Saturday, December 29, 2012

My first foray into sock land

Well, the time came, I ran out of excuses and this yarn had been teasing me long enough.  I took a deep breath, shut myself up in a closet with a pattern, my computer (for youtube tutorials), a D hook, my yarn - which I'll get into later and a pair of scissors.  It was time to suck it up and try a pair of socks.

The yarn - 2 years ago, I was gifted with a 370 yard hank of hand painted, 100% merino wool called Lollipop Guild by Sunshine Yarns.  She has some amazing stuff in all colors and weights.  The yarn I was gifted is superfine fingering weight, the kind used for socks.  I loved it - touched it just about every day and dreamed of the day I would have a pair of socks made from this skein of dreamyness.  Yesterday, I decided it was time.  These socks were not going to make themselves.  I can crochet (I can even knit if I have to) but the yarn couldn't do it by

The fear - HEELS!  They look impossible and patterns for them read like a foreign language to me.  Quite frankly, they scare me to death.  So I searched the internet, I searched You Tube and finally found a video that deciphered the cryptography that is sock heels.  Who knew that the heels would be the least of my troubles.

The Toe - I first picked up an old skein of baby yarn from my stash and tried out a practice sock...the heel was pretty straight forward, but I really didn't like the toe.  It was sort of triangular and looked weird.  So I had the brilliant idea that I would try to figure out a better way to do it - 4 hours later, I picked up the good stuff and went back to the original plan.  I crocheted and frogged about 100 times before finally giving up and going with the tried and true.  It was also pointed out that once it's on, it shapes to your foot and doesn't look triangular and funky.

The Foot - this was without a doubt the easiest part...25 rounds of 45 extended single crochets

Back to the Heel - First you decrease...

Then you increase and join to the row below - it's called 'turning the heel'

The Cuff -  I couldn't figure out how it was going to end up not having a divot where the sole and heel join, but as I worked the cuff - it just sort of went away.  If anyone can explain the physics behind that, I would love to hear it.

The hard part here was figuring out the math - damn my math teacher who swore I would actually need that crap in real life!  I wanted to do a cable pattern ending in a rib at the top and had to figure out how to spread it evenly over the stitches I had to work with.  Graphs, Charts and a calculator later, I think it ended up pretty close.

so...the finished product still looked a bit angular, and maybe a bit odd sized...

But, once it was on my foot, it was the sock I had always dreamed of. you think I can duplicate it or will my other foot just be cold forever?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The gifting season is here!

Well, Black Friday is over and so is Cyber Monday, but I'm not over the gifting sales craze yet.  All month I plan on running sales for my Facebook fans.  Right now I'm running a sale on all things geeky!  If you've got someone to buy for that's a Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars Fan or a gamer, I've got something for you.

Doctor Who Simple Bracelet - Available in Child or Adult sizes
Super Mario Charm Bracelet

Star Wars Stitch Markers - for Knit or Crochet

I've got a show coming up on the 5th of December and I couldn't decide if I wanted to to all Jewelry or add in a few crochet items - so I decided to do a bit of each and as with all shows, I try to add a new design or for Jewelry, I've done a few intricate Memory Wire Bracelets done with Tubular Peyote beads...

Egyptian Dreams in glass and crystal

Deep Forrest in Glass, Crystal and Stone

As for the new crochet items for the show, I've started doing owl hats and a one off minion hat!  The owl hats can be done in just about any color combo you can imagine and all sizes.  This minion is toddler size and I'm trying to make up my mind if I should offer other sizes as well.

Pink and Yellow Owl hat with bows - toddler size

Minion in toddler size

If you're interested in any of these items, please click the links to message me through my Facebook page or contact me by E-mail.  I plan on having these items in my Etsy shop after the show if there are any left :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

So,  I've been crocheting up a storm and have discovered the joys of baby photo props and Cable stitch (sometimes together).

As far as the photo props, I'm still looking for a photographer to work with.  I'm willing to do a deposit for pics or discount for pics deal.  If you or someone you know is interested, please contact me.  Most of the props are available in my Etsy shop.  Here's the link so I don't overload you with pictures. FC Etsy Shop.

Just for a sneak peak - here is the Mermaid Set and Football Helmets:

As far as the cables go - Can you say Mittens and Fingerless gloves?  I think I'm addicted.  So far these are not up on either Etsy or my Website, but they are available through my Facebook page.  Please come check it out and like my page.  I always offer my newest stuff to my Facebook fans first and I run exclusive sales on the page as well.
You can find me HERE on Facebook.

 These are actually a true red, they photographed weird.
 Dusty Rose Fingerless Gloves done in Caron Simply Soft yarn
Grey rag wool mittens - 100% wool - a bit scratchy, but warm
Teal Mittens in Caron Simply Soft. These are my favorite.

Lastly, If you're already thinking about Christmas like I am, These apple cozys make a great teacher gift.  Only $6.00 each and you get to choose your colors.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

More on the Granny Sweaters

Thought I would share some additional pictures of these awesome sweaters.  They are very versitile.

This is a long one that I did on a cotton/linen blend.  I just added MANY more rows to the hem before adding the collar and trim

A multi colored stash buster with a belt

Another multi colored stash buster 
 Another multi colored stash buster

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hex Granny Scrap Buster Sweater part 2

Here are 2 pics of the collar - one is flat and one shows it flipped up.

 Sleeves - Be sure of the length on these...they don't cuff well so you'll want to keep checking length.

 And the completed sweater!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Hex Granny Scrap Buster Sweater part 1

This is going to be a picture tutorial or maybe more like a guide to making this cool sweater.  I got the idea HERE.  This is Ellene Warren's adult version of the EZ Surprise baby sweater.  This guide assumes that you know how to do a hex granny and a granny stitch.

I made a few changes to her guide and went with it longer rather than cropped.

You will need:
Left over WW yarn
I crochet hook
H crochet hook
darning needle

You'll be using an I Hook for the entire body of the sweater and the added rows on the bottom.

At this point, your work should be folding in on itself...don't worry, it's supposed to do this.  Just keep going :)
Now you're going to add to the bottom to add length.  Continue using your I hook.  I'm adding 5 more row just along the hem line.  You can make this as long as you would like.  There will be trim, so be sure that you stop about 5 inches short of the total length that you want it t be when finished. 
Switch to your H hook and it's time to do the collar and trim.  You'll be using the H hook for the rest of this sweater.  I don't know the physics of this, but if you don't switch to a smaller hook, you'll end up with the collar and sleeves looking ruffely...

Continued in next blog entry....

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Going to try to keep this updated!

I've really let this slide - yet again.  I'm really really really going to try to try to post at least once a week from now on....

So this week, I'm going to post a bunch of crochet projects that I've completed this year.  I want to get them onto my completed project board n Pinterest...if you haven't been there yet check it out...I just can't stop!

So, here are a few of my completed projects:


Hidden Cats Crib Size

Tunesian Entrulac - going to be a cocoon sweater

 Heritage with the inspiration


Prairie Star

Turtle Shell

Kitchen and Bath
Wash Cloths

Water Bottle Carrier

Celtic Knot Trivits

Felted Bowls

Felted Coasters

Felted Pot Handle Holders

Felted Kitchen Set

Plarn Shopping Bag (made with plastic grocery bags)

Hats and Accessories
Boot Toppers

These are reversable

So are these

Assorted Hats



 Baby Stuff - Cocoons, sets, burial, booties
Star  afghan set

Chuck Taylors

Kimono Set

Hex Sweater

Newborn Tunesian Wrap Booties

Sock Monkey Infant Set

Turtle Photo Prop

Baby Cocoons

Burial Sets (for my Charity crafting group)

Assorted Slippers