Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pink Socks

Yes these are pink. Not a real pretty pink, therefore I called them my "Umbridge Socks". If you ever saw Harry Potter movie, The Order of the Phoenix, there's a professor/government official named Umbridge. She's not ugly but her personality is. Her ethics are ugly. Her reasons are ugly. Plus I was watching the movie as I was working on the first one, so since I saw her wearing pink throughout the movie, it works too.

I did a cuff down pattern, but changed it. First I didn't like the ribbing all th way down, even down the back of the heel. I did try the heel but couldn't get it to work, so I did an afterthought heel. The foot is wide, too wide really, and maybe on another one from the cuff down I'll figure out how to fix that. This was my first cuff down pattern.

This pattern was from Crochet World December 2008 (the Christmas issue) and called "Firey Socks" (or something like that).

Used a Size D hook and some yarn out of my stash my aunt gave me. Can't remember the name of the yarn, it's old. I hav a lot, so I bought some size 1 baby yarn in pink, white and purple (to go with my purple yarn like the socks from yesterday.

Now the socks:
Umbridge Socks

Monday, June 29, 2009

Vee for me socks in purple

These photos don't do the color of the yarn justice. It is a darker purple.
YARN:I used some old yarn my Aunt gave me. It's a washable wool. It's called "ny lamb sock & fingering yarn"
HOOK: Size D
PATTERN: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vee-socks-for-me-socks
Here they are both in progress and finished.


vee for me socks in purple

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Eye Mask

I created another one. I was trying Illusion Crochet, but didn't quite make it. I think i crochet too loose. I used a tutorial on crafters forum, but that helped a little. So I made this eye mask. I don't think I'll try illusion crochet again. I love the way illusion knitting loks and wish I could do it with crochet. But oh well.

I have 2 photos below.
Here's the front. It's suppose to look just like stripes so you don't know what to expect.

charms eye mask 1

As you can tell, I decided to try 2 straps around the head to see how that might work out. I figured it would be fine.

I think a crochet eye mask will work better then a store bought satin one because it's more breatheable (word?). I may need to fold this over to keep it more dark, but that's fine.

And now the side, where the stitches are suppose to looked raised to create a picture, but this one is just a checkerboard effect.

charms eye mask 2

Monday, June 22, 2009

Blog Award

Sweet Mama Jones ( http://sweetmamajones.blogspot.com/) has passed along this fun award to me!


Thank you so much for this! I like reading blogs so I try to keep mine up-to-date. Occassionally I'll fall behind because of a crochet drought (since this blog is my crochet blog).

The rules:

I am supposed to:

1. List 7 things you love.

2. Link back to the person who gave you the award. http://sweetmamajones.blogspot.com/

3. Pass it along to 7 other bloggers.

7 things I love (I started in order, but it became no particular order)
1 family & faith
2 crochet (obviously)
3 watching movies
4 writing
5 friends
6 animals
7 reading

Okay, I read various blogs and love too many to choose 7. So if you're the first to read this post and comment, you get the award! Claim it in my comments.
Those who read blogs should get awards too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Swingy Summer Skirt

This was a pretty easy pattern. After seeing someone actually make this I decided to.



Pattern: Crochet Today July/August 2009, "Swingy Summer Skirt" by Doris Chan
Yarn: Peaches & Cream in light blue. Almost used an entire cone, 690 yards.
Hook: Size J.

Love this skirt. I plan on making more.

I put a white cotton skirt under, one I don't like because it wrinkles easily, and so this works perfectly. And you can't see the wrinkles!

I followed the symbols because I prefer to do that. There is a full written discription of this pattern in the magazine.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Key Chain Dollar Sign

A former coworker had a dollar sign key chain and she mentioned how her daughter had said they needed one to bring in money to their life (and it worked). So I had been looking for one when I passed the keychains in the store, but never found one, or found one I liked. So I was thinking on Friday, why not crochet one? So Saturay I did.So this dollar sign key chain is a good omen or good luck to bring in money.

I just made up the pattern. Increasing as needed and decreasing as needed to create the "s" shape. I sewed it together.
I used Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight yarn.
I used a size G hook.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Scrap Yarn Socks

Used my leftover Easter Basket color yarn (Bernat Baby Jacquards) and some white of another baby yarn for the heel. Didn't quite have enough. I love the others ones I made last weekend (yellow, pink and white).

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Yellow & Black Socks, Puff Stitch Cuff

Made these in my Harry Potter house color: Hufflepuff.

Yarn: Red Heart Designer Sport
Hook: Size D
Pattern: My own I did dc up to ankle and then did the puff stitch on the ankle, final round sc.


Close up to show the puff stitches:

all clickable photos for larger view

Bookmark in Size 3 Thread

I still had leftover size 3 thread, so I made a bookmark (still have some more thread leftover too).
Hook: Size F hook
Pattern: Just made it up, it's just a basic shell pattern same as other patterns and sc around the edging.

cilckable for a larger photo.

Snowflakes for 2009--4 More

Not sure what number I'm on.
I wasn't going to make any in size 3 thread, just size 10. But changed my mind. I had leftover from my doily and decided to make some to get closer to where I want to be. Remember, I want to make one a week, so about 50 this year. That's a lot and I know I'm behind by several weeks. One day I need to just sit down and make a bunch of them. Or just keep up the one a week idea... ;)
Size 3 thread.
Hook: Size D
Pattern: Just made it up from photos of other snowflakes. Kind of followed their idea but did it different as the pattern was for size 10 thread.

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Size 3 Thread Doily

I made this yesterday as I needed something else to crochet. I'm not sure how big it is, I didn't really measure it, but it is over 10".
Hook: Size F
Pattern: Just made up. Started from another pattern and then just did what I wanted.


clickable photos

Friday, June 5, 2009

Magazines found at second hand store

I found a TON. Here are some pics. They were .25 cents each. It cost me $11.75 for this bundle.





Oh and something fun. Some of you know that I like Gregg Shorthand (another hobby of mine) and I found this add for another shorthand (One I learned years ago, but not in 6 weeks) in the 1958 magazine. (If you click on it, choose full size to read the text).

1958 shorthand ad

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Netbook Cozy

I bought a netbook and decided it needed a cozy to help protect it. I finally made one.

netbook cozy 3

With netbook showing out the top
netbook cozy 2

Full view with netbook inside the cozy
Netbook cozy 1

[all photos clickable]

Pattern: Stitch from book "Needles to Hook" the stitch is called "Crossed Stripes"
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight, almost a full skien of each. Blue and white (sorry no labels, used stash, so I don't know the exact name of the blue)
Hook: Size G

Monday, June 1, 2009

Crochet Socks in 24 Hours

24 hour crochet socks

I had some left over yarn. It was one ball of the yellow and pink (changes colors) and then some white. I made these. Yes they only took 24 hours. Simply because it was dc on the foot and and ankle, which was very short. I did go through the ball of yarn to find some more pink to add to the ankle. On the ankle I did 4 rows of sc (2 in yellow, 2 in pink). The heels are sc. Basic toe up pattern with afterthought heel.

Actually these show how some could work if I had some solid color yarn and wanted to make some socks. I was thinking the Magic Ball method would work too (winding little bits of yarn onto a ball and tieing as you go along, then crocheting from that one big ball). That would be cute. Or if I had enough of the yellow or pink to use as toes and/or heels for white socks (doubt that).

I started another pair, but other things got in the way so they weren't done in 24 hours or done to post here. Almost done, just a bit of the heel left and weaving in the ends. I will post them another day, mabye tomorrow.