Monday, September 14, 2015

Hobbity Birdsong

Hi everyone!

I've got another shawl for you to take a peek at, for this one I used another gorgeous colorway from Vivid Fiber Arts called Birdsong.


The pattern is a new one from MADuNaier on Ravelry called Crossing the Brandywine. She has created an ebook of Hobbit inspired shawl patterns so this shawl was a win-win-win-win for me (crochet? check. awesome yarn? check. shawl pattern? check. shawl pattern inspired by one of my favorite books? check.)




Funny story: I was almost finished with this shawl when I realized that it was more shallow than I like my shawls to be. So I ripped it (otherwise known as "frogging") all out and started over to make it deeper (that's what she said). More work for me, but worth it in the end! :D


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ballet Boutique

Hi everyone!

Toot has started a new season at her ballet school, oh my how she has grown from her first year there until now!


I keep telling her to stop growing up but she just won't listen. She also likes to say that I'll be driving her around forever because she won't be getting a license so I guess we're both dreamers. :P Anyway, her school needed some signs and I thought, "Hey, I've got glue for that!"


And yes, you could just print out something that said, Ballet Boutique but why would you do that? Why? WHY.

This sign was a quick work up using some sheet music and lots of ink. I actually didn't have any neutral color lace so I painted various pieces white and then used Distress Ink to discolor them a bit so they weren't so WHITE. lol

Monday, September 7, 2015

Discovering Atlantis

You know, there's a good reason why I don't blog with any regularity anymore. I can't think of it at the moment, but I'm sure there's a good reason why I don't blog with any regularity anymore. ;P

Anyhoo, new shawl to share! :D

I snagged some of this awesome yarn in the Atlantis colorway from Vivid Fiber Arts during one of their updates. It's probably a good thing they don't update their shop all the time as I probably would be homeless...yet have beautiful yarn. Ah, the struggle is real.


This yarn was just so dreamy to hook with...


The pattern I used was Fantastica by Katrin Klaffenböck. This was an easy pattern, definitely pick it up if you're looking for something simple and beautiful!



Thursday, June 4, 2015

She's a Dancer

Hi everyone!

I've got a canvas to share with you today. :) Toot has been all up in ballet for the past couple of years with no end in sight. I made this canvas as a sort of "end of season" gift for one of her friends who also dances:


My original idea was to get the letter that her name begins with (it starts with "S") and alter that but then I found these ballet stickers, which were too big for my "S" idea so I Mod Podged sheet music onto the "S" and then affixed that onto a canvas also collaged with sheet music.


The rest was stenciling and toilet paper roll stamping. lol It was a lot of fun to make!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Rainy Day Shawl

Shawls, shawls, shawls! I can't get enough of them this year! lol So I decided to try some yarn from Wolle's which specializes in "color changing" cotton yarn. This experience was new for me in that the color changes happened, not by one strand of color transitioning into the next color, but with the next color strand tying into the other strands and gradually replaces the first color strands until the color changed and then the next color was introduced.

Wolle's Color Changing Cotton

Clear as mud? Well, that's not the yarn's fault, I've had some wine while typing this post. Speaking of which, try typing "transitioning" after having a glass. I'm just saying...

ANYWAY.

I made this shawl, POW!



This shawl marked the first time I incorporated beads and while I love the finished look, I did NOT like putting all those beads on. I'm a lazy hooker I guess. It was also the first time I used this color scheme for a shawl. This was definitely not my usual pick of COLOR OMG COLOR ON IT ALL MORE!!!!!!!!!! lol But, in the end, I think it turned out nice. :D



I told my kids these mats were for them but I seriously just bought them so I could block shawls. I bear no guilt.


"You won't post this online, right?" No mom, give me a little credit, geez!

The pattern I used was True Love by Michele DuNaier, one of my current crochet idols. I swear, if you're looking for an easy pattern that looks complicated, you need look no further than her patterns. She is awesome!

ETA: My Rainy Day shawl was featured on Ravelry's front page!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Windmill Shawl with Vivid Fiber Arts Part 2

Great Scott, people! Did I never really blog the end result of my awesome 2nd experience with Vivid Fiber Arts?! Why don't you tell me these things?!?!?!

Okay, whose to say who's to blame here...also, did I use those two words correctly? And why yes, I do homeschool, why do you ask? Anyhoo, let's just call this a draw and I'll show off my shawl now, hmmm? Ready? No seriously, prepare yourself because this yarn and this shawl is ZOMG AMAZING. If I do say so myself...ahem.

One more WIP shot...I'm forever a crochet tease, I know.

And now...magic!





Working with this yarn was just absolutely dreamy. (And the pattern from A La Sascha was pretty awesome too!) If you love to crochet and/or knit, you just have to try out Vivid Fiber Arts. Their yarn is simply one of the best I've ever worked with! It's soft, beautiful and vibrant and makes the simplest pattern look incredible!

*For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook page, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Windmill Shawl with Vivid Fiber Arts, Part 1

Hi everyone!

I'm running another yarn test for the super awesome Vivid Fiber Arts, this time it's a gorgeous bamboo/cotton blend in the "Sonrisa" colorway:


The pattern I'm using is by A La Sascha called, Windmill Shawl. (Also available through their Ravelry shop.) Here are some WIP pics:


Now a little further on, lol


This pattern is extremely easy while giving off a beautiful, more complicated look. This is a great pattern for beginning hookers who want to try out a shawl. :D

As for the yarn, it's another knock out of the park for me so far! Glides nicely through the hands without being slippery, feels good like a cotton yarn should. lol No sheen like VFA's previous Lux line but it's very soft and squishy. The gradient has been a gradual change and actually snuck up on me a couple of times like, oh snap, you look different now! lol Which is really the best part about working with this fabulous yarn.


I can't wait to share the finished shawl with you guys! You will LOVE how these colors blend and swirl together!

Have a great day!

*For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook page, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

There and Back Again...A Crocheter's Story

Hi everyone!

My first test shawl for Vivid Fiber Arts is complete! I am SO excited to share this with you, I've hooked up a lot of things but I am super proud of this shawl. :D


This yarn was so nice to work with and the gradual color changes really set off the pattern (Goldberry Shawl pattern by MAD Cap Fancies).


And let's talk about those color changes! I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of gradient yarns but as a crocheter, you usually end up with stripes of color not gradual changes that flow from one color to the next. One of the biggest things that has impressed me about Vivid Fiber Arts is that they've completely kept crocheters in mind and not only offer higher yardage skeins for crocheters (our projects tend to eat up more yarn than knitting) but also thought about the color changes themselves so we don't get a case of the stripes.



This colorway is called, "Morning Glory" and I think it's going to be popular! Anyone that is a fan of pinks, purples and blues will love it!



This was definitely a case of right yarn, right pattern. Both worked together so well! This shawl was a pleasure to make from start to finish. :D

For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Korea Loves Crochet, Part 2

Hi everyone!

So you might remember my post, Korea Loves Crochet which tracked my crochet spotting in various Korean TV shows (i.e. Kdramas) and movies. Well, I keep spotting hooked up goodness, I've never seen crochet so much on TV before and I love it!!! So here are some more:

Crocheted mittens in "My Spring Day" (There was even a couple of scenes of her crocheting them)

Amigurumi in "Birth of a Beauty"

Granny square afghan in "Modern Farmer"

Sweater, also in "Modern Farmer"

Anytime I see crochet on TV or in a movie, my internal hooking radar immediately goes BING BING BING. lol

Monday, January 26, 2015

Test Hooker for Vivid Fiber Arts!

Hi everyone!

There's a brand new source for gorgeous hand dyed gradient yarns coming soon: Vivid Fiber Arts! I was lucky enough to grab a spot in one of their testing groups so for the past month or so, I've been hooking up this amazingly beautiful yarn into a Goldberry shawl.


One of the major issues, as a crocheter, that I've had with gradient yarns is that instead of this beautiful graduation between colors, I end up with stripes. Which isn't the worst thing that can happen but one of the joys I've had with working with Vivid Fiber Arts yarn is that they've really made an effort to keep crochet in mind and keep me away from the dreaded "stripe".

So here are some early progress shots:



I'm actually further along now, can't wait to post some more pics! For more information about Vivid Fiber Arts, you can check out their website, Facebook, Instagram or their group on Ravelry.