Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sashay yarn ponytail holders

 
I was gifted a rather large box of Red Heart Sashay Boutique yarn among many other brands of similar yarns.. I made a couple of scarfs with it..
while they claim to work up fast, that was not my experience
  it never failed that I would have to set it down and walk away.. pick them up and pull the stitches out .. ugh.. way too much effort for an item that wasn't selling anymore..
 
I got so tired of it I used many skeins as bulky yarn and crocheted it on an Q hook.. looks cool enough but takes a lot of yardage
I still had dozens of skeins left.. many just a single skein of each color.. not enough to make a bulky scarf or ruffled for that matter, some of the colors just didn't go together well enough to use on one item
 
I had seen how ponytail holders were being made from them.. but they were always finished off in my opinion.. rather sloppy..
Pulling the whole yarn through the last stitch and just leaving the end hang loose.. or tied in a big knot ..
both of which come undone with wear..
 
I just didn't like the look.. plus I dislike making anything that can't stand up to wear ..
truthfully one of the big reasons I dislike the ruffle scarfs patterns out there as well, if you pay for an handmade wearable item it should hold up for at least a washing..
I just don't like it..
 
I don't wear my hair up ever.. so the though of the ponytail holders passed pretty fast lol..
Until my sister came over wearing one.. with ends tied together.. making a pretty item look half done..
 
ok fine time to make a few..
if nothing else something to put on the table for market.. or a quick gift
 
I have sewn the ends of all of the ruffle scarfs I made in the past.. with the end kind of tucked under itself.. another reason they took me longer ;)  I'm telling ya I don't like loose ends LOL ..
 they still didn't look great to me..
 
with working in the round I hoped seaming them together would give it a more "finished" look
 
 
Sewing thread was too thin to do a good job..
crochet thread size 10 however works great..
 
I have many colors to match up with the Sashay yarn but not quite enough..
so embroidery floss for those.. ( 3 strains not the full 6 )
 
takes more time to sew them than to slip stitch around elastic band.. but worth the effort..
  
 

 I used about four yarns of Sashay yarn, size H8/5.00mm hook to slip stitch each..
some yarns looked better with less.. some more..
I just worked until they looked full..

 
Next I seamed the ends together.. after tying the end of the thread or floss I was using to seam with to the last slip stitch "live" loop .. I sewed a few stitches around that slip stitch just to be sure it wasn't coming undone..
 
 making sure to "capture' all of the loose ends ... I tucked them in a bit as I seamed.. making sure not to get too bulky
 
  I also trimmed of the longer edge of the Sashay yarn so it would sew up evenly.. and not hang lower
 


that was it.. nice and smooth.. no worries about hiding the knot under the ponytail .. not as fast as other methods I am sure but hopefully they hold up well... now to get someone to try them out and maybe even a photo with one in use
 
 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dragon Scale Baby Booties Crochet pattern


  
                               Dragon Scale Baby Booties






I have been wanting to make a scale bootie pattern for ages now..
I finally put aside the time to do it.. newborn and 3 month sizes.. lots of photos.. written in American terms.. worsted weight yarn.
 

Now through April 30 2018 ( midnight mt time ) use coupon code BOOTIES to get pattern for only one dollar , be sure to add code before checking out as there are no refunds or returns.. only on my Raverly store
  click here


 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Quick Crochet Fingerless Gloves


Quick Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Written in American terms

Fits 7.5 inches around, 6 inches long

Hook size US H8/5.00mm
77 yards of  worsted weight yarn, pictured in Red Heart's With Love Pewter .. this yarn tends to run on the heavy side of worsted weight yarns, using thinner yarn such as Caron Simply Soft will give you a smaller glove without changing the pattern
Gauge
First 4 rounds = 1.5 by 7.5 inches

Stitches
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together

Notes

Both gloves made the same.
Every round starts out with a chain 1, this does not count as a stitch, hdc in same place as starting chain.
Every round is joined with a slip stitch. All rounds are worked in the round so do not turn.

Read notes before starting pattern.

1) ch 22
2-4) hdc 22
5) hdc twice in the first 2 stitches, hdc 20
6) hdc twice in the first stitch, hdc 2, hdc twice in the next stitch, hdc 20
7) hdc twice in the first stitch, hdc 4, hdc twice in the next stitch, hdc 20
8-10) hdc 28
11) hdc 1, skip 6 stitches hdc 20
12) hdc 1, hdc around "joining" stitch over thumb opening, hdc 20
13) hdc 22
14) hdc 22, after join do not cut yarn unless no trim is desired.

Trim
 ch 1, sc in the same space, * ch 3, skip 2 stitches, sc in the next* repeat * * to end, join with first sc, fasten off.

Thumb
1) join yarn on any thumb opening stitch, ch 1, sc in the same space, sc around to first stitch, join
2) ch 1, sc to the last 4 stitches sc2tog twice, join
3) ch 1, sc in same space, ch 1, skip 1 stitch sc 1* repeat * * to end, join with first sc , fasten off, weave in ends.

any items made with this pattern may be sold

 PDF can be purchased here

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

First weaving Done

 
My frame weaving loom worked quite well... my weaving skills are lacking
 clearly lol.. the goal was to just whip one out so I could practice embroidery on yarns works for that it was perfect .. I left it on the loom instead of placing it on a hoop.. nice and easy
 
 
I love the look.. and it was so much fun to do.. now that I have made one I want to make more.. so the next step is to weave faster.. I am using a dowel stick to lift half of the warp lines.. makes it much faster going one way
 
 but going back is a bit slower.. as each line had to be wove by hand.. the long needle does help.. however I would like to make a few other things with it.. at a faster rate.. 
side note have you seen scarfs wove out of Lions Brands Mandala ... just wow ...


working on making a heddle out of popsicle sticks.. ok craft sticks.. way smaller than the ones I recall as a kid lol.. in this application the size is perfect.. picked them up at the dollar store, a penny a piece .. a bit of sanding is in order.. as I need 80 plus I pulled out my rotary tool for the job.. hopefully it works out... I so want one of those scarfs..  


Got to work on my next pair of flip flop slippers a bit today.. still a long way off.. next pattern Dragon Scale Baby Booties sizes for newborn to six months coming up soon


Friday, March 23, 2018

what's been on my hooks

Got another c2c done.. well half of one lol... had an order for a shawl.. tried at least 5 other patterns.. just wasn't feeling right.. set it aside to rethink it yet again
picked up the c2c I've been working on here and there.. the second photo.. more on that in a second..
I hit me right away.. it would work using a c2c stitch.. I love the cozy feel of it.. took one skein of reddish orange,  2 skeins of green and one light purple all Simply Soft by Caron, on a size J/10-6.00 mm hook.. have about 60 hours tied into it.. so much for c2c being fast lol.. really it did go quick once I picked the right pattern.. close to 200 squares of 3 dc's and a ch3 across the top.. didn't get the measurements, almost forgot the photo.. wove in ends sitting in the van just before handing it off lol 




This c2c I started to use up the older yarn I have been gifted.. going to take a few more of them to get it used but we get a nice cozy warm blanket out of it and the yarn doesn't get wasted.. after waiting all those years it would be a real shame not to use it right..  :D


this wrap was also created to use up some of the "funky" yarns I have been gifted.. also to learn new techniques.. this is what got me thinking about weaving again.. The body is crocheted with a large hook.. Q 15.75 mm using super bulky chanel yarn.. thinner yarn is than woven in between the stitches.. no clue what kind of yarn that was.. didn't have a label on it.. it goes from thick to thin and is on the fuzzy side.. I used eyelash for the crocheted over laid stitching.. and another type of chanel ( dark blue and thinner ) for the embroidered roses... I added a trim of fuzzy/metallic along all edges.. the fringe is of the woven yarn and some blue super saver I had that matched..

I learned a lot of new skills and used a lot of yarn I had no clue what to do with  ... now to add taking a good photo to my list of thing to do..  like I haven't been trying for years   lol
It really did come out nicer that this makes it look.. Really

 
Yet another project I'm working on.. got them ready for yarn.. hopefully they will see my feet some time soon ;)
 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Funky flowered fingerless gloves

Been seeing the prettiest flowered fingerless gloves going around online lately.. true works of art..
I want a pair for myself but no way can I toss that kind of cash at them right now, even though they are more than worth it..
will have to make my own..
I have never embroidered with yarn.. dang it's been a good thirty years since I have with floss.. I cross stitch every few years, while there are some similarities the skills needed for each are as different as knitting and crochet.. sure you can get a sweater from each using yarn.. you get my drift ..right

So touching up on embroidery skills is a must.. but I have this list of things I want to do.. I can get lost in all of the patterns I want to try or make with ease.. a crafting list is a must
 
Funky Flowered Fingerless gloves have been on that list for awhile now..
 
the plan was to make different flowers, learning new skills as I went along..
very close to what is needed to make the others.. only these are to be bulky, bold, wild flowers with no rhyme or reason.. not classy and stunning... lol
 
I had planned on a black set of gloves..  
but that would take time to make ..
 I didn't want to wait..
you know how it is when you have to try a pattern or new skill..
NOW
yeah like that..
 
I look over and see a pair of gloves I put together to make a pattern customer happy.. she wanted extra long thumb gussets..
these were nothing I was going to put out for sale or even use myself as they were a bit too big..
 
due to this I had grabbed multi colored yarn I was gifted.. because it was close..
I really wanted to get it over with.. I had a ton of orders to get done..  it was a free pattern to begin with..
 I had tried explaining how to go about it with no luck.. hope she was happy with the make over.. never heard back from her come to think of it
 
so why not use them instead of letting them sit any longer..
 
Now if you start with gloves in purples, pinks, grays and browns you can pretty much figure funky is defiantly in the cards.. right
 
 
I had no care what the colors of the flowers were..
 just grabbed out of my jug of small yarn balls and went for it
 
 
                                                with this added in funky got a tad crazier..
I tried every kind of flower and leaf I felt like.. no rhyme or reason at all yep..  it shows LOL...
I learned so much.. They are down right ugly .. didn't bother weaving in ends just tied them off.. the extra yarn made them fit better... you know what they are so frigging comfy I am shocked..
                                                                    I LOVE THEM
                                                   

 
 
Ok with that out of my system it was time to get down to business ..
learning even more stitches and how to do them on yarn properly instead of such a mish mash..
 
I made a short pair of fingerless gloves ( pattern to come soon ) and put yucca's on them .. our state flower..   
 
I used Lion Brand Homespun.. not sure of the color way as it was gifted to me without the label, but to me it has the look of a New Mexican sunset ..
that and I didn't have any black yarn.. can you believe it.. I had small ball of it here and there, none matching and not enough to even make this short of a glove.. ugh
They worked out pretty good though
still not what I'm looking for so onward
 
 
Something else on my crafting to do list was putting together a simple weaving loom..
frame style..
I used to make rugs years ago before we got Little Dog and she decided that every rug was her personal potty mat :(
 
Have always wanted to weave some bags and wall hangings..
why not do it now and practice weaving and embroidery at the same time..
 great way to use up some of the older yarn gifted to me..
 
 
 
 
I picked a off pinkish almost sandy color for the background ( weaving ) part..
if you live or have visited New Mexico in the spring you know this is the color of the sky for at least part of most days ..
 for the rest of you think high winds with sand mixed in yet some how the sun shines through..
 
All of our flowers are now getting set to bloom..
 so here's my start of Spring Flowers in New Mexico.. 



                          I have no clue where I'm going with this.. I'm just along for the ride lol

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Filet Crochet Cross Chart


Filet crochet has been on my "to learn" list for ages now..
 this is my first go at making my own ..
started out simple..
with time allowing I hope to get more complex designs going although I plan on keeping them to a smaller size..
 we'll see how it goes..
                                                             not pressed in this photo

I then added a few leaves a vine and a rose, after putting a single crochet overlay around the cross..


 
I used a size US B1/2.25mm hook and size 10 crochet cotton thread.. each block is 3 dc's ( last on counting as the first in the next ).. it can be used in other counts.. however you like.. I had learned this method with a bookmark I had just done so gave it a whirl.