Yarns Sales

I was really good this year…..compared to a few years ago lol  OK so I spent most of my Christmas money on yarn.  I purchased enough yarn to last until the next Boxing Day sales.  More then a few peoples’ eyes came close to popping out when they saw what I had in my cart.  (True be told, the cart was over flowing and I had to keep my hand on top of the stash.)

There is enough yarn to make all my Christmas gifts for next year and several projects for charity…..and no I don’t feel guilty.

More Christmas 2018 Planning

Along with the bottle covers I have been looking at tree decorations, stockings, table decorations and anything else that I can think of in the way of Christmas crochet projects.

Here are a few things as a result of my search;

  1. Santa Candy Jar

  2. Crocheted Snowflake Table Runner  (I think the snow flakes could be done separately as tree decorations or with crochet cotton for coasters as well)
  3. I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  4. Beautiful Lacy Snowflake Ornaments
  5. Lacy Snowflake Ornaments (please note that there is a correction page noted)
  6. Santa’s Gift Basket
  7. Countdown To Christmas Crochet Advent Calendar
  8. Cream Plum Pudding Crochet Ornaments
  9. Christmas Tree Skirt
  10. Santa Pillow
  11. Starry Night Ornament
  12. Cream Gingerbread House Crochet Ornaments
  13. Reindeer Ornament
  14. Santa Ornament
  15. Christmas Ornaments
  16. Ornamental Bells
  17. Snowmen Ornaments
  18. Christmas Trees
  19. Peppermint Throw and Pillow
  20. Repeat Crafter Me  — too many beautiful free crochet patterns to note

Already Planning for Next Christmas, Bottle Covers

With Boxing Day Sales approaching, I am already looking for possible projects to do for Christmas 2018.

I have spent days looking and down-loading various crocheting and knitting patterns as well as the requirements for serving wine.  Strange as it sounds, yes those things go together.    One of the things I have in mind are wine bottle covers/cozys.  Since I do not drink wine I wanted to find out if the covers are just for decoration, or as a “gift bag” or are they functional at keeping the wine at a cooler temperature.  I think the answer in part depends on the pattern as well as the person using the cover.

Here are a few free Patterns that I have found for bottle covers/cozys:

Wrap Your Bottle Cozy

Holiday Spirit Bottle Bag

Buttoned Bottle Cozy

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Holiday Bottle Beanies

Butler’s Bottle Hugger

Fa-la-la-la-Reindeer Bottle Top

Dottie Bottle Cozy

Festive Bottle Dressings

Wine Bottle Slip by  You Are My Sunshine

Wine Bottle Hat and Scarf  by Diana McKay

Wine Bottle Cozies by Mckenzie

Bernat Gnome for the Holidays Wine Bottle Cozy

Bernat Crochet Christmas Tree Bottle Topper

Wine Bottle Cover by Sierra Tosner

Crochet Wine Bottle Cosy by Sinead Deegan

Knit Wine Bottle Cozy by Melissa Leapman

Felted Santa Wine Bottle Tote Crochet Pattern by Kara Gunza

Posh Vino Pouch by Steph Michaud

Winecozy by Jennifer Carter

A fun idea for gifting the wine

Santa Pants Gift Holder

Just one step in being prepared. 🙂

How to Crochet A Wave Afghan: Wavy Stripes Boho

MEASUREMENTS: Approx. 50″ x 56″ [127 x 142 cm]

GAUGE: 13 dc and 6 rows = 4″ [10 cm]


Foundation Row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of chain. Turn.  169 sc.

1st Row: (RS). Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 3 dc in next sc. *Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Skip next 3 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Rep from * to last 14 sc.  Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Skip next 3 sc. 4 dc in last sc. Turn.

2nd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st to end of row. Turn.

3rd Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of first 4 sc. *Skip next 3 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Rep from * to last 11 sc. Skip next 3 sc. 7 dc in next sc. Skip next 3 sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Turn.

4th Row: Ch 1. 1 sc in each st to end of row. Turn.

Rep last 4 rows for pat until work from beg measures approx 56″ [142 cm], ending on a 4th row.  Fasten off.

Published on 20 Sep 2017

Crochet an easy Wave Afghan using Caron Cakes. The striping you see in the photo is exactly how it comes out. The tutorial will get you started with the stitch counts and allow you to follow along.

Wavy Shell Crochet Blanket

By: Michael Sellick for

Learn how to make a wavy shell crochet blanket with this free crochet blanket. This is exclusively for AllFreeCrochet as it lists the pattern in its entirety along with a video to watch.


  • K Size Hook, CLICK HERE to see Hook Size Conversion Table If Needed
  • Bernat or Redheart Yarn 4 PLY Worsted

TIPS: This tends not to shrink too much. The width that you make it is usually the size it will end up being. This pattern looks more effective using 3 colors. You can opt to do it in a solid color or 2. The example taught on the Youtube Video is 3 colors.
The pattern is pretty simple. It only consists of 2 lines. However, it appears more harder and more complex due to the colour changing. The colors are changing every line. See video how to do that. You don’t need to make knots.
Start chaining in sets of 14 Stitches. When you get to 14, start over at 1 again and chain again to 14. Keep doing that until you get the width you want. At the end, you will add 3 stitches. By doing it this way, you don’t have to count high numbers and you know your stitches will be in the right quantities to make this right.
Turn Work

Line 2
Use The Same Colour As Line 1
Now miss the first two stitches, and put 3 Double Crochets into the same stitch (3rd stitch away from the hook.
Skip Over 3 chains (going into 4th Chain), and then single crochet into the next 7 chains.
Skip Over 3 Chains, (going into 4th Chain), and put 7 Double Crochets into the same stitch. This will cause it to fan as seen in the videos.
You will keep repeating Step 2 and 3 until you get close to the end.
At the end you will put 4 Double Crochets into the very last stitch.
Turn Work

Line 3 
Is Always The Easiest Line Each Time You Do It
Chain up 1.
You will Single Crochet into each of the stitches along the line right to the end.
Turn Work

Line 4
Chain up 1
Single Crochet into each of the 1st 4 Stitches.
Skip 3 Stitches, and then Double Crochet 7 Times into the same stitch (which causes it to fan out, I called it half pin wheel in the videos).
Skip 3 Stitches, and then Single Crochet into the next 7 Stitches.
You will keep repeating Step 3 and 4, until you get close to the end.
When you get to the final part, you will only be left with 4 stitches, you will be putting in 1 Single Stitch into each of the remaining 4 stitches.
Turn Work.

Line 5
Repeat Line 3

Line 6
Chain Up 3
Double Crochet 3 times into the 1st Stitch, this will create a fan or half pinwheel formation.
Skip 3 Stitches, then single crochet once into the next 7 Stitches.
Skip 3, then put 7 Double Crochets into the same stitch, to create a fan shape.
Keep repeating steps 3 and 4 until you get close to the end.
You should be left with putting 4 Double Crochet into the last stitch.
Turn Work

You will continually repeat Lines 3, 4, 5, and 6 over and over again until you get your desired length. By using 3 colours, you will make this blanket appear more complicated than it is.

At the end, cast off as normal.

View Videos Below:

Wavy Shell Blanket Part 1
Wavy Shell Blanket Part 2
Wavy Shell Blanket Part 3

German Scalloped Triangle Shawl aka Virus Shawl

This is just the start of trying to write out a full pattern for the Virus Shawl.  Most of what has or will be written has been based on a wonderful video set which can be found here:

There are 5 parts to the video.  They also have on their web site a pattern graph which can be found here:

I have also used the written pattern translated by Michelle J. Iseman which can be found shawl pattern

shawl pattern part 2

Virus shawl written pattern (4)


Crochet Bug

I think I have gotten obsessed with crocheting as of late.  I have in the last 2 weeks learned several new stitches, completed various projects and started a lot of new ones.

The one that I finished that took the longest time was a customer order boot bag.  I think I took it part at time a half dozen times before I felt it was good enough.


One of the stitches that I learned is a simple shell pattern that I am using for an afghan order.  The colours are based on a picture the person has, her request.


Another stitch that I learned is called corner to corner or c2c for short.  Just a sample of a couple of pieces in progress.  The light green will be a baby blanket and the darker mixed colour is the shawl.


I have also been working on custom designs.  The following is the start of a craft bag that I am making for myself with my notes on how I am working / planning / designing it.


More to follow

“Frogging” old WIP

Frogging means to rip out stitches. If you say rip out several times very quickly is sounds like a frog song – ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.

As part of getting projects done before starting new ones, I went looking for all of the knitting and crochet projects that I have started. Then as I found each one, I reviewed the piece with the following in mind:

  • do I still liked what I was doing
  • if I like it, do I still have or can I find the yarn in the house to finish it
  • if I don’t have the yarn and I like it, it goes in the “to review again” pile
  • if I like it, can find the yarn then it goes into the to finish pile
  • if I don’t like what I was doing, was it the colour or the pattern or the size
  • if it was the colour, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
  • if I don’t like the size, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
  • if I don’t like the pattern  – it gets frogged

Based on the above, I have frogged 2 afghans and 1 scarf this week.  I have 2 other afghans that are in the to frog pile and 1 afghan to finish.

  1. I didn’t have the colours to finish afghan “A”.  I know the one colour is no longer available.   The balls of yarn went in one of my yarn baskets to be used sooner rather then later.
  2. Afghan “B”, I have no clue what I was thinking with it.  My best guess was that it was going to be a “lap-gan”, a small blanket to be used in an office to keep my legs warm under my desk.  I used most of the yarn for it already & used it for a scarf.
  3. Afghan “C” I am still working on frogging it.  It was done except for the edging.  I think the total size was 12 feet by 8 feet.  It was for a king sized bed with “extra” to hang down the sides. I have spent about an hour frogging it so far.  I don’t like the pattern and it was less the perfect in my crocheting.  The yarn will go into a clear plastic bag to go in my yarn large project blanket box.
  4. Afghan “D” I don’t like really anything about it.  When I get to frogging it, the yarn will go into one of my baskets.  I will have to re-think the colours and pattern.
  5. Afghan “E” was one I started over a year ago as a Christmas present and forgot all about.  It will be the next thing I finish. (hopefully lol)

WIP or work in progress

This year I have decided that rather then track what I “need” or “should” do, I will keep track of what I have done in the way of projects.  I am hoping that this way I will get a more positive outlook.  Some how the “to do lists” really make me feel bad when I get off track.  I seem to forget some days just how I have come as I am too busy looking at how far I think  need to go.