Craft/Needlework, Crochet and Knit

My First Knit Samples


My very first knitting swatch. Learning to knit and purl!
This is the second swatch using knit and purl.
My first knitting project-Basket Weave Purse

I’m going to continue working on this basket weave purse while attempting to crochet a cardigan.  I’ll keep you updated on my progress of both projects.  What projects are you working on right now?



Craft/Needlework, Crochet and Knit

My Recent Crochet Projects

I love to crochet!  It’s something I’ve done since I was 11 years old.  I always crocheted using a double crochet stitch to make blankets.   But recently I discovered the joy of using a pattern.  It’s amazing what can be created using a pattern.  So far, I’ve made winter hats, a small purse, and a wide-brimmed summer hat.

I love to crochet but one of my goals for this year is to learn to knit.  So stay tuned as I learn to knit.  Next time, I hope to show you my very first knitting sample.  I’d also love to know what you’re knitting or crocheting right now!

Craft/Needlework, Crochet and Knit

Next Crochet Project

You may have viewed my previous post and saw the cute little purse and baby blanket that I crocheted.  I am making another purse right now, but I”m also getting ready for another project:  1950s-style wide brimmed hat.   .  I’m familiar with the stitches (single crochet, slip slitch, chain) but it will be a little more challenging to make.  So if you’re interested, check out the link and see what it is.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

Craft/Needlework, Crochet and Knit, Scrapbook

A Week of Crafting!

Wow, have I been busy with craft projects this week!  Baby Girl’s first birthday party is next week and I’ve been busy making flowers for that.  I’ve also worked on a couple of crochet projects.  Here are some of this week’s completed projects:

                                                                                                         Blocks and Shells Baby Blanket


                                                                                                                     Paper Daisies

 Here’s the link if you’re intersted in attempting these daisies yourself:

                                                                                                                                                               Small purse for a little girl.

Here’s the link for this purse.

I chose to use a different color and changed a bit of the stitching but it is still really cute.  I’m going to make another one to give to my Bible study leaders granddaughters.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations this week.  What are you crafting today?

Craft/Needlework, Crochet and Knit

It’s about time-I’m learning to crochet using a Pattern!

I love to crochet.  I asked for crochet hooks and yarn for Christmas when I was about 11 years old.   My mom taught me how to make a chain stitch and that’s where I left crocheting-until I hit my 20’s.  I didn’t know any crochet stitches so I taught myself how to double crochet.  And for years I made blankets using only this very handy stitch.  A couple of years ago, I found a book on many different stitches and patterns.  I experimented some with shells and pineapple stitch but still felt very comfortable just using the trusty double crochet for my blankets.

A few months ago, I decided it was time to step it up a little.  I decided to try using patterns to make blankets.  So I found a book at the library that I loved so much my husband purchased it for me as a Christmas present.  This book is designed for you to make granny squares and in it,  I found a pretty “Blocks and Shells” pattern.

So I set out to begin crocheting this block.  It took several days for me to understand the pattern and had to start over several times, but I finally figured it out.  I’m happy to report that two weeks later, I have three of these squares finished.  I have several more to make before joining them together but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished so far.  When I’ve finished this masterpiece, I’ll post a picture for you to see.

I’m glad I took the time to figure out this pattern because it is so pretty.  This has opened a new world of crocheting to me.  Check back later to see the progress I’ve made!