February 15, 2012

Where/how do I store my yarn?

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  I was ask in my previous blog post (storage box), where/how do you store your yarn? Great question.
  I don't have a specific way on how to store it since I buy yarn as I need it (crazy, right. hehe). My left over yarn which I do have quite a bit I keep it in this tote that my son made me when he was 3yrs old in his 1st year of preschool (in Mexico kids do three years of preschool). In Ravelry, theirs the stash option where you take a picture of your yarn and track how much you have left of each yarn skein. This option has work great for me. But I do dream of having one day a room just for me with a wall full of yarn neatly organized by color and yarn weight. :)
My son's hand prints. aww.. <3
- Janet

February 13, 2012

Storage Box

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  This weekend I went to Walmart, to buy some Valentine's cards for my son and a little gift for his teacher. I like to browse around the whole store and sometimes I find some great stuff. I was browsing and saw these amazing storage boxes with compartments. I started looking at each one and I ended up buying myself a Creative Options Grab 'N Go craft box. I absolutely love it. :)
  You open the front flap for access to three utility boxes plus on the top the lid opens for bulk storage. One of the utility boxes has several dividers to put all you little notions. Now I wont have to keep all my crochet and knitting supplies in several different bags.
  Now that I put my stuff in the storage box it seems like I hardly have anything. :( I guess as the years go on by my stash on hooks, needles and yarn would grow as big as many Ravelers have in their homes.
As you can see on the last image I added labels.
Dimensions: 16.5"L x 11.75" W x 16" H
- Janet

February 11, 2012

Spiny Egg

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By JC Designs
SIZE
It can be modify to be as big as you want it. Just add some extra increase rounds.

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size 3.5mm
*Worsted weight yarn: Red
*Felt: White
*Fiberfill
*Tapestry Needle
*Hot Glue (optional)

PATTERN NOTES
  Gauge isn't all that important, but your hook and yarn choices should result in a fairly tight stitch so that the stuffing won't show through.
  Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicate the total number of stitches for that round or row.

EGG  (red)
  Rnd 1: 8sc in a magic ring (8)
  Rnd 2: 2sc in next sc around (16)
  Rnd 3-6: sc in each sc around (16)
  Rnd 7: dec over next 2 sc around (8)
F/O, leave a tail for closing. Add any bits of stuffing needed to finish shaping the egg nicely. Weave tail through the final row and draw up tight to close. Secure and weave in ends.

ASSEMBLY:
  This is real easy to assemble. All you need to do now is cut small squares from white felt and fold them into triangles. Glue them in the egg.
- Janet

Spiny Egg and Mario Brothers are copyright Nintendo.
This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "JC Designs" (February 2012). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items may from this pattern.

February 1, 2012

Keroppi Zippered Wristlet

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By JC Designs 
Birthday present for my older sister.

SIZE/MEASUREMENTS
Horizontally 7.5" and  4.5" vertically.

MATERIALS
*Crochet hook size 3.5mm
*Worsted weight yarn: Green, White, Black, & Red
*2 small black buttons
*Zipper 18cm length
*Fabric of choice
*Stitch Marker to mark your rounds
*Tapestry Needle

PATTERN NOTES
  Numbers in ( ) at the end of each round or row indicate the total number of stitches for that round or row.

WRISTLET
  Rnd 1: ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in the next 28chs, 3hdc in next ch, hdc in next 28chs, 2hdc in last ch, sl st into the first st (62)
  Rnd 2-12: ch 1, hdc in the same stitch you sl st, hdc around, sl st into the fist st of previous rnd (62)
  Rnd 13-14: ch1, sc in the same stitch you sl st, sc around, sl st into the first st of previous rnd (62)
  Rnd 15: ch1, 3hdc in the same stitch you sl st, *sl st in next sc, 3hdc in next sc* repeat from * to * all the way around
F/O and weave in ends.

EYES make 2
  Rnd 1: 9hdc in magic ring, sl st into the first st (9)
  Rnd 2: ch1, 2hdc in same stitch you sl st, 2hdc in each hdc around, sl st into the first st of previous rnd (18)
  Rnd 3: ch1, hdc in same stitch you sl st, hdc in each hdc around, sl st into the first st of previous rnd (18)
F/O and weave in ends.

STRAP
  ch 53 (or chain to desire length), sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (52)
F/O and leave a tail to sew the strap unto the wristlet. When folded is measures 6".
 
ASSEMBLY
  I recommend pinning the pieces in place before sewing them to make sure you have it in the position you like best before sewing.
  Sew the buttons to the white eye part as shown on pictures. White part of the eye is sewn between round 7 and 12.
  Embroidery the mouth and the cheeks lines. The mouth place it in round 2 and 4 and the cheeks lines between round 6 and 7.
  Now you can pin the zipper and fabric in place to begin the sewing. This took me awhile cause I'm a perfectionist and I had to sew it by hand since I don't own a sewing machine. But this would keep your items from falling out.
  Sew the strap on wristlet.
For hand sewing it, I did a pretty good job. :)

- Janet
Keroppi is copyright Sanrio.
This pattern is an original pattern by Janet Carrillo "JC Designs" (February 2012). Please do not claim this pattern as your own. If you wish to share this pattern, you may link to this pattern but please do not reprint/repost it on your site. You may print and keep a copy for your own personal use but you may not sell or distribute it, or sell items may from this pattern.