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frogged hat

I almost made the entire hat that I posted last time.  I was so ready to look like this:

Then I noticed (way too late) that the hat in this particular picture is the knitted version, and the picture of the crochet version was much less chic and much more chunky and not cute.  No wonder I couldn’t get the edge to curl up and look like this!  So I took the whole thing apart and re-balled my yarn, much to my chagrin (and my boyfriend wasn’t too happy, as he was hired as temporary yarn winder).  Upon looking on Ravelry for the knitted version, I discovered that the only pattern available costs money.  There goes that idea.  Oh well.

At least I’ve been doing something else…

Here’s the beginning of my boyfriend’s giant cushion cover.  I’m using the alternative granny pattern and I’m using all 3 blues and all 3 red/oranges to make a really thick, cushy, manly looking square.    It’s beginning to twist a little, but I’m hoping that if I block it, and once I sew it to the second square and put the cushion in, it will straighten out and look fine.  I don’t really like what I’ve done so far, but I don’t want to undo it because it’s actually pretty large already, and my boyfriend says it looks great.  I guess that’s all that matters, since it’s for him!

Well, that’s all for now.  I also made a post recently on not your average knitting, so as you can guess I’ve been very busy and my poor hands are really tired.  I think I’m headed to bed.  My first class of the summer semester is tomorrow evening, so I need to get some good sleep.  Thanks for stopping by!

pretties from Pinterest

I get lots of my crochet ideas and patterns from browsing Pinterest.  There’s just so much cool stuff there, so today I have some things to show you that I just found.  No knitting stuff today, just crochet!

This bolster pillow doesn’t have a pattern to follow, but it looks doable by just looking at all the pictures and experimenting.

This granny square with a flower in the center has a pattern available here.

The wooleater by Sarah London is great for everything from potholders to blankets!  Free pattern here.

This picture is from one loop short, but the pattern is from here.

The African flower pattern is very popular right now, and there’s a great tutorial here!

So that’s all for today as far as Pinterest goes.  I think I’m headed to the yarn shop later this afternoon so there may be another post later with new stuff!  We’ll see.

a hat and other pretties

With  exactly one skein of my new yarn, I’ve knitted a hat today.  I love it!  The first pic is blurry, my apologies:

That’s the sort of striping I was after.  I’m pleased.  Now what to do with the other skein… hmm…

For a little hooky (and needle-y) inspiration, I give you some new-found patterns and pictures!


There’s not a pattern for these, but I thought they were gorgeous Christmas ornaments and I’m sure they could be easily improvised.

This cute beach cover-up is going to be a must-make for the summer, I think.  Pattern here!

This cute pinwheel cushion pattern is free on Ravelry.

This different blanket pattern is gorgeous, and also free on Ravelry.  The pattern’s in French, but there’s a chart, so it’s understandable.


Such a cute vest pattern, and it’s free here.

I’m not sure about knitting socks yet, but this free pattern might be the first one I try.

So that’s it for the day!  Hope you’ve enjoyed both my hat and the other lovelies.  See you soon!

speedy cushion

Last night and today, I stitched out another cushion!  This one’s about 14″ x 14″ and features Caron Simply Soft, like the last one.  I used this crochet button closure tutorial and this border tutorial.  I also used this cushion for my inspiration, but the pattern, as far as I know, is all me.  The actual pillow was sewn from one of my boyfriend’s undershirts, and stuffed with Poly-Fil.  Oh and I used the alternative granny pattern for the squares.  Here it is!

I love the way the little holes in the corner line up to make diamonds!  I feel like it adds extra visual interest.

I also framed part of the packaging my new craft bag came in today.  I know it’s silly, but I think I’ll hang it in my bedroom.  It is really cute:

Sorry for so many posts in a short amount of time.  I just like to share things when I finish instead of waiting a few days and possibly forgetting to post.  Anyway, hope you like cushion #2!

finished the cushion

My first cushion ever, made with the square pattern from Attic24 and the border method from Compact UK, has been completed.  I’m a little unsatisfied with the shape of the pillow — it’s still lumpy and misshapen looking.  Maybe with some use it will work the bumps out itself?  The buttons on the back aren’t quite spaced out the way I wanted them to be either, but I honestly just wanted to finish it up.  Anyway, here are the pics:

newest project

I’ve been working hard today and I’m excited to share my next project with you!  I’m making a cushion!

As I didn’t have any extra white pillows or any white linens to make a pillow out of, I used one of my boyfriend’s huge T-shirts.  It was difficult to work with knitted fabric, especially since I only have a straight stitch on my old sewing machine:

I filled the pillow with regular old Poly-Fill from Wal-Mart, and it’s ready to go (it’s quite lumpy and weird looking, but it’ll be covered up with my cushion cover anyway).

For the crocheted cushion cover, I chose these yarn colors from the Caron Simply Soft collection, again at Wal-Mart:

Aren’t they pretty?  The dark blue is going to be the back side of the cover, while the other colors will be on the front.  I’m using a granny square pattern written up by Lucy at Attic24, and I’m also using her tutorial for joining squares as you go to save me the trouble of putting them together at the end.  Some people may think it looks a little sloppy, but I think it adds charm to certain projects like this.  I also think the colors look a bit Cath Kidston-y, which is awesome since her products are my new obsession (my craft bag has unfortunately not come in yet).  Anyway, here’s what I’ve done so far:

I have 2 more long rows to go and I’ll be done with the front of the cover.  It’s going to be a long throw pillow, almost regular bed pillow size.  Hopefully I can finish the front part of the cover tomorrow, and then get crackin’ on the back piece.  Hopefully I’ll be sharing good progress soon!

wiggly crochet?!

I just stumbled across this:


How cool is this method?  I want to make this cushion so badly — it’s so fun and different!  The tutorial is free, too, from a blog called Made in K-town.  Click here for part 1 and click here for part 2!