Golden Crochet & Lampwork Necklace

Blogged under crochet jewelry,Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 11 August 2012 at 9:14 am

Here is another bead crochet experiment, and I think it turned out pretty well. I used size 10 gold-colored thread (which I think I got at Michael’s), a D crochet hook (3.25mm), and 17 – 10mm lampwork beads (these were made by DD Hess) in shades of purples and garnet. I formed the hook with some brass wire too. This was actually pretty easy to do, so here is a quickie tutorial for you.

Since the holes in these beads are fairly large, just thread the crochet thread through all 17 beads, and push them way down onto the spool of thread.

Row 1: Do the chain stitch until you have about 21 inches worth.

Row 2: Single crochet down the entire chain.

Row 3: Do 10 single crochets, then slide one bead down and up against the last stitch. *Do 5 single crochets, and moved a bead, and repeat from * until you’ve pushed all the beads down. Finish with about 10 (or so) single crochet stitches until you get to the end.

At this point, you should have a few inches on either end that has no beads on it. Fold these over, and  stitch the ends against the crocheted material you’ve just made by using a sewing needle threaded with more of the crochet thread.

You can either purchase a prefabricated hook or you can make your own using a little wire. I used 21-gauge brass dead-soft wire to make my hook.

The Scarf Is Dead; Long Live the Hat

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Finished Projects by Tammy on Friday 10 August 2012 at 5:02 pm

The scarf from hell has been officially frogged and up-cycled into a crochet hat. After struggling with my knitting and working on a few fairly large or at least fairly involved crochet projects for awhile, I felt like I needed something easy to give me a little immediate yarn gratification. I saw this cool pattern for a slouch hat, called Autumn Slouch, and decided to frog the scarf and use the yarn for the hat.

The hat was not turning out too “slouchy,” so I turned it into a beanie style hat instead, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I put this in my charity bag for a later donation. It calls for a size H hook and worsted weight yarn.  I will probably attempt this pattern again but use a larger size hook or slightly thinner yarn so I get the slouchy affect that I prefer.

The Scarf from Hell

Blogged under Projects in Progress by Tammy on Thursday 9 August 2012 at 5:05 pm

Like an Olympic hurdler who hit too many hurdles, my Ravellenics’ dream of making a four foot knitted rib scarf has crashed and burned. I now call this project the Scarf from Hell because it looks like a cat swallowed it and hacked it up a few days later.

My original intent of going to the end of the four feet no matter what without stopping and frogging just could not be realized. At one point, I had the hole the size of the Grand Canyon and wacky loops hanging off. In my ignorance, I thought I could fit it by just frogging a few rows.

Um……that did not work. Somehow I didn’t get the cast on back onto the needles correctly, and my knit, purl, knit, purls turned into knit, knit, purl, knit, what? purl, purl, what?

So then my thoughts were that I will do a few rows of knit stitch and then start back over with ribbing. Of course, I didn’t think about the fact that knitting stitch would be much wider than ribbing.

I’m thinking now that ribbing just does not like me.

Ripple Shawl 2 Done

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Finished Projects by Tammy on Tuesday 7 August 2012 at 5:37 pm

My second ripple shawl is done and drying on the guest room floor! I think I’m a little rippled out now since this is the second one of these I’ve made in the past few months. This one is slotted as a holiday gift for someone on my list, not sure who at this point. I have a few other shawl patterns to attempt, and once I get more stuff made, I will decide who gets what. And, of course, the recipients must be yarn worthy!

Podcast Contests & the Knittynatter

Blogged under CFEs/Contests,Shows,Social Networking by Tammy on Monday 6 August 2012 at 9:26 am

I have to confess that other than all the great information I get from watching and listening to craft podcasts another reason I’ve gotten a little…shall we say…er…addicted to them is that many of them run contests, and ever since I won one over at the Stockinette Zombie podcasts, I have started to pay more attention to them. I am not the type of person who wins stuff, but as of yesterday, I have won two different podcast contests!

The latest one is from a fairly new show called Knittynatter. Zena is the host. She is from the UK and has a wonderful, easy-going personality. I just feel relaxed when I watch her. What I also like about her show is that it is usually under 30 minutes, and generally, she has pretty good show notes. So if she talks about something you can follow links to various patterns. She has been running a monthly contest where members of her Ravelry group can post about their finished objects (or LOLs). You can double dip (meaning you can post to other groups like Dramatic Knits who also has a similar contest), and you can make a post for each item you finish during the month. So the more you make, the more you can enter, and the more chances you get to win.

Podcasts contest can vary. Some are super simple like the Knittynatter, and other are a little more involved. For example, here are a few other contests going on right now (all require that you are a member of their Ravelry group by the way):

Knit Me Happy has a sock KAL for August/September that will include prizes.

Knitabulls is always having lots of contests. Right now there is one to win a knitting bag, but watch her podcast for other contests she has in the works.

Knitting Samurai Plus 1 has an unusual contest now where you post about someone else’s works in progress that you love.

Retro Lemon Studio is having a KAL/contest using toy patterns from the host, Jenna. Some of her patterns are free, and some are paid for patterns, but you can use either.

Almost all the podcasts seem to run a contest now and then. Find the podcasts you enjoy listening/watching, join their Ravelry groups, and enter their contests!

Craft Links!

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Sunday 5 August 2012 at 11:45 am

About Family Crafts
Have you ever experimented with chalkboard paint? If so, share your stories!

Aileen’s Musings
Aileen offers you some of her freebie e-postcards to send to your friends and family.

Carmi’s Art/Life World
A trip to the antique market can be very inspiring!

Cherie Burbach
Cherie makes a clear glass garden sculpture.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world

This week at Craftside there are a whole bunch of designs created with new Sizzix Dies, a tutorial on how to make a Blackletter “S” , 12 ways to make the letter “K”, plant a container garden featuring red twig dogwoods, and a recipe for Tuna Tartar.

Eileen – The Artful Crafter
How to make polymer clay food safe.

Mixed Media Artist
Come oooooh and aaaaaaw over the quirky metal work of Joseph Cavalieri!

Crochet and Czech Bead Necklace Done!

Blogged under crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 4 August 2012 at 2:55 pm

Here is the necklace I made using the beads I purchased yesterday at my LBS. I am very happy with how it turned out, and a full tutorial is in the works.

LBS Visit & Crochet Project in the Works

Blogged under crochet and knitting,Design Ideas,Projects in Progress by Tammy on Friday 3 August 2012 at 5:25 pm

Today I had a chance to catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in years. Neither of us are mall people, and both of us are crafty types. So we agreed to make a trip to a downtown area, stroll down the streets, stop by a few boutiques, and do lunch. We had a great time, even though, sad to say, the downtown is obviously struggling since there were many empty shops.

One shop that is thankfully still open is a bead store that I would estimate has been there now for around 10 years. It is really a beautiful store, well-lite, colorful beads and awesome and sparkly finished jewelry everywhere. However, as usual when I visit this place, I have a little sticker shock. I had the idea to buy some size 6 beads for doing some bead crochet. Normally, I’ve bought these in 40 gram tubes. I buy them on-line, and I have gone to a few retail bead shows over the years.

I was thinking of doing a bead crochet rope, which meant I would need a fair amount of beads. I figured that I needed at least two 40 gram tubes. Ah, yes, well….20 gram bags of size 6 beads were going for seven to eight dollars each. I just could not bring myself to buy them. Yes, I know the owner has rent, electric, insurance, and so many other overhead costs. All of this went through my mind while I was looking at all the fabulous beads in the store. And, I did not walk out empty handed. I spent a little over $20 and got a few small strands of Czech beads (which are working for my crochet jewelry experiment so far), two foil lined glass beads, and a few collapsible twisted needles.

My tiny bag of beads fit easily into my purse, and after my friend made her purchase as well, we were off to do more exploring. I’m happy with my purchase. I plan to make a simple pair of earrings with the larger beads, and hopefully, some kind of cool crochet necklace with the others. I know, too, that the high prices have probably helped to ensure that this shop is still open when so many other small shops and boutiques in the same area are now gone. I wish I was able to just buy any bead I wanted no matter the cost, but I can’t.

Luckily, the shop has somehow found a clientele to support it on a regular basis. It was pretty quiet downtown, no big surprise since it was August in Florida and at least 90 degrees. My friend and I are both Florida natives, so we are crazy enough to handle the heat. I suspect normal customers for this LBS are what we call “snow birds” down here. They have winter homes on one of the islands and only live down here from around January to April. They probably stop by and take a few beading classes and don’t have to really concern themselves with cost that much. Maybe they are the type that really have to see the beads before they feel okay buying them. I’m not sure. I am happy to still see this shop open, but wow, I am also very grateful that I know of lots of on-line vendors that I can afford to shop at as well.

1st Foot of Ravellenics Scarf

Blogged under Around the Web,Projects in Progress,Social Networking by Tammy on Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 6:42 pm

Yeah for me! I’ve made it past the first foot on my scarf for Ravellenics! I have about three more feet to go!

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