In this episode I share my current projects, some of which are purely freeform in nature and most of which are meant to be gifts during the upcoming season. All of my projects are stash busters as we quickly approach the end of the year and using up stash always seems the right way to go at this time of year. Thank you for joining me today! In this video I mention that I am considering retiring from the YouTube scene. The few views my videos receive versus the effort put into producing these videos has fed my impostor syndrome and annihilated my self-confidence to the point that retirement seems the best solution right now. But, never say never, right? Maybe the New Year will bring me a new perspective and new ideas to make this channel work for all of us. Take care and have a Happy Holiday Season!!
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1) The introductory video in this episode was taken at the Galaxy of Lights of the Huntsville Botanical Garden. It is a regional holiday tradition that takes place every November and December.
2) I am wearing the Crochet Flower Duster by Clarisabeth Lopez that can be found at https://crochetcakes.com/blog/2020/08/07/crochet-flower-duster/
3) My spell book was inspired by the one presented in the Hocus Pocus movies. If you are not familiar with the book, you can find out all about it at https://evil.fandom.com/wiki/Spellbook
This project incorporates elements of free-style crochet, but it also incorporates several free patterns found on the internet. Various parts of the book I made were inspired by the patterns mentioned below.
https://www.thesunandtheturtle.com/2014/05/a-self-portrait-made-in-crochet-part-2.html. (Crochet eye)
https://youtu.be/jInm8kWTv0g (crochet hand)
Never got around to the zombie fingers... but you can check out my Instagram feed for the completed Book.
4) My ugly Christmas sweater was inspired by the tutorial offered by crochetbybev on her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpQ7C0Lpvqw
As my main color I used Lion Brands Feels Like Butta yarn in dusty blue, white and black. The other colors were bits of Red Heart Super Saver yarns. I used a 4 mm hook and made the same number of stitches and rows as those mentioned in the tutorial. I also went for the same sweater measurements as mentioned, except for the armholes which were only 8 in and therefore I only picked up 56 stitches. The designer provides a link to the Snoopy chart in the description box of her YouTube tutorial.
The final sweater is very roomy for me. Check out my Instagram feed for the completed garment.