I haven’t disappeared, I just decided to make a sweater for myself.
I’m a slower at knitting than I am at crochet, but I found a shrug jacket pattern by Debbie Bliss and thought it looked really cute and comfortable. It’s called the Moss Stitch Shrug Jacket and it is available in Issue #10 of the magazine.
I had a 9 hour conference in March and thought I could easily knock out most of it then. I didn’t even finish the back at my conference.
The back is done finally. It is about 36 inches long, and I really love the moss stitch. I have started on the Left back sleeve. Once I finish that part, I will have 3 more pieces to go and then assemble.
My current estimated finish time is around June when it will be too hot to wear it. I never make anything for myself so I really want to finish this. I do think I will only work on it during the evening while I watch TV and use my other time for some other projects. Plus, I think my husband will be rather upset if I continue to have unfinished WIPs all over my studio.
Speaking of studios, we created one in my attic for just me and all my weaving/art/yarn/jewelry making accessories. I am still crocheting, but I have gotten into a few more things.
I will definitely post the finished item. If I ever finish it.
Sometimes things don’t turn out how you initially plan. This was just supposed to be Topsy.
However, he was sitting upside-down waiting for me to decide on his arms, and my daughter was intrigued by the fluffy bottom asking if it was a skirt or an octopus. Working with my husband, I developed a little creature that works right-side up or upside-down.
Thus Turvy was born. I think they are super cute and I’m now trying to decide whether I want to try to create more topsy-turvy creatures.
I’ve got to type up and test the pattern and then it will be up on Etsy, Craftsy, and Ravelry.
I hope every one is having a great holiday season.
I’m in a state of half designing, half finishing orders. It is nearing Christmas and people are planning gifts. My cousin contacted me because her friend lost a hat and she was wondering if I could recreate it. Not only that, but she wanted it for a newborn, a toddler and an adult male. This is the newborn size.
The hat I was supposed to recreate was made on a machine and I wasn’t sure how I would do it. I decided a simple striped beanie knit and seamed up the back. For some reason I don’t like to circular knit hats. I like to circular knitting, just not for hats. I know, I’m weird.
The next part was the yellow skull. I practiced my google-fu and found this pattern by Amy Solovay. I used a size E hook and worsted weight yarn for the newborn hat. When I go to bigger sizes, I will use a bigger hook.
I’m caught up for the week so maybe I can do some designing this weekend.
I have been working on custom orders. One of which was this darling R2D2 beanie. I found the pattern and worked it up using a G hook and worsted weight yarn.
These are hockey skate baby booties and they are super adorable. I know hockey skates are usually black, but these are to go with the hat below and I thought the blue for the St. Louis Blues was just too cute. The pattern was from Irish Hooks and Yarn on Craftsy.
The hats below are actually the same hat. The button makes the puck and flower interchangeable. It is a standard earflap beanie made for a 3-6 month old. I used a 1.5″ button and stuck a St. Louis Blues logo sticker on it. This is a custom order for a baby shower where the sex of the baby is unknown. Thus, it need to be made for a boy or a girl.
I used this from Micah Makes for the flower. Using the same method, I constructed a hockey puck for the boy version.
Now for gauge. I had a friend ask me on instagram to explain gauge. While I usually cannot spell it right, I have a good grasp on it. Do I usually worry about it? Only when I’m making hats or sweaters.
Gauge is basically stitches per inch. If your recommended gauge reads 16 stitches per 4 inches, it means you should be getting 4 stitches per inch. Why is this important? It is important for things that need to be a certain size. If you are knitting/crocheting a hat and you are supposed to be getting 4 stitches per inch and you are getting 2 stitches per inch, the items is going to be way too big. (for example: You casted on 80 stitches. The designer anticipated a 20 inches piece pursuant to the gauge, but at 2 stitches per inch your piece is going to be 40 inches)
Needles and hook sizes are recommended by the pattern designer. However, it is not uncommon to go up or down 1, 2 or 3 needle or hook sizes because you knit/crochet with a different tension than the designer. You can knit/crochet at a different tension depending on how stressed you are or … cough, cough… how much wine you have had to drink. Gauge also varies due to the thickness or brand of yarn. I might use a g hook with one brand of worsted weight, but use an E hook with another.
Making a gauge swatch is your chance to check your tension before you spend the time to make the entire thing only to discover that your finished project is either way too big, or way too small. Your gauge swatch is also useful to determine how you want to block or wash an item once you have completed it. Ruining a swatch is preferable to ruining a sweater you just spent months completing.
However, if I am making a scarf or a stuffed animal, I don’t really worry about gauge. If my stuffed animal is bigger, it doesn’t bother me.
Hope this helps. Please feel free to post other questions. I’ll answer them to the best of my ability. I am working on orders right now. Once those are done, I can go back to designing and resizing hats.
This hat goes along with the Viking helmet that I finished a couple of weeks ago. I had a custom order for both of them. I got the pattern from Martina Gardner’s pattern store on Craftsy. I want to make sure I give credit to other designers and support them.
Right now I’m working on Hockey Skate Baby Booties for another custom order. I did take a little bit of a break to make the kids Halloween Costumes.
I think they look pretty adorable. The scuba tank took some finagling, but the Poison Ivy skirt was all me and the glue gun.
Here’s hoping I get the orders done so I can go back to designing again.
So the wedding is over. It was so much fun. I am very happy and glad that all the planning went well.
Here’s my new family.
No I can get back to crocheting in full force. Last night I wasn’t really in the mood to come up with my own creatures, but I found this great cheeseburger amigurumi pattern at nerdigurumi. It was fun, quick and larger than I expected.
I am giving away this guy when I hit 500 likes on Facebook. So go check me out.
I am getting married in three weeks (I’m getting nervous). I haven’t been able to crochet for the blog as I have been making all the corsages and boutonnieres for the guest as well as the cake, etc. I am also making afghans for all my bridesmaids. Needless to say, I have been busy.
I needed a break from the wedding planning while my fiancé was at his Bachelor Party. I sat down with the book Creepy Cute Crochet and just started at the beginning. I am digging the skeleton bride and groom and will probably put them somewhere at the reception. Maybe they can be at my table. I’m not sure. However after that break, I need to work on all the wedding decorations. It feels like a lot of time, but I know it will sneak up on me.