Saturday, October 20, 2012

Yarn Ends Have Much Love

For a while I've been tying yarn ends together. Whenever I make something and I have to weave in ends I save what is left over and tie it into a ball. Why?

 That's why.

I think it looks bad ass, and to be honest, I don't really care if other people don't like it. This one is for me. It's gonna take forever since I only add, at the most, a couple of inches every color change or project.

After I've added a row.

At least I have color in my life ^_^

It's bumpy and full of knots but I don't care. It's a special project just for me. I think it's a great idea and it's technically recycling and I love it. And if you don't, I honestly couldn't care less. If you do think it's cool, awesome ^_^ It's small right now, but it'll grow over time. I'm also saving the little bitty pieces that are too small to tie together for fluffy stuffing if I ever make a doll.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Purple and Black Scarf for the Gilgameshy one.

I made a purple and black scarf for my friend Gilgamesh.

His favorite color is purple so in order for it to not look too girly I added black as well. Unfortunately my camera won't pick up the reds in the purple and make it kinda blue in the pics. It's the amethyst yarn that they sell at Wal-mart. I don't have wool or anything really warm so I'm hoping that the two strands will make this warm. I'm worried about it being scratchy due to the acrylic, but that's all I've got. I think after he washes it, it will be softer. It's kinda wide as well so it can protect his face against the northern cold. It's between 5 1/2 and 6 feet long. He's a tall guy so I'm hoping it's long enough.

If anyone is interested, the pattern that I based this off of is here -> Super Fast Scarf

Hope he likes it ^_^ It makes me happy to make things that get used and, hopefully, loved.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cinnamon Toasted Doughnuts

A friend of mine gave me some expired doughnuts from the gas station where she works (so awesome btw) and I've been nomming them and wondering what kinds of stuff I can do with them. Unfortunately I'm almost out of them now that this thought has occurred to me, but anyways. I cut some doughnuts in half and lightly buttered them.

(Since they were old they cut easily)

I threw them in a pan heated to med.

And sat back and smelled the sweet smell of burning. Seriously, I had forgotten about the fact that sugar burns like crazy....oops. I left them on for a minute or so and dusted them with cinnamon once they were plated. 

I figured they had enough sugar on them so I didn't add more. The burned parts are sugar, I promise. Besides having a slightly burned taste (I have no idea why, honestly) these were pretty good. Slight crunch to them from the butter and pan cooking, which was nice, just wish I could figure out a way for the sugar not to burn.

Moral: Burning rings of sugar are a go.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bama Pursey Thing

So I've been commissioned to make a bigger wristlet with an Alabama theme. I'm still working on it, but here's what I have so far.

Hook - 00 (double zero)
Yarn - Worsted Medium 4 in crimson and white
Finished dimensions - 7in X 5in

There should be 22 stitches on each row. Don't forget to count these.

ch 23
1. sk st, sc in next st, sc across, ch 1
2.-35. sc across, ch 1
36. sc in back loop only ch 1
37.-70. sc across, ch 1
71.  sc in back loops only, ch 1
72.-77. sc across, ch 1
78. sc 5, ch 3, sk 3, sc 6, ch 3, sk 3, sc 5, ch 1
79. sc across (when you come to the holes just sc into them instead of each chain) ch 1
80.-81. sc across, ch 1
82. sc across, finish off.

Then I put detail on it, attached buttons, stitched it together and I'm currently waiting to see if I need to put a short or a long strap on it. I'm also wondering if I should put white stripes on the edge of the flap, it looks a little plain to me.

(My rows were straight until I did that A, but it still looks awesome to me ^_^)

So far I have timed it at taking me a little over 5 hours and I haven't even started on the strap yet.
I have no idea if the lady's phone is gonna fit in it cuz I'm just kinda guesstimating it as I go.

Also, it's my first time doing the surface slip stitch thing but I like it. If anyone is interested I got it from here -> Surface Slip Stitching

I'll prolley update when I finish this.

P.S. I gotta say, I'm proud of that A ^_^ Roll Tide baby! And if anyone is interested the original pattern for the mini wristlet is here -> Mini Wristlet Pattern

If anyone makes this, let me know if I've messed up on anything.


Started 2am Monday October 15th 2012
Finished 7pm Tuesday October 16th 2012
Was paid 5$ for materials
Total Time - 6 hours

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mini Wristlet Pattern

A friend of mine wants a mini wristlet. Just big enough for her phone, credit cards, and some folded up money. I'm just gonna hafta wing this one and make it up as I go. Here's hoping my internet doesn't crash or something in the middle of it cuz I'm writing it here as I make it up. Also, dis is my first time trying to make and publish a pattern. Go with me here.

K so....this is a list for what I am using, you can use whatever you want but the results will probably differ.

Yarn  - Medium Worsted 4 (I'm using Red Heart super saver in Zebra)
Hook - 00 (That's right, double zero. I want this thing tight!)
2 buttons

You will also probably need a yarn needle and scissors, but then again, if you just break the yarn and weave it in with your hook, you won't need either. Up to you really ^_^ (Also, if you aren't using a double zero you might need a ruler, or you could go to It should be about 3in wide and, when folded, be about 5in...I think, we'll see)

The stitches you need to know for this are the chain stitch (ch) and the single crochet (sc), nothing complicated. This is gonna be really tight so nothing gets through in case she has to put change into it or something. That being said, it's prolley gonna be a massive pain in the butt to make this, be prepared for a battle.

Also, make sure you count your stitches. This is important. I don't normally count after every single row unless it's a long one that I really wouldn't wanna do again. But with this I count every 2 or 3 rows. If your counting gets off, you need to fix it or you are gonna have a really funky looking case that veers off to one side or is crooked. There should be 15 stitches on every row.

    Chain 16
1.  Single crochet (sc) into the stitch 1 away from where your hook is. (skip a stitch)
           SC into every stitch across, chain (ch) 1, turn.
2.-26 . SC into every stitch across, ch 1, turn
           (Crochet a little tight if you can, if the hook doesn't make it tight anyways.)
(Make sure to go through both loops)

27.   SC across in back loop only, ch 1.

 (Don't know if you can see it here but the back loop crocheting makes a foldy seam place.

 (For those who aren't using 00 it's 5in plus the seam row)

28. Keep going.
(Cuddles says, "You can do it!)

28.-53. SC into every stitch across, ch 1, turn
54. SC across in front loops only coming up from underneath, ch 1 (If you aren't using 00 just make sure that it folds over to make a flap on the correct side)
55.-57. SC across, ch 1
58. SC 3, ch 3, skip (sk) 3, SC 3, ch 3, sk 3, SC 3, ch1 ( you should have 2 holes now)
59. SC across, ch 1 When you get to the holes from the previous row just go straight through the holes instead of through each ch. 
60. SC across, ch 1.
61. SC across, finish off.

(Huh, look at that. I totally didn't plan it but it came out to be a foot. Gotta love

Now attach your buttons to match up with your holes. I added mine after the 4th stitch from each side, but it all depends on your buttons and how you want to do it.

(Hmm, that's a little dark so how about this?)

Now how to sew up the sides? Hmm...I don't like how the sc looks for closing sides. Basically you can do this however you feel like it. I think I'm gonna try whip stitching. Let's see how this goes.

Now for the strap
    ch 61, sk next stitch, SC in each stitch. Use the ends to attach the ring together and to the body. Don't let it twist.

 (Hmm...I'm still not good at that whip stitching thing. I went up and then back down the sides)

(I put some money, my ipod, and my drivers license in there...I don't have a cell phone T_T. Also, there's proof that I've been uploading this as I go.)

Shadow and Stupid say, "It's time to rest."

P.S. Anyone who uses this pattern, please let me know how it goes. It's my first time so I mighta screwed up somewhere. Have fun and happy crocheting ^_^