Saturday, February 28, 2009

Two Tone Lattice Hat

As soon as I saw the pattern for this Lattice Hat I fell in love with it. I started one with Caron Simply Soft yarn in Plum Wine but unfortunately I ran out of yarn. I was having so much fun making it that I went ahead and started another one, this time using two yarns so that the lattice part stands out a bit more. For this hat I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and Wine Country with an I hook.

I intended this hat to be for me but as I progressed it was apparent that it would be too small. No, I didn't check my guage. I really only check my gauge on clothing pieces and things that I make for someone else. Otherwise I just go along and adjust accordingly. However, I had no idea how to adjust this pattern so I decided this could be for my son. I would like to make another one for myself, maybe I will use a larger hook. I tend to crochet a little tighter and usually need to go up a hook size to obtain gauge.

I really like how the two color thing turned out. The lattice work pops out of the black background and my color changes are not that noticable at all. It was easy to do, if you're familiar with color changing it should be no problem. Maybe I'll make one in black and grey for myself.



A Couple More Bath Items

I made this back scrubber as part of a birthday present which it looks like I may be late to deliver, disappointingly enough. I made a simple double crochet, chain one mesh and then joined it longways with a whip stitch. Then I made decreasing rows of half double crochet on each end and some chains joined with a small loop for the handles. It's like a mesh tube so, if you wanted, before you closed off the ends you could insert a long piece of sponge. I wanted to but I didn't have one.







Then to finish off the last of the skein I made this hyperbolic scrubby. I tested out my tawashi the other day and, although I liked the size and feel of it, it didn't produce as much lather as I would have liked so I decided to give this a try. I thought the extra rufflyness would help. Is rufflyness a word? It is now.



Both made using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Desert Cactus and an I hook.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Show You My Oh Face

I made another dildo yesterday. This one is a birthday gift for someone who got quite a kick out of the other dildos I made. I really like the color of this one, it looks like the cheap, cheesy dildos you see in the shops. (Not that I have ever been in those shops - wink) I used Caron Simply Soft in Limelight, Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black, and a G hook. I deviated from my pattern a bit at the knob and instead of making ridges I just made it flat. And he's a little shorter. Or should I say stubbier? I meant for his mouth to be like "ooh" but after I finished it reminded me more of a ski mask wearing criminal. That's ok, he's not really dangerous.

Attack of the Washcloths!

I spent a few days making simple washcloths out of my Bernat Handicrafters Cotton in Desert Cactus. I'm almost done with the skein so I think I might just finish it off with washcloths and put them away for this Christmas. I also made a couple of tawashis which I think are usually for kitchen use but I thought I'd like to have a couple in the shower. I'm going to try one out tonight!

Simple double crochet with no border:



Star stitch - came out a little wonky but fun to do:



Double crochet mesh:



Hexagon (free pattern here):



Round:



And the two tawashis with little straps.
One with ruffle:





One without:



Sunday, February 15, 2009

Arch Scarf Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Remember the Arch Scarf that I started way back in July and almost immediately grew tired of working on? Well the 2009 Stashbusting CAL on Crochetville had me looking at it in a different light last week. If I could just finish off that skein I'd get two points! And that's exactly what I did. I ended up not going around the edges with single crochet like I'd planned for two reasons: I wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn and the scarf was a little short as it is AND I just didn't want to. I looked at all those holes and thought "where would I hook in and how will it look?" and decided I'd probably make it look worse instead of better. It's not a bad edge as it is, it just needs to be stretched into shape a little. So, after six months of sitting on a shelf, my super happy Arch Scarf is complete and ready to go... right back on the shelf! It'll be waiting for a birthday or some other event or person to come along and have a use for it. I used Caron Simply Soft in Off White and an I hook.

More Firecrackers

After seeing the fingerless gloves I just finished, my boyfriend's step mom mentioned that she would like a pair to wear at the office. I immediately thought of the Firecracker Gloves. I started a pair with Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wine Country but soon realized I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish them and they were a little big anyway. So I used that yarn to make the PDQ in the last post and started the gloves over using Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine. (What's with the wine colors? She loves wine, too. I just noticed that. Yes, I'm easily amused.) I used an I hook and started with foundation single crochet for greater stretch at the wrist.







I really love this herringbone half double crochet stitch. It's fun and fast and makes a beautiful fabric. I also love that I can whip up a pair of gloves in a day and the finishing is pretty quick. Just a couple of ends to weave in. I'm pretty sure I will be making more of these.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The PDQ

Every time I make a hat for someone my son tries it on and gets all interested in hats for a few days. So I made this one for him last night. It's from the Stitch 'N Bitch book and it's called the PDQ. And PDQ it was! It took me just a couple of hours to make. I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Wine Country (another color I just love), an I hook, and two blue buttons that my mom bought me from a thrift store a couple of months before she passed away. I thought the buttons looked great. They either clash with the yarn just enough to be really cool or I have bad taste and you (and my son) will just have to deal.









I think I might make a couple more of these. I have a ton of really great buttons that I need to use up.

Gloves and a Hat

My boyfriend's brother wanted a pair of fingerless gloves and after searching for a pattern that wasn't too bulky or too girly (there are a lot of those out there!) I came across a great pattern from Julia V on Crochet Me. They have some texture but they're not bulky and they are great for a man or a woman. For these gloves I used Caron Simply Soft Eco in Black and an I hook. My boyfriend and his brother have similar hand sizes so I tried them on my boyfriend as I went along. Because they are worked in the round and each made exactly the same, there was a little discrepency on the palm area conscerning how far the end of the glove came down past the palm. So I went one more half row to make them even and then stitched a little "L" in the left one and an "R" in the right. I'll be mailing them out with a Valentine's Day package, hopefully tomorrow.

My boyfriend was kind enough to stop recording long enough to model these for me - thanks for all your help in making these honey!





Also in this Valentine package will be a hat for his girlfriend who likes bears even though they are the number one threat to this great nation!! I started out working from a pattern but I didn't have enough yarn for it so I started over and made this one up. The hardest part is getting the ears sewn on evenly. I also found my foam head today so once I get it painted you won't have to look at my hat modeling faces anymore! Woo hoo! This was made using Caron Simply Soft Eco in Ocean and an I hook. I really love this color.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Valentine's Day Shawls

About a week ago it dawned on me that Valentine's Day was right around the corner. I had seven skeins of Paton's Brilliant in Radiant Red and, although I had been saving it to make a Short 'N Sweet from the Stitch 'N Bitch book, I just couldn't deny that this is the most perfectly Valentiney yarn in my stash if not in the world! And having just aquired the ever so awesome book Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan, I had a couple of patterns burning a hole in my pocket so to speak.

So I started to work on the Blue Curacao Shawl and finished it in one day! The pattern was fun and easy to follow as all Doris Chan patterns are to me. I see a lot of people commenting that her patterns are difficult but I rarely have a problem with them. (I would have said "never" instead of "rarely" except for one little thing which you will read about next) I really wish I'd made this a little bigger though. I guess my tension is a little tighter than most because I always end up with a little bit smaller finished product. I wish I had added another row or two of pineapples but I wasn't sure how much bigger it would get when blocked. Not enough, really. But it is big enough to go over my shoulders so I'm sure my grandma will love it just the same. I did change the border to a basic shell because I didn't like the way the original border looked.







The Curacao Shawl only took two skeins of yarn so I still had five left and I've had this yarn for so long, I just wanted to get rid of it. So I picked another pattern from the book - the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl. Once again, this shawl turned out much smaller than it needed to be but it's much bigger than the Curacao Shawl and it does still fit over shoulders so not too big a deal. I had a lot of fun making this one and I really want to try it again with a better yarn and a bigger hook to see if I can't reach gauge.

Now about that "rarely" instead of "never" thing... the way this pattern says to join rounds was incredibly confusing to me for some reason. I did the middle section all the way to the base of the leaves and then realized I had two extra leaves so I frogged it all back and started over. This time I just joined rounds the way I usually did and all the numbers came out right, it just has a little bit of an odd swirl where the join is.

I know this would look better if I blocked it but I don't have a piece of cardboard big enough, I can't do it with just a towel, and I can't see convincing the others in the house to let me put pins all in the carpet. Besides, I have a two year old so nothing can sit around with pins for very long unless it can be put high out of reach. Nevertheless I'm sure my boyfriend's mom is going to enjoy it. Now to make sure I get it packed and mailed in time for Valentine's Day!