12/09/2016

Check out my ETSY store!

I have been on ETSY since 2011, but only recently has my store seen any actual activity.  I sold one item last month, which was super exciting for me because I didn't feel like anyone was even looking at my shop.

I have decided to share some of my items up here since a lot more people see this page than my store apparently.  Please stop on by and check things out.

AMBER BY DESIGN - CROCHET FARM STAND

Here we have a lovely selection of fresh veggies just waiting to top off your fresh salad green.






This selection comes with the following:
carrot sticks
mushroom slices
radish slices
red onion rings
cucumber slices

ETSY listing: Crochet Farm Stand - Salad Toppings

And to make those veggies stand out, check out the selection of salad greens.

This selection is comprised of different types of lettuce in a variety of colors.



ETSY listing: Crochet Farm Stand - Mixed Green Salad


AMBER BY DESIGN - CROCHET BAKERY

Try a toaster pastry for breakfast or for a tasty snack!  These won't leave crumbs on your plate!
Chocolate toaster pastries with confetti frosting are the perfect pretend food gift!

ETSY listing: Crochet Bakery - Toaster Pastries


AMBER BY DESIGN - CROCHET DINER

A classic breakfast treat!  Drippy syrup and butter pats on toasted artisan bread.  

This crocheted breakfast won't make your fingers sticky or make a mess on your plate.







Just about everyone's favorite breakfast - Fluffy pancakes with syrup and butter.

This crochet breakfast is just as yummy as it looks.  It comes with two pancakes, a syrup topping and some butter pats.

ETSY listing: Crochet Diner - Pancakes







A fully loaded cheeseburger makes a great lunch.

This one comes with one hamburger patty on a bun with tomato, lettuce and cheese.

There is an additional topping selection available, but I don't have it listed yet.  If you're interested, let me know or check back later.

ETSY listing:  Crochet Diner - Cheeseburger





There's nothing like a nice Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich.  Here is a great crochet one complete with artisan bread, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and mayonnaise.

ETSY listing:  Crochet Diner - Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Sandwich







Who doesn't love a good Mexican dinner?  Here is my version of fajitas.  These two tortillas come with a variety of meat options including grilled chicken and steak and seasoned ground beef.  Toppings include sour cream, shredded cheese, guacamole and tomatoes.

ETSY listing:  Crochet Diner - Fajitas





These are just a few of the items on my ETSY page.  I have several scarves up there as well and I plan to add some hats in the future once I can get good pictures of them.

Thanks for stopping by!










12/06/2016

Christmas is just around the corner...

... and I have been crocheting like a mad fiend.

I decided to make a couple friends of ours scarves for Christmas.  One of them had mentioned something about a a pair of red dragon gloves using the crocodile stitch, but as of yet I haven't been able to figure it out.  So instead, I settled on a nice comfy scarf.  I made matching ones for him and his wife - a regular long scarf for him and a thick cowl for her.  I used the Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn for this project in the black and red gradient and it was wonderful to work with.  It is 78% acrylic and 22% wool, but blended nicely so that the wool isn't very scratchy.  I have a hard time working with wool sometimes, so I have to be careful which yarns I use for projects, but this one was very nice.  It is recommended for a "K" hook and crochets easily.

UPDATE:  I gave these to my friends this weekend and they loved them!  Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of them beforehand.  Oops!

Mug cozies are are also turning into a big Christmas project.  I sold a bunch of these at the craft fair that I did, some already on mugs, some just by themselves.  They are easy to crochet and whip up in no time.  I have been using the Lion Brand Homespun for these because the color variations make for a wonderful uniqueness when crocheting.  I can get about 10 cozies per skein of yarn and each one ends up being just different enough to be interesting.  The buttons for these are fun, as well, because I can sort through my button stash and find ones that compliment the yarn nicely.  I did buy some fun, silly buttons as well, just to change things up a bit.

For one of my former work colleagues, I make him something geeky every year.  So far I have made him a felt Jake the Dog from Adventure Time with wired arms so that he can be posed while he sits on the shelf; a crocheted Boxy Bear that I altered somewhat to look like BMO from Adventure Time dressed up as a teddy bear; and a felt Professor Farnsworth from Futurama Christmas ornament.  This year, I opted for something a little different.  Using the hat pattern that I have been altering (see my previous post Hats! Hats! and More Hats!) , I designed a Lumpy Space Princess slouchy beanie hat for him.  It has her big yellow star in the center of the front.  I had planned on making her face on the front as well, but once I got the star on it, I decided that was good enough.

My daughter is not forgotten in my crocheting frenzy.  I started working on a hoodie for her in purples and grays.  I am following a pattern for a Cheshire Cat Hoodie that I found on Pinterest.  I did add an extra skein of yarn in an eyelash style to the pattern that adds an additional layer of interest to the stitches.  The only complaint that I have at this stage into the pattern is working with the "Q" hook.  It is rather difficult to do so and I think that when I do this pattern again, I may make the base stitches longer and use a smaller hook.  Hopefully, I will remember to take pictures this time. 

She also has been very interested in Harry Potter lately, especially since we saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Her favorite character is Luna Lovegood and as of late she has expressed interest in having more Luna inspired items.  We printed some SpectreSpecs from a website and laminated them so that she could wear them around.  I really need to find a pair that aren't paper. =o)  I would love to be able to afford to get her Luna's wand for Christmas, but they are quite expensive.  What I did determine that I could do was make her a Ravenclaw scarf.  The house colors are Blue and Bronze in the books, but when we put the two together at the store, she didn't like the way that they looked.  So, with that thought in mind, we went with the movie colors which are Blue and Silver.  I haven't asked if she wants the fringe on the bottom, but knowing her, probably not.

I accidentally made her another gift - legwarmers!  She loves them and I was practicing a new pattern that I found on Pinterest - Draft Dodger Legwarmers.  The pattern is not difficult, but it is very time consuming.  And it takes a lot of yarn, approximately 500 yards for a pair.  I wasn't really prepared for needing that much yarn.  I started making the first pair - for her - out of the Wild Cherry Sweet Roll Premier Yarns that I picked up at JoAnns.  I got exactly one out of that cake of yarn, following the pattern perfectly.  Unfortunately, I will have to adjust the pattern up a little bit to make the pattern fit me because they won't really fit my larger calves.  Which means that I will probably need 600 yards for mine.  Oh well, I will figure it when the time comes.  Right now, I need to get hers done.

Christmas is coming and I am not really ready, but I will get there eventually.

Happy Holidays!

Have a nice day!




11/30/2016

Hats! Hats! And More Hats!

My best seller at the craft that I did were hats.  At the time, I had simple beanie slouch hats, but they sold very well.  With that thought in mind, I decided to expand my selection.

Since I have been using the Caron Cake yarns on a regular basis, I found a great hat for this yarn - Autumn Chill Slouchy Hat.  I really like how the striping works when it is used for this pattern.  I did, however, realize rather quickly that there was a good bit of leftover yarn, not enough to make another hat and not really enough to make a scarf, so I switched to a different version of this yarn available at JoAnn fabrics called Sweet Roll.  This yarn is fantastic for this pattern.  One roll makes one hat so there is no significant leftover yarn.

Finding how easy it was to make this hat, I started to alter it slightly.  Still using the basic pattern, I can make different varieties of hats.  They use about 200-250 yards each including a wonderful pom-pom on the top.  The pom-pom was easily made with the help of the Clover Pom Pom Maker.  You can get them at Michaels but I definitely recommend watching this video for help using it as the instructions that came with the maker are rather pitiful.


My first Autumn Chill Slouchy Hat was out of the Lemon Lime Caron Cake yarn.  I actually ended up with enough leftover to make a child sized beanie (not pictured), but nothing really after that.  I only made the beanie because I had requests for kids sizes at the craft fair that I did recently, so I figured that it wouldn't hurt to do one for now.


Unfortunately, the color got washed out quite a bit when I took the picture.  It is actually far more vibrant than this.  

After doing that one, I was out of cakes, so I switched to the Sweet Roll from Premier Yarns that I picked up at Jo-Ann's.  I had high hopes for them since the Cake yarn had been such a good choice and I was not disappointed.  


I used the following colors (from left to right) Cheesecake, Raspberry, Peaches, and Punch.  I did find that when I started one of these, it was best to make the pom-pom first.  That way if the yarns runs somewhat short for some reason, you won't have to go out and buy another cake just for the pom-pom.  (Sorry, the color is off on these as well.  Darn cell phones.)

After I got comfortable with how the pattern worked, I decided to switch it up a little bit.  I used some of the same stitches, but also added in my own changes.  I made a ribbed band on the bottom first off.  I like the way it fits a little more snugly.  Then I went into a HDC and a DCX stitch (a cross double chain - instructions here.)  I just did this in rows until it was the length that I wanted.  I am pretty happy with how they came out.


I used the Blueberry Cheesecake color of the Caron Cake yarn for this one.  It worked nicely for two hats that were a little smaller than the one shown first.  

I have made other hats with this general pattern out of other yarns and they all have come out rather nicely.  I do recommend having at least 200-250 yards of yarn using anywhere from an "I" hook to a "J" hook to make it work out nicely.  I may get around to writing out a pattern for the adjusted hat later on.  No time right now.

Have a great day!



 
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