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Spool Knit Fun and Other Goodies

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and that your week is turning out well. We’ve had some fun here. I used one of my new~to~me tea pots for the first time. It was an Earl Gray kind of day.

Tea-Crochet-and-Chewy

On Sunday the girls and I decided it was time for a spool knitting tea party. They had received spool knitting kits from my parents (who are now stationed in Sicily) for Christmas, and with the plague we had going around, I hadn’t had a chance to teach them yet.

Ready-to-Spool-Knit

They both picked it up quite quickly. They love learning how to create new things. I have no idea where they get that from. ūüôā

learning-to-spool-knit

They spent hours, yes HOURS, sitting and spool knitting. No TV, just happily making. Vada even needed to swipe some yarn from my stash to keep going! Kyla’s kit had a lot more yarn in it, so she was fine with what she had.

getting-the-hang-of-it

Vada’s spool knitter is wood and has 4 pegs, so it makes a cute little tube. Vada has a thing for green.

Look-What-Vada-Did

Kyla’s spool knitter is plastic and has 6 pegs, so it makes a wider tube. She wants to make it really long and make a scarf. I am going to see if she can make it 3 times as long as she wants so we can loosely braid it to make it wider.

Kyla-Loves-her-creation

This coming Saturday, my friend Marsha will be coming for a visit. Remember when I told you I swiped her pretty bowl so she would have to come visit? I went grocery shopping at Trader Joes on Monday and I may have gotten a bit excited about Marsha coming. I told her if she came around lunch time we could have a “bunch~of~little~things” kind of lunch. So this is what I picked up. I have some other crackers in the pantry as well. Plus tea, coffee, and tea biscuits. Yes, that is chocolate cheddar cheese. It is either going to be awesome or gross, I will let you know!

I-may-have-gone-overboard

We received a package that was packed with this brown paper the other day. Kyla loves huge paper to color!

Giant-coloring

I had to buy a new scanner. At some point I will replace my scanner/printer/fax machine, but that is not in the budget right now. So I thought it would be nice to have a portable scanner, and I found this one for under $50 including the memory card and shipping. I was worried that it would get dirty, especially if I traveled with it. Why buy a portable scanner if you can’t take it anywhere? I thought it would be nice at conferences and such if there is a flyer or something I want to remember. So I knitted myself a little cotton cover for the scanner, and I even put on a pocket for the cord. The scanner is battery operated, but the cord is needed to upload the scans to a computer.

cover-for-my-scanner

I’ve made some progress on the jean/yarn skirt. I am almost done with the front wedge. This is taking a while because I don’t work on it that often. I have several other things that are a higher priority at the moment, but sometimes I just need a fun and easy knit, so this is great!

almost-done-with-the-first-wedge

Well it is almost time to take the littles to school, so I should wrap this up. Have a great day, my friends!

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Re~Skirt or What to do with Old Jeans

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Finally! A yarnie post for you! I know, I’ve had a lot of family photos and stories to share lately. Time for yarn!!

First, I promised you a while back that I would share how I have been taking my photos as of late. I have had several people ask how to get good pattern photos indoors, without good daylight. So here is my pattern photo corner in my basement.

This-is-how-my-photos-start

I hung a piece of light blue linen from a joist with a few thumb tacks. When I need a table top, I roll my desk chair over, toss a bin lid across the arm rests, and drape the linen over top of that. When I need the dress form, I just stick that in front of the linen. There is very little natural light that comes into this section of my basement. However, there is a large and bright light right there, and it works well for me. I use the close~up setting on my camera, and then just snap a bunch of photos. Having a decent camera helps, though mine is not top of the line…or all that new…but it certainly does it’s job.

Eli-Hat-Leo-Scarf-Free-Crochet-Pattern

Here is the picture I got from the set up I just showed you. As you can see, it works just fine! I do tend to make some edits on Picasa, but not much.

Now I have a new fun project to share with you.

I tend to wear jeans until they can not be worn any more. Some people wear out the knees first, I wear out the inner thighs. Does this happen to you as well? I’m sure the smaller you are, the less it happens; but for those of us in double digit sizes, this tends to happen.

Old-Jeans

It seemed a shame to toss these jeans into a box for some future use, when I liked them so. And I have been on a skirt kick lately, so I decide it was time to transform them!

Ready-to-make-a-skirt

I cut off the inseam and outseam, cutting on both sides so the seams were totally gone. I then cut a bit more from the crotch area on both halves, so that they would lay flat. This took a few tries as I did not want to cut too much off. I just cut a bit, then laid it on the table to see if it was flat, then cut a bit more until it worked.

Shortened-the-legs

I decided I wanted to put a crochet border on the bottom, so I cut a few extra inches off the bottom. The extra bits were tossed in my “Jean Scraps” box. Those things come in handy! If I had thought about shortening the jeans before cutting them apart I could have cut the bottom few inches off first, then sewn the cut edges shut to make two bags. Just add a strap, a button loop, and a button, and maybe a fringy bit off the bottom, and you have a cute little bag!!

Inset-in-progress

I have some great spring colors of Red Heart Super Saver that seemed just perfect for this project! What you see above is the start of the wedge I will put in the center front, and then I will make another for the center back. I will then make 2 more for the sides that start with a top that is an inch or two wide to account for the bits of the jeans that I cut out at the waist. I am making the wedges knit, and then I will add a lacey crochet bottom. I love mixing my stitching! I will also crochet a belt to go with my skirt.

I will keep posting photos through this project.

rug-in-progress

I am also crocheting a rug with 3 strands of Red Heart Super Saver and other like yarns from my giant bin o’ acrylic worsted weight yarn. I will write this pattern up and share it with you at some point. For those of you who are brave enough to give it a go without a traditional pattern, here is a quickie:

Chain 3, hdc into first chain, turn, hdc, sc, hdc in the first hdc. Then each row starts with 2 hdc in the first st (you can use a ch 2 for the first hdc, or a chainless starting hdc) then sc across, and 2 hdc in last st. For the “fancy” rows: (1 hdc, ch1, skip 1) across, then for the next row, 2 hdc in each ch-1 sp. Remember to increase on both ends! The other “fancy” row is just 2 rows of shell stitch: 3dc in first st, skip 2, (sc, skip 2, 5dc in next st, skip 2) across, both rows, on the second row the dcs are worked in the scs, and the scs are worked in the center of the 5dc shells. You may need to get a bit creative on the ends. I am making 4 rows of sc between the “fancy” rows.

Silly-Blue-Girl

This past weekend we took the girls to Disney on Ice. We got great prices on the tickets through the Girl Scouts. Kyla was feeling the need to be a blue princess ballerina. She was in quite the goofy mood!

Daddy's-Slippers

Every morning I tell the girls to put on socks or slippers before coming downstairs. This morning Kyla got up before me and came downstairs with bare feet. When I came downstairs she was cleaning up her breakfast like this. Silly girl.

Attaching-Patches!

¬†In really cool and fun new, I have a pattern in All Free Crochet’s top 100 patterns of 2013!

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It is my Owlette Lovey pattern. The sample seen in the pattern (named Owlivia) was donated to the children of the Boys and Girls Club of Hoboken, along with many other handmade stuffed toys from the Craft Hope project just after Super Storm Sandy.

Free-Owlet-Lovey-Crochet-Pattern

That’s all for now. Time to get hooking on that rug!

Jessie-At-Home

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A new pattern, a sale, and a giveaway…Oh My!!

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Things have been very active here At Home as of late. I am very excited to finally have the Rachel crochet skirt pattern ready for you!

Rachel-Lace-Ruffle-Crochet-Skirt-Pattern-Square

You can just click on the photo above to go to the Ravelry listing, which has all the detail about Rachel. You can always find the Rachel pattern with links to all the sites where she can be bought, along with my other crochet patterns, in my crochet pattern directory (under the patterns section of the menu bar up top.) She comes in child size 3/5 all the way up to adult size 5X. Rachel has an elastic waist, made with my unique, less~bulky, no bunch, waistband.

Rachel-Lace-Ruffle-Crochet-Skirt-Child-3-5

The first completed Rachel skirt was made for Vada as a gift for her 6th birthday last month.

Rachel-Lace-Ruffle-Crochet-Skirt-Pattern-Size-2X

I made the first and the last skirt in the testing batch. My wonderful testers made the rest. The skirt pictured above is mine, and you can see that you can thread a drawstring through the waistband instead of elastic, if that is what you want.

I mentioned a sale as well, didn’t I? I have activated a coupon code at Ravelry. Use the code “New Pattern” when you check out and you will receive 20% off your ENTIRE purchase in my Ravelry store. This code is only active through Monday at midnight, so go grab your patterns before it is too late!

There is a giveaway as well! Crochet Lounge is have a bit of a celebration, and I was invited! This round of giveaways runs through Monday and will have 5 winners with 5 different prizes. One of the prizes is your choice of any 3 of my patterns!! You can choose from my crochet patterns and my knit patterns. Just take a look at my Ravelry store to see them all. (OK, I see the problem here. Buy what you want with the coupon code now while it is active. If you then win the 3 free patterns you can either choose 3 more, or you can choose 0, 1 or 2 and be reimbursed for the remainder from the patterns you already bought this weekend.) Here is the entry form, just use the arrow on the right side of the picture to see the other prizes, mine is the last of the 5 photos:

Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, my friends.

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Patterns to test . . . and some cleaning

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Hello my friends! I am retesting 2 of my patterns. I did not have enough testers in the last go around, so I am testing these both again just to be sure that all the sizes are good! I am now running my tests in a group on Facebook. If you want to test either of these patterns, or if you will be interested in testing knit or crochet patterns for me in the future, then join this group.

Angela-Shrug-Knit-Pattern

First is the Angela Shrug. It hangs a bit over the shoulders to create a small cap sleeve. It’s body is lace with a ribbed boarder around. Angela is a circle-ish shrug made to close over the breasts, and cover them completely, even in the larger sizes! The sizes for this pattern run from xs to 5x. The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

Wendy-knit-skirt-with-net-ruffles-pattern

Next is my Wendy Skirt. It is knit from the top down, so it can be as short or long as you want, with one or two spirals of net yarn worked around the skirt. The spirals can be worked just as spirals (as seen on the two child sizes) or a ruffle can also be worked around the top under the waistband, and/or around the bottom at the hem (as seen in the adult size.) The larger sizes have the spirals spaced farther apart then the smaller sizes. The sizes I am testing for this pattern run from xs to 5x (I no longer need the child sizes tested.) The deadline for this test is June 15th, and the details can be found here.

down-the-playroom-shot

Doug was on spring break last week. He still had to work at his second job in the afternoons/evenings, but he was home during the school days, so we got some stuff done around the house then. On Monday we finally got the playroom in order with the new (hand~me~down) additions ~ a play kitchen, a doll house, and some organizational items left from the apartment.

window-wall-of-playroom

The doll house needs a bit of work, but it is quite loved!

Dress-up-area

We have a little dress up area for the girls now.

Play-Kitchen

Here is the pretty little kitchen one of Doug’s co-workers gave us.

reading-hide-a-way

We cleaned up the little reading corner and added some of the craft supplies in there as well.

Back-wall-of-porch-alcove

Kyla’s heart girl found a space to hang out.

Spider-Man-wall

So did Vada’s Spidey.

rainbow-shelves

We even cleaned up the rainbow shelves!

all-clean-with-new-shelves

Once the playroom was done, we were able to empty out some of the extra stuff from the girl’s bedroom. We will add a few things back in, but we are still in organization mode…

Vada's-Side

Here is Vada’s side, we hung a few shelves for her. The bottom one is for toys, and the top one is for “look at, but don’t touch” items.

Kyla's-Side

Kyla got some shelves as well. It is so nice to get the toys off the end of the bed!

That’s about it for today. I hope you have had a nice weekend, my friends!

Jessie-At-Home

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Christmas Review

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Here is a little Christmas review for all of you. I will have a few more posts for you with more snaps from between Christmas and now.

I have become much more focused on designing and writing my patterns, and on increasing the quality even more. Hence the bombardment of videos that I have been adding lately. Now my patterns not only have step by step photos of certain sections, but links to videos to help those who really like to see how it’s done!

Of course I still have the free patterns as well! Here are some shots of the knit and crochet versions of the Lorraine Earwarmer pattern.

Lorraine-free-knit-or-crochet-earwarmer-pattern

We also unpacked all the Christmas goodies (which were all packed back up again today.) That meant for a few weeks I had my holiday coffee mug!

Holiday-Mug

Coffee is good when working on patterns. Good. Coffee. Good.

Pattern-Making

I have been wading through piles of yarn. Every time the pile gets small, I add more. I think I have a problem…

Yarn-Pile

In an attempt to get a bit more organized, I grabbed an old table end table from the basement so I would have some storage by my couch. We do have a coffee table, but it is by the other couch, and I try not to clutter it.

End-Table-Yarn-Storage

It has an adjustable shelf, but no back. I found an old basket downstairs as well. Yea for organization!

Craft-Hope-Project-19

More boxes keep arriving for Craft Hope Project 19. We did just open a bunch today, that post is forthcoming.

more-boxes-Craft-Hope-Project-19

The Saturday before Christmas, my mother~in~law took us all to see the Nutcracker. The girls got all dressed up.

Dressed-Up-For-Nutcracker

Kyla wanted to wear her new scrunchie one of her school friends gave her.

Christmas-Scrunchie

The girls and their cousins were quite excited about the ballet. It was a decent production. From me that’s pretty good praise as I am a bit of a ballet snob, and have only ever seen the Nutcracker before preformed by the Joffrey Ballet. Front and center, no less. Like I said: snob.

Cousins-At-The-Nutcracker

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and I finally finished making the last present at 11:15. Somehow, I managed to make it to bed before midnight.

Night-Before-Christmas

Vada loved her new skirt.

Blue-Wendy-Skirt-Christmas

Kyla loved hers as well!

Pink-Wendy-Skirt-Christmas

The girls made out rather well. I know some kids get much larger piles, but we are a bit minimalist here, regardless of finances. I guess we are a bit old fashioned.

Christmas-Haul

The Christmas train was a favorite. Mine and theirs!

Christmas-Train

Later it was off to Doug’s family home. As always his sister gave out lots of cookies. She’s getting really good at this cookie thing. They used to be all burnt and crumbly, yet somehow they were still good. Now they are gone in a few days because they are awesome!

Christmas-Cookies

I always love seeing the Christmas tree train. Doug’s step~father is a train guy, and it always makes Christmas a little more special!

Christmas-Tree-Train

I had made some crock pot party cocoa, and the girls used it for a tea party.

Cocoa-Tea-Party-Christmas

Aren’t the spoons they used just¬†gorgeous?!

Pretty-Tea-Spoon

We took lots of family photos as well. I will share those in another post soon.

Happy new year my friends!!

Jessie-At-Home

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Some knit tests and a finished project

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Well I am testing a few patterns now. The deadline for both is February 24th. As always, I am running the tests on Ravelry.

First is a project I have been showing you sneaks of for a while now:

new-knit-ruffle-skirt

This is the Wendy skirt. The pattern is for child small all the way to adult 5X. This one is a child small, made for Vada for Christmas. I have another in the works for Kyla. Sorry it is model~less, but I didn’t want to spoil the surprise! All the test details can be found here.

The next one may be a bit¬†familiar. I didn’t get enough testers the first time around, so I am testing Paula again.

Paula-Poncho-knit

The Paula poncho is in sizes XS to 5X. You can find all the details here.

Crochet-Hook-Case

Remember when I told you I was making something I needed? Well here it is.

Crocheted-Hook-Case

A hook case that rolls both ways to be closed or to give access to the hooks.

Crocheted-Hook-Case

I’m not all too thrilled with the finished project. I am going to have to make some adjustments.

top-of-Crochet-Hook-Case

Once I do, I will have a free tutorial for you!

Vada-has-style

Vada’s outfit this morning was too cute not to share.

Well, we have to run to a Daisy meeting. I hope to have a tutorial (not the case) for you tomorrow.

Nighty~Night

Jessie-At-Home

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What a week!

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Last week was quite long and short, all at once. Do you know what I mean?

Fanny-crochet-skirt-pattern

Before I get into it, I should share that I finally released my Fanny skirt pattern. I am having a give away for any one of my patterns (winners get to choose which one they want) over on my facebook page.

just-being-cute

On Monday the girls informed me they wanted to be princesses at school. Kyla wanted to be a Ballerina Princess, and Vada wanted to be a Rock Star Princess. These are the outfits they chose for those looks.

Kyla-princess-crown-hair

I made Kyla’s hair into a crown for her. She was very happy.

going-to-school

On the way to school, I kept thinking how cute they were. So I took a picture. Somehow, I missed something very obvious. Do you see it? I’ll give you a hint. We are walking to school, and I am not carrying anything. Yup, all three of us forgot the girls’ backpacks. Ooops. So not long after I got home, I had to drive back to school with the backpacks.

Vada-modeling-a-new-hat

I also made a few Christmas~ie pieces for selling at a friend’s art studio. This little tam~type hat is just too adorable, if I do say so myself!

first-boxes-of-Craft-Hope-project-19

A few boxes have started to arrive for Craft Hope, Project 19. The girls and I will be opening them tomorrow after homework time. I didn’t want to open any up last week, things were just too hectic around here.

Wonder-Woman-Coffee

This is how most of my mornings have looked as of late. Yesterday’s coffee mug pushed aside for today’s. Looks like I need to clean that table…

Holiday-Craft-Fair

The Holiday Gift Shop at school was on Thursday and Friday. I forgot my camera on Thursday, and then still didn’t remember to take any photos until after things got started, so it’s a bit messy in the snaps. Everything for sale had to be $9.00 or less, so I choose to cut some prices on some of my pieces. I guess I’m just a sucker for kids!

Holiday-Craft-Fair-table

I made a whole lot of vinyl record bowls, and used some of them to hold items. I made index card labels so they would be easy for the newer readers to read.

Crochet-Baby-Hat

I made this little cutie during lunch on Friday.

ooo-free-goodies

On Friday evening, Peggy (one of the other Daisy leaders,) stopped by with a bag of goodies. She is an art teacher, and someone donated the bag. They told her if she didn’t need it to just throw it away. She didn’t need it, but she though I could use it!

free-goodies

There were lots of fun books.

wow-free-goodies

And fabric, and embroidery kits, and embroidery thread, and hooks and needles, and lots of other stuff. Because what I really need is more stuff. But boy do I love it!

Girl-Scout-tea

I had a nice day at InsaniTea yesterday. Look, I found a Girl Scout mug in the mug stash! It made me happy. As did the yummy peppermint/lemon tea that Ingrid mixed up for me!

Rainbow Ruffle Scarf

I made a few ruffle scarves to sell there. Here is one of them. That’s Travis. Isn’t he just adorable? He’s a music therapy major at Montclair State University.

Well, that is it for now. I should have a tutorial for you in the next few days.

Jessie-At-Home

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