Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Time flies when you're busy

I've been quite busy lately thanks to some wonderful designers who let me test for them.  I think pattern testing is my new addiction.  It's up there with yarn buying.  Since I've slacked off blogging while Jay was here I will have to make up and show you guys some great patterns I have worked up.  This will take me a few blog posts, but I'm sure to show you some of the great talent out there. 

I also started going through my yarn, and putting all the stashes together in one place... hopefully.  I don't know if I have enough room to put it all... Nah... there is always room for yarn.  I'm thinking about invading Jay's closet.  He's hardly ever here anyways, and... well that might keep the kids out of there, and they won't be pulling on his stuff and knocking it to the ground.  I think it's a win / win situation :)  But seriously, I think I will need to research some organization methods of keeping all the yarn under control.  At least keep me from repeated trips to the yarn store for yarn I know I have but cannot find.  If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment.  I would love to hear how you keep  your yarn organized.  Number one priority though will be to untangle the ball of yarn mess in the basket next to my bed.  Partially due to my kids playing with it, and me not rolling it back up properly I have a tangled mess next to my bed, and it's driving me crazy.  It will take some time to untangle though and just looking at it is giving me a headache...

What do you think???? Yeah I know... and that doesn't even include the balls that this yarn belongs to... there is more :(  I think that when I am done I will post pictures of all the yarn I managed to pull out of there.

But on a positive note... this is a pattern I just finished testing "A bag divided" for  Little Luvies Shop.  This is my second time testing for her, but I have to say I totally love this pattern.  It is so versatile... I will be using the one I made as a diaper bag, but already told her that I will be making some for each one of my kids so they can bring their things on car rides.  It all stays nicely organized... And as you can see in the picture above, organizations isn't my strong point. This pattern will be going on sale soon, so keep your eye out for it.  

Also one last thing I wanted to share with you.  My birthday has just passed and Snappy Tots gives you a free pattern of your choice for your birthday... I am so excited.  I have been eyeing this pattern for quite some time now and can't wait to finally make it.  It is the Ashmar Garden Hat that you can find on this website.  I think it's stunning, and I hope mine looks at least somewhat like hers.  Will have to go through my stash and find the perfect yarn for it.... Can't wait :)

Friday, 11 May 2012

Jay is back LOL

Okay so I haven't posted anything in a while, mostly because I haven't really done much lately.  Jay is back and he openly does not approve of my crazyness.  He thinks that I could spend my time in more lets say useful ways like cleaning and so on.  I still do some work but not as much as when he is not here.  Another reason for this is that I crochet at night when the kids are sleeping because I have nothing else to do.  When he is here, he's awake with me so I'm not bored out of my mind by myself.  Which is also why I haven't blogged.  This is my way of secretly sharing my obsessions with people who like me are yarn obsessed :)

I did manage to do some work and here are some pics of my recent work.  Hope you like it :)  Most are things for my photographer friend, but I am making some fedoras for my girls.  

Well first of all I wanted to show you guys my top hat/bow tie set.  I have desperately been trying to work on some boy things I could pass on to my friend.  Girls are so much easier to work on.  Just make it cute and add flowers and you're done.  Boys... Well they're a whole different story.

And here is my cowboy hat.  I worked this pattern from memory, and apparently I did the brim differently.  It came out so much more like a cowboy hat than a fedora.  I do love it though.  I think it's so cute.  What I did is work two rows of increases when I started the brim, and then tried to bring it down by working two rows without any increases.  It made the brim roll up like that.  Love it, and will definitely re-create it.

And I have been wanting to make a pill box hat.  This is what I came up with.  Not sure how much I love it, but I think it is cute.  Will definitely be working up another one of these.  I think I will work one up for my Bella girl.  She would look really cute in one and definitely wear it.  Aelianka would rip it off her head before I would even get a chance to put it on.

And here is a pattern I tested for another wonderful designer.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame hat by Hatch-ed with Love.  I added a flower to it for a little girl hat, but it is a detachable flower like with all the rest of my hats so it can be a hat for a boy or a girl.  The hat is very pretty and I was very glad to test it.  

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Finishing up

I have been looking through my finished/unfinished projects bag and... what a mess.  I have a ton of stuff that's 99% complete, and forever resides in that bag.  For this reason I have decided that I will finish at least one thing in that bag per night (on top of all the other stuff I do), and hopefully empty it out and  move it into ready to gift items bin.  Funny thing is that most of that stuff is just simple fix-ups like weaving in tails and sewing on buttons.  This is what we call Hooker ADD.  I think something is cute and want to make it, but once I have done it, the challenge is over and it gets thrown in the bin :(  I hate the tedious little tasks of tails and buttons.  I also have some hats with one eye sewn on and another one inside.  Those were supposed to be my donations to LeeLee Hats.  

Here is some new things I worked up for my friend.  Love them.  Soo cute :)
First of all I did this bonnet.  As soon as I saw it I had to make one up.  I love bonnets.  I did not end up putting the flowers on because my yarn was variegated and I don't think the flowers would show up as well.  Love it.  

Next I worked on this Lady Bug.  Another cute free pattern.  It was very similar to the turtle shell pattern.  It was quick and easy to make and I made most of it up during our Stitch & Bitch yesterday. I'm sure it will be appreciated :)

I also finished another baby cocoon for her.  I love how putting the edging in the white turned out.  I think it made it so much cuter.  I love the little loopy flower as well.  Wish I could make it fuller but it was very hard working with this yarn, and it was just looking more flat the more layers of loops that I added.  

And of course I did not take pics of all the stuff and they showed up at my door, and I totally forgot about it.  So no pics of any of the wonderful things that I made... except of course for what they brought.  3 garbage bags full of yarn... AHHHHH WHAT WILL I DO WITH ALL THE YARN.  LOL.  And this one is different.  It's all wool blends.  Although I have worked with wool blends before making hats, I love the acrylic for it's softness.  But I will not complain.  I can just imagine the wonderful things I can make.. but when will I find the time?  And now to organize it all... I tried to go through and organize it by type, which is how I have mine organized right now.  

So that's what it looks now.  On the floor in my living room :)

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Look what I got :)

I have never worked on a doily before.  I just am not the kind of person who has crochet stuff around my house.  It is all stored in my bin or given away/sold.  I also don't have the patience to work on so much detail and need instant gratification in my projects.  But I recently entered a giveaway and this is what I won... a Rose Budding Hearts Doily Pattern.  Oh isn't it beautiful? Now I just skimmed over the directions and oh my do I have my work cut out for me, but it would be ultimate challenge to get this done.  Still very lovely.  

I also forgot to show you guys some pictures that I got back from my photographer friend.  Here is one with a tie I made.

And another one with the hat... 

How cute.  This is what makes me make more stuff for her.  I love seeing all the little angels in them.  You see I made and sold a lot of hats during the winter season, but never saw anyone wearing them.  They would always get picked up and that would be it.  I often wondered how satisfied the customers were.  Now I see my things being used and I can proudly said that I made them :)  And while we are on this topic, I wanted to show you one of my favorite hats that I have ever made.  It was an order placed by one of my son's teachers, who "saw all the kids walking around in the cool hats, and just had to get one for her niece. "  It was one of the more detailed requests, listing what she wanted, size, and color combinations.  She wanted a Unicorn.  I have never made a Unicorn hat before, so I looked around at what was out there.  I looked at unicorns and horses (because as far as I am concerned a unicorn is a horse with a horn), and this is what I came up with.  

The only thing I wasn't very happy about was the horn.  I really wanted to make it with some sparkle, but unfortunately could not find any yarn I liked.  But I love it just the same, and the lady who ordered it liked it so much she gave my son a big hug, which he did not appreciate much LOL (he's a 13 year old and being hugged by a teacher is just not cool)

Just to finish off I wanted to post my new project that I just finished.  Something I have wanted to make for a while, and of course something that will be going to my photographer friend.  Hope you like it.

I made this using a free pattern you can find here, with just a few adjustments.  First of all I thought that the wrong side looked much better than the right side.  I loved the texture of it and decided to use it as my right side, when I switched to color to brown.  But when I looked at it with the brown, I loved the other side better.  It had the brown line on the green and I loved that.  I then decided that I would use this side as the right side.  And then I started stitching it up and found that I could just make it double sided.  And I love how it turned out.  Very pretty.  Hope Jen likes it too :)

Friday, 27 April 2012

What will I do with all the yarn

Okay, I knew that this moment will come... I did.  But somehow I now that the time is upon me I am freaking out a bit.  I just found out that Jay might be coming back sometime next week and I last time he was here he said - Is that 6 bins of yarn downstairs?  Yes.  That was 6 bins of yarn, on top of all the other yarn that I have everywhere throughout the house.   Well that was before I made all the great purchases.  Now I have even more, and I better start doing something with it to make it look like less... even if it means stashing it away somewhere out of sight LOL.  You see the only problem is that if I hide it I won't have access to it for a while.  He will probably be here for a month.  What to do, what to do? LOL

But then I did get some more patterns tested last night.  I was putting it off and then totally forgot about it :(  Not a good thing.  Then I had to get them both done quickly, and that was when I was ready for bed.  I did get them done, pictures and all and sent back with corrections last night, and even got to test another pattern for her today.  Got that one done and out of the way already though.  Here are pictures of my latest creations.

Here is another one of the Watermelon Hat Pattern by Crochet Creations by Ashley .  I used curly cues instead of braids I like how it turned out.  Will be giving this to my photographer friend.  It is newborn size.

This is a new pattern I was testing.  It is a Pig Hat by Crochet Creations by Ashley. Will be going to my photographer friend as well.  Another newborn size. 

And today's test, Barefoot Flower Sandals by Crochet Creations by Ashley.  

Great patterns, and now maybe I should get to some of my own things I want to work on.  I have a whole bunch of photo props that I still have to make, and when Jay is here I never get as much done.  

Thursday, 26 April 2012

More Yarn - I must be crazy

Okay so I mentioned that I am a yarnaholic, and my latest yarn buying adventure might prove it.  Take a look at this amazing yarn I just got.

 Now you have to understand, I am a sucker for fun yarn.  I don't crochet whole things with it but use it as accents... and buy it because it is so cute and I think I will make stuff with it... and then it sits in the bins because I honestly don't have enough projects to use the huge amounts that I buy.  And I have to be honest I actually felt a little bit guilty when I was driving home today.  But it was such nice yarn, and such good deals.  Now I better stop slacking (did I mention I haven't done anything, other than the pattern testing since I went to the water park with the kids???)  and get my butt in gear.  I need to come up with something creative to show at our Stitch & Bitch this weekend.  

Now here is what I made last week for my photographer friend.  Hope she gets some use out of it all.  First it's a Hershey's Kisses hat I found here.  I just have to look for white ribbon to put on top because right now it just looks like poop, at least that's what my son told me when I showed it to him... gotta love the kids.

And just because I saw somewhere a baby with a big flower headband and thought it looked very cute, here is one I made :) 

And I finally finished the pom pom hat I started a while back.  

And here is my little one modelling it.  

And I made the top for the mermaid tail that I made up before.

And finally here is the CAL hat I did a while back.  Need to get my niece to model it for me though.  I am not having a pretty day today.... super tired :(

But on a positive note, here is another pattern I tested this week.  It is a Watermelon Hat by Creations by Ashley and if I say so myself my girls looked very pretty in it.  I am testing another pattern for her today, it is a little piggy hat and will post pictures next time.... But here are some pictures of my beautiful girls in the watermelon hats.

I also found out about the Bernat Knit Sluchy Lace Beret KAL.  Now if you follow my blog you know that I still haven't finished the Bernat Waverly CAL (due to unforseen computer problems I'm sure my kids have created) and I don't normally knit. I can do some basic things but nothing fancy, but I'm sure they will have plenty of tutorials to help us along... and it does look very lovely.

Hope everyone is having a more motivated week than I am...