Tag: 2015

OOTD and Ideas for Restyling T-Shirts With Crochet Lace

Happy Labor Day weekend, my few readers! I hope you all are having a great weekend so far.

Crochet As You Are typically focuses strictly on knitting and crochet topics, but since fashion/clothing/style is almost always the main topic, I’ve decided to stray just a smidgen from strictly knitting/crochet and include some fashion/style/clothing ideas and inspiration.

I hope you guys will be okay with this mini change, or even better, I hope this will bring even more interest and inspiration to more readers. I mean, it’s not like us knitting and crochet addicts only enjoy or wear or discuss crochet and knitting, right?

Okay, okay, 96% of a knitter/crocheter’s discussion topics are about the craft we’re so addicted to, but we simply can’t fill our closets with only yarn-made items.

Don’t get me wrong, if it were possible for every clothing item a knitter/crocheter owns to be made of a snugly soft yarn, we’d probably be all over it.

So Crochet As You Are will begin to focus just a little bit on fashion and inspiration more often.

As the first fashion, non-yarn-related photo ever to be posted here on Crochet As You Are, I would like to feature something similar to what many fashion bloggers call an “OOTD,” which stands for “Outfit Of The Day,” but with a twist — I’ll be sharing some ideas I’ve been pondering regarding the blouse in the OOTD that I plan to re-vamp using crochet!
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I’ve been considering re-vamping the neckline of this blouse for a long time now. Of course, my idea includes incorporating my addiction to crochet. The blouse is nice and comfortable, but I rarely wear it because the elastic neckline is so huge and loose that it hangs open.

I’ve accumulated many ideas in this warped brain of mine as to what I could do, and I keep coming back to the idea of reconstructing it using a lovely crochet yoke of some type. I think it’d be beautiful if I could manage something like Irish lace. Little flowers crocheted in a light, cream colored thread and probably racer-back style. I could imagine that being a nice addition to this casual top.

In fact, since I’ve already managed to yack about it, I might as well show a photo that is similar to what I have in mind for the blouse you see in my outfit photos above:

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*Shirt above is from Anthropologie and can be found here.

As for the rest of this OOTD (if you could even call it that,) here are more photos of the outfit along with earrings and the shoes.

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By the way, the jewelry is all hand-made by me. The owl earrings and necklace are two of my favorite pieces. If you just so happen to be interested, these can be ordered from Laughing Flamingo.

Sandals 2015
Oh, and those awesome sandals? My precious love got them for me, and the store just so happened to offer a random discount, so instead of $30-something, I think they ended up costing like $15! I love a fabulous deal like that, and these sandals are total perfection. I adore the blingy sparkle and shine, and love that they transform an otherwise super casual outfit into something that looks more… glam and less flip-flops and t-shirt-y.

I shall run now. It’s 4AM and I’m ready to spend a few minutes knitting a pair of boot cuffs that I’m making to go in the store ( and I am on the verge of a great opportunity, I believe — the boot cuffs and jewelry I make just might be featured in a really awesome local store who may sell my line! Fingers crossed!)

Have a fantastic, fun Labor Day weekend everyone! Stay safe and do share your plans for the weekend! I love hearing from you guys.

So what are ya’ll going to be doing? Will you be celebrating Labor Day? If not, how are you going to spend your weekend? So far for us, we spent the evening with friends and my parents, twin sister, older sister, and nieces watching my nephew’s football game — okay, they watched the game and I knitted! LOL) and then we all came back to my parents’ for the night. Being that it’s 4AM now though, I’m the only one still awake.

As for tomorrow, I’ll be spending time with my nieces and nephews during the day today and then later we’ll (me and my very significant other, a couple friends, and family) will be celebrating — cooking hot dogs and S’mores over a fire.

Let me know how you plan to celebrate or not celebrate.
Be safe and have fun!

The Perfect Ribbed Scarf Spring Updates & Upcoming Tutorials

Spring is here! Well, almost, but I have to admit, I’ve never been so ready for spring as I have been the last couple of months. Are you guys as ready for Easter as I am?

Spring is my absolute favorite season of all. I love the weather (the non-rainy days, anyways) because it’s the perfect middle — not so cold my teeth chatter and not so uncomfortably hot that my skin is a sticky mess of sweat. It’s just too bad that it’s such a short-lived season.

Summer has a lot of perks, but where I live, we have extremely humid, muggy summers. The kind where the air feels thick and smothering. It gets hard to breathe and I find myself constantly swiping the sweat beads from my upper lip. We really don’t have the pleasant kind of heat that some areas (ah, Florida!) do.

I’m the kind of person who likes to feel the penetrating heat of the sun beating deep into my bones, but with steady, continuous air flow. That’s what I love about Florida — it’s hotter than two hamsters humpin’ in a wool sock (a knitted or crocheted one, of course!), but the good Lord knew how to make that kind of heat pleasurable by adding those fabulous gusts of wind that sweep over you every so often to keep you from roasting.

That’s my kind of heat. I don’t like the thick, heavy, sticky, humid, muggy, smothering heat that feels like you can’t even catch your breath and begin sweating the second you step outside. That is precisely what our summers here in Georgia feel like.

Spring however, is pure bliss. I love everything about spring except for rain, but I dislike rain no matter what season it appears in.
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But there really is just something about spring that’s just… kind of magical, am I right?

The smell in the air that comes right as spring is approaching fills me with a brand new sense of life and motivation. It feels like newness to me.

I start feeling a sense of giddiness like a little girl attending her first prom. I even kinda start feeling like I just might be on top of the world… Or maybe that’s just because I’m on a mountain in Georgia…

Either way, spring is full of all the things I love. It just does something to my insides. It feels clean, and of course like many of you, I get hit with the gotta-clean-every-corner-of-the-house virus and start opening windows, turning down the heat, letting the spring-y filled air in and going bat-crap crazy with cleaning frenzies!

I get a new burst of energy, I start feeling more productive and the wheels in my mind start churning and spinning, bringing in brand new thoughts, inspiration, ideas, plans, and dreams. And goals. Holy guacamole, do I start filling up to-do lists with all sorts of goals and projects that I want to accomplish.

I don’t know what it is about spring, but it really puts some pep in my step, some oil in my motor and gives me a good, healthy kick in the ass. I love it! Spring is probably the only person (aside from my mom) who can kick me in the ass and get away with it.

Don’t even get me started on my project to-do list! I really jump the gun in that department. That’s something else spring tends to do to me — sends my brain into overload with a flowing, intense flurry of new inspiration and ideas for projects.
we have more options as far as fashion/clothing goes than any other season of the year. It’s not so steaming hot that jeans and leggings are out, but not so cold that skirts, shorts and light-weight materials are out either. How perfect! I love that I can work with my entire wardrobe during spring. My options are far less limited than say the winter where the only options are sleeved, warm clothes, which I have far less of than I do warm-weather clothes.

Oh, and the colors are just so much brighter! Winter and fall months tend to be full of dull, bleary colors, which are absolutely essential, but I always have felt a little down that virtually all color is tossed out the window when colder months are in. You see blacks, grays, browns, and fall colors like red and orange, but unlike spring and summer months, you don’t see as many bold, vibrant prints and colors.

I’m the kind of person who really enjoys bright, bold, fun prints and colors, especially when it comes to my wardrobe. This year seemed like colors were more acceptable than in the past. I noticed a lot more color options being available in winter wear, but still not so much as you see in the spring and summer.

That’s always been a question that’s baffled me, just like the whole no-white-after-labor-day rule, which I’ve also never understood (or followed.) Is there some kind of unwritten rule that bold, vibrant colors and prints (like florals) are completely and strictly forbidden in colder months? And someone just never told me about said rule? Or is it just that people’s moods and attitudes change from season to season and that has a sort of subconscious effect that seeps over into our clothing choices too? To me, that sounds like a plausible and completely logical answer. I mean, our mood and feelings can affect what colors and style of clothing we will opt for on any given day, so it makes sense that we subconsciously match our feelings/mood/energy to the season. Since there’s something kind of dull and dark about winter (in my opinion,) it makes sense that we’d be more likely to wear grays, blacks, browns, and tans. Neutrals.

Or perhaps it’s some sick way of trying to match natures colors — in fall you see people wearing orange, red, brown whereas as spring brings on the vibrant colors that are typical of flowers and bright, lush green grass.

Am I onto something? Have you guys noticed this too? What are your theories and answers to the whole thing?

Spring is totally the perfect crochet/knit season! I love all the fun knitting/crochet possibilities that come alive in the spring time!

Lastly, I would like you to know that I actually intended for this post to be about Easter crochet and project ideas, but it quickly transformed into a totally different topic, so I allowed myself to go there just this once. With that said, since I’ve managed to write a mini novel already, my original post idea will be coming up next.

What I’m Working on This Month
Before I go, I would like to get into another one of our project discussions where we discuss current projects, upcoming projects, recently finished projects, our ideas and inspirations. I love those! It really warms my heart when ya’ll chime in and have discussions with me, even those that aren’t craft-related!

At the moment, I’m in the middle of an awesome cardigan/sweater project, which is the color gray, no less! Isn’t that funny, considering?

I am a big fan of gray, actually. It’s beautiful. It goes with everything and is such a classic color that to me can completely transform an outfit with hints of color into something fabulous. I love the way gray compliments pretty colors, and virtually every color imaginable. That is why I chose gray, and it’s why gray is my most common color to work with. I long for more gray crochet in my life. I love the look of a crisp gray (or white) knitted throw bunched up on the end of the couch or bed, complimenting the entire room full of bold pinks. Or, in the room my love-bucket & I share — complimenting the other chic gray and black themed bedspreads and sheets.
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Before I write a novel on why gray is the perfect neutral color…
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The cardigan/sweater is a project I’m “free-handing.” Those are some of my favorite types of projects to work, unless I’m knitting of course. I hardly ever free-hand knitting unless it’s a blanket, or something very simple. When it comes to crocheting garments though, I cannot bring myself to stick to a design and I usually end up just working first, and then letting the ideas form in my mind before I ever even know what the style will even be! I usually just start off with an average ol’ rectangle and go from there, incorporating all sorts of different stitch designs row after row. I don’t usually stick to one stitch all the way through a project. I guess it’s finicky of me, but the rebelliousness of tossing in a row of ribbing here and there throughout a project full of double crochets is so fun to me.
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I hardly ever maintain the exact same stitch all the way throughout a project, and I also have a tendency to not space out the different rows perfectly. For instance, my current sweater started off with about 7 rows of ribbing before I went to double crochet rows only for several inches, then tossed in 2 randomly-placed rows of double crochet, chain one, skip a stitch, and double crochet in the next. It creates an open square shape and I love that! You can see that stitch in first two photos below, to understand what I’m talking about:
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Another interesting thing to note is that my sweater actually began as a scarf, the one you’re seeing all over this very post! A very long one, that can wrap around my shoulders three times. I thought I was going to do a wrap-style sweater that drapes off the shoulders. I wore it as a scarf until I started playing with it on my neck and had the idea to drape it around my neck, with the two ends hanging on either side of my chest (like the typical scarf does). That’s when a totally new design struck in my head. I then began crocheting down the back-neck area of the scarf, creating a back for a sweater while the two front scarf pieces hang as normal. Then, once the back was long enough to work sleeves, I continued until I reached right about where the bust-line would be if my bust was on my back. Haha.

And that is where I’m at right now on this project. So far, I’m quite impressed with the idea (I usually don’t have very functional ones!) and I love the texture that all the randomly placed variety of stitches is creating.

Unfortunately, this is a sweater and it’s going to be full-blown spring time before I get to finish it. I’ve hardly had time to crochet or knit a single stitch this month as work has had me completely busy, without a second of free time lately.

In fact, I was becoming very down due to having to completely cut any crochet or knitting out of my days so often due to work, so for the last two days, my sweet love-bucket has gone to great lengths to make sure I get to crochet! He helped me get some things done yesterday so that I could spend the evening crocheting, and tonight, while spending a lot of time on the road, he brought along a bright-as-hell flashlight and set it all up perfectly in his truck so that I could see and crochet while he drove!

If you’re a knitter or crocheter, you’ll understand the impact and romance of such a gesture!

Anyways, other than the sweater, I’ve also worked on some adorable tiny baby flip-flops for a friend. They’re neon pink and navy blue, and although they too have had to be put on the back-burner for work, I have managed to come close to completing one flip-flop.

If any of you are interested, I’ll probably be posting the two completed projects very soon — the sweater and the baby shoes.

In fact, I’ve been planning a brand new video tutorial on the scarf I talked about (that I ended up turning into a sweater.) I haven’t had the time (again, work is taking everything out of me at the moment, and as a matter of fact, I’m cutting into my hours right now just to write this. I couldn’t go any longer without posting!) to schedule filming yet.

After I ended up making the scarf into a sweater, I thought I’d also include a video tutorial for that as well, so if you lovely folks are interested, please do let me know! A lot of times, when I get a request for a tutorial, or if someone expresses interest in a tutorial idea I put out there, I’ll make sure to do one whereas if a tutorial idea that I mention doesn’t garner any interest from folks, I’ll end up not doing it. So don’t hesitate to ever speak up and let me know if there’s a specific project you would be interested in having a tutorial on. I love doing them!

Okay, I’m going to end this crazy-long post. If you’ve stuck with me through this entire thing, then seriously, I admire you and appreciate you to no end.

Now it’s your turn to share with me. What projects are you working on? How do you feel about spring? Are you like me when it comes to projects and you like to toss in random stitches? Do you free-hand projects sometimes too? Does anyone relate to me in any of the things I’ve mentioned here or am I a true-blue lunatic?!

Thanks to each one of you who have been with me today, and to every one of you who have been visitors or readers here at Crochet As You Are. I truly appreciate each of you and you guys are always on my mind. I enjoy connecting with other people here and it makes my day when you share your own stuff with me. I love seeing your project pictures, and hearing your stories and just learning about you guys in general!

Lots of love and thank you for stopping by!

** Stay tuned for my big blast of an Easter post! It’s going to be a magnificent list of some wonderful Easter-related crochet and knitting projects, so keep your eyes open! I’ll be featuring all free patterns in the post.

This New Year’s (2015) Clearance & Yarn Sale on Lion Brand

Hello my fellow yarn-craftin’ folks,

It’s the very first Monday of the new year 2015 and I found myself caught up checking out on-sale yarns. Being that it’s a new year and considering that most of the most popular yarn and craft suppliers didn’t exactly have to-die-for sales on yarn on New Year’s, I figured there must be a good sale coming soon. As I was checking my e-mail, I had one from Lion Brand and sure enough! They’re doing a sale on some select yarns, one of those being the “Amazing Yarn 3-skein value pack” which is 75% off the original price right now:

Here’s a close-up of Lion Brand’s Constellation yarn from their Amazing Yarn line.

I can’t honestly say that I’m really digging any of the yarns I’m seeing on sale, and that unfortunately includes the Amazing Yarn. At 75% off, I have to admit, I was tempted, but just can’t find anything I truly love about the colors there, so I thought it better to just back away and wait for a color I actually want or need to go on sale. However, I did think of you guys, so the sale inspired me to share for folks who might happen to like the yarn.

They also have a 3-skein value pack for the Baby’s First Yarn listed for 50% off, and the two colors featured on their front sales page are beautiful. — “Sea Sprite,” which is a mist or mint green, and a peach color called “Twinkle Toes.” Both colors I really love.



Baby Soft Yarn, in a 6-skein value pack
is also 75% off

The “Lemon Drop” is a pretty bold, sunshine-y color! I actually like this shade of yellow, and I typically have a very hard time finding yellows and oranges that I think are pretty.

Bellini Yarn, in 3-skein value packs
are 75% off too.

Can’t say I’m loving the Bellini line yet either, but I’m pretty excited to see Lion Brand doing a nice sale! Perhaps they’re getting ready for new selections! I’m so ready for new yarn choices right now.

A 3-skein value pack of Cotton Ease
is 75% off, but the colors I saw available — greens — were not to my liking, although I have been hoping to pick up some from the Cotton Ease line at some point.

Now the Da Vinci yarn in Oceania, which is also a 3-skein value pack that’s 50% off did catch my eye. I am very fond of those beautiful color combos. I could see some very artsy creations being made from a skein of the colors they had available. My favorite from this line is “Oceania,” the green/blue color combo skein shown below:

They also have a gradient gray/black colored skein.

Festive Fur is also featured on the sales page, in multiple colors and for 75% a 3-skein value pack.


Joann does have Lion Brand’s “Fun”
yarn on sale for $1.57
right now, which isn’t half off its usual price of $2.09.

The pink color is gorgeous, but I never buy this yarn because it doesn’t come with much (only 85 yards.)

Caron Natura Acrylic
yarn is $1.72 on Joann right now, where it’s usually priced at $2.29.

It appears Lion Brand yarn is marked down on various other shopping sites, including some on Joann. There are several other small-ish yarns marked down a bit on Joann at the moment. Go here to see them all.

As far as ordering off Joann via the internet, I never do that unless I can get free shipping because their shipping fee (comes in around $6 for me) normally is just way too much when you consider your purchase being just a roll or two of yarn. That’s an instant $6 per skein/roll whereas if you went in-store, you’d save that & still be likely to find it marked down.

To shop their entire clearance page yourself here’s the link I found them on. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to get any emails notifying me of any other companies or manufacturers with nice sales today, but perhaps Joann and other companies will jump on the sale wagon soon!

Crochet in Fashion — Outdated or Here to Stay?

Don’t underestimate crochet’s widespread effect and adoration. Virtually everybody and their mama have owned or do own a piece of crocheted work whether it’s an afghan or a sweater.

While crochet and knitting and most all yarn crafts do have somewhat of a “grandma” reputation, I feel like the crafts aren’t always given the credit they’re due, and I’m pretty sure my fellow crafters would agree. I mean, you spend 6 months working on a small throw or a sweater. Knitting and crochet both require a serious amount of time and work, and not to mention all the brain work that goes into it.

But this is not a rant about the time and effort that goes into creating something with two sticks (or one hook), your hands and a tangled ball of yarn. I’m not here to convince everyone to dig out their old, itchy sweaters handmade by grandma (or the memories of said itchy, old sweaters) and start wearing them again with a newfound, but itchy appreciation. If you can’t appreciate a hand knitted or crocheted item, then that’s totally fine! I think sometimes us yarn crafters tend to expect everyone to be able to love and value our craft, but the truth is, some people simply don’t dig it, and that’s okay.

I am one of those folks who don’t have an eye for art. I look at a painted canvas and my mind starts slowing down. I still appreciate the time and effort that the artist put into their work, but I am not likely to want to hang it on my wall or wear it just because. So really, the same applies to me and my yarn works. I have to remember that not everybody has an “eye” for what I create, and I can be okay with that. I just have to remember it.

That aside, what I actually wanted to discuss is that crochet and knitting might be under-credited crafts when it comes to the reputation it gets. People always think granny when you mention knitting or crochet, but if you look around, the crafts are so amazingly timeless!

Knitted and crocheted items have literally seeped into every corner of the world, every culture and even most categories of shopping. In fact, the granny square is alive and well, even at the start of 2015, the granny square is still being seen in the form of garments and afghans.

In fact, just today (January 2, 2015), I flipped open W Magazine — which is being sent to me unsolicited despite my pleading with the senders to stop wasting paper and resources to send me magazines I never even want or read — and there was a red-headed woman dressed in a funky printed dress with a red, black, and white granny square tank top snugly over it. (MiuMiu)

On the right, the exact photograph I described from W Magazine — Designer Miu Miu.

So these timeless crafts are still as big as ever in our world, and here most of us yarn-crafters were thinking we were some of the only folks left on the planet who ran around with needles, hooks and a ball of yarn in our hand (or for some of us, purse).
Another example of crochet in high fashion. Image source: Helenrodel.com.br

Crochet and knitting shows up on the runway more often than chiffon. The holiday season always brings new fair aisle sweaters in a brand new color combinations to greet our eyes as many designers crank out new designs and patterns.
Another Helen Rodel example. Source: https://www.helenrodel.com.br/news/2014/11/29/helen-rdel-in-shanghai

Even Dolce & Gabbana are well-known for their crocheted pieces, although I can’t honestly say I’m a fan of D&G, and that definitely includes this grandma-tacky bag! And we wonder why crochet gets such a granny-esque air about it?

Yves Saint Laurent in crochet + mini pup = Epic!

Let’s face it, as far as knitting and crochet, those crafts are here to stay!

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