When my grandson asked me to crochet a bag for him to keep his army men in, I realized I’m always in need of some type of small bag. If you are like me, I’m always throwing my change in the bottom of my purse, so I thought a small bag to clip onto my key ring would be perfect. I was working with Heart & Sole and thought this would be perfect for a key ring bag. Once I started, I couldn’t stop…making different size bags using different weights of yarn. The great thing is that is all one pattern. All you need to do is change the hook size appropriate for the yarn you will be using. These are great for carrying jewelry when traveling, use as favors at a shower, gift bags, little girl’s purse…I even made some and hung them on the Christmas tree with gift cards inside. The pattern I used is Key Ring Pouch. A similar project for knitters Mini Key Ring Purses. How would you use your little bags?
We are launching a new feature in February…Crochet-a-Long, and it will be through our Red Heart Yarns Facebook page, and we will continue to blog about it here on HeartStrings. A couple weeks ago, I asked you to give me an idea of what you might like to work on for both knit and crochet projects. You have given us some wonderful suggestions and our first crochet-a-long will begin on February 14th (Knit-a-long coming soon). Numerous comments about wanting to learn or make sampler Afghans or throws, various types of ripple Afghans and grannies were mentioned. Based on those suggestions, we have selected 3 different crochet afghan patterns for you to choose from.
Recently while flipping through a magazine on flight to a Stitches show, I came across this ad for kitty litter, but what caught my eye was the crochet afghan over the rocking chair and the basket of yarn on the floor. It’s interesting how popular crochet has become. I see it in print advertisements for every medium. This brought back so many wonderful memories of my grandmother, who taught me to crochet. And this afghan was one of her favorite. I still have the one she made for me and it’s in these exact colors. She made over 100 of this style in lots of different colors. We got to pick out the colors we wanted, but all the others were donated to the church for those in need. Continue reading “Grandma’s Favorite Afghan”
Today, I’m sitting here stitching and listening to a great selection of music that a dear friend made for me. At the same time, I’m stitching on several projects and I find it’s interesting how the different sounds make me want to work on different things. I’m able to set a pace to my project. Continue reading “Crochet & Knitting to Music”
Explore Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller™ yarns. This 100% natural, 100% affordable collection is yarn for people who love yarn. Continue reading “Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller – Red Heart Yarns”
Can’t believe where this year has gone…did you know it’s only 60 days ‘til Christmas? I’m in the south, we still have temperatures in the 80’s during the day, flowers and vegetables are still growing and I’m sitting on the patio thinking about what to make for the holidays. This is always a fun time around my house. Several years ago I decided our tree would be decorated with hand made items. Except for the lights & those few special gifts I’ve received over the years, everything is handmade with love. First thing I’m working on are the decorations for the tree. Continue reading “Christmas is Right Around the Corner!”
Discover crochet fashionistas Erika and Monika Simmons, aka the Double Stitch Twins. Their fun, flirty designs are inspiring a new wave of crocheters. Red Heart is excited to share their new patterns. Enjoy! Continue reading “Double Stitch Twins – Red Heart Yarns”