Saturday, 31 March 2012

It's Christmas all over again

I was at my dad's house today, and one of my friends stopped by and dropped off the kids Christmas presents.  Sad I know.  It's like almost April.  To make it worse I still have presents for her kids at my house and for my cousin's daughter.  At least my cousin lives 4 hours away and does not make it this way very often but still, no excuses. Well here are the goodies we got... plus a RC car that's MIA right now.  

The kids were super excited.  I think we should do this more often.  At Christmas they get so much stuff that they don't appreciate it all, but wait a few months and it's just that much more special.  My oldest one got a set of 3 wooden puzzle things... fun for everyone.  My 5 year old and me figured one of them out... but now they are all mixed up together (pieces for all 3 of them in a pile) and waiting for "one day" when someone, most likely me, will put them together.  We also got to play with the finger printing dino stamps.  So much fun.  Here is what we created.  It's a bit smudged, but that's because my little one kept crawling all over it.

My little guy wanted to shave his head for some time now, and we finally did it today.. here is a before and after picture.  Isn't he handsome?

And finally... here are some WIP (Work In Progress)

First remember the cotton I picked up at VV?  Well I got some beads from a Dollar Store...

and here is what I am making.  

This will be part of my donation for my son's grade 8 field trip fundraiser.  I think they are super cute and work up quite quickly.  Here is my inspirations for them.  Not quite the same as these bracelets, but I read the tutorial about a week ago and was working on the bracelets at my dad's house today... from memory. Clearly my memory isn't what it used to be :)

Here is some granny squares for the afghan I said I would be making that I found on here. Mine will have more of a country feel to it.  I am using Bernat Waverly yarn that I bought for the KAL that I decided not to do.  I have 5/108 completed so far... 108??? Really??? Maybe mine won't be as big. We'll see.

And last but not least, remember the mermaid tail I said I was working on... well here is the picture.  It still is a WIP.  Still need to stitch it up and maybe add some decorations to it.  Hopefully will be done soon.  And next I will attempt one in the crocodile stitch.  You can find the tutorial for this project here.

And remember all the photo props I have been working on for my photographer friend?  Well she picked them up... can't wait to actually have professional pics of some of my things... and in exchange for my time and talent, she will use her time and talent to pay me back.  She will take pics of us... I suggested it to her, and she was all for it.  I am so excited.  I have been thinking about having pictures taken of us for some time now.  Now I can't wait for the weather to get nicer... and have to think of what I would like the kids to wear... For some reason I am thinking tutus, owl hats, and rubber boots for the girls... LOL but that might change by the time I go to do it.  

Sorry about the long post... And thanks for reading :) 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I'm a yarnaholic... and proud of it :)

So.... I went yarn shopping today.  Needed to get one ball of yarn to finish my order for the photographer, but Michaels had this great sale, and an additional 20% off, and... well I think I went a little overboard.  But it's okay, I tell myself,  I have seen these great afghans on Pinrest.  I need to make one or two... so here is the yarn for it.

Look how pretty they are... almost like a rainbow:) I got 3-4 balls of each.  How much yarn do you need to make a blanket? I am planning on making 2 out of this yarn, but they are for my kids so I hope I have enough. Also I have never worked with this yarn before so I hope it's nice and durable.

But that is not the end of my yarn shopping... I have stopped by VV, and guess what?  Someone must have de-stashed, because they had a ton to offer.  Well they no longer do but they did :)  Here is what left their stash and made it into mine 

And I found these and just had to have them.  There is this purse pattern I saw.... it will need handles, and the little heads... Look how precious they are.  I can see some puppets in our future.  I'm sure my little princess would love them.

And while I'm on the topic of things other than crochet.... I also got some canvasses (buy 1 get one for 1cent, and additional 20% off) and started on a project I saw on Pinrest.  I just adored this sign, but I don't think I would have enough patience to make it from wood like she did.  Instead I ended up with a 24x48in canvas for $20, and am painting it on.  I have put the first layer on and now have to wait for that to dry to continue... here's what I have so far....

And I also started working with the first yarn in the picture (that turned out being a horrible yarn)... It looked interesting in the bag, nice color and texture... but it's horrible.  Maybe I should have read the tag (100% olefin fibre).  Let's just say it's not the softest/nicest thing I've ever touched and I just cannot imagine doing anything wearable with it... Sooo I decided to make a doormat/rug for my entryway.  Here's how it looks so far.  I started with a chain and SC on the first row, HDC second row, DC third row, and alternating HDC and DC for the following rows.  I am thinking about doing Popcorn Stitch around as a border.  I'll post pics once it's done.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

New Yarns and Photo Props

I know that I should be talking about my progress on the Waverly CAL today, but there is no progress to talk about.  I looked at the pattern and made the piece but it turned out huge :( It is a beautiful piece but worked mostly in chain, and I think that's what is throwing it off. I took it apart and will have to try again... but have been putting it off because I have been working on something more much more fun and just can't wait to tell you about it. 

I have an order for some photo props for a twin photo shoot... and am just soooo excited.  I have been waiting for this opportunity for some time.  I have seen some amazing props on blogs, etsy, and pinrest and even tried my hand at a cocoon and hat set.  

Well today I went to Michael's to do some shopping... I have to make 2 hats (I think I have yarn for that), and two cocoons.  I got some beautiful yarn, and started looking for some free patterns online to get this done.  This is where I say a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful designers who share their love for crochet with us at no cost.  You guys rock.  

First of all let me start with the hat.  I only found one free pattern for the elf hat that I had to make.  It is a fairly simple pattern and I could have made it up just looking at pictures but it's nice that someone else has taken the time to write it out and spared me the trial and error of doing it myself.  I used Long Tailed Baby Elf Hat - Tutorial & Pattern by Oodles 4 Noodles, but I'm still working on it so do not have pictures to post.  I wanted to first concentrate on the cocoons as I anticipated they would take a bit more time and.... okay, let's be honest here.  I've done tons of hats and they are not as exciting as the cocoons.  I started working on those because they are more fun.  

So here is what I found online - free of course.  I did not use all of these patterns but these are the ones that I liked the most.  
Newborn Nest Pattern by Neanners Shop - I loved this but unfortunately could not find this yarn to make it with.  I truly believe that the beauty of this item lies in the yarn used.  I will keep it here though for future reference.  I will one day make it. 
Baby Cocoon Tutorial by CarmenBee - I did make this one. I think it turned out nice.  And it is one of the ones that the photographer liked as well.  I combined it with a diaper cover for which I found a pattern on Pinrest.  YEY Pinrest :) 

Stork Pouch Photo Prop by Allicrafts - I will make this one of these days... in the future.  I did not have a need for one this time, but I'm sure one day this pattern will come in handy.
Baby Cocoon by Ira Rott - is more of a cocoon pattern (with a hat might I add).  It looks amazing in her pictures, but here is where I learned that yarn makes all the difference in the world and why I did not attempt the other pattern.  Mine did not turn out as amazing as hers did.  I did work my own flower (removable of course) and not the one from her pattern, but I think I will try this one again... in the right yarn this time :)

Baby Cocoon by Tots & Bottoms - is another pattern that I did work on.  I found it turned out a bit small, but then babies are small. I'm sure it will look amazing with an actual baby in it, and not just a doll.  I also made a flower for it that can be attached for a baby girl shoot.... I love baby girl things, they are so much more pretty and fun to make.  

Stork Pouch by Affordable Wonders - Another stork pouch pattern.  When I try to make it (one day) I will have to decide which one is better.
Lacy Baby Cocoon by Christina's Sunshine Heaven - I love this cocoon because of the different pattern, not just DC.  I think it will be very pretty, but I also think that it will look better with a little girl in it.  I think it will be another one of my one day projects.
And here is my own creation... I was freestyling it and once finished I saw how much it looked like a pea pod with the little things on top and regretted not making it in green.  But I love the yarn and how it turned out... 

While I'm talking about photo props I wanted to let you in on a little project I am working on.  I have always wanted to make a mermaid tail photo prop, and have recently come across a tutorial on YouTube for just that.  I did mine in one sitting.... love it.  Now I just have to stitch it up.  So hopefully I will soon be posting pictures of that as well. 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A little pink dress and a little extra

So it's Friday again and we're off to take a look at my Pinrest projects.  This week I picked the Sarah's Sweethearts Little White Dress or little pink dress in my case. I decided to use up some of my Bernat Satin yarn that I found in my stash.  I think that the dress came out just beautiful. In fact I loved it so much I decided to complete it with a little bonnet.  That is my other thing.  I love bonnets for little girls.  Now with spring being here, my girls will definitely be wearing them more often.  

Here are pictures of my progress so far :)  Here is the dress, and this is the actual color of the yarn.  The other pictures are a bit off.

Look at the beautiful detail 

And here is the bonnet I made.  Now I think it turned out bigger than I was anticipating.  Definitely not a match for the little dress.  It (the bonnet) fits my 9 month old daughter, so it will be more for a 6-12 month old and not a newborn (the size of the dress).

Now I think that there is something still missing.  I could not decide on the ties for the hat, I am thinking about getting some ribbon and making a flower and ties from it.  I will also incorporate that into the dress (did I mention that a new pattern with bigger sizes might be coming soon?) to bring it all together.  

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Hunger Games

My niece (you know the one that is "blessed" with my crochet projects) is crazy about the Hunger Games, and this Friday she is going to see the movie on the opening night.  She already has the tickets.  I have seen a chart for the Mockingjay pin on Pinrest and told her about it.  I thought that maybe I could make her something with the picture on it.  A hat maybe?  She went on the internet searching for it and told me about a pin she saw.  Now since I needed to make this for her for Friday, I sat down tonight with the hopes to make something to show her.  I have been slacking lately with projects that needed to be done and concentrating more on fun, impulsive things (not good since I have some orders to fill).  I soon realized that if I follow the chart using the yarn on hand, I will come up with something rather big... definitely not something I can fit on a hat.  And with the weather we've been having I'm not quite sure that she would want to wear a hat anyways.  I googled to see  if I could find the pin she was talking about and came upon this handmade knitted pin and thought that maybe that would be something she would like better.  So I tried making something similar in crochet.  I think it turned out rather nicely, but it's still not finished.  I am not sure what she will put it on so I haven't put it together yet.  I am now waiting for her approval :)  I'm sure she will love it though (even though  it's rather big for a pin).  Well here is a picture of what I have made... 

Here is a picture of the finished hat that my sister sent me.  My niece loves it and can't wait to wear it to school tomorrow to show it off.  


Sweaters, hats and booties... Wait, what did she say again?

So my search for new things to make kept me watching YouTube for hours on end, and today on my "Way Back Wednesday" post I would like to give credit to another wonderful crocheter.  But this one will make you say WHAT?  Well I noticed a beautiful sweater, hat, and booties set by Esperosas I fell in love with and wanted to make, but unfortunately the tutorial was NOT in English.  But I am determined and there is no stopping my craziness.  Besides, after a while you can understand some of what she is saying, and what you cannot understand you can watch and count and... well improvise.  I'm getting really good at improvise and, not to brag, but I actually figured out the pattern and made 2 sets.  Also I have went on and made other things from her tutorials.  I would not recommend this to a beginner, or someone who does not have a lot of patience and has not watched "Dora the Explorer" before (yes you can learn quite a bit from kid shows ).  

Well here are the pics of the finished products.  One in pink...

and one in blue, because you can never stop at just one.  Actually the reason I did the blue is because the white shows better in the blue than in the pink.  I love how they both turned out.  And cannot wait for some little ones to gift them to.

While we're talking about sweater/hat sets, here is another one I made about the same time.   I just love this hat.  It was one of my favorites.  It was another YouTube project.  The sweater is by mikeyssmail and the hat is my own pattern. 

Monday, 19 March 2012

Bernat Waverly CAL

This is my first time doing a crochet-along.  I found 2012 Waverly for Bernat Crochet-Along online and just fell in love with the idea, but now we're already a few weeks in (5 to be exact)... Do I love it??? Well that is still up in the air.  I was very excited to start, but then for some reason started a week late.  When I picked it up, in that one day I finished the 2 weeks worth of crochet, and could not wait till the next clue came out.  And when it did I jumped right on board and did my squares the same day.  As a matter of fact I sat checking for the clue every few minutes even though I knew at what time it was coming out... I was hoping it would come out a few minutes early, and I would get it.  Obsessive I know :)  Well when the next week's clue came out I did look at it, but did not complete it... none at all, and now another clue came out and at first all I did was just check what it was...   I think that obsession is my thing and I have to get something done while I'm still obsessing about it.  I'm sure that if I had all the pieces I would have been done by now... within a couple of days. 

Now over the weekend I did complete the pieces and am back on track.  Took me two days but we've been sick here and I've spent some time at the doctor's and hospital with one of my girls.   Still waiting for everyone to get better but still managed to get some work done once the kids went to sleep.  

So here is my progress up to date.  I think it will be a lovely afghan and I already have an offer (by my sister) to buy it as a gift for her mil once it's completed.  Maybe I should start working on another one so that when all is done I have one left for me.

Okay, so I wanted to post pics of my progress so far but apparently my camera is MIA (not very impressed right now), and so I thought I can use my old camera that has now been passed on to my son, and I took the pics but my computer does not have the proper card reader for that card (again, not very impressed right now). I really want to do this post so I all I can say is pictures to follow :(

Bernat is also doing a KAL (Knit Along) and I was thinking about doing both (I learned to knit before I learned to crochet), and so I bought yarn for both.  I did check it out but was not too thrilled to start it so I still have the yarn here waiting for a project.  Well today I came across this pattern for Country Flowers Throw and I do have enough yarn to make this with some left over.  I think I might attempt this project along side the CAL.  Who knows it might be a project I will in a few weeks showcase on my Pinrest Fridays :)

Camera found, and so here are the pics... now keep in mind that these are not blocked and my ends are not all pulled in but at least it gives you a general idea of what I have so far :)

Clue #1 - 12 pieces

Clue #2 - 6 pieces

Clue #3 - 6 pieces

Clue #4 - 12 pieces

Clue #5 - 6 pieces

My color selection, and a sampler of all the different pieces so far.  Can't wait to see the new clue, and then finally to put it all together.