I am so proud to be a featured designer in this blog hop that runs from November 23 through December 6. Each day you will receive a free crochet pattern for holiday home decor from that day’s featured designer. We have 14 incredible designs for you to enjoy. Be sure to visit Deck the Halls with Yarn Blog Hop 2020 daily for new free crochet designs.
Look at this amazing collaboration of off-Ravelry fiber artists – over 70 indie knit and crochet designers offering 25% off their designs from November 25 through December 5. Use code fo2020 on any of these shops. See a list of included designers at http://www.wipinsanity.com/fastenoffyal. Shop My Fingers Fly designs at https://www.myfingersfly.com.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale on Etsy
Check out my Etsy shop for 20% off any $10.00 purchase including lots of new crochet swag. Several Christmas ornaments with fiber themes have been added to the shop.
History of Women’s Rights
This new line of merchandise celebrates the progress of women’s rights in the United States – from winning the right to vote in 1920 to electing the first female Vice President in 2020. Available items include t-shirts, mugs, ornaments, face masks, and afghans.
We’re still in 100-degree weather in San Antonio, but I’m still in a Halloween mood. This week I will be publishing three different designs for chair socks to get your dining room ready for Halloween. Today’s pattern is a ghost chair sock, which will be followed by Frankenstein’s monster and a spider.
The ghost chair sock takes only 11 yards of white yarn and takes just a few minutes to crochet. Eyes and mouth can be painted on, embroidered with black yarn, or glued on with felt. Grab your scrap basket and make up a few in one evening.
Finished Measurements: Approximately 2” tall, 1.5” diameter to fit 4.5” circumference chair leg
Gauge: 5 sc = 1”
Row 1: With white yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch. Do not join. Work in continuous rnds throughout.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (12 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, repeat around (18 sc).
Rnd 4: BLO, sc in each st.
Rnds 5-13: Working in both loops, sc in each st. Join with sl st at end of Rnd 13. Fasten off white. Weave in ends.
To decorate face:
use fabric paint to make eyes and mouth; or
cut 3 felt ovals for eyes and mouth and glue to face; or
Businesses across the country are beginning to open again, and people are returning to work. Do you have a little one who is returning to day care? Benjamin Turtle would be the perfect companion. He’s a cute plush toy that unfolds to reveal a toddler blanket for naptime.
I hope you enjoy making him as much as I enjoyed designing him. Thanks to also to tester Sharon Reid who provided me the beautiful photos.
I Love This Yarn worsted weight
21 oz. Dark Olive
6 oz. Mild Green
5 oz. Toasted Almond
2 oz. Sungold
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Two 8-mm black safety eyes
Three 3/4” buttons
Row 1: With Dark Olive yarn, ch 101, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in remaining chs (100 hdc).
Rows 2-10: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st.
Rows 11-12: Ch 1, turn, switch to Mild Green yarn and hdc in each st.
Repeat stripe pattern of 10 rows Dark Olive and 2 rows Mild Green 9 times. Then work another 10 rows of Dark Olive hdc.
With Dark Olive yarn, ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across top with 3 hdc in corner. Turn to work down side, work hdc with approximately 3 sts for every 2 rows. Lay work on a table occasionally to make sure it is laying flat; adjust sts as necessary. Turn to work across bottom with 3 hdc in corner, hdc in each unused loop of starting ch, 3 hdc in corner. Turn to work up next side using the same number of sts as the other side. Join with sl st in 1st hdc.
Okay, the easy part is done. Stay tuned for part 2 to make the turtle shell which will hold the blanket. Pattern PDF is available for download at My Fingers Fly. Please feel free to share photos on Instagram or Facebook.
A cool front blew in last night, so it finally feels like Halloween. I miss the Halloweens when the kids were young, and I spent most of October sewing costumes for them. I think my favorite was the Jack Sparrow costume.
As a treat for you this year, I made a tutorial on YouTube for a black cat door hanger on the Addi knitting machine. It’s quick and easy to make and looks so cute hanging on the front door.
More Halloween patterns are available at My Fingers Fly including the Frankenstein Eyeglass Holder for Frankenstein Friday.
Fox Christmas Tree Ornament
The cooler weather also gets me in a Christmas mood, so I have been working on ornaments for my tree. It may be too early for some people, but crafters know that it’s never too early to start making Christmas items.
Worsted weight yarn – a few yards of light (CC) and dark (MC)
Crochet hook size G (4.00 mm)
2 google eyes
Ribbon or cord.
Rnd 1: With CC yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st (8 sc).
Rnd 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (12 sc).
Rnd 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (16 sc).
Rnd 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (20 sc). Fasten off CC.
Rnd 6: With MC yarn, *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat around (24 sc).
Rnds 7-11: Sc in each st.
Rnd 12: Sk 12 sts, sc in 12 sts.
Rnd 13: *Dec, sc in next 4 sts* twice (10 sc).
Rnd 14: *Dec, sc in next 3 sts* twice (8 sc).
Rnd 15: Dec 4 times (4 sc). Fasten off with 4” length. Pull sts tight to close.
Go back to unworked sts of Rnd 11. Sc in each st. Repeat Rnds 12-15.
Glue on eyes and pompom nose. Cut a piece of cord or ribbon about 15” long. Pull through a stitch at the top of the back of the fox and make a knot.
There’s still time to make some cool sugar skull items. Paperback and Kindle versions of Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns is available at Sugar Skull Crochet Patterns.
2020 Crochet Calendar
Calendars are here! I’m so proud of this project – 2 years of designing, testing, and tweaking have finally brought my vision to life (with the help of a great photographer and a very patient graphic artist).
2020 Crochet Calendar
Looking for the perfect gift for the crocheters in your life? This calendar is the perfect gift that keeps giving all year long. Each month there is a new crochet pattern to add a little whimsy to your kitchen:
January Zebra potholder International Zebra Day
February Wine Bottle potholder National Drink Wine Day
March Three Little Pigs panhandlers National Pig Day
April Bunny dish scrubby Easter
May Firefighter axe panhandler International Firefighter's Day
June Giraffe potholder National Giraffe Day
July Ice Cream Cone potholder National Ice Cream Month
August Fish kitchen towel National Marine Week
September Elephant potholders National Elephant Appreciation Day
October Skull kitchen towel Halloween
November Eagle potholder Veterans Day
December Christmas panhandlers Christmas
Skill level: Easy to intermediate
Each calendar page measures 8.5" x 11". Calendar includes January through December of 2020. Also included is a 25% off coupon which is valid on any pattern or ebook throughout the year.
The soundtrack of my teen years consisted of some of the greatest rock bands of all time. During my high school years, Queen quickly became one of the top bands to fuel our teenage obsession with music. Although I have always wanted to see them in concert, Freddy Mercury’s untimely death put an end to that dream for Queen fans.Fast forward a few decades, and American Idol was the TV show for me. I fell in love with Adam Lambert, a baby-faced singer with an amazing stage presence. Being the mother of four Italian children, I wanted to take him home and cook him a lasagna. With his dark hair and blue eyes, he looked like the boy next door but with an extra serving of charisma.Then last year came the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s a must see for Queen fans, and it refueled my love of their music. Rami Malek brought Freddy back to life. That evening on the way home, I started searching the internet for anything related to Queen. Much to my delight, they were on tour with Adam Lambert joining them as the lead singer. I bought tickets immediately for the Houston show, and we were privileged to see these true rock icons in concert this week. Sitting in the Toyota Center listening to their music, I was 16 again. Brian May and Roger Taylor have aged (as have we all), but they were the same amazing musicians that they were 40 years ago. Adam Lambert paid homage to Freddy in words and in his performance. It was truly a magical night.
We’re headed back to Houston today for another legendary band, the Rolling Stones. What an awesome way to spend my birthday weekend! I’ll share the details next week.Since it’s the last week of July, I have the final Christmas in July free pattern, a Santa Claus gift basket made on the Addi king knitting machine. They’re easy to work up. Then fill them with your favorite holiday treats and pass them out to neighbors and coworkers. Make a few extra to have on hand as hostess gifts for those last-minute party invites.