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.

Potholder1

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

Advertisements

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: Birthday Yarn Part One 7/21/2015

image

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

Sweet Summer

I am happy to report I finished my first year of grad school on Friday with amazing grades.  I spent my first weekend of freedom from homework with Color Me Rad, liberal helpings for friendship and hours of crochet.   That is the amazing part about crochet, it does not matter how long you have been gone, the fiber welcomes you back.  Right now I am finishing a mint shrug/sweater that I started last fall before the heavy cloud of school set in.  The best part is this shrug is made up of single crochet stitches.  This pattern is free from lion brand yarns.  I am using Red Heart With Love in Iced Aqua.

Here is a link to the FREE Pattern!

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30117.html?ss=

image

I will post a picture as I begin to finish this off.

What are you working on this summer? Leave a picture of your current project in the comments below!

Happy Hooking and (K)Nifty Knitting,

Megan

I’m Back!

Unfortunately over the last several months I have lost touch with both my blog, and my passion for fiber arts.  Over that time I have moved to a new city, started a new job, and was accepted to grad school.  With the new challenges ahead I feel it is more important than ever to get back into blogging and my passion.  So with my new adventures in my new city I have decided to join a crochet and knit club.  The first get together is tonight, and I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things!  I will let you all know how it goes tonight!

Happy Hooking, and (K)nifty Knitting,

Megan

Here they are…

image

Here are the two newest members of my little stuffy collection.   Both patterns are in the book Crochet One-Skein Wonders.  I took some liberties with the colors, but I like the idea of living in a world where blue and grey cats exist along side hot pink bunnies!  I really like this book so far and I can’t wait to try some more patterns.

image

Happy Hooking and Nifty Knitting,
~ Megan

Happy Fiber Funny Monday! 2/17/2014

image

I suppose this is not so much funny as it is awesome!   But a viewer caught this screen shot of someone knitting at the olympics… it looks like it is at a starting gate.  Which begs the question, where is the strangest or most interesting place you have knitted/crocheted?

For me I would have to say at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

I hope everyone has a nice week full of creative inspiration.

Happy Hooking and Nifty Knitting!

~ Megan

Update -2/18/2014

Alexis added this in a comment below with some insight into what the man was making so I thought I would share the link!

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304181204579370361647891256

Also it reminds us that men knit too!!!  (Some of my favorite knitting buddies are men)

~ Megan