum of 2 strands of yarn for each stitch base.

Starting in the center of the heart, you will see the stitches have 3 legs, the first in the center hole, the second, and then the top, where the next round is worked. I like to use the second leg, or bump if you will. insert hook under it, just on the surface, not all the way through your fabric. pull netting through to form a working loop.  Ch 1 to secure it. Keep the netting somewhat loose here, so as not to break it. The hook should slide pretty freely inside the working loop

Insert hook under next stitch loop, draw netting through, and sc, ch 1, and repeat. working around the center, under the second bump of the stitch

As I said, try to be sure you have two strands of yarn that you attach the netting to prevent a fragile scrubbie. 

When you have the first round done, it is sort of heart shaped, but not likely to be perfect.
You can cut your netting, or work in a spiral, out from the center.

Where the rounds meat, there are an abundance of loops to choose from, it does not matter,
as long as you remain consistent in your choice, and put the ch 1 between each sc.
this allows more abrasive quality, and prevent the netting from being too tight.
I chose to spiral my netting, I am not sure I like it, but I do Love the colorfulness of this sample.
I did it so I could better show details in pictures.
My Grandchildren have all shown me that hearts
do not have to be red, pink and white anymore.
if there is a color you like, by all means, go for it

And this is the washcloth side of the finished item.
perfect for the counter, tabletop, or where ever you need
a clean wipe down, with out any abrasive roughness.

Now, The Legal stuff.  This is my creation. I used someone elses pattern, is it mine? Yes, and NO!  June from Planet June designed the Heart.  I linked to her pattern, with her permission.  In the descriptions of the changes I made, I did not reveal her pattern on my blog post.  I am taking credit for the SCRUBBIE, and giving credit to the designer of the original pattern.

This can be done with any motif by the way. It could be a flower, a bow tie, almost anything out there. I chose this one for it's superior quality.
Special Thanks to June for the pattern, and her gracious permission to use her work in this way.

I guess I best say. DO NOT PUT THIS IN THE DRYER it will melt!  you can send it through the dishwasher, if the heat dry is turned off.
If you want to add a hang cord to allow it to air dry, simply chain 30 with a single strand of cotton yarn, slst to form a loop.  cut your yarn and hide your ends. slip the loop through the fabric, pull the rest of the loop through that. There ya go, licket split. good to go!

Until Next time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bug Out Drink Cover Free Crochet Pattern

Nearly 30 years ago, I left the Pacific Northwest, to live in West Texas. Culture Shock is a mild mannered description of what I experienced.  I left Seattle in October 1984. It was cold, grey, and raining.  I rode a Greyhound Bus, and the trip took 3 days, so it was not all instant, but Holy Maloy.  I had my first legal drink in a bar in El Paso, and then had 3 more hours of bumpy road bus ride to this city of San Angelo.  It was Hot, and sticky. The air was heavy. and everywhere I looked were BUGS, of every shape, size and color. It was really very disarming.  My Step-Dad told me, sort of tongue in cheek, that if God didn't know where to put a critter, he put it in Texas, and that included the bugs.

It was not long before I got used to drinking Tea or Lemonade, and because we would get a breeze, I sat outside most of the time.  I have no idea how many times I sent the contents of my glass flying across the field.  It was like the community pool on open swim day.  This was unacceptable.  I grabbed a nylon stocking out of my drawer, because, come on, no one was going to make me wear those things in that heat, cut a small slit in it for my straw, and went back outside with a Knee High Nylon stocking over my fresh glass of Lemonade.

Well, fast forward to 2010, I left the Pacific Northwest to Live in Eden, North Carolina.  Again in October, no rain this time, infact it was unseasonably warm, and the sky was a very pretty blue that day.  We drove, Big Moving Trucks, and had 7 cats and a Dog with us. It took 10 days. Beautiful trip by the way.

Again, Culture Shock; again, the bugs played a part in it. I came up with something better than a nylon stocking, because, come on, no one wears them any more.  I made something like this.

The first few were really basic, then I started playing with them, seriously, it is like a hat for your glass, with a hole for your straw.  I had to work on fitting them.
Last year, It dawned on me, as I watched Allie play with a ponytail elastic and a pringles can. Can you hear the "DUH" that rang out?  Well, More than enough back story, lets get to the goodie bag of tricks here, so you can enjoy a bug free drink this year.

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Bug Out Drink Cover
By Grammy Dirlam
first published April 23, 2014. All rights reserved

Cotton Yarn works best 
Ponytail Elastic Bands
H Crochet Hook

1) Ch 4, slst to form a ring.  
2) Ch 3, 15 dc into ring, join to top of ch 3 (16 st)
3) ch 1, FPDC over dc, dc2tog in the gap between stitches, fpdc on next dc.(your cluster will cover all 3 loops between the posts, not in the stitch.) Repeat this around. End with dc2tog and slst to fpdc.
4) Ch1, FPDC on fpdc, dc2tog, twice in dc2tog. (see pic a below)repeat this process around Slst to the top of the fpdc
Pic A, the dc2together is built right in the top of the stitch, when forming
the second one use the same hole to place the stitches.

Pic. B, This is after completing round 4, it is full, and is on the verge
of being wobbly, but still lays flat when tugged just slightly.

5) Ch 3, sk first cluster, sc in space between the two sets of dc2tog. ch 3, sc in the fpdc, repeat around to last between clusters sc, ch1, dc in top of fpdc from the previous round.

6) Ch 3, grab your elastic band, holding the band behind your work, sc in the ch 3 space, over the elastic band. ( see pic c and d Below) repeat the ch 3 sc in the space, over the elastic around the entire drink cover. You will have to tug a bit to snug stitches to get them all on, but they do fit.
Pic C  Elastic is behind sc made over it, securing it to the
base of your drink cover
Pic D, This is the back side, showing how both base threads of the
sc are going to hold the elastic.

Pic E, after all loops are on. it is snug to fit all the sc on the elastic,
but it does work.
Finished cover can also serve as a coaster to protect wooden
furniture from the sweat off the glass

Hole for the straw, and a cover to keep out the bugs.

A word of warning, a Bee will climb into the straw for the sugar in your drink. pay attention to your surroundings when you are outside in the warmer months.

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You may sell your finished items, with credit given to Grammy's Creations as the designer. You may share the Link to this post with any Social Media site, or in private electronic communications. Do not copy and paste this pattern to any site, do not print this pattern for private sale. do not claim my work as your own.

Until Next time

Scour Mitt. Free Scrubbie Mitt Pattern

Hand Mitt Scrubbie
By Grammy Dirlam
First Published on April 23, 2014, All rights Reserved

This is the version that received the most likes on my Facebook Page Monday and Tuesday.  If you can call SEVEN the most.  I am at a Loss on how to engage with people on facebook, if they never see my posts.  Regardless, I am true to my word, and will follow through.  If any of you have tips and tricks on improving engagement, without paying to boost                                                         posts, leave me a comment, please.

A Special Note about this pattern, it is small, about 8 inches in circumference. If you make it fit comfortably, as soon as it is wet, it will not stay on your hand.  I did not ooops, or design this for a 10 year old. It will fit snugly dry, and stretch as soon as it gets wet.

This pattern is worked with the Tunisian Simple Stitch, and can be worked in a flat piece, stitched together, or it can be worked in a round, with a double ended hook.

I'll provide instructions for the flat version here, but I must say, I am not a Tunisian Expert, If you find my instructions confusing, Please visit Kim Guzman's YouTube Page, for a more comprehensive explanation. You will want to watch the Tunisian Foundation , and the Tunisian Simple Stitch, which follows it

To Create the Flat Panel Scrubbie, Using a single color of Cotton Yarn, you will need about 1/2 of a skein of Sugar and Creme 100% Cotton,
an I crochet hook, and an I Tunisian Hook.
Scissors and a needle are also required.
About 1/3 yd Nylon Netting, cut into one inch strips (this is available in most fabric stores. Get the coarse stuff, the fine is great for facials, but is not going to give you the abrasive qualities you deserve in the kitchen.

1) Chain 26 with the regular hook, set regular hook aside, and insert the Tunisian hook. Using your hook in each ch, draw a loop onto your hook, at the end of this pass, you will have 26 loops on your hook.
Reverse Pass, Yarn over, pull through 1 loop on your hook, then yarn over, and pull through 2 loops on hook. Continue yarn over and pull through 2 loops until only 1 loop remains on your hook.
2) Working under the front vertical bars, yarn over and draw up a loop on the hook across the row, at the end of this pass you will have 26 loops on your hook.
Repeat Reverse Pass as for row 1.
Repeat forward and reverse pass 16 more times.
Using regular crochet hook, working under front vertical bar Yarn over, and rather than holding loops on the hook, slst each st to finish off this portion of your Scrubbie
Leaving a long tail, cut the yarn,

 for the abrasive portion I recommend Nylon Mesh, found in the fabric department. I bought mine at Walmart, it was .97 a yarn, and comes in many colors   I folded my piece, and cut it into strips about an inch wide. I tied them together with a simple knot, and pulled it snug, being careful to not tear the mesh. Once it is rolled into a ball, you are good to go.
Using an I size crochet hook, we are going to use the front vertical posts as a base for the mesh, in sc.  We end up with wonderful straight lines, and an amazing functional look to our scrubbies.. Let's make awesome magic.

 Insert hook under post, only the post, no need to go through the fabric, Fold about an inch of the netting over your hook and pull through. Create a sc on the post, insert hook under the next post, tuck tail from mesh so you will be crocheting over it, continue in this line placing 1 sc on each vertical post. Don't pull the netting to snug, as it will snap, but once it is adhered, it holds up really well.
At the end of the row, ch 1, sc into the post in the next row. turn so it is easy to work in the stitches.

 When You have 1/2 the mit covered in scrubbie stripes, cut mesh netting, fold it in half and slip stitch closed over top and 1 side, leaving one short end open for your hand.  If you want a hanging loop, chain 20, Slst in last st made to close. Cut yarn and bury end.

There you go, all prim proper and pretty. Ready for Spring Cleaning! Maybe for the fresh Vegies from the Farmers Market?

You may sell your finished items, with credit given to Grammy's Creations as the designer. You may share the Link to this post with any Social Media site, or in private electronic communications. Do not copy and paste this pattern to any site, do not print this pattern for private sale. do not claim my work as your own.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Getting Myself Into A Pickle Free Pattern

The last few days have been packed full of things I had no desire to do,  I managed to get myself into a pickle with no clue I was doing anything wrong.  But again, Growth, and Learning.  It is not what I wanted, but it will be all good someday!

For Now, Let's talk about Pickles, Real Ones, the ones people like to snack on, at a picnic, or just an afternoon snack.

Allie has been a Pickle Poacher since she could walk. She loves them. She also comes unglued at the juice running down her arm.  Hence, another time when necessity is the Mother of invention.

Not all that different than the Otter Pop Cozy's I shared a few weeks ago, but for these , a bit more absorbency is in order, a leaky pickle is a sour occurrence.

Pickle Pocket,
By Grammy Dirlam
First Published on April 20, 2014, All rights Reserved
Finished dimensions  3 inches wide, by 4 inches tall
Gauge 10 wst by 15 rows equal 3 inch square

Special Stitch used in this pattern
WST, or Waistcoat Stitch   Virtually a single crochet, where the hook is inserted into the post of the previous stitch.  Please see the wonderful video tutorial made by KT and the Squid on this stitch
SLST insert hook , yarn over, pull loop through fabric, and loop on the hook.
Ch or Chain  If you need it, here is a video Link, but this is not really a brand new beginner pattern.
SC or Single Crochet,  Again, a Video Link, just in case
Other Beneficial skills: Crochet in both sides of the chain, crochet in the round, Spiral or unjoined rounds

Small amount of Cotton Yarn (1 ball of Peaches and Cream will make 7 or 8 of these. I rarely make single color, so an exact amount is not available.)
G (4.25MM) crochet hook
Needle for weaving ends
This project is small enough, stitch markers may be more of a hinderance than a help, but if you need the practice, or have become comfortable with them, go for it!

1)  Ch 12, SC in second ch from the hook, and in each across. at the end, do not turn, but rotate the chain to work into the other side. SC into the other side of each ch back to the beginning.  DO NOT JOIN

2 to 19) WST into each stitch, working in unjoined rounds for a total of 19 rounds. Use your stitch markers to identify your first st of the round.

20) finish your Pickle Pocket with a round of slst,  when you have completed the round, remove hook, insert from the wrong side, pull loop through, Y/O and pull through. Tighten. Cut yarn and bury end.

You may sell your finished items, with credit given to Grammy's Creations as the designer. You may share the Link to this post with any Social Media site, or in private electronic communications. Do not copy and paste this pattern to any site, do not print this pattern for private sale. do not claim my work as your own.

Until Next time

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

All 4's are not created equally

I have been working on a pattern. I was so excited to get results from testers before I released it. Even though it is intended as a free pattern for my blog, I am really becoming more determined to be sure the patterns work before I release them.
I specified the yarn, the hook size and even explained my crochet style as that of a lifter. I offered my gauge, and laid out the instructions to create the item.  the results from the tester were so far off, Even though all the instructions were followed. I scratched my head, and grabbed more yarn.  My results were different yet.  I tossed the whole project in the corner.  I have 18 ideas battling my brain cells for attention. I have a multitude of undone chores around my house, and a 5 year old who wants my attention.  Can you believe it, I cannot let this go.

I pulled the original out of the heap of "I should frog its" and began to look at it again. Had I missed a step when I wrote it?  I pulled the second one out.  I am wearing my glasses to count stitches, I am also noticing that the yarns feel really different. But they are both the same brand.  I dug out ends, and began to look at them. The color was a definite difference, but the textures  are off.

Where is my pencil and ruler?  Wrapping the yarn around the pencil, (My granddaughter is all shades of eager, She wants me to do this with all her pencils for school now, so she will be able to see hers easier.)
One is just over 13 WPI, one nearly 15.  That is odd. Neither of those falls in with WW yarn counts that I am aware of.

Off to do a google search. Perhaps I am measuring the wpi wrong. I have learned that so many of the things I learned as a kid are not done that way anymore.  Sort of like math.  I watched 3 dif videos, and read a couple blog posts. Naw, that isn't it.  CGOA yarn standards is the next stop. Great info, but not what I want.

  Craftsy? Well, If it is there, I didn't find it,but instead had to close the window after I spent 20 minutes staring lustfully at every sort of yarn imaginable. I wanted to share pictures, but which one, and too far off target.   Ravelry?   This is better, but it did not give me the results that I got from wrapping the pencil!


With all the variables within one brand of yarn, how can we say gauge does not matter?

Let's just say that it really does come down to getting the right number of stitches in the right amount of space. Even though steps are being taken to standardize the industry, the market for yarns has exploded, and there is no rhyme or reason to what I find, all with a silly 4 on the label. Even within Red Heart Super Saver, I got several different WPI measurements.

I will be sending the pattern to another tester tomorrow.  I Will modify the pattern if her results are different as well. It is too nice to just frog.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

As children, we are taught to share!

It is true, It is good to share.  Each of us feels good doing it.
Were we taught to share other peoples things?  I was not.
I was also not taught to expect everyone to share their special things.
Like the candy store, With the exception of a little baggy on Halloween, or a candy cane at Christmas, they didn't share. I had to buy what I wanted.
The kids on the corner shared their toys, but I had to leave them when I went home. I did not get to keep the things that were theirs.
If a classmate brought an item to school for "show and tell", it was their right to show it off, and tell the class about it.  If I had tried to do it for them, I would have made both the teacher, and my classmate mad.

Why is it any different with a crochet pattern?  I put pattens on my blog, to share with the people who visit here. I do not mind if you tell your friend about it, and where they can find it, but to take it to them is not okay.  You can post the link to my blog in a crochet group, and tell people in that group that I posted a pattern for a new scarf today.  It would looks something like this

Hey Everyone, Becky at Grammy's Creations posted a new FREE pattern today for a scarf. It is cool, go look

Generally, when you do that, a picture pops up too.  That is cool. It draws people here, to my page. It allows me to play Show and Tell.  It allows me to get credit for the page view. It allows me to get paid by the advertisers for their visit.

When I or anyone else says please share, we mean the link, NOT the pattern itself. Another Blogger posted this poem today, and I just LOVE it.  I wanted to share with each of you as well.  It is called Crocheting Blues from Crochet Memories.  I would like it if you took just a minute today to give it a read, and a couple minutes to give it some thought!

See How I did that?  I did not take credit for it, I did not give it to you, I gave you the info so you can find it, because it is worth Sharing!  Now I feel good, and I did not violate any rules. (implied, or written)

Until Next time

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This has Ended A special offer, Limited time Only (12AM EDT) This has ended

This Giveaway has ended

Hey, Just because I want to, and I can because they are mine,

If you comment here with your ravelry name, or send me a private message on my Face Book page, I will give you one free copy of any one of my paid patterns from my ravelry shop.  You Choose!

Why you ask?  Because I want to increase awareness, and I cannot think of another way

Visit my Ravelry shop!

This giveaway has ended
There are several to choose from
This offer Ends at 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, April 13, 2014.
Patterns will be delivered Monday April 14, If I have not already delivered them. I am pooped, and going to bed. Blessed Dreams all of you lovelies!

Thank You the give away has ended.