CROCHET BABY COCOON: FINISHED!!

I love crossing of WIP’s off my long list, and today, I want to let you know that the Cocoon is officially off, Yay!!

It didn’t take me too long because it is a  ” baby size” project (a newborn size to be exact) and let us hope that newborn girl is petite.

I love working with clusters and puffs and popcorn stitches, I just love the 3D look and the texture it gives the project.

You should know however, that these stitches like to eat yarn so if you are not certain you have enough yarn for your project: Stay Away!!! ……from these stitches.

I added a little thread yarn to the last row to give it a “Finished Look”  and yes!, I like to combine yarn and thread sometime, I am unconventional at times.

So, here is my cocoon and I hope you like it too:


It, can be adjusted around the newborn because I added a tiny little string, a did not want anything long and hanging, just to prevent any type of accidents.


I used up all the skein on this project and the yarn I found it in the baby yarn isle at JoAnn’s, so it was a soft yarn to begin with, but I still treated it for added softness.

The yarn is white so I hand-washed it with real detergent, rinse that out and then washed it again in shampoo,  rinse that out and then left it in the conditioner, for about 2 hours, then rinsed that out and left it to air dry.

I am going to recommend to the new Mom to wash it again before she uses it on the newborn.

The more you wash acrylic yarn the softer it gets so I expect that it will get softer and bigger as time goes by and hopefully the baby can use it for several months.

Things I have learned: 1- before you start your project try to get measurements online and keep counting, so all your rows are about the same width. 2- I gave my cocoon a little more width at the bottom for “wiggle space”. 3- Relax my tension, yarn is not thread πŸ˜€.

I don’t like to count a lot (shame on me) so I have several widths, but it is adjustable so it should not matter too much.

Crochet cocoons are easy to make and very practical and I hope you try to make one soon. I totally enjoyed this project.

 

 

 

MTB: DONE!

The Male Teen Blanket (MTB) is finally crossed off, wow!! it feels good πŸ˜€


I am happy to announce that the experiment came out with beautiful results: 100% acrylic yarn can be soft and “not scratchy” if you wash it with shampoo and conditioner, and I added a little Tide detergent because my poor baby was seriously dirty.

Here is how I did it: I soaked it with a little shampoo (you know, the type you get in hotels πŸ˜€) then I went to the dollar store and bought more shampoo and conditioner. I chose these:


Next, I put it in the washer (it weighed a ton when wet) and pour in half the bottle of shampoo and a little Tide detergent.

Warning: Please wash acrylic yarn in cold water. I have no idea what would happen to MTB if I forgot and wash him in hot water….shudder… But, in the future, I want to experiment washing acrylic yarn in  hot/warm water, with a very tiny project πŸ˜€

Next, I used the Gentle Cycle or permanent press cycle and washed it at medium instead of heavy soil since it was not that dirty, and I used the 2nd Rinse Option, to wash away all traces of detergent, conditioner and shampoo.


I added half a bottle of conditioner and added a little amount of fabric softener I had at home, in the first rinse cycle, I did not add any for the 2nd rinse cycle.


I let it air dry all night and in the morning I put it in the dryer (Permanent Press Cycle) with several sheets of a generic fabric softener I had at home, and VoilΓ‘….It came out really nice smelling, clean and soft and cuddly and warm with very bright colors πŸ˜€


So, YES!!! you can buy cheap/sale yarn and shampoo and condition it and it will be “all you ever wanted in a yarn” soft. This is perfect for big blankets, which can be expensive, especially if you are using the double strand method like I did, for a real sturdy and warm blanket.

So, I am very pleased with the results of the experiment and to finally say adieu to big boy MTB πŸ˜€ I’m going to miss you..


Have a fun summer weekend Friends and Artisans….See You Soon…

 

 

INTERNATIONAL YARN BOMBING DAY 2016!!

Hello guerrilla!! I’m very happy to announce that I’ve pulled off my very first,  yarn bomb, and I feel like I could do this full time πŸ˜€


The bomb went off in the early morning and it brought a smile to my face: I’m officially a certified fiber guerrilla πŸ˜€

And I am determined  to keep on yarn bombing this area and over time maybe I can really do some serious “damage” to this little park ☺️

Did you yarn bomb your area? Have you seen any bombings? I haven’t seen any more in my area but hopefully as the day continues we will see more.

Let me know how it went with you…

P.S if you post I will reblog πŸ˜€

OVERLAY CROCHET DOILY: COMPLETED

We are done!!! and I think I like my pillow/cushion.

The overlay crochet technique is not hard but it takes more concentration than regular crochet. Β 

It makes a very compact cloth which is perfect for a lot of things likeΒ place mats, doilies, cushions, pillows, wall art, etc.

The yarn I used for this project was 100% recycled from an old project from some years back and I must point out that the yarn looks brand new and so is my cushion πŸ™‚ I am happy!!

So, here is my rendition of the Overlay Crochet:

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If you were following this tutorial, feel free to adapt your doily to whatever you need at the moment.

This is the gallery of the whole tutorial:

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I hope you give this technique a try, I think you will enjoy it very much.

Take it easy and Crochet on…

 

 

SIMPLE STITCH DOILY: COMPLETED

  

We want to add one more row so your shell look “closed”.

  

 

The last row is very similar to the row below. Here you do 10 chains anchor with a single crochet in the single crochet from the previous row and a single double crochet cluster in the space between he last pair, so: 10 CH – 1 DC – 10 CH – 1 DCC.

Tips: Wash and starch your doily. I prefer to iron my doily. I created the circles in the pattern by wiggling one finger in a circle.

Here are the visuals:

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