Crochet, Current Projects, De-Stashing yarn, Knitting

Completed Things.

Remember how I said I finished some things??

Now I have pictures to prove it!

This pattern is a test for Tanja Luescher from Knitted in Switzerland designs.

Yarn: Paton’s Lace in the colorway Bonfire (a personal favorite! I just love the color combination!)

Yardage: 672 yds

Weight: a little over 4 ounces

Measurements: 180 cm wide, 72 cm long (that’s about 62×27″)

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked best, so I’m showing you all of them!

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Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887886/luxury-medium-weight-knit-ombre-shawl-or?

Project #2: a little corner to corner blanket

Yardage: 492 yds

Yarn: I think it’s Red Heart Boutique Treasure – I LOVE the squishiness of this yarn – you don’t usually find that in an acrylic yarn. I don’t know what it is for sure, though, since it was in a mill end bag at Jo-Ann’s.

Size: 27″ Square – just a little snuggly blanket!

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Like the finished product? It’s available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/229887607/ooak-bright-rainbow-snuggle-blanket?

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Progress!!

No Photos yet, but I just wanted to share my progress with you!!

This morning I frogged 8 WIPS!!! I also re-arranged my WIPs so I can see what I really have left.

So, that’s a big deal.

Also, last night I finished and blocked my first shawl ever, wove in the ends on a second shawl, a sweater, and a blanket, and i’m really excited! I’m on a roll here – I’m really enjoying finishing up projects, because I have such a super huge list of things I want to make.

It’s actually really freeing to look at a project, realize you’re really not interested, not going to make it, and to just frog it!

My de-stash is going well too. I’ve given away over 8lbs of yarn, which means I’ve probably gotten rid of over 5,000 yds.

Destash totals (I only tally yardage once a project is 100% finished, including blocking and weaving in ends):

April 2015 (so far): -1,165 yds

YTD Yards Used: -9,371

YTD Yards bought: +4,000

Net Yds: -5,371 (woo hoo!!)

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Perspective

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Today has been one of those uber busy, non-creative, mom is running errands type of days.

Little Bear had to go to the allergist (food allergies! yay!!..), which went amazingly well, I mailed out some de-stash yarn, which was a total plus (hooray for more space!!), and then had lunch with my mama… before going food shopping.

Plenty of normal everyday type stuff, but then I received an e-mail from a hospital I asked about making baby hats for, and was told that the need lapghans/small afghans for cancer patients, and those undergoing chemo treatments. It kind of puts things in perspective, when you realize that those who are stuck in the hospital with a prolonged illness would love to have the day I just had.  I’m tired, but they’re exhausted from fighting for their lives.

Guess my day was pretty good after all – I got to spend it with a happy, smiling Little Bear, and got to see my mama!

Tomorrow is surgery day, so I won’t be around tomorrow, and likely won’t be around for a couple days after that. Prayers are welcome (it’s just a minor hernia repair – nothing crazy!), as always.

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Gift one, Get one!

Depending where you are in the world, it’s already Friday, October 10th, 2014. That means it’s my mama’s birthday! I’ve decided to spread the gift-giving via my Ravelry patterns! (Please note, this promotion is ONLY valid through Ravelry Purchases)

Surprise a friend! Gift one of my patterns to a friend, and get a free copy for yourself!

This is how it works:

Click Here to view the patterns.

Choose a pattern and use the “send as gift” button to gift the PDF pattern to a friend. You will receive a copy of the same pattern for yourself within 24-48 hours of your original purchase. It will be sent to you as a gift from me via Ravelry.

That’s all it takes, folks!

Fine Print:

  • The promotion runs from Friday, 10 October 2014 00:01 EST to Saturday, 11 October 2014 at 23:59 EST.
  • If you want a different pattern than the one you gifted, you must message me via ravelry, or e-mail me: braschelegance AT yahoo DOT com. Tell me your rav name (if e-mailing), which pattern you gifted, and which one you want instead.
  • IF you do not message or e-mail me which pattern you want for yourself within 12 hours of gifting, you’ll get a copy of the same pattern you gifted.
  • Early “gifting” (i.e. before the stated start time) does not count for the promotion.

Happy crafting and gifting!! 😀

Crochet, Designing, Knitting

Having Patterns Tested Before Publication

I’ve been beginning to attempt more pattern writing, both for knitting and crochet, and i’ve run into a snag: finding reliable pattern testers. There’s a group on Ravelry called The Testing Pool, where i’ve posted a few patterns for testing, and thus far

This pattern got one tester: Full Pair

This pattern got none: Love on Fire

 

And This pattern got some:  Deck1

but I’ve been having problems with some of the people who were testing! One wanted to tell me how to write a pattern, and went so far as to post her own version of part of it, then dropped out of the test (or so I assume, because she now has ceased all contact. Super professional.), some are asking for more time, which is fine, and another just informed me that she has to take paid work (which she got offered right after committing to my test, but didn’t inform me), so she’ll not be finishing the test for me as previously committed, “best wishes.” I understand needing to do paying work, but it’s still frustrating to have people not honor their word! I’m fed up. So now these people just get the pattern for free, without fulfilling their commitments? I guess that’s what I get for working with a free testing group.

Has anyone that designs or writes patterns had them tested for free (or paid) with any amount of success? Please – let me know!

 

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Projects, projects everywhere…

One of my goals for this year has been to cut down on the number of active projects that I have going at the same time. I’m great at starting projects, but i’m really not so great at finishing them. In light of that [not so surprising] revelation, yesterday was spent frogging old projects that had been sitting in a plastic tote for almost 3  years (literally – 3 years!), and finishing up one blanket that I made the squares for while still in high school. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a “before” picture of the tote, but you can use your imagination. This is all that was left after the frogging and blanket assembling:

wpid-imag1329.jpgNice mostly empty bucket with reclaimed yarn, yes? A couple projects did end up getting tossed, due to the fact that I think moths might have been at them, and it just wasn’t worth it to risk my stash!

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Here’s the blanket that I assembled last night – my taste in colors and design has obviously changed since high school, as you will see as we start to look at my current projects!! (get ready for lots of pictures!)

In the spirit of trying to finish up projects that have already been started, I re-filled the tote (the one I had just emptied) with projects (I took pictures first!) and have decided that I am going to knit/crochet only from that tote until it is empty, and then fill it again. It includes mostly already started projects, with yarn for one new one, and once I get the supplies for one commission project, that will be in the tote as well. My hope is that this will give me motivation to get rid of my old projects, either by finishing or frogging – it forces a decision. So, without further ado, here are the projects in my tote! I hope that I will be able to post finished pictures very soon!

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These five are my blanket projects they are (from Top to Bottom, Left to Right)

The Sock Yarn Blankie, by Shelly Kang (started in May of 2010), Owl Obsession, by Marken of the Hat & I, (Started April 2014), a scrappy blanket of five strands held together knit on US 50s that I have no pattern for, because i’m just making it up as I go along! A Purple Crocheted Lace Baby Blanket, by Baby Dear (Which I so believed I wasn’t going to finish, I deleted it from my project page on ravelry!, and a square for an ongoing test that i’m participating in, so the pattern is not yet published.

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These Two are my Mitten/Gl0ve projects:

Ringwood gloves, by Rebecca Blair, (started who knows when..), and a KnitPicks kit: Woodland Winter Mits (Started on my honeymoon.. December 2011!)

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Sweater Projects! The Rose Trellis Shawl Vest by Vera Sanon (to be started soon – and will actually be for me!!), and another KnitPicks Kit – The Corrie Fair Isle Vest (Started while I was still in high school – I’ve never gotten up the courage to steek it! Hopefully this filling a tote thing will force me to..)

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A couple random projects: Dragon, by Stacey Trock and Norma’s Bag (Pattern is my own – modeled after a picture I saw, but the pattern is no longer available, so i’m making it up as I go along!)

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Feet! A Slightly adapted version of DROPS 150-4: Little Red Riding Slippers and a pair of Galilee Slippers, by Tara Murray

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Last, but not least, projects that only need ends woven in, or blocking.

Hemlock Ring Blanket, by Jared Flood (Which is such a pain to block, but so pretty when it’s done.. I just really, REALLY hate blocking this pattern. I made two of them before blocking one. If I had waited to block the first one before making the second, i’d have never made a second one!)  A Brunello Cardigan,  by Amy Swanson, (This has been done for.. at least 3 years? Only requiring ends woven in and blocking. Such a slacker..), That thing that looks like unicorn vomit is a Lafayette Shawl, by Julie Farmer, and just the TARDIS portion of Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherly, because I really wanted a TARDIS scarf, but not a shawl..

Keep in mind!! These are NOT (I repeat, NOT) all of the projects i’ve started – just the ones i’m actively trying to finish in the near future! Phew!

How many projects do you all have going on right now?

Have you ever been a monogamous knitter? (If so.. teach me?!)

 

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I finished some of them!!

So those projects I was working on? I actually finished two of them, AND! I started and finished another small project as well.

The first one is the 12″ teddy bear that I referenced in This post. The links to the patterns used are in that post.

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She’s a pretty good size, and SOOO fluffy!

If you’d like to make one yourself, here’s a link to my Ravelry Project Page.

OR! If you’d just like to buy one because you don’t have time to make one yourself (or don’t know how), you can check out my Etsy Shop. She comes in 6 different colors, including different body and shirt colors!

Check back to find out what the other finished projects are – I promise you’ll love them!

 

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Modified Cuffed Baby Booties

One of my favorite baby shoe designs is the Crochet Cuffed Baby Booties Pattern by Repeat Crafter Me. It’s a sweet and very versatile pattern that i’ve used a number of times.  One of the issues i’ve run in to, however, is that when you cuff the bootie, and sew the button on, it’s really difficult to get the baby’s foot actually in to the bootie.  My solution? I’ve created a cuff that actually buttons, but looks very similar to the one in the pattern.

Here’s my shoe:

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Want to know my secret? You’re in luck! Here’s my modifications:

Work bootie pattern through rnd 13 as written. Cut yarn and finish off (I also like to weave in my ends as I go, just so there’s no awkward fiddling with a tapestry needle and ends inside a completed shoe).

Right Foot

  • Row 1: Join Color 1 in 6th st to the right of the back seam. sc around, DO NOT JOIN! Ch5, turn You will now work back and forth across the cuff instead of in the round
  • Row 2: sc in second chain from hook, and in each ch and sc across. Ch 1, turn
  • Row 3: HDC in 1st st, and in each st until you have 2 sts left (you should have worked 24 HDCs), ch 1, sk next sc, hdc in last stitch. Ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: sc across, finish off.

::Theoretically, these 3 rows could be repeated as many times as you want for a taller boot::

Left Foot

  • Row 1: With Color 1, Ch4. Without turning, work your next sc in the 6th sc to the left of the back seam on the bootie. Sc in every st around, but DO NOT JOIN! Ch 1, turn. From this point on, you are working back and forth in rows instead of in rounds
  • Row 2:Sc in Every st across (26 sc)
  • Row 3: HDC in 1st st, ch 1, sk next sc, HDC in next sc, and all sts across . Ch 1, turn
  • Row 4: sc across, finish off.

Sew buttons on, weave in ends. Ta-da! Functional booties!!

Like what you see, but don’t have time to make them yourself?

Come explore My Etsy Shop! You’ll find these booties in multiple color choices, and so much more!

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Awesome Spring Giveaway!!

Spring Collage

I’ve just started a new giveaway for my Etsy shop!! Springtime means lots of new products will be coming, and the weather is starting to get nice again- but still a bit nippy! Things coming soon to the shop: Summer scarves, headbands, purses, more styles of phone cases, and more!

Check it out:
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