First Try Legwarmers

The colors are so bright! Haha! I’m glad I could finally use this yarn. It was so quick to make these too.

I didn’t use a pattern for this. I just made it up as I went. They’re warm for a day like this even if it’s only sock yarn.1452017607642129402375

 

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2015 Christmas Scarves!

Scarves are probably one of the quicker “wearables” to make, besides hats, which make them very Christmas gift friendly. It usually takes me about a week to make one. I hope everyone had a good holiday, and now that it’s over I can post pictures! Wooo! The anticipation is great every year. Although, I’ve mostly completed everything I need to now, in terms of requests. I guess, I can actually do projects I want to now. What an odd feeling.

This year I made three scarves for Christmas.

First, for my mother:12345733_1532355670414005_1786678553_n_medium2

She likes colorful things. I saw this yarn in the sale section of A.C. Moore, and immediately thought it would be a great scarf yarn for her. It’s Stitch Studio by Nicole Mystic Waves in the color of Shade Garden, 70% acrylic and 30% wool.

Second, for my boyfriend:

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This is a double crochet ribbed pattern that’s 6 inches across and 5’5″ long. I started off with the blue color, but then noticed I was running out…. :( I added the green color so it works. It matches perfectly actually. You may recognize this yarn from one of my yarn boxes!  (Yes, I’m using up yarn!)

Lastly, for my friend:

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She wanted an infinity scarf that was pre-tied. This was a very new concept to me, but basically, all I had to do was crochet a regular scarf and then put a little knot in the middle before sewing the ends together so it makes a permanent figure 8.

Happy new year! May you have wonderful new projects in 2016!

 

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Secret Santa Fun!

I’m sorry for the lack of updates! The Christmas crocheting season is definitely in full swing. I only have completed ONE person. Only 3 more to go. Eep!

I wanted to take a quick break and share what I got for a Secret Santa gift, because it’s so adorable. :D I signed up for the Reddit Secret Santa, and mentioned that I like to crochet. My Santa really went with that. Look at the neat stuff I got (brag, brag, brag, sorry). :P

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I hope you have a lovely holiday season, and you are much further along than I am with your gift projects. I’ll be posting my projects once Christmas is over, so I don’t ruin the surprise for people.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Star Wars Ewok Hood

Welcome to November! Now that Halloween is over, it’s slightly less stressful. My half marathon is over (woo, all that training can now die down a little aka 2 hour runs are long, but 1 hour runs = whatever), and I only have 2 more craft shows!

A few weeks ago, my friend asked for an Ewok hood for  so I looked at the picture she sent me and made this up as I went.

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I made a scarf, and then a smaller, but thicker, rectangle for the hood. I sewed them together and this is the outcome. I might have made the hood too big, but it drapes really nicely now. I also put a little button on it in case she wanted to hold the scarf together more securely.

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It’s really warm!

Happy belated Halloween, everyone! (You go get that Halloween candy on sale now.) Happy crocheting until next time!

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THIS IS THE END OF THE CAL!

For those of you who have been following me since the start of this CAL some 3 years ago(!! It’s actually 3 years since that first post) and even those who haven’t, I want you to know that this is the end. This is what 128 granny squares looks like when I try to fit it all into a space so I can take a picture:

As I was laying them out, I definitely noticed that my crocheting ability has gotten better over time. Some squares are clearly better than other squares. It’s going to take some time for me to sort through them to see which ones I like to make into a blanket. There are some that are just a solid color, but the stitching is really nice. I think most non-crocheters/knitters wouldn’t appreciate it as much, but those solid colored ones are my favorites.

Here are the last three squares.

201. Zigzag Bobbles: Bobbles! <3

205. Hourglass: Thank goodness these single crochet squares are over!

209. Marigold: A nice flower to end.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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September 2015 Yarnbox: Shiny!

Can you believe it the end of September? October is right around the corner! This only means one thing: the weather is perfect for crocheting. Haha, not that I wasn’t crocheting all summer long, but with bigger pieces, it can get hot. Hot and heavy. ….ah… I’m terrible.

Anyway, this month’s yarn is super pretty and different. Firstly, it’s in my favorite color (purple). Secondly, it’s not only soft, but also shiny. Lastly, it’s made from a material called tencel, which is fiber created from wood! Isn’t that neat?

This is from Teresa Ruch Designs in Oregon. Subscribers got two 312 yard skeins of 100% tencel yarn in DK weight. This would make a really nice shawl.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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CAL #189, 193, 197

It is September now, which only means one thing: craft show and Christmas crocheting has BEGUN! It’s not too early. I went to the store today and bought red, green, and white yarn. The cashier even commented about it. Luckily, I finished the CAL squares, so my full focus can be on those projects (not that my focus was ever really on this CAL 100%).

189. Willow: I’m only left with these really bright colors, but I think this works well.

193. Textured Stripes: A slight twist on the classic single crochet square. Not that bad. Again, the colors.

197. Fretwork: I really like this one. The bit of yellow really pops!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Baby Sweater!

One of my coworker’s has a granddaughter who just turned a year old. He asked me to make a little dress or something for her. I decided since the weather is going to cool down, a little sweater will be just fine.

It’s really cute. The pattern is from Simply Crochet by Robyn Chachula. This is a size 24 months. I’m afraid I don’t have a model for this sweater, but trust me, it drapes nicely.

The flower button that holds it together is really neat. I found it at a LYS a while back. Glad it has some use now!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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August 2015 Yarnbox

Welcome to September! I was a little busy at the end of August, so there’s a bit of delay with this box post. No worries, because here we are.

Moving into fall, I think this is the perfect colored yarn.

The yarn this month is from The Verdant Gryphon. They have a fantastic logo! I received two 412yd skeins of sport weight (it’s called Bugga yarn) in the color Saturday Night. It’s 70% merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% mylon.

The featured designer this month for crochet is Katya Novikova. It’s pretty!

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Finished My Sweater!

Who says I can’t finish a CAL? I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. The pattern is from Simply Crochet by Robyn Chachula. It’s a book with 22 patterns from different designers. This pattern is called the “Spa Shawl Top” by Doris Chan. Doris Chan is well known for her big lace designs. This is no different.

It was a little bit difficult to understand the pattern at first. You really have to read it carefully, but, in the end, it was straight forward.

It’s an alternating pattern of shells and Vs with a solid waistband in the middle. Choosing the buttons was the best part. I picked these shell/fan patterned buttons, because they match the shell crochet pattern.

This is 80% wool and 20% silk. It’s really soft and light weight. The color is great. It’ll work in the fall too! This is Mrs. Crosby Carpet Bag yarn from one of my Yarnboxes.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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