Friday, May 31, 2013

FO Friday: O RLY?

 
O RLY? :) Today's finished object uses another design that I found at Urban Threads.  There will probably be a lot of their designs popping up in the future.  This guy was just too cute I had to try him out first.  This was my first embroidery project and I attempted the back stitch, satin stitch, and brick stitch to complete this guy.  I followed the tutorials over at this website.
 
 
This little guy reminded me of a friend of mine so I stitched him up and roughly applied him to this pleated clutch.

 
Sure there are some mistakes but you gotta start somewhere!  I love this purse and I hope my friend does too!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thread It Thursday: Ironing Board Cover

 
I love my new ironing board!  A friend of mine bought a new ironing board and was throwing out their old one so I was happy to take it off their hands since I only had a "mini" board. 



 
Sure their old board is a little bent, but all it really needed was a new cover.  I bought a new pad for the board at Joannes for $10 and I followed this tutorial that I found on Pinterest to create the new orange cover.  It only took about 2 yards of fabric and 3 yards of elastic.  Sure I spent about 30 minutes frustrated over the corners since I'm new to gathering fabric.  But once I figured it out I was pleased with the outcome.  It was a great tutorial and I highly recommend it for anyone needing to replace their cover!
 
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Springtime Tea

 
This week I started this punch needle project with the Springtime Tea hand embroidery pattern from Urban Threads. 
 

 If you're not familiar with punch needle, you punch from the back side of the canvas, so the picture above is the back of the project.

 
While this picture is of the front.  I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with this design.  Most likely I will set it up to be framed and throw it up in the shop :) And can I just say that I am super addicted to punch needle! It's inspired me to start learning embroidery. I've joined a Hoopla-along on craftster to help get me started.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Urban Threads


I recently bought a punch needle kit and I am officially addicted!  I haven't been very successful in finding free designs or patterns for this newly found hobby, but today I learned that Urban Threads is a great place to look for cheap designs,  especially this week!  Urban Threads is celebrating their 5th anniversary and offering 50% off through the rest of this week.  They seem to specialize in machine embroidery designs but they offer most designs for hand embroidery as well.  The hand embroidery designs are perfect for needle punch so I stocked up on over 20 designs :)  I can't wait to try out the patterns!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Make It Monday: Cross Bookmark


Finished Size:  4" tall 3.5" wide
Yarn: Fingering Weight 
Yardage: Approx: 20 yds 
Crochet Hook: Size D (3.25 mm).  
Gauge: 25 chains = 4" 
Materials: removable stitch marker 

Abbreviations: 
ch: chain 
rnd: round 
rep: repeat 
sc: single crochet 
sl st: slip stitch 

Notes: 
  • The tassel is optional. I made a chain to my desired length and added a tassel. A good tutorial for making a tassel can be found here: http://www.marthastewart.com/908665/how-tie-tassel 
  • I recommend starching the cross for a stiff finish to maintain its shape. 

Rnd 1:Ch24, sl st in 8th ch from hook, ch 4, sk 3 ch, sl st in next ch (mark this stitch), *ch 12, sl st in 8thch from hook, ch 4, sk 3 ch, sl st in next ch* rep from * to * once more, sl st in marked st, **ch 4, sk 3 ch, sl st in next ch** rep from ** to ** 2 more times, sl st to first ch to join. (you should now see the cross shape) 
Rnd 2: ch 1, 6 sc in ch12 space, *sc in next ch 4 space* rep from * to * 2 more times, 12 sc in next ch 12 space, **sc in next ch 4 space** rep from ** to ** once more, 12 sc in next ch 12 space, ***6 sc in next ch 4 space*** rep from *** to *** once more, 12 sc in next ch 12 space, ****sc in next ch 4 space**** rep from **** to **** 2 more times, 6 sc in next ch 12 space, sl st to first sc to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

FO Friday: Zoink

 
This week I finished Zoink.  This monster is another free Fresh Stitches pattern.  So far this is two down and eight more to go out of the group of monster patterns available on knitting fever.  I eventually plan to make them all!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Thread It Thursday: Cute Elizabeth Bag

 
So today I finished this lovely purse.  I purchased the fabric at Joannes a couple of weeks ago and have kinda been obsessed with this color palette ever since I chose it to make an afghan with.

 
This is my first large purse and the second purse pattern I have ever attempted.  The pattern I used is Cute Elizabeth Bag from Bags the Modern Classics by Sue Kim.  I'm not one to own a bunch of purses but the patterns from this book are so cute when I stumbled upon it I just had to buy it. I did have a 40% off coupon but it's worth it's full price!

 
The pattern uses a magnetic closure and it even has a little pocket on the inside.  I can't wait to take this purse out!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Crochet Shawl


My newest work in progress is a crochet shawl.  I found this gorgeous Vanna's Glamour Yarn at Joanne's last week and just had to make something with it!  My camera doesn't do the yarn justice.  It has this beautiful sparkle thread running through it that makes it shine.  Since it is a fine weight yarn I knew a shawl would be a perfect fit.

I found this pattern on Ravelry.  It's a free DROPS pattern.  I've heard terrible things about their patterns but I found this one is easy to follow and absolutely gorgeous.  I plan on giving this to my grandmother when its done but I may make one to put up in the shop someday.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Foundation Single Crochet


Today I learned about the foundation single crochet (FSC).  This stitch is a great alternative for the beginning of a project.
Normally when I start a pattern and I want the beginning row to have a nice finished outside what I do is chain the desired number of chains, then sc in the loop on the back side of each of the chains.

 

 


Now instead what you can do is use the foundation single crochet (FSC) and you get the same effect on the edge. The FSC is a combination of the chain and the sc all in one.
 
Chain 2
Insert your hook through the first chain made and pull up a loop
Yarn over and pull through the first loop (chain)
Yarn over and pull through both loops (sc)
Insert hook in the loop on the back of the chain made previously.  Make sure you insert the hook in the right spot or you will end up with holes.  Your hook goes between the top two loops of the chain and the loop on the back.
Yarn over and pull up a loop
Yarn over and pull through loop (chain)
Yarn over and pull through both loops (sc)
Repeat those steps to end up with a nice set of FSCs.
 
If you don't insert the hook in the right spot of the previous chains you will end up with a bunch of holes
 
If that's how your work turns out pull it out and start over making sure that you are inserting your hook in the previously made chain and not around it.
 
Hope these pictures are clear and make sense!  If I failed at any point to correctly describe this stitch please let me know!
 
 




 



 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Make It Monday: Three Stripes Kids Beanie

Three Stripes Kids Beanie


Sizes: Newborn (Baby, Toddler, Child)
Finished Circumference: 12" (14", 16", 18")
Finished Length: 5" (5.5", 6.5", 7”)
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Yardage: MC Approx: 50 yds (58 yds, 84 yds, 98 yds)
       CC Approx: 10 yds (15 yds 25yds, 35yds)
Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size as necessary to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 14 stitches, 8 rows = 4” in double crochet stitch

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
dcinc: double crochet increase (make 2 double crochet stitches in the same stitch)
rnd: round
sl st: slip stitch
st: stitch
mc: main color
cc: contrast color

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).
  • ·        If you need to adjust the length, to maintain pattern, add or delete rows of dc before starting the row with the contrasting color.
  • ·        To minimize ends, the yarn can be carried up the rounds on the inside of the hat.
  • ·         ch 2 counts as a dc; ch 1 does not count as a sc


Newborn
With MC
Rnd 1: ch 3, 9 dc in third ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 3 to join (10 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (20 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dc *dcinc, dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc *dcinc, 2 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (40 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st, 19 dc, dcinc, dc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (42 dc)
With CC
Rnd 6,8, 10: ch 1, sc in same st, and each st around, sl st to first sc to join (42 sc) 
With MC
Rnd 7, 9, 11: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (42 dc)

After Rnd 11 finish off and weave in ends


Baby
With MC
Rnd 1: ch 3, 9 dc in third ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 3 to join (10 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (20 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dc *dcinc, dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc *dcinc, 2 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (40 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st, 3 dc *dcinc, 3 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (50 dc)
Rnd 6 and 7: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (50 dc)
With CC
Rnd 8, 10, 12: ch 1, sc in same st, and each st around, sl st to first sc to join (50 sc) 
With MC
Rnd 9, 11, 13: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (50 dc)

After Rnd 13 finish off and weave in ends


Toddler
With MC
Rnd 1: ch 3, 9 dc in third ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 3 to join (10 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (20 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dc *dcinc, dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc *dcinc, 2 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (40 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st, 3 dc *dcinc, 3 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (50 dc)
Rnd 6: ch 2, dc in same st, *7dc, dcinc* repeat from * to * a total of 5 times, dc to end of rnd, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (56 dc)
Rnd 7-9: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (56 dc)
With CC
Rnd 10, 12, 14: ch 1, sc in same st, and each st around, sl st to first sc to join (56 sc) 
With MC
Rnd 11, 13, 15: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (56 dc)

After Rnd 15 finish off and weave in ends


Child
With MC
Rnd 1: ch 3, 9 dc in third ch from hook, sl st to top of ch 3 to join (10 dc)
Rnd 2: ch 2, dc in same st, dcinc around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (20 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2, dc in same st, dc *dcinc, dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (30 dc)
Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in same st, 2 dc *dcinc, 2 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch2 to join (40 dc)
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st, 3 dc *dcinc, 3 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (50 dc)
Rnd 6: ch 2, dc in same st, 4 dc *dcinc, 4 dc* repeat around, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (60 dc)
Rnd 7: ch 2, dc in same st, 19 dc, dc inc, 19 dc, dc inc, dc to end of rnd, sl st to top of ch 2 to join (63 dc)
Rnd 8, 9, 10: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (63 dc)
With CC
Rnd 11, 13, 15: ch 1, sc in same st, and each st around, sl st to first sc to join (63 sc) 
With MC
Rnd 12, 14, 16: ch 2, dc in next st, and each st around (63 dc)


After Rnd 16 finish off and weave in ends