"Crocheting acts as a mental and physical therapy and there are many beautiful things that are created in the process" - Today's Crochet World

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Angel Ornament
Size 10 crochet thread, white
Any color embroidery floss
Size 9 (2.75) & 10 (3.25) crochet hooks
Fiberfill stuffing
Tapestry needle
Stitch marker
Clear gel tacky glue
St(s) = stitch(es)
Ch = chain
Slst = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (single crochet decrease)
pic= picot
RND = round
SM = stitch marker
TN = tapestry needle
Special instructions:
picot stitch:
Sc, ch 2,  sc in second ch from hook, repeat in next stitch
Work in rounds, place SM in 1st stitch of each RND to mark beginning.
With larger hook,
Ch 2,
RND 1: 6 sc in 2 and ch from hook
RND 2: 2 sc in each st around.
RND 3: 1sc in each st around
RND 4: 1sc in each st around
RND 6: sc2tog 6 times
RND 7: sc in each st around
RND 8: 2 sc in each st around
RND 9: 2 sc in each st around
RND 10: 2 sc in each st around
RND 11: sc in next 12 sts, skip next 12 sts, sc in next 12 sts, skip next 12 sts, (RND completes with 1st sc of next RND )
RND 12: sc in each st around
RND 13- 15: repeat RND 12
RND 16: sc, ch 1 in each st around
RND 17-18: sc, ch 1,  in each ch 1 space,
RND 19: sc in each ch 1 so around
Switch to smaller hook and trim color for remainder.
RND 20: sc in each sc around
RND 21: pic in each sc around, slst to 1st sc to join, finish off
Weave in ends with TN.
Use smaller hook and trim color for sleeves.
join trim color to sc at bottom of sleeve
RND 1: sc in each sc around
Rnd 2: *pic in next st, sc in next st* repeat from * to* around, join with slst to first sc, finish off.
Weave in ends with TN.
Stuff head with fiberfill, cut off length of white, weave through stitches of neck and tie off tightly to keep stuffing my in. With long ends, form a loop and tie off to make a hanger for the ornament. Secure loop by putting a drop of glue on knot.:
With smaller hook
Start with a long tail of thread
Ch 10
Join with slst to beginning ch being careful not to twist the ch. Finish off
Leave a long tail of thread at end.
With both long tails, make a bow at base of chain. Glue halo to top of head with bow to the back. Cut ends of thread as long as you like. Put a drop of glue on center of bow knot to secure.
Cut a length of trim color, weave into sts at front of neck, tie into a bow, cut ends to size, put a drop of glue on center knot to secure

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mini Baby Booties, crochet pattern.



Mini baby booties

Any worsted weight yarn (2 colors), size F hook, Tapestry Needle

Ch = chain, sc= single crochet, sl st= slip stitch, st(s)= stitch(es), TN= tapestry needle

Note: *each row, start 1st sc in same st as joining ch 1 st.
          *On RND 4, last sc is made in same as joining ch 1 st adding an extra st to that RND, this helps the heel lie flat,

Ch 9
RND 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6,  5 sc in last ch, sc in next 7 , join with sl st, ch 1. (19 sts)
RND 2: sc next 8 , 2 sc in next 3, sc in next 8, 2 sc in last st, join with sl st, ch 1. (24 sts)
RND 3: sc in next 9, 2 sc in next 4, sc in next 10, 2 sc in next st, sc in last st, join, ch 1. (30 sts)
RND 4: in BLO, sc in each st around, join, ch 1. (31 sts)
RND 5: in both loops, sc in each st around, join, ch 1. (31 sts)
Rnd 6: sc in next 8, sc2tog next 6, sc next 11, join, ch 1. (25 sts)
Rnd  7: sc in next 7, sc2tog next 4, sc next 11, join, ch 1. (22 sts)
Rnd 8: sc in next 5, sc2tog next 4, sc next 9, join. (18 sts)
RND 9: sl st in each st around, join,  finish off. (18 sts)

With TN weave in ends.

Cut small piece of yarn in another color, lace through sts on front of bootie and tie into a bow.

Monday, March 17, 2014

So much to do, so little time to do it!

I made a commitment to myself to post to my blog at least once a week. Well, I learned a long time ago that if you want to make God laugh, make plans! As you can see, my plan has not worked.
I will just try to post as often as I can.
I am working on several projects at once (as usual) and I am very excited about all of them.
I am most excited to share with you the news of my latest windfall.
A local carpet company had a fire in 2012, they had 6 tons of wool that was not damaged in the fire, but for whatever reason, they were not allowed to use it to make a profit. Rather than see it go into a landfill somewhere, they decided to give the wool away to anyone who wanted it.
Thank God for good friends. The day they were letting people come in to get the wool, I was not able to go down to Bucks County. A very good friend of ours went and got me as much as he could. And WOW! he got a lot! I have 5 boxes full of wool wound on cardboard rolls. He sent me pictures of it when he still had it in laundry baskets that I will post on here later.
The only problem, it is very rough. I am in the process of trying different techniques to soften it up. I am using small amounts at a time, both crocheted patches and loose strands to see which way works best.
I am using a technique right now with a vinegar soak first, then a rinse in shampoo and a soak in hair conditioner. After I have tried several techniques, I will post the best option on here.

I am also working on developing a pattern for "Cranky Pants" or "Monster Butt Pants" for a toddler. The only crochet pattern for these pants that I have found is being sold for a ridiculous amount of money. She is asking $80 just for the pattern. I have found several patterns to knit the pants, but I do not knit. Once I have come up with something I am happy with, I will offer the pattern at a reasonable price.

I am working on the final stages of a  blanket that I am making for a friend. It is taking me longer than usual to make the blanket due to health issues. I have chronic pain. And recently my new doctor has made some drastic changes in my medications and I cannot sit and sew the squares together for very long. I am only able to do 5 or 6 squares before I have to stop for a while. The pain just get to be to much. Especially my back and legs.

Of course with Easter fast approaching I am also working on  a few Easter projects as well. I have an order for 4 "Peeps Pillows" that will need to be finished before the holiday gets here. I had one of them done and clutsy me accidentally spilled a full cup of coffee and it splashed all over the finished item. I wanted to scream. I was so mad at myself.

My grandson will be a year old in less than 2 weeks. How time flies!

Keep an eye out for those pictures I will get them on here as soon as I download them on to my computer.
Happy Hooking Y'all!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Crochet Geek : Yarn Giveaway - February

Crochet Geek : Yarn Giveaway - February: Time for another giveaway  This is not a product placement or sponsorship and is something I am doing on my own. 4 skeins of Loops a...

Small Turtle Dishcloth Pattern



This is the pattern for the small turtle dishcloth. It can also be used as a coaster.
100% Cotton Yarn (2 colors)
Tan variegated for center, Sage green for outside edge and feet.
Size G crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Stitch Markers (5 orange, 4 teal)
Ch=chain, sc= single crochet, slst= slip stitch, TP= Triple Picot, sc2tog= single crochet 2 together,  st(s) = stitch(es), Rnd = round,  TN=Tapestry Needle, SM=Stitch Markers
Special instructions:
Piece is worked in rounds, join each round with a slip stitch.
I used 2 different color stitch markers to mark head & tail, and feet. I used 3 orange markers for the head, 2 orange markers for the tail, and 4 teal markers for the feet
Feet are made asymmetrical to give the illusion that the turtle is walking.
Special Stitches:
Triple Picot:
Ch 3, slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch, ch 2 slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in same as 1st sc, ch 2 slst in 2nd ch from hook, sc in same as 1st sc.
This will make 1 foot with 3 toes.
With tan variegated
Ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with slst (6 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, 2 sc in each st around, join. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st*, * to * 6 times, join. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next st, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts* repeat * to * 6 times, join. (24 sts)
Rnd 5: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 2 sts, *2 sc in next, sc in next 3 sts* repeat *to * 6 times, join (30 sts)
Rnd 6: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 3 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts* repeat *to* 6 times, join (36 sts)
Rnd 7: ch 1, sc in same as ch 1 space, sc in next 4 sts, *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 sts* repeat *to* 6 times, join (42 sts)
finish off center, sew in ends with TN
Place orange SM in joining slst and 1 on each side (3 SM to mark head)
Starting at marker to the left, count 21 sts, place SM in 21st st.
Starting at marker to the right, count 21 sts, place SM in 21st st.
You should have 2 orange markers next to each other to mark the tail (see illustration above)
Count 5 sts on both sides of head, place teal SM in 5th st on each side to mark front feet
Count 6 sts on either sde of the tail, place teal SM in 6th st on each side to mark back feet
Rnd 8: Join 2nd color 2 sts to the right of head markers, sc in same as joining st and sc in next 9 sts. (be sure to move SM for head up to this row)
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (1st foot)
sc in next 7 sts
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (2nd foot)
sc in next 4 sts
sc in next st, ch 3, sl st in next 2 chs, sc in next st (tail)
sc in next 5 sts,
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (3rd foot)
sc in next 7 sts
sc in next st, TP, sc in next st (4th foot)
sc in next 2 sts, join with slst to 1st sc
Slst in next st, ch 1 sc in next 3 sts, slst in next st, ch1, turn (5 sts)
Slst, sc, sc, slst, ch1,  turn (4 sts)
sc2tog 2 times, ch 1, turn (2 sts)
sc2tog, (1 st)
finish, sew in ends with TN
This pattern has not been tested by anyone other than myself. Any mistakes or any problems, please let me know so I can fix them.
I hope you enjoy this pattern.

Happy Hooking!

Wow, It's been entirely too long!!

Hello out there.
I realized that it has been entirely too long since I've posted to my blog. Almost 10 months! My little bubba will be a year old next month!
I've been taking a look at where I want Crochet by LadyDay to go. What goals do I have for my blog, my Etsy shop, my Facebook page and my twitter account. And, let's not forget Google+.

After talking to some people, and getting a little nudge from a new friend (Apollonia), I've decided not to give up on the blog. I will not be posting every day, I will post once or twice a week. This way I feel like I have something to say, something to catch everyone up on. I am also going to reorganize the format.

I will have blog pages (Obviously), a photo gallery, and I am going to try to post as many new patterns of my own design as possible. The patterns will be a separate section. Along with patterns, I will also post my work in progress. Whether it's my original design or another pattern that I am working on.

If anyone has any ideas on different sections for my blog, or any suggestions or criticisms (please be polite with critiques) I can handle negative reviews as long as they are given with tact.

Since my last post, many things have happened in my life. As I said, my grandson was born last March. He is almost 11 months old, and he is just about walking. I kind of have this feeling that my daughter hasn't told me that he's walking because I am going down to see them this weekend and she may surprise me. She sends me photos and videos almost everyday and I try to get down to see him at lease once a month for a few days. We live about 100 miles away from them. This is difficult because I want to spend as much time with him as possible, but I also love the laid back atmosphere of living in a small town in the mountains. It seems to work OK this way, at least I get to spend quality time with him when I go down.

My husband, who is 54 years old, had a heart attack with quadruple by-pass surgery in 2007. This year he has been having a lot of problems. He has been in the hospital several times for chest pain, extremely high blood pressure and other cardiac and respiratory issues. He gave me a few good scares. Unfortunately, this also means he misses a lot of work d that reflects in his pay check. It's already tight enough with me being on disability, but with him missing work, it is really getting tight.
We have both had issues with our backs, in particular, sciatica. I've had several intra muscular injections that held me over until I could get an epidural and that helped me tremendously. Now he has been in excruciating pain, some days he can barely walk and when he tries, the pain drops him to his knees. Of course, he is stubborn and I've been trying to get him to go to the emergency room to get the Intramuscular injection until his doctor figures out how she wants to handle it, but it's like leading a horse to water. You just can't make him drink! I'm, going to pull out the big guns and call his doctor myself today!

My youngest son just turned 16 on Feb. 5th. He is bugging the heck out of me to take him to get his learners permit. I am going to try to take him on Saturday, if not, then after school on Monday or Tuesday. If anyone lives in Northeaster Pennsylvania, you may want to pay extra attention on the roads for a while! lol. He is a good kid. He is a Boy Scout, and he will achieve the highest rank in Scouting by the spring. He will get his Eagle. He has worked really hard over the years to stay on top of advancing in rank and earning the necessary merit badges. He also completed an incredible Eagle project. For those of you who are not familiar, Scouts have to do a large project that will benefit the community as a whole. He did a large project that really helped the local reservoir and dam. I will post more about that in deatail another time.

So, as you can see, there have been many things in my life, good and bad that I've had to deal with. I am going to separate my blog into sections and post in the appropriate section as I go.

It's good to be back. Please pass on the word about Crochet by LadyDay. I will do the same for you.

Happy Hooking!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Getting Back on Track

Hello everyone,
Since my adorable little grandson was born, I haven't and barely crocheting. I am working on a large throw for my niece.
So, now it's time to get back on planet earth and get working. There is a craft show coming up on May 5th at the Hometown Farmers Market. The place is huge! I am hoping to do well setting up a table and selling some of my items. Then I can clean out and re-organize what I have left to get a better idea of what is selling and what is not.
I have been working on Amiguruimi animals lately. My mother gave me a book that she bought for me that is full of little critters to crochet.
I was trying to put pics of all of my amigurumi animals in my gallery, but I am having trouble getting them to download to my blog. That won't stop me for long, I am determined!
If any one has any ideas for topics for me to blog about, please let me know and I will do my best to get it on here.
Keep an eye out for those pics, they are coming your way soon!
Happy Hooking!