Calgary Expo 2017

I’ve signed up to volunteer again for the Calgary Expo! It’s just so much fun I had to do it again. This will be my third year and my daughter is old enough now to volunteer with me. She’s also signed up. 🙂 Now we wait. They have an awful lot of applications to go through by hand so it will be a couple of weeks at least before team assignments are done. More likely than not, we’ll both be hanging out in Admissions though. That’s what I’ve done for the past two years so it would be nice to see the old crew again.

If you’re in Calgary and looking for something to do at the end of April I highly recommend checking out the show. There’s something for just about everyone. This year’s guest list is awesome:

  • Adrian Paul
  • Christopher Lambert
  • Colm Meaney
  • James Marsters
  • John Cusack
  • Nathan Fillion
  • I could go on for a while or you could just go check out the guest list so far: https://calgaryexpo.com/guests/ . There will be more announcements so this is by no means the final list.

Or you could volunteer… Sign up is still open… The more the merrier and all. Also, we have cookies. 🙂

Firefly CAL – Serenity Square

I’ve finished the first square in the Firefly CAL.

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It’s the Serenity! I realize it came out as a rectangle instead of a square but I think it looks fine. I guess my stitches are just a bit taller than they are wide. 🙂

I’m using tunisian simple stitch instead of the mini corner to corner that the graphs are written for so mine are bound to come out looking a bit different.

This week’s squares are available now on the Two Hearts Crochet blog. They are Jayne’s hat and River’s axes. I’m planning to make both and I’ve already started on Jayne’s hat. Pictures will follow, I promise. In the meantime, why not head over to Two Hearts Crochet and check out the rest of the upcoming squares for the CAL?

This Week’s WIPs

I seem to have fewer projects on the go this week than I did last month.

Currently I have these cup cozies. I’m not sure how many I’ll end up making. They make good travel projects for on the train. These are the only thing in this post that has an actual pattern, found here on Ravelry.

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Then there is this baby blanket. Just basic corner to corner. I love this stitch because it works up so quickly and has a neat texture to it.

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This will someday be a top in tunisian knit stitch. With super fine yarn and a 4mm double ended tunisian hook it’s slow going but I’ll get there eventually.

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And last but not least is a sneak peak of the doll I’m working on. No, it’s not Princess Leia. 🙂

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That’s all for now. Aside from the Firefly CAL of course but I’ll be posting about that again soon.

Firefly CAL

Hello  crafty people. 🙂 Its only been a week since my last post but I think I can do better than that. We’ll see…

I have started the Firefly CAL over at Two Hearts Crochet. https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/firefly-cal/

If anyone is wondering, CAL stands for Crochet-A-Long. All these wacky acronyms people throw around on the internet…

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My progress so far isn’t exactly breathtaking but I haven’t had to rip it out yet so its going quite well. 🙂 Five rows down, 45 more to go. New squares a published weekly with the next one due on the 10th so I guess I should get hooking on this one or I’m going to end up behind.

The Two Hearts blog has a ton of free and geeky patterns, including several CALs. I used a couple of squares from their Star Wars CAL to make a pillow for Christmas and I’m eyeing the Doctor Who CAL as well. Check out the blog at: https://twoheartscrochet.com/ and maybe find some inspiration for your next project.

Convertible Pony Tail Hat

As promised in my last post, here is the convertible hat I’ve been making multiples of.

The pattern can be found here: http://www.goddesscrochet.com/2015/02/27/ponytail-hat-neckwarmer-free-crochet-pattern/

The pictures are of the first one I made, using whatever yarn I had lying around, to test out the pattern. It has a drawstring in the top and can be worn three different ways: with the drawstring fully open for a cowl, drawstring partially closed to allow a bun or ponytail to poke out, and fully closed as a regular hat.

I think it turned out quite well and I’ve made several since. No one would guess that the hat has a white band because I ran out of green. 😉

Happy New Year!

I am alive 🙂 and I will post more often now that the holiday madness and new year drama are over. Part of the reason it’s taken me so long to get a new post up is that I’ve been having a hard time deciding what to post first. I’ve been pretty busy lately you see… So I figure I’ll start off with the Christmas present I couldn’t post earlier.

First, we have the 4th Doctor’s scarf:

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Next is the blanket for my daughter:

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A Star Wars themed pillow for my son:

A convertible hat for my God-daughter:

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And a hat and scarf for my mother-in-law:

That’s about it for Christmas presents. Next post: more about that convertible hat.

Less geek, more crochet…

Between birthdays, Christmas, and babys all the geeky crochet projects I’d like to make have kind of taken a back seat lately. I’ve started on a Kaylee (from Firefly) doll and I might even finish it someday. It’s not looking like someday will be anytime soon though. I have so many projects on the go I’m actually having trouble deciding what to work on. :p I have managed to finish a few things though…

Hat and sweater for a baby who is due in the new year. I’m still working on a blanket to go with them.


Hat and fingerless gloves for my niece’s birthday.

And that coat for Emma that I mentioned a while ago. I think it needs bigger buttons though; these ones don’t seem to want to stay done up.

As I said, I have several other projects on to go. The ones that aren’t gifts will be posted as I finish them. The ones that are, well, those won’t go up until after Christmas. 🙂

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

It’s about time for a truly geeky post. No crochet today, sorry. Check back next time. 🙂

This coming weekend (Nov. 19 – 20) is the first Calgary Expo Holiday Market. Hosted by the same people who bring us the Calgary Expo every year, it’s a market filled with all sorts of vendors guaranteed to make a geek happy.  I’m terribly excited. Also terribly disappointed as I cant afford to buy anything. 😛 But, it should be fun anyway. For anyone wondering, Calgary Expo is our local version of comic con. It takes over the entire Stampede grounds for four days every April and it’s awesome. Some of the costumes re just amazing and the variety is huge. I actually saw Kosh a couple of years ago. Great costume, had to be ridiculously hot though. I wonder how many people will show up in costume for the market….

We now return you to your regularly scheduled crochet. I promise I’ll have something to post next time.

Winter Accessories for Emma – Pattern

Today’s post is the patterns for the hat, scarf, and mittens that I posted for Emma last week.

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These will fit an Emma doll made with a 3mm hook. If you use a 2.5mm hook for the doll I’d suggest using a smaller hook or a finer yarn. It doesn’t really matter for the scarf but with the hat and mitts you might want to try them on as you go to make ure they will fit.

This pattern is available as a free pdf download from my ravely page at: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-accessories-for-emma

Hook size: 5.5mm

Yarn: worsted weight (4)

 

Scarf

chain  58

row 1: (dc, ch 1, sc) in 3rd ch from hook, * sk 2 ch,(dc, ch 1, sc)in next ch* repeat stitches between *s to end of ch, turn

row 2: ch 1, *(dc, ch 1, sc) in ch space* repeat stitches between *s to end of row

Fasten Off

 

 

Mittens x2

Worked in joined rounds.

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic circle, join with a sl st (6)

Rnd 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join with a sl st (12)

Rnd 3: ch 1, sc around, join with a sl st (12)

Rnd 4: ch 1, *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sc* repeat twice, join with a sl st (9)

Switch from working in rounds to working in rows.

Row 5: ch 3, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next ch, sc2tog in next 2 st from previous round

Row 6: sc in each sc from previous row

Row 7 – 15: repeat rows 5 & 6 to end of round

sl st edges together

Fasten Off

 

Hat

Worked in joined rounds.

Rnd 1:12 dc in magic ring, join (12)

Rnd 2: ch 2, 2 dc in each dc, join (24)

Rnd 3: ch 2, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc* repeat to end of round, join (36)

Rnd 4: ch 2, dc in each dc to end of round (36)

Switch from working in rounds to working in rows.

Row 5: ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 3ch, sc2tog in next 2 st from round 4

Row 6: sc in each sc from previous row

Row 7: repeat rows 5 & 6 to end of round

sl st edges together

Fasten Off

 

That’s it. They’re pretty simple and quick to make. Coming soon: a jacket! 🙂

Happy Halloween !

I’m writing this between trick or treaters tonight. It’s our first Halloween in this house and there are a lot more of them than I’m used to.

I was thinking of putting our candy in this basket I made with my pumpkin orange yarn bit it ended up on a big bowl instead.

My daughter decided she wanted to Wednesday Adams this year. This scarf went quite well with her costume:

The pattern for it can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/narrow-crochet-skull-scarf

I’m off to pick up Wednesday from her party now. Happy Halloween! 🙂