Wednesday, December 30, 2009

First Ever Crochet Swap

I have been a member of RAVELRY for sometime now and, of course, LOVE it! Who doesn't? I have seen many different types of crochet swaps going on over the years, but had never participated in one.
A couple of months ago, while browsing my RAVELRY GROUPS, I came upon a WINTER TAWASHI swap that looked intriguing! Boy, am I glad that I took the first step and decided to join this swap!
Since it was a holiday swap in a Tawashi group, we had to crochet one winter or Christmas tawashi for our swap person. I was so lucky to have been paired with a WONDERFUL STITCHER from Great Britain! What a thrill!
I had so much fun creating Tawashi things for my swap person! The rules stated that you only had to crochet ONE item, but could send anything you wanted. I chose to crochet some mitten Tawashi for my winter crochet, but couldn't resist crocheting some very COLORFUL TAWASHI CIRCLES  designed by Doni Speigle as well!
I actually used a MITTEN COASTER CROCHET PATTERN   also designed by Doni Speigle for the mitten tawashi. I did leave off the crochet border and the embroidery for this project.
I had so much fun crocheting these tawashi and getting everything ready for mailing! I also included some American candy and a Japanese book of Hello Kitty that I knew Ani would like!
Guess what I got in my swap! Some REALLY, REALLY nice crochet items and ironically, the same type of chocolate candy from Ani, that I had sent to her! I also received some polka dot hair ornaments (I LOVE polka dots!), pretty stitch markers and a really cute chicken potholder! It was just too exciting to open the package!

Thank you to Ani for sending such an incredible Swap package! I will never again hesitate to participate in crochet swap! If any of you have ever participated in a Crochet Swap, we would LOVE to hear all about it!
I have been asked several times what is Tawashi????
The actual meaning of Tawashi: a Japanese traditional scrubbing brush to wash off dirt. There can be many different types of 'tawashi' depending upon the material it is made from. Recently, knitters and crocheters have been making 'tawashi' to use as sponges or scrubbies for dishes and other cleaning/scrubbing. In Japan, antibacterial yarn is usually used for Tawashi. I don't know how long Japanese knitters and crocheters have been making tawashi.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

First Friday Freebie Winner for December

I am please to announce that Shana of Georgia is the random winner of our December First Friday Freebie contest! Congratulations to Shana! She will be receiving a copy of the book Ultimate Book of Potholders. Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for our next contest on January 8, 2010. (The actual first Friday of January is a holiday!)
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Friday, December 04, 2009

DECEMBER First Friday Freebie

OMG! Can this really be December already?? It is time for our First Friday Freebie contest again. I can hardly believe it! For this month, I have a really great booklet to give away. I would imagine most of my readers could find at least one thing in this 27 pattern book to make, right? We are giving away Annie's Attic Ultimate Book of Pot Holders this month. It has a large variety of every kind of potholder you can imagine!
In order for a chance to win this book, just leave a comment here on this post telling us if you have ever crocheted a pot holder before and what design it was.
The random drawing will be on Friday, December 18th. Good luck to everyone!
BTW, I have a new Etsy Shoppe at  where I have several Christmas/Holiday patterns for sale by download. Come and visit when you have the chance!
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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Candy Cane Countdown to Christmas

Candy Cane Countdown To Christmas

Candy Cane Countdown is copyrighted by Cute Crochet 2009

You may print it for your personal use, but you may not copy, distribute it, or sell it.
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Candy Cane Countdown

Materials: Red Heart Classic 4-ply worsted weight yarn, 1-1/2 oz. Country Red and 1 oz. White;
F hook;
tapestry needle;
6-1/2" x 8-1/2" Chalkboard with Wooden Frame (black chalkboard area measures 5" x 7");
Coordinating Wire-edged 1-1/2" Ribbon, 25" OR
coordinating color fabric, 1-1/2" x 25" cut with pinking shears;
Aleene's Thick Designer Tacky Glue;
WOODCRAFT White marker (white paint pen);
1-1/2" Wooden Split Flower Pot;
White acrylic paint;
sawtooth hanger;
piece of chalk

Gauge: 9 sc = 2 inches

Row 1: With Red, ch 115; sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (114).

Row 2: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (114), changing to White in last st made of Row 2.

Row 3: With White, 3 sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (342).

Row 4: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn (342), changing to Red in last st made of Row 4.

Rows 5 & 6: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (342), changing to White in last st made of Row 6.

Row 7: (right side) With White, sc in ea sc across; (342); fasten off.

Border: Join Red with a sc in first ch on opposite side of starting ch; sc in ea ch across. (114). Fasten off.

Attach sawtooth hanger to back of chalkboard for hanging.

Using White Paint Marker, write

days until Christmas

on front of chalkboard. Let dry.

Starting at center top of chalkboard, glue ruffle to inner edge of wood of chalkboard, easing to fit at corners, and making sure inner wooden edge does not show. Work slowly, glue small amount at one time, and hold in place for a several seconds until glue holds ruffle in place. Let dry.

Paint wood split flower pot White. Let dry. Glue flower pot to side of chalkboard as shown in photo.

Tie Wired Ribbon into a bow and glue to top center to cover joining of crochet ends. Let dry.

Copyright @ 2009 Cute Crochet
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

NOVEMBER First Friday Freebie WINNER

The winner of our November giveaway is Linda of South Carolina! Thanks to Linda and everyone for participating!
Our next First Friday Freebie will be THIS FRIDAY!
Stay tuned!
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