Sunday, February 1, 2015

these might be the most darling items I've ever made

A year or so back, one of my friends posted a picture of a darling baby dress to her facebook wall, mentioning that she had made it following a free pattern entitled "Angel Wings Pinafore." It was so adorable that I went to the website, printed out the pattern, and kept it in my "make one or more of these when I get around to it" file.



Well, I finally got around to it:
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And then, I had so much fun making that one, that I made a few more.


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Okay, several more.

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I made one using soft acrylic yarn, (not pictured) and then on a lark, tried some cotton yarn. I liked the look and feel of the cotton yarn much more, so I stuck with that for the rest of my dress-making.

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The buttons are just for show. I sewed snaps into the back for the sake of simplicity.

I'm on to something else now, but these are so fun and turned out so darling, that there's no way that these will be the the last Angel Wings Pinafores that come out of these fingers.






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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Works in Progress-January Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)


  • Make market bag--use up other plarn
Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • A few striped fingerless gloves--team colors
  • Hat for Spencer
  • Make market bag--use up other plarn
  • Make 5 Baby Boy Sweaters for future gifts
  • make more slippers
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  • restock dishcloth sets, try a new pattern


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Several camo hats to go with picture that Harmony took, list in shop.

  • Restock Chunky Beige Scarf
  • Restock Lacey Scarf

  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Work on (finish?) garden of pink baby blanket, write up pattern.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • restock Newsboy Caps (?)
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there
  • Restock fingerless gloves
  • Restock Christmas Stockings


Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Try a scarf/scoodie
  • Make/Design Beret
  • New Winter Cap for me, using that big button and 3 already made flowers.
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Design/experiment with long stocking caps (Robert)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design leg warmers for H and other girls?
  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  












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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Works in Progress-December Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)

  • Deepen stock of Fingerless Gloves 
  • Afghan with weston yarn


Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Extra baby turtle afghan
  • Slouchy/Beret winter hats for me (one in red/white, one in blue to match scarf)
  • Make market bag--use up other plarn
  • Make 5 Baby Girl Dresses (or sweaters) for future gifts
  • Make 5 Baby Boy Sweaters for future gifts
  • make more slippers
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  • restock dishcloth sets, try a new pattern


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Several camo hats to go with picture that Harmony took, list in shop.

  • Restock Chunky Beige Scarf
  • Restock Lacey Scarf

  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Work on (finish?) garden of pink baby blanket, write up pattern.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • restock Newsboy Caps (?)
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there


Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Try a scarf/scoodie
  • Make/Design Beret
  • New Winter Cap for me, using that big button and 3 already made flowers.
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Design/experiment with long stocking caps (Robert)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design leg warmers for H and other girls?
  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  












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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Works in Progress-October Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)

  • Deepen stock of Fingerless Gloves (5 of all listings)
  • Afghan with weston yarn


Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • Afghan for Maegan's baby and extra afghan
  • Slouchy/Beret winter hats for me (one in red/white, one in blue to match scarf)
  • Make market bag--use up other plarn
  • Make 5 Baby Girl Dresses (or sweaters) for future gifts
  • Make 5 Baby Boy Sweaters for future gifts
  • make more slippers
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  • restock dishcloth sets, try a new pattern


  • Make more scrubbies-restock and also try a new patternPhotobucket
  • Go through old stock, either donate or re-purpose items that are consistent non-sellers
  • Crochet legwarmers
  • Several camo hats to go with picture that Harmony took, list in shop.

  • Restock Chunky Beige Scarf
  • Restock Lacey Scarf

  • Make a scarf/cowl like the one Tonia asked about.
  • Work on (finish?) garden of pink baby blanket, write up pattern.
  • Make a hairband something along the lines of this.
  • restock Newsboy Caps (?)
  • Go through clear tote and make sure all is dealt with there


Someday, (I hope!)
  • Reclaim yarn from thrift store sweaters
  • Try a scarf/scoodie
  • Make/Design Beret
  • New Winter Cap for me, using that big button and 3 already made flowers.
  • Design/Make Potholders (for wedding gifts)
  • Design/experiment with long stocking caps (Robert)
  • Make/Design Soap Socks/Savers for family, gifts, possibly etsy shop.(popcorn stitch on one side, plain on the other. (Make a soap saver, perhaps like this one)
  • Re-learn to tat.
Image courtesy of vrangtantebrun

  • Make/Design leg warmers for H and other girls?
  • Make/Design/Refine Convertible Mittens pattern
  • Go through specialty yarn, imaginate (scarves?)
  • Make infant hats with interchangeable buttons to give as shower and general new baby gifts.  












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Monday, October 20, 2014

Auburn

In between all that glove making and stocking work, I managed to put together a new dishcloth set.

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I call it "Auburn Stripes".

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat!

A little less than a year ago, one of my dear friends asked me if she could pay me to make her some Christmas stockings using a pattern that she had found online. I said that I'd be happy to do that, as long as she was okay to not get them in time for Christmas. She was. So, she purchased the pattern for me, as well as the yarn in colors that she wanted, and once I got through my list of crochet "to do's", I started on them. I think it was February or so.


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I had a ball making them. I love granny squares anyway, and so putting granny squares together into Christmas stockings was just a treat for me. In fact, it was so much of a treat that I tried to just give the stockings to my Amanda for free (she had bought the pattern and the yarn after all), but she wouldn't have it. (She's generous like that.)

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Amanda has three daughters, hence the three stockings with a little bit of pink thrown in here and there.

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After I finished with Amanda's stockings, I decided that, as long as I already had the pattern in my mind and in my fingers, I might as well experiment with some other color and design combinations:

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And that my friends, is how I ended up spending a good portion of 2014 experimenting with Christmas Stockings. Not a bad way to spend a year, you know?

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