A couple of FO’s.

Shall I do this in chronological order?  Methinks I shall…😉

Not So Much With the Capelet

Not So Much With the Capelet

I finished this on December 13 – just in time to put it on and get ready for my SIL’s 13th birthday.  Yes, I have a SIL young enough to be my own child.  What can I say?  My MIL lost her mind a long time ago. 😉

I used the crochet version of the Anthropologie Inspired Capelet pattern – I just extended the length of both the body and the sleeves.  So no, the sides are not supposed to meet in the front, and yes, it does fit correctly.  I used approximately 1250 meters of DK weight yarn to make it.  I had a little bit left over of each color and approximately half a skein left of the gray when I was done, I just don’t know how to calculate the EXACT meterage of what I used.

Blue Skies Smilin at Me

Blue Skies Smilin' at Me

I just finished this one today, actually.  It’s the Chevron Lace Cardigan pattern by milobo.  I bought 4 skeins of yarn but used only 3 of them, 984 meters’ worth.  There was a little bit left over, but not much.

I had a little bit of a problem at first, but that had to do with my not reading clearly enough, not the pattern itself.

I’m seriously considering seeing if I can find some “fancy” yarn and doing another one to use when I go out drinking with my friends.  Maybe something with some sparkle to it, in a fairly neutral color so I can wear it with different outfits.

And it was a quick crochet, too – if I hadn’t had to frog almost an entire sweater and redo it (I was almost done with the body before I realized I’d made a mistake and then had to frog all the way back to row 6), I probably would have had this done yesterday, if not the day before.  That’s a plus!  *two thumbs up*

Syrina’s been checking it out today, and I’m seriously considering doing one for her, too – one of the smaller sizes should fit her perfectly.  I’d just have to make sure I make the sleeves 3/4 or shorter – she likes to chew on the cuffs of her clothing, and she’d rip holes in a crocheted sweater in a heartbeat.  I think Caitlin wants one, too.

I’ve finished a few other things as well, but don’t have pictures done of them just yet.  I’ve taken SOME pictures, but they’re on the old camera, and it’s upstairs, and I simply don’t feel like doing it right now.

And yes, I said “old camera” as in I have a NEW one!  :D  Hubby got me one for Christmas – a Kodak Easy Share C813.  The picture quality is MILES better than my old camera, and it has features that my old camera couldn’t even dream of having.  I’m in love with this thing, can ya tell? 😉

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We need sponsors!!!!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the new CAL Administrator in the Crochet on Ravelry group.  However, I’m also helping out with COR’s Crocheted Finished Object of the Year (CFOY) contest.

For the month of December, we’re opening it up to all members to post pictures of crocheted items they’ve made this year – anything, as long as it was FINISHED in 2008.  After some discussion, the mods have decided to even allow items that were started before 2008, as long as they were finished in this calendar year.  It can be anything, from anybody – even professionals are included, though they have their own category (no fair pitting professionals against newbies, is it?). As I said, it can be any item, but each item can only be entered once, in a single category.  (In other words, if you have something that would fit into two or more categories, you have to choose which one to enter it under, because it can only be entered once.)

The categories are:

The one thing we’re short on?  Sponsors.  We are in need of approximately 20 prizes for the winners, and only have 3 volunteers so far.  Some people have been contacted but not replied, but our biggest problem is simply a shortage of people to contact to ASK for sponsorship!

(And here’s where I finally get to the point; yes, I can be wordy.)

SO!  Are you an LYS owner?  A pattern designer?  An Etsy shop owner?  A spinner?  A stitch-marker-maker?  Would you like to donate a prize for one of our winners?

Anything that is in any way crochet-related is welcome.  Yarns, patterns, hooks, stitch markers, hook cases… you get the idea.  If you’re interested, please, contact me!  Either leave a response here, or, if you’re not comfortable doing that, you can email me.  yarnkrazykreationz [AT] who [DOT] net.

Thanks!!!!😀

(Please note, all Ravelry links require you to already be a member in order to view the page.  Otherwise you’ll just get the Ravelry home page.)

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Hair Hider 2.0

Modelled on my head, cuz I dont have a headform yet.

Modelled on my head, 'cuz I don't have a headform yet.

Actually managed to get a pretty GOOD closeup!!!

Actually managed to get a pretty GOOD closeup!!!

SO, Sis, there’s your hat.  I ended up doing it in two shades of blue because I just didn’t have enough of that royal blue to completely finish it.  But I’ve already had 2 people compliment me on it – May came over yesterday and saw it, and today Hayley came over.  They both said they liked it, so I’m hoping you will too. 😀

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SO, Sis… you want a preview?*

Your hat.  Eet ees done.

JUST finished it.  Like 5 minutes ago.  I needed something small to work on during the coffee morning at Your Namesake’s school, so I grabbed a ball of blue yarn and my hook and got half of it done while sitting there, drinking tea, and basically just shooting the breeze for 2 and a half hours. 😉

So… do you want a preview or do you want to be surprised?  :-p

*I’m posting this here, because I know you always see my posts ASAP.  Just as easy as emailing you, but a little quicker, since I already have the blog open every day. 😀

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Pattern: Simple Beret

I call this my “Hair Hider” hat on my Ravelry project pages, because I wanted something big enough to tuck my hair into on those days when I’m running late and don’t have enough time to do my hair, or those days when I’m just sitting round the house and don’t FEEL like doing my hair.  But what it is, really, is just a simple beret.

Note: Pattern is for the beret ONLY.  Embellishments, if you want any, are up to you.

Simple Beret

©2008, Suzanne M. Barrow

Materials Needed:

  • Less than 100 grams DK yarn (sport weight would probably be a good substitute if you can’t get any DK)
  • Size G (4.0 mm) hook
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends and/or sewing on embellishments)

Ch 4, join with a sl st in first ch to form ring

Round 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc 11 into ring, join with a sl st into top of ch 3.

Round 2: ch 3, dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around, join.

Round 3: ch 3, 2 dc in next st, *1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 4: ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 5: ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 6: ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 7: ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 8: ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 9: ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 10: ch 3, dc in next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, *dc in each of the next 8 sts, 2 dc in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Rounds 11-15: ch 3, dc in each st around, join.

Round 16: ch 3, dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 8 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 17: ch 3, dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 18: ch 3, dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 19: ch 3, dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 5 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join.

Round 20: ch 1, sc in each st around, join.

Round 21: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Round 22: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Round 23: ch 1, sc in blo in each st around, join.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Note 1: I made this specifically to fit my own head.  I have absolutely no idea if my head is average size, bigger than average, or smaller than average.  I recommend trying it on after Round 19.  If it’s too big, decrease one more row (ch 3, dc in each of the next 3 sts, dc2tog in next st, *dc in each of the next 4 sts, dc2tog in next st**, repeat from * to ** around, join).  If it’s too small, frog back one row and do one row even (ch 3, dc in each st around, join).  [Or, if you’re REALLY anally retentively perfectionistic like I am, frog back ALL your decrease rows, do an extra row even, and THEN do your decreases, making sure you do one less than the pattern dictates.)

Note 2: You can easily make this hat even more slouchy if you want.  Simply do more increase rows.

Optional: Embellishments

I literally just looked up a flower pattern on the Ravelry database, picked one, and did it in the same yarn I did the hat in.  If you’re on Ravelry, here’s a quick search link for you: click me. If not, here’s a link to the appliques list at Crochet Pattern Central: click me.  What you do, where you put it, what color you do it in… it’s all up to you.  Make it your own.  Give it your own flair.  Be creative! 😀

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Super Quick Projects: CD coaster

CD Coaster

CD Coaster

I’ve made several of these over the past few years.  For some reason, Syrina is fascinated with them and almost ALWAYS ends up walking off with one of them (and most of the time ends up breaking the CD that’s inside of them).  They’re great for using up scraps of yarn and, if done in cotton or wool (non-synthetic fibers, that is), they can be used as trivets as well as coasters.

I first found the pattern on Priscilla’s Crochet, when it was still being hosted on AOL.  (If you didn’t know, AOL closed down all their websites and blog hostings last month, so a lot of people had to move it or lose it, not just Priscilla Hewitt.)  With Hubby being such a computer geek, we’ve ALWAYS got spare CDs floating around that I can snag to use for this kind of stuff.

Basically it’s just two circles, roughly the same size as a CD, crocheted together AROUND said CD.  The disk just gives it some strength and shape, really.

one side

one side

I used to do just sc (single crochet) around the edges, although the original pattern called for rsc (reverse single crochet).  I couldn’t figure out how to DO rsc.  But I’ve recently had an “a-HA!” moment and it finally clicked, so I did the rsc originally called for here.

the other side

the other side

They’re not the most glamorous of projects, but they’re infinitely useful.  They keep the surface (table, desk, whatever) from getting those sticky tea/coffee rings, and they soak up any dribbles or spills from the cup as well.

And they’re washable.  I have put them through the washing machine with no problems, although most of the time I just stick them in the dishwater when I’m washing up and stick them in the drying rack to dry.

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The All Shawl, Eeet Eees FINISHED!

All Shawl, Front

All Shawl, Front

Modelled by me, because it’s for my best friend’s Christmas present, so she won’t be getting it until next month.

All Shawl, Back

All Shawl, Back

The last few rows were hell, but it’s my own fault.  I loved the color and shine of the Beach Belle too much to think about what all those bobbles were going to do to my stitching.  I mean, it was doable… but GAH! 😦

However, I think the finished product was well worth it.  Yeah, even if I DO say so myself! 😉

I’m considering sewing some beads on the picot points of the edge, though.  The Beach Belle has a tendency to curl up on itself, which is making the lace kind of hard to really see.  If I put beads on there, it may pull the edge down just enough to make the lace portion more visible.  I haven’t decided yet.  Mainly, it depends on if I can find beads that I think will “go” with the shawl.

I already know she’s going to like it, though.  She came over a few days after I’d first started it, saw it, and remarked on how pretty it was.  I told her WHAT it was (a shawl) but I didn’t tell her that it was for HER.  Hehehe…  I can’t wait to see her face when she opens it on Christmas Day! 😆

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