I’m on Facebook and Storenvy!

Good neeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwws, everyone!

I’m on Facebook!  Come and take a gander at my page.  I tend to update that a little more often than the blog.  I always feel like I have to have something substantial on the blog before I post it.  On Facebook I’ll post up little things and sneak peeks as to what I’m working on at any given time.

Come on over and give it a look!  Just click on Lily’s Little Loops and you’re on your way.

 

As you know, I have a Storenvy Shop.  Over there you can order so much more easily than you can through the blog.  Best part is that it’s free for me!  So I don’t have to calculate all the fees that Etsy would’ve given me.  Less money goes to a giant website business and more of that goes to the one single person making all the crochet items you see on this blog and my Facebook page.

The best part is that I’ve linked my shop directly to my Facebook page!  How awesome is that!

It’s so exciting for me to be able to offer all of you several different ways to get to know me and my products.  I have a lot of fun making them, so don’t be afraid to order!

May you always find rupees in your tall grass, friends.

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Keep Your Coffee Warm – With Star Trek

I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on my Spock cup sleeve.  In fact, it’s currently one of the prizes you can win on Absurd Nerd and Geeks Make the Best Parents giveaways!  Click on the links to find the post, enter, and win something!  There are a lot of great sponsors.  You’ll be able to choose between yellow, blue, or red for your Trek cup sleeve!

If you like, head on over to my own Facebook page, Lily’s Little Loops, and take a look around!  I post different things on there.  More than what I do my blog.

This is more than just a sleeve.  A sleeve keeps a small portion of your coffee warm (or cold!).  This thing is a cup sweater.

Coffee too hot?  Plop this thing on there.  I get my coffee extra hot (sometimes 190F) and this thing warms up nicely so my hands are good and toasty.

Get iced drinks in the warmer weather?  This keeps your fingers from getting wet from the condensation.  It also keeps your fingers from freezing off if you get the blended drinks.

And here it is!

To boldly go where no coffee has gone before.

To boldly go where no coffee has gone before.

It was a snow day today when I took the photo, so I tucked my Starbucks holiday cup (Venti size) between two branches of a tree.  I do like the red holiday cups, though.

The sleeve was made with the Grande size in mind since I have that reusable kind you can get for $1 at Starbucks.  But it fits a Venti size no problem!  I don’t yet have one for Tall since I rarely (if ever) get the Tall size coffee.

To order your own cup sleeve, head on over to my shop!  They’re $7 + shipping + tax.  I only have a photo of the blue for now, but you can order all three!

Keep it cozy, friends.

To Boldly Go Where No Coffee has Gone Before.

This is my surprise!  Well, not the pattern I’ve been working on.  But between school, zoo visits, lab experiments, and other such need-to-dos, I haven’t really been working too much on my surprise pattern.  I know I’m running behind, but I’ve still got time before the thing is due.  Yarnbombing takes a while, I think.

So, since my daughter has a crush on Leonard Nimoy, I thought I’d take the time to make a cup sleeve to honor her undying love for a guy who is 80-something to her year and a half.

So, Leonard, this is for you.  This is for Spock.

Cup sleeves

Spock has come for coffee. Let Picard keep his tea, Early Gray, hot.

So here are two of my completed cup sleeves.  They keep your entire drink warm and toasty, rather than just a little slice of it like those coffee cup belts.  It works for cold drinks, too!  I used them for iced coffee and lattes so my hands don’t get wet with condensation.  It’s really nice not to have to wipe your hand on your pantleg every time you put your cup down.  So this works as an insulator to keep the ice from melting as fast, as well as a built-in towel since it’s made with sturdy acrylic yarn.  I haven’t tried cotton yet to see what that does.  I don’t have as much cotton yarn as I do acrylic.

So here are the cups.  The combadge from Star Trek is not my creation.  I got the pattern from here: Birds of a Feather Star Trek Badge crochet pattern.

Enjoy!

One Down, Two to Go

I finished up my daughter’s Rapunzel-style slipper-boots last night after she was asleep.  The soles are yellow, the middle is lavender, and the cuff is dark purple.  She had a ponytail holder that won’t stay in her hair, so I used the two buttons off of that and put them on the slippers.  They have Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled on them.

All that’s left to do is to sew on the felt for the bottom and the fleece on the inside so they don’t wear out too fast.  I just don’t have any gold-colored felt to match the yarn I used.  The inside part doesn’t matter so much so I’m using some old grey fleece I happened to have.  It’s currently being used as a Nintendo DS case, but I’m going to cut it up to make the inside liners for her slippers.

I did get the head done for her Lucinda doll and I got started on the body.  I just did a couple of rows for my laptop sleeve.  I’m limiting myself to three projects at a time.  Two of them are going to be bigger ones (laptop sleeve and doll), while the third will be a smaller project.  That way, if I’m getting discouraged about not getting any of them done, I can whip up the smaller project and feel accomplished.

In parenting news, we found Lily a Sofia the First doll.  It talks. She doesn’t have yet it.  We may wait and give it to her for Christmas or her birthday come December or January.  We also found her a Black and Decker Junior tool set complete with tool belt!  Found the doll at WalMart and the tool set at Target.

In school news, the second block of summer term starts tomorrow.  I’m not sure what to think about the Introduction to Women’s Studies.  I’ll say more about that tomorrow after we go over the syllabus.

Noodle (my daughter) is sleeping and I’m not sure what to do.  I could work on the doll or sleeve.  I kind of want to surf around the Web to find another small project to start.  It’s easy to burn out on one project and want to start another.  Especially if the projects are big like the sleeve and, especially, the doll.  I’m just not sure what I want to make!  It’s almost summer so I don’t want to make winter hats and scarves.  I’m sure when winter gets here I’ll wish I’d made them now, but for now I just don’t feel like it.

I think I’ll surf around and look.  I’ll report back with some of my favorite crochet websites!

Welcome!

I’m Kel, the resident crochet maniac in the house.  I love nothing more than to hook up something!

I have a daughter, she’s 17 months old now, and I really enjoy making things for her.  This blog will be about my adventures in parenting, school, crochet, felt, and writing!  I love doing all of those things.  My husband supports all of my hobbies and my things-to-do, so that makes it much easier.

My current projects include:

1) A pair of Rapunzel-themed slippers for my daughter.

2) A witch doll in the likeness of Lucinda the Little Witch from Disney’s Sofia the First.

3) A Spock-themed laptop sleeve for myself.

I’m working on all of these at the moment with different sizes of hooks jammed into stitch and skein.

I’ve already made a baby blanket for my daughter.  Two of them!  One is all white in Bamboo yarn.  The other is striped in different colors in a thick yarn from Lion Brand.  I’ve also made her a dress that turned out to be a shirt for me!  She also has a Captain America shield that I hooked up in about half an hour, as well as a doll of a goddess that she doesn’t really like.  That took a long time.

I’ve made hats and scarves, too.  This winter, I want to be able to wear a pair of fingerless gloves that I made myself.  They’ll be the convertible kind with the pullover mitten attachment. I love those!  I plan on using Velcro rather than a button.

I have more yarn that I know what to do with.  Literally! I have the box that my daughter’s big-kid carseat came in full of yarn.  I have a small basket, a canvas tote, a huge bag my mom knitted for me, a reusable shopping bag from JoAnn’s, and a drawstring bag all full of yarn!  On top of that, I have yarn spilling out all over my floor.  It’s a bit of a mess.

I like to dabble in beading, too.  I’ve made two necklaces and I have a prayer chain in the early stages of design.  I have all my beads and some natural twine to make it.  I have to draw it then construct it before I’ll be through.

I also like to dip my fingers into the wonderful world of felt.  I’m sure making a doll out of felt would be much easier than one of crochet!  My daughter’s witchy doll is only half a head.  I had to get some felt for the eyes.  I got the pattern from Sugar and Cream yarn and it’s super cute!

My biggest project so far was a shawl I made myself.  I used six skeins of yarn on that thing but I love it.  It’s a triangle shawl!  I’d wanted one for a while and finally found a pattern.  An EASY pattern.  I was still in the early stages of crochet when I made that.

So far, the easiest things to make are hats.  I made a family a set of crocheted earflap hats as my very first sale! I’m wanting to start up a business in crochet, but I don’t have an etsy or a PayPal account.  That makes it a little hard.

I hope to see you again on my next post. Maybe I’ll try my hand at a Granny square. I’ve never made one!