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Summer Flies

As many of you know I have been fiddling with the needles a lot recently in addition to the crochet that I have on the hooks. Because of this, I have had a few different “wins” as far as getting things off the needles.

With that said, I wanted to share with you my completed “Summer Flies” shawl.

It did not take long at all to knit up – a few days, 5 at the most. In fact, it was such a fun knit, I cannot even tell you how long it took. I would start a section and in no time (it seemed), I’d be finished with that section.

I knit it on size 9 needles using Patons Lace with Sequins. Yup – it even has a little sparkle to it.

I would recommend this pattern for any knitter. I cannot believe I had a good time knitting it.

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Pattern Links

 

Year of Projects: Initial List

Project Percentage Complete: 0%
Overall Percentage Complete: 0%
Number of Project Items: 105
Number of Added Items: 0

Total Completed Items: 0

Total Items: 0


Whelp – I’ve decided to try again.

Last year I joined a Ravelry group dedicated to identifying projects early in the year and trying to finish as many as possible as you move through the year. I’m starting a little late, so I won’t have a total of 52 posts, but that’s ok. I’ll only be making.. 50(ish) posts so that’s not bad. I will attempt to track through June of 2013.

My goal is to post each Sunday although I recognize I will most likely miss a Sunday here or there (based on previous experience).

Below is my preliminary list. This year I am going to leave my list “open” for about a month and add to it freely as I think of various gifts for holidays and birthdays. I will link to patterns that I plan on making although I reserve the right to swap an item out with another (pattern or overall item type) at any time through the year. I figure tastes change and what people like/want change. If I choose a shawl over a poncho, so be it.

My starting list is much more aggressive than it was last year, but I graduated so the homework/study factor is gone. 105 items may seem like a lot, but I topped over 200 about 2 months before the end of the Year of Projects last year – so I should be good. I do I think I’m being a bit overzealous with the afghans/lapghans but that’s ok – if I don’t finish them, I don’t finish them – but this list puts them on my radar!

I did get hung up on the added items last year… My problem is that instead of turning to my list, I’d turn to the free pattern listing at Ravelry and find something new and cool and go from there. I can’t do that this year – I have a lot on the list, including some afghans, so I need to look at my list first and deviate later (if at all!)

I wish all participants the best of luck and I look forward to seeing your projects and cheering you on to the finish!

Project List Items (not started/complete)
– State Fair Afghan – in progress
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present) – in progress
– 50 squares for SIBOL – in progress

– Shawl (gift for the fall/spring for DD2)
– Multi-Colored Round Ripple Lapghan (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for Mom (Christmas present)
– 5 knit/crochet cloths for SIL (Christmas present)
– 10 crochet knockers for donation
– 5 pet beds for donation
– 10 chemo caps for donation
– 2 swiffer covers (for me!)
– 1 swiffer cover for Mom (Christmas present)
– 1 swiffer cover for SIL (Christmas present)
– Knit a Sweater for Matt
– Knit Wingspan Shawl
– 1 pair spat warmers (Christmas present)
Woven Blocks Crochet Quilt
Navajo Indian Multi-Color Afghan (Birthday gift)
Dead Fish Hat (Christmas gift for DS)
Room Shoes (Christmas gift)
Amimono Kimono (for me!)

Project List Items (done)

Added Items (not complete)

Added Items (done)

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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 July 12, 2012 in My Projects, Pattern Links

 

Pattern Review: Yellow Puffs Baby Cocoon and Beret

This is a review for a pattern found inside the Leisure Arts book called “Dreamy Cocoons.” This is not a pattern I can link to directly and I can only link to Amazon because it is a book you have to buy.

Here is a link to the pattern book on Amazon.

The pattern that I chose is called Yellow Puffs and starts on page 18. The pattern itself was meant for 0-3 month old babies and was suggested to be done in yellow. If you go to the Amazon link and look at the “back cover” image, you will see the yellow cocoon, which was the one I chose to do.

In the spirit of how well I’ve always followed patterns, I did it in pink with a dark pink trim.

I have to admit, this was a pretty quick crochet but only because about halfway through, I realized that I was only yarning over 2 times to create the puff instead of 3. DOH! I considered pulling it out and starting over, but considering my time crunch and the thought that the yarn I was using was a little thinner than what was suggested, I went with it – and I’m glad I did.

I personally think that it looks closer to the picture having not done as many yarn overs for the puff. They are smaller and more dainty, which to me is a better look.

All in all, I would say it took me 3-4 hours to finish both the cocoon and the beret. I ended up coming out close on gauge although I have to say, I don’t think this cocoon, as written in the book, is for 0-3 months. It definitely leans closer to 3-6 months. You may say “well, Cris – its because of your yarn change and hook change and even the change to how you did the puff stuff” … and to you I say… I own a measuring tape.

My cocoon was 1 inch longer than the final measurements shown on the pattern, which with length, it really isn’t an issue. What is different is that my circumference at the top is 1/2 inch smaller than what the pattern says will be the final outcome – so mine is smaller and STILL looks too big. That means had I completely hit gauge, I’d have something much larger than I do already. Even the beret looks big.

That’s a bit disappointing excluding the fact that I did make a baby cocoon for a baby born in June, so the fact its larger means she won’t start using it until September (3 months mark) and that would be perfect weather for it. So – that’s a saving grace, I suppose.

Just like I am good at taking yarn and color suggestions, I didn’t edge it the way the pattern said. Ya know – I just don’t like reverse single crochet on most things so I tend to not use it. And, of course, this pattern asked for reverse single around the edge of the cocoon and the beret. I ended up using my favorite ch1-sl edging. I do think that if I were making this for a boy, I would go with the reverse single crochet.

Something I did find is that there is a better way to join puff stitches in the round so they don’t stick out. I did not use my method on the cocoon and I can clearly see the leaning tower of pisa.. I mean – the seam. I used my method on the beret and its practically invisible. I would have expected a published pattern, one I paid for, to use a better join method to be more seamless rather than a standard join that is more obvious than.. well, the seam I got on my cocoon. I don’t think the new parents will notice, but I do and it bugs me. I really think that if the designer of the yellow puff pattern had spent a few more days looking at it, they would have found a more seamless join.

The book itself cost 9.95 from Hobby Lobby and I probably would not have bought it if I hadn’t found it on sale. I do like that all the pictures are in full color (and there are some pretty darn cute babies to look at).

Now, considering I have not made any of the patterns in the book, I can’t rate the book, but I can rate the Yellow Puff pattern inside the book as a 3 ball of yarn out of 5 kinda pattern.

I would make it again but with the modifications I mentioned above. I would not make it to pattern in the future and it makes me think that I will be modifying some of the other patterns inside it as well. I think what these patterns have going for them is they are “trendy” right now to make, they are relatively quick, and the general structure of each remains the same – so its easy to switch them up on your own if you are an intermediate to advanced crocheter.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in My Projects, My Reviews, Pattern Links

 

Pattern Review: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket

Finished June 24, 2012 (c) Cris

This post is a review of the pattern Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket created by Celeste Young. Celeste has made this pattern available through Ravelry so you must be a member to view the link.

Pattern Link: Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket

I was faced with needing to make a gift for a baby shower. Now, I admit – I haven’t gone to a baby shower in quite some time and the last one I went to, I was asked to paint a picture of a giraffe. But – that has no place in today’s review.

As I fumbled around Ravelry looking for the perfect pattern, I found Celeste Young’s Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket pattern. It was free and the picture on the main pattern page was quite stunning.

Now, I’ll admit, I was limited in color because I had already made a baby cocoon and matching beret, so I was looking for a way to use up my yarn. Because of this, I did change up the colors a bit and did not complete the suggested color changes in the pattern. But, what I do think, is that the pattern is forgiving as far as that is concerned – if you have 20 colors, you can easily change them up and the pattern isn’t affected at all. I think that was another appealing aspect of the pattern listing on Ravelry – many pictures are posted and the colors are all different. People really used their imagination so I knew it would be a great pattern to use my own colors with.

The yarn that I had was Lion Brand Pound of Love in three different colors: white, pastel pink, and bubble gum.

I decided to start white and create a sunburst type pattern outward, hugging the gradually increasing thickness of dark pink with one row of light pink.

I think the outside picture above captures the colors more accurately but I wanted to show the entire star burst shape with the picture to the right.

I would like to say that I did this pattern and did not block it – the shape came out that good. This is due to Celeste’s shells creating the points. now, I won’t tell you what her pattern says, because that is why the pattern is at Ravelry – if you are curious… go look!

I did choose to modify the finishing row and only use a row of single crochet simply because I did not want a thick row. I felt that having a thick row at the end would make it look unfinished. Obviously, I didn’t do a second blanket to test that theory, so I cannot hold my personal opinion against the review of the pattern.

I will say I was hoping it would be a faster crochet. The notes on the pattern state that its a “go to” pattern and works up quickly. I would say that I slightly disagree with this. It isn’t slow, by no means, but I think the cocoon I made worked up much faster so while this pattern works up good and only takes a few days, it isn’t something you would knock out in a couple of hours…. well, I couldn’t – I’m sure there are plenty of other people out there that crochet MUCH faster than me.

With that said, I will say that this is a pattern I will do again. I’m already planning some colors for another to give as a Christmas present (oh family and friends that read this – could it be for you…. OHHH you don’t know! could be! won’t know till Christmas!). I really like that it laid flat ‘out of the box’ so to speak so I didn’t have to hassle with blocking.

Because of all of this, I would have to give this pattern 4.5 balls of yarn on a scale of 5 balls of yarn.

I really like it and think it is going to make a wonderful present for my co-worker and his wife. Thank you for the wonderful pattern, Celeste!

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in My Projects, My Reviews, Pattern Links

 

Crocheting for Your (my) Man

A not so clear photo of the man and our son

We are all (mostly) crocheters here, right? I think its time we had a serious conversation… especially with Father’s Day looming.

So let’s be frank – it is harder than heck to crochet for a man.

I can honestly say that I don’t remember making anything for my dad as far as crochet goes. I know he appreciated the love and time it took to craft a gift, but crocheting – I don’t think I did for him. Now that he’s gone, I wish I had…. but no regrets, right?

As for the man…. It is hard to craft for him too. I have made him a scarf. I have made him a lapghan. But… while he uses both and genuinely appreciates that I made these things for him, he proclaims he only needs one. Why can’t he have more than one scarf like me? I have yet to adventure into knitting socks for him simply because I know he’ll want standard grey, no design… and probably, considering his history of statements – one pair only.



The Man and the Kiddos circa 2009

 So with Father’s Day around the corner – have you given thought to what you are going to make, are making, or have made for that special dad in your life?

I got to looking around the internet (as many of you have already done) and put together a list of 10 ideas (some with patterns!) that can be crocheted for the dad in your life. I admit, most of these are things that would be interesting for the man…. since I am pretty much on a hunt for something I can finish this week (read as: no aprons, blankets, sweaters, or socks will be made) And since we all know the man doesn’t want another scarf/hat set and he has already got “a great lapghan” – those items won’t be on the list – but I did link to the lapghan pattern I created for him above…. in case you wanted to give it a whirl.

(Some may not have links – simply because I either already have a pattern that I wrote that I have not published on this site OR I didn’t find a pattern I liked and will make my own)

Love my iPad Cover
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/love-my-ipad-case
Ok – this one looks good… it has good potential – but I must admit, he was looking for something more reinforced to protect his tablet. I may have to come up with something unique, but I doubt I can compete with newegg.com and their awesome tablet covers.

Gopher Golf Club Cover
http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/gopher-golf-club-cover


The Man and Squirt ~2011

 Alright – this one is funny. While I know I won’t finish this one in a week, I do have Christmas to think about. I know he’d use it and I know it would make him smile – two qualities I like to have in any gift I give.

Golf Club Covers
I know there is no way that I’d be able to finish the gopher club cover in the short time frame that I have, especially with a baby shower on the horizon AND being at the end of my state fair project (picture coming soon!). I know Lion Brand has an interesting pattern on their site (read as: I will not make it in those colors…. nor will I put the numbers on them). Since they require you to login, I can’t directly link to them. Just know – they are there.

A Bookmark
Honestly, up until the last 3 weeks I would not have considered making the man a bookmark simply because he was not a reader. He would read newspapers and magazine articles – but mostly online… on his tablet or iPod. What changed is the man has gone back to school (and I’m very proud of him for that). Now he has text books and other reference manuals he needs to keep his place in. I hate to put a link to one specific bookmark simply because they work up quick and I could make a lot of them between now and Father’s Day. What I will link to is a huge list of bookmarks listed on Crochet Pattern Central. I personally enjoy making a plain book thong with beads at the top and bottom for weight – having wooden beads makes it more masculine too! Another cute idea was a tie shaped bookmark, found here.

A Travel Bag
So, I have seen a lot of make-up bags and I was thinking that I could do something in a tight stitch and put a zipper in it… and then fill it with disposable razors, some travel sized deoderant, a manicure kit (don’t tell him I called it that), and perhaps some other man-gadgets used for male hygiene. I looked for some patterns but didn’t see anything but I did see several frilly makeup bags I think have a good shape – so I will take inspiration from the shape but change the stitches and the color for something more masculine. If I do this one, it will be a pattern that will be posted here.

Remote Control Holder
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/corner6.html
Now, the only reason I’m putting this in here isn’t that I’m going to make it. In fact, i doubt I would ever make this item in crochet… or at all for that matter. I’m putting it on here because I know HE would enjoy it – I don’t want it hanging on my furniture. I could see it just dangling there, the dog sniffing on it, the kids putting candy wrappers in it…. I like the idea of it – so perhaps I could modify it to work in his car – but I also know I would want to line it to prevent pencils from poking through. Still an interesting idea for someone else. I know they broke the pattern down into weeks (it must have been a CAL), but I think that what they have is doable in 6 days.

A Man’s Man Oven Mitt
I do most of the cooking during the week (which half ends up being ordered out) but a couple nights out of the week the man will cook – and even better… he’ll GRILL! (he makes the most mouth-watering food on the grill… too bad I don’t have the ability to share taste on the blog… granted, that means there’d have to be left overs and that just doesn’t happen when he grills). I am thinking that a nice oven mitt would be good but it would have to be masculine in colors and thick enough to handle hot plates and stuff. I think of all the ideas, this may be the least functional for him since grilling doesn’t usually involve pans… and I would like to keep him grilling (although his baked pork chops are fantastic too) *laughs*

Slippers
Anyone who knows the man knows he’s not really a slippers kinda guy, but for some reason, I have wanted to make him slippers. I think now that we have a finished basement, he would appreciate them because it still gets a little cold down there. Perhaps if he wanted to relax downstairs and watch some TV, he could use some slippers. I don’t know but I figured this might be the time to whip out this type of gift.

Magnetic Pocket Watch
http://www.crochetmemories.com/archive/june7.html
I seriously found this one on a fluke and really think its cute. Granted, because I think it is cute may be the very reason NOT to make it for the man. But its a functional “pocket watch” where the watch parts (excluding the time piece) is crocheted. You attach magents to the back and put it on the fridge. NOW – why I think the man would like this is that I could possibly do a larger version and not make it magnetic. He could use it down in the activity room with his weight bench. I believe as long as it has a second hand, he is good to go with it – and if its large enough, then he can having a nice hanging time piece to reference while he is getting his workout in.

Breakfast in Bed

me ‘n the man circa 2010

This one isn’t crocheted or knitted… in fact, it has NOTHING to do with yarn (I know, right!) – but as always, I will be making the man breakfast in bed – usually scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes… and a glass of chocolate milk.
I hope you all have planned to do something special for the dad in your life. Being a dad is way more than just fathering a child – and I know the man is definitely a great dad and I can’t wait to celebrate his special day with him.

 

Recycled Into Yarn

My Plarn Pot Scrubber

Us yarnies often sit down with a skein or ball of yarn to create – but what else can we create with? Are you interested in helping to save our environment through upcycling of products into yarn followed by the creation of a useful item?

A new website has launched and I am proud to have some patterns listed among the many creative patterns. The website, called Recycled Into Yarn, www.recycledn2yarn.com, is a growing directory of patterns and instructionals from various individuals looking outside the box and as a consequence, helping the environment.

I look forward to seeing how this website directory grows and what others are coming up with that I can try too!

Be sure to check out the website, browse the directory, and subscribe to the blog.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Announcements, Pattern Links

 

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