January 25, 2010

French Press Cozy


I was looking all over for a french press cozy, and couldn't find one that would work. So I decided to figure one out on my own.

Here is the pattern, hope you enjoy it!

French Press Crochet Cozy
I Hook
100% Cotton Sugar and Cream
2 buttons
sewing needle
DMC floss

Measure your Presses length and width around. Mine measured 4 inches high, and 12 1/2 width around. I ended up doing 13 inches around, but if I make it again I will do 13 1/2 to have more than enough room for the buttons.

Chain enough ch stitches till you get to your height measurements.
Row 1: Turn and single crochet in second chain from hook, and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, HDC in first SC, and in each SC across. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 3, DC in first HDC, and in each HDC across.

Repeat Rows 1, 2 & 3 in this sequence until your piece measures to the width you would like, Ending with the ROW 3 DC. Ending with a DC row will make it so you don't need to make button holes.

 Finish off and weave in the ends.

Measure your piece around your press, and make a note as to where you would like to place your buttons.
Sew on 2 buttons, one on the top, and one on the bottom with DMC floss. I used smaller buttons so that they fit nicely into the DC holes.

Let me know how your press cozy turns out, I know that mine will come in very handy, and the cotton that I used matches my kitchen! :)

Current Crochet Projects?

So, what is everyone working on right now?
I don't know what it is about this time of year but I come to a complete block as to what project I want to complete next! I just re organized my yarn, It's now in 3 18 gallon totes, and 2 wicker laundry baskets in the closet! Besides the bags that I have with yarn in them for projects I really want to do! So, now's the time to start on burning through that stash right? Well, I'm at a stand still as to where to start. I thought about taking a book and making every pattern in it, blogging about my progress and the projects I complete. I also thought about joining a crochet a long on ravelry. And, my Mom is going to love this one.... I even considered trying to learn to knit again!
SO, I would LOVE to hear from all of you as to what you are working on right now, or how you get through the artistic blocks and winter blues!

January 13, 2010

Winter 2010, my total crochet meltdown!

Have you ever had a total crochet meltdown? I have so many projects I want to do, and can't seem to pick one to work on.

This winter has been so depressing. We live in the northwest, a stones throw away from Canada. We are use to tons of snow and a winter wonderland. Instead it's been raining, and raining, and raining. Could the lack of snow be the reason for my non commitment to a project?

Lately all I want to do is cook gluten free goodies, and eat them ALL! I'm never going to be able to fit into that crochet shell that I made myself this fall, sigh....

I have also been playing with paper again, and my new cricket that was given to me by my wonderful husband, for my 38th birthday in December. I've been making all sorts of different things that I will be showing you soon, but the yarn has really been calling my name.

I have a pattern idea for Alice Cullen wrist warmers, maybe that is what my first project should be? As most of you know, I do not get along with knitting needles, just like crochet hooks and my Mother do not get along. So I saw a knitting loom Alice Cullen wrist warmer pattern by Vickie Howell and thought, maybe I might get along with a knitting loom, seems easy enough. Well $5.35 cents later, and a lot of frustration, it was chucked across the room, making the bird fly off of his cage, which the cats utterly loved, it was a knitting loom, yarn, feathers and fur frenzy! So much for getting along with a knitting loom!

So until tomorrow, hopefully the start of a new day will help me to decided what to do about this whole, rainy, depressing, crochet, predicament.

January 8, 2010

New paper treats in my etsy shop, a bit of vintage for valenties day.

I had quite a big of fun making vintage valentines today for etsy. I even listened to 40's music on sirius to get me in the mood, which actually really helped!
It's nice to be working with paper again, but I am also working with yarn, and have one new hat pattern to put up for free in the coming days, my son called it the elmer fudd hat, so keep a look out for it this weekend.
I am also developing a long wrist warmer pattern that will hopefully look like the knitted version that Alice Cullen wears in New Moon. I'm really excited about this one, and can't wait to get it done.
In the mean time check out what new paper treats I have in my etsy shop Cozi at home designs.
Please let me know what you think, I love to hear from you on my new projects!

January 1, 2010

Crochet Hat Patterns Sold Here!

I have been getting requests to buy my patterns, so besides having them up on etsy and ravelry, I just put my hat patterns on here with a paypal pay button! I will be adding my fingerless gloves and choker pattern sometime today.

I am also almost done with a new hat pattern! It's a combination of a newsboy cap with earflaps! I made some for family this Christmas, and they were a big hit! So come back to check it out.

TAKING IDEAS.....

What do you want to see patterns for? I have some ideas, but would like to get ideas from all of you. Please e-mail me or post comments, I'm excited to hear what you all have to say!