Hook’d: Navy Doily Earrings

I’m fairly certain that I’ve developed a crochet jewellery addiction. Bracelets and earrings being my downfall. So keep an eye out for plenty of those projects.

One of my favourite patterns so far is the Doily Earrings by Emily Forrest. And yes, they really were as simple to make as they look.

Crochet Navy Doily Earrings

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Hook’d: Les Echelles Slouchy

Okay, I have a confession to make. I am one of those women who spent her teenage years always having a hat or scarf to hand to cover my hair whenever it was being unruly and I had somewhere to go. It was only when I was working in a full-time front-of-the-house position that I actually only used scarf when I was sleeping to attempt to get a hairdo last a whole week.

But in the past 2 years, I’ve been feeling for hats again. And there’s nothing like Ravelry to keep that particular fire burning.

Last week, I found this really cool looking free pattern by the talented Jess at Mighty Aglet, which she calls Les Echelles Slouch Hat.

Les Echelles Slouchy Hat

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And for Christmas: The Teresa Maxi Dress

In my mind, I had planned to do some fun and creative things this Christmas. Unfortunately, those dreams had to be shelved as the reality of the stress of teaching made it impossible for me to do anything else other than grade assignments and sleep and maybe eat some days. I don’t know if Mr. AD realized that I was completely strand out and so decided to surprise me with Christmas lunch at Hilton this year. In any event, whatever his reason, I am so grateful that I didn’t have to cook this Christmas. Thanks, hun!

The only Christmas idea to come to fruition was my dress, and even that end result hadn’t even been my original idea. I had envisioned some kind of fitted bodice with a circle skirt. But when the grading for my event planning class was strangely taking up more time than normal to complete, I needed a quick and easy project. That’s when I dug out my beloved Pixel Ink One Piece Kimono Tee Pattern.

When I first joined Burda last year, this was one of the first free patterns that I added to my library and I’m so glad I did. I first made something from this pattern this April for Mr. AD’s birthday – a burnt orange tunic that I love! I’ve already worn it as a dress, a tunic, and a top.

Pixel Ink Burnt Orange Tunic

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Hook’d: Simple Sara Clutch

I need a clutch purse. Seriously. This just walking around with my keys and my mobile in my hand whenever I go out just ain’t cutting it no more man.

The shameful thing is that I have tons of bag patterns – to sew and to crochet – that I have been eager to try out, but just can’t seem to find the time or motivation to actually sit down and make one. But with Christmas outing obligations, I really needed to get this bag thing sorted out.

I knew I wanted my clutch purse to be elegant and fancy enough to not look homemade. I also didn’t want it to be a large clutch, just big enough to hold the phone, the keys and some cash.

After a week of Pinterest and Ravelry deliberations, I finally selected Sarah’s Clutch, a crochet pattern by Sarah Cooper (sarahsweethearts.blogspot.com).

Simple Sara Crochet Clutch

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Hook’d: Cabled Bangles

Once a week, I try to check out the recently added crochet patterns on Ravelry, which I’ve come to realize can easily mean 300 or more new patterns to gawk at. Of course, when this sometime full hour activity is over, I’ve added at least 10 new patterns to my favourites and often times, pinned them as well.

And then there are those awesome patterns that you see and just have to try immediately.

Enter the Crochet Cabled Bracelets by A La Sascha (sascha-lovetoknit.blogspot.com) with its 5 beautiful variations.

Sascha Cabled Bangles by Abbey Dabbles

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So I’m missing my graduation tho…

Yeah, so after that not-so-productive birthday sewing challenge, it may not be the best time to talk about my formal sewing training right? Oh well, I needed the reminder that I can actually sew…

Today is graduation day for the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) here in Barbados, and I had no idea that Evening Programmes were included in these activities until I received my graduation notice about 3 weeks ago. Not only did I complete my Basic Ladies’ Tailoring Class successfully, it seems my tutor awarded me the honour of “Most Outstanding Student”. *insert Grammy/ Oscar shocked winner face here*

Since I’m here struggling with acute sinusitis and can’t attend, in honour of my little achievement, I decided to let you guys see the work I did for the class, which started in August 2011 and ended in May 2012. For the basic class, the tutor focuses on sewing basics, with a focus on skirts in the first semester and on shirts and dresses in the second.  And please forgive the quality of the photos as I had just gotten my new camera and had no idea about its fancy settings.

Abbey Dabbles: Three Skirts: Tailored, Panel, and Gore

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