Sunday, September 30, 2012

Monkey Madness!

What does one do when one's little grand niece (10 years old and cute as a bug) messages you on facebook and requests a sock monkey, a blue sock monkey?

You got it!

I bet you knew the answer!  Yes, you sit down a knit up a monkey.  I'm calling him Mookey.

I can't believe how cute he turned out.  I didn't have a pattern, just made him up.  I knit him up on a circular needle.  When I do another, I will probably start at his feet and work up so the legs and body will all be one piece.  

 Either way, he is cute.  I wish I were him!  Laid back, no worries, and irresistible, can you imagine going through life like that???

I can't!  LOL!

I wanted to share some fall decorations with everyone, but the batteries in my camera died right after I got these pictures taken.  

I am still working on my to do list, only it keeps getting longer.  Now I have an afghan to make, and I found this little doll I want to crochet.  It is called the Tilda Doll.  This gal is from the Netherlands and she had the pattern on her blog, she was even kind enough to send me the instructions in English.  I have been following her blog because of her crochet.  I am not sure which I will begin next.  Maybe both??

I am off for now.  Just took a baked spaghetti out of the oven.  New recipe from Taste of Home...hope it turns out!




Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Bipolar Hooker?

So who does this???  I am moving right a long crocheting these adorable pumpkins (the pattern is here by the way!)
So pretty, and such crochet satisfaction!  Much faster than the knit ones, too!

I have even been cutting up sweaters and making little owlies, because they go so well with the pumpkins. 

Then Friday evening I get a hanker'in to make something....crochet of course.  I am pretty much blaming this on pinterest...pinning, and pinning some awesome crochet ideas.  

So what do I do???  

Now here comes the bi-polar part.

Are you ready????

Here it comes!

You got it!  I crochet up a Christmas Stocking.  How wacked am I!  Do others do this???  Actually, I couldn't help it.  I found a pattern that had a little picture of a striped stocking I liked, but when I started reading it, it was done flat then seamed together.  I didn't want that!  I wanted it in the round.  So, I just did it myself.  
It turned out so bright.  Mr. Snowman looks quite cute on it, too.  

So I ask, does this qualify for being all over the map??  One added piece of info, I have also been making scarves from recycled tee-shirts.  The daylight got away from me, so I have no pictures of the scarves...but I can tell you they are totally groovy!!!

I will be co-hosting a give away with,  
She will be giving away sock yarn along with my purse patterns, the contest is to start Monday.  

I have been scoping out her yarn and totally drooling!!! 

So my to do list has grown even longer.  Plus I have an afghan order to do, a sock monkey request, and helping a lady by making coffee filter roses for a birthday party.  My plate is full, and all I want to do is anything other than what I need to be doing!

Enjoy Your Week!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pumpkin LoVe!!!

Sweater Pumpkins!  Aren't they cute?  I have been busy making these for my upcoming craft sale.  It is amazing what you can turn an old thrift store sweater into. 
This one turned out so pretty.  I found one of those old sweaters from the 90s that were long and had the big shoulder pads in it.  $3!!  I still have some pieces of the sweater left to salvage.  It is so hard to photograph black, but you can get an appreciation for the bright colors of the pumpkin.

These are so easy to make.  I found the idea on pinterest (thank you pinterest!).  Here is a link on a tutorial for them.   I did mine slightly different.  At the top, I actually wanted to use the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater for a little ruffle where the stem comes out, so I gathered it just below the bottom ribbing, pulled it slightly closed and started stuffing.  The stem is a piece of the sleeve wrapped in twine and I just put in in the center when I pulled the top tight. 

I cut the leaves out of an old plaid throw blanket I got from the thrift store.  It is made out of that fleece stuff, so it is like cutting felt.  I just cut two leaves out, one green and a large black, layered them and stitched them with black embroidery floss.  I used coated floral wire for the stems of the leaves and the curly vines.  The wire will go right in between the green and black layer of each leaf.  I put a leaf at each end of the wire and wrapped it around the stem of the pumpkin. 

You can then use a pen or pencil and curl the wire around it, both ends, then wrap it around the stem. 

That's it!  You may want to secure the stem and leaves with a little elmer's glue. 

Oh, I also pulled yarn through the bottom to the top, around the pumpkin to make those little separations on the pumpkin (I don't know the technical word for it).  I made mine into six sections.

Someone had to get in on the picture.  LOL.  Look at those little feet! 

Okay, now this is the fun thing!  Using the little scraps.  I fashioned up this little pumpkin and the little owl from pieces of the sleeve.  I really like the bright striped sweaters the best (so far)!  I used pieces of old tee-shirts for the eyes and wings.

:-)  He makes me smile...I can't help it!  I do however have serious scissor thumb from using the pinking shears.  Ouch!  I had to give them up after awhile.  They were too dull for the tee-shirt fabric.  It is cute, but the pain in my right thumb has forced me to go back to regular scissors. 

Aren't they pretty with the crocheted leaves?  This was a pretty sweater, I almost felt guilty for cutting it up, if I hadn't only paid $3 for it I probably would have!

In between all this, I have still been knitting little pumpkins and crocheting leaves.  I changed up the pattern quite a bit.  Now I start with an icord and work down.  I like the look a lot better.  This one I did a little cable stitch.  Ouch, once again, the thumb!  LOL!

It is rainy and cool today, perfect for pumpkin production, so I am off to get back to it!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Crocheted Leaves

I am ga-ga over these crocheted leaves!  I want to crochet a whole tree full, LOL!  And I think they go perfectly with tiny pumpkins.
I was on the search for the perfect crocheted maple leaf last week.  Google-ing, searching ravelry, and etsy...and some pinterest.  Pinterest led me to this etsy shop, ka-ching!!!!  Her shop GoldenLucy Crafts, is full of patterns for leaves and seashells.  I purchased her maple leaf pattern and it is awesome.  Easy to follow and she also has step by step photos.  Right now she has a pattern for an oak leaf that I am seriously eye-balling!  I'll probably get it, but first I want to make more maple leaves.
I experimented with some different yarns.  It's too hard to pick my favorite, they are all so pretty.

I finally finished up my third shawl.  I had a hard time trying to figure out what kind of edging to put on it.  I knew it needed one.  
I had this chenille by Lion Brand that I picked up from a sale bin that worked perfectly.  It really made the blue pop.
It is very "fringe-like" and so freakin soft!!  I do want to make more of these, maybe for Christmas or my etsy shop.  If you are interested in the pattern it's a Lion Brand freebie, called South Bay Shawlette.  The pattern doesn't have an edging, I added that myself.  
Isn't it yummy as a scarf!
And of course, worn like it was designed to be.

That's about it for now.  Enjoying a rainy Labor Day, with homemade soup and movies.  There is a Mash marathon on TVland my husband can't step away from!

I hope everyone has a great week!  Now I'm off to make more leaves.  (That seriously sounded like a "Martha Stuart" quote!)