Crochet legacy

ImageThese are my grandmas, the two on the left are mine and the one on the right is Travis’. I think these are wonderful ladies! The Grandma who is right next to me (me being the girl in white) is my grandma Hopper and she is a very talented crocheter. 

Want proof?

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She crocheted this afghan for us for our wedding and we proudly display it on our couch for everyone who walks into our apartment. We use it everyday because it is a gorgeous work of art that we want everyone to enjoy.

As you can see, I have a lot to live up to. I’m just lucky to have such a wonderful lady to strive to be like. That goes for all my grandmas.

-Nicole

 

I Love Hobby Lobby

Life has been really stressful lately, so sorry for the missing post on Monday and the late one today. I don’t have any projects to share today, but I wanted to talk about my absolute favorite yarn ever. For those of you who have a Hobby Lobby nearby, count yourselves lucky, because they’re brand of cotton yarn I Love This Cotton is fabulous and a joy to crochet with. Plus it’s on sale a lot, and Hobby Lobby has they’re fabulous 40% off coupon you can use on one full-price item every time you go in. I Love This Cotton crochets tightly, is super soft, and doesn’t pill, at least not yet 🙂 And it comes in really pretty colors. I think it’s the best store brand yarn around.

There’s my opinion for you for today. Hopefully life will slow down a little bit, so I can start posting about some projects.

Happy crocheting, everyone!

Kristen

Being silly can be interesting

Can I tell you guys a secret? Sometimes I’m very oblivious.

OK, let me back up. In my sushi scarf post I talked about how I had tried and failed to learn to crochet. Lots of people tried to teach me but almost as soon as the lesson was over, I would pick up the hook and have absolutely no idea what this alien object was or how to use it. Eventually I learned how to do a simple chain but i still had no idea how to build off of it. This was back when I was in elementary school and I used this new found knowledge of chaining to make key chains. For some reason, nobody wanted them…anyway I think I was in high school when I finally learned how to single crochet into a chain. I promised my dad a home made pot holder for Christmas but it was more of a small square rag. In retrospect, I don’t think a pot holder was a good Christmas gift for my dad but he seemed like he really wanted it at the time. That’s my dad for you, the sweetest man you’ll ever meet.

I think that was the point where I gave up ever figuring it out. I was looking at my grandmother who is a master crocheter, my mother who makes these really cute and sought for baby blankets and my sister who was crocheting an afghan as her first project. I wasn’t depressed about it I just figured it wasn’t for me, whatever I’ll move on to something I don’t suck so bad at.

Fast forward to last summer. I had just gotten married, we had moved into a new apartment, I was taking summer classes and trying to find a job. We were visiting with some friends, another married couple, and she had a hook out with some yarn teaching another friend how to crochet a pot holder. She asked if I wanted to learn to. So I did and amazingly enough it stuck. It wasn’t a foreign object the minute we left their house, I could still do the stuff she taught me.

Doors suddenly opened. I could do the cool fancy thing all the other women in my family could do but I could do it my way. I could make that cute My Neighbor Totoro bag I saw a picture of, I could make that Amigurumi Link from the Legend of Zelda, I could do anything! Except I couldn’t I was biting off way more than I was prepared to chew. However, I had time, energy, I was ready to learn and I discovered something magical.

Google

Yes Google, or really any search engine. Now you may ask why Google is so magical. Its so part of our everyday lives, why are you just now discovering it. Again, I’m a little oblivious sometimes and it never even occurred to me that the internet might have tutorials for different stitches and techniques. Heck, Kristen and I sometimes do Google hangouts and she shows me how to do things. If it wasn’t for Google I wouldn’t have made that scarf or any of my other projects. In short, the internet taught me how to crochet and that is not a bad thing. The internet is all about sharing information and ideas with others, so why can’t I teach myself a new skill using this tool?

Yes yes Nicole we get it, the internet is great. Whats your point.

The project I’m working on told me to do something I didn’t know how to do. So I Googled it.

-Nicole

(Next week I will actually talk about that project instead of rambling on about my life.)

Who doesn’t love Calvin and Hobbes?

I grew up with the Calvin and Hobbes comics. My family had a bunch of the books and I always read it in the paper, and I was heartbroken when Bill Watterson decided to end it. I want my kids to enjoy it as much as I did, and I figured I’d give them an early start. I found the pattern for a crocheted Hobbes, and I plan to give it to my daughter when she’s born.

I haven’t finished it yet. I’m taking it slow, since I still have some time to get it done. But it’s really fun to see it come to life. Those of you who are familiar with amigurumi might be able to figure out how to make this, if you’re interested in figuring it out on your own (if I knew anything about amigurumi, I know I would enjoy the challenge), but, if not, sukigirl has graciously offered her pattern to give the perfect dimensions for an adorable little Hobbes doll.

I’ve finished the two legs and the tail so far.

Hobbes piecesI can’t wait to show you the finished product.

In honor of Calvin and Hobbes and Bill Watterson, sukigirl has asked that her pattern only be used to make items that will be given away, no selling allowed. I think she has an excellent point. Watterson never commercialized his comic. The most he allowed was for it to be printed in books, and I think that is exactly how it should stay. You will not see this on our etsy store, but always feel free to make one yourself, or ask your favorite crocheter to make one for you 🙂

Happy crocheting!

Kristen

Crochet spiral hat

I know its not the right season for warm fuzzy hats but I really wanted to share this one with you. I came across the pattern on Pinterest and when I noticed that my black hat was getting to be done, I decided to make this hat.

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I made a trial version of the hat following this exact pattern over Christmas while I was visiting my in-laws. I gave that hat to my sister in law because it still wasn’t quite what I wanted. When I made the hat for myself I changed the brim because I wasn’t to fond of the way the front and back post double crochets looked. For that I just did single crochets. I think it made it look cleaner.
ImageThe pattern itself was very simple and they have a baby version available on the same page. I think this would be an adorable hat for Kristens new baby, yes? That way, she and her Auntie could have matching hats! ^_^
 
-Nicole