{made} - plaid deer sewn pillowcase.

This was a sentimental project for me. Many of you know that my Dad lost his fight against brain cancer this last year. I wanted to make a keepsake using one of his plaid shirts he loved to wear all the time. I finally brought myself to cutting a little piece of the fabric off to sew into this pillowcase. The 3x3 center square block has a mix of his plaid shirt, solid grey, and a deer focal point all surrounded by an orange boarder. The edges use the fun deer pattern. The backside uses a simple grey pinstripe fabric with an overlapped opening to easily remove the cover for washing. Total dimensions are 12x12 inches. 

{made} — crochet strawberry tawashi.

This cute little kitchen scrubber was made for the Wildfiber tawashi swap on 07.31.13. All swap participants were to use Knit One, Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton yarn and be as creative as they wanted on the design. I had some red and green yarn in my stash, so when I saw this adorable strawberry it was a perfect fit. The only catch, the pattern was solely written in Japanese. Luckily, the person who posted it added some pictures that helped me decipher the pattern. Once I got the right number of stitches it went pretty smoothly, ending with a pretty cute addition to any kitchen.

{made} — Rustic Ruffle Pillow.

I only crochet the front of the pillow pattern and sewed a fabric back with a slit to allow the removal and washing of the pillow insert. Closed and secured the slit with a button. Whip stitched to attached the fabric to the front of the pillow.

My pillow front kept growing larger and larger as I crocheted… therefore I stopped the last ruffle two rows early. The pillow insert is 16 inches in diameter, the final pillow size is probably around 18 inches.

This was a long overdue mother’s day present for my mom… it took a lot longer than I thought it would (but doesn’t it always!).

{made} — classic oatmeal wreath.

Wow, this was so fast and rewarding. Took me a little less than an hour and a half from casting on to weaving in my ends.

Used up some stash yarn. I could only find a 12 inch foam wreath at the craft store so mines a little larger than the pattern. I casted on 105 stitches and used a P/11.5mm hook.

But, this simple crochet wreath looks great on our front door. We needed something in between summer and Christmas :)

Pattern is available online for free here.

P.S. Don’t mind my messy desk area! 

{made} hint of lime pincushion.

I picked up this book, Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts - Lacy Crochet, and fell in love with pretty much every project in it; this is the first of many projects I’ll do. I expanded my small crochet hook collection, picked up some thread and dove right in.  

This dainty lace pincushion is so cute, coming in at only a 2.5” square, but so full of character. Decided to make it as a little cheer-me-up for my mother who is going through a lot in life right now. 

{made} — Lilly’s pea-pod.

Lilly likes to change up her favorite spot all the time, and I’ve been wanting to make her a special cat bed for a while now to see if she’d use it… and to try and minimize the amount of grey hair around the house.

Instead of using 5 strands of yarn held together that the pattern suggests, I wanted to use up some thick & quick bulky yarn I had in my stash. I held two strands together and ended up close to the correct gauge… think I may have been about 1 inch larger than the small size in diameter, but that wasn’t too big of a deal.

I am glad I found a non-felting pattern, really wanted something I could wash when it got dirty. Plus, it worked up in about 3 hours which is great instant gratification!

I only did 5 repeats of row 18 for the side. Since I didn’t have a decorative yarn to use for the finishing row, I did a row in reverse single crochet around with only one strand of yarn to give the top edge some detail.

I used a size P (11.5mm) hook.

Lilly curled up in it right away, I think she likes it :) 
Although, as soon as I got my camera she was a little camera shy…

Pattern is available as a free download on raverly here.

{made} — valentine’s day coasters

Decided to make something for my parents this year for Valentine’s Day instead of just sending them the standard candy gift. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had to make these adorable heart coasters. My friend over at pepperknit wrote the pattern and I even used the yarn she had surprised me with a few months ago in the mail to make them. The colors worked out perfect! They were really fun to crochet and gave instant gratification, which I love.

I used a G hook with the pink yarn and the a F hook with the brown yarn since it was a little thicker — they came out to be the same size which was a wonderful surprise to get right on the first try :)

I know I’ll be making more of these fun hearts, might do a mix-match colored garland to hang up in our house.

This pattern, Be Mine Coasters, can be found in the January/February 2010 issue of Crochet Today!

made — vintage kitchen towels

These three knitted kitchen towels were mother’s day presents this year. Usually the thought of knitting a kitchen towel sounds so boring and lame, but this pattern looked so fun and unique I had to give it a try. And, I love them! I see myself making a few more in the future because they are so quick and easy to do — It helps that every RS row is a decrease row, speeding up the project as you go along making it fly by!

I used Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton yarn because it was so ridiculously soft and came in such beautiful colors, but I was pretty disappointed in the quality especially for the price. It had a lot of pilling while working with it and 5 out of the 7 balls of yarn I used for these towels had multiple joining knots in them — making it really difficult to hide because they always tend to pop-up in the most inconvenient places. One 50g ball of yarn was enough though for the bottom portion of the towel. Definitely get two balls of yarn for the top contrasting color, you will be able to get two towels out of them.

This really simple and quick pattern is from Canadian Living, give it a try!

{photography: Jill Cannon}