Tuesday, December 6, 2011

COFFEE COZY

Winter is here and so are more trips for some HOT coffee! To get a cute coffee cup cozy to fit over your coffee cup, you're at the right place!

INGREDIENTS:
H/5mm crochet hook
Some worsted weight yarn
Felt
Needle and thread to match the color of the felt

PATTERN:
This is a very loosely written pattern so you can easily customize the width of your coffee cozy.

1. Chain 30 and then sl st to the first ch to form a loop (make sure not to accidently twist the chains.
2. Sc all the way around (now check to make sure it fits around your cup. Too loose or too tight? Increase or decrease your beginning chain).
3. Repeat step 2 until it is the right width (mine is about 7 rows, also don't forget to periodically check your cozy on a cup).

Mustache:
I cut out a rectangular piece of felt (in the width & height of how big you want your mustache), and folded it in half (folding it makes the mustache identical on both sides). Its easier to use fabric chalk or a pen to draw out your mustache before you cut, but if you're like me, start cutting away!

Next, I used a regular sewing needle with black thread and hand sewed the mustache on.


HOLIDAY TIP:
For a cute holiday cozy, make a red cozy with a white mustache to imitate Santa Claus :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

More Sales To Come

I was very happy to have received a message back! 

I love my buyers :) Another thing I wanted to celebrate today was how quickly I received another sale! Yay! Last night someone had bought two of my mochi handwarmers. :) I knew it would be soon, views on them were sky rocketing.

Have a nice day everyone ;)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

WOW

I had my first sale on Etsy the other day, and was I shocked to see which one of my items it was! The item that sold was one of the first items I had listed up and after looking over it, the image quality, etc, I was convinced that it was going to be a place marker for the next project I come up with. But lo and behold! It sold!

See what I mean about image quality? Haha. I laugh (and cringe) every time I look at this and wonder why I even used this photo. The tissue paper works great for taking pictures of jewelry for my other shop, but is horrible for this one.

But atleast it is out of here.


NOW
I made some wool fingerless gloves I wanted to list up, but the issue that I was fighting with was how to take a great photo of it. Do I model them? Do I lay them flat? Laying them flat doesn't do the gloves justice at all, but if I modeled them, how can I make it all about the gloves? Yeah, so I gave up and kept the gloves for myself.

One day I went to work with them on and co-worker said they were perfect and that she's been looking for something similar for her mom who recently had a stroke and said her arms are always cold. So, modifying the pattern to make the gloves longer was simple, and that got me a sale right there.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Next Best Thing in Kawaii

 So, I had this brilliant idea after a customer called me at my day job asking if we had hand warmers. Why buy those ugly one time use hand warmers if you can have a KAWAII reusable hand warmer?? So, I scoped out some hand warmer patterns. Of course, couldn't find any that suited the "kawaii" needs. So, using the info on what to stuff it with and how to keep it contained (nylon pantyhose filled with rice, haha), I found other cute patterns that motivated me to make another pattern of my own. And that's where the Kawaii Mochi Hand Warmers come into play. :) We'll see how they do in my Etsy shop and I might just post the pattern on here later. We'll see!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Flower Headband Pattern

Materials:
5.00mm Hook (H)
Worsted weight yarn

*I used Red Heart Super Saver for the pink and white flowers, Sugar'n Creme Yellow for the middle and the green leaf was scrap yarn*

Pink Flower Shown In Photo
Round 1: Ch 6. Sl st in the first ch to form a ring. Ch 1, and sc inc around. Join with a sl st. (12)
Round 2: [sc in 1st st, 5 dc in next st.] Repeat around.
Fasten off. 

White Flower Shown in Photo
Round 1: Ch 4. Sl st in the first ch to form a ring. Ch 1 and sc inc around. Join with sl st. (8)
Round 2: [sc in 1st st. 5 dc in next st.] Repeat around.
Fasten off. Leave long tail.

Yellow Center
Make a magic loop of 6 st.
Pull closed, should be a ring. sl st to join. Fasten off. Leave decent size tail.

Leaf
Round 1: Ch 8. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next, and sc in next. Leave last unworked. Fasten off and leave about 5" tail. 
The end that you fastened off should have two "tails" from the yarn you started with and the one you ended with. Tie them together. 

Headband
Ch 90. Fasten off. 
Attach yarn 25 st away from the end of ch.
Round 2: Sc next 50 sts. Ch 1 and turn.
Round 3: Sc across til you get to the first sc of round 2. Sl st and fasten off. 

Putting it Together
You can either sew everything together, or I just used the tail and weaved it through to attach all the pieces together. And attach the flower onto the headband. I attached mine to the side, looks cute. :)

The head band probably looks a little funky where the sc is connected to the beginning ch. What I did was push the ch through the hole in the middle of the sc part. 

 This is what it should look like at first. 


 
Pull those chains through the hole between the single crochets.

Then it'll look centered like so!
Repeat for the other side as well.



VOILA! This is the first pattern I've ever written out! If you see or come across
any errors, please contact me by commenting on this blog. :)
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'M NEW

I'm not new as in a noob, but my website and blog are very new. I'm Sarah and if you want to know more about me, click here.
Now, to start off the very first post:

Yesterday my mom wanted me to teach her how to read a crochet pattern. She was the one that first taught me how to make a scarf all in double crochets, lol, so I thought it ironic that its reversed now that I know more about crochet than she does.

She found this lovely flower pattern on Ravelry.com and said that's what she wanted to make. So, I made a demo so she could see what it looks like. Then she said she wanted it to have more life and not be 2D and plain, so I had to modify it a bit. Then, attached a leaf. When I asked her if she was ready to make hers, she pulled the, "oh, its late and I have to go to bed." She's a stay at home mom, and it was 8:20pm. Haha.
Anyway, after making this flower, I had no idea what to do with it so I made a headband.


What do you guys think? Want the pattern?