Hello!

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:

20150304_102120 20150305_181308

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.

Advertisements

Miss me?

WordPress hasn’t let me post in like 3 days.I’ll admit that before that, it was work that got in the way. I haven’t had much time to crochet, let alone post about it. But I’m back now, work is finally normal again, and I’m feeling the crochet spirit once more!

So in the past few days, I made a sweater. It seems weird to do this all in one post, but it was supposed to be over a few days, so screw it.

I made the pattern called the “Pussy Cat Sweater” by Crochet Kitten. It’s a paid pattern on Ravelry and totally worth the few buck, in my opinion. I’ve never really liked shell stitch items. I don’t know why, they just never looked that cool in my opinion. But this sweater changed that view for me.

Pink Front

 

The finished front of the sweater, which was where I got after two days. The first day I half-finished the front, and the second day I was able to finish the front and get about halfway through the back:

Pink Back

I loved it already at this point. The whole reason I made this was because this past Tuesday, I felt the need to make something in pink yarn. I went to my local Joann store and discovered Pound of Love on sale, including hot pink! A thousand yards of worsted is plenty to make something cool, so I knew it was meant to be. It took me a couple hours of searching to find just the right pattern, but this sweater looked alright and I needed to give shell stitch a chance.

I wish I had taken more progress pics on day 3, but I was on a Simpsons binge and just beasting through this sweater. I finished the back, and made the sleeves!

At the end of the third day, I had this beautiful creation:

Pink Done

It’s a little too tight, but I’m blocking today to hopefully help with that. I LOVE this thing. It’s cute, it’s comfy, it’s pink, and it was easy to make. Yay for fun projects!

 

 

Ok, fine…

Pretty much the second I submitted that last post I realized that I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I knew I had made a mistake in this sweater, knew exactly what I had done, and didn’t fix it.

So I’m now frogging a night and afternoon’s worth of work.

I hope you’re happy, internet people. This blog has apparently given me some kind of crochet conscience.

(In case this is read in a mean tone, I’m just a little frustrated with myself. I’ve committed to frogging the section, though, and will hopefully post a fixed picture within a couple days!)

Sweater, Part IV (I think?)

Anyway, a sweater update. It’s, um…interesting.

Image

I 90% like it. I do not understand the waist, though. It wanted me to do short ribbing rows, which I understand. It makes the waist look cool. But the number was weird. I did that amount, but it was too much. The waist comes out like a weird peplum. 

But that was hours of crocheting. So I think I’m going to keep it this way, continue with the bottom half of the sweater, and probably never wear it in public. Everyone has that one “special” sweater, right?

Sweater Part III…

The chest/torso thing is actually a finished piece now!

Image

Plus, I put it on to test. It’s a shitty picture (because it was super challenging to take), but…

Image

I’m sorta holding it in place with my armpits, but this really showed me that 

1. It actually will be a sweater,

2. It fits me better than I thought (although it will be a looser fit, not on purpose), and…

3. The colors look pretty cute!

Ok, on to the next step to see this take shape some more! Hope you enjoy watching this progress 🙂

My First Sweater, Part II

After spending a good part of the last 24 hours working on this (except for a work shift and some sleep), my first crocheted sweater is almost kind of taking sweater shape!

Image

It was really hard to take a picture. But essentially, this is the body/torso part. That square in the middle is the neckhole, and the weird shapes on the side will seam together to form the sides and two armholes. And I think the sleeves will be done in the round from those once it’s seamed together?

This pattern is complicated enough without reading ahead. And that’s not an insult to the pattern, it’s just a complicated project. Which I really enjoy–I’m kind of tired of projects involving 75 rows of the same thing in a row (I’m looking at you, shawls/scarves!). I think that’s why I’ve been able to stay dedicated to this sweater.

That’s it for now, this is the only thing I’m working on right now (I’m getting better about dedication to one WIP at a time!).

See you later with (hopefully) more sweater updates!

I am in love with linked double crochet

First, some context. I got my first mill-end bag today from Joann Fabrics! I’ve always wanted to try it, but there was such a pathetic selection at my local store. But today…

1) They were $6.99 instead of $7.99!

2) The basket was FULL!

So I present to you, my first mill-end:

Image

On the bottom of the picture, you can see the 5th ball of it, along with the sweater I’m using it for! I figured it was worth a shot.

There was another mill-end I wanted with like 8 smaller balls of a bright multicolored. But I figured if I have to pick only one (I had a tight budget and needed other yarn too), I might as well pick the one that’s somewhat color-coordinated.

This yarn is super soft, and decently thick! I really wish I could know what it is. There should be a website for narrowing this down, like “click the main color(s) of the yarn”, “select the approximate thickness”, “how soft is it?”, and it’ll tell you the most likely yarn name.

Anyway, I’m making a sweater. Specifically, the “Rosemary Sweater” from Interweave Crochet. 

And the main stitch making up this sweater, at least from what I can tell, is something I’ve never heard of before. The “Linked Double Crochet”.

It’s the same height as a double crochet (obviously), but it’s all…close together!

Look, here’s regular DC in this same yarn:

Image

See, there’s a gap between each stitch. Here’s linked:

Image

I was honestly even stretching it horizontally a little bit to see if it would show the same gaps, but it just doesn’t! Yes, I’m getting a little too excited over a crochet stitch, but…where has this been all my life?

Bonus shot of how cool this yarn looks:

Image

Will this sweater look perfect? Hell no. I just might run out of this yarn before it’s over, and buy a close-enough mill end batch to finish it off. But I’m totally ok with an ugly sweater because this is really fun.

What about you? Had any particularly good/bad experiences with mill-end?