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Cherry Blossom Hat

Dear Dani,

I don’t know why, but you always seem to inspire me to commit to large projects. Case in point: this hat.

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Okay, I know it doesn’t look like much from the front, but what if we looked at it from another angle?

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Gasp!

Okay, what about the back?

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So yeah, my final Christmas present for the season (which I started on December 26, finished three weeks later, and was finally received last week. I’m awesome at Christmas, you guys.) came in the form of a fashionable hat. And for those of you who only know Dani from occasional mentions, this is a very Dani hat.

Which is kinda funny, given that my original idea was to shower her in an army of rabbits and it wasn’t until December 26th that it hit me that you can make fancy sunhats. With, like, decorations on them and stuff. And then, as I am wont to do, I promptly searched up a pattern and began crocheting an entire sunhat. In two weeks.

(Although admittedly this does pale in comparison to the epic saga that was the Matoki project.)

Anyway…The hat and hatband are adapted from this pattern, which is gorgeous, but also really small, so I had to add a few more rows of increase and adjust everything else accordingly. Also, the hatband is knitted and I, a novice knitter at best, struggled with trying to repeatedly knit 3 together before giving up in favor of something both simpler and faster.

20180108_135355.jpgThe cherry blossoms, on the other hand, came from this website and I would like to take a moment to thank my mother for making me “as many as possible” (of which I wound up using about half) so I could get it done before I had to go back to school for the semester.

I think my favorite part of the whole experience was sewing the cherry blossoms onto the hat. I really like the way they look clumped together like that.

So, yeah. Will I ever make anything like this again? Who even knows, really? It definitely won’t be a regular thing—I don’t have that kind of patience. But at the same time, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try and make something this elegant again.

So. Yeah. Merry Christmas in late January, Dani. I hope you like your hat.

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Emergency Hat Making Because Cold

So the school year got off to an exciting start last week when school was canceled for two days due to subfreezing temperatures. It got cold enough to snow. That is entirely too cold. Now, for those of you from the frozen north, keep in mind that I hail from the barren wastelands of the desert southwest, meaning I am perfectly adapted to withstand 100+ degree heat (that’s about 38 degrees Celsius) but simply cannot survive any temperature below the freezing point. As such, I spent my snow days inside, making a hat.20180122_093759.jpg

Long time readers may remember the hat I made last year for this explicit purpose. I’m pretty sure gremlins stole that hat, along with the accompanying gloves, because I cannot find it for the life of me. So I took to Ravelry, searched for quick and easy hat patterns and found the Divine Hat, designed by Sarah Arnold. I really like this pattern. It’s very visually interesting, especially for how simple it is to make. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot if you are also in need of a hat.

After finishing the hat, I still had a few hours left in my second snow day, so I decided to see if I could find a good glove pattern to go with it. So, back to Ravelry I went and, um…

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…I may have taken the pattern’s name as a challenge. And failed. It took a little longer than one evening to finish the gloves, which may have been a result of me choosing to watch a subtitled Korean reality show instead of something I could, you know, look away from for any period of time.

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But regardless, the gloves turned out nice. They’re simpler than the pair I made last year, but sometimes simple is good, and paired with the yarn I was using, I think they turned out really pretty. If you want to try making them, you can find the pattern here. Let me know if you actually finish them in one evening.

Of course, now that I’ve made these, the weather has taken a turn toward the not-cold, so who knows when I’ll get a chance to actually use them. But it’s nice to have them on hand in case I need them. At least, until gremlins steal this set too…

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Hoodie Scarf

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to 2018. It feels like I should write a post reflecting on last year, or laying out some new years resolutions for this year, but I don’t really want to. So instead I’m going to take it back to 2017 and talk about a thing I made. Namely, this scarf.

 

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Modeled by my sister, Verity
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I think she likes it

I made this for two reasons. The first is because my sister wanted it, so I gave it to her for Christmas. I’ve been working on it off and on since July. She even picked the colors. The pattern is here. It was clearly supposed to be used with a different kind of yarn, but I used Bernat Blanket Yarn to make it super fluffy, and I think it worked out pretty well.

The other reason I made it was as a means to a separate, quasi-related end. There’s another project I want to complete, for which I need to know how to construct a hood. Since I had no idea how to go about doing that, I figured I’d make something else that was hooded to get the feel for it. And now that I have, I’m going to go start that. See you next week!

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Bat Wing Hair Clip

Here’s something a little bit more spooky to finish out Halloween month. BATS!

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Well, actually, a singular bat. I had intended to make more bats, maybe in a few different colors, but then I remembered that I’m a college student and it’s midterm season, so one bat would have to do. But it hides in your hair, so it’s super spooky.

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See? That’s, like, the definition of spooky.

When I got the idea for a bat-wing hair clip, I originally wanted to design my own. But then I remembered that I’m a college student and it’s midterm season (funny how these things work sometimes), gave up on that dream in favor of keeping my sanity (well, as much as is left), and found a cute pattern on Etsy. Yes, this pattern is copyright E.D’Angel’s Designs and you can buy it from them for a very reasonable $4.00 at this link. Normally I don’t go for paid patterns but this one was almost exactly what I had in mind, and $4 is a low price to pay for the convenience this offered.

I did make a few minor adjustments to the pattern. Most notably, I wanted bat wings and working the pattern as written results in an entire bat, so I completely removed the bat’s head. I wanted it to kind of mimic a crochet hair bow, and I think I mostly succeeded. However, I might go back and make a few more adjustments to help exaggerate the effect.

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Oh, and I hot glued a barrette to the back of it. That seems pretty straightforward.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. It’s a great pattern, and I think it looks super cute in my hair. Unfortunately, I managed to glue the barrette on such that the bat is upside down if I wear it on the right (as in not left), which is where I usually put clips like this. I’ll have to be more careful about that in the future. But I kinda like wearing it on the left, so it all works out. Anyway, I need to get back to studying. I’ll see you guys after Halloween is over.

 

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Dragon Wing Scarf

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Okay, so this is another one I started over the summer. So it was my last day at the Farmers Market before heading back to college for the semester, and I had brought along some yarn so I could work on tiny octopi while I was there. You know, like you do. I got there, however, and realized that I had forgotten to bring safety eyes. Or stuffing. Both of these things are integral to making a tiny octopus.

But I did have yarn and a crochet hook so, not wanting to sit around doing nothing for the next four hours, I took to Ravelry to find something else to work on. And that’s when I happened across this pattern by Jessie at Home and was like, this looks like fun. I’m gonna make this.

And then I did. Kind of.

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Ta-da!

See, the original was made using DK weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook. And while I did have a whole bunch of DK weight yarn, the only hook at my disposal was 3.5mm. And I didn’t think to make up for the size difference that would cause until after I finished the scarf, so it wound up pretty short.

No big deal, though. See, this scarf is actually a crochet version of another Jessie at Home pattern, called the Dragon Wing Cowl, which is a knit pattern, and quite a bit shorter. The cowl features three buttons seen to the skinny end that serve to hold the cowl in place. So, I borrowed that idea and affixed two little pink buttons to my scarf. And it worked beautifully.20170925_104404

I’m not much of a fashion person, but I think this scarf makes for a nice accent piece for a simple outfit. It features these raised braid things that look kinda goofy when you’re making it, but really give the piece character when it’s done. It’s a little different than most of the things I make, and I found making it to be a nice break from the usual grind.

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Welcome to Night Vale Scarf

“Regret nothing, until it is too late. Then, regret everything. Welcome to Night Vale.”

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I regret everything.

Okay, so I started this project over the summer because I wanted a change of pace from the tiny octopi I was making to keep my physical stock up. I found a chart for a knit scarf (on Tumblr of all places. Here’s the link) based on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and I was like, “That looks cool. I’ll just make it in crochet. It’ll be fun.”

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What a fool I was.

So I actually really like intarsia pieces like this, and crocheting it was really fun. However, I decided to use this piece to experiment with bobbins (I’d never technically used them before). And I made the horrible, horrible mistake of just leaving all the individual strands I was working with completely loose, rather than wrapping them into balls or, you know, actually using bobbin holders. I also made the horrible, horrible mistake of not planning ahead and measuring out how much yarn I needed for each bobbin. So at the end, I was left with a tangled mess of really long ends that needed to be weaved in.

I hate weaving in ends. It’s the bane of my existence.

20170911_103421In the end, though, the scarf turned out pretty cool. I mean, I need to block it if I ever want it to lie flat, but seeing as I don’t have an easy way to do that at school, that’s not going to happen for a while. Besides, it looks fine when I’m just wearing it as a scarf, so mission success in my opinion.

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Super awesome selfie powers activate!

Incidentally, the quote I started off with is from Welcome to Night Vale (Episode 10, entitled “Feral Dogs”). The podcast itself is hard to describe, but if you like the Cthulhu mythos and/or unabashedly surreal fiction, I think it would be worth checking out. I rather enjoy it, for what it’s worth. Here’s a link to their website, and another to the first episode, just for good measure.

So, yeah. Until next time, Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight.

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Tiny Crochet Hat

I love tiny hats. This might be kind of obvious, seeing as my first instinct when confronted with a pattern for tiny octopi was to put little top hats on them. As such, it was only a matter of time before I came up with a tiny hat pattern for people. And I think it turned out pretty cute.

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This was a pretty last minute project. I’ve been working on a few longer pieces, but none of them would be finished on time, and this has been rattling around my head for a while. It literally took, like, an hour from start to finish. I think the hardest part was figuring out what color ribbon to use. Oh, and figuring out how best to affix it to someone’s hair. I ended up sewing two barrettes to the bottom of the hat, which seems to hold it pretty well.

So…yeah. I don’t really have much to say about this one. The pattern is here. See you in two weeks!

 

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Flower Barrette

I made a thing! It’s for sale! You can find it here! What is this thing, you ask? Why, it’s a barrette with a crochet flower on it. And it’s adorable!

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Ok, so I made more than one, in multiple colors, and adorable might not be the best word to describe this, but I think it’s pretty. I made these using a pattern for a headband that I found on the website for Red Heart Yarn. (Obligatory pattern link).  I like this pattern because, unlike with most flower patterns, you don’t have to sew it together 20170410_181919at the end.

I originally came across this pattern when one of my friends who was just learning to crochet wanted to make a headband with a flower on it, and wanted me to teach them how to do it. I walked her through making the flower, and at the end, wound up with one of my own. That flower sat around for about four months before I got the bright idea to sew a barrette to the back of it.

Overall, this pattern is cute and fairly easy to make. Additionally, it makes up in under an hour, so it’s a great quick craft, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to embellish something.

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Candy Color Hat and Gloves

 

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Incidentally, that’s me in the picture. This is what I look like.

Hello all! It’s mid January, and as it happens, today is the first day of a brand new semester. So, naturally, I’m sharing something that I made back in December that is only tangentially related to my college experience.

 

I go to school in New Orleans, which doesn’t normally get very cold, even in winter (right now, for instance, it’s a comfortable 77 degrees outside). However, in December this year the temperature dipped down into the 30s and stayed there for an unusually long length of time. I, not expecting the cold, did not actually own a hat or gloves at the time, but I did have a large supply of yarn (as always). So, I found a pattern and set to work.

The patterns I found came from the Moogly blog and are here and here for the hat and gloves respectively. They are called the Ups and Downs Slouchy Beanie and Fingerless Gloves. Go check them out, they’re pretty neat. I especially like the raised braids around the rim of the hat and the base of the gloves.102_8654

The yarn I used was from Red Heart Boutique’s Unforgettable series, which is arguably my favorite selection of yarn of all time ever. The color I used is called Candied, and I love how the soft, pastel colors lazily melt into one another. I love when multicolored yarns have long, individual patches of colors so the resulting pieces end up striped instead of covered in chaotic speckles. I also like that, by a happy accident, the gloves ended up with opposite colors on the top and bottom. In all, this was a fun pattern to make, and I successfully found a way to keep warm in the unusually cold winter.

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Partly Cloudy Super Scarf

So, after a particularly hot October, New Orleans weather has finally decided to get colder and, as the winter months descend upon us, I felt it thematically appropriate to share a particularly cozy scarf.

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My friend, Jessie Conrad, modeling her new scarf

Now, normally I don’t make scarves, because I’m impatient and scarves take forever. However, I have been wanting to make something using super bulky yarn for a while, and I found a scarf pattern from Cre8tion Crochet that is absolutely gorgeous (Pattern link here).

The scarf worked up really fast—as I imagine scarves made of super bulky blanket yarn often do—and as an added bonus, it’s super cozy. In the future, I’d like to experiment more with super bulky yarn, but until then, I’m really happy with this scarf.