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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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…

IMG_0082…and the last one.

IMG_0083No Button Baby Booties – pattern for newborn to adult

IMG_0087(1)IMG_0093 IMG_0094IMG_0103 IMG_0107 IMG_0110Crochet Ballet Slippers – for myself

IMG_0143 IMG_0144 IMG_0145Now I am working on a pattern by Moogly (love her stuff!) All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat. I have to frog it though because I don’t like how there is a thick stripe where the color changes are. So I will undo them later tonight after the kids go to bed. After that I will work on the All Grown Up Arm Warmers to match.

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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Over Half Way There! Yay!

It has been a very taxing week for me and the kids. My daughter became sick early Saturday morning and it has been a chore! She caught the same thing that I had a couple of weeks ago but for her, as small as she is, it seemed worse. When I was sick, she kept kissing me (she is no way shape or form stingy with her kisses either!) and wanting to snuggle in hopes that it would make me feel better. I protested, I felt bad about it, but I guess I didn’t do it enough because she still got sick. It was so bad that I had to take her to the hospital on Sunday. Now she is doing better but she still has a cough. Going to see the doc tomorrow morning for a follow up. I thank God that so far, I haven’t had to pay for anything in regards to this….Lord knows I wouldn’t have been able to pay it.

I did get some knitting done and doubled the size of my daughters’ scarf. I think that it is coming along nicely.

Before

Before

After

After

I only have a short way to go before I am done. I really want to get started on some house slippers that I found on Ravelry. I found three free patters that I want to make but can only make two of them since I don’t have DPNs or circular needles.

I found the Bulky Yarn Booty,

Bulky Yarn Booties courtesy of Annalynn36 on Flickr

Bulky Yarn Booty – photo courtesy of Annalynn36 on Flickr

Two Needle Slippers

Two Needle Slippers - photo courtesy of TheIrishEwe on Flickr

Two Needle Slippers – photo courtesy of TheIrishEwe on Flickr

(which are both worked flat),and Elf Shoes

Elf Shoes - photo courtesy of Jujune on Flickr

Elf Shoes – photo courtesy of Jujune on Flickr

(which I will make once I get a set of DPNs. Aren’t they adorable?! There goes an idea for Christmas parties!!). I also have some fabric paint  to help stop the skidding on the wood flooring. They love to run around and when they are in socks they usually fall and bust their behinds. Heh heh!

I also found something, well…I didn’t find it but Sandy of Sanderellas did, I came across it that would help other crocheters and knitters out there who have trouble organizing their projects, stash and notions. Even though my stash is miniscule compared to others, I still don’t know what I have in my stash. I think these journal pages created by Kathryn Ivy will help tremendously. Each page comes with an explanation as to their use. So you can download all or just the ones that you need. I’ve saved them all since I am prone to ideas all the time, even though I have no idea where to start with a lot of them! I am going to start mine today, at least get my stash documented that way I don’t have to guess as to what I have or what I don’t have.

Well I hope all is well with you all and you are enjoying your day. I am going to take a mini break and get on to inventory.

God Bless!

 

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Git ‘Er Dun! – Crochet

It has been pretty slow for me on the crochet front but I have also been testing other patterns as well. I’ve been also battling a cough that I just can’t seem to get rid of and it has been taxing as well. My son gave it to me (he loves to give hugs and kisses) and either my son or I gave it to my daughter. So the last week or so has been taking care of runny noses as well. Not fun at all. But I do have a few pictures of what I have been doing and what I will have planned for the future weeks.

I tested a pair of fingerless gloves for Mamachee. They are called LayerLove Fingerless Gloves. They were pretty easy to work up. Didn’t have the yarn called for (I really wish I could get some) but used the same weight in yarn. As you will see, there are two different layers and I took the advantage to test both just to see how it would turn out.

Mamchee’s LayerLove Fingerless Gloves – Hooked by Shantier’s Handmade Designs

On the left, is the Fishnet Mesh and on the Granny Stitch. It took me about 3 hours to do only because the thumbs have no leeway when it came to finishing. Here is the pic of the other side.

Mamchee's LayerLove Fingerless Gloves - Hooked by Shantier's Handmade Designs - Back

Mamchee’s LayerLove Fingerless Gloves – Hooked by Shantier’s Handmade Designs – Back

What I like about them is that you cannot really see where the rows stop and start and that makes them virtually seamless. I learned a new stitch as well. It’s called a deep stitch and I had to look it up in order to do them. Not hard really once the I caught on tho what was going on. This was really a fun pattern to do and will enjoy making them again in the future.

I have been working on this shawl for the last two weeks and have really gotten no where. I found out last night that I was using a smaller hook than what I started with (that is what happens when I have more than one hook in the bed 😀 ) and had to frog about 10 rows. Since I haven’t gotten too far, it wasn’t a big deal. I am using Caron Simply Soft in Ocean. So far this yarn has kept me very warm in church and love working with it. Since it is such a simple shawl, I might play around with the stitches to give it some texture. The original calls for scrap yarn and what was shown was in multiple colors. Since I don’t have that many different colors with the same type pf care instructions, I’m sticking with a solid color. Plus, blue is my favorite color!

Easy Scrap Yarn Shawl by Erica Jackofsky

Easy Scrap Yarn Shawl by Erica Jackofsky

Here is where I left off….after the fogging.

Easy Scrap Yarn Shawl

Easy Scrap Yarn Shawl

This is a great shawl for beginners and can be any length you choose. I need to buy 2 or 3 more skeins to make it the length that I need it. I love a shawl that drapes just right and long enough to spill over my arms.

I have about 2 more shawls that I am thinking about doing. They are the Shoal

Shoal - Berroco Yarns

Shoal – Berroco Yarns

and Leaflines Shawlette.

Leaflines Shawlette

Leaflines Shawlette – Aparne Rolfe Designs

These are more time consuming but I should be able to have these done by the middle of October or so. I will start will the shawlette first since it is the shortest and will be able to wear it during the start of the fall. Don’t know what color I will use as yet but I am keeping a look out. For the Shoal, I will use the colors given…like I said, I love blue!

I am tired and hungry and need to eat before we go to church tonight. Making that stir fry again for dinner again tonight. It was that good! Plus we have plenty of rice to eat before it goes bad. If you haven’t gotten the recipe, you can click here to view it. It was really easy and tastes AWESOME! Bout to grab me a large bowl and start maowing down!

Happy hookin’ and God Bless!

 

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This Weeks WiP Award Goes To….!

Mawning!

I have 2 WiPs to share with you today. One is the doily and the other is a shawl. I’ve made quite a bit of progress with the doily but had to take some time off since my poor finger needed some time to heal. I have never worked with such a small hook for an extended period of time, but I did finish the main part of it and also finished a petal and leaf just to see how difficult it would be. Fairly easy! Here it is:

About 90% complete

About 90% complete

I should be done by the end of the week or at least at the beginning of next and then it will be blocked, sprayed and ready for framing.

My other project is a labor of love. The first time that I tackled this project I made one for my daughter. It was my first project and it came out well. I didn’t block it (even though I should have) but it was large enough as it was when it was finished. I made the short version for her using RH yarn. She absolutely adores it! I had to hide it from her because she was wearing it around the house and tried to wear it to bed a few times!

I went to a new church this past Sunday. I want to say that it is awesome! The warmth of the members, the knowledge of the pastor…it was a wonderful experience! But, man was it cold inside!! So I decided to make a shawl for myself and I bought two skeins of Caron Simply Soft in Charcoal Heather. I wanted a color that would look good with what I would be wearing at church. After looking through my ever growing list of patterns, I decided on the All Shawl by Doris Chan. One thing that I love about her patterns that they are fairly easy to do. Simple stitches put together to make something beautiful. I have done one other pattern of hers for a CAL and I have several lined up for me to do. I even checked out her book at the library just to go through the patterns and familiarize myself the the techniques inside. One day when I get the funds to, I will buy what I need to create the beautiful pieces she has inside.

This time, I had a little trouble and there was a lot of frogging to be had. I had to undo 10 rows and this is what it looked like two nights ago.

What a MESS!

What a MESS!

I was so upset! Normally I would have kept on going but the strawberry lace edging that is used is a pattern repeat and I would have been off by two stitches. The worst part is that one of the missed stitches was near the beginning of the shawl and there went 10 rows! I managed to make a lot of headway last night and I ended up at row 17 last night. I had to frog again because I skipped a stitch but it wasn’t as bad as the night before. Here is what it looks like now before my daughter got her hands on it and unraveled a portion of the last row. (Heh heh heh!)

Almost finished! YAY!

Almost finished! YAY!

Tonight it should be done…maybe even before I go to church tonight. I only have 6 1/2 more rows to do before I start the edging. Then it will be blocked and set on the screen to dry. I am thinking of using some jasmine oil to scent the shawl. I love the scent of jasmine. Nice and warm but light at the same time….if you know what I mean. The good news is that I will be able to wear it on Sunday!!! 😀

Well I am off to finish a mini catalog for a customer and send that off and then I am going to do something with my hair before church tonight. It needs a relaxer but I don’t feel like messing with that in all this heat. It is noticeably cooler than yesterday but doing anything more than sitting still will have me sweating!

Have a great hump day y’all and as always God Bless!

 

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So Far, So Good!

Well it is time for me to unveil the pattern that I was testing. Drum roll please!

BLAM!

Not ANOTHER Owl Hat - Pattern developed by Rhondda Mol

Not ANOTHER Owl Hat – Pattern developed by Rhondda Mol

This is my first character hat ever made and I gave it to my husband. He loves red and black. The hat is called Not ANOTHER Owl Hat and this beautiful creation is made by one of my friends on Google+, Rhondda Mol. She is very talented and comes up with some unique designs. She has a page on Facebook and on Blogspot and if you get the chance check out her stuff. She’s very personable as well, so don’t be afraid to ask her questions!

When I was done with that, I wanted a little breather. My husband said that his step sister wanted a rasta hat, so I found a pattern on Ravelry and found this tam made by Simone Van Iderstine of Sand and Sky Creations. It was very easy to make and I adapted the colors to represent the Jamaican flag.

Rasta Tam made for my husband's step-sister

Rasta Tam made for my husband’s step-sister

Last night I finished the back of the cushion and started some granny squares with what was left of the skein. I might have to get some more so I could make a blanket to match. But here it is:

The finished back of the Blooming Flower Cushion

The finished back of the Blooming Flower Cushion

Granny Squares

Granny Squares

All I have to do is get some fill to finish the cushion. I can work on the granny squares and start piecing them together for the rest of the month….unless another project catches my eye!

Happy crocheting and God Bless!

Crochet, Crochet, Crochet…

Last night I finally finished my #MayCAL project!

BLAM!

Blooming Flower Cushion  - Front

Blooming Flower Cushion – Front

Towards the end, someone within the crochet group noticed that mine wasn’t as full as the others. Apparently, I crocheted it too tight. I guess this is an extension of how I feel inside….I guess. ;p Anyways, I plan on making more and those should be a lot better than this one.

Back

Closeup

Closeup

Before doing the back, I’m going to take a break. I am actually testing a pattern for someone in the group. I stayed up late (to about 3 am) trying to get started with the pattern. Can’t give out too much information about it since we are still in the testing phase. But once it is done, I will make sure that I’ll post the pictures. It’s been difficult for me but I am getting through. The directions are very thorough…I just have to mind my stitching. The good thing is, I get the pattern for free! So I am that more determined to get it right and by the deadline.

Well back to the hook! Happy crocheting!

God Bless!

Business Ventures and #MayCAL

I was thinking a lot about our current financial situation and I thought that I would go into business for myself selling  handmade items. I’ll be mostly selling to people back home in NY and maybe online but it has been a growing idea in my mind for a while. I’ll dabble in crochet, quilting, embroidery, cricut, some jewelry, home decor and maybe pet accessories (I know a lot of people who have pets). Thing is I don’t know where to start. If you have any pointers about where to go to get info to start a US based business, please feel free to lend some advice. I do know that I will need a 2nd laptop (this one is really for school only) and dedicate it to my crafting programs and running the business. Something portable and can turn into a tablet…like a Toshiba. It’ll be expensive but it will be worth it.

On a brighter note, I got my yarn for the #MayCAL (or May Crochet ALong). I belong to a crochet group on Google+ called Crochet Along on Google+.  Every month the moderators find a new free pattern to share and for everyone in the group to do. It’s pretty cool actually. The project this month is called the Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic24 on Ravelry. Whether you are a beginner like me or advanced and need a break from other projects, it’s a great place to hang out and have crochet fun. I bought Caron Simply Soft yarn for mine. Here they are:

Cason Yarn for #MayCAL

Caron Yarn for #MayCAL

I don’t know which way I should do the colors so here is the other color plan.

Color plan #2

Color plan #2

The Caron colors are Watermelon #9604, Grape #9610 and Blue Mint #9608. I like the first one better than the second and may do that. We’ll see…..

Well I am off to start crocheting and thinking about what to cook for dinner. Thinking about meatloaf but not too sure as yet. I’ll make sure to write the recipe down and share it next week Wednesday. My meatloaf is the BOMBA! (Dropped some Finn & Jake on ya!) Heh heh! Y’all be careful this weekend and have fun.

God Bless!

My First Large-ish Crochet Project

My daughter's shawl

My daughter’s shawl

My daughter in her shawlIMG_20130413_185351_746 IMG_20130413_185340_316 IMG_20130413_185403_805 IMG_20130412_145951_285 IMG_20130412_145923_849

So I found this beautiful pattern on Belle Monde Handmade (a blog here on WordPress) called All Shawl by Doris Chan and decided to make one for my daughter as a start. Well as you can see that it didn’t come out exactly as it looked in the picture but my daughter is still happy. The pattern doesn’t call for a button but seeing as my 2 year old wouldn’t know to keep tabs on her shawl while she is out and about, I added one. I didn’t have an actual button but used a flower saved from my wedding and sewn a loop in the back to pull the yarn through. I say it looks fab!

Though I do realize my stitches do not look as they are supposed to so if you have any tips as to make it look like it should, PLEASE help me out! I just started crocheting 2 months ago.