Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I Spy With my Little Eyes... A Baby Butterfly!

Have you ever seen a baby butterfly before?! I hadn't! I caught a glimpse of this little guy out of the corner of my eye as I returned to work from my lunch break. How you might ask? Well, if it flies around me, I stare it down to see if I should run or not. Hehe! I had to pull out my phone real quick so I could snap a picture before it flew off, and I was able to get two!
Up close, it looks just like a regular butterfly, just tiny! How adorable is that?!
And just like that! It was gone.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

August Thrift Store Finds - Style on a Budget

I don't know about you, but I love shopping at my local vintage and thrift shops, especially when I find great deals! I went shopping last week, and came across these tops. I checked the sleeves, necklines, bottom hemlines, armpits and for any staining throughout, and these passed the test. Five fun tops, and the damage was only $10! Score!

Top Left: Black and Gold #37 UCF Tee - Go Knights! 
     Growing up in Central Florida, the Knights have always been in everything I've heard throughout my time in school. I have attended lots of music concerts and performances, and a few math competitions (yes, I was a math-nerd) at UCF, and have several friends whom have gone to and graduated from here as well. This will be a great tee to sport this fall for the upcoming football season, and as for the #37? Well, I guess I will have to come up with a story for it. Hehe. 
By the way, have you seen my Crocheted Football Beanie? I worked it up to wear to a friend's Super Bowl Party two years ago, and have found it quite handy for football season, and even wore it to my niece's flag football game when she was in high school. You can click the link above if you are interested in purchasing one.

Top Medium: Olive Green Lace Up Blouse from Chico's - BRAND NEW! What?!
     This blouse is a great transition top from Summer into Fall with the Olive color. It's made of 100% cotton making it nice and lightweight - important for hot Florida weather - and it's so soft! This top is brand new with tags still attached. Retail is $36.95 - WOW! I really love the Y-Neckline here which features a small lace up design highlighted with silver colors tie ends and eyelets. One thing I found to be quite odd was that the top is noted as a size "0", but wears like a Medium size. I almost didn't pick it up because I saw "0".

I found a similar blouse on Amazon (shown above). This Short Sleeve Plunge Lace-Up French Terry Top from Shopglamla is available in sizes Small, Medium and Large, and in 7 colors. I will admit that the plunge is a little much, but with a cami underneath, it looks really comfy and lightweight.

Top Right: Orange Floral and Blue Embroidered Sleeveless Top from Talbot's
     The moment I saw this top, I knew it'd be a great Summer top! This sleeveless top features bright orange flowers and calm blue embroidery at the shoulders and down the neckline, as well as bits of blue throughout in the floral pattern. Bottom hem is rounded, which makes it think it would be really cute with a pair of lightweight leggings - like these Ultra Soft High Waisted Jersey Leggings from Joni Fashion? - and some cute small heels, or a pair of white capris and some cute sandals.

Bottom Left: Purple and Blue Abstract Tee from Simply Vera 
     A few things grabbed my attention about this top: 1.) Vera Wang!; 2.) The beautiful purple, blue and green abstract splatter pattern; 3.) The long hemline along the bottom of the top - it's about two inches or so. This top is made of 100% cotton making it nice and lightweight, and a great top to pair with some jeans for a casual, laidback day.

Bottom Right: Blue and Green Floral Tee from Charter Club 
     I just LOVE the floral pattern on this blouse! This top has a white background with blue, green and purple flowers throughout. This top is comprised of 100% Pima Cotton - so soft, and cool to wear! I am picturing this top being worn with a pair of white capris or shorts.

Though not a tee, I found this really pretty and fun Fit and Flare Summer Tank Dress from Zeagoo that features a small floral print and is olive green, but there are 6 other pattern designs available, and this dress is available in Small through Extra Large.

Have you found any great thrift store finds lately? Or maybe you have some tips on thrift store shopping. Drop me a line below!

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Whisperwind Doily-Inspired Rug - Crochet Pattern Review - Draiguna

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Last week, I received an email with the release of the free crochet pattern for the Whisperwind Doily. I loooovvveee the way doilies look! But... I hate blocking, and therefore doilies can't really be on my list if made in crochet thread unless I give in and start blocking. With this doily though, I decided that I wasn't going to let this one pass me by too. Instead, I worked it holding four strands of worsted weight yarn together, and turned the design into an accent rug, and it's lovely!

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Materials I Used:
     - 1092 Yards of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn - Four 3/4 Skeins - in the Aran colorway
     - P16/11.5mm Crochet Hook - I bought this Jumbo Plastic Crochet Hook Set, which included the P16 & a Q hook in one!
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Whisperwind Doily, Free Crochet Pattern with Photo Tutorial from Draiguna

Material Notes:
     The options are quite open for this. I would stick with something heavy weight though. If going with four strands of worsted weight yarn as I have done, I would suggest Caron One Pound and Bernat Super Value as alternatives, however, you could also do Lily Sugar n Cream - I'd probably try 5 strands held together - or even two strands of a Super Bulky #6 Yarn - perhaps Wool Ease Thick n Quick, not Hometown USA.

Time Spent:
     I had my rug ready to go in three hours.
     From point to point, my rug measures 35" across.


Pattern Notes:
     This pattern was so easy to read, follow and memorize, plus the photos to reference are a plus. I only have three little things about this pattern, otherwise, I would love to work up many in several colors, and experiment with other yarn weights to see what other kinds of projects can be created with this pattern.

Would you like to see anything specifically worked up using this pattern? I love your suggestions and feedback! Drop me a line below!

1.  In the Foundation Row, I worked the last chain as a chain 3 - similar to how I work my last chain of the foundation row of a granny square as a chain 2 instead of 3, because if not, the shape is off in this corner just for the first row.

2.  Round 8 ends as "...single crochet in the next space]..." but the last stitch should end at the chain 3 beforehand and join to the first single crochet, which takes the place of the last stitch.

3.  Round 9 states to end at the "**", but I found that I ended at the "2x" repeat, and then joined. Just follow along with the pattern, and it will come naturally.
And that's it! I highly recommend this pattern! The writing is awesome, and the pattern produces a lovely doily, or doily-inspired rug in this case.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Granny Square Tank Top & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40

Photo Courtesy of Happily Hooked Magazine.
Yay! This is the eighth post of the year for the 2017 GrannySpiration Challenge! I am so excited to see what everyone has been working on, especially you! At the end of this post, you will find the information for this month's giveaway, and link up.

This month, I am sharing with you my latest published design that can be found in Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine - my Granny Square Tank! When I first saw the call for Lightweight designs, I knew I wanted to work up a top. I kind of still have an idea of a blouse based off this design, but when I was putting it together, it seemed to be a better fit for lightweight and lacy. Working with a yarn such as Modern Cotton DK, is an even better option for hot weather. I plan on ordering some to try out another tank more suitable for Florida.

Being that the tank top is made from a back and a front sewn together, it has more give than a top worked in the round. I designed this top one inch smaller in both pieces to finish with the 2" of negative ease noted, but there is more that can be given to make a more fitted top. By omitting one more round from each square, you can achieve this.
From Your Hosts: Big, Huge Afghan (Free Crochet Pattern) from Crochet is the Way, Owl Obsession Baby Blanket (Crochet Pattern Review) from Hakelfieber Austria, Granny Stitch Cowl (Crochet Inspiration) from RhelenaGranny Square Tank & Happily Hooked Magazine Issue #40 (Magazine Giveaway) from Me! EyeLoveKnots, Granny Square Piano Cover (Crochet Tutorial) from Mariam's Creations, and Granny Squares on Painted Canvas (Crochet Inspiration) from Atelier Marie-Lucienne.
Please make sure to stop by our other co-host and see what they've been working on too. In the image above, you'll find their projects (and mine) from last month's challenge.

Marjan from Atelier Marie-Lucienne
Sandra from Hakelfieber Austria (in German)
Jenny from Crochet is the Way
Rhelena from Crochet n Crafts
Mariam from Mariam's Creations: Recycle and Create
My Granny Square Tank can be found in July 2017, Issue 40 of Happily Hooked Magazine. This issue features "a variety of patterns that use lightweight yarns".

To complete your own Granny Square Tank, you will need 754 - 1131 Yards of Baby Bee's Sweet Delight (Hobby Lobby) - I used the Baby Sage colorway - or any lightweight yarn, and an H8/5mm crochet hook. 

Issue 40 Also Features...

These Crochet Patterns:
     - Lacy Granny Shawl by Megan Hocking
     - Summer Cat by Shannen Chua
     - Rose Blossom Special by Rohn Strong
     - Lakeside Cardigan by Lee Sartori
     - Granny Square Tank by Alexandra Richards (that's me!)
     - Delicate Blossom Earrings by Natalia Johnson
     - Maribelle Newborn Bonnet & Wrap
     - Summer Daisy Barefoot Sandals
     - Gloria Shawl by Amber Millard
     - Apple Blossom Placemat by Red Heart

These Articles:
     - Stitch of the Month: Puff Stitch
     - Tip: How to Time Block Successfully by The Yarnpreneur Society
     - Inspiration: Friends in the Crochet Community by Lee Sartori
     - Crochet Heals: Pia Thadani
     - Artist Profile: Marty Jonas
     - Hooked on... Roundup
     - Red Heart Pattern Roundup

Photo is front cover of July 2017, Issue 40.
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This Month's Giveaway is sponsored by myself! One winner will be gifted through Ravelry the latest issue of the Happily Hooked Magazine - July 2017, Issue 40.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. Open to all countries. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email notification, or another winner will be chosen. Myself, Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots, is responsible for prize fulfillment.
We only had one link up, other than our co-hosts. You'll see it above, and find it here: Scrap Granny Square Ottoman Cover - Crochet Inspiration from Ghemuletul Incalcit.

Now, Share Your Granny-Spiration Project With Us!

New Granny-Spiration Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary. You will be able to link up from 12:00am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through midnight EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway!

Please share projects that are family friendly, and GRANNY INSPIRED through use of regular granny square or solid granny square, granny stitch pattern or other afghan square in the form of a free pattern, pattern review, or inspiration piece. Not limited to crochet or knit.

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