Thursday, July 31, 2008

Duster or Barcello?

I know my last post was a WIP list a mile long BUT... I found a new pattern that I can't wait to start. Don't you grumble at me! I can't help it. I like to have one big project going on in the background while I knock off the little projects. It gives me variety so I always have something to work on and when I get bored I can switch. And besides, you have seen me finish things, right?

After working on this Circle Jacket for months I can look back and say I truly enjoyed making it and that really says something to me. Doris Chan is now my crochet idol and I feel like a new world of opportunities is opening up. I always just avoided making clothes. I don't know if I thought they would be too hard or if I thought I'd never wear them. Probably a combination of both. But this Circle Jacket is gorgeous and it was so simple to follow the pattern. I really feel like I will get some use out of this and be proud when I wear it. I can't wait to show it to my grandmother!

And I think I'm actually going to miss working on it. So I have decided to make another jacket. I narrowed it down to two Doris Chan designs - not on purpose, I just love her stuff and the two things I chose happened to both be by her - the Lacy Duster and the Barcello Jacket.

I think I like the Lacy Duster best out of the two but I'd also really like to use Caron Simply Soft for that so I am going to hold off and maybe make that later. The yarn I have on hand is a bit thicker and sage green so I decided to make the Barcello Jacket. It should end up looking pretty much like the picture in the pattern. I'll need to pick up another large skein of yarn but that won't be a problem.

I think it would look good over a tight fitting long sleeve shirt, too. I can't wait to get started on it. Hopefully I can finish it in time to get some good use out of it this Fall and Winter. But don't worry, I am going to finish the Circle Jacket before I start a single stitch on the Barcello. But I may print the Barcello pattern today and just rub it on my cheek for a while. *sigh*

WIP Update

The last few days have been busy again and I haven't had as much time to crochet as I had hoped I would. However, I did finish the sleeve of my jacket today! Now I have to add the collar and ruffle trim and I'll be done with my first crocheted piece of clothing. Yay!

As for the rest of my WIPs, I am making steady progress on my Arch Scarf. I would say it is about two thirds of the way done. I tried to take a picture of it yesterday but my son kept sticking his hands in the shots (lol) so I will have to try again later when he's asleep.

I need to finish my Swiss Flag for the charity project and get that mailed off this month. Although I'm having trouble finding the address to mail it to. I'll have to send an email today.

I am holding off on the YoYo Tote because I might be getting a big bag of hand me down yarn from my friend (fingers crossed!) so that would give me a better color selection.

I sewed a few buttons on the In Bloom Handbag but I am really not looking forward to putting the lining in it so I am putting that off. There are so many more fun things to be doing!

I had forgotten about my Sweet Pea Shawl. I need to use up the little bit of yarn left and buy another skein to finish it off.

I have a few more small things here and there waiting to be finished, you know how that goes. But it's okay, most of them are Christmas gifts so I have plenty of time. Assuming I stop finding new patterns I want to try!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Party Gift Success! Yes!

I went to Kaden's birthday party yesterday and gave him the little monkey. He loved it! When he opened it he screamed "MONKEY!!" and bounced it around on the ground. I also gave his mom the little kitchen set I made for her. It included a scrubby dishcloth, a star dishcloth, a towel ring, and a plastic bag keeper.

I haven't had much time for crocheting in the last few days but I did manage to add some length to the arch scarf and a few rows to the sleeve of my jacket. I'll try to take some pictures of the scarf tomorrow but I am going to wait to take pictures of the jacket until I have finished the sleeve. Then it will be only one step away from completion!

I have nearly finished reading The Crochet Answer Book and I have not learned a single thing. But I'm not upset about that because it just means that I am a little better at crochet than I thought! It's still a great book to have around and I did get a few good ideas from it.

I am still looking for the perfect pattern for my next big project. I should be able to finish the scarf and jacket fairly soon and I'd like to start another large project to be working on in the background while I make several smaller projects for Christmas. I'm thinking about a shirt or possibly another jacket with the pound of green yarn I just bought.

My grandmother has requested some of the scrubby dishcloths so I will be making some of those soon and I have a few more alphabet pillows to make as well. Sounds like I need to start a WIP list!

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Craft Store Haul

This morning I went to the craft store with a couple of coupons and three things on my list. Of course, I came home with more than three things. But they had so many things on sale, I couldn't help myself!

The main reason for going to the craft store today was to use the 40% off coupons to pick up a couple of books. I got The Crochet Answer Book and 100 Crochet Projects. I can't wait to look through these when my son takes a nap!

Then I picked up a huge skein of sage green yarn to make something for myself, possibly a shirt or jacket. I really love this color.

While I was in the yarn section, I noticed two sales that I couldn't pass up. First, the cotton handicrafters yarn was half off! I have been on a bit of a cotton kick lately so I picked up two skeins - Tumbleweed and Desert Cactus.

And second, on sale for $1.50 was the Kashmira yarn I have had my eye on for quite some time! It's feltable and it's my favorite color! Can't wait to find a pattern for this.

I picked up some purse handles with intentions of making Christmas gifts with them but the more I stare at the shiny black round ones the more I think I may keep those for myself!

And no trip to the craft store is complete without a stop by the fabric remnants counter. I found some white fabric that will be perfect for the YoYo Tote (problem solved!) and some really cute blue and brown stripey stuff. Some pirates and some fairies for my nephews and nieces, some flames and skulls that I couldn't pass up, and a brown travel/map sort of fabric that may come in handy at some point.

This should surely keep me busy for a while!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Arch Scarf

I worked a bit more on my jacket yesterday but after repeatedly doing the V stitch for several days I decided to start another small project that I can switch to when I need a break. I had plans to make a few scarves as Christmas gifts so I took out my trusty Encyclopedia of Crochet and chose a stitch I'd never made before. So this is my scarf using the Arch stitch. I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Off white.

I also plan to go to JoAnn's sometime before this week's sale is over and use the 40% off coupons to buy some books. I am feeling a pattern fever coming on! I hope to find a book with some nice purse patterns, specifically a young girl's purse that would look good with my pink cammo yarn. I bought that with my niece in mind and I have been searching for the perfect pattern ever since.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Kaden's Monkey

This morning I finished Kaden's birthday gift... a monkey! I used the pattern "Benny the Monkey" by Elisabeth Doherty from her book Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute. I really like how he turned out except for the muzzle which looks a little off to me. And if I make another one I will leave a bigger hole for the tail in the back of the shorts because that part was a bit difficult. Other than that, he's great!

I think I *will* be making another one because my son really likes it. He carried it around giving it kisses all morning. It didn't take me long to make him, only a few days, so I should be able to whip up another. I think I will use different colors for the clothes next time but I really like the blue of the body.

Now to finish the In Bloom handbag for Kaden's mom and I will be ready for the party!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jacket Sleeve Complete

I finished the sleeve of my jacket today and I'm really happy with the way it came out. The ruffle trim was much easier than I expected. I hope I find the collar to be the same way because that's the part I'm a bit intimidated by.

I started on the second sleeve but I hit the end of the skein after about five rounds so I just took a little break. I have a fresh skein waiting for me but I probably won't get to it until tomorrow night or the next day. Depending on what I do with the collar and trim, I may have to buy one more skein.

Some time before this Saturday I have to choose some buttons to sew onto my "In Bloom" handbag (from the Stitch'n Bitch book) and get a lining in it. It's going to be part of my cousin's birthday gift. I'll take a picture of the whole package before I wrap it.

I think tonight I will look through some Japanese patterns and try to find something to do with my seven skeins of Patons Brilliant in Radiant Red. If you have any suggestions, please leave me a comment.

Circle Jacket by Doris Chan

Today I actually worked on a project for myself! My Circle Jacket by Doris Chan. I am really loving the way it's turning out. Here are some pictures of my progress:

I like my jackets to be a little long so I have added some length to it. I have the sleeve down past the elbow now and I can hardly wait to work on it more tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

YoYo Tote and Corner Scrubby

A couple of days ago I came across this thread on the Crochetville forums and it really inspired me. Normally I am not a rainbowy type person. My favorite color is grey! But this project looked like so much fun to make and I do know a rainbowy type person that this would be perfect for. So I began to make yoyos.

I have made several more since this picture was taken yesterday afternoon. I have yoyos in green, blue, orange, pink, red, and brown using acrylic, cotton, and wool yarns. I have over 100 skeins of yarn in my collection so I should be able to get a great variety of colors and I have a huge skein of white yarn to join them all together. The only foreseeable problem will be choosing a fabric for the lining but I won't worry about that just yet.

I love the fact that I can use up those tiny balls of yarn leftover from other projects. I've gotten rid of four already! And in the true spirit of recycling, I am even saving the two tiny half inch pieces that get trimmed off at the end of each yoyo. I'm going to use them as stuffing because they are so soft. Maybe I'll make a little ami keychain to hang on the tote when it's finished.

I also tested a pattern for "Dorothysgirls" on the Crochetville forums. It's called "Corner Scrubby" and it's a really cute idea for the kitchen. I made three yesterday but I will be making more to use up the rest of the scrubbies I bought. They will make excellent Christmas gifts.