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Posted in Charity <3, Free Patterns (from other sites), Life, Precious Awakening with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Just realizing today how awesome I am! Not that I am trying to blow my head up it’s just that I can’t believe how good I have gotten at the knitting. Not only have projects been coming out well but I have moved on to experimenting! I found a really cute pattern on Ravelry, a Coffee Corset from Plum Dearly (available as a Ravelry download for free). I decided to make this because my husband is sooo bent on me having coffee with him in the morning. I am not really a big coffee drinker. I’m a tea drinker but I do LOVE my extra caramel frappachinos from StarBux! I’m also a fan of French Vanilla cappachino from 7/11 and other in and out stores like that (something my sister turned me on to). So we went to the supermarket and got some of those “cappachino” mixes. SO not the same. I kinda regret getting so much. We bought French Vanilla, Mocha, and Mayan Dark Chocolate. Oh well, so now I have all this coffee to drink and so thought while gulping that down I’d have something to pretty up my coffee cup! I thought this pattern was too easy and a bit plain for my taste after reading it so I decided to make some changes.. well a whole lot of changes! I guess I’ll have to write it up at some point, I kinda winged it as I went a long. It’s totally cute, I made this one for myself but it is definitely a project I’d make as a gift for friends and family. It’s the perfect cotton stash buster!

So, I guess one of the best things about living in New York City (well since November) is being near the Lion Brand Studio. I recently took my second trip up there with Reli. The first time she was only maybe a month or two old.. had to be a quick visit though since began to cry so I fled from the store, lol but not before purchasing a few skeins and leaving my donation for Knit One Save One. This time I thought I’d be able to have some time to enjoy the many perks of the studio, such as taking some yarn from the sample wall and knitting up some swatches. Two rows into my first swatch Reli woke up and right away wanted me to pick her up *sigh* ah, the duties of a mother 🙂 I went over to the help bar and ordered a skein Baby Soft in Black since they didn’t carry it in store and on my way out purchased a skein of Cotton-ease and Microspun. So I had to show off the wall samples I picked up. I didn’t want to be greedy so I only took a few yards of each, probably only enough to make 2″ swatches.  I wound a sample of Cotton-ease in, Vanna’s Choice Glamour, Baby Soft, and some Microspun. I thought that the card they give you to wind-up the yarn was useful. It’s a 4″ gauge ruler and can also be used as a bookmark! I didn’t buy any of the Vanna’s Glamour but that is definitely something that I want to buy. It’s absolutely beautiful!

Lion Brand Studio samples

Lion Brand Studio sample

This past week I was contacted by a rep from S.H.A.R.E. of Utah (a division of S.H.A.R.E.) via my pregnancy and infant loss website PreciousAwakening. She asked that I donate a Precious Memory Box for an upcoming conference for professionals (doctors, nurses, social workers, etc..). Of course I said yes and out of my mind and through my paint brushes came a beautiful design. It’s one that I am very proud of, I hope whoever receives it loves it and cherishes it forever. I really worked hard on this one.  Not that I don’t work hard on each one I make but I’ve been in deep thought about my little baby angel. I miss her so much, I hope that she knows. I do all these things in her memory.

Precious Awakening: Precious Memory Box #7 Donated to S.H.A.R.E. of Utah

Precious Awakening: Precious Memory Box #7 Donated to S.H.A.R.E. of Utah

Utill next post…

Soy Escuchando: Johnny Cash/ I Walk the Line

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The Center of My World

Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Woo! I have a little bit of time to myself while my BB girl and husband are sleeping in. My husband is exhausted from work and my poor BB is so sleepy after having a doctors’ visit yesterday where they gave her three shots. Every time they give her shots she sleeps a lot the day of and the next day.

I’ve been slacking lately. Usually I have a few projects going all at once but I had been focusing all my time on this lovely clutch that I may use for the wedding. It is my first cable project and my first time using super bulky yarn. I made a practice swatch with cables first since the pattern wasn’t very specific about how to make cables. The swatch came out great it was a lot . I just finished knitting the fabric for the bag and I’m not totally happy about how it came out. I was very uncomfortable knitting with the super bulky yarn. I’m not done yet I still have to sew up the ends, add lining, and some type of closure.

Practice cables

Practice cables

Cabled clutch.. fabric - done!

Cabled clutch.. fabric - done!

SOOO, totally forgot to show off my mother’s day swag! My husband let me pick what I wanted so off I went to Etsy and purchased a project bag, needle case, and tissue holder in a set from Slipped Stitches Studios ! I LOOOOVE it soooo much! The needle case hold all  my 10 1/2″ needles and all of my crochet hooks all in a neat little case. It even has space enough to hold three sets of DPN’s that I keep on their card. I use the tissue holder to keep notions in when I am on the go. I love the pattern. It’s a skull wih knitting needles as cross bones.

My mother's day gift

My mother's day gift.

Anyway, I had a nice mother’s day. I love spending time with my sweet daughter, but I had my daughter Alana (my little angel baby) in my mind through out the day. I missed her and wish so badly that she could have been with us. We went out to Central Park for a while and we took a walk, played with our BB girl. Bought dinner from one of my fav neighborhood resturants and took it home, stayed in and watched some movies. It was a pretty good day. Thanks hunny. I had Reli (BB’s nickname) wear a little dress that I bought the day I found out I was having another little girl. I bought it in faith that she would wear it one day, that was really special for me, and the best gift of all. She means everything to me.

I got around to remaking that cute crochet hat from One Skein Wonders. It came out great and Reli wore it with the dress. How cute does she look? I made it with a skein of the Knit Picks Palette yarn I purchased a while back. I sewed freshwater pearls, swarvaski crystals and glass beads on to it and added a ribbon. It’s beautiful and very luxurious- nothing but the best for her.

Reli and I on Mother's day

Reli and I on Mother's day

Angora Baby Bunny Hat

Angora Baby Bunny Hat

Until next post.

Soy Escuchando: Norma Jean / The Anti-Mother/ Vipers, Snakes, and Actors

Baby Baby Baby

Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns (from other sites), Life, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So much stuff going on since I last wrote. My little girl is starting to call for me… only when she is whiny or crying though. So cute the other night she woke up crying and I was in the kitchen and I heard her say MAMA in the middle of all the crying as I walked in the room. Melted my heart ❤ She’s growing up so fast! I’m very excited to celebrate my first Mother’s with my BB (that’s her nickname). Last Mother’s day was a sad one for me since I was supposed to have Alana.. I’ll still be thinking of her though as always.
A friend of mine had a baby on Easter Sunday, a little baby girl! So I could not help but to whip up a few small gifts for her little one. I made her two pairs of booties and a pair of slippers from the book Precious Baby Booties. It’s a favorite of mine and my go-to book when I need a pair of cute simple booties. In fact my daughters ‘Take me home’ outfit consisted of a pair Lacy booties made from this book. It was my first bootie project in which I had to fasten off, attach and weave in more than one end. They turned out great and lovely enough to grace my daughters tiny feet. All the projects are crocheted. When it comes to making a gift I always reach for the crochet hook since I am just much faster with that than with the knitting.. for now.

I used Red Heart sport in Light Raspberry for the pink ones. It was my first time  and the last time that I’ll be using that yarn. I didn’t like it’s texture very much. Red heart makes other yarns that are so much softer that I would rather use but most are worsted weights.

For these booties I decided to use a little black to make them a bit edgier. Aren’t they cute? Any baby that wears these can definietly beat up any kid on the playground!

The multi-colored pastel booties are TLC Baby and the colorway is called Naptime. I love to use this particular colorway because it is a bit thicker than their other baby yarns and makes for a nice fabric for a bootie or blanket or whatever you are making.


The washcloth pattern can be found here on Ravelry. It’s a Ravelry download so you will need to have an account on Ravelry to access it. I really like it a lot. They are so quick and easy to make that I made myself some just to finish off the two skeins of yarn I used (Lily’s Sugar and Cream in Strawberry and Peaches and Cream in Pinks and Lilacs).

I have other projects to show and talk about but I’ll save it for the next post. I don’t want to turn this into a marathon blog with a zillion pictures. ‘Til next time!

Soy Escuchando- Incubus / S.C.I.E.N.C.E. / Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)

Nostalgia-O-Rama!

Posted in Crochet, Knits, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Man, I have been trying to write this blog for like 3 days now lol! My daughter barely gives me the time to do anything. It’s amazing that I get any projects done!

So- Oh yea! I won an Ebay auction for some various vintage knitting needles and notions. I was happy when I won but now that the package finally came in the mail, I’m in love ❤ ! Not only are they kool because they are vintage (circa 1960’s) but they are soooo awesome to knit with.. pointy points! I also got this HUGE crochet hook,  size S! My favorite needles so far are the Bernat ones, so nice and smoooooth. I think that I am going to begin collecting vintage needles. There is such a difference in the quality. I love their design and also even appreciate the packaging. Though it could all just be that I am in general nostalgic, I love all things vintage.

I also got in the mail this week my very first order from Knitpicks! Lovely yarn and needles. I purchaced 4 skeins of Merino Style wool and 4 Knit Picks Palette. I tell ya- I was pretty disappointed to have received the yarn. The colors I received were much darker than what is pictured on their website. I’ll still use it but now I don’t have the colors I wanted for a project 😦

I also purchased 101 Luxury One Skein Wonders. There are many beautiful projects. There are three baby projects I’m dying to make! One I did make- it was a cute crochet hat, it is pictured on the cover. I made it for my little girl for Easter but it turned out to be too long. However I pulled a few rows and made it into a nice hat anyway but I plan to remake it. Everyone that saw her complimented how cute the hat was (and how cute she was!)

Soy Escuchando: Thom Yorke / The Eraser / Black Swan

Still creating for charity

Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Title says it all. I am still making things for the up coming impending drop off of all the Craftster Unswap donations to my website Precious Awakening. I am so grateful for my (unofficial) charity to have been chosen, you really have no idea. This has really put a fire under my bum to keep going. Sooo here are the projects that I did. It’s not much only two (and another pair of booties for my baby girl).

Here is a lovely free pattern for a crocheted simple bunting for a micro preemie baby. I used an F hook and TLC Baby yarn that I had in Powder Yellow. I think that when I make the next one I’ll use an G hook to give it a looser feel. (Sorry for the blurry pictures. My hands were shaky.)

My next project is a crochet pattern of my own. I haven’t created the pattern for it yet. It is a blanket for a small preemie-micro preemie… but this blanket doubles as burial bunting or wrap as well. So the hospital staff has the option, lets say if they are running low on blankets it can be used as one or if the family needs a burial bunting or wrap the hospital staff can turn it into one and give it to the parents. Well, I don’t know if it’s something the staff will actually do but that is the idea behind it. Again this was made using TLC baby yarn in powder yellow.

I am going to make another one. This one fans out only on the one end because my stitches are loose, but my chain (left) is tight so there’s no room. I am going to keep this one as a wrap.

Finally this project was made for my daughter, I call them Frost Glimmer booties. I knitted these from the Lion Brand pattern mentioned on my previous post. These are pretty quick to knit (now that I am a little faster). Instead of tassel on the ends of the laces I made pom poms.. or snow balls if you will 🙂 For these cute booties I decided use to still use wool-ease despite my disappointment when I knit my “Streakers”  and they fuzzed and pilled quickly. This particular skein, White/Multi has a glittery strand which I thought may help hold it together. So far it has held up quite well. Even if it does pill later on I think that because it is white it will not look as bad. Love the way they turned out.

Soy Escuchando: Shiny Toy Guns – Don’t Cry Out

Craftster Un-Swap

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by sweetnightmare

A few weeks ago I was sent a message on Craftster from another member who proposed an unswap to other members on the Crafting for Good Not Evil board and they had chosen Precious Awakening to be the first that they do this for. What is an “Unswap” you ask.. well, basically everyone is crafting and donating to the same worthy cause. Like a charity craft-a-long. You can read and join in here on Craftster.

I am really excited! I can’t wait to make this huge donation to the hospital in the Spring. From the pictures people have posted so far they have been doing a great job.

Over the weekend I made 14 little micropreemie hats on a flower loom. I bought it a while back and never got around to using it. I decided to try it out. I bought it for the purpose of making hats since I thought they were the perfect size. I’m so in love and helplessly addicted to it. How cute did these little hats turn out? I just used some left over yarn from my stash. What an awesome and quick stash buster!

So I wrote out how I make these. Please consider make a few of these hats, and donate them to your local hospitals maternity bereavement program.

Super Simple Micro-preemie Hat pattern

Supplies:
Flower Loom (12 pegs) with hook
Yarn needle
Scissors or yarn cutter
1/8″ ribbon (optional)

Yarn:
Aran or Worsted weight yarns, two balls any color (pink, white baby blue preferred) I used left over pink Caron Simply Soft and left over Lion Brand Wool-ease in White/muti.

Hold a strand of each yarn together and wrap them around each peg.

Wrap and knit off ten rows, fasten off a five to six inch tail.

Take the yarn needle and sew the yarn through the loops on the pegs, pulling them off as you go along.

When you are done doing that pull the strands so that the yarn gathers together and closes off the top.

Tie a really tight square knot and cut off the extra leftover yarn.

Optional: Weave ribbon threw second row from the bottom.

Pattern if you prefer a solid brim (pictured, lower right hand corner)…
Super Simple Micro-preemie Hat pattern (w/ solid brim)

Hold a strand of each yarn together and wrap them around each peg.

Wrap and knit off four rows,

Make the brim by pulling up the first row and putting it back on the loom. Wrap and knit off nine rows, fasten off a five to six inch tail.

Take the yarn needle and sew the yarn through the loops on the pegs, pulling them off as you go along.

When you are done doing that pull the strands so that the yarn gathers together and closes off the top.

Tie a really tight square knot and cut off the extra leftover yarn.

Optional: Weave ribbon threw first row from the bottom over the brim.