Carried Away

If you have read this blog for any length of time you know that I sometimes get carried away with quilt sizes and they turn out LARGE or they have A LOT of pieces or HUNDREDS of fabrics or some sort of extravagance.

It turns out that the tendency to be carried away applies in other areas of my life, too.  Crochet, for instance.


I finally finished this afghan, after about a year of on-and-off work.

It is about 65″ x 100″.  Yep–LARGE!


It is larger than a queen size bed.

It is not fancy.  Just a diagonal granny square pattern than can be found HERE–


It easily covers two or more people, depending on size and how much they wiggle when they are tickled.  In some ways, being carried away is nice.  Hopefully, it is a reflection of general generosity, a character trait I hope to develop.

Shawl Ya’ll?

A shawl has been on my things-to-try list for a while.  It is time!


This is an simple start.  It is really just half of a giant granny square.


But, I had a good pattern to guide me and it is a start of my shawl ambitions.  I will make another one sometime soon.  This is a gift and I want to have one for me.

Restful Crochet

This afghan has been a work in progress for a while. With all the resting I am doing these days, I was able to finish it up.


I love the pattern and the colors. You can find the tutorial HERE and enjoy making one yourself.  The tutorial is clear and easy to follow and resize for your own purposes.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I am sure the right occassion will come along.

ps–My thanks again for all the kind words and suggestions for recovery. I am getting better. Slowly. But trying hard to be patient with life and with myself.

pps–Direct link to tutorial if that works better for you:


A Crochet Scarf

Sometimes I like to try a little crochet, just to break things up.  Plus, my quilting isn’t particularly portable.  So, with scarfs being all the rage and me having a bag of needlepoint yarn, I decided to try my hand at a scarf.

I could sort of see it in my mind as I started…


Just a batch of flowers in all different colors.

I used THIS tutorial for the flowers and just joined them up as I went along.

The scarf is planned as a gift for a very fashionable collegue who is leaving the school this spring.  I hope she likes it!

What Have I Been Doing? It’s Intense!

The last week of school before Christmas, and again in the spring,  is known as Intensive Week at the school where I teach.  Rather than the traditional time-fillers of a movie or games as the children grow restive, we cut off regular instruction and each child chooses a seminar-style class that runs for the entire week, 8:30am-3pm.  It is a change for the better that uses time wisely and gives everyone a chance to try something different.


You might remember that at Christmas I taught a course on Microwave Cooking.  This time it was Crochet.  The joke is that, as a language arts teacher, what I seem to always end up with is Non-fiction Reading Comprehension.


Whatever you call it, Crochet or Non-fiction Reading Comprehension, it was a fun week.  And some Crochet got done.


Most of the students were bare beginners, but we managed to tackle chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet and slip stitches with courage and perseverance.


By the end of the week people were tired and a little silly, but there was a sense of accomplishment, and many finished items of use and beauty. Here are some of them, but not nearly all of them.


And now we are out for the summer.  I have goals.  What about you?

All Small Week Day 3: Fabric Nesting Baskets

Here is a project that will allow you to use some of that polyester blend fabric you haven’t quite persuaded yourself to get rid of. Of course, top quality fabric is always an option, but this project practically begs for cheap. Curious?

Check out crocheted Fabric Nesting Baskets

I am a left-handed mostly self-taught crocheter.  If I can do this, you can do this.

The most time-consuming part was prepping the fabric into yarn.  She called for the use of scissors to cut the fabric into 1″ strips.  Uh…NO.  I used my rotary cutter. That is the quilter in me.

The directions are easy to read and well written, as far as I can tell.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my gauge just right.  Perhaps my hook isn’t really a size M, or perhaps I am too tight in my work, but once I had the basic idea I just worked the baskets until they were about the correct size.

I finished them by singeing off a lot of the loose strings and then spraying the basket to damp with my ironing bottle.  Then I shaped them carefully and left them to dry.

It was so much fun I am making another set already.

Her method of cutting continuous fabric yarn is great if you are using a sheet, but I wanted to use that poly-cotton blend fabric I mentioned above for the next basket, so I used a joining method very similar to the ones in this tutorial: JOINING FABRIC YARN.  I didn’t turn down quite as much at the end, but the final result is very similar.

So what do you think?  Are there some small baskets in your future?

Check back tomorrow for Day 4.

PS–URL, in case you want it:

I Do Not Knit

But, I have been known to crochet from time to time.

Here is an afghan completed over the weekend. It is intended for a baby due in September.

I crochet more during the summer and early fall when I seem to spend a lot of time waiting around for things–physicals, sporting events, car rides. It is good to have hand projects along that don’t require a lot of focus. Just let your hands to their thing and before you know it, Ta-dah, a finished project.

Crochet Pot Holder Tutorial

As I said, maybe I am the last person on the planet to know about this, but just in case…

Crochet Pot Holder Tutorial

Materials Needed:

Small ball cotton yarn (I used Sugar and Cream 2.5oz)

Crochet Hook (I used Size G)



1. Chain 40 stitches.

2. Insert hook one stitch from end and single crochet to the other end, picking up a single loop for each stitch.

3. When you get to the end, keep going.  Wrap around the original chain, picking up the other loop.

4. Now go around and around and around…. You will notice that it starts to bend or form a shape at the end.  Push it down.  Note: it’s a triangle.

5.  Keep going until the triangle meets in the middle, about 20 rounds.

6. Slip stitch across to the opposite corner.

7.  Chain stitch 10 to form a loop, if you wish.

8. Tie off very firmly.

9. Ta-dah.  A pot holder/trivit thingy.  My friend uses them to scrub and shine her car.  Very multi-purpose.  Very addicting.  You may find yourself distracted.

NOTES AND DISCLAIMERS:  1. I am not a great crocheter or crochet teacher.  2. This tutorial does assume some basic crochet knowledge. 3. I am left-handed.  Excuse the pictures looking odd to you right-handed types. 4. Please, let me know if things are unusually unclear or if I have left anything out.  This seems to work for me, but I may have taken a leap and forgotten to ask you along. 5. Have fun!  I have.