Promised Pictures – Frozen and Knight’s Helmet

I’ve long been promising pictures of the Frozen hat and Knight’s Helmet. So here you go!!

I had so much fun making this hat! I think the hair was the best part. Yes it was tedious and time consuming to measure, cut, and attach each of the hairs but it was a lot of fun to twist and braid! I love it!

I know I’ve posted pictures of the Knight’s Helmet before but now I have the fin finished and attached. I think it fully completes the look! I also really love the buttons so I have a close up of them as well.

I mean really, two lions with a crest and the word “HONOR”. How could these NOT be the buttons used on this hat?

Here’s the link back to the post where I wrote down everything about the making of it. Link for the pattern is already on the PATTERNS page.

I believe I have now updated you all on everything from what I’m doing to promised pictures of past projects (oi say that five times fast!) Time to get back to hookin!

Doctor, Who?

Some of the patterns that I have tested have been released from Creative Threads by Leah!! I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing for her along with links to where to get the patterns. She’s been feeding my nerd fix.

Not sure if you know but I’m a Whovian. I’ve also been dying to make something from the Who-niverse. Thanks to Leah now I have!

I also taught myself Tunisian crochet while doing it! I think of it like a typewriter. Instead of a normal hook you use an extra long one (14 inches) with a stopper on the end. You go along each row inserting the hook into stitches and drawing up loops. Instead of pulling those loops through each other to make one stitch, you keep them open on the hook. So you have many open loops on the hook, kind of like knitting. Then when you get to the end of the row, you yarn over and bring through two loops at a time working your way back to the right. That’s were the typewriter bit comes in in my mind. That completes one row. Then you’re done! No turning of the work either. It was super simple to learn after the aid of a video and goes rather quickly once I had it under my belt. It looks a little different than regular crochet. To me the stitches look more square and you get a cleaner color change. See if you can spot which of the four was done in Tunisian.

If you guessed the little lonely guy on the right (an Adipose) you’d be correct!! So what I’ve made here are drink sleeves. Totally awesome. I made the 10th Doctor, a TARDIS, a Dalek, and an Adipose. There’s also an 11th Doctor that you’re able to buy right now and a few others that are currently with testers. I bet you’re all wondering where you can get the amazing patterns for these cozies. Well I’ll tell you.

Doomsday Drink Sleeve

Caffeinate! (Dalek) Drink Sleeve

Bow Ties Are Cool! Drink Sleeve

Those are the only three she has available right now but as she releases more I’ll post them here as well! She’s got great stuff so you should check out everything else she’s got! Fantastic!!

More Updates

As you have noticed, there was another big gap in my posts. We sent our computer away again to get some fancy updates and things that it needed. But it’s back for good!! YAY!! With that being said, I have a few updates.

I’ve still been working on the Clearfield helmets. I believe I have gotten all the sizes correct. Just need to add the center stripes on each size and the patterns are finished! Then I’ll move onto Curwensville’s helmets.

I made a sale!! One of Luke’s cousins saw a Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen styled hat on the internet and asked if I could make one for her daughter. Of course I said yes! Since she really wanted the one she found I gave in and bought it rather than trying my best to make one like it, that and I had never done hair before and didn’t want to mess it up. So the pattern for one I made can be found HERE for sale on Etsy. It was really simple and easy to follow. The only change I made was I used my own beanie pattern because there was no gauge or finished measurements for the sizes. Didn’t bother me any because I wanted the pattern for the crown (which I easily could have made myself it was that easy) and the hair. It’s super adorable and pictures will be posted when it’s not raining for a week straight so that I can get some good light.

I have been named a tester for a great gal named Leah of Creative Threads by Leah!! It’s pretty exciting actually. I started earlier this week by making some amazingly adorable Doctor Who drink sleeves. I’ll post pictures when the patterns are released, which will be soon I think, only because I’m not entirely sure when I’m allowed to post them to the public. So better save than sorry right? Right.

I’ve also started on some Christmas presents! I know, it’s still June right? Well if I’m making my own patterns and testing now then I definitely need to start cracking on Christmas. As you know I’m still working on that blanket for my sister. I’m only two squares behind thanks to the computer not being here but since it’s back I’ll be able to print out the patterns and hopefully catch up before the tutorials for how to sew them all together. I also started making Luke’s mom’s present. I’m not sure if she reads this but it doesn’t matter because she knows what she’s getting. It’s more pieces to what I gave her last year. Only she doesn’t know what order she’s getting them but she should. Together everything will make a nativity scene. She already has Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus. Wonder what she’ll get this year……

Oh and I’m teaching myself Tunisian today!! It’s going pretty well but I can’t figure out how to stop it from curling. I might have to learn to block! :0 gasp!

Updates Galore

First things first. I will update you all on what I’ve done during my hiatus. The first item I completed was another Pay-It-Forward! This one for my friend Lacie. I made her a market tote bag using Moogly’s pattern which can be found HERE. I made it using Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton in Sage and Brown. I added a round on the bottom to make it a bit wider and 5 more rounds to the body to make it a bit taller. Other than that I made no changes. I love how it turned out and will most likely make myself one at some point.

The second item I finished was a pair of barefoot sandals using AB Creations’ pattern which can be found HERE. My sister asked me for them for an upcoming trip. I said no problem! (I have secretly been wanting to make a pair anyway). Now I’ve tried making doilies before using crochet thread and it didn’t turn out so I was a little apprehensive. But I bought the embroidery floss the pattern called for and didn’t have any problems! Needless to say I might try making doilies again! Most definitely going to make myself a pair of these!

 

The third item I finished was the fin on the Knight’s Helmet. Finally!! I just hate sewing things and put it off til I can’t stand at looking at the unfinished item any longer. All I did differently with the fin was add a second dc to the point of it. It looked more pointy to me that way. I don’t have any pictures of the finished item yet but when I do I’ll post them. The pattern can be found HERE.

As for what’s currently on the hook, I’m still getting those squares done for both my sister’s and my blanket in the Red Heart Yarn CAL. I think I’m only one square plus 9 granny’s behind on each blanket. I just ran out of royal blue today with 10 rows left on the one square. I’ll be putting that guy aside until I get more.

I’m also working on my own design! Very exciting! I found that the next town over has a farmer’s market/craft show one weekend a month from April-September and it’s free to vendors!! So I’m starting to make up some things to sell there. You know, dishcloths and scrubbies, little things mostly. But what I hope to be my best seller is my own creation. I’m making patterns for a football helmet styled hat from newborns to adults! I’ve pretty much finished with the ones for the neighboring town, just need to make the pattern for our town. Our towns are 10 miles apart so I feel the need to do both. And this area is a HUGE football area. Friday nights during the fall are spent in the stadiums. The whole town shuts down and everyone goes. It’s pretty cool. Our stadium is along the river and it’s really pretty. Ok enough about football. I’ve finished the bodies of a few of the neighbor’s hats, when I get the finishing touches (the stripes going down the helmets which really lets you know what team it’s for) I’ll be posting pictures!! Same goes for our town!

Something I’m also pretty excited about…. I bought my first two patterns over the weekend! The first one is Reversibots by Snappy Tots which can be found HERE. I’ve been admiring this pattern for ages and when I saw it was going to retire I knew I just HAD to have it! And now I do :) The second pattern I bought is Elsa of Arendelle (Frozen) hat by Heather Holder of HH Crafts and can be found HERE. The reason I bought this is because one of Luke’s cousins has asked me to make one for her daughter! I’m excited because not only is this another commission but it’s for an adorable hat from a movie I love! This little girl is going to go absolutely nuts when she gets it.

I believe I’ve updated you all on what went on and is now going on over here in my little world. I’ll make sure to upload pictures of the finished Knight’s Helmet hopefully this week!

It’s great to be back!

Oh my gosh am I glad to be back!! I would like to greatly apologize to everyone. First, our computer of 9 years finally died on us. It took two weeks to get a new one. Then when it arrived I had some problems with WordPress and not being able to log-in or post!! So I haven’t forgotten to post, I just haven’t been able to. I am truly sorry.

There have been a few things I have finished and some I have started while I’ve been away. I’ll post about them later today because honestly I wasn’t expecting to be able to post at all today and I have some things around the house that need to be done first. But don’t fret, I’ll post and it’s going to be awesome!!

It’s great to be back

Pay-It-Forward #3

Last night I finished another Pay-It-Forward project. This one is for my friend Lacie. I wish I could say what it is but it’s going to remain a secret until she receives it. All I’m saying is that I want one myself.

Now that that’s complete and I have foam heads, I’m going to be working on completing the fin for the Knight’s Helmet. It shouldn’t take too long to complete. After that I’m not sure what I’ll do. I found out that my town does a monthly farmer’s market/craft fair from May-October. So I’ll probably start working on small items that I can sell there. Should be fun to make a bunch of baby things again and a bunch of dish clothes. Other than that I don’t really have anything big to work on.

Keep an eye out for that lizard pattern. I’m thinking of posting it real soon.

On the Hook:

  • Knight’s Helmet
  • CAL Textured Blanket x 2
  • Pay-It-Forward #2

The Craftys update and a package

Not much has been going on over here lately. I’m slowly getting votes on my Skyrim Helmet over at The Craftys. Please keep them coming!! Just make sure you log-in with either the Facebook or Twitter icons that are under the description. After that just click on the little silver heart. Thank you so much!

The Skyrim Helmet was my second original design. What was my first you ask? Good question. It was an amigurumi lizard. (For those of you who don’t know what amigurumi means, it’s Japanese for a crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) I know, totally different direction. A few years back, 4 actually, I wanted to make my boyfriend’s cousin a lizard for his birthday. I wasn’t happy with what I had found online and decided to make my own. I based my design off some pictures of lizards I had found on the web. I think he turned out awesome and the little man loved him!

Well I had been wanting to go back and take a second look at what I had crudely written down many years ago and when better than during The Craftys! Turns out I had written down the pattern pretty awesomely. I then took some photos and entered him into The Craftys as well. So if you don’t mind, please vote for him in the same manner! Thank you much!! As with the Skryim Helmet, I’ll get around to writing and posting this pattern as well.

Award shows aside, over the weekend I had gotten an Amazon package in the mail. I was pretty excited. I had ordered some foam heads!!! a Tunisian hook, and some yarn. Yarn was awesome, the hook as well (I’m eager to learn how to do Tunisian crochet). Sad thing is my heads weren’t awesome. Both the male and female heads are tiny, a circumference of only 20 inches! My head is 21 inches!! I’m not sure how I’ll use the male head when working on Luke’s hats because his head is 23 inches around!! The male’s nose is also smushed a tad. And the female’s base is broken so she doesn’t stand. Oy vey to the max. I’ll just have to learn to work with it I guess.

One of the yarns I got is Lion Brand’s Fun Fur in black. Thanks to Luke’s suggestion I’m going to work on a mullet hat. Yep, a hat that will look like the mullet hair style. Business in the front and party in the back baby! hahah The second yarn I got is Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream in Sage for one of my Pay-It-Forward projects. I started working on it over the weekend and hope to finish during the week. Can’t tell you what it’s going to be until I give it away. Just know that it’s going to be awesome and I’ll probably end up making one for myself.

But that’s all here. Please vote!! Thank you much!!

On the Hook:

  • Pay-It-Forward (Lacie)
  • Fin for Skyrim Helmet
  • CAL Textured Blanket x2

The Craftys

I discovered The Craftys just a few days ago. Immediately I had to do some investigation work because I wanted to know more. And boy did I. As their banner says, it’s “An annual competition celebrating the best in Craft”. This is actually the first Craftys so I’m even more excited. There are 10 different craft categories that one can enter and then be judged on. Anyone can enter, anyone can vote. But then there are judges who award prizes in each category and a “best in show” winner as well. Voters are also entered to win prizes as well. Pretty exciting right? Well for me it got better…..

I entered!! First time ever that my work is out there and being judged. I decided to enter the Knitting & Crochet category (obviously). What did I enter you ask? My Skyrim Helmet! I know I know I haven’t blogged about it yet (it was made two years ago so way before the blog) but I might this week just to tell you more about it. So I’m pretty excited because it was my 2nd ever original design. (Yea it’ll definitely get its own post soon)

So I have a favor to ask of all you readers. I would greatly appreciate it if you were able to check out my Skyrim Helmet and vote for it. Voting is super easy. Just click on the little heart under the picture after loging-in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or LinkedIn and you’re done! As of right this second I have 3 votes. Let’s keep them coming!! Voting ends May 26th!!

Thank you all sssooooo much!!!!!!

Christmas talks

Last year I ran into a HUGE problem for my Christmas gifts … I was running out of time. And fast. So I had to cut corners.

This year I plan to learn from my mistake and make a change. I’m starting on Christmas gifts now! You heard me right. I said now. I know I know, but May just started. Well 10 gifts at least plus what ever life decides to throw my way I thought starting now (instead of October like last year) would be better. Gives me more time.

The first gift I’m working on is for my baby sister Eden. My other sister got a blanket a few years back and now it’s her turn. I showed her Red Heart’s CAL blanket that I’m working on for myself and she told me she wanted it in royal blue and orange. Such a strange color combination but then again it’s not my blanket. Well easy enough I thought since it’s a CAL and a new square is released every 2 weeks. So right now I’m playing catch up and doing the old squares in her colors. Soon enough they will all be done. I think there’s only like 3 more squares that are a secret and then I’ll learn how to block them all and attach them. Not sure which color I’m going to use to do that.

But here’s what I have so far

There will be 20 squares total, 10 blue and 10 orange. All the orange ones will be the typical granny square. Each blue one will be different. Red Heart is calling it the Checkerboard Textures Throw. Good name I think, describes it nicely. I hope to get all caught up here soon because I’m thinking of entering The Craftys and if I do that I want to make up my original lizard amigurumi pattern. Think I should enter? I have two weeks.

On the hook:

  • CAL Textured Blanket x2
  • Pay-It-Forward for Erin
  • Fin for Knight’s Helmet

Knight’s Helmet

I finished a project over the weekend!! Well mostly finished. I still have one part to make and then sew on but I’m waiting for that until my foam head arrives in the mail because I think it’ll be easier to attach that way. What I have (mostly) finished is Luke’s Knight’s Helmet!! I’m super excited because it had been taking me a little while mostly because I kept pushing it to the back burner. And then with the whole there not being a gauge to go with the pattern thing I had to frog it a couple of times to get it to fit right. But it all worked out in the end and he loves it so far! Without further ado I will post a few ‘teaser’ photos. There will be more once it’s completely finished.

                           

I went a little different from the pattern. Mostly because there was no gauge and I like to put my own little take on things.

First difference: I used my own pattern for the main part of the hat. I used the technique found at Slugs on the Refrigerator to be able to make a custom fit. I pretty much use this guy every time I make a hat.

Second difference: I used two different shades of gray at the same time instead of two strands of the same gray. That was Luke’s choice. I let him have full rein of the finished project since it is his.

Third difference: I added some stitches and rows to the neck protection area. But that was solely to please his majesty.

Fourth difference: I added a third strand of gray (yet a different color) to the visor to add that bit of glitter you see there.

Fifth difference: I had to add a few rows onto the largest size of the visor even though Luke was measured as needing the medium size. Not sure if this was due to lack of gauge or he has a larger forehead/face. But that wasn’t too big of a problem.

So I have a foam head coming in and when it gets here I plan on adding the fin to the top. I’ve had some issues in the past with getting the extras to line up straight on hats before so I’m hoping having a foam head to place it on will help a lot and make it a bit easier.

The free pattern can be found on Ravelry HERE

On the hook:

  • Red Heart CAL Textured blanket
  • Pay-It-Forward for Erin