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Rug is Finished

Yesterday’s post was about the beginnings and a how-to (kinda) of my rag rug using old tee shirts.  Today: the final product!

Using a total of 4 tee shirts, measuring in at 22 inches in diameter, here it is.

The final shirt didn’t quite make it back around on the last row (top left section), but I’ll have to live with it.

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Thanks!

A special thanks to the family member who bought from my Etsy shop a while back!  I can’t say who, because I assume the purchase was a gift, and I don’t know if it was given or not.  But thanks, you!

In other news, I’ll be writing about a crochet coral soon.


15% off sale at Etsy!

The Men of Etsy team is having a week-long 15% off sale! You can find my shop here and use BOYSOFSUMMER as the coupon code. Additionally, if you search “boysofsummer” you will find ALL the shops offering this deal (same coupon code). This is a huge selection of shops with many, many different types of items. Christmas in July!

My Etsy shop.


Wonderball!

Now that I’m comfortable working in the round (as this trivet shows), I thought I’d set my sights on something more difficult: shapes! Last night, in preparation for the eyeball The Lady wants me to crochet her (no, seriously), I made my first sphere. Not only did it come out well, but the pattern I was using was written oddly about 7 rows in and I had to figure out some stuff on my own..which is something I’ve talked about before. I “get” crochet enough to be able to problem solve and that’s why I have never picked the knitting needles back up since 2007.

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As anyone who does amigurumi knows, being able to do this well has opened up a whole new world to me! Almost every amigurumi head is basically this creation, attached in different ways. Of course, when The Lady only wants an eyeball, not a whole body, things are much easier.

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I also wanted to show a shot of my “studio” because I built it after one of my readers, Denise, gave me the idea. To paraphrase the movie As Good As it Gets, she makes me want to be a better crafter  🙂

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PS: suck it, Spell Check, “crafter” IS a word!


Alien Attack!

One of the great things about crochet is that it’s easily portable.  And one can do small projects quickly.

Okay, two of the great things about crochet are that it’s easily portable and one can do small projects quickly.  And I can memorize short patterns.

Our three weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.*

Anyway, the other day I crocheted a finger puppet in about 20 minutes while I did laundry at the laundromat.  I had made one the night before by following a pattern, but wasn’t fully satisfied with the outcome.  So I made this little alien without reading the original pattern AND I made alterations so it would come out the way I wanted, which is another great thing about crochet.  Amongst our weaponry….

The little fella, ready to begin his tiny attack of the Earth:

Here he is, surrounded by alien skeletons?

Here he poses for his mug shot:

* = The Spanish Inquisition


Two Crochet Dudes

Today I finally got to meet The Crochet Dude, aka, Drew Emborsky.  As a male crocheter, he’s served as something of an inspiration to me and I was excited to meet him.  He was the instructor at today’s Etsy Labs, where he taught us to make “yarn” out of scrap fabric and then crochet it into a simple trivet.  He admitted to being as pleased as I was to be in the same room with another crochet dude.  Here is my final product, which stitched up SOOO quickly!

The hanging loop was my idea, and that goes back to one of the things I love about crochet: I figured out a way to stitch it in on my own.  I “get” crochet, and that is what makes it so much fun for me.

Also, make sure to check out The Crochet Dude’s blog, which includes a picture of Drew and Vickie Howell!  Two of my favorite yarners… yarn people… yarnies?

On a side note, while at Etsy, I was asked by two different people about my store, which I had to admit had no products in it currently.  Hopefully this will serve as a wake-up call, reminding me I can’t sell anything if I’m not making anything.


Power Tools and Yarn. That’s My Life.

Power tools and yarn.  Somehow these things describe me well.  Finally, my powers combined because I needed a yarn winder.  That’s right, the Power Winder!

 

That is a knitting needle inserted into the chuck of a cordless driver.  I then taped the yarn tail to the end farthest away from the driver and taped again close to the driver.

 

Then away I drived.  Drove.  Droved. Then I used the driver to wind the yarn, working it front to back with my free hand.

 

I didn’t have a lot of this yarn to wind, so here is the finished “ball.”

 

And again:

Kerrs, you should recognize that ottoman.

 

It worked like a charm!  ………the second time.  Remember how Picture 3 had a little hand saying, ‘Remember this’?  Well, that’s because as I wound the yarn, I went OVER the bottom taped end.  Do NOT wind over the tape! is the lesson I learned from my first attempt.  What happens is, when you try to remove the new skein by sliding it off the needle (which you have removed from the cordless driver), you get a yarn corn dog.

and it WON’T come off the needle.  I had to unwind it by hand, and start again.  This time I made sure to stay away from the taped ends.

 

Another word of caution: the driver’s chuck left indentions on my knitting needle.  I have not knitted since I started crocheting in 2007, so I didn’t really care.  Hey, might as well put my needles to some use somehow, right?  However, a dowel rod would work just as well.  Or a chopstick, or a pencil… anything round that fits into the chuck, really.  Here’s what happened:

There are 3 of those indentions.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this and maybe it will save you from spending $40 on a yarn winder like it did me.  Feel free to leave comments or questions.


Double Duty Greeting Card

Here’s an idea: incorporate a handmade item with a greeting card!

Judith’s friend is getting married this weekend and Judith asked me to make a hair clip for her.  After making it, I thought, “How should she give this to her?”  I’m all for multipurpose items, so I designed and made this greeting card.

And here it is once the hair clip has been removed to wear:

And, finally, the hair clip itself:

I am very pleased with the way it all turned out.  What are your thoughts?


My Amigurumi Life May Have Just Changed!

I’ll admit it: I’m not the world’s greatest crocheter.  Heck, I’m barely above “advanced beginner.”  And when it comes to amigurumi, well, let’s just say I’ve only made 2 little creatures… and one’s leg is a little gimp.

For those who don’t know (and why would you, really), amigurumi is the art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals.  Or anthropomorphic creatures.  Here’s one of mine (with the gimp leg)

(He’s the one on the right.)

Anyway, today I came across http://www.knittink.com/amigurumi/, which is a free online amigurumi pattern maker!  I cannot wait to put this to use.  You just use the controls to change the shape of body parts, click “get pattern,” and it gives you the pattern.  How amazing is that?  I’m sure there’s some algorithm involved, but, as with all things algorithm-based, I prefer the word “magic.”

Here is the default page:

and here is an example I made that I envision being a little frog

via Craftzine


Etsy store is open!

Not only did I list 9 pendants for sale at my Etsy store, but I got to use the word “mottled.”  I don’t think I’ve ever typed it before in my life.  Here’s my Red on Mottled Brown crocheted pendant.  (Notice the nicer outside photo shoot.)

Feel free to pass the link around to all your friends/boyfriends/husbands  🙂

Edit: great scott! If you want to see what every fiber in a piece of cotton thread looks like, click the image and then view full-size.  WOW!


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