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Crochet Teething Rings

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I was looking for a quick crochet project a couple of weeks ago after a 3 month hiatus from crafting. (I know. It really saddened me when I realized how long it had been.) After a 5 day staycation over the holidays, I finally felt like making something. I felt a little spark of creativity.

It seems like I know a lot of pregnant folks these days, so I looked for a baby-friendly craft. Babies are small. So baby crafts are also small, and usually fast! I saw these teething rings on Ravelry: Linked Teething Rings

I knew they would be a great thoughtful gift for my anti-plastic friend who just found out she is expecting. Plus I’ve been looking for a project to use my 100% cotton Lily Sugar N’ Cream variegated yarn.

100% Cotton

Things you’ll need.

Things you’ll need:
Know how to single crochet in the round and slip stitch (Don’t know how? Check out the video tutorials over at Annie’s Attic)
100% cotton yarn
Size G hook
Scissors
Plastic yarn needle

I crochet pretty tightly, so I actually added a couple of rows before stitching the rings closed so it wasn’t too skinny.

Rings

Finished rings!

These are so simple and fast. The best part? No scary plastic parts or chemicals, AND they can be dipped in water and frozen to sooth baby gums.

Happy New Year to everyone, and may 2014 be filled with creative endeavors!

Simple Cozy Cowl

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It’s a new year and I was ready for a new cowl to sink my face into against that brisk Chicago winter wind.

I kept this super simple. It’s just double crochet all the way, 3 strands, on a gigantic S hook (which I bought just for this project). Honestly I didn’t even count my starting chain, I just chained along until it seemed like a good length for me.

My yarn basket! (which is overflowing and mayyy or may not actually hold ALL of my yarn)

My yarn basket! (which is overflowing and mayyy or may not actually hold ALL of my yarn)

Cook County Forest Preserve

Stopped at Cook County Forest Preserve to test out my new tripod in the snow.

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Crochet Monsters

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I saw these crochet monsters on pinterest and pinned them as an idea for a gift for our niece. I’m not going to re-write this tutorial, because there is an excellent one written here: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html, which means I didn’t take in-the-process pictures.

However, I wanted to share my little monster creations! And clarify (hopefully) one of the steps that I thought was a little confusing. This is a GREAT remnant buster.

You’re basically going to crochet in the round (roughly 3 rounds of increases, depending on the weight of your yarn, how tightly you crochet, and how large you want your monster to be), then maintain that size for however many rounds get your monster to the height you desire.

This was my first monster, which is pretty small compared to a few later ones:

My (nice) little monster!

You will need:

H hook (or similar size)

Yarn (the yellow girl is leftover baby Bernat yarn)

White (or color of your choice) felt for the eyes

Safety eyes (I found these on etsy, they have an anchor on the back to keep them from coming off)

A yarn needle (for sewing your top and bottom together)

Stuffing (aka Polyfil or similar)

Black and white thread for making a mouth (the tutorial says embroidery thread, which might work better, but I used regular sewing thread I already had on hand).

Fabric/craft glue

I crocheted 3 increasing rounds, and about 9 maintaining (single crochet only) rounds for the height. The small weight of this yarn means that she is small, too. Then, you’ll start a new round (same amount of increases) but stop at the last increase and use this disc as your bottom. Leave a long-ish tail on the disk, as you will use this to sew together the two pieces.

Before you start sewing, cut out the felt eyes (or eye!) how you want them. You will need to make a small slit in the felt to put the safety eye post through. Now place your safety eyes (with felt attached) where you want them- the safety washer for the back takes some force to snap on.

Now, sew your two pieces together [If you need a visual on how to sew the two piece together, which is where I got a little confused but just winged it, you can view this tutorial here which has great pictures: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/joining-amigurumi/%5D

Just like making a pillow, you don’t want to completely sew your two pieces together just yet- sew most of the way and leave a gap big enough to stuff with stuffing. Once stuffed, finish sewing the two pieces together.

Last, you’ll sew the mouth. It was hard to get the lines straight at first but I got the hang of it as I practiced- there wasn’t a lot of instruction on this part. I made the thread as if I were mending something by hand (regular sewing needle), and put it through the hole part of my crochet stitch- repeat in about 2 stitches at a time (more than that, and there’s a lot of room for the thread to pull as a little one is playing with their monster) – and since I used regular thread I had to back track several times to make it thick enough to really see the mouth.

Square tooth!

After you’ve put your guy together, you can add details- teeth, a bow, etc. You will also want to use your glue to secure the outer (felt) part of the eye down. I used the same stuff to secure the teeth, though I don’t feel confident in their sticking power. I may try some white thread to make sure it stays.

Oh hey! I’m just a friendly monster.

I made this green guy out of some variegated sugar n’ creme 100% cotton yarn that the dog had unraveled. He’s probably my favorite so far.

The whole monster crew (so far).

I’m ready to make some more!

Convertible Crochet Cowl

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Went a little cray cray on the yarn ordering last week because Joann’s had free shipping and 30% off. So I got myself a nice chunky “Tweed Stripe” from Lion Brand Yarn (along with 4 other skeins of other colors). I’ve had my eye on a convertible cowl and also a hooded scarf pattern for awhile. I decided to go for the cowl because it seems like something I’ll use more often.

Mmm cozy.

I didn’t do much of a tutorial since this is someone else’s pattern and you can find it here: http://thecrimsonowl.blogspot.com/2009/08/convertible-cowl-free-pattern.html

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Crochet Hook Roll & Shadow Box

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Since graduation on the 6th (huzzah!) I’ve been working on setting up my new office craft room. One large haul from Ikea later, I’m still trying to get everything organized and force myself to get rid of some things. It’s awesome to have places for things though! Even just halfway done the new setup is pretty awesome.

This morning I got rid of a whole box of stuff, and finally went through the box of wedding paraphanelia – it’s been almost a year, I figured I should sift through it and at least downsize it. Months and months ago I got a set of 4 picture frames which are actually deep enough to be shadow boxes for $4 at Goodwill. I might paint them, but I might not- in the meantime, one of them is large enough to accommodate my headpiece from the wedding! It has gotten a bit banged up, to my dismay, so I was thrilled to find a safe place for it to go.

My veil and fascinator (which I wish I could wear in regular life).

That’s not really a craft since all I did was put it in a frame, but I am jazzed that it’s safe now! I might find some colored backdrop to put behind it. But I might be lazy and leave it as is.

Anyways, In the spirit of getting organized, I decided to make a roll for all of my crochet hooks, so they’re not scattered all around and next time I’m in the mood for a crochet project, I can have everything with me all neat and tidy like.

supplies

Upcycling clothes into something new.

I used an old pair of jeans that had some thigh holes going on, and a skirt I got at the swap-o-rama several months back because I loved the print. So this project was nearly free! That always puts me in a good mood. I hesitate to call this a tutorial, because I’m not sure I did the best photo/explanation job, but maybe between this and other images it will help someone figure out how to make their own. I did not use a pattern, simply looked for examples of what I was thinking of in my head and got started.

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Baby Bibs

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I apologize in advance because a) I’ve been slacking on the blog and b) the project pics I’m about to share are less than awesome. I’ve been all tired and full of the winter lazyness, but that’s no excuse considering I have projects from this summer I could talk about without actually making anything new.  In my defense, this hasn’t been much of a break since I worked every week day we were not down South visiting the relatives. Now that we’re back from our trip to Louisiana I should probably get on this. Plus, I got a gift from my biffle that will hopefully inspire me to make a sewn craft before school starts again! (But more on that later).

This summer I made some baby bibs to test out my new sewing machine. I think they turned out pretty cute. Our niece was born in September and another friend had a baby in July, so I sent her one to test out! We finally got to meet our niece just before Christmas, so I got to show the things I had made for her and finally got a picture of the bib on an actual child! This is just the beginning of my semi-obsession with things that are reversible.
Basically, to make this bib I found a really simple outline on the internets, printed it out, and then messed around with it. It has an optional pocket, and the neck strap closes with a small piece of Velcro I had on hand. I can’t seem to find my link at the moment but I’ll keep looking.
Bib

First bib came out a bit smaller than I wanted...

At first, Chris was the only model I had.

Carter wearing his bib...not yet 2 months old, so as you can see that's pretty small.

You essentially sew this the same way you sew a pillow- inside out at first (right sides facing each other) and sew most of the way around. Then flip it right side out (the skinny neck part is the hardest part to turn…a pen helped me get it) and sew it all the way around- I used red thread on my second try for a cute little detail.

Decided that it had indeed come out too small, so I drafted a bigger pattern. Sorry this is blurry.

Lexi's reversible bib. She's way too cool for blah bibs in pink!

Dino side.

This is the bigger size pattern, but it's still relatively small. I could probably make it a little larger still.

I also, of course, made another slouchy hat, this time for my coworker’s sister in a pale green that she chose. I think it turned out pretty nicely, although the yarn was a bit thicker than the first hat I made with the same pattern, so I had to adjust some things and it came out a tad bigger.

Oops. This is what happens when you watch National Geographic's documentary on North Korea while crafting. I should have paid more attention.

Let’s be honest. I restarted this hat at least 3 times trying to get it the way that I wanted with the different yarn. I finally busted out half of it on a plane home from Baton Rouge (and the flight attendant was impressed with my speed- thank you ma’am for noticing).

That's better. Now it fits right. Apparently the person meant to receive this hat has a small head, so I may add one more row of single crochet.

Dig my string dangle? Well, I didn't snip it yet just in case I need to make a change. But I'm feeling more satisfied with it.

I’ll spare you a bajillionty pics since this is the same pattern as the blue hat in a different color. In fact, borrowing her hat before I sent it was like walking with an advertisement on my head so I should probably make some more stuff for myself. I got an awesome kelly green colored yarn so maybe I’ll make my own hat out of that.
I don’t know what’s up next because I haven’t decided yet, but as previously mentioned, my biffle Amanda got me this book for Christmas: http://www.amazon.com/Sewing-Book-Alison-Smith/dp/0135097398/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1293758807&sr=8-1 and it’s pretty extensive. I think it already fixed my confusion on shortening a zipper and why maybe it messed up the wristlet I made this summer. Hopefully I’ll squeeze in a sewing project before my break is over!

Purple Not-So-Slouchy Hat

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First (real) post! Woohoo.

So, this hat felt like it took forever because getting it started involved starting over several times to get rid of the hole in the middle, because I really struggle with reading crochet directions. I’m a visual learner. I need pictures. [I always feel mislead by what other crocheters term to be “easy” or “for beginners”, because then I just feel slow when it seems less than easy.]  Then I started to worry I wouldn’t have enough yarn, because what I had wasn’t a full skein…long story short, I am now very familiar with the yarn selection at two Michael’s and the Joann Fabrics here in Chi-town. Lesson learned- save the skein wrapper in case this happens. Better yet, buy more than one skein in the first place if it’s a color you really like.

Looking like a real project.
Halfway there.
Top detail

This is only the second pattern I have used and eventually I felt comfortable enough to freestyle some changes, like adding a few rows (because I apparently have a large head) and things like that. It didn’t come out slouchy the way that I wanted, since I was limited in yarn to begin with and couldn’t add more slouchy like I wanted to. Anyways, I think it turned out pretty nice. I really like the pattern detail from the top.

Phannie Hat Pattern: http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/phannie/phannie.pdf

Yarn: I used Caron Simply Soft in Violet (thanks Caron website for helping me figure that out…)

 

Finished hat!

Lookin' fly on the CTA.

 

A friend on facebook asked me how I learned to make this hat. The answer is, I taught myself with the vast resources inside the internets. [Pretty much every craft project I attempt is born of an idea I had that was supplemented with visuals from someone else’s idea that was sort of similar to what I had in mind but not quite. I’m pretty terrible at drawing, so this is the best way for me to show someone else what I am trying to accomplish, and just edit in my details.]

At any rate, if you are looking to learn how to crochet (or knit) I very highly recommend joining http://www.ravelry.com. They have awesome free patterns (and for purchase ones too), in addition to help forums and things like that. For you visual learners out there who are like me, if you get to a place where you just can’t figure out what “sl st then fpdc in same st” means there are great and kindly fellow crafters who are willing to explain it differently- or even walk you through it in a picture. It’s wonderful! Of course, my best friend also crafts and always kindly responds to my “WTF does this pattern mean!?” text messages, so that helps too.  Crafting is a process of trial and error.

Speaking of trial and error, sorry for the weird gaps in between pictures. Learning how to used wordpress’s picture formatting is a craft in itself.