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It’s my first time

Posted in Charity <3, Crochet, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life, Patterns, Precious Awakening with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by sweetnightmare

These past few weeks have been a little hectic. I have making Precious Memory Boxes for Precious Awakening and making little crochet hats to donate to a hospital where an online friends 6 month old daughter had passed away. She asked instead of flowers for everyone to send donations for the hospital NICU/PICU. So the group that I am apart of online are all going to make donations of hats. So here are a few I have done so far. I experimented a bit with some color and lace.

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While I was at it I also took a break to crochet a pair of little yellow Mary Jane’s for a special online friend who is expect very soon! Then two people at church have recently had babies, so there goes another two pairs.

Updating on my beautiful daughter… In one week she began pulling herself up in her crib and we discovered her first little tooth (or might I say fang! It’s sharp) has emerged! I can’t believe how big she is getting and how the time is flying by. Can’t believe she is going to be one in a few months.

So my recent big project that I chose to challenge myself with is a baby hoodie (pattern available free from Lion Brand), so it’s my first time :). I made two different ones. This first hoodie was made with Lion Brand Cupcake yarn (colorway Marshmellow yum) and the entire thing is worked up in garter stitch. It was so easy to make and worked up so quick. It did however sit in a box for a while after the pieces were done because I was afraid to sew the pieces together but when I did and sewed the buttons on it came out just perfect. I made it in a size 3-6 months. It isn’t for anyone in particular I just decided I wanted to do something I had never done before. The buttons are sooo cute. They are little lime green and blue bees. I’m really happy about how this one turned out


This next one (also available for free at Lion Brand) was made with Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in Charcole. This one I made in a size 12 months. This also worked up and this one was harder. I had to pick up stitches on the shoulders in order to knit the sleeves. I finally figured how to do that but did not make it like the pattern asks. I was supposed to make it in all garter stitch (the front and back is done in stockinette) but I didn’t really like it like that. So this is what I got after sewing it up.. The sewing job on the arms are HORRIBLE. I wish I knew how to make it look better. What really threw me off was that I had decreases at the edges of the sleeves and when I sewed it together using the mattress stitch it was soooo hard to figure out where I was supposed to be picking up the bar. SIGH, I’m too embrassed to gift this because of the way it looks. I am thinking to remove the sleeves and either redo them or just remove it and make it into a vest?? What do you think? The other change that I made is that this hoodie is not a hoodie, I just made it into a sweater as you can see. Instead I crocheted a collar. I’m happy with that, but overall it is a disaster. I think that maybe I needed to pick up more stitches for the sleeves, I don’t know 😦

Soy Escuchando: Massive Attack / Mezzanine / Inertia Creeps

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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

The Useful Practical Practice Washcloth

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So for the past three nights my little three month daughter has switched her sleeping schedule from nights to days. Where does that leave me? With nothing to do but play with her and knit while I feed her. Spread through out these hours I began making my first washcloth for practice. I have been strictly practicing continental knitting. I have seen a lot of washcloth/dishcloth patterns for beginners. Picky person that I am didn’t really want to do any of the ones I have seen and I think that I am past the point of garter stitch projects. I thought to myself, I should just wing it and practice the basics. What I came up with is a great practice project for beginners like myself 🙂

The great thing about it is that it’s okay to to make mistakes on this because the point is that it’s a practice project and practical because once you are done you have yourself a neat little washcloth that you can be proud of. If you can make a mistake you can go back and fix it or leave it and learn from it. Anyway, I don’t know if that made any sense but it does to me in head lol just having trouble putting it into words. I’ve decided to write out a pattern for it. Below is a picture of the details. I made mistakes here and there but not many. There were bound to be mistakes since like I said, it I made it while I was feeding my baby in the middle of the night. But the pattern is written the way I meant it to be. This is the first time I have written a pattern so bear with me, I wrote it after I made it. I have not tested it. This pattern practices garter stitch, stockinette, and ribbing.

The Useful Practical Practice Washcloth

Yarn: 1 skein
Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream

or any other 100% Cotton Worsted weight yarn.
Colorway: I used Violet Veil OmbreNeedles: 10″ Size 8

Make your slip knot and co 36 using the Double Cast On method.

k 4 rows
p
k
p
k
p
k
p
*p2 k2 – repeat to end of the row
k2 p2 – repeat to end of the row
repeat from * for 4 more rows
p
k
p
k
p
k
p

*p2 k2 p2 k4 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k4 p2 k2 p2 k2
k2 p2 k2 p4 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p4 k2 p2 k2 p2
repeat from * for 4 more rows
(Note: Notice the k4 and p4 in these two rows. I did that purpose since I was making it up as I went along and I was experimenting with the ribbing. Alternately if you want it equal on both sides you can just do P2, K2 for six rows)
p
k
p
k
p
k
k 4 rows
Bind off.
Weave in ends.. I used an overcast stitch… but didn’t do too much of a good job it was only my second time doing it.

Enjoy 🙂 I hope it’s useful to some.

Soy Escuchando – The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night

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)

Knitting Experimentations

Posted in Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So I’ve been trying to teach myself to knit. Not that I am abandoning my first love, Crochet. I just think that some things look good done in Crochet and some things would look good Knitted. I always kinda feel like I am missing out by not knowing how to knit.

Last month I was really determined to do it. I got myself just about every straight needle to a size 15.. I just can’t ever find size 4 for whatever reason. Every time I go to my LYS, or try to order online they are always out. Okay- I lie- sometimes they have it but only in plastic. I hate plastic needles, except for Boye’s Balene II. I found 14″ size 10.5 on sale for under $3 and I couldn’t resist, especially since these (I read) have been discontinued by the manufacturer.  They have ‘Perfection Points’ which I love. They are so much easier to knit with. I plan to get more when they are on sale again in 10″ sizes.

Anyway, I have been practicing the Knit stitch which always looked like a horrid mess because my yarn control was  truly lacking. Two days ago I was finally able to knit a whole square in the Garter stitch that came out great. The stitches were way too tight but at least I did it. Yesterday and Today I have been trying my hardest to get a square of stockinette stitch but most of my efforts have been in vain. Finally I resorted to YouTube to find a video that shows how to purl in continential style. I couldn’t find one that I could see clearly enough or a video where they were going slow enough for me to see exactly what they were doing. I stumbled upon this video (embeded below) that shows a demonstration of the Eastern European Purl Stitch.

I found this method a lot easier but still a little confused. So this square that I have been working on is a total mess of experimentation (pictured below). I am getting there though. By the end of the week I hope to have gotten it down. I read a comment that the video poster left stating that in order to make the stockinette stitch I’ll also need to learn the Eastern European knit stitch. So I guess we will see how it goes. I don’t know what style I will commit myself to.

Soy Escuchando: Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused