Posts Tagged ‘free’

Today I am braving the shave! We are heading over to my in-laws and taking the kids to Chuck E Cheese. I figure that’ll keep me busy all day until it’s time to head on over to  Bald in the Boro, our local event for the St. Baldrick”s Foundation.

I will make sure to post before and after photo’s tomorrow, but until then I have something else to share with you. I was going through old blog posts and came across this post (I also blogged about it here as well) about my chevron blanket. I’ve since finished it and thought I’d share some photos of it in action.

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket

autumn wheat chevron ripple blanket.

 Pattern (Free) :: Ravelry Notes ::  And this photo inspired my choice of colors.

As you can see, this blanket sure does get a lot of love! I am so happy with how it turned out.  I definitely see another ripple blanket it my future…


Read Full Post »

I love crocheting. I really, honestly do. If my hands ever have a spare moment, I like nothing more that to hold a hook and yarn in them. It relaxes me and takes me to my happy place. But recently I’ve been itching to knit. And I feel as if I’m cheating on my hooks.

Yes, it’s true. Silly. But true.

You see, I just love the look of knitted clothing. Over the last couple of years I’ve been collecting some beginner knitting books and purchasing a few patterns online here and there. I’ve even made a garter stitch scarf for Emma a few Christmases ago. It was awful, but I made it nonetheless.

I have a problem that when I first learn something I want to be PERFECT at it immediately. I want it to come easy. And that is not always the case.

I remember five years ago when my Nanny first taught me to crochet when Jacob was only a month or so old. I got so frustrated at times and wanted to just give up. But I didn’t. I kept going. And eventually I got pretty good at it.

I just need to remind myself of this as I am trying to teach myself to knit. Practice really does make perfect. And eventually, if I keep at it, I will get better.

I’ve successfully knitted quite a few things lately. As soon as one things comes off the needles, I immediately cast on another project. And quite often, I have quite a few projects going at once.  Oh, yes.

So what I have I been working on lately? I’ll show you!

photo (58)

Pattern: Pebble Vest   My Ravelry Notes

photo (61)

Pattern: Plain Vest (Size 12 months pattern is  free, additional sizes available to purchase)   My Ravelry Notes

photo (60)

photo (71)

Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

in-threes cardigan

Pattern: in-threes: a baby cardigan   My Ravelry Notes

As you can see in the pictures I have slowly got a little bit better. There is still a lot that I need to work on. But if you are a newbie knitter looking for some simple garment patterns, I really suggest the patterns above. Any questions that I had regarding the patterns were quickly answered by doing a simple youtube search. (Oh, google and youtube— where would I be without you?!)

I’ve mad e a few other things too that I haven’t got around to photographing. But I’ll be sure to share them as soon as I do. One of those finished projects may even be for me. Would you believe it?

I have something else very personal to share with you tomorrow. See you then!

Read Full Post »

Again, here is another project that I have been working on for months now. Well I shouldn’t say ‘working on for months’, because technically, that’s not the truth. The truth is, I started working on it months ago, was really into in months ago, worked on it for a couple of days months ago, then put it down months ago and haven’t picked it up since. I have a big problem with starting a project and not finishing it, if you haven’t noticed.

I need to complete three more squares to finish the front and figure out something to do with the back. I have idea, I just need to figure it out. This too will find its new home in the girls’ room. The plan is to get them matching twin size beds and skip the whole toddler bed thing. Which would mean that if all goes well with this one, and I ever complete it, a new one will be in the works too!

I originally found the pattern while browsing through ravelry. It’s by Beata Basik  and available on her ravelry page  or through her blog, rose hip.

 Although I have another granny blanket in the process, (again, one I haven’t picked up in months) this is my first time actually joining granny squares. I think I did an OK job… definitely could use some work though.

In other news, I did add a significant amount to my chevron stripes blanket. I would have added more, but upon finishing my last row I noticed I made an error somewhere in the row before. So I tucked it away for the day and hopefully tonight I will find some quiet time to try to figure out where I went wrong. That’s always fun… 🙂

Read Full Post »

I drew this cute little russian nesting doll with the intention of embroidering it. I kept her simple. Very simple. Almost too simple now that I look at her… 

Anyway, if you’re wondering how I turned this:

into this:

I’ll show you!

First you take your drawing (or embroidery transfer) and tape it to a window. I taped mine to my sliding glass door.

Then you will want to take your fabric and tape it over your pattern.

Next step, tracing! Most people use a fabric marker to trace embroidery patterns, since they are water-soluble and any visible lines will come off with a little bit of water. My fabric marker is gone and has been for a while now, thank-you Emma. So I just use a pencil. Whatever works, right?

After you have your whole pattern traced onto your fabric you are ready to start embroidering! Now that was easy, wasn’t it?

I plan on getting this image scanned into my computer very soon. And as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to share it with you!

Read Full Post »

Oh yes. I went there. I totally made the hat that Bella wears in the first Twilight movie when she visits La Push. And you know what? I actually like it. A lot! I wore it today while dropping Jacob off at school, and I am still wearing while typing this post.

If you know me, I love the Twilight book series. Although I am not a huge fan of the movies, I own the first three dvds and still watch them on occasion when I’m up late crocheting and there is nothing else interesting on TV. I don’t know why I continue to watch them, but I do. And I most certainly am not a huge fan of how Bella’s character is depicted. Maybe it’s just the actress portraying her. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s it.

Anyhow, I made the hat. And you can too! The free pattern can be found here on craftster. I ended up using some scrap yarn that my grandmother-in-law gave me. I’m pretty sure it’s a wool or wool blend worsted weight. And lucky me, it was even in a similar dark gray!

Read Full Post »

Once upon a time I had some coasters that I crocheted for our table. I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, but I think I have an idea. They’ve been gone for quite some time now. How exactly does one lose coasters you might ask? Well you see,  Miss Emma went through a ‘throwing away’ phase. Which was a whole heck of a lot of fun as you can imagine. Thankfully that phase is now over and new coaster were made.

I kept it pretty simple when making them. The colors I went with are pretty boring and simple too. I don’t know why I always like to gravitate toward neutrals and browns when creating things for myself. I do appreciate bold, bright, pretty colors, but I guess I just feel safe using neutrals. (Weirdo, I know.)

I’m sure most crocheters can look at this coaster and pretty much figure it out for themselves. But for those of you that are just learning to crochet and are as I was, no matter how simple the task, a pattern was always helpful.

These work up super fast and you’ll be able to put them to use in no time. I made 8 in about an hour.


:: 100% cotton worsted weight yarn (2 colors of your choice– perhaps something more colorful than mine!)

:: H hook

:: tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

With first color, begin by chaining 4 and joining with a slst to beginning ch to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 2, work 10 dc in ring. Join with slst.

Round 2: Ch 2, work 2 dc in each dc around . Join with slst (20)

Round 3: Ch 2, work *1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat around . Join with slst (30) Fasten off.

Round 4: Attach second color, Ch 2 and work *1 hdc in next 2 dc, 2 hdc in next dc* repeat around. Join with slst (40)

Round 5: Ch 1 and slst in each hdc around (40) Fasten off and weave in all ends.

And there you have it. Now go grab yourself an ice-cold sweet tea or beverage of choice and enjoy your new coasters!

I will be back later with my 366 post!

Read Full Post »