Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Update & completion of a 2nd Overlay Mandala CAL

Update & completion of a 2nd Overlay Mandala CAL   from

  A Creative Being 

Hi.  I liked the first mandala so much that I decided to make another.

I used 4mm hook.
8ply acrylic yarn, Moda Vera and Carnival (went through me boxes of stash to find colors that would work together).  The colors I used :-  light purple,light blue,turquoise,light green,yellow,red.

Measurement :- 12"/30cm

I started on 22nd August and finished on 29th August 2012.

Here are some pictures.

Round 1-12
Round 1-12 

Round 1-22
Round 1-22 

Round 1-26. Finished
2nd mandala finished close up

 Finished Overlay Mandala
Finished 2nd Overlay Mandala no1

Blocking my two overlay mandalas...Bought this foam block from Clarke Rubber for A$7.95.  I bought another one purple. Finally I can do some blocking, especially doily's that I have finished.
looking good so far.

Well that is for now..if you want to see some more beautiful overlay mandalas, there is a Flickr Pool for this CAL.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Update & completion of an Overlay Mandala CAL

Update & completion of an Overlay Mandala CAL   from

  A Creative Being 

round 1-20

Photo: CAL end 1-20 

round 1-23

Photo: Overlay Mandala CAL round 1-23. 

round 1 -26  Finished Mandala

YApee finished the beautiful overlay the final colors.
Used 4mm hook, 8lpy acrylic yarn..
Colors : purple,light green,yellow,dark blue,light blue and orange.
These yarns were in my stash and I do not have the labels, but they are 100 acrylic.
Started on 15th August and finished on 22nd August.
Measurements : 11.5 inches/29cm

Picture below is the true colors of the mandala.....(as the lighting was different each time I took a shot.

I enjoyed crocheting this overlay mandala, was a challenge because I have not done any other project so involved with textured stitches.   When I selected these colors I was not sure how the combination would work out but the completed mandala is beautiful.

I already have some other colors lined up from my stash, just need to sift through to see if I have more quantities and better choice of colors.....

Will definitely be making another ,,,,,,,,til next time......cya.

Let me know what you think of my mandala and any suggestion of color combos in the comment section, thank you.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Update on CAL and a Holder

Update on CAL
Round 1-18
Photo: Overlay Mandala CAL progress.

If you would like to join.....
There is also a fickr pool if you would like to see others progress on the CAL.


A while back I have been into the colors of fire; yellow, orange and red.   Because I have discovered the color wheel (I have known about it for ages, just with crochet I have been making my own combinations), I am using the color combos of colors that are analogous (colors that sit next to one another on the color wheel, these colors are in harmony with one another).   Thus yellow, orange and red.

With these three colors I wanted to make a tube holder for plastic bags for the kitchen.  I started making one, crocheting in the round, a simple single crochet stitch, but where i changed color, it was not lining up....I decided to end it there, but I had a decent size for holding smaller plastic bags/pockets, like the ones you put fruits and veges in from the supermarket...  I liked the holder so much that I finished it off with pull strings on both end....filled it up with plastic pockets and now it is hanging in the kitchen.......

So....I still wanted to make a plastic bag holder....thus I thought I can crochet a flat piece and join it at the end, this will give me a better join and I can still use different colors....this is where the color wheel comes in.....the Spectrum (colors of the rainbow arranged in their natural order;  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).

A simple combo, one after the other, color of the rainbow (I used red, range, yellow, green, blue and purple)....I thought it would be great to add texture, so I decided on the popcorn stitch with three sc in between and after every lot of rainbow colors and below is the pic of what I have so loving the combination, slow process as I work on it when I feel like it and it has to be decent size to fit all those plastic bags.

The popcorn stitch, I made six dc in one stitch then a chain to close them in and three sc in between the popcorn's.   The color of them is a varigated yarn of bright colors of the rainbow fits this bag holder nicely.   The pics below do not do the holder justice, it is more bright and vibrate with colors.

I have made another pillow cover using popcorn stitch in colors of pink, this is my favorite pillow...very textured....will chat and have pictures of this one later on....soon.

ThaT IS all for now...cya

Update on CAL and a Pillow Case

Update on CAL and a Pillow Case

Overlay Mandala CAL
I have made progress and am up to round 17.  Here is a pic.
Planning to do some more tonight.

If you would like to join.....

Recently I have finished a pillow cover ..   This was suppose to be a coffee table doily, but when turning the mandala into a square, I think I did not do enough stitches and it does not look as square as I thought.

The mandala pattern comes from Alice at Crochet with Raymond

Alice also has a tutorial on how to turn a mandala into a square....Grandala Square.....this is what I followed, I counted all the stitches and made sure there were enough so the square looks like a square.....I think I boobooed matter, I love how the pillow case turned out.

That is all for now.......Happy Crochet...cya

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Update on Overlay Mandala CAL

Update on Overlay Mandala CAL

  I have joined a  CAL (my first one)  with   A Creative Being 

So since last post I have been plotting along, slowly, fishing for those front loops, and I have completed round 12....tis so pretty, through my eyes.   I just love the layering and the texture, wow, even hubby loves the look.  There are so many combinations of colors to be used that I cannot wait to finish this one off and start another with more subtle colors.

Ok, here is the progress picture up to round 12. (rough pic, but I did chop off the tails).

Very cool...Just a NOTE, there is a small error in rnd 11. On last line  [1sc in next 3 sts of rd 10] it should be rd 9.   Not sure if anyone came across this one.  No other issues so far, just fishing for the front loops :)

ok for now....spread the word and follow my blog, love to hear your thoughts...will be posting my projects soon.  Just enjoying this CAL for now.   

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Overlay Mandala CAL

Hello....Long time no see....lets see if I can get this blog going again.....

At the moment and recent I have joined a  CAL (my first one)  with   A Creative Being 

The pattern we are going to make is:

Overlay Mandala no.1 by CAROcreated Design
I have the pattern ready and I have chosen my colors.

I love this pattern because it is textured and colorful.  Not sure what I will do with the finished project, I am thinking either a table center piece or a pillow case.   

I am using 4mm crochet hook and 8ply acrylic yarn, thats what I love working with, thus this will give me a larger and bit more chunkier size mandala.

The colors I am using are :-  purple, light green, yellow, dark blue, light blue and orange.
The yarn is from Thoroughbred and Moda Vera.

I have started working on this last night and I have a couple of photos.
(thats when I received the pattern and I could not wait).

I am happy with the progress so far, though I do have to go fishing for the front loops on previous rounds, no worries nice and slow, easy reading of the pattern.  There are pictures and charts to follow, very helpful..  At the moment I am up to round 8. I cannot wait to move forward.....

That is all for now...I will show you another recently finished pillow cover I crocheted soon.  cya

Monday, February 20, 2012

Double Layered Hat

Hi all

I have come across this double layered hat in my Knitting Daily newsletter.
Fantastic I have always wanted to make one like this.

At first the episode download you have to pay and also on Ravelry there is a 3.99 download.

But I have come across a free download from Knitting Daily a link I came across found here

Knitting Daily free download for the Silver Lining Hat

You will need to be a member of Knitting Daily.

I cannot wait to try this. I will put it into my Ravelry project.

Silver Lining Hat

Here is a video from Knitting Daily showing how to start the hat

Here is a video I found on how to do a kfb (knit front back) to make an increase

If anyone has tried this hat maybe you would like to share a picture, love to see variations


cya next time

happy knitting

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Cozy's

Hi all...sorry for the long pause....just tinkering on some knitting projects and completing couple of UFO's....

Well here is the two cozy's that have been on kneedles for a first two at a time on magic loop project.

Two YouTube Videos
two at a time limitless cast on and magic loop both by Liat from Knitfreedom latest post on /top-5-stretches-for-knitting-pain-relief

One is a mix blue 2x2 ribbing and the other a seed stitch in orange brown mix.....cast on 4mm 80cm circ kneedles with a two at a time limitless cast on....ribb cast on 40 and seed sts cast on 30....and off we go...a bit tricky at first i think i did the cast on twice...once the first rounds were done and the patterns established it was easy on magic loop.....

They are both completed now...and here are results.....

The blue ribbing one was done first so i had to take the seed stitch one off...not sure if there was another way without adding another round to the ribbing....made couple of decreases on the ends and used a one size smaller third needle for a invisible seam using the 3 needle bindoff technique..with the ribbing pattern there is an issue with the top fanning out a i posted a help out on the knitfreedom ravelry forum and got some tips.....block the cozy.....decrease the ends.....the smaller size third needle was my idea and was suggested that is a good idea too.....not a fan of blocking so i decreased and went down one size..... was much much better but i think i could have decreased a couple of more...will try on next ribbing cozy, love making them especially in mix/varigated yarn.....

I frogged this reversible cable scarf....pattern is on ravelry as a free download..'Reversible Cable Scarf' by Nettie Knits Designs.

I like the look of this one....uses knit stitches to make the cables reversible and love the look inbetween the cables.....looks neater with smaller needles.

.i paused for a while and forgot where i was and continued from the 1st row and it all come out wrong...i did couple of rows....i could not be bothered ripping back so i frogged the whole project and started with the same pattern, printing it out this time and using 3.75mm needles instead of 5mm and looks better already...much neater....and less wider by 1/2 an inch...i like this much better, i have marked where i am happy knitting cables on shall we goooooo...... :)

I also frogged this one is the pattern Palindrome
A Reversible Cable Scarf.....uses knit and purls for the cable to make it reversible and is quick to work up.

ok anyways i think is all for today.....
back soon to talk about new cable neck warmer in the round my own pattern all in purple....


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Green Apple Done!


I am on Twitter as "monrose2020'
On Ravelry as "MonikaCrochets"

Anyways.....finished the green apple cozy

and making progress on the Palindrome A Reversible Cable Scarf

I am finding this pattern works up pretty quick, you k2p2 for few rows then do a row of cables...liking so far...and is reversible as well and in my fav color purple and is soft as well....

ok that is all for now
happy crochet and knitting

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Project on the Needles

Hi Ya...guess what...yeap another cable project.....

This time a beautiful purple 3 cable knitted scarf with the pattern called Palindrome A Reversible Cable Scarf

Love the look and in my favorite color too light purple soft yarn by Panda Magnum Soft 8ply and knitted with 4mm straight kneedles. Yay I have made a start and I am up to row 6. I have also included this as one of my projects in Ravelry "MonikaCrochets".

Anyways here is a pic of what I have so far....this cable is over 8 stitches (C8F) and using k2p2 ribbing.

Very cool now I have made one repeat now onto the second cable..looking shapely already.

Here is progress on the green apple cable cozy.....

Also here is my collection of cozy's for the iphone already, some crochet and knitted...there maybe some others should see my nokian95 collection way more than this...slowly catching up!!!! All done in the round no seams!!!Just love making them that way, easier and better looking!!!

and the very white crochet cable pouch...was experimenting at the time for a cable in the round...just need to turn it into something......

Well I think i better continue knitting for now cya

Another Cable Cozy


Here the green of the apple cable cozy, I have finally started. A small variation on the chocolate cable cozy.

Here is the pic so far....

Knitting with 4mm 80cm (31.5" plenty length for magic loop small project) circ needles. Moda Vera Marvel Plain 8ply acrylic in green. Bottom first a 1x1 ribbing followed by 3 knitted rounds and next the first cable.

ok very cool...plotting along....happily....cooler day here down under about 24 deg cel compared to 40 deg cel last couple of days.....i can knit with comfort.

cya for now :) enjoy your day

Monday, January 2, 2012

Done! On the Chocolate Ribbing Cozy

G'day all

TaDa.....finished the Chocolate Ribbing Cozy....finally....but hay t'was the celebrations of the New Year 2012.

I think couple of stitches down would have been better, but this is fine for the cast on of 40 for 2x2 ribbing in the round on magic loop 4mm 80cm circ kneedles and a three kneedle bindoff. I am in love with Magic Loop...way too good :-)

Well anyways here is the pik.....the color is a bit off, should be like the chocolate cable cozy, pic further down

Stretched with the iphone inside front

and this is the back

What ya think .....I will put this one in Ravelry under the Ribbing Cozy for iPhone (in pinks, is the same pattern but different color, "MonikaCrochets")

Well on that note I am starting another cable iphone cozy 3 in the in a beautiful green apple.
Not sure will turn out, but thinking 3x2 ribbing top and bottom, a C4B (leaning towards the right), and maybe one purl stitch on either side of the cable and the rest knit stitch. Thus cable in front and stockinette on the back. This is another modified version of the chocolate cable cozy but in one green solid color so the cable stands out......I have casted on 32 and about to join in the round on magic loop....

Here is a pic of the chocolate cable iphone cozy....looks good to me... ;-)

ok folks, tis 40 cel here down under....and I keep to look at another crochet cable in purple....but for now i am in love with magic loop knitting :)

cya for now and enjoy your day/night where ever you are in this beautiful world of ours