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Finally a decent one!

Posted in Adventures in Dyes, Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Ugh, there’s nothing I would rather be doing (aside from being with my loves) that I would rather do than knit and crochet (and now spin!!). School is driving me crazy, last week I had five papers to write and two math tests. It was insane, I barely had any family or me time.

While I read my text books I worked on another baby hoodie. A few posts back I wrote about a baby sweater I made that turned out disastrous. Well it turned out way better time, I’m so happy I concured that pattern! I added three of the cutest little Ladybug fabric buttons to it. It’s adorable, a total shame it doesn’t fit my daughter. I am planning to sell this one once I open my Etsy shop. Once again, the pattern is free and available at Lion brand.

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

Success! This hoodie turned out great!

I recently bought some natural wool to dye myself. I bought it from Etsy seller Mamajudes. She has a lot of beautiful hand dyed yarns, I am also lucky enough to own one of her hand dyed yarn. I wanted to dye the hank I purchased and since I have never done it before I decided to try the Kool-Aid dye method. It was fun to do, I found some good instructions from Wool Festival.com. I used the stove top method.  I used three packets of Black Cherry first but I got a gradient that went from red to a lighter shade of red so I redyed it and it turned out so much better. I found it interesting that when you leave the yarn in the pot it sucks all the color up and you are left with just clear water!

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

Mama Judes hand dyed yarn, Merry Go Round

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

My hank of fishermans wool before I dyed it.

Right now the hank is drying over my heater, so I will post a picture once it’s completely dry.

My daughter is turning one next week, I am so happy! I feel accomplished, it’s hard to raise a child and this is only the first year. She is such a joy and growing like a sprout. She has six teeth already, six! She has grown so much it’s just amazing. I can’t believe how fast it’s all going by.

Soy Escuchando:  The Dead 60’s / Just another love song

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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

Craftster Unswap Pattern: Micro Preemie Roll Brim Hat

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Made this especially for the Craftster Unswap.. There’s still time to join in 🙂 This hat is extremely tiny. It’s for babies that are born way too soon and pass away. This is for a baby that weighs under a pound.

Creative Commons License
Micro preemie Roll Brim Hat by Liana M. Seda is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://www.preciousawakening.org.
Yarn I used was Caron Simply Soft
US 5 double pointed needles
Gauge isn’t important.

Cast on: 40 stitches Divided between 3 needles
Join the row
Knit 2 inches then..
Knit 6 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 5 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 4 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 3 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 2 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit 1 and Knit2together repeat across row.
Knit2together until you have only one stitch one your needle cut your yarn. With a needle thread your yarn pull through that last stitch, then make a knot and your done.

Hope I wrote it right.

Soy Escuchando: mewithoutyou – Carousels

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.

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

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