Saturday, January 18, 2014

Blush Pink Pistachio Crocheted Chunky Bead Necklace

After making the Sweet Persimmons Crocheted Bead Necklace, I couldn't wait to make several more - if only my hands could crochet even faster and if only I had all imaginable colors to make endless color combinations! 

This time I tried 25 mm wooden beads for even more chunk. 

Love Baby Fingers

Crochet on 25 mm wooden bead
7/1.65mm crochet hook
100% mercerized cotton, 3-light DK weight yarn

Make magic ring
r1 : ch1, 8sc in magic ring (8 st)
r2 : *2sc in each st* repeat 8 times (16 st)
r3 : *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat 8 times (24st)
r4 – r9 : 1sc in each st first st
Insert bead with hole lined up
r10 : *sc2tog, 1sc in next st* repeat 8 times (16st)
r11 : *sc2tog* repeat 8 times (8st), fasten off, weave in tail

String wood beads onto a ribbon or tube of sheer fabric. Tie knots in between beads if you prefer them more spaced out. Make a knot at end of each "end bead" to keep them in place. 

Snuggle Bug

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sweet Persimmons Crocheted Bead Necklace

I've been eyeing crocheted beads for several months now. I love the pop of color, the simple spherical shape, the natural color of the wood, and the play with color combinations. Made into baby-friendly jewelry, crocheted unfinished wood beads are a fun accessory for moms and also fun for little fingers to touch!

Crochet on 20 mm wooden bead
7/1.65mm crochet hook
100% mercerized cotton, 3-light DK weight yarn

make magic ring
r1 : ch1, 6sc in magic ring (6 st)
r2 : *2sc in each st* repeat 6 times (12 st)
r3 : *1sc in first st, 2sc in next st* repeat 6 times (18st)
r4 – r6 : 1sc in each st (18st)
Insert bead with hole lined up
r7 : *sc2tog in first st, 1sc in next st* repeat 6 times (12st)
r8 : *2sc in first st* repeat 6 times (6st), fasten off, weave tail in

String wood beads onto a ribbon or tube of sheer fabric. Tie knots in between beads if you prefer them more spaced out. Make knot at end of each "end bead" to keep them in place. 

Looking forward to trying more color combinations! Navy ribbon with sunshine yellow, light gray, and cream beads?? Purple ombre?? Jewel-toned greens?? Pinks?? So many possibilities! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

One Skein Slouchy Beanie

Cheers to a warm winter hat that fits a pony tail!
Deviations from pattern:
  • Used different yarn (Lion Brand Homespun® Corinthian)
  • Used hook size K/6.50mm
  • Made adjustments to the band (more sc2tog and possibly more sc rows, though not sure because stopped counting) so it would fit better (due to using different yarn and hook size)
  • Didn't finish with sl st round, just a round of sc's

Not going outside due to crazy weather and unplowed streets has led to several boxes checked off the project list!

Looking forward to digging through the yarn box for more bulky yarn for slouchy beanie #2!

Playing "In the Snow"

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ruffle Red Apple Waist Apron

Soil and stain resistant cotton duck apple print

Unbleached natural canvas waist band and ties

Still working on sewing on even gathers for the perfect ruffle but it'll come with more practice! Love ruffles. 

Felt apple pocket.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fleece-Lined Felt Baby Slippers

Inspired by Leafy Tree Top Spot's Fleece Toddler Slippers Tutorial and Pattern.

Instead of making the slippers all out of fleece, I used felt on the outer layer so the slippers would have more structure. With the size 5/6 pattern, I was generous on the seam allowances to finish closer to a size 4 shoe. And because Velcro was nowhere to be found (and it isn't the type of weather for "non-essential" shopping trips at the moment), I made buttonholes (I recently learned how to make buttonholes using my sewing machine and am obsessed with buttonholes now). 

Yes, she has two different leg warmers on. One had a mishap during a diaper change so it was replaced.

Things to try next time:

  • Add a ribbon tag on the top of the back to pull on shoe easier.
  • Learn how to make things with snap buttons. 
  • Add on puffy paint dots to the bottom for grip. 
  • Make a pair for myself!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Keep Cozy Fleece Pants

It's cold. Really cold. Like the-heater-can't-keep-up-cold. I'm-wearing-three-layers-and-two-pairs-of-socks cold. I-wish-I-had-a-fire-place-in-every-room cold.

Aaaaaand we haven't left the house in 3 days which makes for lots of crafting and sewing time!

I've been attempting baby pants for a few days now and I think I finally have it right.

Four lessons learned from previous attempts at making baby pants:
  • Pant #1: Legs were too skinny for material that isn't stretchy and for an end result not meant to be leggings.
    Lesson #1: Don't trace leggings to make pants unless using stretchy knit material.
  • Pant #2: Sewed two front pieces together for one leg and two back pieces together for the other leg. Oops. No wonder it looked so funny.
    Lesson #2: Think before you sew.
  • Pant #3: Somehow the crotch seam was down past the knees.
    Lesson #3: Pretty sure I didn't sew them upside down. Don't always follow the pattern if something looks really weird. Or maybe it's because I didn't think (again) and the waistband is supposed to fold down more....
  • Pant #4: Managed to avoid mistakes above in attempts #1-3 but then on attempt #4, made the elastic too long for the waist so ended up sewing in a pinch on each side to avoid making a fifth pair of pants.
    Lesson #4: Measure baby's waist more accurately....
How hard can a pair of pants be?! I took a break for a day and then found a super easy pattern by Sugar Tart Crafts! Trace pants, sew pants. Made two pairs of perfect fleece pants in less than an hour. Only photographed one here. The purple pair had dinner so they're in the laundry basket.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Homemade Cards on a Snow Day Fun Day

What a way to start the new year! Many are referring to this snow storm as the "snowpocalypse." Several inches of powdery snow have accumulated since last night, snow is blowing every which way, and the wind chill is dropping temperatures to below zero. Sounds like a great day to stay indoors and try out some projects! 

Some scrapbook paper, some felt scraps, a top stitch, an embroidery stitch, and there you have it, a personalized card!

Hmmm....what to do next?

Take crocodiles for a walk. Empty out the toy box. Check out some books.