Saturday, October 19, 2013

Glacial Melt

Glacial Melt Scarf
Developed by NCC-1701 for V Studios

Level: Intermediate Beginner / Knitting
Stitches Used:
YO = Yarn Over
K2tog = Knit 2 sts together

Size US9 knitting needles
Approx 170 yds Bernat Baby Softee in Blue Denim Marl (or other soft DK weight yarn)

Not important to this project.

Finished Dimensions
5.5 inches wide up to 10.5 inches, depending on how blocked you want it
52 inches long, unblocked

Blocking opens the pattern nicely, but leaving the FO unblocked makes for a more textured piece. If you choose not to block, at least block the corners as they will curl in on themselves.




CO any even number.
I used CO 30

Row 1: K all stitches (30 sts)
Row 2: K1, *YO, K2tog* repeat from * until there is 1 st remaining. K1. (30 sts)

Repeat Row 2 until scarf is desired length.
(I did 255 rows not counting the first and last knitted rows.)
Repeat Row 1 one more time, then BO in whatever manner you prefer.

Questions? E-Mail,or leave a comment on this post :-)
You can also find me at NCC-1701

(you may sell any items made from this pattern, but please link back to me either on ravelry or my blog and give credit where due. You may not reprint and distribute this pattern for profit without written permission. Easily obtainable with an email.)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fiber Arting Again & Yarn Bombing My House

Hello, everyone. 

It's been about 6 months since I last posted!  I took a break from the fiber artistry for a while; other things had to occupy my time. The move, setting up house, starting a new job. 

The house is fantastic. There is a black wrought iron railing on the upper of the split levels that is just begging to be yarn bombed. The paint scheme is very neutral, so it's a case of anything goes color-wise. I am dragging my crafty friends into the mix, as well. My crochet guru/mentor made a beautiful, bright pink wrap for one post. She added tons of neat geometric shapes and bright colors. It's going to be spectacular when it's finished!

Oh yes, and since I am now a home owner, I have decided to start a small garden. The former owners already have some beautiful flowers planted along the back of the house so I won't be touching those. I am going to add Hostas to the front beds in the spring. 

But yesterday I planted bulbs for Tulips (Queen of Night and Rainbow Mix), Snow Crocus, and Grape Hyacinth. There is a half barrel planter on our back concrete patio, and it seemed like the perfect place to put some flowers. I also found two pots and planted some bulbs in those as well. I am hoping to have some beautiful flowers next spring. I started a gardening journal to keep track of what I plant and where, and will be adding pictures as soon as something blooms. 

In other news: I started a new job. I am contracting at an insurance agency doing data entry, which is something I'm really good at. Eventually I am hoping to become a permanent employee, but I am happy with my current situation.  I am able to listen to my mp3 player while I work, since I don't do any phone work, and I have been listening to Sue Grafton's Kinsey series, and Lilan Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who..." series. Great books!

Last but not least :)  I am working on designing my first knitting pattern!  I am really excited about it.  It all started because I wanted a really simple shrug that I could throw on over a tank top for work, or a strapless top for evening wear. The problem is, there just aren't that many super simple patterns for shrugs; at least none that caught my eye.  

Sooooo, I decided to wing it and write down my notes to make a pattern.  I am hoping to be finished with it in a week or two and have it blocked out so I can take pictures and finish writing the pattern.

I am hoping that it comes out as nifty and what I have envisioned. And hopefully it will be popular enough that others find it easy to work with and fun to make. 

For now, I bid you all adieu, and I promise I will try not to be such a stranger :)  I am considering expanding my craftiness, and hopefully that will lend some fodder for my blog as well :)

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Hi everyone!  It's been a bit since I posted. Sorry about that!

I got married last weekend, so I've been busy planning that and all. It went off with out a hitch, and the day was awesomely perfect.

Next Friday we close on a house, so that has been occupying a lot of time too.

I've updated my Ravelry projects page however, which it was badly in need of. I made images for the frogged, hibernating, and "image coming soon" projects.

I will do a more thorough update after some projects are blocked, so you can all see what I've been working lately!

-Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Short Update!

Hi everyone. I've been busy busy lately!  Just bought a house which we get the keys for in April. I've also been gearing up to sort through my yarn so I can organize it a little bit better. I have four bins of yarn, but it's all mixed together so I don't really know what I have anymore.

I'm going to put all of my partial skeins in one bin and mark them all so I know what they are and about how much I have. This way if I want to do a scrap or small project I can just grab from that bin.  Everything else will be sorted according to fiber type: Wool, Cottons, Blends, Novelty yarns.

Lately I've been getting into Tunisian crochet more also. I want to purchase some double ended hooks so I can do Tunisian in the round. I think it would be amazing to be able to do some handbags in the round.

And last but not least!  I'm working on a new pattern. This one is going to be more intermediate, and will involve Tunisian crochet. I'm working on it as I go, so it will be a week or two before I have it ready to post. It's going to be fun and fantastic though!

I've also been working on Broomstick Lace, and will share some pictures of that when I get a chance to finish blocking the finished item. It's fun to make, and I'm looking forward to doing another project soon.

So much to do!

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

221b Swap

I am so squee today! I heard a knock on the door and when I got there the mailman had left me a nice, big box! It was amazingly exciting to read the letter and open all of the individually wrapped gifts, one by one. 

It's hard to describe exactly how excited I was when I started opening everything ^_^  I resized the pictures so I could share them here:

Knit, Fingerless Gloves / Inspired by John Watson's Jumper

Rosewood / Size J / Boye crochet hook
Honey, you should see me in a crown! 
One more pic of the loot!

So, as you can see, it was a successful endeavor! I am soooooo happy with my gifts! 
Now, what should I make with my beautiful new yarns...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Finished Projects!

I have two lovely things to share with you, dear readers.

Firstly, I found a lovely and simple pattern for coin pouches here at Inner Child Crochet. I made mine in Tatamy Tweed because I had some on hand, and using up your scrap yarn is always a good idea! Gotta make room for more yarns!

I stuck my ruler into it and next to it so you can see approximately how large they are when finished according to the pattern specs. I can fit a good amount of change into mine. Or D&D dice. 

 Second, I have finished the Solstice Tote which I mentioned in this post. The pattern is from the November/December 2012 issue of Crochet Today Magazine. It is an intermediate level pattern and I have to agree with that assessment. The bag base and handle are quite easy, however attaching the ruffles is a bit tricksy, and I went so far as to email the magazine and ask for further clarification.

Yarn I Used:

Red Heart Super Saver Solids - Yellow (any #4 worsted weight will do. The majority of the bag base will be covered however, so you don't need to use your best fibers for this part. This is also used to make the strap, so if you want to use luxury yarn for this part since everyone will see it, that makes sense.

Yarn Bee Chrystalis mesh yarn - Pipevine Swallowtail - the pattern calls specifically for Red Heart's Boutique Sashay mesh yarn, though. I already had my Yarn Bee on hand so I used that. I ended up having about 9 yards of it left over when I was finished.

I can't reproduce the pattern here because it would violate their copyright, so I will only be able to post the notes I made while making the project. If you want a copy of this pattern, please go do Crochet Today's website here to request a back issue of the magazine or to see if it is available for download through them.

The bag base is a basic sc worked in rounds for about 4 rounds, then basic dc worked in rounds until it reaches approx 8x8 inches.
Ruffle/mesh yarn is then worked in every third stitch with a sc around the base and upwards, except for the last (top) 2 rows of dc.

This bottom picture is fairly accurate in showing how I put the ruffles on. It was awkward to hold the project like I would normally hold it, so I laid it down and held the crochet hook in the knife hold rather than the pencil hold I normally use. That way I had more control over the mesh yarn and could hold the bag still while I worked on it. 

After the first round of ruffles, you sort of zig zag up the bag a few rows and then do another round. After making the first round of ruffles, when you arrive back at the center where you started, you chain a few, then skip the next row and sc in one dc. Then you chain a few and go to the very next row above that and make a new round of ruffles. 

In this way you still get very full ruffling, and when you're wearing the bag you can't really see where those skipped rows are.  

Have a shiny day, everyone :-)


Friday, January 25, 2013

Back To Crafty

I picked up the November/December Crochet Today magazine at the local book store. It had some theme to it. 007 New Year's Eve was one of the themes, and I am thinking about trying the Miss Moneypenny Purse. I have never made a purse that had to be sewn onto a frame, so that will be a new experience for me. The pattern itself looks fairly un-complicated.

Miss Moneypenny Purse

Since I have a fondness for purses and handbags however, I decided to start with the Solistice Tote on page 75. I will have to post pics when mine is finished, but here is a picture of it that I found on google. The base of the bag is very easy to make, it's mostly dc in the round. The ruffles are a little more difficult, so I'll try to post some tips/hints when I am done, that might make it easier for others to put it together.

Solstice Tote

My bag base is yellow, and I chose Yarn Bee ruffle yarn in the color Pipevine Swallowtail. It reminded me of Mardi Gras colors. It goes has yellow, blue, green, purple, and it's run through with gold metallic trim. I think I will like it once it is finished.

This is the base and the first round of ruffles.

The third and last thing I am going to make from this issue is a Tunisian scarf. I have been wanting to expand upon my skills with a Tunisian hook and I think that this would be a great way for me to do that. I'll need to buy a hook in the right size, but the stitch seems like it's easy enough to learn. It's on the back burner a little, because regular crochet is my first love/hobby.

Oh! And an update on the teaching status!  I met with the gentleman who coordinates classes and I have filed all of the necessary paperwork with them, so I should be receiving a packet in which to fill out my class information and materials list, etc.

Have a shiny day, everyone :) 

What I've Been Up To

I have been a busy beaver. In the last month since I have posted on my blog, I've managed to get 99% of the wedding plans FINISHED!  It has been worth it, let me tell you.

The cake has been chosen, the menu has been selected, the floral is decided upon. All of the invites are mailed, the Bridal shower Thank Yous have been posted, and all of my wedding dress fabric is with the seamstress.

I don't think I've touched a crochet hook or a knitting needle in almost a month. It's kind of unusual for me to go that long, but I just haven't felt creative. Too many other things on my mind, clamoring for my attention I guess. All that is left is to make a spreadsheet of the guests we invited and start marking column Attending or column Declining so we can get a head count for the catering.

The processional music for the wedding party will need to be picked, but that won't be too hard. It's going to be instrumental, either classical or Enya. For my music, I am leaning heavily towards The Cloud Atlas Sextet. That piece of music is just one of the most amazingly beautiful things I have ever heard. I went to the movie three times (I regret nothing!), and every time I sit through the end credits just to hear that song.

It's going to be the best day of my life. <3 p="">
Next post: Back to crafty.