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I am a Jill of all trades , SAHM and lover of all crafts. I think my middle name is Creating :) Each day I try to invision some new detail or put together some stiches I have never done before for a new look. I can`t wait to see what tomorrow will bring . Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how I am doing.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Crochet Mary Jane booties in Blue




These blue booties measure 4`` and can stretch to 5``

I love making these Mary Jane booties , I decided on blue just to brake away from the same old pinks that I have been working on . I decided on a darker blue w/a yellow green center buttons to make them pop from the booties  . 

A child can`t have enough booties :)

Gorgeous crochet Glam Hat fits size 6 months to 3 yrs




This is a totally stunning hat ! Any childs wardrobe would reep its benifit . it is in a Wine color , the flower is in a mix of colors , so it can coordinate with many different colors . The fun fur is in a light pink .

I made this Hat with Lion Brand yarn and I added the fun fur around the hat for detail and to give the dazzling effect .

I have added a tie behind the flower for size adjustment.

You can Dazzle your little one with this one of a kind pattern created by ``creatingwithni ``.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My very 1st Etsy sale :)




festive hat




My Hats are being shipped to Australia  :) I couldn`t have asked for a  sweeter customer . She has given me alot to think about when choosing my colors . I was so happy after our transaction and e`mails back and forth that I made her a little  surprise present to send with her order. 


My etsy store :
creatingwithni.etsy.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mary Jane Slippers


cream w/ gold metallic shine and a blk and gold buttons
These show the optional row at the top that I prefer .
I have thought of making ballerina slippers from this pattern by omitting the button and adding long straps . 


I made these Mary Jane's`s for my niece
Black with a metallic shine and a black /gold button

 size 9 months( 4 1/2 inches)

Skill Level - Easy

Abbreviations
HDC - Half Double Crochet
FHDC - Foundation Half Double Crochet
DC- double crochet
slip stitch

Materials needed
Size G  4mm crochet hook
fine yarn(2) - I used Lion Brand - Vanna`s glamour in black w/a beautiful Shiny metallic )
Needle(tapestry for sewing)
2 Buttons for Strap Closure



Sole and Sides
Round 1: Side 1- Make 12 foundation half double crochet.(Work a chain of  13 if you prefer to use a chain stitch instead) . Work 4 Double Crochet in**4th chain stich . - Work 1 HDC in each of the next 8 stitches. Work 4 DC in the last stitch. Join with the beginning stitch(slip stitch ). (26 Total)

Round 2: (Increase Section) (This next section has increase stitches to form the rounded shaping of the slipper) 2 DC in the 1st ST, 1DC in the next St, 2DC in the next ST, 1 DC in the next ST, 1HDC in the next ST 8 St's, (Increase Section) 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next ST, 2 HDC in the next ST, 1 HDC in the next 8 Stitches, join with slip stitch


from this point work in Back Stitch
Round 3-4-5  : Ch 2, turn, this chain will count as a stitch.  Work 1 DC in each stitch around.

Toe Top
Find the center of the slipper. Count back 7 stitches and attach the yarn. CH 2. There are going to be a lot of stitches on the hook for the toe top. Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert through the next stitch,pull thru last thread that's s on the hook and leave the rest of  loops on the hook. Do this13 times total. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through all the loops being careful not to drop any of the loops off of the hook. Adjust the final loop for a tight closure. Chain it to secure it . Cut a  8 inch tail, pull the yarn through the chain. Sew the tail through the stitches a couple of times to make sure the stitches are nice and tight . Knot it  and sew in your tail.

Strap
Skip 2 stitches  and Attach the yarn to the 3rd stitch. Ch 2,  (16 DC.) There will be 2 stitches on each side left unworked .

( This is optional - chain 2 . turn and work a HDC in each of the previous DC  (16 stitches ) )

Work 7 Foundation Half Double Crochet to make the strap. The first FHDC will be worked in the same stitch as the last DC. NOTE: Attach the yarn to the opposite side for the second slipper so you have a closure on each side ( 1 you attach to the left and the other shoe you attach -start to the right ) .
Button Loop
Chain 6 0r more depending on the size button you are using for the closure. Join with the opposite end of the Double Crochet. Cut the yarn and sew in the tail.

Sew on your button  and you are done :)

** correction on 1/04/2010

Monday, December 7, 2009

NEW GIVEAWAY FOR DECEMBER ....CROCHET SCARF



This is the solomons knot ( also known as the lovers knot ) the top part is made with the  shell stitch , These are the stitches I will use for the SCARF GIVEAWAY IN YOUR CHOICE OF COLOR .
 
The December giveaway will be a scarf .... The winner of the Giveaway will pick the color of their choice ( and The size of the scarf  ( up to 12 inches wide  and up to 60 `` long ..That size includes the fringe. ) 
I will be making the scarf in the solomons knot,and I will incorporate the shell stich with it in alternating rows . It will also have a 4`` fringe .   Item will be made to order after the winner has been notified and I will ship it out in aproximately 1  to 2 weeks from the day I am given the color & size.

The giveaway runs from Tuesday Dcember 8th  1:00 AM PST until 12PM PST  Thursday December 31 st.. The winner will be chosen by random, and emailed on Friday morning Jan1st . If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Unfortunately, we only accept U.S mailing addresses at this time , I can not ship to P.O. boxes , or outside the US.

{entries - US ONLY and ONLY 1 per e`mail or IP address. Must be over 18 to enter}

To enter.. Be a follower and just leave a comment ( starting December 8th )  leave your first name and just the initial of your last name , The State you are from and your email using dotcom format to safeguard your e`mail (every comment must include an email address so that I can notify you if your the winner . )
Your privacy is important to us . , rest assured that you will not get spammed by 3rd parties. If you do not feel comfortable leaving the e`mail here just leave a comment saying you want to enter and then send me an e`mail @ mamma_nee@yahoo.com or creatingwithni@yahoo.com ...put SCARF GIVEAWAY in the subject line . and I will keep a record of your e`mail till the winner is announced.

GOOD LUCK EVERY ONE  !

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My newest creation (attached skirtw/pant)


Skirt w/attached pant


My vision coming to life :)

I had envisioned this in my head for the longest time . I searched and searched the web to try and find something to guide me for measurements . Inseam ? how long from waist ? how long to make the skirt etc and I can not believe I couldn`t find help out there . I used the diaper measurement to help me figure out the rise ., And I more or less took a guess on what I thought was the correct length for the skirt . I like how it came out . I am thinking to make a sweater to go with it . 

Glamour Shawl





Glamour Shawl ( made for my Sister N Law)

I used Vanna`s Glamour yarn  for this Shawl ,
It has a metallic Polyester and glitters in the light ,
I am just in love with this yarn. it only seams available
in stores around the Holidays, so its a good idea to stock
up when you come across it  !

5 1/2 skeins for a 60`` X 20`` using a size D hook 
I was able to make a few headbands from the remainder
of the yarn :)

Again I used the Lovers knot stitch for this .

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

MY PRETTY IN PINK COLLECTION


Pretty in Pink Poncho


Pretty in Pink Flower on the Poncho



Pretty in Pink  Headband


Pretty in Pink  Hats


I just finished my pretty in pink collection this morning . I just love pinkwith a touch of white.

Who`s little girl wouldn`t look pretty in these ??

Thursday, November 12, 2009

crochet pastel headband






PASTEL HEADBAND

I finished this this morning . I like the pastel colors in this yarn and it has a nice shine .

In the picture the flower looks square-ish ! LOL If that's even a word but when I look at it I don`t see it square.  It may just be the photographer in me that needs more practice angling the camera in the right direction .  This is my greatest seller and my favorite of all the headbands that I have made so far. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Crochet Pastel Poncho


intricate details



Totally stunning !


This poncho just yells Spring !
Whose little girl wouldn`t look adorable in this ?

I had fun making it . This again went very fast .
I may end up adding more details around the neck area .

I used Double crochet , Shell Stitch and the Lovers Knot  to make this unique style  , and the intricate detail in the front is a one of a kind, even I probably would never make another like it ! I love giving each piece its own identity !

Monday, November 9, 2009

Floppy hat for my niece Emily


Emily with her new Floppy hat

I made this floppy hat for my niece Emily . She looks so adorable with it .

I love the color on her . I will definitely have to make some more in this color . This particular yarn made the hat kinda floppy because it can not be work in any way to give it more shape so when you see the hat its like eh and you kinda just look away but If you give it a chance and have the child try it on , you will be amazed at how pretty it can look when wearing it .

Dont judge by the first look when looking at any handmade items .  Go ahead and ask to try them on .

Sunday, November 8, 2009

My neice posing with my crochet hat


My sweet niece showing off one of my hats :)

Here is one of my crocheted hat being worn by my niece . Everyone seams to just love this style .
I am thinking of making as many as I can this year so that I can sell them at a fair next October .  I went and picked up many new yarns at Michael's yesterday and have started to crochet like mad !! soon as one is finished , I jumped to the next !  I can`t wait to see what the next color combo will kook like. 

 I noticed that all the items I make look so much nicer when I have someone model for them  so maybe come time for the fair , I`ll have my niece with me to help me sell them quicker ? :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FREE PINK INFANT HAT GIVAWAY starts 11/1/09 ends 11/30/09


back view




I am giving away this adorable PINK  Little girls crochet hat (infant size newborn to 6 month) to one lucky winner This is a creatingwithni original .


The giveaway runs from  November 1 st. 1:00 AM Sunday PST  until 12PM PST Monday November 30 th.. The winner will be chosen by random, and emailed on Tuesday morning  Dec 1st . If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a second winner will be chosen. Unfortunately, we only accept U.S mailing addresses at this time , I can not ship to P.O. boxes , or outside the US.

{entries - US ONLY and  ONLY 1 per e`mail or IP address. Must be over 18 to enter}

To enter just leave a comment ( starting November 1st ) with your e`mail , first name and just the initial of your last name , The State you are from (every comment must include an email address so that I can notify the winner )
Your privacy is important to us . I will not display any of your comments that have an e`mail address on my blog comments , so rest assured that you will not get spammed by 3rd parties. If you want to leave a separate comment excluding your e`mail so that I can publish it then do so  and I`ll be happy to add the comment to my blog .

Monday, October 26, 2009

DOILY



DOILY




My sister N law bought this crochet thread some years ago and started to make the doily and just never got around to finishing it .  She came across it again this weekend and gave them to me to finish them for her .  I did not have enough of the thread to make a third doily and there is no way of finding something here in the states to match it with so she will have to be happy with just the two. 

Saturday, October 24, 2009

CROCHET FROG PRINCE eating flies


Meet my FROG PRINCE

I wanted to make something fun for my nephews , and my friends at crochetville suggested this frog with flies . It is cute and very educational for a young child . I made 5 flies  to stuff in his mouth  ..One  I gave only 3 legs .. One I made with very short legs   , One I made with very long legs . This way it will help them with their math skills . 

Friday, October 23, 2009

CREAM and PINK hat


front view


side view


top view


Cream & Pink  Colored Hat

I feel the winter in my bones so it is hats , hats , and more hats !  I can`t get my hands to stop working in this cool weather ! I love it :)  

The flower for this hat took almost as long as making the hat itself , but the flowers are my signature to all my creations so I take care in trying to make each one look different  and if I fail with the first try , I keep trying till I get one that I love . It may sometimes take me 10 tries but the end result is always worth it for me .

I owe all my inspiration for these HATS  to Baby Emily , Carolina , Daniella , And baby Liya ( whom I haven`t even met yet ! , But a picture says a thousand words :) )

I wonder what the next hat will be ? I can`t wait myself ! I have been thinking Xmas colors . Time will tell .

If you have any ideas about color schemes or styles ,  jot me a comment and let me know !

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Poncho


Poncho


Flower


Poncho fits size 10/12 maroon & Lt blue

This Pancho just turned out fabulous . I made it with A combination of  Double crochet , Shell stitch and the Lovers knot (Also known as the Solomon's knots ).  I added a nice long fringe on the bottom , A cute flower in the front with a long tassel to give it the extra touch  it needed .

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hat done on a loom



Hat done on a round loom


An up close look of the stitch on the round loom

I found a set of 5 looms on sale for $4.99 last year and just could not pass them up , I had never worked on these round looms before so I was not sure what to expect. The end result is amazing , It looks so professional and I love that you can make them double thick so they are very warm for those very cold days . You can also make them double sided in 2 different colors (reversible ) I will be playing with them more  in the coming weeks .

Its amazing how quick it works up , but I do tend to get bored of the repetition in the stitch . This is great to make someone a quick gift , when time is of the essence.

It actually looks like it has been done on a machine .

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pink and White Poncho


Pink And White Poncho


A closer look

 
Close up of my Flower details



A look at the Neck Line


I made this for my Cousin`s Daughter ( Michelle D`ambrosio) She always has the biggest smile when I see her .  These colors will make her  smile look  even brighter :) 
I used a combination of different stitches to give her more warmth around the neck area by using the double crochet ,  and upper arms and chest area using the Shell Stitch,  and then I combined it with the lacy look  using the lover`s knot stitch ( also known as the Solomon stitch ).  And of course A fringe around the bottom .

I love the way it turned out . I of course had to add My signature to it by adding the flowers . You will notice that in almost all my creations  you will find a different flower which I created just to make them unique from anyone else .

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Neice Emily modeling her poncho and hat


My adorable neice in the poncho and hat that I created especially for her .
isn`t she cute ?? :)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

folded up floppy hat



My second go at the floppy hat ! By golly I think I got it ! :))

I am just in love with this pattern ..I can`t wait to see how it looks on a child .

Monday, October 5, 2009

pink little girls crocheted floppy hat





I just finished this today ... I was going to follow a pattern but then ended up winging it on my own as I usually do . I`ll be adding this to my Christmas collection .

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Baby sweater and headband


Christmas Collection


Baby sweater & headband


I just finished this set for my Christmas collection ,
A mix of pastel colors and a cute flower to add a special touch .