Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Major Project Catch Up

UFO Day was on July 2nd, so I drew this in celebration of it.  The alien in the center is from the PIXAR short called Lifted. 
For a May bead challenge I made this simple crochet beaded necklace.  It is just a chain stitch with some beads added every few stitches.  
I made another fair isle heart Christmas ornament.  I made my fist one back in December or January.  The stuffing is a little lumpy in it.  Here is the free chart for it.
Then I made an ivy leaf fair isle ornament next.  Here is the free chart for it.  I used Cascade Cherub DK yarn and size 2 dons to make both ornaments.

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This seems to be the year of the afghan for me.  I keep starting, and sometimes finishing, afghans this year.
A friend made a granny square just like this one, and I just had to try to make one myself.   I figured out the pattern on my own, but apparently there is a pattern for it somewhere out there.
This fat afghan only took me 11 days to make.  I used size 35 knitting needles, and I held 4 strands of yarn together while making it (1 chunky, 2 worsted, and 1 dk).  If you count all 4 strands as 1, then it took about 800 yards to make.  Everyone in my house loves snuggling under it, which is why it is staying in the living room.  I need to make each of my kids one that they can keep in their room.
Last night I finished this mosaic afghan.  I used 13.6 skeins of Bernat Mosaic yarn in the Mineral color way.  It took me 3 months to make, and it is the 2nd time that I have made one of these afghans.  You'll probably see a 3rd one from me at some point, because I just bought 10 skeins of one color and 4 skeins of another color of this yarn that was on clearance today.  Here is the free pattern for it.
I've also made more granny squares (more than what is shown) for this Cascade Pinwheel join-as-you-go afghan.  I am alternating between color #4 and color #15 for the rounds.  I might even throw some color #5 into the mix since it is very similar to color #4.  The join-as-you-go black border is Cascade Pacific yarn.  You might start to notice from this blog post that I use a lot of Cascade yarn for my projects.  It is currently my favorite brand of yarn.  Here is the pattern that I'm using for the squares, and here are directions for the join-as-you-go method.
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You can just call me the bag lady with all of the bags that I make.  I love this bag, because it shows off the color changes in the Cascade Pinwheel yarn and it makes an awesome market bag.  I've been using it a lot when grocery shopping.  It is definitely a conversation starter at checkout.  Here is the free pattern for it.
I finally got around to making another Mermaid's Tears purse.  This one is for display at my job (at a LYS).   I used 3 skeins of Plymouth Yarn's Encore, one in each color, to make it.  The trick is to use the top border color in the back of the crocodile stitches, that way you don't need to buy 4 skeins of yarn.  I plan on teaching how to make it in the Fall.
Using this afghan pattern, I made this great project bag.  I made 2 squares and a long rectangle using James C. Brett Marble Chunky yarn and a size J hook, then I joined them together, crochet around the whole top, and added the handle.  It was very easy to make.  I used about 1.5 skeins of the yarn to make it, however one of my students made a smaller version using only 1 skein of the same yarn.
Last week I also made a simple liner for the bag using leftover fabric from the first quilt that I had ever made.
This is the 6th bag that I've made using one of my published patterns.    Its a little smaller than the others that I have made, but I really like.  I love the color, and I was able to use up some of my cotton stash in the process.
You can't be a bag lady without having something to collect bags in, so I made this 3 eyes clutter eating monster.  Here is the free pattern for it.
I had so much fun making the clutter eating monster that I made another one that looks like Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.

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Here are some more charity hats that I have made for Click for Babies / A Child's Light.  I like to use Cascade Yarns to make them with.


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I have been making a lot of dishcloths lately, because I'm trying to use up my cotton stash. 

 crochet basket weave
For my birthday I got 2 books on Bavarian crochet, so I made this hot pad using one of the patterns.
I just made up this Mike Wazowski dishcloth.
You can really tell that I was using up leftover skeins of yarn to make 2 of these dishcloths. 

I finished another Tunisian crochet strawberry fields cloth last month.  I used Cascade Avalon yarn this time around.  It is a very durable cotton yarn that is still nice to the touch.  Here are my notes on how to make it:
The math is multiples of 8 plus 3, so I chained 35 sts for mine (8 x 4 = 32 + 3 = 35). 
I did 2 complete rows of single stitch in red (that means picking up stitches in one direction and passing back through them in the other direction twice). 
Red: single st in the next 3 bars, double st in the next bar 5 times, repeat to the end making sure that the last 3 stitches are single stitches. 
Red: Pass back through all of the stitches 
Green: single stitch through the next 3 bars, in the cluster single stitch through each of the 5 cluster stitches then yarn over and pull through all 5 stitches, yarn over and pull through that last stitch one more time. Repeat making sure that the last 3 bars are single stitched through. 
Green: Pass back through all of the stitches 
You can push the bobbles through to the front with your finger. 
Now repeat 2 - 6 but this time start by single stitching into the first 5 stitches (instead of the first 3) so that you off set the bobbles / strawberries. 
Repeat 2 - 7 until you have the height that you want. 
Repeat row 1


Sunday, June 8, 2014

May Flowers

These flowers were made from a pattern in Crochet Bouquet: Easy Designs for Dozens of Flowers.  I used the same yarn, but I used 3 different sized hooks for each one thus getting slightly different sized flowers.  


I tried out a new stitch (for me) called the lotus stitch.  The first time I tried it I broke the yarn, because you have to do a 5 stitch decrease purl wise.  It is a time consuming and slightly hard stitch to do, but if you purl loosely on the purl only rows, then the lotus stitch rows become easier to make. I had wanted this to be a dishcloth (I cast on 33 stitches), but it ended up being the size of a coaster.  Here is the free stitch pattern

May Dishcloths

Doctor Who The Angels Have the Blue Box Dishcloth - free pattern.
The Eye of Ra Dishcloth - free chart.
Bobble Rocket Dishcloth - free pattern / crochet chart
Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon Square - free pattern
UFO Bobble Dishcloth - free pattern
Bobble Cactus Dishcloth - free pattern

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Paintings, Afghans, and Hats Plus a Blog Feature

Last week I realized that I was skipping a stitch in the repeat of this afghan.  I had to frog 7 rounds.  It was so painful.  Last night I finally  caught back up to where I had ripped it out at.  I need to finish up the 2nd skein and 2 more skeins before the end of the month to meet my monthly deadline.  I want to finish this afghan in 3 months time.
I finished a few more squares for my blue afghan.  I'm following the pattens in this book, however there are a few typos in it.  After I make all of the blocks I will post a list of all of the typos (like there is a ch7 when it should say ch1).
I made 2 more charity hats for Click for Babies: Period of Purple Crying Caps.  The striped hat pattern was designed by my friend Cindy.  It was a very easy pattern, then I made the flower from on elf the patterns in this book.  The twisted crochet cable hat was a little bit more challenging to make, but not necessarily hard.  It's not a hat for beginners.  This article was recently published about the local chapter / leader of this charity.  You can see some of my hats in the photo.  Here is the charity's Facebook group if anyone is interested.

Earlier this month, or was it last month, I was invited to a moms' night out where we painted flowers. The instructor showed us some techniques, then she wanted us to use our imaginations to create our own unique painting.  This was mine.  I was invited to an impressionistic paint night happening next week.  I can't wait!
Then on Wednesday I had some time to paint outside while my kids were at school.  This painting isn't finished yet.  It needs a little something in the upper lefthand corner, but I'm still thinking about what that little something is/will be.

Do you guys remember my crochet hook case?  Well it was featured on Illuminate Crochet this month.  Here is the blog post. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Day

Last Tuesday was Teacher Appreciation Day.  My youngest son's teacher is very nice, so I wanted to make her a dishcloth set using her initials and a pattern that would be perfect for a teacher.  Rhonda White has a lot of great dishcloth patterns including alphabet ones, which is where I found the K and C patterns.  I found the A+ Apple pattern here.
Then I made an origami box using scrapbook paper and topped it with an origami flower.  The 3 dishcloths just fit in it after being folded.  My son then drew on the green card (after I took the photo), and he gave it to her on Tuesday.  He said that she really loved it.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Pull Tab Earrings & Braceletes

After about 2 years of reruns I have started filming new episodes of my local access television show.  My first episode back was on how to make pull tab earrings.  I made all but 3 pairs of the above earrings last month for the show.  I showed how to make several of them, but I did not get to all of them.  That means I can have a part 2 to that episode.  I made up the pattern for the crochet orange pair.  To perfect it, I made the purple pair below.  I would like to make another pair before I publish the pattern.  I also made 2 crochet medical alert bracelets with the pull tabs.  Why two?  Well the first one was one tab to big for my wrist.  I plan on wearing this purple set during the taping of my show this month along with a purple shirt.  



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Whats on my needles & hooks

My main project lately has been my king size afghan.  I'm using my size 8 Knit Picks circulates (60") and Cascade Yarn.  I cast on 420 stitches, and I'm knitting it stockinette.  Every other stripe is a solid color, and the other ones use a multicolored yarn.  There are 2 rows of black in-between each stripe.  Each color stripe is a whole skein of yarn.  The reason why this is my main project right now is because it is mindless knitting.  I can work on it during movie nights, while watching a really good t.v. show, while reading, or while talking to a friend.  It is also an ode to my childhood.  I can remember my mom crocheting a striped afghan for her bed, and even recently she made a striped lap-afghan on her knitting loom using random skeins of yarn.  This afghan makes me think of home and comfort, plus its made using my current favorite yarn. 
I started making another knitted ninja for my youngest son recently.  I made one for his friend's birthday last year.  I had started making one for him last year as well, but that became a ufo (unfinished object).  He asked me about it recently, so this project began.  I am not sure where the ufo has gone, but this one is better since it will be his favorite color (navy blue).  The book is checked out from my library.  It has a lot of cute knitted amigurumi patterns in it.

I am also crocheting another V Stitch Bag (my pattern) and Tunisian crocheting a garment from the Civil War era.  I don't have any pictures of these projects yet.