Wednesday, December 26, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday: Cowl

I've been way to sick to blog for more than a week but thankfully I'm feeling a little better today!  

So today's w.i.p. isn't so much a work in progress as it is finished, I just finished it last night.  But since it's the only thing I've been working on that I can show, I'm showing it.  (There's something else I've been constantly working on but I can't post it yet, it's for someone that reads my blog and I don't wanna ruin the surprise!)


I crocheted this cowl with Lion Brand homespun.

So what are you working on right now?  And how was everyone's Christmas?  Did you give or get anything handmade?  Did you get something you're really excited about?  Let me know!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sick!

Sorry, no W.I.P. Wednesday today.... sooo sick!
So weak.
No strength. 
Not taking pictures.

*Warning*  *Warning*  Head about to explode.

Anyone else fight the flu this winter?
Did you win or lose?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Gingerdead Men!

Baking Christmas cookies is so much fun, and this is my kind of cookie!


Sooo they don't exactly look so perfect like the ones on the box.  I just need a little more practice with the icing! :)


But some of them look decent enough, although a few of them lost their heads, snapped right off!  Oh well, I think it helps add to the "deadness." 

Have you been baking for the holidays?


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday


I enjoy giving out pins to the ladies at work and for Christmas I'm going to hand out some gingerbread men pins.  Almost there, they just need to be cleaned up of all their little tail pieces and decorated!  I used the pattern from Miss Twinkie Chan's wonderful book, except I did not use the recommended yarn because I wanted to make them smaller. 


This was the first one I did, my "tester."  I used yarn scraps which is why it's funny colors, but I discovered I really like these colors together.  I'm gonna have to make something else utilizing these colors together!

What are you working on right now?


Monday, December 10, 2012

Special Delivery: Think Geek

I love Think Geek, they have the coolest stuff!  


I love seeing this box in my mail. :)  And what did I get this time?


Cookie cutters for Christmas!  I can't wait to make some gingerdead men!  I hope they come out nice looking. :)

What do you like to make or eat during the holidays?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mini Santa Hat

I wanted to make my skulls a little more festive so I made them all little Santa hats!.... Yeah.... That's not creepy, right?.... Yes?  Oh well! :)


Supplies:  Red Heart Holiday yarn,  its red with a metallic strand twisted in it!  Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in white.  U.S. size 8 dpns - knit in round

C.O. 36 sts - white

Round 1:  Knit
Round 2: Purl 
Repeat for 10 rows
The white brim is going to be extra long but that's ok, we're going to fix that later.

Change to red and decrease one stitch every row until there are three stitched left and bind off.

Fold the white part in half, upward, so your folding it outward.  Sew the edge of it to the top where it goes from white to red.  This ads a little bit of extra thickness for that puffy look.  

Another idea is if you use fun fur yarn combined with the white yarn, then you could skip the folding part and only knit 5 rows of white instead of 10 rows.


Create a poof ball and sew it to the tip of the hat and you done!  Easy enough right? :)

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

W.I.P. Wednesday

Work in progress Wednesday!  I'm trying something new here in an attempt to blog more.  Every Wednesday I will post whatever it is I am currently working on whether it be knitting, sewing, or any type of crafting.


On my sewing table right now are the pouches I'm working on.  I posted a pic of the practice one I made on twitter and how I put the zipper in the bottom instead of the the top, lol.  Lets try to not do that again! :)

What are you working on right now?


Saturday, December 1, 2012

First Project of December: Christmas Jingle Hat!

I have a few fun projects lined up for December the first being this Christmas jingle hat!


I used red Sumptuous yarn by Sensations and a size P hook to crochet the hat then used white Lion Brand Fun Fur and white chunky yarn (I don't remember which one I lost the wrapper, but I think it was Red Heart) for the trim and the puff ball.  I love the puff ball! :)


I then sewed on jingle bells around the puff ball and also sewed on some snowflake buttons and a cute little gingerbread man button.


I hot glued on all the little green sparkly balls... Hmmm, should I stop there?  Or should I keep adding more stuff to it? Lol :)


I'm no professional crochet pattern writer but this is basically what I did, bare with me:

Chain 4, create loop.
11 Double crochet into the loop.
2 double crochet into each of the first 11 sts.
In the next round do 1 double crochet in the first stitch then 2 in the second stitch and repeat all the way around.  
In the next round just do a single double crochet into each stitch and repeat for about 3 rows then switch to the white yarn for the last two rows.

If something doesn't make sense leave me a message here and I'll try to explain it better. :)

So, what are you making for the holidays?

See ya!

Monday, November 19, 2012

W.I.P.

Works in progress :)


A scarf for my dad I'm crocheting.  Lion Brand Homespun yarn!  Of course, my fave.


A sneak peak at some of the new pouches I'm making for my shop.

See ya!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Read and Craft


On a recent trip to the bookstore I picked up these two books.  The Book Of The Bizarre and Wicked Plants.  I enjoyed them both thoroughly but as I was reading I realized I needed some new book markers.


I love making my own book marks!


To make these I found some leaves and pressed them with an iron putting them in between some wax paper.  Then for the "laminating" process I just used clear tape on both sides and cut away the excess tape.


I made quite a few, some with magazine clippings, stamps, and the two on the left (dolls and suns) are fabric, also "tape laminated."

See ya later!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Shop update

I've been doing a lot of crocheting lately and just added a few hats to the shop!

Check them out here!

See ya!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Autumn Capture

Walking along the trails at Nockamixon State Park I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful Autumn scenery!  I love this season

These mushrooms were bigger than my fist!

Cozy random pile. :)




This one is my favorite pic, it reminds me of an oil painting.  Enlarge it!  Do it, do it!

See ya later!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blaine's Hats


I made these hats for my nephew Blaine.  He is going to be one year old on Thursday!  I crocheted them and they whipped up really fast.  I love how they all turned out especially the acorn one but he looked the cutest in the frog one.  The eyes really stuck out when he had it on, I couldn't help laughing, Blaine is the cutest!!!  I wish I had had my camera with me, I never think ahead.
He let me try them all on him without removing them.  He is so adorable!
See ya!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Don't let it happen to you!

No!  NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

(back)

Pointy Back!!!!! Oh my god!  What did I do wrong?!!!  I never wanna crochet another hat ever!!!

(front)

The front is fine, why did this happen?!
Well I'll tell you why.  Thanks to the ladies in the crochet group on Facebook, they informed me that every time I joined at the end of a round I added a stitch which resulted in this ugly, pointy, yucky thing.  The girls told me it's much better to keep crocheting in the round rather than joining and ending the round.... Yeah, the patterns never mentioned that... yup... Son of a B*&#$!!!!
Don't worry, happy ending!


I took it apart and did it again.  All better!


I already did two more and I'm working on another now! I'm on a hat making binge. :)

See ya later!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fall Time Scarf

Fall is almost here and I just finished my scarf that I started LAST YEAR!  Why did it take me so long to finish it?  I have no idea.  A little bit here, a tiny tad there.  I never had a project that took me this long and it has to be the easiest pattern EVER.


It feels so warm and soft and I'm in love with the color I chose!
It's just basic garter stitch except I used a big knitting needle every few rows.


Supplies:  Homespun yarn (Mediterranean)
One pair of U.S. size 11 needles and one size 50 needle


C.O. 20 sts onto the 11's and knit 8 rows then switch to the size 50 for one row then back to the 11 and repeat until you reach your desired length. 
I know you can get the same effect with Y.O/drop but when I started this I just reeeeeally wanted to use the big needle! :)
If you would rather do it the other way here is a helpful video I found.


 In the end this scarf will be seven inches wide and mine is 90 inches long, without the fringe, if you want to go longer you will need a second skein of yarn, mine took only one with just enough for fringe.


If you chose to add fringe you will need to put a knot in the ends or over time the yarn will unravel, as shown above. 


Happy Knitting!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Swap!


(Click to enlarge!)
I made a bag like this one and some catnip toys, for a swap and in return my buddy created this awesome painting for me!  When she asked me what I wanted her to paint I didn't know what I just said "something knitting related"  and this is what she came up with!  I love it soooo much!  I especially love that her hair looks like balls of yarn!  

(Click to enlarge!)
As an awesome bonus she also threw in this beautiful dragon scale pouch!  It has sparkly bits in the yarn too.
You can see more of her work here.

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See ya later!
 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Ribbed Hat With Bow Pattern


Materials: Brava bulky yarn in cornflower for the hat and Brava worsted yarn in tidepool for the bow
Size 10 circular needles and dpns for hat
Size 8 dpns for bow

Hat
C.O. 72 sts join in the round
Rib knit for the first 3 inches: Knit 2, Purl 2 each row.
After the ribbing is done just knit until the entire piece measures 7 inches then you will start to decrease.

Decreasing rows:
Row1: Knit 4, Knit 2 together, repeat to end of row
Row2: Knit
Row3: k3, k2tog, repeat 
Row4: Knit (switching to your dpns)
Row5: k2, k2tog, repeat
Row6: knit
Row7: k1, k2 tog, repeat
Row8: knit
Row9: k2 together, repeat

You should now have 12 sts left.  Cut your yarn leaving a long enough tail to weave the sts onto your yarn and pull the hole shut, secure the yarn and tie off.



Bow
Create a bow with a simple 4 stitch i-cord and embellish with a button.  Sew the bow onto the hat giving it a nice shape as you go along.


Happy Knitting!
   

Saturday, July 28, 2012

My first crocheted hat!

This is my first crocheted hat!  I wanted something "holey" but didn't have a pattern so I just winged it.


I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn and a size K hook.  I  LBH yarn.  Have I mentioned this before?  I think I have. :)


Very "holey" also nice and slouchy!


Most of the hat is in double crochet except for the rim which is just a few rows of single crochet.

See ya!
 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Recycled Wind Chimes

My dad made wind chimes out of plastic bottles and leftovers from damaged chimes!


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Way to go dad! :)

See ya!
 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Shop Update


I added a new item to the shop!  Triple style scarves!  I added three so far and you can wear it as a belt, a hair wrap or of course a scarf. :)  They are super skinny but nice and long, and light weight too!

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Also,  http://www.artisanistas.blogspot.com featured me on their blog! Check it out here.
Thank you so much NeverTooOld!!!  You can see their Etsy page here.

See ya later!
 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

W.I.P.

Work in progress... I am currently working on two scarves:


The sparkly green and purple one is going to be an infinity scarf and the other one with the blue and pink in it is going to be a scarflette with really cute buttons!
 


Here are three items I just finished. They are belts / skinny scarves and can also be worn as hair wraps!  I will be listing these later this week. :)

See ya!