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Netbook Burrito

One morning last week I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and couldn’t really go back to sleep. My mind was thinking of crocheting things! I’ve been wanting to make a sleeve to protect my new netbook, and I came up with an idea. I’m going to make a burrito kind of thing for it! I’ll have to draw it out sometime to help make more sense of what I mean, but it’s going to be cool I think! I’m making it out of bamboo silk yarn because I have some, and I want to do something with it! It’s going to be all soft and lovely. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just the bottom of it, and I haven’t done much more than that yet since I’ve been busy with my first week of school and SICK with bronchitis :(…

I started it out like a baby shoe, oval shaped. Now I’m working on the sides until it’s tall enough to cover the entire netbook. Then I’m going to make a long horizontal part that will fold over and wrap around with a flap at the top to button it all up. I realize that probably doesn’t make tons of sense. I’ll draw it out when I have time and upload a drawing. 🙂

 

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SOPA – What’s it all about?

I encourage anyone hearing about this who is curious to go and read the actual bill and then decide for yourself how to respond!

I wrote an email to my Representative and signed an online petition.

This bill can directly affect creative outlets like wordpress.

http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112hr3261.pdf

 

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Sewing Projects

I’ll preface this by saying I am NOT great friends with my sewing machine. We can manage small projects together, but, for example, I’ve been working on an apron my sister off and on (mostly off!) for two years now. I’m finally in the final stages, and I have to sew around some curves. I made such a mess of it that I’ll probably have to do it over! Ahhh!

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. That’s just my example! I went to a music conference for kids’ music leaders with a woman from my church named Melanie and her granddaughter and daughter-in-law over the weekend. We got talking about clothes Melanie had made for the baby, and she mentioned a pillowcase dress. I was like, “I could make that!” So I picked up some fabric Sunday (to match some ribbon I already have – it doesn’t match as well as I hoped but it’ll do!) and a pattern yesterday, and I’m going to do it!

Also at the conference I saw some materials about games to do with kids with bean bags. I thought, “I don’t have any bean bags, but I could make some for cheaper than I could buy them!” So I also got fabric to make some beanbags.

When I was looking in the cheap scrap fabric to make beanbags, I saw some tulle scraps in the same bin, and I said, “That looks like enough to make a newborn tutu!” So I got that too. I’ve been looking up how to make tutus, and I don’t like the idea of elastic. I’m going to make it on ribbon, kind of like the bustle on my Daisy dress (which makes no sense probably to anyone but me and maybe three other people, sorry… I guess just making notes for me!), so that it can be tied at different lengths and tulle added even so it fits her longer!

And I took some pictures of all of this stuff! The pattern I have is for a reversible dress – I’m going to do one side white and one side yellow. The white has a very light flower print (in a slightly different shade of white), and the yellow is bright and solid. The yellow print you’ll see below is for beanbags.

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Progress and Cheap Clothes

Reading this and watching the progress (or lack thereof) of my projects, you may deduce that I am a bit all over the place, which would be pretty accurate I suppose.

I haven’t worked on my cardigan in a few days. I did order extra yarn for it. I’m going to make it shorter in length and leave the ‘lacy’ bits off the arms to use less thread and because I think it will look better on me that way.

This isn’t really related to crocheting, but is cool – we went to The Consignment Shop today, and they were having a huuuuuge sale. 90% off lots of things… I got four shirts, all like new, all NICE name brands, for a total of ….. dun dun duh dun! $1.80. Seriously. 45 cent per shirt. They all fit too! WIN!

I also ordered some white Caron yarn (the super soft feeling kind) to make a baby dress out of. I have this super cute ribbon I want to use with it. I’m going to reference some other patterns but maybe just kind of… make the dress pattern up? I may even sew part of it instead of crochet. Still time to figure that out! I don’t need it until March or April.

I’m working on two other baby gifts right now – the T-strap shoes (I have one done – I’ll post a pic), and a onesie with the same yarn, both to match a headband I did about a month ago. Here’s the shoe! I’ll have to find the headband and post a pic of the full set when I finish the other shoe and the onesie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my progress on my cardigan as well. I’m not in a huge hurry about it… I figure it’ll be good to wear in Spring/Summer (as well as Fall/Winter around here! This weather this ‘winter’ is nuts! Hot, cold, hot, cold…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, upcoming posts: I still have to do one about rounds! After I do that, I’m going to post one showing some uses of the little round ‘flowers’, including bracelets and some baby clothing (hat, shoes).

I like making baby things because they don’t take as much time, use as much yarn (in other words – I have the patience to do them without losing interest!), they make great gifts, and they’re so gosh darn adorable!!!

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Crappy Crochet Experience – Number 1

No, this is NOT my first frustrating experience crocheting. It is nearly ALWAYS a challenge to me, and I enjoy the brain exercise, but sometimes it drives me crazy.

Here is an example:

Mary Janes for Babies

I started crocheting with this pattern four or five times at least. Each time, they were big enough to fit a two year old, no matter how small a needle I used. She recommends an F, an H for a 3-6 month old, F or G for newborn.

So finally I tried a D! Still too big! UGH!

I tried making a new pattern using this one as a basis, but mine ended up being too SMALL!

So I thought maybe she meant single crochet instead of half double. So I did them in single crochet. STILL too big.

Finally I just decided to find a new pattern. Even if I could make my own or get this one to work, I’m so tired of it now I could scream and break something, so the trip away from my crocheting to find a new pattern will probably be beneficial!

Maybe Carolyn Christmas is a person of significant size and all of her children were little giants with 6″ feet at birth! Who knows?!

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Now I’m going to try this one:

T-strap Bootie

We’ll see if Yvonne Healy knows how big newborn feet are, and if these turn out big enough for my Granddaddy, I’m never going to free-crochet.com again!

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Current Project: Cardigan for ME :)

My mom gave me some VERY soft Patons Silk Bamboo yarn for Christmas.

I looked on their website (you have to sign up to see patterns, but they have some nice ones) and found a pattern for a pretty cardigan I’m making for myself with some of the new yarn. I’m making it in a deep purple color (85310). I also have a nice sage green (85326). I haven’t figured out what to do with it besides the cardigan so far!

I don’t think I’m going to do buttons all the way down, just one or two at the bust.

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Mary Maxim – (Amigurumi) Snowman Family (Free Pattern)

Mary Maxim – Adult Sweater Patterns – Snowman Family Free Pattern.

I used this pattern to create the larger snowman/woman, and then I created crochet accessories to try to make her (I did a woman) look more feminine.

Mary Maxim is a GREAT source for free patterns and ideas, by the way!

Here’s my snow woman:

Snow woman

What I added or did differently:

1) The scarf in the pattern is felt. My scarf is crocheted. I made a length of chain stitches the length I wanted the scarf to be and then turned and did a row of single crochet. I tied it in a knot at the side.

2) Flower at the knot on the scarf – it’s just a simple round “flower” with 12 single crochets. (I’ll talk about how to do these when I discuss crocheting in the round in a later post – SOON!)

3) Ear muffs – two chains long enough to fit around the head, glued side by side on top. Then the muff part is a round of six single crochets.

4) She still didn’t look girly enough for me, so I tied a little bow on top!

5) The mouth is stitched with a tapestry needle, but everything else I attached with hot glue. All of the other embellishments are just colored buttons!

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Amigurumi Owl

owl

This picture is my variation on this pattern:

http://crochetme.com/media/p/90101.aspx

He’s cuter in person!

I did crocheted eyes and made a different beak/nose and my own feet.

Here’s the one on crochetme.com!

Cute! Just different! I love the huge eyes.

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New Project – Cribbage Board “Cozy”/Sleeve

My stepdad has an antique cribbage board, and he called today and asked if I would crochet a sleeve for it… kind of like a laptop sleeve, but for a cribbage board.

I know it won’t be terribly hard, but I want to do it well! And I’m excited to have a commissioned project! 🙂

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