Friday, December 30, 2011

Gretel hats

I am addicted to knitting and crochet blogs, which is why my project to-do list is never-ending. When I saw this post, I fell in love and immediately purchased the pattern. I've bought a few of her patterns, and they've all been great - her designs are so cute, and the patterns are easy to follow. I had the pink and brown hat pictured in my head and couldn't wait to make it for my baby niece. The rust/off-white combo is for Averie...I had grand plans for Christmas card photos that fell through, but it's so cute with the outfit I got her that I may need to get her all dressed up and take her pictures anyway!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Basket weave accent pillow

Knit pillows are all the rage in the home decor world right now. This knit pillow was another of my mother-in-law's Christmas gifts. They recently remodeled their kitchen, including a built-in seating area. As soon as she showed me the fabric she chose for the cushions, I wanted to make her some accent pillows to go with it. This is knit in a super chunky yarn using a knit-purl basket weave stitch pattern. It makes for a squishy, huggable, plush pillow!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Long stockinette cowl

This cowl was one of my mother-in-law's Christmas gifts. When I saw the yarn in the store, I immediately thought of her...but later dragged my hubby in to confirm that it was the right one before I bought it! I knew I wanted to make her a cowl (she'dmentioned wanting one more than once), and after finding this yarn I decided to keep it simple to showcase the beautiful colors. I love the versatility of such a long cowl - it can be worn long like a scarf, wrapped double to be nice and bulky around the neck, over the head like a hood, or wrapped around the shoulders.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fuzzy buttoned cowl

I apologize for the bad picture...I dream of some day having a nicer photography setup, but for now I do what I can. This simple cowl is for my grandma for Christmas. It's a nice thick, fuzzy yarn, knit in garter stitch and then sewn together. The buttons are just there for looks, but I like what they add.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Pink garter stitch Moebius cowl

I made this cowl for myself in October to wear to the Utah Grizzlies' "Pink in the Rink" game, which they hold every year to raise money for breast cancer research. They wear fun pink jerseys that they auction off after the game, fans are encouraged to wear pink, and usually the ice is pink...but it wasn't this year, which was disappointing because that's part of the fun of the game! Anyway, this picture doesn't do the cowl justice. It's really cute on, but I just wasn't up to taking pictures of myself this evening sans makeup and decent hair.

It's knit all in garter stitch, which makes it super easy. Then when sewing the two short ends together, I gave it a half twist to make it a Moebius - remember those paper strips with just one side? Kinda cool in a geeky way.

And since I had yarn leftover, I whipped up these easy wrist warmers to match. They're super easy: Just knit a rectangle in garter stitch with 2x2 rib on either end, and leave a hole for your thumb when you seam it up the side.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buttoned up cowl

Anyone sick of cowls yet? Not me, obviously! This one was inspired by a cowl I saw in a catalog for a local clothing store. It's hard to see in the picture, but it buttons partway up the side and then folds over. I love when a project comes off my needles looking just like I pictured it in my head!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ear warmer headbands

These are just a few of the many headbands I've made in the past few months...they're addictive! Two of these are for me (the cream and rust), the green one is for my mom, and the pink one is for my niece. I've made many more, but I usually forget to take pictures before I give them away!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Diamond lace scarves

I recently ordered this book from Amazon, and this was the first new stitch I tried (#168 if anyone has the book and is curious). The stitch patterns don't have names, so I've named this one diamond lace because that's what it looks like to me. I made the gray scarf for myself and have received so many compliments on it...which is always nice when you're wearing something you made yourself! Another bonus, these scarves are SO fast to crochet. I made two last night, start to finish, while watching TV! My sister-in-law ordered three of these to give as Christmas first official custom order and sale.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crochet snowflake tees

After seeing this tutorial, I ran right out to buy the sparkly yarn and crocheted the first two snowflakes that same night! They work up really quickly and turn out so cute. I love how they're kinda fluffy. Now Averie and her cousins Aurora and Melody will all have cute matchy-matchy snowflake tees, and I can't wait to take pics of them together.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Basket weave baby afghan

This afghan was a long time in the making...and then I gave it without even taking a picture! Thank goodness it stayed in the family. This was made using a simple knit-purl basket weave stitch pattern. I then crocheted a ruffled border and added a few crocheted flowers to make it girly once I found out I was getting a niece.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Ever since before Halloween we've had this cute little pumpkin (given to us by my mother-in-law) hanging around our house. I had every intention of baking it and making my own pumpkin puree for the first time, but just never got around to it. After my mom asked Averie if she was going to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece, this idea came to me out of nowhere, and I must say it turned out way cuter than I'd ever imagined, and it was so easy and inexpensive!

First I cut out a turkey face with the Animal Kingdom cartridge on my Cricut. Then I bought a pack of feathers at Hobby Lobby - with a coupon they were barely over $1, plus we still have tons left for future projects. We used a heavy-duty paper piercer from my scrapbook supplies to poke holes in the pumpkin, and then inserted the tips of the feathers into the holes.

We did this until the whole backside of the pumpkin was covered in feathers, then I attached the turkey face with a floral pin and voila! Instant super-cute centerpiece. And I love how proud Averie looks. :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Downstairs Powder Room

Taking a break from crocheting and knitting gave me a good excuse to finish up my last couple projects for our downstairs 1/2 bath, so now it's pretty much done! I still need to find something to go on the wall above the towel rack, I just haven't found anything inspiring yet (either to buy or copy).

My first project was to make this faux Roman shade valance. I'm not a sewer, but this was so simple and kinda gave me some confidence to tackle more sewing projects. I love how it turned out!

Next, I saw this tutorial on Tatertots & Jello for a painted rug, and since I'd already bought a couple plain white, super cheap bath mats at Ikea, I had the perfect canvas to give it a try! It took two bottles of acrylic craft paint. I just made my stripes the same width as my masking tape, easy peasy, painted it with a sponge brush, and voila! Couldn't have been easier, and now I have a cute one-of-a-kind and--most important--cheap rug for the room.

I had looked around for a tissue box cover but couldn't really find one--they're probably passe and out of style and no one told me. But I wanted one anyway, and finally found an old one at a local thrift store for a buck. I covered it with Mod Podge and patterned paper. The whole thing took maybe 10 minutes.

Lastly, I had found a piece of art that I really wanted for the room at Hobby Lobby, but the colors were just slightly off. So I took a picture of it and loosely re-created it using two canvases, patterned paper, fabric, a crocheted trim, ribbon, felt, and my Cricut.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Halloween Runner

I can't believe this is my first post since I quit my job...I've done various projects, but haven't posted anything! I guess I should get on that. So, chevrons are all the rage right now, and you can count me among those who are in love with the trend. It seemed like the perfect pattern for Halloween colors, and so this is the runner I came up with for our coffee table. It's just cheap Red Heart Super Saver yarn, done in single crochet. The colors didn't show quite true in the picture, it's really a bright lime green, orange, and violet.
Of course, more projects are in the works, but since most of them are for Christmas presents, I won't be able to post them anytime soon!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Crochet tea set

I'd love opinions on this project. I was thinking this would be a really fun, sweet toy for toddlers. Do you think it would sell? I came up with this one from scratch so it took me a few days, but it was fun to make and now that I have the pattern written out I look forward to making one that's a little more polished.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sweaters and blanket

I've been very busy lately, but haven't taken the time to post any of my projects! Mostly I have lots of WIP (works in progress) and have just recently finished up a few.

The first is a granny square baby blanket. These were just some leftover colors I had from other projects that I thought looked fun and springy.

Next is a sweater I made for my daughter. I fell in love with the yarn and then found a pattern to try it out on. It was a really easy one for my first knit sweater, it only took me 2 1/2 days from start to finish. She loves the sweater and has worn it at least three times in less than a week.

Last is a baby sweater. I actually started this one before the yellow sweater, but wanted to get the yellow sweater done in time for yellow day at school. They're essentially the same pattern, just one is in baby size and one in child size. The fun buttons were some I already had in my scrapbook stash that matched perfectly!

Thanks for taking the time to look! I have a cabled pillow front I need to finish for a friend, but it's so intricate and time consuming that I have to take breaks to work on other stuff once in a while, but hopefully I can make myself finish it soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

This week: sweater and wrap

I made this wrap for my grandma's birthday. It worked up really quickly and I think will be a nice weight for the spring.

This sweater is the first thing I've made for Averie that she was truly excited about...she loves it so much, she wore it two days in a row! (She didn't go to school the first day she wore it, but wanted her teacher to see it. LOL)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chore Chart

I started this chore chart ages ago, but finally finished it up tonight. It's not a traditional chore chart, it's really the things that my kiddo needs to do from getting home from school to bedtime - I get so tired of telling her constantly, but now she can just refer to the chart to remind herself what needs to be done. I used the Chore Chart cartridge for the days of the week and all but one of the icons along the top - the backpack came from Locker Talk. The "to do" is from Alphalicious. I bought an inexpensive poster-size frame at IKEA, just turning over the insert it came with to the white side for the background. I used 1/8 inch crepe tape (found at Office Depot by the white boards) to make the lines. My favorite feature is that you can write on it with dry erase markers to check off each task as it's completed, so no messing with stickers or figuring out some other way to mark each task off.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

White Baby Dress with Diaper Cover

This set was made for a scrapbooky friend I don't see very often...but she didn't come to our crop, so by the time I see her again it will be too small for her baby! Oh, well. The diaper cover pattern is from Red Heart, the dress is my design.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Baby dress and headband

This dress was an experiment, almost totally made up - I used a pattern for the yoke, but the rest was my design. I think it turned out pretty good! My sister-in-law loves the pink/brown combination, so this will be for my niece. :)

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I've gone a little crazy lately making headbands, but they're so quick and fun to make! I'm hoping to get some posted on Etsy soon, but in the meantime I've had people contacting me on Facebook about buying them so I haven't had time to make any others. These are two I made for someone in California. I especially love how the pink one turned out and will definitely be making another one like it!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baby Cthulu

This is probably too obscure for most, but my hubby and brother-in-law are fans of HP Lovecraft and the Cthulhu--it's been a recurring theme between the two of them for years in gift-giving. So when I found this pattern, I knew I had to make one for BIL's first baby, due in August. We found out today it's a girl, just in time for me to add the girly touches of pink wings and a bow. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Latest Creations

I made an Etsy store ages ago, and recently have decided that maybe I ought to use it. So these are my first two projects, baby girl sweater and headband sets. I'm not quite ready to put them in my store, but hopefully soon! I'm hoping to just make enough to fund my crafting habit. ;)