Transformation Tuesday: Fair-Worthy Potholders 9/1/2015

I spent the weekend transforming some cotton into some pretty awesome potholders for the fair entries I committed to turning out.

Potholder These potholders are the Crochet Bobble Heart Potholder, from Sew, Simmer, and Share.  The pattern can be found HERE. I LOVE the depth of this pattern. The pattern was fairly easy to follow, although I would not call it a beginner pattern.  If attempting this pattern keep in mind there is a lot of counting.

The one tweak I made to the pattern was adding a baking to both of the potholders before doing the final trim around the edge.  This makes the pad twice as thick, and offers more protection to the surface you are trying to protect.  I came up with my own pattern for the bobbles on the back, but I think the potholders would look cool with the same heart image on the back but, in a solid color.

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Most of the yarn is Sugar n’ Cream, but the hot pink is Peaches n’ Cream.  Generally I find Sugar n’ Cream much easier to work with than the Peaches n’ Cream.  The Peaches n’ Cream tends to split more than the Sugar n’ Cream.  This creates issues with having to pull out stitches when they split.

I wish I had remembered to write down the colors before I threw the yarn wrappers away (oops).  But the first is a lime green, with a hot pink heart, and bright blue backing.  While the second is a teal green with a lavender heart, and a purple backing.  I did the final trim around each potholder with the same color as the heart.

If you are keeping score I am now done with 3/6 entries with one week left until the due date.  The ornament, hat, and potholders are finished; leaving a scarf, sweater and vest needing their final touches (so close)!

Do you have any favorite potholder patterns, share them in the comments below!  Also don’t forget to follow Naughty Knots on Facebook for more fiber shenanigans, including drawings for awesome fiber gear!

Until we meet again, happy hooking and (k)nifty knitting,

Megan

Transformation Tuesday: ‘Holy Vest Batman!’ or A Break From the Birthday Yarn… 8/25/2015

I took last week off of blogging to do some family stuff, including buying a new(ish) car, and spending some quality time with my husband.  I did manage to find quite a bit of time to crochet, though I took some time away from the birthday yarn.  I am really close to done with the sweater but I needed to step back for a blink to break up the monotony.

I have been working feverishly on my fair getting my fair entries together.  I (of course) may have over committed with what I could get done in the month between the entry form due date and the entry due date, but so far I have been making good time on getting all the projects done.

My entries include, a stocking cap Christmas ornament (HERE) (done), a turkey child’s hat (HERE) (done), a braided scarf (HERE) (done-ish),  two hot pads (almost done with the first one), the green v-neck sweater (HERE) (close to almost done), and a multi. colored vest (see below).

As far as my as my yarn transformations go, I want to share a multi. colored vest I have been working on. The best news?  I am almost done!  This is a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn.  The pattern can be found HERE.  It calls for Vanna’s Choice, which was what I ended up using.  I really enjoy using Vanna’s Choice  it is easy to work with, fairly in-expensive, and fairly durable.  I am looking forward to seeing how well this yarn wears in the long run.

I am using toffee as the main color, with silver blue, silver grey, dusty blue, and wheat, for accent colors.

I have to say that after the flower motif is finished, this is one of the easiest patterns I have done.  It is also easy to customize the size to fit different body types.  All you have to do is alter the row the arm holes are added onto (add or subtract stitches to account for this), and you can add more or less rows depending on the size you want the garment.

I have a few rows left, and I will be adding a button onto it to make the garment more fitted.  Without the button the vest is really loose and not terribly flattering.  I can’t wait to show you all the finished product!

The down side? All the color changes are going to make weaving ends a full time job…

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In the mean time… here it is!

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Hopefully in the next week I will make a bigger dent in the laundry list of fair items, and have more done!

What are all the rest of you Naughty-Knit-Chet-ers working on?  Let me know or leave a pic in the comments, I love seeing what everyone is doing out there!

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Happy Hooking and (K)Nifty Knitting!

Megan

Finding a Color Combination that Works

I spent some time at the mall today, aside from picking up some awesome new jeans that fit like a dream, I also spent some time scoping out some great inspiration.

I have a hard time just going to the yarn store and picking out a combination of colors that works well.

Something that helps me with this challenge is to check out the color combinations in retail stores.  When I find a combination I like, I take a picture with my phone and hang onto it until I am in need of color ideas.

I found two sweaters today that offer some beautiful inspiration.

The first one is a kimono from Sears.  The color combination is teal, coral, fushia, black, and off white/creamish.

imageThe second is a sweater from Maurice’s; the colors are cream, navy, burgundy, and aqua.

imageLet me know below how you find color combination inspiration, I would love some tips!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Brithday Yarn Part 4 or Taking Shape 8/11/2015

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I have spent the last week continuing to work on the V-neck sweater from Caron patterns.  It still seems to be sizing up more closely to what it should be.

Here it is!

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I have finished the right shoulder and have the first few rows done on the left shoulder.

Hopefully I will be almost done next Tuesday 🙂

If you are interested in the pattern you can find the link on the first post of this series HERE!

What are you transforming your yarn into?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Thursday: Brithday Yarn Part 3 or The Twice Crocheted Sweater

Happy Transformation Tuesday Thursday!

imageI missed out on Transformation Tuesday because I was having a lady date with my lovely and lively grandmother.  We had lunch at Olive Garden, did some shopping at Target, and of course had to pick up some yarn at Michael’s (they had cotton on sale)!

I thought I would still take the opportunity to update everyone on Sweater-gate.  I am about a third of the way done now with the pattern.  It is working up bigger now that I have relaxed on my tension.  I will say though if the pattern needed the tension that loose they could have adjusted the hook size or even added more stitches.

Even with the relaxed tension it is still not measuring where it should.  I don’t know if that is to give it room to relax and stretch, or if the stitches are still too tight (even though the yarn is slack on the hook).  Either way I am going to work it through the end of the neck and if it is too small I will frog it back out to before the neck and add in a few rows, that way I will not loose too much time and patience.

Behold: A quarter of a sweater!

imageThe link to the pattern can be found here:  Birthday Yarn Part One

In other news I am preparing for the local interstate fair.  I have to have my entry for postmarked by next Tuesday, even though the entries are not due until September 8th.  It makes me wonder how productive I can be in the next month.  I am thinking I can be pretty productive (most likely this means I will over commit and be up all hours of the night on the 7th).  Woo, yarn adventure!

What’s everyone else working on?  Is anyone else going to enter a fair?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Relaxing this Monday

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Today I am going to enjoy a little crochet in my happy place, and I would argue, perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth.  This is a view of Lake Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Typically it is not this hazy here, however, Washington, Idaho’s neighbor to the west has been experiencing a surge in forest fires this summer.

I am still working on recovering from what I have now affectionately termed “Sweater-gate,” and am progressing fairly swiftly.  I can’t wait to share my progress tomorrow!

So where did your adventures take you and your fiber fun this weekend?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!
Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Birthday Yarn Part Two or The Shame Spiral 7/28/2015

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For the last week I have continued to work on the V-neck sweater from last Transformation Tuesday (link here).  On Sunday I had finished the sleeves and neck and was about two thirds done.  I flopped that sweater over my head to see how it was going to fit, and wah wah wah… *Shame Spiral*

One look in the mirror confirmed that it was painfully mis-sized.  It was so small it looked like it was made for a 13 year old.  This was made even more disappointing because I made a gauged swatch before I started (that sounded more inappropriate than I had intended).

I spent the next hour trying to figure out how to fix it so I didn’t have to throw away a weeks worth of work.  The only thing i could come up with in order to make it work I was going to have to add a panel on each side.

So I slept on it, and the next thing I knew I was frogging out 700 yards of beautiful, dark green yarn.  I have never appreciated my yarn winder so much.  My yarn winder is a Stanwood, you can find it on Amazon for around $40 for a 4 oz baller.

Anyhow I balled up all the yarn and jumped back in again, and this time I will be measuring as I go!

I hope all your projects are turning out as planned!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting,

Megan

Transformation Tuesday: Birthday Yarn Part One 7/21/2015

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For this Transformation Tuesday I started working with the yarn my husband bought me for my birthday; 5 balls of Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage.

I love natural fibers as much as the next girl; however there are times when the wallet can’t support lots of work done in natural fibers.  Due to the financial constraints of grad school I have been using more and more acrylic yarn.

I have not used Caron Simply Soft since the first scarf I ever crocheted, and since this was the my first experience working with yarn, I did not know what I was working with.  All that being said, I LOVE working with this yarn!  This yarn is so smooth and easy to work with.

Along with Caron yarn I am working a Caron pattern.  The pattern I am working on is a pretty v-neck tunic, has been fairly easy (so far).  I think it will style nicely with leggings, or skinny jeans.  Best of all this pattern is FREE!

The pattern can be found here:

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/v-topper.html

The pattern includes double crochet, double slip stitches, and lots and lots of counting.  In order to keep up with the counting I have used stitch-markers to mark every 20 stitches.  This allows me to only have to count to 20, instead of counting to 122 each row; saving me a massive amount of time.

Current progress:

So I have shown you mine; now you show me yours!  What are you all working on out in internet land?

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!

Megan

Transformation Tuesday: A Beautiful Vest 7/14/2015

For my first Transformation Tuesday post I would like to share a project I just finished. Transforming a few balls of yarn into a beautiful vest!

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The pattern is free and is published by Lion Brand Yarn and is available for FREE from their website.

Here is the link:  http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90550AD.html

The pattern calls for Vanna’s Choice Yarn, I opted to use Lion Brand’s Heartland yarn in Grand Canyon.  I really like the way this yarn works up, and it is really soft.  It is easy to work with on the hook as well.  Heartland comes in a variety of beautiful colors, all of which have beautiful depth.

The pattern was really easy to follow, and was my first finished piece of apparel.  I would recommend this pattern for beginners that have a fairly firm grasp on reading patterns, and comfortable with half-double and double crochet stitches.

The vest worked up quickly in just a matter of a few evenings.

I love the way it turned out.  My husband asked when I would be opening my feminist bookstore.  He thinks it looks like a costume from the show Portlandia; something that Candice from the Women and Women First Bookstore would wear.  I choose to take that as a complement!

Now I just need to block this puppy and get my vest on!

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What are you working on, on this Transformation Tuesday?  Share below in the comments!

Happy Hooking and (k)Nifty Knitting!

Megan