Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sweater is Better

I think this would be an easy enough project. I found it here.
This reminds me of the crocheted flower cardigan I made for my sister, (crummy) detail seen here. It also reminds me of another project I want to do, which is basically flower appliques a-go-go, an example can be seen here.

Tonight goin go home... snug my cat... have some tea and a burnt grilled cheese sammy... and make something cute! Should I work on Arwen's hat... my leaf headband... a present for my mom... or a new ruffle top pattern I bought?! Maybe if the yarn has arrived I should work on Brooke's snowflake hat?! One thing is for sure... I need to update my long long list of projects!

Also, who o who will be my reader of the month in January? STAY TUNED!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Snowflake Holiday Slouch Beanie

It may be nearly the new year, but in case you didn't know... still tis the season!

An old friend of mine from Tejas (more commonly referred to as "Texas") requested snowflake hats for his sister and niece for Christmas! I have been fixin' to post this for a while...

Haha just kidding... I don't say "fixin'," but Jimmy does so I had to throw it in there!

But I have been wanting to post these! I didn't want to ruin his Christmas surprise just in case his lovely family were avid readers (hahahaha I flatter myself). But ya never know. How freaking super cute are these ladies?!Anywho, these hats were exciting to make because they were a bit of a challenge. I didn't know you could do a snowflake pattern like this for crochet, but Jimmy wanted and Katiebeans delivered. In fact, one of the unofficial missions of Teabeans is to be able to crochet ANYTHING I see or imagine. Thusly, this was an especially fun project to tackle!

*Snowflake Slouch Beanie Pattern to follow on Teabeans! Stay tuned!*

Is there anything cuter then a wee lil bebe? Maybe a wee lil bebe at Christmastime in a sparkly snowflake hat?!
Also, since this is an Christmas post, and I am running out of time for Christmas-themed posts, do enjoy this awesome pic of my jellyfish ornament on the tree! You can hardly tell it's a Wallgreen's prelit (or so I will keep telling myself). But the real moral of the story is that my new camera is mejorly radical. I mean how sad is it that I was a blogger blogging such low quality, blurry pics? I mean, sadder still is that I am running a Spybot check since I got another virus on my super old, virus-ridden, slower than slow computer. It's a wonder I can maintain such a fabulous blog (eh?).

Half a Dozen

Hello again. In this post it looks like I have six fingers. All the better to crochet with!
Hope to have some pics up soon of some older projects. I kept them under wraps because they were a friend's Christmas present, and I did not want to blow his cover.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ready for Santa!

Finally! I am prepared for Santa to squeeze down our chimney. He now has a place to put all my candy canes! I am sure Iron Martin was hoping Santa would stuff it all into his snowflake stocking when he couldn't find mine! I used a maroon and gold holiday yarn, but basically the same pattern. I did a shell pattern on top to make it look more girly, and I used my own HO HO HO pattern from this hat.

See the stockings in all their glory here!
Hmm is there something strange going on or what? There is a fire, but it ain't in the fireplace. Watch as Iron Martin warms himself.

Haha! Whatever, I love it. It's festive!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sweatshirt Style Beanie

Nothing special to post today; just another beanie for Iron Martin. Believe it or not, this thing took me six or more attempts. The yarn is not stretchy so you have to have pretty much perfect gauge. I do love the color of the yarn though. It is a grey/white sweatshirt-style color. Iron Martin loves it too, and I think it may be his favorite hat yet!

Seamless... literally. There is no seam.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Update: 123 Skein Crochet

Dear Blognobbers,
You may remember a little post I did about receiving and being charged for a book I did not order. I made a lot of crazy accusations and a lot of crazy claims about not paying for that shiz.

Well, I stand by my claims. After several more bills, I called up and was like, "Yo, I did not order this book, and I am not sending it back if I have to pay the postage."

Lady was like, "OK, I will send you a mailing slip to send it back and take you out of the club."

Yeah, I guess I inadvertently opted in to some crochet book club. Scam, I say. I am pretty astute about that kinda stuff seeing as I work in online marketing, and I am an expert in confusing people into buying things.

Anywhoooo... I still haven't got that slip, but it's all good. I am sure my mail carrier lost it like he loses everything, including credit card and gas bills. Good thing he put that happy holidays slip in my mailbox. I think I will use his tip to pay for this book I didn't want. Oh and while I am on the topic of these many direct marketing tactics that don't work, if you are a charity I donate to, please don't send me a notice telling me I did not donate enough money, which basically calls me a cheapskate. It is a turn off. Send me personalized return labels because I like those and feel guilty using them without donating.

Long story boring, all's well that end's well, eh?

(comic here.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Reader of the Month: Jill!!!

You know what? I have a lot of awesome and faithful readers. But today is the day we need to celebrate good times come on. Today we are celebrating Jill!

Word on the street is that Jill is a big Teabeans fan. If by "word on the street," we mean multiple texts from Iron Martin to Katiebeans. Yay!!! Teabeans likes you, too, Jill; and Katiebeans would like to show you full reader appreciation by naming you Reader of the Month, December! It is a prestigious honor so I would suggest putting it on your resume.

So everybody, go tell Jill how awesome she is this month because next month her reign is over because she is such a sweet & devoted Teabeans reader!

Ps. Doesn't it make it look like congratulations she had a baby? She didn't though. This was the first pic I could find of her hehehehe.

Pps. Helpful hint/bribe: if you also want this honor, you should continue to read and/or enjoy Teabeans.

Ppps. I really do have lots to post, I swear -- hats a go go. You know how these holidays go blahblahexcuseblah.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Gnome Alone 2: Lost in New York

JK... I never gnome alone! But we were lost in NY at Bryant Park a few weekends ago. I had to update the bloggage with some 2 gnomes in Teabeans wares!
In front of the BP Tree
On the Carousal Looking at Holiday Ornaments

I had on my favorite seen here and here and here. Monet had on the NR hat I made her for her birthday, seen here.

The only thing now is to make something for Casey. I am waiting for inspiration to strike. Leaf headband? Flower hat? Unitard?

Turning A Leaf

I need to make this!

I could buy the pattern here... or not.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ho Ho Ho Holiday Hat

This weekend was a ridiculously fun and festive! I hit the Grand Central light show, ate tapas, & hit Bryant Park for shopping and a carousel ride (or two) with my gnomes on Friday. On Saturday, I went to the Bryant Park holiday fair with Brooke; and then we watched LOST all day with Christine. During that time, I made a super festive hat for my Sunday holiday festivities with my hottie!!! Enjoy a few pics:

HO HO HO in Rockefeller center! HO HO HO in Central Park!
HO HO HO in Central Park some more!

Iron Martin and I also hit the Union Square fair and trimmed our tree while enjoying some holiday music, wine, and cheese! Then we had smores and watched Elf.
I love Christmas!!!! Hopefully I can make a stocking for myself this week so Marty's doesn't start to get lonely.
Ps. I made up this pattern using size H hook in a typical beanie style and adding ear flaps. I drew out the HO HO HO pattern in my notebook and the letters are 2 stitches thick.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Itty Bitty Lucy Beret

Oh baby! When Kate asked me to make her a hat I just knew I had to throw in a little beret for her newborn niece/twin sister's daughter, Lucy.
How freakin adorable is she???

I mentioned something to Kate before getting started, and she told me pink would be good since they didn't know the gender until birth. I just had to go girly so I followed this crochet beret pattern with highly successful results! See detail here.

If only I knew how to crochet a bebe field hockey stick...