Pacifier Tether / Clip

Posted By on March 26, 2017

Making bibs, for a friend who is expecting a baby this summer, I was left with small scraps of yarn. So I decided to make a tether / clip for the pacifier to match the bibs.
This is a very simple pattern. More like a guide to help you make your own.
I used weight 1 – Super Fine cotton yarn on a 2.5mm (C) hook. If your yarn is heavier you will need to start with fewer stitches in your foundation chain, and of course you will need to make fewer rows.

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Crochet Along 2017

Posted By on February 17, 2017

This year we are doing a Scrap Blanket Surprise CAL (Crochet Along). You can participate on your own time. You do not have to follow a specific calendar or rush to keep up. And you can participate here, no need to sign up for websites, groups or communities. Just come back and check for updates on a regular basis. I wont promise to post every day. I will post when I have time. But I do promise to post at least a couple of times each week. Hopefully more.
If you wish, you can join my crochet Facebook group Crochet by We-R-Soto

This CAL is for beginners as well as experienced crocheters. Experienced crocheters should have no trouble at all following the directions. And if you are a beginner, please jump in as well. If you need help you can ask me, or join my group and ask your questions there. Everyone are very nice and helpful.

For this Crochet Along you can choose to use up some of your scrap yarn, or you can choose to buy new yarn. As this is an as-we-go project, I can not tell you exactly how much yarn you will need. But you can start by buying 3-5 skeins of complementing colors. We will be making a smaller throw. Size depends on your yarn choice. But it will be 180 stitches wide.

I would love to hear from anyone who joins me for this CAL, so please feel free to leave a comment, or join my group. And please tell your crocheting friends as well. Share the link on your Facebook page, group, or timeline, or on your Twitter, or post photos of your work to Instagram. The more the merrier!

Find the CAL here: Crochet Along 2017

Cozy cozy – Can or Cup Mitten

Posted By on January 5, 2017

A unique take on the popular beer mitten. My version has changed a bit over the last couple of years, but the basic pattern is still the same.

This mitten has two layers so your hand will never be in direct contact with your drink container. Your hand will be place between two layers of comfortably warm crochet fabric. The cup holder also has double bottom. After doing the basic pattern once you will easily be able to adjust the pattern to fit your yarn weight, and add stripes, flowers, or any other decorations to fit your needs.

This is one of those fun little items that can be made to fit team colors, school colors, made for hunters and fishermen. Or just for sitting around the camp fire. I personally have used these all year round.

Anyway, it is now up on Ravelry.com and I know a lot of you need it for your stocking stuffers, Christmas/Winter craft shows and fairs, and of course for yourselves as well.

Cozy cozy – Can or Cup Mitten on Ravelry.com

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Knitting Abbreviations

Posted By on December 31, 2016


Finally, I have picked up knitting again. My big issue though is that I never learned to use US terms when knitting. So even though I know how to knit, I still have trouble reading patterns, and memorizing all the abbreviations. I looked around and those site that claim to have comprehensive abbreviations list, well they don’t. There are always some missing. So I decided to compile my own list. I have included every abbreviation I could find. AND I am also including stitch combination abbreviations that I have used lately. There will be hundreds more stitch combination abbreviations, and I will update the list once I find more. Please, if I am missing some, add them in the comments and I will add them to the list once I update.

Knitting Abbreviations PDF Download

Knitting Abbreviations
There are many variations of each abbreviation. And many times it depends on context.

3fc – Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K2 from cable needle.
4fc – Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then K3 from cable needle.
4Kfc – Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K1, then K3 from cable needle.

A.
alt – alternate, alternating
approx – approximately

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Hello 2017

Posted By on December 29, 2016

2016 was a good year for us. In the beginning of January we decided it was time for us to go back to Arizona and settle down. We spent a few days moving all our stuff from the RV to our storage in Lompoc. Then by the 15th we had donated the RV to “People Helping People” and we were ready to hit the road with the first load. We drove to Kingman a couple of times with loads to put in storage there. Then we started bringing from there to Flagstaff. It was the safest and cheapest way to do it. It took a little extra time, but we had a couple of weeks before Rudy had to start work in Flagstaff.

We then spent a few months living in motels in Flagstaff. Not fun! We spent a lot of times going out to the woods to get away from the life in the motel and to do a little “home” cooking. We all got to know each other really well.

In May/June we were finally able to find and purchase our new home.

We love our new home. It is located north of Williams, Arizona. About 50 miles south of The Grand Canyon National Park. Perfect location. Summers are mild, but the winters can get quite cold. We have just one acre, but right now that seems to be a perfect size for us. Room for the critters we have acquired since we moved in, and the ones we hope to add in the future. We also have a fairly large greenhouse and a fenced kitchen garden. It all needs work, but no more than what we can handle.

Since we moved in our family have grown. We have added 6 hens, a rooster, 3 rabbits, and 3 ducks. Unfortunately we lost our 16 year old dog Napoleon back in September. We are just very happy that he got to spend 2 months with us here at the homestead before he passed.



We are learning about the animals, and we are feeling we are doing really well. The hens we got as 3 day old chicks, and they are now laying eggs. They are very nice looking hens. 2 Productions Reds, 2 Marans, and 2 Easter Eggers. The rooster is a Blue Copper Maran. Beautiful bird, but so ornery. Rudy build them an awesome coop, and a nice run. I am sure we could let them roam the yard freely, but we have so many hawks here and they seem to have an eye on our flock. So we let them out to roam the yard and the compost when we are around so we can keep an eye on the hawks.
We got 3 rabbits in August. They were about 4 months old then. Marcie, Millie, and Max. They are Silver Fox and Flemish Giant mix.
In the beginning of November we bought four day-old ducklings. Unfortunately we lost one, but we now have three 7 week old ducks. They are Peking ducks, and all three are so pretty.
We of course still have our 3 dogs and 2 cats. They too are enjoying life in a real house. I think they too were starting to get cabin fever living first in the RV for 3+ years and then a motel room for 6 months.



We are learning about raising animals as we go. And even though we were pretty clueless when we started, I think that we are doing pretty good even after just 6 months here. We have tried to read up on animal husbandry both in books and online. But we find that there is just too much information out there. We read one thing, then go to a different website or another book and we will find conflicting information. It is frustrating. We want to do what is best for our animals, and so far they have all stayed healthy. And that is with us just going by instinct instead of following books and websites with a lot of (mis)information. When we have a question we google it. Read a few answers and then we do what we think sounds like the best option. So when reading our future blog posts you will see that we do things simple and inexpensively. We believe in KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). We many times come up with solutions different from what others do. We are trying our best to keep the animals and kiddo safe and healthy without breaking the bank.



We have great plans for 2017. As for this blog, we hope to be a source for others who want to try out homesteading, but dont have the money to use all the latest equipment or time to read all the publications out there. So you will see a lot of articles about how we are doing things. Our successes and of course failures. I of course will continue with articles about crochet, knitting, art, etc. I have plans for new patterns, free tutorials, and lots of fun stuff. We look forward to getting to know more people with like interests, and of course learning from others with homesteading and crafting experience.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Curly Tutorial

Posted By on January 14, 2015

Making cute curlies is fun, and so easy, once you know how. You really only need to know basic stitches, and you too can make corkscrew curls. To make a basic curl you make a chain and then go back adding 2 or 3 stitches in each chain stitch. I like to only add 2 cause I like the curls to be more “relaxed”. You can use single crochet, double crochet, or any stitch you like. It depends on how big you want the curl. For the Unicorn Scarf tail (pattern @ Ravelry and Craftsy) I used single crochet.

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Unicorn Scarf (curly instructions)

Posted By on January 14, 2015

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You can find the pattern for this Unicorn pattern at both Ravelry and Craftsy. It is a pattern for the basic unicorn scarf. Everything you need to know to make the basic scarf is in this pattern.

You can find the detailed curly tutorial HERE

This is how the basic scarf looks, however this one has a white body (scarf), where the one in the pattern has a striped body (scarf):
uniblog1

Now, if you would like to turn this scarf into this:
uniblog2
you will need to add curlies to the tail. It is actually very simple. You know from the pattern how to make these little curlies, but how do we add them.

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Round vs Hexagon flats – Tutorial

Posted By on September 30, 2014

The other day I saw someone, in one of the Facebook groups, who had trouble making a round flat.  Someone then told this lady that you can never make a round flat because it will always come out as a hexagon. That is not true. You can make a round flat, or a flat that is more round than hexagon.

The reason a flat will look like a hexagon is because you do the increase in the same area each time.

Like this:

1.  Magic ring ch1, 6sc, pull closed, sl st into first sc (6)

2.   ch1, 2sc in same st as your ch, *2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (12)

3.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (18)

4.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st,
*1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (24)

5.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (30)

6.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 4 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (36)

If you continue in this manner, you will end up with a flat that is hexagon shaped.

hexagon

Hexagon

However, if you follow my instructions your flat will be closer to round than hexagon.

7.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 5 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-* 4 times, 1sc in next 3 st, sl st into first sc (42)

8.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 5 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 6 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (48)

9.   ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 7 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-* 4 times, 1sc in next 4 st, sl st into first sc (54)

10. ch1, 1sc in same st as your ch, 1sc in next 7 st, 2sc in next st, 
*1sc in next 8 st, 2sc in next st*,
Repeat *-*, sl st into first sc (60)

circle

Round

If you recognize the pattern you can just continue in this manner and make your round flat as large as you like. If it begins to change shape again, you can make your adjustments (move your area of increase). You can do your increase anywhere on the row. As long as you continue to do your counts and it all adds up. When you start a flat with 6 stitches in your Magic Ring, then each new row should have an addition of 6 new stitches. 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, etc.

If you have any trouble with this little tutorial, please feel free to post your questions in the comments section.

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