Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Get It!

I finally "got" crochet! I picked up knitting fairly easy (I do it completely different than most of the world, but that's another story). I have yet to attempt knitting in the round, but I comprehend it. Crochet, however, has always baffled me until recently. One time I did figure out how to make one of those snowflakes, but it was too tight and looked terrible.

Threadbanger had a video a few weeks back that showed how to crochet a hat. I tried it, and it actually came out as a hat. Not only that, but I actually understand how it became a hat. That probably doesn't make any sense, but I figured out how different stitches increase the size and all. I am proud to say that I can now make a crochet hat without even using a pattern! I love how quickly crochet works up too. I still love knitting, but it takes a lot longer. Here is the video if you'd like to try out the hat.

This is one I made from some Patton's wool I had left over from knitting diaper covers. I had just enough yarn to finish. It was a great way to use up that left over yarn.

Here is my first one. I also used some left over yarn for it. Adding stripes like this really helps to use up scraps. I want to make a multi-colored one next with all my shorter scraps. That should be interesting!

I bought some yarn today, and I got some cotton yarn to attempt a dish rag with. It came with a pattern, so I used it. It actually came out square! I made a string dishcloth for my mama one time, but have never been able to remember how to do it. She had told me how to make it, but once I had finished I forgot. I'm so happy to have figured this out. Even after mastering the hats, squares really confused me. She loves string dish rags, so now I can make her a bunch for her birthday.

Oh, and I got this great yarn that is made from recycled plastic bottles. It's made by Carion. Granted, there isn't much recycled plastic in a skein (only .6 bottles, 20% of the content) but it's something. And it's actually soft. Softer than some of the other yarns out there. It was a reasonable price too. It's definitely worth checking out for your next project.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

North Carolina Snow!

It actually snowed! I was watching the weather Sunday night, and they said that there might be snow on Tuesday. They are pretty hesitant to predict snow around here, because it usually finds a way to evade us. On Monday they were a little more sure about it though. Even at midnight the local meteorologist wasn't sure that it was gonna amount to much.

I was really surprised when I woke up to a snow covered yard. The girls were thrilled. They have never seen snow that actually covered the ground. After the snow finally quit falling, much later than predicted, we had a total of 7 inches! It was so much that there is still some on the ground today.

We all had a lot of fun playing in it together. Unfortunately it wasn't too great for making snow men though. We managed to get a passable one made, but nothing like we had hoped for. Becca-Lynn was a little disappointed, but we still had fun.

Of course I had to call all my family. This is typical behavior for native North Carolinians when it snows. You have to ask if they got snow (duh, of course they did) and how much snow they got, and discuss the weather reports, and the traffic accidents. It's just one of those things. My Granny also told me that you're not supposed to make snow cream with the first snow. Her mom was very superstitious, so Granny always tells us things that her mom would tell her. Granny doesn't actually believe all of it, but I think it's fun for to pass along the info.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, here's some pics! I'm posting pics of the girls this time, only because they are so bundled up they are pretty much

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Saving a Failed Project

Last summer I started making this little summer top for my youngest daughter, Meadow. For whatever reason (probably because she was just getting into everything) I never finished it. Now, of course, she's too big for it. I had already done shirring around the top, and hated to throw out my work, so I got to thinking how else I could use it. Here's what I came up with. A bag.

I actually like this better than the top I was making. I'm even planning to start making bags like this on purpose. So, if a project doesn't turn out the way you had planned, don't just scrap it. Get creative. You never know what you'll come up with.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pattern Making Calculator!

This is one of the most useful things I have found stumbling through the internet. I had to pass this along to my readers. (If I actually have any, lol) It's a calculator you can download for free, and it calculates fractions! It does some other things, but I haven't got around to figuring them out yet. I'm still amazed with the fractions. lol Oh, and it has inches and centimeters.

Anyway, you can get the download here. Definitely check it out. It has saved me so much time, and I know you'll love it!