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Made, quite literally, in the shade

Well, it`s happened. I`ve picked up the wool and started using my hands again. I don`t know why I ever took such a long break because I feel waaaayyyyy better when I`m doing something creative. I`ve been playing around with some new patterns and have a few that I`m really liking. As well, I`ve met up with a great crafty friend at work and we`re putting together some ideas for a shop, stay tuned…………………. In the meantime, if you`re interested in purchasing any of the items I make, or would like something custom made, contact me (see that link on the side there?).

Here`s what I`ve been up to. Most of these items were worked on while lounging under a beach umbrella. It`s a tough life.

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The end is near

The picture below represents school and I in a face off. Guess who is winning.

This is actually Thomas and a T-rex. I was talking metaphorically.

This is actually Thomas and a T-rex. I was talking metaphorically.

But……..I am in the home stretch. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Albeit, between that light and I lays five weeks of working in the trauma room (gulp), but I just have to keep reminding myself that the end is near. I`ll try not to remind myself of that aloud, around my patients, as phrases like that seem to set people on edge when they`re in the ER.

In other news, when have I ever let a little exam get in the way of me and a craft project? Correct answer: never! I`ve updated my jewellery page with these little gems……

 


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A new page for me

Betcha thought I was doing something clever with that title and it was going to turn out to be a terrible pun like many of my others? Well, you were WRONG dear reader. I have, quite literally, made a new page on this blog to showcase some of the items I will be selling in the ETSY shop that I plan on opening once the tedium and chaos that is my critical care nursing upgrade, is finally over in March. If you don`t have the energy to click on the page (just up there on the right. See it?) then I will show you some of the items here (and I`ll suggest you go get a RedBull or something because, seriously? That would have taken, like, zero effort.)


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Where DOES the time go?

Hey! Know what day it is? If you guessed that it’s a day that I should be studying, then you`re absolutley right! If you guessed that for every 20 minutes I study, I spend another 5 30 minutes crafting up something cute, then, right again and you know me too well! Here is a little project that I whipped up in precisely the amount of time it should have taken me to memorize my Advanced Cardiac Life Support Algorithms! While that means I will be up late tonight doing what I should have been doing today, I will do so with the knowledge that tomorrow, my car keys and Blackberry will be carried in style (until I promptly lose them somewhere because I usually just put them in my pocket and will likely forget that the clutch is mine and leave it on a table at the hospital). Ah well! Here is the clutch with hand-made fabric button that I made and the tutorial for both the clutch AND the button. Yup, two-for-one today.

A cute little crochet clutch with a DIY fabric button!

A cute little crochet clutch with a DIY fabric button!

xo

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It`s that time again!

I`m back in school and working in the ER and have a million assignments and volumes of articles to read so, I should be doing this……

Hard(ly) at work. If I were doing any work though, it should probaly be on my terrible jokes.

Hard(ly) at work. If I were doing any work though, it should probably be on my terrible jokes. (source)

What I am actually doing is this….

Crochet leaf earrings. Just like the title says.

Crochet leaf earrings!

Yup. Making things I don`t need. If you feel the need to abandon the things you should actually be attending to and make a pair yourself, the tutorial is here.

xo


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Ive got it made!

Pretty and simple. And pretty simple to make. See what I did there?

Tired of playing barrel of monkeys with my earrings every time I try to fish them out of the bowl they live in, I made this little (who am I kidding, I made THREE) jewellery display. You can do it too! Tutorial here.

xo


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I`ve got this one covered

Has your e-reader (or ipad, or camera, or cell phone) been complaining about the cold recently? Why not make it a crochet cover? If you`re saying “because I can just buy one for pretty cheap” I do see your point BUT that will rob you of the satisfaction of being able to say when people ask where you got your cool cover,  “You can`t have it! It`s mine! I made it! I`ll know if you steal it because it`s an original and I can see the mistakes I made on it! Go away and stop asking me about it! Go!” You want to be able to say that right? Of course you do so let`s continue.

In order to begin this project you will need:

A) to know how to crochet. I find, without this essential component, that the cover is really difficult to make. You`ll just end up with something like this

It`s covered with wool and has a button, true, but it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that an actual crocheted case possesses.

It`s covered with wool and has a button, true, but it lacks that certain je ne sais quoi that an actual crocheted case possesses.

B) Worsted weight wool (with a contrasting colour unless this is strictly a utilitarian piece or your device simply will not be seen in anything embellished), a 5mm crochet hook, a button, and a darning needle.

Still life entitled Wool, Size 5mm hook, Button and Darning Needle. Also, coincidentally, all the supplies you`ll need for this project.

Still life entitled Wool, Size 5mm hook, Button and Darning Needle. Also, coincidentally, all the supplies you`ll need for this project.

C) The Pattern, which is as follows (please note that I have never written out a pattern before so if it is confusing, please message me and I`ll try to help you out.). This pattern uses Moss stitch or Seed stitch – I`ve seen it called both and don`t honestly know what the actual name is. I am Team Moss stitch but if you strongly believe I`m wrong and you are Team Seed stitch then let`s just get our teams together and meet up in an alley and have it done with once and for all, West Side story styles, ok? Ahem, the pattern…..

Chain 26

Row 1: sc in 4th chain from hook, ch1, skip next stitch and sc, ch1 in following stitch

continue sc, ch1 in every other stitch until you reach the last stitch and sc, ch3, turn

Rows 2 – 54: sc in first visible chain space, ch1. Repeat sc, ch1 in each chain space across row. In last stitch, sc, ch3, turn.

How to start row 2 and each row thereafter

How to start row 2 and each row thereafter

Row 55: Repeat the sc, ch1 in each chain space across row but in the last stitch sc, ch1 and then begin to sc all the way around your piece (down the left side, across, up the right side and across) with 2sc in each corner.

Do a row of single crochet all the way around the piece.

Do a row of single crochet all the way around the piece.

Once back to the top left hand corner, ss to the next visible sc (see below) and leave a long (about 50 inches) tail for sewing the sides together.

Just like I said

Just like I said

Fold the piece in half and starting at the top left corner, join your edges with a whip stitch. To make it more visible I`ve used a contrasting colour in the picture. When I get to the fold, I just run the thread across on the inside of the cover and then start up again with a whip stitch at the bottom right hand corner. Tie off and weave in ends.

Comme ca!

Comme ca!

Join a contrasting colour at the top right hand corner and sc all the way around the top opening. Do a second row of single crochet and when you get half way across the back of the piece, chain 20 and slip stitch back to the next sc on the cover to make a loop for your button (see pic).

Comme ca!

Comme ca!

Tie off and weave in ends. Attach button and……

A cosy cozy for your Kindle!

A cosy cozy for your Kindle!

Voila! No longer will you have to cover your e-reader with a mitten, leaving yourself with only one mitten and your e-reader looking, well, ridiculous frankly.

I actually decided to line mine as I had some material that matched perfectly and I like those kinds of details. I chose the simplest possible way to do it : when the piece was just one long strip, before folding it and stitching up the side, I cut a long strip of material to the same dimension (plus 1/4 inch for a seam allowance), sewed a seam around all four sides, lay in pattern side up over the crochet piece and stitched just the top and bottom edges to the crochet. It works well but leaves it looking a little unfinished.

See what I mean? Tsk, tsk, tsk. That`s what I get for being lazy.

See what I mean? Tsk, tsk, tsk. That`s what I get for being lazy.

I have since lined items using this tutorial and avoided that unsightly gap.

Here are some of the variations I`ve tried (I do only have the one e-reader but I take it out with me to bars and parties so it has to have several different “outfits” if you will.)

For garden parties and girly events

For garden parties and girly events

Everyday casual.

Everyday casual.

Not, strictly, an e-reader cover but rather a camera case cover which is the same pattern, only smaller. Unless your camera is the size of an e-reader or vice versa.

Not, strictly, an e-reader cover but rather a camera case cover which is the same pattern, only smaller. Unless your camera is the size of an e-reader or vice versa.

So, there you have it folks.

“Case” closed.