Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Yarnspiration & Crochet Crowd Cardigan Tutorial - love this video tutorial!!!

I wrote how I wanted to try my hand again at crocheting a top in this post. My YouTube subscription alerted me of a new crochet tutorial upload by The Crochet Crowd. It is a very simple granny square cardigan.



I sat and watched the tutorial this morning while sipping on my morning coffee. It doesn't seem very difficult at all!! Now my dilemma is deciding on a color palette and yarn. The pattern used Paton Classic Wool Worsted. Now I do not have this type of yarn on hand and I really do not want to purchase anymore at this moment. I do have wool yarn in a couple of different brands.

Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash:

I have a few colors in this brand, but I just don't know if I have enough to complete the whole project. These are the colors I have on hand:





Can you tell I love natural colors? LOL!!

I have plenty of the Walnut Heather and Pumpkin Spice so I know I could make these the main colors.

I also have a few skeins of Lion Brand Fisherman Wool in Maple Tweed. I just don't know if I want it all one color, but I do have enough to complete the project.


I have never mixed these two brands of yarn together in a project so I do not know how they would work up together. My thoughts are to maybe work up the body in the Lion Brand Fisherman's wool yarn and do the cuffing in the Walnut Heather in the Cascade brand. Anyway I do it, I think it will be a pretty quick project and once passed the center portion of each granny square, very non-thinking.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pinterest Inspiration - Crochet Tops

Last year I attempted to begin my first crochet sweater. It didn't turn out pretty. In fact, I gave up once the easiest portion was completed which was the bottom body portion. Once the pattern started going towards reducing and becoming more fitted I freaked and gave up. I still want to crochet a top. I have an easier one that I started which will end up being a tank top. It is hibernating right now, but the pattern is much easier.

While browsing Pinterest daily, yes daily, I have came across a lot of great looking crochet top patterns. Some are purchasable while others are free. I do find the purchasable patterns seem to have more elaborate techniques and look so professional. Then again it is by a person who really is professional and is good enough to sell their patterns.

Here are a few crochet top patterns that I really want to attempt:

 The Polar Star Poncho Sweater is so gorgeous!! This is a purchasable pattern but I feel will be well worth the money. The author of the pattern is Natalia Kononova and she has so many beautiful patterns on her site. I feel that if I start this project this spring I might can have it completed by next winter.

 A Kimono Crochet cardigan is definitely an item I would wear very often. This is actually a free pattern but it is a graphed pattern and I am not the best when it comes to graphs but I am willing to try it. You do this in four pieces and then connect them all. The pattern is posted by Noticias on Crochet Hooks and Yarn blog.

This poncho looks perfect for Fall weather!! It is a free pattern you can find on Yarnspiration. I just love the color of this yarn and think this will definitely be a project this Spring as well!!

So much inspiration on Pinterest!! I really think I will have to start the last poncho this Spring for sure. I hope these crochet tops have inspired you as well.

Cheers,
Winnie

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In a Creative Funk

I always have an ebb and flow with my creativity. I am usually in a creative high around this time of year, but the political unrest in our country has really put me in a creative funk. I have actually unfollowed a few bloggers. It is nothing against their political views or thoughts it is my inability to keep my thoughts to myself. Maybe in a few months I will start following them again.

I am to the point where there is nowhere to go on the internet to have a numb the brain moment anymore. I used to love yahoo because of the entertainment articles, but I am now anti-celebrities. So no good there. So I am just going to Pinterest and browsing all the cool crochet patterns and crafty ideas, as well as Ravelry.

All of my WIP's are still in there project containers unfinished and collecting dust. I really want to get out of this funk, but I know it is my ex-military background and the fact my son and husband are still military members that keep me on this political journey of gathering information and becoming upset when the media gives half truths. I really am to the point where I do not watch the news anymore. I am also to the point of deactivating my Facebook account. When did Facebook become a political soapbox? I remember when it first came out and it was exciting getting back in touch with long lost friends and family. As well as sharing statuses of your personal life and pictures of your family and friends. Now it is all Memes and political crap. I am just sick of it!!

So to get off the political crap on my own blog I would like to share some great Pinterest ideas and inspiration.

Corn on The Monkey blogspot beanies: Came across this blogger on Pinterest and just loved the stitch pattern and texture of her beanies.



Petals to Picots never disappoints with their patterns and keeping it fresh and new. Love this Inside Out Cowl pattern. I think when I do this one I will make it more an infinity scarf instead of a cowl.


Sewrella Handmade Home blogger has a wonderful faux knit fair isle pattern. I love fair isle knits and one day want to learn how to do them, but I came across the blogger, Sewrella, that has a free pattern for the Faux Knit Fair Isle Crochet Beanie and Cowl!!


I could go on and on with so many talented crocheters and their generous nature. To come up with such technical crochet patterns and allow free access to them is just wonderful. So amidst all the turmoil happening in our country today, we can still enjoy talented, creative individuals and get lost in their beautiful creativity.

Cheers,

Winnie

Friday, September 30, 2016

Pumpkin Spice Herringbone Cowl Update

I am loving the Fall weather here in the Wasatch Mountains!! We actually received a foot of snow on the peaks last week. On Tuesday they are forecasting more snow!! I really love this time of year. It is cool enough to go on nice long walks! We have had some thunderstorms lately and man has the thunder been loud. I think it echos off the mountains and just shakes the house.

I have been trudging along with my Pumpkin Spice Herringbone Cowl. I had to order more yarn because 3 skeins is just shy of completing it, so it is in hibernation until I receive the new supply.

The pattern for the Herringbone Cowl can be found on Little Monkeys Crochet blog and she has a new accompany slouchy hat that I am going to work up while waiting on my yarn to arrive. I ordered more of the Cascade Avalon yarn in the Sandshell and will hook up a slouchy to match my cowl. I actually wore my cowl last Saturday and it is so cute and comfy. I think a matching slouchy will be perfect!! The name of the slouchy pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet is Carlyle Slouch. I will do mine in just the Sandshell where she has a tri-color done up in hers.




What's better than crocheting and a cup of joe!! I am just loving the color of the Pumpkin Spice Cascade 220 Sport Wool yarn!! I will need to block it once I am complete, but that will be another week or so.

Enjoy your weekend!! Hopefully I can rake up all those gorgeous leaves before the rain and snow come in although I just love the looks of fallen leaves everywhere!! Not so great to clean up once wet from rain and snow though.

Cheers,

Winnie

Monday, September 5, 2016

Sandshell Herringbone Cowl

Well, winding my yarn inspired me!! Rebecca Langford over at Little Monkeys Crochet just published a new cowl pattern, Herringbone Buttoned Cowl. I love the herringbone stitch and the cowl looked so cute and easy.

I started this cowl on Saturday and completed it on Monday. I could have completed it in a day probably but I was crocheting in between tasks of packing and normal household duties.


The yarn I used was Cascades Yarn Avalon which is 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. It stitched up larger than what the pattern called for in gauge so I had to adjust my rows and number of stitches to reach the specified size. This will be a staple in my Fall and Winter wardrobe!!




It was such a quick and easy pattern that I have another one on my  hook now. I am using Cascade 220 Sport yarn in a pumpkin spice colorway.

Cheers,
Winnie

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Lack of Creative Juices

Summer has been a bear on my creative juices! I have barely picked up my hook since mid-June. I was on such a roll and then Summer happened. And it isn't that I have had so many active outings that I just don't have time to hook. Nope, it is that I have become a hermit and have hid away inside. Away from the heat and away from the tourists.

I have constantly pinned new crochet ideas on to my Pinterest boards, but I haven't had the creative juices flowing enough to actually do anything. I know this slump will pass, it always does.

I will also be moving come mid-October. My plans were not to move until next summer, but an opportunity arose that we just cannot pass up. So my slow plan of packing and organizing is now compressed into only a month and a half. It is even harder on me since my husband is still away until mid-October. So beginning this Labor Day weekend I will start packing and discarding any items we don't need any longer. I was going to go to Colorado Springs and meet him for a long weekend get away, but we decided that with the move and Disney World vacation coming up we really needed to save our pennies and tough it out for another 6 and half weeks.

What I have been doing of late is adding to my stash!! Craftsy had a Black Friday sale this past weekend and I decided to buy some of the yarn I had been eyeing for awhile. It all came in yesterday!! Most of it is in hanks so I broke down and ordered a yarn winder. It will be in on Friday! I have a few hanks already in my stash and my attempt to hand wind was an epic fail. So with all the extras I decided to purchase a winder. Hopefully spending a few days winding gorgeous yarn will inspire my creative flow again.

I just wanted to pop in and give a quick update. I am still here, but just in a slump.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Crochet Top Update

I am loving the Ventura Swing Tank Top pattern. At first I was comprehending the pattern wrong and it was turning out really, really bad. I looked at the picture more carefully and re-read the pattern. I realized when she was saying to do something twice she meant the whole sentence not just the last stitch. Luckily I was only 3 rows in and was able to fix my mistakes.



As usual when I first decided on this pattern I ordered the amount of yarn it called for. I realized once I began I wanted the top slightly longer and required probably 2 more skeins of yarn. Of course when I went back to the Craftsy website to order more, the colorway I had chosen was sold out and it was a clearance item. So I had to search for the Cascade Sateen yarn and guess what, Cascade has discontinued it. Lucky Me!! I found another colorway that I thought would match the denim blue nicely and ordered 2 skeins of it. It is a silver colorway and I think it will work up nicely. Well be who I am, I decided I wanted to do the straps and neckline differently. I'm not one to wear such thin straps so I began perusing Ravelry to find a top with a good neckline that I thought would compliment the body of this tank top. That also meant I needed more yarn. So back to searching for this yarn. I found what I hope to be the denim color and ordered 2 more skeins. It has not yet arrived so I don't know if it is. I figured worst case is it will be a shade lighter or darker and it will work up fine.

The new neckline I decided to go with is a pattern by Lion Brand called Sabrina Tunic. The pattern is free and I like the capped sleeves. Since I decided on this change up after I had about 16 rows completed I will have to do the neckline separately and then combine the two.


I think the striping will help combine the two separate patterns together smoothly. I just hope I can do the connection properly.

Until next time, be creative!!

Winnie