Thursday, May 15, 2014

Another Try At A Sweet & Sassy Hat

So after my first attempt at a Sweet & Sassy hat, from the Annie's Online Crochet class turned out so big with my gauge being so off I decided to try it again.  My second attempt came out so much better then my first one.  It fits beautiful and the colors I picked blend together really well.

The hot pink brings out the girlie in the hat while the black edging rocks a more edgy feel to really scream GIRL POWER!

Once again my mini model is showing off my creation!  She is too cute and only charges me hugs to model my stuff for me!  Can't beat that!

Mother Day Creations ....


So since money was so tight I made three handmade gifts for my mother for Mother's Day.  One was a bird house I painted (but I forgot to snap a pic of it before giving it to her) the second was this very simple case for her glasses.  My mother likes to wear magnifying glasses she buys all kinds of crazy looking ones, normally from the dollar tree, so she need something to keep them in so they do not get so scratched up when sitting on the bottom of her purse.  I did it in a light blue since I know she loves all shades of blue.

The third and final gift was a Tech Coozie for her Kindle Fire.  Again the idea behind this was to protect it when she took it out and about with her.

Besides these gifts we both used our gift certificates we had saved up from around Xmas/Yule and went to Panera Bread for lunch and then to see the new Captain America movie.  All in all it was a good Mother's Day, much better then Mother's Day's past *smirks*

Monday, May 5, 2014

Annie's Learn-to Crochet Online Class - Patten 3: The Sweet & Sassy Hat

Annie's Learn-to Crochet Online Class - Patten 3: The Sweet & Sassy Hat

So this is the third pattern Ellen teaches you how to do in "Annie's Learn-To-Crochet Online Class" and my take on it.

First of all I wanted to to do it for my daughter, so I picked her favorite color and bought the weight 4 Red Heart Yarn (you can get for like $2.49 a skein at your local Wal-Mart)  I made sure to measure her head but when I did I got a size of 21.5 inches so I decided to go up to 22 inches, and while I made sure to check my gauge several times while making the pattern, it is too big.  In my opinion it is better to go down a size instead of up since it does stretch a little, but I am learning it does also depend on how you crochet (i.e. - Loose or Tight Stitches).  So be careful, when doing your measurements and make sure you get tighter on the head and do not measure loose because the person you are making it for has a full head of hair!

As you can see, somewhat, I decided to try to get creative and add in a second color to make the flower really pop.  Which it does!  But, I was not careful in my placement of the flower is when it is on it kind of looks like a funny looking horn to me.  :)

While I am not at all happy with the outcome of this project I did follow all of the instruction as well as the gauge so I am at least proud of that.  This is a must retry!

Annie's Learn-to-Crochet Online Class - Project 1: Halloween Dish Cloth Set

Halloween Dish Cloth Set (Could also be used as kitchen placemats)

This was my first part of the "Annie's Online Classes - Learning How to Crochet"

A bit about Annie's Online Classes.  First of all it does cost a tad bit of money to take, but the prices are not that bad in my opinion plus if you sign up for their e-mail you can get discounts to help you save.  All of the main stitches are taught via online videos as well as five patterns, that the instructor will walk you step-by-step through making.  For anyone who is interested in checking out what classes they offer in several areas which can be found here ---->

I choice to do the pattern in orange and black because they were yarn colors I had on hand and I did not have nor want to spend the money to buy new yarn to make this project.  After I made the first one (which was the one with the black border) I felt it looked out of place and was lonely and needed a friend.  Plus I had leftover yarn, but not enough to do the black border again, thus the orange one was born!

I personal do not care for this set, but I rarely seem to like anything I have made lately.

 Do you think this would have been less horrible had I of done it in different colors?  Or do you think the Halloween set is a cute set to pull out around the Holiday and than pack back up and shovel in storage for the other 11 months out of the year?  Do you think this would look good in other Holiday themed colors such as Red/Green for A Christmas/Yule set?

I Would Love to Hear Everyone's Comments & Feedback!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Ruffled Scarf

This is another one of my creations while trying to learn how to crochet.  I joined a monthly club call "Annie's Hook and Needle Club" which you can find here if you are interested in checking it out.

In the first shipment you are given two skeins of yarn, one red and one white and instructions on how to put two scarfs together using either crochet or knitting.  This is the white one which is called a "Ruffled Scarf" it was actually not only easy to make I was able to put it together pretty quickly.  The stunning little girl modeling my scarf is my daughter who is 9 whom I call "Shortie".