Saturday, 30 March 2019

Cozy Toes

Hi Loves,

Have you ever been so cold you think you're going to freeze, only to put a sock on and the temperature drops almost instantly?

If the answer is yes. Then these cuties are just what you need.  The idea came when a friend of mine complained about her feet always being cold.

I have made crochet booties numerous times but really wanted to knit this one.  I went to YouTube and browsed around to get the general construction.  I didn't want anything too complicated as these were just for lying in bed or moving around the house.

After watching a few I got my inspiration and set to work. Two hours or so later I have my very first pair.

🤔🤔 I know what you think. "That doesn't look like footwear".  But my friend they will be.

Can you believe it? That somewhat square piece became this masterpiece.

Yes, it did.  I had to jazz them up with a bit of colour.

These were done to fit a size 9-10 lady's feet.  They were just too cute to be for only adults, so I went back to the needles and did a pair for the tiny tots in our lives.

This is the finishing.

But here's where it all started from.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

The Birth

Hi Loves,

I was asked to make a scarf, the customer was very specific in her colours and size...

"I need it to be black with yellow at the very edge, it should be 6" wide and 40 inches long".


I have tons of scarf patterns but as of late the urge to design my own has been getting stronger and stronger. So that's what I did.

I've designed pouches and bags, but never written anything down, even if I replicated it, who knew it was this hard putting your creation to paper?

It normally takes 7-9 months for a baby to be born, but my birth took only a few hours.  My very first written pattern

How it all went down!!!!!

I played around to ensure I got the width correct (6"), once that has been achieved then it's easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

I first thought of making a full seed stitch scarf but after a few rows in, honestly, boredom started to surface.  My lazy inner being started to complain

"This is taking too long". " blah, blah, blah"

Then came Mrs. Enthusiastic screaming in my ear... "HEY, Why not do a few rows of garter stitch". We 🖐🖐 high-five each other and just like that the pattern started taking shape.

Man, I just love my staff (me, myself, and I) hahaha...😜😜😜

I completed the scarf and it was an absolute beauty, but sadly I didn't get to photograph it.  Want to know why? Sure you do.

I have no pics as I did the finishing touches while in a taxi heading to make the delivery.

After making my delivery (she loved it btw), I came home and scribbled some more.  With no picture to post, I had to recreate my masterpiece and that's exactly what I did.  I started doing it in black but thought against it and went for a light green yarn I had in my stash.

The aim was to replicate, type, proofread, export to pdf, and post for sale on Ravelry by January 4th, 2019 (my baby's birthday). It didn't seem possible up to January 3rd but by 10:30 pm on the 4th, with a finished scarf, the pattern is written and pdf ready, I posted my very first pattern for sale (  2019 is off to a good start.

Now the waiting begins, will people like it? Will they purchase it? Either way, I was bubbling with pride, I finally wrote and posted a pattern.  There is no stopping me now.

The Masterpiece 

Without any fringe or tassel.

Crochet loop stitch finish.

Tassel end

Adding Tassels

Wrap your yarn around a book or piece of cardboard (or anything you desire).  Cut to the length you like and let's get started.

Insert hook

Loop the yarn over the hook and pull it through.

Take your loose end and pull through the opening.

Twist and pull through the opening once more.

Pull to tighten and form a knot, repeat until the entire edge is covered.

How to do the crochet loop stitch edging?

You can watch this video or search " crochet loop stitch" via YouTube and follow along.  This stitch is really easy once you get the hang of it.

Let me know what you think, if you purchase my pattern, please share your finished scarf.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

My Second Attempt.

Hey Loves,

So, prior to making my first ever cardigan (see my Cardigan, Bardigan post), I made the request to test knit Petra Breakstone's cardigan while she was still working on it.  She agreed and put my name down.

The pattern was completed and ready for testing, the Ravelry forum board was ready, the pattern was received via email and now it was time to start.

Pattern read and all seems well until it was time to select needle size 4 (3.5).  I have a size 3.75, 4, etc.  Swatch gave a size of 5*5 and not 4*4... What to do?

I did what was expected... Started my cardigan.  I followed the pattern, and upon reaching a section that would become the sleeves I realize if I followed the pattern verbatim I would not have a good-fitting cardigan.  The decision was made to modify the pattern and this was a really good decision.

The top progressed beautifully and anticipation started rising.  I continued on until I had the length I wanted, and did the edging, and bind-off.

This is only the beginning


Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 ( this is where I made the decision to not follow the pattern)

The stitches for the sleeves were separated and I worked my body until I had the length I wanted. The garter stitch edge was done, I also didn't follow the pattern as I thought 3" of garter would be too much for this short version.

The body is complete.

I worked on the sleeves and again I didn't follow the pattern and made long sleeves, I made my version in short sleeves.  Petra was happy I did, as this showed how diverse her pattern was.

My not-so-willing model 😂

After weeks of being finished, I found my perfect model.  The cardigan fit her perfectly, and I finally got to see my work in all its beauty.

If you wish to make your own cardigan, you can, just follow the link:

Ari's Purse

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