Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ol' Blue

I love this pattern, and this color! *THEY DON'T MAKE THIS COLOR ANYMORE! Lame! They have a pastel blue that took it's place...which is pretty, but who can't not love teal?? The official color of all bad bridesmaid's dresses?!? That's my question.*
I'm thinking of putting the pattern on etsy, would anyone buy it? That is, someday when I revamp my store and actually put everything on there that I can sell- what am I waiting for, you ask? 1) to get all the rest of my "model" shoots taken care of and 2) sort of tense, I don't know what would be worse, that I would have too many sales to keep up or that no one would buy anything...
Mmm...the scouts at my church made cookies for all the church presidencies- my husband is in charge of the teenage guys, so he got a plate, and there is some good stuff in here. Too good. There goes my no sugar resolve (one of many).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

How to Crochet in Rounds

How do you crochet a hat?
I will tell you the secret, my friend. Lean in close, no one can know but you and me....

*you have to crochet in rounds*

Okay, now that I got that off my chest, step this way while this message self destructs.

Just kidding, with the painstaking time I took to take pictures of myself crocheting (yes, I said I did it myself, one hand on the camera, which then switches to move the hook and yarn, then back on the camera, repeated several times), then the editing and numbering them so I would remember what order they went in, I would not lightly destruct this message.
That's the question I get most often from friends: how do you crochet a hat? I can only do {scarves, potholders, blanket squares, other things that don't express the crocheted-in-round demension}. Well, here ya go. This is how you do it.
I'm starting from the beginning, and also assuming you know: how to yarn over, what a slip stitch is, and what a single crochet is. If you don't, it's really easy, google it. I wash my hands of you.
Although I do kind of explain it in here anyway.

Every crochet project begins with a loop.
Say hello, Loop.

Now make a slip stitch out of your loop by yarning over your hook and bringing it through the loop as shown below.

Don't make it too big, maybe two or three times the width of your hook.
Now yarn over and make another slip stitch.

I think I am channeling Ree Drummond here. This could be a recipe for really yummy cinnamon rolls or beef and snow peas...
Okay, now slip stitch twice more so you now have three lovely slip stitches in a row.

Here comes the mind blowing part, we are going to connect this into a circle by slip stitching back through the first slip stitch you made. So if you've crocheted before, you know what those lovely "V"'s look like when you are crocheting. Find them in your fantastic row and locate the first one. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, look below and hopefully this will help.

You are going to slip your hook through so it goes underneath both parts of the "V" like so:

Now yarn over and pull through everything ya got, like this:

Pat yourself on the back if you've made it this far. Your whole world should be on end right about now if you've never done this. It's like that moment in the movie "Contact" where Jody Foster figures out all that alien code they received is actually a map for a worm-hole warping device that will connect worlds together. WHOA!
If you haven't made it this far...well, nice try. Better luck next time.
Just kidding, silly, email me at and I will help ya figure it out. Personally. For you.

Okay moving on, now you are going to make your second round. Start with another slip stitch.

Aren't you glad I took two pictures to diagram that one for you? Just in case you forgot from the beginning of the tutorial and you don't feel like scrolling to the top of the page.

Okay now comes a kinda tricky part. You have to find the hole...the the middle of the round. You probably won't be able to see it unless you pull the stitches apart a little, or do what I did and just sort of wiggle your hook into the middle until you find the center. I pulled out my hook and "pointed" to the whole for you in the next picture so you can see where it's supposed to be.

Now push your hook through for real, yarn over, and then pull back through.

Beautiful. Now yarn over again, and pull through the two loops like so:

You have just successfully done a single crochet through the hole in the middle. Let's do another, shall we?

Happy face. Now do six more until you have completed eight single crochets all together into a nice circle. *NOTE: 8 single crochets will start you off making a very small hat, like newborn or infant sized depending on your yarn/hook size- this is just for practice, but if you are doing it for real and you want a larger hat, do more SC's (single crochets...if you've never read a pattern before) to start off with so that it will end up being bigger*

Now we are going to seal the deal by closing the round. This is my favorite part. Makes everything so neat and tidy. At this point you should have 8 single crochets around in a circle and be back at the slip stitch you started with. I've highlighted it below in pink (the two sides of the V).

Push your hook through the V, then yarn over and pull through the V and your loop, as shown below.
I usually end up doing that in two steps, pull through the "V", then pull through the loop as it doesn't always just slip through everything so nicely.

Congratulations, you have your SECOND ROUND completed! You may now start playing "It's a beautiful night" by Ace of Base and do a happy dance.

If you were to continue on in the hat, you would do another slip stitch, then start crocheting two SC's into each stitch around the circle until you come back to your original slip stitch and join the round again.

Sorry to leave you hanging, for those of you who want more, but this is the end of my "How to Crochet in Rounds" tutorial. The next tutorial will cover the very mathematical and very complicated (not really) How to make your hat round down evenly and not ruffle or become a cone-headed hat formula!!! (forumla, formula, formula....)
Ba ba da baaah!
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Brighten your day with some cake, please.

One of the most wonderful things about being able to take pictures is to swap with my other creative friends. And this friend is very creative- she makes the cutest derned little cakes and cupcakes you've ever seen! Check out her blog here: Sugar Mamma Cakes. I have to admit it was rather hard to hand this beautiful little creation above to my 13 month old. But alas, bygones must be bygones, and this cake became a bygone very quickly.

"Who are you and where have you been all my life?!"

The remnants. She ate almost the entire thing. We were winding down from the shoot and most of the cake remained smashed in front of her, she didn't seen particularly interested in finishing it at first- I was trying to figure out how to get her inside without leaving my camera equipment outside or leaving my kids outside by themselves, so as I started packing up, her older siblings, who were eagerly watching in anticipation, asked politely if they could try some. Sure! Help Mommy clean some of this up. Linus walked over and picked up a small piece of it, but before he could get it to his mouth, Odell began waving her arms frantically and whining in frustration, then snatched the cake right out of his hand and ate it up. Linus started balling (my mother in law had just gotten home and was watching and giggling with me), so I calmed him down, and told him to grab another piece- only the exact same thing happened, and same when Chloe tried to get some. Before I knew it, I had to swoop in and grab a couple of pieces to give to the other two and then the rest of the cake was gone. I got a quick lick of the scrumptious cake from the frosting on my finger and Odell demolished the rest. I suddenly had horrid visions pop into my head of an 80 lb Kindergarten girl hobbling around the cafeteria at school snatching up other kids' cupcakes out of their lunches and smothering them into her mouth before they could stop her...yes, smash cake shoot will only happen once per kid, I believe...
Go order a cupcake from Emily and eat it. Right now. For the rest of us who didn't get any from my monster baby...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Date night with myself

Watching the new Jane Eyre and crocheting tonight- hubbs has a church meeting and then up all night studying for a test, poor bloke. Although I'm sure he would much prefer that to crocheting and watching a "girly" movie with me. :-)
Found this from a fellow local photographer, it totally describes my photo journey so far. :-)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In your face Mud. Literally.

A week and a half ago I was invited by a fellow local photographer to help him shoot this crazy, wacky, TOTALLY WICKED race they call the Mud Brigade in Loveland.
It was awesome.
Now, I in no way consider myself an "action" photographer. I'm much better at still subjects (well, unless you count shooting kids "action photography", cause sometimes it is), however I was stationed at the finish line, right where they had a giant vat of wet mud everyone was supposed to wade through before they crossed the finish line. I hiked my shutter speed up and tried to capture all the golden flecks of mud flying in the air and all the, what my father would calle, "carnage" that ensued.
Shawn Logan, the mastermind photographer in charge of shooting the event, was out on the course. The event had a 5K run through a LOT of muddy, nasty, difficult obstacles and people dressed up in all sorts of crazy things to run the race. Shawn took most of the nitty grittie shots on the course, you can see the work he did HERE. With permission from him, I am posting a few of the shots I took, although this in no way represents the large mass of photos I incurred that day. LARGE. I'm sure I made Shawn's job going through the pictures way harder than it needed to be, but I guess too many is better than too little, right?
Anyway, I did have fun, I did burn my face so bad that I peeled brown skin off a week later, but I'm also glad that I do what I do with photography. I like smiling people in clean clothes. Most of the time.
*secretly I've always wanted to do a shoot with a bunch of kids in nice church clothes in a giant mud puddle....anyone interested in ruining their kids Sunday best??*
PS- if you are in the Northern Colorado Area, check out Shawn's work in the links above, or find him on facebook HERE. :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sweetest smile on the earth {Northern Colorado Photographer}

I've been sitting on these pictures for a few days itching to post them. That last shot...just as sweet a sugar. :-)

Monday, September 19, 2011

I put a new hat on today

And suddenly everything was right.

Well, I didn't put on the hat, but my kids all wanted to try it on (as long as it fits, they try on every hat they can get their hands on...except Odell. She doesn't like hats, as previously mentioned here). Don't be jealous of my angular texting skills in photoshop. I know you are. Haven't come up with a name for this one...any suggestions?
The little boy who will be modeling this one has the MOST awesome name in the world, by the way. Outside of my kids' names, of course. :-) Excited to get this one in the portfolio fo' sho'.


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