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This is probably going to sound familiar to some of you: I sat down to crochet a sweater, and it was going really well.
And then I ran out of yarn.
Not being one to fear change, I decided it was a vest. I thought I had a picture of it open, but I can't find it at the moment. So you get to see it buttoned up. Also, you get to see the pink hair I had for a few months. (Yes, it was a pain. Yes, it as awesome. Yes, I would have kept it up if I had a shower at my current place.)
From the front. The fit is a little off, but that's more noticeable when it's buttoned.
From the back. I think the fit looks much better from the back, but then, my back is flat. It makes a big difference.
I used a D-hook, a bunch of Sinfonia yarn. It's a lovely cotton sport weight. Shame it's kind of hard to find.
Back in September, my husband and I drove across the country to move for grad school. He did most of the driving, so I kept myself busy crocheting. By the end of it, I had a new skirt.
Pardon my epic bitchface; I do not self-photograph well. But you can see it! It hits a few inches above the knee, and the striping occurred naturally. I used Joann's Sensations bouchle and an I-hook. It's a slightly weighty skirt due to the worsted weight, so I added a couple of buttons.
I'm still working the kinks out of my button hole skills, and shortly after this picture, I took a needle and thread and sewed the button holes partly closed. I don't remember where I got those buttons, but I loved finding a reason to use them.
To end, have a close-up of the ruffle:
Being a fanciful little addition at the end of the project it, of course, took the longest freaking time. I'm very happy with it, however, so I forgive it for being a huge time eater.
A few quick notes:
--Worked from the waist down, with the second (top) button hole being added after I discovered the skirt hung uncomfortably low on my hips.
--Given the option, I probably wouldn't use this yarn for another skirt. It hangs a little loose, and I'm concerned it'll lose it's shape soon.
--It is super soft, and I pet it when I wear it. I offer no apologies.
I made this hooded shrug in July, in southwest Missouri, because I am slightly insane knew I was moving to a climate with lots of rain at the end of the summer. I used a Q-hook, Red Heart Light & Lofty, and I winged the whole thing.
(That's me trying to look "cool" or "hip" or whatever the word is.)
And now, from the back:
(With bonus ponytail action!)
The shoulder-to-shoulder section was done as a single rectangle. I then sewed the edges together to make armholes, then added the green sleeves, decreasing an inch every few rows to get a good arm fit. After the sleeves were finished, I made the red cuffs and attached them separately.
The hood is probably the most complicated part to explain, so please bear with me:
First, I crocheted a row of stitches from one armhole to the other. Second, I built on that first row and basically crocheted a giant square. Third, I kept throwing the shrug on and pulling the square up to see where it landed on my head. Fourth, once the square touched my forehead, I slip stitched the top edge of the square together and made it into a hood.
And lo and behold, a cute, warm shrug. I will say, I need to try the same basic idea with a non-fuzzy yarn. I'm still not certain, most times I wear it, if I'm wearing it inside out.
I got a Barnes and Noble Nook way back in February before the price was slashed, and a few months later, I sat down and finally crocheted it a cover, and a few months later, I'm finally posting it to Craftster! Yay!
I don't remember the name or brand of the yarn. I do know it's 100% cotton, light worsted weight, and was discontinued (as so many of my yarns are, it seems). The flat-out adorable buttons for my case are from Dill Buttons (dill-buttons.com), and you can get them at Hobby Lobby.
So, basically, I worked in the round and made this:
The fancy "action shot," if you will.
Buttoned up with the Nook inside. I still need to work on my last row not being weirdly curved when I do buttonholes.
And a close-up on the button, which I adore.
So far it's been a sturdy little monster. The yarn is a little too stretchy for the strap to be very useful, but as I'm usually throwing my Nook into a bag with other stuff it in anyway, the strap is moot.
I've got a poll on my blog to see if anyone wants a pattern or tutorial for it. I've got the notes I worked from, but I don't have anything formal that doesn't need to be deciphered from my weird notes.
I'm a rampant comic book fan, and the Arrow-Clan (Green Arrow, Black Canary, Green Arrow II, Speedy II, and Red Arrow) are my favorite super family. Sadly, the last couple of years, the comic has full-on sucked. But the art was super pretty for awhile (Cliff Chang, you are magnificent), so I took out my single issues and cut them up for parts. (To those who collect comics: Sorry, but if you read it, I'm sure you'd understand).
I bought a giant red bag at Hobby Lobby because it was on-sale and huge, and I decided that while a ginormous red bag was awesome, a ginormous red bag covered in my favorite comic book family was even more awesome.
I bring you, the bag of badass:
I put up some more details about the process at my blog. If you're interested, you can read about it (I don't post the details here because it's not a full-on tutorial or pattern):
I had a skein and a half of Hobby Lobby's Busy Bee in teal, so I decided to whip up a shrug. Once I did that, however, I discovered that I'd blown my measurements. The shrug was two or three inches too wide along the back, and I dug out some Caron Jewel Box to fix the problem. I fixed it fairly quickly, but then I had 4-1/2, 90 yd. skeins of a discontinued yarn. So I just kept adding pieces until I ran out of the Jewel Box and the result was what I'm referring to as my wench top.
The shrug buttons just under my boobs. I have a hook and eye closure to keep the top corner closed, and I need a third button to even out the spacing.
Close-up on the buttons. They're from Dill Buttons [you can get them at Hobby Lobby], and they're 1-1/4", I think. And, yes, they're sparkly.
Close-up on the sleeve detail. I made the ruffles by first crocheting the wavey ruffle on the end of the sleeve, and then I crocheted the longer ruffle between the stitches of the first row of the sleeve. The purple stripe above the ruffle is from the in-between stich crochet.
This was my attempt to get a better picture of how I did the sleeve ruffles. I don't think it worked.
I also made a video where I talk about the process, because my attempts to write a run through about how it came to be kept getting incredibly convoluted. You can see the video here:
I'm new to Mod Podge and the Mod Podging of shoes, but I had a couple of extra issues of "Black Canary" and had to put them to use. Before you ask, she's a superhero in the DC Universe and pretty much pure awesome.
I got Mod Podge, sealant, and a $13.00 pair of heels from Wal-Mart.
And then I spent a full night cutting out pictures from the comics so that I'd have plenty of options of what to put on the shoes:
Some of them were obviously too big, but I wanted to keep my options as open as possible. I podged, I placed, I podged, and after about 3 hours of effort, I had some good-looking shoes.