Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stash Bash

 So far so good on the daily posting! Today's topic asks "How do you keep your yarn wrangling organized?" Well.. I don't know if you'd call it organized, but it actually looks better than it did last week. Last Saturday I made an effort to clean up my craft room. It still needs work but looks better than the mess I had before. I won't show the whole room, (because I'm not completely satisfied with it yet) but I'll show my yarn stash.

My stash is actually all over the house. My husband moved some of it to a little area under the basement stairs. Now I have to move everything to get to it.. Great... Thanks, dear. So I don't have a pic of that, (it's dark under there) but it consisted of two fairly large plastic containers. My father actually got that yarn for me from an auction. I love free and cheap goodies. I will rescue that yarn soon! The rest of my stash is in the guestroom in a cabinet. The drawers underneath is where I keep my crochet books and extra hooks that I'm not using at the moment. I even have some knitting needles in there. One day they will get some use.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Skills

  Today's topic calls to evaluate my skills over the last year.  Let's see. Around this time last year is when I opened up my online store, PerfectMix Creations. The first few items in the store were good enough to be sold, but I think I have improved since then. This past year, I also wrote my first free pattern, an easy winter beanie. Now if we were talking about the year before last, I would have a lot more to say because I came a long way that year. I think this year, I've been trying to master what I already know, and tackling new stitches. I'm still working on it. I've learned a lot from doing other people's patterns, reading different blogs, and books from the library. My greatest resource would definitely be It makes learning anything so much easier when you can actually see it being done. There is one person's videos that I always end up going to if I'm stumped on a stitch and that is Teresa from Art of Crochet. Her videos are always so clear and thorough. If I didn't learn it in a book, I learned it from Teresa. Thank you, Teresa!!  The last video I watched was her teaching a Crocodile Stitch. This is one of quite a few stitches I had no idea existed last year.

Crocodile Stitch

 I've also learned about blocking, different crochet techniques, and embroidering on crochet. I've acquired lots of new hooks and tools too. I have yet to use them all in an actual project. There is much more to learn. Crochet is so versatile, mastering it will take years.
Hairpin Lace
Blocked and Unblocked

  My jewelry making skills have improved a bit as well. Lately, I haven't been able to practice in that area, but I will eventually come back to it. I still have much to learn in that department.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Yarns

  Almost two years ago, when my husband and I just moved into our new house, I decided to start my first crocheted throw. I wanted one that will match our new couch in our new living room. A lot of new things going on. I was still fairly new to crochet and wasn't very yarn savvy. So I bought some yarn that would match and was soft enough to want to use. I didn't just want something to look at. I bought the yarn at Joann's and I do not remember the brand, but it was something like this.
 It was soft and pretty and I loved how it changed colors. When I finally started crocheting with it, it turned out to be more of a pain than anything! I tried different hooks, but could never see my stitches so I had no idea where to put my hook next. I ended up using a pretty big hook, and went in between the double crochet stitches. I made that thing work! I was determined. That yarn was almost $8! I remember doubling it up because it was too thin, oh that was another pain! I liked the way the colors changed gradually, making a stripe look. I didn't want to lose that, so I actually had to find the point where both skeins changed at the same time! Sheesh, it sounds like too much work just typing about it. Well, ultimately I was very happy with the outcome. It took months, but it's still on my couch today. Would I do it again? Probably not.

 I'm not really sure what I would say my favorite yarn is. I use acrylic yarn the most, maybe because it's cheap or maybe because there are so many colors, or maybe I'm still not that yarn savvy. If I had to pick a brand it would most likely be "I Love This Yarn" from Hobby Lobby. I'm really diggin their "I Love This Cotton" too, but I'll talk about the acrylic for now.

  If you've read my previous posts, you know that I'm working on a blanket. This is the yarn that I am using. The color is white sparkle. It's pretty soft and it has a thin silver ribbon spun in it to give it some bling. This yarn is great to work with, not at all as frustrating as boucle.

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Knitting & Crochet Blog Week - I can do it!

Ok, so I saw this on another blog that I follow ( and I thought it was a great idea. It's going to be a challenge because it's been so hard to find time to blog lately, but this might actually help me. It could be the perfect motivation that I need. Either that or it will be a complete fail for me. Hopefully it won't be the latter. I'm not sure if I've ever even posted two consecutive days. I can do it! But don't be disappointed if I don't... You can do it too! If you want to join in, just click the picture or go to for all the details. It's not too late. I will be posting my first post for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week later today. See you then!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yarn Lovers, FYI

Knit Purl Gurl is giving away free Lion Brand Yarns Cotton Bamboo!! To enter in the contest go to this link. You have until April 4th to enter! I can always use some free yarn! Good luck!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green Beret for St Patty's Day

Happy St Patrick's day!  As for me, I'm home sick from work today. I caught a virus that my son had. I think the fever is finally gone, but I still feel pretty weak.

I finished this beret for a friend of mine from work. It's a simple olive green beret.

The pattern is Mimi's Beret Cap without the brim. I decreased for two extra rows, then after the sc rows, I added a row of slip stitches to end. If you haven't noticed, I like this pattern a lot. There is another newsboy cap pattern that she gave me that I've been meaning to try. That will be in a future post. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy National Crochet Month

    Yes, it's national Crochet month and I've been slacking. Well, not really. I've been so preoccupied with this blanket that I'm working on. I'll give you an update on that later. Now I'd like to show you a couple hats I recently made. I would also like to introduce my son's first debut on the blog. You've seen my oldest and my youngest so this is my middle child, Isaiah. He is sporting a flat cap made from the same pattern I used before from This time instead of using two strands of yarn, like the pattern calls for, I used one and it came out way smaller. Perfect for him.

   This next hat was made for myself. I think I may be a little sensitive to acrylic because my forehead starts to itch if I wear a hat for too long. I had this one on for a whole day and it didn't bother me at all. It's made with an olive bamboo blend and it's super soft and cozy. The pattern is called Soldier and it's from a book called "Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps."

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Face Lift

As you can see, I tried to give my blog a little face lift. Since it's March I thought green would be appropriate. I also added a new page to the blog. I put all of my free crochet patterns there in one place, so all you have to do is click on the title and it will take you to the post with that free pattern. 

Thanks to everyone who follow my blog and special thanks for all the great comments. Please keep them coming and stay tuned for more PerfectMix Creations.