Button Spiderweb Scarf

Yeah, yeah, I know….it’s suddenly the end of October and I haven’t posted in weeks. Sorry about that. Been busy, all with stuff I can’t show you.

Until now!

That’s the new Button Spiderweb Scarf available on the Coats and Clark website. (Ravelry link here).

I’m so excited to have this pattern published by Coats and Clark. It has an interesting story, this scarf does. See, this scarf has been rejected two times before getting picked up by Coats and Clark. I took the swatch (which happened to be the same length as this little scarf) with me to Buffalo and showed it during the Meet and Greet. Coats picked it up for review and when they came back to me to pick it up, they decided on doing it as a smaller scarf. So my “swatch” was the perfect length to do this little scarflette.

I love this pattern and believed in it and refused to give up on it. And I actually like it better as the smaller buttoned scarf than as a full length scarf. In this size it uses one skein of Red Heart Soft yarn. It works up super quick and is a great last minute gift. Because it’s short, it’s perfect for those of us down here in the warmer climes to use for decoration or to keep just a bit of the chill off our necks (without feeling silly with a long scarf on).

I do hope you enjoy this pattern! If you make your own, please post them on Ravelry as I love seeing everyone’s interpretations of my patterns. What? You’re not on Ravelry? Well, if you crochet or knit and like to keep track of your projects, you should be! And there isn’t a waiting list anymore, so come on in!

More stuff to come, there’s another pattern of mine out in Crochet World, but I need to get pics off my camera first. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been a bit lazy about that, sorry. Again with all the crazy busy work (which is great for paying bills, not so much for posting blog entries)!

Have a happy Halloween and see everyone in November!

It’s here!!!

The mail today brought my contributor copy of the CLF First Ever Book. Woo! I’ve been waiting rather impatiently for this, even more so because Dani got her copy the other day.

See? It’s really real and really here!

And lookie, 4 things have my name on them! In a real, honest to goodness book! Two patterns:

And 2 articles:

This one is about John and how crocheting brought us together. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, it’s a bit sappy.

This one is a reprint from an earlier post in this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so freaking excited! I smiled, I cried, I laughed, and I still haven’t read it all yet. There are a lot of great articles and a lot of awesome patterns. And the CLF isn’t done yet!!!

In other news, I finished the hat and scarflette for the trip. Scarflette? Yeah, didn’t have enough yarn to make it very long, but it’ll wrap around my neck and should tuck into my coat just fine. If not, I’ve added a button. Here’s the scarflette:

The pattern is my own Lattice Mesh Scarf, just done a little wider at the base.

And here’s the hat:

I added in another round of increases to make it slouchier than the original pattern called for. The thing I liked best about it was the detail on the back:

The pattern is Ferris Wheel Slouchy Hat by Gleeful Things. Ravelry Link and Regular link.

I will likely make more of that hat, it was so quick and easy to do.

Anyway, that’s all from me. Likely until after the holiday. Tomorrow will be last minute packing and cleaning and then I’ll be offline from Wednesday through Sunday. I don’t know if I’ll have any pictures because my camera is acting up lately (I refreshed my battery pack over the weekend, took no pictures until today, and the battery is dying again….I think it’s just because I’ve had the camera for about 5 years now). I’ll see if I can snag John’s camera to take with me.

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Getting back to work

It’s been a crazy couple of days. Adjusting to our new life is a bit difficult, but John and I are making it through. The animals are as well, although this was the mood all day Sunday:

Even though I said I wasn’t going to work yesterday, I did work on Andrea’s scarf and finished it last night. I hope I can find some time later this month to write up the pattern and offer it. It matches the Beatrice Hat I wrote earlier this year. Here’s a picture of the hat and scarf together:

Now I’ll give them a light handwashing and then block both the hat and scarf before sending them off later this week. Today’s work will involve getting started on SSP#4. I have a project coming from the yarn company soon, so I’d like to get the first part done on SSP#4 before it gets here.

Okay, time for coffee and to get going on work stuff. Have a good day!

Scarves done and in progress

I finished one scarf the other day for the 60 Scarves in 60 Days and I’m over halfway done with the second one.

The first one was done using Lion Brand Polar Spun (discontinued) and my pattern Lattice Mesh Scarf.

The scarf I’m working on now will likely be a pattern available soon. This one likely won’t be a freebie simply because it’s a little bit more complicated than the earlier ones. That and since this is my livelihood, I do need to make money to keep designing.

Here’s a sneak peek of that scarf:

Okay, back to working on the scarf. I’d like to get it finished so tomorrow I can write the pattern. Tomorrow is also an office day for me as I wait for yarn to arrive. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Off this weekend

I’m waiting on yarn for 2 projects and because those packages did not come in yesterday, I now have the weekend off. I’ve done all I can do without the yarn so I’m going to work on stuff for me this weekend.

My newish plan for dealing with working days and days off is based solely on where I am on each project. Had I received yarn yesterday, I would have worked over the weekend. My deadlines are very close. When I’m in between projects or waiting for something, then I’ll take the time off. Sometimes that is during the week and sometimes it’s regular weekends off like others.

So today is me working on scarves. I’m almost done with the first one (using my pattern…Lattice Mesh Scarf) and started a second one yesterday. The second one I need to rip back a bit because I missed a stitch and it’s very noticeable. It’s not a pattern yet, it might be, I haven’t decided yet. I also want to work on the convertible wrap that I started last year. I’m almost done with it, so I may be able to knock it out this weekend as well. I’m trying not to start new projects until I get rid of some of the ones that are hibernating. We’ll see how successful I am at that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good weekend everyone!

It’s scarf time again!

No, not from the weather ’cause down here in Florida the high today is set to be 92. ๐Ÿ™

It’s time for the 60 Scarves in 60 Days Challenge. If you remember, I participated last year and cranked out quite a few scarves. While I’m busy this year, I’m still going to participate. I don’t know how many I’ll crank out, but scarves are an easy project that uses up stash and are great for me to work on when I need a break from other stuff. I’m not sure who I will donate to. This year Dee wants us to donate to a local charity and I’ll have to research that. ‘Cause again, hi, I live in the land of heat and humidity. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, expect to see some scarf projects showing up. And if you’re looking for a scarf pattern, I do have 2 free ones on the website: Fibers By Tracie. They download through Ravelry so if you’re already on Ravelry, then you can just click on my Rav Badge up at the top of the sidebar, click on “My Original Designs” and go from there.

Other than that, today sees me returning to work as soon as I get an email from my contact at the yarn company. So while I wait, I may go ahead and start a scarf. ๐Ÿ™‚

They like me, they really like me….

Side lesson for the day, first……..do not tempt the crochet gods. I will be ripping back about 6 rows on the sweater because I had a sleeping greyhound and couldn’t try it on him to see that I needed to start the decreases about 6 rows ago. Oh well.

Anyway, on to the topic of this post. I just checked the stats on my Ravelry download page. Today there have been 15 downloads of my Easy Ribbed Scarf. 15!!!! Just today!

So what happened? The nice lady who made the scarf from my pattern (the first one on Ravelry to do it!) posted about it over in Crochetville. And I guess that worked to get some views of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ That makes me incredibly happy.

I have yet to see any of the projects show up on Ravelry (other than the two that this person made), but I chalk it up to not everyone’s on yet. So….if you’re not on Ravelry and you’ve made any of my patterns, please do comment or send me an email with the picture. I love seeing how people have interpreted my designs.

Okay, I’m off. Working on the Project Linus blanket while my brain percolates on the decrease issue for the sweater. I want to figure out an easy way to do that without affecting all the math I did the other day.

An interesting observation

I do not like single crochets. There, I said it. I know I’m not the only one thinking it. After all, John told me after he learned the single, “Ew, I don’t like this.”

Why don’t I like it? It’s boring to me. It takes FOR-freaking-EVER to get anywhere in it. It doesn’t seem to flow as easy to me as say the nice half double does.

So….what am I supposed to be working on right now?

A single crochet scarf. 7 singles in a row for 116 rows. And then I get to do something that has taken all day turning over in my head to somewhat understand how it works. Let’s not use this post to gripe about how Joann corporate really needs to get someone to write patterns that can be understood. Or that a nice clear COLOR picture would be helpful to see what the blazes I’m supposed to be doing. Nope, we’ll do another post some other time about that. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I’m supposed to be working on this single crochet scarf. Out of a chunky yarn. Blah. So since it’s just single crochets, you’d think I’d be done by now, right? ‘Cause I’m sure that other people can crank out simple stitched scarves like no one’s business. Me? Nope.

I get bored and my ADD kicks in something fierce. And then it’s “ooh, I need to look that up on the web” or “I don’t want to watch this show, what else is on?” The other thing I’ve done today to totally waste time and not work on this scarf that, oh by the way, is due tomorrow afternoon? Packed stuff for the Orlando Needlework Show. So my crochet bag is packed with everything I need for classes. The only other thing I need is to figure out what projects to take and pack them.

Okay, seriously, I need to get a handle on this. I’ve got to finish this scarf. Then I can work on the sweater I so desperately need to finidh.

Hat finished

This was a super quick pattern. I think had I been focused yesterday I could have finished it during the day. But, with being sick I had to rip out a round or two and redo. But I love it. I think I’m going to design a scarf now to use up the other skein I have.

Anyway, here’s the link to the pattern and the pic:

I used the pattern from Crochet By the Hook. It’s the E L Brimmed Hat by Dot Matthews. Great pattern. I did make 2 changes for mine (big shock). I did another round of pattern repeats and then also did more single crochets on the brim. Oh, and I added a small edging. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, it was quick and easy and took less than 1 skein of Moda Dea Silk ‘n’ Wool. Like I said, I could have likely finished it in the afternoon had I been focused.

Okay, off to finish the scarf for the class sample and then I’m going to work on the sweater now that I feel a bit better and should be able to comprehend the directions for the front. If nothing else, I’ll get the sleeves done.

Scarf #5 done

Woo hoo!!!!

Scarf #5 is now done, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! I feel productive and stuff.

Tomorrow will be my post for Stitch Stirrers. It will be funny. “If someone was to walk into your house would they know a crocheter lived there?” Hahaha. It’ll be up tomorrow. I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

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