Friday, December 18, 2009

No, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. I know it's been quite some time since my last post. Two reasons for that. Number one: my son has somehow "misplaced" my camera so there's no way to show you what I've been working on. I plan to look for it everywhere today because I will need it for Christmas as well. And number two: I am addicted to an MMO called Shaiya and any time that I'm not spending making Christmas presents I spend playing this game.

So a brief list of things I've been working on and hopefully soon I will have pictures so I can make an actual post about each.

I've almost finished another little bear using the Strawbeary pattern from Elizabeth Doherty.

I've finished one scarf and need to make another for two of the younger girls on my list. Thank goodness scarves are in this year!

I"m almost halfway done with a really nice warm fuzzy white blanket for one of the other younger girls.

I've made a few of the snowman bags from the December 2009 issue of Crochet World magazine. Also from this issue I am making the stuffed train toy. This one will warrant an entire post to explain.

I'm making a few Barbie Snuggies by request from my cousin's daughter.

I"m making another one of Alice's wonderful Starling Handbags. They are so much fun to make and can be customized in all kinds of ways. You can find the pattern in her downloads section at Future Girl.

As usual I have so many people to crochet for and I just looked up and Christmas is right around the corner. So I've kicked my crochet production into high gear. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to finish everything I have in mind but I'll do as much as I can. Goals for today are to finish another skein on the blanket and possibly start another snowman bag. Or I might just put the feet on the bear and have that project done. Oh and of course, find my camera!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Short 'N Sweet

Another thing I've had my eye on for a while is the Short 'N Sweet Bolero from the Stitch 'N Bitch book. I don't wear boleros but for some reason I have wanted to make this ever since I saw it. I thought I could give it to someone for Christmas but I'm not sure who yet because it turned out a bit too small for the person I had in mind. I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wine Country and an H hook.



This pattern was really fun and easy to do but it seemed to me that there might have been a simpler way to write it. Maybe I'm just spoiled on Doris Chan patterns but finishing off and adding another piece of yarn just to chain 3 and finish off again seems a bit retarded to me. Other than the few odd instructions it was a nice little project. It still needs to be blocked but it looks very cute on.

Hook and Weave Shrug

I have wanted a shrug for a while and have had intentions of making this one ever since I got this issue of Interweave Crochet way back in the Fall of 2007. Last month I finally pulled off the sticky note bookmark labeled "shrug" and got to work. The pattern is called Hook and Weave Shrug by Jennifer Orr. In the pattern you make the shrug a solid color and then weave a contrasting color through to make cute little stripes, hence the name "Hook and Weave", but I decided to make mine with stripes and get rid of some small balls of yarn I had lying around. I used Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and Wine Country with an I hook.

The pattern is great, it's simple and fun and really easy to adjust for size. You could make a 2x or a toddler size, whatever you want by simply taking a measurement of the arm spread and adding a little extra for the cuffs to fold over. I will probably make a couple more of these for Christmas gifts.

I will try to get some pictures of me wearing it pretty soon but here are a couple I snapped this morning.



Cat Ear Hats and Scarf

I have been looking a long time for a good cat ear hat crochet pattern. I've tried several and they've never turned out to be what I wanted. This pattern is the closest I've ever come to finding what I want. It's still not exactly what I was looking for but it's definitely the cutest finished product. The pattern is called Holy Julie Newmar Batman! and is available for free at Gege Crochet.



I made this one using some Vanna's Choice yarn that I frogged from my Ridge Swing Cardigan that I gave up on after running out of yarn and never finding the same colors again. The colors are Taupe and Dusty Blue and I used a K hook for this one. After showing this picture to a friend he asked if I would make one for his son who is a skateboarder. Seems like a great hat for skateboarding to me. So I made a second hat using Caron Simply Soft in Grey Heather and Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and an I hook. I really liked the color combination so I made a scarf for myself using the same pattern. I still haven't mailed this to him but I promise I will before it gets cold enough to use it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dinosaur Hoodie

I spent the last couple weeks working on the Dinosaur Hoodie in the June 2009 issue of Crochet World magazine. I used Vanna's Choice in Taupe and Dusty Blue and a J hook. This will be a birthday present for my cousin's son. The party is tomorrow and it's a water gun party so it should be a really great time. Here are a couple of pictures of my son wearing it.



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Amsterdam Coat - Update 1

Last Sunday I started the Amsterdam Coat by Doris Chan. This is a free pattern available through NaturallyCaron.com. I'm using some Red Heart yarn - I know, I know. But the color (Earth and Sky) was just too awesome and I had to try it. I bet it will soften up with a wash or two.

This jacket is just flying off the hook. The pattern is very simple and quick to work up. In just four days I am almost ready to add sleeves and be done! I love all of Doris Chan's patterns but I think if you are looking for a good one to start with, this might be it. It seems to be the easiest of the four Doris Chan jackets I have made so far. (By the way, next on my list is the Lacy Duster I've had my eye on forever)

Here is a picture of the neck shaping.



Sorry about the burst of sunlight down the middle, I took a million pictures trying to get the light right but as you know this is a perpetual problem for me.

I don't know how I can have a light on, a lamp on, a flash on my camera and still end up with dark pictures like this but this is a picture taken just after making the band and starting the "skirt".



As of right now I have used three skeins of yarn and I'm almost finished with the skirt section - about four more rows unless I want to add some length. I also added two rows to the body but I didn't want to add too much because it will gain a lot in blocking.

I'm taking a break from it tonight to work on an old hibernating project and give my hands a change of scenery but it should be finished quickly.

Outta Chocolate Complete!

I finished my Outta Sight jacket a while back. I was waiting to get some pictures of me wearing it before I posted this but it doesn't look like that will happen soon so I'll just add them here later when I get them.

I'm really happy with how this turned out and can't wait until the Fall to wear it. I love the color. It's Caron Simply Soft Eco in Chocolate and I had two skeins left over so I can make something else, possibly one of the tanks made from the same pattern in the book. I didn't make the string that laces the front together, I may do that later or I may just get a few clips next time I visit the craft store.

Here are some pictures of the blocking. It gained a lot of length with the blocking and I love long jackets. I think it's going to look really cute with some jeans and a tank.







Thursday, June 4, 2009

Beaded Jewelry

My grandmother's birthday is this weekend so a few days ago I started to work on a broomstick lace shawl for her. Despite my testing the initial base sc chain twice, after the first row of lace it was apparent that it was going to be a little small. I kept going, hoping that with blocking I could make it work and then as a last resort I could make another panel and add it on at the top to widen it at the shoulders. But after four days of working on it and becomming continually more discouraged I gave up and went back to the pattern books to find something else.

I came across a page of crocheted wire jewelry and that's been something I've wanted to try for a while. So I got out a hook, wire, beads, and findings and started to figure something out. I started stringing beads and wrapping wire and before I knew it I had made half a bracelet and never even used the hook! But I was accomplishing the goal which was to have a gift for my grandmother so I was still happy although it wasn't what I'd set out to do in the first (or second) place. It felt odd to be making a crafty gift that wasn't crocheted. But for now crocheted wire is still on my to do list and here are some pics of the finished products. A bracelet and earring set in blue.



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Outta Chocolate - Sleeve 1

I've finished the body of my Outta Sight jacket and started the sleeves. I had my boyfriend take some pictures of me wearing it. Unfortunately he just began snapping away and mostly at my clevage. So here in these salvagable images you'll just have to ignore my goofy face - look at the jacket and only the jacket! And especially do not notice the drip of sloppy joe on my shirt. I cannot help it, the sloppiness was overwhelming.



Sunday, May 17, 2009

Futuregirl Handbag

This month I got the opportunity to do something really fun... test a handbag pattern for Alice of Futuregirl.com! I have gotten the RSS feed from her blog for a long time and everything she does is gorgeous. So when I saw her post asking for pattern testers I went immediately to leave a comment. I just knew I would be too late to meet the five person cut off but, lo and behold, I was the second person! Yay!

I would have loved to do it in cotton but I didn't have enough so I used my Red Heart Super Saver Fleck in Sky Blue. I absolutely loved the pattern and I'm sure I'll be using it a lot in the future. I made the large and it's a perfect size for most of the women in my family. My grandmother carries a purse more the size of a small apartment complex but this will definitely be great for my cousins (and for me). I love the flat bottom and the way the handles are made - much better than the way I made them before. She'll be publishing the pattern for free on her blog so keep an eye out and you can make one too!



I've got to pick some fabric and make a lining for it now. More pictures to come.

Gibson's Granny Square Blanket

I finished the granny square blanket for my son today. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. It's a great size for him and the colors are really calming, which can't hurt! I probably could have added another round or two but I didn't want to run out of yarn while putting on the shell edging so I played it safe. I'm not the biggest fan of the shell edging, it's okay, but I really wasn't sure what else to do on a granny square base. I need to brush up on my edgings I suppose. But I think it looks great and Gibson certainly likes it.





Friday, May 15, 2009

Outta Chocolate Progress

Just a quick post to show you the progress I've made on my Outta Sight by Doris Chan. I'm really loving the way it's turning out and I think it's going to fit great. I've got quite a while to continue in the pattern before I reach the right length and then I'll just need sleeves and the edging. And I've already got my next Doris Chan pattern picked out!

Mother's Day Gifts

For Mother's Day this year I got the moms in my life some beautiful hand made soaps and lotions from Homestead Ranch. (I got some for myself too, and I love them!) To go along with I made some cotton washcloths. I made most of them out of I Love This Cotton which is so incredibly soft that I can't imagine why I ever bought another kind of cotton. Unfortunately I was in a rush to package them and forgot to take pictures of them. But here are some of the ones I made with the last of my Bernat Handicrafters Cotton.



Hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

WIP Update - April

I just realized that I haven't blogged in quite some time so I decided to give you a little update on my current WIPs, except for two projects which warrant their own posts, the bathing suit cover up and the Outta Sight.

I've made a little progress on my socks since last I posted about them. I reached the heel and made the turn but it seems I need to add a few stitches for it to be the right girth for that part of my foot. This will require a little froging and some alteration to the pattern which I hope I can remember/recreate on the second sock. There will be some trial and error and ripping out of rows so I've put it aside for now until I feel like dealing with it. I am SOOO loving the yarn though.

My granny square blanket is coming along nicely. I've got one more skein of aran and then I think I will end it. It's not quite big enough yet to be a throw (maybe by the time I'm finished?) but it's the perfect size for my son who has pretty much claimed it as his own from the beginning anyway.

I'm still searching for a good pattern to use with the yarn I got for my birthday. It's some very fuzzy purple yarn (and white as well) and you know how I feel about the fuzzy novelty yarns. I really love the finished product but working with them is a pain in the ass. I could easily make a blanket and be done with it but I've really got my heart set on some kind of wearable like a little toddler dress or cardigan. I'm pretty sure I will be using this yarn for my cousin's daughter. Hopefully I will find a good pattern soon. I've got my eye on a couple of things but I'm not sure if I will be able to see the stitches well enough to get through it with the fuzzy yarn. Maybe I will just buy some other yarn and make the dress I"m looking at. But the dilema of the purple fuzzy yarn use remains.

Still looking for glasses for my MC Frontalot doll as well as thinking of props to make for him. Haven't picked him up in a while but he should be finished by the end of this year, in time for Front's birthday. Am I a creepy stalker fan or what?

My scrap ripple is still coming along. I add every little bit of yarn that I have at the end of a project. I'm really excited about how this is going to look when it's finished and it will be very special to me because every color of yarn is going to bring up a memory of the project I did and the person I made that project for. It will be the first and only afghan I've made for myself. But I must admit, I have been considering making some afghans for my grandmothers and I do have some gift cards to Joann's from my birthday so some big projects could be in my near future.

I've got a couple more near-future projects in mind but I won't speak of those just yet.

Outta Chocolate

A few days ago I started the Outta Sight by Doris Chan from the book Everyday Crochet. When I hit row two of this project I messed up and had to put it away for a while because my son was completely distracting me. But I sat down to tackle it again today and got all the way down past the join at the armpit and it was all easy going. I will be working in the pattern repeat for most of the rest of the jacket, with an increase here and there. I really love the way Doris Chan's patterns are written. Once you have done a few rows you just "get" what she's doing and the rest just flies by. And her top down seamless construction is a total godsend to me because I also hate seaming with a passion. I would say that I can already see myself making this jacket again but there are so many other wonderful Doris Chan patterns out there on my to do list that I will be realistic and say it will be a while before I get around to doing this in fading shades of green as I originally planned.

I've wanted to make this for some time and I planned to do it in shades like the one in the book. But I was at the store and picked up a few skeins of Caron Simply Soft Eco in Chocolate. I completely forgot to get shades of green or blue like I had planned for this project all along. But when I got home I decided to go ahead and make it with the brown because that would match more of my clothes anyway and I couldn't wait to start it to be quite honest. I'm really excited about the way it's turning out! I plan to make it long sleeved and possibly add a hood.

The picture below is how far I got with my first skein...



I'm having to use a K hook to obtain gauge and that's a little upsetting to me. I know it shouldn't matter but it just seems like too big a hook to use with the yarn I'm using. It hasn't been as upsetting to work with as I expected at first but I still sometimes wish my gauge wasn't always smaller than the pattern. I guess I just crochet tight and have to get used to it. In any event, it's turning out wonderfully and I think once it's done and blocked and put against a solid color shirt it will look wonderful. I really like this yarn, wish it came in more colors.

Beach, Here I Come

I finished my bathing suit cover up a few days ago. Haven't had time to post about it until now. It ended up being just a tiny bit tight across the back and shoulders but I think it will stretch enough to compensate for that. Other that the little mistake I pointed out in the original blog post, it all went off without a hitch. I really like the length and I used the entire cone of cotton so it was a happy destashing moment. This was made using one cone of Peaches & Creme cotton in White and a J hook. Yes, eventually I suppose there will be pictures of me wearing this with a bathing suit but for right now I'm holding off on that, haha.





Friday, April 10, 2009

Bathing Suit Cover Up

I'm really making progress on my bathing suit cover up. The pattern is Long Crocheted Cardigan from DROPS Design. I've got the entire back piece finished and have started one side. This picture is from this morning when the back was almost complete.



Now let's play spot the error. Yes, I've already messed up. But I noticed it too late (just after taking this picture) and didn't want to frog seven rows back to fix it. You see the two rows of open squares just below the top section of chain loops? There should only be one row of open squares, like the first two pattern repeats below. I accidentally repeated the squares section befeore going on to the chain loops. But this is a happy mistake! When I finished the back it turns out that this mistake was exactly in the middle so everything is still symetrical AND it adds a little length which is always good in my book. I just have to remember to add that little mistake into the two side panels as I'm making them and everything will be fine and no one will ever know. Except you guys.

Granny Square Blankets

I have always steered clear of granny squares. Sure, it was one of the first things I ever learned to crochet and you can make anything with a granny square. Blankets, slippers, shirts, purses, pillows. But for a long time the granny square meant old, tired, cliched crochet to me and I was determined to do anything but. One of the main complaints I had against granny squares was the memory of cuddling up in an afghan that my grandmother made, being so warm and comfy until my big toe popped out of one of the many holes. And being a sufferer of OCPD I simply could not stand that. I much prefer a full, flat fabric of crochet with no holes, especialy when it comes to things that will be near my toes.

Once in a while I would come across a pattern using granny squares that I thought I might like to make but it was never enough to really spark me into action. Until I saw a really pretty blanket made with shades of colors radiating out from the center. I can't find the link to it now but I really had the urge to make one as soon as I saw it. I happened to be finishing up my Horrendously Green Jacket at the time and I had four shades of green yarn leftover that would be perfect for a blanket like this.

The truth is, when I saw this blanket I got the itch to make one and make one fast. My in-laws were visiting about the time I saw this and they brought me two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun yarn in "Disco" which is black, purple, and teal. I wasn't quite finished with my Horrendously Green Jacket and I couldn't wait to start this project so I started it with the Disco Homespun. Two skeins of this yarn should be just enough to make a little blanket for my son who has practically claimed it as his own once he saw me making it. So the Disco blanket will be for my son. I am almost halfway through with the yarn I have. Here is a picture of that one, sorry it's so dark.



Once I finished my Horrendously Green Jacket, I began another granny square blanket using the leftover yarn from that. I started with a small ball of black Red Heart Super Saver that I had from a long time ago. Next I added the remains of the Red Heart in Dark Sage, Med Thyme, Light Sage, and Frosty Green. I've run out of yarn now so I'll be going to the store soon to get more because it's not very big.



I am enjoying making these blankets and I think they will have many happy years of use. But I also think that once I've finished these, I will probably have had my fill of granny squares for a while.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What Is This Hill You Speak Of?

Well, this is it. I am officially 30 years old today. Time to break out the black balloons and novelty walking cane with mirror and horn. I really don't feel as bad about it as I thought I would. I've been 29 for a year and 28 for the year before that and I always just rounded up to 30 when thinking about myself and my goals in life anyway. I mean, what's the difference really between 29 and 31? Not much.

I think I have gone through more in the last three years than I have ever before in my life. Hell, I may have gone through more in the last three years than a lot of people will ever go through. There's been birth, there's been death, there's been stresses placed on careers, relationships, living situations. It has not been an easy three years, I will promise you that. But the important thing is that I have survived and I'm still hanging on, even if for no other reason than I belive I am owed some good to happen in my life and I'll be damned if I'm going to give up before I get it!

In all seriousness, the last six months have been very uplifting for me. It seems that things are finally turning around for me and I am positive about the future. I am welcoming 30 with open arms. When I think about this milestone, I am reminded of my mother who turned 28, then turned 29, then turned 28 again and continued to be 28 for the rest of her birthdays. Every year she would say she was 28 and no one would disagree. I wish she had the opportunity to fool us many more times. But because of her and how strong and beautiful and perfect she was, I am strong enough to face 30 with a smile on my face and be proud of what I have done and optimistic about my future. I am 30 years old today and my life is only beginning.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Summer Troubles

A few days ago I am at a birthday party talking to my cousin. She tells me of the fun she had with her children at Surf N Swim last year and invites me to come along with her once the weather heats up. My son is two years old and has never been in a pool so this year would be a great time to introduce him to the water. I tell her I will come along and just like that my thoughts have turned to summer. I am now in a panic - I have to start getting ready! I haven't been in a bathing suit in about three years. I am, and have always been, pale as a blank sheet of paper. Since the last time I put on a bathing suit I have both given birth to a child and began a love affair with beer. Not to mention the fact that tomorrow I turn 30! Needless to say my tummy is not the flat little thing it used to be.

I have inherrited several bathing suits from my mother and simultaneously I became her exact size so I am pretty sure I will have a suit to wear. What I will look like in that suit is anyone's guess. I'm pretty sure as soon as my birthday celebratory drinking is over, it will be time for me to cut back and maybe start doing some sit ups. I refuse to spend money on a tanning machine so everyone at Surf N Swim will just have to avert their eyes to my awesome paleness but I will at least attempt to do something about my beer belly.

As an act of precaution I have decided to crochet myself a bathing suit cover up. I bought a cone of white cotton yarn last night and picked out a really cute pattern. I am forcing myself to finish another project before I begin this one but I have had an acute case of startitis lately and cannot guarantee that I won't give in and just start it. Besides, it's almost my birthday and I'm working on two blankets (winter much?) versus a bathing suit cover up. What would be more likely to be used and needed at present? You see how I'm rationalizing this to myself? You know this means I will probably start it tonight and forget the blankets. It's ok, things get done eventually around here.

As far as the pattern goes, I think it will work well in white cotton. It has a knitted button band but I was planning on dropping that part off even before I saw it was knitted (and I can't knit). I will probably do a few rows of single crochet instead and I'm not sure yet whether I will be adding buttons or just let it hang open. I'll have to look through my vintage button box and see if anything fits the bill. I'm excited. It's so much fun to find a project that looks like fun to make and will also be useful. Living in Texas I don't get much opportunity to use the shawls, scarves, and fingerless gloves that I find so much fun to make but a bathing suit cover up will be a practical way to show off my skills and have a garment that is unique, not to mention distracting people from my beer belly! Pictures to come soon. Of the started project, not the beer belly.

Hello Kitty Purse

I finished the Hello Kitty Purse for my cousin's daughter. I think it turned out well although I wish I had left room at the top for a flap to close the purse. I got rid of a couple balls of pink hand me down yarn during this project and I always enjoy charted intarsia. I hand sewed the lining instead of using my sewing machine since it wasn't that big and I totally fail at sewing machine use anyway. The only matching fabric I had was a very fuzzy pink novelty fabric that seemed to shed a lot while I was putting it together. Maybe not the best lining for a little girl who likes to keep chicken nuggets in her purse but hey, I had to use what I had on hand.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

It's Knot a Crochet Project But...

After stopping by Stormdrane's Blog I knew I needed to give knotting a try. He makes some of the most awesome stuff and once I saw those paracord bracelets I realized I finally had a shot at making something handmade for the boys and men on my Christmas list. It's so hard to crochet for men, especially men who live in Texas and don't need scarves or gloves for more than three days a year. So when my grandmother offered to buy me some yarn I asked if she would pick up a bit of cord as well. I knew she wouldn't be able to find the really cool paracord at the store she was going to but I just needed something to test it out with anyway. She brought back some tan craft cord that was a bit smaller than I was expecting but still ended up working out.

I took a clasp and keyring off a lanyard I had never used (I have a few Jagermeister lanyards that I got back in Jason's touring days and they're still wrapped even - perfect!) and set to work figuring out the lanyard knot. Then I gave up on the lanyard knot and moved on! I think it was a combination of tiny cord and really long ends to deal with versus the short piece of cord in the tutorial video. I just could not make it look right although I know I was close.

So I skipped the lanyard knot and moved on to the cobra stitch. I had a little trouble with my first two attempts but once I found this video I got it down in a flash. It was surprisingly enjoyable and I felt pretty proud of myself for figuring it out. I know that I should have been a bit more careful of my placement when going back over it to make the king cobra stitch part but the cord was so small that I really had a hard time telling where it should have gone anyway. So I just knotted along until I had this:



Here my background was too dark but I think you can see the stitches better and it's closer to the true color.



Both my brother and dad have birthdays coming up (and me too!) and this color of cord should go well with my brother's Army uniform. I plan to make him a keychain as well but I'll need to figure out a way to cover some of the extra space at the clasp end. I'm sure I will end up buying some paracord before Christmas and make stuff for all the boys.

Orange Socks

I started my first pair of socks not long ago and I am really enjoying the experience of using sock yarn. I wish I could afford more of it! But I do have a great green ball to use when these are done. I think they are turning out nicely and I can't wait to wear them.

Here they are the first day that I started them:



And here they are as of today:



I'm almost ready to start the heel. I'm using this pattern for toe up socks by Mary Rhodes. I looked for a while for crocheted sock patterns and found several really nice ones which are now in my Ravelry queue but this pair seemed the least thick and bulky and uses a plain stitch pattern that will really show off the colors of this yarn. The yarn is Chrysalis Fibers Silky Merino Hand-Dyed sock yarn in "Citrus Squeeze" and I'm using an E hook.

Ugly Green Yarn Chronicles Continued

I've done quite a bit of work on the Horrendously Green Jacket. As of this writing, all I lack are the sleeves and I'm very excited about the way it's turned out so far. Here it is layed out on my floor.



That top portion is the hood and the two U shaped cut outs are the arm hole shaping. You can see them better in this side view.



Here is a close up of the hood.



And here are the two sides.





By the way, check out my cool new socks in the corner of that last picture, haha.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ugly Green Yarn Chronicles

A while back on the 2009 Stashbusting CAL at Crochetville, a very nice woman named Marzee got some "ugly green yarn" in an eBay lot and offered to send it to anyone crazy enough to enjoy pea and avocado greens. I almost broke my finger replying to her post as quickly as I could and that speed paid off because she sent it to me! I was so excited to get yarn, not only free but in these hideously beautiful colors that for some reason I love so much. She sent me two skeins and seven balls which I combined with a few skeins of various greens I already had and then sat down to decide what to make. The first thing that came to mind was a jacket since I can never get enough of those. It needed to be something funky, from the 70's or something. Ripples came to mind. Then I remembered in my Ravelry queue the really cool striped hooded jacket.

I was really surprised once I looked at the pattern and realized the unusual way this jacket comes together. I mean how many jacket patterns begin with "chain 298"? It's basically made in rectangular sections beginning with a long strip that goes up one side, over your head for the hood, and back down the other side. Think about hanging a scarf over the top of your head and that's what the first 20 rows looks like. From there you work the sides around to meet in the back and seam up the middle. Pretty awesome and it works up really fast. I started this on Tuesday and I have a two year old to keep up with!

It was too long to fit in a picture all flattened out but the long scarf looking strip you see folded below is the hood and the other side of the jacket that I haven't started yet. The big rectangle is the side, the U shaped hole is the arm hole shaping, and the very top is the beginning of the back.



As you can see here, I started out with some Caron One Pound in Taupe. It's really brown but it looked a little green as well. That is until I put it up against the rest of the greens. But it still looks cool in there and I'll probably buy more and carry it through the rest of the jacket. I will definitely need to buy more yarn to finish this.



I also added some greens that, once again, looked more green until I put them against the other greens and then they looked more blue green. They look pretty blue in this picture but I just can't seem to get good lighting in this house and it rained all day so no sunlight. The true color is not quite so blue but still a bit of a shock to the system if you will.



I still think they all go together pretty well and I bet once it's finished it won't look half bad. If you like weird 70's thrift store type junky fashion, which I do. Once in a while you just need to wear something funky! I think I may add a zipper to the front instead of the belt tie because I never use those and don't really like how they look. Or I may possibly add some of my vintage buttons. I am thoroughly enjoying this project and can seriously see myself making more of these jackets, the pattern is so easy and fun. Hopefully the fit will agree with me.

Thanks so much to Marzee (who is probably rubbing her eyes in horror) without whom this horrendously green jacket would not be possible.

Seraphina

I attempted the Seraphina Shawl a few months ago and was hopelessly confused. Even with the images to help I still couldn't get it for some reason. Then I stumbled across this thread at Crochetville and decided to give it another shot. Suddenly everything was clear and I was on my way to making one of the most beautiful shawl patterns I have ever seen. I love looking through the completed Seraphinas on Ravelry (Rav link) because there are so many beautiful colors and patterns of pooling.

I'm making mine with some Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle Patterns yarn (what a long name) in pink, grey, and black with a size N hook. For the first five rows or so I absolutely hated this yarn. I don't know why I bought it. I have just always preferred a smooth yarn, I hate working with things like this and Red Heart Kooky because you have a little tiny thread and you're going along and then the yarn just pukes up a hairball that you have to work around. Not so much with the boucle but you know what I mean. I don't know, it's probably my ocpd.

But after a while I did get used to this boucle and got going pretty fast. I still don't enjoy it per se but at least it's turning out nicely. I looked at this skein of boucle the size of my car and thought, I've got to figure out the Seraphina pattern because it would be perfect for that. And so far it is looking great. I'm getting some really cool stripey pooling.



I'm going to make this shawl really big and I'm doing it fairly loose, especially compared to my usual tension. I wanted it to be light and airy and really wanting to get rid of this blasted yarn is helping me remember to keep it loose. Use as much yarn as possible per stitch! I know I'll have some left over and I won't want to make anything else with it. Maybe I will gift it to someone.

Scrap Ripple Afghan Continued

I've made a lot of progress on my scrap ripple afghan since the last post. Added an entire skein of a pinkish variegated yarn that I didn't expect to be able to use on anything else. Ever. It's pretty odd. But it's perfect for this hodge podge blanket. I've only got a couple more balls of scrap in mind for this blanket and then it will be put on the shelf for a while until I get more scraps. I really can't wait to be able to curl up under this and know it was my first full size afghan and I made it just for me!

Hello Kitty Purse

Also this month is my cousin's daughter's birthday so I am making her a little Hello Kitty purse. This is the front panel with Hello Kitty's face.



The back panel is solid pink and the sides, bottom, and strap are in one big piece that I will sew together some time next week. Then I'll stitch the eyes and nose on and make a little bow for her ear. I used an I hook and some pink and white stash yarn that had no labels. I washed it in conditioner to soften it up and although it didn't soften as much as I would have liked it certainly smells nice.

I'm not sure what fabric to line this with yet but I have a couple of cute choices including some fuzzy pink fabric that I have been dying to use. But she has been known to keep important things like chicken nuggets in her purse so maybe fuzzy isn't the best idea? I'll have to decide later.

Firecracker Gloves #3

I just can't stop making these Firecracker Gloves! I love this pattern. This pair is for my cousin-in-law whose birthday is this month. I'm also thinking I will have to make myself a pair just because. Made these with Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and Wine Country with an H hook.



I'm hopimg to get some better pictures of them once it stops raining and I can get some sunlight.

Charity Baby Hats

Save the Children was running a campaign called Survive to 5 to help babies in countries like Ethiopia, Nepal, and El Salvador survive the first years of life. They were accepting donations of knitted and crocheted hats and I had planned to send them a box full but it appears that the campaign is now over. However, these little hats can still help someone and I plan to finish off the baby yarn, fill the box, and donate them to a hospital near my home. I hope they aren't too small. I made them the size that was called for by the Save the Children instructions but they seem awfully small. Maybe it's just been a while since I saw a newborn.



I made a couple of sizes using an H and an I hook and the yarn is Jiffy Baby and Red Heart Kooky for the one on the right.

Monday, March 2, 2009

WIP List

Once in a while I like to make a post about my WIPs. It helps me keep things straight in my mind - what I need to work on, what I need to buy, what I'd like to start soon. So here is my WIP list. Items marked with an * need to be completed soon because they've been on the list too long.

Current Projects

Hello Kitty Purse - almost done, due March 29
Dragonfly Shawl - barely started but not in a rush
Men's Vest* - about halfway done
Seraphina Shawl* - about 2/3rds done
Lattice Hat - ran out of yarn, have to get back to the store
Save the Children Hats* - going to fill the box before I mail them out
Ridge Swing Cardigan - ran out of yarn, have to get back to the store
Scrap Ripple Afghan - this one will be around a while
MC Frontalot Amigurumi - just adding details now but going to take my time with it
Rag Rug* - think I have the right hook now but I haven't even looked at this in a while
Half Moon Shawl - pretty sure I'm going to frog this
Armies* - I've got one glove done, just finish the other one already!
Sweet Pea Shawl - don't know whether to frog this or just forget it, it's so boring

Future Projects

? - birthday gift for my cousin, due March 29
Flames Purse - gotta get red, orange, yellow yarn
Socks - probably make a test pair before using my nice yarn
Purse - for my new black handles

Dragonfly Shawl

Remember the yummy yarn I bought and had no idea what to make with it?



Well I think I'm going to make the Dragonfly Shawl from Interweave. But with this being a pretty advanced looking pattern, I thought I would do a practice run with some crazy purple thread that I have around. It's been smooth sailing so far but of course I'm only on Row 6. I have never done Soloman's Knot before and I heard it takes practice to get them even so maybe after making this one I'll have it down for the grey one. That is, if I get through the first one without giving up or messing up and if I can stand to make a second one! Usually I can't but this is just such an awesome looking pattern and it's a project that I plan to have around for a while anyway, doing a little at a time.

Here's what I've got so far: