Monday, December 29, 2008

Shawl complete

My Seraphina Angel Shawl is complete. I had a rocky start but once I got the knack of how the pattern flowed it went very easy, and quickly. It took about 7 1/2 skiens of yarn and approximately 2 1/2 days to complete the shawl. The instructions say that this shawl typically has 25 shells per side but I stopped at 19. Since my mother is on the small side I think this is more than big enough. I think she will be happy. Since this is easily a weekend project, I may just make one for myself next month.

Keep stitchin'

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Seraphina Shawl

I think I've got if finally!
I had to frog this no less than 10 times, but I think I've got it now. I on row 19 and its looking good. I'm not sure if I'll be finished by my Sunday deadline...maybe by Monday evening. Then, since I finally got my first subscription issue of Crochet! magazine, I can find my next project. This shawl may infact be gifted to my mother and I'll have to find something else to wrap up in.

Keep stitchin'

Friday, December 26, 2008

And the stitch goes on

Christmas has gone, the gifts are opened. The wrappings and ribbons thrown out, what to do now? START A NEW PROJECT. WOO HOO!!!
I've seen several really beautiful Seraphina Angel Shawls on the net and with it being so cold out, it's the perfect project. So I started one about an hour ago. I've had to frog it a couple of times but I think I've got it now.

I'm using a a yarn from Bernat called Caress so it should work up really quick. Having to read the instructions because I haven't quite got the pattern memorized yet is slowing me down... what a drag. I hope to finish by Sunday.
Is it obvious I don't have a life. sighhhhhh

Keep stitchin'

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I recieved a gift certificate to Micheals for Christmas, can't wait to go out and touch some yarn. I think I'll get the stretch sock yarn this time.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Every top needs a bottom

What goes better with a top than a bottom? The only
thing I could think of is a nice skirt to go with the
sweater that came out so well. I think top down crochet is definitely becoming a fav of mine.
To complete this skirt I used BLO sc to give lots of stretch in the waist. After wearing it one time I do believe I will still have to add a bit of elastic to the waist because the fabric is going to stretch it a bit; I do not want a wardrobe malfunction!
After completing the waist I used single crochet across edges of the single crochet increasing to fit my hips for a few inches. Once the width was satisfactory I switched back to the shell stitch that I used on the bottom portion of the top until I was happy with the length.
I got lots of compliments on my finished product!!

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I Love Hard Candies

My first Car Coat
This coat worked up so quick and easy I couldn't believe I made it. The yarn I used: Lion Boucle 'Hard Candies' purchased from where you can get yarn at ridiculously low prices. Hook size N is used so it goes really quick.
I used the Sweet pattern, to get me started. This is the same Top Down pattern I used to make my Smokey Sweater set. This was so fun and easy I definitely see more in my future and I can't wait to experiment with other yarns, especially light weights for summer.
Hey I have my own photographer/model to help me out. But wait does she look better in the coat than I do!! Shhhhhhhh We can't tell her that or there may be trouble...LOL Why the blur, I think she's in the witness protection program or something and didn't want me show her face or use her name.
Keep stitchin'

Bed Socks and broom sticks!

Ok, so there are no broom sticks but I have finally made wearable socks!

I used Vanna's worsted weight yarn and the pattern from a lovely book, Learn to Crochet Socks by Kathy Wesley, so they are definitely too big to wear with shoes but they are perfect as bed socks. When I wear them to bed at night to watch TV my feet stay toasty warm.
I gave a pair to a friend for Christmas; I'll find out soon how much she likes them.
I can't wait to try the new stretch yarn by Patons to attempt to make socks that can be worn with shoes.

Keep stitchin'