Call me the bag lady

So for the last few months I have been making a bajillion and one bags. Ok more accurately I’ve only been making like nine bags it just feels like a bajillion when your using the same pattern over and over and over. I ran across this pattern while searching through ravelry. Usually my process of finding patterns is I use one very generic keyword and then start clicking pictures I like or going through forums until I stumble upon random little gems. 🙂 Now I can’t exactly remember how I got to this page suffice it to say it was probably in a weird convoluted way. After spending oh about an hour on this site clicking away on patterns I decided to try this bag. It looked like the simplest one of the lot…..meaning it was the easiest chart to read.

All of the patterns on this site are charted and only a few out of each category actually have english instructions to actually go along with them. Those instructions are bare and I mean BARE minimum. A lot of interpretation goes into using there patterns. This pattern was done over the course of my vacation during down time or at night when I couldn’t sleep. It is a no brainer pattern as it is one large granny square. I did end up changing the pattern around a bit as my yarn I have a filling was a good bit thicker than there yarn. I took off about ten rows if I remember correctly. ^^; I also had to do the decreases wonky as my math was different because I took off so many rows. Once I figured out the math I took a 16×32 in. piece of cloth and sewed up the sides half way, ironed the seams all the way to the top, and handstitched it into the bag using an invisible stitch. Once I got to the handles I sorta eyeballed a pleating and proceeded to finish it up with whip stitching for the pleated areas.

I would recommend this pattern for a really advanced beginner crocheter and upwards along with some basic sewing knowledge. The reason I would say really advanced is it introduces charted crocheting with charted decrease’s which if you’ve never seen can be a little confusing. Especially in a japanese crochet chart, think minimal instructions. Otherwise this bag turned out really cute! I even sold this bag already which surprised me since in my personal opinion it was a wee bit eye glaringly 80’s style as that pink is really really neon. Though I have it on good authority that the 80’s style is so in from my younger sister. What do you reader’s think?

80's Glam bag

Rows 6 and 7 of Diamond ridges hat

Alright so before I become any more less motivated about that hat here is my attempt at explaining row 6 & 7 of Diamond Ridges Hat. If anyone needs a walk through of row 5 this is a great youtube video! Now mine is most definitely not a high quality video or even high quality photo’s. I did this all using word pad and MS Paint on my vacation so I don’t want to hear any complaining! 😛 I have had one very lovely lady use my really limited walk through and from the picture I have to say she did great!

Instructions:

1. For row 6 start with your ch 3 to start the first cluster you will start your *first cluster by doing the first half of the cluster around the last cluster in row 5. When doing this you will YO and insert hook through both of the fpdc that create that cluster (see paint doc. purple line behind gray) YO pull through, YO pull through two loops. YO insert Hook through first cluster in row 5 (Blue line behind gray)Yo pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through all three loops.
1.DC in st that is right behind the second fpdc in your cluster.(green DC symbol looks like a F)
2.DC in next st
2.Your next cluster will start in the cluster behind your DC you made(a.) and in the Next cluster(b. will be second diagram in document with purple lines)
3.The red line in the paint document is the cluster you just made in diagram 2. Behind that cluster you should have a st that is dead center DC in that st and the next st that is part of the cluster you fpdc. (will be the purple filled in ovals marked 1 and 2)*

*repeat till you get to diagram 4.
After joining the last two clusters from row 5 you will DC just like the directions for 1. into the two purple filled circles. After that slst into the blue filled circle which would be the 3 st in the ch 3 you did at the beginning.

1a. For row 7 start with your ch 3 DC in the next two sts. (green f looking things) then do your *cluster (purple line behind black, red represents the cluster you made) then DC in the purple filled in st. Next is the two DEC. YO insert hook into first yellow filled in st, YO pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO insert hook into second yellow filled st, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last three loops left on hook.
2a. After doing that (1) DC next st, (2)Cluster, (3,4,5)DC in next 3 st.*
*repeat through last cluster , slst in 3 st in the ch 3 from the beginning.

 

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Have fun my pretties and hopefully this will help!

The bane of the diamond hat

So my odd ball reader’s I apologize for the 4 month hiatus that has been this poor blog. After an email from a fellow crocheter I am reminded that I need to be updating this beast.  This email I received was pertaining to that bane of an existence diamond hat pattern. After a few email’s back and forth pertaining to row 6 and 7 help I am going to attempt the impossible I’m going to use ms paint to draw out 6 and 7…… Being on vacation without a webcam is a little difficult and unfortunately my camera is being used for photo’s from hiking, driving, and all around playing.  🙂 But if the fellow crocheter thinks the paint walkthrough I do actually works I’ll post it here for anyone else to use instead of pulling there hair out over those dumb two rows. We shall see how this works worse case scenario I’ll be doing a webcam video with a very sub par webcam.

 

The yarn god’s are laughing

So first and foremost sorry about the couple weeks of no posting my poor little ignored blog. Work has been crazy busy with the open and close random schedule which is throwing my sleep pattern way off.  Last week I was able to complete a hat that I’d promised a buddy of mine about two years ago.  Yes I am really slow when it comes to personal gifts to friends. He asked for a cthulu hat didn’t care what it looked like as long as it was a cthulu hat….

The littlest elder god

The littlest elder god

So this pattern was a really simple no brainer pattern I just grabbed some Caron simply soft in neon green double stranded it and did a generic beanie hat. Once I got to the end I put it on my head and used some paper clips to mark were the ears and tentacles should be placed. Added the ear flaps and crocheted the tentacles right on no sewing on those suckers….errrr bad pun.  Last but not least I cut out some felt eyes and used some ok to wash it glue I want to say it was the annie’s brand…. I think.  I had some felt green wings cut out but they just were not looking good no matter where I placed them so they got left off. Last but not least I added the braids for the ties and VWALA!!!!! mini elder god hat. If anyone really wants the pattern I’m sure I can scrounge up my notes and translate them to something resembling a pattern.

Happy crocheting peeps!

Everyone can enjoy a minion :)

So for christmas time and about a month ago I had a request by a coworker that she would love to have two minions from the Despicable Me movie, and one of my coworkers was leaving for a different state and he was something like a minion for all of us ladies at work :). So after doing some searching on ravelry yes yes I get a lot of my patterns off that website.  I came across this wonderful pattern!!! This is one of the quickest little toys to whip up it took me all of  like two hours-ish. And it’s a great beginners pattern but it does teach a couple of new techniques like crocheting in the back loop and starting one piece and adding a second color. I would highly recommend any of wolfdreamer’s patterns they are well written and a breeze to get through. Also included in the pattern is some ideas to make the minion your own by giving it one eye, making it fatter, and adding different accessories.

So for christmas I whipped up two minions and thankfully my coworker had her camera on her and here is one of her lovely girls enjoying her minion.

A cute minion

As you can see I did not add the felt emblem since this cutey pie and her little sister are a wee bit young so I did not want to use glue or hand sew them on. All in all they came out good. And just about a month ago I quickly made one more and sent it off as a going away present to our other coworker who’s fiancĂ©e got a good laugh out of it. 🙂 Which is always good to get out of people as a silly present.

“Oh Yeah!!!!”

So this last Thursday I decided that after doing quite a bit of research that I would take the plunge into dyeing yarn with kool-aid.  I spent about three days reading through blog after blog compiling information on what was going to be the best dyeing route for me. Some of the things I put into consideration was space constraints I live in what would be referred to as a studio dorm. I live upstairs but share the downstairs kitchen and bathroom. So needless to say dyeing using the stove top was out of the question.

The two different options I looked into were microwave dyeing and Crockpot hot pour method. The microwave version consist’s of using a microwavable dish, kool-aid mixture, and water. Sounds really convenient I know except I wanted to dye about 200 plus yards of yarn and unfortunately canning jars just don’t quite fit that all that well when trying to do verrigated.  So after reading a bit more I finally stumbled upon the crockpot method and I fell in love. It allows for multiple color’s and I could fit up to 400 yards of yarn if I wanted to since I have a medium size. And I could dye in the comfort of my room with only the smell of hot kool-aid and wool. 🙂 It’s a win in my book.

The 3 blogs I used for this project are Knit purl girl’s website which I know am addicted to reading yes yes I took the time to read all of her old blogs to the currant ones. ^^; Her’s was the method I used to try my first attempt. The second site Leethal is for more advanced ways to do multiple colors in your crockpot which I highly recommending reading all three of her dyeing pages as she also includes a tutorial for how to achieve self striping yarn through dyeing. And lastly I also used Knitty as they have a fantastic color yarn chart for which kool-aids give you what color!!!!!!

With all of that research under my belt I bent to the task and came out with

   

lemony,lime, and orangey goodness

The Only thing I forgot to do in the whole process was to make sure I used hot water in the kool-aid….oopsy I did a cold pour right into a hot water bath….erk. And a note to anyone who does this you have to make sure whatever yarn you are using is 75% or more natural fiber like wool, alpaca, angora etc. etc. You can not dye cotton or silk with kool-aid hence why my cotton string is really bright white in the photo it didn’t take any of the dye. And PATIENCE!!!!! do not stir or move your wool around to much once wet as it will FELT!!!! I maybe sorta wasn’t patient enough and my wool was starting to stick together and trying to felt…..^.^; yikes!

For those of you interested in trying to dye this is definitely a great starter project to get yourself familiar with if you might like to do dyeing. The plus side to dyeing with kool-aid is that you can use anything in your kitchen and not worry about ruining it and calling it off limits for cooking in. No chemicals or acids in this method!!!! 🙂 You can also dye with your kids by having them paint the yarn and then you can man the microwave. DO NOT let kids touch the yarn once you start heating it up as it will get very hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!!!!

Diamond Ridge Hat

    A crocheted version of the knitted koolhaus hat ? spelling for that. Pattern was found at ravelry this pattern is titled diamond-ridges by Kristy Ashmore.  This hat is definitely an expert level or higher and still confusing it took me two days and a youtube video walk through to figure this one out. If anyone is trying to complete this hat or trying to start it and are stuck email me and I will link everything I found to help you out. Also check the ravelry group for this pattern as the author does tell you a pattern correction.

Once I figured out the issue with the three particular rows this hat crocheted up very quickly and looked fantastic I’ve actually done two of these hats now and once I find the picture for the second one I will edit this post to put it in. I still unfortunately haven’t made myself one of these…. will definitely remedy that in a bit. Any who couple more days of putting old stuff up……which now that I think about it I might just upload all the old stuff into the Gallery tab to save time hhhmmmmmm……. I’ll think about it since this week I have a fun project I’m going to attempt on Thursday and maybe get some really good results with. 🙂               *edited to add picture of second hat

second attempt