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Crocheting the EASIEST slippers.

When I started to learn how to crochet, about 8 years ago or so, I wanted to make certain things. After tackling basic scarves and hats, I really wanted to make slippers but I just could never get the hang of the patterns for them since I was still a very, very basic crocheter.

Since I started crocheting more this year, I wanted to use up more of my current stash (which still doesn’t stop me from buying more yarn, by the way) and one type of yarn I have loads of is bulky, or #5. I looked up various bulky crochet patterns on Pinterest and found this pattern by Kristi Simpson and decided to give them a go. And let me tell you, this pattern is super easy and super fast! I crocheted off and on all afternoon and made myself two pairs.

I followed the pattern for my first pair, made with Loops & Threads Charisma Big! in Mulberry Bush and an H hook and while they were nice, I didn’t quite like the fit in the toes so I altered the pattern a bit for the first 14 rows:

  • The pattern originally starts with chaining two, but I made a magic circle instead.
  • First, you are to crochet 10 double crochets, then slip stitch together, and then increasing with two double crochets in each stitch to total 20 stitches by the end of the second round. After this, here is what I did (making sure not to start my double crochets in the slip stitch:
    • Round 3: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. (20 sts)
    • Round 4: Ch 2, dc in the next 10 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 9 stitches, and ss to join. (21 sts)
    • Round 5: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (21 sts)
    • Round 6: Ch 2, dc in the next 10 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 10 stitches, and ss to join. (22 sts)
    • Round 7: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (22 sts)
    • Round 8: Ch 2, dc in the next 11 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 10 stitches, and ss to join. (23 sts)
    • Round 9: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (23 sts)
    • Round 10: Ch 2, dc in the next 9 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 5 stitches, increase in the next stitch, dc in the next 7 stitches. Ss to join. (25 sts)
    • Round 11: Ch 2, dc in each stitch. Ss to join. (25 sts)

And after that I followed Kristi’s pattern until the finishing. She does a shell stitch around and I decided to alternate FPDC and BPDC two times around to make a ribbed finish. The second pair I made used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal in Buttercup and Burnt Orange, also with an H hook.

The way I did my second set of slippers, the yellow and orange ones, made a really nice, fitted slipper, whereas the original pattern is a little more loose in the toe section. I prefer fitted.

If you’ve been crocheting for a while and want to try your hand at making some slippers, I highly recommend Kristi’s pattern (with or without my changes). It can easily be altered for smaller or bigger feet (these fit my feet which are a size 9). It’s so simple and so clever and well worth figuring out. I think they would make great Christmas gifts!

Be sure to follow THIS LINK to get Kristi’s pattern, which also includes a very helpful video.

Are you a crocheter? Is there something that you have always wanted to make but the patterns always seem to boggle your mind? 

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Winter Crocheting (A.K.A. It’s really, really cold.)

Hey guys!

It has been a long time since I posted last, mainly because I wasn’t sure what to write about. I hope your new year is going great so far; as for mine, I’ve been doing some reading, some LEGO building, some TV watching, and getting back into crocheting and other yarn things.

I last crocheted about two years ago. I remember I had been doing a lot of Christmas gifts and I asked my mom to bring me back some yarn from the United States because we didn’t get it here. I finally picked up that yarn to make something this year. So go me!

I don’t know why I suddenly got the urge to crochet; possibly it’s because of the little crochet kits my brother-in-law gave my kids for Christmas. My oldest one got a Safari animal kit and the littlest a Disney princess kit. I’ve never really been great at making amigurumi figures but the kids were begging me to make them one of the figures, so I made a lion for the oldest and a Cinderella for the littlest. Making them made me realize that I needed to brush up on my crocheting and since the kids were showing an interest in me making things, I thought it was about time I brought out my yarn and hooks and started making things again.

Since then I’ve made a few things and haven’t been able to stop! Here are a few things I’ve made so far:

Loom hook grips using rainbow loom elastics. I even made one for my H crochet hook! Pattern from Loom A Hat.
Some ADORABLE little loom-knit kitties. The orange one was my first one and it’s probably the best. The blue one was the last one I made and it looks a little like Yoda. I really need to learn to stitch better. Pattern from Loom A Hat.
This is the first pattern that I’ve ever bought online and I absolutely love it. The size for this one is 4, which is the size my daughter wears, but it fits really big, even with the proper gauge. I made another one in the size 2 and it fits her perfectly. Pattern by Deni Sharpe.

And on my hook right now are a few Valentine’s Day stuffies for the kids, which I’ll share when they’re done; a blanket for a friend’s new baby; and some really easy loom-knit tube socks. On a mission to organize my yarn and yarn crafting supplies, I also found about 5 blankets I was making and never finished, plus the squares for a few corner-to-corner blankets I started a few years ago. I also found some half-done projects which I had to frog since I wasn’t very good at keeping a pattern with a project and for the life of me couldn’t remember what the heck I was making!

I’ve been getting more into loom-knitting and Tunisian crochet and have bought a few books on crochet, Tunisian crochet, and knitting, along with a few little fun kits to practice more amigumuri for the kids.

Let’s just say I am absolutely hooked! I first started crocheting in 2011 and finally feel like I have the hang on how to do it. This year I’ve learned a few things:

  1. Always print out a pattern when making something! If the internet goes down or if the project gets set aside, the pattern will still be there.
  2. Stitch markers aren’t just for marking certain points in a project; they also come in handy when sewing amigumuri and other stuffed projects together. I found that when I eyeball things, it doesn’t go well.
  3. Ballpoint pins are great for marking where eyes should go on a project.
  4. Tunisian crochet is ridiculously fun.
  5. Crocheting in a continuous round goes much more smoothly when putting a stitch marker on the last stitch of a row – this might be why my other amigurumi projects have never quite looked picture perfect.
  6. Count, count, count! In the past I’ve fudged around with rows when I screw up my counting, but I’m realizing that frogging parts of projects or starting over can be invaluable to getting a project right.
  7. Just keep trying! I’m not perfect at any of these crafts, but it’s so much fun finding projects and attempting to make them. I get lots of practice, learn new skills, and maybe learn new techniques to make things run more smoothly.
  8. And lastly, organization is a LIFE SAVER. Before this week, I had been keeping all my yarn in various bins in the basement. I had hooks in a drawer, scissors and stitch markers … somewhere, and various books and magazines just piled up together. Once I finally went through and organized things I was able to see what yarns I had to work with (a lot of worsted, bulky, and some DK and one jumbo yarn) and I could what tools I had available, be it needles, hooks, or looms, as well as the other accessories that go with the craft.

So I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be sharing more of my crochet and other yarn-projects here as I go. I’ve always loved learning about other peoples’ journeys when they start new things so hopefully I can document my progress here as I go!

Challenges

[Challenge] 2019 TBR Pile Challenge! #TBR2019RBR

Last year I signed up for Roof Beam Reader‘s 2018 TBR Pile Challenge and I did HORRIBLE. Out of my 12 books and 2 alternates I read ONE book. But hey, that means sign up and try again, right?

What is the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge? Hosted by Adam, over at Roof Beam Reader, the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge is a year-long challenge to read books that have been on your TBR prior to January 1st 2018 – so it cant be books you bought last year, but books bought before that.

Here are the rules from Roof Beam Reader’s official sign up page:

1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2018 or later (any book published in the year 2017 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.
2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.
3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky must be to your master list. This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2019.
4. Leave comments on Adam’s official post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2019 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com or The Book Depository!
5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2018!

SO! When I sat down to think of what books to put on my list, I decided to list the books that were the OLDEST on my TBR. I have quite a few books from 2017 to read, but prior to that not too many. It would be nice to catch up on reading those ones.

Here’s my list: 

Novels

  1. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (on my TBR since 2009)
  2. Bag of Bones by Stephen King (on my TBR since 2012)
  3. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (on my TBR since 2012)
  4. No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong (on my TBR since 2012)
  5. These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen (on my TBR since 2013)
  6. The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan (on my TBR since 2013)
  7. Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (on my TBR since 2013)
  8. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (on my TBR since 2014)
  9. An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (on my TBR since 2014)
  10. Love Letters to the Angel of Death by Jennifer Quist (on my TBR since 2014)
  11. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels (on my TBR since 2014)
  12. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (on my TBR since 2016)

Alternates

  1. Chai Tea Sunday by Heather A. Clark (on my TBR since 2014)
  2. The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea (on my TBR since 2014)

When I last signed up for this challenge, I mentioned that I still had 76 unread books on my shelf from before 2017 and I’m happy to say I now have 46 which means I either read 30 or purged some.* Either way, the number is down so it would be great to get it down even further! So long as I get a kick in the butt to read some of these older books.

  • Note: My TBR from 2017 and before is at 176 which is why I’m not even focusing on 2017 books. That can be looked at next year! 

Are you joining the 2019 TBR Pile Challenge? What is your TBR at from before 2018?