November 21, 2014

1000 Sales on Etsy

I know it has been a while... but hey I got some news to share I reached over 1000 sales in my Etsy shop 1002 to be exact! How cool is that? I was pretty surprised when I saw it and you know I had to do my happy dance. Just in case anyone stops by my blog on occasion apparently like I do just wanted to share the happy news!

I actually started selling on Etsy in 2011 but no matter the date I am still happy!

September 17, 2014

A Crochet Sweater

I made a sweater or shrug or cardigan whatever you want to call it,  I made something for me to wear that was not a hat or scarf and I am absolutely in love with it! This post is more like a What's on the hook, What's off the hook and pattern review all wrapped up into one.

This project has been on my never ending things to crochet list for over a year! Why it has taken me so long to actually complete it I am not for sure but now that I have I believe I have crochet sweater fever every time I get on the world wide web... I see another pattern for a beautiful sweater. Anyway back to this one, it is a free pattern from LionBrand that you can find HERE. However my inspiration to actually make and finish my sweater is because of All About Ami's tutorial found HERE.

I decided to use the yarn recommend in the original pattern which is LionBrand Homespun. I was thinking I wanted to use a cream off white color but when I saw this beautiful purple mixture I knew immediately it was the color for my sweater.

I purchased three skeins and used 2 1/2 skeins to complete my sweater. I did a starting chain of 85 for my sweater using a 10mm hook. The construction of the sweater is very simple you are just doing single crochet in the back loop only, which can also make this a project that you push to the side. I crocheted a total of 58 rows, I decided not to the collar instead just added a row of hdc all the way around with 6.5mm hook.

All I can say is keep the end result in mind and it will keep you going. I am in love with my sweater and actually looking forward to making another one. the great thing with this project is that the results will be different depending on the yarn and hook size that you use. I think my next one will either be in Bernat Chucky or the new Lion Brand Woolspun.

The front is nice as well, I crocheted 56 rows total.

I will probably be wearing this the entire Fall Season.

Moogly HOHD

September 12, 2014

Why I Crochet...

Today is international crochet day! How cool is that a day just for "hookers" got to love that crochet humor but since it is our day I thought it a great day to share with you my top 10 reasons why I crochet although the list could go on and on and on so here we go...

Ten Reason Why I Crochet:

Reason 10: Because I can't sleep at night... so I crochet

Reason 9: Because I don't have cable, which means I spend a lot of time on Netflix, which means I can watch entire seasons of shows like Breaking Bad and make a hat for every episode.

Reason 8: Because last time I checked I had over 100 projects on my "I want to crochet this" list and I add at least one project to that list everyday.

Reason 7: Because I have a yarn stash that could fill up one of the rooms in my house but I spread it throughout the house so it doesn't look like I have too much.

Reason 6: Because of all the other wonderful "hookers" I have connected with, everywhere I go I can find someone who crochets even when in another country we don't have to speak the same language as long as we can speak crochet!

Reason 5: Because I work for a major airline where people think I have a crystal ball and can control the weather as well as the weight and smell of the person sitting next to them on the plane :). I crochet to keep me from going crazy on my "day job".

Reason 4: Because sometimes I pray while I crochet, I turn everything off it is just me yarn a hook and I have a little talk with Jesus!

Reason 3: To teach, I love to share the art of crochet with others so I crochet to stay updated on my skills to share with others.

Reason 2: To make things and share the art of crochet with the world, I have been lucky to have a crochet business that continues to grow every year Don't Get it Twisted Crochet.

Reason 1: To honor my Great Aunt who put hook and yarn in my hand for the very first time. Love you Aunt Lucindy wish you were here to see how much you have changed my life.

September 8, 2014

Beanie Season are you ready?

Beanie season is quickly approaching... that time of year when you are searching for your favorite hat to fight off the chill of fall and then the wintery blues...

Don't Get it Twisted Crochet has you covered with two slouchy beanie options... the first is a best seller in my shop it is a basic slouch hat available in over 16 colors which can be found here.

And then we have the more textured slouchy beanie which I call the "bottoms up" beanie it is hand crocheted from the bottom up which gives it a more textured look and can be found here.

Both beanies are made from a vegan friendly yarn that is easy care can be machined washed and dried and available in over 16 colors.

Which style is your favorite?

September 4, 2014

Yarn Review Lion Brand Lion's Pride Woolspun

So over the Labor Day Weekend I was able to get my hands on some of Lion Brand's new Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn... not sure why they decided to go with the name Woolspun considering they have previously released two other yarns with the same name even though they have since been discontinued. Regardless I was still excited to finally add this yarn to my stash. You can see my video review of the yarn below.

August 25, 2014

Pattern Review Friday - Crochet Chain Scarf

Hello It's pattern Review Friday on a Monday... because I forgot to post on Friday.

Today's pattern comes from a book that I have had on my book shelf for over a year and I have to tell you to be prepared to see several pattern reviews from this book ( I probably should just do a book review) but seriously almost every pattern in this book is on my never ending I have to crochet this list.

The book is called Crochet Boutique by Rachel Oglesby - The project I am reviewing for this one is the Crochet Chain Scarf.

Cost: The book retails for $17.95 and can be found on Amazon and I am sure many other places just do a quick search on Google.

Difficulty: This is a beginner pattern like super beginner like the pattern is mostly done with the very first stich that you learn when you learn to crochet which is the chain stitch. So if you want to perfect your chaining skills this is the pattern for you.

Why You Will Hook It: Because it is so simple but the result is so chic and it works up really quick.

Why You Will Frog It:  If you are experienced in crochet you may find the pattern to be a bit boring  but keep the end result in mind and it will keep you going.

How Many Hooks: 5 out of 5 hooks. This is a well written beginner pattern it works up quick and can be easily modified. The yarn suggestion is one that is easily attainable or substituted.

For my version I used Knit Picks Shine Worsted the orange color is called Citrus and I can't remember the color of the green but I know it is also for them Knit Picks Shine collection. I didn't have enough of one color to do the entire scarf in one color which is why I used two... but I am really liking the two tone and probably will do more in two colors in the future.

What do you think of the Crochet Chain Scarf is this something you would hook?



August 15, 2014

Don't Get it Twisted Crochet ~ Pattern Review Friday

It's Friday time for another Pattern Review this week I hooked up a textured slouchy beanie. If you have been following me for any length of time you know I love a slouchy beanie; but I was looking for something new for this year a beanie with a little more texture and I think I have found the one.

This is the slouchy beanie from the Etsy shop byaccessorise you can find the pattern in her Etsy shop here.

Cost: $4.90

Difficulty: Advanced Beginner the pattern does not call for any difficult stitches but you should be familiar with crocheting in the back loop and seaming; and of course you should be able to make a pompom although if you Google "how to make a pompom" you will be a pompom expert in no time flat.

Why You Will Hook It: The instructions are pretty clear, the pattern writer assumes that you have some experience with crochet so it is not a "beginner" pattern where every step is explained in detailed but if you have worked with patterns before and know basic crochet you will be able to follow this pattern. It works up quick, and if you want to add just a little something different to your hats you can easily customize the pompom colors and play around with the colors in the beanie as well the texture makes it the perfect hat for guys/girls.

Why You Will Frog It: I honestly don't see a reason why you wrong this project if you start it. By the time you get ready to frog it you will be finished.

How Many Hooks: I give this pattern 4 out of 5 hooks. I love the instant gratification that one can get from crochet and this pattern definitely meets that requirement. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the pattern was not clear on what type of yarn to use; so I had to play around with my stash and do a couple of swatches before finding the right yarn.

This is my version, I used Red Heart Soft in Berry and also added a slip stitch around the edge. I am calling it the "Lucindy" hat as it reminds me of my Great Aunt Luncindy who taught me how to crochet.