Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Country Christmas Doily

I fell in LOVE  with this free Christmas doily pattern, Country Christmas Doily

Head over heels in LOVE!

Red and White together - stunning!

First I tried using #10 cotton thread with a tiny steel needle. 

Nope, not going to work. 

It's too hard on my eyes and my hands.

Luckily I found some thinner cotton yarn in my stash that is easier for me to crochet. 

The only problem is I only bought one skein of each color and the flower took up quite a bit of the red yarn.   

So I'm not sure I have enough red yarn to finish the project.  

If I run out I'll frog and use white in place of the red to finish it off.

But I couldn't wait to show my work in progress photos of this beautiful doily.

Hop over to my Ravelry project page (here) for more details.

Do you think this pattern would be lovely as a small throw? 

I think it would. 

But that flower would probably be HUGE in acrylic yarn!

I also want to crochet one of these cute red and white pin wheel Christmas throws one day too.

What about you?

Do you love RED and WHITE together too?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Santas!

   Santas are everywhere here at Teacup Lane!

This one

I worked his beard in white pom pom yarn!

And his buddy

For his beard I added three chains between each single crochet.

Two are better than one...

And finally this Santa…

I've had this Christmas Santa fabric panel for years!  

I started free motion quilting it last year.  

I was hoping to finish it in time for Christmas this year but I don't think it will happen. 

But it should be ready by next Christmas!

I used my recently purchased beading foot to attach a string of red beads on Santa's reins.  

I didn't have enough to do all of his reins so I will have to make trip to the sewing/ craft store to buy more beads.  

I have more Santas coming!

Remember when I machine embroidered pillowcases this year in redwork?

This is the Santa one.

These will be put out on our bed next week. 

I found a delightful free crochet pattern called Country Christmas Doily that I'm working on now. 

You are suppose to work it in 100% cotton THREAD with a small steel hook.

I tried…I really did…but I can't handle small hooks and thread.

Luckily I found some thinner cotton yarns in my stash that are a joy to crochet with and I can't wait to share this Christmas project with you! 

All this R.E.D. is making me happy!  
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mr. Claus Potholder

I'm crazy about Santas!  

You know that if you are a regular reader of my blog. 

This is the first of my three Mr. Claus Potholders.  

I always consider the first try of a pattern practice. 

The pattern for the body had you chain three at the start of each round.  

Which I did but... I don't care for it because the start of each round is more noticeable. 

For the last two I crocheted the body in rounds with no chains at the beginning.  

It looks much better.  

The tricky part is getting the thumbs and legs pointing in the correct direction.  

For example, it's confusing...when the pattern says "left" arm - which arm do they mean?  

Is it when looking at the photo it's the arm on my left?  

Or is "left" the left arm of the body when facing out?

The pattern has Santa with wide legs so I modified the next two and bought the legs closer together.

I'll show the others closer up in the next posting.

Through trial and error I finally got the thumbs and feet pointing correctly.

But only after frogging many tries on all three Santas!

I'm not using any of the Santa's as potholders so I didn't crochet any backs.  

I'm hanging them on my brick fireplace.

They make me laugh every time I look at the fireplace. 

Click (here) for Mr. Claus Potholder details and pattern link.

Click (here) for Mr. Claus Potholder II.

Click (here) for Mr. Claus Potholder III. 

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