Monday, July 29, 2013

Crochet Along Link Up!

Summer is always such a busy time, even more so for me with a cross country move and a new job, but I was so glad to be able to host this month's crochet along and take a little breather to whip up these two awesome projects!


The watermelon coasters were extremely fun to make. For some strange reason, I enjoy crocheting in the round more than straight lines. I used a sturdy cotton yarn so that the coasters hold their shape well.


As mentioned in my previous post, I chose to use the invisible finish method so that the edge remained smooth and without that bulky knot that we usually use to finish off projects. I only made four coasters, but I might make a couple more to add to the set! :)


The "Trek Bracelet" was SUPER easy to make (it's pretty much just single crochets up and down),  and I am kind of annoyed with the color I ended up using, but I just basically used some scrap cotton yarn I had from a previous project. I guess it is kind of cool how it turned out to be pink in the middle and white on the edges, though.


I did alter the ends a bit, simply because my clasp was WAY smaller than the one used in the original pattern. It also stretches quite a bit, so for my next bracelet, I'll probably make it just a bit shorter to begin with to accommodate the stretch.


Which project did you work on? Link up your blog/Twitter/Facebook posts, Instagram photos, etc. below!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Crochet Along Update

Things have been a little crazy, because just like Alycia, we are in the transition stages of moving!! But I committed to hosting the Crochet-Along this month, and I've actually completed both the projects! I won't reveal them in this post (link up will be on the 29th!), but I wanted to share a few tips & tricks I discovered while working on them.

For the Trek Bracelet: The clasps I got weren't even close to as large as the ones in the original pattern...so I improvised. Instead of crocheting directly onto the clasp to begin, I just made a "loop" on BOTH ends of the bracelet. To do this, I simply just started the project with a ch 2, and then continued with "Row 2" in the pattern as written. When it gets to the part about making the border near the clasp, I just made a ch 3 (as stated later in the pattern) instead.

I then attached jump rings to each looped end, and added the clasp to one end. Easy peasy! This was a super quick and easy project, too! I'll probably make 2 or 3 more in different colors before the month is up :)


The watermelon coasters were quite easy, too, though joining new colors can be a bit tedious. The only modification I suggest is to use the "invisible finish" method outlined here (which I learned through one of Alycia's previous Crochet-Along projects ;)). It makes the edge of your project so much smoother without the "bump" caused by tying off the yarn.

How are your projects coming along? Feel free to leave any questions in the comments, or tweet us with the hashtag #CrochetAlong and I'll try to help!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

neither here nor there


Both Matt and I have officially started our respective jobs in Madison. Our apartment search has come to an end, thought we won't be able to move into our new place until August 15th. So basically, we are currently living out of a suitcase during the week, then heading back to Milwaukee for the weekends (where our doggies are staying with Matt's parents). Hopefully we can find a more "permanent" temporary place to stay for the next couple of weeks...but we've been thankful to have friends and/or friends-of-friends who have been generous enough to let us stay at their apartment/homes for a little bit.

Though things are in flux at the moment, I'm looking forward to starting our life here and finding fun & new places to explore.

I have to find that long lost blogging mojo, too...



Monday, July 1, 2013

Habitual Homebodys Crochet Along

I'm a fan of Alycia's Crochet-Along link up on Habitual Homebody, so when she asked if anyone would like to host this month, I gladly offered! For July's project, I wanted to choose something summer-y and fun, yet functional. While looking at nautical themed knots and jewelry, I stumbled upon this quick and easy bracelet pattern. Also, Alycia also showed me a pattern for some cute summer coasters, and I decided I couldn't choose, so you are getting TWO projects to choose from this month :)


#1 The Trek Bracelet
Photo via Felted Button

Pattern:

The pattern can be found at the blog, Felted Button. She has great pictures to go along with each step, so it should be fairly easy to follow along!

Materials:

-Twine (she suggests 3lb strength which is about DK weight) OR any cotton yarn (I will be using Lily Sugar n' Cream cotton yarn)
-I hook
-Keychain lobster clasps (can be found in the jewelry section at any craft store)


#2 Watermelon Coasters


Photo via Make and Takes
Pattern:
The pattern can be found at the blog, Make and Takes. Again, there are great photos accompanying the pattern so it should be easy to follow along!

Materials:

-Red Yarn, Cream Yarn, and Green Yarn (It looks like they are using cotton yarn, like Lily's Sugar n' Cream) 
-H hook
-Yarn needle

-Black Yarn (optional for seeds)

Timeline for both projects:

We will be linking up here on my blog on July 29th. Grab a button, and crochet along with us! You can choose either project to do...or both!! :) I will be posting updates with tips/tricks along the way, but if you have any questions, feel free to comment or send a tweet using the #CrochetAlong hashtag on twitter.

Happy crochet-ing!!


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