Monday, September 9, 2013

Episode 3 - Do I Even Speak English?



I met my goal!  My podcast now has an intro with music!  I also added some fancy titles using Windows Movie Maker.  I hope you enjoy this episode.

Show Notes:

People/Blogs:

 Knitwhim:

 Shops:

KnitPicks 

Curly C'Ewes

Projects/Patterns


And here are the photos of the vinyl cutouts I did for my husbands motorcycle:
The KCCO

His Kreative Destruction Logo


The Jordan Logo


And we covered his gas cap to give it some flare!



Monday, September 2, 2013

Episode 2- I Don't Know What I Think



Episode 2 is up and running.  It seems every week I'm attempting to make my podcast just a little better.  This episodes video and audio quality are a lot better then last week.  And I have plans for an intro for the show for next week!  Look at me going semi-pro over here.  Haha NOT REALLY! That being said I love feed back so leave me a comment on my blog or Youtube channel.  And check back on Mondays for new episodes or subscribe or like me on facebook because I post my new episodes on there as well!

Show Notes:

People/Blogs:

Knitwhim:
FreshStitches:

 Shops:

Alba Ranch:
Curly C'Ewes

Patterns

And the promised photo of my murder hands


Monday, August 26, 2013

Episode 1 - Love All The Things



Here is my very first video podcast!  I've decided to focus my efforts into a video podcast instead of blogging.  But don't be sad!  I'm still going to be writing blog entries here and there so that I can still offer free patterns and tutorials.  The only difference will really be that my WIPs, FOs, tips, and advice will be in the podcast instead of in a blog entry.  I love feed back so leave me a comment on my blog or Youtube!  Also, I plan to post an episode every Monday so if you like it check back in every week!

Show Notes:

Shops:

The orange corriedale is from Curly C'Ewes on Etsy.

Patterns:

Snowflake Throw
Ripple Blanket
Fibi
Gotta Love Me Monster - Ravelry Download

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Spinning and Stuff

 
I missed blogging last week so there are lots of WIPs this week :D.  For starters I ordered 4oz of cheviot roving and a spindle and started spinning my first fiber.  So far I have spun 2 (2oz) strands and I've started plying them together.  Good thing I'm only doing two ply because my yarn is measuring between a worsted and super bulky weight. 

 
Here's a close up of the yarn so you can see it in all its wonkiness.  I have to say I love it with all its imperfections because its progess.  It can only get better from here.

 
This is the first few rounds of a barefoot sandal pattern that you can find here.  I'm using thicker thread than whats recommended so its coming out a little larger but I'm still enjoying how its turning out.  Plus I'm adding beads to it, you can't really tell in the photo, but they catch the light really well.

 
This is the progress for my hoop for the Hoopla-a-long going on on craftster.  The theme was 10 so I'm doing a Halloween bridal picture I sketched up that has my anniversary date on it since October is the 10th month (and my favorite)  <3

And this blanket has been sleeping forever!  I need to finish it by Christmas since its a gift.  I have all of the large snowflakes made so I'm in the progress of joining them in the last round.  I know this will be one project that will be hard to give away...its beautiful.  You can find the free pattern here.

 
And the cross stitch snowman!  Slow and steady but I'm making progress.  Curse you cross stitch, why are you so slow?  Well hope your WIPs are coming up nicely.  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Goodwill Books

 
Today I learned that my local goodwill has a mini library in it!  Not only that but it has a section for hobbies that is packed full of all sorts of craft books.  I snagged this GIANT book for only $1.99.  This step-by-step covers every needlecraft that I know of.  It has knitting, crochet, tatting, braiding, macrame,  needlepoint, embroidery, rug hooking, weaving, quilting, basic sewing, patchwork, applique, and there are some that I'm probably forgetting!  I can't wait to use this book to learn knitting colorwork and tatting.  Such a steal on the price too!  Its so funny how one mans trash is another mans treasure.  If you dont already, I recommend checking out your local goodwills book area.  Happy crafting!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Make It Monday: Scrappy Dog Toy


So today my post is a little different than usual.  That's because I stumbled upon this by complete accident!  I had bought an old pillow case from a goodwill store to play around with the idea of fabric yarn.  I followed this tutorial to cut up the scraps and make a ball of fabric yarn.  Well I left the ball on the kitchen table overnight and when I woke up my cat had strung the fabric yarn all over the house.  As I was trying to collect it all my dogs started playing tug of war with it.  I finally gave up and braided and knotted the fabric together and let the dogs have it.  I can not express how much they love this toy! And it only cost me $1.  Not to mention how long its lasted.  Normally my dogs have their toys shredded to pieces within 24hrs but this fabric yarn holds up well! 

I recommend checking out the tutorial for making fabric yarn, and heck you could even use scrap fabric tied into strips braided together!  Hope your dogs enjoy this as much as mine.  Who am I kidding the cat loves it too!  Happy crafting!

Friday, August 2, 2013

FO Friday: Striped Slouchy Beanie

 
Only one finished object this week but I'm so proud!  This was my first ever knitted hat.  Special thanks to Knitwhim over at Arcaneknits.  She helped me learn to knit properly and finally helped me get over how intimidating circular needs are!  I seriously couldn't have done this without her!   

 
This was a free pattern on ravelry that can be found at this blog here.  The first few rows are a 2x2 rib and the rest of the hat is stockinette.  I found the decreases to be pretty hard to keep from getting holey near the end.  Luckily I just sewed up the holes when I weaved the end in heehee.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thread It Thursday: Project Bags

 

 
This week I made project bags!  They are great projects for small pieces of fabric and they are pretty quick to make.  You could use these to hold just about anything but they are great for small craft projects like knitting, crocheting, or even some embroidery.  I followed this tutorial over here at In Color Order.  I made a little modification to make the bags reversible! Check out the insides!
 

 
EEEEeeeee!  If you can't tell I'm ready for it to be fall already!  All I did was cut the inside pieces the same as the exterior pieces.  And then I left an open hole on each accent piece.  When I sewed them together I made sure not too sew the holes shut so when you turn the bags inside out you just have to pop the knot of the drawstring through the hole.  I thought it was pretty clever since I'm an extremely novice sewer, so I'm sure it wouldn't be hard for most of you to find a better way!  But if you do please share!  Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Sewn Chaos

 
So this project has been a promising pain in my butt.  I'm currently in the process of making an amigurumi doll for a friend of mine. She is a character from the popular online game League of Legends. She will eventually be a version of Orianna's sewn chaos skin.  The body and legs are sewn together but I still need to sew on the head and arms, make her skirt, sleeves, embroider her face, and add hair.  So still quite a bit of work!  I'm kicking myself now for losing my notes as I wrote this pattern but when she's finished I'll just count my work and write them back up again.  

 
Hey look, I made progress on my felt stocking.  The snowman has a face!  The hat isn't stitched down yet but I did finish the beading and sequins so I wanted to show it off.
 

Lets take a minute and admire the detail!  Ahhhhhhhhhhh very time consuming yet beautiful.  My camera really can't do this project any justice.  It fails to capture the way the sequins reflect light.  I LOVE IT!
 
And a little bit of progress on Mr. X-stitch Snowman.  Cross-stitch is so slow!  But I'm enjoying it while I watch my newly found podcasts :D  Hope your WIPS are coming up nicely, and happy crafting!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Podcasts

OK so I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has just recently learned about podcasts.  Well that's not necessarily true...I knew podcasts existed but not video podcasts!  The first time I had ever heard the term was when itunes was making its debut and podcasts were audio only.  Now I'm assuming as itunes picked up music videos they also picked up video podcasts without me ever noticing.  I have to preface this by saying I am a very visual person so audio podcasts or books on tape are not for me.  I think it has something to do with growing up as the oldest child.  I had to develop this skill to drown out noise, but now I automatically do it without noticing!  Anything repetitive or that loses my interest I just drown out.

With all that being said, I LOVE VIDEO PODCASTS!!  There are many podcasts out there but of course I'm interested in the ones that relate to hobbies similar to mine.  I have watched single episodes of a few out there but the one that I have decided to watch from the beginning is Multicraftual.  I think I'm primarily drawn to this podcast because its not only knitting or crochet (like some), it features sewing and painting as well.  So I highly recommend checking out that podcast or just searching for others that pertain to your hobbies.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Make It Monday: Dainty







**UPDATED TO ADD NEW SIZES**

Sizes: Newborn (Baby, Toddler, Child, Adult)
Finished Circumference: 12" (15", 17", 19", 21”)
Finished Length: 5" (6", 7", 7.5”, 8”)
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Yardage: Hat Approx: 55 yds (80 yds, 100 yds, 120 yds, 150 yds)
         Optional Flower Approx: 14 yds
Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size as necessary to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 16 stitches, 9 rows = 4” in single crochet stitch

Abbreviations:
beg: beginning
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
rnd: round
sc: single crochet
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
st: stitch

Notes:
  • ·        Sizes are named based on average sizes for age. For best results make the size which best correlates with the desired finished circumference (if known).
  • ·        Use a removable stitch marker during the first couple rounds in order to keep track of the beginning of the round.
  • ·        This pattern includes an optional flower. Details are on the last page. You will need a ½” or ¾” button.

Newborn

Rnd 1: 6 sc inside magic loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in each sc* around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 10: ch 1 sc in same st and each dc and ch-1 space around, sl st to join (48 sc)
Rnd 11: sl st to sc above the next ch-1 space (that should be 3 sl st), ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 12-16: alternate repeating rnd 10 and rnd 11 (last repeat ends on rnd 10)
Rnd 17: sc in each sc around, sl st to join (48 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

To add the optional flower, sew a ½” or ¾” button at the desired location. The link to the flower pattern can be found in the Notes section of this pattern. I started with a ch 6 loop so that it fit over the larger size button.


Baby

Rnd 1: 6 sc inside magic loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in each sc* around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 12: ch 1 sc in same st and each dc and ch-1 space around, sl st to join (60 sc)
Rnd 13: sl st to sc above the next ch-1 space (that should be 3 sl st), ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 14-20: alternate repeating rnd 12 and rnd 13 (last repeat ends on rnd 12)
Rnd 21: sc in each sc around, sl st to join (60 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

To add the optional flower, sew a ½” or ¾” button at the desired location. The link to the flower pattern can be found in the Notes section of this pattern. I started with a ch 6 loop so that it fit over the larger size button.


Toddler

Rnd 1: 6 sc inside magic loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in each sc* around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (66 sc)
Rnd 12: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 13: ch 1 sc in same st and each dc and ch-1 space around, sl st to join (66 sc)
Rnd 14: sl st to sc above the next ch-1 space (that should be 3 sl st), ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 15-23: alternate repeating rnd 13 and rnd 14 (last repeat ends on rnd 13)
Rnd 24: sc in each sc around, sl st to join (66 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

To add the optional flower, sew a ½” or ¾” button at the desired location. The link to the flower pattern can be found in the Notes section of this pattern. I started with a ch 6 loop so that it fit over the larger size button.


Child

Rnd 1: 6 sc inside magic loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in each sc* around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (66 sc)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (72 sc)
Rnd 13: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 14: ch 1 sc in same st and each dc and ch-1 space around, sl st to join (72 sc)
Rnd 15: sl st to sc above the next ch-1 space (that should be 3 sl st), ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 16-26: alternate repeating rnd 14 and rnd 15 (last repeat ends on rnd 14)
Rnd 27: sc in each sc around, sl st to join (72 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

To add the optional flower, sew a ½” or ¾” button at the desired location. The link to the flower pattern can be found in the Notes section of this pattern. I started with a ch 6 loop so that it fit over the larger size button.


Adult

Rnd 1: 6 sc inside magic loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in each sc* around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (66 sc)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (72 sc)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (78 sc)
Rnd 14: *sc in next 12 sc, 2 sc in next sc* around (84 sc)
Rnd 15: ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 16: ch 1 sc in same st and each dc and ch-1 space around, sl st to join (84 sc)
Rnd 17: sl st to sc above the next ch-1 space (that should be 3 sl st), ch 3 (counts as dc), sk next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc, *dc in next sc, sk next 2 sc, (2dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next sc, sk next 2 sc* repeat from * to * around sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch 3
Rnd 18-28: alternate repeating rnd 16 and rnd 17 (last repeat ends on rnd 16)
Rnd 29: sc in each sc around, sl st to join (84 sc)

Finish off and weave in ends.

To add the optional flower, sew a ½” or ¾” button at the desired location. The link to the flower pattern can be found in the Notes section of this pattern. I started with a ch 6 loop so that it fit over the larger size button.