|e-book pattern from Lullaby Lamb|
|this pattern is FREE on Ravelry|
|another free pattern|
My kids love it when I crochet; however, the frustration sets in when they want to crochet too! Considering they are only 4 and 5, teaching them to crochet is pretty much impossible at this point and they have a hard time accepting this. I try to assure them that when they are old enough (a crochet/knitting goddess told me 8 years old is a good time to start) I will be ecstatic to teach them! While I love the ages they are now, I look forward to being able to spend time with them crocheting and making cool things. My mom taught me how to crochet when I was... I think 12 (or slightly earlier). One year I made about 20 afghans (the basic, groovy "wave" pattern) to give away as Christmas gifts!
|free pattern on Ravelry|
|felted bag by galafilc on Etsy|
Clearly, the most rewarding and useful accessories I have made are legwarmers, scarves, hats, and the little bracelets and headbands that take about 10 minutes to make! I made a little red sweater a couple of years ago and while it was not a difficult project, it was time-consuming and the outcome was a very heavy, bulky, crooked (the hood part) sweater that my daughter insisted on wearing when it was 80 degrees in her preschool building! I eventually hid the sweater and vowed never to use such heavy yarn with a single-stitch project. Then there was Mr. and Mrs. Fox. They are very cute and the kids love them, but sewing all the parts together was frustrating because I never felt like everything was connected securely. Another frustration with making kids' accessories, clothing, and toys is... the fraying. Little legwarmers come home all fuzzy at the bottom and I cringe when I see them take a scarf off and drop it on the ground. One of these days I am going to try felting! Felted projects are not only gorgeous, they look more durable. Of course, I don't think felted legwarmers are a good idea. But how gorgeous is this felted bag (above) from galafilc on Etsy?!?
Sometimes I catch myself up at 2 AM browsing Etsy or Ravelry for crochet patterns. The other night/morning, I found a treasure trove of vintage patterns (mostly from the 70s) from wonkyzebra on Etsy (who is super nice, btw) and while I am usually not a fan of 70s fashion, these patterns are gorgeous and can be modified into something more modern and/or practical! I purchased about 5 patterns, including the one pictured here in sage green. I know, the dress, the pool, the shoes... how could I? I'm thinking this would be beautiful in black or a deep, garnet red with a different neckline... perhaps a jewel neckline with picot edging and lose the buttons. Make the wide sleeves slimmer while attempting to salvage a smaller version of the design around the cuff and lose just a tiny bit of fullness in the skirt (and/or make it shorter). OR... you could create a lovely Victorian look using cream or grey yarn, keep the same collar with buttons, make the sleeves very slim and fitting with a slight flare at the cuff, and make the skirt a bit longer and less full. This Victorian version would also look beautiful in black, although a bit more goth (I tend to tread delicately between the line of Victorian and goth).
I also purchased this tunic dress pattern, which needs little or no modification! It's wonderful and you could even make a sleeveless version! Obviously it would be easy to modify the length of the sleeves and/or the dress if needed. A shorter version would make a pretty tunic to wear with tights or leggings.
Now that I have all of these cool projects and lots of yarn, I should make something. For every finished project, there are probably 2 unfinished projects, 20 extra skeins of yarn, and 200 ideas!