Birthday Beanie

Woohoo!! I finally finished writing about all my projects from 2015 and reviewing their patterns!! Time to talk about 2016’s projects. And what better way than with my birthday gift to myself?! When I visit family out east I usually spend most of my time at my brother and sister’s place. They have two cats so I have to be really careful with what projects I bring with me. But last year wasn’t a problem since it was over my birthday I brought along the yarn I would need for my present to me πŸ™‚

On Black Friday 2014 I picked up Red Heart With Love in Boysenberry and Peacock. The Boysenberry might be my most favorite color yarn to date. It sat in my stash just waiting for the perfect pattern. Turns out it was Crystalized Designs’s Ribbed Beanie Pattern!

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To obtain gauge I needed to go up to a 6mm hook. I have a bigger head than what’s listed in the sizes so I knew I would have to β€˜tweak’ the pattern a little. I was surprised at how little I had to do that! For the ribbing I added two more rows totaling 74 instead of 72. If I make this again I might add another chain or two to the beginning to make it a little bit wider. To join both sides I sl st through front loops of both edges.

The body of the hat I wanted a little loose. So I did a total of 28 rounds before the last two decrease rounds (rounds 7 and 8). If making this again I could probably do 26 rounds. Beginning on round 14 I changed back to the 6mm hook. And beginning on round 18 I changed to a 5.5mm hook.

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I had all intentions of adding a pompom when I got home but it’s now the end of September 2017 and I still haven’t done that. Oops. I also attempted to make the matching Ribbed Mittens but they’re still thumbless. Double oops. But out of all the hats I have to wear in the winter this one is my go to!!

On The Hook:

  • Baby Girl Dress
  • Angel
  • Baby Boy things
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Snowman Wall Hanging

I believe this was my second crocheted Winter/Christmas home decor item. The first being Mr. Melty who now stays out all year because it’s more appropriate for him to be out in the summer. I’m realizing I’m now in a snowman decor rut and I have to break that up. Next I think I’ll make a Santa because I’m really into collecting and decorating with them over anything else.

This project was done using Charmed By Ewe’s Snowman Wall Hanging. I believe it was a CAL at the time. I remember completing this with a bunch of others on Facebook. I used RHSS in white, black, and cherry red, Red Heart With Love in Mango with a 5.0mm hook. When I first worked up this pattern I found a couple things to be off or not fully explained. Since comparing my notes to the pattern now it looks like it has been edited. So all I have to mention is things I did differently!

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I took off two dc on the second row of the nose so mine doesn’t curve like hers. When I worked this up the staggering of the head was not explained at all. The pattern stated just to stagger the increases. So this what I did was on round 14 I did 3 sc and then an inc before following the pattern. And on round 15 I did 9 sc and then an inc before following the pattern.

I also then added some Holly Leaves that are designed by Oombawka Design. I used a piece of white yarn attached across the back of the head to hang it on the side of my kitchen cabinets. Makes me smile every time I see him πŸ™‚ I’ll have to add an updated picture once I get some red buttons attached as the holly berries.

On The Hook:

  • Baby Boy things
  • Graph Designing

Drinking Mitten

If you’re reading the title going “what the heck can that possibly be?” let me explain it for you. It’s a mitten but has instead a tube with a hole so that you can hold a drink while also keeping your hand warm! I’m not entirely sure why I decided to make this project. I think it was a little bit because it was campfire season, potential family secret Santa gift (too late I kept this one!), contest, and that I’m always cold.

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This project was completed using A Crocheted Simplicity’s “Knot Knit” Coffee & Drink Mitt Pattern. I used RHSS in Frosty Green and Medium Thyme with 5.5mm and 6.0mm hooks. I remember not being able to get gauge exactly right and messaging Jennifer about it. She was extremely helpful in guiding me to make it fit. I did not have to add any rows onto the sleeve/tube part but I did have to add one stitch. Which did not affect the pattern.

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I’m very visual so I relied heavily on the included pictures on sewing the sleeve/tube and attaching the cuff. The included pictures were for the “Winter Waves” Coffee & Ice Cream Mitt so those really threw me off and I had a really tough time visualizing. For something like this I take advantage of the way all the lines of the stitches go and I couldn’t do that because the Winter Waves uses different stitches and has different lines than the Knot Knit. It’s why I gave this pattern a 4 out of 5 star rating.

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Since I had an extra stitch on the sleeve/tube I had to add an extra stitch on the joining. My cuff however still had 36 sts total. I thought the cuff was a little too tight for my liking and would either keep that extra stitch or use the same hook size as the sleeve/tube. I was also a little disappointed that she doesn’t have a matching regular mitten. In either of the Knot Knit or Winter Waves line. My other hand needs to be kept warm too!

On The Hook:

  • Graph Designing
  • Mandala Shrug
  • Baby Boy things

New and Exciting things!

Ok so where have I been? Because I was doing really well there for a while. I had at least one sometimes three new posts a week! So what happened? I don’t really know. Life? My last post was about the Kitty Turn Tail Coasters. I was asked to create some dog ones. I did. I never posted a pattern 😦 Then I took a trip in April with my aunt to Arizona to surprise my pop-pop (we pulled it off fabulously and it was a wonderful week) Roughly 9,000 friends announced they were have babies this year, one of them with twins! I got caught up in baby things.

Then it was summer so Luke and I took trips and hosted people. I designed some more. Say whaaat?! I now have my fifth pattern written down. Does that make me an official designer now?! I plan to help a fellow crocheter with some graph designs starting next week too. And now I’m teaching beginner crochet classes at my local yarn shop!! I think this might actually be my first time sitting down at the computer since my last post. So my apologizes.

I hope that starting Monday (because all new life plans start on Mondays) I can get back to where I left off and getting caught up on all those older projects that I haven’t blogged about. And I’m going to start off with a small goal of one post per week. This way I can really kick myself if I don’t get one posted.

Things you can look forward to? More of those pattern review posts that I’ve made. Most definitely a free Doggie Turn Tail Coaster pattern and the graph collaboration. Maybe even more of my own designs if I feel up to sharing them with the world. There’s some things I’d rather just be one of a kind works of art. Maybe once I get back to a routine I’ll start doing some new things like cute themed pattern round ups. Or highlighting patterns on my ever growing to-do list πŸ™‚ Sound like a good plan to you guys??

On The Hook:

  • Triangle Scarf for class
  • Baby items for E
  • Mandala Shrug for Me!

It’s my birthday!!

Woohoo!! I always like to spend today working on something for myself because well, it’s my birthday. But also because I don’t normally make things for myself. And with it being right after the holidays and having spent what seems like forever making things for everyone else, it’s a nice change to make something for me πŸ™‚

What I forgot about and remembered yesterday is that I’m celebrating my 10 year crochet-iversary!! It was 10 years ago during my winter break somewhere in the end of December / beginning of January that my mom taught me to crochet! I picked out a pretty pink yarn (Lion Brand Homespun) and a pretty colored hook (Boye 5.0mm). I learned how to chain and do double crochets and tried to make a scarf. Believe it or not, I wasn’t very good. I kept dropping the last stitch of the row because I couldn’t tell it was there thanks to the yarn. So my scarf edges were super wobbly and it ended in a point 😐 yaaaaay I eventually went back, frogged it, and redid it. It came out a perfect rectangle. I did what I still do now, I gifted it to a really good friend. So I don’t have it or any pictures.

But guess what I do have??! Some of that exact yarn!!! This is what I’m going to use for my birthday project πŸ™‚ I’m so excited! And this time I’m going to keep it!! I’m not sure what I’m going to make because I only have the one skein. So I’m going to look through my stitch books and pick something out I like and make another scarf, most likely. I’m not sure what else to make with one skein besides a hat and I just made myself another one of those (first project of 2017 but it’s a test so I can’t show you yet!)

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I use Ravelry to help keep track of my projects but I haven’t always used it. I joined in 2011 and as of right now I have 208 projects! I know that’s not even all of them since 2011. Some of those I grouped together and some I never added. And then there’s everything I did before then! Countless items. Can’t wait to see what I make today and in the next 10 years!

On the Hook:

  • Birthday Item
  • Baby G’s things
  • Bacon and Eggs Scarf