Broken computer + FOs

You know those days where it feels like nothing goes according to plan? I’ve had a string of days like that for the past couple months. After my last post, I got to work on some blog-related things that I had pushed to the side, and I was really excited to start blogging regularly again. However, the universe decided to give me and my enthusiasm a swift kick in the ribs in the form of my PC failing. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to stay on for longer than a few seconds; not even enough time to get to the BIOS menu!

Fortunately, I’ve since figured out what was wrong and fixed it. After waiting over a month on a warranty claim for the wrong part. And replacing another part that wasn’t broken. And then finding out it was a part that I had a replacement for all along. Computers are complicated… (Turned out the pump in my water cooler failed, by the way.)

The good news is I’m back and hoping to catch up with my blog, assuming everything plays out as planned. (Cautiously optimistic…)

With that said, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been working on these past couple months. Firstly, I’ve been writing a new pattern and prepping one for posting that I wrote ages ago. I won’t reveal what they are just yet, but I’m very excited to finally share them.

I’ve also been practicing handspinning with my DIY drop spindle. My first time spinning was a blobby mess, which disheartened me a little. I ended up shoving my spindle and roving into the back of my closet and forgetting about it for a few months. I pulled it out again a couple weeks ago, determined to make some progress. I’m now able to spin rather fine singles that I’m going to be plying into a finished yarn. Hoping to have a post out about that soon!

Last but not least, I have some FOs to share! Excuse the bad quality of these pictures. I had to use my phone to take them before gifting since I couldn’t use my PC to get the pictures off my Canon.

20170501_174308-01 Years and years ago, I bought a crochet water bottle cozy from a lady at a local craft festival. My dad has said ever since that he wished he had one, so I went ahead and made one for him!

This pattern is simply called Water Bottle Cozy, and it’s free on Ravelry. The original pattern had a pretty small strap on it, so I altered it just a bit so that it was longer to accommodate my dad’s larger build and wider so that it wouldn’t stretch out of shape like my old one did.

I just used plain ol’ Red Heart (in Light Sage) for this, as I had a ton of it just sitting in my stash. I don’t know where it came from, but I had like 3 skeins worth of it… Yup.

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And I finally worked up a crochet version of the famous Jayne Cobb hat! This one was for my dad for Father’s Day. I’ve wanted to knit myself one of these for ages and ages though! I opted for the crochet version because I started it at the last minute and needed something that would work up fast. I’m definitely going to get some yarn in the correct colors and properly knit one up for me. I need one.

I found this Jayne Cobb Hat crochet pattern for free on Ravelry. The lady who wrote it also has a knitted pattern available. I made this one using Red Heart again (Light Sage and Cafe, I think?) and decided to use the green and brown because my dad told me he prefers earthy colors.

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This last one, I’ve made once before for someone else. I finally got around to making one for me, just in time for me to read Harry Potter again.

I actually made two in an effort to use up the last of that awful cro-sheen yarn I bought just for this project. I gifted the second one, but haven’t yet heard how the recipient liked it.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry for free. I used one ball each of J&P Coats Metallic Knit-Cro-Sheen in white/silver and gold/gold. It’s difficult to spot in the pictures, but there’s a strand of metallic stuff twisted with the yarn. It gives it a really cool look, but that stuff was a nightmare to crochet with. I kept splitting the metallic part from the yarn by accident or unwinding it somehow. Ugh.

I have a couple WIPs I’m working on right now, but I’m going to wait until next time to share those~

Pattern: Camera Lens Cozy

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In my last post, I talked about my trip to the Space and Rocket Center. While I was preparing for the trip, I hit a snag. I wanted to bring both of my camera lenses, but I was determined to only carry my little backpack with me, which doesn’t have a pocket or safe place to stash my extra lens. That’s when I decided to use some of my super bulky yarn to make a soft, cushy cozy for my lenses. It made me feel much more comfortable with storing them in my backpack knowing that nothing would knock the lens cap off or scratch them. And the thick cozy would keep them from being jostled too much.

This pattern is very simple and I came up with it on the fly, but I thought that it would be something useful for others like me who are overprotective of their cam-baby.
Also, I use a Canon T3i with the standard 18-55mm lens and a 75-300mm zoom lens so that’s what this pattern is written for. It can be easily adjusted for any lens width by adding extra increase rounds.

It’s my first time writing a crochet pattern so I’m hoping that I was clear enough with the directions without being overly wordy.
If you find any errors, please let me know!

Enjoy~

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Materials:

Size K/6.5 mm crochet hook
Loops and Threads Charisma yarn (I used 28g on the small cozy, 41g on the large one.)
The lens that will be wearing your finished cozy
Stitch marker
Button of your choice
A sewing needle
Thread
Tapestry needle for those pesky ends

Measurements:

I didn’t take any measurements for my lenses. I had them with me while I crocheted so I was able to slip them in to check the length.
You may find that your lenses are longer/shorter than mine. Just crochet until the cozy meets the edge of your lens cover and you’ll be good.

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • tc – triple crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch

Instructions:

NOTE: All chains in this pattern do not count as a hdc. Place a stitch marker into the first hdc of the round to keep track, if that helps you. 🙂

Start with magic loop or your preferred method of crocheting in the round.

Round 1: Work 6 hdc into the loop, sl st into first hdc (6)

Round 2: ch1, work 2 hdc in each stitch, sl st into the top st of the first hdc (12)

Round 3: ch1, *work 1 hdc into first st, then work 2 hdc in next st* continue around, sl st into first hdc (18)

Round 4: ch1, *work 1 hdc each into next two st, 2 hdc in third st* continue around, sl st into first HDC (24)

Round 5: ch1, work 1 hdc into each st, sl st into first hdc (24)

Continue round 5 until desired length is reached

When you reach the correct length, work the final round as follows:

Final round: ch1, work these stitches into one st each: *1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 4 tc, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, 2 sl st* Repeat once more, sl st into first sc to join round

Break yarn and weave in ends.

I decided to add a button to mine, but you may have your own creative ideas for sealing the enclosure.

If you do decide to add a button as I did, I placed my button on one flap in the center of the 4 tc. As I sewed it on, I bunched the two tc on either side close to the button and inserted the needle straight through the yarn strands to hold it on.

Once you attach the button, it should slide right into the middle 2 tc of the opposite flap!

Tada! Finished!

If you make anything using my patterns, please don’t hesitate to post a comment or contact me with pictures. I would love to see others enjoying my patterns! 🙂