Sunday, November 15, 2009

Double Sided Chair Caddy Pattern

Worsted weight yarn in 2 colors. I used a variegated skein (color 1) and a solid skein (color 2).
H crochet hook
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Chain 36 and turn.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 7 times.
Fasten off color 1 and attach color 2, turn.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in back loop of each stitch across, turn.
This creates a ridge to make the piece fold easier later on. Do not do this in any other rows unless told to do so.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 20 times.
Fasten off color 2 and join color 1.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in back loop of each stitch across, turn.
This is the second place to do this to make the piece fold easier.
Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each st across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 8 times.
Ch 1, sc in each st across and fasten off.

You will now fold the piece with the ridges sticking out as shown in the photos below.
Starting in one corner sc the front and back together to work along the side.
Sc along the bottom in the loops left from the fold.
Sc along the other edge catching the front and back together.
Sc along the top in the loops left from the fold.

Weave in ends.

An option I did was to stitch one of the pockets in half (seen above) to make it easier to hold remotes and use the other pocket for notebooks or magazines.

Another option is to place a piece of plastic canvas in one of the pockets and stitch along the open edge. This will stiffen it so this part can slide in between a mattress for you to use for a book in bed or a remote.

My sofa has wide arms so I would need to do the repeats of the center color more times for it to hang better. I think I need to make one for my bed now.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Homemade Christmas Tree

With the help of my son's youngest children my tree is up for this year. I decided to use a 4 foot tree instead of my huge one I usually use. Every ornament on the tree is handmade and has a story. There are knitted and crocheted ornaments. My oldest daughter, Mandy, has a ceramic ball ornament that she made in girl scouts and a plastic canvas penguin she made a few years ago. My youngest daughter has a teddy bear she made in kindergarten and a bear spoon ornament that was made for her by my Mother when Cyndy was small. Mariah, my oldest granddaughter has a tiny moccasin to represent her heritage and a marshmallow snowman she made in Headstart. My son's tree holds his ornament he made in cub scouts and his children's ornaments.

Here in this close up you can see the polymer clay ornaments I made this year and a few of my mini hats, bells and winter wear I knitted and crocheted.

The angel at the top is always the crowning glory. My youngest daughter was killed in an automobile accident on November 17, 2001. This angel looks just like her and is always at the top of my tree. I made her out of porcelain and lace. You can see Cyndy's photo peaking out of the left side of the angel.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tiny Knit Sweater for Barbie or an Ornament (or both)

I did one for my tree and one for my Granddaughter’s Barbie.

WW yarn
Size 3 needles-1 set
Yarn needle

Cast on 14 sts and turn.
K1, P1 for 2 rows.
Work stockinette stitch (k1 row, p1 row) for 10 rows.

You will now be forming the sleeves.
K across row, do not turn, cast on 10 sts, now turn.
P across row, do not turn, cast on 10 sts, now turn.
K 1 row, turn.
P 1 row, turn.
K 1 row, turn.

You will now be forming the neck in 2 sections while still keeping all the stitches worked on the same needle.
P across 14 sts, bind off 6 sts, P across to end, turn.

You will now be working on the right side of the sweater.
K 14 sts, turn.
P 14 sts, turn.
K 14 sts, turn. Fasten off and weave in this end.

You are now working on the left sleeve.
Attach the yarn in the 1 stitch next to the neck and knit across, turn.
P 1 row, turn.
K 1 row, turn.

You will now be creating the back of the sleeves.
P 14 sts, cast on 6 sts, P 14 sts, turn.
K 1 row, turn.
P 1 row, turn.
K 1 row, turn.

You will now be creating the back of the sweater.
Bind off 10 sts, P across to end, turn.
Bind off 10 sts, K across to end, turn.
Work stockinette stitch (k1 row, p1 row, beginning with a p row) for 10 rows.
K1 P1 for 2 rows and turn at the end of each.
Bind of in k1 p1.
Fasten off.

Sew arm and side seams, weave in ends.

I then used wire to shape my own hanger.


Here is the sweater before sewign the seams.

Here si the sweater sewn up.

And the sweater on my hanger.

Polar Express and waiting for the snow

Enjoying a day off from work by watching the Polar Express and designing a tiny knit sweater. One will go to my youngest granddaughter for her Barbie at Christmas and the other will go on my Christmas tree. As soon as I have it done to I can take photos I will post the pics and the pattern. I am doing a knit one right now and may try to do a crocheted one too later. We are supposed to have snow either tonight or tomorrow. We already have people in town with their Christmas lights up and going. I just love it!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

A use for those triangular priority mail boxes

I get and receive at work the long, thin triangular boxes that I receive and ship employment law posters in. Carefully open the end so that you can re-close it. Then cut it in half width wise.

When you have 6 half sections put them together with duct tape to look like a lemon cane of clay or a citrus slice (for non- clayers) . Then cover the outside with a nice contact paper and you now have a compartment with six separate sections to store items in. I have one for yarn skeins I am currently using and and another for my 1 pound bricks of clay. You could do the same thing by alternating them with the point up, then the point down on the next and create a sort of shelf. Hold them together with the duct tape and then cover with the contact paper. I have one covered with a wood look contact paper. I can put tools in sections, my baggies of cane ends that are potential Natasha beads or my rollers.

I think that they need to update my posters now so I can have more boxes (legally) to cut up since you are not to get the boxes just for this reason. I just like a way to reuse them and not just throw them away, what a waste. I want to do one with the boxes cut into halves and then halves again the same way to make smaller sections. Then I can make a tool holder that stands up and holds my sculpting tools. Just cover the ends of the pieces that have open ends with a piece of cardboard since it will be covered with the contact paper anyway.

I have one down the hall that I can post but I am on a lunch break between training classes for work so I will post the photo later.

Here is the photo of the one I did before. I used masking tape and disney babies contact paper (allI had a the time). You can see my yarn in the openings.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Last Knit - Video

This is how I am with some projects. I admit that I can be obsessed at times-LOL.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Vinyl Record Bowls

I decided that I needed a different way to display my crafts at craft shows. I found some vinyl LP's that I saved but were too scratched to listen to even if I had a working record player so I made them into bowls. The tall ones were formed over a large glass bowl that I sat upside down on a cookie sheet in a 2oo degree oven for 5 minutes. The Short ones were done the same way but I used a glass pie pan.

They turned out great. I'll have to look for more albums at yard sales next summer. Maybe some of the smaller records too. The 75's are smaller with the same center as these but a 45 has that big hole in the middle that I would need to cover.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oops - Owwie Leg

Been sitting her on the computer and could not figure out why my leg hurt. Just figured I bumped it when I tipped over the evil tree-bush. Decided to look at my leg and apparently I gouged my leg too. Thank goodness for neosporin and dinosaur band aids for the grand kids. I now have a pretty hand and leg. At least they are on the left side so I can still knit and crochet-HA! I'm not much of an outside person but someone has to do it.

I have a Christmas Plan

I have decided what I am giving for Christmas, at least for the females on the list, maybe even a Grandson or two. I found a pattern for the cutest felted teeny tiny totes:

I plan on making a BUNCH of these and fill them according to the person. One granddaughter will get finger puppets, the other will get pretties and a new DS game. I need to make one first but I am hoping that a DS will fit in it . If so I have wool Camo yarn for the grandsons to make one with boy stuff and maybe a game. For the ladies at work they will get a notepad, postits, and a few Hershey Minis. For my daughter and mother they "might" get small dishcloths, scrubbies, scrunchies for my daughter and sugar-free candies fro my mother. Haven't decided what I am doing for my son yet but I have a few ideas. I know he will also want dishcloths and scrubbies for his dishes. You become a father mother when you are a single father raising your kids on your own.

As soon as I have a few photos I will post them. I have already dug through my stash and have it all over my sofa.

Owwie Hand

Decided to go outside and trim the bush that thinks it is a tree that is growing on the side of my driveway (cracked the concrete - now that is determination). I do this every year until I can come up with a way to kill it outright and pull from the ground. It is an ash tree that grows like weeds around here. I used my branch cutter and only fell over the top once due to increased enthusiasm at seeing it gone. Didn't realize until I finally stopped to inspect the pile of branches that I had cut open the back of my hand. Shook the blood off, cheered at the pile of branches and came inside to wash,disinfect and bandage my hand so I can start knitting and crocheting for Christmas - Sounds like a plan.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Linda's Lists at Geocities has officially moved

With Geocities going down later this summer I decided not to wait and lose everything I created so I have moved my entire site to a new location including all my patterns and recipes.
My new url is:

I will be updating this new url and will no longer update the old one. I will be dropping the old site at Geocities the end of June to give people a chance to update their links.I enjoyed working with Geocites but now am looking forward to working with this new company. I still have the increased bandwidth so people can be able to access my patterns and not see error messages when downloading patterns. There area few links I need to update but otherwise, everything is there and working great.I'm looking forward to an even bigger and better website for all.

Linda Bohrn