Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat Homespun Seen

Drop Spindle can be very addictive, I can guarantee that to you. I took a class last year and I decided to take a better class this year with Wonder Mike at A Verb For Keeping Warm. This was a great decision. I think this is a great part of the hobby to be able to spin some fiber if the mood strikes you. One thing is for sure, practice, practice and more practice.

The above picture is the same roving as the one below, I just decided to see if I could dyed it and I was able to. I had a lot of fun doing this homework for tomorrow's class which will teach me how to ply.
This is the last picture of me doing some drafting on the go as I spin a bit. I promise to have some Alpaca next time it6 will be a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sweater on the Go!

If you have many projects going on ,it is very nice to have a timer and time yourself per project. I have made some progress from yesterday on the back of the sweater. I am not sure if I want it to be 25 or 27 inches on the back. This material is very nice, is a combination of wool and acrylic that is perfect for the Coastal California weather.
The hardest part of the sweater is the back, but is the one that gives the most satisfaction. Once you have the back covered, the front is just a few stitches away. I am enjoying the variegated yarns, Cinque from Lana Grossa which I added to the combo for stripping purposes and the other one from skacell, which I was not too happy about. There is nothing worst in the world than finding a knot on a skein of yarn. You would think that manufacturers would have known by now, but it happens and we have to deal with it, and so I did lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Roll The Hard Six Sweater

I have made three sweaters in my life. I believe sweaters are made to be simple nothing that will make you have a headache for weeks. This is a very simple sweater that I put together a while ago from bits and pieces of Patterns I liked. It is in the Spirit of the Battlestar Galactica Game. SO here goes the explanation of the name of the sweater, kind of lol!Roll The Hard Six Commander William Adama (to Lee Adama, Saul Tigh, Kara Thrace, and Laura Roslin at a mission briefing): “Sometimes, you gotta roll the hard six.” Sharon “Boomer” Valerii: “It’s like Commander Adama says; sometimes you gotta roll the hard six.”To Roll The Hard six means to achieve something partially through intense skill and partially through luck. Its a high risk / high reward operation, not only do you have to be lucky in achieving the right outcome, but you also have to avoid the wrong ones on the way. It implies a certain level of complexity or layers of contingency in order to come out ahead.
I have always thought that when the pilots turned the vipers completely around backwards to shoot at the Raiders that was considered Rolling a Hard six…but I have not been able to confirm that theory….SO I am making this sweater on the go with bits and pieces from other patterns, because the pattern from Skacell was not very clear about how to make the Brioche Stitch Pattern. Maybe they are I just did not get it. The beauty of this is that I have plenty of freedom to finish this pattern in an almost infinite way of ways. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby Peapod FO

May I present you the Baby Peapod in Comfy Blend from Knit Picks, it took about 4 skeins and it is their second size or a 6 months old size. I added two features which I thought were needed. Two strings to hold the hat down for the Baby and ending the hat in a Pea Pod Manner. I did not like the square finish of it. It made no sense. I was going to even crochet some leaves, but I thought there was enough greenery here. I was very pleased with the Lace part, extremely surprised on how good I did on the round and back and forth. Now let's see if I can work on my hat now and then a sweater lol! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Baby Pea Pod Sleeves on the Round

This is my work in progress Baby Pea Pod. I saw no reason for me not to make this on the round and follow the chart as a regular chart. Is a great use of my time and it is a lot faster than if I had to purl every other row.
One sleeve down, one on the works, it will be soon time to put it all together and to make this Baby Pea Pod Set come to life. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Celtic Sun Version One

The Celtic Sun is a Cat born out of the thoughts of Ireland. It is done as I was hoping using two complete skeins of Aurora 8 Karabella yarn. This is a worsted Weight kind of yarn that is very lovely to the touch. The material is very manageable and it deals well with a hook size F.

I am not showing you a really big picture until I am done with the other one that I am beginning to test tonight. It will be in Fingering weight Yarn. It will have a different termination than this one, meaning the last 5 rows may be a bit different. What better than to have two Hats for the price of one, nobody I know gives you those options. The bigger the yarn the less yardage , but you have to be careful. Sometimes the material may behave very different than what it says, nothing bad about it , it is just a fact. This Aurora 8 is very flexible and it behaves like a light weight yarn with the F hook. Anyway I hop you like my new Creation-Recreation of the Celtic Sun. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Some WIP and nothing special!

I have been silently working , even sheepishly working on a hat pattern for Tapestry crochet like there is no tomorrow. I am done on part one, but part two is printing the instructions and following them like the reader would. It is better to do this while I have the Muse of Crochet Tapestry embellished by my yarn charms. I want to make sure that the hats I make are financially sensible within reason. If yarn Stores would pay more attention to crocheters they will be making more money that even, we use more yarn in a crochet item than a knit on the norm. I want YOU to be able to to make them with one or two skeins, more than that is just not going to be fun, unless is made of remnants and the project becomes a different animal.This is the Only Picture that is anywhere on the Internet of the Hat's Crown, It is beautiful and so unique and it will come two two terminations for different yarns. I like them both. I am creating a pattern that you can use two skeins of Aurora 8 Karabella, which is a delightful American yarn . If you ever had the chance to experience this yarn you will know how soft and how spongy it is. It is not your regular merino. Lambs' Pride is a great American yarn as well with different qualities , I like them both. There is nothing I don't like about it so I am not sure whether I will invest in DK Sport as well and do three hats on two Yarn weights. What is a designer to do? I am going to test the pattern with Brown Sheep , Lambs Pride Worsted.
This is a chart assistance from Knit Picks which I received yesterday and I shall tell you that I have no idea how I have survived all these years without it, Well if I may say so very well, using bookmarks and stuff, but wait this is magnetic so it does not move, you got my drift, I love it.
I am working on the Baby Pea Pod with some Comfy Knit Picks Yarn, I did a Russian Yarn Join and I am looking forward to it's integration into the fabric. It is very strong I can tell you, Pure Grain Vodka ! I have another 2 projects that I am working on, one is the Joel Bison Scarf and the Hemlock Ring Blank Super size Me Throw, I want it to cover me from head to toe, and at 5'6" it does not take that much yarn to do that. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wollen Mutsen Reversible

Two post in one day, it has happened before, lol. Sometimes when you think you know something, life comes around and shows you that youknow more than you thought. In this case I have made a Trully reversible Textured Crochet Hat without intending it to be. If stitches are done properly , this hat can be reversible as the pictures show you. The picture above is the wrong side of the fabric. The yarn is an acrylic/wool blend that I overdyed and was very happy with the result dye job. amazing. The picture in the bottom is the right side.
This is another picture of the right side. I like this pattern more than I thought I would. Yep is the same pattern than before, but with a different twist. The overdyeing was done with food coloring and red wine vinegar, I microwaved the yarn 2 minutes , resting 2 minutes , did it 3 times. Acrylic does not like to be microwave by the way, it gets a bit funky lol! Thanks for stopping by

Resurrection Hemlock Ring Throw

This is the Throw I am making for myself. I have made many throws for many people and given them away, this one is for me. I want to make the over sized version I want it to cover me from head to toe, it won't be hard, I am a short little fellow. I have a new life and this is my Resurrection Blanket, it is to show my Rebirth as a designer and it is a gift to myself. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Joel Bison Lace Scarf WIP

In some ways I am very old fashion. I like to write in pencil, graphite as they were called when I was a child. Lace has been another beautiful surprise in my life. I find myself attracted to the intrinsic details of YO (Yarn Overs) and SSK, K2 Tog and all the rest of that Jazz. I think the most exciting part of this project is the fact that I am making it from a CHART!!!!
Lace Charts are very interesting, you start at the right to the left, then left to right, you really have to pay attention, otherwise you will purl when you are suppose to knit. I am enjoying this project and what you see is a timer, Well is on 33 minutes you will think I am expecting a Cylon Attack, well maybe I am. I time my projects, so that I can give all my WIP a time every day, well almost every day. Thanks for stopping by, I need to Jump and restart the timer. JUMP!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pythagoras Cap In Color

So here I got inspired and used some of my Knit Picks DK Weight color yarn and was able to create a Wild Pythagoras, well not really, but is very colorful and great for the Fall. You need about 160 yds of the main color and 50 to 75 yards of each color you wan to use for the repetitions of the pattern
I am hopping to have a lot of Tapestry Crochet Patterns for sale in the next two months as thing move along in my life. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Pythagoras Cap Pattern For Sale

This is my lates hat creation for sale. The Pythagoras hat is made with Toots LeBlanc Blue-Faced Leicester/Pygora Goat Fingering. I am also working the pattern with a Knit Picks Dk Yarn to give you options. We all Like Options don't we?
The beauty of this hat is that is not that many instructions and you have the ability of creating may kinds of color combinations that are only limited to your desires. Pythagoras Cap is one of my latest Hats in a Series of Patterns that Will be coming up in the next few months for sale.
I hope that you find this to be pleasing and help me bring Crochet for Men to a different Level. For what matters Crochet for Women as well. This hat is mainly a Man's Hat, maybe if you added some sparkly yarn it may be a different story, but is very masculine looking in my opinnion.

I love knitting and I love crochet, but my passion is Tapestry Crochet Hats. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Capello Di Lana Pattern For Sale

I want to thank Joe Wilcox for his help in testing this pattern. Joe's assistance was very valuable to me and his recommendations were put into action. So here you have Three Hats with just one Pattern. This was a lot of fun and great entertainment. This is a series of hats that will be coming out in the next few months in Tapestry Crochet. Because Crochet is Chic and we are going to put it back on the Map. This pattern has links to my videos that will help you with some of the stitches, this was an inspiration I got from Cat Bordhi You Tube Channel, which I have subscribed for a while. I saw her videos for her book and thought what timing as I was making my pattern I decided to emulate her style. Thank You Cat!

The first Hat Above was very exciting as I had to fix the pattern, grammar and make sense of my creation. This is not a difficult technique yet it is for the Crocheter that wants to challenge himself or herself to something different. Version One was born.

Version two is a bit different, but not far from the Version one hat. I think is more of a simple Hat than the other versions.
This is my favorite of the three versions. I did not hink that I was going to like this last version of the hat until I was done with it. I used my creativity by alternating the colors and finishing it with one of the optional Alternating Colors Reverse Single Crochet. I like this one the most. I hope you enjoy yourpatterns and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Welcome To October 2009

Welcome to October 09, I have been quiet, but extremely busy with knitting and crochet. I have been working on some patterns to help you create Tapestry Crochet Hats like I do. Below are some examples of the WIP.
October came in with the realease of two Tapestry Crochet Hat Patterns for Sale. There is not much detail to convey, but hat number one with three versions is finished and the details will be posted soon. A sneak preview of the Hat number 2 is all I can give you for today. Thanks for stopping by!

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