My first design with thems classy dames over yonderways at the Hill Country Weavers on S. Congress.
The pattern's available on their website: Guadalupe Leg Warmers at Hill Country Weavers
When I was asked to do a Texas themed piece, I found an opportunity to dig deeper into Texas roots and stay away from the lone star, gun toting, horseback riding image most seem to conjure when they think about this beloved state. I love a cowboy just as much as the next guy or gal, but I took this opportunity to incorporate my native American/Mexican background with the color work. However, spurs might be an interesting touch… After all, Texas really is still a part of Mexico. :)
My first crochet pattern with the lovely ladies of the Hill Country Weavers here in Austin, TX. The pattern is available through their website:
Check out more of the patterns available from the very talented women of the Hill Country Weavers design team. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
I finished it.. and it went from a knit project to a crochet project. Since this was a learning process, I have decided a few things after finishing this thing:
I'll probably work this in single crochet AND with malabrigo (or equivalent). I had originally bought this yarn to knot plushies, so it's a wool acrylic brand, so... trying to work a pretty fair isle was difficult for yours truly.
Also, I decided halfway through to make this pattern available for free. Why? Because WHY NOT. I had a few inquiries on it when I wore it over the Halloween weekend, so I really wanted to encourage people to learn to crochet.. maybe this is an opening? I don't know.. but I gotta move onto the next project.
The Sugar Skull Mask Pattern will be available for FREE!!
Perfect for riding around on your bicycle during the impending cold months... OOF!
I abandoned one project for another.. same theme.. and this is about 60% of the inspiration.
I love that she referenced the WWI balaclava, too, since that has been a to do for quite some time in my personal stash of links for my dad and Kevin and Sebe.. but now.. I'm taking it in a different direction; something quite similar to the '65 mcCall's ski masks featured in Meredith's post, however, I'm adding my own take on the ski mask bit.. which is what you're supposed to do. I'm so excited about it, I could poop my pants. I'm mapping out the color chart now and have to have it done by the end of next week. i'm scared.
There's so much hope and promise in her eyes..
Hairnet Paradise. This baby is soooo easy to make.
crochet hook size N (9 mm)
1 skein Ultra Alpaca by berroco (as shown) or any worsted/aran weight yarn
1 removable stitch marker
tapestry needle (optional)
Tip- be sure to weave all ends in neatly to make the hat reversible.
CH 13; turn.
row 1: 1DC in third ch from hook in back loop only; *1 DC in next ch in back loop only; repeat from * to end.
CH3 and turn.
row 2: CH3 and turn. *1FRDC in next dc; repeat from * to end.
row 3: CH3 and turn.*1BRDC in next dc; repeat from * to end.
Continue until piece measures 22-23″; alternating with 1 row of FRDC and 1 row of BRDC. One side (WS) should appear to have all FRDC and the other side (rs) should appear to have all BRDC. Be sure to end in a FRDC with the RIGHT SIDE being the next row to be worked. Gather both ends and seam with a row of slip stitches, being sure to make the seam appear on the RIGHT SIDE.
After last stich has been seamed CH5.
Begin working in the round:
round 1: 1FRSC in first post along edge of brim. Place a removable marker to mark the beginning of the first round; CH5. Continue in this manner until the last post has been worked.
Begin working in mesh pattern:
CH5, 1SC in first 5ch sp from previous round to continue working mesh in a spiral fashion, always remembering to place marker at a new row.
Continue in the mesh pattern for about 7 rows or until piece measures roughly 8″ from beginning.
for the next round CH3 instead of CH5 and continue in mesh pattern for 1 round, ending with 1SC; CH3.
next round: 1DC in next ch sp. *1DC in next ch sp; repeat from * to last ch sp and ss in ch sp. Measure out a 5-7” tail and tie off. Weave yarn through the double crochet row at the top of the hat and pull to close. Neatly tie and weave in the tail, trimming any excess length if necessary.
LOOSELY work 1 round of sc along bottom edge of hat. Tie off and weave in end.
*For a slouchier look, block your hat by dampening it and stretch the mesh vertically; lay flay to dry. Keep in mind when using fibers such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, linen or any blends of that nature, the weight of the yarn will naturally stretch it out from wear.
"Just for once, let me look at your face with my own eyes."
I wanted Darth Vader... I needed Darth Vader. Unless my googling skills are under par, I absolutely could NOT find a Darth chart anywhere. I pulled up several images of him and applied/simplified him into a chart. (I tried the knit pro converter thing thing, but wasn’t happy with the muddying of the colors when I distinctly made the image black and white.)
So without a proper program, I went into cave woman mode and came up with this in microsoft paint:
I tried to stay true to Sarah Bradberry's stitch numbers for the storm trooper... Hope it works out and enjoy!
This cowl is simply crocheted as a rectangle, twisted and seamed together.
150 to 170 yds chunky yarn of your choice
Size N/P hook (10 mm)
Gauge: 2” = 2 rows, 5 sts
1TR in 4th ch from hook. 1 TR in each ch to end.
CH3; Work all sts in BRTR to end.
CH3; Work all sts in FRTR to end.
Keep alternating BRTR and FRTR every row until piece measures 22”. Lay the piece flat and twist. Bring edges together, maintaining the twist in the middle and seam together with a Sl st.
FRTR- Front Raised Treble
BRTR- Back Raised Treble
FRTR and BRTR are worked around the post of the stitch rather than in the top of a stitch.
*Tip: I personally like to work in the back loop only when crocheting the first row from the foundation chain. I discovered that it makes working into the foundation chain and seaming a little easier.
I have embarked on an entirely new adventure. I'm starting from scratch, square one, numero uno, originalio extraordinaire. I started a knitty blog and business 8 years ago called angryolive. SO much is attached to that name, that time in my life, the logo itself. Plus, the word "angry" didn't go over too well with the sensitive cosmo types... I met a woman in a tea house who literally sneered and rejected my business card when I handed it to her. "Why does the olive have to be angry?" She didn't wait for a response. She just swooshed her hair over the shoulder closest to me and superficially engaged in a conversation to her right. MY mistake.
Angryolive was something my former husband and I conjured together. I so desperately wanted to learn how to knit and crochet so that I could plop something cute onto my 3 month old's head. When everything clicked and I started tossing hats and scarves and other discernible items made from cheap, acrylic yarn left and right, I naturally posted them on my LJ. (yes, I was an avid LJ user.. shush your mouth.) Over night, friends were asking me to knit things for their kiddos, or their kid's kiddos, or their friends' kiddos.
I quickly racked up orders and my ex husband (we'll call him Mister Copperfield) turned to me and said, "You know, you really need a name for your business here."
"It's not a business, silly."
"It could be."
After a bit of convincing, he spent a few hours with me doodling and brainstorming, trying to figure out what would be a good name for the business. Finally, he drew a little figure that looked like an angry olive.
"An angry little olive. You drew an angry olive."
He smiled at me and we both knew that was it. He even embroidered one on his hat and wore it for the better portion of our marriage... until the hat literally fell apart. I photographed and photoshopped his crafty work (was his first embroidery experience) and his crude masterpiece became angryolive, my official logo.
So much has happened since that night... the typical emotional roller coaster sort of things that happen when you marry young, your first giant love. When we decided not to play "house" anymore, I found myself in a sort of limbo. I loved my name angryolive, it was all I knew, and I had some recognition in the online crafty community. Then I realized I had already subconciously branched away from the original idea, and started going by an alias, Koyolxauhqui. Since that's incredibly difficult for people to pronounce, it wasn't something I thought would be good for marketing if I ever wanted to go back into this business... If cosmo lady thought the name angryolive was bad, she would have flipped her sage had she heard me tell the story of Coyolxauhqui and her demise.
I find myself ready to pick up the pieces and find out what I am capable of on my own, not with the mental crutch I leaned on for so many years. I am ready to start over, to start things right, without someone standing over me, dictating how I run my business. Don't get me wrong, I learned some of my own lessons the hard way, and Mister Copperfield really meant well in his own little way... he did. Creatively, we were an impeccable team (we made an awesome little human), however, business and everything else, not so much.
I've been mulling over a new name to go along with my fresh start. A new name that carries no bad juju.. I've decided upon Happy Fun Knitty Time. YAY!
As of this week, my new website is up and running (though in its infancy), and since I'm not getting any traffic on my blog or my site yet, I feel like this is my little corner of the internet world where I can sloppily throw my musings all over these pages and nobody's paying attention. I like that. I have been working feverishly to get some patterns available to any knitters and crocheters who are interested... how else am I going to get rid of this gargantuan yarn stash? This stuff's too expensive to give to Arlo.. Keep dreamin' kitty.