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DIY, Eco, In the Kitchen, Sustainable Home Life, Tutorials

Make your Own Kitchen Cloth: Part 2

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Earth day is almost here. Want to make a small change in your life that will lessen your carbon foot print? This is part 2 of crocheting your own dish cloth. Part 1 is right here I’ve been using Blue Sky Organic Worsted Cotton but you can use any sort of worsted weight. I like this cloths because it is pretty absorbent. Materials: size J crochet hook

1 skein worsted weight cotton

Instructions:

  1. after chaining 26 you will need to start working back.

2. Insert hook into the second loop from the end.

crochet dish cloth

3. Wrap yarn around hook towards you and under the throat. What’s the throat? See below diagram.

anatomy of a crochet hook
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Step 2 make sure on top of the hook you see these two yarns, this stitch. This way you know you did not insert into the wrong section.

Step 2 make sure on top of the hook you see these two yarns, this stitch. This way you know you did not insert into the wrong section.

step 5.

step 5.

4. Now there are 2 loops on the hook.

5. Wrap yarn towards you around hook and pull thru both loops. You are back to one loop on the hook. Repeat steps 2 thru 5 until end of row.

6. At end of row the last stitch can be tricky. The entry is a bit tight. See circled stitch below.

Step 6.

Step 6.

Step 7. This is also a single crochet.

Step 7. This is also a single crochet.

Once you reach 5” high begin to bind off.

Step 1. Insert hook into loop as if you are creating a single crochet.

Step 2. With 2 loops on the hook pull the furthest loop from the head over the first loop and off the hook.

Step 2.

Step 2.

You are left with one loop on the hook. Repeat above steps until you reach end of row.

Step 3. You have reached the end with one loop on the hook. Cut your yarn from the main ball and pull thru the loop.

Step 4. Pull the tail thru the stitches 3 or 4 times. You can use a darning needle for this.


One of my favorite table top cleaners is from  Common Goods  that I get refilled army local General Goods Store,  Annies Blue Ribbon.

One of my favorite table top cleaners is from Common Goods that I get refilled army local General Goods Store, Annies Blue Ribbon.

Now get cleaning!

And to wash this cloth, just throw in with your other towels. I wash everything on cold and tumble dry or line dry.
Would love to hear and see what you made. What yarn did you use?

Thanks for reading and Happy Earth Day!

Tracey

DIY, Eco, In the Kitchen, Sustainable Home Life, Tutorials

Make Your Own Kitchen Cloth - DIY tutorial - Part 1

For the past few months I have been carrying a project bag in my purse. Harper is now 5, so after school pick up we usually head to the playground. She plays, I sit and crochet. Also, this uses up small amounts of yarn and is a small enough project to carry around. I’ve been using organic Blue Sky worsted cotton. It’s incredibly soft not to mention eco friendly. So if you want to make someone a housewarming gift or new baby gift these cloths are perfect. They make great wash cloths, so soft on the skin and feel so durable. I use a few for my face cloths, Harper uses some in her bath and now I am making crocheted ones for the kitchen.

Ok so THE CONS: I do realise that sometimes a knitted or crocheted cloth won’t scrub like a sponge. It may not provide the scrub one needs on a soup caked pot. For that I will use my spaghetti scrub that I mentioned in my last post.

Another CON: at first I had a hard time using nice cotton for the kitchen, but honestly it’s nice because it’s durable, good for the environment and fair trade. So I should just get over myself and use the beautiful cotton yarn. I bought the yarn for these reasons.

PROS: you get to use up all your scrap and leftover yarn, you won’t be buying sponges anymore and you get to do some crafting. t

I experimented with a few size hooks, the same yarn and the same pattern with a little variation for size of the cloth. I used 2 hooks, a size J, 6” by Addi and Chiao Goo bamboo hook in 5.5 mm.


INSTRUCTIONS, Part 1:


1. Make your foundation chain of 26 stitches. Make a slip knot with your yarn, looks like a pretzel. With your right hand pull the yarn tail over the rest of the yarn, create a loop. The left side lays on top of the yarn and the tail part will lay under the right side of the pretzel.

Make your slip knot, notice that the tail right side is under the yarn.

Make your slip knot, notice that the tail right side is under the yarn.

Step 2, slide hook into pretzel knot.

Step 2, slide hook into pretzel knot.

Pull slip knot on hook by pulling the two tails.

Pull slip knot on hook by pulling the two tails.

Slip knot hugging your hook, time to start the chain.

Slip knot hugging your hook, time to start the chain.

Starting the chain. With your left hand, ring finger and thumb hold the slipknot, the yarn is over your index finger. With your right hand, hold the hook and the yarn on the hook. Wrap yarn over (yo) and under the hook, then slide loop that’s on the hook over the tip and the yarn you just wrapped over. This is one stitch of the chain stitch. Continue this for 26 stitches. I have done the sample in green but the actual cloths I made are in white and pink.

After chaining 26 it should look like this.

After chaining 26 it should look like this.


In the next post I will continue to show you the pattern of making the dishcloth.





DIY, Napkins

How to Fold a Napkin: The Cone Way

The holidays are upon us and most likely you will be having people or family over for dinner. Instead of doing the same ole fold the napkin in 4, I have an easy and different way to fold your napkin. Let me introduce you to the cone. There are a few steps but it’s pretty simple.

I am using a graphic line print napkin called Kyoto which I think adds to the wrapping of the napkins.

STEP 1: Lay out the napkin face side up.

STEP 2: Fold it in half.

STEP 3: Fold in half again matching up the corners.

STEP 4: is just turning the napkin so the open corner is at the top, 12:00

STEP 5: At the top point, fold one layer down to the bottom point.  STEP 6: Flip the napkin to it’s opposite side. Just turn the whole thing over.  STEP 7: Fold the left point (9:00) to the right.  STEP 8: Fold the right over to the left and flip over to the backside exposing our new pocket in the shape of an ice cream cone.

STEP 5: At the top point, fold one layer down to the bottom point.

STEP 6: Flip the napkin to it’s opposite side. Just turn the whole thing over.

STEP 7: Fold the left point (9:00) to the right.

STEP 8: Fold the right over to the left and flip over to the backside exposing our new pocket in the shape of an ice cream cone.

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You can either put your silverware in the pocket, name tag or something to celebrate the time of year. I chose a pine branch since we are setting up our Christmas tree and we have a few to spare. Also I stole a bead from Harper’s collection and slipped it over the pine branch to add a little color. Some other ideas are holly branch or a candy cane.

Enjoy!

Tracey

DIY, Inspirations

Table Inspiration for the Season

My seasonal table for everyday.

My seasonal table for everyday.

Holiday season is upon us. Do you have grand plans? Do you get excited or freaked out?  I get invigorated,  I feel a sense of renewal.  A feeling of winding down after an exhaustive summer. Time to settle in, get ready for hibernation.  Set a fire, do some knitting, make soups, pull out the blankets and down comforters.   I’m so ready to nest.  It’s also my busiest time.  Lots of aprons and napkins to be made, markets to sell at.  Usually I work at 3 to 4 markets. I end up missing a lot of fall festivities. I always want to host a Christmas holiday gathering and fail at that. Too much to do and too exhausted after doing it. So this year I’m doing 2 markets and focusing on online sales.  I hope to achieve my holiday party dream. It doesn’t even have to be a party, but a gathering.    

Holiday decor is already all around us.  It’s not Halloween and Christmas decorations are available.  I read somewhere the earlier you set up your holiday decor the happier you will be.  Nah... I’m a true believer and stickler for no decorations until after Thanksgiving.   So will you set up and decorate before or after Thanksgiving? You can always ease into it. Blend fall into Thanksgiving Into Christmas.   Or maybe just have some simple decor to add some festiveness to your home.  Enjoy the season. Bring the outdoors in. Here are some of my  favorite ideas so far that I’ve seen.    


Starting from the top: Better Homes and Gardens. This looks like a Thanksgiving or dinner party table but so much to choose from that you can add to your table for everyday. Head to the farmers market or the woods for a walk. There is eucalyptus, fall foliage, and other dried autumnal flowers. The second photo I feel terrible but I can’t remember where I saw it. It was on Instagram. I will continue to search. What I loved about this were the brown sunflowers and astramaris, a candle and a mini pumpkin. The last photo is from Cottage Farm on Instagram, based out of New England. Krissy is a photographer, writer, stylist and cook. Her photos are so beautiful and peaceful. Very inspirational. Possibly my favorite, a linen tablecloth in it’s natural hue, some walnuts loosely arranged, a grey pumpkin gourd and a few candles. Simple and rustic. She has a new baby, I don’t know how she does it all. I find myself constantly struggling with a 5 year old and trying to build a business and live life. But I digress….

Starting at the top, One Kings Lane. a online retailer and a blog I really enjoy. I would love this attached indoor dining area. What’s on the table, a few varied vessels with fresh flowers or branches from your yard. Below this, is from Instagram called Troutbeck, a well curated country house in upstate NY in the Hudson Valley. What can we take from this one? A burlap runner onto of a floral table cloth in fall colors. A few green vessels (good use for old bottles) with herbs and flowers in them and one main centerpiece which looks like a candle lantern. Green napkins that don’t exactly match but still look lovely. It definitely has an outdoor feel. Once again bringing nature indoors.

I hope you found some inspirations. If you did I would love to see what you come up with in your home!

Enjoy!

Tracey