About me from the beginning...

Well, I guess I should start with an introduction of myself. I first started crocheting when I was about 16, my mom's been crocheting like forever and passed it along to me. I picked up knitting from my sister at about 21 yrs old and fell in love. Don't get me wrong, I love crocheting too, but I feel with knitting there is much more diversity in what can be made. Before I started driving, I would do my knitting on the train and people all the time started to ask me questions and I would show them patterns of things that can be made, they saw a particular pattern, and would usually say "Wow, I would love to have this made!" and I was getting offers and phone numbers of people who wanted for me to make them stuff. People who are non-knitters do not realize the time, effort, and money that goes into making a particular item. Sure, you can walk into any department store and buy a sweater for $20, but with knitting, most of the time if you want a nice sweater, the yarn alone can cost up to or more than $80, not to mention the labor put into making the sweater. So, I started making things for people as gifts because I didn't really have the nerve to tell someone that if I charged them $150 or more for a sweater made of some very luxurious yarns, I would feel like they would laugh in my face. However, they are people out there who do appreciate a one-of-a-kind hand made garment, and my knitting has expanded to pretty much everything. So, I am starting this blog to show people some of the items that I have made, if they are interested in anything to be custom made for them, I would be more than happy to discuss what you would like done. This bag here was the first bag that I created. I've used it to carry school books and other stuff and it's held up great. As you can see in the middle pic, it has a small inside pocket that can carry an ipod, mp3 player, or other things (The pocket size can be adjusted to your liking, of course). I used a very thick wool yarn for this bag, and it was the first bag that I meandered from a pattern with. Basically, I modified the pattern(as seen in "Stitch 'n' Bitch" the original book. Everything can be adjusted with bags and I love to make them. Small, big, backpacks, you name it! And there are so many variations of yarn that can be used, but generally speaking when making bags, you want to use a good sturdy yarn. The next pic of this bag is just to show how it looks being worn (kinda blurry, sorry that's my webcam!) This next item I made is just to die for. I also made it from the Stitch 'n' Bitch book, but I used similar (and less expensive) yarns that look practically identical to the finished product. It is a turtleneck poncho that is ribbed at the neck and designed with straps of furry yarn (lion brand fun fur, along with the basic yarn) and it's a perfect poncho to wear on days that are a bit chilly, but not too chilly, like now in days before spring, or on a nice spring night. This poncho has stripes of purple and red in a charchol wool base yarn and has a tie (optional) with two little pom poms at the end. I don't know if you can really see, but it ends in a "V" shaped fashion. Very nice to wear for a night on the town, or for any chilly day. Keeps your neck super warm, too! Anyway, I make all types of items, and the cheapest and quickest things to make are: hats, glovettes (fingerless gloves) cell phone covers, or ipod covers, thin decorative belts or scarves. If you want something made, have an idea of something you may want made for a loved one, we can chat and do some brainstorming. If you want to meet in person, I live in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY, we can meet in person, if you like, or if you want to chat online my email is: vickys2133@yahoo.com Thanks for reading! PS-I am adding a photo album that shows all the projects that I spoke of.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Lidsville Hat by Debbie Stoller...

I'm now working on a hat for a very good friend of mine in the 'Son of Stitch N Bitch' book, by Debbie Stoller, which can be viewed here.  As you can see from the picture here, it's a very nice hat, but it seems very difficult to put together.  I have viewed some blogs other people have left, who have successfully made the Lidsville Hat.  I had made my friend a little cap about a year or two ago, and he wants a new one, we were browsing the ever so helpful website, Crochet Pattern Central, and came upon this cap.  I was having a problem getting the 'template' to cut the plastic canvas (in the front to keep the hat stiff), and asked a few gals on Ravelry, one of them was totally nasty with me, saying that she's reported me, that it's against Ravelry's rules to ask for copyrighted material, which I was not aware of.  All she had to say was that it's against the Rules to ask for this material, and I should take it down.  Had she approached me nicely, like that, I would have taken it down, no problem.  There's just some really nasty people out there.  Also, since I got the pattern from here, which is at myLifetime, so I didn't really think that it was 'illegal' to ask for a tracing of the template!  Also, if it's 'illegal' to post this material, then why is it on Google Books?

I digress.  Instead of the Donegal Tweed yarn that this pattern requires, I'm using Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted Weight yarn.  It should make a good substitute, considering the gauge is very similar and the color that I have of the Wool Ease, is a nice brown, earth tones color that changes ever so slightly from a light to medium brown.

I've already completed the 4 back pieces (I'm completely at a loss at how this will fit together, but I do have faith!) and am working on the body of the hat.

I find that projects like these are very challenging, especially for me, since I hate stitching pieces together, but my motto is 'work at what you're not good at'.  If you don't work at what you have trouble with, it can lead to getting bored of making the project and abandoning it.  It's always best to keep things interesting by working on what you're not good at.  But that can work both ways.  You shouldn't just 'skip' along stitches that you're not completely comfortable doing before moving along to the next stitch.

Crocheting & knitting is all about repetition.  The more you work at it, the better you get.  I look at past projects that I've done and I can totally see mistakes that only another crocheter/knitter would notice.  If I notice an error in a project that I'm in the middle of making, even if the error is 10 rows below my current position, I think it's worth it to unravel it, to correct the error.  It's not very fun seeing 10 rows of your hard work disappearing just to fix a mistake, but, you have to think to yourself that you are putting so much time and effort into what you're making, so it may as well be perfect, because if you don't fix the error, you will always notice it and it will be a huge eyesore for you!

Anyone who wishes to share what projects they're currently making, please leave a comment!  Thanks!