Sock Monkey Blanket

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope everyone had a great time with their friends and family! I have so much to be Thankful for and thank the Lord every day for them too. I am very thankful that he has given me the gift to be able to Knit and Crochet. Without these skills I would be very VERY bored! :)

So, after 6 months of working on this blanket for Levi (A handicapped boy at my Church) it's finally done! This blanket wasn't hard at all, it just took forever because I bore easily and the "Body" of the blanket was very monotonous! Nevertheless, I've very happy it's done!

'Super Sized' Santa Boot

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Hello fellow crafters! I see it's been a while since I have last posted any finished projects. But not to worry, I've been busy! Things are just not getting finished as fast as I would like them to be.

The Holidays are upon us and I know everyone is busy with their Hooks and Needles making those gifts for friends and loved ones. I myself have been a little selfish and have only made something for ME. :) hehehehehe. Well, that's not quite true. I have made 2 more Sunny Day Mobile's for 2 ladies at my Church who are expecting.

But now, I wanted to share my latest finished project. It is my SUPER SIZED Santa Boot from the current issue of Crochet Today. I did not have the recommended Sport Weight yarn so I used WW and the recommended size I hook and this is what I got. It measures 22" tall from the tip of the toe to the top of the cuff. I think it's adorable and looks fantastic on my front door! But I definitely want to make a smaller one with the appropriate yarn size. I fell in love with this immediately after seeing it in the magazine. I have made several patterns from this same Designer and I've loved them all. She's very talented and constructs projects in a very unique way. This is the 3rd project ever using short row shaping. And I love the results.

Cthulu Dice Bag

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Hi everybody! Hope everyone has had a great crafty week! I just finished another Knitted project for a Facebook friend called the Cthulu Dice Bag. This was a special request and I was really nervous. I have NEVER done stranded knitting before. I think it turned out pretty well considering?! I'm pretty proud of it actually. I feel like I can tackle more patterns of this variety now. I wasn't so sure at the beginning if it would ever get completed but once I got started and made myself focus and kept chanting, I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN.........well, you get the picture. ;-)

I would like to try hats next with this technique but I'm not sure yet on what other design I would even like. Ferrets maybe? We'll see.

Oh, and another thing. I didn't hand-knit the I-cord drawstring. As I can see that taking me 50 years to complete, I used the "Cool Corder" machine that I've had for many years now. It's a Gem!!! It took me all of 3 minutes?! AWESOME-NESS!

Hello Kitty....

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TGIF peeps! Well, almost. It's still Thursday night here in my world. I just wanted to share a quick project with everyone. And, it's NOT a Crochet or Knitting project. This time it is a Sewing project. Yes. You heard correctly. S-E-W-I-N-G. I know, I know. Unheard of for me. Considering I'm really not that good at it. But I just couldn't help myself. I found THE CUTEST little coin purse named the Zip-Itself Tetrahedron Coin Purse.

It is awesome. It only requires 2 things to make it. 1. A zipper 2. Ribbon.

Now, how easy is that? Apparently, not so much. For me at least. I had a really hard time with the tutorial but it all worked out in the end. I figured it out! It's not the best looking in the world and it's certainly not perfectly shaped but for a 1st run at it, I think it turned out pretty good. But I need to line the inside. But, that'll be another time. I am going to be making more of these for my nieces. So we'll see if they start to look any better.

So if your interested in the free pattern. Go here: Zip-Iteself Tetrahedron Coin Purse. But for now, here is my creation using Hello Kitty ribbon:

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Penguin Backpack

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It's that time of year again! BACK-TO-SCHOOL! At least here in my city it is anyways. I made this super cute Penguin Backpack from the newest issue of Crochet Today magazine. I so wished I had something like this back in my day. I would have been the coolest kid on the block (and school). This pattern was super easy. The only thing is, there are a lot of parts to assemble and sew on. It took me 3 hours to get it all sewed together. But it was worth it. This is just too adorable! And, it's also the very first project that I've ever installed a zipper in....HAND STITCHED no less! But, that's only because when I went to use my sewing machine I ran the needle down into my thumb nail. ha.ha.ha. Seriously. It wasn't too bad. It only bled a little bit but still hurt like crazy. So I quickly abandoned that idea. I told you all I couldn't sew and that proves it right there! I can't even work the sewing machine correctly. Forget actually sewing with it! :-)

So here's the finished product!!!!!!

Si` Capitan!

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Happy Independence Day everyone! And boy is it a hot one here in Tennessee! It was 97 degrees today and the power failed. Of all days! It was down for over 2 hours and my house got up to 84 inside! I felt like I was in a sweat box. Now I understand that term!

But, during all that 2 hours of power outage, I did manage to do some Knitting and I completed my first Knitted Hat. I really didn't think it was gonna live. Apparently I don't follow directions well. I ripped out the decreases at the top of the hat 4 times. F-O-U-R TIMES. I was getting so mad I was about ready to throw the whole stinkin' thing in the garbage. I wrote out each instruction all by itself. So if it told me to repeat a certain part 4 times, I wrote it out 4 times. Because my brain did not want to process this and keep track of where I was in the pattern. But it was all worth it in the end. I love this hat and I will make it again. And as always, free is good. So, if you haven't made this one yourself, hop on over to Ravelry and download it! The pattern is called "Capitan"

So now I present, Si` Capitan!

Sporty Shorties

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Finally I can say I've Knitted Socks! I never understood all the fuss about them but after making a pair, I can see why! I love these better than store-bought socks. They feel really good, like I don't have any on at all. These will be perfect to wear with my clogs this Winter.

The only drawback to this pattern is I really hate the turning of the heel. The way the pattern does it causes it to really pooch out and I hate that. I will try a different heel method on my next pair. I've already got another Sock Pattern picked out that has a nice design in it that I want to try. But I've definitely got to learn how to do 2 socks at once. Doing only one at a time just about drove me crazy.

If you are interested in the free pattern that I used to make these you can go here: Super Simple Short Sock.

Yarn: Red Heart, Heart and Sole in Tequila Sunrise
Needle: Size 2 DPN's But I started with the Magic Loop Method on a Size 2 Circular
Size: 7 Women's

Crochet Baby Sneakers

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My Nephew's wife, Phoebe, asked me to make her sister a pair of baby booties. I had used this pattern before and liked how they turned out. So, I gave it another go. Aren't these just too cute?


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I've embarked on my first Sock Journey. I have to admit, I was really first. But I've been watching some awesome videos on YouTube and this persons website. She makes it look SOOOOO easy. Which really, after I started, it kinda was. I mean, I've had my fair share of stressful moments. Because keep in mind, I'm not a good Knitter. I kept making stupid mistakes and dropping a stitch and making my stitches so tight this sock could be waterproof! So I restarted from the 1st sock I had cast on for. The shaping of the heel and the Gusset really threw me for a loop because I was watching a video for a totally different sock pattern but the concept is the same. I'm just not that smart at Math and trying to convert the # of stitches so it pertains to the pattern I'm actually working on was a little challenging for me. I'm happy to say the 2nd one is going much much better than the first one started out. So far..... The heel pattern is boxy which I don't like very much, but since it is my first attempt at a sock I'll just go with it. And find a better way to do it the next time around. I'm surprised at myself because I really am enjoying this. I honestly didn't think I would.

I started out using the Magic Loop Method and have ended up, as you can see, having to use DPN's. Which as you all know by now, I despise. Anywho....

Here's a progress pic.



My Claim To Fame

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Back in December I had finished the Jolly St. Nick pattern from the Nov/Dec Issue of Crochet Today. I had submitted via email a note and the picture of my completed item. Well I went to the Post Office today to see if my newest issue had arrived and after I got back in the car I was flipping through it. Low and behold, guess what I see in it? I was so excited my heart was pounding and I had this huge silly grin on my face. I've never been published in anything like this before. It was just way too cool. So I am tooting my own horn just a little and wanted to share the scanned photo of the magazine insert on my project.


Kokeshi Bookmark

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This was the cutest bookmark I think I had seen in a long while. But after finding out it is in an entirely different language (although translated into English) I was bummed out. Because there were parts of it that I just didn't understand what was meant to be done. There was a hand drawn graph that was a little bit of help to me but it did take me a while to get it done.

I don't have very good Embroidery skills, but I did try my best. I didn't do the little flowers on the bottom of the Kimono and my 'Hair' doesn't look as good as the Designer's Original, I still think it looks cute. And I hope my swap recipient thinks so as well (Fingers Crossed). At any rate, I did enjoy making it because I love bookmarks. This was done all in size 10 thread.

If you would like to make one for yourself, Here is the Free Pattern: Kokeshi Bookmark. Thank you designer for sharing your pattern!

Fancy Crocheted Thread Butterfly

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Here is another Butterfly that I finished up yesterday. I am horrid at sewing so I had to re-sew the 'body' onto the center of the wings. Now I think he looks a whole lot better.

This pattern took a couple of hours and it was worth it. I love it! Of course by now you all know I'm a Butterfly freak. But, anywho...... I had tried this pattern before a year or so ago, and my mind was just not into it. It was a horrid failure. And as of yesterday I decided to give it another go and this time it clicked for me.

This is another free pattern that can be found here: Fancy Crocheted Thread Butterfly.

I think this would look awesome sewn onto a Skirt, Shirt or Handbag! Cause I'm trying to 'Think Spring!'

Butterflies are Free!

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I made this super simple bookmark for a swap in the Bookmark Swap Group on Ravelry. I love love LOVE Butterflies. Anything with a Butterfly on it, I drool. I also love to read and love bookmarks.

If you would like to use the same pattern, you can find it on the Crochetville website. And of course, it's free! What could be any better?! So why not head on over there and have a look-see? Click: Crochet Butterfly Bookmark for a direct link to the pattern.

This makes me think Spring and Summer! Which I so desperately want to hurry up and get here! I'm so sick of the Snow and I know a lot of other people are as well.

S'mores are finished!

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I just finished up my first pair of Striped Mittens. I do have to say that it was really easy and I was really scared about taking on this project. I had originally planned to do a solid color mitten without the stripes but decided to give it a go and see how I did. Well, I'm pretty darn proud of myself right now. To be honest, I didn't think I could do it. Sad, but true.

In case any of y'all would like to use the same pattern I did, here's the link to it: Mittens For All. It's a free pattern from the Coats and Clark website. I will tell you this....This will definitely be my go-to pattern for Mittens in the future.

These are all washed and dried and ready to present to my Boss tomorrow when I get to work. He already knows he's getting them and has seen the First mitten that was done because I had to make him try it on. To make sure it fits. And it does! Woot! And, he's super excited about getting them too. That's what it's all about for me. I love the response I get from giving a handmade gift to someone who I know will really appreciate it. So, without further ado, I present: S'mores! the Mittens.


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...Well, not really. But that's what I'm naming this project. The colors are Chocolate Brown and White. Which reminds me of S'mores! Which ALSO reminds I'm hungry with all this S'mores talk.

Have you ever had those weeks where you just feel smarter than others? Well, I've been feeling pretty smart here lately. I've been learning new things that have just failed to stick in my head in the past. For instance, learning to knit in the round. From my last post I excitedly reported that after many failed attempts I had finally learned how to do this.

As of last night I learned 3 different things. 1) How to knit with 2 colors. 2)How to carry my 2nd yarn up my work. 3) How to correct 'Jogs' in my stripes.

The 3rd I had no clue what it even was let alone how to correct them. But after investigating my own stripes I could see what 'Jogs' were. And, that I wasn't too happy about them either. It looked ugly. I'm not a perfectionist by any means, but when I'm working so hard at my knitting and it's taking me forever to do it, I want it done right.

But after watching video's on YouTube I came across this one Jogless Stripes that I loved out of all of them. Even the one by Eunny Jang from Interweave Press still made it look horribly funny and way too noticeable. This one is just perfect. You can hardly tell it at all. I'm super pleased with it. But, I've only done it on 1 row so far because I didn't really notice it until late into the knitting. So for the rest of the knitting I'll continue with how I learned to correct it.

Purple Haze

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....Isn't that a Jimi Hendrix song? Anywho. This time, there's a project on the hook. I took a break from starting another Knitting project because Knitting seems to make my hands and fingers ache. It's a bummer to have arthritis at 33. *sigh*

So, I'm making an Afghan "Purple Haze". After the Snowflake Afghan I made last year for a charity auction I swore that I wouldn't make another one. At least for a very, very, VERY long time. But, I came across the Spiral Throw by Marilyn Losee (which by the way was the SAME designer of the Fingerless Gloves I just finished). I was scared. I admit it. I consider myself a seasoned Crocheter. There's not too many things that stump me in Crochet. But after the vague instructions (well to me anyways since I'm not a genius at knitting) in certain parts of the Fingerless Glove pattern I was hesitant about doing this throw. But believe it or not, so far this thing is RIDICULOUSLY easy! I mean, seriously. I have a terrible memory and I got the spiral pattern memorized after the 2nd motif. Only bad thing of this is, there's eleventy-billion ends to weave in. So I'm FORCING myself to do them as I complete each Motif. So far, so good. The pattern calls for 98 motifs (24 are done as of today 1/12/11) but I'm only doing them at my leisure. I can make a motif in about 10 minutes. So it really is super easy.

Now, right off the bat, the instructions say: "wrap yarn around finger to form a ring."......WHAT THE?!!!! Okay. Now to me, that can me one of 2 things. Make a Slip Knot or Magic Loop. I mean c'mon?!!! How HARD is it to say "Make a Magic Loop". See what I mean? GAH!!!! It's enough to make me pull my really short spikey hair out (Well only the gray hairs maybe) /Rant.

So, to end the rambling Here's my pic of the first 2 motifs that I made and sewed together. And the colors are White and Purple...Not Blue.. Apparently my camera doesn't like to photograph purple.

And if you'd like to be friends on Ravelry, you can visit me at my page: Crochetferretlvr

Lovey Glovey's!

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This is the first pair of Knitted Fingerless Gloves I've ever made. And I love them! They keep my arms and hands so nice and toasty. My arms get so cold in the office and these are just perfect. They still allow me to type and answer the phone. There's only one thing I didn't like about them. Well, it's not with the gloves. It's with the designer. There are places she needed to have been more clear on instead of making the knitter 'assume' they know what she was talking about. I. HATE. THAT. It doesn't matter if it is is Knitting or Crochet. For Pete's sake designers, SPELL IT OUT. Don't make a person guess. Cause trust me. I can come up with 10,000 different 'I think this is right' kinda ideas and trust me, NONE OF THEM ARE RIGHT. I need it spelled out for me please! /Rant