The Crafty Chemist

Me and my Crafting

Needs more felting… September 27, 2010

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I took a quick trip to the yarn store yesterday afternoon with my bag. The ladies there agreed that it wasn’t felted enough (unless I wanted it partially felted, which I didn’t). So I came home and gave it another 7 min run in the washer. This time when I took it out it was felted like it should be. It’s nice and sturdy now and it won’t need any lining. Now I gotta wait another few days until it dries again.


Wholly Guacamole! I actually finished something September 26, 2010

Filed under: Crafts,Knitting,knitting class,Project — CC @ 10:48 am
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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

Filed under: Budget Crafting,Crafts — CC @ 2:34 pm
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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.


First Knitting Class June 10, 2010

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I took the first class of the beginner knitters series at my lys last night. We learned to cast on and do knit stitch. The wonderful instructor also went through different types of yarn and other things you need to know about knitting. I tried to teach myself at one point. I got as far as the long-tail cast on, knit and pearl. I need practice at that stuff, but I didn’t develop my crochet skills in a few days, so I know the knitting skills won’t come that fast either. We’ve got homework for next week, knit a 4-inch long swatch in knit stitch. Next week is pearl, stockinette and seed stitch. I’m really anxious to get to the increases and decreases. I’m debating taking the the lace knitting class that is coming up afterwards. The instructor said that after completing the beginner class, everyone should be able to do the lace and/or the cable class without difficulity.

I did have to chuckle though. This is a local LYS, nice, fancy yarn. None of that red-heart acrylic stuff. So understandably they state that class materials must be bought at the LYS. The lady sitting next to me had Red-Heart. A lot of LYSes are adamantly against “big box” store yarn. But the instructor didn’t seem to care. All the beautiful yarn in the store and the lady brings scratchy RH. Whatever.


Really, is it that weird? June 7, 2010

Filed under: Crafts,Crochet — CC @ 6:31 pm
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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

Filed under: Crafts,Yarn — CC @ 4:27 pm
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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

Filed under: Crafts,Yarn — CC @ 4:15 pm
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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.