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Would People Wear This?

I recently found a pattern in my Amazing Crochet Lace book to make a dress. It’s called the “Heat Wave Mini-Dress.” (For some reason, the hardcover version of that book on Amazon is OVER $1000.00! O_O!)

It looks cute, but as with my original fear with making a yarn based dressed, it’s not tightly knit. I would most likely have to:
1. wear nude colored underwear or,
2. learn to sew, and sew some fabric underneath or,
3. hope the dress over pants trend returns. (Wait, is it still a thing?)

(But, seriously, if anyone wants this dress, it is a size small, email me or leave a comment below. You’ll have to figure out the above mentioned problem on your own.)

It’s also warm, because I used wool. Hm, I need to think about my fabric choices better in the future.

This is a seamless dress, which means it is all made in one round, and I didn’t have to sew anything together. You start with the halter top, followed by the open crossed mid-section (your belly is showing! Gasp!), and finally, the skirt. The pattern has the skirt to be MUCH shorter, but I’m not that bold.

Overall, I’m satisfied with the end result. Not too bad.

Happy Independence Day for those in America! Until next time, happy crocheting!

 

 

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Beaded Cadfael Shawl

Around Christmas time, I got a kit to crochet a shawl from a Secret Santa. It included a pattern for the Cadfael Shawlette and enough yarn to complete the project.

I started the project on my trip to China. I was really tired, super jetlagged, and trying to read a pattern. Honestly, the chart is much easier to figure out, but I did not figure that out until after I had returned home and became well rested again- months later.

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It’s a very simple and repetitive pattern, and it was moving so slowly on those 16 hour flights. When I picked it up again a few weeks again, it moved much more quickly!

The pattern does not mention anything with beads, but my Secret Santa included them, so I decided to add them in. Crocheting with beads is a lot easier than people make it to be. It can be tedious to string them to on. The end result is so shiny- how could one resist!

I’ve never made anything this large with fingering weight yarn. As I usually avoid sock making, the most I’ve ever made with fingering yarn was some bracelets. This shawl turned out really nice though!

At the longest part, it is 50″ across and 18″ down. Blocking is really important for this project! Otherwise, you can’t get these little details, especially at the edges.

I’m really pleased with the end result, and hope to be able to wear it around this summer and into the fall. 🙂

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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It’s Been 5 Months…. Hello!

What happened?

Well, for starters, Photobucket was really getting on my nerves and I just gave up on it for a while- I have been really good about updating my Instagram and Ravelry accounts though. I’m so happy Ravelry allows me to link to Instagram- makes things so much easier! If you are curious enough about my crochet projects, here’s my Ravelry, and if you’re just curious about pictures I take, here’s my Instagram. I think I made this blog before I discovered Ravelry. Once Ravelry happened, it was much easier to keep track of projects and new patterns. Essentially, this blog is a bit irrelevant.

Now it seems that WordPress has you directly upload to their servers…. I don’t know how I feel about that. What if I run out of space?! Are you forcing me to pay you, WordPress?

Secondly, I’ve been going through a tough time since around October. Everything has been kinda hazy and feeling dull- mild depression and anxiety.  I’m trying to do my best though! Some days are better than others. I hope to get to a point where I have more better days than not, but when you’re living in the moment, it’s hard to gauge until you look back. Sometimes looking back is difficult.

Thirdly, remember that flower blanket I’ve been working on? That’s all I’ve pretty much been working on. One project isn’t much to post. I have, however, finally finished said afghan! Just a couple of weeks ago actually. Yes, all 70 squares, plus a border!

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I’m sorry about the coloring in the photo. The lighting around here is not great, and I don’t have the best camera. That’s a queen-sized bed. It’s really heavy actually, and I finished it just in time for summer! Haha. Next winter, though, it’s going to be my savior.

This close up shot of the corner has slightly better lighting.

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The border is not part of the original pattern. The original pattern has you do a round of plain old double crochet in the buff color all around the edge. That seemed boring. So, I pulled out my trusty “border bible” (and this is the first time I’ve actually used it, which was very exciting), and figured #9 was the best fit. I have many crochet books that I’ve never used, and it’s always exciting when I get to use them. Hahaha

After two years, I finished the project!

There’s some projects from around Christmas that I haven’t posted and I’ve been dabbing in some smaller projects between this huge blanket, so I’ll post about those eventually.

Until next time (and I promise it’ll be sooner, rather than later), happy crocheting!

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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.

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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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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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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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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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70 Flowers

A while back I mentioned that I was going to make a flower afghan and that I’ve been wanting to make it for a couple of years now. I’m happy to report that stage 1 has been completed!

This is what 70 crocheted flowers look like:

DSCN0500These 70 flowers will eventually become 70 squares! Each of these flowers has taken me 15 minutes, so you can do the math on that one. I might have to keep this afghan, I’ve spent so much time on it. Although, if someone I know- really know, really love- is going to get married or something, this would make an excellent wedding gift.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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Getting Ready for Sweater Weather

A heat wave has been occurring lately. It is so hot. It’s terrible.

Yet, I still decided that it was a great time to make a sweater vest. It took me about a month to complete. My friend’s mother wanted one because she works in a cold room. It might be a little clumsy, but it is definitely warm! It’s 100% wool. I quickly wore it and took it off just for these pictures.

My favorite part is the ribbing on the sides, and it’s not your typical single crochet pattern either.

If you want to make this sweater, the pattern is free, and available here.

Until next time, happy crocheting!

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