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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Snowmen and More...

 
I guess it's Christmas in July! I found some really cute Christmas stuff on sale at Joannes and since snowmen are the cutest part of winter I had to get them all.  In the picture above I started a cross-stitch pattern from a book full of snowmen.  And yes, I know it will take FOREVER.  Good thing I'm starting now.

 
Then I got this awesome felt stocking kit for $4.  It features embroidery AND sewing :D  My mother used to have a felt sequined and beaded stocking growing up and I was always so jealous.  Her grandmother made it for her when she was a kid and it was striking next to our plain red stockings.  I am determined to make my stocking, then one for my husband, and ones for my future babies (after they're born of course). 
 
 
And oh my goodness what would I do without my new knitting friend!  I was a miserable struggling knitting newbie who had only finished one knitted project...until now. :D Now I can not get enough, this super cute simple knitted washcloth can be found here.  I've been using Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton and I'm very surprised its as soft as it is! I plan to make a set of five.  I figure by then I'll be both bored and master of the knit stitch...hopefully.
 
 
And remember this guy? The crochet shawl I'm making for my grandmother.  It's slowly coming along and I LOVE it, this pattern is just beautiful, although it is a pain in the butt to sew together.  Good thing I'm sewing and weaving ends as I go!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TIL Tuesday: Dropped Stitches

 
Today I learned the importance of knowing how to pick up dropped stitches.  I wish I would have learned this awhile ago!  If you can't see my dropped stitches in the photo above then I did it right.  I wouldn't have quite trying to learn to knit so many times in the past if I knew how to do this.  So, if you are going to learn to knit, then it is a MUST that you first learn to read stitches, and then know how to pick up dropped stitches.  There are many tutorials out there on the web, find them and happy crafting!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Make It Monday: Giant Cross Stitch

 
So my grandma has been suffering from arthritis for years.  It's gotten to the point now that she has to keep her hands wrapped and she barely has any strength in them.  And on top of that her eyes aren't doing so well either.  Because of all of this she can no longer enjoy the crafts she used to such as crocheting, sewing, cross-stitch and embroidery.
She said she thought she might still be able to do cross-stitch since it doesn't hurt her hands to hold  a needle but she says she can't see the holes in the Aida and its hard for her to read the charts because they are so small. 
 
Alas!  I have come up with the solution.  If you know any crafticapped people such as my grandmother maybe you can help them too!  I had her give me one of the cross-stitch kits she wanted to do and I am in the process of coloring rug canvas so that she can clearly see the pattern on the canvas.  Then I will wind up all the different colors of yarn that she needs to do the project on some scrap cardboard.  I'll send it all back to her with a couple of tapestry needles and she should be able to complete it!  The only problem is that converting a cross-stitch pattern to rug canvas multiplies the size tremendously!  This pattern is originally only supposed to be about 7x9 inches but now its going to be Giant Cross-Stitch about 2x3 feet!!!
 
So if you are planning to do this for someone you know, or maybe even yourself, you may want to look for smaller designs.  Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Make It Monday: Gathered Chains Headband



**New Update**
I have changed the pattern to reflect my original idea better. I have also added three new sizes! New pics coming soon.

Sizes: Newborn, (Baby, Toddler, Child)
Finished Circumference: 12" (14”, 16", 18")
Yarn: Worsted Weight
Yardage: Headband Approx: 12 yds (14 yds, 16 yds, 20 yds)
       Flower Approx: 14 yds
Crochet Hook: Size I (5.5 mm). Adjust hook size as necessary to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 16 chains = 4"
Materials: ½" or ¾" button

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

  • ·        To make larger sizes increase the starting chains by multiples of 11. Increase repeats by one for every multiple of 11 that you add to starting chain.


Newborn, (Baby, Toddler, Child)

Ch 65, (76, 87, 98)

Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each of next 4 ch (total of 5 sc), *ch 7, skip next 10 ch, sc in next ch* rep from * to * for a total of 5 (6, 7, 8) times, 4 sc, turn.

Rnd 2: ch 1, 5 sc, *ch 10, skip 7 ch, sc in next sc* rep from * for a total of 5 (6, 7, 8) times, 4 sc.


Finish off. Weave in ends. Sew on button.

The flower is optional.  The pattern can be found here:

I just started with a ch 6 instead of ch 4.  This will make a hole big enough that you can slip the flower over the button, which also means you can make interchangeable flowers!