Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Start your granny square engines . . .

I found this and I think this is AMAZING!!!

The Craft & Folk Art Museum in LA is calling for crocheters to send in granny squares so they can cover the museum in them for an upcoming museum.

Please click on the following link for instructions and more information.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Appearing in an Opperating Room near you!

This is a cool info-graphic I found. So do they teach crocheting in Med School? I would love a granny square mesh implant.

Infographic: How Crochet Revolutionized Medicine

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My gym teacher always said I had no follow through

I'm sorry, I keep saying I am going to post things and then not following through. So I am trying again. I am finally free and home this weekend so I am hoping to work on some of my WPIs. And maybe post so more. But don't hold your breathes.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How-To Make Yarn from a T-shirt

How-To Make Yarn from a T-shirt

Making yarn and crocheting items, mainly washcloths and scrubbers, out of it is a great way to reuse/up cycle old t-shits. I always end up with bleach stains and holes in my t-shirts and gym shirts and like reusing them instead of trashing them. Here is my tutorial on how to make yarn out of old shirts.

What you need:
An old T-shirt (Cotton or Cotton blend works best)

1. Lay your t-shirt flat and cut off the bottom hem of the shirt.

2. Start at one seam and start cutting a strip. I prefer using 1/2 inch wide strips for thicker fabrics and 3/4 to 1 inch for thinner cotton fabrics. If the fabric is lightweight and the strip is too thin the yarn will break. If the fabric is heavier and the strip is too wide the yarn will be too hard to crochet with.

3. Continue cutting the fabric in even-ish in a circular pattern keeping the strip thickness about the same throughout, but it doesn't have to be perfect.

4. If you are working with a mainly cotton fabric follow this step if not skip to step 5.
Once you have a few feet of yarn gently tug the fabric until it rolls up.

5. Continue cutting the shirt in a circular pattern and rolling newly created yarn into a ball as you go.

6. Now just keep working up the shirt untill you reach the bottom of the arm holes.

 Don't worry you can cut through graphics and screen prints. Just make sure if the graphic is thick you make the strip width a little thinner.

6. Once you reach the bottom of the arm holes end the yarn at the seam of the second arm hole.

Congrats you just made your first skein of t-shirt yarn!

I am not good with resoultions

Obviously I am not good with resolutions. Oopsy. That is why I don't like making them. The Olympics end tomorrow evening (I am going by EST time) and I still have a lot to do. Which means I will be posting frantically tonight and tommorow.
I currently need to weave in the ends on 2 goose dresses and make pom poms and jack-o-lantern phase and sew on to dress, write tutorial for goose dress and how to make yarn from a t-shirt, and 1 more post. I think I can do that. I just hope you don't get sick of me.

Happy Hooking.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

So Far Water Polo is My Favorite Sport

I found this on Knit & Crochet Now's Facebook page and it is very very true for me.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ironless Hemming aka How to Hem a Pair of Pants With a Hair Striaghtener

What do you do when you need to hem or (fix a hem) on pants (or skirt/dress) and don't have an iron (or don't want to drag yours out)?

Go to the bathroom and grab your hair straightener aka flat iron!

I am not a domesticated diva and don't claim to be. I hate ironing. Let me say it again I HATE IRONING! I have shirts in my closet I never wear solely because I don't want to iron them.

I have found that a flat iron is perfect for ironing collars and ruffles on shirts. (Even while you are wearing the garment)

The below How-To explains how to use a flat iron in the place of a regular iron when hemming garments.

How to Hem a Pair of Pants With a Hair Straightener

What you need:
Flat Iron (Hair Straightener) 
No-Sew Bonding Agent Tape 
Pants (or garment that needs hemmed)

1. Make sure your flat iron is clean of hairspray/ hair goo. I damp paper towel works great. Heat iron to medium-high setting. I was using a cotton garment in dark blue so I wasn't worried about burn marks. Adjust the heat based on your fabric type and color. When in doubt use a lower setting and hold the iron in place longer.

2. Preheat hem by folding fabric over desired amount and using flat iron to press the hem. Hold the fabric and hem in one hand and flat iron in the other. Place iron at one end and slowly pass over fabric just like you were straightening a section of hair. Repeat if necessary.

3. Place a small section (1-3 inches) of no sew bonding tape (or other iron on bonding agent) on the fabric in the bend of the hem.

4. Using the same method as step 2 use the flat iron to adhere the hem together. Work slowly in small sections. Once complete check to make sure the bonding agent is holding the hem together. If not work over the section again. See it is just like doing your hair!

5. Repeat step 4 until the whole hem is completed.

Final product: 

Here is the before:

And the After:

 I ended up hand sewing the hem on top because these are my favorite dress pants and I don't want to rip out the hem again the first time I wear them.
You can also use a flat iron to pre-fold them hem in regular sewing when you don't want to drag out the real iron.

Happy Hooking!!!

My Ravellenic Games Project(s)

Once again the Olympic Games are upon us and thus countless hours glued to the TV and computer (sometimes both at the same time) of watching the games. The 2008 games were the first time Ravelry held their Ravellenic Games. Now Ravelry itself has teams and more rules but the concept is simple; start the projects during the opening ceremony and finish by the end of the closing ceremony. That is ruffly weeks to complete a project. Most people pick something big or challenging; a pair of socks, a sweater, or a blanket.

Personally, I've decided to use this as a quick kick in the ass towards my New Year's resolution of resurrecting this blog. In lieu of a big project I've set myself a few goals

- Posting about Ravellenic Games Project
-Making yarn from a t-shirt how-to
-Hemming pants with a flat iron how-to (not yarn related but it's my awesome contribution to domestic laziness
-Crochet Goose Dress pattern and tutorial
-Make one more Goose Dress
-Finish Goose Cheerleader Goose Dress (Already done, finished while watching a road cycling race this morning. Kazakhstan won. )
Plus at least 3 other posts (I hope the internet doesn't get sick of me).

Happy Hooking!

PS: I am a Lockte fan. Phelps is too cocky, not as cute, and his Subway Commercials annoy me. (Note: I always find the divers the cutest even though they are usually short)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Yarn Diet

I saw this on another blog and LOL'ed literally. Then I immediately sent it to my yarn whore friends.


Even though it is for knitters if you just substitute the word crochet it describes me.

Happy Hooking!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I should be cleaning but instead I am crocheting

So my parents and grandparents are coming to visit this weekend and I am not a very good maid. So I should be cleaning and vacuuming (my least favorite chore ever). But instead I watched reruns of Toddlers and Tiaras and finished this project.

I call it the Love Eternal Infinity Scarf.I used a modify version of the pattern found here.


 But I upped the yarn size to bulky and a J hook (they use a fingering weight and a small hook). I shortened this and made it a short eternity scarf. I love mobius, cowls, and eternity scarfs. Especially since it takes less yarn and is quicker.

I plan on posting my version of the pattern soonish.

Happy Hooking!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Best Grandaughter Ever

I made the dress for this Yard Goose as part of my Mother's Day Present to my Grandmother. When I was younger she used to own a yard goose and would have my mother sew clothes and costumes for it. Due to an insane landlord she was unable to keep the goose when she moved. Thankfully she is now living in a friendlier establishment she is able to have such (ridiculous) yard adornments. I was able to find the plastic yard geese at a store where I currently live and got the genius idea to buy her a new one and make it dresses as her present. And she loved it! I made 2 dresses, one in variegated pink baby yarn as a spring dress and this one from leftover acrylic yarns. In my stash I currently have supplies to make Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day dresses. I used the pattern at the following link as a guide and made up my own. I hope that I can post the pattern and basic steps when I make the next dresses. I am terrible at taking picture oh my WIPs. http://www.allfreecrafts.com/crochet/goose-santa.shtml Happy Hooking!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spring Stash Cleaning

So I have started the arduous task of sorting out and figure out what is actually in my yarn stash. I haven't sorted through my stash much since I moved (oh about 4 months ago). To move my mother thought it would be best to pile my yarn into 20 gallon plastic storage containers. This has done with haste and neglect to actual sorting. I moved right after the holidays and had previously been traveling back and forth between my previous and current locations for several months. Since the move I have only been working little projects at a time while dust settled on my 4 storage containers in the basement. In an attempt to figure out what I have completed, what I need to finish, what is finished but needs the end woven in (I hate weaving in the ends), scraps and project yarns. I've spent the last few days sorting things out. Here are the results. My Stash Has Exploded!
A pile of inherited charity squares.
One Giant Knot for Mankind!
Don't worry I untangled most of it. I would say I promise not to let this happen again but that is very doubtful. Happy Hooking!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lions & Yarn & Crochet OH MY!

I saw something about this several months ago while it was a work in progress and I think it is awesome. Too bad I won' t be able to go to London this summer to see them in person. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17915318 http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/the-lions-are-advancing-and-they-ve-got-knitting-needles-1-4504413# Happy Hooking

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Resurrecting the Dead

I am back. It has been while. Well over 3 years, so a lot has changed. I guess I should change the name of this blog since I am no longer in college. But I won't. Or at least until I come up with a better name. Between the last post and now I've graduated college,( 2 years ago, oh how time flies), got a good job in corporate America, then relocating twice (so far) for said job. Sadly my job isn't in the yarn/fiber industry or anything close to it so I still love crocheting and crafting in the mean time. Resurrecting this blog was supposed to be my New Year's Resolution for 2012. Considering that it is now the end of May I'm obviously not too good with resolutions. The other part of my resolution is that I'd start an Etsy shop to sell some of my creations and make some spare change. At this rate it won't get done till October, but we shall see. I am hoping to organize my yarn stash soon since it has been sitting in plastic tubs in the basement since the last move. Then I need to figure out what I can currently sell and set up a site. I know it isn't hard but once I get done with work the last thing I want to do is mess with computers again. In the meantime I will try to post some picture of the recent things I have done. The most recent was crocheted dresses for a plastic yard goose for my grandmother for Mother's Day. That got me the best grand daughter of the year award. Happy Hooking
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