Fall-Winter 2016 is here. The little collection is made up of mix and match hats, scarves, cowl, and gloves available in 8 color combos. Some designs are returning from previous years, some are brand new. And a few other random items are available again in the shop also, like the crocheted men’s tie and Collector’s Drawstring Bag. Have a look here, and go get you some cozy goodness!
There’s a new little collection of autumn-y goodness in my online shop. These items will be available in limited stock until the end of October as I prepare for baby’s birth and a maternity break. (All digital patterns will still be available for purchase.)
Go have a look here: Waters Wares
I haven’t been as active here on the blog as I’ve wanted to be the past couple weeks. Tiredness has set in again in the third trimester, and although it’s not as bad as the fatigue of the first, it still has me going a bit slower and needing more breaks.
There are things I’d like to do crochetwise for the blog, but I haven’t been able to focus, or move, well (the latter thanks to a fun new pregnancy pain issue).
I’ve also been wearing mostly tees and shorts, things for comfort, or the same tops over and over again, as I have tried my best to buy only a minimal amount of maternity clothes for this pregnancy, so I haven’t had any outfits I’ve felt were post-worthy. I might have a few from the next few weekends, though. We’ll see.
I know that this is a season, just like any other time, and that, especially once the baby’s born and I’m adjusting to taking care of a little one full time, these periods of tiredness and activity will pass, will ebb and flow. I’m looking forward to getting that time with my baby, though. It’s coming so soon! And even though we’re still working on his room and preparing for him, I’m getting impatient.
I haven’t been completely unproductive, though. There will be a limited quantity of fall/winter hats, scarves, and fingerless gloves up in the shop sometime in the next few days, and I might add a few more patterns before baby arrives. :)
An original goal with this blog was to share outfits that 1) I really liked and 2) included something I’d made or mended. Since I started in spring, not exactly keen crochet time, this led to me coming up with outfits that included things I’d made, and pushed me to make some of the ideas I’d had for a while, such as a few necklaces, rings, bracelets. I tried really hard to have at least one outfit up each week, which left me teetering on the line of whether I was forcing these outfits just so I’d have something to post or really sharing outfits I loved. I think I was somewhere in the middle with that, and it wasn’t necessarily all a bad thing; it did force me to create and wear more of the things I’d made.
I thought, however, that when fall and winter came around, having outfits that fit my criteria would be easier, since the weather lends itself to crochet hats, scarves, gloves, etc. But in reality, winter for me is all about layers for keeping warm, and even though a lot of what I wear includes crochet hats, scarves, and gloves, the outfits aren’t necessarily anything particularly cool, and are also pretty repetitive.
I do love layering, though, and sweaters and warm socks, and these are the reality of what I wear lately. So I’ve decided to do a little series of sorts. We’ll call it, “Keeping Warm.” I think I’ll share an outfit of the day and maybe also a little on what I’m doing or thinking that day.
This picture was taken after I’d been out with my husband. This is a typical winter, survive-the-cold outfit for me, although if I’m staying at home for the day I tend to wear comfy sweatpants or nice lounge pants instead of the jeans.
Hopefully this’ll be a fun little collection of pictures/journal entries of sorts by the end.
Sweater: old, gifted
Thermal: old, Decree
Jeans: old, Forever 21
Hat: made by me
Just a quick post today about an outfit that’s become a favorite. I recently got this shirt and discovered I really like it combined with this vest I’ve had for years. The striped socks add a bit of quirkiness that I like. All in all this is a pretty true-to-me outfit, and I love the way the shades of purple and pink work together.
Another note, I really love this shirt.
Welp, I’m off to spend time with friends on this rainy day. Hope you and yours are having a beautiful and safe day as well. It’s supposed to get icy around here.
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Hat: made by me (similar here)
In case you didn’t know, it got cold this weekend. I’m not ready for fall to be over yet, but at least I got to wear some of my crochet things out, along with this lovely sweater dress my old Sunday school teacher got me several years ago.
This one. He’s a mix, but has a lot of the Siamese personality – very doglike; loyal and likes to be near you, likes to sleep on your face. He stood outside the door meowing until I let him in, then once he discovered the tripod and camera, proceeded to start playing, attacking and biting them. In an attempt to get him to stop and with the thought, “Hey, cat pictures are always cute,” I picked him up. What you’re seeing here is him lovingly kneading my face, purring all the while. All this crochet and knitwear on me and he wants to knead my face. Oh, well. Haha.
I’ve had these boots for several years and they’ve held up well through me wearing them almost constantly the past few fall/winters. The paint splatters and spots are from when my husband and I painted our house last summer.
By the way, I’ve started a little crochet shop here. You can find the hat and scarf I’m wearing there, as well as some other cold weather crochet goodies.
Hope you’re having a lovely day! God bless!
Leggings: Faded Glory
Boots: Kohl’s (but several years old)
Scarf and Beanie: made by me
(Sidenote: With the color+texture of this hat+wearing it not completely pulled down+this angle doesn’t it look a bit like I’m wearing a thimble? haha :P)
Though I actually like the look with the tennis shoes, I’d probably have worn this with my boots if they weren’t in need of repairs (the sole of one has come loose and needs to be reglued). But it’s still a fine look; a bit eighties with the socks and tennis shoes.
This shirt was again given by to me by a friend after a closet clean-out. I’m kind of in love with it, and I’ll probably be wearing it a lot this fall. I love that it’s a flannel, but with lots of nice details that make it more unique – the shirring at the sides, the sleeves, the length.
Jeggings: Faded Glory
Socks: gifted (probably from Kohl’s)
Shoes: Faded Glory
Beanie: made by me
I guess this could technically be called another Project-Styled Outfits, but all the crochet pieces you see here are designs I’ve been working on the past several weeks.
The first hat above is the same hat pictured in this post, just in a different color, and the second hat above is the other one I mention in that post. I don’t usually go for more cutesy hats and things, but I kept seeing these understated, “cat ear-shaped” beanies and actually really liked the effect, so I decided to try designing one of my own.
A lot of crocheters are big on making boot cuffs, but I’m not really into those. I do love legwarmers, however. I had a few pairs growing up but always felt conscious of my bigger calves once I put them on, so not long and thin like most legwarmer-wearers in pictures I’d seen, but they’re just one of my favorite clothing items and the older I’ve gotten I’ve embraced my body shape even more, so I definitely plan to wear these once it gets cold enough to warrant it.
This top is just a skirtless version of this tunic dress, and I love them both so much! I was inspired by the muscle tee trend for these, and it’s so cool to have a crochet version that’s easy to wear. Such a simple shape and stitch, but I love the open sides and the overall look. The shape pairs well with a long, stand-out necklace, and this top-only version works great over tank tops and dresses.
This bag is probably one of the designs I’ve made that I’m most pleased with. It took a lot longer than most things I make, with several sessions of rows and rows of frogging as I worked on getting the size right, as well as finding the best stitching for the strap (I wanted it wide for comfort but not stretchy). It’s very technically sound, and I think one of the reasons I’m so pleased with it is that I can see in the design and the process of making it how far I’ve come as a crocheter and designer.
Pretty sure most of these, if not all, will be available in my upcoming shop. :) So exciting!
Hope you all have a wonderful day. God bless!
I’ve been using just plain ol’ triple crochet in a lot of the things I’ve made lately, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I’ve been wanting to play around with more stitches again; have some variety in my designs. I’ve recently designed a couple hats using bulky weight yarn and I knew I wanted a dense, textured stitch for the first one. A while back I found this nifty little book of knit and crochet stitches in my mom’s collection of needlework books called a Dell Purse Book, “Pattern Stitches, 90 knitting and crochet patterns, with detailed directions and photos.” It was published in 1972 and contains short and to-the-point directions for basic knit and crochet stitches as well as a good bit of pattern stitches. In it I found a version of the moss stitch that uses single crochet and double crochet stitches as opposed to the more common chain and single crochet version. I really like the texture it creates, and though I originally looked it up for one hat, I got so inspired to make the second one, which is the one you see pictured above.
Now, if you are a crocheter, than you may be able to tell that this hat was worked from the top down, with increases throughout to aid in the shaping. This version of the moss stitch creates an uneven edged row, so when I knew I wanted to make a hat top down, I tried looking around online for how to increase in this stitch. Of course, I kept finding things for the chain 1, single crochet 1 version, and although I tried a few of those just to see, as well as some others idea I had, I finally decided to just increase the way I would a normal hat/stitch. As you can see, even though the row created by this stitch is uneven, increasing this way worked out just fine. So that was cool. :)
In the end, I really like how this hat, and the other one, turned out. This stitch is easy to make (the only part that’s a bit tricky is keeping up with your increase stitches while going sc, dc, sc, but once you get into the rhythm of it, it’s not so bad), and another thing I love is that even while using bulky yarn, with which you get less yardage in a skein than most worsted weights, these hats are made up using just under a skein, so that means no joining new yarn within the hat. I am all about things being crocheted as efficiently as possible, and less joins means a more durable item.
This stitch, especially with a nice, chunky yarn, has become a favorite for me right now. It seems just great and cozy for the upcoming fall and winter.