Archive | December 2012

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! Yesterday, I gave a few handmade Christmas gifts.

First, I gave my Mom a Vest. You can read about it here.

moms vest hanging

I also gave my grandfather one of my Ice Cream Cone Ornaments. (The center one in the photo.) You can read about it here.

ice cream ornaments

And last but certainly not least, I gave my mom and her boyfriend, my dad and his girlfriend, and my grandparents all Christmas Scarves! My sister, Jenny, and I made simple garter stitch scarves together. We each made one from each pair. The yarns for each couple are the same, but in a different colorway, so that they match but are not the same! We’re so clever!

christmas scarves rod mom

My mom’s (right) and her boyfriend’s (left) in Patons Classic Wool.

christmas scarves grandparents

My grandma’s (left) and my grandpa’s (right) in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick.

christmas scarves norine dad

My dad’s (right) and his girlfriend’s (left) in Loops & Threads Impeccable.

They all LOVED their presents. And though it was a lot of hard work, I’m just so happy to have made such wonderful handmade gifts for all my loved ones.

Once again, Happy Holidays to all!

Candied Cowl

Yesterday, I started AND finished this Candied Cowl. Hooray instant gratification!

candied cowl flat candied cowl hair down

The Pattern: I made the Who’s That Girl Cowl from the January/February 2013 issue of Crochet Today! I don’t think I modified anything but the tie, which I knit an icord for, so that the yarn’s color change would be much nicer looking. The cowl is just a bunch of half double crochets but with a few columns of clusters, post double crochets, and cables to make hearts. I personally think I’d do away with the heart cables. I don’t regret following the pattern and trying them out (I never crocheted cables before!) but they don’t really add anything to the cowl. I much prefer the columns of post stitches and clusters. If I were to make this again, I’d substitute the heart cables for more of the other embellishments. I also might make it a little longer. It’s plenty tall, but wraps around quite close to my neck. I’ve never worn a cowl like this before, so I’m more used to scarves and stuff. Overall, the pattern was definitely pretty easy and I had no issues with it. I’d for sure make another one.

The Yarn: I used the suggested yarn, Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, but I used it in the colorway called Candied. When saw this skein, I fell in love with the colors. Such a beautiful pastel rainbow! As I was making the cowl, I was beginning to worry that the colors were too much like that of a baby blanket. But when the cowl is all bunched up on my neck, it looks more rainbowy. Though I still LOVE the color of this yarn, for this project, I might be better off using a shade with more subtle variations, like the pink/purple one suggested in the pattern. I still have half a ball left of the Candied so who knows what I’ll do with it… The texture of Unforgettable is very neat. It’s roving style, which I’ve never worked with. Definitely a lot of fun.

What’s next for me: That damn Snowflake Afghan  is just looming over me. I’d like to finish it before the spring semester begins, which is early February.

Poinsettia Pillow

Just in the (Saint) nick of time, I’ve completed my Poinsettia Pillow! Today I bought the pillow form and single crocheted it shut! Hooray! I’m so pleased that I finished it before Christmas passed! It’s just so lovely and festive!

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The Pattern: I made 16 of the granny squares from the Poinsettia Afghan from the November/December 2012 issue of Crochet Today! and turned them into a pillow! The squares are listed as 8″ each, but mine came to be just over 9″ (I used an 18″x18″ pillow) using the suggested hook, which was H/8. The squares are really great. I just love love love how they’re so dimensional. And they’re not very spacey either, which makes them perfect for a pillow. My only concern with the pattern is the start/end of each round. This occurs along one side of a petal (you can tell it’s at the right side of the bottom petal in the first photo) and leads to a bit of an ugly spot. Since I had to make 16 squares, I went along experimenting with different ways to join that would make the best looking square possible. I ended up using linked double crochet stitches and forgoeing the slip stitch completely. This made my start/end way more seamless. I used the tutorial in the Nov/Dec 2012 issue of Crochet Today! to learn how to make linked stitches, but I’m sure there is plenty of help on the internet. It’s such a great place, isn’t it?! Other than the join, I didn’t change a thing (except it’s not an afghan…). I crocheted over my yarn, though I could have carried it behind if I wanted to, because you can’t see the back of each square. I closed it up with single crochet in the aran/gold color. Very easy! The squares are dense enough that I didn’t need to cover the pillow form with anything first.

The Yarn: I used the yarn that was recommended by the pattern, which is Red Heart Holiday. I used Red/red, Green/silver, and Aran/gold. I really enjoyed working with these yarns for this project. The shimmer is really really nice and makes the pillow even more festive. The metallic part isn’t exactly soft, so I wouldn’t use this yarn for anything but decorations, really. It’s perfect for this project, for sure.

What’s next for me: Now that I’ve completed all my Christmas projects, I’m on to bigger and better things! I’ve still got to make some mittens for my college friends who are going to be studying abroad in cold, cold Europe. I also really must get to work on my Snowflake Afghan, though I’m dreading it. I’m not sure why. Maybe the thought of making MORE granny squares is just too much for me. Crochet can be a tough job, but I love it!

This is so funny, cute, and applicable!

D'NALI

I’m going to get all my knitting done for Christmas

Errr … yeah! Famous last words.  I know I have not finished and will not so I wish I had the option below!!!  *giggles*  Got this from a Rav pal and wanted to share some laughter today.   After my last post, everything still seems so frivilous but I needed the lightheartedness the below brings.

So for those of us … errr … you … under the gun with Christmas knitting and crocheting … enjoy!!!

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all around me
Was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care
’cause the heels and the toes had not a stitch there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
but I had not finished the caps for their heads.
Dad was asleep; he was no help at all,
And the sweater for…

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Ice Cream Ornaments

I work at an ice cream shop, which recently decorated for Christmas. They have a tree inside, but it doesn’t have enough ornaments. I got this BRILLIANT idea to crochet them an Ice Cream Ornament! Of course I couldn’t stop at just one, so I made two smaller ones!

ice cream ornamentsice cream ornaments tylers

The first photo shows all three, with the largest one (on the right) for my ice cream shop. The smaller one in the center will go to my grandfather (who loves ice cream and once worked in an ice cream parlor like me) and the rightmost one (with the sprinkles) will go to a coworker.

The Pattern:  The largest one I free formed (if you’ve ever made a hat before, you know how to make an ice cream scoop!) but I used a pattern for the smaller two. The pattern is from Nini-Ninique.com, which is a great crochet blog. This pattern (found here ) is free and super nice. I followed it exactly, except I attached the scoop to the cone with single crochet before adding the trim to the scoop. This eliminates any sewing 🙂 I freeformed the cherry for my grandfather’s and embroidered on some sprinkles for my coworker’s. I think they look great! I like the look of the largest one the best, but it’s quite big for an ornament, so the other two are more practical. And they’re SO quick!

The Yarn:  The yarns were just scrap yarns, because you really don’t need much for this. I used Vanna’s Choice in Toffee (leftover from my Doctor Who Scarf) for the cone, Red Heart Soft in White (leftover from Lulu’s French Outfit) for the scoop, and Bernat Satin in Red (left over from my Angry Birds Hat) for the cherry. I wish I could have done a different ice cream flavor (I’d have LOVED to do mint chip!), but none of the colors in my yarn stash were very ice cream appropriate.

My Plans:  I know I haven’t posted in a long time, but don’t think that doesn’t mean I haven’t been crocheting/knitting up a storm! I have been working day and night on the Christmas Scarves I’ve been making with my sister. We only have one left to go! Before we wrap them up, I’ll snap a photo and you’ll believe me when I say we did lots of hard work! Likewise, I’m still trudging along with my Poinsettia Pillow when I can’t craft in private. I’m almost done with my fourth square, and I only need eight. I project that I’ll finish the final Christmas Scarf by the end of the week (MAYBE Monday or Tuesday of next) and then I’ll have only about another week to complete the Poinsettia Pillow, so I might not finish until a few days after Christmas. But I don’t mind at all. Working on it has gotten me into the Christmas Spirit this year, and hopefully when I get to use it as a decoration next year it will do the same! I’ve put my Snowflake Afghan on hold so that I can finish these Christmas oriented projects, but it’s the next thing on my list. Afterthat, I’ve PROMISED myself that I WILL NOT buy anymore yarn until I complete all the projects on my list. I want to make some mittens for my friends whose birthdays are coming up, as they’ll be studying abroad in Europe and it’d make the perfect gift. After that, I have plenty to make from the January/February 2013 issue of Crochet Today!, for which I’ve already bought yarn. Just talking about everything I still have to do is making me exhausted! Back to work for me!