Thursday, March 31, 2005
(Please pardon the use of a lamp as a hat stand.) I got the pattern here at Crochet Me. I really like Chelle's designs, and her blog is cool, too. Ambrielle and Kiera's hats are the same, but I used more sophisticated colors to match their ponchos and Bernat Boa to make them "cool" and "teenage".
Kassi and Laynie's Easter Ruffle Hats
Pattern: Ruffle Hat by Chelle Grissom, issue of Crochet Me
Yarn: Leftover Red Heart Supersaver
Patons ChaCha in Vegas
Hook: For Kassi's Toddler size, I used an H-8
For Laynie's Infant size, I used a G-7
I really like the hats, in all sizes, and they were super easy and very quick. It took me about a day and a half for each hat, and I am pretty busy!
Due to time constraints (AKA hubby says it's time to go to bed) I will continue to post the picture Allison and I took. So.....there's more where that came from!
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
I think it looks pretty darn good! I know, I know, there are some stitches that need tightening, and I probably screwed it up SOMEwhere, but I'm not in the mood to be picky about it tonight. I've been able to practice several techniques with this one, including ribbing, color-changes, and lots of ripping back. Unfortunately, it's not going to be done in time to send to Major Knitter for her Warm Up America project, so I'm not sure what I'll do with the swatch when it's done.
I also worked on my shawl, which I've dubbed the Bar Shawl. It's almost 2 feet from bottom center point to top center now. Pictures to come.
Sunday, March 27, 2005
I started a new project on Thursday night while watching the Illinois bball game at the bar with hubby and a friend. They both were a little embarrassed by me, I think, but I really don't mind, I got a lot accomplished! The new WIP is my interpretation of the Jessica Simpson shawl. It's made with a P hook and a single strand of Bernat Soft Boucle in a creamy yellow-tan, from the bottom up. I think I'm already about halfway done, and it's going to be just lovely.
This evening I cast on for another practice knitting swatch:
This is my first attempt at ribbing. I think these first five rows are going well, although I must've frogged eight different times before I finally got it right. My recent purchase of Debbie Stoller's "Stitch and Bitch" has me all inspired and hyped to practice my knitting. I'm really enjoying looking through the book and the directions are SO easy to understand, most likely due to the fact that they're on the casual side. Although I love the learn-to-knit book Dewey gave me for Christmas, I'll probably refer to Stitch and Bitch so much more.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
I was upset by her words at first. Defensive, even. But them I realized, who cares if people think I'm crazy? Yes, I'm addicted to yarn, and I like it that way. I get an immense amount of enjoyment out of my crafts, and also from this great knit blogging community that I've discovered. So what if like yarn? I'm proud to be a crocheter, a knitter, and a blogger!
And by the way, everyone oohed and aahed over the hats, including the waitress who laughed at me. So there!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
SnB tonight was very fun. It was just the 3 of us again, but we watched Shall We Dance and ate pizza to celebrate Jackie's birthday. I almost completed Kassity and Delaynie's hats. I'm using the Crochet Me pattern for their hats also, they're so cute and work up really fast. I crocheted so much my hands hurt!
Originally uploaded by hookinmama.
I've found inspiration for Sami and Rob's wedding afghan. I'd like to do something similar to this comforter that I found in this week's Famous Barr flyer. I only have 3 colors of Homespun though, so I'll either have to do some adjusting or go out and buy more yarn. Wouldn't that be a shame? LOL! The colors I have now are Mediterranean, Rococo, and Deco. Check out this page at Lion Brand to see them.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Originally uploaded by hookinmama.
I made 15 of these pins for some friends and coworkers. Everyone must have liked them, because they were gone pretty quickly (I barely held on to one for myself!) I used some Red Heart that my husband so generously offered to go buy to make them with, so now I have some green yarn to add to my stash. Bonus!
Originally uploaded by hookinmama.
Here is my sketch of Ambrielle's poncho. It is done in TLC Heathers and Essentials, and I'm seaming it up right now. I really, really like it, and it's one of the first things I sketched out (as you can see, I'm not the best at drawing).
Sunday, March 20, 2005
And that's not all! I've been trying to catch some Lion Brand Homespun on sale for months (for a wedding present for two good friends). I've faithfully checked the Sunday paper for the Hobby Lobby and Village Craft ads to watch for it. Then on Wednesday an email came through one of my groups that JoAnn's had it on sale for $3.69 a skein. Much to my delight, JoAnn's online sale bill was advertising it for $3.39. Jackpot! I never even thought to look there. I picked up 8 rolls in 3 different colors, but I still don't know exactly what I want to do with it. Suggestions are welcome!
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Unfortunately, I really don't know how to post my photos on here, so for now you can see them at my Yahoo photo album. I also finished Ambrielle's hat (the one from Crochet Me). It's very cute, and all my friends want one too. Unfortunately, no photo of that yet.
If anyone knows anything about html and would be willing to help me with my photo problem I would appreciate it very much. I want everyone to be able to see the things I'm telling you about!
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
After supper I finished Ambrielle's poncho, except for the finishing that is. It still needs to be sewn together and have some loose ends tucked in. I'll just have to buckle down and do it, even though I hate finishing.
Can't wait until SnB on Tuesday night. We have a solid group of 3 that gets together at my house every Tuesday, but this week we have someone new who wants to learn. She's going to stop by to see what we're all about. It would be great if I could get more people in this little town to pick a hook or some needles and give our craft a chance!
Saturday, March 05, 2005
My main goal is to finish Ambrielle's poncho so that I can start on Kiera's next week. I have 3 more rows of V-Stitch and a 4 round border left to go, and then I can sew the two pieces together and be done. I'm pretty proud of this one, it's coming along really well.
To break up the monotony, I'm practicing knitting new stitches by making squares to send to Major Knitter for her Warm Up America blankets. What better way to practice, help someone in need, and maybe win some great yarn all at the same time? I want to have at least 3 swatches to send to her, but Easter is fast approaching and I need to get things finished for that first. So much to do and not enough time off.