Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Last Minute Baby Shower Gift

Like a typical Monday, I arrived at work, glanced at my calendar to review what's coming up this week when this one event popped out on my calendar....

A Coworker's Baby Shower!

Yikes! How could I have forgotten? I already donated to the group gift, but I have made something small for all the babies at work, so I had to find something!

I scoured the latest crochet newsletter from All Free Crochet and found the Pretty Barefoot Baby Sandal pattern from String with Style. The AFC newsletter claimed these could be made in 10 minutes. This was perfect since I not only had to have the gift done by Friday, but had plans every single night that week.

Did it take 10 minutes? I can't really be sure. I multi-tasked the whole time and barely had the flowers sewn on five minuets before the baby shower.

I paired the sandals with a co-ordinating Addison Headband and it was the perfect small gift. The sandals don't look like much, so I messaged the designer and asked if it would be ok to use her photo on the front of the card. She granted permission and the mom loved the little piggies peeking out the front!

If you are heading to a shower and want something small to go along with the gift card you purchased or if you contributed to a group gift like I did, consider making this set. They are super cute and well-loved!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Geeking Out Over Yarn Yoshi

Growing up in the 80s was the best! We are the first generation to experience the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and grow up in a world of visually appealing games! Imagine my excitement when Nintendo released the Wii U gaming system on my 30th birthday - November 18th, 2012. Suh-weet! Thank you for the birthday gift, Nintendo!

But, even more exciting are the rumors that began before the Wii U's release of a Yoshi game involving yarn. My husband knew that I would love the game and he's right! Here are a few print screens of the game play.

How will characters made of yarn interact differently with the world around them? Will the yarnish things be cute decorations or actually part of the game play?

All of these questions and more were answered at E3 yesterday. Holy sweetness...this game is probably going to be my favorite game ever! Knitters and Crocheters of the world alike will  notice how amazingly intricate and precise the artwork is. I squealed as I watched the video explaining to my husband that I saw knit roads, amigurumi battling on the screen and the trees even looked like they were crocheted through the back loop only (my preferred way!).

For the love of yarn, please watch the 2014 E3 announcement trailer below. I promise you will wish that you were Yoshi. I mean, come on, who wouldn't love to kill bad guys and be rewarded with yarn?! This game will be epic!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

How to Make Any Color of Animal Eyes

Supplies Needed:

Clear Animal Eyes
Nail Polish
Keep polish remover and a cotton ball nearby to clean accidents right away.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Velorum Scarf - Free Crochet Pattern

This scarf was 100% inspired by my recent scarf swap partner whose Ravelry ID contains the word astronomy and her color choices were cosmic! I looked to the night sky for a name representing the V-stitch used in this super easy scarf pattern! There was only on name I had ever heard of: VelorumIf you are geeky like me, then you'll recognize the name from Star Wars:
I call for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Velorum.
Aside from that, Velorum is a star system in the constellation Vela.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wrap-Up of Ravellenics 2014

I participated in my first Ravellenic games this year! Ravellenics coincides with the Olympics and it's a time where fiber artists challenge themselves to complete projects and compete on teams.

I was on the team TreeHouse Crochet and started out the games by not pushing myself too hard. I coasted through the first 4 or 5 projects and chose one project that took an entire week of focus to complete. 

Aerial Unwind

This was by far the easiest competition that I participated in. I was making a scarf for a swap and ended up not having enough wool to complete the scarf. 

I used every inch of yarn, then had to frog it (unwind it). It was really hard to unravel that many hours of work, but it was also incredibly freeing! I may start unwinding a little more regularly in the future. 

Hat Halfpipe

I watched a lot of Olympics on NBC simply because I was competing in Ravellenics. I caught the Women's Halfpipe event and was so sad to hear the story of Sarah Burke. Her story and the coverage of this event was truly inspiring and, even now, I continue reflecting on the comments of her parents in the interview. They are truly amazing parents whom I aspire to be like.

 Owen Hat - Made by Niccupp Crochet - Designed by Loops of Love

Toy Tobogganing

Of course this was the most fun event of all! Who doesn't smile when they make fun toys for kids? We have named this dog puppet, Scout, since that's the name of the dog in our church's Sunday School lessons. The kids love Scout! I get to teach Sunday school next week and can't wait to use him with the kids. 

Free pattern from Stitch 11

WIPs Dancing

Intended for a charity collection seeking 70 animals for children in a women's shelter, Owen the Monkey quickly fell through the cracks last fall. I had finished crocheting all the pieces (including his head/body and facial features not shown in this fun photo) last October, but her remained in pieces until now.

 And here he is all finished next to his favorite monkey friend, Peach.

Scarf Super-G and Mitten Moguls

Do you remember that scarf above where I ran out of yarn? I remade it creating a pattern as I went and here's the finished scarf.

Since this scarf is a little more open-work, I ended up having enough wool remaining to barely squeeze out this matching pair of fingerless gloves.

Sweaterboard Cross

This is the area where I challenged myself. I never make garments. I typically refuse requests to make dresses, clothing and blankets. These projects take so much time and just aren't worth it. But, I decided that I would make a sweater once for myself. The total project cost for this sweater was $20.00 and this includes the price of the yarn and the price of the pattern.

I need to get better photos of the sweater. It's called the Simply Elegant Sweater designed by Jenny King. It's a gorgeous, loose-fitting design that I truly believe would look great on any body type. I wore it to church today and it got a lot of positive feedback. I don't know why, but I'm always a little embarrassed when things I make get that much attention.

This sweater weighs close to 20 oz. and used between 950-1,000 yards of Caron Simply Soft yarn.

Conclusion of Ravellenics 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the games! I really pushed myself to make the sweater and I'm so happy to have actually finished it in time. I can't believe that I fit in SIX projects aside from this one. I'm completely amazed at what we can accomplish when we push ourselves to reach our goals.

My team, Treehouse Crochet, had a competition running based on projects completed during the games and the total yardage of our projects. But, I'm satisfied in earning the Ravthlete badge! I'll be wearing it proudly as my Ravatar for many weeks to come. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Flash Giveaway TWO Free Patterns from Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations

I have formed some amazing friendships through the crochet community. I have gotten to see the best in people and the worst in people.

One of my best crochet friends is having a pattern sale today! 

Calleigh's Clips and Crochet Creations blog has several free patterns, but she has many, many more patterns available for sale in her Ravelry shop

Today only, you can get a BOGO deal in her pattern shop. 

There is no coupon code needed! Just add two patterns to your cart and you'll automatically see the savings!

I love Elisabeth and I already own a ton of her patterns...more than I have made or probably will make.

So, I decided that rather than continue to feed my own stash, I will support her sale by buying a pattern for you!

How to Enter

You don't have to like Niccupp Crochet on facebook, but I would appreciate if you like CCCC on Facebook.

You don't have to follow my blog.

You don't have to pin it to win it and you don't have to follow me on Pinterest.

All you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter. 

This is a *FLASH* giveaway meaning that it's going to run for a very short time, so your odds of winning are better than ever!  I plan on ending the giveaway 3 hours prior to what is showing in the countdown below! At 9:00 p.m. EST I will chose a winner.

Watch your Ravelry mailbox to find out if you won!

The pattern will be gifted to you from me via Ravelry, so a Ravelry ID is required to win.

I will be paying for the first pattern, so this will be a gift from my heart to yours!

The second pattern will be a gift from the designer.

Enjoy! Play Nice! And check out both the CCCC blog and Ravelry shop!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Crocheting for Valentine's Day

Here are just a few of the projects (and a small amount of candy-making) that I have done in preparation for Valentine's Day. Enjoy! All of the patterns linked in this post are free crochet patterns! Be sure you check them out. XO

Cross Your Heart Coffee Cozy

This was my first Valentine's project. I made it in January while my mom was in surgery. It works up so fast and makes a great teacher's gift!

This didn't quite fit on my cup, but it was the perfect size for a wrist warmer. I'm keeping it for myself and need to make a second one for the other hand. This is the perfect project for those scrap yarns!

 Cross Your Heart Coffee Cozy
Cross Your Heart Coffee Cozy

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