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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!  😀  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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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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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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It’s not a shawl. It’s not a scarf. It’s… A SCHARF!!!

There’s this woman I “know.”  You know, in the internet sense of “knowing” someone.  And not only does she have an awesome sense of style, but she wears these AWESOME scarves.  I mean, her scarf collection ALONE makes me green with envy.

So me, being the crafty person I am, decided to make myself one.  It took me a while to find a pattern that would work the way I wanted it to (and ended up with one frogged attempt), but I finally stumbled on the perfect pattern for the Classic Cotton that I picked up from that charity shop a couple weeks back.

At first, I was having a hard time finding a pattern that spoke to me.  So I asked for some suggestions on Ravelry.  One of the suggestions I got was the “My Blue Jeans Shawl” pattern.  So I tried that one first.

Scharf, take one.

Scharf, take one.

I LOVED the pattern, but unfortunately it wasn’t going to work.  I would have run out of yarn LONG before I was anywhere near finished.

So I frogged it, and went looking again.

Most of the suggestions I got, I absolutely loved, but some of them just weren’t feasible for me right now.  A couple were published in American crochet magazines – which I can’t get here.  I have heard of other UKers being able to get their hands on a few, but I’m lucky to find a few crochet HOOKS here where I’m at.  Crochet magazines? HAhahahahaHA!

There were a few that were pay-per-download, and while I really did like the look of them, I’m just not in the position to be forking out money for patterns right now.  Not when there are millions of patterns available free on the web.  (Okay, maybe not millions.  Thousands, though?  Definitely.)

And then yesterday morning, I was flipping through my Happy Hooker book while having my morning cuppa, and as soon as I opened the book, it fell right to the page where the Sweet Pea Shawl was pictured.  (Linky-link takes you to the designer’s own website, but if I understand correctly, it was published in the Happpy Hooker first.)

PERFECT!!!

Actually, I’ve been drooling over this shawl pattern for a couple of years now.  I “met” Amie (NexStitch) on Crochetville a few years back, and as soon as I saw her patterns… I was in love.

And I’d bought my Happy Hooker book back in September (actually, I have a post in my drafts about the books I bought, that I never finished), but this is the first thing out of that book that I’ve actually made.

And I don’t know whose idea it was to do a symbol chart on the pattern – could have been Amie’s, could have been Debbie Stoller’s – but I am SO grateful that they did.  (Edit: Got it straight from the designer’s mouth [or fingertips, to be specific].  It was Debbie Stoller’s idea to put the symbol chart in.)  For one thing, having that symbol chart made it easier to adapt the pattern to a smaller size.  For another, having that chart in front of me made it easier to visualize what I was supposed to be doing.

So, without further babbling on, this is what I ended up with:

Scharf, take two!

Scharf, take two!

Actually, if you look REAL close, you can kinda-sorta see the symbol chart between the open spaces in the scharf.

And this is how its supposed to be worn.

And this is how it's supposed to be worn.

The length in front was perfect, but I felt like the sides (when wrapped around my neck) were too short.  So I just took what was left of the yarn, and made tassels out of it.  Perfecto!

Oh yeah, and this only took 2 of the 4 balls of yarn I have.  I’m considering taking the remaining yarn and making some fingerless gloves to go with it.  🙂

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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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