Sunday, March 22, 2015

Inside Out Jute Bowl

It's taken me awhile to post this pattern because I've been picky about the photos.



The pics below are taken with the right side facing...without turning it inside out


Here's a closeup of the sides
Either way is fine... I just prefer to turn mine inside out

Ok now to the good stuff. Here's how it's all done

Materials
3 ply jute (140 yards) I found mine at Dollar General (I know, huh) for a dollar each... I bought 2
Size K crochet hook
Yarn needle

Abbreviations
St                    Stitch
Hdc                 Half double crochet
Sc                   Single crochet
Reverse sc       Reverse single crochet
Sl st                 Slip stitch
Ch                   Chain

Gauge
5 sts or 4 rounds = 2 inches/ 5 cm

Note: Begin each rnd with ch 2 which counts as first hdc

Pattern

Holding 2 strands of jute twine, ch 3.

Rnd 1:  7 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. The skipped chains count as first hdc of the rnd. Join with sl st. (8 hdc)

Rnd 2:  Ch 2, hdc in same st. 2 hdc in each st, join. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, (2 hdc, hdc) around, join. (24 hdc)

Rnd 4:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, (2 hdc, hdc in next 2 sts) around, join. (32 hdc)

Rnd 5:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, (2 hdc, hdc in next 3 sts) around, join. (40 hdc)

Rnd 6:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, (2 hdc, hdc in next 4 sts) around, join. (48 hdc)

Rnd 7:  Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts, (2 hdc, hdc in next 5 sts) around, join. (56 hdc)

Begin working sides. The right side will always face you as you work. I've noticed this can be confusing for some who post photos with the right side turned inside. For this bowl that's exactly what we're doing, but don't turn inside out until you get to the last round.

For the sides I used the same technique as with the other baskets I've posted. For the next round, work under the loop on the back side of the stitch.

 This creates the seam separating the bottom and sides.


Rnd 8:  Working under the loop on the back of each stitch, work hdc in each st around. Join.

Rnd 9-10:  Repeat rnd 8.

Rnd 11:  Working in back side of stitch of previous rnd, sc in 12 sts, ch 6, skip next 5 sts, sc in next 23 sts, ch 6, skip next 5 sts, sc in next 11 sts. Join. 

Now turn bowl inside out. The last rnd will be worked using reverse sc. To do this you will be working to your right on the round... Basically backwards.

Rnd 12:  Ch 1, Reverse sc in 11 sts, 7 reverse sc under ch 6 space, reverse sc in next 23 sts, 7 reverse sc under ch 6 space, reverse sc in last 12 sts. 

Finish off and weave ends.

I'm reviewing the pattern for mistakes, so feel free to comment with any questions. If you're unsure about the reverse sc, you tube has lots of video tutorials. I'll look and post the best one I can find later today.

Enjoy!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another Noro Project

I've started another project... my crafting ADD will not let me finish the ten that are still not finished.

It's a shawl and I'm using Noro Silk Garden in color 307. Noro colors are so hard to accurately capture in photos (or maybe it's the one taking the photos)


Today, I plan on taking the photos for the Inside Out Crocheted Bowl that I posted about a few days ago.

The pattern is ready to post so hopefully I'll get it all posted by tomorrow.

But don't hold me to that... I will definitely try


I'm adding this photo by request to show the skein of yarn. You can't really see all the colors. 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Two Hour Project

I haven't left home all weekend. Yesterday, as I watched the UNC game on TV and looked through the IKEA catalog, I came up with a new project.



I saw a few bowls that I would like to have, and thought, 'Hey, I can make one.' So I came up with this


I used jute twine and was finished before the game was over. How's that for instant gratification?

Today I've written up most of the pattern and I'll try to finish it soon. 


I think I'll call it the inside out jute bowl... of course because it's inside out. You can tell if you look close. 

I'll be back with the pattern and better photos. I love it when projects come to me like this... quick and simple.

Have a great rest of the weekend!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Autumn Hats

I knitted a couple of the Autumn Hats last week. This pattern has been sitting in my Ravelry library for at least a couple of years.





I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick for the pink one. It's much nicer than the purple one. I had the Hometown USA on hand for that one. It's 100% acrylic so it doesn't feel or fit as nice as the pink.


I didn't notice the difference in color until I photographed these. The purples are obviously different dye lots. It's not as noticeable in person.

This is a great instant gratification project. Using size 10.5 and 13 circular needles, I finished both in less than two days. It's not a free pattern, but worth the cost if you want something fast for a gift (or several gifts). If you're interested in the pattern or just want to check it out, click on the link above.

I wish I had someone else to model these. My photos would have been much better. Ireland can almost wear the pink one; our heads are similar in size.

I'm still working on the Scrump hat, and having trouble with the yellow stuff on top of his/ her head. 



I don't know what to do about that. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. 

I really don't know why Ireland chose this for a hat, but I'll make anything she asks from me.

Any ideas?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Knitting Fever

I love knitting almost as much as crocheting. I'm happy to say that I'm actually improving. I thought I would share my latest projects.


This hat was made in alpaca... Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Ampato. It's sooo soft.


Alpaca yarn has to be a fave for me. This hat isn't perfect, but it's ok. I finally used circulars with no problem. Yaay for progress. I'm contemplating purchasing a set of circulars. I went to a Tuesday Morning a couple weeks ago and found a variety of ChiaoGoo circulars. They were priced much less than anywhere else I've seen them sold. I heard they even have ChiaoGoo sets priced between $30 and $40. A knitter I met recently had just been in and bought the last set. I'll try again in a few days.

Ok next hat...


This one was made using Colorwul. Ignore the hair...my gosh it looks as if I haven't brushed it in days. I whipped these basic hats out in a day. I had no problems at all.


Now I'm working on a crocheted hat for Ireland. It's been awhile since I've made her a new one. She wanted Scrump. I thought what the heck is a scrump. I had to google it and found out that Scrump is Lilo's doll from Lilo and Stitch. So Scrump it is...


I'll come back in a couple of days with the finished product, and maybe even post the pattern.

Have a great week!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Snowdrop Shawl in Noro

Last weekend I spent a few hours making a shawl for my boss.

I love the shape. Maybe I'll make one for me.

My photos are terrible. I wish I had taken the time to get better ones.
Anyway, I used Noro Taiyo Sock. Yes the dreaded Noro. Actually the skein was not as bad as usual. There was hardly any problems with it this time minus the tangling. The pattern was fast and easy. I only used one skein of yarn with about 50 yds left. The pattern can be found here.

This is the only finished project I've made lately. Sad... But hopefully it'll motivate me to do more. Wait... I did make about 15 to 20 face scrubbies. I've also been a terrible blogger lately... not kept up with my favorite blogs. I'm a little ashamed of myself. I enjoy reading all of your posts and seeing your projects. Maybe doing so will bring me out of my funk. I think coming back from vacation then having to get ready for the holidays caused me to get a little down. Enough about that... we all have our down and out times.

Ireland's been asking me to finish her patchwork blanket. The craft room is a wreck... as usual, so cleaning it may help with motivation. That's what I'll be doing this weekend. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Disney

We've been back from Disney for almost two weeks now. I ended up with over 1200 photos so it's taken me awhile to go through them all. Warning: This is a long, photo heavy post.
Our first photo of the trip was at the Florida Visitor Center

We spent the first night in Cocoa Beach and then got on the cruise ship the next day

Day 1
Our first view of the ship, the Disney Dream
Waiting to embark
The staterooms are huge with portholes large enough to sit in

The ship was gorgeous
and decorated for Halloween
First night was Halloween so Ireland dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast
Her dinner buddy
Day 2: Nassau, Bahamas


We chose the Blue Lagoon Island excursion. It was perfect because we wanted a less crowded experience. I've been here before and knew it would be more peaceful than the Atlantis experience.




 It is a beautiful island. The waves and wind prevented the beach side from opening so we had to stay on the lagoon side.

Day 3: Castaway Cay

The island was also beautiful but a little crowded for my taste.
Waiting to get back on the ship

Enjoying the view before dark
Day 4: Bye Bye Disney Dream, Hello Disney World

 We left the ship about 10am and made it to All Star Movies Resort about 11am

We stayed in the Dalmations section




The first day we explored the resort and then went to Downtown Disney in the evening. We ate at Paradiso 37, which was really good
 and shopped at the World of Disney, which is the best shop ever. We were all Disney Drunk in that store. Even Michael was a little giddy there.

Day 5: Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain
Splash Mountain



Day 6: Epcot


Ireland found her country
 

Day 6: A break

We stayed at the resort pool all day and then went to Boma, a restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge

This place was amazing
The lobby
We agreed that if we ever had an extra 400 a night to spend, hahaha, we would stay here in a room with a view of the safari


Day 7: Animal Kingdom

My favorite park

Day 9: Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic the best end to our vacation
I wish I could post more, but just uploading these took a whole day.

Now that we're back I can focus on crocheting and knitting. I've been consumed by Disney for awhile now.