Thursday, July 23, 2015

Break-on-Thru Boogie

So, another long hiatus, what's new.... not as long as some, though! Wait, what's new? Well, for starters, this was a PRODUCTIVE hiatus!  I started a Facebook page to try and promote my Etsy shop.  Still no funding for this promotion, but it's a start.  I have 18 items up in the shop right now, and that is an extreme achievement.  The pictures still leave something to be desired, but it's an accomplishment.  ALSO, I have a HOTH child sweater that isn't up for sale yet.  I believe I had posted some photos of it as a WIP...

Wait, there's more!  I have more WIPS than appendages!  I am working on a Mystery Halloween Project that I will post pics of RIGHT NOW! in progress, but I'm not tellin' what it is.  No spoilers from those of you who may know!  Although some guesses would amuse me....

I hope the camera works...ok.  BTW this is inspired in part by an old Lion Brand pattern (LB#40283).  No author is noted on my copy.  However, I believe it will be completely unrecognizable to that project in the end, and definitely will come with more bells and whistles! So, for the most part this is an original work.  

Hot damn, I'm on FIRE!  And yes, the date stamp on the camera is not right and extremely annoying, but who's got time for that?  

Okay, other WIPS.... no pics, but I'll give you some tidbits.  There are two lovey blankets in progress, one is slated to be a pink bunny with an octagon-like shape and 3dc puffs that are in a white, pink, and purple variegated yarn.  I got the inspiration from someones site, but I failed to keep the information and I am coming up empty searching for it again.  I will look more and hopefully I can find it before I post pics or put it up for sale. Anyway, it was the octagon shaped blanket part that I got from their pattern.  Today I started the second lovey that is in a white, blue, and green variegated.  I am using the same puff stitch because I love the way it looks with the variegated yarns. 

However, I wanted it to be different and I wanted to create something fresh so that I can feel like an artist and not a copier machine.  I started with a not so original concept of using the puff stitch and just going back and forth.  Then I decided I wanted to still start in the middle, so I thought I could use the puff stitch in a granny square pattern.  Now, I have a happy accident and faith and confidence in my ability to stumble into a great final product. (Lots of my original ideas are now unfinished scraps...)  So when I went to start the granny square I found that doing 4 3dc puffs and 4 ch-3s was making more of a circle than a square.  I took a gamble and went forward, and even if a million other someone else's has done exactly what I have done, for myself, for a moment, I have created something new.  A circular 3dc puff blanket that will most likely be a lovey if I can come up with something as awesome as my "round-a-bout" discovery! =D  

AND SO IT IS BORN! I will be recording this project as my first original pattern when I am done.  This has been, in past blogs, what I have noted that will truly define me as a crochet artist.  I do have another completely original work that I would like to create a pattern for.  I waited too long to make it, though, and I want to be accurate, so I plan to make another some day and record my process in a more timely manner.  That would be my mom's snowman, which I will also someday post pics of.  Some day. 

Ok, well, last but not least, I am starting to come up with some real ideas and materials for my sachets.  So those will soon begin coming together.  And, if I can ever focus on some super easy stuff... I will have a plethora of pony tail flowers to take pictures of, with which to bombard my various media outlets and suggestively persist that people purchase them.  BYE NOW!

Saturday, March 14, 2015


I had to laugh after I typed the name to this post... it wasn't until then that the word boogie reminded me of the word booger... So funny how some words have two very different meanings... and yes, my finding that title funny is a bit gross...

Anyway, I am feeling like I owe some credit to all the other websites I have been posting about here recently... I should plug people more often, cause I am getting soooo many views this month!  And I doubt it is just because it is craft month... lol.  Still lovin' the Mystery Afghan 2015 by Yarnspirations and Crochet Crowd.  AND, you'll never believe it, I actually have some photos of my progress.  Sorry, that is all I have right now.  Camera is still down, but I just had to get some pics of my afghan to share with all the wonderful people on the facebook page. So I got help from my mom and her camera.  Besides, I am not getting very far on this project, or others for that matter, so you aren't missing too much right now.  These granny squares are kickin' my butt a little, but it is a great challenge and learning experience.  Anyone who's interested is still more than welcome to start one, and you can even still sign up with them in order to be concidered for the yarn prize.  Just follow the link that Brittany pinned to the top of the facebook page (the Mystery Afghan link) I linked to above, and you can read all about the rules and get the clues as well there! And don't forget there is a KAL as well, if that is your thing, or you can do both!

Yes, that was a lot more shameless plugging....  I wish I had more to share, but I am happy to be able to give something, and not too long since my last post, either!  So, I know I don't have too many items on my Etsy page, and I don't have the money to really advertise.... that is why I am going to try and get a lot of projects made before I go in there again to get all updated.  A lot of my listings drop off soon, so it will look a bit empty for a while.  If you are actually looking to purchase something, send me a message there and I will get back with you.  Once I have my camera sitch figured out, and I get at least another 10 or so items completed I am going to put up lots of listings and maybe I will advertise for a bit.  You can even let me know here, if you have any ideas or are intersted in a piece.  I can do pretty much anything now, I think.  Well, as long as it's crochet....  OK, well here are my wip pics of the afghan, enjoy!!

The progression over the weeks.. clue 1 is bottom left, next to that is clue 2, top left is 3, then 4, and finally 5 on the top right... it is the orange blob in the middle, hehe.

This is row 6 of clue 3.  I like the way it looks before you add row 7, so I took a pic.

These are the 5 squares I have that are up to the current clue, #5.  In the center is a blue one, and I am thinking of doing more with that color, but I am waiting to see the next clues.  We get 2 this next week and get 2 weeks to complete them.

Alright, everyone, have a great week, and keep on keepin' on!  Much love!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Did You Know It's National Craft Month?

I just learned that March is considered National Craft Month.  I finally joined enough sites that I feel like I am really "in-the-know" when it comes to crochet and other crafts.  I just entered a contest for is and you should, too!! It is a giant Red Heart Yarn gift bag full of awesome stuff!  I am excited for whoever wins.  I usually don't win raffles or contests, so I would fall out of my chair if I get this!

I am sad to say I still don't have any pics, my camera is still down. =(  Very sad!!  The update for the week, though, is that I put that purse on hold to start The Crochet Crowd and's 2015 Mystery Afgan CAL.  I think I talked a little about it in my last post.  They also have a KAL going for it, too, in case I didn't mention that.

Gotta run for now, good luck to anyone who enters, and keep up the crafting boogie!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Don't Stop the Boogie

I apologize for my recent drop-off-the-Earth episode...  Old habits die hard! I tell you, I always have the best intentions and then I let myself become lazy, again.  Well, since I am here in whim, I don't have any photos, but I will share a link to a great community I have been following recently on facebook.  It's The Crochet Crowd and it's a great way to see what other crocheters are doing, or to share your own creative ideas.  Check it out!

Currently I am working on another purse, so I will try and get pics up sooner rather than later.  I also watched a tutorial from Crochet Crowd and yarnspirations about doing graph work.  I still haven't tried to arm knit or crochet, I just don't know if my stash is personally big enough right now.  I also made a couple of headbands recently, of my own design, so I will have a few photos to share when I get myself together again.  Hopefully I will also get some more postings on soon as well.

Hope everyone is enjoying themselves and not having too much trouble with the winter weather.  Great to talk with you all again, and I will see you soon!

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Turtle Wins The Race, Right?

Haha.  I feel like the turtle, but I don't see the finish line yet.  That could be a blessing in disguise, I suppose.  This morning I kept hearing people trying to drive up the hills of our apartments, and they all seemed to be going no where fast. Lol.  Their tires just kept spinning on the thin layer of icy snow over the drive.  I feel like that this week.

Anyway, I am just glad I am here on a Friday getting my post on!  Still not selling anything on Etsy, though.  And still not getting enough finished products to post on Etsy to try and boost my visibility on there either.  The only thing I have worked on this week is the sweater I have been talking about. And though it is sadly under par for where I should be, I took some pics.  So, tires spinning at least means I have been doing something and, here for your viewing pleasure, are the results...

Not much more than squarish rectangles, currently.  The middle pic will be the front and I am almost at the point where I will divide for the shoulders.  The white yarn had a little yarn goblin go and tangle it all up for me, and I don't think there is enough left, so I am just going to buy another skein here soon.  After I finish dividing for the shoulders I will start on the sleeves.  It has been a while since I have made a top.  The last ones I made were for my man's little ones.  I wish I had pics of those. They were pretty cute if I do say so myself.  The boys one was actually the same green as this sweater, but the whit was more ivory.  Both were hoodies, the girls was supposed to be a kitty, I put ears on it and made a applique kitty face, which I sewed on in a way that made it a pocket and the boys was the same as a puppy.  I say the girls was supposed to be a kitty, this is because my use of pink for hers kind of made it look like a piggy instead.  Anyway, I got to see them wear them once and it was adorable.

Okay, ya'll (don't laugh, I am from Texas originally), wish me luck in the new week!  And have a great one yourselves!!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Boogie Into the New Year

Well, I missed a week.  And no go on the snowman.  BUT, I haven't given up, and I did finish the red shawl last week.  So that will be your pleasure today.  Yea, I thought I could handle the week of Christmas and get it all done, but working overnights that week turned my world upside down.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, and my body is still telling me it would prefer that schedule.  However, it is not something you can do for a week and then just act like it didn't mess with your head.

And Damned if I never started on those Limpet Mitts of Mrs. McCawber's.  Sigh.  I really wanted to, but it is hard to get on here when the other half is hogging it.  I did work on a children's sweater project I have been working at for a couple months now.  I am going to need to buy a skein of white Red Heart before I can finish, but for now I am plugging away at it.

Whether or not I start on the Mitts, I am looking at starting another bag.  And still, I am working up the courage to try the arm knitting technique.  I slept in way to long this morning or I would search for a knit or crochet along.  So much to do, so little time, when the sandman has his grip on you for 3 hours longer than you would have liked!  I would assume you could arm crochet as well, but I haven't seen anything on it.  I really like the idea, if you couldn't tell, especially for the knitting.  I am hoping it will help make me into the knitter I would like to be.  Does anyone have some get-er-done dust they would care to sprinkle on me?!?!? =)  Okay, okay... I will give you the weekly pictures now, and be on my way, in order that I might actually accomplish some things today!  See you next week!