Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rippling Again

I started rippling again after quite a long break.

I picked up at the light purple or lavender closest to the bottom and have added 5 more colors. The photo below shows all rows/ all of the colors. I took these late in the day with no the colors are just not vibrant as they should be.

I'm only adding about 7 more colors

Can you believe I started this ripple on November 1st or 2nd of last year? 

This was my progress from November last year.

I can't wait to be finished. Maybe this November...if I try;D

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday's Tallies...Little Progress

Well, it's Tuesday again, and I've made little progress with my new project...the patchwork granny.

I didn't make as much progress this week..only 3 squares. So now I have 3 completed rows.

I do have a good excuse...I spent most of my week and weekend working on my ripple. I'm only 6 or 7 colors away from finishing.

I also spent a lot of time weaving ends. I hate having to do that at the end of a takes the excitement out of making that very last stitch.

I'll try to take photos of the ripple I think I'll try to link up over at Gingerbread Girl.

Have a great week:)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

One A Day Tuesday Tallies

It's my second Tuesday Tallies post. I made a little progress this week.

I added 11 I'm still keeping up. This is a One A Day project inspired by Gingerbread Girl.

I was hoping to get 3 more done before today so I would have 3 complete rows, but it just didn't happen. Progress is progress;)

I've tried to photoshop the pics to get the true colors...they look so dull here. Anyway if you would like to see more One A Day projects go over to Gingerbread Girl. I'm gonna go link up.

Have a great week:)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday Tallies

Here is my first Tuesday Tally.

This is a One a Day project inspired by Carole over at Gingerbread Girl. When I saw her latest project, a patchwork granny, I knew I wanted to make one too.

I started this exactly two weeks ago and have made 16 that's a little over One a day. So far, so good;D Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up.

I need to take a couple more photos that are not blurry. 

Now I'm going over to Gingerbread Girl to link up. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

One A Day Project

I've decided to start a new One A Day project.

I love to visit Gingerbread Girl from time to time to check on her One a Day projects. I love her latest project and decided to make one too. This seems like an easy one.

I can make a square anytime, the dr's office, during a break at work, or at night in front of the tv.

I'm hoping the ease of this project will motivate me to finish it. I don't have the greatest record of finishing afghans. (The ripple is probably 85% finished. Maybe I should make it a One A Day project)

My granny squares are made with worsted weight yarn left over from the ripple (which is not finished, go figure.) I'm crocheting 4 rounds for each square and joining as I go.

Each square measures 5" x 5"  (13 cm x 13 cm)

I think I'll link up every week for Tuesday Tallies. This may motivate me even more to make progress and finish in less than 6 months or a year.

I was also inspired by the giant granny here at Cherry Heart and this one by Angie at Le Monde de Sucrette. Aren't they beautiful? I love everything they create.

I'm going to go and take more photos now. These look a little dull.

Have a great weekend:)

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Pink Panda

Finally...I know, I know. I keep promising this pattern, but life seems to get in the way.

Worsted weight yarn (pink, black, & white)
You'll need less than 3.5 oz of pink and small amounts of black and white
Size H crochet hook
Yarn needle
2 black buttons

Fits a child, teen, or small adult head
I made this hat for a 6 year old and it barely fits my head. (I have a pretty small head)

Note: For this pattern I did not join each round. I hate the seam, so I just kept going around. You may need to mark the first stitch to keep track of the ending/beginning of each round.


With Pink, ch 3

Rnd 1: Work 7 hdc in 3rd chain from hook. (8 hdc) The first 2 chains as a stitch. Do not join.

Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc in each st. (16 hdc)

Rnd 3: Work (1 hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st) around. (24 hdc)

Rnd 4: Work (hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (32 hdc)

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

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

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

Rnd 8: Work (hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st) around. (64 hdc)

Rnds 9-17: Work hdc in each st around. On the last rnd you will finish off. I worked a sc then sl st in the last two sts, just to prevent seeing a really pronounced finish.
(If you are using the same color for the ear flap don't worry about the sc and sl st.)

First Ear flap

Holding the hat with right side facing, attach Black yarn with sl st. 

Row 1: Ch 1 and work sc in same st. Sc in next 16 sts. (17 sc) Ch 1, turn. 

Row 2: Sc2tog over the first 2 sts, sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn. (16 sc)

Row 3: Repeat row 2, until 1 st remains. Finish off.

Second Ear flap

Skip next 17 sts and attach Black yarn with sl st. Repeat instructions for first ear flap.

I did not crochet an edging for this hat. I like the way it looks without one.

Finish off, leaving a tail long enough to use in the braid. (12 inches or so) I really hate weaving ends when I don't have to:D


* You will hold two strands of yarn together. This makes the ear thicker and stand up better *

With Black yarn, Ch 4

Row 1: 7 dc in the 4th chain from hook (8 dc) TURN

Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in the first st and next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) 3 times. (12 hdc)

Finish off leaving a tail long enough to sew onto the hat.


With Black yarn, Ch 5

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 3 sts. (4sts) Turn

Row 2: Sc2tog twice (2 sts) Turn

Row 3: Sc2tog. Finish off leaving tail long enough to sew nose to the hat.


With White yarn, ch 2

Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st, finish off. (12 sc)

This will be your inner eye, where you will sew the buttons

Outer Eye Spots

Don't fret over the stitches. If you find that you are off by a stitch, it will be ok as long as you end up with an oval shape. Work these spots in a continuous oval. Do not join after each round.

With Black Ch 4

Rnd 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next st, 4 sc in last st. Rotate, working into the other side of the chain. Sc in next 2 sts. Do not join.

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sc.

Rnd 3: 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, sc in next 6 sts.

Rnd 4: 2 hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 7 sts.

Rnd 5: Hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in nexxt 8 sts, 2 sc in next 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts. Finish off using no knot method. Leave a tail long enough to sew to face.

Sew the inner eyes onto the outer eye spots, referring to the photos. Then sew the entire eye spot to the hat. Try to place the spots more vertical than horizontal. Mine may be a touch too horizontal.  To me, this makes the face look like a raccoon (maybe I've been looking at the face for too long now;D)

As always, remember to sew through the top layer of the stitch on the hat. Don't go completely through to the inside, this will make the inside of the hat look messy.


I used Black, Pink, and White

Cut 10 strands of each color. You'll use 5 strands of each color for each earflap.

Please let me know if you find a typo or mistake. I'll gladly correct it. I'll take better photos tomorrow and hopefully Ireland will cooperate.

Don't forget to show me your finished Pandas...I'd love to share them.