and then there was more…

Cripes I always do this, make loads of “samples” trying to get it just right! 

It’s frustratingly good…good because I get to work out designs & colors that have been on my mind & in my queue, freeing up mental storage :) eating away at the yarn hoard is always excellent, freaking out on sweet edgings & nerding out on the numbers gives me endless pleasure…frustrating because it’s a lot of ripping back to switch this or that up, not writing down changes I make & then swearing my way around a silly potholder, telling myself it’s a use stash only project & then wishing for colors I don’t have. Getting it perfect, then thinking WTF I now have to make 5 of these!

The mojo is there, the complete loyalty & devotion to a solitary pattern is not, although now it’s narrowed down to 2 patterns…2 lovely patterns…

No. 1

   

This sweet little sun hat potholder is from an old issue of Workbasket Magazine. I found a copy of it tucked inside another vintage booklet, so I am unsure of what year or issue this was originally published in (if you know pop in and tell me!) I did happen across a FREE version of it online right here!

The pattern calls for #10 thread & a 1.65mm hook, but when I made one up as directed it was a tiny 6″ across. I really wanted it a bit bigger, so I re-wound my thread into a center pull cake, that way I could hold it double (pulling one strand from the center & 1 strand from the outer) I used a 3mm hook to work the “new” thread for the front & back. Finished size is now 8″ ..perfect!

Worked this one in tea stained white thread, but it ended up looking slightly grubby..well lets just call it “creepy antique wedding dress from the attic” looking :) …kind of loving this one.

No. 2

   

A Japanese pouch/coin purse Pattern from the book 50 Crocheted Motifs & 22 Works, you can find the book at yesasia!

Again I used #10 thread held double & a 3mm hook to jumbo size it to 8″, but this time for the back I used worsted wt cotton to beef it up a little, I thought this was brilliant, until I tried to match the thread front to the worsted back (I’m a dope) the stitches were not 1 to 1…fussed with it forever & finally got it sorted & settled in.   

I am still lusting after the original pouch..lined with linen..oh yes..nice… I just need to get my hands on a purse frame that has a big jawbreaker/gumball twist closure!

 

 

Potholders on Parade

Time for a little kitschy kitchen crochet!

 

With the upcoming potholder swap, I’ve had potholder on the brain! Well…more so than normal! Although I havent completely settled on a pattern just yet, I’ve been busy in the test kitchen so to speak. I really love to use old patterns from the 30’s – 70’s leaning towards the more obscure & having fun with color or lack there of.  I have to love what I am making so much, that it’s hard to let it go, otherwise how could I possibly enjoy working on it in the first place! 

I don’t (well rarely) do requests, you get what I give & that’s how I roll..trust me I know what you like! :)

Some of these potholders are fresh from my hook & others have been around for a little while. 

Clicking on the name of the potholder will take you to my Ravely project page (full of pattern notes & good stuff) & for you non-ravelers, if there is an online link, I will put it in somewhere after the name :)

1: Lilac this was a study in over dyeing yarn & a tribute to our late bloomer  lilac shrubs. I used sock yarn & the something pretty block by Mille. 

2: Mitered Square used this modular pattern & added a garter border.

3: Pale Roses a Japanese pattern.

4: Chrysanthemum another Japanese pattern.

5: #23 and another Japanese pattern.

6: Cabbage Love used this Tunisian (afghan) pattern & cross stitched a fat cabbage on it! I do really ♥ cabbage!

7: Granny you can get this look using any granny square. (P.S working color like this is a total pain in the ass)  

8: Scottie the original pattern uses thread, but I made mine in worsted cotton. I ♥ him…all JUMBO & awesome!  Found an archived version of this pattern here!  (I Linked it up on Ravelry page too!) ..be impatient! (click it!)

9: PH Sachiyo another Japanese pattern, this one is from the American book: Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts Lacy Crochet. (full of excellent patterns!)

10: Woven a very unusal German topflappen pattern from here (yes it’s in German but you’ll get the general idea from the pictures :)

11: Flower yes, yes another Japanese pattern.   

12: Scallops one of my very favorite patterns.

13: Meat I am disgusted & in love at the same time! I used this AWESOME chart from Lady Linoleum.

 

CROCHET YOUR WAY TO A BEAUTIFUL (kitschy) KITCHEN!