A Super Dog

This morning I agreed to make a dog a cape. Not just any dog though, my youngest child’s lovey. He’s not a big toy so I agreed and told her to grab me a yarn she wanted. Sure enough she grabbed the last ball of the same Lilly’s Sugar N Cream yarn I made her Scrubbies from. I started it on the way to a family get together, finished it while I was there chatting with the folks, and now Dog is wearing it tonight to bed of course.

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Laying flat when completed.

I’d give you a gauge but I didn’t have anything to measure it with. I made the pattern up as I went using a part of an old Halloween costume (a ninja mask actually lol) that has been converted to a cape for her big sister’s lovey as a size guide. Had I known when I started she had Dog with her I would have measured against him. Either way it’s not very long or wide. My guess is that it is about 6 inches long, 7 at most and about 5 inches or so wide.

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A Dog and his Cape!

I may be able to get my hands back on it tomorrow to get a measurement of it, I doubt it but maybe, if so I will update the post with the size (and also my Ravelry project page). In the mean time here are the specifics for my quick stitch project.

Supplies:

  • Hook: I (9mm)
  • Yarn*: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream Scents, size 4, worsted weight
    • Color: Fleur de Lavende
  •  Yarn needle & scissors
  • Dog

*I need to note the yarn I used was not actually the LSC Scent one, it’s the closest color I could find online to the one I used for this quick project. I no longer have the wrapper for the remainder of the skein but if I ever buy more I’ll let you know what the color and lot really are. Any size 4 worsted weight would work for this. It’s quite possible this is actually the Peaches & Cream, color Candy Sprinkles, sold at Wal-Mart since I sometimes get my yarn there. Either way it’s a cotton size 4.

Dog’s cape took me about 2 hours to make in total and will hopefully grant Littlest many nights of bravery against bad dreams. 🙂

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Dog is already saving the day for Littlest.

Simply Pie

Today is 3/14 which means it is π day. So I made some. I did, I have the beginning of a s’mores pie chilling in the fridge and hopefully it will set before bed time otherwise it’s going to end up as an “almost midnight” snack! 🙂

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The pattern was free from the Lion Brand yarn website, you may have to be a member (which is free) to see the pattern. I adapted their “whipped cream” instruction for it though. You can get to it thru my Ravelry profile or click directly on the link here. It took me about an hour to put this together, the tv and thoughts of the actual pie in my fridge kept distracting me.

 

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Attached to the back is a small brass pin, yep, from the stash in my craft room. I have no idea when I bought these but I have 23  more left. Who needs some Pi Pie in their life?

Happy NaCraMo Pi Day!

 

Celebrate Creativity!

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It’s time to celebrate creativity!

According to the Craft & Hobby Association, yes that’s a thing, March is National Craft Month! I didn’t know that, shocking but true. To make amends for my lack of knowledge and preparation I’ve given it an shortened name (which is NaCraMo, pronounced nah-crah-mow in my head lol) and also decided to post a project once a day for the entire month. Not that I don’t have work, family, and other things to to tend to… but why not? Crafting is good for you, as is spending time crafting with people. Life’s short, so is March. Exactly!

That’s a LOT of crafting. Which is fine. I need to use up an entire room overflowing with craft supplies. For the record, in keeping with the site so far, not all ideas will be mine but they will all be made by my hands (unless noted) or will be on the verge of being made by my hands. I” do my very best to include directions/tutorials where I can. Yikes! Scary but it’s happening. It’s all happening.  Although this is my little Crochet spot on the web, not everything will be Crochet since there are many crafts I enjoy. I also like to engage in plastic canvas projects, general craftery (yes I made that up), photography, sugar arts, general art making, and scrap booking to name a few. I’m sure to get myself into something else sooner or later so expect the unexpected as they say.

Today is March 2nd so I’ll have to do two crafts today. If any of my friends nearby want to join in feel free to buzz me via phone/email/ the usual ways to let me know you’re coming over for some hot and/or cold glue, needle moving, painting, drawing, coloring (which apparently is considered crafty nowadays-to the delight of my 5 year old self…and my 5 year old of course lol) creative debauchery and shenanigans, and of course Caffeine-ation! I’m looking at you first Nanners!  😉

Side note: There's also the possibility of a VIRTUAL CRAFT PARTY at the end of the month in the works...I'll keep you all posted about that also!

I’ll post the two crafts for today separately from this post, all of them will be tagged with #NaCroMo2016 so feel free to search for them later today. In the mean time, get out your glue guns, pop sticks, yarns, beads, and buttons cause it’s time to get creative!

Crafting Tips

You can find this lovely PDF on the Craft & Hobby Association page Here

 

 

His-Scrubbie

Well I did it! I finished making all three of my Littles their own face scrubby sets.

The last one I’d been working on was for my son. He’s the oldest and honestly I probably should have done his first but…too late for that. It’s done and there we go. In case you missed it, the scrubby I’m talking about is the one I posted about on my initial post here on A Tangled Webb.

I could have finished it within a day or so of starting it, but then life happened and I set it down. I officially finished it this past Sunday, prior to the big game of course.

I’m almost positive he already started using it. He better have or he’s going to have one mad Mama.

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I have a basic pattern to it written out but I’m going to have my teacher, aka Mom, make it also. She doesn’t know it yet but she’s been hired as my simple pattern tester. It pays in Grand-kid loves and you can’t beat that! After she confirms it for me I’ll be posting it as my first pattern, it will be free too. Can’t beat that either. 😉

Here are the other two I made:

The first one I made was for my youngest and it is care of this free pattern here: Face Scrubby by Dianne Hunt

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The second was for the middle child, both of my girls do use them, I’ve witnessed them doing so. I tend to not spy on the 12 year old’s bathroom habits so I can neither confirm nor absolutely deny that his are already being used; however, I’m going with yes cause Mommy said to do it thus he must do so. Anyway, here is the link to the other pattern, also free: Face Scrubby by Diva Stitches

 

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The pouch for the second pattern I really liked so I used it as inspiration for mine. I should have added one more round to mine though since it is basically the same size as the scrubbers. The extra round would allow for a bit more ease of removal and insertion of the pads. Ah well, ya live and learn, right?

Besides I’m going to instruct my pattern tester to do so. I joined the pouch in the Diva Stitches pattern together differently than listed by using single crochet stitches. Not that it wouldn’t work as listed, it did. I wanted to test the look with the SC and liked the way it formed a boarder so didn’t frog the joining. Both ladies did a great job and I love their patterns. I’m sure I’ll be making some for more of my family members. For the pouch I made for my son I joined the two pieces using a slip stitch in back loops only then sewed the big blue button I found in my sewing basket to the front.

I used Lily’s Sugar N Cream cotton yarn for all three. They’re great for yourself or as a gift and crochet up nice and quick. Happy Hooking!

Colorful Christening

HELLLOOOOO THERE!

Yep I meant the shouty caps. So, now that I have your attention. Welcome to my other space. I decided to give myself a less stress inducing, or releasing depending on your point of view and how I feel the moment I type it, space for the crochet projects I’ve been doing. True my journey thru it all is being shared on purpose, but still, it’s nice to get out of my own head every now and again, thus my enjoyment of zoning out while crocheting. Especially since this year I’ve decided to tackle one very large project all my own. I’m going to make my own pattern for a Cheshire Cat inspired sweater! Yes I know, insanity loves company and company likes to Crochet!

I’d also like to start making up more patterns on my own. They’ll end up here as well, and as well as the ones I’ve made based off other lovely creator’s patterns (with links directly to the creators of course). I enjoy crochet and hopefully you will follow along and enjoy it too, maybe even learn something along with me since I know I don’t know it all…yet. It’s stress relief. Not to mention it’s quite a useful habit that my mommy taught me when I was a child. If mass production of clothing ever fails all I need is a sheep, some sheers, and an ability to stomach farm animals smells. Though I may just ask my sistah Nancy to handle the sheep and pay her with free clothing. She’d absolutely do it for me too. Right Nanners? Right. Okay now that that’s been decided…

 

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Work in Progress (WIP) Rainbow Face Scrubby

My christening of sorts for this blog is my current quick project. A group of face scrubbies for Eldest Little, my 12 year old son. I have made two sets already, one each for each of my girls. I’ve made each of their sets with a different pastel Lily’s Sugar N Cream cotton yarn. I got the patterns for those two projects from Ravelry (I LOVE that site by the way, it’s free, go check it out, and no they don’t pay me).

Back to the task, the above circle is what I came up with for Eldest Little. It’s the only non-pastel cotton I have available. I initially tried it using the new Scrubby yarn from Red Heart but frankly I’m having trouble getting the hang of that yarn. Not to mention I don’t know that it’s really soft enough for a face cloth; a body cloth sure, a counter-top wiping cloth absolutely, dish towel no problem, but not so much his face and frankly I want him to want to use it. When I gave him the experimental disk he rubbed his fingers on it and made a face at me. It wasn’t the color that put him off to it (the girls didn’t like the feel of it either).

 

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My experiment with Scrubby yarn. Hook included for size reference.

Needless to say, and yes I’m saying it, I switched to my last skein of cotton. Better for the skin anyway and at his age, that’s very important. Such a protective Mama I am.

P.s. I also have the yarn in black, which is the color his would have been made of had I gotten the hang of it, I used pink first to experiment and not waste the black. Pretty sure I’ll be sending both to Mom so she can make some dish cloths.  Keep an eye out Mommy.