Resolutions

Hey everyone!

 

Happy New Year!

(It’s not too late to say that, is it??)

Welcome back to the blog, it’s a new year and a new post about my thoughts on the upcoming year, crafting and otherwise. What are your resolutions? It’s okay if you’ve already “broken” them, I’m not judging! You can always get back up on that horse. Haven’t made any yet? That’s ok, too, there’s no rush, you can resolve to do things better whenever you want. That’s kind of the beauty of resolutions, you can do them whenever, they’re just more popular to start at the beginning of a new year. You can start on March 2nd if you want, or August 27th, your resolutions are your own.

I’ve got a wild year already up and running and it isn’t about to slow down anytime soon. 2018 is just going to be a crazy year with getting our new house up and ready and planning our wedding which is set for December–everything is just going to fly fast! But I can’t let go of my favorite things in the melee: yarn. I have to set for myself resolutions to keep in mind and work on them throughout the year, not letting the excuse of other things get in the way of my other goals.

One goal I have is to learn new types of stitches! There is such a wide, vast, variety of stitches that are available to us as crafters and I want to tap into that font more this year. I started toward the end of last year by learning the Arcade Stitch via Wool and the Gang. They shared this helpful tutorial and I went from that to create a scarf. Learning new stitches is a great way to just run through balls and skeins of yarn to complete new and interesting scarves.

 

I have also learned the Linen Stitch. This is a really great and simple stitch, I’ll definitely be using it for other projects. You can find a thorough explanation of the stitch here. One I have in mind is from Rescued Paws Designs, their Jane Blanket is so beautiful.

 

Aside from learning new stitches, I’d like to work at being a better blogger: taking pictures, creating more posts on my reviews of yarn I have liked (or disliked), updates on my goals, creating more patterns to share with you! I also need to figure out how subscriptions work, especially with the little pop-up reminder for those who haven’t subscribed (it’s currently in the right-hand sidebar of the blog). Who knew there were so many technical facets to craft blogging?? I’ve been stressed lately, but that is no excuse for my laziness, so I’ll be endeavoring to do better. 2018 is going to be a great year!

 

What are your goals for the upcoming year? I’d love to hear them! Feel free to share in the comments, as well as via social media. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, let’s connect!

 

Until then,

Gilliane

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Pom Pom Party!

Who loves pom poms?

 

Me!

 

And I’m sure you do too!

 

Pom poms are so versatile and a fantastic pop to any project, so they deserve their very own party! Lots of crafters are currently in on the Pom Pom Party, just look over at the Craft Yarn Council, who hosted a Pom-Pom-Along earlier this month. There are so many cute ideas!

 

But how do you make one of your own? Well, luckily, it’s pretty easy! You have two options: using a Clover Pom Pom maker or creating one by hand, which isn’t nearly as daunting as you might think.

 

The Clover Pom Pom maker sure does help take a lot of the guesswork out of the process and are incredibly easy to use, which is super helpful! Though, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t read the instructions and absolutely MANGLED my first attempt at a pom pom because I thought I had to cut the yarn in a different section and it was just an absolute mess–don’t be like me! But they’re actually much easier than my silly self mistook it for:

Image result for opened pom pom maker
from Krystle DeSantos (check out her blog, it’s cute!) Click through!

That’s a really cool and helpful photo to show you how it’s supposed to be done! You can also use cardboard discs for help winding. Another cool one is the video on making tiny pom poms with a fork! They’d be really adorable for baby projects, so keep it in mind! And this is a really intense post on making a giant pom pom in 60 seconds–it’s wild! I don’t personally think I need a pom pom that big, but everybody has different crafting needs, so I had to include it (also because it’s pretty cool).

 

So you have a ton of options when it comes to pom poms. Their versatility makes them incredibly useful decals for hats, scarves, and so much more! You can find some really cool projects like the following:

A pom pom rug (which ingeniously uses two toilet paper rolls to make the poms!)

diy pom pom rug

 

Some cute animal ears (from my Animal Headbands post)

Chevron scarf with pom pom detail

Columbia Chevron Super Scarf Pattern by Two of Wands

Or you can even glue them onto party hats and give your hat an extra pop of color!

 

While I’ve been really busy lately, mostly stressing about intangible stuff, I’m really looking forward to making some new things and the pom pom party has given me just the right kind of push that I needed to get back into the flow of it all! I hope you found this a bit inspirational, I’d love to see all of your pom pom projects on the usual internet places–you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest–and I’ll find you on the #pompomparty!

Until then,

Gilliane

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Frankie Crochet Coffee Sleeve

 

Boo!

 

Halloween is going to be here before you know it, and it’s always fun to have new ideas for the holidays! But I’m sharing this with you today because it’s Frankenstein Day!

 

What’s Frankenstein Day? It’s a holiday celebrating Mary Shelley‘s birthday, the author of the novel Frankenstein (you can find it at Barnes & Noble). I’ve always thought it was interesting how the idea of Frankenstein (who’s *actually* not named Frankenstein!!) has evolved to what he is nowadays in the collective cultural mindset. He’s actually a really tragic character in the novel, which if you haven’t read the novel and happened to have stumbled across the film version with Helena Bonham Carter and Robert De Niro you’re going to be SO blindsided by that fact and sit there surprised and crying like I did. Because you had no idea when you came in!

But that isn’t what this post is about!

 

This is a happy post about crafting! I’m here to share a pattern for a coffee sleeve with a family-friendly Frankenstein’s monster (and I’m calling him Frankie) which is really cute and very simple. If you don’t already know, I’m a HUGE fan of reusable coffee sleeves! I love that they are helping me cut down on wasting paper (though I need to remember to bring my reusable coffee cups and that is an ongoing issue for me), and that they are wonderfully personal and able to be personalized! It certainly makes it much easier to figure out whose cup is which, so you can make your mark and stake out your drink, rather than stare at the straws trying to figure out who was wearing which lipstick or lipgloss!

I hope you enjoy working up your cute sleeve and I’d love to see your creations, so please share your finished pieces with me on Instagram or Facebook! Happy crafting, everyone!

And watch that movie if you get the chance because it’s actually very interesting, but I’d suggest you have a box of tissues right next to you because it is probably going to hit you hard in the feels like it did to me!

 

 

Materials Needed:

*H crochet hook
I used Boye
*Worsted weight yarn (4) yarn
Green
Black
*2 black buttons
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

 

Terms Used (US):

sc = single crochet
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/stitches


Instructions
:

With Green, chain 32 and slip stitch to the first chain, forming a circle. Ch 1
Round 1: Work 1 sc into the slipped stitch and sc across. Slip st to Ch1, ch1 (32 sc)
Round 2 -6: Repeat Round 1. At last of Round 6, color change to Black with slip stitch, ch 1 (32 sc)
Round 7-9: With Black, sc into each stitch in the round, sl st to beginning ch, ch 1. In final round, end with the sl st to the beginning ch and bind off, weaving in all ends

With your tapestry needle, sew on the 2 black buttons in the green section of the sleeve to create the eyes—make sure you’re certain of where you want the eyes to be before you stitch them on or you’ll have a googly-eyed sleeve!

…Or maybe you want that? It’s yours to customize!

 

Final step: Enjoy your drink, whether it’s hot cocoa, coffee, cider, pumpkin spice lattes, or tea!

 

 

Do you like coffee sleeves and want other ideas? Check out my Top of the Class Pencil Coffee Cozy and Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve for more coffee goodness!

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Bow Ties Are Cool Roundup

 

 

Happy Bow Tie Day, everybody!

 

I’ve heard that bow ties are cool, have you?

 

Well, I’m here to share a roundup of some pretty cute and adorable bow ties from various designers around the internet for your viewing pleasure and perusing for inspiration! Get the crojo back with these adorable little projects–they’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re fantastic for getting some more usage from your scrap yarn stash. Every little project counts, you know.

So these are going to be a mix of bow ties and bows which, when you think about it, are pretty much the same thing, the difference being that it goes around your neck or on your head. But don’t get too bogged down with the details, bows are cute and here’s a whole bunch of cute patterns for you. Let me know if there’s other cute bow projects you want to share! I’m including the links to the patterns in both the title as well as click-throughs on the images to make things easier and give you options, happy clicking!

 

1. How to Make Crochet Bow Tie from Simplicity

 

2. Doggie Bow Tie from Humble Carnival

 

 

3. It’s a Crochet Bow Tie – I Crochet Bow Ties Now – Bow Ties Are Cool! from StormFly Crafts

 

4. Crochet Plaid Bow Tie from Whistle and Ivy

 

 

5. Easy Crochet Bow Tutorial from Craftiness Is Not An Option

 

 

6. Bow Ties For The Guys from Red Heart

7. Crocheted Bow Tie from Cut Out and Keep

 

 

8. Infant Bow Tie from Stitch11

 

 

9. Crochet Large Striped Hair Bow-Candy Corn from EyeLoveKnots

 

 

10. Bowtie Pacifier Clip from The Crafter Life

 

 

Hope you found some of these projects as cute as I did! I think I need a bow tie now…

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Healthy Crafting Tips

 

 

 

 

Hey friends!

I took the past week off from crafting to give my hands a rest.

I’d realized that I was working too hard too often with them and not letting them rest properly. At work, I’m always clutching either a radio or a thermos (I’m a security officer!), and in Southern California, you’re usually white-knuckling it in traffic, so my hands go through a lot before I even get my hands on a crochet hook or loom tool! I was spending more time stretching my hands at work and realizing just how sore they were. I’ve been hooking more things at a much faster rate and stressing out the muscles.

And that’s not good for your health.

So I took a break to recenter myself and get my hands back into better shape, but now I’m back and I wanted to share some helpful tips to keep your hands and body healthy while still being able to do what you love: crafting!

     1. Keep hydrated.

I know that that sounds like a given, but so often us crafters (I see you on Instagram!) chug caffeinated tea and coffee to help us power through our day and all of our projects–but it’s so important to drink water to avoid unnecessary headaches. Coffee is life, I know, but DRINK THAT WATER! Here’s some info from the Mayo Clinic on water intake (article here):

– 8 glasses of 8 ounces of fluid is good

– keep in mind that fruits and veggies give you hydration

– aim for pale yellow urine (I know it sounds gross, but pay attention)

 

     2. Watch your posture.

Mind those curves of yours, and make sure that things are properly aligned from time to time to alleviate and/or prevent any strain you might be inflicting on yourself! I have a tendency to slump a lot and relax my back too much which causes lower back strain for myself–sit upright. Like this guy:

 

Have your back straight and pull your shoulders back occasionally just to reset yourself. The Cleveland Clinic has some helpful tips and how you can train yourself better! Spine.org also has some great tips for how to maintain your posture while standing, driving, picking up kids, and doing various tasks throughout the day, and is definitely worth a look.

 

     3. Take breaks.

Take breaks! And not just for sipping your drink, though that can help your hands. Get up, do some stretches, and walk around. Get the blood flowing to break it up. Different sources say to get up once an hour. I know we all love the crafting marathons, but they’re not doing us any good health-wise, even if we do feel good about completing things faster. Stretch your legs a bit, stretch your neck, and stretch your hands!

 

     4. Stretch your hands.

Your hands are your livelihood and your hobby, keep them safe and healthy! WebMD has a helpful slideshow about the different kinds of stretches that you can do for your hands, which you can find here. Take frequent breaks, stretch your hands, and maintain proper hand posture to help keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay. Though there are no “fool-proof” methods for preventing Carpal Tunnel, it helps to stretch.

Use appropriate tools. Why are ergonomic hooks so popular? Because they help people get the right hand shape they need so that it doesn’t hurt to craft. When I first started out with crochet, I wasn’t using ergonomic hooks and was wrecking my hands. I couldn’t craft for very long because my hand would start to cramp up. There is a history of arthritis in my family, so I’d like to stave that off for as long as possible and take care of my hands. Since I started using the ergonomic hooks, I haven’t had the cramping! Yay!

You also might need to keep your hands warm. When my hand was hurting, I bought myself a crafting glove over at Michaels and it was very helpful. Whether it was because it acted as a gentle pressure on the hand muscles or the warmth it gave my hand, I found the crafting glove to be really nice. And, while I haven’t needed to use it, I do keep it handy just in case I might need it during the wintertime.

It’s like my dad always says, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    5. Get sleep.

Again, those crafting marathons are fun, but get sleep. Get your proper rest so you can tackle your projects more appropriately. I have spent so many nights just aimlessly hopping from one project to the next or scrolling patterns online. At times, this is fun, but remember to get sleep!

 

I hope you found these tips helpful! I know that it’s hard to keep track of time and pay attention to how long you’ve been working on any given project, but it is SO important that you take care of yourself while doing so! You love crafting, so you want to be able to be healthy enough to continue to do so comfortably! What kinds of tips and tricks do you use to keep at the top of your health game? Are there certain stretches that you like doing best? I’d love to hear how your practice safe crafting, so hit me up in the comments here, or Instagram, or on Facebook.

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

 

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Back To School Roundup!

Fall’s coming!

I’m sure of it…like in some parts of the United States, somewhere? Not here in California, but I’m sure it is definitely going to be happening somewhere! Send me pictures of what weather looks like because as a Californian I’m terribly confused. But either way, school is going to be starting up pretty soon, if it hasn’t already, whether it feels like summer where you are or has started transitioning into Autumn.

 

I’m jealous, by the way, of the places that experience Autumn, and I’m not afraid of showing it.

 

 

*googles images of Autumn* *wistful sigh*

 

But here’s a list of crochet patterns and designs that I think just scream back to school and that you might enjoy! So if you’re sending the kids back to school, off to college, want to give a gift to a teacher, or just simply enjoy the adorable qualities of these designs for your fall wardrobe, these are all really cool and fun ideas—so get to crafting!

 

 

 

  1. Pick an Apple…Or A Pumpkin!—by Divine DebrisThese dainty earrings are a sure-fire conversation starter! They would make for a lovely and quick project for back to school or for various fall parties! These apple earrings would make for a perfect back-to-school piece or a gift for a new teacher! Or, if you’re planning on doing quintessentially fall things like apple picking and want a fun statement piece, these would be perfect! Made from lace yarn, the work would be small (make sure to do hand stretches so you keep your muscles safe!), but the dainty quality is wonderful!
    http://divinedebris.com/pick-an-apple/
  2. Top of the Class Pencil Scarf—by Gilliane of GillyGnitsThis snazzy scarf is a FREE pattern made by yours truly and is such a dorky and fun way to bring in the back to school and fall season! They work up pretty quickly (you can mindlessly stitch single crochet in the body of the piece while you watch Netflix!) and allow for lots of variation, so start sharpening those pencils and have fun!
    http://www.gillygnits.com/top-of-the-class-pencil-scarf
  3. Hop on the Bus, Gus! Scarf—by Amanda Rader Designs
    Carrying on the scarf theme, this is such a fantastic and ingenious scarf that looks like a long school bus! It has such a fantastic usage of detail, right down to the little blue handicap and red stop sign icons on the sides of the piece! The use of chain spacing to create the scarf’s “windows” is a smart detail element as well. Available as a free Ravelry download!
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hop-on-the-bus-gus
  4. Crochet Pencil Pouch—by Sarah of RepeatCrafterMe
    Pencil pouches are so cute and useful, so it’s the best of both worlds! This pouch has a single button enclosure and I love how she models the piece with a mix of crochet hooks and pencils, it’s usually how my desk looks!
    http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/07/crochet-pencil-pouch.html
  5. Pencil Shaped Pencil Pouch—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    This and the following entry are both by Sewrella as part of her Back To School series and are so adorable, I’d have been amiss in not including them! They are super cute and look even better as a set! This pencil case is a nice quick project and will be such a fantastic accessory for your little one to take with them and all their brand new writing utensils to school! I personally love the double-button enclosure on the piece!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/pencil-shaped-pencil-pouch-back-to.html
  6. Notebook Paper Crochet Textbook Cover—by Ashleigh of Sewrella
    I love things that are usable and contribute less waste, and I remember book covers in school being pretty wasteful because they were paper and tore and were quickly thrown away by the end of the first week of school because of their lack of durability. Not the case with this cute pattern courtesy of Sewrella! It looks like a sheet of lined paper, complete with the detailing of punch holes, and looks like a beautiful fit for books! Her thorough photographs of her process make for easier crafting and are incredibly helpful while working the project!
    http://www.sewrella.com/2016/08/notebook-paper-crochet-textbook-cover.html
  7. Back-to-School Teacher’s Treat—by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise
    The teacher’s treat: apples! These are some cute apple coasters that would be perfect for a teacher’s desk to start the new year off right, and have a table that’s safe from rings from their coffee. Because teachers need A LOT of coffee! But this would also be a perfect addition to a country-themed kitchen, and is just a very cute pattern. The post also includes an option to make the coaster pieces into a tiny treat bag! Perfect!
    https://pattern-paradise.com/2014/08/22/free-crochet-pattern-back-school-treat
  8. Building Blocks Crochet Backpack—by Tamara Kelly of Moogly
    Whoa! This is so cool! Inspired by Legos, this is an adorably intricate drawstring backpack requiring an understanding of a number of techniques, but Moogly is such a great resource you can find all of the tools you need on the site to properly execute the bag! I wouldn’t call this a quick and easy project by any means, but it looks like a labor of love that is well worth the effort!
    http://www.mooglyblog.com/lego-inspired-crochet-backpack/
  9. Gecko Bookmark Pattern—by Lion Brand Yarn
    I think that crochet bookmarks are so much fun! And this one is no exception. A fun, elongated body makes this little gecko look like family-friendly roadkill (sorry if that’s a gross picture that popped into your head), but makes it perfect for laying flat in a closed book! The curlicue tail is a nice touch and the little tongue makes for a nice addition, though could be omitted if desired!
    http://www.lionbrand.com/crochet-pattern-gecko-bookmark-1.html
  10. The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark—by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom
    I love the perfect simplicity of this bookmark pattern! It really is perfect since it is probably the easiest pattern in this lineup of awesome patterns! It’s a pompom with a long tail that can be inserted into a book as a very effect bookmark! It can be made by hand or with the use of a Clover pompom maker. It’ll spruce up the desk with an assortment of cute pompoms sticking out of a stack of books!
    https://www.designmom.com/the-perfect-gift-yarn-ball-bookmark/

Hope you liked the patterns here, and feel free to share some that you’ve enjoyed! I’m always looking for new friends on Pinterest! I’ll be scouring through Pinterest myself throughout the rest of summer and dreaming of Fall!

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

 

 

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Top of the Class Pencil Scarf

Hey there! I know that it’s the dead of summer right now and all you want to do is run and hop and skip and jump and have lazy days…but school is coming again. That’s right, school. is. coming. again.

 

Byeeeeee, random kid from the internet in this stock picture!

 

Before you know it, it’s going to be time to do the Back to School shopping and get new backpacks and clothes and all of the fun (and not-so-fun like waking up early) stuff that comes along with it! And judging by the ads and displays at Target and Walmart, for some of you it’s already time! Time to sharpen those pencils and get back to school!

This pattern that I’m sharing with you today would make a perfect scarf for a student (even for your college kid heading off or back to campus!) or a splendid gift for that teacher in your life, ooooor even a great quirky perk to your own outfit! I wanted something kind of whimsical looking as a fun project to work on and I was inspired by my Project Scrap Yarn that I have been working through. (Click through for my post about PSY! You can also look for the hashtag on my Instagram!) My favorite aspect of the pattern is the crinkle look of the faux-metal tip of the pencil, I think it gives it a super cute textural aspect to the design! If the crinkle look isn’t personally your thing, I’ll include the alternative faux-metal tip, there is a lot of flexibility in crochet. You can follow the pattern to the letter or, if you would like a thinner/tighter scarf, feel free to use a smaller hook to obtain that kind of gauge. You can make it however long you would like! Whether you like the ascot-ty look or you really want the scarf to wrap around, the design is pretty straightforward and versatile, I hope you enjoy it!

 

**Notes** Because a lot of this pattern is small color changes, I’ve highlighted the colors being used in BOLD to help it stand out in the text, so you don’t accidentally skip it somehow.

The yarn color you’ll need the most of for this project is the gold/yellow, since everything else is in small quantities.

 

Seriously. The black yarn you’ll only need for like 8 stitches and room for weaving in the ends. Really small.

 

Materials:

*1 Ball of worsted weight yarn (4) in Yellow
[I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold]
*Small parts of:
Black (for the lead)
[I used Red Heart Super Saver]
Beige (for the pencil)
[I used Impeccable in Heather]
Gray (for the ‘metal’ tip)
[I used Craft Smart yarn in Gray]
Pink (for the eraser)
[I used Impeccable in Arbor Rose]
*I Hook
*Scissors
*Tapestry needle

Terms Used:
SC=Single Crochet
Ch=Chain
St/s=Stitch/stitches
DC=Double Crochet

 

Instructions:

With Black, ch 2
Row 1: 2 sc into the second chain from the hook, ch 1, turn
Row 2: 1 sc into each stitch, ch 1, turn (2 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc into each st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Beige. Ch 1 with Beige and turn. (4)

I didn’t like my original attempt at color changing, which is why I’m suggesting just binding off each color and then slipping in the new color!

I had originally tried a color change in the last stitch, but it didn’t really work out the way that I had liked, so I felt it was necessary to complete each other in the row before introducing the new color in each block. It looked really messy on one side which, for some projects, is okay, but this kind of annoyed me, so here’s the two examples of the pencil tips that I made:

 

The wonky one was okay on the other side, just flip it over:

So it’s up to you whether you want to make the color change in the last stitch in your row, but this is what I liked the best for this project in particular…and the one I went with!

 

Row 4: 2 sc into first st, sc next 2 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (6)
Row 5: 2 sc into first st, sc next 4 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (8)
Row 6: 2 sc into first st, sc next 6 sts, 2 sc last st, yarn over and slip knot to end the color. Color change to Yellow. Ch 1 with Yellow and turn (10)
Row 7: 2 sc into first st, sc next 8 sts, 2 sc last st. Ch 1 and turn (12)
Row 8: Sc each st across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 9-??: Sc each st across, ch 1, and turn until the body of the scarf has reached a comfortable length for your project’s needs!

You might want a scarf that’s more ascot length or a super scarf, or you might want something shorter for your kindergartner but something longer for your college kid, so I’ve left the length more or less up to you! If you have a whole skein of the yellow yarn, then you have lots of room to play with the length, it’s your scarf!

But there’s still more! Leave room for the eraser!

Last row of Yellow: Sc across all stitches, yarn over and slip knot to end the color, color change with Grey. Ch 1 with Grey and turn
**Grey 1: Single crochet into each stitch across, ch 2 and turn


Grey 2-8: 1 DC into the first stitch, sc the second, DC the 3rd, continue pattern to the end, ch 2 and turn.

 

 

The above chart is meant to help you out in the scheme of how the stitches are supposed to situate themselves, the 3 with a bracket off to the right hand side of the chart is to denote a stitch height of 3! I hope this helps! (Please let me know if it doesn’t make sense, or if I can clarify it. My Microsoft Paint skills are pretty good, I hope!)

 

**Alternative with Grey**
If the crinkle effect isn’t to your liking, you can DC into each stitch across the row, ch 2 and turn. Repeat for each row until the eraser metal is to your desired length, but 10 rows would make an appropriate length.

 

 

At end of final row, color change with Pink. Ch 1 with Pink and turn

Pink Row 1: Sc into each st across, ch 1 and turn.

Pink Row 2-8: Repeat Pink Row 1 until the Eraser is your favorite length!
Note: You can make the Grey and Pink rows as long as you’d like, though however many rows you use, match it in the opposite color to make the sections even

Bind off and weave in all ends. Wear it like a scholarly rock star!

 

 

 

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Fiber and Fandom: Knit and Crochet Cosplay!

Hey friends!

 

This past weekend I got back from a crazy trip: I went to San Diego Comic Con! And boy, was it crazy! Thousands of people descended on the oceanside city to bask in the nerdy goodness and feed off of each other’s energies as they let themselves be excited by their love of pop culture. It is such  a wild experience, though you always need to recharge afterwards–there are just so many things to look at and there are people EVERYWHERE!

 

I mean, EVERYWHERE!

 

Look at this panorama I managed to get on one of the days:

I mean dang.

 

This was my sixth Comic Con and I decided to go with lighter (and less stress!) costuming options this time around, opting for more of an OOTD kind of vibe! Last week, I’d given you a peek at some of the things that I had had in mind with my last-minute costumes with the Crochet Animal Headbands, but also had some other pieces I was excited to show–and was showing the progress on my Instagram.

So allow me to show you a smattering of the pieces that I used:

On Day 1, I wore a brain slug headband, which was inspired by the cartoon series Futurama:

I’m considering making a pattern for the headband, so if you’re interested, please let me know! Also, side note: I’m still kind of confused by my new smile since the braces just came off at the beginning of June, so that’s a work in progress, though I do like how this picture turned out!

Day 2, I went for a Princess Leia bun headband that I had whipped up the night before:

These were a simple project:
2 circles done with a K hook and Wool Ease Thick & Quick, I think it was the color “Wood”, then stitched onto a headband!
They would be pretty cool as ear warmers, so I think I’ll keep them in mind for wintery craft ideas!

Day 3 was my most exciting piece, a Magikarp hat!

This guy was a loom knit piece, with crochet elements, and I am currently working on getting the pattern done so that I can share it with you all! I got so many compliments for it, and a lot of Pokemon Go players were asking me what team I was on!

 

 

 

Go Team Valor!

 

But enough about my own creations! I had the goal of looking for other fiber-arts minded people and so I searched for those people in the crowds who also had knit or crochet creations for the convention!

By FAR the most popular pieces I saw were the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly! The red, yellow, and orange combination is hard to miss! I would have taken more pictures but some people were just too far away and I couldn’t tap them on the shoulder! So here are some people who were kind enough to let me take pictures of them with their cunning hats:

Everyone was just too cool!

 

But that wasn’t all! There were also other Magikarp I saw and a super fantastic Harley hat:

 

Going through the crowds of people to take a picture with this guy was like swimming upstream!

Everyone I ran across had such amazing details in their pieces that it made my day! There were 2 fascinating pieces that I couldn’t get pictures of because of various reasons, but one was a majestic Sorting Hat and the other a large Doctor Who scarf, so I’m still kicking myself, but man, these artists are great!

 

And the vendors there were splendid! There are so many artisans who come to display all of their hard work and I was so happy to see the fiber arts represented! Here were some fantastic booths that I ran across!

TurtleBunny Creations:

They brought the nerd factor up to an 11! They had so many cute items there from their Super Buddies collection, which you can find more of in their Etsy shop or follow all of their updates on Instagram!

 

 

Dorklandia:

 

THEIR CATS ARE SO CUTE! I don’t know if it’s their body size or the large eyes, but they have some super adorable little kitties for adoption! Adopt one of your own in their Etsy shop or look at their new felines on their Instagram!

 

 

dsgnGrl Crochet:

 

Such an adorable assortment of items! I really loved the crochet superhero masks that she had–such an adorable idea! You can find all of her great items in her Etsy shop, and follow her updates on Instagram!

 

 

It was such a crazy experience that I only went to 3 days of the convention, and took the 4th day to decompress by seeing some of the sights in San Diego! It was the right call, we went to a cool historic area called Balboa Park, which was a great idea to help us recharge. I had such a great time at San Diego Comic Con and came away feeling so inspired! It’s always a great way to get new ideas and see the people who enjoy the same things you do, whether it’s your favorite tv shows and movies, or a love of fiber arts! I hope you enjoyed my recap of my Con experiences, feel free to share some of your own!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Crochet Animal Headbands

It’s coming–that time to dress up and walk around with a bag and get things from people as you trudge from stop to stop in search of free things!

 

Oh.

Oh, I’m not talking about Halloween. I’m talking about the second holiday to dress up and go around in a costume–San Diego Comic Con! Yeah, that’s right, Comic Con!

 

I enjoy attending Comic Con every year, it’s a lot of fun and a LOTTTTT of people! You get to see what’s new and fresh in the entertainment industry and it’s just a fascinating experience. Now, every year I have dressed up since I’ve started going, but this year I’m doing something different: I’m keeping it simple.

I also got kind of lazy and lost track of time when it came to the costume I had had in mind and don’t want to stress myself out with trying to throw a costume together, so I’m stripping it down and doing these amazing little headbands! They’re perfect for a last-minute Con outfit or you can pin this and save it for Halloween, or a school play, or whatever, there are so many options!

So I’m sharing with you my adorable animal headbands!

 

Bear Ears:

Materials:
1″ headband
(I picked up mine in a trio set from Dollar Tree and they’re perfect, this online set is really similar)
1 Ball of Bernat Softee Chunky in Black
L Hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

 

Instructions:

Body

Using L hook and yarn, chain 36

Row 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
(side note: leave initial tail unseamed for now, you’ll need it to seam the edge of the headband)

Rows 2-3: Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch (35 sc)

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming

 

Band:

Take your newly-made strip and seam around the headband, meeting up the stitches
Make extra stitches at the end of the strip to secure it
Using the yarn from your beginning tail, stitch secure the end of the band

Ears (make 2):

Using L hook and Black yarn, ch 3
Row 1: 2 sc in second chain from hook, 2 sc in the next (4 sc). Ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc. Ch 1 and turn
Row 3: 2 sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, 2 sc in the fourth, 2 sc in the last 2 stitches. Ch 1 and turn upside down
Single crochet across the flat part of the ear, bind off, leaving a long tail for stitching onto the headband

 

 

Assemble!

Toy around with the ears and find the place where you think they’ll look best, like so:

Use a whip stitch through the spaces in the headbands to secure the ears, tie them off and weave in the ends!

 

Fox Ears

Materials:
1″ headband
1 Ball of chunky Orange yarn
(I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Spice)
Small parts of a fuzzy white chunky yarn
(I used Homespun Thick and Quick in Dove)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

 

Instructions:

Headband Cover:
Using a soft or bright orange color, ch 36
Round 1: 1 single crochet into the second chain from the hook, sc across (35 sc)
Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc across (35 sc)
Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming

Whip stitch the seam of your cover around your headband base, creating extra stitching to support the ends of the headband

Ears (make 2):

Front part:
w/fluffy white, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in second chain from hook, ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc across, join orange and chain 1
Single crochet around the piece with the orange, slip stitch to the beginning chain 1. Bind off and weave in the ends

Back part:

w/ Orange, ch 2
Row 1: 3 sc in second chain from hook, ch 1 and turn
Row 2: 2 sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, ch 1 and turn
Row 3: sc across, ch 1 and turn
Row 4: sc across, ch 1
Single crochet around the piece and slip stitch to the beginning chain 1. Chain 1, do not bind off

 

Assembly

Line up the 2 pieces with the wrong sides facing each other, chain 1, and single crochet the pieces together. Slip stitch to the beginning.
Stitch those bad boys onto your headband!

 

 

Pom Pom Ears

I think this one is particularly adorable, it has pom poms for the ears! Not only is it cute, it is also a very simple design!

Choose your base color. For this one, I’ve chosen a pumpkin orange, it’s Bernat Softee Chunky.

Do the same steps for your headband cover (ch 36, sc into the second chain from the hook, total of 35 sc for the first row, plus 2 more rows, leave a long tail and bind off), and stitch it to your headband.

And now you can make your pom poms! They can be whatever size you want, though I picked a pair of large pom poms with my Clover pom pom maker, which I find much easier to work with because I had trouble making pom poms by hand. I thought I wasn’t making them consistently, so the Clover pom pom maker was a lifesaver!

I used a brown fluffy yarn (Wool Ease Thick and Quick) for mine!

 

And then you stitch them where you think they’d be cute on your headband

 

And I added a few X’s onto my piece to make it look nice and nerdy: Ewok!

 

 

I think Ewoks are cute and this was such a nice simple project, so I’m very excited to take it to Comic Con with me!

 

As you can see,you have tons of options! I hope you enjoyed this pattern for these super simple and cute headbands. If you’re getting ready for Comic Con and use these for your OOTD, I’d love to see it! Please share with me your finished work via Instagram and Facebook so I can like the heck out of it! Good luck on your crafting and I’ll see you soon!

 

-Gilliane

 

 

 

Like this pattern? Don’t forget to pin this article on Pinterest!
And I’d love to see your finished projects! Please share with me on Facebook and Instagram!
Finished items made from this pattern may be personally sold on your Etsy and at craft fairs, but please share the love and credit the pattern back here! And please don’t copy and paste this pattern as your own!

 

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Santa Belly Coffee Sleeve

Ho ho ho!

But wait, it’s July…

Aw, that’s okay! It’s Christmas in July! What better time than now to start thinking of all the things you can make for the holiday season? Do you do craft fairs? I hope you’re already working up your stock items to blow away your adoring fans! I just received a promo for a craft fair I have tried to get into for the last 2 years and will not be deterred–I’m getting into it this year! Third time’s the charm, right?

So if you’re like me and want a bunch of different things to offer your potential shoppers, then I’ve got an adorable idea for you MONTHS IN ADVANCE!

Huzzah!

Today, I have for you these cute Santa Belly coffee sleeves!

I really love that they look like Santa’s wide belt–I know I sometimes need a Santa tummy for all of the coffee and hot cocoa and tea and apple cider that’s coming! So I’ll share with you 2 different options that work out so well for this little guy!

The only difference between the 2 is how you create your foundation, so here goes!

 

 

Materials Needed:


1 Ball of Red (5 or 6 weight) yarn
1 Ball of Black (5 or 6 weight) yarn
(For both of these, I used Bernat Softee Chunky)
Scrap gold or yellow yarn
(I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold)
L hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations Used:

Sc- Single Crochet
Sl st- Slip Stitch
Ch- Chain

Instructions:

Beginning Option 1:
With L hook and red yarn, ch 23, slip stitch to beginning. Ch 1, single crochet into each stitch around (23 sc) and slip stitch to beginning

Beginning Option 2:
With L hook, Foundation Single Crochet 23 stitches, slip stitch together, ch 1
The most helpful tutorial for me for discovering the FSC was One Dog Woof, so I’ll link her pictorial help here. (She’s also a fantastic resource for different patterns and helpful tidbits and definitely worth a follow!)

**Note: working a foundation single crochet takes a little while longer, but does create a nice even tension in the piece**

 

Whichever option you’ve chosen, you have your first Round!

 

Round 2: Work a second round of single crochet around your piece (23 sc), but don’t slip stitch to the beginning just yet!

Color change to Black, using a slip stitch to complete the row.

Round 3: Ch 1, single crochet into the stitch and each stitch around for 23 sc.
Round 4: Repeat Round 3.
Round 5: Repeat Round 3. At end of Round 5, color change to Red once again, using a slip stitch to complete the round.
Round 6- 7: Ch 1 with Red, single crochet into the slip stitch and each stitch around for 23 sc. At end of Round 7, bind off.

Weave in all ends!

Buckle:
Take your gold or yellow yarn and thread it through your tapestry needle. I bordered my buckle across 3 stitches and the 3 rows of black for a more or less square buckle, doubling each stitch. I then tied the 2 ends together and trimmed the ends.

Now your Santa Belly is ready to be filled with holiday goodness! Happy Crafting!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

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