Monday, June 14, 2021

Crochet and Knitted wearables from online shopping

I've been Shopeeing a lot these days, since late last year when I got the hang of online shopping (at Shopee.ph) Its quite addictive! Discounts, freebies, promos...and I end up spending more than I planned.

I have a weakness for items that are crocheted and knitted...even if I can crochet one for myself...they come branded, at very low price, and still in good condition at thrift shops. Though some pretty items got grabbed by other buyers quickly, I still got some nice ones.

Here are my favorites:



I'll share in my next post how I would wear some of these pieces. 

I happened to have two basic tank dresses that I found worked well to be able to wear the crochet and knit tops.


Saturday, March 13, 2021

My Crochet Stuff in 2020

Hello, just a few things to share about my crafting in 2020...here it is for your interest :)

Crochet Projects

I've posted just a few projects for the year on my Ravelry - colorful bag, my tote, makeover slippers, amigurumi details, beach coverup, and a couple more cotton thread projects. I can't show the beach coverup yet, since it is a submitted design...coming soon this summer!

And this one I started in October last year, will hopefully be finished early this year. This group of four amigurumi dolls is a request by my son for my granddaughter, since they both watch the series, Avatar. My son bought the pattern, and I tweaked it a bit, and added the crocheted eyes too...

Aang and Katara crochet

Can't wait to see my granddaughter's reaction when she sees the dolls!


Another project, a simple one yet quite useful - this crocheted belt that I finished with recycled leather attachments. The yarn was bought from the U.S., Berroco Suede yarn, made in Italy. I used size 5.5mm hook and worked it in SC stitches. With this kind of project some sewing skill is required. 




Patterns

2020 wasn't so bad for crocheting...must have been good for some crafters who had more time for their projects while forced to stay at home...and for those like me who have blogs like this and patterns for free or for sale, there has been an increased demand. The past year my blog views went up and as a result I got some income from my blog, from my for sale patterns on Ravelry, and from royalties on my patterns on the Interweave website... But honestly, such income is just peanuts...only worth mentioning because it was unexpected, considering that I practically didn't have new content. 

I only had one published pattern last year, which is available free on crochet.com This is quite a unique style for a crocheted bag, its practical too. But not all yarns will work for this design, the best yarn is the one used in the pattern, or a similar one. 




Also in 2020, I submitted a beach coverup pattern for the WeCrochet Magazine Summer 2021 issue.


 Ready to crochet with Curio #10? Its 100% cotton, very easy to work with, and the resulting garment is light yet the design is defined and has no big holes. 


Other Stuff

A throwback pic from 2 years ago...my granddaughter showing the crochet purse I made, which she used as a toy dog carrier.

And another look at my yarn inventory from 3 years ago, to remind myself that these needed to be made into projects! 



The plan this year is to continue to use up yarns and other materials and to keep on organizing them...its as important to find what you need, when you need it.

Thanks for looking! By the way, I celebrated a milestone birthday last year. 😎


For more of my crafting posts, you can follow me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/crochet.denim.me/



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Back to Crochet and Crafting...


With all the initial stress of this pandemic, I didn't feel like crafting for a while. Until recently, that is. Now I feel I'm back to my crochet and crafting mojo! 
First I decided to finish this ancient project of mine, started in 2011. This was the prototype of my design published on Interweave Crochet Summer 2013. The pattern is available here.

A beach-ready outfit waiting for the opportunity.


Next, my newest crochet/sewing project...its granny squares and recycled denim! First time I enjoyed making granny squares! 
This started as a wearable project for a child, based on this pattern ...thinking it would be for my granddaughter. But having made the squares using local size 8 threads, I realized its not going to be comfy to wear in our warm weather, its also a bit scratchy on the skin, and most of all will take too much time. 
Now, as I admire the squares I made so far, I thought of what I could make with it. I imagined a bag, a child's bag...and its going to be combined with denim for that modern, and edgy vibes.





And now, its finished! I like it a lot...will my granddaughter like it too? I'll save it for her next birthday.


I'm currently working on two crochet thread projects. One of which I intend to submit as a design proposal...I need to work faster now as the deadline is near. 

Thanks for looking, and please keep on following my posts...I will try not to disappoint 😀
You can also follow me on IG at crochet.denim.me and on FB at Mimi Alelis Designs.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Crochet and Other Stuff in 2019

Hello 2020! To whom it may concern, this year will be my 15th year in Blogger, and my 60th year in this world. I'm really looking forward... But wait! this year everything was put on hold, and our lives changed. Lucky are we if we didn't get infected, or none of our loved ones did...So just staying healthy and sane this year is an accomplishment worth mentioning.

This blogpost came very late for the topic, but I still need to finish it...just to complete my yearly compilation of crochet-related stuff.
So, here's my crafting for 2019.
(Btw, if you are on IG, please view @crochet.denim.me. You're welcome to follow me, and I'll follow back if you have a crochet/craft account too. 😇)

Crochet Projects

These are most of my projects for the year as posted on Ravelry...
Projects with details on Ravelry
The wonderful part of being able to crochet is making gifts that delight kids. Here's my granddaughter when she got the little mermaid doll https://www.instagram.com/p/BwdEH5nB1cO/

Crochet Little Mermaid Doll
The Little Mermaid
Then there's also the satisfaction one gets from being able to customize something that would help other people...like this crochet boobies to be used to teach moms how to breastfeed.

Crochet Boobs
Crochet Boobs

And these tiny booties for the preemies at the hospital. I made several pairs, mostly in white.

Preemie Baby Booties
And here's a gift I made for a friend visiting from abroad, January 2019.

Crochet Dreamcatcher
Crochet Dreamcatcher


Patterns
I only published one free pattern on my blog, though I made up several small patterns that we used when I was teaching crochet to some moms at a local children's hospital.

Crochet Flounder free pattern
Crochet Flounder Amigurumi
Flounder Amigurumi - free crochet pattern
(Disclaimer: Pardon the ads appearing on the pattern.)

Also in 2019, I submitted a tote bag pattern for the WeCrochet Magazine Spring 2020 issue.


Other Stuff


Crochet session
At the Philippine Children's Medical Center, July 2019...crochet session that ended with fruit-eating session 😍


More crafting soon...I hope, and may I come up with some more crochet designs.

Thanks for looking! Here's my end-of-the-year 2019 pic. See you in 2020! 😎



Saturday, September 14, 2019

My Crochet Library

Whether you're an aspiring crochet artist, an experienced crocheter or even a beginner, you most probably have your own growing collection of books and printed materials on crochet. As for me, I thought at the start it would take very long and costly to fill up a bookshelf with crochet books. But thanks to the Book Depository - I now have a good enough collection.
I usually find there the book I like on any topic, just by searching on their website. Ordering online is so convenient, that's why its so tempting for me to buy books! Best of all, there's no shipping fee! FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE - for those of us here in the Philippines, we are terrified of shipping fees from abroad, because it often doubles up the cost of the item for us.
Here are just some of the crochet books I have ordered from The Book Depository



And here's one I just ordered and on the way to me: The latest and hottest crochet book by London Kaye,

wait....there's more!

For orders from the Philippines, get a 10% discount using code PH10, up to Sept. 22. Browse now at the Book Depository

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Flounder the fish - free crochet pattern

I'm sharing the pattern for the flounder amigurumi I made as companion for the Ariel mermaid doll  for my granddaughter. This one have the stripes worked in tapestry crochet. But you may also add in the stripes later, like in this first model I made.




Flounder Amigurumi
copyright Mimi Alelis, 2019
This pattern can only be found on this link:
https://mycrochetstuff.blogspot.com/2019/04/flounder-fish-free-crochet-pattern.html


Materials
Worsted weight yarn - yellow and blue
Crochet hook size 4mm
Polyester fiberfill
Small amounts of crochet thread for facial features - black, white and green (for eyes, eyebrows), red for lips
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Crochet Gauge: 9 sts = 2 inches

Notes: Do not join rnds, work in a continuous spiral, marking the beginning of rnds as you go. 


Head and Body
With yellow, start with a magic ring, 
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6 sc).
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc).
Rnd 3: (sc in sc, 2 sc in next) 6 times (18sc).
Rnd 4: work in back loops only for this rnd, (sc in next 2 sc , 2 sc in next) 6 times (24sc)
Rnd 5: ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, sl st in next sc, sc in each sc around, sc on each st on the opposite side of ch 4 in the beginning of this rnd, sc again on the last st (31 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in each sc around (31 sc)
Rnd 7: sc in next 24 sc, sc and hdc in next, sc, hdc and sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc (33 sts) 
Rnd 8:, Sc in 3 sc, sc and hdc in next, hdc and sc in next. sc in next 20 sc, sc2tog twice, sc in last 4 sc (33 sc)
Rnd 9:, Sc in 2 sc, sc2tog twice, sc in 27 sc (31 sc)
Rnd 10: sc in each sc around (31sc)

Rnds 11-13: sc in 23 sc, change to blue (for the stripe), sc in 15 sc (move marker up the rnd as you go; carry unused yarn at the back of work), change to yellow, sc in 16 sc, change to blue, sc in 15 sc, change to yellow, sc in 35 sc (31 sc)
Rnd 14: sc in each sc around (31 sc)
Rnds 15-17: sc in 23 sc, change to blue, sc in 15 sc, change to yellow, sc in 7 sc, sc2tog. sc in 7 sc, change to blue, sc in 15 sc, change to yellow, sc in 22 sc 
Rnd 18: (sc in 8 sc, sc2tog) 3 times (27sc)
Rnds 19-21: sc in 20 sc, change to blue, sc in 15 sc, change to yellow, sc in 12sc, change to blue, sc in 7 sc sc2tog, sc in 6 sc, change to yellow, sc in next sc, sc2tog, (sc in 7 sc, sc2tog) twice, sc in 7 sc ( 24 sc at the of rnd 21) 
Rnd 22: (sc in 6 sc, sc2tog) three times (21sc)
Rnd 23-25: (sc in 6 sc, sc2tog) twice, change to blue, sc in 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in 5 sc, change to yellow, sc in 3 sc, sc2tog, sc in 2 sc, change to blue, sc in 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in 4 sc, change to yellow, sc in 2 sc, sc2tog, sc in 7 sc (15 sc at the end of rnd 25)
Begin stuffing.
Rnd 26: (sc in 3 sc, sc2tog) 3 times (12sc) Sc in 6 sc, change to blue,
Sl st in next st, cut-off yellow yarn, continue on with blue yarn.
Tail
Rnd 1: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in 1st sc to join (12 sc)
Rnd 2: ch 1(sc in sc, 2 sc in next) repeat around, sl st to join (18 sc)
Rnd 3: ch 12 sc in sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc, join ( 22 sc)
Rnd 4: ch 1, sc in 5 sc, sl st in next sc, sc in 10 sc, sl st in next, sc in 5 sc, join (22 sts)
Rnd 5: ch 2, dc in same st, hdc in next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, sl st in sl st, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2, (2 dc in next sc) twice, hdc in next 2 sc, sc in next 2 sc, sl st in sl st, sc in next 2 sc, hdc in next 2, 2 dc in last sc, join (26 sts)
Cut off yarn, leaving enough length for sewing. Sew the tail end to close.

Fins (make 2) 
Row 1: Cn 7, turn, sl st in top loops only, from the 2nd ch from hook and next 5 chs, turn..
Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in 3 sts, sc in next 2 st, sc and hdc in last st, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sl st in 1 st, sc in 3 sts, sl st in 3 sts, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, sl st in 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sl st in 6 sts. Fasten off leaving 12 inches for sewing.
Sew about 3 sts below the first blue stripe.

Top Flap
Row 1: Ch 16 for base, *ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next 2 ch, sc in next**, turn and sl st in the 2nd sc from hook, turn, repeat from * to **, sl st on the sc in base, hdc in the next ch, repeat * to **, dc on the same st where hdc was made, dc in next 7 chs, hdc in 3 chs, sc in 2 chs, sl st in 2 chs, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, skip the 1st sl st, sl st in next, sl st in 2 sc, sc in 3 hdc, hdc in 4 dc, dc in 4 dc, turn.
Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same st, dc in next 2, hdc in 3 sts, sc in next, sl st in next. Fasten off leaving 12 inches for sewing.
Sew across top of head and body.

Mouth
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: (1 sc, 2 sc in next) 3 times (9sc)
Rnd 3:2 sc in each sc (18 sc)
Rnd 4: Ch 5, skip 5 sc, sc in next 13 sc, 5 sc in ch 5 space, sl st in next sc. Fasten off leaving 18 inches for sewing.


Cheeks (make 2)
Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring
Rnd 2: (1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next) 3 times (9sc)
Rnd 3: (1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next) 3 times, sl st in next sc (12 sc)
Fasten off leaving 12 inches for sewing.




Eyes (make 2)
With crochet thread and 1.75 (or 1.5 mm) hook,
Rnd 1: With black, 6 sc in magic ring.
Rnd 2, change to green, (2 sc in sc, sc in next) 3 times.
Rnd 3: change to white, 2 sc in sc, sc in next 2 sc) twice, change to black, sl st in remaining sts. Fasten off white, leaving 12 inches for sewing and for embroidering the dot in the pupil. Fasten off black leaving 18 inches for sewing and embroidering of eyebrow.


Update: April 13, 2020
Finished another flounder for my 6yr. old niece today...while we are on quarantine.

Crochet Flounder free Crochet and Other Stuff