Free Pattern Friday: A New Beginning

The first sock I started for my co-worker, R, is going to have to be reworked after she tried it on and found it too tight around the toes. While I was waiting on her to try it on, I began a sock for my co-worker, J, and she managed to try hers on before R. 🙂

The top part of the sock is going to be the heel. The yarn is Red Heart It’s a Wrap Hues in Jammin Grape size 2. I’m using a “D” 3.25mm hook just like the first one.

I’m finding the pattern very easy to follow. It has lots of pictures which are annoying at times but helpful at others. I’m very grateful for the designer.

Step-by-Step Crocheted Socks

I have a third pair to make, for my co-worker, T. Hers is going to be pink mainly. Funny thing happened today though, a male co-worker saw the two partial socks I had with me, and he asked me to make a pair for him too. I’ve not had a man ask me to make him a wearable before. 🙂

Next week, I should have the purple socks done, and I should have the first mostly black sock reworked in time for Friday’s post. 🙂

Anyone made socks before – either crochet or knit?? If so, would you post any pictures of them you might have?? I’d love to see what others have done!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Making Socks!

I have never made socks before, and I’m now going to teach myself how. I’m also crocheting them as knitting and I don’t get along. I found a pattern that is quite easy, and I plan to make three pairs of socks, for three co-workers.

Sorry the first one is upside down even though I saved it right side up.. The colorway is Mountain Range. I am using a size “D” – 3.25mm aluminum crochet hook.

This is where I’m at right now. The pattern I’m using is Step-by-step Crocheted Socks Tutorial.

This pair of socks is for my co-worker, Rebecca. She’s going to try on what I’ve made so far over the weekend and let me know where adjustments need to be made before I move on to making the heel. She wants mid-calf high socks so she can wear them under her boots. I’m making hers first.

This pattern is so simple and easy to read I’m enjoying it a great deal. There’s lots of pictures too. So far, the stitches have been simple: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet and grit stitch which is just a combo of single and double stitches.

The yarn is a cotton blend so it has some stretch and moisture wicking properties. It was a bit of a chore finding the yarn at a reasonable price too, and I ended up having to order it online because nobody local carries this yarn.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with the socks, but I’m liking the journey so far!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Tablecloth based on Rings of Change by Frank O’Randle Pt. 2

The above is where I’m at in the pattern right now. I just started Row 39 out of 111 rows. I decided to get the full pattern and work on it until I ran out of thread. I’m using up scrap thread I’ve been given over the past 5 years. None of the thread has labels on them, and while I’m trying to stay in the size 20 range, the multi colored purple is a size 10.

It’s going to be interesting when it’s finally done, and I’m going to enjoy using it.

The pattern is called Rings of Change, and it’s available on Ravelry from designer Frank O’Randle. He is a fantastic designer and has 67 patterns using the “of Change” name.

The stitches used in the newer areas are fans made from triple crochet and inverted V-stitches. It’s now how difficult the stitches are(most are basic), it’s how he uses the stitches to make some beautiful designs.

I usually don’t repeat patterns, but I might do this in worsted weight yarn to make a round blanket or rug some time in the future.

After I complete Row 39 I will be putting the project on hold because I finally got it in:

Sock Yarn!

Yes, I got the three cakes of sock yarn I ordered so I will be making socks for three co-workers who offered to be my guinea pigs as I learn something new. 🙂 I’ll be using the same pattern, but I’ll be using three different colorways and two different yarns. I hope to have at least one sock done by next week. If I have a full pair done, I’ll be very happy.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Another Baby Blanket for a Co Worker

One of my coworkers showed me a picture of his first granddaughter who was born on March 1st, and she’s a real cutie. He’s also one very proud grandpa. Since I feel every newborn should have a handmade blanket, I decided to make her one.

I went looking for yarn that wasn’t the same as the yarn I’d been using. I try to make things as unique as possible. I saw this yarn, and I fell in love!

The color palette for this yarn is called Snapdragon. There was another called Gerbera, but I didn’t think the color palette was quite right for a little girl. There were only 3 skeins of this yarn on the shelf, and I bought all three.

I used an “I” hook and single crochets for the entire piece.

It’s not a very big blanket, but it’s big enough for her to cuddle under or lay on top of when it’s warm out. It took me three days to make as I focused on it more than anything else I did this past week.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Crochet Socks

I was trying to come up with something new to crochet, and I was talking to some co-workers about what I could do. I mentioned socks, and two of them(ladies) said they’d wear the socks if I made them. So, I’m going to be teaching myself how to crochet socks!!

Here are some cute and free patterns I found on the Spruce Crafts website:

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/crochet-sock-patterns-4077415

I am going to start with 1. Basic Toe-Up for my first pair which I plan to wear myself. Then, I’ll try 2. Sweet Crochet Socks for the co-worker who wanted the bootie style sock. After that, I might try 11. Single Crochet socks for the co-worker who wants a pair that go up to mid calf.

If you try any of these patterns please SHARE!! I’d love to see what you make!! There are so many color choices out there now, it’s going to be hard to choose which one to choose for myself. My favorite color is Emerald Green so, maybe, I’ll find a yarn in that color!

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: All My Projects Are Done!

Between longer hours at work and pushing to finish the commissions for a co-worker, I haven’t done much else. Still, it’s been worth it to see the smile on her face when I gave her the two baby blankets and the four remaining octopi she’d commissioned from me. She assures me the children these will be going to will love them and so will the mothers. I hope so, but I still had fun making them so it’s a win-win.

Baby Blankets

Baby Girl 33 by 20

I am so happy with how these two turned out! 🙂

Baby Octopi

She requested I make one smaller than the rest if possible so I used a smaller hook. I did put faces on them, I just forgot to take a picture before I gave them to her. These were fun and so easy to make!

I now have nothing else to make until the beginning of the year when I have several projects I want to make, for myself and for others. I’ll be sharing them with you as I work on them. 🙂

Let me know, please, what projects you’re working on and have just finished! I’d love to see them!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Pattern Friday: Completed and Ongoing Projects

So, I’ve been quite busy crocheting. The ongoing projects are ones I’ve been commissioned to make, and the completed ones are some things I just happened to make while figuring out what else to make.

Finished Projects

The Block Shawl aka Call the Midwife Blanket

This pattern is the property of Patons and was created by a company they took over back around the 1980s. It’s actual name is The Block Shawl and was originally intended to be a shawl. It was used in a show called Call the Midwife as a baby blanket, and a fan of the show then reverse engineered the pattern when they couldn’t find anything close to it – it was out of print at the time -calling it the Call the Midwife Baby Blanket. They have since done due diligence in finding out the original owner of the pattern and its copyright which is now Patons.

I am linking to a page hosting the pattern as supporters of Patons and not the fan who reverse engineered the pattern as I believe in giving credit where it’s due. The above is a stroller blanket size of the original pattern, and if you’d like to make the actual Block Shawl or tweak it a bit to be baby blanket size here’s the link : The Block Shawl

The above is a gift bag I free handed. I needed something to put a pretty present in, and I wanted it to be as bespoke as the gift is.

Ongoing Projects

The below are all items I have been commissioned to make. I have been commissioned to do 9 of the octopi, and the client picked out all the colors. I don’t normally do embroidery on crochet so it’s a learning process. 🙂

For some reason the group picture didn’t fully show up, but the individuals look pretty good. I am by no means a professional photographer so pardon them not being perfect. They are all “asleep” as they are being given to babies for nap and bedtime.

Linen Stitch Baby Blanket

The colors and the pattern for this blanket were chosen by the same person who commissioned the octopi. This half finished blanket is for a 2 month old preemie girl. The yarn is Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in Serene. The color change is the result of working with the yarn as is. I didn’t try to stripe it or order it in any way. I showed this to my client, and she loves how it looks so I will continue with it. Here is the link to the pattern should you want to try this pattern yourself: Linen Stitch Blanket

I’ve been asked to make a blanket for an 8 month old preemie baby boy by the same client, but she’s only chosen the colors so far, not the pattern. I think she’s going for a star or starburst shape, but she hasn’t told me exactly what she wants. I’m hoping she’s going to let me know before I’m done with the above projects so I can get them done.

I have three shawl/scarves with pockets another person has commissioned me to do – they are deciding on the yarn as well as the yarn color right now so I have to wait to get started on them. The pattern for this project is not free – the client bought it for me. Even though it’s not free, I’ll still post pictures and the link – just in case.

So that’s it for this week. I should have all the octopi and the blanket done by next week. I should have another project almost finished by then as well – a little sachet I’m planning to make for my son’s girlfriend. 🙂 Fun stuff to look forward to!!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Personal Update: 15 Nov., 2021

Mimi Queen of Fluff

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I sincerely apologize. I have to say, in my defense, it was due to circumstances beyond my control including my computer crashing due to a serious hardware malfunction. I finally got it fixed, but I’ve lost a lot of data since my last backup from the beginning of October. Teach me to back up more often.

Still, I have had my phone so I was able to complete some projects with it – something I don’t recommend when working with any kind of cross stitch pattern unless you have a way to magnify your screen – I don’t.

Let me show you some of the things I’ve been doing since my last post.

Halloween SAL

I have to admit to not remembering what all the blocks represent, but you can check out Anna’s finished piece where she has them all listed. She’s also framed hers in a lovely and unique frame. I’ll be waiting to get mine framed due to unforeseen bills. Still, the project was an interesting one. I am looking forward to trying one that is weekly next.

MSAL

October 2021

The above is last month’s block, and it turned out very pretty! Anna has also posted hers, and I love the colors she’s used! I have to admit to being intimidated by this block. I wanted to do a good job on it, and I’m not sure the color choices were quite right. Originally, the middle flower shape was going to be purple but then, I changed my mind. I haven’t done the block for November yet, but I’ll have it done by the end of this week.

Frederick the Literate

I finally finished this piece, and I am so happy with how it turned out!! The titles of the books are so cute! I can see why Fred is asleep with a smile on his face – no doubt dreaming about some of the books he’s read. I am going to be doing a full coverage piece in 2022, and it’s based on a painting called The Land Baby by John Collier(1899). I’ll be doing it on 16 count white Aida.

I’ll be framing Fred just as soon as I have the money and figure out how I want to do it. I’m taking suggestions.

Other Projects

In addition to my cross stitching, I am also making 9 baby octopi for a co worker who has commissioned them. I’ll post pictures of them on Friday when they should all be done. I’m also making two baby blankets for her, but those will be a while in the making. I’ve made a few other things, and I’ll post pictures of everything in my Friday post.

Writing

I’m having to redo a lot of what I’d added to my story on the computer due to losing data not backed up so it’s setting me back on when the book will actually be done and published. Such is life, and I just have to move forward. Who knows, I may write something even better than I’d already done. 🙂 The ending is still eluding me after all.

Health

I’m having a heck of a time losing weight! I’ve lost 4 inches across the hips but barely an inch in my waist! I’m developing a bit of muscle in legs and arms from work, but my core is still covered in fat. It’s a bit bewildering and depressing when I’m trying my best to get my middle flatter. Still, I’ll keep working at it. I know I feel a lot better eating healthier food that I have been in the past.

Work

Work is work. I am getting along with my coworkers, and I still enjoy my job so, what more can I ask for? Working part time suits me as it doesn’t put a huge strain on me physically, and it gives me time to do other things – like write.

That’s about it, in a nutshell. I am busier than ever trying to get my commissions done, write, work and relax – in turn. I will share more of my projects in the future, but I do have plans for the new year which include trying some new things. 🙂

I hope everyone will continue to travel along with me on my journey from here to there and back again in the coming year!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Free Crochet Pattern : Country Fields Throw

https://www.allfreecrochetafghanpatterns.com/Throw-Patterns/Country-Fields-Throw-from-Red-Heart-Yarns

This is a fun and easy throw pattern!! I haven’t made it myself yet, it’s one of my bookmarked patterns. 🙂

Several of my friends have made it however, and they really enjoyed making it.

If you make this throw please, post a picture of what yours looks like so we can also see! I’d love to see your work!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Raffle is at Halfway!

This means you only have one week left before the raffle is done, and the winner is both chosen and announced!! For those of you who are new here, I am holding a raffle to help me pay off Mimi’s vet bills. She is recovering from a severe bout of bronchitis. I am having trouble paying the bills for her so, we’re trying to raise funds by holding a raffle.

So, what are we raffling off?? It’s a handmade crocheted accent/throw pillow in bright colors:

This lovely can be machine washed, but if you have an agitator(as most people still do), it’s best to put inside a pillow case or a lingerie bag so the fringe doesn’t get caught. It can also be dried in the dryer. It won’t shrink, fade or bleed on your clothes! The yarn is mostly acrylic, but it’s still very soft.

Tickets are 50 cents American, and if you want to be less than $5 American, you can use the custom button below to buy less. I haven’t figured out how to change things on the donation form yet so please, forgive me this time!

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Your help is greatly appreciated I assure you!! This time next Monday, I will be choosing and announcing the winner of the raffle. It could be you!

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has entered so far!! I wish I could say so in person but considered yourselves HUGGED!! Mimi means a great deal to me especially since she is my constant companion!

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