March Finished Objects & Giveaway!

Blogged under CFEs/Contests, Finished Projects by Tammy on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 1:19 pm

March is a long month and the perfect time to get some crafting in. With that in mind, I started a March FOs thread on my Ravelry group.

Come and post photos of your finished objects. All crafts are welcome. We are not limiting this to just yarn crafts…beads…cross stitch…wood working…paper-arts…come on over!

To top it off, Wendy of Little Wendy Crochet has offered up one of her amigurumi patterns, Happy Fish, to one lucky winner who will be pulled from those who participate in the March FOs thread. The details for participating are in the Ravelry thread. Come and join us!


2 Knit Hats

Blogged under Finished Projects, learning2knit by Tammy on Sunday 4 January 2015 at 4:52 pm



Squee! My second knit hat is off the needles! Alas, my holiday break is ending tomorrow, but I’m very happy to report that I had some major knitting success as I worked through my second knitting class on Craftsy.com. This class is the Circular Knit Lab: Hats Four Ways class, which covers 4 different ways of making hats: 1 circular needle, double pointed needles, 2 circular needles, and magic loop. It also includes 3 hat patterns that you make while learning the various techniques, and I finished 2 of the 3 hats. The hat pictured above is the Wheeler Hat, and I made the smallest size. I added the crochet flower myself (not part of the pattern). Below is the Sweet Pea Hat, which I made an adult size version of.



There is one more hat to do, and though my progress will be much slower on that since I’m going back to work full-time, I have decided to go ahead and get started on it soon. So far, of the techniques I’ve tried in the class, my favorite is using 1 circular and then switching to double pointed needles. We shall see what magic loop hold for me!

Cat Snuggles = Destash!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 5 July 2014 at 3:20 pm

I always like to have at least one no-brainer crochet/knitting project going on that I can do while watching TV or sitting in a work meeting. While I have made lots of snuggle blankets for local animal shelters, it has been awhile since I have made any for my own cat crew. So as a way to help with my summer destash goals, I’m making snuggles for my furry girls and boy. This is a great way to use up some of those orphan skeins that are left over from projects.

The first one I made from a yummy and now discontinued yarn, Caron’s Spa yarn. Chanel had to test it out about 5 seconds after I put it in one of her favorite hang out boxes.




My second cat crew snuggle is made from some other discontinued yarn. This is Bernat Baby Softee in Tangerine and Aqua that I held together.



I’m participating in The Knit Girllls’ 2014 Destash, and I just have 996 yards to go to make the 5k challenge!

Bright Star Baby Afghan Done!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 28 June 2014 at 8:14 am



The second baby afghan for my niece is done! Loving the ripple pattern still. Plus I had enough leftover yarn to make a matching hat. I lighting is making the turquoise look green, but it is definitely turquoise. This hat uses Mari’s Baby Hat pattern. I will probably attempt a few more hats. This is a very fast one, so that’s why I used it since I was on a time crunch, but it has a seam, which I’m not overly thrilled about.



I added the total yardage to Stash Dash 2014. I have completed a total of 3482 yards towards the 5k required (5468 yards). That means I have 1986 yards to go!

Another Baby Ghan Off the Hook!

Blogged under Finished Projects, Social Networking, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 5:22 pm



Along with full skeins of baby yarn, I had an assortment of large yarn scraps, so I decided to put them all together and make this 30×30 inch granny square style baby afghan. It’s always nice to work on a simple project like this during the evenings while watching TV, and they work up so fast. Plus, since I plan to do some baby yarn destashing and my niece is pregnant and will be getting lots of baby knits from me, I decided to participate in The Knit Grillls‘ Stash Dash 2014, a yearly event hosted by these podcasters as a way for yarn crafters to clear out their yarn stash, so of course, they can acquire more yarn!

So far, I’m up to 1512 yards, which means I have 3956 yards to go before I reach the 5k requirement or 5468 yards of yarn. Once I get my Fan Afghan done, I will have a lot more yardage to add to my total and a lot less yarn in the stash. I am past the half way point on it. While I am concentrating on my Knit Lab class too, I’m still crocheting when I need some yarn fun where I don’t have to think so much, and the fan stitch is super fast and easy to do.

Cupcake Fingerless Gloves Done!

Blogged under Fiber Fun, Finished Projects, crochet jewelry by Tammy on Saturday 17 May 2014 at 10:45 am



The Cupcake Fingerless Gloves I started recently are done! And I love how they turned out. The yarn (Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Happy Birthday, Cupcake colorway) was wonderful to work with. Heck, even the striping almost matches, and while I did start the second glove around the same color as the first one on purpose, I honestly did not do much else to get this to happen. This yarn is sock weight made of 75% Superwash Merino wool and 25% nylon. It is not necessarily super soft like the previous pair of gloves I made for my hubby, but that yarn had some cashmere in it.

The pattern is a free one from Lion Brand called “All Season Wristers,” and I did modify this a tad. I made the larger size (that starts with 34 chains) and used a size G hook instead of an F. I also just attached yarn to the hole area for the thumb and did around 6 rows of single crochet. For me, that made the thumb part much easier than the instructions provided. Also, because I like to be able to turn down these gloves so that you can have the option of wearing them on the long side, I added about an inch of single crochet at the top of each one.

These are ready to be soaked and blocked, and then I have plans to mail them off to a friend of mine who is yarn worthy. I have a lot of left over yarn from this skein, so I’m toying with the idea of seeing if I can squeeze out another pair. I may even rewind the ball of yarn to see if I can get two even balls and try making them two at a time and see how that goes.

A “Little” Afghan

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Monday 27 January 2014 at 10:01 am



As usual, I always have a number of craft projects going on, all in various stages. This weekend I realized that this small afghan I have been working on was super close to being finished, so I set all other projects aside and concentrated on it. The finished size is 34 inches by 41 inches, and it is made using Wool-Ease Thick and Quick and a size K crochet hook. It is all double crochet (6 rows for each color) with a single crochet boarder trim. The colorways I used are Grey Marble and Navy.

Originally, this started out as a stash busting project, but of course, I did not have as much of this yarn as I thought I had and ended up having to buy a few extra skeins to finish it. Each of the 6 row stripes requires almost one skein.




This was going to be a blanket mainly for Jasper, who is our oldest dog and sometimes has trouble getting up on the couch. We have various large dog beds on the floor too, along with another afghan I made for them awhile back, so I thought I should give him another blanket to use down there on those days when getting up on the couch is not possible.

But, Little had different plans. As soon as I set it on top of one of the dog beds, (and all the dogs had taken a look at it), he claimed it for his own and sat like an angel puppy on it almost the entire evening. This was after he had come close to destroying a second water pitcher and chewed up one of the baseboards. But, for a few hours, he was an angel.


Baby Sweater Done!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Saturday 17 August 2013 at 5:04 pm

It is done!!! The is the baby sweater I made while taking the Beyond the Rectangle crochet class on Craftsy.com. I am so happy that I not only finished the sweater but basically can check off another Craftsy class. I learn so much from these classes, and I like the fact that I can go back and revisit them whenever I want.

The Epic Windsor Lace Wrap FO!

Blogged under Finished Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 15 May 2013 at 5:39 pm



I have an epic finished object! I started making the Windsor Lace Wrap back in July of 2012. Since then, this has been my no-brainer-got-nothing-else-to-work-on project. The pattern, which is free, is basically all double crochet and chain stitch, and there are three rows of this that you do over and over again until it is 87 inches long. Yes, 87! As in 8 - 7! This is why I call this epic because it is so long and took me so long to make.



I used Knit Pick Chroma yarn in the Fossil, and like most of the gradient Chromas, I love how the yarn changes colors. I am fairly pleased with how it turned out. For some reason, my gauged changed some from the beginning, which is wider on one end, than the end, but I don’t think it is that noticeable. More than likely, this will end up as my school office shawl because of the neutral colors that will go with just about anything I wear.

Infinity Scarf

Blogged under Finished Projects, Free Craft Projects, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 5 April 2013 at 9:31 am

I gave a little look at this infinity scarf (housed in my Zipper Pouch Thirty-One bag) earlier this week. It was an alternative to a shawlette pattern that I just could not get the hang of. I have wanted to make a cowl or infinity scarf for awhile, so I decided to just wing it.




I know that a lot of these types of scarves are usually done with one long strand of chain stitch that is connected, but you have to really be careful about not twisting it when you go that route. I wanted something fast and easy, so instead of working it with a long connected chain, I worked from the shorter end and connected both ends when I finished. Here it is shown doubled around my neck.



It ended up being 4 inches wide and 36 inches long, and alpaca yarn tends to stretch, so there is plenty of room. I used a size J hook, and the yarn is Cascade Baby Alpaca in the 3030 colorway. Here is how I made it:

  • Start with18 chain stitches,
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain one at the end of the row.
  • Stitch one row of single crochet, making sure to chain four at the end of the row. (This will work as your first triple crochet on the row that follows.)
  • Stitch one row of triple crochet.
  • Continue to alternate between two rows of single crochet and one row of triple crochet for a total of 27 repeats, making sure to end the last row with triple crochet.
  • At this point, you have a regular scarf. Connect both ends of the scarf using slip stitch.
  • Finish off both sides of the scarf with single crochet.
  • Lightly block. (I put it on a towel and spritzed it with water and shaped it.)

Here it is flat. You can either wear it around your neck as one large loop or you can wrap it twice. If you wanted it longer, you would just need to repeat the single crochet and triple crochet pattern until you got the length that you wanted.




I have not weighed the leftover yarn, but I’d estimate that I used about half the skein on this. I probably have enough to make another one, or I might try making one but knitting it this time. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Alpaca yarn is super warm, but since I used a lot of triple crochet stitch in this, it should be light enough to use in Florida on the few occasions it’s cold or when my hubby insists on cranking up the air conditioner.

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