Thursday, December 26, 2013

Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts on Elastic Headband - Alexandra Original - Inspiration and For Sale

I made this headband about two years ago to wear on Valentine's Day. It is an Alexandra original. 

The hearts are made of yarn and plastic canvas and then hot glued onto an orange ouchless hair band. The hearts read "I <3 U"; "BE MINE"; and "X'S + O'S".

This three pumpkin headband is also an
Alexandra original. It was made for my
Pumpkin Witch costume a few years ago.
It is also available in my Etsy shop.

This Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts Headband is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
If you like this idea but would prefer for it to be arranged differently, different colors or sizes or added feather or ribbon (or anything else you can think of), I'd be happy to create it for you!
The hearts can also be made as a solid color (without words).

Crochet Adult Green Ribbed Beanie - Pattern Review

This ribbed beanie pattern was courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns

This pattern is very easy to follow and can be adjusted to fit any size. The ribbing nature of it makes it kind of time consuming. I made this beanie to fit my boyfriend, Chad. It measures approximately 20" around by 10" long and took about three hours to crochet the rectangle and less than 30 minutes to sew up the top and sides together. The yarn is great because Chad's head is a little bigger, and mine a little smaller, but the hat fits both well.

The only thing I would change about the process in making this beanie, is I'd probably make it a chunky one using two strands of the yarn and a bigger crochet hook. It would still feel and look great but take less time to put together.

The wool ease yarn is a mixture of acrylic yarn and wool and comes in a large variety of colors. I choose to use Forest Green Heather - green being Chad's favorite color - purchased from Joann's on sale 25% off! This yarn is stretchy and soft.

This beanie is very comfortable and warm. It looks great with or without the folded edge, and can easily be made to fit any size from infant to adult.

This Crochet Adult Green Ribbed Beanie is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to make any size for you! 
There are also lots of colors to choose from so if you'd like a different color, here you can find color options. 

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so don't be shy to ask!

**I do not get paid for endorsing any particular company. I just shop the deals and wherever they may take me, that is the route I follow.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Roaring Twenties Inspired Beanie with Posy Flower Embellishment - Pattern Review


This embellished beanie pattern was courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns. It is Gatsby-era inspired from the Roaring Twenties. Looking at it, I definitely see the flapper style. Flapper being a new breed of young Western women in the 1920's. They cut their long beautiful hair down to cute little bobs, hiked up their hemlines, and caked on the make-up.

This pattern is quick to work up and easy to follow. It took me about an hour and a half or so to work up the beanie, about ten minutes to work up the two posies, and about fourty-five minutes to weave in my ends and assemble the finished beanie.

My color choice isn't quite 1920's-y but it's what I had on hand. The homespun yarn comes in a large variety of colors. I choose to use Harvest, which I originally bought earlier in the fall on sale at Joann's for a scarf and hat set but didn't get around to that - well I did... Just didn't work out. This particular yarn collection is soft, has a neat look as it's kind of crinkly but can also be a pain to work with. The crinklyness (love making up words) makes the loops hard to find, easy to get caught when pulling through and weaving in the ends seemed to be a nightmare...::sighs::...but I survived!

The picture provided by Lion Brand shows the posies in between the ear and the forehead so I folded my hat from front to back and positioned closely to this. Originally when I was sewing on the big posy, I sewed one loop on each petal to hold it in place and then the circle as well but when I looked back at the picture, you can see the loops are kind of sticking out soooo... For the smaller posy, I sewed the single crocheted area in between the petals and left the petals free. I think doing the smaller posy this way also allowed the color to pop more. Even though I used the same colored yarn for everything, the dimension helps give more notice the posy.

All in all, this hat feels great as it's soft and warm, it has a little stretch to it and it's in a fun color! 

This Roaring Twenties Inspired Beanie is available in my Etsy shop. This hat has a finished circumference of 19" and will stretch a little but I can always adjust the size of the hat to fit anyone from infant to adult. There are also lots of colors to choose from so if you'd like a different color, here you can find color options. 

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so don't be shy to ask!

**I do not get paid for endorsing any particular company. I just shop the deals and wherever they may take me, that is the route I follow.

Monday, December 16, 2013

First Sale on Etsy!

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited! 

Today, I went on to Etsy (to check on something else of course) and noticed I had a notification. I figured it was just another note saying there were new items available from my favorite sellers but it was a note saying I had a purchase! 

I've been open since August 8th of this year and finally my first sale on Etsy! I think a small celebration is in order. :)

Visit my Etsy page, EyeLoveKnots.

I am still building up my repertoire. Very open to custom orders and/or ideas and suggestions. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snowflake Nails! 2012 vs 2013

I absolutely love to paint my nails, and get them painted.
Red Snowflakes professionally done. 
Did these on my own. Think I did a pretty good job. :)
(Minus the bow fail on my middle finger. Hehe.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gingerbread Man (or Woman) Hat Fingerless Glove Set - Pattern Reviews

This super cute pattern was courtesy of Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me

I chose to use Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarns in Chocolate (1 ball = 2 hats), Really Red (very small amount), and White (also very small amount), and La Mode 7/8" Black Buttons (which I got on sale at Joann's - BOGO!) 

I made these for Tyler and Madison so was going based on the preschooler size but I couldn't get the half-double crochet (hdc) to work for me - was measuring too big - so I changed to regular double crochets (dc).

My icing came out all funky. After doing the first one and shaking my head at myself, the second one came much easier. I pinned it down first, and then went back to sew it in place.

Easy pattern to follow. Took me about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the hat and embellishments, and another half hour to 45 minutes to sew on and fasten off all embellishments.

I have a pair of leggings in the works, but ran out of yarn so I will be completing and adding that here shortly.

I did also make two pairs of fingerless gloves with a pattern I found on Stitch11

These measure approximately 3" wide by 8" long, and should fit a toddler 2-4 years old. 
Quick, and easy to work up. Each pair took me less than an hour to put together. And with one ball of yarn, I was able to complete two pairs of fingerless gloves with a little left over.

Upon completion, I showed the set to my 6 year old nephew, Sylas. His response was, "That looks a little scary. Will you make me one too?" Haha! So, going to go pick up some more yarn and start on a set for him!

This Gingerbread Man (or Woman) Hat Fingerless Glove Set is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so feel free to ask :)

I will be sending these out to the Lindhorns within the next few days and cannot wait to get pictures of Tyler and Madison wearing them! Updates to come!