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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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I guess it’s an Obsession now…

Posted in Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Life, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by sweetnightmare

Just realizing that I love to make little booties. I guess now that I have my BB girl it’s my right as a mother. I have someone to make them for and I enjoy doing it. I have been challenging myself my knitting some up. It was harder than I thought but it didn’t have to be. I should have just read it more carefully. I decided to make this pair by Patons. I thought they were so cute. I wanted to make them bigger so I made them on size 6 needles. I used TLC White Sparkles. I have had this yarn for a while. My husband loves it so much and has been asking me for a long time to make something for her with it. Because I didn’t understand the instructions this is what happened lol (my very helpful hubby holds the work while I take the picture)!

Apparently there was a point where I was supposed to turn but instead
it said right side facing you and I didn’t understand that all they
wanted me to do was turn the work. It took days for me to figure that
out lol. Here are the booties finished!! I like them they are cute and extra big so they will fit Reli for an extra long time.

I also made this pair of booties Pirate Booties from this blog (pattern download here). I had started these way before I started the Patons booties. I had been dying to make these for months! I started the project and got stuck in the same spot as the Patons. But after completing those I came back to these to finish. I wanted to make these with Simply Soft because again I wanted them to be big enough to fit her for a long time and also went one needle size up but when I went back to the project it was weeks later and so my tension was not the same. The result? Two different size booties. One is HUGE! I guess not too bad I’ll just have to make a match pair for each one. One pair for now and one for later. Another problem I had was with the sole. I don’t have a picture of it but it made my daughters feet look like she had feet like Bobby from Bobby’s World lol (a cartoon from the early 90’s). I frogged the sole and knitted them in the round instead. They turned out so much better the way I did it. Lastly, Instead of doing a skull and cross bones made a space invader on each bootie. I thought it would be so cute and they are.

I just wanted to show this off too. I made this a while back. It’s a little bolero for my little girl. I got the lace pattern from a book. I am not sure what book it was though. I wrote about this lace pattern in a previous blog when I first made a swatch. It came out so nicely. However it was a bit tight. I think I’ll have to make another a few inches bigger. I also have to adjust the edging and make it a bit longer.

Oh one more thing. Two weekends ago we took our daughter to SummerStage at Central Park to see DJ Lance and Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba! I can’t explain how much she loves this show, it really amazes me. The night before I decided that I wanted to make her a shirt to wear. So I got a picture of Muno doing what he loves to do, eat noodles! I drew his picture cut the pieces out and used them as a pattern.

I cut the pieces out of felt and sewed them on to a plain pink t-shirt. Then had to embroider the chopsticks. That didn’t come out too well. I tried to put the shirt in an embroidery hoop but it wouldn’t fit 😦 So they are not as straight as I’d like. As the noodles I used a small piece of cream colored ribbon that I sewed on. I’m happy with the way it turned out. I would’ve loooove to show her wearing the shirt at the show but ofcourse the camera battery died while we were there. I only have one picture of her from that day. My husband is holding her when she fell asleep while standing online to get in.

❤ My loves.

Soy Escuchando: Unearth / Crow Killer

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

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

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

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)