Almost There!

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that I have a custom order for the Lil Granny Bunny. It’s a HUGE order of 7 and I had started working on it last week Thursday. So far, here is where I left of very early this morning.

The pile is growing!

The pile is growing!

I have two more bodies to make and then I can start on the limbs, ears and bibles. Then starts the exhaustive FUN task of attaching the parts together. I did get some tapestry needles last week so it should make it even easier this time around instead of using the straight blunt needle. I should be done with all the parts and start the sewing by the end of this week. Then it is on to the embroidery and the embellishments.

Back to the grind I go. I woke up extremely late this morning and haven’t even started crocheting as yet. Plus I had to change my sheets which is a real chore since the other half is filled with books, notions, yarn and fiberfil. That is a real workout! Heh heh!

Talk to you tomorrow!

God Bless!

 

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Amongst Other Things…

Well, well, well. Today is Wednesday and one of my favorite days too! I get to show you what I have been making as well as what is going to be in store. So to recap, I have been working on this teddy bear and things have been going great until Monday night. When I first started the project, I knew that there might not be enough yarn to finish…but a girl can hope, right? Just as I expected, the yarn was getting scarce as I started on the foot.

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UH OH!

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WiP Wednesday and FOs

Last week was a great accomplishment for me. I wanted to start working on my never ending bucket list, you know the one….the one that keeps growing on Ravelry, in several folders on your computer or tablet, or in a file cabinet somewhere….and I decided on a pattern that I had saved in OneNote. It’s called Lil Granny Bunny by Little Yarn Friends. She is absolutely adorable! I posted it on my personal Facebook page and got a few likes which led to a commission! Seven of them!! YAY! Here she is in all her glory! I still have to make the glasses for it (I didn’t have any wire on hand to make it) but I will make some soon. She was done in Red Heart SS and With Love and an F hook.

Ta Daaaaaa!Here she is with her Bible!

"Gotta study the Word of the Lord"

“Gotta study the Word of the Lord”

Yeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh! My embroidery is not that great BUT I have a great idea for the commissions that I am making that will help it stand out better and add a nice touch.

"Love my ears?"

“Love my ears?”

"Don't mind me! Just a bit tired."

“Don’t mind me! Just a bit tired.”

"Can't forget my Bible!"

“Can’t forget my Bible!”

For my WiP, I chose another pattern from Little Yarn Friends called Lil Classic Teddy. This one I am making in Caron Simply Soft in Bone and Pagdoa. I wanted to see how it would look and so far, I like what I see. There is a nice sheen to it but based on the way that my daughter treats her cushion that I made her last year May and the way that it looks now, I recommend it for older children. I will make another one in cotton and see how that turns out. It should be more durable. I started it the same night that I finished the bunny. The only night that I didn’t work on it was last night. I was getting some things together for my commission and taking inventory. Here is what I have so far.

"Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!"

“Peek-a-boooooo! I see you!”

I can’t wait until it is finished! I am going to set up a spot for all my stuffed toys so they can keep each other company. 😛 Heh heh. Whelp, it is time for me to make lunch for the kiddos. See you tomorrow!

God Bless!

 

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Crochet vs. Knitting

Crochet-vs                                                             – Source    – Source

(Please excuse the crappy photo, but I was trying to get them together in a short period of time 😛 )

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FOs and WiPs

It has been a long while since I have shown any of my work and since I have just started to get in the groove of blogging and (somewhat) keeping up with my Facebook page, I thought I would show you what I have been up to. Not much, but I’ve been both knitting and crocheting during the last couple of months. Here they are in order and patterns (if any) will be in the captions.

My FOs

This first one, I am not too sure if I had shown you this before but I had made this infinity cowl right before Christmas. I still have to write up the pattern…that is if I can remember what I did! I don’t have a name for it as yet, maybe I will do a giveaway for the pattern for the best name???

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You Know What Today Is! WiP Wednesday! Yay!

Well, well, well. This is probably one of my most favorite day of the week. I get to show you what I have been working on. This time I am working on 4 different projects – 2 knit and 2 crochet.

The first one is a hat that I am knitting. I had recently bought a pair of circulars for a project and to get used to knitting in the round, I decided to make a simple hat. Easy enough, right? Heh, heh.  I took it one step further and see what would happen if I flipped my knitting over and continued to knit. This is what I came up with:

'Lazy Knitted Cap'. Using Berroco Comfort in color 9713

‘Lazy Knitted Cap’. Using Berroco Comfort in color 9713

I call it ‘lazy knitting’ only because I don’t have to purl at all…just flip the work over. I love the results because it makes the hat sort of reversible to which look you prefer. I think my next issue is how to bind it off in a way that I can cinch it shut. I haven’t gotten that far as yet nor have I decided if I just want to make it a slouch or decrease to make it a fitted cap. I might just continue with the ‘lazy’ route and continue to knit until there is just enough to bind off and close. I am having fun and that is what is important, right?!

This next one I am making for my children – place mats and coasters. They are some very messy eaters no matter how I try to teach them the proper way to use utensils. They do to a certain extent but always resort to what the good Lord made for them, their fingers! So, you can imagine the mess they can make especially eating their favorite dish…spaghetti and meatballs! Aye-yai-yai-yai-yai! (My favorite phrase from The God’s Must Be Crazy! – hilarious!) I figure if they can keep the mess contained to the mats, I don’t have to keep treating the table  every other day. I’m also contemplating making a table cloth as well but who needs another project? Ha, ha!

Place Mat Set - Using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn in

Place Mat Set – Using Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn in Blue Snow Cone and an H-hook

I am also knitting a new scarf for my son. When we went into Walmart last Friday, I had to scope out some yarn for one of the kids at church and for my son to choose which color green he wanted. And he picked this bright green that I can only knit at night in low light. All I can say is that he will not be hard to see when it gets dark!

Garter stitch scarf - Using Red Heart SS in Glowworm and size 8 needles

Garter stitch scarf – Using Red Heart SS in Glowworm and size 8 needles

This last one is another doily that I am making. I found the pattern and decided that I wanted something bigger so I am using a larger hook than recommended. I’m thinking that when I move, this will go on the dining table as the base for a centerpiece. Time will tell.

Lacy Doily. Using Bernat Handicrafter size 5 crochet thread in Misty Grey and B-Hook.

Lacy Doily. Using Bernat Handicrafter size 5 crochet thread in Misty Grey and B-Hook.

This is all that are on my hooks and needles. What is on yours?

God Bless!

 

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My Second Pattern is Done! (…Well Almost)

My (Blue) Gradient Scarf is done!!!! Yay!!! I also made a slouch hat to go with it last night. I used RH With Love and it got even softer with the blocking. Here is what it looks like.

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I think this is the best thing that I have ever made for myself. The scarf is super long…100 inches! I can wrap it around my neck a few times as well. If I don’t wear the hat, I can use it as a cowl as well. Yesterday I blocked the scarf and added my favorite oil to scent it. Smells so wonderful! I can’t wait to wear it tonight when I go to church this evening. Maybe even drum up some business. 😀

I finished the writing up the pattern last night but I do still have to tweak the layout. I also want to make other sizes for the hat as well and that will just take some math and have it tested. I am so pleased with the results!

Now that this is done, I’m going to make some hats for charity and drop them off this weekend. Hats and booties for newborns! It should go fairly quickly.

Well, I’m off to search for some patterns, until next time!

God Bless!

Time For Another WiP!

There are two things that I want to share with you today. One is my wip (of course) and the other is about helping out for charity.

I needed to make myself a scarf something that is warm, comfy and long. There was a stitch pattern that I have used, I think it is called the seed stitch or a variation of it. It just consists of SC and CH stitches. I’m using RH With Love and it is sooooooo soft against my skin and lovely to work with. This is what I have so far. I’m working on the second section.

Blue Gradient

Blue Gradient

This scarf is going to be really long. Each color block will be 100 rows long. I can’t wait until it is done. I should finish it tomorrow. I may make a hat to match it as well.

For the charity that I was talking about. There is a local nurse that had asked Charlotte Yarn to help her with donations for the hospital that she works at. Normally, she would make hats and booties for the newborns for Christmas but she is undergoing shoulder surgery next week and will not be able to contribute this year. If you are not contributing to a charity or you would like to help out this year but don’t know where to start, this will be a perfect idea. She needs newborn-sized hats and booty sets (crochet or knit) that are machine washable to be donated for the hospital. Any pattern is great. They need to be in by November 25th. You can mail your donations to:

Charlotte Yarn
c/o Betty Pedone
1235 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

If you would like, you can also attach a label as well so the parents know who to thank for the wonderful gift. If you are in the area, you can drop the items off at the shop and they will notify her. You may email her as well at bpedone1@hotmail.com and let her know that you have dropped/mailed items to the shop. If you would like to mail the items to Betty directly, contact me at TiasSpaceWordPress@gmx.com and I will give you her mailing address.

Whelp, that is all for now. I am going to finish working on my scarf while I think about doing the dishes. Heh heh!

God Bless!

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Hot Off the Hook!

This week, I have been getting back into my crochet. Partially because there are only so many patterns that I can find that are knit flat and also require size 8 knitting needles. I have made slippers for the kids and for myself and starting on a slouch beanie and matching arm warmers.

So here is what I have completed so far:

My daughter modeling her scarf I made for her…

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

…here is another…

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IMG_0083No Button Baby Booties – pattern for newborn to adult

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I have to find a set for the kids this Winter so they will have new hats this year. I want to knit them a a set but that is not possible, for me at least, to do so with just a pair of straight needles. *sigh*

Anyways, I’ll be busy crocheting for the rest of the week so I can get it all finished. Until tomorrow….hopefully….I have loads of clothes to fold and put away. (I hate folding clothes)

God Bless!

 

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WiP Wednesday/Knitting/Birthday Shout Out

It has seems like for ever since I have posted anything fiber related on Wednesday. So please forgive me if you have seen any of it before.

I created my first pattern last month. For the CAL I was participating in, we were told to come up with our own design and for extra points, add the written pattern and any design notes that we came up with. For the longest, I was thinking of recreating a shirt that I owned (not crochet) and modifying it so that it would be fitting to my waist. I was going to use the zig-zag stitch. But I stopped realizing that the yarn was going to be too thick. I may make it into a blanket or throw.

Where I got before I stopped.

Where I got before I stopped

A close up

A close up

I decided on making my own hat instead and this is what I came up with.

Slouch hat with Ribbed Brim by Shantier's Handmade Designs

Slouch hat with Ribbed Brim by Shantier’s Handmade Designs

Slouch hat with Ribbed Brim by Shantier's Handmade Designs - side

Slouch hat with Ribbed Brim by Shantier’s Handmade Designs – Side View

If you want to download, the pattern is available here for free. I just ask that you do not claim the pattern as your own. You can sell the pieces made but if selling online, please credit me as the designer.

As for my WiP, it’s knitting. I taught myself how to knit a couple of weeks ago and started making my son his scarf. I used RH self striping yarn and I have to say that it is coming out wonderful.IMG_20130918_093406_852IMG_20130918_093502_912IMG_20130918_093512_950It would have been a lot longer but I had to frog to get to a good starting point and continue. I don’t know why I never remember not to leave anything that I am working on where my kids can reach it. About a foot of the scarf was gone. Luckily, it is all garter stitch because it would have been a hassle for me to figure out which way was what. I am going to make one for my daughter in the seed stitch and see how that comes out. I want to make a hat as well but I don’t think I will be able to get DPNs (Double Pointed Needles) or a circular needles any time soon, so they will have to wait. I think I will find a pattern on Ravelry for some fingerless mitts that are worked flat so I can make a matching set.

As for the birthday shout out, it is for my second eldest. He turned 7 today. Seven years ago was a hard day for me. I almost died (my preeclampsia was turning into eclampsia) and I had an emergency c-section when I was about 5 months pregnant. Funny thing was, the day of the surgery, I felt better than I have been for the last month and a half that I was there. He was 2.2 lbs and could fit in the palm of your hand. I was put under when it happened so I didn’t get to see anything. The doctors told me that he was a little fighter and that his cries were very strong for someone his size. Normally when they are that small, they would have to help them breathe but not my son. He came out screaming! The grip he had was very strong as well and it astonished the doctors. He stayed in the hospital for a month until he was 5lbs. so I could take him home. If you were to see him now, you wouldn’t even know he was a premie.

This photo was taken last year.

This photo was taken last year.

He’s very smart and like his father, very much into computers. I pray that God continues to do a work in my son so that he becomes the man that God intended him to be.

Well that is all for now. I have been pretty exhausted lately, I don’t know why, and I want to lay down. Not going to happen though, the kids won’t let me. I may sit and knit some more…maybe dig out a DVD or two to watch with some home made mocha (just instant coffee mixed with chocolate milk) and knit until it is time to go to church tonight.

Hope you’re Wednesday is awesome!

God Bless!

 

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