Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Bag Is Finished

I finished crocheting the bag that I was working on really early this morning (2AM) and used a brooch as a closure until we made a trip to the craft store later this morning. I had a hard time choosing something to use as the closure as there weren't many button options in the store, but I finally decided upon this silver colored leaf. I just finished sewing it on and taking photos of the bag.

 Here's a closeup of the leaf. The photo also shows the true colors of the yarn used.

Some more photos of the bag.

 I love how it turned out! I think from now on I'll have to design the bag around the closure. It would also help to go to a store that has alot of buttons and stock up on some fancy big ones.

Well back to work on another project.

Until next time!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

A New Bag and Marty's Sweater

I had previously posted about the sweater that I crocheted for my little Marty. However, he doesn't like to sit still for photos and I didn't get very good shots of him. I still had some to add to the sweater and finally finished it up the other day. I enlisted the help of my daughter to distract him with a treat while I snapped some photos of him in the sweater.

 Isn't he a cutie? Here he is begging for his treat.

 I have added a black border around all of the edges of the sweater since these photos. It really makes it look finished now and I'm quite pleased with it. Here's a photo of the sweater with the border on it.

I've got 2 projects in the works, one is a potholder which isn't photographed yet, and the other project is a new bag. I'm trying out a new stitch and I love how easy it is to crochet and the way it looks.

I'm about a third of the way done with the bag. It's going to be sort of a tote bag but will have a closure on it. More on that later as I make more progress with it.

Well off to get Marty's nails trimmed and then back to work on my bag.

Until next time!
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hat To Match My Purple Scarf

 After I crocheted my purple tone scarf I decided that I needed a matching hat. I used a slightly contrasting color yarn, called Orchid, to start off my hat. I don't normally wear hats in the winter and a regular tight knit or crocheted beanie is too hot for my head, so I wanted to make a more "airy" hat. I also wanted a bit of a brim on it. Off I went with my yarn and hook, starting off with the orchid yarn, I somewhat followed a pattern for a simple beanie, starting off in half double crochet and then switching it up with double crochet. I changed the yarn over to the purple tone when I was past what would be on the top of my head and continued with that until I ran out of that yarn, with just a few inches of it to spare at the end of a row. Then I switched back to the orchid, crocheted a few rows and then started increasing my stitches for the brim. I love how it's just a little floppy but still sort of turned up. I really didn't know for sure if it would turn out like I envisioned it but it did, and I'm quite pleased.

Here's a photo of the hat.

The hat and scarf together.

 My granddaughter modeling the hat

I actually got her to smile this time. I'm glad she doesn't mind modeling for me. I take such terrible "selfies".

Well what will I make next??

Until next time!
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Purple scarf and dog sweater

I've been busy working on a sweater for my dog Marty. He loves wearing sweaters when the weather turns cold and fall is definitely in the air. I followed a pattern for the most part of his sweater and then I added a bit to it. I still have to fix some kind of tie to it so the wind doesn't flip the back up on it when he's outside. It is pretty windy here at the beach. I may make leg straps for it.
I had a terrible time getting him to sit still so that I could photograph him in his sweater and this is one of the best ones. This photo was taken before I finished the trim on it. I'll have to take some more photos when I'm finally finished with it.

He thought he was going outside when I put the sweater on him and he's giving me his "let's go" look.. Isn't he cute?

I started working on a scarf for myself a few days ago. I ripped it apart 4 different times until I finally settled on how to make it. The yarn is called Purple Tones and it is really pretty. I'm going to make either a hat or earwarmers to match it. I know, it looks more pink against this light blue bedspread, but it is really pretty purple shades.

I made the scarf long enough to wrap around my neck twice and still be long enough to "tie" if I want. I love this yarn and may buy more in the future to make an afghan with.
Now to get busy figuring out what to do with the leftover yarn.

Until next time!
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Busy week & dinosaur hat

I've had a busy week crocheting. It's been raining alot here the past few days and it's only going to get worse with this huge system coming in and the hurricane coming up along the coast. The ground is a soggy mess and there's been flooding locally. We're far enough inland that we don't have to worry about the ocean but there is a river a block away that we'll have to keep an eye on. To keep dry I've been staying indoors and crocheting.

I made a pair of wrist warmers for myself.

Then I made a pair for my grandson's girlfriend in a different color. Sorry no photo of those.

Then, after video chatting with my daughter and my youngest grandson, who is almost 3 years old, we decided on a green hat for him. While out yarn shopping for his hat we confirmed that this color green was good. After I started working on the hat I had an inspiration, or as we "happy hookers" call it, a "yarnspiration". I knew that he loves dinosaurs and had seen a few hats with dinosaur spikes on them and thought that he'd like his hat like that. After chatting with his mom she confirmed that he would definitely like a dinosaur hat. This is what I came up with. I didn't have a pattern for the spikes, they are crocheted and stuffed with the same color yarn. I didn't want white stuffing poking out of the holes.

I just hope that he likes it. Now onto my next project, a dog sweater for Marty. He's looking out the window of my van, watching the people walk by in the rain in this photo. He doesn't like storms, his tail is tucked under. See the rain on the window and the huge puddle in the parking lot? It's a mess here for sure. I'll be glad when the rain finally stops, but that won't be for a few more days.

Well I better get to crocheting!

Until next time!
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