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!

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.