Tuesday, August 30, 2005

An attempt at a crochet break...

So I haven't done any crochet since K&C Club Sunday night, and so far my shoulder has not hurt since then, which is a record now, since I haven't gone even a whole day before it started to hurt for some reason since it started hurting 3 weeks ago. I think I'm gonna try to not crochet until next Sunday, just to see if this break might heal whatever was wrong. I am hoping so, because I don't want to go to the doctor for it!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Gobs of people!

So we had TONS of people at Knitting & Crochet Club! Not as many as signed the sheet at the Activity Fair, but still tons! Last year we didn't normally have more than 6 or 7 people there. We had never done the Actitivy Fair before, so I think this is why, cuz it lets people know we're here, instead of just by word-of-mouth. It was exhausting, tho! I taught people how to crochet. It's hard work teaching people! Sometimes you get someone who picks it up amazingly quick, like they were born for it, and then you get people who just don't get it, and you have to repeat the lesson over-and-over-and-over-and... they just don't get it, lol. Two of the girls I had really weren't getting it. They're exchange students from England, which is really cool. I had a bit of trouble understanding them. Once I actually caught myself pronouncing a couple words like them, lol! :blush: I wonder how many people will return. Who knows! My Chocolate Eclair Cake I made was a hit! They ate more then half of it. Somebody else brought a dish cake, so it wasn't the only thing. I gave out a couple of copies of the recipe. :) They drank hardly any of the pop, tho. I had to actually announce that people needed to start eating, lol. Everyone got so involved in the lessons that they forgot about the food! I'm gonna save the pop for next week, tho.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Pillows and K&C Club

I started ANOTHER new project yesterday, lol. I just keep seeing cool things that I want to make! They're Spike Stitch Pillows. I'm making them in 3 shades of blue to go with the living room.

Tomorrow night is the first meeting of Knitting & Crochet Club for the Fall semseter! Emily said that she got TONS of people's names & e-mail addresses at the Activity Fair last Saturday. She's a bit worried what'll happen if they ALL come, lol. I'm sure only a fraction will actually come, and only a fraction of those people will come regularly. But hopefully we'll pick up a few cool new people! I love to go and sit around and chat with everyone and show off all the stuff we've made. I have lots of stuff to show them that I made over the summer! :-D I don't know if I'll actually get to do any of my own work the first meeting, tho. I'm sure I'm going to be designated a crochet teacher, haha. I have to make a bag full of scrap yarn for people to use, since not everyone will bring stuff. I'm thinking of buying some of those cheapo plastic hooks to let people borrow, cuz I don't want to let them take my aluminum hooks and possibly never give them back...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Stupid advertising comments...

Apparently Blogspot displays a list of new blogs, because my last post had 4 comments that were all advertisements... How annoying...

I figured out how to put up Progress Bars in the left bar :) Anyone else who wants to know how, go here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Progress on first pattern!

I'm really happy about the progress I am making on my bell-sleeved top! I've never been able to find a pattern I liked that was in my size (most sizes stop at large, and I'm an x-large), so I decided to try to make my own by modeling off of a shirt that I really like. The plan is to make it in 4 pieces and sew them together: front, back, and two arms. I started shaping the arms today. I've been writing it all down so I'll have the pattern when I am done. I'm so excited! It's going rather quickly. The only problem is something is wrong with my right shoulder, so I can never crochet for a very long time all at once. I'm planning on going into the doctor on Saturday...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Craft Tote!

I found the most AWESOME craft tote today! JoAnn's had an ad in the paper this Sunday with a coupon for 40% off any one regular-priced item, so I went over there today to see if there was anything I wanted. They had these totes, which were regularly $80, on Clearance for $40, and then with the 40% off coupon it was only $25!!! I was SO excited! It's one of those that's like a mini fabric suitcase with wheels and a retractable handle. I've been using plastic Walmart bags up to this point, so this is a big step up for me! LOL! I'll be the envy of the Knitting & Crochet Club, hehe :)

I also bought some more yarn at Walmart. Some more of the yarn I'm making my bell-sleeved top out of, and some chunky yarn to make another dog bone mat. Hopefully I'll have time to do all of my projects, since school started today!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

To Do

To Do:

* update my crochet page
* finish my stuffed animal crochet website
* finish my mom's doilies
* finish my bell-sleeve top
* make pig & doggie pillows for Lora
* make Elizabeth's Christmas Stocking for Aunt Sue
* make cute fluffy dog & possibly snowman

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Recent Crochet Projects

Here are some photos of recent crochet projects I have done. If you want to see more you can go to my Crochet Page. Click the photos for larger images.

Spongebob Halter Top: (more photos here, here, and here)

I found a halter pattern and altered it and made it yellow, then the eyes are three different sizes of circles, the teeth are squares, and the black lines are backstitched on. The idea came from another poster at the Crochetville Forum.

Girls Shrug: (more photos here, here, here, here and here)

and shoes to go with here. The "pattern" for the shrug came from the Crochetville Forum. It's amazingly easy!

Baby Things: Nobody freak out! I am NOT pregnant; these are for that "someday" daughter! They were just too cute NOT to make :)

I found the pattern for the first dress here. The Daisy Dress came from a booklet called "Beautiful Baby". I found the pigtail hat pattern here.

Dog Bone Rug: (sorry the photo is bad; it's actually navy blue)

The pattern for this rug came from the Crochetville Forum. I'm planning on making a few more as Christmas presents for some family members :)

Well, that's all for now. I am currently working on two projects. I am making some doily/coasters for my mother, and also attempting to design my own top (not sure if this will be successful).

New Blog!

So I've decided to start a blog dedicated to my crochet. I shall start by introducing myself. Hi, my name is Jen, and I live in Indiana in the US of A. I am going into my Senior year of college (I will be a Senior for 2 years, however). I am majoring in Art, with a specialization in Metals, as well as minoring in Ancient Studies and Consumer Finance. The Ancient Studies minor is for my enjoyment, because I really love ancient mythology and history, especially Roman, Greek, and Celtic. The Consumer Finance minor is for my benefit so I know what I'm doing with my money when I graduate. My dream is to one day own a shop in an artist community where I sell my jewelry and other art items (I was majoring in Drawing before I switched to Metals, so I also like to draw). Crochet is my current crafting hobby. I also cross-stitch off-and-on, and I did knit for a little while, but I found that I enjoy crochet a lot better, so have left off on knitting. I love to read, almost exclusively High Fantasy and books loosely based on mythology. My favorite authors are Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Sara Douglass.

I got married on January 1st of this year to a wonderful man named Donovan. He is majoring in Geology at the same college as me. Here is a photo from our wedding day:

I hope you enjoy my blog!