Since we are still on strike and I have so much more free time, I've been re-organizing my craft room clearing out things I no longer use, need, or want. I've discovered items that are very scary and I not sure why I kept them. I discovered a few treasures, that I thought were lost. A lot of materials for project ideas from long ago, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, weaving, sewing, paper-crafts, painting, drawing...
I found a whole cache of crocheted items I had made to use as hostess type gifts, shower gifts, or stocking suffers etc, These are just a few of the things I had stored away, a stack of crocheted sampler dishcloths.
I like to practice new stitch patterns by swatching so rather than end up with a useless bit of crochet I would do a finished edge on the squares and end up with some interesting dishcloths. I also practice the stitches in a #10 or #20 thread, these smaller samples would ended up as bookmarks. I just pick a stitch pattern from either The Harmony Guide 300 Crochet Stitches or The Harmony Guide 220 More Crochet Stitches you can buy both from Karp Styles
or The Needle Arts Book Shop
This is one of my all time favourite potholder designs, it creates a double thick potholder, it is the perfect size, looks great, and there are a lot of textured stitches in the design. You can't really see the stitches in the photo, I'm surprised I used a variegated yarn, as I generally worked with an ecru or plain colour on textured items. I made many of these potholders for gifts. Scalloped Potholder designed by Priscilla Hewitt.
The Magic square potholder is a clever idea, very simple to make. I don't remember the pattern source for the potholder I made, however I found these pattern versions MAGIC SQUARE - POTHOLDER, Fourth of July Potholder ,
Origami hot pad
Below is a detail of the hanger I create for all my potholders.
I loved to make these hanging hand towels as gifts, along with a matching dishcloth, potholder. I never used a pattern; my idea had come from a knit towel I saw at a craft fair, I knew I could re-create the towel in crochet, I never wrote out a pattern; each towel I made was slightly different depending on the stitch I used for the main body. You can create a similar towel with this pattern designed by Priscilla Hewitt Basic Hanging Kitchen Towel .
I made these little flowers to embellish bookmarks, package toppers or on cards etc, I didn't use a pattern I just made them up as I crocheted.
Wondering what the title of my post means? One of the ladies on my picket team was telling us her three year old daughter wanted to know what we were doing, so she tried to explain what picketing and being on strike meant, when she asked asked her little girl if she had any questions she said... "yes, are you pick-et-ing blueberries?"
Not picketing blueberries on the East Coast.