I had contact K.T. about possible help with knitting from charts. She agreed and we met for a Panera Cobblestone and my favorite Cinnamon Crunch Scone with coffee. As it turned out, I had only shifted my lace pattern. Done with knit technical support, we returned to my home where we sat and caught up with eath other’s lives.
As I was showing K.T. my new skill – interlock crochet – K.T. expressed a desire to buy it, but commented that she would like it bigger. I informed her of the price and indicated that she would be eligible for the Freinds & Family 25% discount. Because I would have to crochet more fabric, I told K.T. that I would just charge her the difference from the FF discount + she would buy the additional yarn and she agreed.
Unfortunately, the yarn used to make Mystery Achievement – Schoeller+Stahl Portofino Soufflé – has been discountinued. We both thought that we could take the afghan to a yarn store for color matching. We went to The Slipt Stitch to see if we could find something and we did!
Care: Permanent press. Non-chlorine bleach. Do not tumble dry. Dry flat. Do not iron. Color: 12 Content: 100% Polyester Weight: 5, Bulky
Calculating how much we needed was a little bit of a mind bender, but I think I figured it out…I just realized that I had the wrong numbers at the store. Aiyaa! Better call K.T.; I’ve already started, but might might need more.
I received the featured image in my email yesterday. I was contracted to make these back in 2015. They took seven months to crochet at a cost of USD $500.00.
Unfortunately, I did not collect my full payment. I discounted them $100.00 due to discoloration of older thread I started with. Bleach washing did not rectify the problem. Then I discounted another $100.00 just to get them to the customer and out of my house. I forgot to mention that they were not completely paid for until about last month, May 2017.
While on Facebook today, I noticed a message from my friend Verna in Oregon. She was asking for help with a Crochet Bobble Beard by Ashlee Marie, size: small. When I called her to confirm color and for a pattern URL, she indicated Xmas Rush. I told her I would go through my stash to find the right color and put her order in from of the orange cable scarf I was having difficulty getting started due to unclear vision.
Very easy pattern and quick. The best part: I did not have to start a new skein, which I had anticipated because I did not know how much yarn would be required, thinking it would be more than expected because of the bobbles. As it turned out, I was able to make this project with a ball of unknown acrylic yarn in a chocolate brown color (suspecting Caron One Pound due to yarn texture).
As a bonus, I did not have the song You’re Still A Young Man in my music library yet. I didn’t even know who performed the song, thinking Temptations or Stylistics. As it turned out I discovered the artist was Tower of Power and I was able to acquire the song!
Back in July 2015, my cousin asked me to make this for his uncle in gratitude for wedding planning. I created the chart and a spreadsheet and crocheted the afghan, finishing in December 2015. However, due to bleach discoloration within the first 10 rows, I had to remake this afghan and I just finished today.
I seriously need to learn how to crochet left handed so, my tapestry pieces will not have a stitch bias/slant. This time around I stranded unused yarn behind the afghan versus cutting my color changes. Turns out I used the same amount of yarn. I found that a little odd, thinking I might use at least on extra skein due to the stranding. Go figure! The most important thing I learned is that I don’t charge enough for my work. I used to base my pricing on 4 x the cost of the yarn, but when the customer chooses the cheapest yarn, I suffer. This entire afghan totaled out at $209.40. Based on this, I am changing my pricing schedule which will reflect the time investment in making such a piece.
I calculated my time crocheting this piece and came out to about 70 hours. At minimum wage, the cost for crochet alone would be $700.00. That does not even include the time it took to make the chart and pattern. Despite possible copyright infringement, I am publishing my pattern for sale, so hopefully, I can make a little income to offset this undercharge. I also feel that people that appreciate handmade items will appreciate the cost increase, adding value to the piece. My friends and family discount of 25% will still apply to all items.
On da Hook: January 6, 2016 Off da Hook: January 21, 2016 Pattern:Mayflower Baby Blanket by Tammy Hildebrand Yarn:Cascade Elysian (Fiber Content: 60% Superwash Merino Wool, 40% Acrylic; Yarn Color: 06; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Hook: US I/9 – 5.5 mm Dimensions: 31 x 31 inches
Oh whoa! Oh whoa! Oh whoa!
Loved the pattern result. I indicated medium difficulty rating because I am an advance crocheter; Lynette had difficulty with the pattern as a less experienced crocheter. Advise confident knowledge of back/front post construction, which took me a minute to get my stitch count down. The other thing that threw me for a loop was the half double crochets, whose top stitch points left versus double crochet which point right.
Noticed some errors in the copy: Border indicates SC count…should be stitch count. Notified Caron. Once again when it come to the border, my counts got all messed up, so I improvised a border; also because we were not sure we had enough yarn. Commendation to Cascade Yarns for getting back to me within 24 hours; I was right should have read “stitches,” not “single crochet.”
When I calculated 5 skein yardage, I was short. Another visit to the store only produced one more skein and I thought we needed at least two.
Oh well, I am just waiting to hear from the client as to whether she is satisfied and then I will sew in the ends, fluff it and deliver it.
I always try to find a project appropriate song name for my projects, but I my choices are lessening. I named this project after Baby by Justin Bieber. I think I may just start picking song names at random.
This is my next commissioned piece; it will be an xmas gift, so I decided I better get started so I can finish on time. Please do not ask me for the chart, as I cannot violate copyright laws and distribute for profit, nor do I want to distribute for free because of the work involved in charting this logo.
On da Hook: August 29, 2015 Off da Hook: August 30, 2012 Pattern:Pretty Pineapples by Judy Teague Treece Yarn: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown [Cotton], Yarn Color: Unknown [White], Yarn Weight: Thread) Hook: US 7 – 1.5 mm Dimensions: 14 inch diameter
A friend asked me to make her a doily to set under the vase on her dining room table. I figured I could whip this up real quick, so I set to crocheting yesterday. Unfortunately, what should have been done in one day took two because of the extreme humidity and heat we have been experiencing; using too small a hook didn’t help. I am not sure what happened – most likely tension – but I am not crazy that the fan tails (the beginning portion, extending from the center; they look smooshed. I am also not crazy about the jog-space in the center. The pattern is well written, but those treble crochet clusters got old fast.
I love pineapples; that’s why I picked this pattern. The project name – Pineapple Princess by Annette Funicello – should be obvious.