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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blue Pearls

I can hardly believe that we're already on day FOUR of my Soap-tacular SOAP DISPENSER WEEK!!!


Mimsey is participating in our library's summer reading program.  Jake and I have been putting her in it since the first year she was eligible.  I like it, because it makes us prioritize library trips, and we read waaay more books to Mims (says her mom, hanging her head in shame).


The last time we were at the library, Jake wanted to get some books on shed construction, so we all walked over to the adult section of the library.  Mims and I wandered into the crafty section where I made a shocking discovery.  There were 3 books on crochet in my local library.  3!  Now, perhaps the library had just had a massive run on crochet books and these were the only 3 left, but I doubt it.  There were 3 large stacks (the bookcase kind) of craft books, and at least 4 shelves devoted to knitting books. Yet, there were only 3 crochet books?!  What's up with that?!
** to be fair, our library is part of a very large library system, and they do have a large selection of crochet books, they're just spread out between 40 different library locations, but I can order them to be delivered to my local library for a quarter** <-- That weakened my argument a little.  But I wanted to browse, so I say my argument is still valid...


So, I grabbed a DIY wedding book, since there were bound to be some fun and different ideas in there, and a book on jewelry making, and we went on our merry way.  Much later, when I finally got around to looking through my borrowed books, I found that while there wasn't anything in them that directly appealed to me, I did find myself inspired to create something wholly new based on some of the ideas in the books.


Particularly, I found myself drawn to the idea of handcrafted wedding favors.  There's just something so precious and intimate about creating something that you know your guests will treasure as much as you treasure their participation in your special day.  For days I've been dreaming about what I might create for my guests if I was planning a wedding (which I am not).  What I came up with was an idea for an ornament.  Certainly it could be hung on a tree at Christmastime, but I think it would be pretty hung in the home as well.  I was going to make one to hang from the glass knob of the medicine cabinet in my bathroom, and then I realized that I could use it to decorate the front of one of my hand soap covers!  Two birds, one stone!  


I still am planning on making my wedding favor ornaments, but I'm glad that I got a chance to try one out before I committed to making a dozen of them.  I think the cover turned out really pretty.  If you'd like to make one too, here's the pattern:





Softsoap Hand Soap Cover
Supplies:
100% cotton worsted weight yarn, approx. 40 yards (I used Peaches & Creme in Bright Blue)
Size G hook
Yarn needle

ch 25, sl st to first ch to join round (25 st)
R1: ch 1, sc in each ch around, sl st to first sc to join round (25 st)
R2-7: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st to first sc to join round (25 st)
R8: ch 1,(2 sc in next st, 4 sc) 5 times, sl st to first sc to join round (30 st)
R9-14: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st to first sc to join round (30 st)
R15: ch 1, (4 sc, sc 2 st tog) 5 times, sl st to first sc to join round (25 st)
R16: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st to first sc to join round (25 st)
R17: ch 1, (3 sc, sc 2 st tog) 5 times, sl st to first sc to join round (20 st)
R18: ch 1, (2 sc, sc 2 st tog) 5 times, sl st to first sc to join round (15 st)
R19: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st to first sc to join round (15 st)
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.






To add the fancy-schmancy star on the front, I crocheted a mini version of my star pattern out of white worsted weight cotton yarn.  I sewed two layers of tulle and some plastic pearls and glass beads in the center.  Then I used white cotton yarn and stitched it on the front of the cover.  If you turn it wrong side out, I think it will go through the wash with no problems, but I wouldn't recommend putting it in the dryer.


Mini Star Pattern:
You can use any weight yarn, with an appropriately sized hook.  It also looks really cute in size 3 crochet thread... I made my star out of worsted weight yarn and a size G hook.



R1: 5 sc in magic loop, sl st to first sc to close round (5 st) 
R2: ch 1, (2sc in next st) 5 times, sl st to first sc to close round (10 st)
R3: [(hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc) in next st, sl st] 5 times
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.



Come back tomorrow for some more good clean fun!!!  (Ahahahaha, I know it's dumb, but I crack myself up!)


xoxo


Sorry about the all white text background today on this post.  I can't for the life of me figure out how to make it go back to normal... LOL!!!!

10 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for these creative patterns and wonderful embellishment ideas!! Love, Crochetmom

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  2. Love the look and wanted to thank you for all of your hard work on the patterns!

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  3. Hi Piper and Chaotic! You guys rock! Thank you for your sweet comments!
    xo Jaime

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  4. When I wash stuff like this I turn 'em inside-out and then stick 'em into a lingerie bag. They do great in the regular wash that way. I'm with you on not doing the dryer, though. (And not on the outdoor clothesline, unless you want to sun-bleach one side of your creations like I did. Grumble, grumble.)

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    1. Ooh great tip! It would be totally like me to sun-bleach my stuff...
      xo Jaime

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  5. I followed your pattern to the letter..er number....but it didn't fit my Soft soap bottle...at all....not even CLOSE to fitting [shrug]. However, it DOES fit my Aveeno Positively Radiant daily moisturizer bottle PERFECTLY! lol. Weird [shrug]. Good thing I am hooked on that moisturizer and replace it as soon as it's empty, heh :P

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