WORDPRESS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

You know when you go to a blog and you want to see a picture, but there’s just a box with a question mark in it? I always wondered how that happened. Now I know…and of course I learned the hard way.

WordPress kept telling me I had almost used up all my space and I would need to buy a ‘storage update’ soon. I don’t know about you, but that’s not where I want to spend my money. I’d much rather spend it on yarn! I went through and merrily deleted all 70+ pages of pictures in my Media Library, watching it go from 98% of space used to 50% and finally to 2%, when it said ‘Media Library Empty.’

You’ve possibly guessed where this is going, right? You’d be right. Almost all of my pictures are gone. Gobbled up by the Cyberspace Monsters when I cheerfully clicked ‘Select All’ and ‘Delete Permanently.’ Goooooooooooone. *insert mournful wailing here*

It’s going to take AGES to add all of these pictures again. I don’t even know if I have them on iPhoto anymore – they’re certainly not in my WordPress library! The weird thing is, not all of them are gone, even though I deleted them all. For example, Elsa’s Crown still has pictures, and the Barbie Winter Princess Dress too. I have no idea why.

BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE!

My pictures will have not have vanished in vain if I can prevent you from doing the same thing. I’m still pretty new to the inner workings of WordPress, despite having blogged for almost two years. Obviously I am. But there are some new bloggers who will fill up their media libraries and maybe not want to buy the storage upgrade. I hope you can find this post so you don’t go through the same thing!

So I want to apologize for the box-with-a-question-mark-in-it that you’re going to be seeing a lot around Cogaroo Crafts. I’ll start with the more popular posts, and I’ll hopefully get through all my patterns at some point…looking back, some of my pictures are just awful, so I’ll use this opportunity to retake a lot of them. It’ll look a lot better in the long run!

But in the short run…

*sigh*

in which Briar gets a new dress

I’m always looking for new doll dress patterns, and I happened to find a tutorial for an ‘Easy-On Dress For Your Monster High Doll‘. Briar is an Ever After High doll, but I thought they might have similar proportions I can tell you I was wrong, because I got a MH, and they have the weirdest proportions I’ve ever seen! At the time, though, I didn’t know this, but it was similar enough to work.

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My mom let me raid her fabric stash and I found this cute striped fabric. It was also stretchy, which was new. I’m not a great seamstress, but I’m passable at hand-sewing, so with the tutorial I managed to get by. :) What I love about the dress is it doesn’t have any fasteners, it just slips on and ties at the back, so it’s easy to dress her in, and nothing gets snagged on her hair!

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Here’s a view of the back, you can see the tie (which kind of looks like a scarf) and the open back. I used some of the same fabric for the tie because I didn’t have any ribbon, and it’s nice and stretchy too.

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Some of the stitches are visible, and a hem is sort of coming undone, but I’m still rather pleased with it – and I think Briar is too, at least she hasn’t told me otherwise. :) So this tutorial by Barbie Beauties gets my full approval, and I’ll be coming back to it in the future if I get a pressing urge to sew more doll clothes!

So, what about you – do you prefer sewing or crocheting (or knitting!) doll clothes? I think they all have their benefits, although I would still say crocheting because it’s easier for me. The tiny seams and hems can get fiddly. But I’d love to hear your opinion!

Canoe Island and Crocheted Flowers

I hope you’ll forgive me for my short post yesterday, because I’m back now with pictures! I went to camp armed with two disposable cameras, so I’ll share some of the pictures today.

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I think Canoe Island is the most beautiful place in the world, and pictures really can’t sum it up, particularly when they were scanned into the computer from a disposable camera. :)

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These might be my two favorite pictures because of the good lighting, and this is without doubt my favorite beach. You can’t overturn a rock without dozens of crabs scuttling out!

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Here’s the view from Inspiration Point; the days were wonderfully sunny for the San Juan Islands!

Tipis

We slept in tipis most of the time, unless there was a sleep-out on the dock or something. Mine’s the one on the right.

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I decorated my portion with crocheted bunting (in CIFC colors) and lots of pictures.  I think the bunting will make it to this blog in the future, it’s basically a bunch of Valentiny Hearts <3 strung together.

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(Last picture of the tipi area, I hope I’m not boring you!) I loved my tipi, but it was at the top of the hill, and the flagpole and dining room were (of course) at the bottom. But it did mean I had a pretty great view down the hill. :)

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The theme of our session was ‘Le Monde Francophone’ (The French-speaking World), and everyone picked a country. Mine was Polynésie Française, and every country prepared a booth for the World Fair at the end. My team decided to go with the flower theme, so I offered to crochet some flowers.

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At first I just made a few for decoration, but I was cheered on by my team, so I ended up making a flower for all 72 people on the island. Then at the World Fair they picked a flower and had their personality told from the piece of paper on the left. Not everyone picked a flower, so I left five for the next girls in my tipi, and I had some extra to take home. (I took a ton of pictures of them, but these were the only good ones. )

What’s weird is I made up the flower pattern at camp based on several patterns I’d seen around Blogland, but when I got home, I realized it was almost exactly like Mrs. M’s April Flower! The only difference was I did half double crochets in the first round. So if you want the pattern, you should go over there. I found this kind of amusing. :)

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So that’s what I’ve been up to for the past 3 weeks! I thought you might like to see some pictures, since I enjoy seeing where y’all go on  trips. :) I’ll be posting more craft-related things soon, in fact, I have some planned already. I hope you all have a wonderful day and I will talk to you later.

Hello again!

It’s been far too long since I last talked to you, and I’ve missed the blogosphere…it’s good to be back. I don’t really have anything to post about right now, though, because I’m too lazy to find any pictures.

I wanted to post just so you knew I wasn’t ignoring you, and also to mention some new things that you may have noticed. First, the new theme: I wasn’t really happy with my last one and it’s nice to have a change, so don’t get too attached, because it will probably change again sometime. :) If you prefer one theme over another, please let me know, because you are the ones who read it! Also, the social media buttons in the sidebar: I’m now on Facebook and Pinterest, and of course Ravelry (plus there’s an email button there too.) So if those social media sites are your thing, maybe you can come over and say hello!

I know this is a really short post, hopefully I’ll have some craft-related stuff to post about soon. I did do a lot of crocheting at camp, which I’ll share with you as soon as I get the pictures developed. Thank you very much for your patience, it’s greatly appreciated. Things will get back to normal soon! <3 It feels weird to post again, what do I normally talk/ramble about, anyway?

And,  because I don’t like to post without a picture…happy hens foraging!
(What’s black and white and red all over? A Plymouth Barred Rock! Yes, I am hilarious…*sarcasm*)

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Have a wonderful, yarn-filled day, and I’ll talk to you later. :)

Cogaroo’s going on vacation …

… and she’s very, very excited about it!

I’m going to the same place I went last summer (click below to visit their website):

Canoe Island French Camp

This means I’ll be taking a bloggy break for three weeks or so. I know, it scares me too – three weeks with no Internet!!! – but the lack of technology is part of what makes it so awesome. Still, I’ll miss blogging and commenting. I promise I will be back in a month or so – I’m being realistic and giving myself time to remember how WordPress works (and to adjust back to regular life.) :)

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I’ve decided not to schedule posts for a few reasons, mainly because it’s labor intensive to hunt down the dates and prepare posts ahead of time, and because I like to be there to reply to any comments.

But in the meantime, I have a challenge for you: Canoe Island has a Facebook page HERE, where they post pictures of campers and counselors every few days. If you’re pining away for me, you can hop over there and see if you can spot the Cogaroo. :)

I’ll be back on August 16, so I’ll catch up with comments and emails then. Until then, lovely blog followers, I’ll be off. I hope you have a wonderful month, and I look forward to ‘seeing’ you when I get back. Here are some hugs for you, to thank you for being so awesome!

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

how to make a beaded crocodile (or alligator!)

Lately I’ve gotten into beading again, and on the side of my bead bucket there are pictures of these cute beaded animals. Here are some pictures:

I remember trying these several years ago and liking it, but I hadn’t made any since. I’d always wanted to make that crocodile on the left, so I figured now was a good time to try it.

After I made my crocodile I decided to look online to see if there were any patterns for beadie creatures, and I discovered Margo’s Beadie Critter Collection. There are hundreds of patterns for these cute beadie creatures (including some from Frozen! yay!), and I realized Margo had already made a pattern for this crocodile (click here to see it.) I asked her if I could publish the tutorial here, and she kindly said yes! Thank you very much, Margo. I’m really very excited about this whole beaded animal thing. :) (Hers is called an alligator instead, but I have dubbed mine the Fire Crocodile and I can’t bring myself to change the name)

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Meet the Fire Crocodile, a magical reptile who emits smoke when snoring, is fire resistant, and can breathe fire. The Fire Crocodile was born because there weren’t enough green beads left, but there was a surplus of red! (Also note the newfound obsession with saying ‘Fire Crocodile’. :))

Let’s start out with what you need. You can click to enlarge any pictures in this tutorial!  :)

Disclaimer: I’m rather new to this whole beadie critter thing, so my techniques might not be correct sometimes. I’ll be showing you my method of doing it, which may or may not be the way you like. I do suggest visiting beadiecritters.com if you need more help!

For me, red = main color (MC), orange = contrasting color (CC). I also forgot to put that you need two beads in your eye color (black for me.) On the yarn length, I heard somewhere that your wingspan is about your height, so that would be a bit over 10 feet for me. I had some left over, though, so 10 feet should be more than enough. If you have two yarn needles, you can use both of those instead of one yarn needle and some tape. Actually, these work best with lanyard cord – but I’m far more comfortable using yarn (and if you’re reading this, chances are you are too!) So, substitute to your heart’s content. Let’s continue.

Fold your yarn in half and pull the looped end through the key ring. Then pull the ends through the loop you just created (left). Then loop one end around the key ring once more, and tie a double knot with the ends (right).

Before we go any farther, though, tape one end of the yarn and put the yarn needle on the other end (above) so you’re able to thread it through the beads. Now we’re ready to start beading.

Thread 4 MC beads onto the taped end (left). Next, take your yarn needle and poke it through all four beads, the opposite way from the taped end, and pull it through (middle). Then pull both yarn ends tight (right). You don’t want it to be too tight, though, or your crocodile will bunch up.

Time to go again: thread 4 MC beads onto the taped end – it will be on the opposite side this time (left). Then thread the yarn needle end through them and pull the whole thing snug (right).

Do one more row with 4 MC beads as before (above). Next we’ll be adding the eyes and starting with the CC tummy.

This row goes like this (remember you’ll be threading them onto the taped end, and then with the yarn needle): MC, eye color, CC, eye color, MC. You’ve increased one bead. Just make sure everything’s staying nice and flat. This was the big problem I had when I started out – I wanted to yank everything really tight, and then it bunched up. I had to learn to resist the urge.

The next two rows are basic, now that you’ve got the hang of it.
Row 5 (left): 1 MC, 4 CC, 1 MC. (1 bead increased)
Row 6 (right): 1 MC, 3 CC, 1 MC. (1 bead decreased)

Next we’ll make the arms, which can look intimidating, but I assure you it’s quite easy. You’ll need to make one on each side, which I guess I didn’t need to say. :) Thread 5 beads onto one of the yarn strands (left), then poke the yarn back through the first bead (middle). Finally, pull the whole thing snug (right).

Make another arm the same way on the other side (above). Now we can continue on with three more rows.

The first two pictures show the bead increase – don’t pull too tight! (If only we could give advice to our younger selves.) The right picture shows the next three rows completed.
Rows 10-12: 3 MC, 2 CC, 3 MC.

Make two more legs after that last row (same amount of beads as the front legs.) Now the hard part’s done and we can continue with the tail…

Rows 13-14: 2 MC, 2 CC, 2 MC.
Row 15: 1 MC, 2 CC, 1 MC. (right picture)
Rows 16-18: 1 MC, 1 CC, 1 MC.
Rows 19-20: 2 MC.
Row 21: 1 MC. (left picture)

Now you can tie a double knot with the yarn and cut the ends (I did a triple knot because I’m a paranoid person I like to be extra careful.) Yaaaaay, your Fire Crocodile (or other kind of crocodile) is done! :D

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Thank you again, Margo, for letting me do this tutorial! Once again, click HERE to see the pattern for the original crocodile (it’s actually an alligator, but the name Fire Crocodile kind of stuck.) Dearest blog followers, I hope you liked the Fire Crocodile – I think I’ll be trying to design some bead animal patterns in the future. We can always branch out, right? :)

Have a fabulous day!

Baby Cephalopods <3

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any amigurumi…I’ve been out of ideas! I am planning to make some more in the future, but in the meantime I thought I’d post about some amis I made about a year ago, that for some reason never made it to my blog.

I don’t buy a lot of crochet patterns, but sometimes I make exceptions (like the Ghost Cone Scarf here), and this was one of those cases. I saw this post on PlanetJune (wow, that was a while ago!) and my immediate reaction was, “Awww!” *squeal* “I need some baby cephalopods in my life!”

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I just love PlanetJune patterns, they’re so well photographed and clear – plus they have pictures in the pattern itself, I love <3 pictures (and emoticons) :). They’re just so easy to follow. I made these quite a while ago, when I was much less experienced (although I’m really not that experienced now, either, just more so), and they turned out better than I had thought.

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I started off with the cuttlefish, with possibly my favorite color of yarn ever (pink and sparkly – I do Love This Yarn!) The tentacles are kind of fiddly, but not hard.

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I think the nautilus is my favorite, with how it turned out. It’s all in one piece apart from the hood, which is awesome because I don’t like sewing things together.

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I love this view. :) As usual, I didn’t have safety eyes so I broke into my button stash.

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So, if you want to make your own cuttlefish and/or nautilus, the pattern is HERE. It’s very much worth the price, and it does come with two patterns, after all. I believe there’s also the option to buy both sets together, but I went with this one. :) I did make another cephalopod later, a nautilus with double-stranded yarn and a bigger hook, and it turned out much larger – but I can’t find any pictures of it! The pattern is great for experimenting, though.

Have you made any amigurumi recently? Or have you ever tried any PlanetJune patterns? She does have some free ones here…we all know how I love free patterns. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful day, I’ll talk to you later! Maybe even with more pictures of cephalopods… :)

P.S. Why does it sound so much more impressive when you say “I crocheted a cephalopod today,” than when you say, “I crocheted an octopus today?” Is it the length of the word? Or just because the word isn’t a staple of the English language?

Crochet Pond ~ Free Pattern

I love getting suggestions and ideas for what to crochet next. When my sister suggested crocheting a pond, complete with duck appliqués, I thought it was a great idea, so we got started right away. I’ve found my designs are a lot better when I have a picture to base it off (like all the Barbie dresses from Frozen), so my sister drew a picture to help.

I knew I didn’t want to just crochet an oval, so the picture helped a lot with the shaping. (Unfortunately it made this rather tricky to write out!) The waves around the edge are irregular, so there’s no particular pattern I followed, which made writing it up a challenge.

Crochet Pond

This is kind of a random item, and maybe it doesn’t have a practical use – but maybe you have someone in your life that would love their own crocheted pond. I also think it would look nice as an appliqué on a baby blanket, or a beach bag. My sister is using it to display alongside our Calico Critter house ~ it’s the perfect size!

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in the following colors (I used Red Heart Eco Ways and other assorted scraps):
    – Blue/lake color (Eco Ways: Aquarium for me)
    – Green/grassy border (Eco Ways: Lichen for me)
    – Dark brown/small rock
    – Light brown/bigger rocks
    – Yellow/ducks
    – Orange/duck beaks
  • I (5.50 MM) hook for the lake/grassy border
  • G (4.00 MM) hook for the rocks and ducks

Notes

I use US terms in all of my patterns. Here’s a chart with the US –> UK terms and the abbreviations.

US to UK Terminology

Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together (sc3tog): *Insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull up a loop* 3 times (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through all loops – sc3tog complete. Click to enlarge the pictures below and read the captions.

Okay, here we go with the pattern. Stitches in (parentheses) are to be worked into the same stitch, the rest are divided by commas. So if you saw the following:

(2hdc) 2x, sc 3, sc2tog


You would put two hdc in the same stitch, do that one more time, sc into the next 3 sts, and then sc the next 2 stitches together. I hope that clears things up a bit. :)

Pattern

Foundation: Starting with blue, make a magic ring and ch 4. This counts as a ch 5 with the magic ring being your first ch. This prevents holes at the end. We’ll be working an oval in the next round:

Rnd 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hk. Hdc in next ch. 5 hdc in magic ring. Working on the other side of the chain, hdc in next st. 5 hdc in the last chain. Sl st to first hdc to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 1. Hdc in the same st. Work along as follows: 1hdc, (2hdc) 5x, 1hdc, 1sc, (2hdc) 4x. Sl st to first hdc to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2hdc in the same st. Work along as follows: (1slst) 2x, 1sc, 1hdc, 2dc, 2hdc, 1slst, 1sc, 2dc, (1dc, 1hdc) in same st, 1slst, 1hdc, 2dc, 1hdc, 1slst, 1hdc, (2dc) 2x, 1hdc, 1slst, (1hdc, 2dc) in last st. Sl st to 1st hdc to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, 2dc in same st. Work along as follows: 2hdc, (1sc) 2x, 1hdc, 2hdc, (2dc) 2x, 2hdc, 1sc, 1slst, 1hdc, (2dc) 3x, 2hdc, 1slst, 1hdc, 1dc, 2dc, 1hdc, 1slst, (1hdc) 2x, (2hdc) 3x, 2sc, 1slst, (1hdc) 2x, 3dc in last st. Sl st to 1st dc to join.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in the same st. Sc 4, sc2tog, (sc 9, sc2tog) 2x, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 8, sc2tog, sc 5. Sl st to 1st sc to join.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, 2hdc in the same st. Work along as follows: (1hdc) 2x, (sc2tog) 2x, (1hdc) 3x, 2hdc, 1hdc, 2hdc, (sc2tog) 2x, (2hdc) 2x, 1hdc, (2hdc) 2x, 1hdc, (sc2tog) 2x, (2hdc) 2x, sc2tog, 1sc, (2hdc) 3x, (1hdc) 2x, sc2tog, 1sc, (1hdc) 2x, (2hdc) 2x. Sl st to 1st hdc to join.

Rnd 7: Ch 2, 2dc in the same st. Work along as follows: (1hdc) 2x, 1sc, sc2tog, 1sc, 2hdc, (1hdc) 2x, (2dc) 2x, (1hdc) 2x, sc2tog, 1sc, (1hdc) 2x, 2hdc, (2dc) 2x, 1dc, 2hdc, 1hdc, (sc2tog) 2x, (2dc) 3x, sc2tog, 1sc, 2sc, (1hdc) 2x, (2dc) 2x, (1dc) 2x, sc2tog, 1sc, 1hdc, (2dc) 2x, 1dc, 2dc in last st. Sl st to 1st dc to join.

Rnd 8: Ch 2, 2dc in the same st. Work along as follows: 2hdc, 1hdc, 1sc, sc2tog, (1hdc) 4x, 2hdc, (2dc) 2x, (1dc, 1hdc) in the same st, (1hdc) 2x, sc2tog, (1hdc) 2x, (1dc) 3x, (2dc) 3x, 2hdc, (1hdc) 2x, 1sc, (sc2tog) 2x, 1hdc, (2hdc) 3x, (sc2tog) 2x, 1hdc, 2hdc, (2dc) 3x, 1dc, 2dc, 1hdc, 1sc, sc2tog, 1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, (2dc) 2x, (1dc) 2x, 2dc in the last st. Sl st to 1st dc to join.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in the same st. Sc 5, sc2tog, sc 8, 2sc, sc 4, sc2tog, sc 8, 2sc, sc 6, sc2tog, sc 3, 2sc, sc 3, sc2tog, sc 8, 2sc, sc 5, sc2tog, sc 7, 2sc, sc 1, 2sc in last st. Sl st to 1st sc to join. Change to green.

Rnd 10: (Grassy border): Ch 1, sc in same st. Work along as follows: sc 4, sc3tog, sc 5, (2sc in next st, sc in next st) 3x, sc 1, sc3tog, sc 3, (2sc in next st, sc in next st) 5x, sc 2, sc3tog, sc 3, (2sc) 2x, sc 1, sc3tog, sc 2, (2sc in next st, sc in next st) 3x, sc 5, sc3tog, sc 3, (2sc in next st, sc in next st) 3x, sc 1, 2sc in last st. Sl st to 1st sc to join. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Here's the pond before edging.

Here’s the pond before edging.

Large Rock (make 2):
With light brown, make a magic ring or ch 2, 6 sc into the ring.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around.
Rnd 3: *sc 1, inc* around. Fasten off, leave long tail for sewing.

Small Rock (make 1):
With dark brown, make a magic ring of ch 2, 6 sc into the ring.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

Use the long tail to sew the rocks onto the pond as in the picture. Note: I didn’t fasten off after the last round, instead I slip stitched the rocks to the pond and then fastened off. You could do that too if you’d like.

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I added some ducks when I finished crocheting, but I didn’t get any pictures of that. Here’s the pattern I used, though (the one by Jenny and Teddy) – ducks do make it look cuter. ;)

If you’d like to suggest a pattern, you can do so over here - I’d love to hear from you! You may also remember the Crochet Cabbage was a request – I could never think of these things on my own, so I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Have a wonderful day, lovely followers!

Crocheting in the Summertime

[Note: Prepare for a wordier post than usual!]

As you’ve all gathered, I am obsessed with crochet and that means I do it all the time: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The trouble with this is that some seasons are better than others for the fiber arts. Summer in particular can be the bane of a crocheter’s existence, with two main problems:

  1. Acrylic yarn gets squeaky in hot weather.
  2. Many crochet patterns are impractical in the summertime: cowls, scarves, fingerless gloves, hats…

In general, it’s just not a craft that’s suited for summer. But we crocheters can’t spend an entire season without crocheting! That’s like asking a tree nymph to give up her tree. Luckily there are some things one can do to keep crocheting in the summer without succumbing to heatstroke or being driven insane by the noise of squeaking yarn.

Help, my yarn is squeaking!

  • I’ve found that plastic hooks don’t squeak, although that might just be for me.
  • Use a different fiber – maybe cotton, as wool in the summertime kind of defeats the purpose.
  • Use crochet thread and a small hook. It still squeaks, but not as loud, and it’s less likely to start squeaking because it’s smaller.
  • I’ve found that if you have two of the same crochet hook, if you switch out hooks, it helps stop the squeaking (at least for a little bit!)
  • Amigurumi = small hook, thick yarn, tight stitches = catastrophe for squeaking yarn.

But I want to make a cowl!

Me too! But I’ve learned to crochet things that are better suited to hot weather…and those are enjoyable too. These are some that I like.

  • Dishcloths. The great thing is, you usually use cotton for these, which is #2 of the squeaky-yarn solutions. Plus, they’re a nice quick project (yay!)
  • Thread projects. (See #3 in squeaky-yarn.) For example, doilies, Barbie dresses, tiny amigurumi. It’s nice and portable too, for a possibly good pool-side project.
  • Beach cover-ups. There always seems to be a lot of beach-going in the summertime, and there are some awesome looking patterns for these – here’s a roundup on Moogly that I love.
  • Barbie dresses. Yes, you knew it would come up somewhere! They’re nice quick projects and you can use thread for them if you like. I’ve got lots of patterns here, or you can check Crochet At Play.
  • Lace. This can be in a lot of different categories, of course, and I’m sure you don’t need me to list them off – searching for ‘lace’ on Ravelry would work well.
  • Motifs. Small, light projects work best for summer – so you could crochet a bunch of granny squares now, and join them when it’s winter and have an afghan!
  • Bead crochet. It’s kind of a cross between the two crafts, because you have to string all the beads and then crochet them in. Mrs. Micawber has some wonderful beaded bracelet patterns here.
  • Bower birds! The perfect summer project.
I <3 bead crochet! (This was made with worsted weight yarn and plastic pony beads - bead ch 80 or so.)

I <3 bead crochet! (This was made with worsted weight yarn and plastic pony beads to make it chunkier – bead ch 80 or so.)

So what do you think about crocheting in the summertime? Is it a worthwhile endeavor? Or is crochet something that should be limited to the winter months? (I didn’t think so either!) Do you like to crochet anything in particular in summer? Do tell!

I hope I didn’t bore you – this is a topic I wanted to discuss, though. I will leave you for now with a quote I thought fit perfectly here:

“[Crocheting] in the summer sun, just letting off steam…” ~ Olaf

keep calm and crochet Bower Birds!

There’s been so many exciting bloggy things lately that I don’t know where to start, so I’ll start with the bit you might be wondering about. Yes, I did change my blog theme, and it took a few hours of constant rearranging to get everything in the right place. I’ll still be tweaking and changing stuff, so if it looks a bit weird that’s why. I think this theme will be better in the long run since it’s not as cluttered. I’d love to know what you think of it – it’s the ‘Oxygen’ WordPress theme.

And for the news I’m probably way too excited about: we hit 100,000 views! :) I kept refreshing my stats, wanting to see it, but this is the closest I got:

Ugh...so close!

Ugh…so close! (Views are right here ^^^)

Okay, let’s get to the crochet part of this post, then. I’m sure you fellow Attic24 followers know what’s going on, but I’ll elaborate a bit for those who don’t. Almost two years ago, Lucy posted about her French Bower Bird that she made while in Provence, France (*imagines crocheting in France and sighs contentedly*), and they were so cute I knew I wanted to make one. So I, like hundreds of other crocheters, eagerly awaited the pattern.

Well, I am not a patient person, and eventually I was too excited to wait any longer (insert guilty look here.) So I scrutinized the pictures on the original post and slowly figured out a pattern – maybe not the exact pattern, but one that was close.

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Enough talk, more pictures! This gray bird, Florence, is the first one I made.

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I made two more later because you really can’t just make one. (I’m warning you! They’re like Granny Roses! You can’t just make one, and woe betide you if you have schoolwork or housework or chores to do, because it makes no difference.)

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This one was actually inspired by the cover of The Fault in Our Stars, with the two-different-colored wings and bright blue body. Oooh, I wonder if I should make a Mockingjay too!

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This was the most recent one I made, the only one with decorative stitching. I’ve discovered I really like doing the stitching and I think it makes the birds look a lot better, so I’ll definitely be doing it from now on.

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Embroidery is a lot easier with yarn than thread! I think the tail stitching is my favorite part. :)

I just love that view, it's so cute. :)

I just love that view, it’s so cute. :)

Wouldn’t you know, Lucy posted the pattern right after I had crocheted the third bird. It’s a beautiful tutorial, so easy to follow and very well written, as her tutorials always are. (HERE‘s the link.) I’m so, so excited and know I will most assuredly be making more Bower Birds…they’re my favorite thing to crochet right now. My version of the pattern had a few things that didn’t work, so I’m very relieved to have Lucy’s tutorial to follow. :)

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Now I ask you, lovely followers – what fantastic things have you been crocheting (or making) lately? Also, I’d love to know what you think of my new theme…it will take some getting used to, I’m sure. :) I hope you all have a wonderful day, I’ll be back soon!