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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)

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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

Knitty Weekend

Posted in Knits, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So this past weekend was a weekend dedicated to knitting practice. My practice piece looks like a nice little hot mess but that’s is because I wanted to experiment with a lot of different things, so to give a little understand to what I’ve done here, I labeled the practice fabric which in the end resembles a almost a tie, I thought that was funny how that happened.

Anyway, I used my trusty practice yarn (Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Candy print). Let me explain a little of this piece of fabric. I started off with two knit rows, and then continued by switching to the Eastern European style of developing the stockinette stitch (this is all in the bottom left hand corner). From there I switched over to the continenital style of knitting. I wanted to give stockinette stitch in this style a try again. I have been having trouble trying to figure how

to do it (you can see where my stitches are twisted), so I finally
figured out how to do a continenital purl so I practiced a few rows of
of it. It looks very messy because I was experiementing with it with
knits in some parts, and a few times got it mixed up with Eastern
European style.

Though my practice piece is a total mess, my efforts are not in vain! I finally took a stab at a small simple pattern.. presenting (insert drumroll here).. “My 2 Cents Cozy”, mini change purses. This was a pattern I picked out from my Knit Knack kit by Kris Percival. For whatever reason I was much slower at creating the fabric to make these. I guess because I was just being overly careful not to screw them up. Not too shabby for my first projects 🙂 I feel bold!.. but I am going to stick to a few more simple projects. I still gotta do the ever popular project- a knitted scarf lol.

Soy Escuchando: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade –  Blood (hidden track)