Friday, December 19, 2014

Pattern Testers Needed!!!

Calling All Knitters!!!

I am in need of a few testers for my new "Chain of Hearts" pocket scarf pattern.

It is worked up with a double strand of yarn on size 13 needles, so works up very quickly. Recommended yarn is Lion Brand Heartland, which I have purchased at both Hobby Lobby and Wal Mart (much cheaper at WM only $3.77 per skein, two needed), but can be made using any worsted weight yarn.

I cannot pay testers with cash, but will give a free pdf copy of the coordinating headband/hat pattern and finished copy of the scarf pattern as payment for completed pattern test. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chain-of-hearts-knit-headband.

Please PM me here on fb or email me at amybstitched@gmail.com if interested. Feel free to share this info with any other knitters you know that may be interested.

Thanks, Amy B


This is the coordinating headband/hat.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Granny Hexagon Afghan Progress Update

So it's been a while since I actually did an update on my Granny Hexagon Afghans.....since January 24th.  WOW....it's been a while!! I put them to the side and have not worked on them much since then.  But this week I decided to do some work on the Scrappy one.  I started to work on the snowflake one as well, but had used up my navy yarn working on beanies for Christmas gifts.....so while I have a lot of the white centers made, they will have to wait until I get more navy.

I did manage to double the size of my Scrappy Hex and am very happy with the look of it.



And Cici seems to like it too!!!  I set it down for a moment and she hopped on top and made herself quite comfortable!!



The pattern is located here if you are interested in making your own.

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Granny Square Stocking Ornament Pattern

I remember learning to make these little ornaments when I was a young girl.  My Grandma Vivian had clipped the pattern from the newspaper and saved it for me.  I have made them many times over the years.  My favorite memory was when my youngest son was in the 1st grade.  I made one for every child in the class and included a pack of gum.  They were a HIT!!!

 I can think of many little items that you could use instead of candy......you could use lip balm, nail polish, match box cars, a few rolled up dollar bills, etc.  You could also make them to decorate place settings at a Christmas Party.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!  Not to mention this is a GREAT way to use up those bits of left over yarn.

Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

**This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched. Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B, and link back to this blog http://amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com/  Thanks!! 


GRANNY STOCKING ORNAMENT

SIZE: 4” tall x 2” wide at top

MATERIALS:
Worsted (medium) weight yarn, small amount of main and contrasting colors
Size H crochet hook
Yarn needle
Assorted small gifts for filling

GAUGE: not important

With MC chain 4.
Rnd 1: Working all stitches into 4th ch from hook, 2 dc, [ch 2, 3 dc] 3 times. Ch 2.
Sl st into top of beg ch 4 to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn. (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp. * Sk 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch sp. Repeat from * 2 more times. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.

Rnd 3: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in sp before next st. * Sk 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next sp, sk 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch 2 sp **, sk 3 dc, 9 trc in next sp. Repeat from * to ** one more time.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.  Turn, sl st to corner. Fold granny square in half (see image below). Ch 1, working through both layers, sc evenly down side and across the bottom.  Finish off.

With CC, join yarn at top of seam.
Rnd 1: sc around top opening of stocking.  Sl st to join.
Rnd 2: ch 1, turn.  Working through back loop only, sc around.  Sl st to join.
Rnds 3-4: Ch 1, DO NOT TURN. Working through both loops, sc around. Sl st to join.  Finish off. Fold cuff down at Rnd 2.


Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Monday, October 27, 2014

Amy B Stitched Scarf GIVEAWAY!!!!

Welcome to my VERY FIRST giveaway on my blog!!! 

Lately I have been working a lot of hours at my "day job". So when I come home in the evenings I just want to work on something that doesn't take much concentration and will help me to reduce my stash. This has resulted in quite the stash of scarves filling up my storage space.  So I've decided to share!!!  

Below is a collage of the scarves I am offering.  Below the collage will be a description of each.  You will be prompted by a question in the Rafflecopter entry to choose your favorite.  The giveaway will begin at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) 10/28/14 and will run until 11/3/14 at 12:00 a.m.  You can earn additional entries EACH DAY by coming back and telling me what your favorite Amy B Stitched project is.  The winner will be selected by Random.org.


1) Purple Homespun Infinity Scarf  60" X 4 3/4"
2) Red Sparkles Granny Scarf  72" X 4 1/2"
3) Multi Chain Scarf with Flower  approx 33"
4) Dark Red Lacy Scarf  62" x 5 1/4"
5) Grey Glitter Granny Cowl  35" x 8 1/2"
6) Short and Sassy Lacy Scarf  38" x 5"


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I wish you all the best of luck!!!!

Blessings,
Amy B

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Project A.D.D.......can you relate????

There are days.  
Days where I cannot stay focused on just one project. 
Days where I hop from one project to the next.  
Today has been one such day.  
Yesterday I was focused.  
Yesterday I worked on one striped beanie until it was completed. 
Today.  
Today I have hopped between 5 projects.
Some turns lasting only minutes.
Lord, please help me focus.


This is what Project A.D.D. looks like in MY house!!!
Can you RELATE?!?!?

Tomorrow.
Tomorrow the organizing begins.


Thanks for stopping by!!
Amy B

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What to do with your BUMPY, BOBBLY and HAIRY yarn stash?!?!? MAKE A SCARF!!!



I think EVERYONE with a yarn stash out there has that bag of bumpy, bobbly, hairy yarn that you bought because it was SOOOO PRETTY and now you just can't figure out what to do with it.  You've tried, but frankly, stitches are hard to see (especially in crochet) and it's a daunting task just to keep your stitch count even.  So I've sat down and come up with two different crochet patterns that are QUICK and EASY to make.

The first is the CHAIN SCARF. The flower pattern is found here.


CHAIN SCARF

MATERIALS:

  • approx. 4 oz bulky OR super bulky yarn
  • size K crochet hook
  • yarn needle
BINDING: Leaving a 4 inch tail, chain 50. Finish off with a 4 inch tail. This will be used to bind the chains together.  Set aside.

SCARF:  Crochet a chain until all yarn is used.  Leaving approx 4" on each end for tying to secure.  

FINISHING: Take the chain you made for the scarf portion and wrap around arm snugly (see pic below).  Overlap ends and tie together using 4" tail.  THEN, take your chain of 50 and wrap securely around the overlapped ends that you tied together.  Use the yarn needle to secure the ends of the chain INTO the solid piece you have made by wrapping the 50 chain around the bundle of chains.  




Wear your Chain Scarf with a detachable flower.  You can find it here

Or you can wear it without the flower with the binding to the side.

OR you can wear it with the binding to the back.

Next pattern I came up with was the GRANNY SCARF.  Most people, no matter how long they have been crocheting, have at one time learned to make a granny square.  And since the granny is worked into the SPACES instead of into the stitches, it makes working with these bumpy, bobbly and hairy yarns much easier.



GRANNY SCARF

MATERIALS:

  • approx. 6 oz Bulky OR Super Bulky yarn
  • size K crochet hook
  • yarn needle
Row 1: Chain 13, 2 dc in 4th ch from hook.  * skip 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch.  Repeat from * across.
Row 2: Ch 3, turn, *skip 3 dc, work 3 dc in space before next 3 dc. Repeat from * across. Dc in last dc.
Row 3: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in same space as turn chain.  *Skip 3 dc, work 3 dc in space before next 3 dc. Repeat from * across.  
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length.  Finish off.  


This Granny Scarf was crocheted to a length of 60" and then the ends stitched together to form and infinity scarf, then single crocheted around both sides of the scarf to give it more stability. I like to double wrap to form a cowl.

This Granny Scarf was made with a glittery, hairy yarn.  I used two small skeins and crocheted until I ran out.  Then wove the ends in to finish off.

I hope these patterns help you to clear out your stash and get you some cute cuddly scarves!!!

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B

Friday, September 12, 2014

New Pattern in Crochet! Magazine

I am EXCITED to announce that I have a new pattern being published in the Winter 2014 issue of Crochet! Magazine!!!

Crazy for Cables Scarf

The digital edition goes on sale 9/16 and will be available on the Crochet! magazine website.  The print edition goes on sale 10/14




I have yet to receive my own copies of this issue and cannot WAIT to see all of the new projects in store for me!!!

Feeling Blessed!!!
Amy B

Friday, August 22, 2014

DINOSAUR BABY Hat and Diaper Cover set FREE PATTERN

I designed this set back in April when I found out that I was going to be blessed with a GRANDSON!!!  I posted several pictures of the finished set, but really wanted to have it shown on a real live model.  You can view the original post here

 I hope you enjoy the pictures and pray it will give you an idea of how the set should fit if you follow the pattern fully and use the correct gauge.

 For reference....my grandson was 8 lbs 11.3 oz at birth and this pic was taken when he was about a week old.








The booties are not my own design.  I purchased that pattern from HookNYarn over on Etsy.  It was the perfect addition to this hat and diaper cover set!!  

OH!!!  And the Dinosaur Baby pattern has been viewed almost 3,000 TIMES since April 19, 2014!!! That may seem like peanuts to some....but I'm pretty excited!!  

This is an Original Design by Amy B Stitched.  Feel free to make for profit, but remember to give credit to me, and link back to my blog www.amysastitchatatime.blogspot.com 
 Thank You!!! Amy B


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Military Uniform Recycle Projects - Part 2

Part 2 of my Military Uniform Recycle Projects!!
To see "Part 1" click here

I always have so much fun transforming these old uniforms into a usable tribute using the Service Members uniform and the chosen fabrics of the one honoring them.  I hope you enjoy a peek at a few more of the bags I have created!!  Thanks for stopping by to look :D

This particular tote was the first of it's kind.  I only used the trousers of this uniform.  It was a bit of a challenge because of all the curves.  But what I came up with is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE bags.  The owner of the tote had used the trousers for a "dining out" and they still had a bit of bling she used on the side pockets so there is an extra bit of memory for her in this bag :D

This diaper bag tote was my first time working with the ABU's.  


I'm loving the fabric combinations of this particular tote!!


If you look closely at the bottom left hand picture, you will see I have made a special pocket for a concealed carry handgun.  It was the very first one of this kind.  The owner of this tote has two small children so we decided the pocket needed to be contained WITHIN the bag and not accessible from the outside.  


Upon first examination this looks like two separate purses.  Actually this is ONE purse that is completely reversible.  The purse was a gift from this young ladies parents.  The BDU and zebra were part of her Mom's uniform.  The DCU and pink were part of her Dad's uniform.  

This little shoulder bag was created using one of the leftover pockets from a flight suit.  


This tote is a work in progress!!!  It was made for my own Moma last year to honor all of our family members that served in the US Armed Forces.  There are a LOT of us!!  lol  I am still waiting to receive name tapes and other items from several of my relatives.  


Thank you for stopping by to look at my creations!!  I still have more projects that I have not listed, so stay tuned!!  If you are interested in having one of these bags created you can contact me at cabrewer89@hotmail.com or you can check out my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmyBStitched and private message me there.

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, June 9, 2014

Military Uniform Recycle Projects - Part 1

About two years ago I was approached by a co-worker asking if I would be willing to take one of her husbands old USAF flight suits and transform it into a tote bag for her.  She showed me some pictures of ones she had seen on-line and I told her that I would  take some of MY old uniforms and see what I could come up with. Below is my first attempt.


The straps ended up being a bit short, so I took the button tabs off of the cuffs and lengthened the straps just enough so that I could wear the tote over my shoulder. There were only two tabs on this shirt, the pic below shows what I came up with using the button cuffs and a couple of D-rings.


While I was waiting for said woman to find the PERFECT fabric for her tote, I made ANOTHER tote using the patches from my former USAF Reserve Unit to select the fabric.  This was (and continues to be) my favorite bag to carry!!


Before I knew it, the special fabric was selected and I had begun work dissecting the first flight suit.  I must say I was pretty pleased with the outcome!!


Easter was upon us and the owner of the flight suit tote asked if I could use this pattern she had found to make her daughter a small purse to match her tote for an Easter Purse.  Of course, I said YES!!!  It turned out ADORABLE!!!


This idea started a little bit of a trend......





Many more totes and purses have been made since these....but FAR too many to highlight in just one blog post. So Stay TUNED for the next update for the Military Uniform Recycle Projects!!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Granny Square Memories!!


I was going through pictures tonight and came across this picture of the first blanket I made when I was pregnant with my first child.  That was more than 24 years ago!!  I had learned to make the Granny Square as a teenager and had the pattern memorized.  So in my spare time I chose this simple pattern that had been ingrained in my memory for many years.  

Last summer as we were packing up the house and putting everything into storage I came across the box that contained this first "hole blanket" as CL affectionately called it.  He also has a matching pillow that you may (or may not) be able to see in the box the blanket is draped over.  

Below is a pattern for the Basic Granny Square so you can learn to make your own. And check out my blog entry here as I went through my "stash busting" project, using up spare yarn and making different afghans using the Granny Square.  


BASIC GRANNY SQUARE PATTERN

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, working in 4th ch from hook, 2 dc, ch 3, [3 dc, ch 3] 3 times.  Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join.  

Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn.  (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch 3 sp.  Skip next 3 dc, working in next ch 3 sp [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] 3 times.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. 

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, turn.  2 dc in sp below beg ch 3.  *Skip next 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp **.  Skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next sp.  Repeat from * two more times.  Repeat one more time ending at **.  Finish off  (or if you want a larger Granny Square, just keep going on in the same format). 

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Stitching in the Garden.....Crocheted Sugar-Pumpkin Hammocks

Several years ago I had the idea to turn my backyard garden VERTICAL!!  We had wonderful weather that year and I had a bumper crop of ALMOST EVERYTHING that I had planted!! And because my mind is always at work on things stitched, I figured out a way to grow my sugar-pumpkins vertically on tee-pees, making crocheted "hammocks" for them to rest in as they got heavier.

I added the Tee-pees after the vines started to grow and then the tendrils would reach out grab hold....sometimes with a little help from me.  So my pumpkins grew to the SKY!!

I used 100% cotton to make the hammocks.  The "bed" of it is crocheted and I just added cotton strings so that I could adjust the length of the ties easier. 

Sometimes the weight of the sugar-pumpkin would pull the hammock down slightly.  It was usually not a problem, but I kept extra cotton yarn in my garden apron in case I needed to secure the hammock a bit better.
As you can see by the dying vines underneath, some of my sugar-pumpkins were about ready to harvest!!!  They were so pretty and I did not lose a single one to rot from sitting on the ground :-)


Click here to get a pdf version of the pattern which includes the symbol pattern as well as the written one.
Give it a <3 or add it to your Ravelry queue here.

SUGAR PUMPKIN HAMMOCK for your garden

MATERIALS: Sugar’n Cream, 100% USA grown cotton, 30 yards.
·         Size H crochet hook
SIZE: 15” X 10” X 10”  not including ties
GAUGE:  First two rows = 1 ½”

Row 1: Ch 5, dc in 5th ch from hook
Row 2: Ch 5, dc in same st, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row.
Row 3-10: Ch 5, dc in same st, *ch 2, dc in top of next dc. Repeat from * across. (dc, ch 2, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row. 

Finish off at end of row 10. No need to weave in ends.  Cut three 24 inch pieces of cotton yarn.  Tie one to each corner of the pumpkin hammock. These are used for tying your hammock to the tee-pee.



Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This Stitcher's Gotta Eat!!! GF Peanut Butter, Nutella Filled Cookies

A long, long time ago (approximately 22 years ago)
In a galaxy far, far away (Altus, Oklahoma)
I learned to make the most wonderfully simple Peanut Butter Cookies.  
They only required 3 ingredients.
Peanut Butter,
Sugar,
Egg.


They were the best tasting peanut butter cookies I had ever eaten. And for a family on a very, VERY tight budget,it was a treat we could afford. But now money is a bit more plentiful. Nutella has been incorporated to make it an extra BIG treat!!! And for those of you with that pesky gluten allergy, you can now eat a cookie without paying for it later with much pain!!



GF PEANUT BUTTER, NUTELLA FILLED COOKIES

1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 to 3/4 cup Nutella Hazelnut Spread

Mix ingredients thoroughly.  Roll dough into 1" balls, or use a small cookie scoop and place each one in the well of a mini muffin tin. I use one 12 muffin tin and fill it twice, but if you have a 24 muffin tin you can bake the entire batch at once.   Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. While still hot, use a rounded measuring spoon and create a well in each baked cookie.




While still hot, fill with Nutella.  I use two spoons to scrape a heap into the well.....do not worry about smoothing it out...the heat of the warm cookie with flatten it out.  Although if you overfill, it WILL run over the sides LOL....not always a bad thing!! Once the cookies have cooled, use a small knife and remove each cookie from the muffin tin......these cookies are VERY SOFT while they are still warm...so be careful removing them from the muffin tin before they are cooled.


I like to refrigerate them before I eat them.....but they are VERY good and GOOEY if eaten warm with a tall glass of ice cold MILK!!!!

ENJOY!!!
Amy B

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Newborn Photo Props in ACTION!!!

Last month my niece had her first child.  A BEAUTIFUL baby girl!!!!  I had crocheted her some newborn props and she could not WAIT to try them out.  She sent me some snapshots of her sweet baby wearing each set I sent her.  They are not from the newborn photo shoot, but it will give you an idea of how each set fits if you follow the gauge for each pattern (if given).

Angel Wings from MonkeyShine Designs

Boot Scoot N' Cowboy Hat and Boots pattern from TheLovelyCrow

Dinosaur Baby Crochet Hat and Diaper Cover Set by Amy B Stitched (that's ME!!)

Peanuts the Elephant Crochet Hat Pattern by LoveCityCrochet
I have done a review for each pattern with my own personal notes for changes I might have made or things to be aware of if you want to purchase and make any of these patterns (the dino baby pattern I designed is a FREE pattern).

Be Blessed!!!
Amy B