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Finding new rhythms

The last month or so has been interesting. After being sick for so long, the end of school coming around and all that goes with that, photography business picking up again, I’m having a tough time finding a new rhythm in my life right now that includes this blog and a few other things I enjoy. No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining in the least. My life is wonderful, but getting the balance right can be challenging.

And now that I’m doing both knitting and crochet and not so focused on one or the other, I find that I like the rhythm of going back and forth between the two to change things up. This post will show that….

First, the teacher gift. The blue scarf I started just didn’t turn out well. It was a good idea with a poor execution. My chains just didn’t match between the beginning and the end. Toward the end, it was tight, even and pretty. The first few rows were uneven and ugly. And blocking didn’t help. But it was a learning experience!!

So I did a little switcheroo. I started another scarf about the middle of that and intended it for Sammie’s teacher. But after working, I realized I had something else that Sammie LOVED for her teacher so I gave Ellie’s teacher the second scarf. Frankly, I fell in love with it and the yarn…. It’s Classic Elite Yarns – their Alpaca Sox. Such amazing colors!!

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I fell in love with the colors in this! I bet it would be gorgeous as socks!

mess ups

I have to admit *shhhh* I messed up on this scarf twice before I noticed I'd decreased two squares! So I just went with it and kept it up. I liked the end result of an asymmetrical scarf! You?

 

The gift for Sammie’s teacher is this little bag. I have several – one I use for knitting and crochet on the go, another for toiletries, another small one for the girls when traveling. I just LOVE it!! Sammie picked this as her teacher gift. These are easy to make and don’t take that long if you can sew a straight line. I hope to make some more as “just in case” gifts this summer.

butterflies

I love the surprise of butterflies inside it! Mine is blue with bright orange stripes inside. I love it!

 

toiletries

This one is a great size for a few random toiletries and it hangs on the door! My mom taught me how to make it and I love it!

 

Socks. Washed and finished pink ones, halfway done second blue one. And I consolidated it to one picture just so you can skip past it faster. LOL!

socks

I think I need a new pattern for the next one! Must switch things up....

 

And finally, I finished my friend’s hat a week or two ago! I’m hoping to get it in the mail on Monday and I truly hope she loves it! I also realized, after measuring my head, that her head is petite compared to mine! LOL! But I know it’ll still be fab on her.

She requested a black hat with black flowers and I added on the buttons to change it up a bit. Each button has a different colored back button – and it’s easy to make more. One is black , as she requested, but I love the pop of hot pink! And she can take them off and switch them up as much as she’d like. Still love this pattern!

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Isn't that pink center on that black flower FAB? (The pink is better in person. Black is hard to shoot!)

flowers

And the flowers can be done together or separately. Even put two on there in different spots! Fun....

little one

Just the little black flower....

 

Since I won’t have the girls in things much this summer, I suspect I’ll be a little slow at the blog. I’m going to try to get past my mental block on posting iPhone crochet/knitting/crafting photos so I can be a little more prolific. But being a photographer, they have to be decent photos so we’ll see how it goes!

But I know this summer will be about finding new rhythms. And I know it’ll be good no matter what.

 

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My crochet is lagging and it’s all knitting’s fault!

I think I’m so excited about knitting because I’m finally GETTING it! Seriously understanding how to do it, doing it relatively fast and doing a decent job at it! And frankly, I can’t wait to finish a few projects and I really want to figure out how to bring what I’m learning with knitting into crochet somehow. Not sure how – maybe they’ll just both be done in the same project or maybe it’s techniques… But I’ll figure something out!

Anyway, I’ve been working on another Hot Cross Slouch Beret as a thank you for a friend and frankly, it’s taking me too long… I’m just going slow because I want to knit and not crochet! LOL! But I force myself every few days and then I remember why I love crochet so much. It’s just so effortless, so lacy and pretty and I don’t have to worry about breaking needles. LOL!

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I just LOVE this pattern! I wear the two hats I've made for myself a LOT!

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It's deceptively simple! I love this pattern...

I’m considering adding another row. It calls for 7 X rows before decreasing. But my friend has a big head. As big as MINE, which is a big shocking. LOL! So I think , since I really wish my hats were slightly longer, I’m going to add another full X row and then do the decrease. I figure I can always pull it out if I need to!

Next I need to figure out a cool BIG flower to go on it! And I would post what I’m thinking of doing, but I suspect she’ll read this! So you’ll have to wait….

My goal? To finish it this week… Wish me luck – or should it be focus that I ask for? 🙂

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I’m BAAACK! (I think….)

Wow! This has been a tough few weeks! I was planning on posting on Monday, but the catch-up that I had required that I ignore the blog again. Yikes! My intention is to post every day again, but it may take a bit for me to ramp up to that…

In the meantime, here’s what I’m up to crochet-wise: 99.9% done with my MIL scarf – just need to sew it together, made several cute head bands, finished my shawl, making a different headband for Ellie and 60% done with some socks for Sammie. Oh, and working on a hat for my friend who gave us a TON of hand-me-downs.

Since I don’t have pictures of everything yet, I’ll draw it all out into several posts….

First, the shawl. This’ll be drawn out into two posts, too. Man, I LOVE this shawl! I loved making it, blocking it rocked, I love wearing it and I love the yarn!

preblocking

This is it before it was blocked. You can see how tight it is. Still very pretty.

small

Before blocking, I was disappointed that it was so small. And I wasn't sure if it would work well for me. (I'm TALL!)

blocked

See how much it opened! I swear it grew by two times!! I liked it before blocking, but fell in love after blocking. Magical!

Bummer. One of my photos won’t come through…

Anyway, I’ll have to get back to you on a photo of me wearing the shawl. I love that it’s so thin and will wrap it into a scarf and toss it around my neck. I actually do this more than I wear it as a shawl. And it’s warm! (We’re still getting snow here!) But I can tell that this summer, it’s going to be way to warm so I might have to figure out which cotton to use with this or a similar pattern….

Remember that little green headband I made? Well, I went to a bit of a family reunion for my folks before they went to Alaska and got a few requests for others!

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My little niece, Vera, sporting her new head band.... She wasn't too thrilled with me taking photos, but I managed one! Heh. (She loved it when I photographed them last time!)

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My sis-in-law, Colette, requested one, too, and I was shocked at how quickly the third one worked up! Less than 30 minutes for sure! I did it in the round and it was even faster than the original way of doing it.

Ahh, it feels good to post again! Now I need to get crackin’ and take some more photos, finish sewing and block the scarf (today?! I hope so!) and get some shots of me wearing my shawl. Which probably means I need to take a shower. Gosh, such a full day! 😉

How are your projects going? Did you even notice I was gone? LOL!

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It’s pretty AND it gets the job done!

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My cute new headband with my little modified Japanese Flower

I’d been trying to make Ella’s Headband by Robin Chachula, but I found that I needed too much concentration. It’s not hard, but I wanted something I could watch TV and do at the same time. So I frogged it and remember this easy-peasy pattern. It’s a double crochet, 2 chains and another double crochet. That’s it. So simple to make! I’ll try to write up the pattern if you’re interested….

sc together

Can you see how I did 3 SC in the spaces at the ends to bring them together? I rather like the look and wonder if something fun could be done with it in the future!

So I made it the length I needed for my giant noggin and then used 3 SC in each space to close it up. (I’d considered just stitching, but I realized I would have a double thick row anyway and most of the time it’ll be covered by hair so why worry!)

flower

This is basically the first row of a Japanese flower, then the last two rows skipping a DC for the 2nd row before doing the 3rd. Super fast and I really like the look!

 

But it needed a little extra something. So I used my modified Japanese Flower to spruce it up. Kinda cute, eh? I’m hoping to do that pattern, too. (Sick kiddo keeps me from doing too much today.)

sick kiddo

My super sick kiddo (really, can't you tell? LOL!) modeling the hairband! (Yes, she has a giant noggin, too.)

As I’m typing this, I’m thinking that next time I’ll crochet the LONG way and do it in the round! (Doh!) That way I won’t end up with the seam in the back. LOL. And it’ll be easier to adjust the width later on.

What do you think?

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Some more Japanese flowers

This is that project you keep around and play with when you have time…. I’m thinking it’ll be a scarf or shawl and I’ll give it away when I figure out who might enjoy it.

red and cream

I've only done these two. I like the two tone effect!

As much as I love making these flowers, though, I seriously doubt I’ll ever do something for myself with them – unless it’s something to put on a hat or just a part of a scarf. Would you wear a scarf like this?

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It’s been an unwinding, reusing kind of week

I’ve tried on several occasions to unwind a sweater or some other knitted garment so that I can reuse the yarn… Only every time I did, I ended up with tiny pieces (think 2-10″ max) of a mess of yarn. *sigh* I’m just not worthy of those who actually knot their yarn back together and make something useful from it!

But not one to be daunted since I’d heard so many stories of others who had done it, I went in search again…. I glanced through all my sweaters – none were about to be decommissioned. Then I happened to look up in my closet and saw a poncho I’d bought on a whim. While I thought it was fun, I ended up just stuffing it high onto the shelves since it wasn’t my style. But it was time. Yes, time to pull it apart!

poncho

I'd already started when I realized a picture was a must!

 

I relished playing around with all those fun yarns! Novelty, mohair, cotton, fuzzy, shiny, stringy. So interesting!

yarns

Yarns, yarns and more yarns to play with! There were only 3 I couldn't undo. Too knotted and fuzzy.

 

Several of them were ones I had wanted to play around with, but didn’t want to purchase entire balls of until I figured out if I liked them.

yarns

Look at all those fun yarns to play with!

 

So pull it apart I did! And with far more success than before. Yay! I ended up with so many little balls to play around with that I practically squealed with joy! If only I knew what to do with them!

yarns

Yarns, yarns and more yarns!

 

And then the tickle in the back of my brain started. There was a flower patter, unlike most I’d seen. Simple, fun and adorable. And bonus…. it was Japanese. For some reason, the thought of crocheting flower after flower thinking about all that the Japanese are going through now with the tsunami felt good – almost like little thoughts and bits of energy going to them with each little stitch. Maybe, along with a monetary donation, that little bit would do some good on some level.

I wracked my brain and finally realized I’d seen the pattern on By Elizabeth Cat and I was off and running.

flowers

These little flowers are SO addictive!

so many

So many color combinations to choose from!

 

This little pattern is SO easy to do, takes so little time to whip up and is so much more fun than any other flower I’ve made before. Of the thousands five or six I’ve done, that is. Heh. While I have no clue what I’m going to do with them when I’m done, I know I’ll find something fun for them. It’s so chilly and snowy still, maybe I’ll just hang them from my girls’ ceiling. Or possible I’ll tack them to their wall. Or make a little shawl or scarf, if there’s enough. Give them away to people as a reminder of what the Japanese are enduring. I am not sure. (Any thoughts?)

My favorite discovery? This mohair – real or not – is so pretty a light! You can see it used a lot more on By Elizabeth Cat’s site here…. And make sure you poke around on there. Her colors are spectacular and is actually what prompted me to order the batch of yarn that should be here in a few days!

mohair

Isn't it pretty and softy and light?

So, what about you? Have you pulled something apart and repurposed it? I’d love to see a link if you’re blogging!! I need inspiration…

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