Bobble Cuff Thursday, May 24 2007 

crochted bobble cuff I crocheted this cuff bracelet over the weekend. There’s an explanation of how I made it in the tutorials section of my blog on my jewelry website. It’s basically three staggered rows of the bobble stitch, with a row of single crochet in between each bobble row.

Not jewelry… Tuesday, Apr 17 2007 

crocheted wash clothI’m *still* working on knitting a sweater, I’ve read three mystery novels in the last week, and I have a bunch of resin pendants in progress that I’m excited about. And I got my taxes done – whew! It’s been busy!

This weekend, I wanted to make something easy and practical, so I came up with this small crocheted cotton wash cloth that has a loop so I can hang it on a hook in the shower. It’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever made (although I bet it would look more impressive if I bothered to block it – I figured since it’s going to get wet, why bother) but it will definitely be useful.

In case anyone wants to make one, you need some worsted weight cotton yarn and an appropriately sized crochet hook (4-5 mm works well for me with most worsted yarn). I chained a few inches & joined the chain with a slip stitch for the hanging loop, then I chained maybe six inches more for the width of the cloth. I single crocheted a couple of rows, then alternated double crochet and single crochet rows until it was almost as long as I wanted, then single crocheted a couple more rows so the top and bottom edges look the same. Then I just wove my ends in.

This project was completed while I listened to the A’s/Yankees game on Sunday – in case you missed it, the A’s were losing 4-2 and it was the bottom of the 9th inning, and they managed to get two men on base with two outs. Scutaro came up, and was down to his last strike when he hit a three run home run to win the game. Best ending to a baseball game ever! I’m a big fan of listening to sports on the radio, because it’s perfect for working on my jewelry & other creative projects.

I’ve also been making stuff while listening to pod casts on my I-pod, which I highly recommend. There are so many amazing craft podcasts available for free, and there’s nothing like listening to people talk about making things to inspire me to work on more projects! Craft Sanity, Craftcast, and Craftypod are a few of my favorite general craft podcasts, and if you like knitting, there are about a million – search I-tunes and you’ll find a bunch. If anyone reads this blog anymore, since I stopped posting every day, I’d love to hear about your favorite podcasts.