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Let’s Talk Crafty Christmas…Part 2

Friday, March 7th, 2014 | crochet, FO's, Holiday, scarf, stash busting, Tunisian, yarn | No Comments

Angelique’s present this year was a challenge for me, but I learned a lot. It is my very first Tunisian crochet project (well, completed project anyway).

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This was an interesting experiment.

The pattern is Ziggurat, designed by my friend Alexis.

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It’s mostly tunisian mesh with a section of striping.

The colors scream “Angelique”…and this will look great with that new shawl pin she bought at Stitches West.

This was actually a great beginner tunisian crochet pattern, although I really wish there were more online resources for Tunisian crochet in general. It seemed like finding tutorials for different stitches was difficult for me. Maybe at some point I might have to spring for a stitch/pattern book or something. I haven’t yet because it feels like all of the tunisian projects I see pictures of on the internet would be popular for an age range much higher than mine. This pattern, however, had a more modern feel to it.

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The last of the Christmas presents…?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | blah blah blah, crochet, FO's, Holiday, macgyver, stash busting, yarn | No Comments

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I had more Christmas items to share, but I haven’t heard back to see if everyone got them. I know, for sure, that two of them were opened and the folks that saw them really liked them! As a matter of fact, my cousin saw the one I sent my Goddaughter and she was super jealous!

I am taking a chance that folks WON’T see this particular blog just in case they haven’t opened their presents yet. Yes, I know it’s mid January…

I didn’t have a pattern for these, because really, who needs one? These are so easy, beginner crocheters can do it!

It’s basically a rectangle that will fit around a standard head, plus a little extra for overlap. Buttonholes? No problem! With yarn doubled on a larger hook, double crochet really makes it’s own buttonholes!

Quick and easy!

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Friday Night Crochet Discussion…

A few weeks back, Ash said she needed some crochet help and I decided to record it.

Here is basic explanation of shaping a crochet bowl.

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Trying something new…

I’ve been a busy bee! Between the new job and the new knit group, I haven’t had much time to get stuff done. However, I’ve decided that, if I have a free moment, I should get down to business on making things for Christmas.

Luckily, I took Lexi’s Tunisian Crochet class at CogKNITive again this year. I seriously needed the refresher! I had started a baby blanket way back for Blanketeers, but promptly forgot what I was doing and had stowed it in the back of my minivan.

Lexi had been wearing something she designed in tunisian crochet, and it was lovely. I bought her pattern and now I am practicing. Of course I can’t give you too many details…because, well, Christmas.

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This decided it didn’t want to be for it’s intended recipient, so I started a new one.

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Meet my Crochet Capybara…

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 | Amigurumi, crochet, Pattern, Toys | No Comments

I was talking about losing my knitting mojo yesterday, so I decided to try and get productive in other ways! I mean, there is plenty I can be doing besides knitting, right?

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Here he is!

I’ve done it! I’ve finally posted my first ever pattern to Ravelry! The Crochet Capybara!

I am pretty darn excited to finally have this little guy out there. He’s been hiding out for months! It’s an easy-peasy pattern, so definitely check it out.

I have more patterns in the pipeline…I hope to get them out into the universe soon!

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Another Friday Night at my LYS…

I figured if I am not putting out the amount of FO’s I would like (an explanation to follow soon), I might as well write about somebody else’s projects.

I went to the shop this past Friday to find some new people hanging out. I am always into meeting new people, and luckily, meeting people who are also into fiber arts is easy. You see someone knitting or cro-ing on the street and you have a reason to go talk to them. For someone like me, who can be shy and awkward sometimes, it is a good way to break free of my fears and approach new people.

So I met this lovely woman named Virginia. She might have me beat in the crazy department. When I say crazy, I mean that in the best possible way, for I am in awe of her skills. I thought I was nuts working my Insanity Blanket on size ones and making it king sized? Get a load of this:

Virginia's blanket

See the center? They are all individual overlapping "petals".

I wish I would have asked her what size hook she was using. It is amazingly intricate, and she is making it up as she goes along! She has no pattern and told me she can’t read patterns so she makes up her own stuff! Amazing! She is making this king sized too…so she has totally “Captain one-upped” me with this one.

And check out this baby blanket she is making! Awesome!

Virginia's baby blanket

How cute!

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CogKNITive Fiber Retreat 2010 – Part 3

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 | blah blah blah, CogKNITive, crochet, Field Trip | No Comments

More CogKNITive Fiber Retreat fun!

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The vendors set up and I got to learn some core spinning in between classes!

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I was lucky enough to learn Tunisian Crochet with Alexis...

And I think during dinner Alexis might have gotten me to admit on Gemma’s recorder that one of the really exciting things about the weekend for me was this…

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The Waffle Maker.

I took some video while at dinner Saturday night. I decided to leave it unedited (partly because I am lazy). Debbie and Deborah having dinner with Alexis, Anne (Stashymama) and I…

(Warning…it’s loud)

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How kids keep you honest…

Sunday, October 5th, 2008 | blah blah blah, crochet, FO's, knitting, UFO's | 1 Comment

I have a problem with guilt. I feel super guilty. It started with a simple project that turned into one of those monkeys on my back. It started with amigurumi.

The infamous pink elephant

The infamous pink elephant

My daughter loves elephants. She has a bunch of stuffed elephants in her bed. I am not sure what started her elephant obsession, I mean, she is only 3 1/2. Anyway, she was batting her big blue eyes, asking her mommy for a pink elephant. She had spied one of mommy’s books, Amigurumi World, and fell in love with that elephant.

Now, if there is one thing the girls at the shop know about me is that I can be a tight knitter. Even worse, I am a tight crocheter. I mean, I was crocheting so tight that it was ruining my wrists, and I needed desperately to stop. The guilt was killing me. I had told my friend Ang, who incidentally works with me too, and she offered to finish the crochet for me as long as I did the sewing. I was *very* grateful.

Ang finished crocheting the thing…and I got it sewed it up and gave it to my daughter one night before bed. She fell in love. Which then leads to more guilt. My son was asking for a toy too.

Bleu Elephant Robot with appendages

Blue Elephant Robot with appendages

“Mommy, I want a Blue Elephant Robot” he says. Seriously. Kids come up with the weirdest requests. I couldn’t give her a toy and not give him one though.  I decided to take on this project and I was going to make up the pattern too. Because I have all that extra time between working full time, volunteering on the local twins’ club board, knit-a-longs, etc. So I started.

There would be mornings when the kids were getting ready for pre-school, that he would walk up to me and ask “Mommy gonna go to yarn?” or “Mommy work on Blue Elephant Robot?” It was killing me.

So It has been a couple months, but I am going to get this thing done. I started the ears last night, but they were too small, so I completey frogged them and started over. Once the ears are done, he will need a couple of arms and some finishing. I will get him done. I WILL…

I have given myself a deadline. Friday.

It needs a little steam blocking...

It needs a little steam blocking...

And, as promised. Here is picture of my sweater! I finished it Wednesday night while watching Pushing Daisies. I got a lot of comments on Friday when I wore it. I received the most praise from the ladies at the Stitch and Bitch. I think they were a little stunned that it was actually done. I let them know as soon as I was done with this sweater I ended up frogging and recasting on the Iceland sweater. I don’t think they are holding their breath for me to finish it, but maybe I might suprise them. I am looking at it in a whole new light.

Now it’s time to run. I am teaching a sock class at the lys and the new October KAL begins today….Monkey socks.

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