Saturday, January 22, 2011

So Easy A Caveman Could Do it

Everytime I look at these gecko keychains I think of the Geico Gecko. They were made from a kit that Ben received in a goodie package that Cyndi received for him. He allowed me to make them for him and as "payment," gifted me with the bright lime green one. He knows his Mom-mom so well! :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winter Blossom

Finished Size: 6 or 12 inches

Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn: approximately 2 ounces in each color A, and color B; US size "H" hook; tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

12 inch example (shown above): Pattern was worked using Red Heart Super Saver in Lt Blue for color A, and Red Heart Super Saver in Royal for color B.

6 inch example (shown below): Pattern was worked using Red Heart Super Saver in Royal for color A, and Red Heart Super Saver in White for color B. (*See note below for instructions for 6 inch square.)

With color A ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook to form loop

Round 1: ch 3, [2 dc, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 1) 4 times] in loop, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. (15 dc)

Round 2: ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch sp, [dc in each of next 3 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch sp] 4 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3. (25 dc)

Round 3: ch 3, 3 dc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sl st in next ch sp, (hdc in next st, dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sl st in next st) 4 times, hdc in next st, sl st in top of next beg ch 3 to join, change to color B. (25 dc, 10 hdc)

Round 4: Working in BLO ch 2, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next sl st, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next st) twice, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st, 2 dc in next sl st, dc in next st, join with sl st in beg ch 2. (20 dc, 18 sc)

Round 5: ch 3, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts] 3 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in each of next 2 sts, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off. (40 dc, 12 sc)

Round 6: ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch sp, dc in each st across to next ch sp] 3 times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch sp, dc in each rem st across, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off. (76 dc)

Round 7: Join color A with sl st in any ch 2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same ch sp, sc in each st across to next ch 2 sp, (3 sc in next ch sp, sc in each st across to next ch 2 sp) 3 times, join with sl st in top of beg sc, fasten off.

Round 8: Join color B with sl st in center st of any corner, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, dc in each st across to center st of next corner, [(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in each st across to center st of next corner] 3 times, join with sl st in top of beg ch 3, fasten off.

Rounds 9 - 12: Repeat rounds 7 and 8 twice more. Weave in all ends.

*NOTE: For 6 inch square work as follows:

Rounds 1 - 5: Work same as rounds 1-5 of 12 inch square, fasten off at end of round 5.

Round 6: Work same as round 7 of 12 inch square. Weave in all ends.

Pattern designed and written by April Moreland
© 2011 All rights reserved

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

2011 Charity 'Ghan CAL

I decided to do a charity CAL this time. For this reason I have designed the squares with a minimal amount of holes so they will be appropriate for most charities including those for babies and the homeless. I hope that you will decide to donate a square or two made from this collection of patterns to your favorite charity. :)

MATERIALS: The materials are the same for each square. You will need a US size "H" hook, and approx 3 - 4 ounces Worsted Weight yarn.

FINISHED SIZE: The finished size of each square is 12 inches. Most, if not all, will have a 6 inch option.

Below you will find the list of links to the square patterns. Each new pattern will be linked on approximately the 16th of the month. For easy access to the CAL patterns you may want to bookmark this link. Any new information about the CAL will be added to this post.

Square 1 (January) - Winter Blossom

Square 2 - (February) - Seeing Spots

Square 3 - (March) - Green Thumb

Square 4 - (April) - Corn Flower

Square 5 - (May) - Sailing Along

Square 6 - (June) - Orange Blossom

ENJOY!

All patterns for this CAL are designed and written by April Moreland
© 2011 All rights reserved

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuttle's New Friend

I heard from Tuttle just a little while ago. I am happy to say he arrived in his new home and is loving his new warm surroundings. In fact, he tells me he met a friend during his travels. Tuttle sent some pictures of his traveling companion and newest friend Mr. Buttons.


They met on the road and decided to travel together in search of warm and sunny weather in Florida.

Here you can see them frolicking and riding the waves together in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hello 2011!

Well, the holidays have come and gone without leaving any permanent battle scars (other than the one on my bank account!) and it's back to the grindstone as it were. Things were hectic as usual for the month of December, but work resumes today and that will be the ticket to getting everything back to whatever passes for normal around here. So as we say our final farewells to 2010, and hope for more prosperous times in 2011, I thought I'd give a little sneak peek at what is on the agenda for The Left Side of Crochet this year...
  • New patterns and CALs for 2011
    • I have a couple of squares designed that I am using as the beginning of a new afghan CAL similar to the Calendar 'Ghan. This one will be a little more relaxed and will feature fewer squares, or maybe not... depending on how inspired I am. :) Look for it to begin around the 15th of this month.
    • Some of you may remember that I tried last year (or was it the year before? My memory has headed south for the winter it seems...) to organize a stitch sampler to be designed by several designers. I couldn't quite get enough people to commit to help design it, but I've decided it's a task I'd like to take on myself this year. So be sure to watch for that to begin soon-ish.
    • There are several patterns that I've been "sitting on" waiting for me to convert to PDF so I can put them up on Etsy and Ravelry. I hope to finally get them finished this year!
  • New sewing projects
    • The sewing bug has bitten and I'm feeling lots of inspiration lately with thread and fabric. I see lots of tote bags, hook cases, jewelry pouches, purses, and maybe even some simple wearables in my future.
    • I promised my daughter (Diane) a new flannel rag quilt at Christmas. We have come up with a design, nothing fancy, just a simple four patch but we like it. :) I plan to start cutting this week and will begin sewing soon after. I will be taking pictures as I go. (A new tutorial perhaps?)
  • Other creative and crafty stuff
    • Color! I have some colorful surpises for you coming up soon. I don't have the details worked out just yet, but you'll know it when you see it. :)
    • Charity-I didn't keep strict count of my charity projects for 2010, but I know I donated at least 6 lap-ghans to an Ohio nursing home, several scarves to victims of domestic abuse, and some hats, squares, and other useful items to various charities as needed. I plan to keep this tradition for 2011 and hope others will join me in providing comfort to those in need via the art of crochet!