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 🙂

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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 🙂

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

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!