Monday, January 9, 2017

Chevron Scarf

I was hoping to slip one more crochet project in in my last 24 hours after finishing this last night.  But between sleep, appointments, shopping, tutoring... this is probably my last entry in the 2016 Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long, the Chevron Scarf.

The original is scrappy, and I was going to go that way, with a different color for each row, but I fell in love with the first six colors, and adding more colors seemed to take away from how much I liked it.  So I repeated the colors, and voila, here it is.

I think the original was 300 stitches long.  I went with 250.

I wanted to snap the photo in daylight, but being January, we're a little short of that... and, see above re time constraints of the last 24 hours.  But I need to have it posted today to get it in before the deadline, so this is it for now.  I may remember to get a better photo later.

And here's the daylight photo...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Rockskipper Wristers

Another quick project from the 2016 Holiday Stashdown CAL! Here are my Rockskipper Wristers.
There is a matching ear-warmer pattern in the CAL, but I don't think I'll get to that one, myself.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fall Thicket Coaster

These one-day projects are great for catching up to get more entries in the stashdown CAL before the deadline! Still seven projects left, and seven days... I don't anticipate making them all this year, though, since I'm sure some will take longer than one day! Here is my Fall Thicket Coaster. 
Nice texture in that stitch!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Simplicity Phone Sleeve

Last night's project: Simplicity Phone Sleeve.  Another quick project from the 2016 Holiday Stashdown CAL.
I added the loop - could put a button on the front for a closure, or it can be used to hang on the charging cord or whatever.  Made this one to fit my SE, a few stitches narrower than the pattern.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Barley Star Stitch Cowl

Here is last night's project made for the 2016 Stashdown Crochet-a-long, the Barley Star Stitch Cowl.
The designer says she made hers in one hour!  I did not time myself, but it was several Grey's Anatomy episodes! My hands demand breaks once in a while, too, and then there was the unraveling two rows to crochet more tightly since I ran out of yarn two stitches before the end!

I don't know what this yarn is, it was given to me by a friend. A few adjustments... I used an N hook and my finished size is 11" x 8" lying flat. I was attempting to crochet loosely, since it calls for an M hook, and because it can be difficult to pull through six loops for the star stitch if it is tight, but note above about those last two rows!  It is crocheted flat and stitched into a tube, and I found my side edges uneven.  If I make another, I would ch 3 before the DC rows to open up that end.  And maybe find a better way to begin the star rows - that side ends up bumpy. Thankfully, the bumps are covered when the ends are whip-stitched together.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Fast and Furious... Persephone Beanie

The deadline looms for entering projects in the 2016 Holiday Stashdown CAL!  I won't get them all completed this year, but let's see how many I can do!

I actually completed this last week, just didn't get around to getting it posted.  This is the Persephone Beanie
I just love these buttons and was happy to have another project to use them on, making this match my Snowy Marble Infinity Scarf.

Another Mug Cozy!

Here is the second mug cozy from the 2016 Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long, the Candy Cane Stripe Mug Cozy.

I had a hard time deciding on a button, so put these two up for a vote on the Holiday Stashdown page. 

  The wooden one was chosen!
I adapted the pattern by reducing a row in each section to allow running the yarn up one side on color changes, and to keep the ridges created by back loop crochet all on the right side. And good thing, because even taking those rows out, the fit is a tad lose on this mug, and can't really be tightened because the only part that fits inside the handle is the button tab.  Need a larger mug! (or finer yarn or to crochet more tightly...)
This was a great scrap-buster as it used up a TINY ball of blue, a TINY ball of green, and two TINY balls of white... and a bit of white from a new skein (always good to have extra white on hand...). Could easily be made with a rainbow of scraps.