Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Crochet and Knitting Projects

Crochet Bobble Stripe Squares

8 x 8

Acrylic Yarn

I have had so much fun crocheting squares to send to South Africa to the Knit-A-Square Project that makes our donated squares into blankets to keep children warm.

I made them from a pattern in my favorite crochet book, 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.
The Bobble Stripe block can be seen on the cover and is square #29 on page 48. This book is wonderfully laid out with great directions, photos and clear diagrams in the back for all of the stitches.

I have enjoyed this book so much that I just ordered two more that remind me of it. I will now have patterns to make similar pieces in creative shapes besides squares and beautiful flowers too. I will let you know how they are as soon as they arrive and I give them a whirl.

I am really excited to try the patterns from both of these books. What a great way to use up my yarn stash.

Knit Cotton Towels

I have also been knitting in the evenings and recently made these 3 hand towels for my bathroom. I used variegated dyed cotton yarn so that they would be colorful, absorbent and easy to wash. They were great fun to make while watching TV. :)

What have you been creating lately? Please leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear all about it!


The WriggleButts said...

The squares are really cute! And I love how the pattern turned out on the brownish towel!


Manon said...

Cute towels Melissa!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

My mom used to khrochet...now she's too busy blogging!

Tank woo fur sharing the khool pikhs!


Laura said...

Love those white puff balls on the squares!

I've been making "stray cats" for custom orders - someone wanted a "German Princess" - how funny is that?

Phyllis Dobbs said...

Melissa, those squares are gorgeous and will make a really colorful blanket. That was a nice and generous thing for you to do.

Puglette said...

cute! those look like great books. I ordered that little teamaker from adagio! what a nice company to order from, fast service and inexpensive shipping. I love that I can just microwave the water right in the container!
thanks for the tip!!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Ok, so I have another blogging buddy that doesn't require a lot of sleep! You are amazing Melissa - these are so vibrant. Great work - you little night owl. =)
I have been busy working on jewelry and my next illo promo.
Wish I could put in some longer hours, but I am one of those unlucky people that requires maximum sleep. =)

Anonymous said...

Looking at all your fun stuff you make really makes me want to start crocheting and knitting adn then I remember my crocheted blankey I made one year... it came out looking like a giant C.. no idea how. Sigh... maybe I will start again :)

Unknown said...

yay, crochet! Those are very cool :)

I really like the knit towels too! I may try that since it's in the realm of my limited knitting skills.

Unknown said...

oh what fun Melissa!!! I love crochet...but I am limited in what I can do....I need to get a few good books!!! thanks for sharing these!


GAIL said...

Melissa, you are one multi-talanted girl! I love those squares.

Molly the Airedale said...

What cute bobble squares, Melissa! They're make the most adorable quilt! You are so clever!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Too Cute Pugs said...

Beautiful Melissa!

Did I tell you that you inspired me to take up crochet? My first class was last week and I was horrible! LOL Hopefully things will go better this week.


The Devil Dog said...

Is it hard to crochet? Mom can knit really well, but she doesn't know how to crochet. Would a book help her learn? Which book would you recommend.


Archie and Melissa said...

great question m!

oh you will love crochet. i think it is so much more fun and more versatile than knitting.

i learned 20 years ago with a book that just had line drawings. now they have books with photographs. i have not used this book, but i have heard really good things about it...



Tabitha the KnittingJourneyman said...

Your squares are great-have to get over my fear and try those darn puff balls. :-) And the towels are awesome too.
Darn it, more books to buy-it's not always good to be so enabled-but it does look all too worth it. Thank you!

Liss said...

I love the brown towel!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wish I was as brave as you, at trying things. Everything you do looks so beautiful. We love it all.

marianne said...

You are such a busy lady and I admire that besides your business you do such wonderful thing for a good cause.
right now I am in Panama and it is rainy season here, so I brought my pencils and paint with me. depending on the weather I will maybe create something tomorrow......

have a nice day and hug for Emmitt

Leah said...

yay! love the colors!!