Throwback Thursday

Viruses and tablet covers, originally posted August 27, 2018.

So wow, I’m tired. I have spent two and a half hours today driving on the road.  Why you say? Well, a little background: my child goes to school in one county and I work in another.  It takes 25 minutes for me to get home, then another 25 minutes to get to her school.  I get a call that she’s not feeling well, leave work, 25 minutes later, passing my house, 25 minutes later get to school, 25 minutes later, pass my house, 25 minutes later get back to work (which is her doctor) get her seen. Back on the road 25 minutes later, back at my house.  Whew! I am exhausted, there is nothing more boring then driving somewhere, I wish we had little airplane cars like the Jetson’s, for real. Just so you don’t worry, she has just a virus and I get to stay home the rest of the day! Whoo Hoo!

Any-who, I have completed two projects I’d like to share with you.  They both were crocheted and they are both a cover for an electric device.

Tablet Cover

I found this pattern on littlemonkeyscrochet.com

It’s very cute, good choice of yarn, nice closure mechanism, and I just happen to have a friend who needs a tablet cover, so I decided to make this.iPad & Tablet Cover | Free Crochet Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet

The pattern was very easy to understand and work up, quite quickly I might add.  I think I’m a slow crocheter so it took me 3-4 hours spread out here and there. I wasn’t bored out of my mind like some patterns make me, because they are so basic, sc only or hdc only, I like a little twist, something I have to think about. This pattern has a neat looking stitch, not sure what it’s called but its a sc and dc in the same stitch, skip a stitch, repeat.  The nice thing about the pattern is that they give me the tools to make it for any size device I want.  I will definitely be using it again in the future to make more tablet or phone covers for sure.  Might I also add, I had this fabulous yarn that I think was an A+ choice. Here’s my finished product:

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Phone Cover

On to the next pattern: Herringbone phone cover I found on Ralvery via this website: haakmaarraak

Cute huh? Well I just had to try- and I have to say the stitch you have to use was a little hard for me to understand, I got the foundation rows completed but once they started talking about a herringbone hdc things got a little harry.  I tried but did not succeed, it looked bad, but I was still determined to make this phone case, so I used dc’s the whole way.  I switched the colors at one point and added a loop and button, just like the tablet cover.  I think it turned out great even though I didn’t do it exactly like the pattern.  Maybe someone else can try to give me their opinion.  Here’s my finished phone cover:

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Best of all… both patterns were free and totally do-able, so check them out.  Well that’s all for now folks.  Thanks for reading.


Excerpt November 8, 2018: I still love the little monkey’s crochet tablet pattern.  The crochet stitch pattern doesn’t bore me, and I can have one finished in 2-4 hours.  I’m just starting to wonder, do people really use these covers and am I wasting my time making them? I also remember this day, running back and forth for hours, uhg I really hate being in a car for a long period of time. Gotta go, bye for now.


Sherry

Throwback Thursday

Dish Cloth Disaster (Originally posted August 25, 2018)

Shopping day, that’s what Saturday’s are for me.  My daughter and I trek down to Wal-Mart every weekend to get groceries for the week.  Most women love shopping, not me, at the end of our trip we high-five each other and declare victory over another shopping trip.  The only good thing about shopping day is getting new craft supplies.  Today I picked up a couple skeins of Lily’s Peaches and Creme and more chunky yarn to make another scarf.  Since I’ve been home, and after putting away groceries, I’ve been crocheting.  It has not been successful.  This is the frustrating part of crafts, they don’t always come out like that picture you saw.  Either it’s you (which I’m no expert by any means) or the pattern isn’t written well, so you’re unable to reproduce the finished product.

Today I started with a dishcloth pattern from Yarn Blossom Boutique: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/classic-crochet-dishcloths. The pattern was free and it gives instructions to make 6 different versions of a dishcloth and includes a template to make your own handmade tags or product wrappers. They are really cute:

The first issue I had with this pattern was which stitch do I pick. They have the simple HDC version ( Half-double crochet) but it looked a little too boring for me. So I started with the spider stitch ( that just sounds cool).

My second issue: finished size 13″ x 11″.  Who wants a wash cloth that’s almost the size of a kitchen towel? But I proceeded. This is where my spider stitch end up:

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So as you can see my foundation chain is twisting, but I thought it’ll straighten out (I hope).  Second row:

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Okay, not happy with this, done, taken apart, back to square one. Not giving up yet, there are more options, so I started the moss stitch.  Got a couple of rows done and realized my ending stitches were not lining up straight, done, done, done, unraveling.

So that was my first bad project for the day.  Surely, there will be more.  I’m not saying that the pattern isn’t worth trying and by the pictures it’s obviously do able but I’m not feeling it personally.  I will keep the templates for my handmade products to sell, that was a nice bonus,  thanks Yarn Blossom Boutique.  Might I add she has a lot of cute patterns for free and for sale, it’s worth checking out.


Excerpt October 17, 2018: I can’t seem to find a good crochet dishcloth pattern.  They are either too simple for me (single crochet every row) or they don’t come out nice. I feel like giving up on washcloths but they’re such a good idea.  My new focus is cell phone/mobile devices covers/sleeves/holders. Crochet phone holders seem to keep me occupied without causing boredom.  By the way I’m having a clearance sale at my Etsy store if you’re interested, nice handmade products 50% off! Moonlightingforfun


Sherry

Throwback Thursday

On Thursday’s, I’m going to feature old posts of mine. In addition to re-posting a previous blog, I will also give updated commentary about the post. If the type is in italic then I updated that information. Commentary is at the bottom in green type.

Chain Loop Scarf

My first post…..

It’s a little belated, meaning my first review isn’t as thorough as I would like because I didn’t document more information to show you how it went.  However, this finished product is worth the post.  A little background about me is that I love to look at crafting websites at lunch, on days I don’t work out, I’m looking for new projects to make.  That’s where this pattern came from.

I came across this post: Chain Loop Scarf because of this great photo:

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Luckily, I happened to have an untouched skein of chunky yarn which is what the pattern called for, in a baby blue color (that I never thought I would ever get rid of). I worked on this for an hour total, I didn’t time it ( but I will in the future).  It is super simple because all the chains are worked individually and slip stitched at the ends to create loops.  12 loops later you bundle them all up and you’ve got one interesting scarf.

Here’s my finished product:

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This is the yarn I used, in case you would like to purchase it:

I give this a 10 out of 10.

What do you think about this scarf, would you wear it?


Excerpt: You can tell I was a blogging newbie- I had to fix some grammar issues.  As far as the content, I love this pattern because it was so easy and so quick.  I made two, the other one is a black/pink one. They are both in my Etsy store but I have had no luck in selling them. If you’re going to make this scarf, be careful with how tight you chain stitch, it makes all the difference in length, meaning if you chain loose it will be longer rather than tight chains makes it shorter. 

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Ralvery

Have you heard about Ralvery? If you crochet or knit then you need to know about this.  Ralvery is a website for all things related to yarn.

This is their About Us statement:

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.

Your Account

To set up an account is free and easy.  If you want to set up your profile more detailed you can add information about yourself and add links to your social media accounts.  You’ll get a “notebook” where you can save projects that you’ve personally done. You’re able to make a list of your yarn stash. There’s a queue where you can keep track of future projects you want to make. A favorites section, where all your favorites are saved. You can search and save friends, keep track of groups you participate in, there’s even a spreadsheet to document how many needles you own. That’s not all either, there are even more features you can access.

The Pattern Section

The pattern section is enormous fortunately, you’re able to search for or sort patterns in a few different ways.  They showcase the member’s favorite patterns, and most recent pattern uploads.  Apparently there are 357,551 patterns on their website submitted from their members. Out of that number 26,181 are free crochet patterns and 49,822 are free knitting patterns.  I have been thumbing thru the patterns for weeks now and I’m not even close to being finished looking at them all. It’s nice to be able to mark them as your favorite or send them to your library for future reference. The array and variety of patterns is endless and you can definitely be kept busy with just the free ones.

Yarns

They have a whole section devoted to yarns.  In this section, which is pretty cool, you can see what kind of yarns are the most common in different patterns.  You’re also able to click on yarn types and read about their content and attributes as well as see which colors were used in what patterns. So let’s say you have a ball of yarn at home and you don’t really have any inspiration for it, you can look it up in the database and see the finished projects that have been made from that exact yarn. I am so gonna try this.

People

They have a people section where you can look up/search thru their members.  On the same page you can see finished projects and there’s even a place to post your screwed up projects, which I thought was a little humorous and thankful I’m not the only one who has projects that don’t work out as expected.

Groups

In the Groups section, you can search for a group by location, or a category that interests you.  They also have a swap search, a page that shows you all the groups who swap their yarn. You can even start your own group if you so desire.

Forums

Lastly, they have forums where you can ask questions or read other topics of interest. There’s all kinds of topics with numerous threads, lots and lots of information.

I really enjoy going on Ralvery, I’m surprised so many people are cool with giving their patterns away for free.  If you crochet or knit and haven’t seen Ralvery, you’re missing out on a pretty significant resource for your craft. Try it out and please let me know what you think.

Sherry

14 patterns or projects for the beginner crafter

This is a list of patterns that I have completed personally and I think would be good for a beginner, whether you are sewing or crocheting, all of these are either free patterns you can download or free tutorials, please enjoy!

Crochet Bookmark with Flower Pattern

Baby Beach Ball

Little Owl Pin-Cushion – Template and Tutorial.

Star pillow – perfect 1st sewing project

This pillow took me maybe 20 minutes.  It involves cutting out the same size pieces of the same fabric and just sewing together the sides until the last one you will need to hand stitch it closed.  You will need to know how to use a sewing machine.

Adventure Time Gunter Penguin Plush

I know he looks complicated but the hardest part of this is cutting out all the pieces.  The directions are super easy to follow and he comes together in a snap.  You will need to know how to sew on a sewing machine and how to hand stitch on his nose and feet.

Zipper Bags Tutorial from Melly Sews 

This was the first tutorial I used to make a lined zipper bag.  She is really great about explaining every step in the simplest of directions and when you’re done you feel very accomplished that you just installed a zipper.  You’ll need fabric, a zipper and a sewing machine.

Love the pretty colors - How to Sew a Zipper Pouch - 15 minute sewing project - Melly Sews

Shell Stich Beanie by Dainty Daisy

This is one of the first crochet patterns I tried.  These are very simple to make, I’ve personally made a handful.  Not only are the instructions easy to understand but the project came together quickly, for instant gratification! The hardest part is just starting the hat. You will need to know how to crochet, weave in ends and sew on the flower and button.

Chapstick Cozy by Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Super easy- will take you 20 minutes start to finish.  You’ll just need to know how to sew on a sewing machine.

Mary maxim Striped Washcloth

I made this with just one color of yarn, and it was so simple.  My go to washcloth pattern. You will need to know how to crochet and weave in ends.

Mobile device cover  by littlemonkeyscrochet

I did a review on this pattern already- see “Viruses & Tablet Covers”.  It was easy to start and you can make it for any size device you own, even a phone. You’ll need to know how to crochet, weave in ends and hand sew on a button.

Patchwork Coasters by bari j.

This is a great scrap buster project.  Its fun to mix and match funky color and they are easy to make.  My favorite coaster pattern. You will need to know how to use a sewing machine.

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Waterbottle holder by The Crochet Spot

Water bottle holders are essential in my life, and I’ve made many for friends, family and to sell.  This is the easiest/simplest pattern I’ve seen. You’ll just need to know how to crochet and weave in ends.

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Simple pillow case by Wonder Forest

Making a pillow case is a beginner project for sure. This website will walk you thru it step by step. These do not take long at all. You’ll need to know how to use a sewing machine and how to pin fabric.

Easy Fabric bookmarks by 7 layer studio

These are super simple, just cutting fabric, ironing on interfacing, sewing and cutting the edges. You will need to know how to use a sewing machine, how to iron on interfacing (easy), and how to use a pair pf pinking shears.

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All these projects are easy and fun to make.  I hope you’ll give one or more a

try and let me know how it works out!

Sherry

Cargo Shorts to Messenger Bag

I wanted to share with you a up-cycle project that turned out great.  I was on Craftsy and found a pattern for turning cargo shorts into a messenger bag:

Recycle Cargo Shorts Pattern

I thought it was pretty neat because cargo shorts have lots of pockets and you basically utilize those pockets on the bag for storage, plus it was a free download so even better.  I told my husband about it, he liked the idea and wanted me to make him one. So I put it on the back burner because at this point I didn’t have an old pair of cargo pants to cut apart, so I thought I’d get one at Goodwill at some point.

Eventually and conveniently my husband tore holes in two pairs of his cargo shorts, so I thought I could probably cut down the two of them to substitute for needing a pair of pants.  I was a little nervous and held off making them right away because I’ve never really done a up-cycle project.  Finally I was in the mood, so I chopped them all up, trying to utilize every use-able piece of fabric and of course one of the leg pockets for the top of the flap.  I had to piece a lot of fabric together to get some of the larger pieces that you need but looking at it now, it kind of gives it a outdoorsy, adventurer feel. I had some trouble with the pattern though.  It doesn’t give you a whole lot of detail in terms of putting the whole bag together, which layer to pin the strap or which side to pin the flap (I screwed that part up and had to tear the whole thing apart).

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In the end, my husband loved it and uses it everyday to carry his little odds and ends he needs at work.  In fact, one of his co-workers loved it so much that he asked for one, so I made him one too.  He brought me a pair of Coogie pants (which my son says are worth like $250.00) to cut to pieces.  I tried my best to utilize all of the pockets this time because the jeans are not like cargo pockets, so I had to make a flap with a velcro closure for the front flap pocket.  I used both side pockets under the flap and kept one belt loop to hang things off of, like keys and then the back of the bag has one back pocket.

I think they came out very nice and they are very much appreciated.  You should try it, especially if you know someone who needs a bag to carry things. Plus who doesn’t love recycling and saving money by not buying fabric.

Sherry

You made WHAT? Weird & Inappropriate handmade items…

I am often combing through the lists of free crochet patterns when I see some of the weirdest items made by different people.  From crochet body parts to naughty crochet items, I think I’ve seen it all, then someone surprises me…..

Facehugger by camaharet

Your worst nightmare crocheted in cotton yarn.  I don’t know about you, but I was a kid when the Alien franchise came out and it scared the living daylights out of me, the idea that you could be harboring one of these nasties in your chest was terrifying….

Cat Corpse Hat by Courtney Wiche

A cat corpse hat, first of all, it’s a crazy idea but to top that off there are numerous people who have created one and posted their pictures online. Who da thunk?

Cat Butt Coasters by Indoor Cat Crochet

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cat-butt-coasters-2https://www.ravelry.com/download/641818/free

From dead cats to cat butts- Hmmm.. I’m just shaking my head…..

Viking Beard Hat by Esther Leavitt

http://www.craftown.com/Viking-Beard-Hat.html

This one is not really bad, it’s kind of cool.  I can only imagine how long it took to make this.

Knitting in Biology by Emily Stoneking

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/biology-101https://www.etsy.com/listing/69071018/knitting-in-biology-101-black-background?ref=shop_home_active_11

The last time I saw one of these was in middle school and I honestly didn’t care to look at it again. Truly a one of a kind piece, very unique and very weird.

 Honestly, this woman is a real artist. Read about her at her etsy shop. She's making enough selling these to put herself through school. And you can get yours by Christmas too.

Crocheted uterus with adorable smiley face by Mabbo

http://cuterus.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-make-your-very-own-uterus_06.html

A crocheted uterus, ha ha ha…..Who would want this? Why? I ask you why?

Crochet Anatomical Human Heart by Kyla Raay

https://yarnutopia.com/2018/04/13/anatomical-heart-amigurumi/

Pretty cool, I guess this is what you make when you’ve ran out of ideas, there’s actually several versions of hearts on Ralvery.

Boob Beanie Crochet Pattern by The Oxford Family

http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2010/10/free-boob-beanie-crochet-pattern.html

This would be a great gag gift at a baby shower, with the expectation that the mom would never put it on the poor baby…..

Ood Ski Mask Crochet Pattern by Lilana Wofsey Dohnert

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ood-ski-mask-crochet-patternhttps://www.ravelry.com/download/130167/free

I don’t know what this is, but this would definitely get a second take.

Giant Q-Tip by Jean Herman

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giant-q-tip

(Brow Furrow) Why did someone need this? Do they know someone who can use it? Was it a gag gift? Help me out here.

Fetus in a Jar by Kelley Freeman

https://www.ramenneedles.com/single-post/2018/02/05/Crochet-Friday-Fetus-in-a-Jar

All I can say is this is just disturbing….

I hope you enjoyed my list of the weirdest crochet projects, this is not all of them, I chose not to put anything in here that was of mature content and trust me, there are plenty of those.  If you’ve seen something weird or crazy while searching the craft boards, show me!

Sherry

Craftsy – You Need To Know About This!

If you haven’t checked out Craftsy yet, you’re missing out.  Craftsy is a website devoted to numerous crafts.  For each craft they have online classes to watch, supplies you can buy, patterns, tips and a blog.  They topics they feature are: Quilting, sewing, knitting, family, art, cake making, cooking, baking.  They also have sections devoted to clearance, crochet, photography, jewelry, embroidery, paper craft, wood, fabric, yarn, spin, weave and lifestyle.  I personally have only explored the sewing and crochet sections.

Free Patterns

Who loves free stuff- me!me!me!. The pattern section is endless. They have 2433 free sewing patterns, 6768 free crochet patterns, 3203 knitting patterns, and more, well enough to keep you busy for a loooonngg time.  Don’t stop there though, the patterns for sale are really good too and I have purchased a few. I just recently discovered by writing this post that there is 2594 quilting patterns for free and they are not all just about quilting blankets and quilt squares. Another feature is your pattern library, where your patterns are saved and you can access them over and over again.  Overall, there is such a great selection from clothes to wallets, home decor, holiday stuff, purses you name it, theres a pattern.

Ideas

Another great feature of their website is the idea page. Every hobby has an idea tab where you can get inspiration for your next project by seeing what other people have made and ideas from Craftsy, as well as blog posts.  Also, when you click on one of the member uploaded pictures you get to see what they made from the pattern they got off Crafsty.  They give you a link to the actual pattern and you get related patterns that also might strike your interest.   I like to see real people making what I saw on Craftsy or even another version of something I already made. You can even submit your own projects you’ve created to share with other people, which I should totally do.

I’m really impressed with Craftsy as you can tell and by writing this post, I’ve discovered even more great things about it.  I think you should totally check it out, and just so you know, I am not getting paid to say this, but I think when you find a good thing you should share it with others.  If you love Craftsy, tell me what you love the most, or if I helped you discover Craftsy, tell me what you think.  I love your comments! Have a great day!

Here is the link to check it out: www.craftsy.com

Sherry

To Sell or Not to Sell, this is the question…

You may have wondered this or maybe not, but you can’t use every free pattern you find to make things that you can sell.  I have been making things from patterns for a long time now, and finding Craftsy, Ralvery and the huge assortment of bloggers out there providing free patterns, I have a massed quite a collection of patterns.  Sometimes I get lucky and I can figure out the pattern and make something or I find out either I did something wrong or somebody else did. and the pattern amounts to nothing.

I started making stuff for my daughter and son, then my husband, nieces and nephews, but then I ran out of people to make things for that would actually want it.  So I said to myself, I love sewing but I have no inspiration so I am just going to start making things and keep them in a box for gifts or maybe one day to sell.

That one day came, and when I started going thru that box I had some pretty neat stuff in there to start selling on Etsy. I had uploaded all of them and opened shop when I had seen a pattern post days later that stated at the bottom, “items made from this pattern may not be sold for commercial use.” Then I panicked, “Oh my God, what if I put something online that I’m not allowed to sell”.  Let me tell you I was scared because I had read the whole copyright warning in Etsy’s seller handbook and I didn’t want to break any rules or get into any trouble,  I just wanted to do my thing and you do your thing.

Needless to say, I had a couple of things that I was not allowed to sell and had to take them down (now they are gifts), and somethings that I couldn’t determine if I was allowed or not so I left them alone, crossing my fingers.

So, how do you know what you can sell or not? Well it’s pretty easy most of the time.  You just need to check the “About” “Terms of Use” or “Copyright” pages to see what the permissions are.  Surprisingly, I have found that a lot of people with sewing patterns do not like you to sell anything you make, but a lot of people with crochet patterns are okay with you selling what you make.  I don’t understand why? It’s a real shame because lets face it, there are a lot of people out there that see stuff online and they love it, but can’t buy it because its DIY or nothing, and not all people are crafty. That was one of my reasons for my Etsy page, to make those things that people are seeing online but they don’t know how to make it, but I do.

Sometimes you can buy the rights to sell the things you make.  I came across a site once that I found this tubside kneeling pad (I’ve yet to make it).  I scoured her site looking for details when I came across the fine print: if you want to make and sell something from my site, you can buy the rights from my Etsy page.  So I checked it out, and for $4.50 I bought the right to make and sell this mat.  I’ve come across maybe two or three other people who offer the same purchasing right but they want you to contact them for details, which makes me think it’s expensive.

In conclusion, all of the patterns are meant for your own personal use, for you to make for family or friends, and charity, but if you plan on selling it, be careful and watch your p’s and q’s.  You definitely don’t want to step on any toes and end up getting shut down.  In the end, as long as your careful, you should be just fine.

Sherry

Crafting Pet Peevs

If you craft, you know that there are moments that just slow you down, that just irritate you, that you hate doing, or that you’re not good at.  These are my pet peeves:

  • When you’re almost done with your sewing project, and your thread runs out, or your bobbin.
  • When you’re hand sewing and you keep losing your thread out of your needle.
  • You’re using your seam ripper (you thought carefully) when you tear a hole in your fabric.
  • You’re going too fast and you miss some part of the instructions and you ruin what you’re doing, you have to stop and regain your composure and undo what you did wrong, if possible. 
  • Not paying attention to wrong side/right side and sew the opposite two together.
  • Binding- uhg I hate binding.  I can’t do it right, that’s why.
  • When your crocheting and your yarn comes out of the skein tangled up and causes you to have to cut your yarn to get thru the mess.
  • People trying to talk to you when you’re trying to figure out a pattern. 
  • Time going by too fast when you’re having fun crafting and you have to quit because you  need to cook dinner or its time to go to bed.
  • Waiting for glue to dry.  Waiting for anything really.
  • Misplacing your scissors, marking pen or ruler.
  • Pinning down patterns, very meticulous work.
  • You’ve been sewing for a whole minute, to realize you ran out of thread and have been sewing nothing.

I think I could keep going but I don’t want to appear to be too much of a fusser.  Anyone else have a pet peeve I didn’t mention, or maybe you totally understand what I’m saying- let me know.

Sherry

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