Archive for October, 2008

Since it’s Halloween, may I introduce Franken-Lexi? ;)

Franken-Lexi wearing her Franken-hat and Franken-choker.

Franken-Lexi wearing her Franken-hat and Franken-choker.

The top of the Franken-hat, showing the hair.

The top of the Franken-hat, showing the "hair".

What with the onslaught of winter (yes, I said “WINTER”; we had SNOW yesterday) and the sudden upsurge in spending on the gas (in the summer I can get by on £5 a MONTH; winter?  it’s around £150 a month), it turned out that I couldn’t afford to buy the kids the costumes they wanted for Halloween.  As you can imagine, they got quite upset, until I brought up the option of making a costume out of things they already had.

(Honestly, if I’d thought about it ahead of time, I could have easily crocheted them entire costumes.  It would have taken a good chunk of my time, but it wouldn’t have been hard.  Unfortunately, I simply didn’t think of it until the last minute.)

Lexi said that she wanted to be Frankenstein.  She didn’t really have the clothes for it, but what with it being so cold, anything she wore was going to be covered up by a coat anyway – and she happens to have a GREEEN coat!

So I offered to crochet her a choker and hat so that she looked like she had the bolts on the side of her neck and short, dark hair like Frankenstein is usually pictured with.

As you can see, she was quite happy with what she ended up with.  🙂

She’s already said that she wants to save them and use them next year.  If she’s seriously wanting to use it again, I think I might make her an entire “Frankenstein” costume – but a size or 2 bigger, so that she can layer clothes underneath it.

But hey – not TOO bad for a last-minute idea!


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Sunshine in Winter

Chloe mentioned in passing one day that she’d like me to make her a yellow sweater.  So I looked through my stash and yep, I had some yellow.  But not nearly enough to make an entire sweater out of it.  So I looked for another color to go with it, and this insanely bright pink caught my eye.  Together they reminded me of the colors in a sunrise/sunset, and the title “Sunshine in Winter” came to me.  After all, she’ll want to wear it through the winter, and what better way to inject some “Sunshine” into her grey and dreary “Winter”?  (Being in the NE UK, believe you me, winters are VERY grey and dreary.  Not to mention wet and windy.)

Sunshine in Winter on the sunny-smiling Chloe

Sunshine in Winter on the sunny-smiling Chloe

I used the Fluffy Pink Shrug Schematics, also known as the Mrs Who Shrug, found here on Crochetville.  Made with DK yarn and a “G” (4.0 mm) hook.  I just snagged one of Chloe’s other sweaters, which I knew fit her well, and used that to measure the new sweater against.

back view

back view

It was actually a bit of a surprise, because although she’d seen me working on it, she never asked what it was for, and I didn’t volunteer any information.  So this morning, I called her up to my bedroom, had her close her eyes and put it on her.  She was quite happy with it.  🙂

And now Lexi’s already put in an “order” for a similar one, in blue.

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Pattern: Caitlin’s V-Stitch Scarf

Caitlin’s V-Stitch Scarf

Materials Needed:

  • G (4.0 mm) hook
  • 100 g DK yarn, any color
    • I’m not sure on the yardage/meterage for this.  The yarn I used didn’t have any listed on the label.  If in doubt, use more than 100g.
  • Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)

To Begin:

ch 28

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first hdc), hdc in 2nd stitch from hook and in each st across; turn

Row 3: ch 3 (counts as dc), *sk 2 sts, dc-ch1-dc in next st*, repeat from * to * across, 1 dc in last st; turn

Row 4: repeat row 3

Row 5: repeat row 3

Row 6: repeat row 2

Row 7: repeat row 2

Row 8: repeat row 2

Alternate repeats of Row 3 (3 rows) and Row 2 (another 3 rows), until the scarf is as long as you want and/or you run out of yarn, making the last Row 2 repeat only 2 rows.

Fasten off, weave in ends.


You can add an edge or fringe to this if desired.  I didn’t simply because Caitlin didn’t want one!  🙂

© 2008, Suzanne M. Barrow

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One-Skein Projects: Caitlin’s V-stitch Scarf

A while back (last year?  year before?  something like that), I made Caitlin (my now-11-year-old) a hat and skinny scarf set in v-stitches.  She had specifically requested it because she liked the way the v-stitch looked.

I think she’d forgotten all about it, because she “discovered” it again while going through the hat/scarf/glove box that I have in the laundry room at the moment.  She really wanted to wear it, but the scarf is so thin that it doesn’t do much to keep her warm (and that was kind of the whole point!).  I remembered making the set, and remembered that it only took me a day or two to make the whole thing, so I offered to make her a new scarf using the same stitch, but wider so that it covered more of her neck.  She picked out the yarn on Friday, I started it yesterday, and finished it today!

Caitlins V-Stitch Scarf

Caitlin's V-Stitch Scarf

Because I want this to actually keep her WARM, I alternated rows of v-stitch with rows of hdc.  Doubled up, the way she normally wears her scarves, it should keep her neck nice and toasty.

This pic shows the color better - its a really light but bright pink.

This pic shows the color better - it's a really light but bright pink.

It took one 100g skein of dk yarn to make this – she didn’t want any edging or fringe, so I basically just kept going until I ran out of yarn.

.... aaand a close-up!

.... aaand a close-up!

Pattern to follow (I’m too damned tired to do it now!).  🙂

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Super Quick Projects: The Nubbly, Ruffly Scarf

As one could imagine, working diligently on Christmas presents CAN get a person a little burnt out.  After all, you’re expending all this energy on other people, and none for yourself.

So I decided I had to make myself something.  Something small, something quick – but something for me.

The yarn in its orginal form.

The yarn in its orginal form.

I picked up this yarn a couple of weeks ago out of the clearance bin in the yarn stall at one of the markets in town.  It was packaged in sets of two for 99p each.  I picked up 2 sets of this stuff and another set of a different yarn in similar colors (more blue/grey than blue/green though).  I just loved the colors.  I didn’t have anything specific planned for it when I bought it, it was the colors that grabbed me.

So when I decided that I needed to do something for myself, I started looking at what I already had in my bedroom stash.  (I have a small stash – mostly for these Christmas presents – in a tote in my bedroom.  But the bulk of my stash is in my cupboard on the first landing of the staircase.)  This stuff immediately grabbed my eye.

Originally, I tried doing a simple sc scarf out of it, but after finishing the first ball, I knew that it would be WAY too short.  So I frogged it and thought for a bit.

What could I make out of 4 balls of this yarn?  What would maximise what I’ve got without looking absolutely ridiculous?

A ruffle scarf!

If you’ve done one of these things, you really don’t need a pattern.  They’re so easy it’s almost ridiculous.  Basically, you chain your desired length, stitch across (it really doesn’t matter which stitch you use, that’s all up to you) for the first row, and turn.  Every subsequent row, you increase every other stitch.  I did it all in sc (mainly because the yarn is a bulky weight yarn and I was using a honking-big ‘L’ hook [8.0 mm]).  So it was *sc in one st, 2 sc in next st* all the way to the end.  And you just keep doing that for every row until it’s as wide (or as thin) as you want it.

I managed to get 4 rows with a really small amount of yarn left.

The Nubbly, Ruffly Scarf

The Nubbly, Ruffly Scarf

And this is what the finished product looks like!  🙂

I love it.  I’ve been wearing it every day this week.  And I’ve needed it!  It’s been friggin’ COLD here!

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Ravelry is down…

and while that’s a little frustrating, I have to say that I LOVE the graphic they put up.

Now how freakin' cute is THAT?

Now how freakin cute is THAT?

I can’t help BUT smile when I see Bob’s slobbery face.  It’s almost enough to dissipate my dissappointment.


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Speaking of publishing patterns…

I finally figured out how to add my patterns to the Ravelry database.  I spent about a half hour yesterday adding the ones that I thought would be the most popular.

This is what it looks like.

This is what it looks like.

You can find it here.

I wonder… does this make me an “official” designer?  😉

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