My Top 5 WIP Reasons

Green thread hat - just needs a brim.

Green thread hat – just needs a brim.

Have you ever wondered why you have so many WIPs (work-in-progress) projects going at the same time? Or that you’ve completed most of the work, but just never weaved in those ends or sewed on that button? I’ve been thinking about this for a while, trying to figure out why this happens to me. I really don’t like having a lot of projects bags lying around with uncompleted items that I would love to wear, use or give away. So here are my top 5 reasons (excuses) why I have so many WIPs and my decision to finish them up and have vowed not start anything new until I’ve completed them (hopefully).

#1) Boredom – at a certain point in the project, usually 75% to 90% done, I can tell if it is turning out how I envisioned. Hence, I don’t need to finish it and then I’m bored with it and want to start something else.

#2) Size of WIP – if it’s a small project, I can take it with me to work on at soccer games or riding in the car.  If it’s a large item, I prefer to work on it at home.

#3) Inspiration – seeing all kinds of awesome projects on social media has my head spinning sometimes. I want to make everything, in lots of colors!

#4) Yarn – finding a pretty color or fiber that you just have to have, and then starting another project – just because.

#5) Stitches – working on your favorite stitch, some crochet stitches take a lot of concentration and some you can make on auto-pilot.  Depending on your environment at the time could depend on which project you work on.

I know many people who enjoy crafting of all sorts have this same “problem.” It’s not a bad thing really, I just need to be organized and try to keep it to a few open projects at a time. I’ve gotten my yarn WIPs out this week and spread them all over the living room to see what I have and what I want to finish and what I’m going to get rid of or frog. Here are some of my WIPs that I’m trying to get complete so I can start some more asap!

 

Purple purse - not quite ready!

Purple purse – not quite ready, almost there.

 

Love this yarn - headband needs a border.

Love this yarn – headband needs a border.

Black Purse - just needs a button

Black Purse – just needs a button

 

Colorful Shawl - must weave in those ends asap.

Colorful Shawl – must weave in those ends asap.

 

Roses - just need to sew them up!

Roses – just need to sew them up!

Now back to those WIPs waiting to be finished.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day,

          Carolyn :)

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Redecorating and Finding Treasures

 

Baby blanket and dog pillow my daughter made for my son.

Adorable dog pillow my daughter made for my son.

For the past two summers, my son has wanted to redecorate his room. It’s been the same way since he was a baby. I guess part of me didn’t really want to admit that he is no longer “my baby” and had outgrown his room.  The room was decorated to match his wallpaper border in a car, airplane and train theme which went around his entire room. The walls were white on top, wallpaper border, and red on the bottom.  It was a lot of work to scrape off the wallpaper and prime the red paint for repainting. He helped me though, and it was fun to teach him how to paint and use power tools. He’s now decided that he will never have wallpaper in his home.

 

My sons car bed when he was 3 years old.

He loved his car bed!

 

Taking his car bed apart, ready for its new home.

Taking his car bed apart, ready for its new home.

After a few trips to Ikea, we finally purchased his bedframe and mattress. He picked everything out himself. We also bought his new desk, lamp and chair there too. They have the matching night stand and chest of drawers but after thinking it over for a couple of weeks, he decided to keep the ones he has.  They are old pieces that have been handed down from my Great Grandmother Leona to my Grandma Millie, and then me, and now him.  I’m glad, deep down I didn’t want to get rid of them. 

Learning how to paint.

Learning how to paint.

Once all the prepping, painting and touch ups were completed, it was time to build the actual bedframe. After building my daughter’s dresser a couple of months ago, (click here to read about that) I thought this would be a piece of cake. Nope, it was hard. The pieces were SO heavy and we had to get help from my husband to hold stuff together while we tried to secure it. It took a couple of days to complete, and he finally had a new bed. It is a super comfortable mattress and the frame is sturdy. It has four huge drawers underneath, but is still low to the ground.

Building his bed.

Building his bed.

 

I really love the paint color he picked out.  He wanted blue walls, and after sorting through lots of paint chips, he decided on this.  It turned out really great.

Building drawers and adding wheels to the bottom.

Building drawers and adding wheels to the bottom.

 

Learning how to use power tools.

Learning how to use tools.

 

New desk area.

New desk area.

While cleaning out his room and closet, we found all sorts of toys, Legos, old clothes, and to my surprise, a couple of boxes of old crafts that I had tucked away on a top shelf.   One of the treasures we found was his baby blanket I made him after he was born. It is royal blue with kelly green stripes. I really like the blanket and design, plus it’s super easy to make. I’ve washed and dried that thing so many times and it’s really held up. I put it at the foot of his new bed, trying to hang on to my little guy just a little longer.

Front of baby blanket

Front of baby blanket

 

Back of baby blanket.

Back of baby blanket.

 

All grown up now!

All grown up now!

 

  

Here’s to another throw back Thursday, thanks for going down memory lane with me.

Have a great day,

 

           Carolyn :)

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Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Pattern

 

 

Mini Granny Set - The Purple Poncho July 2014 This baby set design was inspired by a young couple who are expecting their first child, and they are waiting to find out what they’re having until the baby is born.  I’ve noticed more and more couples are waiting to find out these days, very exciting.  It’s hard to make baby items if you don’t know what colors to use though.  This is an easy pattern to make up ahead of time and have ready.  Once the baby is born, you can quickly add the appropriate colors and have a beautiful gift at a moments notice.  Here we go…

Mini Granny Blanket & Hat Pattern

Blanket Pattern:

Supplies:

Lion Brand Pound of Love – Color White

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

Hook size “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: Finished blanket measures 17” x 17 “

Abbreviations:  ch – chain; sl st – slip stitch; sp – space; sc – single crochet; rsc – reverse single crochet; Shell = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in same space; Dc cluster – 3 dc in same space. 

Notes:  Terms are in US. This is a basic granny square pattern made in a solid color. I connect each Row with a sc and start my next Row by pulling up a long loop to the size of a finished dc stitch, this does not count as dc, but does count as ch 1, and sl st. If you prefer, you can sl st to top of ch 3, sl st in next 3 stitches over to ch 1 sp, and ch 3 to start your next Row.

Instructions: With white yarn-

Ch 4, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 1: Draw up long loop; 1 Shell, ch 1, 1 shell. sc in first loop loosely. (2 Shells, 2 ch 1 sp).

Row 2: Draw up long loop; *1 Shell, ch 1, *repeat 3 more times, sc in first loop of row loosely. (4 Shells, 4 ch 1 sp).

Row 3: Draw up long loop; *1 Dc cluster, ch 1; 1 Shell, ch 1; * repeat 3 more times; sc in first loop loosely. (4 shells, 4 Dc clusters, 8 ch 1 sp).

Row 4 – 15: Repeat Row 3 until you have 15 rows or desired size. Shells only in the 4 corners, dc clusters on each side in ch 1 space.

End off yarn, weave in ends.

Blanket Edging: Change color to Raspberry-

Attach yarn to any stitch from previous row. Rsc in each st around. End off yarn, weave in ends.

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Hat Pattern:

Gauge: Finished hat measures 6” wide x 4” length, fits 4 to 5 lb. baby

Supplies:

Lion Brand Pound of Love – Color White

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

Hook – “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Instructions: With white yarn-

Row 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc throughout), 9 hdc in 2nd ch from hook. (10 hdc).

Row 2: Ch 2, 2 hdc in each stitch around. (20 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc in same st, 1 hdc in next st; *repeat around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (30 hdc).

Row 4: Ch 2, *2 hdc in same st, 2 hdc in next 2 st; *repeat around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (40 hdc).

Row 5 – 10: 1 hdc in each st around, sl st to top of beginning ch 2. (40 hdc).

Hat edging: change color to Raspberry-

Attach yarn to any stitch from previous row.

Row 11: Ch 1; 1 rsc in each st around, sl st to beginning rsc. (40 rsc).

End off yarn, weave in ends.

Embellish with flower or motif if desired.

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Chain Flower Pattern

Supplies:

Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice – Color Raspberry

DMC Cotton Floss – Color # 3845

Steel Hook – 1.7 US

Hook size “H”

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Gauge: Finished flower measures 3 1/2” across

Flower Instructions: Hook size “H” and using Raspberry yarn-

Row 1: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 2: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc. (12 sc).

Row 3: *Ch 10; sl st in next st; *repeat 11 more times. (12 ch 10 petals).

End off yarn – leaving a long tail to use to sew flower to your blanket or hat. I sewed the flower on with wrong side facing up. Weave in ends

Optional: Add another color for the center of the flower. Steel Hook “1.7”

Using DMC cotton floss, all strands together. This gives a 3D effect to your flower and adds a pop of color.

Row 1: Ch 5, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

Row 2: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; sl st to beginning sc. (12 sc).

Row 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in ea st; sl st to beginning sc. (24 sc).

End off thread – leaving a long tail to use to sew to the center of your flower. Weave in ends.

 

Mini Granny Blanket set - The Purple Poncho July 2014

Chain Flower Pattern without the optional center added

 

Chain flower - The Purple Poncho July 2014

Adding the optional center made with DMC Cotton Floss.

 

Chain Flower - July 2014 The Purple Poncho

Finished Chain Flower with optional center, gives it a 3D look.

 

Baby hat July 2014 The Purple Poncho

 

Mini Granny Blanket Set - The Purple Poncho 072014

 

Mini White Granny Set Pattern- July 2014 The Purple Poncho

I hope you enjoy these patterns.  There are really three patterns in one.  You can use them together as above, or use them separately on different projects.  Have fun!

 

Carolyn :)

 

 

 

 

Appreciate a link back to my website for pattern credit if you sell items or display photographs on your social media sites as a result of this pattern.  Do not claim this pattern or photographs as your own.  Would love to see your design linked to my Ravelry Shop or on my Facebook page.  If you have any questions about the pattern, please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.

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Tatting

Flower Necklace Tatting - The Purple Poncho July 2014

 

Tatting is a skill that results in a beautiful, delicate lace.  You can use different tools to perform the skill such as the tatting shuttle, a tatting needle, or cro-tatting which combines a long needle with a crochet hook on the end.  Generally you use a small thread to make it. 

I’ve always wanted to learn how to Tat.  I used to watch my Cousin Amy do tatting and it always fascinated me.  The thread was so tiny and she used a shuttle.   When I wanted to find some tatting needles at my local craft stores, no one knew what I was talking about.  It made me a little sad that this craft is not known today, especially at a craft store. When I finally found this set of tatting needles at Joann’s one day, I was thrilled.    

 

Tatting Needle July 2014

 

Here’s my first try at tatting.  I made a flower with some beads.  It took some time to get the tension right and keep consistent stitches.  I like it a lot, it reminds me of crocheting. 

  Tatting July 2014

 

I hope you give it a try.

Have a great day!

 

Carolyn  :)

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4th of July

 

Red, White & Blue - July 2014 The Purple Poncho

Happy 4th of July!  I love this summer holiday when we get together and enjoy the wonderful weather, BBQ’s, fireworks and parades.  Every year we attend a 4th of July parade and enjoy some ice cream sundaes at the end.  

4th of July 2004

4th of July 2004

Here’s my newest design I’ve been working on this week.  It’s going to be a market/beach bag made from nylon thread in coral and honeydew green. 

 

WIP - Coral & honeydew bag

WIP – Coral & honeydew bag

Here are a couple of photos I took last week.  Hope you enjoy.

  June 2014 - The Purple Poncho

 

  Fern June 2014

 

 

Have a great weekend!

 

          Carolyn :)

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Sparkle Hoop Earring Pattern

Sparkle Hoop Earring Pattern by The Purple Poncho June 2014

 

Here is a fun and quick earring pattern for you to make using embroidery thread and a pair of hoop earrings.  You know I love a little sparkle, and this embroidery thread has just the right amount.  By using the entire strand of thread it gives the earrings a more solid feel to them without being too heavy on your ears.  Here we go… 

Sparkle Hoop Earrings

Supplies:

DMC Light Effects Thread – Sky Blue, Pearlescent Effects – 5 yards  Click here for more colors

Hook – 1.7 mm

1” Set of silver hoop earrings

Tapestry needle for weaving in the ends

Craft glue

Abbreviations:

ch – chain; sc – single crochet; rsc – reverse single crochet

Notes:

Remove thread from wrapping and carefully straighten it out to work with.  Use all 6 strands of thread together.  Do not turn your work, always working with the same side facing you throughout pattern.  When starting on the second earring, start on the opposite end so that the earrings will mirror each other.

Instructions:

Row 1: Sc over earring and tail. (23 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, 23 rsc around. (23 rsc).

Cut thread and weave in ends with tapestry needle.

Place a small dab of glue on each end of your crochet and earring to keep the thread from sliding.

 

Supplies

Supplies

 

Straighten out thread and leave a small tail.

Straighten out thread and leave a small tail.

 

Single crochet around the hoop and tail.

Single crochet over the hoop and tail.

 

Single crochet around until desired look

Single crochet around until desired length.

 

Reverse single crochet back around the hoop

Reverse single crochet back around the hoop.

 

Sparkle Hoop Earring Pattern - The Purple Poncho 062014

 

I hope you enjoy this pattern and your new earrings.

Have a great day,

          Carolyn :)

 

Appreciate a link back to my website for pattern credit if you sell or display photos on your social media sites.  Do not claim pattern as your own.  Would love to see your design linked to my Ravelry Shop or on my Facebook page.  If you have any questions about the pattern, please contact me HERE and I will be happy to help.

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Mini Vacation

Crochet White Prototype Brimmed Hat

Crochet White Prototype Brimmed Hat

My family and I went on a mini vacation a few weeks ago. For me and my daughter it was also a working vacation.  We were in Downtown Los Angeles and the streets are one way and it’s confusing if you don’t know your way around. To keep calm on the way there, I was working on a prototype hat that I had started. It’s designed with a wire brim, and I’ve frogged it numerous times and resized it. Here are some photos of before. 

 

Working on my hat

Working on my hat

 

Crochet White Prototype Brimmed Hat

Crochet White Prototype Brimmed Hat

I located a yarn store downtown because I wanted to make a silver purse for the Saturday night dinner.  Once we finally found the store and parking, I couldn’t decide what other colors to get. I finally decided on brown, light pink, lavender, black, raspberry, and honeydew with the help of my very patient daughter (kidding)! This was nylon thread heaven overload for me, we were in there for over an hour and I kept picking colors and putting them back, and then picking more colors. I’ll have to go back again when I use up all the colors I bought, which will probably take a year! Here are some photos from the store.  Acrylic yarn on the perimeter of the store and all nylon thread in the center on both sides of the aisle!  Wow, just wow.

Yarn Store Downtown LA

Yarn Store Downtown LA

 

 

Look at all the colors!

Look at all the pretty colors!

Nylon thread heaven!

Nylon thread heaven!

 

Sitting out by the pool wearing my red barefoot sandals.

 

Design by The Purple Poncho

Design by The Purple Poncho

 

Saturday night dinner was steak & lobster, it’s been years since I’ve had that. I loved the lobster, such a treat! I barely finished the silver purse in time, and I didn’t weave in all the ends or have the tools to line it. But I carried it anyway! All the photos we had taken they either cut off my purse or my matching silver shoes or both. Oh well, you get the idea.

 

Silver purse - design by The Purple Poncho

Silver purse – design by The Purple Poncho

 

Me and my purse, I mean family!

Where’s our shoes? 

 

Here are some photos of flowers that were around the hotel.

 

One of the center pieces at breakfast

One of the center pieces at breakfast

Lovely flower arrangement

Lovely flower arrangement

 

Here is the night skyline, so beautiful.

  LA at night June 2014

 

Early the next morning my husband and I went to Starbucks.  Inside the store they had this beautiful mural on the wall.  Once we got outside to sit and enjoy our coffee, I couldn’t help but take another photo of my purse.  I love the tassel.

 

Mural of LA

Mural of LA

 

Love my new purse.

Love my new purse.

Thanks for reading.

Have a great day!

 

Carolyn :)

 

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