Four Seasons Upcycled Wall Art

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I finally finished! I’ve had the winter, fall, and spring one done for almost a year but i needed a new “canvas” to paint the summer one on.

They’re painted on, wait for it, shoebox tops.  You might be able to tell because they’re kind of bent from where my cat SAT on them! But I really liked the way they turned out.  The designs are plants that I laid down and painted over. My boyfriend had the idea of doing one for each season. He started helping me paint them.  The base coat on the fall one is his work, but I had to finish his. I can’t wait to hang them up!

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Pattern: Woven Cowl

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Finally! I am done with my cowl, just in time for summer:/ At least I’ll have it for next winter.

I thought I would share this pattern with you guys.  It’s based on this block, but I’ve changed it and making a cowl is different than making a block.  I’m going to go straight into the pattern now. As it’s a little tricky, but I didn’t want to clutter the pattern with explanations that might be unnecessary for some people, at the end of the pattern I will have a list of tips and tricks.

Materials:

  • 8 oz skein of worsted weight (or smaller) yarn
  • K/10-6.5mm hook

Stitch Guide (see Tips an Tricks for more info)

  • Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc)– Ch 3, yo, insert hook in 3rd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo and draw through 1 loop (1 chain made), yo and draw through all loops on hook—1 foundation half double crochet. *Yo, insert hook under the “chain” of last stitch and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through all loops on hook; repeat from * for length of foundation.
  • Front Post Double Treble Stitch (Fpdtr)yo 3 times, insert hook around post of indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times.

Pattern

R1: 29 Fhdc.

R2: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (29).

R3: ch 1, turn, hdc in first stitch *skip 4 stitches, Fpdtr around next three hdc, hdc in 4th sc from last hdc, Fpdtr around 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fhdc (working in front of last 3 fpdtr), hdc in 4th sc from last hdc.* Repeat * *  two more times.  sc in remaining 4 st (29).

R4: ch 1, turn, sc in each stitch across (29).

R5: ch 1, turn, hdc in first 5 stitchs *skip 4 stitches, Fpdtr around next three hdc, hdc in 4th sc from last hdc, Fpdtr around 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fhdc (working behind last 3 fpdtr), hdc in 4th sc from last hdc.* Repeat * *  two more times (29).

R6-89: repeat rows 2-5

R90: sl last row to fhdc (29).

Tips & Tricks

  • I really recommend using a hook AT LEAST a few sizes bigger than what the yarn usually calls for, otherwise it will be very tight and not at all drapey like a cowl should be
  • For more detailed descriptions of stitches in stitch guide with pictures, follow the link in their names.
  • For a skinnier or wider cowl subtract or add 8 fhdc resp.
  • Chain 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as stitch
  • 20140329_175215 initially your criss-crosses may be slightly bunched, but after the row of sc it should straighten out and look a little more like this.  As you continue, it will straighten out even more.
  • Here are some pictures of how the intermediate steps look:

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If you really like the design, but don’t want to make it it’s available (along with other items) for sale in my etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/myshopwithlove

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Tie Dye Palooza

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I got a little obsessed with tie-dye the other day. The only thing I planned on making were the leggings in the second picture, but then I realized you couldn’t just keep the dye and use it later once it was already mixed, So I dug around in my closet and pulled out almost everything white I could find to scrunch up and douse in brightly colored liquid.  I really like how all of it turned out, my least favorite is probably the NY shirt (I say even though I’m wearing it now).

In other news I opened an Etsy Shop! WOO! ha. Check it out if you want. HERE is the link.

Until next time🙂

❤ S

 

CWNITC: Doughnuts

WP_20140423_004This is a simple dessert my mom used to make when I was younger.  Her mom used to make it when she was younger.   It’s nice because it’s super simple and the kids can help.

Ingredients:

  • canned biscuits
  • powdered sugar
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

Roll biscuits flat, using a bottle lid cut holes into the middle.  Drop into deep fryer, after about 30 seconds flip and check bottom.  When both sides are golden brown, remove and roll in sugar.

Learning to Knit: First Impressions

I recently started trying to learn to knit.  So far I can cast on, knit, purl, and that’s it.  Some of the things I’ve noticed about knitting are:

  • TIME: The time it takes to knit something the same size as something crocheted is immensely longer.  This could be due to the fact that I’m a beginner, and I’m using small knitting needles, but I feel like I’ve got the hang of it, and it still seems like it takes longer than if i were crocheting with a tiny hook.
  • APPEARANCE: Knitting makes a more delicate, drapey item.  Crochet stitches are larger than knitted ones (which is why it’s faster) making something crocheted bulkier and not as flowing as something similar that was knitted.  In crochet you can get an item to be more flowy by using a bigger hook, but things that are knitted with a tiny hook are still flowy and won’t have nearly as many gaps as something you made to be of equal flowy-ness that was crocheted.
  • VERSATILITY: as far as patterns go, I’ve seen much more interesting stitches and textured things from knitters rather than crocheters. I don’t know if this is because the knitting community is larger, therefore there are a larger variety of patterns, or if knitting itself is more versatile.  Regardless this is a difference between the two.

These are really the only things I’ve noticed so far.  I really like the look of a knitted item, but personally I don’t think I have the patience to knit something that could just as easily be crocheted.  As for the multitude of knitted items that couldn’t be crocheted in a similar way, I’ll have to suck it up and get back to practicing my knitting.

Front Post Double Treble Stitch (Fpdtr)

The Front Post Stitches are often used in crochet to help give a piece texture.  In front post stitches, instead of crocheting into the top of a stitch, you crochet around the “body” of the stitch.

To do this particular stitch you start off by doing yarn over 3 times.

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Insert the hook between two stitches from front to back, then around back through the front. Your hook should be behind only the stitch you are crocheting into, like this.

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Yarn over and draw up a loop.

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Yarn over and pull through 2 loops, 4 times.

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And Voila! You have made a Front Post Double Treble Crochet!

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CWNITC: Spanish Rice

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 packet of Taco Seasoning

Directions: 

To a large skillet on medium high add oil and rice.  Continuously stir until it starts to brown and smell like popcorn.  It should look like this. 

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To this add the tomato sauce, be careful because it will pop and steam. Stir until it “chills out” (its evenly distributed and no longer popping and steaming like crazy).  Then add the water and stir. 

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Let cook for about 12-13 minutes (during this time try to refrain from stirring until close to the end or it will be soggy) or until the water is gone and looks like this.

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Stir and Serve.

Bon Apetit! It goes great as a side dish with some tacos or quesedillas, or with some veggies and/or meat stirred in.

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WIP: Portal Companion Cube Blanket

Since my cat has recently commandeered my favorite fuzzy blanket to cuddle up on the sofa with, I decided to make me another blanket to cuddle on the sofa with.  I was especially convinced after seeing this blanket.  Portal 1 and 2 are my favorite games, and I thought this would look really good.  I ran out of light grey yarn and haven’t had the chance to get anymore😦 By the time I’m finished it’ll be too warm for a blanket.

20140301_115333(Forgive the kitty; as soon as I spread it out, she had to come lay on it)

I did have some problems with the chart pattern.  Mine turned out kind of stretched; I’m hoping that some blocking will help.  If attempting this project or a similar one, I recommend doing a small square with the same hook, yarn, and stitch, and then taking a picture and using photoshop or mspaint to make your own grid pattern according to your own stitch size and laying that over the image you plan on making.  I think your result will turn out much better.

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Round-up: Accessories

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1. Boot Cuffs: These are super quick and easy.  These ones are pretty simple, but Ravelry has a wide variety of many different styles, including these, which I think I will be making next.

2. Sugar Cone Skully Hat: Probably one of my favorite crochet slouchy hats I’ve come across.  It’s not too big and bulky like some can be, and it doesn’t end up looking like a rasta hat (which are great in their own right, just not what I was going for).

3. Puff Stitch Scarf: This is my favorite scarf.  It keeps me so warm, and it’s so big.  It did require a lot of yarn, but I guess that’s the price you gotta pay.

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Christmas Round-up

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1. Heartbeat Skully Hat– This pattern isn’t free, but it’s really cute.  I made the hat based off the picture, and it didn’t turn out as well as hers.  If you don’t mind buying a pattern (it’s only 4 dollars), and want a cute hat, this one is really good.

2. Hello Kitty Hat– I made this is for my little sister, who is a hello kitty fanatic.  It was too small at first, like for anyone, even a newborn, I guess because my yarn was slightly thinner than worsted weight.  So I had to improvise a little.  Also the pattern for the eyes and nose were slightly confusing.  I don’t think anyone else had that problem, and the writer’s looks really good.

3. Braided Crochet Headband-This is really cool. It is a continuous braid and looks great from all angles because there isn’t a seam connecting the entirety of the braid.  The crochet part was very simple, but the braiding part took a minute.

4. Ribbed Scarf-So simple.  This isn’t really a pattern, its more like a different way to do your stitches to get this effect.  It looks like knitting, but its way faster.  I think mine turned out pretty well, I hope my mom enjoys it.

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