Stupid Beanie

Try, try again.

Sometimes, the projects you start working on don’t turn out how you expect them to.

Other times, you don’t even finish the project but don’t want the hassle of taking everything apart. I absolutely hate frogging (unraveling) any crochet work I’ve done (especially if it’s taken me a long time) because I just feel like it was such a waste of time and I even get a little angry/upset. Other times you just want to make it work so very, very bad.

For example, last week I was in the mood to crochet a beanie. No reason why – I was just compelled to do so. So, I grabbed a crochet hook (I forget what size) and a little skein of Lily Sugar and Cream yarn that I had picked up a while back. I just wanted to whip one up really quick so I chose to do a simple double crochet beanie. Quick and painless!

Or so I thought.

I didn’t finish it for 2 days – just for a quick and simple beanie!

I would have finished it that night, but if you’ve ever used Lily Sugar and Cream before, then you know that it’s a pretty small skein. I crocheted quite a bit (more than half) of the beanie when I realized that I wouldn’t have enough yarn. Because I didn’t want to make a run to Michael’s just for a small ball of yarn, I frogged it a bit and decided to make the beanie a bit smaller to allow myself more yarn. I did a couple of rows, decided I was done for the night, and went to bed. The next morning, I picked it up again and started working. It seemed to be working up well, and I even reached the brim, when I realized…

…I still didn’t have enough yarn!

Again, I frogged the beanie to the previous increase to give myself just a bit more yarn (one row of increases can make all the difference). I will mention, as I have in the past, that I do have a small head so this new size actually fit my head perfectly. I proceeded to crochet and made it to the brim area once again. Though I was unable to create a “proper” brim, I was able to do one row of single crochet which was the best I was going to be able to do.

Here it is:

Stupid Beanie

You stupid, stupid beanie.

This may have actually taken 3 days to do (I can’t remember specifically), but this is because I am also trying to manage a 13-month old and crocheting is quite difficult around him.

I am, however, proud of myself for finishing this beanie after all this struggle. Typically, I would just unravel it and toss the yarn into my stash and forget about it. But this time I really wanted to finish something – even something as insignificant as a beanie. The sense of accomplishment was what I was seeking and nothing – even that stupid, small ball of yarn – was going to stop me.

Now I know (and I probably knew before) that if I am going to make something with this brand of yarn, I’ll need at least two skeins.

Unless I want to lose my mind.

A Tuesday in August

Order

My project for the day – an Etsy order for a Gomez!

I haven’t made one in a while. And, for a while, I was glad because he’s pretty time consuming. Mostly I got tired of all of the sewing! Around Xmas I had to make so many… Each time my phone notified me that I had sold something I said to myself, “Please, don’t be a Gomez!”

I think enough time has passed to let me enjoy making him again. Plus, it helps that my customer is super excited to receive him! I always love it when the customer leaves me a nice note when they order saying how cute/awesome my plushie is before they even get it.

Note to self: Update pattern files – they’re not much to look at. Maybe add them to the shop?

What are you up to today?

My silly little photo bomber.

WIP – Monster Blanket

Greetings, dear readers!

As promised, today I am going to share my progress on the pattern I am currently testing. I haven’t been given the opportunity very often to test out a pattern, and I came upon this one quite by accident!

The pattern I am testing is for a monster blanket. We are given the pattern in four parts to prevent others from spoiling it for those who fall behind.

( Note: I’m not spoiling the surprise! We’re all aware of the final outcome. ;) )

I don’t want to go into too many details, so here is my progress so far:

Monster Blanket 2

At the end of the first part.

Monster Blanket 1

The end of the second part.

For this project, I used Red Heart in “Spring Green,” “Lavender,” and “Turqua.” And also white and black. I wasn’t so sure about the lavender at first, but after a few rows I thought it was a good decision. It’s definitely colorful!

I had to make notes on where the teeth started because, as the pattern is written, the background and teeth are the same color. Most people used white or beige so it worked out in their favor, but I didn’t want my monster to have green teeth!

If you’re interested in seeing the finished blanket, you can head over to the artist’s blog here. If you’d like to check out the testing forum on Ravelry to see the various yarn choices, click here.

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My little photo bomber.

Slippers 3

Those Slippery Slippers

Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s weekend went well.

Not too much to report at the moment, but I will be doing a blog post later on about a pattern I am currently testing. It’s being sent out in multiple parts and I’m still on the second portion (I think there are about 4 all together). When I get a bit more done I’ll start to share some photos!

The other night, I felt the urge to make some slippers. Why? I don’t know. I don’t even like slippers (perhaps I felt that if I made some, I’d be more likely to wear them?). So, I searched through the Ravelry patterns to find a good candidate to cover up my feet. I found 2 or 3 patterns and I even considered making a blog post sharing my top five choices. In the end, I chose a winner but decided against the post.

The pattern I chose was the “Lizzie” slippers by Lisa Gutierrez from GoodKnits.

Here are my completed slippers:

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And another (without my feet):

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And a close-up of the toe area:

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It’s a very nice pattern and pretty easy to follow. Like others who’ve finished this pattern, I did have a little difficulty in understanding the right slipper directions. Each slipper is one piece sewn at both the heel and the toes, but the right slipper is flipped inside out and sewn/crocheted opposite.

For these slippers I used Red Heart in “Real Teal” and “Buff” and a size “H” hook. They only took me between 1-2 hours to finish (closer to 1) so it’s a quick project to do. Even though they turned out okay, I don’t know how often I will wear them. Let’s just say that these slippers are quite… slippery… on our hardwood floors. I’ll need to put something on the bottoms of them if I decide to use them more often. Also, they make my feet look fat. Haha! AND… and… I’ll have to add a little strap to go across them to keep them on (slip-ons don’t stay on my feet very well).

That’s all for now!

Stay tuned for a post on my pattern testing coming up later this week. :)

Winding Process 2

You Spin Me Round

Whew – what a month! I apologize for the lack of posting. We’ve been a little busy!

On July 10th, we closed Escrow on our new home and have been slowwwwwwwwly moving, cleaning, organizing, etc. ever since. Last night was our LAST load from the condo. So, now all we have to do is clean up the condo and list it for sale! :D Luckily for us, my husband’s parents have been VERY helpful in helping us clean and fix up some minor things. I don’t know what we would do without them, really. They have been so incredibly kind for doing this. It’s one of those things where you feel that there is no way you can ever repay them. Maybe letting them babysit will be reward enough? (Ha!)

Speaking of the baby… he turned 1 in June! Can you believe it? Time has just been going by so quickly. He’s on the verge of walking and is getting into EVERYTHING.

Baby

We finally attached the baby proof latches on the kitchen cabinets to keep him from taking things out. However, now he just gets angry that he can’t open them and cries. *sigh* We just can’t win.

But you’re not here to hear about my baby (I need to stop calling him that – he’s a toddler now!) woes. You’re here to talk about yarn! And talk about yarn we shall!

In my last post, I briefly mentioned that I purchased a yarn/ball/wool winder. I purchased this winder from Amazon.

Yarn Winder

Not much to it, I admit.

Because I just wanted to try it out, I didn’t go for the larger one because I didn’t know how often I would use it. In retrospect (and after some use), I wish I had purchased the larger one. This particular winder is best used for (roughly) half a skein of yarn. If you try to wind a full skein of Red Heart, for example, the yarn will end up getting caught under the gear and it won’t sit properly along the top. Thus, it’s really meant for your scraps or mostly-used skeins.

Winding - Errors

See how it gets funky at the bottom and top?

Regardless, this winder is quite fun to use! I love cranking the winder and watching the yarn just form itself into these tidy, little… things. I don’t want to call them “balls” because they aren’t – they’re more like stumps. Haha! What’s funny though, is that it’s supposed to make them easier to use by having the center pull, but last time I used one, I was pulling from the outside tail (and didn’t realize it until I was almost out!).

Winding Process 1

Winding Process 2

If you’re tired of having those loose, random yarn balls, or making yarn balls in general, I would suggest a yarn winder because it keeps your yarn much neater for storage and you don’t have to worry about one of your yarn balls rolling away while working (since I don’t believe in yarn bowls).

Wound Balls

Do you own a winder? What kind do you have? How do you like it?

FOT9BD

Purple Tentacle – Maniac Mansion/Day of the Tentacle

I finally got around to making one of the many amis that my husband has been wanting. He’s got quite the list, let me tell you!

Whenever he beats a game, he likes for me to make him a person/creature from that game. I guess as some sort of commemorative item or something. :P I dunno.

Anyway, a while back he beat an old game called “Maniac Mansion.” (If you’d like to know more about, click here because I don’t really know how to describe it.)

Maniac_Mansion_artwork

In the game, there are two tentacles – purple and green – who prevent your character from getting to certain places, etc and this is what my hubby wanted me to make.

Purple Tentale - MM

However, he asked me to base it off of the purple tentacle depicted in the spin-off game “Day of the Tentacle.” (Again, click here for more info!)

Day_of_the_Tentacle_artwork

Purple Tentale - DoT

If you’re a gamer, or are close to someone who is, chances are you’ve seen these characters around. If not, now you have!

Anywho, this is how it turned out:

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My husband loves it and says it’s one of the best ones I’ve made. :) He even went so far as to insert it in to a picture of the original background. What a silly goose!

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What do you think?

Oh, and I bought yarn winder – but that’s for another post! :D

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FO Friday – Snowdrop Shawl

Howdy, folks!

Hope you’ve all had a great week. Mine wasn’t too bad.

We’ve been preparing/planning my son’s first birthday party (gasp!) and yesterday we picked up the decorations. That’s one thing off the list – now we just need to figure out food and make sure our location/venue is set. We’re just having it at my Grandma’s house, but we need to make sure she is up to it. We’ll be doing all the decorating and providing the food; we just needed a place that was large enough to have it since our condo is too small for even our little gathering.

But that’s about to change!

This week we also put an offer on a new house! They countered it and we agreed to the price – a little higher than we wanted, but it’s totally worth it. Now we just have to wait for the inspection and appraisal.

*fingers crossed*

In other news, today is my MIL’s birthday and today’s FO is her present.

A few weeks ago I was talking to her about crocheting (surprise, surprise) and I mentioned that I’ve been wanting to make a shawl. The only problem is that I don’t wear them and don’t know anyone who does so it would be somewhat of a waste. She told me that she likes them and that she would wear one if she had one (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). So, I finally got to make one and it looks great.

I used the Snowdrop Shawl pattern by Anastacia Zittel:

Snow Drop Shawl

This pattern was very easy to follow and turned out quite nice. I may just end up making one for myself.

I used Yarn Bee Effervesce yarn in “Stardust” and used about 2.5 skeins total.

What do you think? Sorry, no modeling photos. :)

Have a great weekend!