Friday, January 27, 2012

Too many WIP's

Ugh, I have too many "work in progress" (wip)! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed to tell the truth.

I am currently trying to finish up this stuffed dragon for the neighbors boy.


plus I have started trying to learn the Entrelac stitch, it is not going well.


I also need to hurry up and get another stuffed alligator done, sometime in the next two weeks .


I have had my nieces graphghan in the works for months now and still have to get working on a blanket for her coming sister in may.


Also promised my friend a graphghan for her new grandson who decided to make his appearance a month early.


Somewhere in all this is also 2 pairs of fingerless gloves, a kitty hat (NOT Hello kitty) and a Fozzie Bear graphghan.






In my room (put away for who knows how long) there is also a ripple blanket that I started for myself and a knitted shawl that might not ever get finished.




And that is just the things I can think of right now, I'm sure there are some things I'm forgetting.

Why have I done this to myself? I used to be a "one project at a time" kinda girl. I have that feeling of being out of control over the situation. I know I need to step back, pull in the reins and tackle one at a time. BUT sometimes I just want to yell...

YIKES!!!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Puppy Kick



So I bet yall are wondering what happened to the post about the puppy purse? Weeell I had started a post and came across a glitch in my process. Here is how THAT day went...

Hear lately I have been on a puppy kick. It all started when a facebook friend posted her finished work and was kind enough to share the link to where she got the pattern. I just had to go check it out! Well let me just say this Etsy page is just full of wonderfully cute items. Okay, okay I just know you are waiting on pins and needles to know who and where....(hehe) It's Fiber Doodles!!

Wait a minute, wait a minute...HOLY CRAPPOLA! I just pulled up the her Etsy page to get the link for ya and and it is closed permanently!! Oh man, I didn't even get all the patterns I wanted! What a total drag...

Well that just changed my post, now didn't it.. I just tried her blogger page and it too is gone. I looked her up on Ravelry and again all pics are gone and no links to the patterns...She's just gone and all her stuff too.

I am very sad.

Soo not how this post was supposed to go.


As you can see, I was stumped as to how to proceed. I don't like not having a link to share with my work. I asked for help from my amazing "Blazing Hooks" friends but apparently they were stumped too or my post got lost in the sea of continuous posts. I sent a email hoping to get a response to where she moved her stuff or you know What happened?? After waiting 4 days and still nothing, I give up. It really is a shame to have all those lovely patterns disappear but I guess she had her reasons.


Here is the puppy that started it all. I purchased this pattern from her Etsy page and even sent her a pic of it and she sent me back a response expressing her love for the colors I chose. Soo yeah after just having a convo with her and poof she's gone was quite a shocker.



This puppy came from her blog page as a free pattern, I couldn't resist trying it out! Just too darn cute!! I loved how it came out soo much that I made another one.





This puppy purse is actually a combo of the two patterns. As you can see I used the head off of the first puppy and modified the feet of the second pattern to make them smaller. The purse is just something I did out of my head.

Purse pattern:
(just the purse, not the puppy embellishments)

ch 37
row 1... sc 36 sts across, ch 1 and turn.
repeat row 1 for a total of 60 rows, finish off
fold in half (30 rows per side) sew or sc the sides together. (I sc it together so when I put on the strap I didn't have to sew it through the side of the purse just through/around the sc seam)

Flap:
Attach yarn 3 sts in from end
row 1... sc 30 sts, ch 1 and turn
repeat row 1, 5 times
row 7-19... decrease, sc across, decrease
row 20... decrease twice
row 21... decrease, finish off

Straps:
ch 4
row 1... sc 3 sts across, ch 1 and turn
repeat row 1 for a total of 100 rows
sew straps in place. (I used 5 rows of length to sew through/around the sc seam)


If you have any problems or questions don't hesitate to ask!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tiny stitches

Soo, I'm sitting here browsing through amigurumi patterns on Ravelry. Let me just say...OMG! I just don't know how folks can get their hooks and fingers to do such tiny little work. The smallest thing I have done so far is 4sc in the round with an H hook for the antennas on the bee hat I did awhile back. AND that was hard!! I cant even imagine what it would be like with a much smaller hook! Worse, I would think.


Pattern can be purchased at Luz Patterns

All of you who can make little tiny, in the palm of your hand, need a magnifying glass to see, flexible bones in your fingers.. kinda things...I bow to the masters of crochet!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Crocheted Alligator - Part 2




Ahh, at last! It's an Alligator!!

This pattern can be purchased at: Skymagenta's Etsy shop

I really had a great time making this and learning a new stitch. Watching this fella come together and really be something was the best part of the whole process. I would highly recommend this pattern, very easy to read (even for a beginner) and follow.

Now you might notice but I did do a small change to the eyes. I went ahead and used plastic eyes instead of crocheting them. I had bought some eyes awhile back and have been waiting for an opportunity to use them. I was under the impression that the back washers screwed on. No, they don't. The back actually has to be pushed on and if you put them in the wrong place your stuck with it cause they don't come back off. Well unless you use your teeth and some ump and force it off (like I did)!! Haha!

So just a reminder to those of you who haven't used them yet...make certain that you have them in the exact spot you want before putting on the washer!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crocheted Alligator - Part 1

I bought the pattern here: Skymagenta's Etsy shop

I started this alligator last Sunday evening and still don't have it finished. I didn't get to work on it Monday or Wednesday but I am still surprised it is taking me this long. I figured it would take me at least 3-4 days but I really did think I was over estimating myself as I usually do.

I did run across a snag doing this pattern (no fault of the pattern), I kinda knew what a picot was but had never done it before. This halted me for a few hours, I finally consulted with my bf, this took a few more hours (yeah, yeah, we didn't just talk alligator). Her books said it was a sc, ch 3, sc all in the same stitch. Needless to say I was getting frustrated that my teeth weren't come out as nice as the picture. (Hubby says he (alligator) is going to need some dentures cause he looks like his teeth have been worn down by age.) But I went ahead and left his teeth just the way I made them, duller and less than he is suppose to have. There are supposed to be 16 teeth per jaw, mine only has 13! LOL! Geriatric Alligator!!

I also cheated slightly. The legs are supposed to go on in a circular fashion...welllll...I tried! LOL! And tried, but for the life of me I couldn't get those suckers to go on straight. My patience ran out and I sewed them up and then put them on. I know, I should have tried harder but really?! I don't think anyone is really going to care but me. (oh and the hubs now thinks he is a crochet critic or an alligator scientist!!) I was informed by the hubs that his tail should be longer, the feet are too far back and the scales go too far up the back. WHAT?? LOL! Let me see him do it! Haha.

Soo now the claws and scales also require the picot stitch..sigh. I knew I had gone wrong on the teeth so I decided to do a search. I don't recall where I went but I read that a picot was ch 3, and sl st it to the side of the st your working from. So this is what I did and yes it came out close to what I see in the pic but still not quite.

I now have this alligator nearly all put together just a little more sewing to do (should be finished by tomorrow evening) but still I'm not satisfied with my picot. I did find "How to Crochet a Picot Stitch - For Dummies" at Dummies.com (I tried to link it for you but for some reason it won't let me) I'm going to need to practice the Picot stitch alot more to get it right for future projects. ALOT more!! LOL!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Welcome!

Hi, My name is Heather and I am an avid crocheter and I am busy with it everyday. I have been learning all kinds of new things lately and am constantly trying out new patterns. I have been a crocheter for most of my life but only in the past few months have I stepped out of the box..literally!!

I decided I needed to create a blog just for Crochet, I feel I am boring my readers on my personal page by talking too much about my craft. I love sharing my work, links and issues on facebook and crochet groups but really needed to have just one place to have it all. What I did, where I found the pattern, what issues I had doing it. You know...just general crochet stuff. I hope to be entertaining, creative and informative.

I am not a very experienced crocheter but I do give it my best and try very hard to get my finished projects to come out right, this doesn't always happen but I hardly ever give up. I just learned how to read patterns less than a year ago, soo I don't write patterns (oh I wish I could, maybe someday), sorry to disappoint. Crocheters that do write patterns are crochet gods in my book!!! I would be nowhere without them!!

I hope to be sharing links to patterns, designers and fellow crocheters that you will enjoy as much as I do.

I will be working to get this page into shape. It might take a while so please bare with me. Thanks for visiting Southern Gal's Crochet.