Sunday, 10 January 2016

Finishin up Projects

So, this is what my table beside my recliner has looked like lately.  Unfinished projects that slowly are getting somewhere.

So here's what I've had on the hook this winter...

A doll blanket that three girls would like to have.  Thinking I'll have to make two more and then let them figure out who gets which one....or put them in random bags and let them each take one bag and they get what they get.  Was hoping to have them done for Christmas, but when one blanket went wrong, I lost motivation to get them done.

This is the second one.  I had it nearly done and then I realized it was lopsided.  I'm hoping I can maybe just add a few stitches in to get it straighter...straight enough that it won't bother me every time I see it anyways.

I also crocheted a bunch of scarves before Christmas to use up some of my yarn I had lying around.  Hoping to use up a bunch of old stuff so I have an excuse to buy more.  Not sure what I'd like to all crochet, but I do have my eyes on a few patterns.  So I'm trying to be good and not buy any more yarn without knowing what I'm going to make.  

 Thanks to my friend Audrey for the beautiful button on this one!  I really love those unique wooden buttons you ordered!

 Infinity scarf in brown.
      


Infinity scarf in green.
                       


Infinity scarf in blues and browns.
       

Here's a new hat pattern I found.  Saw it, loved it, and had to try it.  It was quite confusing at first, but after reading, rereading, and rereading again a few more times, I figured it out.  I'm always up for a good challenge.  Needless to say, I'm supposed to make another one.  Hoping I can figure out how to make this in a larger size for me too!  Love the cable look!  Omitted the pom pom on top.

There's still a huge stash of cotton yarns in a storage box in my living room that I need to decide what to do with.

And since we had some dolls given here for Christmas gifts, I found a pattern I fell in love with and had to sew some dresses.  Sadly I misread the pattern and made them out of a heavy knit rather than a light weight one.  I'm glad the pattern worked well otherwise.  I think I see more knit dresses in the future for these beautiful dolls!





Friday, 20 November 2015

Feature Friday - Audrey's Cozy Crochet / Warming Hearts

Crocheting as Therapy

When I was young my grandma tried to teach me to knit.  It didn’t work out so well.  She thought I was doing a fine job…. I knew better.  I remember my grandma being able to see but by the time I was a young teenager she was legally blind.  That didn’t stop her from doing whatever she wanted too.  She knit until the day she had her stroke at age 97!  I hope to be like her when I grow up :)  I think my grandma is probably the reason I took up crafting.


I learned one crochet stitch when I was in Bible School.  Crocheted myself an afghan that I still own.
After that I didn’t crochet for years, until I had children.  Decided to crochet some blankets as baby gifts, that lasted for a few blankets, then I quit again.

About 4 years ago I was talking with someone and she mentioned that she crocheted in the evenings while watching TV with her husband and donated the scarves to the homeless shelters in the city.  This sounded like an awesome idea, so I purchased some yarn, a hook and haven’t looked back since.  Every year I crochet 2 large boxes for charity.  Here are some of the items I have crocheted this year.  Found 3 different places that take donations!  The local food bank takes donations for their Christmas Hampers,  the Salvation Army and a food truck that goes out 2-3 times a week and they also take items for the homeless or families in need, and a friend’s aunt volunteers at a shelter for abused women.  Three awesome places to donate some handmade items to help people stay warm this winter.





​I had an Etsy shop for a while, but it didn’t work out for me.

Still have a business page on Facebook though:  https://www.facebook.com/AudreysCozyCrochet/

I also have a blog where I post FREE crochet patterns every Fridayhttp://creativecanadianlife.blogspot.ca/


Crocheting has been wonderful therapy for me.  It’s relaxing (unless I miscount stitches), keeps my hands busy (no munching), and is a way I can give back by crocheting for Charities.  Who needs a therapist when you have yarn and hooks?  lol

I have also recently started something new called Warming Hearts.  For each item sold, one item is donated to a charity.  Donations are sent to:
- the local food bank for their Christmas Hampers and also for anyone in the community who needs some extra help.
- The Salvation Army to be distributed from their food truck which goes out 2-3 times a week to feed those living on the streets, and families having trouble making ends meet.
- A shelter for abused women. I have a friend who's aunt volunteers at the shelter, items will be sent to her.

If you have a preference as to which charity receives your donated item, please let me know.

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