Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

So this week I’ve been going rather crazy with my crafting. I started like 4 projects and they’re all without patterns and more of the nature of “I make it up as I go along”. This is not a bad thing however. The things I have started working on:

A beaded crochet snood. For those not in the know, a snood is something women used to wear to hold their hair in place in renaissance times up until WWI or so. I’m not a history major so don’t hold me to that statement. But yeah, I’m attempting to make one out of black crochet thread and hot pink beads. It would be awesome if I get it right and can wear it to nero (my live action roleplaying game).

A boucle shrug. I started making this one on the purple knifty knitter loom. I’m using an awesome yarn from joanns in a light pink/light grey combo that Clint’s parents got me for Christmas 2 years ago. It’s light and warm and fluffy, and given the weather today I need to hurry up and finish it so I can wear it soon.

T-shirt quilt. Yep, I got the fusible interfacing for the thing finally but I haven’t done any ironing yet. It has kind of falled to the side and been replaced with piles of reading, paper writing, classes and work. I know that once I get into the groove it’ll go quickly but I haven’t gotten that far yet. It’s for a friend of mine so I need to get cracking on it soon. By December I want to have it completed.

Stamped cards. Yes, I got my hands on some stamps and ink and caught the stamping bug as well. So I’ve been working on those a lot from my collection. My goal is to make a few sets and sell them on my etsy site. So keep your eyes open for when I post some. 🙂

In unrelated news, I have grand plans for the evening. I’m going to, with the help of Candy, be putting blonde highlight/streaks into my hair. The goal of this is twofold. One, I want them to be nice-ish highlights that are relatively natural looking. I also want to get enough contrast in my hair because after this weekend I’m dyeing all of my hair a hot pink color. I want the highlights to be brighter pink. So there is a plan. We’ll see just how well it goes. 🙂


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So I went to Schenley plaza today for the I made It crafty market and had a grand old time. Sat next to some cool chicks, sold a good amount of stuff. I still have LOTS left over however. Thank heaven there is another one next Sunday! I’m going to try and make that one, but the renaissance festival might interfere with those plans. Next weekend is the final weekend and I can’t miss that. One of the girls I went to school with is in a gypsy troupe there.

But the craft fair was fun. I forgot a hat/umbrella/shade tent so I’m burnt all over. My table looked cute however…

9-21-08 crafty table

And my table at the end of the day…

It’s not a huge dent but it’s a dent and that makes me very happy. And now I have the overwhelming desire to get back into the swing of churning out tons of stuff to take and post on etsy / sell at craft shows.

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I started working on a lion brand pattern last night called Crochet ruffle scarf. It looks like a cute little project, 5 rows and all sorts of volume and fun. (All of the following content is from the lion brand website!!)

crochet ruffle scarf
crochet ruffle scarf

Free Crochet Pattern
Crochet Ruffle Scarf

Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 70603AD
This fun scarf will definitely turn heads! Adds a unique flair to any outfit.

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner

SIZE: One Size
4 in. (10 cm) x 65 in. (165 cm)


•  790-396 Homespun® Yarn: Fiesta 1 ball $5.99  



Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size K-10.5 1 $2.65  



Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Lion Brand® Homespun®


12 double crochet + 4 rows = 4 in. (10 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Chain 140.
Row 1: Double crochet in 3rd chain from hook, *double crochet in next chain, 2 double crochet in next chain; repeat from * across – 137 stitches.
Row 2: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next 2 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * across.
Row 3: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next 3 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * across.
Row 4: Chain 3, turn, double crochet in same space, *double crochet in next 4 double crochet, 2 double crochet in next double crochet; repeat from * across.
Fasten off. FINISHING
Weave in ends.


Looks like it’ll be easy peasy. I’ll post up pictures of my own sea foam green version once it is completed.

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Well, where to start. Summer was a blast. it was also a time of relative dark ages i.e. no internet.

So welcome back to my active crafty blog, which I will be updating! I’m in a new apartment that has just enough space for me to work around in it. Very exciting!

I’ve been working on a t-shirt quilt for a girlfriend of mine. I’ve got all the shirts cut, now I need to win my battle with interfacing, buy an iron and ironing board, buy the sashing and backing, cut it all out, sew it all together, quilt it and then sew the edging. Simple, right? 🙂 But in the end it’ll be gorgeous and I won’t rush my work just to turn out a piece of crap.

In crochet news, I adapted my water bottle holder pattern to include a little accessory pocket.  

I’ve also been assembling some blue and gold granny squares into a baby sized blanket. They were passed along to me by the MIL, her best friend had made them and passed on before she turned them into anything. I may just make a wall hanging out of it and give it to her as a christmas present. I’m not sure if that would be terribly moving or just terrible. I’ll have to play it by ear. I’ve been joining the squares with the crochet method and just single crocheting around all the squares to join them. It makes for a really neat and bodily piece.

On sunday September 21 I’ll be vending in Schenley plaza for the I made It flea market, ice cream something or other. I’ve been a vendor with these guys before. I usually don’t turn a huge profit but it always ends up being a nice time. It runs from noon to 3 or 5 I believe. I figure it’s right down the block from me and I have an entire stack of crochet and sewn projects just dying to make me a little cash on the side.

I’m also taking over the crochet hat and scarves fundraiser for Pitt’s undergrad group Buscare. So I’ll be teaching interested folk how to crochet and organizing setup for outside of pitt’s theatre department shows to raise money for the group.

So here’s to getting back into the swing of things and many many pictures and excitement to come!

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Well, I’m still obsessed with this whole granny square phenom. 🙂 I know, I’m a few decades behind but anything new to me is new to me!

I’ve been cracking away at a lovely brown fluffy granny square afghanlet. It’s one continuous square and it’s going to be as big as my yarn length allows. I’m about halfway through (maybe more) of a 1lb skein of Joann Sensations brushed rainbow. The colors vary between a pale khaki and a nice dark brown. It’s very 70’s when put together.

There will be pictures once I get the camera off of the fiancee.

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I had a major accomplishment two days ago, which made me rather proud of myself. I’ve been trying to learn the art of the granny square since I began crocheting, more or less. I was on you tube like normal and got hit by inspiration that I should hunt down some crochet videos and see if any could help me learn.

Boy did I ever and this is the second half of the process

8inch granny square

My picture is a bit wonky, but my camera takes ginormous pictures, so I deal with it. So needless to say, I had to share my joy and knowledge and taught my friend Yeager to do them as well. She’s not as used to double crochet as I am, but her squares were just as nifty. Now I’m on a mission to turn everything that is uselessly short into a granny square. They take up more yarn then you would think and work up lightning quick.

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My crochet projects currently half done have been keeping my window sill drafts at bay, well mostly. So I broke out the ole sewing machine today and got some work done.

I’ve had at least 5 tote bag patterns cut out and ready to go for, I don’t want to remember how long. Last spring semester at least. Problem is that I never have strapping or material to make straps out of. Well, I had some finally and whipped together this bag in about an hour or so.

purple tote

The pattern is super simple and the bag ends up being large enough (and more than strong enough) to hold a 3-5 inch 3 ring binder. The one pictured is my crochet pattern binder, so lord knows how heavy that thing is.

I made the lining out of a lightweight black canvas, since the outside is pretty thin and has a lot of give. The straps are just plain black strapping. And I did flat felled seams on all the edges since I was too lazy to sew the outside, then the lining and then put everything together.

It was a quick and nasty one, and my machine had some tension issues, so not all the stitching is textbook. Hopefully i’ll be able to sell this one in the $5 range at the next craft fair I go to. I should start putting my stuff back up on etsy but I’m so damn cheap, I don’t want to have to pay the 20 cents per item, especially when they don’t sell…ever.


As far as crochet news is concerned, I’ve embarked on a fabulous hooded scarf crochet pattern from my ‘crochet-a-day’ calendar I got over the holidays.  The pattern calls for that type of yarn that reminds me of terrycloth, but I decided to do it in plain old worsted since that’s what I had the most of.

Here is the hood all done and awaiting the scarf to be finished and attached.

hooded scarf hood

I love love love the color combination and can’t wait to finish the scarf (which I decided to do in double crochet for the sake of moving things along a bit faster) and either end of the scarf has nice fluffy purple accent sections. I’ll post more pictures and the pattern when I’m finished.

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