Finished Object: Daffodil Bag

When I saw this Daffodil Bag on the cover of the Mar/April 2013 issue of Crochet Today, I wanted to make it. I didn’t want to go with the colors that were modeled but, went for a more traditional color combo of navy, red, and ivory. The pattern went along smoothly and I enjoyed it. I wore that bag for about a month after making it but, now it just hangs on the end of my bookshelf. I also made my mother a bag because she liked mine. She wanted a more neutral color palette so she chose buff, brown, and soft white. These bags were made back in March.

Both bags were lined and I added a snap closure to the center.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Hook – K (6.5 m)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

The Missionary Department at my church has requested that I make a few of these. so, you will be seeing some more of these bags in the future along with some more simpler bags.

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WIP: Chuck

I’ve mentioned before how much I adore the blog Untangling Knots, which is run by Andi. Well, after I finished pattern testing her Elsa Jacket, I decided to start making her pullover Chuck (I’m getting an early start on my Fall/Winter sweaters). I have been literally admiring Chuck since the day it came out but, I put off starting it because I was working on my Shapely Cardigan. But, you know that project has been moving super slow for me. I have no excitement for it any longer and I am just ready to get it off the needles so, I can stop looking at it. But, I digress…

So, Chuck has been so much fun to work up! I have such major love for cables so, I knew this would be a great pattern to do. Andi really has the best instructions for her patterns. They are clear and concise. I am on the last few rows of the body and then, I just have to do the sleeves and neckline.

I plan on making two versions of this pullover. One in pink and one in orange. I chose to do pink first because even though that is my favorite color, I have never made a wearable in that color.

Chuck is a great pattern for those who love vintage styled designs. It has great waist shaping and it is cropped so, it is the perfect length for those vintage-inspired dresses/skirts. It also looks great layered over a longer shirt with jeans as I have seen other Ravelers wearing it.

I’m am trying to finish Chuck during my vacation, which starts tomorrow (Yay!!!) because I will be doing some more pattern testing for Andi. I am also super-excited about that project and will keep you all up to date on how it goes. I will be making a trip to the Yarnhouse Studio on Monday when I return to get the materials for that project.

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Finished Object: Bowtie Beauty (all colors)

Well, I shared pictures with you in a previous post of the finished bowties in blue. However, I thought Why not share all the colors that I made? I really like how the photos turned out. I was able to get great lighting. So, this definitely shows off the detail and texture of the bowties. I must admit that I am so happy that I have finished these because I was starting to get so bored with it that I had no motivation to pick them up. But, they’re done and now I can start back working on my sweater Chuck.

Enjoy the photos…

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Book Review: Crochet One Skein Wonders

crochet one skein wonderAs you know from a previous post, I have the Yarn Shop One Skein Wonders and Designers One Skein Wonders books. These books are great but, they are mainly for knitting. Yes, they did feature a few crochet patterns here and there but, the book’s focus was knitting. My sister, Alison,  even commented that it would be nice if they had a Crochet One Skein Wonder. Well, they answered her call. When I saw on Amazon that this book was coming, I was kinda excited.

So, I checked out my local bookstore but, they didn’t have it. They told me to check back in 3 days, which I did. Then, they told me that they won’t be carrying it.  So, I was preparing to order it from Amazon but, about a week later I happen to be in the Bookstore again. And when I wasn’t even looking for the book there it was!! So, I grabbed it and bought it 😉

Surprisingly, I have not made anything from the book yet. Usually, I am quick to pick up small projects. And I even ordered some lace yarn from Knit Picks to make the Shell Net Cowl. But, I have yet to get to it. Moving on the review…

Pros:

1. Beautiful photos with unique arrangement of the items.

2. Love the layout. It is in order by section from thread to super bulky.

3. There are versatile projects such as scarves, hats, jewelry, purses, baby wear, and so much more.

4. There are 101 patterns!!!

Cons:

1. The books does not feel that sturdy. I feel that with continued use it will begin to split in the middle.

2. I like amigurumi but, I felt there was a bit too much of it.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who has a love for crochet–from the beginner to the more experienced. Check out a few of my favorite patterns from the book below:

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Finished Object: Sweet Pea Shawl

sweet pea shawl 5This was another project that I had planned on making and years went by but, I never picked up the hook. However, my sister April had also long admired this shawl so, she thought we should do it as CAL (crochet along). Well, long story short she finished the first row or two and then quit. I have a phobia of leaving things unfinished so, I kept with the CAL all alone 😉

I really like how it turned out. I only wore it once and now it sits in the closet. Maybe I should start packing it along with me for these cold air-conditioned buildings. Of course, after I finished mine my mother requested one for herself. She chose this beautiful melon color and I really like how it turned out.

Details:

Yarn – Caron Simply Soft

Color – Mine (deep plum) Mom’s (melon)

Weight – worsted

Hook – I (5.5 mm)

Level – Easy to Intermediate

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Knit Style: Bowtie Beauty

IMG_7190[1]Even though I am just trying on the bowtie in this picture (it is going to be shipped out), I really like how the style of this looks. This is the outfit that I am wearing today and the bowtie just fit with it so seamlessly. My outfit consists of a colorful plaid full skirt, a crisp white collared shirt, belted waists, and accessorized with bangles and bold earrings. Then, the bowtie adds the final effect.

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Finished Object: Your Neighbor Lady’s Doilies

crochet today doiliesHave you ever had one of those patterns that you knew you were going to make but, it just kept being in the back of your mind? And then years pass by and you realize that you have yet to make that pattern. That is exactly what happened with me and this pattern. I thought, I could whip up those doilies in a single night and have some time to spare so, I’ll get to it. Well, three years passed and I am just now getting to it 😉

I was at home one night thinking about my future big projects (i.e. sweaters/cardigans) and how I couldn’t wait to start them. But, the yarn had not arrived from KnitPicks yet. I could have picked up my Shapely Cardigan that I have been working on and off since September 2012 but, that pattern just bores me. So, sitting right next to me was the May/April 2010 Crochet Today issue and I thought of those doilies.

I first made one in turquoise to match a painting that I had. Then, I thought let me whip up one for my mother and I chose the pinkish red color. The next night, I made one with a variety of 5 colors that matched the scheme in my Living Room. I love how super fast these worked up and I really enjoyed the simplicity of this pattern.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Hook – H (5.0 mm)

Level – Beginner

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Finished Object: Bowtie Beauty

So, I just finished this bowtie this morning. I received a request for some bowties for an event and I decided, Why not? I usually don’t take commissions because I am not a big fan of having clients and the stress that comes along with it. I enjoy what I do and don’t want to lose that joy. So, I told her I would make it for her as a gift. She requested a few colors. So, I finished the blue. I’m currently making a vivid purple one and then, a fuchsia.

PhotoGrid_1371070296943 IMG_20130612_093840I searched Ravelry and the Internet for Bowtie patterns but, I wasn’t a big fan of most of them. So, I decided I’ll just make my own pattern. This is my first pattern and though it is super simple I think it is great for a beginner. It uses three different stitch patterns: seed stitch, garter stitch, and 1×1 ribbing. So, it keeps things interested. I am also pretty pleased with the construction of the bowtie. I added two buttonholes to the neckband because I wanted the bowtie to be adjustable since we all have different neck sizes. I also chose these precious nautical inspired gold buttons. I think they look gorgeous against the royal blue.

I think the bow portion could be used for a number of things. Such as adorning hats, as a necklace, a pin, etc.

Details:

Yarn – Red Heart Super Saver

Needle – 8 (5.0 mm)

Level – Beginner to Easy

I will probably make this pattern available for free. So, check out my Ravelry for the future pattern.

I also want better pictures of the bowtie (These were taken with my phone for this post). So, I’ll post future picks of me (or someone) wearing the bowtie.

Book Review: Sweater Girls

Sweater_girls_lgI have been purchasing quite a few craft books in the past few months. It is for that reason that I am now on a break from purchasing more. (Even though, I have been really wanting to purchase Blueprint Sweater by Robyn Chachula)

But, on to the review. If you know me, then you would know I love all things vintage, antique, old, whatever you may call it. So, when I was browsing the books in the Needlecraft section of Books-A-Million I knew I had to purchase it. They took old patterns from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s and they put them in this book. I think there are about two new designs in the book but, they also have a vintage feel to it.

Pros:

1. A nice number of vintage sweaters. There are also some gorgeous knitted stockings, a fair isle hat, a lace skirt, and some elegant wristers.

2. Nice instructions (I have read over a few but, I have yet to do a pattern yet.)

3. Very diverse. As aforementioned the patterns are from the 1940s – 1950s so, they are all the same style.

4. Beautiful and inspiring photos. They kept with the vintage feel but, still you can really see yourself wearing the style in today’s era.

Cons:

1. All of the patterns use fingering yarn except, the wristers (sport yarn). So, for me that means I have to order because there aren’t really any yarn stores in my area. I am limited to the department stores. But, KnitPicks really answers this call.

2. The patterns are mainly worked flat so, there will be a bit of seaming and a lot of finishing.

Future projects from the book I plan on making are: Clara Bow Panel Sweater, Vivien Sweater, Great Lacy Wristwarmers

Below I have featured a few of my favorite designs:

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Finished Object: Elsa Jacket

Please don’t be irked with me for just now getting back to the blog :/ But, please believe I have been casting on and hooking away nonstop. Therefore, since I am back the future posts will definitely be featuring quite a few Finished Objects. If you follow me on Ravelry then, you have probably seen some of the projects I have been working on.

I definitely want to show you the finished results of my Elsa Jacket designed by the wonderfully talented Andi Satterlund. I am a follower and big fan of Andi’s work so, when she put out the call for Crochet Testers I immediately applied. Please check out her blog HERE. I constantly check it out daily and always read the archives. It’s just that good 🙂

This pattern was great! I love top down construction because it allows for you to try it on as you go. Now, this was my first time using wool yarn and while I liked it, I hated the smell in the house during the blocking. It smelled like wet animal. Ugh. Back to the pattern…This is a nice pattern and very concise. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on making another. (I ordered some blue yarn from KnitPicks but, for some reason I am not to keen on the color. I am thinking of choosing a brilliant green.)

The little details were so fun to me! I adore choosing buttons and I really liked the idea of a zipper. Yes, it took some time to attach the zipper because you have to make sure it is perfectly aligned with the rows on the Left and Right side. But, with a little patience it is definitely possible.

Details:

Hook – 3.25mm (D)…pattern call for G hook but, I got gauge with D

Yarn – KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport

Color – Turmeric

Level – Easy to Intermediate

Size – S(33 bust)

 

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