The Crafty Chemist

Me and my Crafting

I’m not your knitting machine, I don’t work for free. January 12, 2011

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I got a call from my mother earlier this afternoon. I’m told that we have to go to the yarn store to find a baby pattern for me to make her to give to someone. Maybe a blanket or something. I called her back a few minutes later to tell her, no, I’m not going to do it. I have too much other stuff I want to knit/crochet up. I just finished the giftmas projects, it’s now time for something for me. I know she’s pissed. I got all kinds of attitude in the short response, “okay, that’s fine.” I’m surprised I wasn’t called ungrateful or even a bitch for saying no. Was I asked if I could do this? Was I asked if I had the time to do this? No on both accounts. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind making something for my mother. Whether or not she buys the yarn herself. But when it comes to making something for her to give as a gift, that’s a different story. Blanket, sweater, hat, even booties take time. Especially knitted. I’m not to fast at that yet.


Awhile back, I took a few FOs into my mom at work because she wanted to show them to a co-worker who also knits. Next thing I know, there are a half-dozen people in her office looking at everything. One lady states she likes my Crocheted Crusher Hat. Another lady who I just met says, “I’m sure she can make you one. What color do you want?”


Um, ‘scuse me. I don’t know you, why are you volunteering my time to make someone else at hat? The lady who liked the hat is also someone I just met. Next thing I know I’m hearing “you can make me this” from every angle. Let’s see, the yarn I used for the hat was $10.95 a skein, I used almost 3 skeins. So right there it’s $32.85. I think it took me about 6-7 hours to make it. Let’s say I’m going to charge minimum wage, $7.25/hour. Total comes to $83.60. I know these ladies wouldn’t have paid that for a hat. I would hope my time is worth more than minimum wage to people.


I get paid a fairly decent rate at my full-time job. Why would I use my time to put an effort into something that may take me 10 hours or so for nothing or close to nothing? I don’t think a lot of non-crafters realize the time and effort we put into our handmade items. I have met to many people that think handmade always equals cheaper. Even if I would buy a $2.50 skein of Red Heart, the item made out of it is still worth more than that $2.50. My time maybe worthless to you, but to me, my time and effort are worth something. If someone doesn’t think the same way, they can head down to their local Wal-Mart or learn to do that specific craft themselves.



Wholly Guacamole! I actually finished something September 26, 2010

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I actually finished a project that is larger than a scarf or a hat. I’m one of those people who like to start projects and not finish them. I get bored rather easily. I guess the one thing that helped is that I did this project for a class at my lys, Yarn Gallery.

The project was Fiber Trends Fabulous Felt Tote. I did the smallest size since I am currently taking a “learn to knit socks on DPNs” at the store. The yarn used for my project was Ester Bitran Andes Hand-dyed. I used color-way 13. It’s a blend of pink/olive. As the novelty yarn, I used Muench Fabu in colorway M4325


I did the bag a bit differently than printed in the pattern. I modeled mine after the store sample. So the novelty was used in the majority of the bag and not the top portion. But I did have to skip about 1 1/2 inches of the top border since I would have ran out of yarn were I to do the stated length.

Here is the unfelted bag and the felted bag (the felted picture was taken while the bag was drying).

I think I’m going to line it since I probably could have felted it a bit longer. It doesn’t seem as sturdy as the shop sample, nor as small. But it’s the first time I’ve felted anything and I was a bit scared that I’d get a matted mess of felted yarn out of the washer so I was very conservative with the felting time.

But I did buy yarn to make another one, this time I’ll be making the medium size. But that will come after I’ve finished my socks I’m working on for class and get my scarfs done that I started this summer (both in classes at the lys).


Halloween Crafts September 13, 2010

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Man, it’s been a long time since I posted.

After browsing Dollar Store Crafts for a few weeks, I finally picked a project to do off the site. They are starting to put Halloween crafts up, and Halloween being my favorite holiday (and the only one I decorate for) I just had to make something.

So this is what I did on my day off today…..

My Skully Wreath

It’s my version of the Bath Scrubber Halloween Wreath. I’m still debating adding a black crochet bow to it.
Total price of things I bought today:

1 13-in Vine Wreath ($1),

3 orange bath scrubbies ($3),

1 strand of black garland that had skullys on, but I took them off ($1)

1 skeleton ($1)

For a grand total of $6.

Things I had at home:

Hot glue gun w/glue sticks

26 gauge wire to hold the skeleton in place

Time required to put together:

Less than 30 minutes

It’s a very quick, nifty, easy and most importantly cheap project. Now I’m off to see what else I can make from the website.


Really, is it that weird? June 7, 2010

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Earlier today I was sitting at CarSense waiting for my car. I was getting an oil change so it was a quick visit. Instead of sitting there for 30 minutes or so staring into space or playing with my Blackberry, I grabbed a small bag out of my car with a crochet project in it. (I’m glad I did because the news channel that was on the TV in the waiting area was showing a news channel that I don’t particularly like) This is the project that always stays in the car so at times like this, I have something to keep me occupied while waiting. I usually never draw any weird looks from anybody. Even sitting and crocheting at the gym between classes.

But today, an older lady kept staring at me. Not a normal stare either, but one that said “why on earth would you do that out in public?” I was watching her out of the corner of my eye and I swear at one point she snapped a picture on her cell phone.

Honestly, is it so weird to be crocheting or knitting out in public?

Here’s what I was working on……
Pink Lady Scarf


Yet another scarf…. May 13, 2010

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I started a project with my first skein of hand-dyed yarn. I did go with the Crochargosy pattern on Crochet Me. It’s a real easy pattern. I haven’t gotten too far because I’ve recently become addicted to FarmVille on Facebook. Here’s the scarf so far….


So far it looks like a bikini bottom, but that will obviously change once I get a bit farther on it. Just gotta stop playing FarmVille, PetVille, and FishVille………


Finished Yarn……..Finally……. May 5, 2010

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I’m finally getting around to posting pictures of my dried hand-dyed yarn. Here it is:

Before I wond it into a ball:


After winding:

The colors kind of remind me of Sherbet, Orange and Lemon-Lime Sherbet.

As for what I’m going to do with it, I think I found a good pattern. Crochargosy from fits the bill. I need something that will work for one skein since I only dyed one skein. This scarf looks like it will be easy to use just one skein. I don’t think I have anything to match the colors, but it doesn’t matter.


First Attempt of Hand-Dyeing April 25, 2010

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I attempted hand-dyeing my first skein of wool this morning. Right now it’s drip-drying on the faucet in my sink.

The colors I choose were Lemon-Lime and Orange Kool-Aid

It didn’t turn out too bad. I had a bit of a scare when the liquid combined in the bottom of my dish and made a lovely brown. But after taking the skein out of the dish, the skein dyed wonderfully. The yarn took up all the orange color, there was some green left in the dish, but the green part of the yarn was colored fine for me, so I stopped nuking it.

The yarn has sections of green, orange and some light brown specks. The brown actuallly looks good good with the other colors. I was afraid the top part of the skein would be the colors I wanted and the underside would be the brown color. But it dyed like I wanted.

The yarn is still a bit water logged, you can see the colors. The base yarn is Patons Classic Wool in Winter White. As for my method of dyeing, it was a combination of instructions from Knit Picks,, and Leisure Arts (this last link is to a PDF file). Plus a little help from the book Teach Yourself VISUALLY Hand-Dyeing.

Pictures of the finished, dried product will come a little later. Now I’m off to find a pattern that takes only one skein of yarn. 🙂