Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Replicating an old purse...

So I had this purse (on the right) that I picked up at a thrift store many years ago, I used it for a few years and finally retired it to the closet in the hopes of one day being able to figure out how it was done and make a new one. This was long before I knew how to decrease or increase and flowers were way beyond my comprehension. Now that I think about it, I have no idea what kept me from throwing it away, it was more advanced than anything I had ever done at the time.

Well lucky for me I didn't cause now I have a little more knowledge about crochet than I had back then. In my "I know stuff" attitude, I took a few brief glances at it and proceeded to make my own. I counted how many stitches I needed to get up to on  the last round of the bottom in order to get the proper amount for the shell part, I failed to count how many rounds "they" did on the bottom, so naturally I got more rounds and a more pointier bottom instead of short and flat. Yeah, my head and reality sometimes don't match! haha

I clearly didn't stop to think about what size hook they might have used AND take into consideration that I tend to crochet tighter than most, I just grabbed my F hook and got busy.  I guess I was thinking that the body part was going to be a breeze, it was the flowers that were going to give me trouble. Boy did I get that backwards!

I also didn't realize till after I was nearly done that the old bag had a tag in it ... 100% paper. Yup you read that right..PAPER! I was shocked and curious, I tore off a piece from where it was already falling apart. Sure enough it was 2 strands of twisted paper, twisted together to form a single strand. I had no idea they could do that! Pretty cool!

Anyway back to what I was talking about. I managed to get the flowers done but not the same as the old bag. I just couldn't bring myself to tying off on each petal. Talk about a pain, that would drive me nuts! So I made up my own flower. Probably not new to the wide web of designs but I didn't cheat and look up a pattern, so it's new to me! LOL! It took me a few trys to figure out how to do a decent looking leaf and still try to keep the same size of the originals. Tedious little buggers!

Overall I like the purse I came up with but am not thoroughly happy with it. So in my "I CAN do this, daggummit!" attitude...I have painstakingly counted each stitch on each round on the bottom and  wrote it down. Let me just say...the weirdest stitch pattern I have ever come across. Increases in odd places, no rhyme or rhythm.  I have managed to replicate the bottom to almost the exact size with a G hook, it will never be the exact size cause well I don't have paper yarn, I have cotton! LOL!

Because I have cotton and it is considerably thicker than the paper, I am having difficulty getting the shell to work out. The originals shell is made up of 4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc...BUT they are nearly 3 cm high! I upped the hook to an H to get the height but still ended up slightly shorter than needed. I figured "okay, up the dc to a tr", this did get me the height needed but still the end result of the first round turned out wavy from overcrowding. Rip it out again and try decreasing the 4 tr's to 3 tr's. This came out okay but still looks wrong. Problem is... my triples suck! I tend to get too much space inbetween the tr, if I knew why, I would fix it but I don't know why. My only other option is to try to do a 3 cm tall dc, not just one but about a thousand of them! On the other hand I think I will stick to my stubby little just under 2 cm dc's!!!  LOL!

I fear this project is going to be altered a bunch of times till I'm happy with the final result. OR FROGGED!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My first sweater & second...

My first sweater.

Ladies and maybe some gents, let me tell ya I was very scared to try this. I had been wanting to try to make a sweater for some time but was fearful I wouldn't be able to do it. I searched and searched for a simple pattern. When I come across this free pattern, I knew who I was going to make it for right away. Everything was going just fine and the pattern was easy to catch on to. It was when I got having to sew the sleeves on, when I had a dickens of a time with it. I put one on and ripped it out and this process went on over and over again for the whole day till I finally got it on there as nicely as I could without chunken it in the trash! LOL!

My beautiful step daughter in the sweater I made for her. Unfortunately even after all that was a little too snug across the back. I probably should have went up a hook size.

I had a wedding to go to and wanted to make a light sweater to wear over a sleeveless top. Mostly cause I am self conscious about my flabby arms. With the help of my wonderful crochet friends on Facebook I was lead to this free pattern. As soon as I saw it I knew it was exactly what I was looking for! So easy to make as long as you can remember the pattern. I had to keep looking at the print out to figure out what the next row was. The pattern is made up of 5 different rows, so I had a little difficulty keeping track of where I was but not too much. I did go up in hook sizes to an H and J but probably wouldn't have hurt to have gone up even one more size. I don't feel like I am crocheting tight at the time but soo many of my projects prove I am. Either that or their sizes are off! LOL! Just kidding designers!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Jungle series and a cow

Soo what have I been up to lately...
I just realized it had been awhile since my last post here. I really don't mean to be so forgetful but sometimes I just can't help it! LOL! I go grab a skein and stand there wondering what it was I was going to do with it, if you only knew how frequent that really'd be shaking your head and worry just how long my brain is going to hold up.

Soo let's see, the last thing I posted about was the red purse... (flipping through my Facebook page to recall what I have posted) ahhh... so I did this cute little cow, it wasn't too difficult (I say that now, at the time that's another story). I followed the directions precisely on this one, I didn't want to take the chance of messing it up. Unfortunately this was not a free pattern but can be purchased here. My brother laid claims on this as soon as I posted it on facebook! LOL!

I then started doing a jungle series, I really had soo much fun doing these.

The lion, monkey and elephant patterns can be purchased at Fiber Doodles. I followed the patterns exactly for the monkey and lion but I modified the elephant pattern to make it larger and gave it a different nose. The giraffe pattern was purchased here. The only thing I did different on the giraffe was to sew in nostrils instead of using little heart buttons. The hippo was my own design.

All these little guys took up the first 2 weeks of the month of may, but it was good way to pass the time while waiting for the birth of my niece.

Hope you have fun going to the links and browsing through what these shops have to offer..I tend to get lost in them, too many temptations!

Next up..sweaters!