Bring-your-own Shopping Bag

These bags are great to stash in the car when you need to pick up some small items on the way home.  They also make a colorful place for stashing balls of yarn & your current project.  😉

The blue bag is spoken for, but the other three acre currently available at $15 each.  If you’d be interested email me at NooneysKnotworks@gmail.com and drop a note here (to make sure I’m aware as quickly as possible).

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All cotton bath set

This set came from patterns I found at www.crochetnmore.com.  I’ve changed them around a bit to suit my sensibilities.  🙂  I make them from 100% cotton yarn because the feel is softer on the skin than acrylic yarns.

The mitt has a small pocket on one side to accommodate those little slivers of soap that you never know what to do with once they’re to small to hold onto.  The back scrubber has nubs all over the face to help scrub.

This is one of my favorite go to gifts.  I like to keep a few sets stashed around the house for a last minute gifts.  I’ll package it with a nicely scented soap (or homemade soap if I’ve been particularly crafty) and any other bath type accessories I can find (pumice stone, lotion, bath salts, etc.)

Since these live in damp environments, I do recommend regular washing & thorough drying.

If you’d be interested in a set please contact me at nooneysknotworks@gmail.com.  I usually charge $20 for the pair.

Thanks for looking!

The Jayne Hat

You know it must be love if you’re willing to make something that looks like this for your spouse.  And not only make it, but make 2 so he can send one to a long-lost friend overseas.  And to top it all off I don’t even watch the show that the design of the hat originated from!

So with all that being said, this is the Jayne hat (a.k.a. the cunning hat) from Firefly.  Yes, I know I have too much orange at the bottom.  This particular hat has a few things about it that don’t put it at the top of my list of fun projects.  First of all it’s done all in single crochet (I much prefer double crochet hats because they shape much better).  Second, these 2 particular hats were made with sport weight yarn instead of worsted weight yarn – skinnier yarn means more stitches – more stitches means longer to make.

But I have to admit that one good thing did come from the making of this hat (as I’m still in he middle of the second – hence the In Progress category).  I have discovered that I am actually able to make the fuzzy pom on the top on my own.  I had given up on making them years ago after nearly every attempt I made was on the limp side & had strands of yarn falling out whenever it got moved.

If you’re interested in a pattern, there are several on the internet.  I don’t happen to know where the pattern I used is located (hubby found it for me – probably with a Google search).  If there are any requests, I’ll post my pattern.

Thanks for looking!

Lacy Shells Scarf

This is a scarf I made as a gift and I just love it.  I used a bamboo yarn to make it and it turned out so soft.  The pattern looks so delicate, but it’s actually quite simple.  A little time-consuming maybe, but not difficult at all.

I made a second one with a worsted weight shimmer yarn (standard thickness for yarn) and even with the added chunkiness of the thicker yarn, it still looked very lacy and lady like.  For that particular project I even found a hat using the same shell stitch.  I took a few liberties with the original hat pattern to suit my personal tastes, but it only made a minor difference in the way it looked.  The set looks really great together.  I may end up making one for myself (which is something I rarely do).

If you’d be interested in a scarf, hat or set please contact me at NooneysKnotworks@gmail.com and drop a note here (so I’ll be aware as quickly as possible).  Pricing would depend on which items & what type of yarn would be used for the project.

Thanks for looking!  😀

Granny Square Throws

These are two afghans I made a while back, soon after I caught the crochet bug & figured out what the heck I was doing.  They’re both made using a speed hook (16mm) and two strands of yarn giving it a chunky look.

One is electric blue with blue/lime blend.  I’ve always thought this would be perfect for a college kid.  Not sure why, that’s just the vibe I pick up from it.

The other is hunter green/eggplant and a blend of those two colors & cream.  The edge of this blanket is detailed with a scallop design.  This one has always made me think of having a glass of red in Tuscany.  Again, I’m not sure why.  Just the way it feels to me.

Both blankets are approx 4ft square.  I have them priced at $35 each.  If you’d be interested email me at NooneysKnotworks@gmail.com and drop a note here (to make sure I’m aware as quickly as possible).

New year – new project

This holiday season I seemed to have more projects than usual, mostly due to being part of a craft fair held through my church.  Once they were done I found myself wanting to get to work, but not having a project to work on.  Then one fell in my lap.  My church (again it’s the church – lol) is having its 20th birthday in about 2 weeks and have been asking for donations for a silent auction.  Sounds like a perfect project to me!  So I volunteered an afghan.  I’ve been almost obsessive about working on it…  fairly common for me when I try a new pattern that I just love.

The pattern I’m making is from the Red Heart site, but I do have to caution anyone who would like to make the pattern.  I’m not sure who tested the pattern, but there are a few things that need correcting.  The cluster stitches at the center of the hexagons and running the sides are not the puff stitch decribed in the instructions.  I used a double crochet cluster instead (3 double crochets sharing the same top loop – I’ll add directions at the end of the post).  That still didn’t give it quite the same look, so I believe the afghan pictured used a triple crochet cluster. 

Another issue is the hook size listed.  The pattern asks for a 5.0mm hook (H-8), but that would throw the gauge way off.  Even using a 6.5mm and the double crochet cluster my hexagons were only 5.5in across.  Another reason I think the actual pattern used triple crochet clusters.

I’m debating whether or not I should eliminate the second row of clusters from the center panel (the portion pictured above) and add a section with popcorn stitches like the ones on the right to make the overall look a little more symmetrical.  I just love the look of popcorn stitches on this type of project.

I’m also having trouble deciding on the value of this piece.  I need to come up with a price for it since it has to be listed for the donation.  The yarn cost is only about $20.  So far I’ve worked on it for about 4 days and looking like I have about 3 or 4 more to finish (working in the evenings only).  I’ve never been good at doing these estimates because what I calculate always seems too high.

Anyway…  I’m making this with Red Heart Super Saver in Soft White (since I had a couple skeins on hand).  It looks like it’s going to take about 6 skeins total. 

And now to explain the stiches I mentioned… 

First the double crochet cluster  – yarn over (yo), insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, insert into stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo pull through all 4 loops.

And the triple crochet cluster – yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo & pull up a loop, yo & pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo & pull through all 4 loops.

Welcome!

My name is Shannon, a.k.a. Nooney, and I crochet….  a lot.  Unlike some other hobbies, this one produces tangible results, which then fill up closets & cubbies & cabinets throughout my house.  I’ve played with the idea of opening Nooney’s Knotworks for several years, under several formats.  For now, this blog will serve as my “shop” where I can show off what I’ve made, talk yarns & techniques, and share my personal tips & patterns.

My history with crochet hasn’t been as long as some.  I’d love to say that I’ve been crocheting since the tender age of (something under 10), but that would only be partially true.  My mother taught me how to make a chain stitch – that was all she knew – so when I was little I would made unbelieveably long chains, tear them out & then do it all over.  One of her coworkers saw me doing this one day & showed me a single crochet – which was all she knew – so I was able to double my chains.  Then my mom remembered that if you do several stitches in the same spot it makes a shell…  so I was able to make something that sort of resembled lace trim.  Eventually I tried turning my one stitch knowledge into scarves and such, but I was still missing important information.

Finally, about 9 years ago, I was itching to try a different craft than what I had been working on recently.  While at a book store with my hubby I decided to pick up a book that had the basics of crochet & knit (I did try to knit once back in high school so I thought I’d give it another try too).  Since I had a basis in crochet I decided to start with that.  I never made it to the knitting portion of the book.  I had the missing information that had held me back for years.  Since picking up my missing bit and more I’ve gotten pretty good at reading & interpreting patterns (although anything I post here as my own pattern will be a new experience for me, so if you read pattens please leave feedback on my instructions!).  I love trying new patterns and will do anything I can to try and finish as quickly as possible…  which leads to full closets & cubbies & cabinets.

If you are interested in any of the items I have posted as currently available or would like me to make something for you, please feel free to email me at NooneysKnotworks@gmail.com.

Enjoy!