Thursday, March 29, 2012

Skip-A-Beat Vase

Impromptu, homemade gift-giving has its rewards and setbacks. Mainly, that it's free, but also the time involved. Moving forward, I will still endeavor to make all gifts given, but hopefully balance out the hours spent making it.

My lastest vase cover was good practice for balancing the scales of handmade gift giving. I save and reuse any glass jars we bring home, so this olive jar was already on hand. It took me about a solid hour and a half to make the cover.

To me, this seems like an equitable alternative to shopping, buying, and wrapping a gift. Plus, everything I make has some love in it. Yeah!!

I skipped some stitches throughout and used a larger hook so it could double as a candle holder, and the light would sparkle through the gaps. I think I am going to make a few of these for an evening outdoors.

This little project also got the wheels spinning for other creative experiments. Finding that inspiration in something I have already made is a priceless reason why I create in the first place. I have more inspiration from the garden to share soon.  Ciao!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Lesson in Frogging

I rarely have a need to rip out a project I've started, but when you create for someone else, that is exactly what had to happen with these gloves. Here's what I've learned:

  • Acrylic yarn does not stretch at all (duh)
  • I should have gotten some measurements first
  • I was able to rework these quicker than I expected
  • Some G hooks are 4.25mm and this happens to be what I needed instead of a 4.00mm
  • This pattern needs adjustments for all sizes
I am back on track now,  but for a minute, I thought I was going to have ask for more time to finish these. Not cool.

See ya. OP

Monday, March 19, 2012

Pentagon Ball

I wish I could convey to you how big this ball is. I made this at Christmas for a six month old E-man and it was easily as big as him. My family loved this ball so much I wasn't sure I would ever get it wrapped for the little guy.

I used THIS potholder pattern and scrap yarn and it took so much less time to make than I anticipated. It probably helped that I had very few ends to weave in. The fiberfill made it really dense and heavy, but in an easy-to-play with way. Even Hubble wouldn't put it down. In fact, we mostly just carried it under one arm around the house and would occasionally toss it at an unsuspecting victim.

I also tried it out as a wizarding helmet just to test its magical capacity. Mooches.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stamy's Birthday Present

It's birthday season again in The Catty Kitchen which means endless planning and gift-making for a solid four months. We all strive to recycle things we have and not fill each others homes with clutter and end up making most of our gifts. I think I speak for all of us when I say how much more meaningful our birthdays have become since celebrating with each other and having such thought put into our special days.

Amy kicks off the season in February and we heard she might like some textiles to go with her Fiesta Ware. While the colors in the photos are frustratingly 'off', I yarned up a trivet with some t-shirt yarn I made in kelly green and added a lime green border. I happened to have similar colors in worsted weight cotton also.

So she received a coordinating washcloth too. I like the colors so much, that I am contemplating making myself some similar washcloths, but that will have to wait for a Sunday. Now we are moving onto Jennifer for March. Any ideas on what to make her? Ciao.

Monday, March 12, 2012

In the Works

I have recently declared (to myself of course) that Sundays are the time for me to crochet or create things for me. Or my immediate family, dog, and home. They count too. Otherwise, I never set aside time to explore projects I want to try because I usually have a commission in the works.

So what we have here are the makings of a pillow using the rest of my Debbie Stoller Full O'Sheep yarn. The colors of this yarn are so saturated they somewhat glow! I thought the white background might be a little too "granny" for me so I modernized with a heather gray.

The pattern calls for both sides of the pillow to be covered in the little squares, but again, I think that might be too much for me and will probably opt for the solid gray backing. I am about halfway done with the squares and really appreciate the reprieve my "Sundays-Are-For-Moi" yarning has allowed me. Peace.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I Threw a Party...

...For those TCK girls because they needed to chill out a bit. You can see the party prep HERE.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mini Airplane Ornament

In November, we got a call out of the blue. Hubble's previous employer wanted him back, but as a contractor. Excited to do something he loves again, we also questioned the temporary labor. But we had a good feeling about it. We still do. This feeling inspired Hubble's ornament.

The pattern can be found HERE and as usual I made some modifications.

For the wings I did this instead:
Adj ring, 4sc in ring (4)
sc, sc inc; repeat once (6)
2 sc, sc inc; repeat once (8)
sc around next three rounds (8,8,8)
sl stitch and fasten off.
For the 2 horizontal fins:
Adj, 4sc in ring (4)
sc, sc inc twice (6)
sc around (6)
sl stitch and fasten off
For the vertical fin:
same as above, but add another round of 6 sc for round 4.
Added 2 wheels, which are sewn on vertically on the bottom of the body. For each wheel: Adj ring, 3sc, sl st (3)
Added propeller: Make two 3ch i-cords 5 stitches long. Fasten off and sew to nose.

All the ornaments were finished off with a song and Bob Marley "Three Little Birds" was the appropriate choice for the airplane. It always makes me feel better. Mooches.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chunky Friendship Bracelet

Did you know you can crochet an i-cord? Planet June can show you how in her video and then you can make bracelets for all your friends! It's a good way to use up those small scraps.

Using a K hook (an L hook works too) and chunky yarn I did between 14-17 repetitions of the i-cord and finished off. Sew on a cute button to match your friends' personality. The stitches with chunky yarn are loose enough for the button to go through so the size is adjustable. Now give them away.

Girl Power!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Earflap 2

I made another earflap hat for another niece for our Christmas name exchange last year and this time I wrote down the modifications. You can see the original hat HERE.

This niece is fond of green and chose no adornments for her cap. You can find the original pattern HERE. The modifications are as follows:
Round 12: sc in next 5, sc inc: repeat 5 times (42)
Round 13: sc in next 6, sc inc: repeat 5 times (48)
Round 14-18: sc in each (48)
1st Earflap: sc 10, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc across (10), ch 1, turn.
Row 3: 1 dec, sc in next 6, 1 dec (8), ch 1, turn.
Row 4: sc across (8), ch 1, turn.
Row 5: 1 dec, sc in next 4, 1 dec (6), ch 1, turn.
Row 6: sc across (6), ch 1, turn.
Row 7: 1 dec, sc in next 2, 1 dec (4), ch 1, turn.
Row 8: sc across (4), ch 1, turn.
Row 9: 2 dec (2), ch 1, turn.
Row 10: sc across (2), ch1, turn.
Row 11: 1 dec, fasten off. Weave in ends

Fasten yarn halfway around hat and repeat for 2nd Earflap.

Crocheted border in Charcoal around the bottom of the hat. Using both colors, ch 25 at the point of each earflap and fasten off for the ties. Weave in all ends.

The contrast border and ties are my favorite part of this hat. Lots of room for personal interpretation here and makes my moms happy by fully covering the noodle.