I made up a thing and it actually worked out!

I got a bunch of yarn money for my birthday at our party this weekend (joint party with myself and mother-in-law, ours are a day apart)! We decided that everything I got had to go towards my yarn business in some way, and I’m ok with that because I have that booth sale in less than a month.

So it was only right that today, on my actual birthday, I spent a decent chunk of it! And last night, too. Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and then Michaels to top it all off! I was looking for a hairpin lace thing, but couldn’t find one anywhere so I’ll have to order that online.

But anyway, one of the things I found yesterday was some Caron Simply Soft. It was the first “nicer” yarn I used after I realized there was SO much more than just RHSS. Haven’t used it all that much since, so I figured I’d give it a try. I found three colors I really liked–Cobalt Blue, Super Duper Yellow (I liked that name), and Green (aw, boring name). I loved the colors and also how they looked together!

Right away when I got them home, I wanted to make something with moss/granite stitch. I just love how that stitch looks with contrasting colors! I didn’t even bother to look up a pattern and just kinda started.

And it worked!

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It fits glasses (as shown), it holds my phone (but it’s the only camera I have so I couldn’t show that), and I’m sure it holds a ton of other stuff but I wanted to share it rather than running around the house testing ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t write patterns to save my life, but basically I just chained to the width I want (when folded in half), then did moss/granite stitch with 6 rows of color A (blue), 1 row of color B (yellow), 2 rows of color C (green), then 1 row of B again. And repeat until it’s the right height. I then folded it in half and slip-stitched down the long side and across the final short side to make an open tube thing!

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Since I finished that super awesome green sweater, I’ve had an order for two sweaters for a family friend!

I’m excited because she wants two gorgeous colors, royal blue and cherry red.

I’m making progress on the blue one, check it out:

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It’s now a few rows past this, but the picture wouldn’t look all that different.

I love the change, though. When I was making the green sweater for myself, I couldn’t *stop* working on it. Now that this blue one is for someone else, it’s hard to focus on it! Why are our brains weird? Being paid for something suddenly makes it not as fun.

Other than that, there’s just frustrating shit going on in life. My husband is joining the police academy. I’m proud of him, and I’m going to stand beside him, but…I’m stressed about it.

I know you guys don’t really care, and I’m not even sure why I feel the need to tell you. I just wanted to get it off my chest, I guess. There’s some bright side to it, though! It means we can pay off our student loans. It means we can start trying for children in just a couple years. It means I can quit my crappy retail job that causes more stress in my life than anything else!

Alright, I’m gonna go to bed now. Time to just think and de-stress.

Business is booming!

After a slight decline in orders once the weather warmed up (no one wanted hats and scarves once it hit 70 degrees, big surprise), it’s back on again!

I posted designer BriAbby’s dragon hat on my selling Facebook page, asking if anybody wanted one because I really wanted to make one. And a woman said her 2 year old would love one!

So I created this beauty…I like showing off all my progress pics, so here it is all smushed into one post.

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The hat itself. Pretty simple hat with earflaps.

Then came the fun part…

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Such a simple beginning. I was so naive!

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There’s a full dragon! That took a crazy long time.

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Then all the pieces. The final picture is every single piece piled up together. I wanted to rub it in my own face just how much busy work went into this damn thing.

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But it led to this beautiful creature! Excuse my odd display strategy, I don’t have a toddler-sized head to use, and it doesn’t look right unless it’s on some kind of round-ish shape. I really, really hope this fits the little guy. I might be meeting with the woman this evening, so I’m crossing my fingers because I want the money ๐Ÿ™‚

In other awesome news, I made a sweater! It’s a Ravelry paid pattern called “My Favorite Crochet Pullover”. It was like 5 bucks and I did not regret a single cent. Look it up. Now.

Oh, and I used Vanna’s Choice in “Fern”. It was 4 balls for the main sweater and one ball of a darker green (can’t remember the name) for the edging.

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This stage worried me because it was so bumpy…

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But it flattened out!

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Look, it’s all sweater-y! Also, I love how much lighting affects the color. This is the same sweater in all three pictures, I swear.

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Voila! I made a super cute sweater that I love so much. There’s no shaping in the torso/waist, I swear…it just really looks that way! Trust me, this pattern is amazing. GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW. I’M WATCHING YOU. This designer deserves all the money.

A woman saw my picture on Facebook and asked me to make her TWO sweaters! I just don’t have the cash yet to buy the yarn for them, so I’m making a bunch of little things to quickly sell for yarn money.

This is one:

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This makes me smile every time I see it. It’s a freaking shark hat. You have a shark on your head when you wear this thing. And it’s a free pattern! (Repeat Crafter Me is awesome.)

I’m working on my first African Flower project right now, but I’m tired of taking pictures right now. So I’ll be back with those pics later.

Thanks for reading all my rambling today. See you later on!

I’ve decided on the next blanket for myself!

“But,” you say, “you have so many WIP’s already!”

Yes. Yes, I do. I don’t see the point here. Moving on!

I saw an absolutelyย gorgeous hexagon blanket shared on a Facebook crochet page recently. I had to have one for myself. It was a “starburst” hexagon, with circles of red, blue, green, and yellow from bright shades to dark, each hexagon ending with white so the blanket all tied together.

I immediately showed my husband and said “This is what I’m making next!”

What further made up my mind was when he mentioned “Sure, but I’d like it better if it was black instead of white. I’m messy.”

He likes it too! That just means I basically have to do it now. Black as the connecting color, and definitely shades of red and purple (because that’s his and my favorite colors). I’m not sure how many other colors I need, and what they would be. But I’m not buying the yarn until after our tax return comes in, so I have some time to decide. I’ll check back with you guys when I get an idea ๐Ÿ™‚

I wanted to make an owl hat, so I did!

Sorry I haven’t been on in a while. There’s not much to share when I’m just working on hat and scarf orders. But I finally started a baby blanket for my cousin (intentionally, instead of the few “I have scraps and will totally remember what they are and buy more” attempts), and I made a hat today that I’m super proud of.

First of all, the blanket:

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The yarn! It’s my go-to of Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton. I figured it’d be sturdy and soft for a baby blanket, plus it comes in pretty colors. And no fuzz to get in the little guy’s mouth, either (they’ve announced it’s a boy, which was my guess from the start!)

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I chose Felted Button’s “Granny Stripe Squared” pattern, which I adore. The designer AND pattern, I mean ๐Ÿ™‚

When I first bought the yarn, I didn’t have quite enough cash for all of it, so I did several of the inner square “stripe” parts first:

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My best guess was that this would be 6 by 6, because this was 6 squares lined up. Not quite big enough, but the edging would certainly add some size!

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The first finished square!

Plus, the edging adds a LOT of size. So instead of 36 squares, I’m pretty sure this will be plenty big with just 25 squares, 5 by 5. I’ll take a picture when I have 9 done so I can show the height/width I think will work.

I’ve been doing a square between each order–they don’t take long, and it breaks up the monotony of hats and scarves.

This morning, however, I didn’t want to do another square for my “break”. I looked on Ravelry and the top pattern in my search caught my eye immediately: an owl hat!

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The finished body of the hat. Looks pretty boring at this point…

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Hey, look, eyes! He looks kinda crazy, but definitely more owl-like.

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I wanted to stick with a cyclops owl, but thought better of it…

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Two eyes looks better. Don’t ask why this picture looks blurry, I have no clue.

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There’s the owl! The beak really makes this great.

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The braids, pre-braided. This was hard to braid, trust me. So many strands!

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But it was worth it! He has nice long earflap braids, and he looks SO CUTE.

I loved this whole thing, beginning to end.

Hats and hats and hats…and a scarf

So a few days ago, I got a very belated Christmas present in the mail!

My best friend from high school sent me this:

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She said, and I quote, “I don’t know if these are for knitting or crocheting or what, but I hope you like them and can use them for something”.

I love her, and I’m happy that she tries to understand ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know what I’m going to do with the Thick & Quick, because from what I remember a single ball is like maybe enough for a hat. But I’m making Moogly’s “Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf” with the Unforgettable! I’ve made it once before with some sock yarn, so I’m hoping it’ll turn out even better with the actual intended yarn! Haven’t really started on it yet, because of course more and more hats are ordered every day…

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I really like that silver headband. I’m holding it in the picture because I didn’t have a button at the time but my MIL (the recipient) wanted a picture. And the scarf was super fun!

I’ve actually tried that same scarf pattern before, with what I’ve titled my “Fruity Pebbles” scarf…

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I still love it, but it’s still “in progress” and sitting in a box. For some reason with that thin baby-blanket yarn, it takes SO much longer. Also I wasn’t getting paid for that one, so that’s probably a factor too.

Anyway, I should get back to it. My aunt ordered two identical hats in black, and crocheting is always a challenge in black because it’s so hard to see the damn stitches!

See you later!

I got a new toy!

A styrofoam head!

……..

Ok, so you’re probably not as excited as I am about this. But I don’t care.

This thing is AWESOME. Look at how I had to photograph hats before, back in the dark ages of my life (a few days ago):

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Weird, right? It’s a hat that looks great on an actual head, but on a table it’s all bulgy and wants to curve and be a hat, not a flat object.

Here’s the same type of hat, on my new “model”:

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HOLY CRAP IT LOOKS SO MUCH COOLER.

Or I may be exaggerating, but I don’t care.

I am going crazy with how happy I am with this thing, and it was only 5 bucks on Amazon!

I bought it because 1) I have a larger-than-average head so I’m not the best size for testing hats, and 2) even though I’m hygienic and clean, some people might prefer their hat/headband not be worn by anyone before they buy it, and that’s perfectly fair.

Now I have a tester/model/size example! She’s not perfect, since the average woman has hair…so the hats all look just a little big on her, but it works!

Now I need a male one, and a kid one although they don’t seem to make those, and a baby one, and…I don’t even know. But I’m excited and proud that this was such a well-spent 5 bucks.

That’s all I had for today. I’m gonna go back to working on a tote bag because I’m out of hat yarn and it’s Sunday so Hobby Lobby is closed. Bye!