Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My 24th Birthday at Cocoa Beach - Living the Dream

For my birthday this year, all I wanted to do was go out to the beach with my cousin (and best friend), Tiffany. It was such a beautiful day for it! It rained the days prior and the days after, but I got lucky for our trip.

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I got myself a new bathing suit, and some new shorts! Ladies, these are Yumi brand and are supposed to make your butt look extra nice ;) but are also really comfortable and have a nice stretch to them. I found mine at Ross, and bought them in every color I could find! Highly recommend.
Last month, I came to Cocoa to drop my aunt off for a cruise, and I hit the beach after. It was chilly! I had to wear a long sleeve shirt, and wished I had brought my long pants. This time, it was a little chilly so I brought a long sleeve shirt in my bag. As we walked up to the beach entrance, I was contemplating putting it on...
But as soon as we got onto the beach, I was glad I hadn't put it on because it was nice and warm! Because this was during Spring Break, the beach was very full near the pier, so we just walked a bit further to find the perfect spot.
Us soakin' up the warm rays of the sun, and enjoying the beautiful sound of the waves crashing. Shh! Don't tell her I put this photo up ;)
Tiffany and I are much more for laying out and sticking our toes in the sand than being in the water, but we had to at least stick our feet in. Boy was the water cold!
:)
On our way back to our spot from the water, we saw that two lovers had written their names in the sand so... we figured why not put our names in the sand?! Minus the "4Ever" part, hehe.
Ron Jon's Surf Shop is a must if you go to Cocoa Beach. I find great clearance deals here, and now they have a lot of fun trinkets and home decor items like these Skinny Signs by My Word!
We were also craving something cold and refreshing so we figured why not try out I Dream of Yogurt? I have driven by it practically every time I have been to the beach, but never stopped in. It. Was. Delicious! I had a combination of Yellow Cake Batter and Watermelon frozen yogurts, with fresh strawberries, cookie dough bits, marshmallow sauce and hot fudge! Highly recommend! And you don't have to go far if you're visiting at Ron Jon's.
And even though I used SPF 50 sunscreen - a really good one for sensitive skin - I still managed to get burned in the one little spot I missed. Can you spot it? Right in between my eyes! Ugh. Haha.

I hope you get the opportunity to Visit Cocoa Beach too!
Thanks for visiting and sharing in this with me :)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Yarn Fanatic Party #56 - Week 4 - Lorna's Laces & Yarn Baby Yarn Giveaway

Welcome to the 56th Yarn Fanatic Link Party, and my 39th as co-host, alongside Rachel from The Philosopher's Wife.

At the beginning of the month, I shared that I was just getting over being sick, but finally getting back to blogging. Well... Life stepped in again, and changed that. My boyfriend, Chad, and I decided to end our relationship, so between that and moving in with my aunt, I haven't been doing much blogging. In fact, I don't even have WiFi at home now so I have been doing a lot of crocheting, writing down in my notebook and occasionally visiting my local McDonald's to take advantage of their free WiFi - Thank you McDonald's! I now live in a city not far from where I was, but a different area nontheless and one I am not too familiar with so I have enjoyed seeing different things here. Slowly, I am getting back into the swing of things, and will try sharing more along the way. 
Wishing you all well! Last week of the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Yarn Giveaway so make sure to come back every day and enter for a chance to win!
Since our last party post, I have shared:

Ripple Tote Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
Women's Slanted Shell Slippers in 9 US Sizes - Free Crochet Pattern

and I shared my Easter Nails yesterday :)

I wanted to have my new weekly segment up and going earlier this month, and weekly/bi-weekly giveaways starting in April, but with all going on, this is going to be on hold for the moment. I will update you as this changes. 

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Blueberry Hill Shawl from Stitches N Scraps - Free Crochet Pattern. This beauty is worked using the lacy and lightweight Solomon Knot Stitch. So many ways to wear this piece, and still show off the beautiful openwork. Bundled up it's better for the cooler days, and open as a shawl it's better for the warmer days. Warning: Blocking is critical.

Wool Coat from Ana Love Craft - Knitting Inspiration. What a gorgeous cabled sweater! Of course, I drool over the beauty of knit pieces, but I am also loving the creamy yarn choice over the dark turtleneck. Can't wait to see the second sweater made from the darker, tweedy yarn!

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March's Giveaway is sponsored by Philosopher's Wife follower, Carianne. One winner will receive four skeins of a limited edition Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn - 100% Superwash Merino Wool with 200 yards per skein -  in the colors shown in the photo - The Light Side and The Dark Side - and a shawl pattern in either crochet or knit version. This giveaway ends 03.30.16!

April's Giveaway is sponsored by Yarn Baby. Rafflecopter is updated, but I will update here tomorrow when I have more details.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter 2016 & My Easter Nails

 Happy Easter from EyeLoveKnots :)

I have a large family on my dad's side, and we always get together to celebrate the different holidays and birthdays. Today, we will be celebrating two birthdays (including mine) and Easter of course. I will be sharing photos with you next week on Wednesday.

For now, I leave you with my fun Easter Nail Art!
This was taken at my local Rooms to Go while we were couch shopping, hehe.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Women's Slanted Shell Slippers - 9 US Sizes Available - Free Crochet Pattern

Initially, I was inspired by a magazine submission prompt of spring scraps to work on some slanted shell slippers. From this, I created the Women's Slanted Shell Ballet Slippers. Afterwards, I thought since the slanted shell stitch was such a beautiful stitch pattern that it should be used in some slippers that had a longer foot covering, and so I went back to my pattern and reworked it to cover more of my foot, but still fit comfortably around my ankle area. Even happier with this version than with my initial ballet slipper version! 

Materials:

     - 77 - 121 yards (small amount) of heavy weight Worsted Weight Yarn - I used Red Heart's Super Saver (JoAnns)
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook
     - Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends

Material Notes:

     Yarn Alternatives: Bernat's Super Value Yarn, Caron's One Pound, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret;
     Secondary Alternatives: Red Heart's With Love, Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, with a J10/6mm Crochet Hook.

I did make and test out some slippers using Vanna's Choice Yarn, and while they worked up well, the yarn wasn't as durable as the Super Saver yarn and became rather frizzy rather quickly. I also choose the Super Saver yarn because it has a nice cushion to it, and feels quite nice as it hugs your feet. For anyone with concerns regarding the rough feel - it will get softer after the first wash.


Time Spent:

     You will be able to have a pair completed in roughly 1 hour 30 minutes minutes to 2 hours (depending on size).

Measurements:

     Included are Women's US sizes 4 through 12.5. Foot sizes are included below. Choose the one best suited for your foot. Half sizes included for reference, but slipper size will be to whole size.

Gauge:

Using an I9/5.5mm Hook and Red Heart Super Saver - 4" x 3"
     Chain 13, HDC in the 3rd chain, and each chain across. (12 HDC)
     R2 - 7: Chain 1, turn. HDC in the 1st stitch, and in each stitch.
     Fasten Off.

Abbreviation/s:

     SC - Single Crochet
     HDC - Half Double Crochet
     DC - Double Crochet

Pattern Notes:

     Shoe sizes are not the same throughout - I have learned that through much research as I am sure many of you have realized while shoe shopping. Foot lengths are included below - choose the one that best suits your foot. For example, I wear a size 8.5 sneaker and 9 sandal. My foot size is 10" so following the numbers below, I made myself a pair of the size 9 - 9.5 slippers.

     Having the beginning increase split on either side of the beginning chain helps keep the seam straight, as does the turning during the slanted shell parts.


     Joining is to be done into the first stitch, not the beginning chain.


     I suggest weaving in beginning tail after finishing round 3.


     Finished slipper will be about two inches shorter than foot. If using other yarns other than I named, your ease could/will probably vary.


     Watch for turning and joining directions! Not the same throughout.
     
     Yarn has a lot of stretch to it so these should be fine for narrow and wide feet, but if you put it on and think the width needs to be adjusted to fit your foot better, I'd suggest subtracting one stitch (to make narrower) or adding one stitch (to make wider) from the beginning work into the ring. 

Patterns:

Ladies US Size 4 (8 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 4.5 (8.5" foot)
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)


R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)


R5 - 14: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R15 - 18: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)


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Ladies US Size 5 (8 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 5.5 (8 7/8" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)

     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R5 - 15: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)
     
R16 - 19: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)

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Ladies US Size 6 (9" foot) - Ladies US Size 6.5 (9 1/8" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)

     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R5 - 15: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)
     
R16 - 20: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 7 (9 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 7.5 (9 1/2" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)

     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R5 - 16: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)
     
R17 - 21: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 8 (9 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 8.5 (9 7/8" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)

     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R5 - 16: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)
     
R17 - 22: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 9 (10" foot) - Ladies US Size 9.5" (10 1/8" foot)
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 9 HDC into the ring. Join. (9 HDC)

R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 8 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (18 HDC)


R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 8x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (27 HDC)

     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, [skip the next HDC, (SC, DC) into the next HDC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)

R5 - 17: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 13x. Join. (14 clusters)
     
R18 - 23: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 2 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 10 (10 3/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 10.5 (10 1/2" foot)
     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 10 HDC into the ring. Join. (10 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (20 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 9x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (30 HDC)
     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, skip the next HDC, [(SC, DC) into the next HDC, skip the next HDC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)

R5 - 17: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)
     
R18 - 23: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 3 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 11 (10 5/8" foot) - Ladies US Size 11.5 (10 7/8" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 10 HDC into the ring. Join. (10 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (20 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 9x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (30 HDC)
    
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, skip the next HDC, [(SC, DC) into the next HDC, skip the next HDC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)

R5 - 18: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)
     
R19 - 24: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 3 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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Ladies US Size 12 (11" foot) - Ladies US Size 12.5 (11 1/8" foot)

     Chain 4. Join to form a ring. Chain 1, 10 HDC into the ring. Join. (10 HDC)
     
R2: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 1st HDC, 2 HDC in each of the next 9 HDC's around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (20 HDC)
     
R3: Chain 1. Work 1 HDC in the 2 HDCs, (2 HDC in the next HDC, 1 HDC in the next HDC) 9x around, 1 HDC in the next/first stitch. Join. (30 HDC)
     
R4: Chain 1. (SC, DC) into the first HDC, skip the next HDC, [(SC, DC) into the next HDC, skip the next HDC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)

R5 - 19: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 14x. Join. (15 clusters)
     
R20 - 25: Chain 1, turn. (SC, DC) into the first SC, skip the next DC, [(SC, DC) into the next SC, skip the next DC] 11x, leaving next 3 clusters unworked. DON'T Join. (12 clusters)
     
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TO FINISH: Chain 1, Turn slipper inside out. 
Working through both layers, slip stitch across the back of the slipper to close up the back of the heel.

Fasten Off and Weave in Final End. 




The finished slippers will seem on the smaller end at first, but that's normal! They will stretch with wear. I suggest putting on top part first, and then pulling on heel part. After you wash them, they will be easier to put on (and softer!).
Please feel free to make and sell your own Slanted Shell Slippers using this pattern, but please DO NOT claim this pattern as your own nor should you sell my pattern, and DO NOT re-publish my photos as your own. DO NOT copy and paste my pattern anywhere, link to it instead.

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