Hey, did you hear the news? I’ve relaunched the blog at divinedebris.com! I’ve already posted a new free pattern, the Citrus Barefoot Sandals. I also released a new pattern, the Izzy Hat pattern, which is now on sale for $1.75.
I don’t believe I’ll continue to maintain this blog, except for the occasional update on what I’ve updated on divinedebris.com. You can keep track of my blog on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you’re interested in following me still. I’ll also be creating an e-mailing list in the future, if you would like to sign up for that you can on divinedebris.com.
In April I made a purchase on a whim and bought a sampler pack of
fingering weight yarn from Knit Picksand while the yarn was outstandingly beautiful, I could not figure out what to make with it. Do you ever have that problem? When you buy yarn without a specific project in mind? That’s pretty much what I do with all my yarn, but this yarn is so soft that I don’t want to use it on just anything. While I was visiting family in Texas I decided to make a nice airy shawl/ wrap but I couldn’t find a pattern that I wanted to do. After a few bad starts, I wrote up the Mae Shawl/ Wrap pattern. I’m so glad that I bought the yarn and forced myself to find/ create a pattern for it because I was at a loss for Summer patterns. Winter, Fall and Spring I can do, but Summer is very hard for me for when it comes to patterns. As I transition into full-time pattern and blog writing you’ll probably see more earring patterns from me, because they’ll be my “Summer” designs. Ha.
Anyway, this pattern is on sale for 50% off it’s regular price, currently $1.99, until
In more awesome news, The Crochet Awards (here’s the FB for TCA)has been releasing their nominations for this quarter and guess what! I’m nominated! Twice! Sorry for all the exclamation marks but, wow, I’m so excited. One for Best Boot Cuffs 2015and another for Best Jewelry 2015. Honestly, I’m really honored by this and it makes me feel really good. Part of me has been a little discouraged lately about a great many things and a part of it is my crochet life. It’s just been hard lately and to have these nominations show up, it made me tear up a bit. I told my husband and he was also pretty happy for me.
So, that’s an update on me. I’ve got some more patterns going on in my head and hopefully I’ll have some good things for you in the next couple of weeks. Take care of yourself out there.
Hello! How are you this fine Saturday? I’m actually on vacation, visiting family in Texas, but I needed to update this blog with the bunny ring that I made last week (which you may have already seen on Instagram or FB). Originally I was going to write this blog before I left but, alas, my time got away from me and that did not get done (not to mention that I found my motivation waning). Anyway, to continue with the ring posts that I made as of late (which you can find here), I wanted to make a ring for Easter. You could wear this ring in addition to the egg earrings I posted about a couple of years ago or even make your own applique from last year’s egg update. Actually, I was thinking that if you made it with worsted weight yarn, you’d have to figure out how many stitches to do, you could make your own little egg holder. How cute would that be? It’d be like a yarn version of one of these.
*US 2.25mm crochet hook
*US 2.20mm crochet hook
*Size 10 crochet thread
*Glue (fabric glue is what I used)
*Puffy paint (optional but makes creating a cute tail easy)
*Needle to weave in your ends
*Individual bunnies around just over 1″ in height and .5″ in width
*The band is .5″ in height and just over 1.25″ in width when laid flat.
For the bunny itself I used HodgePodge Crochet’s bunny applique pattern (it’s free!). Previously I had made some bunny stud earrings from another pattern I found online but HodgePodge Crochet’s pattern is far superior and the photos are helpful and you can make bunnies that sit back to back (as I did on my ring) without having to think about how to do that. 😀 Seriously, she takes all the guess work out of creating cute bunnies! The hardest part of this pattern might be how tiny and tight the stitches end up when you use the 2.20mm crochet hook. I wanted the band to be less of a tight fit so I used the basic band I’ve used in my Pumpkin and Heart rings.
The bunnies (using the 2.20mm hook): create two bunnies per the instructions on the HodgePodge Crochet pattern, you can do whatever colors you have on hand, and if you want you can make them back to back or facing the same side (crafters choice). If you wanted to use the 2.25mm hook for the bunnies it would be entirely fine, but the bunnies will end up later than you see in the photos.
For the band (using 2.25mm hook): Row 1: Ch 25, slip st to form a ring, sc into each st around, slip st into first sc to secure – 25 scs Rows 2 – 5: Ch 1, sc into each st around, slip st into first st to secure – 25 scs
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Honestly, I think I should have made the band green, which would have worked for the Easter theme of the ring. A neon green would have looked rather adorable, if you ask me, because it would evoke thoughts of that bright green grass that you so often find in kids’ Easter baskets, or at least I did when I was a young-in. After all your ends have been woven in, use the puffy paint to create little fluffy tails. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, you could glue a bit of yarn or something too and achieve the same effect. Once the puffy paint (or whatever you used to create the tail) has dried, glue the bunnies to the band. I always use fabric glue when I glue appliques and such onto ring bands, because I have found glues like Super Glue can discolor the thread when used. Just let everything dry and enjoy your new ring! Oh, and if you use the pattern to make an egg holder, let me know in the comments how it turns out.
So, there you have it! A super easy, and I say adorable, crochet bunny ring. Honestly, the bunny pattern by HodgePodge Crochet is so useful, you could make bunnies by the pound with no problems at all. I’m going to go and enjoy the first day of my vacation that isn’t going to be spent in a car (we drove down here) and I will be back, probably next week some time, to bring you the pattern for my Leah bracelet (on the right).
Take care! Oh, and if you have any ideas on what sort of patterns you’d like to see me post here, just leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do. 😀
So, have you seen these things floating around the internet, on another blog post or
perhaps for sell on Etsy? Because they’re awesome and so easy to make that I think they really should be a ton more popular than they currently are. I’m talking about wool dyer balls, as the title of this post suggests.
Back in December I came across some leftover yarn in my stash from when I got crazy and bought a skein of Fisherman’s Wool by Lion Brand. I actually made a scarf for myself from it but wore it a handful of times, my neck skin is not so welcoming to wool. Into the bin of my random yarn creations went the scarf and the leftover went into the scraps bin. Well, as I was saying, in December I came across it again and thought, “I’ve seen some great posts on FB about wool dryer balls, I wonder how hard they are to make.” Using Petals to Picot’s post on dryer balls, I set out to make some for myself.
I don’t think I can just adequately say how easy they are to make. Just begin by winding some 100% wool yarn in a ball. I wasn’t super consistent with the size of my balls here, but tried to keep them to a good 1.5″ – 2″ in diameter range. As Petals to Picot’s suggests, make sure you leave a VERY long tail and weave it back and forth through your ball to secure it. How awful would it be to have your lovely dryer ball fall apart after a month or so?
As you can see from the picture on the right, the felting is pretty subtle when you look at it but when you feel it, you can definitely tell that the individual strands are less individual and more stuck together in a huge mass. The ball on the left is felted the ball on the right is not.
Now Petals to Picots says to just throw these lil’ babies in with the washer next time you do a hearty load, but I combined her sweater technique and stuck some wool balls in a pantyhose stalking that has a run in it and washed them with some towels (photo below). I just used a couple of pieces of extra yarn, bright purple as you can see in the photo, and that way I was able to reuse the pantyhose for a later set of dryer balls. 😀 Just double knot it and then snip the yarn when you’re done.
I did this the first time I made a set of dryer balls and they were perfectly felted as soon as they got out of the dryer and I’ve been using them ever since. I even made more and sent some to my mom. The great thing about these is that they eliminate the need for dryer sheets, which is great for me because I have a strong sense of smell and hate to add more scent to things then they already have. They also cut down on your drying time, in my opinion, significantly. Not to mention, they make great little gifts!
Well, that’s all for now. I just wanted to share with you a fun little project that I’ve been working on. I will be back this week to talk about my newest design release, the Ruth Scarf. Until then, you take care of yourself!
Oh, it was great while it lasted but I must finally admit that my Christmas vacation is over. I began when my husband got home from deployment and ended a week or more ago but I’ve been putting so much off it’s not even funny. I’ve been sitting on some designs I need to get written up and tested, I didn’t make the post about the wonderful dryer balls I made before Christmas and I want to ask about what I should be working on next. I’m not sure where to go from here. I’m under crochet-joed or something because I just can’t think up my next design idea. I also bought some Loops and Threads Woolike but I don’t know what I want to do with it. A shawl? A shrug? A scarf that’s light for the Spring? I just don’t know! What do you like to do with this size/type of yarn?
I did finally release my Ruth Hat design! I got this hat tested before Christmas even happened and then I didn’t do anything with it because my husband got home and I was too focused on how much I missed him. 😀
So, anyway, here’s the newest hat. I’ve been wearing it all over when I went out for almost the last month. I definitely like the slouchiness, but then again I love that style. Oh! And to celebrate the release of the Ruth hat I’ve got the pattern on sale for 40% off, as well as all the other hat patterns on my site. 😀 I would love if you added it to your favorites or queue on Ravelry too, if you’re so inclined.
Beginning on Friday I’m going to host a giveaway for the Ruth hat on my Facebook page. It’s going to be a simple pin it type of deal.
I’m going to try to make sure I don’t leave so much time between this post and the next one. 😀 Currently I’m testing another hat pattern that will also be getting a matching cowl soon, so I’ll be back soon to talk about the design.
Until then. Have a good one!
I have been in the best mood the last couple of weeks. I’m working on tons of patterns, having fun doing it, and just throwing together some fun accessories to wear to work. I’m also enjoying school. 😀 I have this assignment where I have to watch Pushing Daisies, the wonderful gone too soon show from like 6 years ago, to analyze it for it’s use of math and then write a paper on that. Sounds fun, right? Tedious, sure, but still enjoyable because Lee Pace. *growl* Whoa, got off topic. Ha.
Anyway, want a pattern for a fun snowflake themed necklace that you could probably wear until February or later depending upon where you live?
You’re going to need a US 2.00 mm crochet hook and 2 colors of size 10 crochet thread, I used Aunt Lydia’s in light blue and white, I’d say less than a full oz.
Here in the US, Christmas season is fully underway. My day(ish) job is at a retail establishment and so for me, it’s been Christmas season since the beginning of November. To be honest with you, I’m actually in quite the Christmas spirit this year. My husband returns from deployment sometime around then, my brother and his girlfriend are coming to visit me and there will be baking! Cookies, pies and more. 😀
So in my Christmas spirit I’ve been working on earrings of the Christmas variety:
I’m also working on a new hat and some boot cuffs for the Willow line.
And to spread the cheer, I want to share with you the pattern for the Christmas tree earrings, which I also worked into a applique that I’m going to wear as broach/ button for work. 🙂
For the earrings(shown on the left), you need a 2.00mm steel hook and size 10 crochet thread. Row 1: Chain 9, sc into the second ch from the hook and across – 8 scs
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, slip st into first st, hdc into next st, *slip st into next st, hdc into next st,* repeat from * to * the rest of the row – 4 hdcs
Row 3: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog first two sts, sc into next 4 sts, sc2tog last two sts – 6 scs
Row 4: Turn, ch 1, slip st into first st, hdc into next st, *slip st into next st, hdc into next st,* repeat from * to * the rest of the row – 3 hdcs
Row 5: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog, sc into next 2 sts, sc2tog the last two sts – 4 scs
Row 6: Turn, ch 1, slip st into first st, hdc into next st, slip st into next st, hdc into next st, – 2 hdcs
Row 7: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog first two sts, sc2tog last two sts – 2 scs
Row 8: Turn, ch 1, slip st into first st, hdc into next st – 1 hdc
Row 9: Turn, ch 1, sc2tog – 1 sc
Row 10: Turn, ch 1, sc – 1 sc
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
For the trunk I just sced into the other side of the two middle sts from row 1 and then turned, ch 1 and sced a second row (2 scs). Fasten off, weave in ends.
I used puffy paint to decorate the trees, but you could glue beads on the trees, or whatever you’d like. Have fun with it! To make the goofy lil’ stars at the top I drew a star on parchment paper and let it dry and then glued it to the top of the trees.
For the applique (on the left) I used a US G (4mm) hook and Worsted weight yarn. . I made it larger than the earrings, 13 chs to begin with, but it’s the same basic premise as the earrings. You just need to make sure your first row is an even number of single crochets (this means an odd number of chains) and you can make the tree as big or as little as you would like.
I also just released my latest design, the Bonnie cowl scarf (on the right), and it’s on sale from now until November 27th for 40% off it’s regular price, making it $2.39. You can buy it on my website, Divine Debris, my Craftsy page, Pin it here, or add it to your Ravelry queue.
How’s your Thursday going? I’m working on a crochet art project for a class, triangle granny squares
are involved, while catching up on TV from last night. Also, mmm… coffee. It is the best, amiright?
I’m also a bit on the sleepy side because I stayed up late and then slept in and my internal clock is all cattywampus (it’s an on going issue).
So, yeah, boot cuffs. Have you made a pair or two (perhaps many more) this season? I have. I’m kinda in like with the style, if you ask me. I updated my Michelle collection to include the boot cuffs and I’m working on the Eva boot cuffs pattern (they’re being tested right now.)
The Eva will go up on my website when I hear back from my
testers however, the Michelle boot cuffs are already ready to purchase, if you’re interested, at 40% off their regular $4.50 price, making them $2.70 for the pattern (in fact the whole Michelle collection is 40% off again). 6 different sizes for $2.70. One of my testers sent the cutest photos of her little in the boot cuffs and I’m so glad I added child sizes to the pattern. Originally I was going to do it in only adult sizes, because I don’t have kids and so I don’t usually think about them when I’m working (that’s why you rarely see patterns for children from me) but I got crazy and looked up measurements to see what I could do. 🙂 Like I said, she looked super adorable in her Frozen themed boot cuffs. I’ll update this with a link to my FB when I get the pictures edited and uploaded.
For the Eva cuffs I did something I’ve been wanting to work on for a while, combining yarn and thread in one project and highlighting the qualities of both materials while using them in unison, if that makes sense. I like the juxtaposition of the textures and I feel like this could really add something unique to my future projects. It was one of those ideas I got late at night, while laying in bed, and I happily didn’t forget before I woke up. I’m terrible about keeping a notebook by my bed. I know I’ve laid in bed thinking about ideas for patterns and then fell asleep, only to let the pattern drift away to dreamland. 😦 In fact, this happened this week and I’ve been wracking my brain trying to remember what it was. I fear it’s gone forever.
Anyway, the Eva cuffs will be made available for free on my website when they’re finished (yay!). You can add the Michelle boot cuffs to you Ravelry queue here, which I would appreciate. 😀
Take care and enjoy this first week of November. It’s already getting cold where I live and I’m a little irritated that it feels like we’ve skipped over Fall. It went from still needing the AC in October to browsing the internet for a space heater in November. I’m just glad I have an abundance of blankets. 😀
Hello! How is your Monday going? I, for one, am pretty tired for no real reason. 🙂
Just wanted to stop by and show off some of my new earrings I’ve been working on. A friend of mine is starting a new teaching job and asked for a pair of apple earrings, which I was more than happy to provide.
I then made them in pink. What do you think of these apples? How do you like them apples, perhaps? :p
I then made some pumpkins and skulls. If you’re interested, I have all my seasonal earrings available to purchase on my website for 20% off their regular price. Free shipping on $25 purchases and $3 flat rate otherwise.
Here’s something else I’m working on, should have it up soon on the website to purchase:
Hello! How is your September going so far? We’re almost at the mid-way point and man am I looking forward to fall! I’ve got pumpkin this and pumpkin that going on in my house, I’m working on some fun Halloween patterns I need to get written up and pictures taken of but I’m all over the place at the moment, mind wise, that I lose track of what I’m working on.
That reminds me of the point of this post, the headband I made a couple of days ago. Again, I wanted to make a headband for fun to wear to work and I wanted something quick and different from the last one I made. Also, I like granny squares. 🙂 Say hello to the Carly headband.
Like the Heather headband, I created the Carly in crochet thread. I really enjoy crochet thread for necklaces, headbands and bracelets (which I’ve made but forgotten to post about), as it feels good and sturdy.
This headband is pretty easy, a basic granny square style. Again, because I am ready for fall I made this first one in red, orange, yellow and brown- glorious fall colors!
All you’ll need is a Boye 3.25 crochet hook and four colors of size 10 crochet thread, although you could easily use fewer colors and get a gorgeous headband. The pdf isn’t ready yet but if you want to make yourself a fun headband, the written instructions are available on the my website. Click here to go to the pattern. You can add it to your Ravelry queue here. Pin it for later.
Ta da! What do you all think?
Oh, and as I was saying also, I’ve got some Halloween patterns I’m working on.
One of them is this lil’ gal, Willa the owl-bat.The pattern is just about done and ready to be uploaded, just need to make some adjustments and test it. 😀