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Getting back in to my crafting groove

Since Christmas I have done little to no crocheting.  I don’t know but every so often I go through periods where I just don’t have the drive.  I have also not been home much so that doesn’t give me much time to crochet either.

On the 21st one of my friends had a baby girl.  Her baby shower is this coming Saturday and I am of course going to use this as an excuse to make some baby stuff for her 😀

I started on a starghan using this pattern I got off youtube.  (BTW the guy who does the video is awesome for tutorials.  Very easy to follow.) It is soooooo easy and fast!  I would probably be finished.. I started it 2 days ago.. if I hadn’t run out of yarn.  I could probably leave it as it but Ava would out grow it soon and I want her to be able to use it for some time yet.

The yarn I used was Baby Blanket by Bernat.  It is incredibly soft and cozy feeling… and thick!  I used a 9mm hook but I actually wish I had have had a couple sizes larger because the yarn is so nice and thick.  The pattern works up quick enough I may just get a bigger hook when I go get more yarn today and redo it.

Since I ran out of yarn for the starghan I moved on to the next project… a snuggly baby pouch.  I didn’t want to do another blanket but I had this really soft fuzzy baby yarn… no clue what kind… and I saw a picture online that gave me an idea for what to make.  I found it a pain in the butt to have to keep making sure baby is covered when out… blankets falling open or even out of the stroller etc.  A pouch seemed like a good idea.. kinda reminds me of a sleeping bag only it doesn’t zip.

I used the soft fuzzy yarn.. it’s chunky.. and a strand of a plain chunky yarn held together and a size 9mm hook.  Simple DC, worked into a rectangle the folded and sewn together.  My original idea was actually a bit different but i was running out of yarn and then my plan B was going to look a little different than what I actually ended up with but i DID run out of yarn =/.  I think it still turned out though and it is sooooooo soft.

I plan on making a few hats and a pair of mary jane booties or two as well.  I also would like to make a BICO or 2 but we will see.

Add a comment March 26, 2012

Christmas/winter WIPS and WIMS

Christmas is coming up..and fast.  As usual, around this time every year I suddenly realize how close it is to Christmas time and I panic.  You’d think, since Christmas is every year, I wouldn’t be so surprised when it gets to that time of year.  I mean the date doesn’t change.  It doesn’t just randomly pop up yelling “surprise!”  So anyway, I have very little time to get all that I would like to get done before the big day.

My neice and nephew are pretty much the only ones I plan on making gifts for.  Hailey loves Hello Kitty so I plan on making her a pillow with a picture of HK on it, and perhaps her mane on the back.  She will also get the HK teddy I made her since I never gave it to her… I know, I am a terrible aunt lol. 

I found this pattern for a HK ear flap hat.  I started it last night and it worked up quickly.. though I’m not too sure about the size, mine looks alot narrower than the creators. 

I also found this pattern for a monkey hat for Aiden.  His mom calls him a monkey so I thought it would be cute.

I participated in another swap at crochetville and my partner sent me some really nice yarn which I can’t get in any stores up here.. she was from the States.  The yarn is I Love This Cotton from Hobbly Lobby, colourway is Summer Sky.  It is soooo soft and has such nice drape, when I get a chance I will definately have to order some online.  I digress though..

So it has been pretty cold here lately and since I got this lovely yarn, I would make myself a scarf.  I though I would knit it instead of crochet because I really need to work on my knitting skills and let’s face it, a scarf isnt brain surgery so I figured I would be successful.  Looking through my copy of Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting, I found some really pretty stitch patterns.  I finally settled on the Diamond Brocade pattern.  I don’t really know why but I had to restart it about 5 times because I kept messing up.  I got frustrated and put it down to start on the HK hat or my neice.  Well this morning I decided to tackle it and I am loving how it is looking.

  After about 2 or so hours I now have this:

I’m surprised at how fast it’s working up… not as fast as crochet does but alot faster than I thought it would.

2 comments November 17, 2011

Blocked, washed and ready to go, FOs, WIPs and other stuffs

I cleaned the house today, just in case I go out tomorrow.

No momma I'm too cute to move!

No momma I'm too cute to move!

So I was tidying up or at least trying to when Jack decided he wanted to lay down right when I was straightening out the couch cover.
Told you I was cute

Told you I was cute

He likes to chase the broom, play in the dirt I am trying to sweep up and attack the clothes I am folding. I thought I’d take a couple pictures of him to prove how devious he is.

I’m participating in a couple swaps at Crochetville.  For those that don’t know,  a swap is where you join a swap topic -sweater, snowflake, scarf etc,  are assigned a partner, then you make each other whatever the topic is about.  You can also add “goodies” to your package, you don’t have to but I think most people do.  Like I said, I joined 2 recently;  the Shawl/wrap swap and the Scarf swap.  I have been so lucky to have wonderful partners; Carolyn and Karen. 

I just finished washing up the shawls and then I will package them up to send off on Saturday.  I’m really excited and can’t wait to see how she likes them!

pretty ripples

pretty ripples

The first is a wrap I made without a pattern;  just a simple ripple stitch pattern.  I used just shy of 3 balls Bernat Satin in Admiral and almost 3 balls of Bernat Satin in Sapphire and a size 5mm hook.  It took me a few weeks to make, only because I had to stop for a week or two because I ran out of the Admiral color and couldn’t find it anywhere. I finally had to get my grandfather to go to Michael’s to get me 2 balls.  Over all I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Oh and it’s longer than it looks in the picture; it’s hanging over the edges of the table.

This shawl is off the Lionbrand website called the Half Moon Shawl. DCFC0231 I can’t say enough about this pattern. Although it could have been edited and written better, the pattern is SO easy and quick. I think I did half of the entire thing in one night. I used Bernat Softee Chunky in soft taupe and a size 10mm hook.

DCFC0234 This is the Aphrodite Shawl from the Caron website- there are a lot of cute patterns on that site BTW. Made in Bernat Baby Sport in Lavender and a size 6mm hook. This pattern could have been written better as well and gave me some troubles. I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough -judging from the pattern picture- so I added a row before the pineapples start. It doesn’t look the same as it does on the model, but I think it is still very pretty. I had to block lightly to help the shape.

Swap Goodies

Swap Goodies

The swap goodies; 3 shawls, 3 flavoured hot chocolates, a book for her sons, and a cupcake made of soap. I plan on shipping it all out either tomorrow or Sunday, depending on if I go out tomorrow.

Yarn WIP’s
Mike’s daughter was over this past weekend. We finally have a house where we can have a guest room, which, and I don’t mind, is in my computer room. My computer room is also my crafting room. I have all my yarn and sewing stuff in there as well. So anyway, Tabby was over and she was telling me -as we looked at some of thing I had made- that one of her friends from school had a poncho that her mother had made her. Then she saw this ball of yarn and, picking it up, sighed “this would make a nice poncho”. I took that as a not so subtle hint since every time she saw the yarn she said this to me. Finally I told her that we could look online to see if we could find a pattern she liked and I would make her one, using the beloved yarn of course. So we looked and looked and we found no patterns that she liked. TBH I didn’t like any of them either and I’ve never made a poncho before so I couldn’t even just make up a pattern. Then we came across the Lacy Shell Poncho and she LOVED it, couldn’t stop talking about it.
I was having a bit of trouble with it at first -funny how the simple patterns are always the ones that give you a headache. TABBY PONCHO WIP It wasn’t sitting as it should and was ruffling, which it shouldn’t do. But with some help/advise from someone at Crochetville, I figured it out.
I had to change to a bigger hook size. Luckly with this stitch pattern being as easy and fast as it is, it wasn’t a big deal to start over.
TABBY PONCHO WIP2 I’m really liking how it is turning out. I will probably make a couple more in different colors when this one is finished.

SWAP SCARF YARN My partner said she likes dark blue and I have enough yarn left over from the ripple wrap to make a scarf for the Winter Scarf Swap. I really like this color blue. The picture makes it look a bit dull, but the yarn has a nice sheen and is such a rich color.

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