Interview by Creative Threads by Leah

Something I forgot to include in my last post. Leah interviewed me and blogged about it!! How exciting!

She has this segment that she calls “Meet My Testers”. I was happy to be next in line for an interview. Now it wasn’t face to face because I live in PA and she’s in Oklahoma but instead via email. I haven’t known her very long, almost a year now I think. She posted on her Facebook page about needing testers, I applied and we became friends in the mix :) I think it has to do with our love of crochet, The Doctor, and other things geeky.

I really liked doing our interview and hope you all enjoy reading it! Here it is!

Happy Anniversary?! And a big update

Soo … it’s been a while. Sorry about that. Holidays and life and what not. And WordPress is telling me that today is my one year anniversary with them. So yay about that! Woohoo. That’s kind of exciting. I’ve also made lots of projects to share with you all. Let’s get to it!!

I tested three patterns for Leah! I did the Pamala Earwarmer, Bowties are Cool Hat, and the Swirling Leaves Fingerless Gloves. This was my first time doing anything from the Pamala and Swirling Leaves lines. Have to say, I love them both!! And of course how could I resist another Doctor Who hat?! What I love the most about the Pamala Earwarmer is the use of a hair tie. It makes a perfect fit every time!!

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I also made two more baby hats! Love baby hats. Mostly because they’re so quick to work up and they’re usually hats I love but would never wear myself :) I made a Clarice the Reindeer Hat and a Cabbage Patch Kid Hat. The Reindeer Hat was super simple to follow. I just omitted the antlers and added a bow to get a female look. And the Cabbage Patch Kid was even more simple! I also taught myself the loop stitch for that hat. Super adorable!

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I also made some more of those Cluster Hats. The ones with the brim and flowers? I had another order from the same lady who got them in baby sizes for a child and adult. And then my mom wanted one!! I haven’t crocheted her something since I believe my sophomore year of college in 2007 or 2008! Yay!

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Of course, there’s the Christmas gifts I made!! Lots of those. One of which is my own design!! Woot Woot! That would be the Steeler beanie I made my uncle. I love it and my sister wants one too! Then there’s the TARDIS I made for my friend’s husband. Yep, another Whovian :) I made the same friend her own Duck Spirit, to match her No-Face of course! And a Market Bag for my sister.  Phew that was a lot! I must confess there were some gifts that didn’t get completed :| I just ran out of time. What else is new. Almost forgot the Spa Set I made for my boyfriend’s cousin. There’s so many people that every year we draw names and have to give a handmade present. I really liked making that. I used cotton yarn for the face scrubbies, wash clothe, and soap holder. What I really liked was the box. I used a 6.5mm hook and a strand of hemp for the box. For the lid I held two strands together. If I make it again I will be using two strands for the box as well because it’s so much sturdier.  Ok, ready for all these pictures?!

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The TARDIS was really fun to make. It took a lot of time though. Each piece of felt was cut out and then hot glued on. Same goes for the signs on the door and lid. Lots of hot glue was used. But I love how big it turned out and that I’m easily able to put my hand in to keep things inside. Going to have to make myself one of these. The spa set was also really fun to make. Like I said the basket is made out of hemp and everything else is cotton. I’ve used the soap holder pattern before for myself. I used Moogly’s star stitch tutorial to make the washcloth. And the face scrubbies I just kind of made in a circle.

Lastly, I finally made myself something!!! Crazy I know. But Luke’s aunt gave me some yarn for Christmas with instructions that it be used for me and the lady at the store said it would be enough for a scarf. So I made myself an infinity scarf! :) A few years back I made my sister a scarf using a V-stitch so I decided to use the same for mine. I really like the way it turned out. I wear it all the time. I love it so much!

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So I think that’s about it for right now. I am of course currently in the middle of several projects. And I’m also testing for another! I should have more information about that next week or so when the pattern is released :) Hopefully I’ll be back on shortly and not a couple months like last time!

On The Hook:

  • Test for Kelli
  • Colossus

First non-family order!!

Last night I completed my first non-family custom order!! I feel so accomplished! The lady works with my boyfriend’s mom but still, non-family!! Her name is Ash M and she ordered two hats for her beautiful little girl. She’s going to be 4 months soon and needed something to help keep that little head warm during the winter.

This was a 100% custom order. She showed me some pictures from the internet that she liked, I tried my hand on some patterns, and she picked her favorite. That happened to be a free pattern from the Caron Design Team that I found on Raverly, but sadly it was only for adults. So I had some adapting to do. I followed the pattern from the beginning but only did 4 rounds of increases. I continued with the same number of clusters until it was the length I wanted. I then added a few rounds of sc. I had to add some stitches to make sure it was still the same circumference. That was it for the cream hat but the white still needed its brim. So I used my trusted newsboy brim pattern.

All that was left was flowers and buttons. Man was it a little hard to find some big purple buttons. And then I couldn’t find one that was an exact match but I love how these two worked together. I used two different flower patterns, one of which I’ve used before. You can find the black one HERE and the purple one HERE. After sewing them on and then the buttons I was FINISHED!!!

Since this was a custom order I wanted to make sure what I was doing was exactly what she wanted. To make sure of that I made sure to send her progress photos and I changed things when they needed changing. Overall I think this all went over very well! Can’t wait to have more of them!

Batgirl and Bumble

I have some finished projects that I can finally share with you all because the recipients have received them!!

First up is the Batgirl hat. I used two patterns for this one. The basic hdc hat is my own. The ears I used Unfuzzy Boutique’s Bat Hero Hat Photo Prop as inspiration. The logo I used Thu Nguyen’s Batman Logo. This belongs to my cousin C and his fiance D’s brand new baby girl M. I think it turned out adorable!

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Next up we have the Bumble the Abominable Snowman hat. I used R Solberg’s Bumble Hat pattern for this. I was told this was going to be a Christmas present but with the sudden onset of super cold and snow flurries I guess it couldn’t wait any long. I thought this was cute before hand but it’s almost unbearable on L!!

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I’m currently finishing up an order for Ash M and her adorable baby. Hoping to get pictures of them today because all I have left is to attach the flowers!!

Completed Projects

I know I promised a post two weeks ago. Sorry about that. Things got in the way. But I’m here now and ready to show you all what I did on my visit home and what I did after!

First I gave away all my baby hats! 3 to C and R, 3 to D and S, 2 to C and D. That looks a little confusing. C is my cousin, R is her husband and they’re having their first baby. It’s going to be a surprise so I had to make gender neutral hats. They got the brown bear, dino spikes, and baseball cap. D is my cousin, and S is his wife, and they are having their second girl. They got a pink bonnet (finished that while I was away, picture coming), bow hat, and Flyer’s hat. C is my cousin, D is his fiance, and they just had their first girl! She waited until I was home for 4 days so I didn’t get to see her :( But she’s adorable! They got a Minnie hat and pumpkin hat (pictures coming). My Aunt M (best customer I have) ordered a Batman hat for them as well. Remember that Batman logo sneak peak I posted? I have pictures of the finished hat as well. My Aunt also had me make another bow hat for a friend but this one in purple and white.

Remember that test I was doing for Leah? Well I finished that just before I left and was able to add a nice border while I was away and it was perfect size for Lakyn so I gave it to her. What is it you ask? It’s a Steeler’s Graphed Blanket!! The graph itself is just under 2 feet by just over 2 feet. With the nice border I was able to put on using the rest of my black, it was a perfect toddler sized blanket for her. I made my own graphed blanket a few years ago (Red Raiders) but it was not on this scale. So many color changes in such a smaller graph. Took me forever and gave me a headache. It was originally supposed to be for me with a granny styled border but I got sick of looking at it. I’ll probably still make one for myself though.

The last project I finished while I was away was Eden’s CAL blanket!! The border didn’t end up as big as it was supposed to be because I ran out of time. She was still happy with how it turned out. That’s not Eden in the picture, it’s Marissa. Eden was in the shower I believe and then I just forgot to get a picture of her with it. The pretty kitty is Lola, the baby of the family. I love how it turned out!! Now I just need to finish mine….

I’m still working on some Christmas presents. The one started to give me a bit of a headache so I decided to make myself a present. The last time I made myself something was last year I believe and it was just an earwarmer. Nothing special. Just something done in school colors that I could wear to the football games. So I wanted to make myself something new. And with my fancy Yarn Baby LLC yarn. And I found just the pattern by ELK Studio. It’s her Pumpkin Spice beanie but I think it still looks lovely in these colors. I used a 4.25mm hook for the border and then switched to the 3.75mm hook for the body. I took out the ledge round because when I got to the end I had run out of yarn with a few rounds left to go. By taking out that round I gave myself the needed yarn. I would have added another round in the border if I had more yarn as well. The pom pom I added myself because I felt it needed something a little more. I used Red Heart’s Aran, Perfect Pink, and Heather Gray for that. I thought those colors went pretty darn well together. This was my first time using Yarn Baby yarn. Got to say, I love it!! I used up the whole skein of worsted superwash merino in Vintage Rose. The only thing I didn’t like about the yarn was that all the pink and gray seemed to be on opposite sides. In the pictures you can see the gray is mostly at the top and the pink at the bottom. I got this yarn to go with my gray coat and I think it’s kind of hard to see the gray. Oh well, I still love it! Can’t wait to get some more of this fabulous yarn in a different color!

So now I’m back to making Christmas gifts. Only about a month left!!

I’m back!!

I thought I mentioned I was going away for two weeks but upon looking I can’t seem to see that I did say that. I’m sorry if I didn’t. But my grandparents from Arizona decided to DRIVE to Pennsylvania for a week long visit. Weird that they would drive for 5 days to stay for 6 and drive 5 more. But they’re old and won’t fly so whatcha gonna do about it? Needless to say I HAD A BLAST!! I hadn’t seen them in 3 years so it was great! I spent one week with my sisters and mom following around my grandparents and another week with my cousin and her baby. We also had a typical DiPaul style party on my last night there with my brother who I haven’t seen in who knows how long either. Thankfully he’s done with his Marine stuff and is back home going to college so I’ll be able to see him whenever I want!

I also had a very successful crochet trip. Pictures have been uploaded to Facebook. But I’m going to clean a bit before I sit down for a while and write out the long post that is to come. Til later!

Successful Crochet Day

As promised, here’s my post about all the things I did on International Crochet Day

First thing I did (after showering and eating breakfast obviously) was finish another Christmas gift! This one for my brother. I used Lion Brand’s pattern last year but it turned out too big. This year I just kind of winged it and it’s perfect size this time around. I used Lion Brand’s principle but I’m still calling it Brother’s Beanie.

Then I moved onto my next project to finish, a baby hat. I had made the base part of the hat the night before and had to make the bow and attach it that morning. Turned out lovely if I say so myself. I used Charmed by Ewe’s Wrapped with Love Hat pattern. I couldn’t meet her gauge so I just came up with my own hdc basic beanie pattern. I would have made one at some point anyways so why not now? I did use her bow pattern which was simple and turned out adorable! This one is going to my cousin D and his wife S. I believe they’re the ones due in January and they’re definitely having a girl. I plan to make a third and final hat for them soon.

I decided to start on another baby hat next. This one for another cousin. C. He and his girlfriend are having their first baby next month and I totally forgot!! Thankfully I already have a Minnie Mouse hat on hand (haven’t shown you guys that yet because it was a test for Leah that I started during the dreaded month of July and never finished til weeks later). I plan on making them a hat but this one was commissioned by my Aunt M (my most loving and faithful customer) for her second granddaughter. Yep, they’re having a girl too. I won’t tell you what the hat will look like but I’ll post this little teaser here. I used Thu Nguyen’s pattern. It worked up rather nicely I think.

I then spent the rest of the day working on one project. Can you guess? ….. Eden’s granny square blanket. FINALLY I can say that ALL 20 squares are sewn together!! ::happy dance:: That thing was a pain in my butt (literally) and I am NOT looking forward to sewing all mine together. I might look into another way to join them all. I also then started on the border. I’m about 1.5 rounds into that. This page HERE shows all the blog posts with all different square patterns. You can also find it by searching for LW4132 on their website. There should be a giant pdf that has all the patterns put together. Oh yea, the border will be blue

And then today when I got the mail, I had a package. Cool I thought. Opened it up and it was the fabulous yarn I won thanks to The Philosopher’s Wife. The yarn is from Never Enough Thyme. The color is called Apple Picking and it is a 75% SW Merino 25% Nylon fingering yarn. I’ve never worked with Merino or a fingering weight yarn so I’m pretty excited. Something else to make for myself when I have enough time to. Because do you remember that awesome Yarn Baby yarn I won a while back? Still haven’t used it yet. Maybe after Christmas. Hopefully.

On The Hook:

  • Test for CTbL
  • Eden’s Blanket
  • Christmas gifts (Mom first)
  • Baby things

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY!

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY for 2014!! ::insert mini dance celebration::

Today I’m going to celebrate by ……. crocheting!! Oh c’mon Jess you crochet daily, why is today any special? I’m really not too sure to be honest.

I woke up this morning thinking it was any other day. Boy was I wrong. All my yarn friends informed me of the special day. But when I look it up, I get no info other than it’s always September 12th. I guess it’s just a cool way to rub it into non-yarn people’s faces that we crochet and it’s cool. So I’m saying it loud and proud.

I’m also saying it by finishing crochet projects! I’ve already finished two today and started on a piece of another. Even though I’ve posted pictures on Facebook already, I’m going to wait until tomorrow to post them here. It’s just easier to upload as I go on Facebook rather than here. So there you have it. I’ve finished two hats and started another. Ponder over what they are until tomorrow. Or cheat and look on Facebook.

First Christmas Gift

There’s been some time between posts. Reasons. I haven’t finished items that I could blog about and nothing new has happened. Finished items I can’t blog about?! How could that be? That’s because I test for Creative Threads by Leah and don’t want to post photos/info about upcoming patterns for sale without her permission. With that being said, there have been a few finished tests. All Who-ish. I was really excited to work and keep working on those. They’re making great presents for some little Who fans that I know.

But I do have a finished item I can share! It’s my first complete Christmas present!! I actually finished it the other day but it’s been raining almost nonstop since Sunday and I haven’t been able to get a good picture. I made it using some of that fabulous yarn I picked up on clearance a few weeks back. I’m calling it the Hunter’s Chunky Cap. It’s made with chunky yarn, it’s going to a hunter, and I like the alliteration of the two C’s.

Look how cool it looks! Why did I do it two toned like that and not striped? Because silly me only bought one skein of Dad’s Scarf and when I went back for more a few days later there wasn’t any more. Thankfully at the bottom of the bin there was one Black in the same type of yarn so I was able to finish it with ease. Even though I made a rookie mistake in not buying enough yarn, it totally worked out and looks totally planned and awesome! At least I think so anyways. And don’t worry if it looks huge. The head is only 21 inches (already smaller than an average male head) but Pap’s head is also 24 inches. So it’s supposed to look big.

I currently have 6 projects on my hook. Crazy right. Well one’s technically not on the hook because I’m in the middle of sewing all the squares together for Eden’s blanket! First I sewed them in rows and now I’m working on sewing the rows together. I have two of them together and three more to go. I’m really not enjoying this because to keep the rows flat I have to sit awkwardly at my table. Going to look into other ways to join squares together for my blanket. I have three tests for Leah. One I ran out of requested yarn, second and third are coming along nicely. Then I have the nativity for Monica (slow going because of sewing all the parts together). Last night I started the hat for my brother Joe. The one I made his last year turned out really big so I’m making him a replacement.

Non Crochet news!! I planned to take a visit home in October for my mom’s and sister’s birthdays (they’re back to back). I’m pushing up my visit by a month and going down in a few weeks instead. Why would you do that if you had your whole trip planned? Good question! Because my grandparents are coming in from Arizona!!!!! I haven’t seen them since my cousin got married in October 2011! They plan to only be in a week but since I have other family to see I’m going to be there for two. I’m super super hoping to have all if not most of my Christmas presents finished to take with me so I won’t have to mail them. I’m literally working my fingers to the bone trying to get everything done. I also don’t know how I’m going to fit a blanket with all the gifts AND two weeks worth of clothes in one suitcase because I’m taking the train. I’ll figure it out. Maybe.

Yarn, WIPs, and Hooks oh My!

Last Friday night Luke and I went to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. If you haven’t figured out by now we’re a little bit on the nerdy side, me more so than him. It was amazing you should go see it! Anyways, we went to Walmart afterwards (like always) and I saw this

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I couldn’t believe my eyes!! Yarn NEVER goes on clearance at my Walmart! I snagged up a couple of skeins because I just couldn’t pass up the deals. I grabbed two skeins of Bernat Softee Chunky in Dad’s Scarf and Hot Pink (Luke kind of forced me on this one because I never make anything for myself and it would go well with that gray, cream, and soft pink cowl I’m planning to make). And one skein of Lion Brand Hometown USA in New York White. Plan to make this into some baby hats for the cousins.

And I’ve already used two of them to make a Christmas present for Pap!! First fully completed Christmas gift!! Woot Woot!! I used Bernat’s Softee Chunky in Dad’s Scarf and Black to make a hat. I know, not originally what I was going to make him. But I couldn’t pass up the gray, black, and green combo of Dad’s Scarf (he’s a big hunter). I decided on the hat because he’s got a giant head (I measured, 24 inch circumference!!) and has problems finding hats to fit. It’s just a plain styled dc beanie. Going off of Luke’s head it’s the perfect length but next time I see Pap I’m going to take another measurement to make fully certain it’s the right length before finishing off. That’s why I don’t have pictures yet. The top half is made using Dad’s Scarf and the last three rows are made using the Black. Why did I choose this you ask? Because I ran out of Dad’s Scarf half way through and there was only Black left in the carts when I went back to get more on Tuesday. Still looks pretty awesome. Maybe I’ll use the left over Black for more baby hats :)

Yesterday I finally finished the last square for Eden’s blanket!!

That thing in the middle is a ruler to give you something for scale. All of the orange squares are a normal Granny Square. Each blue one is a different stitch pattern. I think it looks pretty neat. Remember I’m making myself the same blanket but all in Sage green. I still need to do 9 of my Granny Squares. But for Eden’s all I have left is to attach them all and crochet a border. I’m not sure if I want to go granny style or leave it kind of plain like.

Getting the mail today I saw a package had arrived!

These bad boys were sitting in my mailbox just waiting for me to open them!! They can be found HERE. As most of the Amazon reviews said, yes the plastic cords do smell something foul. But I’m sure spending the day outside in the sun will help with that. I can’t wait to use them!! I’m hoping to use them for a Christmas present :)

Oh I started that test for CTbL last night. I’m only 6 rows in and it’s taken me a little while. I need to make some bobbins now before I can continue though. So I’m going to go get started on those!!

On the Hook:

  • Bobbins and Test for CTbL
  • Baby girl hats for D
  • Giant pile for Christmas