Tea Cozy Tuesday – September – Week #3

I’m only about a third of the way through the Broken Rib Tea Cozy by Pamela Hendersen, but I’m really loving the pattern!  I’ve never done a broken rib before, though I’ve seen it several times. It’s much easier than it looks.

Progress

This is my 2nd try. The first time, after a few rows, I realized it was too wide. I had to start over and cast on 37 instead of 49. I also decided to work both halves at once. After I started, I realized that once I get far enough in, I could just switch to working in the round. Then I realized I could have started out that way too, but didn’t want to start over again.

I still haven’t decided which leaf to use. As a reminder, here are my favorites:

How is your cozy coming along? Are you doing the apple, the pumpkin, or something else?

Don’t forget to:

  • Check out all the other finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • Go to the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page for the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • Link your tea cozy posts back to this site, or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Product Review – Boye Crochet Dude Blocking Boards

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I have several items in a pile, waiting to be blocked. I love what blocking does for my FOs, but I definitely don’t love doing it. I must say though, ever since my mom got these Boye Crochet Dude Blocking Boards for me, it’s much easier! I got 9 of them as a birthday present this April.

back blockingToday I finally got around to blocking the back piece of the lacey cardigan/vest that I’ve been working on. This is the first large piece I’ve done on these boards. This picture shows all 9 boards put together in 3 rows of 3.

The boards are like puzzle pieces and they went together really easily. Each board is 1 foot square, however they overlap a little, in the interlocking sections. 3 of them put together, therefore, doesn’t quite make 3 feet – it’s more like 32 inches of usable space. I plan to do a shawl later, which will need a different arrangement that is longer at the top and smaller at the bottom. I like the flexibility of being able to arrange them differently to fit different shaped pieces.

Each piece has a grid pre-printed on it, with lines every 1 inch. It’s hard to see in the picture above, but can be seen clearly on the product picture on Amazon.com. This is very useful for measuring the edges of pieces. I blocked a 6 inch square earlier without having to measure the edges or worry about keeping the corners square. I also found that they were helpful lining up the lace motifs on the piece shown above.

The foam holds the pins really nicely and is somewhat self-healing. I’m sure over time though, it will develop holes in spots that are used too often. The pieces are less than half an inch thick, so the pins do go all the way through. I find I still need to place these boards on a soft surface where the pins can go through without damaging anything. If they were 3 times as thick, that would be great. Unfortunately, I’m sure that would make them three times as expensive too, which would not be so great. As they are now, they are very affordable.

My one main issue with these was the packaging. They were shrink wrapped, with a label stuck to the front. The label was stuck directly onto the front of the blocking board, right on top of the grid, and the adhesive was not easy to remove. On every single one of them, I have a small area in the middle of the grid that was damaged by removing those labels. It would be much better if they could use a different glue that came off easier, or even put the label on the back side so it’s not on top of the grid.

Overall though, I think this is a GREAT product (and I am not being compensated for saying so). It has made blocking much faster, easier, and less frustrating for me. I may have to put a few more on my Amazon.com wishlist for Christmas. You can do the same, or you could just buy your own Crochet Dude Blocking Boards now!

 

 

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Tutorial – How to make a crochet chart using Inkscape

The other day I needed a way to quickly and easily draw a chart for a crochet pattern. After a little trial and error with various programs, I found that what I really wanted was an svg (vector graphic) editor, like Adobe Illustrator. Unfortunately, I don’t have Illustrator, and the price tag and features are a little too much for my needs.

Searching for an alternative, I found an open source program called Inkscape, and it worked beautifully! The program was very intuitive, and I was able to create the chart I needed in about 20 minutes.  I first drew a small “stitch library” of the stitches I needed, and then cut and pasted them into a new file to create the chart I needed. The grid view made it super easy to draw the stitches with the appropriate proportions, and to make them line up nicely in the chart.

CaptureWhen I told some of my friends, they asked me to make a tutorial – so I did!  It’s a two-part, Youtube video, and there is no sound so don’t worry about volume. This is my first ever video tutorial, so I hope it works well with you and you find it useful!

IMPORTANT – for the best viewing experience, be sure to expand the video to full screen, and view at the full, 1080p hd resolution. To set the resolution, just click on the little gear shaped settings icon in the bottom right corner of the screen, as shown here:

View “Making a crochet chart with Inkscape” tutorial on Youtube:

Play Making a crochet chart with Inkscape tutorialI have not tried to do a circular chart with this program. I think that might be more difficult, and other software may be a better solution for that.

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Tea Cozy Tuesday – September – Week #2

For this month’s tea cozy we’re starting with the Broken Rib Tea Cozy by Pamela Hendersen, but are using some of the Ravelry projects made with this pattern as inspiration to modify it into an apple, pumpkin, or maybe something else!

I’m going to make an apple. I’m using the same red yarn that I used for the June cozy, so I’m cheating and using the same picture too:

materials

Just ignore the black and the beads. I have lots of leftover green as well, so will be using some of that for the leaf.

Speaking of the leaf, I found lots of great leaf patterns to choose from! Here are some of my favorites:

I don’t think I’ll settle on which one to use until I actually get to that point. What about yours? Which variation of the cozy are you making?

Want more tea cozy fun?

  • Check out all the other finished cozies on the Pinterest page. If you made one and I haven’t posted it there yet, please let me know.
  • Visit the Ravelry group for tips and suggestions, to follow everyone’s progress, or just for some tea talk.
  • On the main Tea Cozy Tuesday page you can find the official button, rules, and other useful links.
  • If you post about the cozy-along on your own site, please link back or leave a comment here or on the main page so we can all find your post!
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Catching up

Let me start out by saying, I am completely stunned and overwhelmed by the response to my Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress pattern. You are all so wonderful, I really don’t even know what to say, other than thank you! The promotion for the free download is now over.  To make sure you don’t miss future patterns and promotions, follow this blog by e-mail or RSS feed using the links to the right!

I’ve had a lot of different projects going on these last few weeks (yarn related and otherwise), and they all seemed to need my attention at the same time. Now that some of those have wrapped up, I’ve decided to slow down just a little so I can get caught up on everything else. Don’t worry, I am still working on some fall and winter patterns, which I’m hoping to get out to you all soon!

I’ve just finished a shawlette that I’ve been working on, but I can’t show it to you yet because it needs to be blocked. Most of the rest of my projects are more or less in the same state as in my last update post. For right now though, I’m going to get up off my couch, go enjoy the nice weather, and see a few friends.

Even when it comes to yarn, sometimes you just need to find a little balance.

beautiful weather

 

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Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress pattern – Post has moved

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Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress pattern

I’m so excited to share with you my new Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress pattern! Too excited, in fact, to wait until tomorrow to release it as I had originally planned…so here it is!

Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress collage

It’s available in sizes 2T, 3T, and 4T. It is pictured here in the 2T size – a great big thank you to my unbelievably adorable model and her very patient mom!

This is an intermediate skill level pattern, and uses techniques like increasing, decreasing, working along the bottom and sides of stitches, and seaming. The edging is done using reverse single crochet. If you are not familiar with this technique, there is a great reverse single crochet tutorial on Moogly.

There is also one special stitch, the slanted double dc decrease, which helps create the smooth angle on the wrap style front. The instructions for this stitch are in the pattern, but you can also refer to the slanted double dc decrease photo tutorial.

This pattern is available in my Ravelry store. The promotion for the free download has now ended.  To make sure you don’t miss future patterns and promotions, follow this blog by e-mail or RSS feed using the links to the right!

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! Enjoy :)

This pattern is protected by copyright. Please do not distribute or share this pattern in any way other than by sharing a link to this page or to my Ravelry store.  Click here for copyright information.

Purchase / Download the Rainbow Ripple Wrap Dress Pattern now!

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