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!

Skulltastic Skull Scarf (& Pattern!)

So I finally finished up the skull scarf and have put together the pattern for it, so I’m here to share pictures and a pattern!

Since my husband Dain and I are sort ofcompletely obsessed with Halloween, I thought that this was a perfect photo opportunity. So he gathered up all of the skulls he could find and I set them up and took some pictures, I also asked Dain for help with ideas for pictures of the scarves with our hearses (yes, plural, we each have one), as well as helping me capture a couple of the pictures because he’s got a great eye and some of these shots needed two bodies and four hands.

This scarf was one of the first things that I’ve created on my own. I looked at pictures of other crochet skulls, but wasn’t satisfied with how any of them looked, so I set out to make my own, and I like how it’s come out. I’ve made coasters from just a singular skull and I’ve made two scarves. I hope that someone can get some good use of this pattern! It’s the perfect time of the year for it! I hope you all enjoy!

What you will need for this scarf:

  • Any weight yarn (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn!”, which is aran weight) PLEASE NOTEThe lighter weight yarn will create a smaller skull.
  • Any size crochet hook (I used a US J/6.0mm hook, but please know that I usually need to use two hook sizes bigger than what is recommended, also realize that the smaller the hook the smaller the skull, and the larger the hook the bigger and more spaced out the skull will be)
  • Tapestry needle.

Special Terms:

Pattern:

  1. FHDC 8 sts, turn
  2. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  3. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  4. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  5. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  6. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  7. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  8. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  9.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  10. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  11. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  12. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  13. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  14. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  15. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  16. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  17. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  18. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  19. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  20. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  21. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  22. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  23. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  24. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  25. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  26. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 15-27 until scarf is half the length you desire
  27. Go back fo FHDC and join yarn, CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  28. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  29. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  30. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  31. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  32. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  33. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  34.  Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  35. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  36. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  37. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  38. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), If alternating colors, break yarn and finish off. If using same yarn continue as described without changing yarn.
  39. Join new color and  HDC 8 sts, turn
  40. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (10 sts)
  41. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (12 sts)
  42. CSHDC, HDC in same st, HDC to last st, 2 HDC in last st, turn (14 sts)
  43. CSDC, sc in next st, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next 4 sts, ch 5, skip 3 sts, SC in next st, DC in last st, turn
  44. CSDC, 8 DC into ch space, SC in next st, SC 2 together, 8 DC into next ch space, DC in last st, turn.
  45. CSDC, DC into next st, skip st, DC in next 4 sts, ch 1, TRC, ch 1, DC in 2nd DC on ch sp (corresponding st on the other side of the TRC),
  46. DC, skip st, 1 DC in last two sts, turn (15 sts)
  47. Chainless Starting double crochet decrease, DC in each st to last 2 sts, Double crochet 2 together, turn (13 sts)
  48. CSDC, (ch 1, DC) x 6, turn, (7 DC, 6 ch/ 13 sts)
  49. CSSC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together, turn (11 sts)
  50. CSHDC, (ch 1, HDC) x 5, turn (11 sts)
  51. CSSC 2 together, SC 2, SC 2 together, SC to last 2 sts, 2 SC together (8 sts), if changing colors break yarn and finish off, repeat steps 27-51 until scarf is same length as other half, break yarn, Finish off
  52. OPTIONAL: SC evenly around scarf, slip stitch to first SC, finish off, weave in ends.

I hope you all enjoy this pattern! Thanks so much for checking it out!

Finished it Friday: The Lone Duo

Unfortunately with this post, I don’t have any pictures, and in the last week, I’ve only finished two projects.

A friend of mine approached me a few weeks ago with a picture of a skull scarf that he thought he needed. I searched for a pattern and I found it, but I wasn’t completely sold on how it looked, so I decided to come up with my own! I asked if he wanted one for his son, who I love to see in pictures and watch videos posted of him as well as getting to hear about how he’s progressing with school and life in general. He said he would! We decided to to a trade because he does some pretty awesome embroidery stuff. So I set out to start on these scarves, and I just put the finishing touches on them a few minutes ago. I can’t wait to take pictures of them and share them, and then write up the pattern to share!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week!

That Dreaded Gift Reaction…

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My husband’s cousin’s daughter, McKenzie, turned 16 this past week on Wednesday or Thursday, I believe, and since I am short on cash (as per usual) but had plentiful amounts of yarn, I opted to make her something.

A week or so previous to deciding to make her something, I had found Rolling in the Deep, which is an infinity scarf pattern that I fell in love with immediately. I showed it to my mother-in-law to see if she thought that McKenzie would like it and assured me that she would, so I asked her to figure out McKenzie’s favorite colors, and when she figured that out for me, I set off in a frenzy to make the scarf, hoping that I would finish quickly so I could move on to making more to (eventually) sell.

When I finished it, everyone loved it, Dain, his dad, his mom, and most importantly, I loved it. I don’t typically like what I make by the time I’m done with it because I’m sick of staring at it. I had a lot of confidence wrapping this one up to be gifted, figuring she would love it.

Yesterday was her party, so after working on the gift that my mother-in-law was giving her (tying and sewing together a quilt), we packed up in the car and went to the local Godfather’s to have pizza, cake, and watch her open her presents. Everyone ate their food and cake while the adults conversed with one another, took turns holding a baby, paid attention to her cute little nephew TJ, and then watched a slideshow and video that McKenzie’s brother put together for her, which was tear inducing and very sweet. After that, we all insisted that she open up presents, we adults were getting impatient, not to mention we were suppose to be out of Godfather’s party room at 7, and it was, at that point, 7:15.

So she started into her presents, she asked which one she should open first, and my husband handed her the one that I made for her, to my horror (there were other gifts! Mind didn’t need to be opened first). She opened the card that I had Dain write up for her, it was just a cheeky, stupid poem that I had Dain come up with in a pinch, which got a laugh – so far, so good! Then she tore into the gift, to find this:

And she just went “Oh.” and put it around her like a sash. So I got her attention and let her know that it was an infinity scarf, to which she said “I’m going to wear it like this, because I don’t care.”

My heart crumbled to a million pieces. She didn’t say she liked the color, she didn’t think it was pretty, nothing, just “oh.”

Now, logically, I realize she’s 16, and teenagers have that kind of attitude, and in retrospect, she had about that same reaction to all her gifts, except for gifts of money, but I can’t help but still feel crushed. I put a lot of time and effort into things that I make, and maybe once she got home and was away from all of her friends, she actually appreciated it more, but I feel very doubtful about that.

It’s reactions like hers that make me not want to make people things as gifts. I don’t usually get that reaction, but it’s always just as soul crushing when it does.

How do the rest of you deal with getting a less-than satisfied reaction to something that you made as a gift?