WIP Wednesday

Look at this, TWO weeks in a row I’ve remembered about the whole WIP Wednesday posts! It does help that it’s wet and cold outside, a good day to stay indoors and do some website related stuff! I’ve already published a new post this morning, Making It Fit- A Hat-Sizing Guideline, and I just published a post about my knit WIP on Sometime’s, She Knits (yes, I’m up to two WIP’s again, instead of just one). After this post I’m hoping to get some work done on my next COTB newsletter. Sign Up For The Newsletter Here! so that you don’t miss a thing!

So…this is a photo of what I’ve been crocheting this week:1031181022529516380.jpg

With a close-up of the bobble-stitches:

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It’s going to be a project bag. With a lof of bobble-stitches.

Back in the summer I bought 3 cakes of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton (it’s a mix of cotton and polyester). But I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it. I tried a couple of things, but didn’t like how they turned out, so I frogged. So now I’m working on this. I’ve used about 1 1/2 cakes so far.

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I’m not totally sure how I like it so far. It’s a lot of work, but, it’s pretty mindless. IF it works out, I’ll publish the pattern here for you.

What’s on your hooks this week?

~Amanda~

WIP Wednesday

I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time. It is Wednesday, right? I lose track of the days so easily. Unless it’s payday, of course 😄

Last night I dug through my stash of leftovers. I found this:

Lion Brand Landscapes scraps (the color is Boardwalk). It kinda looks like rainbow vomit, but I was sure it could become something nice (but small).

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

Isn’t it cute? Not quite sure what it is, yet. But we’ll get it figured out. That’s using one little ball of the rainbow vomit.

And can you believe this is my only WIP at the moment?? It’s crazy how much faster you can get a project finished when you have only one on the go!

What’s on your hook (or needles) today?

A New WIP- Crossbody/Sling Purse

The other day I decided I wasn’t happy with the size of my purse (too big), and so I figured I may as well make one! I bought a couple of single fat quarters of fabric with a cute owl design on them at Walmart for 97 cents each (not wanting to waste much money should this endeavor of mine not work out). This fabric will be the lining of the purse.

It’s not done yet, but I wanted to show off what I’ve accomplished so far. I still need to tie in loose ends, maybe add a border around the straps and top opening of the purse, and then sew in the lining.

I used all Red Heart Super Saver and a 5.5mm hook.

What do you think? Worthy of sharing the pattern?

~Amanda~

WIP Wednesday- May 23, 2018

Well, since I talked about my WIP’s in my last Weekly Update, and I haven’t done anything with them since then, I don’t really have much of a WIP update. OOPS, lol.

However, in case you missed that post, here are a couple of photos (same ones as I posted in my update the other day):

The photo on the left is of my “Grenadine” doll which I first started writing about here, and the photo on the right is my remake of Olivia’s Kitty Cat.  You can read about their progress here (I don’t want to bore you with repeating myself, lol).

And finally, I have a sneak peek of the pattern I’m going to publish on Friday:

All I will say right now is that the pattern is easy peasy and a great one to use up your left over cotton yarn!

Until my next post….happy hookin!

~Amanda~

 

WIP Wednesday- May 16, 2018

Another week of progress made 😁 The doll that I wrote about in last week’s WIP Wednesday is coming along nicely. I’m actually quite proud of it! Usually I am my own worst critic when it comes to designing something new.

For now, I am calling this 14 inch tall doll “Grenadine”, because that’s the primary color used.

I realize that I sewed her head on a wee bit crooked, but I’m ok with that. It adds character, lol. (She looks proud and headstrong this way, don’t you think? Lol)

Last night after Olivia went to bed I went onto YouTube and watched a few videos for inspiration and instruction on how to create lovely eyes. I usually suck at making faces, and don’t embellish with, for example,  eyelashes. I think what I did turned out well. After the hair(line) is done, I might even add eyebrows!  I don’t know if the ears are too big (the critic, again), but once the hair is added maybe they won’t look too big.

The pins on her head represent the hairline. I *think* I have brown yarn on hand, but I might not have enough. If not, Grenadine might have lilac colored hair (or blue, or red or bright orange…lol).  I know, I should’ve checked through my yarn stash before beginning this project!

Along with the hair, I have to still make her little skirt (which I SHOULD do before adding hair, so I don’t crochet her hair into the skirt!).  Oh, and probably little shoe straps, perhaps with buttons, to cover up the color change.

So, I think that’s all I have to say about Grenadine right now.

Next, here’s a sneak peek at the new free pattern I’m planning to publish on Friday coming up:

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Have a great day everyone! And remember…

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(I found this pic on Pinterest, lol)

~Amanda~

WIP Wednesday- May 9, 2018

As you can see, I’ve decided to try (again) a weekly post of my WIP’s . I did this a couple of years ago, but I didn’t keep up with it. Fingers crossed that it’ll work out this time around 🤗 (I find that since I’ve been paying for my blog I make better use of my time and make sure I keep publishing more regularly here!)

In my most recent Weekly Update I mentioned that I’m now working on an amigurumi doll. So that is the focus of this WIP Wednesday.

This is what I’ll call the “prototype “. I’m using Red Heart Super Saver,  left overs from the Ripple Blanket I made earlier this year (which is technically still a WIP since I still haven’t weaved in all of the yarn tails!).

The skin color is Aran, the clothing is Grenadine (the pink), and I’ve included little white socks. Oh, and the safety eyes are 12 mm black. There are still a few more decreasing rounds to go, to shape the top of the body, and then of course making arms and adding hair and a face to the head, and then sewing it all together. If you look closely you will see that I’ve crocheted in only the back loops around the waist; this is so I can add a little skirt attached directly onto the doll.  To cover my color changes I’ll probably add little shoe straps and a button, and when I make the second of this doll I’ll use a non-jogging color change method. I probably should’ve done that first time around! Lol

For the second version of this doll, I will be using the Mainstays brand of yarn for the body, but still in the color Aran. Red Heart use to sell a color, which I believe was called something like “blush” (?), which was better suited for flesh-tone. I couldn’t find it though when I was in the yarn aisle the other day at Walmart.  But I noticed that the Mainstays “Aran” is slightly darker than Red Heart’s , so I picked that up.  I also couldn’t find a light enough brown,  which would more closely resemble my daughter’s skin tone (I’ve used Red Heart Super Saver’s “warm brown” in the past). So the Mainstays Aran will hopefully do.

I am also thinking that I might make a boy version of the doll. But we’ll see. Or even a naked version, with removable clothing. I have so many ideas going through my head at once, lol. Just don’t hold me to any of these ideas…no guarantees or promises that I’ll do all of this! Lol.

What I’d also like to do is make animals, but for some reason I’ve never been able to make them work, unless of course I follow someone else’s pattern. I guess making/designing dolls is easier for me because I really don’t have to stop and think about their shape too much. On a side note, you can see a couple of my previous doll designs here: Valentine Doll  and Best Friends Amigurumi.

So there ya have it, my “first” WIP Wednesday.  I hope you enjoyed the read 😁

~Amanda ~

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Weekly Update- April 8, 2018

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I’ve been wanting to start this for quite some now, that is, a weekly update. Not just a review of what I’ve been doing on the blog, but of anything that’s going on in my life and environment. Crocheting, of course, being the center of attention. I could say that I’m just always so busy, and that’s why I’ve not done this yet, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Sometimes I’m just too tired or lazy, and sometimes I second guess myself and think, “What’s the point?”. Well, the point of it is to share and remember. This blog, so far, has been more or less a place where I publish my original patterns and WIP’s to share with everyone, but recently I’ve been wanting it to be more.  Not only would I like it to be resourceful, but I’d like it to be a place where I can go to and look back on my crocheting journey, as well as other moments and milestones in my personal life. A sort of journal, but not private and not overly personal, not full of deep thoughts and emotions. Light and airy, uplifting and helpful. And so now with having created the first published update, it provides me with the incentive to keep going. It will now be expected of me to produce a new update every week!

So. Having said all that, let’s get on with it!

First and foremost, it’s my husband’s birthday today! He says he’s only 26 years old, but that’s up for debate, lol. (That would make me only 13 years old!). We don’t have any real big plans for today. We already went out for a stroll around the block this morning. Now hubby’s sipping a glass of wine, Olivia’s napping, and I’m sitting here in front of the computer with my coffee. After dinner tonight (steak!) we’ll enjoy some birthday cake.  I took a photo of it, shown below. It’s gonna be YUMMY! (Hopefully my teeth won’t be aching too much after eating it!).

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At the beginning of March I decided to finally try my hand at designing a sweater for my daughter Olivia. I did many, many gauge swatches and researched online about sizing (not all sizing charts are the same, so I had to guesstimate and use Olivia’s measurements to come up with the right size for her). After a number of attempts I came up with something that works. I am using Peaches & Creme cotton yarn (just started on the second 14 oz cone of it), color “Chocolate Milk”, a size J-6 mm hook, and the Moss Stitch. It’s about a size 4 children’s. But with Olivia growing so quickly, I don’t think it will fit her in the fall. So I will have to make a larger one after I finish this one. I wanted to share my pattern with you here when it’s done, but I’ve discovered a mistake I made while making the hood and I need to fix that, which I will do when/if I make a larger one. Also, IF I make another one, I’m thinking I might use acrylic yarn (most likely Red Heart Super Saver) instead.

Here is a photo of what it currently looks like. I just started making the first sleeve yesterday (well, I actually started the sleeve a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t get it right so I put it down for a while). You can see in the photo the buttons that I’ve chosen to use on the sweater.

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Next, here are a couple of photo’s of Olivia modeling the sweater, before I started on the sleeve. I shared these photos on the Facebook fan page a while ago, and as I stated there, while I think the hood looks kind of Gnomish or Pixieish, Olivia’s thinking more along the lines of Dinosaurish, lol.

Around the middle of March I broke down and bought 3 cakes of Mandala Baby yarn (color “Far Far Away”). News of the price of it being reduced at Walmart was circulating around Facebook, and so I just couldn’t resist! I didn’t have a project in mind for it at the time, so I browsed the internet looking for ideas and/or patterns. In the end I decided to create a blanket with it. However, I didn’t want it to look like all the other blankets (I’m not really a trendy person), so I dug out a stitch pattern book and created my own.  I’m using a V-Stitch pattern called “Winning Ways” from the book shown below (published by Leisure Arts, available at Walmart), and a 5 mm hook. It’s about 44 inches wide, but I’m not sure how long it is as I haven’t measured it lately.  I did have to buy two more cakes of the yarn (luckily the store still had cakes of the same dye lot), because I don’t want the blanket to be square. It should be about 60 inches long when it’s done, give or take. I will probably also add a border to it. I just started on the fourth cake a couple of days ago.

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And last but not least, I’m slowly working on a doily. It seems that every week or two I do another round in it. Working with crochet thread is really a strain on my eyes, plus, I have to pay extra attention to the stitching and following the pattern (and I need quiet and no interuptions for that!).  I am following this pattern. It is called “Dreaming of Spring Doily” by Olga Poltava. Only a few more rounds and I am done 🙂

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Oh, and before I forget, that sweater I was knitting for myself (mentioned here) is heading for the froggy pond. In it’s place, I’m going to either make a knit poncho (I found an easy pattern which uses far less yarn than the sweater) for myself, or maybe even another blanket.

And the final order of business…that monthly newsletter that I’ve been talking about for a few months. It’s not been started yet. You can still sign up for it, I just don’t know when exactly it will begin. I need to come up with content. Which means I need to be more active here on the blog. I often find that there’s just not enough time in a day. If only I could just snap my fingers and have everything done all at once, lol. (But I do enjoy the physical process of doing things!).