Just For Fun is my way of sharing all the little things I like to do... from crafty things to thoughtful things!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Blankets and Beach Totes

Don't think for a moment that just because I've been quiet that I haven't been busy!

At the end of summer, I managed to catch a great sale on cotton yarn, my personal favorite.  I found some fantastic colors and came home with a complete rainbow.

When I used the lilac cotton to make this beach tote, I had in mind the large straw tote my Mom used to carry.  You know the one I mean, wide at the top with big shoulder straps so you could carry not only your beach towels, but the zinc oxide for your nose and that new book you hope the kids will let you read.

The cotton yarn means it's machine washable and dryable so if it gets wet, no worries!  I used a shell stitch, and Disney's Little Mermaid fabric to line the inside.

The dark olive bundle is a lap blanket I made for myself.  My allergies have gotten worse lately, and my old wool blend blanket makes me itch.  Time for something in acrylic!  This blanket is 7 ft long and 4 ft wide, because I like to tuck my feet in, especially when watching scary movies.

Speaking of movies... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I was released in November!  I made several Hogwarts house scarves for family and friends, including all four houses even though I only have Gryffindor and Slytherin pictured here.  I enjoyed wearing my scarf to the movie, and was the envy of all.

Deathly Hallows, Part II is due out in July, and I can hardly wait.

Then I discovered my scrap pile growing out of control.  I've since been working on hats, scarves, and small blankets to donate for charity.  If you crochet and have a scrap pile, please consider doing the same and donating to a local homeless shelter or the Salvation Army or check with your local yarn store. 

Here are some other ideas too!


  1. Great to see more crochet goodness on here xx (incidentally, I hate the feel of many of the "wool blends" as they run through my fingers... makes me shiver... so my favourite it cotton or bamboo - expensive, but oh so worth it to enjoy crocheting for hours on end, rather than freaking out every 5 minutes!!)

  2. I know what you mean! Of course when it snows, I want warm too... Lionbrand has one called WoolEase that is blended with acrylic to make it washable and soft. But sometimes, any itch is too much. :oP

    Cotton is cheaper here than wool, but I have yet to jump into the bamboo because it's the most expensive of all. It looks wonderful though. If I can come up with a specific project for it, I'm going to have to give it a try soon.