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Crochet Crazy

Life has been busy, but is calming down for the moment.  Fall is easing in with leaves changing colors and cooler weather.  It’s the perfect time of year for working on craft projects, some practical and some gift projects for Christmas.  I thought I’d share a few of my recent crochet projects.  Maybe you’ll find something you’d like to make.

This is a scarf I made using the  free Vanilla Bean Scarf pattern found over on the Fiber Flux…Adventures in Stitching blog.

Completed Scarf

Completed Scarf

Additional Row on Flat End

Additional Row on Flat End

I love it!  This scarf works up incredibly quick and is beautiful.  I used the Caron Simply Soft yarn with no dye lot, which is my favorite.  I experimented and added 1 row onto the beginning row, which ends up flat in the original pattern.  To make it more wavy, I joined the yarn at the end of the beginning row and chained 3.  In the larger openings of each set of (2dc, ch2, 2dc), I worked 2dc, ch2, 2dc.  At the end of the row I did a dc in the last stitch, finished off, and wove in the end.  I’m still thinking about maybe weaving a piece of ribbon through the larger holes and tacking down the ends of the ribbon with a few stitches.

Another crochet project I completed in just a short time the other day was a small change purse.  I’ve been looking for one and finally just decided to make one.  I crocheted it using a very small ball of leftover cotton yarn, like you make dishcloths out of, and a size C hook.  Here’s my original pattern I created, which is crocheted in one piece.  It does include a little sewing to stitch the sides together and sewing on the button.

Change Purse

Change Purse

Opened Change Purse

Opened Change Purse

Change Purse Pattern

ch 17
row 1:  sc in 2nd ch from hook and sc in each ch across. (16 sc)

row 2:  ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across.

Repeat row 2 till piece measures about 4 inches, do not finish off.

Next row:  ch 1, turn, dec, sc across to last 2 sc, dec; repeat this row till only 6 sc remain

Last row: ch 1, turn, dec, ch 3, skip next 2 sc(makes loop for button closure), dec, finish off

Forming the change purse:  Weave in any remaining loose ends.   Stitching is done using 6 strands embroidery floss in a needle with a large hole.  You could use a matching color, but I used contrasting thread for a decorative touch.  Fold bottom of piece(1st row) up to last row prior to 1st dec row.  Holding together, I blanket stitched through both layers all around; beginning at the top side of the formed pouch, across the bottom, and up along the next side.  Do not finish off, but continue to blanket stitch around the single layer that makes the envelope type flap.  Be sure not to stitch the button loop closed.  Finish off.  Fold the flap down to help determine where to stitch the button on the pocket.  I’m not sure what size button as I just used one I thought was pretty from my button jar.

*Simple sewing version would be to just sew the sides together and sew on the button.*

These are a couple of the projects I’ve completed recently, but I have several other projects in the works.  I’m working on an afghan and some baby clothes for the new grandbaby on the way.  I just started a Creative Crochet board over on Pinterest for project ideas I think are interesting and I’d like to make.  Happy Crocheting!  🙂




Saving Money by Couponing

Box o' coupons

Everything, including the cost of gas, seems to be rising.  Since unfortunately our income is not, I am attempting to do a better job of trying to save money.  Though I shall never manage to be one of those “extreme” coupon people, this week I did put forth a valiant effort to shop the sales and use coupons.

On Sunday I bought a newspaper and clipped coupons for items I know we use.  Later I went to two of my favorite sites to view the sales at various stores I shop at and see if there were any online coupons to print.  The two sites are and

I really love the Southern Savers site as I can check off the sale items I plan to buy at a store and the site creates a printable list.  I printed a list for each store I was planning to shop at and used a paperclip to attach the coupons to the corner of the sheet.  This method seems to keep things a bit more organized and easier to use.

My best shopping deal for the week were two non-food items at Staples, but were items we do use regularly.  I purchased a pack of copy paper and pack of photo paper, both which will end up free after rebates.  Another deal I was thrilled with, was to get several boxes of cereal for less than $1.60 per box.  This was one of those weeks there were not a whole lot of sensational coupons for items we use, but I will continue couponing and need to work on organizing the coupons for ease of sorting prior to shopping.