Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat

It's that time of year again!  One of the best part of craft blogging might be crafting up cat Halloween costumes

Haha, poor Mister.  For those of you who don't know, his full name is Mister Richard Nixon, which makes this costume extra funny.

Time for jack-o-lantern cheeseburgers, goblin goblets, and the Steelers!!  Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chained Melody

Happy Fall, y'all!  I went ahead and made another chained scarf with the yarn I had bought to make another owl hat.  Also, I forgot to mention last time, I used a size J hook.  Anyways, it's a totally festive scarf, and I LOVE being festive!  

Below are pics of me wearing it the two different ways, and one pic with my owl hat too.  I also included a close up of the scarf, and a couple festive pics of Halloween gummy bears and fall potpourri!  Trust me, it is way more festive in the Kmart household than these pics indicate, but probably way too festive for you to handle.  Gotta keep the festivity to a minimum in blog world.  Happy Halloween!
Ps. THANKS to that cutie Iron Martin for taking the pics!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"Craft" Beer

Well hello there!  I have been meaning to crochet ALL week long, but things are always so mega busy.  I am training for another half marathon, and I have been promoted to shift leader at the cat shelter.  Plus, I do occasionally like to go out with peeps and gnomes.  

So then, I was planning to crochet this weekend while Iron Martin was off being Mister Nike Guy.  But instead... this is what I ended up doing... running by the river; sleeping waaay too late; watching reality TV, teen flicks, and romantic comedies; eating junk food; drinking delicious seasonal beers; being the last person on Earth to read that Dragon Tattoo book; buying Iron Martin Halloween treats; and doing all sorts of bloring chores like handwashing clothing swap items and painting my nails.
I will end on a crafty, blog-worthy note though!  As I was changing out my summer clothes to my winter clothes, I came upon this crafty item that Iron Martin made for me on my 25th birthday.  He screenprinted the Pearl Jam stickman (designed by my favorite member of Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament) onto a tshirt of my favoritest color!  The stickman is saying "so down with KMart! WOOOT!" Katiebeans + Iron Martin = Kmart

Talk to you soon - with a new crocheted project!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Chain Reaction

Hi everyone! I am finally back in the NYC after spending the last two weeks traveling to PA, San Diego, and then Boston.  Whew!  Time to finally relax, and more importantly to this blog, time to crochet!

I spent Saturday crafting with Brooke.  I have SO much yarn, and my apartment is messy, and my closet is a disaster, so I just grabbed a bunch of Jiffy yarn I had left over and figured I would make a scarf.  Scarves don't really make me excited, but I had seen a few chain-style scarves in blogs and such, so I thought I could try that.

I spent about an hour and a half trying to make tubulars, but I wanted the chains to be seamless.  The only way to do that, I figured, was to go in spirals, instead of turning at the end of a row.  Soooo... I did ch 89, slst to join, dc around, instead of turning, continue with fpdc (four rows).  Easy!!  And the effect ended up looking like tubulars, but really the chains just curl in.  See pics below!

This is how I intended to wear the scarf (ummm... wrapped around like... a scarf?).  You can just loop a loop in a loop.

This is how Brooke thought I had planned on wearing the scarf- with all the loops stacked on one another.  I love this idea!  It made this fun scarf extra fun!

Here are some other shots.  Clockwise from top left: 
- Chained together
- Front side of the green/blue chain link pulled flat - you can see how this is actually the inside of the tube
- Curled outside of the multi-color chain link
- Back side of a brown chain link pulled flat 

Thanks for reading! I hope you had a fun Sunday!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wedding Season Part 2

Yay!  Wedding season was concluded with two amamamazing weddings of two of my amamamamazing (former) NYC girls!  It's hard to believe I don't have anymore lovely weddings left this year! 

Wedding #4: The BK Bombshell, Kristin
Ann Arbor, MI
 Wedding #5:  Southern Belle, Molly
Nashville, TN
Acck!  So sad the fun is over!  And so sad these girls live far from the NYC now.  I guess having less friends around means I will have more time to crochet this winter!

Off to San Diego and then Boston... I promise I will be crocheting again soon after that!!