I hoarded quite an amount of yarns that will probably take me 5 years to use them up. So I solemnly swear promise to myself that I will use them up all before I would even dare look at yarns. So 2018 is the year of GREAT DESTASH!
So I started with this baby blanket. This is for the “monthly” birthday celebration of my niece, Kahla. I’d been making themed-beanies, outfit, and tops for her. I thought of making something her mom can use as backdrop for her monthly photo shoot.
I did not use all the yarns on the photo above. I only used up to 3 cakes but each cake were not totally used up. The finished blanket was quite huge already; it can cover a 6-year old. Sorry, I forgot to take dimensions.
So I’m planning to make one again with the rest of the yarn cakes. It’s definitely a great project for destashing yarns. So please God of Hookers let me not be lazy. I’m not really fond of crocheting the same pattern again and again.
At first, I wanted to make a lacy garter. But I was having a hard time finding a lacy but on the fierce side kind of design because I just cannot see Jean, the bride, as that “lacy girly” kind of girl. So I ditched the lacy idea, and made a “Wonder Woman” themed wedding garter. Any how, if it would not suit the bride’s taste, it would really not make a disaster of their wedding. =)
I originally made this doily as the arras purse. But I made another one, the one above, because it’s a bit hard to convert it to a drawstring. I just gave it to them; in case, they need something as backdrop for their wedding rings or whatnot.
Quick update. This Saturday will be our dressmaking class assessment, which I just want to get over with because it’s interfering with my crochet career. Chos!
Honestly, I’m not so happy with how I perform in my dressmaking class. I did not give much effort to it; I was such a mediocre. Chos #2! I was probably more absent than being present at the class. Just getting by is the just the worst way to waste time. I might as well just really waste by doing totally nothing than pretending to be “doing something.” Owkei, let me end my whining here.
So the past week, I have not hold a hook and yarn that much as I’m trying to put my energy on my dressmaking class (I will blog more about it on a separate post.). But I actually just end up watching nonsense clips of Bigbang (KPop) in youtube. #huhubels My daughter’s so into BTS, and she reminds me of my Bigbang moments, and there’s just too much funny and cute and random videos of Bigbang now on youtube so there.
Anyhow, I’m now in Month 3 of Khalista Andrea. I promised her mom that I’ll make her those costume props for that monthly shooting.
I made a “soccer themed” outfit because her dad, my cousin, was a soccer varsity back in high school and college. Hope he can go back to it.
I bought a soccer hat and diaper cover pattern but ditch the whole thing, and just wing it on my own. And looking at my finished project, I CRINGE!!! The soccer hat more looks like a black and white mushroom in Super Mario. I’ll try harder in my 4th month.
This was also my first time to use Gantsilyo Guru’s Dapper Dreamer Stardust, it’s a mix of cotton, silk, acrylic (maybe I should post a reaction/review of it.).
Where do you usually start with a project? With the yarn, the pattern, or just the feels?
Because I honestly do not know why did I make this? I know that I wanted to make a gift for a friend, and the colors of this yarn remind me of her.
But because this took me some time to finish, I questioned myself from time to time, why did I pick this pattern for her?!?
Maybe because I thought it was an easy quick pattern. Indeed, it was easy, but it was NOT quick. I started this some time in the 2nd week of July (hoping to finish it by her birthday), and now it’s the 2nd week of August. It took so long to finish that I honestly don’t know if I still like it or not. But at least, it was only a month overdue. =)
Or maybe I pick this pattern because it uses Scheepjes Whirl? I find that the gauging of Ashley’s Crochet yarns (as well as other local yarn mixes) are not that far from Scheepjes Whirl. For those who got stuck on what pattern to pick best for local (Philippine) yarn mixes, you can check patterns in Ravelry that are made from Scheepjes Whirl.
For this Mandala Cardigan, I think a cotton mix is more ideal, like poly cotton, to give it a stiff to hold the form.
Now for #bloggperpose… This is not mine (unless the friend decided she want another kind of crochet stuff) so I’m trying to hold myself from bloggerposing it.
I never imagined that there are really people who used cup sleeves or cup cozies at home except when they’re given those cup sleeves at coffee shops. Anyhow, a friend messaged me that she wanted a few cup sleeves.
And now I have a new sense of appreciation for what seemed to me boring thing to crochet. It’s actually quick fun. Following are some notes I made when adapting the crochet patterns that call for worsted yarn to mercerized cotton thread 10 for those who want some quickie crochet project.
So worsted yarn (using size 4-5mm hook size) is what is usually specified in the the cup sleeves patterns I was looking at. The worsted yarns I usually have are the Monaco acrylic. But I wanted to use cotton because I thought it would feel more cosy if it’s cotton to protect you from heat than acrylic. So I opted to go for the mercerized cotton thread. I “double pull” it because “impatient.” 🙂
Yarn: Mercerized Thread 10 (Double Pull)
Patterns: See list below.
1. Get cup sleeves from coffee shops. They come with the take-out paper cups. I believe it’s the standard size. There are lots of information regarding cup sleeve dimensions on the internet but to save us from information overload, just go to your nearest coffee shop. You can then use this as your gauge for sizing especially if we are not using the specified yarn weight in the pattern.
2. With monaco mercerized thread 10, chain 39 (to 41) as your base foundation. After making a few cup cozies, chain 39 is the closest that could give me the right size for standard cup sleeve. If you started with shorter length, you may increase in the later rows.
3. The alternate SC and DC stitches give me the most stretchy effect, and fits perfectly with the chain 39.
The basket weave is also cozy except that it would shrink as you go on for more rows so you might start with a longer chain, or increase along the way.
For my 1st attempt, it took some time because I had to frog a lot of times to get me into the right gauge. When I was able to get the hang of it, cup cozies are pretty fast to make. I would have made more except that my right arm was in pain after at that time after making 3 mermaid blankets successively for my nieces. =)
Before, I really find making a shawl “too granny,” and kind of inappropriate for our warm weather. But when I got this Ashley’s Crochet “vintage-vibed” yarn, I felt that it had to be made into a shawl. And, that maybe one day, Cebu, Philippines will be blessed with an 18-degree Celsius weather. Though, on the other thought, I’m happy with all the sunshine we have! =)
So this is my version of Lost in Time crochet shawl. Thankfully, I was able to finish it, and did not get lost in time.
I had to frog it a few times, then had to re-do it from scratch just so this “ridge” detail will really come out. When I started this, I was doing 2 different shawls at the same time; I was being glutton that I missed little details, which plays a major role in the shawl’s design. So what happened was that I was reading the FPDC and BPDC as “front DC” and “back DC” instead of “front post DC” and “back post DC.”
I was already 3/4 of the yarn cake when I decided that I had to rip the whole thing off, and start again. 😭
That “ridge” detail is what I’m referring to…
Lesson learned: Do not be major glutton.
STITCH COUNTS on Additional Rows
One of the reasons why I posted a blog of the Lost in Time shawl because I came across a post from a crocheter, in one of the FB crochet groups, asking for the “Total number of stitches for each row” on every additional rows after Row 26 so I’m writing this down to serve as a note.
So the downloadable pattern is only up to Row 26. Once you’re done with Row 26, you can continue by repeating row 15-26 as long as you like. So when I had to re-do the shawl from scratch, I paid attention to the stitch counts. It was really an effort because I’m not that OC when it comes to stitch counts and a few kinks here and there as long as it does not affect the final overall look of the item.
I only manage to make 3 repeats of Row 15-18, then only twice repeat on Row 19-26 as I ran out of yarn. If I could, I want to repeat it 5 times so I might pick a longer yarn next time, maybe 300g or 400g to be sure. =)
So here it is…
For repeat of Row 15-22, there was a pattern of increase by 20 stitches for every next “round” of repeat.
For repeat of Row 23, there was an increase of 10 stitches.
For repeat of Row 24, there’s an increate of 5 clusters of 8DCs.
For repeat of Row 25, there’s an increase of 40 stitches
For repeat of Row 26, there’s an increase of 5 for the popcorn stitches and 40 for the DC stitches.
Here’s my draft note of the stitch numbers. The numbers refer to the final stitch counts when you repeat Row 15-26 (Just read it as Row 15 from top and so on). The numbers after “;” refers to the next round of repeat. =)
The edging of my Lost in Time was modified because I ran out of yarns already. And to the most important part, #bloggerpose. I asked the daughter to model it for me because I really wanted to do it in some fancy place but I can no longer wait. =)
(For the details / steps on how this top, Crochet Wavey Long Sleeve Convertible Crop Top, is created, go straight at the bottom of this post.)
I don’t know if I’m crocheting because I love doing it, or it’s just an excuse for me to play modelling / fashion blogger hashtag #fashionblogger. =)
A little background about this crocheted top: I made this crocheted top for the husband’s cousin in SF. We got more or less the same “body type,” extra curvy sexy. =) So I made up the crocheted top design to be friendly to plus sizes female, and with a tinge of playfulness in it (Gasss, sounding like a fashionista there!).
And, in all angles.
But if that’s all too complicated, you can just hang it around in your neck and make it a scarf, just how the recipient did it. =)
4. Materials. For the yarns, gradient yarn from Ashley’s Crochet which I won during their yearend raffle last December. For the hook, I use 4.00MM. You can play around with the yarns, and hook. Though, I think the thicker or the worsted would make the project faster to finish. =)
A bit of how I created the crocheted top:
1. Chain in multiple of 16 (16 stands for the number of stitches it takes to create 1 wave).It was a trial and error, for me, in getting the right number of chains because the length might increase or decrease as you add on rows. I totally forgot how many chains I made.
Anyway, for my design, the number of chains is based on the length from one cuff of my hand to the other. Though, I tend to make the beginning foundationchain shorter because the length tend to increase when I added rows.
2. The original crochet stitches are sc, hdc, dc, trc for the waves. I increased it to up 1 notch so it’s like the sc became hdc, hdc became dc, dc became trc, then trc became double trc or something like that. I increased the length of the wave because the yarn I was using was thinner, and also to make the waves “clearer.”
The SC rows in between the waves were maintained at SC.
3. I created two panels, front and back. Then I worked on the rows “horizontally.” Then I SC the two panels together leaving “holes” for the head and body.
4. Pour some coffee, and enjoy! =)
This was a fun crochet project to make. I like big projects with a lot of changes in crochet stitches. This will be fine for the beginners because getting some stitches wrong would not really matter to the overall project.
I kind of lost count of how many beanies I made. Crocheting a beanie / hat or toque for Canadians is a love-hate relationship. But the best part of making a beanie for me is figuring out what design or style to make.
I usually try to make a beanie based on the “personality” I perceived from a person. So when I made one for this geeky-nerdy person, I realized that I really have no inkling idea of this guy except that he probably loves travel so much that he created a nerdy app called “3 Streets 1 City” — go download it on iOS.
But I can’t make a globe beanie for him, right? So what does geeky/nerdy people like? I thought that I’d never go wrong with making some thing from Starwars. And, I have green yarns, so I ended up with Yoda, which Cho thought that it was Viking.