Cord Wrangler

It doesn’t take long for charging cords to become a tangled mess. I got tired of digging through a mountain of cords and unraveling them all to find the one I needed. In the past, I had used a piece of yarn to keep cords together but decided to upgrade that idea with something that was easier to re-use.

Yarn Charing Cord Wrangler

Simple Charging Cord Wrangler Pattern

Needed: Small amount of worsted yarn weighted 3. I used cotton yarn.
Hook: 3mm
Optional: one bead that you can string onto the yarn

  1. String the bead onto the yarn.
  2. Chain 30.
  3. Slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook after the bead placement.
  4. Slip sitch into the next 26 leaving the last two chains.
  5. Chain two then slip stitch into last stich making a small hole for the bead to slip through when using the cord. You may want to check the size of the hole to make the sure the bead slips through easily. if not then you may need to adjust the hole size.
  6. Finish off by cutting the yarn and bring the yarn through the chain on the hook. Weave in the ends if desired.

The bead is mainly a way to make it easier to thread one end of the yarn into the hole. If you don’t have a bead then you can just use the end of the yarn.

Purple Cows

Now that I’ve been back home for a few weeks, I’m slowly going through everything that I wanted to share of Christmas projects. One of my nieces loves the color purple and her favorite animal is a cow. When I came across this cute cow pattern, I immediately bought it thinking this would be a big hit with her. I was right! I made her one for Christmas. Usually, the first project I make from a pattern is a learning experience since crocheters crochet differently as far as tension and other factors. I used a thicker yarn since I was looking for a certain purple hue.

The First Purple Cow

After my niece received it, I learned another niece loves the color purple and cows. Luckily, this isn’t my first rodeo, and I had bought enough purple yarn to make a second cow. I was able to whip it up faster since I was now familiar with the pattern. I did a tail a little differently and ‘branded’ this one with my niece’s initial.

The second purple cow

I made both of these while traveling for the holidays, so I had to buy some supplies on the road like polyfill. Because of low supply issues, I bought some batting instead of polyfill which was challenging. It’s not as fluffy so the cows aren’t stuffed as much as I would have liked.

The third cow should be smaller – hopefully. I used a larger hook than the pattern called for. The third one will be for me so I will have to decide what color I want. I love this pattern as I learned a few techniques that will make future amigurumi so much easier.

Quickie Cat Bed with Chunky Yarn

For the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to de-stash as much yarn as possible. I find that part of the enjoyment of making a project is buying the yarn, so I am working towards not having much yarn on hand.

Every once in a while I find chunky yarn on sale and buy it. Did you know it takes a lot of skeins to make a blanket with chunky yarn? I never buy enough to really do any projects with and wind up with these huge yarn balls that take up a lot of space.

We have a cat that loves to knead and especially loves fleece. To use some of the chunky yarn, I had the idea of making a small cat bed. My plan was that even if it wasn’t a very big bed he would use it to knead on.

Hook size: p/15 mm

Yarn: one skein of chunky(jumbo) yarn (weight 7)

chain (ch) 20

Row 1: Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook and do half double crochet(HDC) stitch. Do an HDC into the 17 remaining chain stitches. ch 2 and turn.

Row 2-13: HDC into each HDC from the previous row (18)

Cat bed measures 13 inches by 11 inches. It has a nice weight to it.

Chunky Cat Bed

We’ll see if the cat actually uses it. If anything at least it takes up less space as a cat bed than a skein.

Temperature Scarf

It’s a new year and one project that I have been wanting to do is a temperature blanket. The basic idea behind the temperature blanket is that you create a color legend for a range of temperatures assigning a certain color for each one. Then you track the temperature each day for a year and crochet one row in the color that represents the range that the temperature falls into.

Since a blanket is a large project and – quite honestly – we have enough blankets, I decided to modify it to a scarf. And as an added level of complexity, I plan to knit it. I’ve knitted a dishcloth before and that’s about it, so this will be a fun project to get some knitting practice.

My yarn of choice is Bamboo Pop because I love how soft it is. I also wanted to use a thinner yarn since I am not making a blanket. Bamboo Pop is a blend of cotton and bamboo.

I am keeping track of the high temperature in a spreadsheet since I plan to knit the rows once a month. I created a table that matches the temperature with the yarn color. Using the spreadsheet function VLOOKUP I made a formula that will auto-populate the color with the high temp.

Here is the color key for the temperature scarf –

Temperature Scarf Key using Bamboo Pop yarn colors

Here are the yarn colors for each temperature range –

0-10 degreespurple
11-20 degreesgrape
21-30 degreesocean
31-40 degreesturquoise
41-50 degreesblue whisper
51-60 degreeslime green
61-70 degreessunny
71-80 degreesmarmalade
81-90 degreessuper pink
91-100 degreesRose
101-110 degreestrue red
Table with Bamboo Pop yarn names

A monthly update will happen on the first Friday of the month.

Ice Cream Cozy

This may not be the healthiest of traditions but sometimes we partake in ‘Ice Cream Thursday.’ We go buy us each a pint of ice cream and enjoy it to the last spoonful. I have the biggest sweet tooth so I just can’t stop after a few bites and holding that pint for so long numbs my hands from the cold.

Enter my solution – a crocheted ice cream cozy.

Since I have trouble stopping, I have recently discovered these tiny cups of my favorite ice cream that are an actual serving – so I’m guessing about one-fourth of the size of a pint. It’s enough ice cream for the joy of it while still not killing the daily calorie count.

I’ve written up the pattern for the pint-sized cozy.

Ice Cream Cozy

Needed: 50g of worsted weight yarn

Hook: 4mm

Other: Stitch marker, yarn needle, tape measure

Abbreviations: CH – Chain, SC – Single Crochet

Terms: Finish off – to perform a slip stitch into the first SC of the previous round. Then cut the yarn leaving a tail to weave in.

Round 1: CH 2, then 6 SC into first chain. (6)

Round 2: 2 SC into the first SC from the previous round followed by 2 SC into each SC from round one. (12)

Round 3: 2 SC into first SC from previous round followed by SC into next SC. *2 SC into next SC, then SC into following SC* *Repeat until you reach the end of the round. (18)

Round 4: 2 SC into first SC from previous round followed by SC over the next two SC. *2 SC into next SC, then SC over the next two SC* *Repeat until you reach the end of the round. (24)

Round 5: 2 SC into first SC from previous round followed by SC over the next three SC. *2 SC into next SC, then SC over the next three SC* *Repeat until you reach the end of the round. (30)

Round 6: 2 SC into first SC from previous round followed by SC over the next four SC. *2 SC into next SC, then SC over the next four SC* *Repeat until you reach the end of the round. (36)

**measure your circle. If it is 3 inches across then you can stop increasing. If not do round 7.

***If measuring is not an option, stop increasing when the crocheted circle covers the bottom of the container.

Round 7: 2 SC into first SC from previous round followed by SC over the next five SC. *2 SC into next SC, then SC over the next five SC* *Repeat until you reach the end of the round. (42)

Round 8 -21: SC into each SC from previous round. (42)

Round 22: Sc into each SC from previous round. Finish off.

Cupcake Candle Money Holder

Cupcake Candle Money Holder

It’s so nice to crochet a little something that makes a money gift special. My daughter has hit the age where she is extremely hard to buy for and so are her friends. When she was invited to a birthday party, I knew the go-to-gift would be money but wanted to present it in a fun way. I found a free cupcake pattern since cupcakes were a theme of the party and just added a candle on top to hold the money. Quick and easy and so adorably cute.

Cupcake Money Holder Yarn Candle

Yarn needed: any color for candle, yellow and orange for the flame.

Hook: Use the same size used for the cupcake pattern (cupcake pattern not provided)

Candle:

  1. Start with magic ring or alternatively, chain two

2. SC 6 into a magic ring or SC 6 into the second chain from hook (if starting with chain two method)

2. SC in the round until you reach the desired candle height. I did mine so the money would be noticeable.

Back side of candle

Flame:

  1. With orange yarn, start with a magic ring and SC 4 into it. Switch to yellow yarn. Alternatively, you can start with a CH 2 and SC 4 into the second chain from the hook.

2. In the round, 2sc into the next stitch, 2hdc into the next stitch, picot stitch(chain 4, slip stitch into the first chain), 2 hdc into the next stitch, 2sc into the next stitch. Sl stitch, cut, and finish off.

On the Hook

What has been on the crochet hook this week? Absolutely nothing! It makes me sad to realize that I haven’t crocheted anything in this past week. Just today I was thinking that I need to plan my Christmas crochet projects as some I have started and need to finish. So I might be working on some Christmas gifts this weekend.

I still have a lot of crochet octopuses to make for Halloween. I’m still a long way from my 100 goal.

I have started bullet journaling again but this time I’m doing it more with a purpose and understanding of the goal for me. Crochet will have to take up a page in the journal so I don’t forget about it as it is easy to do with everything else that goes on during the day.

Next week’s report will hopefully have more content.

Halloween Crochet

This year I have been working on Halloween goodies to give trick-or-treaters. Usually I make some small amigurumis to give out with candy, making around 20 items. This year we are in a larger neighborhood, so my goal is to have 100 small items to pass out with candy.

When choosing to make a Halloween goodie, I keep it limited to pieces that can be done in one continuous piece – hence no sewing pieces like arms or legs. Next year I’m planning on branching out from this constraint.

I’ve been busy making Octopuses – so far I have made around 30. They are all different sizes and colors. At first I was sticking to cotton yarn but now I’m using whatever is in my stash that I need to clear out. They do not take that much yarn to make, so it’s the perfect project for leftover yarn.

Pattern to come! It’s super easy and with all the legs done in the round, it is very quick to whip up.

The Most Popular Child Ever

If you crochet, chances are pretty good you may have been asked to crochet baby Yoda or The Child from the Mandalorian. I was asked to make two for Christmas. My niece wanted one and she also wanted to gift one to her boyfriend.

There is nothing I enjoy more than crocheting for those that I love so I got busy with the task. I was able to get the pattern that went viral before it was discontinued.

My first and second attempt at the head came out more like a football than a sphere. Luckily I was able to find my mistake so that the third attempt was golden – which was a good thing because I made both during our Christmas visit.

After the delivery of those, her sister wanted one so once we got back home, I started crocheting the third one. I have to say that he is my favorite yet.

He took about a season of “Grey’s Anatomy” to complete, but I love the results and am getting better at larger pieces as I usually do small amigurumi that are completed in two hours.

One of my crochet goals for 2020 is to do my sculpting with crochet and this piece gives a chance to practice that skill.

Fun project and I plan to make a couple of more at least.

Beanstalk

One of the greatest feelings that I get is when my daughter asks me to crochet her something. As she had gotten older, she has asked for less items, which is bittersweet because she usually asked for amigurumis. She just doesn’t play anymore.

But at school in theatre class, her group is doing a PSA based on a popular story – Jack and the Beanstalk. She asked me to crochet her a beanstalk that could be pulled apart since they ‘chop’ down the beanstalk.

So I got the dimensions she needed and went right to work. I came up with basically 5 rows of single crochet with leaves off the stalk and then sewed up the ends making a tube. I would do the leaves as I did the row but just chaining 5 or 6 and then slip stitch into the first chain from the hook, then single crochet, half double crochet, then single crochet, and slip stitch again.

To allow for the break apart effect, I crocheted two pieces and added a loop at one end so that the stalk could attach to it.

It turned out pretty cute especially for something I just did on the fly and really wasn’t sure what I would do. It’s fun to do these sort of things for her as I enjoy making her things and the challenge of it is nice, too.