Wednesday, March 26, 2008


This post will be very short because I don't have any project updates or pictures for you guys. Just like the title says, just trying to take care of some business.

First order of business, I held a little blogiversary contest in my last post so its time to pick a winner. Actually I'm going to do that as we speak (er........or as I type). I just asked my Sweetie for any number between 1 & 15 because I currently have 15 comments on the last post. He can't see the screen right now cause he's at his DJ setup messing around with some music......Now I'm yelling at him because the music is so loud.......OK he picked one and the winner is........Number 15 YAY.....wait,let me go check to make sure she used the letter Q........yup she did, Congratulations Stickyfingers! Write me an email (my addy's in the sidebar) with your 2 favorite colors and your address. I'll let you know once I've sewn the bag and its on the way to you.

Because I'm a big softee at heart and I wish everyone was a winner, I'm going to pick a second place winner from a random number generator and this person will receive a set of 6 stitch markers hand made by me in their favorite color. So the winner for that is .........number 10, Hopie Knits! So Hope, send me an email with your address and favorite color when you get a chance. Thanks everybody for playing.

Second and last order of business concerns a pattern. A while ago I crocheted a little hat for my Sweetie seen here. A couple of people asked for the pattern and here it is. If anyone tries it, please let me know how it went, I would love to see pictures.

OK, that it for now, I'll have an update across all craft fronts next time. See ya.

Harlem Purls

This hat was inspired by the one Eddie Murphy wore in the movie Dreamgirls. This hat is also similar to the crocheted hats Marvin Gaye wore during his career. Here’s my interpretation of the pattern. For this pattern you will need 4 different colors of heavy worsted weight yarn. I used acrylic scraps that I had in my stash. For this pattern I have labeled the different colors 1 thru 4. Here’s an example of how I identified my colors but you can use whatever order suits you:

Color 1 – Light Color

Color 2 – Medium Light Color

Color 3 – Medium Dark Color

Color 4 – Dark Color

Please also note that the beginning chains of a row do not count as a stitch. This pattern has not been tested so please let me know if you have any questions or find anything wonky. Enjoy.


Beg beginning

Ch chain

Dc double crochet

Rep Repeat

Rnd Round

Sl st slip stitch

St(s) stitch(es)

Trc triple crochet


12 dc = 4 inches

Hook – Size I – 5.5mm


Starting with Color 3, form a ring , chain (ch) 3 and make 12 triple crochet (trc) into ring. Slip stitch (sl st) to top of beginning (beg) ch to join.

Row 1: Ch 3. 2 trc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join – (24 sts)

Row 2: Ch 3. *Skip 2 sts, 5 trc in next st, ch 1, rep from * 7 more times omitting the ch 1 on last cluster, change to Color 1, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 3: Ch 3. Skip 2 sts, *4 trc in 3rd trc of cluster below, ch 3, rep from * 7 more times omitting last 2 chains, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 4: Ch 2. Dc in each st and ch across, change to Color 4, sl st in beg ch to join – (54 sts)

Row 5: Ch 3. *Skip 2 sts, 3 trc in next st, ch 1, rep from * across 17 more times, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 6: Ch 2. Dc in each st and ch across. Change to Color 2, sl st in beg ch to join – (55 sts)

Row 7: Ch 3. Trc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 8: Ch 2. Dc in each st across. Change to Color 4, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 9: Ch 1. Sc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 10: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Change to Color 3, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 11: Ch 1. Sc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 12: Ch 1. Sc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 13: Ch 1. Sc in each st across, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 14: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Change to Color 2, sl st in beg ch to join.

Row 15: Ch 1. Sc in each st across. Fasten off.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Starts with Q, ends with -ing

Howdy knitting neighborinos! Whats new & exciting? Let's just pretend as if I haven't been a way that long, okay. I'll try not to keep this post too long because you know how I can get when I return from an extended absence. Why don't we start with whats new and exciting for me right now....Quilting.

Yup I'm totally hooked, even though I have yet to actually finish one. I don't know where the urge came from but I can remember looking for a shoe under my bed and noticing my overflowing fabric stash and thinking that I've got to do something about this. Since I couldn't bear to part with any of the fabric for the simple fact that....well....for no other rational reason other than its mine, I figured I could use it up if I did some patchwork. I quickly googled the subject to find all there is to know, purchased a couple of books and thought that I knew what I was doing. I jumped head first into my scraps and thought "Shoo, I could wing this, who needs to draw out a pattern". All was going well until I held up my little 15 inch piece that I had been working on for a while to my SO and he's like "Uh, you know what that looks like right" I took a second look and sure enough one out of my four blocks resembled a certain racially charged hate symbol and thats all I'm going to say about that.

Needless to say, I have thoroughly planned the quilt I am working on now. I saw the pattern on my new favorite show Simply Quilts and I knew I just had to have it. I picked out the fat quarters from my newest pusher The City Quilter. This picture doesn't reflect true color but more or less I'm pretty pleased with my progress. The only thing I'm on the fence about is the hot pink. It doesn't really mesh well with the other colors, but at this point I'm not changing it. Lets just call it a character element. that draws your eyes to the center.

If you can't tell already I've fell back in love with my sewing machine. I made a couple of bags but they were gifts so of course I don't have any pictures. I have a crappy cell phone pic of the bag I made my boss from this book.
I also made the scrap pincushion from said book. You don't know how badly I needed one. I had been using an old rolled up crochet swatch as a makeshift one for the longest. It didn't hit my until I stuck myself so hard that my finger was bleeding.

For some strange reason it seems as if all knitting mojo goes on hiatus around this time of year. I don't know, is it just me? I lost my knitting mojo around the end of February and its slowly starting to return. I've been busy lately cranking out the baby gifts and my ravelry can vouch for that. I just have one more shower in April which I think I may do a baby quilt/knitted sweater combo. I did fall head over heels in love with one of the new patterns in Knitty. Any reason to use handspun yarn is swell in my book.

The pattern is Spirogyra and I spun the yarn from one of Abby's Luxury Batts. I believe its a mix of merino/silk/nylon/sparkly stuff. I spun it as a 3 ply and its roughly 12-14 wpi. I spun it a while ago so I can't remember if I blocked the yarn or not. I'm thinking that it'll bloom either way once I soak these babies.

OK, I said I wouldn't keep this post that long (yeah right) so I'll wrap it up. If you read through all of that, then congrats, I may have a prize for you. I missed my blogiversary (yeah, 2 years, I know!) last week so I'm gonna have a little contest. I'll pick one winner randomly from the comments. Oh and you also have to put the letter Q (for quilting, tee hee) somewhere in your comment to to be eligible. It can be in a word or just by itself. Just want to make sure you're paying attention. Almost forgot, the prize will be a hand sewn (by moi) sock knitting drawstring bag in the 2 colors of your choosing (lining/outside fabric). Contest ends on Monday the 24th and I'll pick a winner on Tuesday although I may not announce it for a while, ya'll know how I am. Thats all kiddies, take care, comb your hair.

Saturday, March 08, 2008


I'm still alive..........knitting mojo done up and left (think it went to cozy's place) bit by the quilting bug from outta pics cause I can't find the stupid battery charger plug.............fell back in luv with my sewing machine & craftster............see ya on Ravelry.