This and that

So I have officially survived my second day of working in the mill. Not sick of yarn or fibers as of yet, but I do have to say that my everything hurts! Omg, you never realize just how out of shape you are until you have to be on your feet for 8+ hours straight and walk about 12 miles in that time period. I need to get a pedometer just to validate that, but trust me it sure feels like that much. I came home covered in alpaca hair, dirty from head to toe, and pleased with a job well done. I also managed to snag a bag (huge garbage bag) full of unwanted fibers to use to stuff my animals that I have started making. Sweet! Thank you to my wonderful boss 🙂

Now to quit sneezing and get to work on my dragon that I started last night. It is one of my first attempts at amigurumi (sp?) and it is turning out decent so far, we shall see when the end product gets done. Course with it being almost a foot tall is it still considered a tiny stuffed animal? Or has it graduated to a new class, hmmm…

Oh, did anyone else enter Red Heart’s Contest on their site? It’s for a Wednesday night crochet along or some such thing, I think it ends in December but please don’t quote me on that, head on over and check it out if you haven’t already. It’s always a win win to showcase your projects and to get the chance to win free yarn and tools 🙂

Hopefully my next post will be of my completed dragon, but honestly I am so tired right now I see me falling asleep on the couch instead of crocheting at the moment. Maybe a nap and then crochet, sounds like a deal to me 🙂

Something Sweet Beanie

I just finished up (well almost) a sweet little hat for myself. I decided to not write a pattern and just free form it for this one. I love beanies and cables, but alas do not know how to make cables (yet) so I did the next best thing fpdc and fptc! Super simple and easy to work up, I think this one took me about 3 hours total due to the lighter weight yarn I used. It’s dark gray and light baby pink ribbons. Eventually I will attach some kind of embellishment where the ties currently are, but for now I think it is complete and I could even wear it as such if I really wanted to 🙂 I love free forming ideas, but generally tend to kick myself when done if I like the results, such is life I guess, sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and let your hands take over, you know?

I also recently taught myself to slip stitch crochet, it really looks like a simple knit stitch when completed. Very nice and easy to do, just takes extra time due to the tight weave. I succeeded in completing a coaster that is roughly 4″x4″ last night after about an hour and a half. To be fair though I changed colors about 8 different times so that tacked on extra time as well. This is definitely a stitch that I will be playing with later on once I get over my obsession with the fpdc and fptc stitches. I tend to shy away from stitches that take a lot of time since I am used to working so fast that I get impatient with them and the project tends to end up in my WIP dresser and forgotten about :/

My model is my old back up that I created out of chicken wire this summer before I got my foam mannequin for the clothes I used to sell, so yes it looks rough but I still like it 🙂

Pattern testers

I have several patterns that I have written up and hopefully made clear to everyone. What I am wondering is where to find some pattern testers? I don’t make it a habit to spam other people’s blogs, facebook pages, or websites with links or pleas for help, but I am about to get to that point soon. I would love to be able to publish these patterns (or revamp already published ones), free and paid, but would really like to ensure that they are all bug free and clearly spelled out before doing so. Nothing is more frustrating than downloading a pattern that you simply can’t follow.

If anyone is interested or knows of a place to maybe recruit a few people I would be very appreciative. Unfortunately I cannot pay the testers, my only compensation would be that they could keep the pattern free of charge and use the completed project however they desire.

I am looking for testers for my Pumpkin Patch Munchin Hat, Bohemian Wristlets, Yoda Hat, Carry Along Bag, Skull and Crossbones Tapestry projects. You can see my finished projects in other posts here on my blog to get an idea of what I am talking about. Most of these patterns call for one skein or less of yarn and can be worked up in just a couple of hours. The Carry along bag utilizes 2 skeins of standard red heart yarn. The Pumpkin Patch hat using red heart yarns in 4 different shades but weighs in at 3 oz or less. Yoda Hat uses less than one skein. Wristlets uses one skein or less depending on if you are making the matching hat. Skull and Crossbones Tapestry uses about 15 yards of 10 different colors plus a 1/4 skein of the Main color. That being said most of the projects will cost less than $10 to make even if you have to buy the yarn outright and don’t have something suitable already in your stash.

 

Weekend Projects completed – Pumpkin Patch Munchin Hat

Good morning everyone! Normally I am not such a cheery person in the morning but I got some wonderful news yesterday and the euphoria is creeping over into today as well. I snagged a job at a local yarn mill that creates some luscious alpaca, llama, merino, angora, etc. yarns! It will dirty work but I can wait to sink my hands into all that beautiful fiber!

Now that I have that little tidbit out of the way I figured I would update on the progress of my weekend projects. I actually ended up squeezing another one in last minute last night since I was so filled with energy and couldn’t keep my hands still 🙂 Check it out and let me know what you think (better pictures will be coming soon, but it’s gloomy outside and I had to use my phone for the picture :/) Isn’t that just cute! Normally I don’t talk up my own creations but I have to admit to being very pleased with this one!

I have also decided to do a link up with another great blog here http://handmadeharbour.blogspot.co.uk/p/handmade-monday.html  and see if I can’t get some more people to the site. It was a blast going through and seeing what all those creative people have been up to out there lately 🙂 Go click some links and see what you find to inspire you!

Halloween Skull and Crossbones Stash Buster

So I had a couple of ideas in the works for some halloween fun this weekend. I completed two projects, I do have to say that neither one turned out exactly how envisioned but I still think they are cute in their own way. I consider the two completed ones experimental and hopefully will only make them better from here on out with what I learned. I am one of those people that hates taking apart my work, so I usually just freeform it til I can accept the finished project 🙂

Here is the Skull and Crossbones (flag, it’s more like a tablerunner right now, hence the experimental) that I had mentioned a couple of days ago. I think it is still cute and funky and it makes a wonderful scrap yarn buster. Each row takes up about 4 yards of yarn, so this project is a great one for using up those pesky little balls of yarn that always seem to be floating around. Hehe, I know, it is that sort of project that one person will look at it and think “Omg for hideous!” and then another will look at it and think “That’s pretty awesome” To each his own you know?!? I like it even though it turned out half as tall as I was looking for. This is also my first tapestry pattern I designed and only my third or fourth tapestry project. Well enough about that project.

I also created a Pumpkin Plushie or toy as you may call it. I did not think out my colors very well, but it is cute in a weird way. I will post pictures tomorrow of that one. I think I will offer it as a free pattern. With the right colors it will be adorable and so super easy to make 🙂

Well now that I have filled you in on my “gone wrong” projects this weekend, I think I am going to head back to the drawing board and see what else I can create. I only have a couple more days of completely free time before starting my job at the yarn mill on Wednesday so I am thinking I had best make the most of it!

Fall and Halloween

Well Fall is officially here (or close enough anyways) and I have started thinking about things that I can create to fit the season. I took a lovely hike last weekend to our beautiful Castlewood Canyon State Park and spent more time crouching down and contorting myself to take pictures of leaves and flowers than I did actually hiking 🙂 I am a ameteur photography buff and just love taking pictures of anything and everything that interests me. Part of my agenda that day was to photograph some leaves and flowers along with tree bark to try and create some patterns utilizing natures beauty. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to translate this picture into a pattern that does it justice….needless to say I have not had much success so far but I will keep trying as I think this would be absolutely stunning!

I am also thinking about some Halloween fun items (yes I know I should have started this a couple of months ago) such as a super cute design I thought up last night as insomnia was attacking me. A multi-colored background with a skull and crossbones (cute, not scary) design in the middle, think flag or hanging pendant. I am thinking it will have to be created via a Tapesty/cross-stitch pattern versus the normal crochet patterns. I am going to play with it today and see how it goes, I need to do some research on the tapestry designs as I have not utilized them as yet for a pattern, but I am thinking it couldn’t be much different than cross-stitch and I have had a lot of experience with those 🙂 I have already drawn up the graph for the project, just need to make up my ever changing mind on which approach to attack with! Wish me luck.

I look forward to this weekend, I have been promised a semi-productive yarn run to the nearest town to Hobby Lobby and Micheals to pick up some of the oranges (my most hated color to be perfectly honest) greens and browns that I am going to need for other ideas that are swimming around in my overactive head at the moment. So be looking forward to some fall inspired designs and of course halloween fun things in the next week. (Pumpkins, toys, bags and just plain fun stuff)

We all have a color that we just don’t utilize in our own creations on a regular basis and mine happens to be oranges and yellows, I simply do not care for them in everyday use but for some projects they are just simply needed 🙂 If you have a suggestion of where to find some good coupons for craft supplies I would greatly appreciate it, every little bit helps when it comes to stretching a budget.

 

Free Open Shell Cowl Pattern

As promised I have completed the Open Shell Cowl Pattern and put it up on Ravelry for a free download. Sorry I won’t be offering it on here, I just feel that it is easier to offer a free download than to try and copy it off of a site and retain all the details 🙂

I hope that you all enjoy the pattern and please leave me comments on what you though of it and if you share it please link it back to me so I get the credit for it. Much appreciated 🙂

I will also be putting the pattern up on Craftsy and possibly Etsy shortly and will update this post with those links as well, so you will have a variety of sites to choose from.

Ravelry download link : http://www.ravelry.com/dls/jennifer-k-locke-designs/118188?filename=Open_Shells_Cowl_with_Tassles

Craftsy download link : http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/open-shell-cowl-with-tassels/30841