Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Locks of Love Donation

 Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hair for children who are suffering from long term medical hair loss.  This is my daughter's second generous donation. The hair has to be at least 10 inches for donation. She has very curly hair, but if you stretch it out it really is 10 inches. Last time she donated, she had a little over 12 inches! By next year, she'll have half of it back.

Here she is sporting her new look!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rasta Hats

I made one of these hats for my daughter a few months ago. She really liked the fact that she didn't have to worry about her hair. All she had to do was put all her hair into the hat and that was it. These hats are perfect for bad hair days or even to keep cool if you have a lot of hair.

 This one has a Jamaican flag on it. Well, it's a circle, so it's not really the flag, but I think it looks cool. It took me a while to figure out how to do it, but it wasn't that hard. I  made a ring by chaining 5 and joining. Then I made four triangles with the green and black. I started with three single crochets through the ring. After all four triangles were done, I connected them to each other using a single crochet on the right side of the work with the yellow yarn to form the "X". I wish I would've thought about making a tutorial when I made it. Maybe I'll make another one. Both hats are made with acrylic yarn and they have round cord elastic in the brim.

 Here I am modeling my work:

 I am going to post these in my online store to sell. Check out my store: PerfectMix Creations

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My week off.

Wouldn't it be great to have a whole week off from work? I could do so many things that I want to do, but don't usually have time for. I could finish projects. I could create new works of art and recreate old ones. Well, I had a week off, and it wasn't even close to great. I was home all last week, but I was so sick I couldn't do anything. I didn't even check on my blog! Strep throat is not fun! I had a fever for three days with chills and the shakes. It was horrible! When I finally started to feel better, I just wanted to clean and sanitize so no one else in the house would have to go through what I went through. I was wishing for a week off from work for a while, so the moral of the story is... Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it, and it might not be what you expected or even wanted after all.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Cute Earrings! (tutorial)

  I saw some cute crocheted earrings in this book,  Fly Tops & Funky Flavas (Get Your Crochet On!). I checked out the book from the library, but I had to return it before I had a chance to make the earrings. I just ordered the book today on Amazon, but I couldn't wait for it to make the earrings. So I got some supplies and came up with these:

 This will be my first tutorial post. I hope I can be clear with the instructions, if not just ask in the comment section. I'm sure there is a better way to make these earrings but here's my way, amateur style. I picked up my supplies from Joann's.  I was actually looking for some plastic rings in the larger size, but i got some wooden rings instead. I wasn't sure how it would work, because I thought they might be too heavy. They turned out to not be heavy at all.

 I also got some earring hooks. They are gold plated,  good for sensitive ears like mine. They also had some sterling silver hooks as well. (Sorry for the blurriness, I'm having issues with my camera.)

 I should have gotten some type of metallic thread or yarn, but I had to use what I have for now. I used acrylic yarn and a size G hook.

Start by threading the earring hook onto the yarn, then move it out of the way until you need it.
Make a slip knot on the hook with the yarn.

Make a slip stitch around the ring.
Single crochet around the ring until it is completely covered with your yarn.
Join to the first single crochet.
Find your earring hook and move it down to your earring, pull up the loop so the earring hook can fit through.

Pull it through and tighten the yarn.
Cut the yarn with a tail long enough to weave in.
Weave it in and you're done!

 I think I might be ready to crochet with beads. That would make these earrings have some bling!