Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Works in Progress-March Edition

Active Projects (work on one or more of these every day or close to that)
  • A few striped fingerless gloves--team colors
Back Burner, but still on the stove
  • pink gloves for Camille
  • Hat for Spencer
  • 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
  • Finish plarn mat


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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Sunday, March 1, 2015

swimming turtles

So, almost a year ago, one of my brothers announced that they were expecting their fourth child. A few months later, they announced that this child would be a boy. A few weeks after that, I went on a pinterest hunt, looking for a crochet baby blanket that would be just the right spot of adorable-ness for this new nephew-to-be. As I was searching along, I found a picture of a darling ripple afghan, worked in shades of blue with just a bit of tan and white, which then had five crochet turtles sewn to the blanket, as if they were headed out to the sea.

Just the right spot of adorableness.  

I went to the site (sewloca.com), where Cristina broke down her process of designing, and then making the afghan. She included a link to a free ripple afghan pattern, and described how she worked the ripples, then added some bobbles in the white to make the "foamy" look. Entranced and encouraged, I decided to try my own luck at making a swimming turtle blanket.

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It turned out well. So well in fact, that I decided to make another one, and this time write out the pattern as I went so that I didn't have to rely on other sites for my own future reference. Turtle blanket  #1 was sent to the new babe, and I started work on turtle blanket #2.

I decided to make the foamy part of the sea a little bit thicker, this time around, and I added an extra turtle.
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Also, it was winter by the time I finished this one, so the grass background looks much worse for the wear than in the photos of blanket #1.

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After I'd finished making the blanket and writing up the pattern, I decided that just for easy reference, I'd post my version of the pattern here. I do sell a few patterns in my etsy shop, but since I got the idea and the building blocks of this blanket entirely from from the goodness of some other people's hearts, it feels right to keep this pattern here, where anyone who wants to access it can do so for free.

So, here it is:

SWIMMING TURTLES PATTERN
(inspired by Cristina at sewloca.com)

Yarn-5 skeins of worsted weight yarn, one in each of the following colors: Dark Blue, Medium Blue, Light Blue, White, and Tan. Also some yarn in differing shades of green, brown, tan, etc, for the turtles. (I used Caron Simply Soft for all aspects of this project)

Crochet Hook-Size G (This is what works for me. You might want to use a size H hook here, I crochet more loosely than just about anyone I know)

Pattern:

BLANKET
Starting with the darkest blue, chain 171 across

R1: Dc in 4th ch from hook, *dc in next 4 st, dec 2 times, dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in each of next 2 st * repeat from * to * across, ending with 2 dc in last st.

Follow this pattern for 16 rows, then switch to medium blue for 16 rows, then to light blue for 16 rows.

Switch to white, follow pattern for 3 rows. On the 4th row, working in back loops only, make a cluster stitch every other stitch or so (this makes the "foam" of your ocean), switch to tan/creme at end of row.

Using tan/creme, working in free loops of the white row, continue the pattern. Once you get to row 2 of the tan, use both loops, and continue until you have made 16 rows. Fasten off.

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TURTLES
Make 6 (or five, if you prefer)

SHELL
RND 1: Starting with Green (or whatever color you want the head and legs and tail to be), chain 3(counts as first hdc), then hdc in beg chain, *ch 2, 2 hdc in beg ch* 4 times. Join, switching to brown You should have five ch 2 spaces.

RND 2: in any ch 2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 2, 3 dc in next sp*,  four times. Join, fasten off.

Rnd 3: With green, ch 2 in middle st of any 3dc cluster, *sc in next st, sc, dc in stitch below, sc in next ch 2 space, sc in each of next three dc* repeat around row, chain 2

Rnd 4: Working in front loops only, sc around, decreasing every five stitches or so. Finish off.



FRONT LEGS AND HEAD

LEG: Using the picture as a guide, and working in the unused back loops of Rnd 3, sl stitch in the stitch where you want the front right leg to be. Ch 5, then turn and, working in back loops, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc in next five stitches. sl stitch to Rnd three, and sc to where you want the head to be.

HEAD: sl st where you want the head to be, then chain 4. Working in back loops of ch, hdc four times in next sc, sc in each of next three ch. sl stitch, and sc to where you want the other leg to be. Repeat process for leg, finish off.

BACK LEGS AND TAIL

LEG:  Using the picture as a guide, and working in the unused back loops of Rnd 3, sl stitch in the stitch where you want the back left leg to be. Ch 4, sc in back loops of sc, sc in unused loops of rnd 3. until you get to where you want the tail. Make tail by sl st, ch 2, sl st in same stitch. Sc in unused loops of Rnd 3 until you get to where you want the other leg to be, repeat process for leg, finish off.

Weave in ends, stitch turtles to blanket.








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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
 photo slippers.jpg
  • 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
 photo slippers.jpg
  • 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
 photo slippers.jpg
  • 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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