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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Year of Projects: Week 18

Project Percentage Complete: 59%
Overall Percentage Complete: 61%
Number of Project Items: 27
Number of Added Items: 29
Total Items: 56

I had a bit of a faux pas with the socks. I’d like to say it was a “newb mistake” but I’m afraid it was just me not paying attention. What happened is I was visiting my mother when I decided to start on the second sock rather than attempting the short-row heel on the first sock. So, I shot over to Hobby Lobby and grabbed a new set of dpns. Yup… a new set… that were 1 size too small.

*sigh*

Oh well. I used the 2nd sock to practice the heel on and learned the lesson that I really don’t want to attempt the heel on my “real” sock without the yarn ladies at my side.

That’ll teach me, eh? Since I won’t be able to go to yarn group for a little, I’ve had to set my fantastic socks to the side temporarily. That has opened up my craft time to a lot of other things.

One Hour Cowl with Black Buttons

In list news, I added 3 new items to the list: two hats and a cowl. I whipped the cowl up in 1 hour and plan on putting the pattern on the blog. Pardon that I look like I’m half asleep and seriously hot. I am half asleep and seriously hot… that cowl is warm!

I had my son take the picture – and because he is 12, there is this weird slant upward for the photo. Oh well – I’m just glad he is willing to help me with silly things like this. *chuckles*

The first hat is something I’ve been rattling around in my head for a while but haven’t tackled until Wednesday night after I finished the cowl. I think joining different types of yarn crafting is interesting and I’d like to try more of it. The hat was my first attempt at doing this. Look for the pattern soon. I may do it as a video and written instruction…. just because.

Cris’ Hybrid Hat

Other than these items, I really don’t have much more going on. I know I need to snap off the last few ice skates and start the golf club covers if I’m going to finish them to be Christmas presents.

The last week has been an interesting one … I have not quite felt myself since I have achy joints, sore chest, and dizzy spells. You see – I was bit by a spider last weekend. I haven’t gone to the doctor yet simply because I am not displaying a fever. I have looked up information and have a decent benchmark on when I should go to the doctor if necessary – couple how I feel physically to my general workload AND the idea I need to make the kids’ costumes by this weekend … its a recipe for blog failure.

I really do plan on getting back to regular updates as soon as possible. Right now it looks like it will be in two weeks, right after I finish my comprehensive exam for graduation.

sneak peek to my daughter’s costume

So other than all this – things are going along as normal. I look forward to seeing how everyone else is doing. For me, right now, I think its interesting to see that the list I originally picked is way to small but I know I could never have predicted all the additions. Granted, it will be pretty cool at the end of 12 months to see just how much I can get done in a year.

Have a great day everyone!

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa (no pattern selected yet)
– Round Afghan/Throw (potential Christmas present)
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)
– 2 sets Golf Club Covers (no numbers) – (Christmas gifts)

Project List Items (done)
– 3 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (personal use)
– 11 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas)
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4 [90% complete]… I really need to line this and get it off the list!
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 thread crochet coasters
– knit socks [started]
– hybrid hat

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 3 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf
– 1 hour cowl
– Hybrid Hat (patting coming soon)
– 1 Loom Knit Hat

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in My Projects

 

Surprising Sales

I have never done a craft fair before…. and in all honesty I still have yet to do one BUT my crocheted items made their debut yesterday.

So let’s back up a little bit.

I have wanted to try doing a craft fair, I really have, but unfortunately my time restrictions are just too insane, especially this semester. I have a few friends who do them and do really well selling their crafted goods. Weirdly enough, these are not the same friends that know I’m relatively crafty – odd, eh? I figure when they are showing me stuff, they aren’t looking for me to talk about what I do – they are simply wanting feedback on their crafty goodness….

but I digress.

So somehow, in the last few months, one of my friends who does craft fairs found out about the hidden crochet inside of me. She offered that if I had anything I’d like to send along, I could – she’d have no problem displaying my pieces. I thanked her politely and thought nothing more of it.

Fast forward to a few days ago – Where we work hosts a holiday craft festival at the end of October. So I happened into my craft room (like that doesn’t happen daily *cackles*) and realized I had a box with several scarves in it that I really hadn’t any plan for. It was then I thought I’d take them to my friend and offer for her to display them for me. I offered half the table fee and she insisted no – that I could barter with her: my goods selling on her table at no extra cost for my helping her get an Etsy store set up (banners, etc).

Anywhoozles, it was a little exciting sitting at work today knowing she was downstairs, with my scarves on her table…. and people were looking at them! I think it was good that I was not sitting there because I usually get nervous and act all weird and get really talkative – mostly because I don’t want people thinking I’m overpricing things or that I have no talent and shouldn’t be selling anything (personal demon, don’t ask)

1st scarf to sell

Around 11 she had texted me and said she sold a scarf. I was EXCITED! The first scarf to sell was the scarf I originally began making for the man. Remember it? I thought the colors were masculine enough but after he saw it, he said it looked a bit too girly – the white halo of fiber is what I think he was referring to because the last I checked, brown and grey were “guy colors.”

In the early afternoon, someone came up and asked me about the smaller of the scarves and if she could get it in different colors… of course, I replied – and I walked away with an order for that. And to top it off, when my friend brought my stuff to me at the end of the craft show, a coworker bought another scarf.

I’m pretty stoked, to say the least!

2nd scarf to sell

It’s exciting that people would be interested in something that I made.

I was pretty surprised too because when I walked around, I think mine were the only scarves. I could have swore there would have been more – but nope, mine were the only ones.

So, I ended up with a pretty satisfied feeling after that and another offer to set items on the table in two weeks. If I do that one, I’m sure I’m going to pay my friend something. Those tables aren’t cheap!

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

FO Friday

Ahhhhh another FO Friday. It has been a long time since I’ve participated in this meme; however, it is not because I have not finished anything. Quite the contrary – I’ve finished quite a few items related to my Year of Projects list and a few others on the side.

The primary item that I have finished in the last week is a cowl.

I worked it up in a bulky white yarn, I believe by Sensations. I’m not 100% on that and quite frankly, I’ve thrown the label away.

The cowl itself was crocheted on a size M hook and took less than one hour to complete. Another “one” milestone is that it took less than one skein. I attached two large black buttons for contrast and am very pleased with the outcome.

I am thinking of writing the pattern up and posting it here for free, even though it is simple.

I started a bit of a hybrid hat on Wednesday and finished it up Thursday night. I am using a loom and crochet together and will post the pattern here in the next few weeks.

The hat is technically a match to the cowl although I think the hat needs some matching black buttons to really make them match. What do you think?

If you enjoy reading about what people have finished and would like to read more OR you have a FO of your own you’d like to share, head on over to Tami’s Amis blog and check out the link party.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in My Projects

 

Review of the Coming Home Poncho

image (c) Lion Brand Yarn on Ravelry

Today’s post is something I have not done in quite a while – it’s a pattern review.

I am going to be reviewing the pattern called the Coming Home Poncho. The pattern was written by Doris Chan and published by Lion Brand Yarn.

Ravelry Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/martha-stewart-coming-home-poncho-crochet

Honestly, I was a little surprised to find this pattern on one of the “free – take me” sheets at Michael’s. My oldest had shown interest in a shawl I had made myself but indicated she’d much rather have it in a poncho rather than the open-front shawl. I must have tucked that tid bit away for future reference because as soon as I saw the free pattern, I immediately thought of her.

While you can replace the recommended yarn out with whatever you prefer in the same size, the recommended yarn is Lion Brand homespun. I don’t know about all of you, but I for one am not a fan of this yarn. I love the colorways but the yarn itself is a bear to work with. It is very splitty, that little thread in the middle just seems to catch on everything except the hook, and quite frankly, when I’m crocheting it seems to fuzz up a little.

I do like that the yarn is washable, it’s very soft, and like I said before – the colors are gorgeous.

I chose to do my eldest’s in “prairie” which is a gorgeous mix of browns with a splash of blue and green mixed in. I thought it was perfect autumnal colors and she would love it.

The pattern works in the round, and as you can guess by the nature of the yarn, it was a beast to get going from the starting chain. Once I got the first row of double crochet finished, the remaining portion of the body of the poncho was easy enough to finish.

The edging is nice but I have to sheepishly admit that I thought the poncho was going to be a little short so I added a couple extra rows to the main portion – so when it came time to do the edging I had to modify it a bit so the numbers added up and the peaks made sense visually.

Working the color last was fine and presented no issues.

As I said, I ended up adding a couple rows because it didn’t seem like it was going to be long enough. Granted, I did not come out to Ravelry to see if they had the poncho posted in different sizes so in a way, that’s ‘shame on me.’ Had I went to Ravelry, I could have seen the published the poncho for all sizes and I could have picked a pattern that fit the eldest instead of modifying the freebie pattern to fit my needs. I genuinely didn’t even think of it – I figured a free pattern was all it was. Lesson learned!

my eldest in the “Coming Home Poncho” I made for her

What happened in the end is that I didn’t finish the last row of the edging, although I think that it ended up looking pretty darn good.

The colors are definitely very autumnal and while it was meant to be a Christmas present, I gave it to her early so she could enjoy the benefits of the garment before it was too cold.

Overall, I would say the pattern was well-written and worked up pretty easily. I started it and even with limited craft time due to work, school, and family – I felt that it didn’t take too long at all.

I believe this pattern is good enough for a beginner to complete although knowledge of basic crochet through making double crochet stitches is needed. If a new crocheter is going to try this yarn, I would suggest they use something other than the homespun.


In the end, I rate this pattern 4 balls of yarn simply because the pattern cannot be increased easily and it was recommended to use the homespun yarn. Both of these are easily resolvable by looking up the pattern in different sizes and using a different yarn; however, a person that doesn’t know either of these options are viable would probably not think the pattern goes as smoothly as it does. I’m sure that if I came back to make this again and used a different yarn, I’d rate the pattern higher.

I will make this pattern in the future and know that it’ll work up even faster once I get way from the suggested yarn.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in My Reviews, Pattern Links

 

X is for…. Xenagogue

While I did not get to post last week, that does not mean I’m ignoring the letter X out of ease. Sure, it’s a hard letter but that doesn’t make it any less important than the others… and yes, I can tie my X word back to crochet.

Xenagogue.

Simply (?) defined as a guide or someone who conducts strangers.

I consider myself a little bit of a xenagogue because of the tutorials I put on YouTube. I started on YouTube (YT) several years ago and was opening myself up to give advice. I have done a lot of research in my day and thought I could open the world up to what I knew. That turned into something interesting as it was the driving force behind my going back to school.

While I didn’t give direct instruction with my advise, I do think I was loosely considered a xenagogue. As time went on, I received my bachelor’s in psychology ….. however, my channel changed. I started putting up more personal vlogs – insight into my home life and the first time I lost a lot of weight. From there, I continued on to school which I am almost ready to graduate with a Masters in Public Health (MPH). But again, my YouTube channel changed. A few months ago I decided to put up a tutorial on crochet. It was well-received.

Since them I have received thousands of views on my videos and several nice comments about how helpful they are – all from people I don’t know.

I really am glad I can do this for others – I hope to be able to put as many that are needed out there as time moves forward. You can see all that I have done by clicking on the category for video tutorials (on the right).

In a nutshell – I think I have offered a lot of xenogogue-esque (now that’s a word!) behaviors to anyone who came along to that channel.

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Image from: http://www.jmeacham.com/

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

Year of Projects: Week 17

Project Percentage Complete: 59%
Overall Percentage Complete: 61%
Number of Project Items: 27
Number of Added Items: 23
Total Items: 51

I’m posting this later because I was traveling a bit – and mostly because I would prefer to have it fully updated when it posts BUT also because I have took some projects with me and was wanting to push my numbers up in a good way.

I have added a pair of socks to the add list but I have no idea how long that’ll be before I finish them. The numbers didn’t go up because I removed the “child’s scarf in self-patterning yarn” – I decided this yarn is best suited for socks soooooo once I finish the pair I’m working on, my first pair ever, then I’ll move on to the pretty self-patterning yarn.

Going out of town this weekend (just got back!) gave me plenty of car time to work on the socks. I started out with only one sock on the dpns but then when I got there, I got to the heel so fast, I decided that I should get another pair of dpns and make the other one up to the heel. The reason being: they are my first pair and I have no clue how to do a heel flap.

I am going to try and decipher the heel flap on a toe up sock BUT if I can’t, then at least I was/am making progress. I figure I got enough done, the yarn group ladies can help me if I don’t figure it out and I will have spent no wasted time waiting. I’ll have 2 socks ready for a heel flap come Wednesday night yarn group.

As for getting things off the list – I desperately need to get my arse to the fabric store to pick up a remnant big enough to line the market bag that has been sitting on my list forever. The finished bag is downstairs just waiting to be lined. I just need to line it…. perhaps I’ll put that down as a goal for the next week…. perhaps *laughs*

I was able to finish the shawl that I’m giving to my oldest as an early Christmas present. I was pretty happy to have it done. I just hope it’s long enough. She came to visit on Thursday night. I was pleased with her reaction. She genuinely seemed to like it. So, finishing that one item pushed my percentages up and it looks like I’m over the halfway mark for total items and the original list itself. YAY – go me :)

Now I shall leave you with the list. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa (no pattern selected yet)
– Round Afghan/Throw (potential Christmas present)
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)
– 2 sets Golf Club Covers (no numbers) – (Christmas gifts)

Project List Items (done)
– 3 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (personal use)
– 11 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas)
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4 [90% complete]… I really need to line this and get it off the list!
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 thread crochet coasters
–  knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 3 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf

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This post is part of the Ravelry Group “Come Blog-A-Long” #yearofprojects Project. If you are interested in joining along or finding other posts similar to this one, visit the group on Ravelry.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in My Projects

 

[Video] Crochet Cross Stitch

I had previously made a video about the crochet cross stitch and realized later that I only showed one version. This tutorial covers three different ways to complete the crochet cross stitch. We all have our preferences so I figured I needed to show all three ways so you can decide which you prefer.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Video Tutorials