"Live Peace – Speak Kindness – Dwell in Possibility" ~Amanda Tapping

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Much Crocheting, and Some Pattern Editing, Today

Working on my Grandmothers shrug, even though it’s only slightly modified in the sleeve to make it a 3/4 length instead of full length long sleeves, I still need to refer back to my written pattern for the Dragon Scale Shrug. I am now at the shoulder cap of the sleeve and I’m not happy with what I have written, so hence the editing. It’s a minor edit, but it was bugging me. I’ve got the 1st 2 rows (1 scale row) done of the shoulder cap, 16 rows to go. I’ve already had to frog the shoulder cap twice, but I think I got it right now.

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I’m getting very anxious to get this written pattern completely finished and up for purchase! Soon, I hope! I think the smaller sizes will be out before the plus sizes though. I’m more confident on the pattern for the smaller sizes.

Nothing Really New, Yet

Well, I have 3 testers so far for my Daughter of Dragons Shrug, so I am now focusing on working on the shrug for my Grandmother, until I’m needed to do editing and stuff.

I have 10″ out of 15″ for the first sleeve done, 5 more to go, so there is a chance I may finish that tonight. Then I’ll work of the back and then the second sleeve after that. This shrug is actually working up faster than the 3 I previously made lol

This shrug I’ve modified a bit though, because I have it written for long sleeves (up to 20″ long) and she wants 3/4 length sleeves, so that could explain why it’s taking less time.

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Last night, my husband went to a MTG booster draft at one of the local game stores and used his new pouch for the first time. When he came home afterward, it was filled with cards! He said he got a lot of comments on it from some of the other players last night too. I couldn’t get over how many cards he fit into it! LOL

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I was also thinking that I should make up a bunch of necklaces for “ready to ship” for hopefully holiday sales too. I think I want to make at least a couple of the necklaces and a bracelet or two in the gold metallic thread I have.

New Tutorial for the Amigurumi Adipose

The Tutorial is for the Fingers and Toes Only for the pattern.

Right now I have the one for the finger/hand competed and up, soon the toes will be added.

Lots of photos!

The Pattern for the Amigurumi Adipose can be found HERE

The Tutorial for the Fingers can be found HERE

Check back soon for the Tutorial for the Toes.

Toes Tutorial can now be found HERE, under the Fingers Tutorial!

 

Amigurumi Adipose

Raven’s Dragon Skin Pouch

Completely finished!

I do have to say that I totally suck at lining a bag! Sewing is definitely not my strong point at all! I have sewn things over the years, hand-sewn, machine-sewn (my sewing machine broke down a few years ago), made things from fabric with sewing. I even had a sewing class waaayyyyy back in junior high! I can do it, but no matter how careful I am, it always looks messy. I try to make neat and even stitches, but it just does not happen. *sigh*

Annnnnyyyyyy who. Raven’s pouch! I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, despite the sloppy lining. He’s happy with it and that is all that matters. It’s going to be the home for a deck of MTG cards, dice, and tokens.

I do have to point out (again) that he chose the yarn, fabric, and button for this. He was quite pleased that it ended up turning out to have all 5 colors from Magic the Gathering incorporated into the bag. The yarn is green with blue metallic, the drawstrings are blue satin ribbon, the button is red, and the fabric is black with white and red in it :)

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The written pattern is also ready for purchase: Lapis Dragon Skin Pouch

The Liebster Award

First, I thank Yarn It Up for the nomination! I was actually rather surprised about this, thank you so much! :D

 

The Liebster Award

Apparently, the rules for The Liebster Award vary and change over the years, but still have the same basic idea. If you get nominated and accept the nomination, you post on your blog, then nominate other bloggers. This is something new for me as I haven’t heard of this before, but I think this is a neat idea. A “get to know” the community, and to show other blogs that you appreciate them :)

The rules that go with this nomination are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog
2. Display the pink Liebster Award in your post
3. Answer the questions I posted
5. Nominate 10 other bloggers with up to 200 followers and inform them by commenting on their blog or contacting them
6. Write ten questions for the bloggers you nominate

My questions from Yarn It Up are:

1. What is your favorite craft? I would have to say Crochet.

2. Do you do crafts full time (is it your job)? IF not, what do you do for a living? Well, I don’t actually have a job anymore, I’ve been a SaHM for the past 12yrs, but I’ve been trying to make Crochet my job lately by writing patterns and selling finished items.

3. Who taught you what you know? My maternal Grandmother when I was around 7yrs old first taught me how to crochet.

4. What is your favorite blog? I actually don’t have any one favorite

5. What is your dream? To have my own business selling things I make

6. What country would you most like to visit? Either the UK or Poland

7. What is your favorite book/movie? Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice. Favorite movie: The Phantom of the Opera (ALW 2004)

8. When you were a kid, what did you dream of being as a grown up? Unfortunately, I don’t really remember :(

9. Do you have pets? What are they and what are their names? Yes, we have 5 cats: Drusilla, Meredeth, Spike, Buffy, and Pickles, 2 white rats: Zombie and Ghost, and a leopard gecko: Shady

10. What is your favorite quote? It’s in the title of my blog:

“Live Peace – Speak Kindness – Dwell in Possibility” ~Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping is my favorite actress and favorite person in general. She is a very inspiring and an all around amazing person that I hope to meet one day. This quote of hers is something that I hope to live up to.

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Now my 10 questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favorite craft? (yes, I “borrowed” this one, but it’s a good one)

2. How long have you been doing your favorite craft?

3. Do you prefer the city or the country?

4. Do you have any children? If so, how many and their ages? If not, would you want children in the future?

5. Do you have a favorite program on TV?

6. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

7. Who is the person who inspires you the most? (living or not)

8. What is your dream job?

9. What is your favorite website to visit?

10. Are you a dog or cat person? Neither? All? Or better yet, your favorite animal, otherwise?

 

My Nominations:

Crochet Me Lovely

Cozy Crafting

The Crafty Coup

A Crafters Journey

Pea Green Crafts

Crunchy Crochet

UK Crochet Patterns

Pixels and Purls

Kelley Nymph

 

This is completely voluntary, only if you want to do this.

I’m not following very many blogs and most of them have been inactive for a very long time.

 

 

 

Dragon Skin Pouch, Almost Finished!

On Monday, my husband and I went to JoAnn’s and I had him pick out the fabric he wanted to line his pouch and a button. Tonight I’m going to work on lining it. He had also picked out the yarn that I used; Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Glamour in Lapis. He though the metallic would look cool in the Dragon Scales. Unfortunately, this particular yarn does not photograph well.

After that is done and more photos are taken, the pattern will be available for purchase :D

This is the pouch so far, it’s sitting on the fabric my husband chose for the lining:

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

Dragon Skin Pouch

This will be the new home for one of his Magic the Gathering Commander decks, with some dice and tokens.

 

Needed: Testers for the Daughter of Dragons Shrug

I am looking for experience crocheters to test my Daughter of Dragons Shrug. Knowledge of the Crocodile Stitch is helpful, but I now have a photo tutorial of how I do the Crocodile Stitch also.

This pattern is written for 3 sizes and is pretty customizable for a good fit. The basic sizes are measured by the width of the back from shoulder to shoulder over the shoulder blades. Small is 15″, Medium is 16″ and Large is 17″.  Also by the wrist circumference, Small is 7″, Medium is 8″, and Large is 9″, measured approximately 1″ larger than the actual wrist measurement. The important measurement is the back though, the sleeves can be made loose if wanted. If you, or the person this is being made for, measures for a 7″, but prefer looser sleeves, then you can make an 8″ or 9″ instead. The length of the back is determined by the size of the armhole of the finished sleeve.

I used Patons Lace yarn, but any 2/fine weight yarn would work as long as you get the gauge. I have used size 10 cotton thread and gotten the same gauge using the same hook I used with the Patons Lace. I used a 3.25mm hook, but again whichever hook you can get gauge with.

The yardage for the yarn, I am guessing somewhere around between 2,000-3,500 yards, depending on the size and customizations made. I made my daughter a 15″ back, with 7″ wrists, with only 1 increase in the sleeves, so the sleeves are snug on her arms, and I used about 3-1/2 balls of the Patons Lace in Sachet at 498yrds per ball.

I would like at the least 1 tester per size, ideally 2 testers per size. Half of the pattern will be given at a time, the first half the testers will receive will be for the sleeves. When I know that at least 1 sleeve is finished, I will have the back and finishing half of the pattern sent out.

When testing is complete all testers will get a full copy of the pattern with any corrections made to it before I post it up for purchase.

If anyone is interested or if there are any questions, please email me at midknightstarr@gmail.com, message me at my Facebook Page, or leave a comment here.

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