Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Fiddlesticks – My crochet and knitting ramblings.: Pun-kins!!

Fiddlesticks – My crochet and knitting ramblings.: Pun-kins!!.

Dawn over at Fiddlesticks posted a link to a free pumpkin crochet pattern she found. Her pumpkins are adorable!

Head on over and check out her site and all her crafty creativity. Then, go download the pattern.

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Pjs and wheelchair bags

Hiya!

By Wednesday, my official third day off from studying, I’d already done more craft-wise than I’ve done all year.

Do you remember the pjs I made for Chris awhile back? Well, I used more of the same remnant fabric and made me a pair.

There are four pleats in the front and two pleats in the back. The shorts are hard to pull up over the hips, but fit wonderfully once I get them up. I think, next time, I’ll leave off the front and back pleats to see if that’ll make the shorts more comfortable to pull up.

Also, in this post, did you see the button I sewed back onto Chris’ shorts? It fell off within in a week. Turns out the button was broke! I figure I need to find the shorts and attach a new button in the coming week, too. I’ll do that when I’m mending some jeans.

Actually, a lot of jeans. Many of my jeans have holes in the thighs. I’ve researched the various ways to mend jeans and I think I’m just going to go with the traditional patching. The holes are pretty big and I don’t really care for anyone to see my inner thighs or have crazy stitching in that area, so this really is the best option.

But, if you’re not interested in just old fashioned patching, here’s some other ideas: soluble stabilizer and crochet patches. All three of theses are courtesy of Craftzine and Instructables, two sites worth checking out for tips, projects and how-tos.

And, back in October, I started a ministry at church — a knitting, crocheting and sewing ministry. Currently we’re making wheelchair/walker bags for area nursing home residents. I hoped to have several made by Christmas, but haven’t had much luck getting people to participate. Right now I have one lady who always joins me at the meetings every other Saturday (but she sort of has to since she has the key) and three ladies that occasionally show up when they can, but not very often. One lady, whom I’ve only talked to via phone, sent me a really cute bag made out of a kitchen towel.

So far the grand total is 5 bags. I’ve got one crocheted bag made and another cut out and ready to be sewn together. Another piece of fabric has been washed and ironed and is ready for cutting.

Our target goal now is February for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested, this is the pattern we’re using (or click here for the pdf).


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Quick update and other randomness

Hi, folks! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a few weeks. Some things came up (i.e. work, sick grandpa), so I’ve been busy dealing with things other than blogging …. or even crafting!

But I started hitting the needles again earlier this week and I plan to finish those pair of gloves this weekend (Sorry, Chelsey!) I don’t think I’ll get Chris’ cardigan finished by next week, but that’s fine. I got a late start on it anyway and some of the other projects for the 2011 Sweater Challenge will be fairly quick.

I also plan to work some more on my knit top I talked about here, but I’m not promising myself I’ll finish it this weekend. That’s just setting the bar too high since I’ve still got laundry to do, taxes to pay and other things to do that I’ve gotten behind on. I’m starting to pick up the pieces, though, and get things back on track.

Though I haven’t done anything crafty in the past couple weeks, I have made some killer recipes (I’ve gotta eat, yo) and planned out our spring and fall gardens. In fact, we dropped the onion sets into the ground Valentine’s Day weekend.

Next up we’ll start seeds for broccoli and spinach. We can start those inside as early as next weekend.

To plan out the garden, we’re using this book and I love it (thanks, Mom)!

Mom gave it to us for Christmas and I’ve flipped through it many times since December. It gives tips on how to plant seeds and/or plants, when to apply side dressings, how to prevent disease and pests and what are some good companion plants. It’s all organized in a user-friendly layout and easy to read and use. I’m looking forward to referring to it several times this year.

As promised, I’ll snap a few pics of the cardigan and post these on here sometime later this weekend or early next week.


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A FO and another on the way

Ta Da! A FO for me! (That’s a Finished Object for the uninitiated.)

Sorry about the dark photos. Although we have windows throughout the house, there isn’t really any space that’s good for shooting crafty photos.

This is the best shot of the front I could get. I don’t think you can see the stitching as well here. The shirt has a V-neck collar.

This is Jane Snedden Peever’s “Surf and Turf” pattern from “Crocheted Sweaters: Simple Stitches, Great Designs.”

I made a tan crocheted hoodie like this last year for my sister-in-law. Mine is burgundy and a size larger. I debated whether to leave off the hoodie, but decided it gives it more character than just a plain ol’ vest. I also added two inches to the bottom for a longer fit and I really like that.

The color is off, but here’s the hoodie without me wearing it. I took some close up shots to try and show the stitching but they didn’t turn out all that great. I really need to figure out a good place to shoot photos!

I did not, however, make the tie/belt that is included in the pattern. I didn’t think it was needed and it would just be something I’d have to try and keep up with each time I clean the shirt.

On the hook now is the Hot Cross Slouch Slouch Beret by Jennifer L. Appleby, which was published in Interweave Crochet’s Winter 2007 issue.

This yarn may prove to be too stiff for this pattern. I’ve got six more rows so we’ll soon see how it works out!

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Here’s some books from Jane Snedden Peever. I don’t know much about these books, but I enjoyed making the Surf and Turf pattern (I did make it twice after all!) and these books might be really cool to check out.


I’ve also included “Interweave Crochet” and “Interweave Knits,” both really good magazines filled with all kinds of patterns and inspiration.

       


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Photos of scarf, sweater and tomato update

One down, one to go
I finished the first of two scarves last night:

This alpaca yarn feels so good and it’s so pretty. It’s going to be hard to turn this loose for Christmas.

Chris said I should buy some more alpaca yarn and make one for myself.

The pattern uses a traditional ripple pattern that is commonly found in afghans. I think it translates beautifully into scarves.

I can’t wait to see how the other scarf turns out. It’s colors are just as pretty.

Photo update
Here’s the sweater all washed and blocked. It’s no where near as stretched out and frumpy as it was last weekend when I completed it.

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Green is definitely my color.

I’m also glad I didn’t sew the collar shut. I think I like it open. Do you?

Tomatoes galore!
I canned six more quarts of tomatoes this morning! I can’t believe how many tomatoes we’ve gotten this year.

We didn’t tie the plants up, so many have been lost to rot because they sat on the ground too long or we overlooked them as they hid underneath leaves and stems.

We also had a lot of ants, roly polys (pill bugs) and slugs we had to fight tomatoes for.

I’ve canned 2 quarts of tomatoes with chilies, 17 quarts of diced tomatoes, 1 pint of diced tomatoes and 3 pints of salsa. That is a blessing!

That doesn’t include the quart of basil-garlic tomato sauce we made earlier in the summer to can with the peach chutney disaster (had to throw out all 7 pints because it burned and tasted awful; apple cider vinegar does not substitute for white wine vinegar!) and canned peaches (1 quart).