A wonderful tea cozy made by a reader! -- My Workbasket

Recently my friend Heather, who reads this site and is learning to crochet, completed this tea cozy! She used the basic design of the Hygge Hat, and the ribbed stitch from the CAL (which she participated in and finished) and she completed this great tea cozy! She said she did two panels, 35 stitches each, and then just seamed them up. Way to go Heather!!! What She Used: The Hygge Hat The Rib Stitch Tutorial The CAL (We’re done, but it’s not too late!) Recently reader Leslie bought some amazing finds in a mystery bag, and I’ll be sharing those soon too! If you have aRead More →

Fun and easy ornament making with this beautiful starch and salt dough! -- My Workbasket

A 1965 issue of Ladies Home Journal featured this fun salt and starch clay in their special Christmas issue. I was determined to make it, because why not really, and we now have some finished ornaments to show you and share the recipe! The recipe is pretty easy but does take one special ingredient. Don’t panic though, I was able to find it online with a quick search and even from Amazon. The clay itself is divine! Much smoother than salt dough, and it takes paint beautifully! Ours were painted with cheap regular craft paint, and even though our paint really is thin and awfulRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

I made a Yarn Tube! Yarntube 2 is below. I show off the current Christmas Projects I have going, and more. Just a bit of goofy fun on this snowy day! Yes it’s snowing here again!!!   Some things I reference in this video: The Ann Shawl The Hot Mat Fail The Puff Stitch Hat The Tunisian CAL   I hope everyone is toasty and warm, and cozy, and just working on all your own projects and getting ready for the holidays! I love you guys, thanks for sticking around!Read More →

Puff Stitch Crochet Hat with Mandala Yarn

I have fallen in love with Lion Brand Mandala yarn (and no, I’m not getting paid to say that, would be nice though!) The vibrant colors and the ease of use, not to mention the large amount of yardage in a cake and the very affordable price and I am hooked. It is the yarn I’m using for my Euphoria Cardi that I’ve mentioned a ton. I also made a shawl with it that I still need to give you the pattern for. (Hint: It’s the same as the Ann Shawl, the row count is just different with the smaller yarn, but you can totallyRead More →

Crochet Hot Mat made from a 1964 pattern- My Workbasket

You guys, what happened to November?!?!?!?!!? Seriously. I know it’s December (omg!) but I DID do a project from the November issue and never got a chance to show you. I actually made this a few months ago, which makes it that much worse that I’m showing it to you late. The November issue featured this Hot Mat set that I thought was just SO fun, funky, and adorable, and I got straight to making them. Well, I got straight to trying to make them. Slight problem though, I could NOT get it to work. So I sent the pattern to my mom and askedRead More →

Have fun and make this adorable chocolate house!

I’m going to go on the record and say that I pretty much eat my weight in gingerbread every December. It’s true. I have a family recipe that makes about 500 cookies (seriously, it uses almost 5 pounds of flour) and my family eats it day in and day out, constantly. Three cookies will constitute a breakfast or lunch. That said, I was over at The Chocolate Belles – cake decorating and candy making supplies website the other day, and saw a chocolate house mold and HAD to have it. I wrote them a quick note and they sent it right over. This chocolate cottage isRead More →

An honest review of the Knook from Leisure Arts. Can you really knit with a crochet hook? -- My Workbasket

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been trying the Knook from Leisure Arts. I was provided a The Knook Value Pack and Cozy Knits with the Knook book, for free at my request. I’ve been working with it for awhile. I think I got my items at the end of September or the beginning of October. I’ve used them multiple times a week since. I’ve been working hard to really bring the best, most thorough Knook review that I can. Here’s the rub: The hooks in this particular kit are plastic, and not the most impressive quality of plastic, BUT it is an amazing valueRead More →

Step by step video tutorial for this fun Tunisian crochet stitch. -- My Workbasket

You guys, this is our last block!!! This last video is super late and I apologize. I mentioned that I was going away, and I think I even mentioned that I was having trouble while I was away getting it uploaded and shared with you. That continued to be a problem, and my trip out of town was also extended. While I was visiting we first decided to stay just one extra day for fun. Then my Mom’s car was put in the shop and I decided to stay to help out. Then it takes a full day of travel (8 hours at least) to getRead More →

With step by step video tutorial for this great stitch! My Workbasket

It’s that time again! The next tutorial video! It’s the Tunisian Crochet Honeycomb stitch. I had some issues with uploading so I wasn’t able to share this before I went out of town, so I’m sorry it’s late. Next week’s video will also be late because something is wrong with it. No idea what but I can’t seem to share it or upload it. I may have to even rerecord the whole thing after I get back home. This stitch is beautifully textured and surprisingly easy. The rest of the CAL can be found here.  I can’t believe that our CAL is coming to an end!Read More →

I feel so bad about dropping the ball on the video last week I was determined to NOT let it happen again. This video is a little different but I think it’s the best yet, and I still show you the step by step method. This week its block F, the Tunisian Rib Stitch. This is the Nicole Studio Classic in Soft Purple. The video is very accurate for the color. For some reason, I can never manage to get this yarn brand and style to photograph with an accurate color. Even in a lightbox and such it just doesn’t look accurate. My Blanket isRead More →

Pumpkin Carving, Crochet, and Melting Plastic- My Workbasket

This post is coming a bit late, but it’s here, and that’s what matters right?? I don’t know about you but I have been SO busy the last month and a half. So busy that I have given up on my hilarious Halloween costume idea, because I know I won’t have time to make it. So busy that I have barely finished October projects and haven’t even started on anything for November or December! I don’t know if you know this, but most bloggers are actually writing posts up to six weeks or more in advance, so what you’re seeing is old news to them. Read More →

A classic granny style triangle shawl/scarf in an easy stitch, with two sizes and two edging options-- My Workbasket

I have always adored granny squares. I’d buy granny items from thrift stores even at a very young age. At around 13 years old I became really determined to make my own. The only person I knew well that crocheted at the time (and was local enough to teach me) was my Aunt Ann. Only one problem, she was left-handed, and I am not. I remember sitting face to face instead of side by side and trying to figure it out. It wasn’t working. She was very determined that you start your slip knot with your crochet hook, and to this day I make mineRead More →

Versatile button cowl with a variety of ways to wear it! Free knitting Pattern from My Workbasket

I worked up this versatile cowl pattern and knew immediately I’d be sharing it with you in October. It came out even better than I planned and I am so excited to give you the pattern for free! Today instead of a Weekly WorkBasket Post I’m going to share this pattern with you! If you want to hear about my projects from last week, check out my Yarntube Video.  I had a busy weekend and my shoulder is flared up, so there isn’t much more to add since the video was done Friday. Every time I pick it up this cowl I find a differentRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

A little crafty fun for you today! A video of what I’ve been working on with some of my in-progress projects. Today is my one-year blogiversary! I didn’t plan anything special, but now you know. Thanks to everyone who has made it possible. Some quick show notes- My cable needle clamors around while I talk about my knit wrap, sorry about that. I think I held up my Euphoria Cardi backward. There is a design in the center, but it is in darker yarn and doesn’t show well anyway. I don’t know if I held it backward, or if the design just looks bumpy onRead More →