Thankful for Crochet

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As some of you may know if you’ve been around my blog even a teensy bit, I love to crochet. It is probably the one thing that I can do when I’m feeling my worst, and it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something on days that to me feel wasted. Don’t get me wrong, I know that God uses everything—even seemingly wasted days—but seeing a ball or skein of yarn transform into an afghan or other item gives me a sense of accomplishment. Plus, I get the privilege of making these things for other people, which is especially gratifying.

Below is a mishmash of yarn and crochet photos. Some of these are items I have made. Others are yarn photos (some my own). One is a photo of my yarn closet when it is fully stocked. Those of you out there who are crocheters or knitters know that it is hard to pass up a good yarn sale!

CrochetMishmashIf you’d like to see more of what I have crocheted in the past, click on my Crochet tab, or go right to my Ministry Crochet Projects page and my Personal Crochet Projects page.

I recently finished some ear warmer headband hats for a friend to give as gifts, and have just started an ear flap hat for another friend. Then there is the shawl vest that I’ve almost completed for myself.

I also am getting ready to put together a couple of ministry afghans. I crocheted the squares during the summer and since it’s much cooler now, I’m ready to put them together. It is no fun for this hot flash gal to have a big blanket on her lap during the hot summer months!

How about you, Beloved? Do you have any crafty hobbies that give you a lot of enjoyment?

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Crochet Mishmash

MISHMASH MONDAY

I haven’t been doing as much crocheting lately as I usually do, but on this Mishmash Monday thought I’d share a mishmash of crochet photos with you.

Some of these are PIPs (Projects-in-Planning) and some are finished. Others just show you a jumble of yarns—from a basketful of skeins for a current WIP (Work-in-Progress) to a snowflake pillow to a shopping basket of rainbow color skeins for an afghan I made for Kathy a year or two ago. And let’s not forget my yarn stash closet: I took 5 hanging sweater shelves and filled them with yarn, color coded (in a way).

So there it is. My crochet life in color…

Jewelry as Art

FRUGAL FRIDAY

I absolutely love this fun and frugal way to store and display earrings. If you don’t have an embroidery hoop, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase.

I would love to make the doily myself but thanks to carpal tunnel problems, I cannot do filet crochet. The hooks needed to do this type of crochet are too narrow and that makes it painful for me to hold one for any length of time (even with padding on it, believe me I’ve tried). So I am going to check thrift shops for doilies such as the one pictured below.

If you can’t find or make doilies like this one, I’m sure some pretty tulle or nylon netting fabric would work just as well.

This could definitely be a piece of wall art as well as practical storage for your earrings, don’t you think? For more ideas on pretty and frugal ways to store your jewelry, check out the Quick and Easy page at These Are a Few of my Favorite Things blog.

[By the way, if you’re into using hankies, thrift and antique shops are great places to find them. Vintage hankies not only have pretty designs, they are made of tightly woven cotton that lasts through lots of washes. My allergies cause my eyes to water a lot, especially first thing in the morning and many times when I’m crocheting (I think it’s the yarn “dust.”) I love my hankies and keep them in my purse as well as in different locations in my home where they’re easy to grab when needed.]

Sweet Ruffle Crochet

SWEET SATURDAY

I saw this crocheted bag at the Red Heart site and knew I had to share it with you? Isn’t it sweet? The pattern looks easy to follow and you could easily make this in a variety of colors to match your wardrobe or mood. I have several crochet projects going on right now but if I ever get the chance to make this, I’ll post a photo of the finished product.