I’m baaack

Just a friendly warning to you all lol. I finally got my internet back and have been working on a few things lately that I would like to share. My boyfriend’s mom picked me up a couple boxes of craftsy stuff last weekend at a rummage sale here and I have to say that I now blame her for my current obsession with Cross Stitch. I have done cross stitch off and on over the years but after my oldest son was born (he is now 13) I somewhat put everything done due to the fact that I just never seemed to have the time or the money to do it anymore.

Let me give you a little history on me. I get obsessed with various craft ventures for a time and stock up on anything and everything related to the craft, I go balls to the wall for a while and then all of the sudden, BAM I hit a wall! lol I think I tend to overload myself and then just can’t take it anymore. Scrapbooking, quilting, oragomi, crochet, cross stitch, are just a few things that I have done this with over the years. I love crafts and I love creating new things, I just have an issue with actually finishing projects that I start. I am definitely adhd when it comes to that aspect of things.

I noticed I was starting to do this with my crochet projects lately. Once I started working full time my crochet time suffered horribly and I was starting projects but not picking them back up and finishing them for the most part. I need to end that bad habit. But anyways, back to my original vein of conversation (yes it’s early in the am, and no I have not had coffee yet, if you can’t tell lol) in these boxes of craftsy stuff there was an assortment of floss, cross stitch aida cloth, a couple of pattern books, some guest towels and bibs. Needless to say I have been hooked since I looked at them. I had honestly forgotten how much I enjoy doing the craft. My only wish was that I didn’t have to drive 25 miles to get more floss and supplies as my local Walmart seems to think that no one out this way is of the craft pursuasion 😦

I also finally aquired a sewing machine yesterday afternoon and have been happily sewing away some little creations. I say little but the dog bed that I made last night is over 3 feet long and about 2 feet wide 🙂 But it fits my big puppy just perfectly and she is content, so therefore I am. I made a cute little tank top tote for my daughter also, that was a bit trickier due to the material, but I think she will like the results.

Ok now that I am done rambling I am just going to throw a couple of completed project pictures on here for you to look at. I promise to try and get back into the swing of blogging again and updating 🙂 Hope you all are having a wonderful joyful weekend.

The pumpkin hat is the one that I posted about a few weeks back, it fits beautifully. The pink strawberry shortcake hat was the revision of the white one I posted a couple of weeks ago. I changed up the color and added some leaves and strawberries on the top 🙂

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.

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!

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