Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ketjusilmukkahuivi

Today I finished the Ketjusilmukkahuivi. This is a Finnish pattern but luckily I was able to find an English translation for it on Ravelry. The moment I saw this pattern I thought it would be great for my boyfriend's step-mom and I thought of her as soon as I saw this yarn as well. She loves bright, rainbowy colors and I thought the dark brown would match a lot of things while still giving her little splashes of color. The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Fleck in "Coffee Fleck" and I used an I hook.

This worked up really fast and was fun to make except for the bazillion ends to weave in and I really have trouble hiding an end in nothing but chain stitch. But the bumpiness of the color flecks in the yarn help to conceal any little end bits that might pop out.

I couldn't get the true color of this yarn in the pictures I took today. This is the closest I got...



And here's a couple of shots but they're a bit dark. I've really got to hook up that lamp I got for Christmas!



Saturday, December 27, 2008

V-Stitch Scarf

After making the Love Scarf, I decided to make a similar scarf with the V-Stitch for my boyfriend's mom. This worked up really quick and was fun to make. I made it red and white so it has dual purpose: it has Arkansas Razorbacks colors as well as being the colors of the school where she works. I used Red Heart Super Savers in White and Cherry Red with an I hook.

Sorry about the odd coloring of the photos, it was cloudy that day and the lighting in my room sucks. But I did get a lamp for Christmas! Have to hook that up tomorrow.



Longcat Is Loooong

Finished the Longcat Scarf tonight. I think out of the 42 projects on Ravelry, mine is the only one that isn't knitted. But I think it turned out really cute. This project seemed to take forever since it was single crochet the whole way through. Took me less than a skein of each color though, I was expecting to use more yarn. I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and Wine Country with an H hook.

Cable Scarf

I finished the Crochet Cable Scarf that I started a while back. It's for my boyfriend's brother and he likes his scarves to be long, as do I. When I ran out of the first skein of yarn it looked to be about half as long as I wanted it and I thought that two skeins would be perfect. I just worked the pattern until I ran out of yarn. When I looked up, this scarf was a monstrous 88 inches long! If you wrap it around your neck it looks just fine but when it's just hanging in your hands it seems huge. I can easily shorten it if he wants, we'll see what he thinks when I see him on Monday.

I did enjoy the pattern and will probably make more in the future. I'd love to make one where the diamonds and stripes are a different color, maybe pink and grey. I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Forest Floor and an I hook.

After the first skein...





This is finished but folded in half!



And a couple of close ups...



Friday, December 26, 2008

Williamsburg Doily Failed

Somewhere along the way the Williamsburg Doily started to not make any sense to me. I have no idea where I went wrong, but as time went on it became apparent that I would never finish this in time to give away at Christmas. So I simply finished off right where I was and started another doily of my own creation.

Here is the Williamsburg just after blocking...



And here is the doily I just made up as I went along.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Race To Christmas: Part One

Unfortunately, the money I was counting on to buy everyone's Christmas gifts this year doesn't look like it's going to be making its way into my pocket at all, much less in time to take care of the 20+ people on my list. I only found this out a week ago so that gave me two weeks to hand make a gift for every person. I have crocheted my hands off during every waking second of the last week and will continue, I'm sure, to crochet right up until the car ride to my grandmother's house for Christmas festivities.

I did this last year as well. I made every single gift that I gave last year and I did it all in one month. This will not happen next year. I can't be this stressed out again. As a matter of fact, my New Year's resolution will be to make gifts for people all year long in anticipation of still being as poor as I am right now. One good thing I can take from this is that I can be sure that each person on my list receives a one of a kind item that no one else will have. And for the second year in a row, I get to say that I took the handmade pledge!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Williamsburg Doily

I started the Williamsburg Doily today. It's working up much faster than I expected which is good because I have a ton of things to make for Christmas! Is it weird that I'm actually looking forward to blocking this? Yeah, it probably is. I'm using Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Cotton size 10 in Natural and a 2.55 mm steel hook.



This is only the second doily I've made, the first being the Pinwheel Doily I made for my grandmother last year.



Rebel Alliance Scarf

I made this scarf for my Star Wars obsessed cousin. I got the Rebel Alliance chart from Leah Fenton. I used Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Cherry Red and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black with an H hook. I have a lot of ideas for more projects using these great charts once the Christmas rush is over!



Love Scarf in hdc

I wanted to make a scarf in Arkansas Razorbacks colors for my boyfriend's dad and I really liked this pattern for the Love Scarf. The only yarn I could find that my boyfriend approved of the color was Red Heart which is not the softest yarn in the world. So instead of single crochet I used half double crochet to make the fabric of the scarf a bit less stiff. I may also try giving it a wash before I give it to him to see if it will soften up a bit. I made it extra long because he's a tall guy. I used Red Heart Super Saver Solids in White and Cherry Red and an I hook.





Pink Camo Purse- Sans Lining

I've finished the pink camo purse for my niece. I still need to put a lining in it but I'm not sure what fabric to use yet. I would have made the strap longer but I ran out of yarn. I think I will also add a couple of buttons to keep it closed.



Sunday, December 7, 2008

Blue Bear Hat

Also today I finished a little blue hat with bear ears and pom poms. It will be a Christmas gift. I think I will make another one for my son because he seems to really like it, despite his face in the second picture, lol.



Kooky Ski Cap

This morning I finished another Christmas gift, a hat for one of the boys. I modified the Crochet Cap pattern a bit to make it more suitable for a child's head. It's a little big on my son but it should fit its intended recipient.



Friday, December 5, 2008

Pom Pom Hat

My cousin said her daughter would like a red hat for Christmas so I made this one today. I used a pattern called His and Hers Hats and an H hook. I used Red Heart yarn in Cherry Red for the hat and then lined it with Fun Fur. For the pom poms I used three different red yarns including one that I had practiced knitting with so it gave the top pom pom a little bit of a curly flair. I truly hate making pom poms, I've got to get a pom pom maker. But I think the hat came out pretty cute. I hope she likes it.



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pink Camo Purse

Started a pink camo purse for my niece whose father is in the Army. I bought this yarn months ago with her in mind and was never sure what to make with it. I need to get by the store and find a matching fabric to line it with. I'm going to add a flap and a really long strap.



MC Frontalot Almost Ready For Mic

Just a little update on my MC Frontalot amigurumi who now has two legs albeit one substantially short pants leg. Aww, you can see his little socks! Once I finish that pants leg, I will close up his feet and begin his props and details.

Alphabet Pillows

I started another of the alphabet pillows last week, a letter B for Brianna. I'm making five pillows for Christmas presents and this is the third. I'm either going to run out of this yarn or cut it very close. I may have to finish the back of the pillow in white or something. We'll see. I love the yarn though, it's very soft and fuzzy. I'm using Lion Brand Jiffy and a 4.5mm G hook.



Here are the two I've finished... a pink K for Kaliegh using Lion Brand Jiffy and a 4.5mm G hook and sewn together with Red Heart Foxy.





And a blue K for Kaden made with two colors of Red Heart Super Saver and the 4.5mm G hook, also sewn together with Red Heart Foxy.



Scrap Ripple Afghan

Yesterday I realized that after all these projects I finally have enough scrap yarn to start a scrap project. I decided to make a scrap ripple afghan. I'm using a 4.5mm G hook and this pattern with any and every yarn I have leftover from other projects as well as a couple of really old skeins I would never use for anything else - like the powder blue Creslan yarn you see in the picture. I'm using half double crochet instead of single crochet.

I'm excited about how this could turn out. Normally I don't like rainbowy multicolored things but I think this is going to be fun. I am enjoying making the ripples and it seems to be working up quickly. I have an old pattern book from the 70's with a ripple jacket in it and I really look forward to making that one day. Not in multicolor though!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Darla's Handbag

My aunt requested that I make a handbag for her sister for Christmas this year. I started the handbag about a week ago and finished the crocheting this morning. Her favorite color is green so I have incorporated some green stripes and I'm supposed to add a rose on there somewhere. I'm going to make a removable rose pin.





I had the most beautiful fabric remnant in mind for the lining of this project. It's green with gold designs and it's very soft and shiny.



But when I unfolded the roll I got a few surprises! First, I realized that I had more than enough fabric to line the bag and make a pocket or two - a good surprise. Then I realized that the fabric was not only green with gold designs but it also faded to black and had a beautiful band design across each edge...



This is just gorgeous but doesn't go well with my handbag at all. And as another surprise I noticed that the back of the fabric is a beautiful gold with black.



So... I'm not sure whether to use this fabric on the handbag or save it for something else and try to find another matching fabric for the bag. This is why I love to buy fabric remnants. You really never know what you're going to get!

I'm going to try to make another trip to the craft store before Christmas so for now I am putting this project on hold until I can get there and see what kinds of fabric choices I have.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Homemade Play Dough

Today is a cold, rainy day here in Texas - perfect for doing some indoor crafts. My son has never played with play dough before so I made some using simple ingredients from our kitchen.
(It is recommended that children be two years old or older to play with this dough and of course they should be supervised at all times.)


What You'll Need:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
food coloring
wax paper

How I Did It:
Dump the flour, salt, and cream of tartar into a pot and mix well.
Now add the oil and then begin stirring in the water a little at a time.
Cook over medium heat and continue to stir.
The dough will begin to thicken and form a ball.
Keep cooking until the dough doesn't seem sticky then dump it out onto some wax paper to cool a bit.
Divide the dough into four lumps (or however many colors you'd like to make) and knead some drops of food coloring into each. I used about four drops per ball but you can add more or less to get the colors you like.



I taped newspaper over the table and set him loose. The color never came off on anything and it didn't really have a smell. Keep the dough in an air tight container or plastic bag. I'll let you know how long ours lasts.



This was a lot of fun to make. Maybe I'll make more for the kids for Christmas and include some cookie cutters and things to go with.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Nerdcore Tribute

Since the moment I heard of MC Frontalot, I have been bopping around the house rapping about spam, old video games, and Star Wars conventions. Finding Nerdcore has truly been a revival for my interest in music, which wanes frequently because of the nature of my home - a home I share with a musician and a radio exec among others. We run a radio station out of our home for goodness sake! So music is always playing. Most people listen to music to relax, my relaxing means getting away from music for a while. But I just don't get tired of "I Hate Your Blog" or "Yellow Lasers". So, at the suggestion of my friend Scott, I have begun my newest project... an amigurumi Front.

I have tons of ideas for props to make for him. He will definitely have a microphone. I'm not sure yet how I'll fashion his glasses but most likely they will be felt. I've made much progress since these pictures were taken. He's got a body, waist, and half a leg now.

Here are the arms and the beginning of the head...



And here is the head...



As you can see in the photo, I am adapting the pattern "Punk Bunny" from the book "Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute" by Elisabeth Doherty. I'm considering sending the finished product to MC Frontalot along with a letter of my appreciation of his music. I don't know what he would do with a doll of himself but whatever he does with it will probably be better than what I might do with it if I were to keep it for myself!!

EDIT: Here's the progress I've made today. As you can see, he even has little socks! I'm going to lengthen his pants of course. They're just a little short because the grey yarn is thinner than the others.