Afghan: A Finished Product

At the end of July I posted about an afghan I was commissioned to make.  Well I made it! I actually finished it a little over a month ago, but haven’t had the time to get around to posting about it.  So let me explain a little bit more about this afghan…

I have a friend in Pittsburgh whose co-worker was looking for someone who could make an afghan.  He sent me a pattern and liked my sample, so a week and a half later I got a big box of yarn in the mail.  I used this pattern from Caron (he sent me a free pattern you would get from a craft store) and though it was a little difficult to figure out in the beginning, I got the hang of it and started cranking out the squares.  I worked on it during most of my free time, and even took it with me on a road trip to the East coast. It took me all summer to make, but it turned out just beautiful! The colors are gorgeous together and, though the yarn was a little cheapy, it ended up being nice an slinky and soft.  So now this afghan has a cozy home somewhere in Pittsburgh and I was able to make someone’s Winter a little more snug.  After I finished it I of course had a photoshoot with it, so here are a few pictures of the finished product..!

 

Yay for completing big projects! This is probably the most time-consuming and most rewarding thing I’ve made, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  If you’re a fellow crochet hooker, what was your biggest yarn endeavor?

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I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay…

I could only wish to take credit for the infamous beard hats which have been floating around in magazines and websites like SnorgTees.com. About a year and a half ago, a friend sent me a picture of a beard hat and asked if I could replicate it. First I laughed my ass off at the concept of a hat with a connecting crocheted beard and proceeded to tell her “ABSOLUTELY.” I got really excited as I tend to do when I get new ideas, and got cracking on it. I did good.

The result:

Fantastic. BUT after making this style for a long time, I found there were a few things I needed to work out.. 1) The beard is completely attached to the hat and, if you have a big head, it’s not so easy to slip on and off without squeezing the ever lasting life out of your skull and 2) it was just a simple mustache portion that hung straight across. It needed a little more pizazz.. a mustache worthy of the British spelling “moustache.”

After some trial and error, I finally recently came up with a new beard! This time, I added a fancy moustachio AND figured if I only attached the beard to the hat at one end I could sew a button on the inside of the hat at the other end, making it much easier to take on and off. Evolution, people.

But it gets better. What can be better than a full face of lumberjack, you ask? I made it detachable.

VOILA! Presto cabob, I grew a beard-o:

“Cheers, mates!”

Right now I’m making and selling the beard hats as 2 separate pieces (Interested in making a purchase? Send me an email! We’ll talk) so I’ll see how that works out. Maybe if I feel like sharing my tricks of the trade I’ll make a post sharing a pattern on how to make these bad boys! But for now, I’ll share some photos of the famous beards slutting their way around Nashville, TN.  Everyone looks handsome in a beard!

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Knitting Hooker!

Fantastic news! Regarding my previous post, I have officially become a “knitting hooker.”  If you haven’t been following me (=O for shame!!) I received a request from my friend Jessica to make an adorable bohemian style headband last week.  First I was going to crochet it, but being that I’ve been wanting to actually make a knit project I found this the perfect opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone.  The pattern seemed easy enough and I’ve had the basics of knitting down pat for some time, but I could just never get over that hump of following through with a project. Finally, I sat down and (…6 hours later) came out with a gray headband.  As adorable as it is, I don’t think I will  be knitting another one for some time.. I think I’ll stick with being a crochet hooker and a small time knitter for those special projects on which I don’t mind spending my precious, precious time.

Drum roll, pleaaase…..

TA DA! And as an added bonus, a headband I whipped up inspired by vintage headscarf-ware.

I’ve already crocheted two headbands like this and they look just as cute as the knit version; they just take about 5 hours less to make! I love the style and they do a dandy job of keeping the ears cozy. Jessica loves hers and reported that it bore the Chicago Winter just beautifully!

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The Basket Weave & UPDATE!

Hey, it’s Black Wednesday!

For the first time in a few years I decided to stay in tonight because a) I’m getting up early to play frisbee on the beach with my dad and sister, as is holiday tradition and b) I felt like poop and didn’t want to be surrounded by little tipplers two nights in a row.  Black Out Tuesday and the band Leadfoot at Keegan’s Pub last night was a good old time and, judging by the amount of Killian’s Irish Red I drank, all the fun I need for a few days. Leadfoot rocked the socks off of everyone last night and I can’t wait to see them play again. This sums up the night pretty well……

SO, what am I doing on this Thanksgiving Eve? Catching up with homework and crocheting. Yaaay!

I am obsessed with CraftGawker. And when I say obsessed I mean I wake up every morning and while I’m trying to shake off the sleepies I pull up the app on my phone and fulfill my daily dose of gawking. There just isn’t enough free time for all of the cute ideas I come across… So when I strolled upon the image of an adorable boy wearing an adorable crocheted cardigan I couldn’t help but open up the link. Low and behold it took me to what is now my favorite blog by the cutest couple in the world, Katie and Reuben at House of Humble. Reuben had crocheted a cardigan using the basket weave stitch and I knew I had to do something with it.

About a month ago I was wandering the yarn aisle at Michael’s craft store and came across this lovely yarn (the label ripped off after I got it home and I can’t remember what brand it is…) and have been saving it for the perfect project. It’s unbelievably soft and fuzzy. And the color is a pretty plum purple.. one of my favorites =)

I went on YouTube and found a simple video by mikeyssmail that teaches you step by step how to do the basket weave.  Needless to say I’m going to use this snazzy plum yarn to make myself a cozy headband for the cold weather creeping in on us! It shall be my little side project while I’m banging out all the things I’m making for everyone else. Pictures will follow =D

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Gobble till you wobble!

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!: I finished my headband =)

Surprisingly I finished it a lot faster than I thought I would. I am in love with this basket weave stitch and will be using it again, for sure! The headband turned out more than fantastic and will be keeping my ears warm throughout the frigid Chicago winter.. Wanna seeeee??

It’s a very simple pattern and I think you should try it out and make beautiful things for yourself =) Happy crocheting!

Marathon Crocheting

What is my favorite attribute about the cold weather seasons? Cuddling up under my cozy blanket, Netflix and some yarn.  This weekend I did some marathon crocheting because my orders are blowing up! I’m so grateful to everyone who is supporting me and my creative efforts by purchasing some cozy, warm goodies from me, even if my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off! So I sat at home this weekend, saving my libations for fun on Tuesday and Black Wednesday, and made a dent in my orders…

My good friend Jeff requested some baby hats which turned out more than adorable. There was one more hat but I didn’t take a picture of it, only because I’ve made one just like it before. Needless to say it was adorable too!

AAAAAND I found a way to improve on my lovely flower headbands with an awesome new pattern for a flower, which I found on youtube! I really like this flower because it has a cool 3D effect and I can do dual colors =) I banged out three of these little guys in one sitting.

And finally, I started on another big comfy infinity scarf for a Christmas present. I have quickly remembered why I hate making scarves. Row.. after row.. after row.. after row.. how exciting. BUT it’s going to be worth it because infinity scarves are rad, and if it turns out anything like the one I made for myself last year, every inch of it will be loved and cherished! On another note, I’m planning on trying out a basket weave headband for myself and today I added to my crochet hook collection and bought an afghan hook so look forward to some cool new creations.

P.S. I feel bad for my friends who subscribed to this blog.. What could be more boring than hearing about my granny activities??! Oh well, time to go watch Dexter and drool over Michael C. Hall.

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Ello!

Hello, all! I just want to welcome you to my new (not yet improved) blog all about my adventures in crocheting.  Exciting, yes?! This is the first time I’m attempting to blog about really anything so give me a break here.  A little of what’s to come:

  • Projects I am undertaking
  • Projects I have completed in the past and absolutely have to share with everyone
  • Pretty/fun/colorful/cozy yarn I come across & new and exciting techniques I learn
  • Sharing fun ideas I come across online, just in case you miss them (there are so many beautiful ideas out there!)
  • New and exciting things going on in my life that won’t necessarily have anything to do with crochet

So to begin with my very first post (forgive me if I seem nervous and shaky!) I’ll tell you a little about how I began with the hobby I love the most. Sit back, relax, and wait for the anti-climactic ending…  Waaaaaaay back in 2009 before my lovely cousin Amanda was living in Oregon for good, we had a little cousin retreat in Indiana.  We decided to have one last camping trip with the ladies and got everything planned out.  Amanda thought it would be fun to leave my sisters and I with a little skill she loved, and told us to buy some yarn and a crochet hook.  My mom used to crochet, as well as my grandma so she was pleasantly surprised when she found out.  Not knowing a damn thing about the art of crochet I went to my local craft store and bought cheap yarn and what I didn’t realize at that time was the smallest crochet hook ever.  A few days later we were off on our camping trip and I spent the whole 4 hour car ride there rolling yarn into balls.  Needless to say that’s about as far as I got with learning how to crochet.  Rolling yarn balls.  Excellent.  I should mention here that when you get my family together things can get kind of weird and really nothing gets accomplished except for adventuring through forests and, on this particular camping trip, cooking yummy food, swimming across the small lake looking for water lilies, and huddling around a laptop screen watching scary Japanese films.  Before I knew it the trip was over and I was asleep in the car for the whole trip home.  Amanda moved to Oregon, and never got the chance to teach me how to crochet.

Okay, so I have all of this cheap yarn and the world’s smallest crochet hook.  Now what?  Mom knows how to crochet, let me ask her! She tried, I failed.  So I turned to Youtube and taught myself… Climactic ending right?  Basically I searched countless tutorials on Youtube (none that I can remember to grant credit) and learned how to crochet.  The very first thing I made was a teeny tiny white scarf (Bah, I wish I had a picture of this pathetic little scrap!) that was far too small to even consider wrapping around even my scrawny little neck.  From there I made a huge wrap/scarf that I still have today and will upload a photo of.  Then I went on to learn how to make hats and really the rest is history.  I will tell you now that I am TERRRRRRRIBLE at following patterns so I like to improvise my own creations.  So please..PLEASE do not expect any patterns from me.  Let me rephrase that: the only patterns you will find from my blog are those which I find and link from other sites.  Holy crap am I bad at following patterns.

So, I guess that’s all for now.  Time to finish up some baby hats and I guess get started on that homework stuff.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

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