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This was a fun little wreath I did for my Mom for 4th of July.   I used the Royal Blue and Red Deco Mesh in the the typical fluff style.  I learned how to make these by watching this video on www.YouTube.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en-iMg4Mfgw

With that being said I don’t usually by the more expensive Deco Mesh Wreath forms — I use just a standard wire wreath from the floral department and long pipe cleaners.  It works just as well and Is about half the price or less.

We wrapped some cute sparkly wire ribbon around this one and embellished with some fun picks we found at Michaels.

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As I was cruising Pinterest, I found some amazing Christmas Stockings on Pottery Barn.  They were “Fair Isle” inspired.   I had no idea what Fair Isle was — so I had to investigate!!!!

I did my research and got 2 books:

 

Fair Isle 1 Fair Isle 2

 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE them both.  The 200 Fair Isle motifs has great borders and clear easy patterns.  The Book of Fair Isle Knitting also has some great patterns — some much more challenging than I’m ready to take on now…..but I have used the Scandinavian stars patterns.

So while teaching myself to read Fair Isle patterns, I also had to teach myself the continental style of knitting — very different from the English style I typically use.

This is the YouTube video that I used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNtnTcE7Qjs

 

I am working on a 3 step project that is 2/3 of the way complete.  It’s my first foray into Fair Isle so take a look at what I’ve done.

I combined a border pattern from the 200 Fair Isle Motifs and a Scandinavian Star from Fair Isle Knitting.

Fair Isle Pattern 1 Fair Isle Pattern 2

These still are works in progress and need to be blocked — so when I’m done I’ll block and then post the patterns that I used.

 

Lemme know what you think, chirpers.

 

OOXX

A while ago, I tried my hand at a custom pattern, the Perfect Pair.  I think it turned out pretty well.  So I’ve tried my hand at something else.  When I was pregnant with my son, I really REALLY wanted a baby cocoon to use for a photo prop.  After the Christmas stockings, it was the second reason I wanted to learn how to knit.  I never found a pattern I could actually knit because I was such a beginner 😦

Here it is two and half years later and here is my first stab at a baby cocoon.  I created the pattern from scratch.  I crocheted it instead of knitted, but I think it turned out beautiful.   It’s going to be a gift for a friend of mine that is going to have a little girl.  I REALLY hope she likes it and will share some pictures of her little one in it for me to share with you.

Cocoon

I call this baby cocoon The Flower Basket due to the basket weave detailing at the top and the popcorn stitch flowers and stems used to cover the buttons.

Here’s what I used:

Supplies

  • 3 Skeins Yarn (Single Strand Bulky Weight)
    • Color A – Cocoon
  • Small Scraps (Worsted Weight)
    • Color B,C, D – Flowers
    • Color E – Stems
  • Hook  (5.00 MM/H)
  • Hook (4.00 MM/G)
  • 3 Buttons

I used a creamy off-white bulky weight yarn for the cocoon and then various shades of pink and purple for the flowers.  I just used scraps I had on hand.  The stems are made of the same verigated green that I used for the Perfect Pair.

Base/Crown of Cocoon

Using Color A  (Base Color for Cocoon) and H hook

Magic Ring, 4 stitches inside ring

Row 1:  CH 3, 12 DC into ring, join with SL ST into 1st DC

Row 2:  CH 3, 2 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 3:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC ino the next stitch , 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 4:  Chain 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, * 1 DC into the next 2 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 5: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 2 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 3 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat from * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 6:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 3 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 4 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch * repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 7:  CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the 4 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch,

*1 DC into the next 5 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

Row 8: CH 3, 1 DC into the same stitch, 1 DC into the  5 next stitch, 2 DC into the next stitch, *1 DC into the next 6 stitches, 2 DC into the next stitch* repeat * to * around, join with a SL ST into the 1st DC

NOTE:  The bulky yarn made the cocoon a bit larger than expected.  If I did this again, I would most likely only create 6 rows for the crown to make this a bit smaller.

Cocoon Sack

Row 9: CH 1, SC 94 in each stitch around, continuing on CH 12 (stand-alone)

Row 10: CH 4, TURN, TC in 5th stitch from the end, TC in each stitch around

Row 11: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 12: CH4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 13: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 14: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 15: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 16: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 17: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 18: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 19: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 20: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 21: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 22:  CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 23: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 24: CH 4, TURN, TC in each stitch around

Row 25: Ch 3, TURN, DC in each stitch around

I used Triple crochets for the bulk of the cocoon so that the cocoon had a slight basket feel to it with bigger, wider rows instead of a tight weave.

Basket Detail

Basket weave Edge

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *FPdc 3, BPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 26: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 27: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 28: TURN, CH 3, *BPdc 3, FPdc3*, repeat from * to * until 1 stitch left, HDC

Row 29: TURN, CH1, SC in each stitch around

Finish Off.

This was my first time using the basket weave stitch.  It was a lot easier than I thought it would be once I got the hang of the BPdc.  There were several tutorials on YouTube that I watched until I finally got the hang of it.  I will admit, it takes a LOT of yarn. The last 7 rows took almost a whole skein of the bulky yarn.

Now for the details.  I looked and looked and looked at flower patterns.  I wanted something chunky that really went with the style of the cocoon. I have several pinned on my Pinterest crochet page and in my Ravelry library.  Last week I FINALLY found exactly what I was looking for.

Headband

Here is a close-up of the cute headband that I made to go with the cocoon, but I made it with the same Popcorn Stitch flowers I used for cocoon itself.  This was another first-time stitch for me.  REALLY easy and great tutorial on this site.

Popcorn Flowers

Using the 3 colors for your flowers and the H hook

Create 3 Popcorn flowers in your choice of colors:

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2013/04/26/popcorn-stitch-flower-free-pattern/

I only did 3 rounds (Ending with 16 petals on the outside)

Fold the flap over and sew the 3 buttons equidistant apart on the Bottom layer.  Fold the flap back into place and button the cocoon between 2 treble stitches.

I wanted something cute to put over the buttons used to open and close the cocoon.  I used some really cute buttons in colors that were very contrasting to the flowers on the cocoon.  I got these in the dollar aisle at Target and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used them.

After I finished the cocoon and the flowers I thought I was going to be done — but then I worried that the flowers would get lost since they were only really button covers on the outside of the cocoon and were not really attached to anything.  That’s when I decided to attach the flowers to the basket using something that looked like stems.  The flowers themselves are only attached to one another with on the bottom flower actually attached to the cocoon.  That way if the basket is unbuttoned, the flowers are still attached by the stems.

Stem Detail

I used the curlicue stitch to create the stems and attach the flowers to each other.

Stems

Using the color you chose for your stems and the G Hook

Create a simple short stem using 4 rows of SC (Approximately 5 stitches).  Attach this stem to the bottom of the cocoon (as seen) and the bottom of the lower flower.

Create 2 curlicues of 18 stitches (15+3) using the following method:

http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-crochet-curlicue_31.html

Attach the curlicues between the flowers so the flowers remain attached to the cocoon if it is unbuttoned.

Since this is a 2 Little Red Birds original I attached one of the tags I shared with you in a previous post.  I LOVE IT.

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I hope you like pattern and you don’t misuse it, pass it off as your own or share it without giving me credit and linking back to this page.

OOXX

Tie Shirts

 

Tonight I had so much from with my friend M.  She bought the cutest material for her little boy and we made these CUTE shirts for fall!!  I found some clipart on the web and created the pattern with my Silhouette Studio software.

When I first got my Cameo I had NO idea it could do so many things and that I didn’t have to BUY every graphic I wanted to cut out.  I did some searches on some forums and on YouTube and I found this video that set me on my way to making my own graphics for my library:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gveGaeCLMk

I can’t wait to post a pic of her little boy in one of these cute shirts!

 

I have been fascinated by the Lily and Laura glass bead crochet bracelets for a while (  http://www.lilyandlaura.com/index.html ) I think the story about the Nepali women who crochet these to support their families is amazing!  Do you k now that they can crochet 6 bracelets a DAY??? WOW!!!! These women are truly artists.

Given my new found crochet skills and my “I can do that attitude” and the fact that I have large wrists – I tried my hand at crocheting some stacking bracelets similar to the ones sold by Lily and Laura. (with the help of YouTube of COURSE!)

Overall it went pretty well. Obviously I can’t crochet 6 bracelets in a day, but I was pleasantly surprised at how fast these worked up.  In my spare time I could easily knock out 1 a day.   I made 2 random, 1 striped and 1 swirl bracelet.

Crochet Bracelts

I used #5 White Perl Cotton, a Boye Steel crochet hook #6 and 6mm glass beads.  The recommendation was to use 8mm beads, but I already had some 10mm and 6mm on hand the 10’s were too big to achieve a similar look to Lily and Laura.  I used a bead needle to string the beads onto the thread and then wound my thread onto one of my Kumihimo spools for ease of transport. I also didn’t always pre-string enough beads, so with the spool, it was pretty easy to unwind and go back and add beads.  To make a bracelet my size, it takes about 660 beads (give or take). Don’t worry if you get the bead pattern wrong, they are glass beads and easy enough to break off if you get them out of order. (I just used by teeth, don’t tell my dentist!) I would also like to use a stronger sewing type thread as the cotton is not as strong as I would like.

I found this site to be super helpful:   http://forum.ojewelry.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6 and this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blMvjVapgV0

I hope to make some more a bit more custom and include Initial charms or sports charms (read RAZORBACK!!!)

 

 

I think i mentioned in the about me section of my blog how I taught myself to knit on YouTube.  My first project was Christmas stockings for the family — which I did on the round knitting looms.  After that I found the cutest scarf on Ravelry.com – The Fisherman’s Wife

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-fishermans-wife-knit-version

fisherman's wife

I bought the pattern and while challenging turned out AWESOME.  Of course I couldn’t just start with something basic, I had to jump in with both feet.  I found AMAZiNG examples of how to do stiches on YouTube and that I watched over and over until I got them right!

I made a quick foray into DPNs when I found MochiMochis!  Again utilizing YouTube I figured out how to work all those needles at the same time.

On to Pinterest…I found the cutest pattern for some tumbling bunnies.  As I was sitting around this weekend, I thought I had some free time in the car traveling to see the in-laws and of course PLENTY of scrap yarn.  So I grabbed my Ipad and my DPNs and some yarn and whipped up this cute Tumbling Bunny

floppybunny2

http://www.simplynotable.com/2013/tumbling-bunnies/

It’s a really easy project for beginners using DPNs. If you don’t have the safety eyes…no worries, just embroider on the face!  I stuffed mine with rice, simply because that’s what I had on hand.  Make sure your stitches are tight enough so the filling doesn’t come out!  This was such a fun project, I’m sure I’ll make others!

A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me that I should start a blog to share my craft journeys.  Pinterest and Ravelry are my obsessions.  I’m always getting ideas and inspiration from stores and websites.  People are GENIUS!  At the same time I marvel at others work, there is always the side of me that says, “I can do that”, “I wonder if I can do that”, or even “I KNOW I can make that, and cuter too!”

I try to spend as much time as I can with my 94-year-old grandmother who is the ULTIMATE crafter.  I don’t have as much talent as that woman does in her little finger in my WHOLE body – but she has taught me so much!

I am currently obsessed with my Silhouette Cameo ( I love it almost as much as I love my iPod and my iPad!) There is so much you can do with it!!!  I also taught myself to knit and crochet about 2 years ago.  I wanted matching Christmas stockings for my family — so I watched YouTube videos to teach myself to knit.  I think Amigurumi and MochiMochi’s are SOOOOO fun, so I also taught myself to crochet.  I’m branching out more and more!

I hope you enjoy my forays into various projects, the craziness of my life and my 2 little red birds!!!