Cheap and Easy Moving Announcements

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BugleI am not sure if moving announcements are still really done with today’s technology and lack of mailing, but I still like snail mail and a good ole’ handwritten letter once in a while.  On top of that, being so far away from family means a lot of package mailing.

While searching online, I found quite a few options available, but the price tag for telling someone your new address was a little more than I was willing to spend.  And since Christmas is right around the corner, I have Christmas cards to think about as well, and I like to go all out for those.  So while out shopping at Target, I came up with an easy idea that is probably unheard of today…Postcards!!!  Has anyone received a postcard lately…#wishyouwerehere.  Well, Target had a display case full of them and a light bulb went off in my head…and at 79¢ apiece…I figured why not.

So if you are still in the snail mail realm with me and just so happen to move to someplace far away where they sell postcards…grab a few, write a cute note with your new address, and send away.

P.S. Don’t forget the stamp

The “Use for Everything” Crocheted Tote Bag

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BugleI know…not a very creative name…right?  But I didn’t know what to call this awesome tote bag project that I decided to whip-up in an afternoon.  I have been feeling so lost without any of my crafting/sewing/woodworking supplies.  The only thing that I could easily fit into my already busting-at-the-seams suitcase was my small bag of crochet tools.  Our stuff isn’t scheduled to arrive until October, so that is basically all of the fun projects that you will be getting until then…crochet, crochet, crochet.  Besides, since fall and winter is a time for couch cuddling and cozy project making…it just so happens to be an awesome time for crocheting.

I have recently been obsessed with cotton yarn.  It’s easy to wash and durable enough to hold up through multiple uses.  I made a couple of beach totes for the mothers for Mother’s Day.  They were super easy to throw together and turned out so cute.

Well here I am sitting months later with all of my cute tote bags packed away and sailing on some cargo ship with nothing but plastic bags to take to the beach with me…tacky, I know.  Good thing I happen to have my handy dandy crochet tool kit with me…so I decided to whip up a beach bag for myself.  It also makes a great market tote, which especially comes in handy here on the island since many shops don’t provide bags to put your purchased goods in…and there is also an abundance of farmer’s markets here too…see, I told you this tote was for everything.

Let’s Begin…

The Multi-Use Tote

To make the bag, I used 3 strands of cotton yarn together.  You can really play around with the yarn choice here and use one thick and bulky strand or string together multiple strands for a even thicker look…it’s really up to you.  This tote is crocheted in the round and joined with a slip-stitch at the end of each round. It’s super easy to stitch up and can be completed in one afternoon.

Supplies:

–        Size M (9.00mm) Crochet Hook

–        Yarn (I used almost 9 skeins of Peaches & Crème Cotton Yarn, but you could get away with 3 if you only use one strand)

–        Yarn Needle

–        Stitch Markers

–        Scissors (Optional)

 

Stiches Used:

–        sl st (Slip Stitch)

–        hdc (Half Double Crochet)

–        dc (Double Crochet)

–        sc (Single Crochet)

–        ch (Chain)

Foundation Chain:  Chain 18

Round 1:  hdc into the third chain from hook 4 times, hdc into the next 14 chains, 5 hdc into the last chain,  (continuing on the underside) hdc into the next 14 chains, sl st into the top of the 2 beginning chain. (38 sts total including the 2 beginning chain)

Round 2:  ch 2, hdc into the sl st, 2 hdc into the next 4 sts, hdc into the next 14 sts, 2 hdc into the next 5 sts, hdc into the next 14 sts, sl st into the of ch 2. (48 sts total including the ch 2)

Round 3:  ch2, hdc into the sl st, 2 hdc into the next 9 sts, hdc into the next 14 sts, 2 hdc into the next 10 sts, hdc into the next 14 sts, sl st into the top of ch 2. (68 sts total including the ch 2)

Round 4-6:  ch 2, hdc into each sts, sl st into top of ch 2.

Round 7:  ch 2, skip first stitch, *2 dc into next sts, skip next sts; repeat * until last stitch, 1 dc into last sts, sl st into top of ch 2. (68 sts total including the ch 2)

Round 8-20:  ch 2, 2 dc into each space between the 2 dc of the row below until the last sts, 1 dc into the last sts space, sl st into top of ch 2. (side note:  the last sts space and the sl st sort of make their own v-stitch)(68 sts total including the ch 2)

Round 21:  ch 2, hdc into each stitch sts, sl st into top of ch 2.

Round 22:  (so this is where we need the stitch markers, lay bag flat on ground and mark off each side of 34 sts, then mark off 12 sts from each side towards the middle of the bag, this should create a 10 sts gap on each side for the handles…I do it like this instead of just counting to ensure the bag is even, since my joins tend to sometimes travel)  ch 2, hdc in each sts up to the 10 sts gap, ch 30, (skipping the 10 sts gap) hdc in each sts until the next 10 sts gap, ch 30, (skipping the 10 sts gap) hdc in each sts across, sl st into the top of ch 2.

Round 23:  ch 2, hdc in each sts until you reach the ch handle, 34 sc around the ch handle, hdc in each sts to the next ch handle, 34 sc around the ch handle, hdc in each sts across, sl st into the top of ch 2.

Weave in the ends

And there you have it…a fast and easy tote for the beach, market, whatever!!!  Enjoy!!!

Fun Textured Crochet Stitch for Fall

With fall right around the corner, I wanted to share a cozy, textured crochet stitch that is sure to get you in the mood for pumpkin-spice-everything.

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Now I know what you are thinking…why in the world would I need anything fall living in a place that has a constant warm, tropical climate year-round…a girl can dream can’t she.  I love fall and everything that comes with it.  Besides…I have presents to make for people who do endure the hibernation period.

I just love this stitch because you can incorporate it into just about anything, and it is easy enough to do mindlessly while watching TV.

Moss Stitch

Stiches Used:

–        sl st (Slip Stitch)

–        hdc (Half Double Crochet)

–        ch (chain)

Foundation Chain:  Multiples of 2+1

Row 1:  hdc into the second chain from hook, *sl st into next chain, hdc into next chain; repeat * until last chain, sl st into last chain, turn. (you should have an even number of sts)

Row 2:  1 ch, hdc into the first st, *sl st into the next st, hdc into the next st; repeat * until last st, sl st into the last st, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have reached your desired length

I made a cozy fringed scarf with this stitch using Kroy Sock Yarn in Rusty Stripes.  The scarf measures just over 60’’, which is the perfect length to wrap once around your neck or just leave hanging.

Sock yarn is a finer weight yarn, so it took a little longer to work up, but I was able to make a scarf the exact same size with a chunkier yarn in just one evening.  So go grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte, get those hooks out, curl-up on the couch, and enjoy!