Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's a Girl!

No, I'm not having a baby again :(, but I had you fooled for a minute huh? :)  I've been making baby girl stuff though.  A friend of mine is due in November and she's having a girl.  So I decided to make her a couple of things.  Here they are!

I've never made a tag blankey before, but I like how it turned out.  And I LOVE the pink and green for the hat.  I'm so gonna make me one of those! (bigger of course!)  I'll try to get a pattern up next week for the baby size so you can make one too!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Crochet in the Air and a Free Pattern!

It's fall and it's getting chilly around here.  (It's even getting down right cold to me, which doesn't take much for this southern girl!)  So, like most of us my mind is straying to warm thoughts, and crochet is a warm thought!

Since yesterday I have made Fletcher a new hat and three new toys, all crocheted of course!  Next I'm gonna make the girls some hats, but I'll have to wait and let them pick out the yarn they want.  They're getting older now so they don't like what Mama picks out. lol

Here's Fletcher in his new hat. I think he looks adorable, but of course I am biased!

Here's a pic with him playing with one of the toys I made him.

My great-grandma, Mammie, used to make these and I always wanted to make some for the girls, but I couldn't crochet when they were babies.  I knew with Fletcher I was gonna finally make them though!  I've actually been meaning to make these since Easter (when I got the eggs) but am just now getting around to them.  I'm not gonna wait till Easter to post the pattern though, I'd totally forget to post it by then.  I normally just crochet stuff and don't use a pattern or write one down, so this is different for me.  Hopefully you can understand it!

Crochet Egg Rattles

Red Heart Super Saver yarn (or something similar)
US H8 / 5.00 mm crochet hook
large plastic eggs (about 3" tall)
something to make noise: beads, bells, rice, beans, etc.
optional: super glue

Start of by putting something inside your egg to make noise.  You can super glue your egg closed if you want, but I didn't.  The crocheted cover fits snug enough to keep it from coming open and even if it did come open nothing big enough to choke a child can fit through the holes in the cover.
Make a magic ring (instructions here)
After bringing up the first loop through the hole, ch 1.  This will count as your first sc. Work 7 more sc around ring and pull tail to close up the center of the ring.

Rnd 1: 2 sc in first sc and each sc around.
Rnd 2: 1 sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 3: sc in 3 stitches, 2sc in 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 4: sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 5: sc in 3 stitches, 2sc in 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 6: sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 7: sc in 3 stitches, 2sc in 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 8: sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 9: sc in 3 stitches, 2sc in 4th stitch, continue around.

At this point you should weave in any loose tails and place the egg inside your work.  The more pointed end will be covered leaving the fatter, rounder end exposed.  The cover will fit tightly around the egg so you will have to pull the cover down around the egg to get a close fit.  The rest of your work will be done around the egg.

Rnd 10: sc in 3 stitches and skip the 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 11: sc in each stitch around.
Rnd 12: sc in 3 stitches and skip the 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 13: sc in 2 stitches and skip the 3rd stitch, continue around.
Rnd 14: sc in 3 stitches and skip the 4th stitch, continue around.
Rnd 15: sc in 1 stitch, skip 1 stitch, continue around.
Finish off your work and weave in you tail.  You're done!

If you normally crochet more on the loose side, try to work a little tighter on this.  You want a good tight fit around the egg to keep it from coming open.

If you decide to put a bell in your egg you will have to secure it to the inside of the egg or it will not make a jingling sound.  I tied fishing line to my bell leaving about 2-3 inches of line on either side, then ran the fishing line through the small holes on the egg and tied a secure knot on the outside.  If your egg doesn't have holes or you don't want to tie the bell on you could use hot glue to secure it to the side of the egg.

Although you can use beans or rice in your eggs, they may not be best if you plan to keep your eggs for a long time.  If you do use rice do not use instant rice.  It breaks down really easily and may come out through the small holes that most plastic eggs have now.

If you make any of these let me know.  I'd love to see what you made!  Happy Fall everyone!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sew Unique Contest Entry

Hi!  Sorry I've been away so long.  I've had my hands full with the kids and now the PTA (but that's a different story). 

I'm really excited to share my most recent project with y'all!  I haven't gotten to sew in quite a while so I was glad for this opportunity.  It's for Jo-Ann Fabrics' Sew Unique sewing contest.  The guidelines were to sew something unique with utility fabric.  I love contest like this because they get you to thinking creatively.  Anyway, here's what I came up with!

(Please excuse the very white legs, they didn't see much daylight this summer!)

So, I decided to use ironing board cover material because of the shiny silvery color.  Honestly, it was the most unique of the utility fabrics that I could imagine myself using.  I knew I wanted to make clothing, and I couldn't bring myself to use burlap!  (There are actually some awesome entries using burlap though.  I actually think a few of them have a very strong chance of winning.)

For the pattern I started with a sloper pattern from a book I have called Built by Wendy Dresses. I have to say I am NOT impressed with the pattern.  I ended up drafting the whole thing myself over top of the Built by Wendy pattern.  It would have saved me a lot of time and muslin if I had just drafted my own pattern in the first place, but you live and learn I guess!

The ironing board cover material was pretty thick, but wasn't too difficult to work with.  I serged the edges of all the pieces before sewing them together and instead of pressing the seams open, I top-stitched them all down.  That helped keep them from being so bulky.

Now I'm just waiting to hear who the finalists will be.  If I'm chosen I'll have to send this off to be judged more closely (which makes me nervous), but I'm optimistic. Even if I don't win, it was still fun to make something "Sew Unique"! (sorry, couldn't resist!)