Retro Red Heart Patterns

If you’ve been crocheting or knitting for awhile, you’ve probably come across vintage patterns from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Perhaps you have a box hiding in the back of your yarn closet (like me) of old patterns that have been given to you by someone whose mother has passed away. Or you’ve purchased old patterns for their old-time charm at an antique shop. These patterns connect us to the knitters and crocheters of the past and give us a sense of the wonderful tradition that we enjoy. Continue reading “Retro Red Heart Patterns”

Little Bags Made with Red Heart Yarns

 

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?

Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller

Lace knitting never seems to wane in popularity. But if you are like me with limited knitting time, fine lace yarn doesn’t have great appeal. Of course in my mind, I want to sit down and spend hours casting on hundreds of stitches and follow a complex chart – but then reality sinks in and I realize that I have to get back to my Red Heart work. So much for my knitting dreams! Continue reading “Making Lace with Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller”

Grandma’s Favorite Afghan

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”

Fond Crochet Memories

Do you remember a special knit or crochet gift you were given?  I remember several, but there is one that stands out in my mind.  It was the 80’s and rainbows were all the rage in teen girl room décor!  I know I am dating myself, but I know some of you out there can relate!  My next door neighbor crocheted a beautiful ripple afghan to my specifications out of 5 solid shades of yarn, it was likely Red Heart Classic at that time.  After we bought the yarn, I remember I could barely stand the wait to get the finished product.  Finally it was done and it exceeded my expectations and spent many happy years on my bed!   Continue reading “Fond Crochet Memories”

Christmas is Right Around the Corner!

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!”