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Reclaimed!

Posted in Charity <3, Crochet, Knits, Precious Awakening, sewing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I started my courses almost three weeks ago. Wow, it’s so much harder than I thought it was going to be. It’s only hard because I have my little BB girl to care for who still needs me so much. Oh she is just growing way too fast. I can’t hardly believe we are in October!!!! My princess is turning 1 this month! Time has just flown by. I’m so excited to celebrate it. Expect birthday party crafts soon!

So my grandmother every once in a while will send me some hand-me-down clothes from her church clothing swap. She sent me a knit sweater that had a large collar that could be buttoned up to be a turtle neck and a thin cable pattern. I didn’t like it mostly because my head is round and it just doesn’t look right on me. Turtle necks make my head look bigger and rounder. It was a Cherokee brand shirt (one of those brands from like Kmart or Walmart or something) and man was I surprised to see that it was HAND KNIT! I got super excited! Finally, I could reclaim some yarn!! Woo hoo!! I suck though, I never think until it is too late to take a before shot. It took two or three days but I got it all into balls. I should have only had 4 balls but ended up with 7 because I had some problems trying to figure out how to unravel it. It was pretty complicated.

Reclaimed yarn

Reclaimed yarn

So I am now the happy owner of reclaimed 60% cotton 40 % acrylic yarn. It’s made up of two strand of light and a darker blue. Each strand is a 2 ply so I guess it’s a 4 ply ???. I  I have 2 large, 2 medium, 2 small, and 1 small ball is purely scraps I tied together. That ball is going to be wound into a magic yarn ball I have been making with all my yarn left overs. It is mixed with different weights, fibers, colors. I don’t know what I will make with it but it will be funky! I plan to show that off the magic ball next post I have a bunch of leftovers to add to it.

Projects that I have just finished are another hoodie made with Jiffy yarn. No picture yet. I am waiting to finish another one that I am working on with Bernat Softee Chunky. I want to compare results. I also (believe it or not) just finished last week my first two basic granny square blankets. I added a picot edge to it. For one of them I had enough yarn to make a matching hat. I love it, it’s so cute. Both blankets are to be donated to my hospital next month.

First granny square blanket with matching hat

First granny square blanket with matching hat

In other crafts- Last month I sewed my first messenger bag. Isn’t it awesome? I love the fabric. It inspired me to make the tentacle appliques. The are carefully cut from solid fabrics and I used some heavy weight sew-in interfacing for the backing. The details are hand drawn. I love this bag so much. I use it to carry library books. I wish that I had used some thicker fabric. The entire bag is made of cotton, I would have had more use out of it had I used  some black cotton twill or something like that. Flip the flap and you’ll see I made pockets have room for a wallet, pocket notebook, and cell phone. There are also pockets for pens, pencils, knitting needles or crochet hooks! Inside the bag I made one large pocket with snaps to close it and snaps for the flap too. It’s large enough to fit my 14″ laptop so I put it there to take the pictures. I’m so proud of it!

Front of messenger bag

Front of messenger bag

The pockets under the flap.

The pockets under the flap.

Soy escuchando: Wojciech Kilar / Mina/Dracula

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Always Learning

Posted in Embroidery, Free Patterns (from other sites), Life, sewing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So I start the Fall semester in a few weeks and already school is getting into my craft time. I have been preparing for.. getting my textbooks, taking orientation, getting supplies, ugh. I can’t wait to start though!

The last thing that I knitted was a bolero made from Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton and Lion Brand cotton in Black. I had made it for myself . It was the same pattern that I used to make my daughters bolero (blog entry). When I sewed it up it was big on me and turned didn’t look that great on me. It made my boobs look even bigger than they already are! LOL so I’ll be searching for another pattern to make, I want to have one (that fits) in time for my wedding anniversary next month. I ended up having to gift the bolero, I decided to give it to my grandmother in Puerto Rico. My mom, as I write, is currently visiting her. I wish I could have gone so Abulea could have met my daughter. I forgot to take a picture of the finished project. I asked my mom to take a picture of my Abulea wearing it so I hope she remembers.

Since I last wrote I have picked up a new (well not really new) craft. I am sewing! I haven’t sewn in years! Back  in Middle School I used to make little pillows and I used to paint Lion King characters on them and sell it at school. It was my first business and with my earnings I purchased my first pair of roller blades! Speaking of selling things, I am planning to open an Etsy shop soon 🙂 I have a bunch of stuff I that I’ve made and plan to sell. Can’t wait, I’m not ready yet. I am planning to attend an Etsy workshop that the Lion Brand Studio will be hosting next month. I hope to get some good tips!

I have been also doing a little bit of embroidery. Here is a pin cushion that I made. I got the pattern and idea from Urbanthreads.com It came out pretty good!

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

Made of felt. Design from UrbanThreads.

I have made a few sewn projects from the book called Bending the Rules of Sewing. I LOVE this book! The patterns are simple but so so cute. The only thing I don’t like is that there is so much errata in it. Luckily I came across the Flickr group and found all the corrections there (though it was too late for two projects). So far my favorite pattern is the Charming Hand Bag. It was the first pattern I made and it turned out decent but there are plenty of hidden mistakes. I also made the No Cash wallet. The concept for that one is so cute.

I also made a little box bag, my new knitting project tote. Isn’t it cute? (see below in the gallery feature I am trying out) That’s another well hidden disaster lol but hey it works and it’s adorable. This is from a free pattern called Perfect Box Pouch. Lucky me! I was able to find the same fabric that she used. I fell in love with it when I saw it, too cute! Even cuter in pink!

I have been going fabric crazy! It’s my new obsession, as if I needed another one. So in addition to the huge yarn stash, I am working on the fabric stash lol

Well I am still crocheting and knitting my little hats for charity. Donation day (on Alana’s Birthday/Angel day) is coming soon. Can’t believe it will be two year since I lost Alana.

Soy Escuchando: MewithoutYou – Brother, Sister  – Wolf Am I! (And Shadow)

That’s my grandma :)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Two weeks ago I found out that I was accepted into the SUNY (State University of New York) college that I applied to. Woo Hoo! This mama is going back to school! I have been out of school for two semesters, I decided to transfer to a new college since the one I was attending previously, Pratt in NYC, it was too expensive and though I love Art.. love to draw, love to paint, love to create, I am not sure that it’s what I want to do. I feel that I am being pulled to study psychology. I have always loved psychology, it’s is so interesting. I have always been the person that everyone comes to with their problems, naturally I am a listener, and I try to always be neutral and see things from all point of views. As I finished looking through the course catalog, I went back to see what I picked out and realized that I picked mostly all psychology classes. I’m about 75% sure it’s the direction that I will be going.

So my grandmother is a very active senior. I completely admire her for that. She travels the world. This year she decided to go to back home where half my family is from. When my daughter was born she found out that I crochet and we got to talking about how she also crochets. I had no idea, she has crochet table runners and doilies on all the tables in her house but since I have never seen her crocheting I figured they were gifts. So she had promised me that she would bring me back some yarn. She sent two cones of cotton yarn, a creamy white and a hot pink. The strands (5) of yarn are not winded together on each cone, so I have been thinking to divide them and making DK and maybe fingering weight yarns. Maybe.. we will see. I have been thinking about if I should buy a drop spindle.

The other reason why I have been inspired to write this blog was for the AWESOME bag my grandmother sent the bag in. I am sure that she didn’t notice what was written on the bag especially since her first language is spanish and a very devote woman of God. This made my husband and I crack up (warning: the pictures are a bit crude, it has a curse word)..

The bag is from a store that used to be here in NYC called Search & Destroy, it was a store that sold punk clothing in the East Village, specifically, the infamous St. Marks Place. The store no longer exists, though I was not a big fan of the store. When I visit St. Mark’s place it makes me sad. It used to be where NYC had it’s punk scene and now it’s been taken over by corporations.. Before there were punk clothing shops (Search & Destroy was not one of these shops), music shops, thrift shops, tattoo shops, cheap eats.. some tattoo shops are still there, and so is one music shop, Sounds, a favorite of mine.. the rest are gone. Now there are only frozen yogurt shops, porn shops, japanese bars, and noodle shops. A lot of history has been wiped away 😦 Not too far away from St. Marks, CBGB’s (famous blue grass club turned home of punk music, where the Ramones played) had been shut down about a year or two ago. The land lord would not renew their lease because he wanted to sell to a contractor who turned the building into super expensive condos. It’s so sad. This type of thing happens all the time in NYC. Even sadder when tear apart community gardens to make condo’s that the average person can’t afford. One thing that is fortunate is that there is a building that was featured on a Led Zeppelin record which to this day is thankfully still there.

I’ll show off some projects in my next post which should be later this week, if not earlier.

Soy Escuchando: The Devil Wears Prada / The Scorpion Deathlock

Cafe Wicked Web

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

Frogged Chronicles

Posted in Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I am really excited that my husbands cousin is getting married. We received the invite a week ago. I promptly searched online for a nice dress since my wardrobe lacks them. I found this strapless belted dress at New York & Company. Isn’t it cute? Well I thought that maybe I should make a shrug to wear with it just to make it a bit more conservative, it is a wedding after all. I chose this Ribbed Lace Bolero over at 10 Feet High. I started it on the 6th in between caring for my little BB. I tracked my progress on Ravelry..
may 9-10 (AM): 6″ done 3″ were done today. would’ve been more but had to frog some of the lace. I’m in the rhythm of it now though. 16.5″ to go
may 10-11 (AM): Too busy to do much (it’s mother’s day 🙂 8.5″ done 2.5″ today. would’ve been a little more but I had to frog the last row I did *sigh*. 14.5″ to go
may 11-12 (AM): 12″ done, 3.5″ done today even with two mistakes that I had to go back and fix. 11″ to go.
may 12: just realized that I’m not getting the twist in the lace. I don’t know why, I know I am doing it right.. but I guess I am doing something wrong.. I don’t see how because I have been carefully following the pattern. I’m stumped. I’d frog but I am so far along I may as well finish and see how it turns out.

Here you can see that in between those stitches should be twisted.



In the middle of frogging.

Yesterday by like 1 AM after BB went to sleep I decided to frog. The perfectionist in me wouldn’t let  me go on knowing that there’s a mistake that I could fix. So I figured out I was not doing the YO the right way. I started over and had to frog it twice. An hour ago I totally gave up, I just kept on making so many mistakes. It’s so hard to go back and fix since it is lace. I didn’t give up for good though, I plan to come back to this pattern at some point. It’s a very beautiful bolero. I really wish that I could have finished it. I think that next time I will use a different yarn though. For this one I use Caron Simply Soft, in the pattern she used Lion Brand Cotton-ease and you can really see the twist in the lace pattern very well. It was not as noticeable with Simply Soft. *SIGH* I’ll probably try this one next (on Ravelry). I am going to continue searching for another just in case I can’t do this one either.

Soy Escuchando: Metalocalypse / Mur-maid-er

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)

Anticraft !

Posted in Crochet, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by sweetnightmare


I started a project from my copy of the book, Anticraft. I chose the “Apothecary & I [Skull] Trouble” tote bag pattern, it’s actually the whole reason why I bought it. All the other patterns were just an awesome plus especially since now I am learning to knit! 🙂 I found out about the book when I stumbled upon the designers blogsite, Future Girl (link available to the right). Her website is excellent, she has tons of interesting blogs, and lots of tutorials. Who doesn’t love those? They always come in handy.

I have had the book for a while and I finally decided to make the time to make it. I’m planning to use it as a project bag. I picked out the yarns a while back. I had to choose between hot pink and this hot blue. I just really love this color and I think that hot pink and black is so common. It just didn’t talk to me. So the progress has been going okay. At first it was kinda tough. I kept ending up with extra stitches.. that hasn’t happened in a long time to me. I figured out what I was doing wrong and I have happily been crocheting away all week. I finally finished the bag portion of the project yesterday morning. I decided to give the project a break until Monday. It’s when I plan to recruit my mother to help me sew the lining. I’m really just giving her an excuse to use her new sewing machine 😉 The lining I got on sale at JoAnn’s for $4 a yard. It’s I guess a kinda faux satin with black frocked stars. Can’t wait to get started (and finished) on that. Other than the lining, I still have to make the handles and I need to embroider what I want it to say.. On the Anticraft merch page they had a few sayings on their stuff that I liked. I think I am going to have it say “Anticraftier Than Thou”. I thought that one was cute. I also liked “I Am the Anticraft”, but I liked the other one better.

Will write more later!

Soy Escuchando: Marcys Playground – the Vampires of New York