11.29.2013

Sale!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I guess now I can officially say, Merry Christmas!

Even though I am Christian, I hope that those of other faiths also have wonderful and happy holidays during this season when so many people in the world are celebrating!

Now, of course, everyone is having a sale. I didn't want to be left out, so all patterns in my Ravelry pattern store will be 15% off from now through the end of the day Monday (that's the end of Monday in my time zone, which is US Central Standard Time). You don't need a coupon code.

Happy shopping and stitching!

April

Monkey Bars Winter Set from
Banana Moon Studio Book One: Girls
On sale for $11.89 from now through Monday!

11.27.2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Today, I utilized my baking skills to be creative. I've been crocheting a lot today too, but baking as well. Of course, if you live in the US, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day to be stop and really think about all the blessings and joy in your life, one of those being good food.

These made from scratch rolls are my contribution to the feast. Above is before baking, and below is after baking. I made two dozen. Can you smell them? I wish you could, they smell fantastic! Mr AC begged to try one tonight and says they are marvelous!

What are you baking or stitching to celebrate and give thanks?


In other news, I'm working diligently on a large magazine project, stitching the model. I got a call for submissions today, so I have also been contemplating ideas for that, and since the rolls are finished, I'm about to go sit on the couch and work on a swatch based on my idea.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

April

11.14.2013

Secret Felting


Making any gifts this year? Here's my secret felting project which is destined to become a gift for someone in my family.

Are you making anything for the holidays? What is it? Who's it for (if you can safely share)?

This is Cascade 220 crocheted in a chevron stitch and felted in my washing machine for about 25 minutes. As you can see, it is blocking in this picture. It was a little wonky after felting, so I had to stretch it back into shape to straighten the edges.

Still some more work to do before the gift is ready to give...obviously.

Happy (holiday) Stitching!
April

11.07.2013

Crochet Design to Learn Math


This week my two oldest girls and I have been working together to design a crochet baby sweater. They have been doing this in place of their more typical math assignments. (We homeschool, by the way). Maybe you would ask, What on earth does designing a sweater have to do with math?

A lot.

They picked out the pattern stitch, an intricate cable from Robyn Chachula's Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia. (If you zoom in on the picture and notice that the words and diagrams look all kinds of weird, that's intentional. I distorted them to protect Robyn's copyright). They also chose a color, and I made a swatch. I also used my Garment Designer software by Cochenille to print a schematic. I had them help me measure the gauge of the swatch after I blocked it. Then I tried to stay out of the way as much as possible while they figured out how many rows and stitches were needed in each part of the sweater. I had to do a little leading, but really tried to have them do most of the work.

On the first day, they both worked hard on it. On day 2, Princess, who is very into clearly-defined assignments and doing things the expected way, told me she didn't like it, and asked if she could go back to her textbook and workbook. Drama Queen, on the other hand, who loves going where the wind blows her, and doing open-ended, creative things, finished her math session each day elated and breathless with excitement over doing math this way.

She's figured it all out now, she learned that for the smaller sections, she could just measure that many inches on the swatch to find the right number of rows or stitches. She would measure smaller chunks and add them up to get the numbers for the larger sections. They didn't do it quite as easily as I do, but they still got all the numbers! When Drama Queen was finished today, I showed her how I do it. I look at the number of inches I need, then divide by the number of inches in my gauge, then multiply by the number of rows or stitches in my gauge. For example:

If 17 sts and 11 rows = 4 in. and I need a length of 6.9 inches

(6.9/4)x17 = # of sts needed to make that length

My girls rounded 6.9 up to 7, and 1.55 to 1 1/2 to make it a little more simple, but those amounts don't make much of a difference when each st is 1/4 in. wide.



It was great, and I'm glad that we did this together. Maybe at some point in the future, there will be a cabled baby sweater pattern out by me...and maybe I'll name it "Drama Queen".

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Now, for a winner from last week's thread giveaway.

And the winner is -- Pam Jordan!

Pam, could you please take a moment to send me your mailing address by emailing top.banana @ bananamoonstudio . com (take out the spaces of course. I do that to keep scammers from searching and finding random email addresses to send to).

Well, happy stitching everyone!

April