Showing posts with label yarn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yarn. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;) 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lattice Shawl Show and Tell

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! This weekend was pretty relaxing for me. I had Saturday off this week so my friend and I got together and went shopping. Mainly food and makeup, but I did get a cardigan and a pair of tan flats so I have library appropriate footwear for spring. The rest of the weekend was spent crocheting. 

In a couple of weeks my friend (same one I went shopping with) is going to a semi-formal dinner. She went out and bought a dress but felt like it needed some sort of wrap or shawl. Well, the sock yarn one I'm knitting is moving along at a snail's pace so I grabbed some worsted weight yarn and I'm going to crochet a much simpler design that she will have it in plenty of time!


This shawl is so simple!
Keep your eyes open, I may be posting another pattern here soon!
I love this color!! Caron Simply Soft / Pagoda.

The weather is warming up and the tree branches are covered in red buds and it's warm enough during the day for me to be able to sit on the porch and crochet or at least add the fringe to this. That takes forever!

Here is the same shawl I'm crocheting now but in a different color in my Etsy shop:


Friday, April 18, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Fiber, Metal, Paper

I seem to have my regular Tuesday craft posts mixed up with my Favorite Things Friday posts. It's alright I guess, since it's probably pretty obvious that crafting is one of my favorite things! 

 I received a mailer from JoAnn Fabrics the other day with a 50% off coupon.  A few days later I got the circular with another 50% off coupon. I was happy, I needed more thread for my serger. I checked my email later and got another 50% off coupon. Now I could save on three of the four spools of overlock thread! Over the next two days I got two more 50% off coupons. I checked the coupon numbers and they were all different. I could use all five!!! 

Today, I took my typically coupon-forgetful self to Joann fabrics with ALL of the coupons. So here is my little haul:

Caron simply soft yarn in Pagoda. My dear friend for whom I am knitting the shawl (Is my grammar correct?) is going to some sort of dinner and bought a dress that she thinks would look nice with some sort of shawl or shrug. She loves jewel tones and since I know I won't be through knitting by the party, I grabbed some of this beautiful deep blue green color. I'll be looking up patterns or crocheting one as many of you will be reading this. To be honest, I am really excited to crochet again after slowly knitting for days!

SureLock Overlock thread: I needed some. The small spools that came with my machine are almost gone. 

Pin Backs: I needed these to. I actually only needed a couple but all I could find was a 42 pack. It was $2.99 so I figured I can definitely make some cute pins to sell as well.

Belle Buttons by Dritz: Look! They're EDELWEISS!! I love it! I bought one card of these a month or two ago, the only one they had in stock. I plan on making a dirndl someday and using these for the buttons.


One lovely, interesting find today was at work at the library. My town library has been in the same building since the late 1800s and we have the old antique card catalogues still mostly full of cards. When we need some scrap paper someone usually goes and grabs a handful of the cards out of the catalogue. 

Today I pulled a card out to write a note on the back of it. Often, before I scribble away I'll look at the front of the card just to see what old book belonged to it. Every card I'd seen so far was typewritten. I was so surprised to turn the card in my hand over to see a book catalogued in such gorgeous penmanship!! I'm assuming someone wrote it out for a new book in 1924, the year written on the card. I haven't done an internet search to find out anything about it yet. Needless to say, I didn't scribble a note on the back of this card, but instead put it in a book a checked out to keep it safe and brought it home. I am still admiring the beautiful handwriting!


Any crafters hoard their coupons before making a shopping trip? 
Don't you wish there was still a strong emphasis on penmanship in school?

Hope you have all had a very nice Good Friday!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Specialty Yarns

Ah, specialty yarns. I love them....and I don't. While I don't actually have many, they few I do have are the reason why my yarn stash will never be depleted. I have one pink "yarn" that is almost a fabric in it's own right, made up of a bunch of pink and white threads all woven together. It's just a few yards of left overs from a project but it is so pretty I just can't bring myself to throw it away!



My biggest pet peeve has got to be eyelash yarns. I have two of those. Not long after I started crocheting years ago I bought them very cheap at a discount store. I have yet to find a project for either. Hmm that's an idea for later. I really like the sherbet colored eyelash yarn that I have, but the spacing for each color is so small that there's barely enough room for more than a couple of stiches in one color before it switches to the next. The end result always ends up as more of a muddy mess of color than anything else.



Well, what do I love about specialty yarn. A lot! The right one for the right price can be amazing. Baby yarns (ha, not the technical term!) are so soft and amazing to work with. I wouldn't mind a closet full of sweaters and scarves made from baby yarn.  Hand spun natural wool is just so interesting to look at with all of the variety in texture and width when it's spun just a little too loose or too tight. Sock yarn is so versatile! I'm not sure there's anything you can't make with sock yarn. I'm sure there are so many, many yarns that I haven't mentioned. Perhaps I'll come back to this subject in the future and we'll see if I've made anything from my eyelash yarn by then.



What are your favorite specialty yarns? 
Have you ever made anything with specialty yarns? I'd love to see pictures! feel free to post them on my facebook page! Just click the facebook link at the top of the page.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peter Pan Collar and Lace Edging Crochet Patterns

--If you find errors in either pattern, please leave a comment so I can make the necessary corrections! Thank you!--


PETER PAN COLLAR



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread size 3
Hook size F/5-3.75mm 
Yarn needle
Button (optional, coller can also be made with tie closure)
[I stitch very tightly, you may find it necessary to use a smaller hook. However this whole project is fairly flexible and you can use different yarn weights and hook sizes as long as you size the collar around your neck as you go.]

Special stitches:
v stitch: v-st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch.
shell stitch: shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same stitch/ chain space (ch sp)

Notes: "dc in next dc" in rnds 3 - 5 refers to the one dc between each v and shell stitch, not the dcs that are part of those stitches.

To begin: ch 79 [You can ch any multiple of 3 plus 1 ch to create the size of your preference.]

Row 1: [for tie closure] sc in each ch across.

Row 1: [for button closure] sc in 9th ch from hook and in each ch across. (70 sc)

[first sc can go in any multiple of 3 away from hook, depending on size of button. Remember, the larger to button hole, the more chs you will need to begin to fit the collar comfortably.]

Row 2: ch 3 [counts as 1dc] turn, *sk next sc, v-st in next sc, sk next st, dc in next sc* repeat from * to * end row with dc in second to last sc. (17 v-st, 18 dc)

Row 3: ch 3, turn, shell in ch sp of first v-st, dc in next dc of previous row, *shell in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of row 2.

Row 4: ch 3, turn, *(3dc, ch1 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * ending with dc in last dc of row 3.

Row 5: ch 3, turn, *6 dc in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of rnd 4. Fasten off.

Button Closure: sew button onto top corner of collar without button hole with thread or yarn scrap.

Tie Closure: ch 80, sl st through each sc of rnd 1, ch 80. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


CROCHET LACE EDGING



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread 
Size 8/1.5mm
Yarn needle

Notes: Unsure what size crochet I used, it was veeeery thin, but you could use whatever size you think looks nice. The thread just needs to be thing enough and your fabric loosely enough knitted or woven that you can get the crochet hook through with ease.

To begin: 
Join thread to item with sl st.

Rnd 1: ch 4, sl st 3/8 inch into fabric. Rep around without pulling on previous sl sts. Join with sl st in first sl st.

Rnd 2: sl st  in first ch 4 space, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch sp)  tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in ch 4 sp. *In next ch 4 sp dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1. Rep from * around. Sl st in third ch of ch 3.

Rnd 3: (sl st in next 3 ch sps, ch 2, dc, tr, dc, hdc, (scallop)) rep around until last 3 ch sps. Sl st in next 2 ch sp.

Rnd 4: sl st in first 2 st of scallop, *sc in tr of scallop, ch 4, rep from * around, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: sl st into first 4 ch sp, * 2 sc, ch 4, 2 sc in same sc* rep from * to * in each ch 4 sp around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 6: sl st in next sc an in ch 4 loop, *ch 3, sl st in ch 4 loop, rep from * around. Sl st in first ch 4 loop.

Rnd 7: ch 4,* in ch 3 (sp tr, dc, hdc) sc in ch 4 loop, in next ch 3 sp (hdc, dc, tr) tr in next ch 4 loop. Rep from * around. Sl st in top of ch 4. 
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sock and Awe

Well, one sock is coming along nicely. I'm on the fence about this whole knitting socks thing at this point after frogging the equivalent of about 1/4 of the project and still having another sock to make after this one. I WILL finish them! I have promised myself that. I've got a few weeks to go before they really need to be done.

Next on the agenda: the case of the missing Etsy updates. Yeah. Work, weather, equipment, etc. have all decided to no longer work in my favor for the time being. I'm still trying to get my "gimmick" though. That one product that is what I make. Of course there will still be other handmade and vintage items listed, but I want to have that one thing that I can tell people, "This is what I do. This is my shop. I would love for you to take a look!" ---Classic movie reference: This feels very much like Jimmy Stewart as Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story when he was looking for a certain sound for his band. He didn't know what it was, but when he heard it, there was no mistaking it.---

Here's sock nĂºmero uno btw. In order starting top left going clockwise. I'm sure you could tell.:



That's basically all I worked on all week. Yeah. It's taking that long to knit a pair of socks...to knit ONE sock.

Okay, I should proceed with extreme caution in saying that I will post a blog on Friday. I have no name for the Tuesday posts yet, but I think Favorite Things Friday may stick! Very general, yes, but we shall see where this goes. I am hoping to finish up my Carrie Underwood Sound of Music reviews. I had two more parts to write when my notes went missing in action. I just found them a few days ago behind the cover of one of my books. Coincidently that book is "Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie." By Julia Antopol Hirsch. I was doing research.  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lame is the Name of the Game

Ready, set, go:
Well, the weather hasn't been nice enough to get decent pictures with my not-so-decent camera of my newest items for Etsy or of the fat quarter skirt I sewed. I did have a nice day though.

My friend of 12 years and I try to get together at least every other month. We used to live a 5 minute walk from each other and since I moved we're now a half hour drive apart! Today we got together and spent most of the time in the car chatting away. We went into a specialty yarn store that I had never visited before. Most of the price tags made me feel like I need a different hobby. 

As we were leaving the cashier asked us if we had found anything. I said I was just looking because I'd never been in there before and had no specific pattern in mind so ALL that gorgeous yarn was pretty overwhelming. I felt like I was being watched and like I was stashing yarn under my coat because an ample portion of my arm knit scarf was sticking out at the collar. I felt silly for wearing it in the store but I told the woman what it was and she asked to see it because she'd only heard of arm knitting before and had never actually seen anything that was arm knitted. She called her friend over too look and said, "It's actually knitted, look at this!" Which gives me the feeling that she was skeptical about arm knitting and assumed, as I did at first, that it couldn't really be knitting and was just another one of those yarn crafts that was called knitting by people who didn't know what knitting was. (Forgive the snobbish sounding air there.)

My friend and I them made our way over to JoAnn Fabrics to quell the urge I now had to knit a pair of socks. I justified buying a $10.00 skein of Lion Brand Sock-Ease yarn by allowing my friend to pick the color and deciding that handmade socks would be a wonderful birthday gift. She always gets something handmade. It made me smile when I had to move cowl I made her for Christmas out of the passenger seat in her car before I could sit down. 

Now, back at home, I'm sitting on my bed and typing away with a double pointed needle, 64 cast on stitches, and a skein of Sock-Ease. There's also a messy trail of yarn on my pillow. I prefer working from the center of a skein but I always have trouble neatly finding the center. Does that happen to anyone else?


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Blob...

Well, well, here it is, Tuesday again. I'm toying with the idea of posting two or three times a week. My schedule is sort of irregular though and I am definitely active mainly on Instagram, then probably twitter next, and Pinterest after that. Facebook I do post pictures on, but not every single picture that is on Instagram, and I post my blog links and share other crafting links via Facebook. Hmmm...enough about that. That's just the process I'm going through on deciding about the extra blog posts. Blah. I am finding that I can't wait for Tuesdays sometimes because I'm so excited to share what I've been working on for the week! That is good thing.

So, this week I'm working on my spring things for Etsy. No rhyme or reason to what I make, other than the fact that I've got the right yarn on hand. I added a few of those items to my Etsy shop, as mentioned in my previous post. Now I'm working on a Winnie the Pooh hat, a tank top turned shopping bag, and baby booties. Pics to come. What I really want to share with you this week is something I think all yarn crafters have trouble with from time to time.



Right?

I am indecisive (I'm seeing a trend here) about whether to cut this snarled mess off and chuck it or if I should sit down and take the time to untangle it and wind all of my skeins into balls of yarn so there is less of a chance I'll have wads of yarn in the future. What say you?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes....and Hands and Arms

This has been a fun week. I'm slowly but surely finishing up the Gargantuafghan. Autocorrect just fixed that word for me because I unintentionally switched two letters! I've been typing it a lot lately. The measurements with the boarder completed are 52 inches wide by 84 inches long. A whopping 7 feet long!! I'll have to compare that to my old blue one I made about 5 years ago. They're pretty close in size.



This past week two Items have been taken off of Etsy and frogged. Rippit rippit... (Did I use that correctly?) I had two hand crocheted, literally, scarves made from bulky yarn. They were so soft but just so so so ugly. I took the listings down and turned them along with the rest of my super bulky stash into a super plush mat. Not quite as puffy and ugly looking as the scarves were and it is indeed so so so soft!



I've also been watching the Olympics more than I thought I would be this week. Usually I sit in my room and craft while watching some classic film. Somewhere between Japan and Russia figure skating  I decided to watch a video on arm knitting. I expected it to be dramatically different than traditional knitting just because it seems like nearly any yarn craft that doesn't actually use hooks or needles often times is referred to as some sort of "knitting" even when it really isn't. However, arm knitting is what it says it is. I made this out of homespun yarn because I have a TON. Then I made another one to sell on Etsy. You might have guessed by now that I'll be updating Etsy very soon for spring. Follow me on Instagram via the tab above for some sneak peeks of items before they're even listed on Etsy!



Last but not least. Have I mentioned my serger here yet? I purchased one on sale a few weeks ago. The sale plus the employee discount made it well worth the buy. I was so sick of zig zag stitches and fray check, though they do have their place. I've still got a lot to learn, but these finished edges look so nice! I might have to start wearing my clothes inside out! Well, maybe not.



Thanks for reading! What have you been crafting lately?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Resolution Part Two: Check!

     Just as the last line was spoken on the last episode of my Season Two DVD of the Dick van Dyke Show, I finished weaving in the ends of a blanket I had planned to have finished 6 months ago! The size goes a little funky. That seems to happen when I make blankets like this. It happened with a Judy Garland blanket I made too. I'm glad it's finished and that the picture is recognizable. It felt like I would never get through the whole entire blanket! 
     Last night at 11pm I had just finished weaving in ends on the back and my plastic yarn needle snapped in two. Luckily I pass a craft store on my way home from work at the library (but not a JoAnn's. Shhh! Don't tell my manager!). So I went in there and finally bought my very first metal yarn needles, which should last me forever, or however long it takes for me to lose them. 



Up next: No, not a work in progress, but a pattern I had been wanting to try and figure out for quite some time. Not because it's all that pretty, but because it's old fashioned. It's the vest Judy Garland wears when she sings "The Joint is Really Jumping Down at Carnegie Hall." I found a WHOLE PDF book of old Hollywood knit and crochet patterns via [This Shop] on Etsy. 



I think this will be a pretty quick project, then it's back to working on another unfinished blanket. Still, it's a really pretty blanket that I am excited about finishing up! I'll get into that a little more in next week's post. 

I'd also like to say thank you SO much to those of you who followed me on Facebook this week! Please, share my page with your friends too!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short And Sweet

Today, or yesterday now, was a little crazy. I was just getting ready to update my blog. Of course as soon as I sat down my dad called and roughly 6,000,000 things happened at once and I had to start cooking supper. It was awesome. Breakfast for supper. That's simple enough, right? 
Well...
I started with the bacon. I cooked it in the oven which I had never done before. Of course the first batch out I tilted the broiler pan (I didn't broil it, that just lets the grease drain really well) and spilled hot grease all over the oven door and just a tiny bit on the element. The drops that hit the element smoked and I stood there frozen for a moment praying they would not catch on fire. I still had to clean up the good amount that spilled on the oven door. I turned off the oven, and turned on the cold water in the sink. I wiped the whole inside of the oven door with wads of paper towels then threw them in the sink under the cold water. My dad got home a few minutes after that incident, at that point I felt safe enough turning the oven back on and cooking the rest of the bacon. No fire ever occurred, thank goodness! Plus I managed to cook the pancakes on a griddle during this whole ordeal without burning them thanks to my lovely brother running into the kitchen when I called for him and flipping the pancakes for me.
Next, I took out a small sauce pan...I perfectly scrambled a dozen eggs in it.
Then, in a frying pan I started cooking scrapple at a slightly higher than recommended temperature. My dad suggested turn the knob exactly to medium instead of just above it. While I was turning the scrapple some grease popped and hit me just above my lip. There's not much of a visible mark but it does still sting a little bit. I was on the verge of tears at that point and my parents soon took over cooking in cast iron instead of all the little stainless pots and pans I was using. It was quite the experience.

Now I'm doing the sleepy head-bob as I type this, so here is a brief update. So far I've worked a little on two resolutions. Drawing and finishing my wips. I posted a picture that I had started drawing to instagram.

.....the next morning:
 I plan on finishing the drawing this weekend. Then no more drawing until all of the works on progress are complete! I finally started working on the NASCAR blanket again. It's a little wavy and off kilter, the blanket itself not just the image, but it should be fine as a blankie!! I think I've just got 16 rows to go! 





Thursday, June 7, 2012

Yarn

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Yarn is....

1. a continuous, often plied strand composed of  either natural materials or man-made fibers used in weaving and knitting to form a cloth.

2. a narrative of adventures; especially a tall tale "a roaring good yarn"


*Very fake Irish brogue* I'm goin' ta tell ya aboot yairn starridge.

*Me, again, generic American.*
I'm actually updating this page with a post from my facebook page, as opposed to the other way around! Yarn storage is one of those typical facts of life that everyone has to face eventually. Well, maybe not. But it should be! If you are indeed one of those people who is facing this dilemma, look no further, I've gone yo Google Images for you and found some nice ideas. You can see the whole album here: Yarn Storage Album

My personal favorites are:

The wine rack. Everything is organized but
still in plain sight. Plus, it looks nice and
colorful when it's full of lots of different yarns.
I love this idea! Now, where do I find a wire
dress sculpture thing?


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Random Posting and Things of That Nature

I had some yarn...well fabric, no, yarn. It's a 1 inch wide strip of woven string. That makes it fabric, right? I crocheted a heart banner with it so it's yarn, right? Anyway, I had some and it was one of those little specialty/arty skeins where you pay about $7 for it and you have about enough yarn to make half a sock. I never knew what to do with it, but I liked it and it sat in my yarn basket for a couple of years....Fast forward to the beginning of February 2012....I found a crochet pattern that was supposed to be for little one inch hearts and BOOM! lightning struck. I got out my nice bulky fabric yarn and in no time had a very nice looking banner for Valentine's Day. It hung on my wall until March. it's so pretty I decided to sell it. Check it out.
 Uh, That's all folks!

                                         https://www.etsy.com/listing/99898310/heart-banner