Works in progress and other things

I learned how to crochet almost a decade ago, stopped doing it for a few years and recently picked it up again. When I picked it up again, it was like riding a bicycle for the first time in a long time: the awkward yet familiar feeling of the movement, the apprehension, the excitement of it all. Picking up crocheting again, I used patterns (and still use them) to instruct me how to make items. The past few weeks, I’ve been able to create items without having to find a pattern on Ravelry or Crochet Pattern Central or Etsy or wherever. I’m not saying that I never need to look at a pattern again to create anything, but I do feel like I’ve got my training wheels off. I sometimes find myself examining crocheted pieces and identifying stitches and/or techniques. This now means it’s time to look for more advanced patterns and broaden my crochet knowledge (and knit a little more). It’s pretty exciting. The only thing that I still have a bit trouble with (and very much dislike doing) is weaving in my ends. I may have to meet up with some other crafters to get some advice on how to make sure those yarn ends stay hidden in the work.

Alright, here’s the good stuff: what’s on my hook (and needles).

I was wearing a knotted crochet headband at work (pattern from Maybe Matilda), mostly because I was having a bad hair day, and luckily people were noticing how cute the headband is and not my weird hair. This is the headband I made:

This pattern is quick and perfect for if you’re just starting out. I used a yellow cotton yarn from Sugar and Cream. The best thing for me: I can adjust the tightness of the headband by pulling the knot or tightening it. As I showed a couple of ladies at work the features of this nifty headband, one of them asked if I could make something similar for her daughter. She wanted something to cover the ears and keep them warm. I said, “Sure!” I went home and got to work. This time, I didn’t use a pattern. I just imagined a simple design in my head and started crocheting. The result is a very simple, wide headband. I didn’t get a picture of the back, but it is tapered to allow for a better fit on the back of the head. I was thinking of adding a flower or something to it but even without any embellishments, it doesn’t look too bad (then again, I’m a simple girl and can do without the fancy embellishments).

I’ve also received a commission to make a newborn baby sized baseball beanie. I’m excited about this one because it will challenge me to work with something I’ve never worked with before: ribbon. I am also knitting this item instead of using my hook. I needed some knitting practice anyway. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

I recently inherited my parents’ old Singer sewing machine (probably from sometime in the late 80s, early 90s) and got it repaired and running like new again. I actually remember both my mom and dad making pajamas for me and my sister growing up. I haven’t been able to use it yet and will probably wait until next weekend (or later) to attempt any kind of sewing project. However, I’ve been looking at super easy patterns and getting ideas for fabric. Since I’m a little bit of a geek, I wanted to find someplace that sells geeky fabrics. Lo and behold: Spoonflower. They have all kinds of themed fabrics: Doctor Who, Nintendo, Star Trek, Portal, and so much more! It’s a little pricey only because I will be a novice seamstress. If and when I get a bit more experience under my belt, I will definitely be ordering some fabric from Spoonflower. I’m thinking of making a skirt some day using their “Blue Mountains and Smiling Clouds” fabric. In fact, I might just make a bunch of skirts out of many of their fabric prints. Spoonflower is definitely an awesome find.

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