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Back to work…

I’m back to work this weekend guys after 8 months off, returning to a summer job I have previously held but under new owners. I have discovered so far it’s definitely not what I thought it would be but in the¬†meantime it’s going to put a crimp in my posting schedule.

I’m still deciding whether I’m going to stick it out, or spend my summer blogging and building my crochet business. I really appreciate those following this blog, and if you’re new, check out some of my other posts..they are pretty awesome. I hope to be back next week with some awesome homemade cheese recipes, and homeschooling tips and tricks :D. See you then!

New this week!

This week’s product spotlight is an item I’ve been getting a lot of commissions for. And if you want one you don’t even need to buy it from me, you can make it yourself! The pattern is available here for free. ūüėÄ It was one of my first A-Z challenge posts, the Dragon Egg Dice Bag. I have a lot of friends who play table top dice games like Dungeons and Dragons¬†as such they have a preponderance of dice sets. There is currently one bag available in my Etsy store but I will be making more in the next little while. However I also accept custom orders for specific colours. Below is an example of some variations I’ve made lately;

The rainbow one is my personal favourite,you can’t see the red but it’s on the bottom. Thanks for reading and happy dice rolling!

New this week!

In the interest of not turning every post into an advertisement and driving everyone bonkers I’m going to be limiting myself to a once a week product spotlight for my Etsy store. These posts will be short and sweet featuring a single item that has gone live in the store within the last seven days. They’ll all be titled New this week! so if you want to skip them and stay tuned for more substantial posts about homeschooling, crochet and my kitchen adventures you are more than welcome to. That being said, here is this weeks product spotlight:

Rainbow nesting baskets!

Rainbow nesting baskets! These baskets are great for teaching the colours of the rainbow, and practicing fine motor skills. They fit snugly together and stack up easily. They are soft, a great alternative to hard plastic for babies.

Handmade by me with love and care. Available here. Thanks for reading!

Etsy Store

I opened an Etsy store! I want so badly to share the new exciting things I am making throughout my home made adventures. As of right now there is only one dice bag available I will be updating with more stock and as I create more stuff.

Items made using the patterns featured on my blog will be available for purchase, washcloths and dice bags et cetera. As well as toys, plushie monsters and more. I’ve got a long way to go building up my stock and creating new patterns to sell. Let me know what you are most interested in seeing me attempt to make! Thank you!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmeraldBsCreations?ref=hdr_shop_menu

A-Z Challenge W: Washcloth DIY

Another crochet tutorial. My second one ever! This one is a super simple, durable, multipurpose washcloth. You can use this washcloth pattern to replace virtually all the hand cleaning utensils in your house if you wanted to. Make one for your bathroom sink to wash your face and hands with. Make one for your kitchen to wash your dishes. Make one for your shower to wash yourself! Make extras to wash your walls, counters and various surfaces. You can even use a very similar pattern to this one to make a mop cover for a swiffer style mop and never buy swiffer pads again!

Here it is: DIY Crochet Washcloth (Difficulty level: Beginner)

Stitches to know; chain stitch (CH), double crochet (DC), Single crochet (SC)

CH 20, CH 2 (acts as DC) turn.

DC into each CH starting with the 3rd stitch in from the hook (20), CH 2 and turn. Repeat.

At this point I changed colours, then DC into each stitch starting with the 3rd stitch in from the hook (20), CH 2 and turn. Repeat

Change colours back again and repeat this pattern until your washcloth is the desired size.

Change to a third contrasting colour and SC all the way around the edge of your washcloth. Slip stitch to finish off, and weave in the end.

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Mine’s a Christmas washcloth!

Please note when I said durable up there I really meant it. The cloth in the above picture is one I made before Christmas last year (I took this picture literally 2 mins before sitting down to write this) and I have been using it to wash dishes up to 4 times daily ever since. It’s still in great condition and as long as it is rung out well and hung to dry after every load it air dries quite quickly and doesn’t get slimy or smelly.

I like to use a thicker, fuzzier yarn for face cloths just because fuzzy yarn is cool looking and I have a bunch laying around that I stored up with great ambition and haven’t gotten around to using yet. Also the kids and my friends love them because they are super soft and absorbent and feel great on your face :D.

Only 3 more A-Z posts, I better start stock piling topics for after this is over! See you tomorrow, can you guess what X is for?

A-Z Challenge D: Dice bag tutorial

 

In yesterdays A-Z Challenge C: Crochet Basics post I included a picture of a nifty dice bag I made. Today I’ll be sharing the pattern and instructions for that bag, please bear with me as this is the first time I have written out a pattern for something I free styled.

Stitches to know:

Double crochet (DC), Front post double crochet (FPDC), Slip Stitch (SLST), Chain Stitch (CH), Crocodile Stitch. You should also be familiar with crocheting in the round for this project. If you need instructions on how to do the crocodile stitch Red Heart has a great resource, The ultimate beginners guide to the crocodile stitch. Alternatively if you would prefer video tutorial to see how its done, try this one from Mooglyblog.com.

OK here goes;

Step 1: Ch 2, 12 DC in the chain furthest from the hook. 2 DC in each ST around (24) *1 DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next stitch* around (36)

This is where I stopped the base and started working on the crocodile stitches, alternatively you could stop at 24 for a smaller bag or keep increasing for a larger bag. Depends on how many dice you need to store!

Step 2: Ch 3, this will form the first DC, CH 1 and DC into the base of your CH 3. *CH 2 Skip 2 stitches and work 1 DC into the 3rd stitch. CH 2, skip 2 stitches and work 2 DC into the 3rd stitch.* Repeat around. This forms the base for your crocodile stitches.

Step 3: Once you get back around to the first set of 2 DC work 5 FPDC into the first stitch.

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Stitch goes behind the “post”

This is where it starts to get a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it it’s not so bad. It took me a few runs through to get totally comfortable.Once those 5 stitches are done you want to turn the work so you can work 5 FPDC in to the other double crochet from the other side. Once turned around it should look like this:

half crocodile stitch

This was really fun to try and hold and photograph at the same time.

You can see in the above picture my crocodile stitch is half done.

Step 4: Once the work is appropriately turned work 5 FPDC into the other DC to form the other half of the stitch, in the case the point is that once complete they will look like scales, hence “Dragon Egg Dice Bag”. If you’ve managed to follow along thus far the next foundation stitch should be one DC. Slip stitch into the top of the this one to anchor the crocodile stitch, then you can go ahead and work the next crocodile stitch into the next set of double crochets. Repeat this process around the bag, if your original base circle was 36 stitches you should have 6 crocodile stitches (scales).

Step 5: Here you want to CH 3, this forms the first DC (sound familiar?) and then CH 1, DC into the stitch at the base of your CH 3. You should now have 2 DC on top of, but in between 2 of the crocodile stitches. CH 2 and work 1 DC into the gap in the center top of the next crocodile stitch. CH 2 and work 2 DC into the space between the crocodile stitches. Repeat around. When you get back to the beginning you may want to slip stitch to attach the yarn to first DC.

You are now back to where we were at the beginning of Step 3. You can continue to follow the pattern from here indefinitely if you really wanted to, it will depend on how large you want your bag to be. I have had success with this bag doing both 4 and 3 rows of crocodile stitches. Once you reach the end of your crocodile stitches simply DC around the top of the bag 3-4 times (the first row might be a little tricky finding places to put the DC stitches). Then you can finish off and tie the bag off using any method you like. I personally use a 2 string draw string style with contrasting embroidery floss.

I hope this isn’t too confusing, and if you have questions or need clarification please let me know in the comments and I’ll help out as best I can!

Tomorrow’s post featuring the fabulous letter E (I’m partial to this letter as its the first letter of my name :D) come by and see what there is to see!

A-Z challenge C: Crochet basics

I mentioned in a previous post that it took me a while to get the hang of crochet. More specifically I gave up for quite a while and came back to it with renewed energy and found it easier the second time around. Since then I’ve crocheted a variety of things, while I generally stick to amigurumi style toys, but I have also made hats, scarves, dishcloths (I’ll never buy another store bought one again!), dice bags, mittens, arm socks etc.

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Dragon egg dice bag ūüėÄ

I learned a lot along the way and if you’re interested in learning crochet I thought I’d share some of the basic things to look for when you are starting out.

If you are not as lucky as I was and don’t have someone to sit patiently and show you a million times how to do the same simple stitch over and over again you can still teach yourself! There’s a myriad of resources available on the internet and quite a lot of these amazing people are giving away their knowledge for free! YouTube has tons of tutorials available and while so so many of them are really great it can be hard to know where to start. My advice is to start here:

  1. Meladoras Creations¬†has amazing videos, easy to follow and pretty much anything you can think of that you might want to crochet she probably has a video for it. Here’s the link to her single crochet tutorial video.¬†That particular video is part of a series specifically designed for beginners, so head over and teach yourself some crochet!

Once you’ve watched some videos and decided that you can totally do that too, the next thing you need is some materials. I would recommend starting with a worsted weight, four ply yarn. It’s pretty standard, but when I started I went with a smaller baby weight yarn and it was far more difficult. When I came back to crochet after a year off I discovered that a large part of my problem was the smaller yarn and corresponding smaller hook making the stitches quite small which in turn was harder to work with especially for a beginner.

You’re also going to need a hook, for starting out and working with worsted weight yarn 5, 5.5, or 6 mm hook is probably the best way to go. Again, smaller is definitely not better for beginners and these hook sizes you will find are pretty standard across a lot of beginner projects. Craft stores will have these, often in pretty colours or with fancy plastic grips. Alternatively you can head to your local dollar store and pick them up in the craft section for just a dollar or two.

I feel like that’s enough information to get started, too much and it might become overwhelming. Stay tuned tomorrow for the letter D!

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