Monday, May 25, 2015

Yarn Fanatic Party #38 - String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Sponsored Giveaway

Welcome to the 38th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 21st as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.
This week I shared my Bubble Dress Crochet Pattern Review.
Pattern by Family Bugs.
My boyfriend, Chad, his brother, Lucas, and I drove down to visit their dads side of the family for the Memorial Day weekend. It's just under two hours away from us. Their dad, Kirk, held a little party for everyone. He lives in a beautiful house right on a lake. You can see a glimpse of the lake view in the middle, right photo. 
It was such a gorgeous day out with a nice breeze, and just enough sun to keep us happy. The large tree in the photos provided lots of shade for us.
A flag was hung from the same large tree. The breeze keep it flying free through the day and into the evening.
And the day was filled with yummy food, family, friends, and cornhole. It's a popular game with this family - a game I had never heard of until I started coming around to family functions. There were several games played through the day, but none that I took part is as I am terrible at the game. Hehe.

What did you do to celebrate? Leave me a comment below - I'd love to know!

Most Clicked:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom: 

Knit Scarf from Solines Verden. This is such a sweet little fashion scarf. And quick to work up! There is a free pattern attached from Drops. It could easily be made longer if you wanted to continue the pattern.

Sweet Baby Doll Stuffie from Posh Pooch Designs. This Sweet Baby Doll Stuffie is so cute! It was designed as a gift for a little girl who is getting a new sibling soon. It's a great idea to practice cuddling and holding baby with. And besides that - a great little stuffie for any little girl! I know I had a large amount of baby dolls that I played with as a little girl. Great gift for birthday, Christmas or just because.

Mayflower Candy Sandals from Milena Places. No pattern attached but an adorable pair of baby sandals! I love the addition of the pansy like flower attached to the top.

Wave Carpet from Solines Verden. I am in love with the wave/ripple pattern. I recently started working up blankets using it, and am sure to add many more projects in the future. This rug is a blanket addition! I think above all, I love the random placement of colors. So neat!

EyeLoveKnots Yarn Favorites:
From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Wrap Around Baby Shoes from Ginx Craft. These Wrap Around Shoes are so neat! There is a pattern attached for us to purchase. I had added it to my When I Learn to Knit board, since I am love with the knit look but don't knit (yet). They have a neat texture, and cozy look.

Tuxedo Hat from DiPaul's Designs. This is such an interesting and fun hat! It's quite different from anything I have seen. The design is from Creative Threads by Leah, and would make a fun gag gift to a groom-to-be and/or prom.

Small Dog Flag Bandanna from Posh Pooch Designs. These little dogs look so cute wearing their new bandanna's! I wish my cat would keep one on, I would love to make him one. Hehe. I will be adding this to my list. What fun! AND - free pattern - thanks Sara!

Sofa Union Throw from My World of Crochet. A throw for a section - WOW! The time and patience put into working up this is great! And the finally throw is just beautiful! Very inspirational.

Crochet Hand Warmers from Julie's Lifestyle. Here's a fun, easy and quick hand warmers/wristers pattern from Julie! These make great gifts, and are so easy and quick to work up - you can make one in each color!

Star Music Box from Hip Met Haken. This is such a sweet gift for baby! And post includes two free pattern links for us so we can make our own. You could easily add some items hanging down like a mobile from the bottom of the star, or leave as is. So sweet!!

Sophie's Universe CAL Part 16 from Hakel Fieber. This throw is coming together so nicely! With just two more parts to go - it's such a beautiful piece full of lovely colors! I really love the solid white band with the little butterfly stitches.

Cacti Embroidery Box from Delineate Your Dwelling. I love how popular cross stitching has become! It's such a fun craft, and I love the nontraditional way it is going working on chairs, aprons and this neat Cacti Embroidery Box! So cool!! I need to hit up the local thrift stores for something with holes in it so I can make something similar. Very creative, and neat Amy - thanks for sharing!

Chevron IPad Cover from Unique Yarn Designs. Stephanie shares a free crochet pattern for a IPad Cover using the Chevron pattern. I love the look of the chevrons in crochet. Notes are included to make the cover smaller, or larger. You could use the same basic idea to make a cute phone or laptop cozy too!

A Yellow Dress from My World of Crochet. This is such a cute sundress! I have been wanting to make one for myself, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. The adjustable straps is a great idea - I have used this on a dress I made for my little cousin. And the bright yellow color is just lovely! Love it!

Colorful Squares Throw from Rusyena. This is such a lovely post. It is full of gorgeous flowers, and scenery. Such a beautiful day for a picnic, with a handmade blanket to enjoy the lunch on.

My Philosopher Favorite:
I have really been into knit projects lately. I found this I Knit a Baby Sweater post on The Philosopher's Wife, and have added it to my When I Learn to Knit board on Pinterest. I really would like to learn to knit, and should actually start trying rather than continue to drool over knit projects. Hehe. But knitting needles are much more expensive than crochet hooks, and I am just not ready to invest in it like that. I may see about using the large knitting needles I have on hand to try something with that.
Left to Right, Top to Bottom:
**Keep in mind dye lots are unique - note on the last two above. Both are named "Kiwi" but there is a clear distance. If ordering, make sure to get enough from the yarn dye lot to ensure the least variation.  

This Week's Giveaway is sponsored by STRING THEORY Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc. This is actually going to be a month long giveaway with multiple chances to win - THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO ENTER!

There are a few things on the Rafflecopter that can be completed daily, like leaving a blog post comment (2 opportunities daily), commenting on a link that's already been shared by another (1 entry daily), linking up a project (1 entry daily). 

One lucky winner will receive a $60 Gift Certificate to the String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn Shop. I know everyone could use a little yarn to add to their stash. We never have enough, isn't that right?

If you haven't had the chance to visit the String Theory shop and gallery, head over! The shop tabs are located on the left-hand side of the site. Each is very unique, and has it's own little story found on the top of each page.
I think my favorite is the Caper Sock - "a luxurious blend 80% merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon, springy with great stitch definition." Doesn't that sound amazing?! I would love to try some of this yarn to make a lacy Summer scarf, or perhaps a late Spring/early Fall shawl - what about you?

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Must be 18 Years or Older to enter. US only. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours to respond to notification, or another winner will be chosen. Social media not affiliated with this giveaway. String Theory Hand Dyed Yarn, Inc is responsible for prize fulfillment, not EyeLoveKnots nor The Philosopher's Wife.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bubble Dress for Dress-Up Doll - Crochet Pattern Review - Family Bugs

On Sunday, I shared my Crochet Pattern Review for the Dress Up Doll by Sarah of Family Bugs. As promised, today I am sharing my Crochet Pattern Review for the Bubble Dress.

Materials I Used:
  - Small Amount of Simply Soft Yarn in Soft Blue & Dark Country Blue (JoAnns)
  - G6/4.25mm Crochet Hook
  - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
  - Bubble Dress Pattern (Paid Pattern)

Pattern Notes:
     A loop is formed on the first row of the dress to attach to a button to hold the back of the dress shut. I did not add this button, but you may choose to. 

Time Spent:
     I was able to finish the dress in just over an hour - pre-embellishments.

The Polka Dots took me just over half an hour to finish. This time includes the sewing and weaving of the ends - estimated.

The Shamrock, Heart and Tiny Flower each took just five minutes to work up, sew on and weave in ends.

     My dress measures 6.25" in length.

Pattern Notes:
     I did work up each of the embellishments just so I could test out the pattern as written, but I did not end up adding any of the embellishments to my dress as I really liked it as is with just the belt.
I do like simplicity and ease of the embellishment pieces though, and I will be using them for other uses in the future.

     I worked my dress a little differently than written because I could get the back to fit right - specifically the arm holes, and the back opening.

My Adjustments:
I worked the beginning chain as 32, but went right into the second chain of the piece omitting the loop that is created by working into the fifth chain, and continued single crochet down the row.
I worked Round 2 - 7 as written, with a 31 stitch count, and worked two single crochet decreases in Round 8 to get back on track according to the pattern.

At the end of Round 8, I laid the piece with the wrong side facing and pulled the ends of my rectangle piece around to form a link shape. I then overlapped the last two stitches, and then worked the first round of the belt with the right side of the dress facing. The first two stitches went through both layers of the piece. I joined to the first stitch at the end of the round, and worked all the remaining rounds with a join. This join was earlier than suggested in the pattern, but I did so because I thought it made the belt area look better - otherwise it is open, see photo below.
The arrow indicates the row that I joined.
You can see where the join was done according to the pattern 
with the light blue part.
I just didn't like the belt part being open.
This image shows the gap that would have existed had I left the top as is and attached a button at the top - shown by my thumb. 

With the overlapping of the two ends, I didn't have to worry about the back of the dress looking stretched out as it did previously, and it keeps the whole back covered without the need of attaching a button. 
My version is shown above, with no need of a button.

For the straps, I put the dress on the doll, and then eye balled it. 

With the dress laying back side up, attach yarn in the fifth stitch to the left of the opening, chain 6 for the strap, skip 7 stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch, chain 1, single crochet in the back bumps of the chains, slip stitch into the first stitch. Fasten Off.

With the dress laying back side up, attach yarn in the fourth stitch to the right of the opening, chain 6, skip 7 stitches, slip stitch into the next stitch, chain 1, single crochet in the back bumps of the chains, slip stitch into the first stitch. Fasten Off.

OVERALL, it was a fun project to work up - different from what I have been working. If you are interested in purchasing a finished Dress Up Doll with Bubble Dress, feel free to send me a message with your custom request. I am undecided whether these will be added to the shop. I will definitely be buying some more outfits for the doll, and working up some more Pattern Reviews.
You can find several options in the Family Bugs Ravelry Shop.
Are you interested in having someone test out your patterns? Or share Pattern Reviews on your patterns? Please contact me! I LOVE sharing the talents of other designers :) And trying new projects and patterns.