Finished it Friday: The Sunday Evening Edition

I know it’s not technically Friday anymore, but I have things! Unfortunately, I don’t have a whole lot to say about them or about their processes, but I have pretty (er… a pretty thing) things to share.

I was given some yarn for my birthday, and I fell in love with it. It was Universal Yarn in the Adobe colorway, which is a nice tan/peach color. I had started to make a hat with it all the way back in September, but I set it aside because I had special requests from people and paying gigs, and the hat was initially going to be for myself, so it got pushed to the back burner. This last week and a half or so, however, I finally decided to finish making it, and it quickly worked up. Upon finishing it, I thought it was a little bland and needed something to spruce it up. The pattern, The Big Girl Bonnet shows the finished hat with a flower attached, so I went on the search for a flower that I thought would really make the hat look finished. I scoured the internet looking for just the right one, I think I spent a day and a half looking for the perfect flower. I finally found one that I thought would look the best. A happy accident happened when I was making the flower, however, as I didn’t see the second half of the petals to the flowers, and ended up only doing one set of the Crocodile stitch on each petal base, which left me with a minimalist style flower, but I think it still looks really nice (and kind of cool and original), so I slapped a large button in the center and called it good! I think it turned out nicely.

Since it was that time of year, I decided to make a brain hat, which I decided to wear on Halloween for the trick-or-treaters. My husband helped me with this one, as he’s better at anatomical things and looks, so he placed the tubing on the hat and glued it down, which I then decided to go and stitch it down. The inside of the hat looks like a terrible mess, because of the longer stitches, but I think I’ve decided to keep this one for myself (however, it is currently listed on my Etsy shop). I think this is a really great hat, but I’m kind of weird, but it IS nice and warm!

I also made another Skulltastic Skull Scarf for a fellow Marf’s grandson. It will be getting shipped fairly quickly and I hope that he (and his grandson) like it!

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I also have a new addiction, which I will write about soon!

Happy November!

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My first few things for sale!

It has finally happened, I have finally made a couple of things to sell, and I am thrilled and plan to make many, many more things to sell. After all, my dream is to eventually have selling my creations be my main and only source of income. I will remain hopeful! I’m under no false pretenses that these items are going to fly off of the shelves, but I can remain hopeful, right?

Want to check them out? Here’s my shop.

Also, if you’re interested, check out my facebook page! I plan to do a giveaway when I reach 100 likes! While we’re at it, what would you be interested in from a giveaway? Yarn? A hat? Scarf? Notions? Let me know 🙂

Catchin’ Up on This Fine Monday!

So I’ve been MIA for another week! I think I can finally get back into the regular swing of things with blogging and crafting.

I may have mentioned in a previous post, I had a phone interview with a state credit union and was moving onto the next step in the interviewing process. Unfortunately, I did not go any further, which was a pretty big blow to me, and it kept me down for quite a while, but there’s a reason that I didn’t get that job, I just haven’t quite figured it out yet.

I applied to a temp agency in town last week and had an interview with them last Wednesday. I believe it went well! It went well enough to where they decided to place me in a (very temporary) gig as an Election Judge in the upcoming elections on November 4th. It’s only a total of 9 hours, but it will look nice on my resume and I’m very excited about it. I kind of hope I get to work either the ballot box and hand out stickers or the demonstration table, as those seem to be the least stress inducing. I was informed by one of my references that the temp agency had contacted them, so I hope that means that the rest of my references will get back to the agency and they’ll place me in a quick manner.

I finished the Super Secret Projects, which were two hats for a couple of friends. A Cthulu hat, and a hat to look like their cat, Odin:

I was also asked to make another skull scarf for someone’s favorite little guy. Which I am excited to get wrapped up and sent off. It shouldn’t take too much longer to finish that up!

I’ve made a couple of other hats in the last week, a brain hat and a regular “fashion” hat. The brain hat has yet to have the brain attached, and the other hat I have yet to take a picture of, which I might save for Finished it Friday.

 

My very first Yarnbox arrived on Friday and I am totally and completely hooked. The yarn they sent is wonderful and the patterns that are included are wonderful. This month’s yarn was from’ Neighborhood Fiber Company, in one of two weights, either a “Rustic Fingering” in a palette of candy apple reds, midnight blues, vibrant violet, and deep greens. The other weight is DK, in two colors, a bright last-leaf green or soft gray.’ The featured designers are Annie Riley and Katya Novikova, the free patterns are “Leaflet Gloves” by Annie Riley and “Overcast” which is a beautiful shawl from Katya Novikova. I am still tossing around the idea of making the Overcast shawl, or if I’m going to search around for something else. Luckily for me, yarn doesn’t expire! I have found, however, that I now need a ball winder, as these yarns come in hanks, as they would if they were shipped to a store, and to make things easier for me I should really buy a ball winder. It’s on the list!

I also had a surprise arrive at my doorstep on Thursday! It was totally unexpected and completely awesome. Sometimes, my mom really understands my needs:

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Officially my new favorite sweater!

I am also preparing for my monthly yarn order early this coming month, which is all yarn for Christmas gifts. I’ve got enough yarn otherwise to make a few things to sell. I’m having a hard time coping with the fact that not only is it almost Halloween, but Christmas is right around the corner, too. Damn.

Well, that about sums it up for me! Happy crafting, everyone

What’s Happenin’ Wednesday – The Secret Edition.

This past week has been rather uneventful as far as actual happenings, but very eventful in my personal relationships. I’ve also started to realize that people will gladly pay me for the things that I create, something that I still can’t quite wrap my head around, but whenever I’m told or offered compensation for my hard work, it always boosts my confidence and gives me a little extra push to getting the process started on selling my creations.

So… What’s Happenin’:

In my personal life:

  • My second oldest younger brother (I’m the oldest by 8 years to five other siblings from two different families, 4 half brothers and a half
    The two that are 18 are the tallest, the one in the hat is the one whose birthday is today.

    The two that are 18 are the tallest, the one in the hat is the one whose birthday is today.

    sister all together) turns the big 1-8 today. It’s hard for me to grasp that he’s that old, of course, it was just as hard for me to grasp my oldest younger brother turning 18 back in January. I’m not upset that I’m getting older, but it bothers the living shit out of me that they’re getting older. Pretty soon they’ll all be grown and then what?

  • I had a recent falling out with a member of my family, which I do not regret in the slightest, and in fact, feel 100% better for, even if it seems to have made some family members upset and others cheering me on.
  • I mailed off a few projects to people who had requested them, a Dead Fish Hat and shark mittens for my end of a barter for my company logo, as well as a sweater for my baby cousin, both of which I had started months ago or had finished months ago but never remembered to send out, I also mailed off a pair of slippers to my mother, which she loved.
  • The slippers prompted my aunt to ask me for an order of 5 pairs of slippers for some Christmas gifts, but shhh, they’re a secret.
  • I was also awpid-20141007_211035_lls.jpgsked by a friend to make a couple of hats for their significant other for Halloween, one of which I’m almost done with, and the other of which I have to wait for a picture so I can start on that, but shhh! It’s also a secret.
  • I’ve been asked by my mother-in-law to make yet another fish hat for another co-worker that’s expecting. I should really start charging her for these, as I’ve made at least $180 worth of these and similar hats for her co-workers. I might just be a little bitter. I feel like I’m being taken advantage of here.
  • I was reminded by my mom that she wants an afgan based off of the circular pattern of Owl Obsession by TheHatAndI, a pattern that I bought and absolutely love, definitely one of my favorite $6 ever spent.
  • The cortisone injection that I was scheduled for last week did not happen again due to lab work not being within range. So we rescheduled to the end of October, which if at that point my lab work comes back out of range again, I’m refusing to have the injection done. At that point, the Universe is telling me not to have these injections. Three strikes and you’re out!

In my book adventures:

  • Yet again I haven’t picked up a book in a long while. I’ve been spending most of my time crocheting or doing laundry or running around town with my husband. I was told by my friend Jon that I was to read Patrick Rothfuss’ book, or else…. So I suppose I should pick that one back up again. It was just starting to get good, after all.

On my hooks:

  • 2 Super Secret Projects
  • 1 Fish Hat
  • 1 Pair of Slippers

In relation to my hooks:

  • I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my very first Yarnbox order at the end of the month, I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this subscription service.

Fishy, Fishy, Fishy… Oh!

One of the things that I’ve become very well known for is my hat making ability, and everyone seems to love my fish hats that I make. I’ve made all kinds of them for all different ages and colors. Here is a collection of some of them. This is the pattern that I use as a base, depending on the size wanted, I will mix it with another HDC hat pattern, like this or this, modifying it as I go along to match up stitch counts per each round.