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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bacon and Eggs Skillet Trivet {crochet pattern}

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I just love whimsical potholders and trivets.  I think they're fun to bring out on the holidays and equally fun to hang on your wall and have around as a conversation piece.  I made this one two years ago and gave it away as a Christmas present.  This year, I'm making it again, but I'm also sharing it here!  

Notes:  In R1 (on the skillet pieces and egg), if you do your stitches over the tail from the beginning, you will be able to pull on the tail and eliminate the hole in the center. 


Bacon and Eggs Skillet Trivet

Copyright 2010-2012 LiLu Studios: This Crafting Life, by Lori Steffens. {http://www.thiscraftinglife.com/} Make it, Wear it, Love it, but above all, Share it, don't Sell it!

Materials Needed:
about a half a skein of black yarn
minimal amounts of white, yellow and two shades of brown yarn
"H" Hook
Embroidery needle (for weaving in ends)

Skillet Section (make 2):

ch 6, join with sl st
R1:  ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join to top of ch3(12st)
R2: ch3, dc in same st, 2dc in each dc around, join with sl st to top of ch3(24st)
R3: ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next dc, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc* repeat to end, join with sl st to top of ch3 (36st)
R4: ch 3, dc in same st, {dc in dc} twice, *2dc in next dc, {dc in dc} twice* repeat to end, join with sl st to top of ch3 (48st)
R5:  ch 3, dc in same st, {dc in dc} three times, *2dc in next dc, {dc in dc} three times* repeat to end, join with sl st to top of ch3 (60st)
R6: ch 3, dc in same st, {dc in dc} four times, *2d in next dc, {dc in dc} four times* repeat to end, join with sl st to top of ch3 (72st)
{Here we'll switch to working back and forth in rows}
R7: ch 3, dc in next 5 st, ch3, turn (6st)
R8:  dc in next 5 st, ch 3, turn (6st)
R9: dc in next 5 st, ch 3, turn (6st)
R10: dc in next 5 st, ch 3, turn (6st)
R11: dc in next 5 st, ch 3, turn (6st)
R12: dc in next 5 st, ch 3, turn (6st)  
R13: dc in next 5 st, ch 6, turn (6st)
R14:  join in top of ch 3 from previous row, FO.

Egg:

Base, work in White:

ch 4, join with sl st
R1: ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (12st)
R2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc, join with sl st to top of ch 3 (24 st)
R3: sc, hdc, hdc, 2 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc, hdc, sc, sl st in next st, FO

Yolk, work in yellow: 

ch 4, join with sl st
R1: ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join with sl st to top of ch 3, FO (12 st)


Bacon:
mine is worked in two scrap shades of brown I had laying around :) 
A= Dark Brown
B= Light Brown

With both A and B, chain 17
R1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 14 ch, ch1, turn (15 dc)
R2: sc in next 14 dc, drop color A, ch 1 (15 sc)
R3: with color B, sc in next 14 sc, FO (15 sc)

Thread the tail from the dropped color A in the second row and baste across the middle row, pull taut and then loosen a little to make it look rippled, like bacon.

Note: if you prefer more "meat in your meal" you can make a second piece of bacon to add to your skillet. :)

Finishing up:

Using the tails you left behind, sew yolk to egg.  
Choose your placement of egg and bacon on one skillet piece and sew around the edges to attach to skillet.  

Last, lay your decorated skillet over top of the undecorated half and join yarn on the edge of the ch6 at the top of the skillet handle.  Sc 8 times on ch 6 space, and then sc all the way around working in loops from both skillet sides.  When you've worked all the way around, sl st in top of the first chain and FO, weaving in any remaining ends.




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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

An Amazing Honor and Fun Opportunity!

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I've been kind of missing in action lately, and for that I apologize.  Sometimes there's just so much going on IRL that I lose track of which way is up!  This month has been no exception! 

Today, I'm bringing wonderful news that I've hoarded to myself for a while now, while plans have been finalized and I've been trying to make sure I'm really awake and not dreaming.  (*pinches self again*)

A wonderful organization named Halos Of Hope recently contacted me.


 If you haven't heard of them, they're a wonderfully selfless organization that collects, creates and distributes hats to men, women and children who are battling cancer.  They collect hats from all across the USA and distribute them to hospitals, cancer centers and the like and they are handed out free to patients everywhere.  They found one of my favorite patterns, The Arrow Hat, and asked if they might have my permission to hand it out at their booth this year during the Stitches Midwest Convention!  They chose my pattern because it's a nice manly style for a beanie, but when worked in soft feminine colors, it's also a nice women's hat. 

My Arrow Hat


Of course I said yes!  I think they're a wonderful organization and love to help out wherever I can, and if I can crochet while doing it, even better!  They also asked if I would come to the convention and sign patterns and answer questions at the booth one afternoon.  Since it's close to where I live (and I have a dear relative/bff who lives near there) I figured that would be fun too!  So I've been working my hooks like mad creating some new hats to take with me to donate to their cause, and I can't wait to go and meet the people who help run this wonderful organization.

Some of the fantastic yarns I'm making hats from right now :)
If you're in the Schaumberg, IL area and would like to meet me, the woman behind the blog, feel free to stop by Stitches Midwest at the Halos for Hope booth and see me on Saturday, August 11 between 12-2 pm!  I would love to see you there!  (And if you come, bonus points if you bring a hat to donate to this awesome cause!)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday America!!!

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A little taste of the fun pictures to come to the Light Show series that is part of my Atmospheric Noise project.  Happy Birthday, America!!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Awesome Hook Holder {Crochet Pattern}

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First I would like to say that I whipped this up one day when I was mad that my current hook holder wouldn't hold all of my hooks because some were larger and it also wasn't long enough for my dpns!  Thus I made this pattern for my collection of beloved hooks.  You can even store your tiny yarn needles in here!  This set stores about half of my collection, which is four sets of dpns, and 20 hooks all ranging from 1.3mm (10) to 11.5mm(P)  I could probably also throw a few more in there as well.



This is the pattern for my shorter hook set.  You can, as I have, customize this to accommodate your set and your needs.  You can use my pattern as a starting point for your own custom hook holder.

The set pictured will hold most standard metal and plastic hooks, as well as dpns or knitting needles that measure about 8" in length and most standard length crochet hooks. 


Copyright 2010-2012 LiLu Studios: This Crafting Life, by Lori Steffens. {http://www.thiscraftinglife.com/} Make it, Wear it, Love it, but above all, Share it, don't Sell it!

The Awesome Hook Holder

Materials:
"H" Hook
1 skein of worsted weight yarn

Directions:

Note, this pattern uses the star stitch (just in case you'd like to adapt the stitch to a different pattern)

ch 63

Row 1. Skip 1 ch. and draw up a loop in each of next 5 sts., Y.O., and draw through 6 loops on hook, ch. 1, * draw a loop through the eye formed by the ch. just made, draw a loop through back of last loop of star just made, draw a loop through same ch. where last loop of previous star was made, draw a loop through each of next 2 ch. sts., Y.O. and draw through the 6 loops on hook. ch. 1. Repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2. Ch. 1, sl. st. in 1st st. of previous row, ch. 3, skip 1 st., and draw a loop through each of the next 2 ch., draw a loop through 1st st. in row, draw a loop through each of next 2 sts., picking up the back of st. only, Y.O. and draw through all sts. on hook. * Draw a loop through the eye formed by the ch. just made, draw a loop through back of last loop of star just made, draw a loop through same ch. where last loop of previous star was made, draw a loop through each of next 2 sts., picking up back of sts. only, Y.O., and draw through the 6 loops on hook, ch. 1. Repeat from * to end.


Row 3-19: Repeat Row 2.  Fasten off at the end of Row 19.

Border: sc around, with 3 sc in each of the four corners.

Tie Closure: In the middle of the shorter side, attach your yarn and chain 40, fasten off, then reattach in the same spot as before and make another chain, then fasten off.  These will wrap around the hook holder once you roll it up for storage and allow you to tie it shut.



Ways to customize your hook holder:

To store longer needles, simply increase the rows in the solid block before the border.  Work the border in the same manner.

To store more hooks, add stitches in this manner:

Increase your beginning chain by 2 for every star stitch that you want to add.  Increase each row with however many stars that you wanted to add.  (The starting pattern has 30 star stitches across, as a reference)  Each star stitch will add about 1/2" to the length of your pattern.

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