Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Apple a Day Hotpads


Hello! I hope you're having a good week. We've been working on an exterior painting project on the weekends lately. It's very hard work so the busy week almost feels like a break. The hard work of painting (not to mention scraping and sanding) is so worth it, though. We're painting our house's wood trim, as well as the vigas (beams) over the courtyard. Everything was painted a cobalt blue, a popular look here for pueblo-style homes, but ours was faded and we wanted a change. We're painting the trim around the doors and windows a buttercream color and the vigas, when we get to them, will be a dark brown with grayish-green undertones. The main color of the house, finished in stucco, is a slightly peachy beige. Someday, I'll have new stucco in an earthier color and natural wood vigas (ours have always been painted and are not nice enough to strip), but for now we'll work with what we've got. I don't share full photos of my house on my blog, but I'll try to share something when the painting is finished.

I've just finished a crochet project that I really enjoyed. I made apple-shaped hotpads as a birthday gift for my mother. She has a loose theme of apples in her kitchen and I thought she'd enjoy something to go along with that. The apple shape is not my own design but the hotpad aspect is; for the apple design, I used a pattern called Apple a Day Dishcloths by Yarnspirations (click here for the pattern; it's free but you'll have to download to read it). Here's how I made the dishcloths (which are lovely all by themselves!) into something a little more.


I started by crocheting the dishcloth pattern as directed, using worsted-weight cotton yarn - cream for the center and green or red for the outer edge (I made one of each). The pattern is really easy, especially if you're used to crocheting in the round, and it works up quickly with worsted-weight yarn. The stitch sequences to produce the apple shape are pretty clever; I was not at all sure how the shape would develop but it showed up all at once in that final cream round. As much as I like the dishcloths, I don't think my mom is very keen on crocheted ones, it's not really her cleaning style. I had an idea to make additional apples as backings for a double-layered hotpad instead, so I made two of them in solid green and red, following the pattern as written but without the color change.



I stitched the "seeds" onto the fronts, then I put the wrong sides of both apple pieces together and slip-stitched all the way around the edges to attach them.


The pattern includes directions for a leaf and a hanging "stem," both of which I added after the pads were slip-stitched together, to make sure they were securely attached through both layers of the pads.


Cute, huh? I think they came out really well. They're useful and versatile for the kitchen. They measure about eight inches across, large enough for most pans or dishes, or you could use them side by side for a bigger one. I'm not sure they'd work for super-hot pans fresh from the oven, though you could certainly add more insulation between the layers. They're thick enough this way for a moderately hot dish on the table or counter-top. Mom can put them in a drawer or hang them on a hook by the stove. I had fun planning and making them; it's always nice to be able to put an even more personal touch on a handmade gift.

Apple a Day Hotpads
I Love This Cotton in Rosebud, Green Apple, Ivory, Forest Green and Brown
Clover Amour hook, size G/6 (4.00mm)

24 comments:

  1. These are so freakin' cute!!! Love them and I bet your mom will too. Thanks for sharing how you made them. Painting can be back-breaking work! Be careful on those ladders! Looking forward to seeing pics of your house. I promise not to stalk you. Haha.

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  2. Those turned out great and I'm sure your mom will love them and hang them up to enjoy. I'd love it if my daughter would make something like this for me. I look forward to seeing your home improvement project. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  3. Liked them so much I went and got the pattern.

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  4. How sweet are your apples, and your Mum will love them. There is always something new to be found in crotchet!

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  5. They're really lovely. I think I'd like a couple for decoration and a couple to use, though I've got enough things on the go for now so I can't see me making them any time soon. I bet your mum loves them.

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  6. Love your beautiful apples, you have made them beautifully and I am sure your mum will love them too. I love it when my girls make things for me, it is extra special.
    Helen xox

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  7. those are so very lovely!! what a great gift and so darling! very thoughtful!!! :))) ps: thanks so much for your comment on my blog... I appreciate this!!!

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  8. Jennifer, those apples are so cute and to add a second layer to make them thicker was ingenious! I think my MIL would like those too, so I may be copying you if that's okay. Your painting project sounds beautiful. I understand your reticence in putting photos up of your house especially with have the little bears. I'm an old lady so don't think it matters so much for me. Thanks for sharing with us today. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  9. They are gorgeous. I may have to make some for myself, if you don't mind, they are perfect for a country cottage.

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  10. These are adorable hot pads! I am making a blanket inspired by your work. Thank you so much for all you share!

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  11. They are so neat and gorgeous. What a fabulous quick fix of crochet goodness. Jo x

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  12. They are sooo cute! Your mom will love them!

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  13. These are lovely! You are making me want to make a few for myself.

    -Soma

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  14. The hot pads are really cute. I can't imagine your mum putting them in a drawer, they are just too cute. I never thought of making crochet hot pads but what a good idea it is! We have cork ones, which the dog likes to steal and chew up. Have a lovely weekend. I hope the painting is going well, hard work but so worth it. x

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  15. Gorgeously adorable !
    How lovely idea for kitchen.
    My late mom used to make table and dish cloth but this ones are exceptional

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  16. Your mother is going to love them, great job.

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  17. Living in the Betuwe in The Netherlands I love apples (and pears). I downloaded the patterd. They're an absolute musthave these potholders. Thank you!

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  18. What a sweet design, your crochet is so beautifully even, they turned out perfectly. The leaf and stem are the perfect finishing touch. I'm sure your mum must have been delighted. X

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  19. The apple hot pads are adorable. What a thoughtful gift for your Mom!

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  20. I think they're lovely. There is something really, really appealing and perfect about the shape of an apple. X

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