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Announcing: iYarny

First, my apologies as this is going to be a quick, photoless blog – but that’s ok because I have some really exciting news.

Today I would like to announce the addition of iYarny to my blog.


iYarny is an online yarn group designed to offer friendship in the fiber arts. I have noticed from various comments and posts of other yarnies that some people do not have yarn groups near them or have various things going on/situations that prevent them from attending their local yarn group. I have really benefited from having one local and I want to share it with the world.

So – how does one go about joining iYarny? It’s EASY!

First, you will have to register a free account at stickam.com – this is a video chat website that allows for chat rooms and groups. iYarny is a group.

Once you sign up at stickam.com, you can access the group 2 different ways.
1. Via Stickam.com – go to Groups and search the groups for iYarny. Once you find the group, come on in. It is currently a public group but that could change to where membership would be requested. We shall see how it goes. It would most likely be best to join the group now to prevent any wait times in membership approval.

2. Come to the blog and click the iYarny tab at the top of the page. This will take you to another page on my blog where the chat module is embedded.

The only difference is that if you chat via the group in stickam there are 10 cameras available for you to use/watch. If you access the embedded module then there are only 8.

You can pick and choose who you have showing in your camera slots. If you want to be on camera, I only ask that if it is a scheduled iYarny group time, that you be working on something fiber arts related.

The group is available 24/7 so this means you could pop in there anytime you like to chat. Use it as much as you would like!

The rules are very simple.
1. As mentioned above, during the scheduled times, please be working on something fiber arts related if you are going to be on cam.
2. If you are going to be on cam, you MUST use headphones. This prevents feedback and echoing.
3. No vulgarity, profanity, pornography, hate, etc. Keep it PG simply because there are many different age groups and sensitivities. PG is usually safe.

Something to consider is that if you are on cam and your location has a lot of background noise, you may want to mute yourself to the group unless you are speaking (mute and unmute through a conversation). Granted, people can mute you too so if your background noise becomes problematic, know that people do have a choice in muting you.

The point of the group is to celebrate yarn and allow people to find that time they can just sit and enjoy creating with others who enjoy the same.

I have no idea how this will work out but I’ve been thinking about it for a very long time. I have some other plans for iYarny including possible themed nights, charitable crafting/giving, and classes/tutorials.

So I hope that if you find some time, you’ll swing by and check it out.

(wow, this post got longer than I expected HA!)

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Announcements, iYarny

 

My Craft Show Attempt #2

Left Side of My Table

December 23rd found me quickly – a day set aside for my second craft show.

I spent over a week crocheting almost non-stop for this event. In the first picture youc an see all my towel toppers and my cloche (that I’m loving!). I made the puppy hat without a pattern and the scarves/hat above the pupply (blue) and to the right (green/tan/white) were sets.

Right Side of My Table

In this photo you can see the cranberry tam I made (and am thinking of making one just for me!) and the hybrid hats I’ve been making. If you are wondering what the dishchoths are setting on, I found some cute lil wooden chairs at Goodwill. I cleaned them up and use them as my shelves. :)

I really did have a good time. My good friend had a table right next to mine so I was able to sit and chat and crochet the night away. A couple folks took my card and said they’d contact me before birthdays of children in their family. I do hope to hear from them. It would be nice to make some cool character hats for them.

All in all it was a good night although it would have been nice to make some seriously high number of sales (I made two) – but oh well. After we broke down at 8:30, my friend and I went and had dinner at the cafe inside the hotel where the show was. We ate walleye till we were full and had even more great conversation.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in My Projects, Rambles and Reflections

 

Year of Projects: Week 26

Project Percentage Complete: 76%
Overall Percentage Complete: 93%
Number of Project Items: 21
Number of Added Items: 120
Total Items: 141

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Good morning and good day to all my fellow crocheters, knitters, bloggers, and yarn enthusiasts! Today is Christmas and I am currently spending quality time with my family – yup, this blog is autoposting for me. Thank you, blogger!

First and foremost for this project I spent some time cleaning up my list of added items. I got to the point I was just adding an item at the end of the list and being super specific on the item. I decided that I don’t really care about the specifics (newborn hat versus adult hat) – I combined all like items and shortened the list up a bit. Granted, there is still a lot going on and a lot being added – but that is ok!

I also removed the last bit of the crocheted ornaments from my original list. The little skates were cute but quite frankly, I had too many on the list. I ended up not keeping any for myself and each and every pair found a home. I may make some more for the craft fair (which happened 2 days ago by the time you read this post) but who knows….

Isn’t it kinda odd I just told you I might do something for something that has taken place in the past simply because I’m typing this Thursday morning, before I have decided, but you won’t read about it until Sunday which then my actions tonight, the future, are really the past as far as your reading this is concerned.

Kooky good fun!

2″x2″ winter landscape paintings by yours truly

Because the craft fair is tomorrow (or 2 days ago for you *laughs*) I’ve been crocheting hats and scarves like mad. I have also done some dishcloths, towel toppers, hat clips, and prepped my table display all week. OH and I got business cards made! Fun stuff! I did make one little goof on the cards – but its not major. I listed my blog site instead of my etsy store. DOH! No biggie though, both roads lead to the same place and I can change it out on the next printing.

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper

Project List Items (done)
– 14 pair of Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments
Easy Cabled Scarf
– Poncho (early Christmas present)

Added Items (not complete)
– Wristlet Bag (adjusting pattern) […65%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Ear Bud “purse”

– 2 Crochet Bags (Mystery CAL Beach Bag, EnviroTote #4)
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 27 Crochet Wash/Dishcloth
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt

– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– 4 crocheted towel toppers

– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– 5 crochet scarves
– 1 knit scarf
– 2 crochet cowls
– 5 Hybrid Hat (pattern coming soon)
– 1 knit hat
– 13 crochet hats
– 2 crochet character hats (sock monkey, puppy)
– 10 crochet hat clips
– 10 crochet headbands (some are Sherry’s Headband)
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– Spiderweb Doily
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies

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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 December 25, 2011 in My Projects

 

Yarn shopping CAN be fun!

I started out my Christmas Even on the run – I had to make a few stops here and there so I figured I’d pop into Hobby Lobby and see if they had a certain yarn. I have been really wanting to try crocheting with the yarn that looks like a wide mesh to create a spiral scarf and I thought “what a perfect project for the trip to my mother’s house.”

As we made our way through the yarn aisle, I had to give a double take.

 
I looked down the row and saw a fuzzy moustache stuck to the display case. I turned to the kids and asked them why they brought their sticky moustache (yes, they have some hahaha).

They looked at me as if I were insane.

A picture of Vanna was under it, but not as good as the shot (it is the browish color in the back – the tag was over her face. I switched out the yarn for a better picture ….

and voila.

A few good laughs were had.

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Fiber Humor

 

[FOTH] December 19, 2011

My most recent installment of Fresh Off the Hook!

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in My Projects, Video Updates

 

Year of Projects: Week 25

Project Percentage Complete: 64%
Overall Percentage Complete: 77%
Number of Project Items: 25
Number of Added Items: 105
Total Items: 130


Boy boy boy have I had a busy week. This was my first week not having to worry about homework and my internship. What a crazy feeling. I told my friend it was similar to losing a job. It has been something steady in my life for the last several years – I haven’t gone a day without thinking about it at some level, if not just like a full time job. And then, one day, its done. It’s odd – but nice in a way. I don’t know how long that I’ll go without being in school, but I’m adjusting.

During my adjustment period this week, I have crocheted a LOT – several hats and some scarves, all getting ready for the next craft show which is the 23rd. I’m excited about this one as I will have my own table.

So I’m thinking I’m going to have a small shelving unit of something, I’d prefer wood crates, but we shall see. I am going to have 3 foam heads set up to display hats. I would like to donate a portion of my proceeds back to the charity hosting the event – what is a good percentage? Is 25% too high? too low? Let me know what you would do for that…. Oh, I’ll also be designing up some business cards this week although I am not exactly sure what to put on them.

On to the items – I haven’t taken pictures of everything, but I will be doing my Fresh off the Hook video tomorrow so I’ll post it on the blog too and you’ll see everything. I found a cloche pattern I really enjoy (I did a review on it yesterday). I have made three of those along with a slouchy beanie, a beanie with a ribbed edge, and some scarves.

I was able to finish off the order I took from the craft show last weekend. I was so pumped from getting the order that I finished the first hat the same night and then knocked off the second hat on Sunday. I can see, though, how scary taking orders can be because if you don’t get them done in a timely manner or if you get too many orders you can really back-log yourself.

Oh, in other fun news is that a friend of mine’s wife destashed a bit – and I received the destash. Granted, it didn’t help my stashbusting score on Crochetville.

At the end of sorting, my youngest daughter took 8-10 skeins for her own mini-stash and I took 6 or 7 to my yarn group to disperse to anyone interested. I ended up keeping 32 skeins.

There is quite a mix. The acrylic yarn is Vanna’s Choice. The remaining yarn are all blends including merino, camel, and alpaca. I have already started a scarf out of the Encore  wool blend. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

With that said, I shall leave you with the details of my year of projects. It is safe to say that I will not be making all my Christmas gift goals this year; however, I am pleased with my progress thus far. I’ve tried to keep better track of what I am making and feel my counts are pretty close to accurate.

Happy Crocheting!
– Cris

Project List Items (not complete)

Filet Market Bag
Lacet Table Runner […started…]
– Throw for living room sofa
– Round Afghan/Throw
– Angel Tree Topper
– 4 pair Paperclip Ice Skates Ornaments (office Christmas gift)

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%…]
– Angel Hair scarf
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– knit socks [started]

Added Items (done)
– Wristlet Bag (making my own pattern)
– Mystery CAL Beach Bag
– 5 Knit Washcloth
– 22 Crochet Dishcloth
– 2 Kitchen Chair Wall Protector
– Ear Bud “purse”
– WW Yarn Runner for  ledge
– Angel Hair scarf
– 1 hour cowl
– Hipster (accidental creation)
– 2 Hybrid Hat
– 3 Loom Knit Hat
– 10  Candy Stocking Ornaments
– 2 Crochet Lid Topper
– 2 wreath pins
– 8 Sherry’s Headband 
– EnviroTote Market Bag #4
– 2 crochet headband (no pattern)
– Spiderweb Doily
– 3 Crochet Scarves
– 5 crochet washcloths (Christmas presents)
– 1 crochet face scrub finger mitt (Christmas present)
– 1 dust mitt
– 1 knit chemo cap
– 4 crochet hat
– 2 crochet character hats (1 Sock Monkey; 1 Puppy)
– 2 crochet hat clips
– 2 crochet toddler hats
– 2 crochet newborn hats
– 1 small decorative Christmas tree (didn’t like, threw away)
– 6 mug cozies
– 3 crochet cloche

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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 December 18, 2011 in My Projects

 

A Review of 30s Cloche Hat

Have you ever looked for that hat that was “just the right one?”

I began a search for hats over on Ravelry a week ago after my craft show. I got an order for one hat I had. The story the woman told was touching – I wanted to send along a second hat with her order. A bonus hat.

The color she requested was “somewhere between blue and green” followed by her pointing to a crazy lime green ornament on a nearby wreath. I don’t know about you, but lime green has never been somewhere between blue and green. When I went out that night to grab yarn for the order, I held lime green in hand – but I knew that hat she ordered would not look good in lime green. I knew it. So what do I do?

I made an executive decision to make her hat in a more blue-green color available in Lion Brand. The hat she wanted was a solid color slouch and I knew the yarn would be soft enough, thick enough, and just the right color for the pattern. I also knew that I was going to send her a second hat to accommodate for the lime green request – I just didn’t know what.

I came home with 1 skein of each color. I finished off her ordered hat quickly and knew it looked good. She would enjoy it. But the lime green – ugh!

Off to Ravelry I went when I found the 30’s Cloche Hat by Ilse Dethune. The locations of the pattern are as follows:

– Ravelry Link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/30s-cloche-hat
– Ilse’s Blog Link: http://mooglosaurus.blogspot.com/2010/06/mon-premier-patron.html

Once I laid my eyes on this pattern I knew it would work for the lime green I had sitting on the table next to me. The white would be the perfect balance and the bow would break up the color wonderfully. I got to work.

Since originally finding this pattern 6 days ago, I have made THREE. Yup, that’s right – three! I am really enjoying the pattern.

As I said, the balance of white and the alternate color really play well for this hat. Overall the pattern is very easy to read; however, I’m not a fan of how the color changes are written into the pattern. The first time I made the pattern I was hesitant and questioned when to do my color changes. By the third, I was more comfortable working my way down to the first stripe without the pattern. Granted, if the color change was distinct between the rows rather than noting it at the end of the last row of the working color, I think the pattern would be a little more “beginner friendly” than it is now.

In addition to when the color changes are written into the pattern, the pattern on the blog does not share what type of yarn should be used and what hook size. This is an oversight, I’m sure, as the information is found on the Ravelry summary page for the pattern. Like all patterns, because I am a tight crocheter, I had to use 1 hook size larger than what is recommended to get an adult size. I did flub on the second cloche and made it with the recommended size H hook. I am a tight crocheter and it came about sized for a child. OOPS on my part. I knew better. This was my fault.

The use of the white at the top striping down into another color allows for more color options, especially for those who like bright, vibrant colors … like lime green. A hat made in a solid block of a vivid color can be hard visually; however, the white breaks it up nicely and really allows the brighter color to take front stage. Having the splash of white in the bow was a smart move as well – breaking up that bright color asymmetrically, making the hat more visually appealing. I do not think I’d push the limits in making the top color anything but white or off-white. Perhaps the top color could be anything if the bottom part was made in black – I don’t know. I may play with that one later, but right now I’m enjoying just having the white on top.

The last piece of the pattern is the bow. While the bow portion of the cloche works, it is not the best bow that I’ve made. I defaulted to my standard bow for the second and third and like them much better. I prefer a more 3D bow rather than the 2D option offered in the pattern. I can also make my bow a little larger. This, of course, does not go against the pattern review simply because I did make the one provided in the pattern and it turned out fine. My personal preference has nothing to do with how this pattern was written.

Overall I really enjoy this pattern and can definitely say I’d make it again – because I have! I will be making more in various colors (white + another color). I think there are several modification possibilities to spice up each cloche made – such as my weaving a white strand of yarn around the base of the hat (top of the brim) to make the brim pop a little more visually. I think this hat could be embellished with several items outside a cute lil bow and still look classy and brings back memories of the 20s and 30s.

I would recommend this pattern to anyone from level 2 beginner and up.

My rating? 4.5 balls of yarn.

So what did the customer think? She LOVED both hats.

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2011 in My Reviews, Pattern Links