Red Heart “Scrubby” Yarn

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Has anyone else tried out this yarn yet? I have been making face and dish scrubs for a long time. Normally I just use leftover scrap yarn –cotton for face and acrylic for dish–but this scrubby yarn caught my eye as I was minding my own business strolling through the yarn aisle today. It’s 100% polyester and while not super soft, not super abrasive either.
I just took the last 10 minutes or so to whip up a little circular scrub (really simple 2 ply by dc 10 in a circle, build out 2 rows, and then use decrease stitches to build back in), and I think I rather like it! Not sure if I will use it as a face scrub in the shower or a dish scrub.  There’s plenty of yarn left in the skein to make several more, so maybe I’ll test it out for both! I’ll let you know what I think after πŸ™‚

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Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.

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You can find the real pattern here

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dishcloths-bouquet

Hope you enjoy!

Maria

 

Cancer Awareness Afghan

Toward the end of this past school year, my friend posted one of the most heartbreaking status updates that I have read to date. Her son (my son’s very first friend that he met when he was almost 8 months old), had just been diagnosed with cancer.
They began a fb page called “Prayers for Elijah” to share his story and his journey while building a community of people who are willing to send positive energy and prayers his way. Please look it up to follow along with his story.
During this time, I found a free pattern for a “Cancer Ribbon Afghan”. I used the basic block pattern which can be found here http://www.crochetcabana.com/chatity/charity-patterns.htm
However, I chose to join my squares using the zigzag stitch (my preferred method when making granny square blankets as well) and then I added a “granny” border.

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Here you can see a close up of the zigzag connecting stitch as well as the beginning of the border. I used yellow and white. Yellow is for sarcoma which is the type of cancer that Elijah has.
And here is the finished afghan…made with love and prayers for complete healing for Elijah.

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“Earth to Granny” Blanket

Here are some pictures of my completed granny blanket in some beautiful earth tones. I made the blanket for a couple of my photographer friends so I hope to see it in use one of these days soon πŸ™‚ Until then, here are some quick snaps of the finished blanket. Isn’t she beautiful? πŸ™‚

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Cupcake With Pin Sprinkles Please!

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Okay, I have to start by saying that I am forever in awe of some of the super creative and wonderful ideas that I find on WordPress. Today, I am especially thankful for one that I found last night on “The Whole Knit & Caboodle” ( here’s the link to the post http://thewholeknitandcaboodle.com/2013/05/22/free-cupcake-pin-cushion-pattern/).

While the pattern was super easy to follow, I must admit that I was watching “Hell’s Kitchen” last night while making this and it’s possible that I miscounted rows πŸ™‚ Therefore, my cupcake seems to have turned out a little larger than it was supposed to, but I think that’s ok. Either way, it does the job and I absolutely love my new pin cushion. No more sticking pins in the ironing board cover or piling them on the desk while sewing πŸ™‚ No excuses!

A Little More Light

A Little More Light

I found this floating around on FB after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. It’s truth rang so strong in my heart that I had to share here as well.
It also goes along with a post that I have been meaning to write for several weeks now, but as life would have it, I have been extremely busy with my own projects, and have put this idea on the back burner. Time to bring it to the front.
In the last month, I have made yet another couple of hats for someone who recently found themselves having to begin chemotherapy. I hadn’t thought about it too much prior to this point, but I have made nearly a dozen hats this year for friends, family, family of friends, and children who were undergoing chemotherapy.
So here’s my call. Thanks to a friend of ours (whose son has recently gone into remission, thank God), I have found a clinic that accepts hat donations. They have them in a big box in the clinic and the children can go pick out hats from that box. You may put your card on the hat so they know where it came from or you may leave it blank and know that you are bringing some light to a child here in Charlotte, NC. I would like to be able to bring in a BIG box of hats, but I can’t do it all by myself. If you would like to offer up your time and talents to a very worthy cause, please contact me at joyfulmamadesigns@gmail.com and I will give you more information as to where these hats are going and when I plan to deliver them. Thank you all! Now go on and share some light today πŸ™‚

Below is one of the hats that I made for a family member of a friend who has just begun chemotherapy. You can find this free pattern at www.playinhookydesigns.comΒ under “Brain Waves Beanie”. It worked up quickly and, as seen below, can truly be made for both male and female.

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Here is the second hat that I made (for the same person). This one is my design and if I could get my act together, I would write a pattern for it! Both hats were made from I Love This Cotton. I figured the cotton was a lighter, more natural fiber that would be good for spring and summer. These hats were made for adults and I used just one skein of yarn for each hat.

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