Monday, July 31, 2017

Crocheting For Less. My Crocheted Basket for $5.69

Here's a basket i'm currently working on. I spent a total of $5.69

I bought 150 feet (50 yards)  roll of vintage cord called Super California Cord. 100% Poly Olefin. I t looks like it's intended use was to make a macrame plant hanger per it's enclosed directions on the inside label. It also had an original store price tag from Ben Franklin for $2.99. (The company went bankrupt and closed these stores in 1996–1997) I bought it at Goodwill for 69 cents. It was a lot bigger, but i already started using it on the basket. I love the vintage labels too.


Then i bought 12 skeins of yarn (private sale off Facebook) I joined some "garage sale etc" groups in my town on Facebook. There you can do a search for yarn. If there's no yarn at the time, you can set it to notify you when someone list yarn for sale. it was also vintage- Caron Aunt Lydia's Craft & Rug yarn 60 yards 100% polyester 3 ply White 0805. Original price tag from Joyce's .99 cents.
I got 12 skeins for $5.00


Both say washable and shrink resistant too :)

So i decided to start making a basket to store-what else-my yarn.

I started by curling up the end of the blue cord and single crocheting around it with the white rug yarn until it was nice and tight. Then continued to crochet over the cord as i coiled it. I worked over the cord and into the single crochets below. I did increases as needed in each row , and if it got too wavy, i just did a row without increases until it was the width i wanted. I believe i went to 13 rows. Then i did a even row, then i did a slight decrease row with a dec after every 20 scs (give or take). That helps the basket not look bowed out so much at the bottom.



 Now i'm continuing working evenly around until it's the size i want, or the yarns run out, whichever comes first. I'll post a picture when it's finished.


Friday, July 14, 2017

ArtisansOfAmerica: DebbieCrochets

How cool is this? I'm featured in this blog along with many other talented people. Check it out here:

ArtisansOfAmerica: DebbieCrochets: Debbie is crocheting cool items for your home in Melbourne, Florida.  Why do you need an awesome crocheted snake like this one?  Because you...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

My Crochet Latest and I Opened A Shop on Artfire

I finished up a couple of birthday gifts using the following free patterns. Love how they came out. I bought the bell at Hobby Lobby and just made a collar with a clip so it's removable and sewed the bell on the front of the cows collar. 
 
I also decided to re-open an old shop i had on Artfire. I'm just listing the expired listings from my Etsy shop and putting them on there. I have hundreds!  I'll be listing them for a while. Here's my shop over there. Would appreciate it if you could show it some love :) Debbie Crochets  https://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/home/DebbieCrochets

Monday, June 26, 2017

I Feel Like a Sinking Ship.

I've been pre occupied lately. It seems like one thing after another.  I will try to keep up with showing the newest projects as much as i can. I have to try to keep my shop above water to pay bills, but Etsy has changed so much, a lot of shops are loosing business and closing up. I've spent years on there, and it's not something i want to give up.
So without getting too much into my problems in general, just wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed for me. Thanks

Debbie Crochets

Friday, May 19, 2017

When it Rains, It Pours

Did my taxes, and it says i owe. Now that's on top of Bucks vet bill that i'm paying off among other bills.

Bucks doing fine now, just a little overweight.


And the rabbits from the last post- i gifted to my friends twin granddaughters for their birthday.They loved them.

So anyway, that's the latest.....Must crochet faster