Project Pictures!

I’m sorry that it took me so long to get these up! I even promised Thursday, but if it counts for anything, I wrote this up late last night, (after seeing the midnight premiere of Snow White & The Huntsman! So good. I cried six times. Really.) But my internet wouldn’t cooperate until today.

But anyways… I’m so excited to finally have awesome pictures to show you guys, thanks to my sister, the talent behind CarolynMarie Photography. Click that link to see some more of her work!

So let’s dive right in!

So, as of this morning, i had yet to unravel that yellow bulky rug I’ve been working on, and now after pulling it out today to photograph, I fell back in love with the idea, so i’m gonna keep what i’ve got so far, and finish it up to completion. right now it’s heading towards 2.5 feet across.

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My pineapple Morgana shawl is coming along really well. Even after this pictures is taken, I’ve worked more on it, and it’s almost ready for me to start on the border. Are button holes hard? I’ve somehow skimped out of making them up until now. But I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.
Here’s what I’ve got so far

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Since I haven’t pressed and steamed it yet, the stitches are kinda bundled up, so here it is, alittle easier to see the design

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Lastly, here’s the rug I’ve been making out of T-Shirt yarn! The sides look a little wavy, and at first I was afraid that I had too many stitches, but it’s really just the stretchiness of the t-yarn and the way I’ve kept it rolled up (I hope?)

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My next post is gonna be the BEST YET. It’s going to be all about UPCYCLING! The simple tricks to making quick & easy yarn out of t-shirts, sheets, and even plastic bags, will all be revealed…tomorrow!

Hope your weeks are going well!

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Where did you find that pattern?!

I thought I’d take a moment to share with you my favorite patterns, which I’ve found through various blogs I’ve come across. I hope ya’ll find this useful!

Blog: creativeyarn.blogspot.com

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Even though I’ve never seen any pattern from CreativeYarn, that I didn’t like, this adorable hat is by far my favorite. It’s easy to do (It was one of my first projects I completed, as a young crocheter) but looks totally store bought!

Here’s the link! http://creativeyarn.blogspot.com/2008/02/puff-stitch-crochet-beret-with-bow.html

blog: http://vallieskids.blogspot.com

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The second I saw this bag, I fell in love with it, and knew i had to immediately make one. In total, this project took me about 10 hours, and I made it almost straight though, in one sitting. Make sure you don’t make your strap too long (like I did!) because the opening in the bag is pretty wide, and it can feel awkward, if it hangs too far down. I loved the bag, for as long as I had it, but unfortunately I did a lazy job of tying off my color switches, so part of it came unraveled, and I had to ditch it until further notice. I hope you guys better luck with it!

Here’s the link! http://vallieskids.blogspot.com/2009/06/get-your-granny-on-bag.html

blog: www.acraftyhouse.com

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This. sweater. is. amazing. I can’t even express how much I love this pattern. The concept is SO easy, the only challenge is how long it takes to make the thousands and thousands of stitches. The size is really easy to adjust, with just a couple measurements, and measuring your work as you go. here’s my finish product:

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Here’s the link! http://www.acraftyhouse.com/2012/03/free-dolman-sleeve-crochet-sweater.html

blog: www.tangledhappy.com

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Tangled happy, while not offering any original patterns, is one of my go-to blogs, because her entire blog is like a gigantic version of this blog post. Constantly offering links to awesome sites, and patterns, this blog is fantastic for reference, inspiration, or finding unique patterns. Enjoy!

blog: crochetincolor.blogspot.com

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This sturdy little basket (great for storing extra skeins, or any other craft supplies!) is made from Super Bulky Yarn and a 8mm crochet hook! I’d always envisioned it ending up bigger than mine did, but you could always increase the rows at the base, to achieve the size you want! This is a great side project for a rainy day!

Here’s the link! http://crochetincolor.blogspot.com/2012/02/chunky-crocheted-basket-pattern.html

that’s all I’ve got time for tonight! But it’s not hard to find crochet blogs (though finding really thorough, helpful one you like can take some searching) All of these I came across through either simple google searches, through other blogs, or (my recent favorite!) following the stumbleupon category “crochet”. Try it!

pictures of my projects to come…tomorrow!

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More Projects…

Don’t get too excited, my pictures aren’t ready yet 😦

here’s a consolation prize, of a sneak preview of how sad and pathetic my hippo looks with his ears bobbypinned on, and his leg hanging out beside. It’s okay to make fun, that’s why it’s here. I even used Instagram, so we could all have a bit more hipster added to our day.

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he’ll be lovable in like 3 days, max. I promise.

So, to update, I realized my fifth project that was alluding me, hadn’t been started yet, because the yarn just arrived today! Due to the massive amounts I was gonna need, I went (what i thought was going to be) super cheap, and just went with red heart soft yarn. With this project totaling about 3000 yards total, i’m pretty excited, but it also makes me tired just thinking about it.

It’s a top secret project, because it’s a surprise for my sweetheart (aww), but i’ll give you a sneak peak of what I have so far

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this is turning into such a hipster post. oh well. So, i have 208 of these to make, and I’ve done 12. Rough.

I’ve gotten a second wind, on my yellow bulky rug, in that i’m unraveling it, and using a pattern that was in the issue of Crochet Today I was looking at earlier, which is actually awesome looking, instead of some weird loose circle thing that I was making up and hoping it turned out okay in the end. More on that later.

Hope ya’ll tuesdays are going well!

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Let’s get this started

Hello, fellow crafters & crocheters!

I feel like these days, there’s no end to the number of projects I’m actively working on, and ideas I can’t wait to start. I used to wonder why people would say things like “here’s a project I’ve had on the hook for awhile”, because I’d think “why not just work on one thing at once, and get it done?!” Well, the answer to that is quite simple, for me: there are far too many awesome crochet projects out there, to sit down and finish each 10 hour project, before starting the next one.

Currently, i’m working on four or five: (pictures to come)

1. bulky granny mandala rug

I had a horrible mishap with a pattern I was trying, which was supposed to use 3 skeins of chunky yarn. the pattern was a chunky granny shrug, located here http://www.australqualityproducts.com.au/Lara/Granny.pdf, and the hook i used was 15.75, which was really too big, but i decided I was going to fake it. NOPE. In the end, it used almost 5 skeins of yarn, and was entirely too heavy. I’d completed the pattern right, but there was just something about it. Seriously. Everyone would look at it, and be like “No, i think it looks fine! …wait.” It was cute, but the longer you looked at it, the more something looked off.

So i had to unravel it. It was the first project I’d completed that I actually hated, so it was pretty discouraging, but i made it through. So late one night, I unraveled it in my dorm room, and rolled it all up into one basketball sized ball. It must have been six pounds, it was ridiculous. I was too upset about it all to try the pattern again, with a smaller hook, so now i’m using all that yarn to make a little circular rug, for my bathroom next year. it’s about 2 1/2 feet wide so far, and the yarn is about half way used up. I’m excited to show you guys pictures!

2. T-shirt yarn rug

This other rug i’m making is just increased single crochets, in rounds. I’m so poor, i’ve been using bobby pins as stitch markers. This rug is sort of my baby, at the moment, since I’ve been really into upcycling yarn recently, and i made the yarn myself. It’s definitely slower going than the bulky rug, and it’s been a few days since i’ve picked it up, so i’ve forgotten what increase i’m on, but i’m sure i’ll get a second wind on it soon. Hopefully, in the next couple posts, i’ll have a tutorials for a couple of my favorite recycled yarns!

3. Pineapple Morgana Shrug

So I’m apparently behind the times, on learning pineapple patterns, but the second i completed my first one, i fell in love! So I found a pattern in my most recent copy of Love of Crochet (magazine. love it. I highly recommend it.) that i started yesterday, and i’m a little under halfway through.

4. Amigurumi Hippo

I know, I know, amigurumi doesn’t even take that long. but i got the body all done, and then did the ears, and one leg, and was just like “well, i’ll leave this for another day” so now, i’ve got one leg with it’s stuffing poking out, and a hippo body with no ears, legs, or even eyes. Rough.

I feel like i’m forgetting some project, that i’ve cast to the side, but anyways, I just feel like there isn’t enough hours in the day. I apologize for the lack of pictures. My sister’s been too busy editing wedding photos to take the pictures I’ve asked her to, and I was too impatient to wait for them, but hopefully i’ll have those up by thursday. So until then, happy hooking everybody!

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