I was going to post my update in finishing the first stocking today. But this just happened…
I am both irritated and excited right now. This spring, I found a pattern for a top I really liked in my Herrschners catalog. Unfortunately, the pattern only comes in a kit with yellow Caron yarn. There is no choice of the color, which would of course just make too much sense. I even emailed their customer service department to see if I could order the pattern without the yarn and that’s not an option either.
The thing is, yellow is not my color. It just does not work with my complexion. Besides that, I didn’t want it in yellow. I was considering going ahead and ordering the kit anyway and just saving the yarn for another project-I actually had one in mind. But today, whilst wasting time on Pinterest looking for other tops, I came across this exact same pattern for free! It turns out that Yarnspirations actually has the pattern available for free on their website. (Don’t worry, it’s not pirated. Caron is part of Yarnspirations.)
So not only is Herrschners selling an otherwise free pattern and only offering it in one color, they’re basically selling the yarn for more than its list price because they’ve inflated it to include the pattern. (The pattern that’s actually free. Do I keep repeating that?) You can buy enough yarn on the Yarnspirations website to make a large top for $17.16 versus $19.99 from the Herrschners catalog, (plus the free pattern of course).
It also makes me wonder how many other patterns they sell that are available for free. I will certainly be doing a search before I ever buy a pattern from them again. Plus, I know they’re goal is to make money, but when it was obvious that I didn’t want the kit since it only came in yellow, the customer service rep should have told me, “Hey, if you only want the pattern, it is available on Yarnspiration’s website for free. Here’s the link…” And if that customer service rep did not know this little tidbit, well, they should have (meaning Herrschners should have made sure they did know.) I’m actually thinking about replying to the last email they sent with this information and see what they say…
So, if you want the (FREE) pattern for this cute little top, click on the picture. I’m excited to have it printed off and I know the exact yarn in my stash that I will be making it with! Now I just have to figure out where to fit it in. I want to do it sooner than later because I want to wear it this summer. But I have so much planned!
I’m getting very close on this one. I should have it done tomorrow. I think the cuff will go down to the bottom of the first red stripe.
I haven’t yet decided if I want to embroider the names as I go, or wait and do them all at the end. I’m thinking about waiting though just in case I change my mind on whose stocking is whose.
Finally Getting Somewhere
I have 14 more rows done. I have two more rows of red to do, and then I’ll do several rows of single crochet for the cuff where the name will go. I knew the embellishments were not included in this pattern, but I was disappointed to realize that the cuff wasn’t even included. In any case, I will figure it out. I should finish this by the end of the week and I am trying to decide whose I will make next.
I finished a project last night that I really can’t post about yet. It’s a baby gift for a friend and I need to wait until I give it to her.
Then I had to work from home today because the alternator on the car appears to have gone out, and my husband’s job is on the road, requiring a vehicle. Fortunately my Mom took my daughter to the zoo today, so I only had Bubbs with me and was able to get some work done. But, working from home means I don’t really get a lunch when I can crochet. So that leaves me without any pictures today. Hopefully I can get some work done on the stockings tonight after they go to bed.
THE MONTHLY GOALS LINK-UP: June 2015 Goals
Although I didn’t get much done for my goals this month, I did do a LOT! With 30-Days of Blog for June, I am hoping I can get my stockings done.
I also have two baby gifts to finish, and I would really like to make myself a tank top before we are too far into the Summer as well. I will have to see where that might fit in.
I’ve also updated my method of showing completed items to be more clear.
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Baby Afghan Success!
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Second Baby Afghan Success!
- ADDED: Baby Gift #1 – This was the Strawberry Cocoon and Beanie Success!
- ADDED (Custom Order) – Baby Gift. Surprise gift to be posted at a later time. Success!
- ADDED: Baby Gift #2 – In progress.
- Finish writing
Cuffs and Monkey Patterns – Cuffs done. Monkey on hold till Fall. On Hold.
- Christmas Stockings for Family (4) – Not Started.
- Christmas Stockings
- Baby Gift #2
- Baby Gift #3
- Top for myself
July – Christmas Tree Skirt
August – Afghan Christmas Present #1
September – Afghan Christmas Present #2
October – Afghan Christmas Present #3
- Happypotamusses for Sephy and Greyson
- BONUS: Start Sweet 16 Afghan
- Sweet 16 Afghan
- Mitten Ornaments
I finished the last of my current custom orders this week. It’ is the same as the other afghan I did recently, but in a solid coral with variegated edging.
I love how this coral photographs. It comes out so pretty. Since it was a solid afghan I added a flower, again using the same stitch as the edging. But instead of a plastic button, I used a crocheted puff button so that there isn’t any concern about a choking hazard with a baby.
I have added this as an option to my Etsy listing which you can find here. I also still need to go back and finish writing the pattern for this so I can post it on Ravelry. I’ve had a few people ask for that.
I bet you can start to see the stocking in all this yarn now, can’t you?
It was a bit tricky to work the heel and come back and connect the next row with the jersey stitches.
Also, I had to relocate to a different table in the break room at lunch because someone got to the table I normally use two steps before me. Of course, it is the only grey table there and I really should have used a green table from the beginning, but I prefer the grey top for the background. Plus, that table is right next to the window and gave me good light for the pictures. But I guess really I should use one of the rest of the tables going forward since the chance of getting the one grey table every single day is pretty low.
On to the leg tomorrow!
The more I work on it, the more I love this pattern. I love the size and I love the signature stitch – the jersey stitch, which is basically two stitches, one crossed in front of the other. I love how they form columns that make the design resemble a giant knitted sock.
It was a little bit challenging learning the stitch at first, and I don’t recommend the pattern for beginners. But once you’ve got it mastered, the rows do go pretty quickly.
The candy-cane stripes on this first stocking are going to look very cute. I am cautiously optimistic that I can finish all 4 stockings by the end of the month.
My first impression of this pattern is that it is going to work up very quickly, but we’ll see. The pattern calls for holding to strands of yarn at the same time, or using bulky yarn with a size K hook. I am using two strands of yarn, and I took it a step further, using a size N or 9 mm hook.
I am making my daughter’s stocking first with red and white candy cane stripes. I was able to work up the toe section in about 15 minutes and am anxious to see how big these will turn out. I only had a few minutes to work on this today. Tomorrow I should have more time so hopefully I can get more done.
If you would like the pattern, it is for sale on Ravelry for $3.99 here.
It’s that time again! 30 days of blog posts in the month of June! This year I will be focusing on Christmas stockings! That’s right, it’s Christmas in June! I’ve been meaning to make stockings for my family for a while now and I have finally found a pattern that I like! So I will post daily updates with a goal of competing as many of the stockings as I can for the family by the end of the month.
Last year’s 30 Days of Blog was very good for me, even though I tanked on the last week. It got me back to crocheting regularly instead of just the occasional project. It also increased my traffic by quite a bit. If anyone is interested in joining us, let me know and I can invite you to the Facebook event. So here we go!