Strawberry Shortcake Hat

Hi all, so I have been getting into the swing of being back at work again. The last week has been rough let me tell ya! I am one of those unfortunate people that is always in pain no matter what steps I take to prevent it. I don’t like to take a lot of medicine so I usually just curl up next to my heating pad and nap after work, which translates to me sleeping for hours and not getting a whole lot of stuff done.

That being said I have gotten a few things done and have been working on a couple of things for customer orders (yes I still plan on crocheting and selling items even though I now work full time). I have a few things in the works right now, and 7 customer orders to fill soon. I have been working on a really cute childrens hat the last day or so at the request of a friend. It’s a modern twist on the Strawberry Shortcake hat of my generation. There are a few different patterns out there, but me being me, I just had to make my own version 🙂 You can find a similar version on etsy here http://www.etsy.com/listing/89500237/strawberry-shortcake-hat-pattern?ref=sr_gallery_21&ga_search_query=strawberry+shortcake+hat&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_min=0&ga_max=0&ga_search_type=all

I have to state that I did not buy the pattern but took inspiration from hers, hence the link to go check it out. My version is below.

It is not complete, I am thinking of stitching on some small strawberries and also putting an upside down strawberry on the top, I haven’t decided just yet. Either way I think she will be happy with it.

I also have a number of WIP that I need to finish up sometime soon, they are starting to take over my desk, couch, rocking chair, side table…….lol yes they are everywhere and multiplying by the minute. I tried to make my Open Shell Cowl pattern using a clearance skein of Thick and Quick yarn I purchased a few weeks back and unfortunately ran out of yarn before it was big enough so I have decided to line it with some flannel I have in my goody bin and make it into a hook case, I am just trying to figure out if I need to hand sew the lining on or if I use a sewing machine? Any suggestions? I don’t want the thread seams to show on the front, that is why I am wondering which way to go with it.

I started making a stuffed dragon plush toy and have gotten the head, snout, body and one arm done, just need the other half of it to be finished, but that is for another day. My daughter informed me the other day that she needs a wardrobe for her build a bear workshop bear I got her a month or so ago, so I will be scouring the net for some free patterns to make those this weekend (evidently there is now a deadline attached to her demand lol). I tried free handing them and have failed miserably, I am not ashamed to admit. Evidently making miniature clothing is not my forte. If anyone knows of a resource for clothing that will fit a roughly 12″ bear I would be deeply grateful.

I also have a huge bag of miscellaneous fiber from the mill that I brang home that I need to figure out what to do with. I was thinking of using it for stuffing but then I look at it and think it’s such a shame to hide it (it’s all alpaca, llama and wool fibers) so I am now thinking of trying to maybe felt some of it??? This should be interesting as it will be a totally new thing for me. I also have another bag of scrap yarns from our spinners that I am wanting to make a random yarn out of and also wanting to weave some runners and placemats out of whatever is left. I need to find a weaving loom, or possibly have the boyfriend make me one. He is wonderful with wood. He also made me a crochet hook out of our pine tree branches a month ago that is absolutely wonderful to hold. I will be hitting him up shortly for a whole set 🙂

Well now that I have rambled on and on, this chic is heading for bed and dreamland, 6 a.m. comes mighty early. Here’s to hoping all of you in cyberspace have a wonderful fun filled evening.

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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!

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

Carry along bag is now complete

Hello everyone, I had said in a previous post that I had been productive during my illness recently and here is the proof 🙂 Featured below is the Carry Along Project bag that I completed for myself, my current hobo bag I was using just wasn’t getting the job done, I needed more room! So here is my design and creation to suit my need. I created this huge bag (it measures over a 12″ tall by 13″ wide by 3.5″ depth) using 2 full skeins of Red Heart Standard Yarn in Cherry Chip, that includes all accents on the bag as well, I even have enough left over to make another flower if I wanted. I have not decided whether to offer this as a free pattern or a paid pattern yet. Leave me comments to let me know what you think.

I also completed another project over the last couple of days, this one I am calling my Open Shell Cowl with Tassles. Of course the tassles are optional as they are added as the final step but sometimes I like to dress up my creations with a little bit of whimsy 🙂 The cowl took less than one full skein of Lion Brand’s Homespun Yarn to complete with almost 2 full ounces left after completion (a one skein wonder with leftovers) This will be my free pattern that I will be debuting tomorrow. As I have stated before I appreciate all comments and ideas, please feel free to leave me a note about what you think. Have a wonderful night all and see you in the a.m. with a new pattern!

 

Boobie beanie

So I have jumped on the bandwagon with this lovely little item. I broke down the other day and bought the pattern and created my own last night. They are so cute and make everyone laugh. Dual purpose items are always a nice thing especially if they serve a valid purpose for mother’s (I tend to be a little partial to mom’s) These beanies were originally intended to curtail the sometimes offense remarks that breastfeeding mom’s get from other people when breastfeeding in public. The maker of this ingenius pattern has done a wonderful job of incorporating humor with functionality 🙂

Here is my version that I made last night

And of course there is the gag gift side of this item as well. This pattern came with the directions to make it up to adult size (and trust me I have already had requests for them) I am thinking bachlorette, baby showers, halloween, all sorts of occassions this can be used for. I also think it would be a great way to promote breast cancer awareness in a humorous way. I have seen numerous people walking around with I love boobies squishy bracelets, belts, you name it on. Hmmm, maybe I should make a hat that says that on it, but that shall be a later project 🙂

For those of my fellow crocheters that may want to try this pattern (trust me it is so simple and easy) here is the ORIGINAL designer of the boobie beanie http://www.facebook.com/#!/boobiebeanies I unfortunately went through a scam artist that had ripped off the pattern from this wonderful designer and I am kicking myself for not doing more research before buying the pattern. This is my little way of saying I’m sorry and hopefully bringing her just a little business to make up for the loss of mine (if that really even makes any sense lol) Go on over to her page and check out her items, they are wonderful!