Sunday, March 15, 2015

At the Market

It was a beautiful day for the Sunday Farmers Market at Tractor Supply

 We took eggs for the first time, sells were good... thanks to the other vendors pointing the customers to us :D
 I had just enough quiet time to put the finishing touches on a knit healing shawl to go with the crochet ones  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Classic fingerless gloves


Classic fingerless gloves
Size 9 US dpns or circular needles
gauge 7 sts. by 11 rows per 2 inches
75 yards of worsted weight yarn

Both gloves made the same

k = knit
knit = knit all stitches of that round
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
kf/b = knit the front loop like normal, then knit the back loop of the same stitch making a one stitch increase
p = purl
psso = pass slid stitch over stitch just worked
sl st = slide stitch purl wise
( )x = repeat instructions inside of brackets as many times as the number after the x indicates
cast on 30 stitches
1) k1, p1
2) p1, k1
3) k1, p1
4) p1, k1
5) k1, p1
6) p1, k1
7) sl st, p1, psso, ( k1, p1 )x6, k1, sl st, k1, psso, ( p1, k1 )x6, p1
8) sl st, p1, psso, ( k1, p1 )x6, sl st, k1, psso, ( p1, k1 )x6
9) k1, p1
10 - 13) knit
14) ( k2tog, k11 )x 2
15 - 24) knit
25) kf/b stitch marker, k22, stitch marker, kf/b
26) knit
27) k1, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k1
28) knit
29) k2, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k2
30) knit
31) k3, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k3
32 - 34) knit
35) k27, * k2tog, slip the stitch back onto the left needle purl wise * repeat until all of the thumb gussets stitches are worked ( all stitches between stitch markers )
36) k20, kf/b
37) kf/b into the next stitch joining in the round again, knit the rest of the round
38 - 44) knit
bind off as * k2tog, slip the stitch back onto the left needle purl wise * repeat to end, fasten down, weave in ends


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Setting up to sell

I have been looking for a place to sell my crafts at for some time now. I had tried the large farmers market in town ( listed as one of the top in the US ) but it was not a good fit for me.. it's gotten so big and touristy it doesn't have that cozy home town feel to it any more... it was suggested I should raise my prices to fit in better... I felt I was asking a fair price for each item..... now on the other hand we have a rather large flea market not far from here but no one wants to pay enough to even cover the cost of  materials let alone time.. tried it once I couldn't tell you how many times in that day I was told "I could get that at such and such a store cheaper"  ... don't take me wrong both places are really cool for what they are.. it is a real experience to go to either of them.. both having dozens of vendors.

I do events here and there and have a great time doing them, but covering the cost of set up alone can really be pricey..

I don't like doing special orders often, I've tried this so many times I have to admit that I like to work on whatever strikes my fancy at the time..
With crafting every day, items start to add up.. I can't give them all away and still cover the costs of new crafting supplies ;)
A while ago I heard about this new farmers market set up at one of my favorite stores outside of craft stores Tractor Supply .. was said to be a very nice friendly market with the feel of .. with the events I had already agreed to do plus the fact that this could be just a "dangerous" during chick days to me as setting up at a craft store, I put off talking to them... well I'm just going to have to do my best to stay strong and keep chick buying to a limit.. we will be setting up our craft and reiki booth with them starting next Sunday :D stop by and see us at the Tractor Supply at 1440 W. Picacho Ave. Las Cruces, NM. weather permitting at 10 am - 2 pm

Sunday Farmers Market At Tractor Supply


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beaded Fingerless Gloves

Beaded Fingerless Gloves
size 9 US dpns or cable needles
gauge 4 stitches by 6 rows per 1 inch
68 yards of worsted weight yarn
20 pearl colored beads with large enough hole to fit double strand of yarn through ( snugly )
small crochet hook to place beads on yarn I used 5US/1.90mm
2 stitch markers

k = knit
knit = knit all stitches of that round
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
kf/b = knit the front loop like normal, then knit the back loop of the same stitch making a one stitch increase
purl = purl all stitches of that round
yo = yarn over the needle creating new stitch
( )x = repeat instructions inside of brackets as many times as the number after the x indicates

Cast on 30 sts join
1) knit
2 - 3) purl
4 -5) knit
6) k2, place bead repeat to end ( instructions can be found on bottom of page )
7 - 10) knit
11) ( k2tog, k13) x 2
12) knit
13) ( k2tog, k12) x 2
14) knit
15) ( k2tog, k11) x 2
16 -19) knit
20) kf/b place marker, k22, place marker kf/b.. keep markers in place as you go ( marks the thumb gusset stitches )
21) knit
22) k1, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k1
23) knit
24) k2, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k2
25) knit
26) k3, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k3
27) knit
28 ) k4, kf/b, k22, kf/b, k4
29) knit
30) k28, ( k2tog, yo)x 3
 31)  ( k2tog, yo)x 3, k22 .. bind off all thumb gusset stitches including on the beginning of next round ( all of the stitches between markers )
32) knit to last stitch kf/b
33) joining over thumb gusset as you do so kf/b, knit to end
34 - 39) knit
40) k2tog, yo.. repeat to end
bind off weave in ends.

When you reach a stitch that needs a bead place bead on crochet hook

slide stitch off of left needle onto crochet hook

pull through bead

place stitch onto right needle purl wise leaving it unworked, in next round knit through the loop like a normal stitch


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quick crochet hat

Using Red Heart Super saver ( worsted weight ) in dark blue and a size K us hook...

 ( this pattern can be made using any size hook and corresponding sized yard by just adjusting  increase rows to fit size needed, it also works well with the half double crochet stitch for a thicker hat )

chain ( ch ) 4 join with a slip stitch to from a ring, chain 2, double crochet ( dc ) until the ring is full ( not bunched up though ) in this one I did 13

join each round with a slip stitch and start the next with a ch 2 ( counts as your first dc )

the second round dc into the same space as your starting chain 2 ( counts as your first increase ),  dc twice into each stitch

third round increase in the same manner as last round, dc 2,  increase the next stitch, dc 2 repeat your increase followed by 2 dc's to the end of round

fourth round do the same as the last round with 3 dc's in between increases ( if any extra rounds are needed just add another dc in between increases for each round )

I found this to be big enough to fit ( most ) adults without adding any more increase rounds using the larger need size

from here I just dc in every stitch for each round... this one I did 7 more rounds of dc's... stop when you get to the size you want.. add a few extra rounds to made one that can fold up along the brim

Added note... if after any given round you find you just need the hat a bit bigger .. try just adding a few increases evenly across the round..  depending on size needed I've found that either 4 or 6 more stitches work nicely

Super thick and easy fingerless gloves ( crochet )

I wanted a pair of supper thick fuzzy fingerless gloves to wear over thing gloves ( or alone )... the quicker the better... these only take a few minutes to make and are very warm, because they only cover the hand they are still easy to move in even though they are so thick... by adding or removing the number of dc's for the thumb gusset and rows before and after they are easy to adjust size...
I used two colors of Yarn Bee's Luscious ( bulky weight ) and one of Redheart's super savers ( worsted weight) I didn't count yardage but it didn't take much...

Medium ladies size

Make 2

Size N US hook ( didn't bother with gauge, adjust hook as needed )

using 3 strains of yarn through out ( 2 of bulky, one of worsted weight )

chain 16, join with a slip stitch

chain 2, double crochet 15, join with a slip stitch into top of chain 2

chain 2, double crochet 15, join with a slip stitch into top of chain 2

chain 2,  double crochet 4 times into the base of the chain 2 just made ( thumb gusset ), double crochet 15, join with a slip stitch into top of chain 2

chain 1, skip the 5 thumb gusset stitches, join in the next stitch with a slip stitch, chain 2, double crochet 14, decrease in next stitch with stitch over thumb gusset

chain 2, double crochet 15, join with slip stitch, fasten off, weave in ends.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One button Cowl

I didn't count the yardage with this pattern.. I just grabbed two balls of yarn one bulky, one worsted weight.. the closest needles and started knitting... I wanted something mindless to work on.. come out with this very easy quick cowl...

Size 15 US needles
gauge is not essential for this project 
( made with bulky and worsted weight yarns held together )

One button ( about 1 and 1/2 inches in size )

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k3tog = knit 3 stitches together
yo = yarn over needle

Cast on 15 stitches, using both yarns held together through out the pattern
knit all stitches until you reach 24 inches or the length to go around your neck

start decreases for button loop

1 ) k2tog,  k11,  k2tog
2 ) k2tog,  k9,  k2tog
3 ) k2tog,  k7,  k2tog
4 ) k2tog,  k5,  k2tog
5 - 15 ) knit
16 ) k2tog,  k3,  k2tog
17 ) k2,  k2tog,  k1
18 ) k2tog,  yo,  k2tog
19 ) k3
20 ) k3
21 ) k3tog
bind off weave in ends, sew on button using photo for placement