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Indie Design Gift Along 2014

I know i’ve been bad about posting regularly on here, but there’s a good reason! I’ve been preparing for the Indie Design Gift Along on Ravelry!! <– that’s a link to the Ravelry group. You should go check it out now. It’s ok, I’ll wait.

waiting….

Ok, you’re back now, and you realize how fantastically awesome this is going to be?!

(for those of you silly people who didn’t go check it out, here’s a brief rundown)

Do you know what that means?! That means almost 300 designers are having a massive sale together! That’s 3,822 patterns that are on sale. And then, as if that weren’t enough, we get to all have a massive knit along/crochet along to make christmas gifts together!

So. Much. Happy.

Must knit All. The. Things.

*sigh* I know I won’t be able to make all the things, but guess what? I get to include my designs in the sale!! You know how I said i’ve had a good reason for being AWOL? Check out the new patterns I was getting tested and published:

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These are (from left to right): Black Walnut Infinity Scarf, Karen: A Puff Stitch Infinity Scarf, and A Whale of A Cowl

(aka examples of how my photography skills have improved *facepalm*) These patterns and more will be part of the sale (that starts in just 2.5 hours, at 8 pm EST – I’m so excited!! There’s a countdown clock here, I keep looking at it!)

So, what can you expect from me through the end of the year? Interviews with designers, project photos, me squealing with joy when someone has interviewed me and I feel like the most legit designer ever, and just generally a lot of yarn-y goodness!

 

p.s – like my new logo?!

 

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Daily Life, Reviews

Too Many Choices

I’ve come to the (rather obvious) conclusion that there are just too many blogging/site hosting platforms out there for me to choose from, and it’s getting annoying. All I want to do is have a blog, potentially link patterns I write and projects I make, and maybe, eventually, register my own domain name and sell finished work from it.

I tried blogging on here for a little (and I do mean little) while, tried a month on Indie Made (without much success) and am just tired of trying all these new things.

Blogger was easy, but didn’t look professional

This is a little more difficult, but isn’t really conducive to selling finished work (from what I understand – I may just be wrong)

Indie Made is great for selling, but the blog look sucks, and you have to add your own tracking with Google analytics – plus you have to pay monthly for hosting, and I’m just not there yet, because I’m still working on things like SEO and building my product line. Even as I type this, I know that my SEO sucks and not many people will even see this post.

 

Bleh. I guess i’m coming back here for a while, because I made ZERO sales on Indiemade, and i’m not paying for something I don’t make money off of (right now, anyway)

 

With that said, I’ll be back to blog here probably 3 times a week (that’s my goal) and I’m still selling work on Etsy in case you’re interested

Anybody have experiences you can share? I’m obviously befuddled and frustrated. Thank you if you kept reading this angsty little rant to the end. Thank you even more (I’d give you a cookie and a gold star if I could) if you actually comment!

Crochet, Current Projects, Reviews

Chevron Phone Case- Pattern Review and Adaptations

One of my favorite things about knitting and crocheting is that there’s an abundance of things you can make with just one pattern. For example, the Chevron Cuff¬† by Tamara Kelly from Mooglyblog.com. This is an awesome pattern for a cuff bracelet, but as I was looking for a phone case pattern, I decided to make it into one because I love the chevrons so much!

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Here’s what I did-

Using Lily Sugar’n Cream and a D hook (4.25mm), I followed the pattern exactly until except for these mods:

  • . How To 1On the last white stripe: on the first row, instead of doing the 3 sc in the middle st, chained 3, skipped the stitch you would normally work the 3sc in, and then continued on as normal
  • ¬† How To 2NEXT ROW when I got to the ch 3 spot, I worked 5 sc in it, then kept going as per pattern.
  • I then worked a slip stitch border around the entire piece in blue How To 3
  • When I got to the end of the round, instead of doing a slip stitch join, I did an invisible join as per Moogly teachings and DID NOT FINISH OFF, but rather cut the yarn with a long enough tail that I could sew up one side of the case How To 4
  • I then folded the piece, right sides together, until the bottom two points just reached the lowest points of the last blue stripe How To 5
  • Sewed up both sides. If you are going to do this, always turn your work right side out and make sure your seam looks good before you cut your yarn and weave in the ends! There’s nothing uglier than a sloppy whipstitch seam!
  • Sew in ends, turn right side out, add button to appropriate spot, viola! Phone case!

This fits my HTC Inspire very snuggly, and my brother-in-law’s iPhone 4s loosely- Check it out:

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Overall pattern rating: 5/5

Changes I would make: none! I loved this!

Recommended? Absolutely! This is a very easy pattern (the Moogly one, not just my adaptation), and it’s a great way to get into making chevrons. This is essentially a chevron swatch!

Thank you again to Tamara for an awesome pattern!

This phone case is also for sale here, at my Etsy store!

Crochet, Current Projects, Reviews

Owl Obsession Pattern Review

I’m so excited to finally be able to post photos of this:

4 An Owl Obsession Blankie! <– Rav Link

I’ve seen this pattern made a bunch of times, and just had to try it for myself! It’s Owl Obsession by Marken of the Hat & I

Things I like about this pattern:

-Extremely well written instructions, and extensive photo tutorials for every aspect of the pattern- there is no way you could have any questions about the designer’s instructions after such thorough explanations!

-Interest/Uniqueness factor: the elements in this blanket change often enough to keep you interested. It’s definitely not the same as making a million little granny squares, then having to sew them all together. You can tell from looking at a picture of the pattern, it calls for 9 owls, 4 large circles, 12 small circles, and 8 half hexagons, plus the eyes and beaks, which brings me to my next section:

What I don’t like about this pattern:

-SO. MANY. PIECES! There’s absolutely no way you could make this blanket with any fewer pieces than there are- it’s just a side effect of making a blanket out of a bunch of motifs with eyes, beaks, and buttons on it, but believe me, when people complain on Rav about there being a million and one ends, they’re not kidding! Think of it this way- 2 ends per eye (36) 2 ends per beak (18) the half hexagon has an amazing 8 ends each (64)! So, counting only the eyes, beaks, and half hexi’s, you have 118 ends to weave in. That is a LOT! Plus sewing on eyes, sewing the pieces together, you get the picture.

Overall rating: 9/10

Will I make it again: Absolutely!

Changes I’d make: I think I would use a join as you go method for the motifs, so I won’t get stuck with a bunch of sewing up at the end, and also I’d weave in the ends for every motif as I complete it- it’s the only way to keep your sanity! I’d probably also like to try making an adult version- larger than the 34″ square baby size. We’ll see!

More Pictures:

2 All spread out

1 The chair shot!

3 My favorite little guy!

Thoughts?

Would you or have you tried this blanket? What was your experience with it?