Fingerless Gloves Finished!

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Thursday 21 June 2012 at 5:47 am

They are done! They are not perfect, but they are done and wearable. In fact, the second one I made is a tad on the tight side for hubby, so these are mine (hhheeee…..evil laugh). I am getting ready to try a take two on the fingerless gloves for guys. This time, I’m going to go up a size in the hook (from F to G), and I will also add an extra inch on the end.

Bravo for Brava Yarn

Blogged under Crafty Products by Tammy on Wednesday 20 June 2012 at 1:14 pm

I have heard endlessly about Knit Picks, and as it happens, a friend of mine recently asked me to make a hat for her soon to be born grandson using “gator” colors of orange and blue. I searched high and low for soft acrylic yarn in the right shades. Orange was especially tough to find. Luckily, Knit Picks has started carrying an acrylic brand of yarn called Bravo, and it comes in lots of different colors, including orange and bright blue. And, as promised in the web site’s description of the yarn, it was nice and soft, and at $2.99 for 218 yards of worsted weight, I am pretty impressed with the price too. Unfortunately, I was in such a rush to make the hat (actually ended up making two for her) I spaced out and didn’t photograph them! I have a lot this yarn left, so I’m thinking of using the orange to make some monsters for a toy donation drive I plan to participate in soon.

Some Jewelry in the Works

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Tuesday 19 June 2012 at 10:35 am

I have spending a lot of time stitching lately versus jewelry making. Admittedly, since jewelry making has turned into part of a crafting profession versus a hobby, it does not have the same appeal to me as crochet, knitting, cross stitch, or whatever because when I make jewelry, I always feel like I have to write up projects. I don’t make it just to “make it.” But I do have some jewelry pieces in the works that I am looking forward to making and wearing. These are kind of in the early design phase where I’m putting together components and thinking of construction ideas.


I purchased this adorable cat pendant from Earthenwood Studio. I plan to use glass purple pearl beads, tiny glass teardrop beads, and some flower lampwork beads for the necklace strap. I have not decided if these are all the beads I will use or not. I may want one more bead, maybe made of metal? I’m not sure. I’m also undecided at this point about the findings.

These lampwork glass beads are, I hope, going to transform into a pair of earrings and maybe a necklace or bracelet. I’m planning on using either white hemp or white waxed cord. I may include some crystals as well.

I’ve grouped these pin-wheel style beads together with the idea of maybe turning them into a bright summer style bracelet.

These red glass beads remind me of carnelian. I’m thinking of stringing them up on brown linen cord and knotting between the beads to make a long lariat style necklace that I could also wrap around my wrist a few times and wear as a bracelet.

A Litte Crochet Love on Podcasts

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Monday 18 June 2012 at 5:34 am

I have been spending way too much time watching and listening to podcasts over my summer break. It’s been fun and I’ve gotten a lot of crafting done at the same time. Most craft podcasts mainly cover knitting, and I have to say many of the knitting ones now talk a heck of a lot about spinning. I have lamented about where the crochet podcasters are, but after much listening and watching, I now have a small list of podcasts that give crochet a little love too:

We Are Yarn: She talks about knitting, spinning, and crochet. (video)

The Fat Squirrel: She is also mainly a knitter and spinner, but she crochets a little sometimes. (video)

Lemknitcrochet: She seems to mainly knit but also does some crochet as well. (video)

Fresh Stitches: This is all crochet – yeah! It’s about dang time! (audio)

Joanie Knits: She also crochets a fair amount too. (video)

Positively Knitting: Nicole crochets a fair amount and also knits. (video)

Some Crafting Links

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 17 June 2012 at 12:09 pm

About Family Crafts
Not only can you check out an assortment of shrink plastic crafts, you can also participate in a new craft challenge all about the beach!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen continues her Junque Journal Journey showing you how she creates 2 more backgrounds in her journal.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A “Frida in felt” purchase renews Carmi’s faith in Etsy!

Cherie Burbach
Cherie has new paintings that use lines of her poetry.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside this is a type/portrait combo idea, View-Masters as a way to commemorate special events, a tutorial on how to draw cupcakes, and info on sugar substitutes.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter

Yay! We have our first Card Party submissions. Come see and join the fun.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi and her readers received some very wise advice about being a full-time mixed media artist.

Stefanie Girard’s Sweater Surgery
Using numbers as a collage topic in an altered book.

Better Alpaca Hat Photo

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Finished Projects by Tammy on Saturday 16 June 2012 at 2:41 pm

So you can see the way the hat “slouches,” here’s a better picture of it than when I previously posted about my baby alpaca hat.

Alpaca Slouch Hat Finished!

Blogged under Finished Projects by Tammy on Friday 15 June 2012 at 6:29 am

It is soft and slouchy and I love it! Made from my baby alpaca purchase, this hat is adapted from the Pacific Beach Hat pattern in the Aug/July 2012 Crochet Today magazine. The pattern was designed by Linda Permann. She used a larger hook and different yarn. I ended up having to go down to a size G hook and just used one skein of the baby alpaca, which I was told at the LYS is worsted weight, but honestly, it seems like a thin worsted to me, almost more like sport weight.

This is an intermediate level pattern, so it was a bit of a challenge for me. I stitched and frogged and stitched and frogged and obsessed for three days before I finally got it finished, but it was well worth the effort.

Pet Snuggle for Charity

Blogged under Charity Crafting by Tammy on Thursday 14 June 2012 at 6:47 am

The Yahoo Crochet List group’s June charity challenge is for Bideawee, which is the Manhattan Adoption Center, a pet shelter that participates in the Snuggles project. Hopefully, I will have time to make more, but I did get one 14×14 pet blanket made, and I think the colors are kind of cool together. This is some old Bernat baby yarn I purchased a long time ago. I got it on sale super cheap, and I kept saying I was going to make a baby afghan out of it. I did start a granny square where I had stripes of colors, but I didn’t like how it looked, so recently I frogged it and used two strands together to make this. The photo doesn’t really do it justice, but the colors look really rich woven together like this.

Frog Alert, Frog Alert

Blogged under Fiber Fun by Tammy on Wednesday 13 June 2012 at 5:39 am

Normally, I only rip out crochet or knitted work when I’ve messed something up, but lately, I have been going frog crazy on stuff that I just did not like, such as the purple wool shawl. Another example, pictured above, was the beginnings of a small afghan I was going to make as a possible present. I thought the yellow and purple yarn held together would look good, and I had some in my stash (so it would help bust some stash). I gave it a good try, but I just don’t like how they look together, so rip it goes!

I also recently took a look at a hat I had started probably two years ago and was really close to finishing. But there were issues. I had decided to use cotton yarn instead of acrylic, which is what the pattern called for, and I was concerned about the yarn over stretching as I wore the hat. There were also some bobble stitches that I thought were just not looking right. I love the yarn (RS eco-cotton) and know I can use it for something nice like a light shawl. So I knew I had to reclaim it! rip, rip, rip again!

It actually hasn’t been as painful as I had suspected. Granted, I guess I lost the time I put into making some of the stuff, but I have to think about like some of that was just learning what works and what doesn’t.

Fingerless Guy Glove Success

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Tuesday 12 June 2012 at 5:30 am

Per my husband’s request, here is fingerless glove for guys number 1. And it turned out pretty well. Hopefully, number 2 glove will work out fine as well. In fact, if it does, I’m thinking of making a bunch of these for all the guys on my holiday gift list. We shall see. These definitely take more work than loom hats. However, once I make a few I should be able to remember the pattern better, and you can get a lot of gloves off of one skein of sock yarn.

I searched around for a guy specific pattern with no luck, so I used the original one for me (Lion Brand All Season Writers) and made the larger size as well as tried to keep the stitches on the loose side. I had hubby try them on at various stages, and at the end, he asked for them to be longer (you work from the wrist up). This was easy. I just added about another 1 1/4 inches of stitches so they covered his entire palm better.

As it turns out, I have a few skeins of sock yarn in my stash, so I plan to use those up and see how it goes from there.

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