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.