Thursday, December 26, 2013

Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts on Elastic Headband - Alexandra Original - Inspiration and For Sale





I made this headband about two years ago to wear on Valentine's Day. It is an Alexandra original. 

The hearts are made of yarn and plastic canvas and then hot glued onto an orange ouchless hair band. The hearts read "I <3 U"; "BE MINE"; and "X'S + O'S".


This three pumpkin headband is also an
Alexandra original. It was made for my
Pumpkin Witch costume a few years ago.
It is also available in my Etsy shop.




This Valentine's Day Conversation Hearts Headband is available for purchase in my Etsy shop.
If you like this idea but would prefer for it to be arranged differently, different colors or sizes or added feather or ribbon (or anything else you can think of), I'd be happy to create it for you!
The hearts can also be made as a solid color (without words).




Crochet Adult Green Ribbed Beanie - Pattern Review

This ribbed beanie pattern was courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns

This pattern is very easy to follow and can be adjusted to fit any size. The ribbing nature of it makes it kind of time consuming. I made this beanie to fit my boyfriend, Chad. It measures approximately 20" around by 10" long and took about three hours to crochet the rectangle and less than 30 minutes to sew up the top and sides together. The yarn is great because Chad's head is a little bigger, and mine a little smaller, but the hat fits both well.

The only thing I would change about the process in making this beanie, is I'd probably make it a chunky one using two strands of the yarn and a bigger crochet hook. It would still feel and look great but take less time to put together.

The wool ease yarn is a mixture of acrylic yarn and wool and comes in a large variety of colors. I choose to use Forest Green Heather - green being Chad's favorite color - purchased from Joann's on sale 25% off! This yarn is stretchy and soft.

This beanie is very comfortable and warm. It looks great with or without the folded edge, and can easily be made to fit any size from infant to adult.

This Crochet Adult Green Ribbed Beanie is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. The listing is for an adult size but I'd be happy to make any size for you! 
There are also lots of colors to choose from so if you'd like a different color, here you can find color options. 

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so don't be shy to ask!

**I do not get paid for endorsing any particular company. I just shop the deals and wherever they may take me, that is the route I follow.




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Roaring Twenties Inspired Beanie with Posy Flower Embellishment - Pattern Review

 

This embellished beanie pattern was courtesy of Lion Brand Yarns. It is Gatsby-era inspired from the Roaring Twenties. Looking at it, I definitely see the flapper style. Flapper being a new breed of young Western women in the 1920's. They cut their long beautiful hair down to cute little bobs, hiked up their hemlines, and caked on the make-up.

This pattern is quick to work up and easy to follow. It took me about an hour and a half or so to work up the beanie, about ten minutes to work up the two posies, and about fourty-five minutes to weave in my ends and assemble the finished beanie.

My color choice isn't quite 1920's-y but it's what I had on hand. The homespun yarn comes in a large variety of colors. I choose to use Harvest, which I originally bought earlier in the fall on sale at Joann's for a scarf and hat set but didn't get around to that - well I did... Just didn't work out. This particular yarn collection is soft, has a neat look as it's kind of crinkly but can also be a pain to work with. The crinklyness (love making up words) makes the loops hard to find, easy to get caught when pulling through and weaving in the ends seemed to be a nightmare...::sighs::...but I survived!

The picture provided by Lion Brand shows the posies in between the ear and the forehead so I folded my hat from front to back and positioned closely to this. Originally when I was sewing on the big posy, I sewed one loop on each petal to hold it in place and then the circle as well but when I looked back at the picture, you can see the loops are kind of sticking out soooo... For the smaller posy, I sewed the single crocheted area in between the petals and left the petals free. I think doing the smaller posy this way also allowed the color to pop more. Even though I used the same colored yarn for everything, the dimension helps give more notice the posy.

All in all, this hat feels great as it's soft and warm, it has a little stretch to it and it's in a fun color! 

This Roaring Twenties Inspired Beanie is available in my Etsy shop. This hat has a finished circumference of 19" and will stretch a little but I can always adjust the size of the hat to fit anyone from infant to adult. There are also lots of colors to choose from so if you'd like a different color, here you can find color options. 

I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so don't be shy to ask!

**I do not get paid for endorsing any particular company. I just shop the deals and wherever they may take me, that is the route I follow.

Monday, December 16, 2013

First Sale on Etsy!

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited! 

Today, I went on to Etsy (to check on something else of course) and noticed I had a notification. I figured it was just another note saying there were new items available from my favorite sellers but it was a note saying I had a purchase! 

I've been open since August 8th of this year and finally my first sale on Etsy! I think a small celebration is in order. :)

Visit my Etsy page, EyeLoveKnots.

I am still building up my repertoire. Very open to custom orders and/or ideas and suggestions. 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snowflake Nails! 2012 vs 2013

I absolutely love to paint my nails, and get them painted.
Red Snowflakes professionally done. 
Did these on my own. Think I did a pretty good job. :)
(Minus the bow fail on my middle finger. Hehe.)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Gingerbread Man (or Woman) Hat Fingerless Glove Set - Pattern Reviews


This super cute pattern was courtesy of Sarah at Repeat Crafter Me

I chose to use Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft yarns in Chocolate (1 ball = 2 hats), Really Red (very small amount), and White (also very small amount), and La Mode 7/8" Black Buttons (which I got on sale at Joann's - BOGO!) 

I made these for Tyler and Madison so was going based on the preschooler size but I couldn't get the half-double crochet (hdc) to work for me - was measuring too big - so I changed to regular double crochets (dc).

My icing came out all funky. After doing the first one and shaking my head at myself, the second one came much easier. I pinned it down first, and then went back to sew it in place.

Easy pattern to follow. Took me about 45 minutes to an hour to complete the hat and embellishments, and another half hour to 45 minutes to sew on and fasten off all embellishments.

I have a pair of leggings in the works, but ran out of yarn so I will be completing and adding that here shortly.

I did also make two pairs of fingerless gloves with a pattern I found on Stitch11



These measure approximately 3" wide by 8" long, and should fit a toddler 2-4 years old. 
Quick, and easy to work up. Each pair took me less than an hour to put together. And with one ball of yarn, I was able to complete two pairs of fingerless gloves with a little left over.

Upon completion, I showed the set to my 6 year old nephew, Sylas. His response was, "That looks a little scary. Will you make me one too?" Haha! So, going to go pick up some more yarn and start on a set for him!

This Gingerbread Man (or Woman) Hat Fingerless Glove Set is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. I welcome custom orders and/or adjustments so feel free to ask :)

I will be sending these out to the Lindhorns within the next few days and cannot wait to get pictures of Tyler and Madison wearing them! Updates to come!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Crochet Blue Winter Hat and Scarf - Pattern Review

Second Winter Hat and Scarf completed!


This pattern is courtesy of favecrafts. It was very easy to follow - good for a beginner.

My choice of yarn was the Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection in the color Cirrus - chunky, self striping yarn of blues mixed with white. I do really like the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn, but the Premier Yarns happened to be on sale at the time of deciding to make this project. It is also a very good yarn and I would consider it to be a good alternative to the Bernat Softee Chunky yarn.

The pattern states using Bernat Softee Chunky yarn of 80 grams, it should take 3 balls of yarn to complete; however, the yarn I used had 100 grams and it took me just under 4 balls of yarn to finish. The pattern also states to make scarf to measure 48 inches long but it really wasn't long enough so I added an extra two inches to it. I like my scarves on the shorter side but if you're going to knot it around your neck, I recommend making it a little longer, probably around 60 inches or so. 


This Crochet Blue Winter Hat and Scarf Set is available through my Etsy shop as a set or individual items.
Customization is always welcome! So if you'd like this in a different color, or want the length/width adjusted, I'd be happy to custom make something for you! Hat Pom Poms and Scarf Fringes are also an option.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Super T Set - Pattern Review

When I made the Pretty Purple Set for Madison, I had to make something for Tyler too. My cousin, Tiffany, suggested a cape. At first, I thought sewing a cape would be easier and less time consuming. (I have this really great idea for a cute cape in my head, but that's for a later time!) Since I'm financially strapped at the moment, I decided just to buy a ball of yarn and make one. I found a free pattern for Superhero Capes and Masks courtesy of Calleigh's Clips & Crochet Creations by Elisabeth Spivey. Visit! She has lovely things here for little ones.


Here is the mask and cape. The cape measures 16" x 14" with slight tapering towards the end. 



This shirt didn't quite come out as I imagined it. I free hand cut the letters to spell "super" and crocheted my version of the superman diamond with a "T" for Tyler in the center. All is hand sewn onto the shirt. I plan on doing this over for Tyler but going to use a letter template and do the T and the diamond in felt. I feel that the felt will make it more durable and easier to sew and fold.
The cape and mask - Childs Superhero Cape and Mask - are available in my Etsy shop. After I tweak the shirt to my liking, I may add it as well but not today.



I also was able to give this to Tyler when I went over to babysit today. Tyler was really excited about putting the cape on. So glad!!


                              Super Tyler              To the Rescue!

Pretty Purple Crochet Set

I started crocheting a halter top for myself when I thought how cute it would look as a dress for my little cousin, Madison. So I switched up a few things here and there but felt super accomplished with my finished product. If it hadn't taken so long, I probably would have turned around and made myself one (in every color!)


 This is a good picture of the skirt. It is very ruffly, and a little heavy but very pretty.


 Back of the dress.

These are one of my favorite sets of buttons. It's part of the  LaMode Coordinates collection. 
I made the straps to go around the buttons, and they're two holes longer than needed so the dress can be worn for a longer period of time.

After I finished the dress, I couldn't just leave it alone. I also added a hat and purse.
Here is my 'model' wearing the purple hat with a large ruffle flower attached.



This cute little purse has a small ruffle flower on it. It has a large glass pearl sewn into the center of the purse as a closure. Despite how small it looks in this picture, this purse is large enough to hold my phone, keys, ID and still has a little room for more.

Back of the purse.
All three items took about two balls of Red Heart Super Saver Grape Fizz, one ball of Red Heart Super Saver Lavender, and less than one ball of Red Heart Super Saver Orchid. I also used 11 6mm brown glass pearls (sewn into center of ruffle flowers) and 1 10mm brown glass pearl (sewn into center of purse). The stack of buttons used to hold the straps are the LaMode Coordinates Moonlight Leaves. 

The hat - Toddler Crochet Purple Hat - and purse - Crochet Purple Purse - are available in my Etsy shop. The color combinations are practically endless, so I would be happy to custom make either or in any color of your choosing; as well as the sizing. You'll notice the listing for the crochet purple purse also has a picture of a yellow purse with a long strap. I made this one for myself!
I can also custom make a dress, but as it stands, there isn't a listing up for it.

I was babysitting Madison and Tyler today, and was finally (after two months of having it complete) able to give this to Madison. She walked around all day with the purse but wasn't into the dress or hat until Mama came home to play with her. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

First Post!

Soooooo....

My computer is about to give out on me, again. I have decided that I would go through the bookmarks I have saved (99.9% crafting, of course!) and see which ones I really want to follow up on. It has turned into a two-week long project so far because of course, I find one crafting project I like and then have to check out the rest of the DIYs on that page, which then leads to hours spent on one blog/website instead of just five minutes. There are so many talented and inspirational people out there, and I hope to be one of them someday.

A lot of blogs I've visited were ...blogspot.com so after only seeing about a million of them, I decided to check it out. I'm super excited to get started with this, and hope it helps not only for me to grow as a crafter but others too.

I began with needlepoint on plastic canvas (thank you Aunt Arlys!) about six years ago, making anything I could get my hands on or brain to think up, from masks for school plays to picture frames and small trinkets but recently (less than a year ago), I've gotten into jewelry making and working on my crocheting/sewing/etc.

I chose the name Eye Love Knots in honor of the Burckhalter/Lindhorn family (my very close cousins). Our family has been affected by Retinoblastoma, a cancer of one or both eyes which occurs in young children. There are approximately 350 new diagnosed cases per year in the US and affect about one in every 15,000 births. Although children may be born with retinoblastoma, it is rarely diagnosed at birth. As a rapidly growing cancer, studies of the bones, bone marrow and spinal fluid are also performed upon discovery. If the tumor is contained within the eye, more than 95% of patients can be cured. For those children with tumors in both eyes, close to 70-80% of the eyes can be saved, although many of them need radiation therapy, or possibly even chemotherapy. 
I grew up very close to my cousin Tiffany who was one of five children but the only that had retinoblastoma. Now I won't go into details other then she has a glass eye (due to having to get one eye removed) and only peripheral vision in her other eye (due to a large now non-active tumor). She grew up like the rest of us though and as a young person I never really understood what she faced. She went to karate and received her black belt alongside of me, rode a bike, could take the bus anywhere, went to school and held a job among other things, only with a few more doctor appointments than the rest of us. It wasn't until she had her first child that I really learned about this retinoblastoma. 
Tyler (now 4) and Madison (almost 3), both have the retinoblastoma. They could have been born without it, with a not-so aggressive case of it, or a very aggressive case. No one could say one way or the other prior to the children being born. 
Tyler has had a not-so aggressive case being that after minor laser surgeries, Tyler has not had any activity in a while and his vision won't be affected much. However, Madison was born with a rather large tumor in one of her eyes, and very short after birth had to begin Chemo. She is now only having to have the minor laser surgeries but will have a lot of growing to do as she will only have the full vision in one eye and peripheral vision of the other.

Now that I've gone through all of that, I decided when I started Eye <3 Knots that I wanted to donate fifteen percent of every purchase made from me to aid in the medical advances and new discoveries on the fight against Retinoblastoma, blindness and other eye diseases.

I currently only work part time and have many financial obligations to meet and being that crafting is my true passion, I'm hoping this adventure will turn into a career for me.

So, this will be a blog of me. Great things, bad things, mistakes, tips, suggestions and whatever else I can think of both in life and in my crafting. My goal is for this to keep somewhat of a journal of my adventures along the way.