Monthly Archives: August 2015

Vintage Crochet Collars

Just to clarify at the beginning here, I did not make any of these collars.

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My aunt gave me these several years ago while doing a house clean out/reorganization, and I adore them.

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The buttons are meant to go on the back.

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I thought I would share for some inspiration. I love the details of the tiny thread-crocheted collars, and the floral details on that last one, especially. I always mean to wear them more often, but either forget or can’t seem to find something in my closet that has a neckline and style to work with them. They would look great over a simple, solid-color smock or a-line dress. Or over a simple t-shirt with some jeans and flats.

Waters Wears: Easy Summer

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Sometimes, you get a piece of clothing, and when you wear it, you realize how you love it. This top is one of those pieces.

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From Motherhood Maternity, I ordered it when they were having an online clearance sale. Right now, I’m trying to get maternity items that will fit me until the end of my pregnancy. I ordered this in a medium based on Motherhood’s sizing chart, but almost got a large, since I had never gotten any tops from them before and was worried a medium might be too small to wear all the way through these last few months. But the size medium is fine, with plenty of space and length to grow into! On top of that, it’s comfortable, and I’ll probably wear it because of that after the baby is here, too.

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I know I wear this necklace and ring a lot lately, but the necklace pendant has always been a favorite of mine, and I’m just on a kick of wearing this ring lately. Maybe part of it has to do with the fact that I can’t wear my wedding band right now due to swelling and my husband bought me this ring, so it’s kind of a compromise, I don’t know.

I also love wearing this style of tennis shoes with about anything. Although they don’t have a lot of support.

This outfit is just an easy summer style – really laidback, really comfortable and cool for the heat.

Top: Motherhood Maternity
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity
Shoes: Faded Glory
Necklace: vintage Sarah Coventry
Ring: from a shop at a festival

Pattern Editing

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Writing this pattern was simple; I’ve gotten into the habit of writing my patterns down as I make them, for the most part. Editing it to get it ready for the shop has taken a good bit of time, though, because this particular pattern involves a few techniques that need more detailed directions than most patterns. This meant getting lots of pictures, then editing all those pictures, putting them in the written pattern, and making sure directions are hopefully clear and understandable.

I tried to get pictures on clear days, so that the light coming though my window would be more consistent, and several days where I had planned to shoot turned out to be overcast and rainy. But finally, I have all the pictures needed.

On top of all this, I’m making the pattern in right-handed and left-handed versions. I crochet left-handed, but I know that the majority don’t. I also know from being a left-handed crocheter that there aren’t a lot of patterns that cater to lefty crocheting, and sometimes following patterns can get a bit confusing because of this. Making these two versions meant editing pictures doubly – once for lefties, and then again flipped for righties, and putting those pictures into two separate files. Sort of extra work, but worth it, in my opinion, because since this pattern has a lot of pictures, people can now choose the orientation that best makes sense to them. No headaches or confusion from having to reverse directions in your head.

I’m still finishing up the last few bits, but I’m hopeful that it won’t be too much longer until the pattern is ready and in the shop! It should be a great project and garment for fall and winter. Keep an eye on the shop for the pattern’s release.

Waters Wears: Tied T-Shirt

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I had intentions of getting outdoor pictures of this outfit since it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had outfit pictures outside of my house on this blog, but alas, we’ve had rain since this morning.

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I saw another pregnant lady wearing this style, and I thought it was great. Wear a skirt or dress and tie your pre-belly tees at empire waist level. Gives you a way to continue wearing them throughout even the later months of pregnancy.

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I’m still figuring out how to put together outfits as this pregnancy progresses, but though it feels a little rocky at points, I think I’m getting there. Trying to figure out ways to wear as much as I can from my normal wardrobe, while buying mostly maternity items that will also work after the baby is born.

Shirt: Faded Glory
Dress: old
Shoes: Faded Glory
Ring: gift from my husband
Necklace: several colors available here

A Few Things

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Glucose tests aren’t so fun when you have hypoglycemia. The test itself was okay, but getting three vials of blood taken after was rough. I’m thankful for the doctor, nurses, and lab tech being so considerate and having me lay down while blood was taken instead of sitting. That honestly probably kept me from passing out. I was pretty much out for most of the day after, though. So tired.

Finished baby’s sweater! It’s pretty freakin’ cute.

I’ve been making an oversized cardigan for myself, since fall will be here soon. My aim is for it to be something I can wear in my last few months of pregnancy as well as after the baby’s here. I’m sure I’ll share once it’s finished.

Overalls: After

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Over a year ago, I made a post about patching these overalls and took some before pictures. Well…obviously my plan to fix them up didn’t happen as soon as I thought it would. But I finally patched them up enough to be satisfied the other day.

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The fabric I used is some I have leftover from making gifts for my bridesmaid for my wedding, nearly three years ago. I just glued it in using fabric adhesive

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I crocheted up some quick flowers and sewed them on.

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The hole in the back pocket, now patched! No catching my fingers in it while trying to use it anymore.

Sadly, I’m not able to wear these right now with the growing belly and hips, but at least they’ll be ready for me when I can.

Custom Sherbet Baby Blanket

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This is a custom baby blanket I made for a sweet lady who saw me crocheting one day and asked if I could make one for her coming grandchild. I finished it a few weeks ago.

They didn’t yet know the gender when she asked me to make the blanket, so she requested these colors, especially the minty green. The colors look so sweet together, and they remind me of sherbet.

(yarn used: Caron Simply Soft)

Now, to get onto making my own baby a little blanket, albeit my plan is for a very different one from this…

A Few Things…

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I learned from a friend who was pregnant just a few months before me that their are a lot of common pregnancy issues that for some reason are never mentioned, referenced in books and film, told to girls and women as they grow up, even though they’re pretty standard pregnancy “side effects,” if you will. One nobody told me about? Subluxated ribs. Basically this means loose or dislocated ribs, and it can happen even before the baby is big enough to punch and kick in that area. Thanks, relaxin. :P

I’ve been dealing with a lose rib for months now. Some days it’s worse than others, but still a surprising nuisance I might have liked a bit more warning for. Haha.

In the picture above, a first attempt at a little sweater for our baby, in progress. It’s worked top down in a raglan style, and due to needing some special shaping for the collar it will have, I had to frog and restart several times. But it’s looking good now. Although, somehow I’ve wound up with more stitches in the cuff of the second arm than the first, and haven’t yet been able to figure out, even with counting stitches, comparing, etc. where the cause is. Fun when stuff like that happens, huh?

“The Lord will fight for you, and you need only to be still.” – Exodus 14:14

Ever seem to have a verse follow you? Well, this one has followed me for several years now. Sometimes I won’t see it for a while, but then, suddenly, two people post versions on Facebook, someone quotes it on Instagram, a friend mentions it in conversation all within a few days.

In Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” “be still” means to cease striving. To stop and just know that God is powerful and has control over all things. That he defeats the enemies and brings peace regardless of our strengths or our weaknesses.

In Exodus 14:14, the message to Israel is much the same. They were afraid of Pharaoh and his armies, who were pursuing them. They began to question Moses, “Were there no graves in Egypt so you brought us here to die? It would have been better for us to stay and serve the Egyptians than to die here in the desert!” But Moses responded by telling them to have faith, that they would survive and would never see the Egyptians again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still…food for thought…

Crochet Arsenal: Foundation Single Crochet

Crochet Arsenal is a series featuring crochet and yarn techniques, tips, and aids that will help take your crocheting to another level and make your crocheted items more seemless and professional-looking.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the wonderful Foundation Single Crochet Stitch! The Foundation Single Crochet stitch, or FSC, takes the place of a starting chain and first row of stitches. Along with making the start of a project go a bit quicker, the FSC is also significantly stretchier than a regular starting chain.

There are plenty of tutorials out there for crochet foundation stitches, but to get you started, here’s one from Crochet Spot for the Foundation Single Crochet. I like using their tutorials because their pictures flip when you move your mouse over them, allowing the tutorial to be seen right or left-handed. Which is nifty for us lefties, like me. ;)

While there are foundation stitches for each crochet stitch – single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, etc. – regardless of the stitch I’m using in an item, I’ve found I like to start with an FSC. In my experience, some of the taller foundation stitches tend to be a bit too stretchy, or loose, which doesn’t work well with clothing items and accessories.

Here’s a little pro tip for you. I also like to “trim” the edges of most clothing pieces with a row of single crochet to add a more finished look. FSC makes this go a little quicker. I do this by working my next rows not into the single crochet part of the FSC, like normal, but by working along the chain side, working each stitch OVER the chain and into the single crochet space.

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An FSC stitch adds just the right amount of stretch for garments – not too tight like a regular starting chain or too loose like other foundation stitches. Think necklines, shirt and sweater hems, the hems of legwarmers and armwarmers, headbands, hat bands. You want these items to be sturdy but still easy to put on and take off, and all-around comfortable to wear.

I hope you’ll take the time to try out the Foundation Single Crochet in your crochet garments and accessories and see how you like it. And try out the other foundation stitches, as well. Maybe your experience with them will be different from mine. Either way, FSC is a nifty skill to have in your crochet arsenal. ;)

Waters Wears: Brown Blouse

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Yay for loose, flowy/too-big blouses I already had in my wardrobe from before pregnancy! I love wearing fitted tops while pregnant, but this type of blouse gives a different look option. And it’s also pretty comfortable.

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I’ve worn basically this outfit, this blouse and these shorts, a couple times now.

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Still loving these shorts – I’ve mentioned before that maternity shorts tend to be looser at the cuff, and I also just like the length. And I always like the look of shorter shorts with longer, looser blouses.

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Look at that bump. The past few weeks, baby has had a major growth spurt, and I officially feel like I look pregnant; I mean I’ve felt that way for a while now, but I feel like now I’m at the point of, “There is no doubt she’s pregnant no matter what she wears.” kinda thing. Like before, it was like, yes my belly is bigger, but now I look like a full-blown pregnant lady.

I’m also finally feeling strong kicks and movements. Kinda’ crazy, kinda’ cool.

Blouse: Mossimo, but very old
Shorts: Liz Lange Maternity at Target
Flats: Faded Glory
Ring: unknown
Necklace: vintage Sarah Coventry locket and separate chain

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