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Hand Dyed Acrylic Yarns

I started dyeing my yarns as a hobby when we were living in Lagos. It may sounds impossible but actually it wasn’t that difficult getting the supplies into Africa from outside especially from…

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Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog: Rainbows and Daisies Square Pattern: Baby Groovyghan CAL(1)

Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog: Rainbows and Daisies Square Pattern: Baby Groovyghan CAL(1)

If you like what you see and made something from my free pattern, all I ask is that you credit me by mentioning my name and my blog and provide the link to my blog. Please DO NOT re upload my files by any means to another blog or website. All my photographs are copyrighted. Thank you.

Row of Daffodils

Daffodils, crochet and photographs above and below by © Swathi Bopanna 2014.
Yarns: Vardaman 4 ply
Thanks Swathi Bopanna for testing the pattern. These look really awesome.
Daffodil Crochet Pattern

This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download
I made this flower as an entry for the FB group Passionate About Crochet theme “India Independence Day.” The bright colour of saffron gives a very nice touch to the pure white I am using and the green softens the shades, giving a pleasant looking piece of crochet art. One complete stem takes about 60 – 90 minutes to make. There are two options to finish the flower; ruffle and thin edging and both patterns are included.

Stitches Used
Sl st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Standing sc = standing single crochet
Yo = yarn over
Reverse Sc: Reverse single crochet
This pattern has  been tested.


If you like what you see and made something from my free pattern, all I ask is that you credit me by mentioning my name and my blog and provide the link to my blog. Please DO NOT re upload my files by any means to another blog or website. All my photographs are copyrighted. Thank you.

Making Fabric Covered Bin

Living in Lagos gives you a lot of opportunity to be creative.  I love the colors of the local fabrics and the thickness is just great for making crafts. After a visit to a crafts bazaar the other day, I decided to make my own fabrick covered bin. Or perhaps I should call it yarn bin? Hehe… any way you like. You could add some pockets on the outside if you make yours into a crochet organizer. Mine is not very neat. I am sure you can make it better than this if you won’t rush and spend more time making it. I finished mine in less then 90 minutes.

You need: 
¾ yard of cotton fabric.
Cardboard paper. I used a large packaging box left over from when we were moving houses last time.
Sharp knife.
Ruler.
Sewing pins.
Marker.
Pen.
Sewing machine (recommended but not compulsory. If you have no sewing machine, hand stitching will work too).

Body: 
Fold the fabric in half.
Cut the cardboard the same length and width of the folded fabric minus 1 inch for seam allowance.
Divide the length of the cardboard into 4 sections and mark each section using a marker.
Using a sharp knife and a ruler, gently perforate one side of the cardboard. DO NOT CUT THROUGH IT. Mine is 8 inches per section.

Base: 
Cut another piece of cardboard the same size of the section (8 x 8).
Cut 9 x 17 inches of fabric to cover the base.
Wrong side facing, fold and sew two sides of the base, leave the front open.
Flip the inside out.
Push the corner stitches with the tip of a pen to neaten the corners.
Insert the cardboard and set aside.
Wrong side facing, fold and sew the side of fabric for the body.
Pick up the base, insert and place it in between the two layers of fabric making sure the side of the base is in line with the side of the body.
Continue sewing toward the edge of the base leaving the other side open.
Pull the fabric and the base inside out through the opening; push the corners stitches from the inside with the tip of a pen to neaten.
Insert the cardboard for the body.
Fold the seam inside, sew to close.
Connect the two sides of the body together making sure both sides are neatly lined up.
Pin the edges together, hand sew to finish.
Shape the bin and push the base inside. You could permanently hand stitch the base if you like or leave it as is.

Good luck!
© Iin Wibisono 2014

Yarns Organizing Idea

Here is one yarn organizing idea for you. I have uploaded this yarn roller idea in a fb group before which received  remarkable feedbacks but have never published it in this blog. Now people are asking again for the same ideas so I thought I will post it here for easy reference for all.  


    You need several household items such as:

    1. a plastic basket with holes
    2. yarns in cake shape as above works better
    3. drinking straws
    4. a knitting needle
    Here is how:
    Slide the needle inside the straw, if more straw is needed to cover the needle cut another  straw. 
    Locate the most top hole on one side of the box. Slide the straw covered needle through the hole, string the cakes carefully, pass the needle though the opposite side of the box. 
    Now you have it. Turn your work from time to time to avoid tangling. When stringing the cakes make sure you pull the threads all in the same direction toward you. If you prefer you can insert each of  the threads through the holes in the box to separate them.
    Get the box from Carrefour outlets or from online store such as Organizeit.