WIP Wednesday: 09.23.15

by tatiana on September 24, 2015

WIP Wednesday |

Yesterday, two things happened. 1.) I decided to cave in and give The Voice a whirl. I’ve never seen the show but everyone seems to love it, so I figured, why not. I quickly realized that it would take up two hours of my life, so then 2.) I decided to start a knitting project. I haven’t worked on a knit/crochet project since earlier this year. It felt great to pick up those needles again. I’m working on a blanket, which if you know me, blankets have become one of my favorite things to make.

A couple weekends ago while at Ikea, I stumbled upon this really great, thick, striped canvas fabric.

Sofia Fabric | IKEA

The in-store price was $5.99/yd, it was a steal! The quality feels canvas-y and heavy – a lot more expensive than $5.99. I’ve been eyeing this leather Baggu tote for a while and thought that I’d try recreating the shape of that bag with this fabric. I think I’ll also put a couple pockets on the inside and include a zipper at the top if that makes sense. I feel like this would be cute to carry around Paris when I’m there in two weeks, but I’m also wary of pickpockets, hence the zipper.

Lastly, it’s September — almost October! To someone who likes to make handmade gifts, this is crunch time! I have about four handmade Christmas gifts in mind that I want to make this year. One of which is a belated birthday gift that is now a birthday/Christmas hybrid gift. I’m about 40% done with that, which is good news. I have yet to start on the other three. Two of them are cross stitch projects, and if I learned anything from my first and only other cross stitch project, it’ll take way longer to complete than I think, I’m sure. Fingers crossed I get everything done. The two cross stitch pieces I’ll be working on are from this awesome book:

Twisted Stitches | Phil Davison

Are you working on any projects right now? Have some cross stitch tips for this newbie? Let me know!


The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket

by tatiana on August 12, 2014

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

For those of you who are familiar with my work, you know that I haven’t made many items for babies. Besides this blanket, I’ve made one other for my cousin, and a cardigan/booties set for a coworker (which was SO ADORABLE — babies are ridiculously tiny, if you weren’t already aware of that fact). That being said, when making things for babies, there’s a desire to make the thing baby appropriate, but also to make sure it’s something I would want to own if I were a baby. Does that make sense?

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

My good friend decided to have a “gender reveal” at her baby shower, which I think is a fun idea. My friend is also awesome and shares my feelings about the idea that “pink is for girls, blue is for boys” is a bunch of hooey, so I was extra stoked about the blanket I was already making.

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

After perusing Ravelry, I found this pattern. The pattern is fairly simple and it was a great pattern to work on whilst marathoning Friday Night Lights.

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

The blanket crocheted up pretty quickly and I love the shape. The scalloped edges are dainty and Victorian and I love how they frame the blanket.

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

Just for fun, I decided to photograph this blanket with some of my childhood stuffed animals! My mom sent these guys up with my sisters the last time they came to visit. I’ve had them since I was a baby, and I’m happy my mom held onto them.

The Gender Neutral Baby Blanket |

As it turns out, my friend is having a girl! I’m stoked to meet the little nugget and hope she knows that this was a labor of love made by Auntie Tati, and if I’m lucky it’ll end up in one of her blog posts in 30 years as a beloved relic of her childhood. Or, maybe it’ll end up covered in vomit? We’ll see what happens.


The Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on January 9, 2014

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

So, maybe my friend’s birthday was in August… but who doesn’t enjoy a birthday gift four months after their birthday? This birthday blanket slowly turned into a birthday/Hanukkah blanket, which is how the cookie crumbles sometimes. When it comes to ambitious crochet projects, I tend to underestimate how long they’ll take, but I’m still learning! Next time I’ll give myself a good 3 months… or more, instead of starting a month before my friend’s birthday. Sometimes, you can’t just make it work!

Even though this didn’t get to my friend on time to enjoy in August… it kind of worked out that she received it in December. This crocheted behemoth is a pretty heavy blanket for the summer months. I didn’t use a pattern, and I forgot to measure it before I handed it over, but I think it’s around 5′ x 6′ — large enough to drape over a full sized bed.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

My friend is really into wine, so I wanted to use a deep purple that I knew she’d dig. I used my trusty go-to yarn for large projects – Vanna’s Choice, in Eggplant and Linen. I used about 10 skeins of each color for this project. I highly recommend purchasing yarn from either Jo-Ann Fabrics (especially if you have a coupon, and the yarn is often on sale — it happens about every other month and is totally worth the wait), or Knitting Warehouse, who tend to have pretty good deals.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

Since I made my own pattern, I just kept crocheting until the blanket felt large enough, then I crocheted a border using an HDC stitch. I went around once with the linen color and twice with the eggplant color. It made for a nice edge.

Granny Stripe Birthday Blanket

This is the 7th blanket I’ve crocheted! That’s a lot of warmth and love, y’all. To see some of the other blankets I’ve made (and had a chance to blog about), click here, here, here or here. So what’s next? Well, like I mentioned in the past, I really want to make another quilt. I’m really feeling this triangular look: I have a half-completed quilt that I need to buckle down and finally finish first. Fingers crossed that happens sooner than later!


Halloween and Aloha

by tatiana on October 18, 2013

Howzit! Happy Halloween!
Photo Credit: SanFranAnnie

Happy October! I just got back from Hawaii where it felt like August weather-wise so my brain is a little confused — especially since we’re currently experiencing our summer weather here in San Francisco. Must acclimate to the concept of Fall! I was in Oahu & Kaua’i for about 10 days. It was so many things: it was amazing, intense, beautiful, educational and challenging. I will post photos and share more soon, but for now, here are some videos I put together using Magisto.

But! Halloween is less than two weeks away, and that means I need to get moving on my costume. I decided just yesterday what I’ll be dressing as this year, and I’ll be sure to post a tutorial of sorts in the near future.

But for now, here’s a quick roundup of some of my costume-related posts from the past few years. Enjoy!

DIY Veruca Salt Costume
DIY Hello Kitty Costume
DIY Halloween Wreath Tutorial
Spotlight: Makeup Artist Arianna Jimenez


Chance of Flurries Hat

by tatiana on June 2, 2013

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

It’s been a while since I’ve knit a hat, so after a quick search on Ravelry for a pattern that looked like it would be fun to make, I went with the Chance of Flurries Hat pattern. It’s very similar to another pattern I purchased a while ago (A Most Bespeckcled Hat by Alexandra Tinsley), but soon after I’d purchased it I realized that I didn’t have circular needles in the size that the pattern called for, so this free Lion Brand pattern worked with the supplies and tools I already had. (I plan to knit the other one soon as well, and am excited to compare the two. It’ll be a pattern show down!)

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

I know what you must be thinking — summer is approaching! Why are you knitting a beanie at this time of year? Well, dollies, 1.) it’s cold here year-round, and 2.) you can never have enough beanies, especially beanies with pom-poms on top.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

I’m happy with the way this beanie came out, the pattern is super cute, but unfortunately after I blocked it and tried it on I realized it doesn’t fit my head comfortably. The top is a little too tight. Luckily I have an adorable (and hip!) little cousin who this should fit perfectly, and I’ll be sending it to her this week.  I’m hoping that the Bespeckled pattern will fit a little better so it can keep me warm at all of the Film Nights in the Park I plan to attend.

Chance of Flurries Beanie | Lion Brand Pattern |

A happy San Francisco Summer, from me to you. ;)


The Scalloped Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on May 19, 2013

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

I’m not sure if it’s obvious or not, but one of my goals over the next year (or three) is to slowly (but surely!) make a blanket for all of my favorite people in life. It might be a quilt, or a crocheted piece or MAYBE a knitted blanket (I have to REALLY like you to spend that much time on a blanket)… but this is my goal. Blankets are comforting and time consuming, but they’re a fun challenge.

This blanket was made for my good friend Brianna (you can read about some of my adventures with Bri here and here). We’ve been buddies since high school and she is basically the Ron Swanson to my Leslie Knope. We are pretty opposite, but at the same time have SO MUCH in common. It’s a great friendship. Having said that, I wanted to make her a rad blanket that would compliment the decor in her house and be a fun enough keep my interest whilst crocheting it for hours (upon hours, upon hours). Also, Bri’s mom is an avid sewer and quilter, so I had a lot to live up to as far as decorative blankets go in that house! (Bri’s mom – your quilts can never be topped!)

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

Ok, I’ll stop sucking up now. I found the pattern for this blanket in this book. The square crochets up pretty quickly, which was great. It helped that I was using 5 different colors for this blanket, so my eyes never got bored looking at the same color. This is important! When I get bored during a project, I lose motivation to finish it and then it’ll sit around for a few months. No bueno!

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

This blanket took about 2 months. I would have finished it sooner if I didn’t feel so intimidated/lazy about sewing the squares together. Eventually, the work got done (with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on in the background, of course).

I’m really happy with the outcome of this blanket. The colors are very vintage, but the pattern feels updated. This is another blanket that I thought about keeping (much like this one).

Scalloped Crocheted Birthday Blanket |

Are you working on a blanket project? Have you made blankets (knit, crochet, quilted) in the past? What was your biggest challenge? My next blanket is going to be a quilt… so keep your eyes peeled for that post in about… oh, 2 to 3 months. (wink)


The Chevron Birthday Blanket

by tatiana on February 18, 2013


2012 felt like the year of the blankets for me. I made four total! (Including this one.) This particular blanket is one of my favorites I’ve made to date. I found the pattern for this beauty over on Etsy. The pattern makes a crib-sized blanket, but since this was for my adult-sized friend, I doubled the pattern length-wise. I don’t remember exactly how long my chain was, but it worked out!

Chevron Crocheted Birthday Blanket


When ordering yarn for blanket projects, I almost always go with Vanna’s Choice because 1.) the yarn is really soft, 2.) the line has a large color selection, and 3.) it’s affordable (about $3/skein). This project called for about 12 skeins of yarn total.


My friend’s sense of style is very specific and always ahead of current trends, so I wanted to use colors and a pattern that would look chic FOREVER – I knew I wanted to use black and white. I thought a pop of color would be fun, so I gave her the choice of lime green or bright yellow, and I’m so happy she went with yellow. I think this blanket would look great with any pop of color (mint would look really great as well).


I’m not gonna lie… when I finished this blanket (which took about 3 months — I ended up having to give it to her as a Christmas gift!), I secretly wanted to keep it. This probably means I need to make one for myself soon. One can never have too many handmade blankets, amirite?


Do It Yourself: Halloween Wreath

by tatiana on October 15, 2012

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Over the last year or so, I started the loose tradition of creating a seasonal wreath to hang on my front door. I say “loose” tradition because up until yesterday, the wreath I made for Fall of 2011 was still up. But, who cares! Now a cute Halloween wreath hangs in its place. Here’s how I made it.

Hot Glue
Elmer’s Glue (or a Glue Stick)
Foam Wreath
Chunky Black Yarn
3 Kinds of Fabric
Tulle (I used black and white)

Step 1: Tightly wrap your chunky black yarn around the foam wreath. If you have thinner yarn (like a worsted weight) that’ll work just fine, but it will take longer. Every three inches or so I would place some hot glue on the foam (in the back — I’d advise against glue or strings visible in the front) to secure the placement of the yarn. The foam can be slippery — we don’t want to leave any gaps.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 2: Locate some cardboard. I made frozen pizza for dinner that night and decided that the circular cardboard that lives under the pizza would be perfect. Proceed with drawing an easy bat shape on a piece of paper. Cut it out and trace that onto your cardboard. Make three.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 3:  Grab your three different fabrics and using very little Elmer’s Glue or a Glue Stick, place the fabric onto your cardboard bats. Let the glue dry. Then make cuts around the fabric to make folding over and hot gluing your fabric a little easier… we want to make sure we’re able to see the shape of the bat.

Step 4: Make bows out of your tulle (sorry I forgot to take photos of this step!). I did this by folding my yard or so of tulle twice, then cutting a strip about 6 inches wide, cutting the folds on the ends and then tying the middle once.

Step 5: Hot glue the bows to the back of the bats. I have two solid color bats and one in a bone print fabric. I used white for the two solid colored bats and black for the print.

Step 6: Hot glue the bats to your wreath. You can place them anywhere you’d like, but I liked the way they looked at the bottom of the wreath.

Step 7: Tie a small piece of yarn in a knot and hot glue it to the back of your wreath at the top.

DIY Halloween Wreath | by Tatiana Jimenez |

Step 8: Hang your wreath and wait for compliments from your neighbors!


Do It Yourself: Ombré Hair (Aka Hair Science)

by tatiana on October 2, 2012

Last week, in both an attempt to save a few bills and make my hair color a little easier to maintain, I decided to ask my friend to help me “ombré” my hair (if that’s even a verb!).

$40 and a blog tutorial later, we were able to get the look I wanted! My friend did a really great job. Here’s the tutorial we used: I slightly modified it because I a.) have a LOT of hair, and b.) my hair is a lot lighter than the girl’s in the tutorial.


Before and after

We started by dying my hair back to my natural color – I used Clairol’s Dark Rich Neutral Blonde (I bought 2 bottles & a bottle of 10 Volume Creme Developer). We waited a few days to give my hair a break, and then dove in with the blue bleach + 30 Volume Creme Developer. I wish I’d purchased 3 packs of bleach, but I only bought two. In the end it worked out because the blonde is a little streaked, and blended a little better. I was trying to avoid a harsh line of blonde. We bleached my hair twice. I think next time I’d like the bleach to go up a little higher. My friend was adamant about going higher but I was too scared! I should have just trusted her.

Anyway, I would recommend doing this on your own at home. If you’re only doing the bleach (plus blue shampoo or additional blonde hair dye to remove brassiness) this will only cost you around $20 at Sally Beauty Supply… and about 2-3 hours of your time (and a friend’s time, if you’re like me and can’t dye your hair yourself because there’s too much of it). It’s well worth it considering I would have paid at LEAST $160 at my local salon for everything I needed done (a friend of mine paid around $200 for the same thing). Beauty/hair experiments can be painful (for your wallet) but it doesn’t have to be that way if you get a little creative (and ballsy)!


Guest Post for The Billfold

by tatiana on May 8, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m back in the U.S. and woke up at 3:30am this morning after going to sleep around 4pm. Jet lag is wacky. Anyway, due to my lack of WiFi while I was in Japan, I didn’t have a chance to blog about my guest post on The Billfold! Check it out and maybe you too can learn to curb your spending with a creative endeavor of your own, or in the meantime, learn how to turn a large men’s turtle neck into a cute and comfy skirt.