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: 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