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Chaos

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Yup, chaos. Kind of explains a lot going on right now. I seem to have a decent routine on school mornings up unit I get home from taking the girls to school. Then it’s just a bit, well, chaotic. I’m working on getting into a routine during the school days. It seems like there is just more to do then time in the day. Market some days, laundry others, cleaning (always cleaning), organizing all the stuff in the basement, garage, spare room (which will one day be Kyla’s room), working on my designs/patterns, and, of course, spending time with you, my blogland friends. I know I can.

I know I can. I know I can. *I hope*

So here we are, at the beginning of the week. Let’s see how it goes. So far this morning I have gone to the market and done a bit of cleaning/organizing in the basement. Much to my dismay, I think I will need to change out the shut off valve for the outside water. It seems even when it is off, it still drips a bit. I’m giving it a day to see if the dripping stops (maybe it’s just taking a while to empty out), otherwise I will have to stop at Home Depot tomorrow to get a new shut off valve. When my dad was here he put one in that didn’t require any sweating/soldering pipes. You just cut and opening, and slip it in. It’s working great, so I’ll see about getting one of those. Way cheaper then the plumber ($75 just for the house call, then whatever the charge is for parts and labor.) If I do it, I’ll post step by step photos for you all.

So…I’m testing a few patterns. I opened the tests a couple of weeks ago, but I could still use a few more testers, if anyone is interested, and can meet the deadline.

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I’m retesting the Fanny skirt, I only had one tester last time around, and would just feel better to have a few other sizes tested. Here is the testing info.

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I really love this skirt.

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I’m also retesting the Freya vest. My sizing was off. It was too tight the first time around. I have fixed the sizing, and would like a few sizes tested to be sure it is all good now. Here is the testing info for Freya.

Angela-Knit-Shrug-Pattern

Another new love of mine. This is a fun lace/rib knit shrug named Angela.

Angela-Shrug-Knit-Pattern

As with most of my patterns, sizes range from XS to 5X. If you want to test this one, the details can be found here. Well, that’s it for now, my friends. Have a lovely week, and I hope to chat with you again soon!

Jessie-At-Home

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Snack Bag for school, free knit pattern!

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So I wanted a fun snack bag for the girls to use in kindergarten. It seemed like a good excuse to make a new pattern. It came out adorable, and I felt the need to share it for free with all of blogland! So here you go, my friends.

Knit-Snack-Bag-Free-Pattern-Pink

Stripes made by using second color in following rnds:
15, 17~19, 21, 35, 37~39, 41, 55, 57~59, 61

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Stripes made by using second color in following rnds:
44, 48, 51, 53~54, 56~58, 60~80

Sizes: One size

Yarn: DK weight, sample in photos is made with Bernat Softee Baby

Hook/Needle: Set of 5 size 5 double pointed needles

Gauge: 6 stitches per inch (give or take, not incredibly important)

Other Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Stitches and Skills used:
CO ~ cast on
WS ~ wrong side
S ~ slip
K ~ knit
P ~ purl
DP ~ double point
PFB ~ purl front and back
ST(S) ~ stitch(es)

Bag Bottom
CO 30 onto one needle, work in bottom in rows
Variation: use a provisional cast on to make picking up these stitches latter a little easier
Row 1~19 odd: (WS) s1 purl wise, p to end
Row 2~20 even: s1 knit wise, k to end do not bind off, continue with bag sides

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Bottom with provisional cast on

Bag Sides 
Rnd 1: with one dp needle, pick up 19 sts along (short) side of bottom, p into each st; with next dp needle, pick up 30 sts along next (long) side of bottom, pfb in first st, p28, pfb in last st; with next dp needle, pick up 19 sts along (short) side of bottom, p into each st; with last dp needle, working in 30 live sts from last row of bottom, pfb in first st, p28, pfb in last st

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After rnd 1 of sides

Rnd 2~8 even: k19, (next needle), s1purl wise, k30, s1 purl wise, (next needle), k19, (next needle), s1 purl wise, k30, s1 purl wise
Rnd 3~9 odd: k all
Rnd 10~74 even: k9, p1, k9, (next needle), s1purl wise, k30, s1 purl wise, (next needle), k9, p1, k9, (next needle), s1 purl wise, k30, s1 purl wise
Rnd 11~73 odd: k9, p1, k9, (next needle), k32, (next needle), k9, p1, k9, (next needle), k32
Rnd 75: p all
Picot Bind Off: k1, *k1, slip last st back onto left needle, co2, bind off 4 (1 st on right needle), rep from * around bag top. Clip thread, end work and weave in ends.

Button Loop
CO3: work I~Cord long enough to make a loop for your button of choice
Variation: co 20 or so (depending on the size of your button), then bind off all sts
Variation: crochet a ch st chain long for button loop

Bag Lining 
This bag can be used without a lining, but it may stretch out with use. I choose to make a fabric lining for my bag to help avoid the stretching. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made my lining.
First I drew it out on the inside of my fabric. Make a rectangle that is as wide as the one front plus one side of your bag, and as long as twice the height of your bag plus the depth of your bag. Add a half inch seam allowance around the rectangle. Draw in stitching lines as in the following picture:

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Fold in half along center of bottom (right sides together) and sew side seams.

Smush the bottom corner into a triangle and stitch the bottom of the side to the side of the bottom (the pictures should help)

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Clip the triangle bit off, leaving a ½” seam allowance.

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Press the four side edges and top stitch very close to edge to make the bag hold its shape.

Fold the top over ½” and slip lining into bag. Whip stitch lining into bag just below trim line.

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Sew on button and button loop and enjoy!

To find a printer friendly version of this pattern (text only, in black, no photos) click here. This will bring you to the listing for this pattern on Craftsy, where you can also find printer friendly versions of all my free patterns, and where you can purchase my sale patterns.

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Testing the new skirt pattern!

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I named her Fanny, ‘cuz she is made with lots of fan stitches!

Fanny-crochet-skirt-pattern

I am starting the pattern test for this skirt, so if you want to be a tester, pop on over to this post for the details. You have to be a Ravelry member (it’s free) to test, as that is where I do all my testing. The sizes are XS~5X.

Happy Monday!

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2011 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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Done!

| Clothes, Crochet, Pattern, Skirt

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Finally finished this and wanted to share it with you.

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I plan on starting the pattern testing for it on Monday.

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I’ll let you know.

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Good night!

Jessie-At-Home

©Copyright 2011 Jessie Rayot / Jessie At Home All my videos, patterns and posts are my own work. Do not copy them in any way. If you want to share this information with someone, share the link to this post. If you want to share on your own blog / website, then you may use the first photo in this post and link back to this post. You may not give away printed copies of this post. Thank you.

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Purple, Pintrest, Presents, and happy Etsy edit

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Well it finally arrived. My purple!! I’ve been working on finishing up some stuff for Ingrid to bring to Pride next week.

purple-cotton-yarn

A few weeks ago I finally joined the crowd over at Pinterest. It seemed like a good way to keep track of all the cool house ideas I have been running across on the internet. Here’s a few of my favorite pins. If you aren’t on Pinterest, you need an invite to join. If you want an invite I can send you one to your email, just let me know. If I don’t have your email, you will have to give it to me. Or you can ask another Pinterest user for an invite. It’s free, which is right up my ally.

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We also received a box of presents from my parents in the mail yesterday. It was all from their Turkey trip (the country Turkey, not the bird.)

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The girls got fun little coin scarves, and evil eye bracelets.

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There is nothing wrong with Kyla’s eye, she just loves to be a pirate princess.

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I received a lovely Pashmina, it is draped over that pile of boxes on the right.

Cool news from Etsy. They no longer charge an additional listing fee for multiples of an item. It used to be if you listed 5 of one item, you paid 5 listing fees. Now you pay one listing fee, and when one of the items sell they automatically charge you the next listing fee. I love this! I went into my account and changed the amount of every one of my patterns to 5, so as they sell I won’t have to go in and re~post them. Though having said that, I have to tell you Etsy is not my preferred place to sell a pattern.

If you are going to purchase one of my patterns, I greatly prefer you purchase them from my Craftsy store. Two reasons. First of all, if you purchase a pattern from Craftsy you immediately receive the download, no waiting for me to get an email that you made a purchase, and then email you the PDF, hoping your email account can support the size of the PDF. Second, no matter where you buy one of my patterns, you will always pay the same price, but Craftsy is the only place were I sell my patterns that does not take a percentage of the purchase price.

Ravelry takes only a very small amount, and also has instant downloads, so if you are on Ravelry and want to be able to keep your pattern in their online library, then go ahead and buy the pattern there.  Etsy’s percentage is still reasonable, but they have yet to instal an instant download for PDF products, so not only do I see the least amount of profit from them, but when you purchase a pattern, I get an email, then I have to email you the PDF as an attachment. Not a big hassle, but I know I love the instant gratification of being able to open my PDF as soon as I purchase it!

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So that’s my ramble~ie post for today.

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Have a great weekend, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

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Pajama Puddle Jumping, and Waiting for Purple

| Crafts, Crochet, Family, Jewelry, Medieval, Pattern, Skirt

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After our long day out an about on Saturday, we stayed in most of the day Sunday.

reading-the-Sunday-comics

The girls took some time to read the comics.

sharing-the-Sunday-comics

They have been working on sharing.

girls-reading-the-Sunday-comics

Doug and I have been doing a bit of pre~packing. At this point, most of the stuff that can be packed early is boxed up. Now we just wait for the actual move 3 weeks from tomorrow. In the mean time, there is now space were I need it to get some patterning, commission, and other crafty stuff done.

packed-and-waiting

This morning when I went to get the girls up they had their noses pressed to the window, staring at the rain. They wanted to test out their new umbrellas, and jump in the puddles.

going-to-play-in-the-puddles

So on went the plastic shoes, and out went the girls.

testing-the-new-umbrellas

Before breakfast.

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Still in pajamas.

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It was fun.

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Eventually I had to get some stuff done. I can’t just play with the girls all day, as much fun as it is.

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I finished up these voting tokens for an A&S competition we will be having at a medieval event next month.

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Sorry they are a bit fuzzy. I made 40 sets. I have been working on them for a week, so it was nice to finish them. Next I have to make the prizes. I’ll share them with you as well. Most likely some necklaces, some limp bound books, and belt pouches.

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I am also working on finishing up a pattern to start testing next week.

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Lastly, I am waiting for purple. I have a few rainbow~ie things in the works, but I had to order the purple to go with this lovely cotton yarn (Tahki Cotton Classic)

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Have a lovely week, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

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Lacey~Vesty~Swishsy~Fun!

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I have been working on my next pattern. It’s one I started a while back and put to the side because I had too much on my plate. It started out as a short vest.

Short-Lace-Vest

I then continued the pattern to make it long with slits up the sides. There is something about this style of vest that I have always loved.

Freya-vest-first-version-side

When I first started dating Doug, I had a stretchy red long vest that only closed at the base of the neck shaping and had slits up the sides. It was one of my favorite pieces of clothing I owned.

Freya-vest-first-version-back

So now, here is my version. I have written the pattern for sizes XS/S, M/L, 1/2X, 3/4X, and 5X. I will be posting a testers needed post in the usual place this week (I’d say Tuesdayish.)

Freya-vest-first-version-front

The pattern allows you to make it any length you want, from cropped on down, and to start the slits at any height you want. There are suggestions for a variety of closures, as well.

Freya-vest-first-version-front-close-up

The one you have been looking at here is another that will end up in my Etsy store, as it is a M/L, so it won’t fit me. It should be on Etsy by Tuesday. There was one more edit to the pattern after this one was made, I raised the neckline a bit. This way the vest still looks good if it is only closed with one tie/button/whatever, just at the bottom of the neckline. With the sample you have been looking at, it just was too low and looked odd when I only closed it at the one point. Luckily inspiration struck and I decided to try lacing it shut. Pretty nifty look, isn’t it?

Freya-vest-first-version-close-up

So with the final pattern lacing will be a possible choice for closures, and it will also look good with just one or two little closures at the top. I am making one more tester myself before I get other testers, just to be sure the alterations are good. This one should fit me.

Freya-beginning

Well, I’ve got to get ready to head off to InsaniTea for our fun Yarn Day!
Talk to you soon

Jessie-At-Home

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