Friday, September 28, 2007

WIP Sep-Oct 07 Hats in the making.

I will be sharing with you some of my ideas, some of my Works In Progress, some being knitted, some being crochet. I thank you for allowing me to share my projects with you in your home. Stay t8une and thanks for stoping by.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Gryffindor Quiddich Hat

Here is my finished project done in Aurora 8, Gryffindor Quiddich Hat. I finished the edge with a sigle crochet as it is always nice. It prevents the edge or border from rolling. ITis a reverse single crochet border edge. Thanks for stopping by.

Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch, Color Change

This is a short You Tube Video in which you will be able to see a basic demo of a Basic Tunisian Crochet Stitch with some color changes. Thanks for stopping by!

Hogwart's Felted Knitting Case

Here you will see the knitted Felted Case. I am also testing Blogger's Video Uploading. So far it is working great. This is done with a home picture camera, so it is not the best of pictures, but it is meant for fun and to share. They say A movie is worth a thousand words and then I don't have to write lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Purl One, Single Crochet next 2 sts

Fall 2007 is here. Once more the days are equal for a bit and with fall comes the nice cooler weather. I have been quiet on the blog front, but very busy. It is amazing how two crafts like Crochet And Knitting are very crucial to each other and complementary in my opinion. I have been using crochet to do edge on my felted Needle Case, and on my Quiddich Gryffindor hat. At this moment the Quiddich Hat is being blocked.
The Felted Needle Case, which I will have pictures to show you tomorrow, what I have done and how I have finished it up. I am very pleased at the finished product. I am going to apologize for the asterisks between paragraphs, you have seen them before and maybe wonder what is that. Simply put blogger does not want to cooperate with my paragraph alignment and they are meant as marking the beginning of a new paragraph.
I am also working on some You Tube Tunisian Crochet Videos. I have been ordering some new clothes to mix with my newest creations. There will be a fall Hat line this year, that will include some some Crochet Hats and maybe some cable Knitted hats. I am still working on my Irish Hiking Scarf and I want to make one in an electric blue shade. I will be knitting more Dishcloths and will be making some more Harry Potter Scarves, at least two more Knitted. I am almost ready to make my reappearance into the world of the living lol! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tunisian Crochet Cast On

Remember to always count your stitches , because stitches have a way of vanishing, This is actually a demostration of the Knit Tunisian Stitch lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Color Stranding Knitting, A Yarn Guide

I am sharing with you a demostration of color stranding with the aid of a yarn guide. I am also modeling two of my latest hats. This goes for the requests from some people to model the hats. When you use one of the Clover Yarn Guides you avoid twisting the yarns as you do your Color Stranding. I hope you enjoy the Video and that you like the hats. Thanks for stopping By!

Sep 07 I've been tagged

I love this picture, it reminds me of the illusion of life, may you create a great life! Esho Funi.

I have been tagged by Riohnna:

OK, here are the rules:
Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged.

Eight random things about me, be glad I have a heart and not ask you to post a video which could be fun to do. On lol! I thought about it, but I am not in the mood to fix my hair.

Eight Things about me:

1. I have spent more than half of my life outside of my place of birth, offically 24 years out of 47.

2. I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 1.5 years.

3. I Love Sci-Fi, specially Star Trek.

4. I taught myself to knit , crochet, and sew ; I love yarn.

5. I have been HIV Positive for 19, disabled by AIDS since 2003, stable at this time.

6. I am an American From the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

7. I believe in the ferengi Rules of Acquisition and believe in the Law of Physics that states

"For every action there is a reaction", be careful what you wish for you may get it.

8. I believe that we create our reality, what we think becomes real. We are one.

Here are my victims, and I have chosen these people because I want to know more about them.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Order of the Phoenix Society of the Impala Hat

This is my latest crochet Hat inspired by Harry Potter Mania. It is a pattern that got all the markings of the Phoenix as it was nearly destroyed , and it was reborn. It has a herd of running Impalas at the bottom. It is a Secret Society within a Secret Society, lol! At the top it has a (3 Actually) humanoid figure walking under the Sun or the Moon, take your pick. It is made in Lamb's Pride wool, it has been washed with Eucalan Soap and blocked and ready for your wearing needs. I have about three more hats on the Harry Potter Queue as far as my mind knows. They have been inspired by watching and or listening to the Movies and or Cds of Harry Potter. There will be more to come in the next few weeks. I have plenty of Imagination in the upper Ionosphere lol!
This hat is perfect for taking a stroll through the magic Forrest or going shopping to Diagon Alley. Only the other members of the Society will be able to see the secret markings of the Hat!
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Quidditch Gryffindor Hat

So here I am , it is a lazy Sunday , have been listening to some of the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Cd, don't worry I won't spoil your reading adventure. I am done with the first CD. The hat that I am working on in the video is a Gryffindor Style Hat great for watching the Qidditch game. The hat is made with Aurora 8 Karabella Merino wool Yarn and it is using the Tychus Hat Pattern, from Brooke Higgins at The pattern is HERE . One thing is for sure, this is a very quickly knit hat. It calls for two strands of yarn, I am using one strand only and will be finishing it with a ribbing. Brooke T. Higgins is my heroine as I was searching the net for a vertical stripes hat and I found the greatest there is. I have made this hat before you can see my other samples here. Quidditch is a fictional sport developed by J. K. Rowling, found in the internationally bestselling Harry Potter novels and films. It is described as an extremely rough but very popular semi-contact sport played by wizards and witches around the world. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding flying broomsticks, using four balls and six elevated ring-shaped goals. The game features in every Harry Potter book bar the seventh, as the series' title character, Harry Potter, plays an important position for his house team at Hogwarts. Regional and international competitions are also mentioned in the books. In the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch holds a fervent following similar to football (soccer) as a globally popular sport.

This Pillow has the Sham I got today at Pottery Barn for $8.99 from a regular price of $45.00, it is just the cover for a 26 by 26 pillow, in Linen and the price was a steal , I got three. as I needed to get my pillows dressed up. Well thank you for stopping by!

Friday, September 14, 2007

A Hat, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows, Felting

I just got this Book on CD, I think it will be a very nice read as I make more of my Potter Inspired Hats. Talking about Harry Potter Inspired Hats, I am working on The Order of the Phoenix Hat. It is taking a very interesting shape. I am looking forward to making 5 or six more hats inspired by Harry Potter and his adventures.

It has been a long day, yet I am still with energy to write and have a nice afternoon finishing the Order of the Phoenix Hat. The next One will be a Gryffindor and another Hufflepuff. Yep I like hats, if you don't have hair you might as well have lots of hats to cover your head and protect it. lol!

I am also sharing with you my felting tools , I am going to be doing more felting this weekend and will definitely be doing felting for Christmas Gifts. I will be touching up a case that I am working on, it already felted somewhat, but not completely. I got the coarse needles to see if that works better. I will have pictures later this weekend, but it does not seem like it will be possible today. Thanks for stopping by and here is a pick at my hat in the works!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

100 FIlms A MEME

I got this MEME from Cheryl and if you want to participate is voluntary. Or is it? Resistance is futile.


The AFI released its Top 100 American films; boldfaced in Red are the ones I’ve seen. What have you seen?

1. Citizen Kane
2. The Godfather
3. Casablanca
4. Raging Bull
5. Singin’ in the Rain
6. Gone with the Wind
7. Lawrence of Arabia
8. Schindler’s List
9. Vertigo
10. The Wizard of Oz
11. City Lights
12. The Searchers
13. Star Wars
14. Psycho
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey
16. Sunset Boulevard
17. The Graduate
18. The General
19. On the Waterfront
20. It’s a Wonderful Life
21. Chinatown
22. Some Like It Hot
23. The Grapes of Wrath
24. E.T.
25. To Kill a Mockingbird
26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
27. High Noon
28. All About Eve
29. Double Indemnity
30. Apocalypse Now
31. The Maltese Falcon
32. The Godfather Part II
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest
34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
35. Annie Hall
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai
37. The Best Years of Our Lives
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
39. Dr. Strangelove
40. The Sound of Music
41. King Kong
42. Bonnie and Clyde
43. Midnight Cowboy
44. The Philadelphia Story
45. Shane
46. It Happened One Night
47. A Streetcar Named Desire
48. Rear Window
49. Intolerance
50. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
51. West Side Story
52. Taxi Driver
53. The Deer Hunter -
54. M*A*S*H
55. North by Northwest
56. Jaws
57. Rocky
58. The Gold Rush
59. Nashville
60. Duck Soup
61. Sullivan’s Travels
62. American Graffiti
63. Cabaret
64. Network
65. The African Queen
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark
67. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
68. Unforgiven
69. Tootsie
70. A Clockwork Orange
71. Saving Private Ryan
72. The Shawshank Redemption
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
74. The Silence of the Lambs
75. In the Heat of the Night
76. Forrest Gump
77. All the President’s Men
78. Modern Times
79. The Wild Bunch
80. The Apartment
81. Spartacus
82. Sunrise
83. Titanic
84. Easy Rider
85. A Night at the Opera
86. Platoon
87. 12 Angry Men
88. Bringing Up Baby
89. The Sixth Sense
90. Swing Time
91. Sophie’s Choice
92. Goodfellas
93. The French Connection
94. Pulp Fiction
95. The Last Picture Show
96. Do the Right Thing
97. Blade Runner
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy
99. Toy Story

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Putting on the Fringe!

Do you ever wonder how to make the perfect fringe for your Scarf or your afghan? Wonder no more, I have made a little video explaining my way of doing this. I hope you enjoy the Video and please Rate it 5 Stars lol!.

Making a video is not easy, the right light, the right words to capture an audience. I have to be happy with the outcome otherwise is not going to be published. I want you to see what I am doing for straters lol! I enjoy sharing my crafts with you and I hope you enjoy my know how. Thanks for stopping by

Monday, September 10, 2007

Felting a Case for Hogwarts Precious Items

I wish the yarn look this nice as in the picture, but it is more like a beige. I got this yarn from an exchange and I wanted to make something nice with it. SO I am making the felted Knitting needles case for my Precious Harry Potter Stuff . I am a fan of Harry Potter and I guess is the fact that I like that kind of schooling, of having halls and chambers, and mysterious places. It reminds me somewhat of my schooling where they were very strict rules and uniforms were checked on a daily basis. Your socks were checked to see if they were the right color, the hem of the girls' skirts should touch the floor, when crouching, squatting down. Lovely days from school lol!

Going back to the yarn It is Skye Tweed, It is in the motions of being felted and it does not felt like Lamb's Pride. Lamb's Pride felts very wonderfully I tell you is makes such a difference when you use a nice yarn that felts for a felting project right! lol! It came from a smoker's house, and please don''t get me wrong, I am grateful for the yarn, it is just that I think the nicotine alters the way the yarn responds to things and it took about a month of being outside to get the smell of cigarettes out. Tio think that I used to smoke and now I don't like the smell of it in things.

Lamb's Pride , there is a yarn that felts wonderfully. I am making this one a bit different than the pattern that I got from Berroco. You can find the pattern here Berroco Felted Kable Case. It is a very nice pattern, you need to be a member to have access to the pattern.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Sorting Hats and Golden Snitches, Markers, Needles

So here are the Needles and Stitch Markers that I was talking about in my video Long Tail Cast On Video and this is the Etsy Store I was talking about .

I was impressed with her expertise and artistic spirit. She loves a challenge. I asked her if she could make a sorting hat and a golden snitch and she delivered. I am very impressed, I have to say again and again. Thanks for stopping by!

Important note: Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff are registered trademarks and copyright of J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, Warner Brother, Bloomsbury, et al.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Long Tail Cast On, My version

If the project asks for a long tail cast on this is what you do. The drawback is not having enough yarn tail to finish your casting on stitches , then frogging and recasting. It can be very frustrating. Experience will teach you how to guesstimate, is better to have more tail and not need it than to recast the whole thing over.

Personally I do not know of an advantage of this cast on over another kind of cast on, I am not a teacher, just a self taught knitter. I am just amazed at the different kinds of casting on methods that are out there. Here is my humble attempt at showing you how to do a Long Tail Cast on. Thanks to Calvin for his wonderful Idea, I will be testing his method and will be posting a Foot Note to this Casting on. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Weaving the ends in Crochet a How to

If you ever wondered how to weave the ends in our piece of crochet work, here is a demostration of weaving the ends , my way. I hope you find it instructive and that you are able to share your opinion with me. I will be teaching you how to make a fringe and how to attach it. The following video is a footnote to the above instructional video

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Quilted Case for Hooks or Needles

The Quilted Star Case for Knitting Needles is done. I am very proud of myself as it came out beyond my fondest dreams. Very exquisite combination of colors. I showed you yesterday that I have made the star, but it needs more than the star. I added some material on the top as you Can see and some edging at the bottom. This is the back as you know. If you think it looks pretty in pictures, the photographs make no justice to how pretty it is. The material is very nice, nothing like good quality cotton.

This is the front with some of the needles that will go in here. It has a lot of compartments. I made this in different colors and different size compartments as you can see. The top two compartments have filling, the rest does not. I just wanted to see what it felt like and how easy or hard it was to sew these layers. It was tricky, but easy as pie.

This second picture shows you the folding top. I decided to put the stitch markers at the top instead. I think they will be better protected. One of the Alpacas Stitch Markers is kind of falling apart.

Well here it is all folded up and taking care of your precious needles, hooks, scissors et all. This will definitely be a great gift. I did not use any pattern, I created my own pattern. It is about 16.5 inches width and about 24 length, a very nice and respectable size.

Well now I think I will be taking a little break for a bit and the next time you see me quilting stuff, I believe I will be quilting Placemats and maybe make a cushion. It pays to know your sewing machine for you and I have gotten to know mine a lot more this weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

A Star Is Born WIP

Here it is my first Attempt at quilting something. I will have to say that it was easier than what I thought. Sometimes I get confused with the sewing machine as it has its ways. I am also learning how to make Videos, this one has some transitions and it is Window Media Video instead of Quictiime, which by the way I bought as my camera makes Quicktime mini movies.

Here is what I am actually making. I used some of the fabric from my exchange with Minky at Crochet Depot , because I wanted to use something new and something old.

The stitches that I have used for the quilting are very pretty. I am very proud of myself for being able to make something like this. It is a work in Progress for now. I am going to try to make something simple this time, but maybe I will dedicate the next few days at doing some more quilting projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Crocus Pocus A discloth in Focus

Crocus Buds has been an interesting project, challenging at times, but once you relax your knitting things go quietly. You are watching the washcloth being blocked. The pattern was a bit challenging, but nicely done. I needs a cautionary note to the knitter that is in a hurry. Remember how many stitches you started with ? 42 stitches to start and to end. The instructions tells you to keep on repeating the pattern until you reach the size that you want. What it does not tell you is that do not end the pattern after your YO (Yarn Overs) because you will have 65 stitches to deal with and the end product will not be what you want. It happened to me, so I had to frog a bit until I had the first set of 42 stitches with is Row #9. My bad their Bad lol!

This photo shows you in great detail the stitch. This is made in Bellezza Collections Smania which is a yarn that is 65% Cotton and 35% Nylon. I think it will be nice for a dishcloth, or even to dry dishes as far as materials go. I have enough to make a crochet scrubby. I will be starting another dishcloth soon.

My works in progress, crochet and knit keep progressing. I may do some quilting today or tomorrow, let's see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Holiday Weekend.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Crochet Depot Contest 07 Winners Are!

Welcome to September 07 my friends. I am here to inform yo of the contest winners that we have had at Crochet Depot . Crochet Depot is our MSN group that we have created and is almost two years old. We are celebrating by giving away stuff.

Our first contest was to guess how much yarn was in this box and Riohnna was the Winner

She won this book as the only winner.

The second Contest was to guess how much money was in this piggy bank

The winner was Deneen she guessed the right amount within 50 cents, the second winner or like I say almost winner was...Minky and she won the below pictured magazines .

There will be another contest next week what will it be? I don't know yet, but it is bound to be fun. Thanks for stopping by!

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