Free Pattern – Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless Gloves - Free Pattern - Rural Rebellion

One of the patterns I created while without internet last Winter.  I was quite pleased with how they turned out, although a little snug.  So be sure to make your starting chain long enough to fit around YOUR wrist.  That will help determine the size of the rest of the glove.  As usual, if you have any questions, or find any mistakes with my pattern, please let me know!

Fingerless Gloves - Free Pattern - Rural Rebellion

Fingerless Gloves

Worsted weight yarn
H/8-5mm hook

Stitches used:
SC – Single Crochet
HDC – Half Double Crochet
FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet

Make 2

CH 26, or a length that fits your wrist.
Join to form a circle, taking care not to twist the chain.

R1: CH 2, HDC in each ch around, join to top of ch 2
R2: CH 2, *FPDC aroun first st, HDC in next* rpt around, join to top of ch 2
R3-7: Rpt R2
R8: Ch 1, SC in each st around, join to first sc
R9-19: Rpt R8
R20: CH 2, turn. HDC in first 4 sts. SC in next 16 sts. HDC in next 4 (leaving 6 empty sts for thumb)
R21: CH 2, turn. HDC in first 4 sts. SC in next 16 sts. HDC in next 4. CH 6, join to first HDC (top of thumb hole)
R22: CH 2, HDC in each st around, 6 HDC in ch 6 sp, join
R23: CH 2, HDC around, join
R24-26: Rpt R23
Fasten off, weave in ends

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I hope you enjoy this pattern, have fun experimenting with colour!  I loved the mint that I used for these so much, that I made a matching infinity scarf.  Pattern for that will be posted soon!

Leave your questions/concerns below, and definitely share your finished project!

First Post of, and Last Day of 2014

WordPress sent me a nifty little email the other day, a review of the past year on my blog.  And sadly, I had not made a single new post in all of 2014.  Most of that time, I was without internet access at home, and that is my excuse.  Although truthfully, we moved once again, this time back to my hometown, and I was not doing very much crocheting either.

No posts in 2014?  HA!  I’ll show you, on the very last day!

But this WordPress email showed me some incredible stats.  In the last year, 15,000 individuals visited my blog, with 22,000 views to my Cthulhu pattern alone!  I was humbled by the interest in my very first pattern.  When I started this blog a few years ago, with no real idea of where I would take it, never had I imagined that my little pattern would be the #1 search result for ‘crochet cthulhu‘ on Google!  It pleases me greatly to see so many HP Lovecraft fans!  Thank you all for your tremendous support!

So, renewed by your interest, I have decided to make a New Years Resolution, despite being against resolutions.  In 2015, I resolve to blog more, and provide more free patterns!  I have a hidden stash of patterns I worked on a while back, and in the coming weeks, I will post them up.  Thus far, I don’t have any new amigurumi patterns, but I’m looking forward to working on some.  So if you have any ideas of something you would like to see in crochet form, leave me a comment!

On to the stash porn…

Bernat Satin

Filled with my renewed need to crochet all the things, I made the family take a road trip to my favourite place to shop for yarn, the Spinrite Yarn Factory Outlet.  When we lived in the country, this wondrous place was only a short drive away, but sadly we seem to be moving further and further away from this gem, and today it was nearly a 2 hour drive.  So you know I had to make it worth it.

The yarn above I picked up for a project I’m starting soon for my bestie’s son.  An Optimus Prime hat.  Ambitious.  But I just can’t say no!

Bernat Blanket

Hubs picked out this Bernat Blanket yarn, as he mumbled something about our current couch blanket being insufficient.  I have to agree, it is rather thin.  This stuff is thick and soft, it feels like fleece.  So I got two jumbo balls and I’ll whip him up a new blankie.

One of my favourite features of this store is the selection of mill ends.  They have bins and bins full of unlabeled bundles of yarn.  They are mostly a full skein, maybe a little less, maybe a little more, but they are priced by the ounce.  35 cents an ounce, actually!  So I found a crap load of these:

Mill Ends

Mill Ends

It’s actually one of those fancy ruffle yarns that you open up and make ugly scarves with.  Something I have no interest in doing.  But I found about 13 “skeins” of this silky soft stuff, and it only cost $16 for all of it!  I plan to use it closed up, like chunky yarn, to make another blanket.  So I spent some time detangling and doubling it up, and rolling it into manageable balls.

Mill Ends

I just haven’t decided how to work it.  Huge hook, or finger crochet?  Or maybe arm knit?  What do you think I should do?  Leave some ideas in the comments below, I need to get out of this crochet-er’s block!  (It’s a thing, I swear.)

Win Frames from Firmoo!

Congratulations to our winners, Liz and Tabitha!  Emails have been sent to both of you!

Do you wear glasses?  Do you love making a statement with your frames?

About Firmoo

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I have made most of my eye wear purchases online, and I received my prescription sunglasses from Firmoo several months ago.  I am completely in love with them!  Here I am, sporting my awesome sunglasses from Firmoo.

The Firmoo Classic Series has a really great selection of stylish frames to choose from, and they are giving away two free frames to two lucky winners!  But wait, there’s more!  If we have over 40 contest entrants, then Firmoo will give away a THIRD pair of frames absolutely free, including shipping!  So be sure to SHARE the giveaway!  The more who enter, the bigger the prize becomes!  Just use the Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this post, and let us know which frames you would choose when you win.


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Contest NOW closes Friday (August 9, 2013) at 11:59pm.  Winners will be notified by email, and then provided with discount codes from Firmoo.com to obtain their free frames.

BzzCampaign – International Delight Iced Coffee

Some of you may remember about a year ago when I wrote a review about some allergy medication. As a part of BzzAgent, I get the honour of trying a new product for free and spreading the word. This time around, I was selected to try the new Iced Coffee from International Delight!

Being a coffee hound, this was the perfect BzzCampaign for me, I love coffee, and love iced coffee even more! I was super excited to receive my kit containing coupons for free cartons of ID Iced Coffee and two AMAZING tumblers!  These tumblers have become a very well used staple in our household.  Hubs was super excited about them as well.

ID TumblersID Iced Coffee is ready to drink, a crazy good price, and comes in 3 incredible flavours; Vanilla, Mocha, and Caramel Macchiato.

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Vanilla

This flavour is smooth and creamy (well, they ALL are), with just the right amount of vanilla sweetness.  A tasty, cold treat, perfect for any Summer day.  I really, really like the Vanilla flavoured one, it’s light and too easily sippable (is that a word?), and could easily be my favourite.

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Mocha

This dark and chocolatey iced coffee is rich, creamy and sweet, and tastes like sipping a delicious dessert.  But it’s not too sweet.  It’s incredibly enjoyable on a hot day and I think that THIS one is my favourite.

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Caramel Macchiato

Golden caramel colour, and decadent caramel taste.  This one is so awesome!  Smooth and delicious, a real treat as an afternoon pick-me-up.  On any normal day, I’m not much of a caramel person, unless it’s salted, but this Iced Coffee flavour is incredible!  I take back all my previous statements, THIS one is my absolute favourite.

International Delight Iced Coffee is as good – no it’s BETTER – than iced coffee from the coffee shops that I have tried.  Hubs and I have become absolutely addicted to all 3 flavours, and ID has become a necessary addition to my afternoon routine.  I take a tumbler-full on my walks with Cupcake to beat the heat and get a little energy boost for pushing our 40lb stroller on the trails.

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Note: International Delight Iced Coffee contains milk and caffeine.  BzzAgent and International Delight provided the two tumblers and coupons for Iced Coffee to me for free. The opinions expressed in this post are my own (and Hubby’s, but I know he agrees with me).

Small Update and Spam Alert (make some money)!

So I haven’t updated my blog in a while.  I have been in a bit of a creative funk and have fallen way behind on my Temperature Scarf CAL and my Let’s Do 52 photo project.  The good news is I’ve begun plugging away at the scarf again, and I should have some updated photos for you soon!

But today I want to go in a completely different direction.  At the risk of sounding like the spam-bots that comment on my blog posts, and also like one of those bullshit blogs that makes wild promises, I want to share a secret with you.  Bare with me, and give it a read.

For about 2 years now, I have been doing online surveys for Brand Institute.  I do make money, but you will NOT earn hundreds of dollars, and this is NOT a work from home opportunity.  But it IS a good way to get a little extra spending money in your Paypal account.

When I signed up a couple years ago, at the time I was a Pharmacy Technician and this site was exclusively for medical professionals.  But they have branched out and anyone can sign up.  Now, apparently medical professionals make more money per survey, and I’m not sure what kind/the frequency of surveys non professionals get, as all of my surveys have been geared toward drug naming, based on my profession.  I get about 1-3 surveys a month, sometimes more, sometimes less, at $15/survey.  Like I said, a decent way to make a little extra cash, but NOT an income.  I call it my “splurging money” as I typically save it up to spend online.

Here is my Paypal summary for the last year:

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The redacted ones are just personal Paypal transactions that include people’s names, so obviously I removed that.

So you can see in the last year I made $255 from Brand Institute.  Not bad!  Sometimes I went a month without completing any surveys, but some months I got 3!  For being broke-ass, I consider this a score.

Now let me explain how it works from my end.  I get invitations in my email to participate in a study.  I click the link and it takes me to a page where I agree to basically not discuss the information contained in the survey (drug companies, ya kno?)  And then I complete the survey, which, depending on the activity level of my busy toddler or my free time, takes up to 15 minutes.  Once completed, I get another email saying the survey completion is confirmed.  And now, something to keep in mind, I receive payment notice sometimes up to a month later.  Payment is not instant!  Brand Institute has to go through each of the surveys and confirm them for completion and accuracy, and this takes time.  But if you are concerned, you can keep track of all the surveys you have done, and their status on your Brand Institute home page.  I have been paid for every single survey I’ve done, except for the last few that are still pending payment:

payments

Also, as I was just looking around on my survey homepage, I just noticed that I have completed 30 surveys, but have been invited to 56!  Think of how much more money I could have made, dammit!  Why didn’t I do all of them?  Well, there is a time limit to get them done, and quite a few times I have put off doing 3-4 surveys sitting in my email inbox, only to click and find out they already got the number of people they needed.  So you gotta be quick, because quotas fills up fast!  Seriously, I’ve lost out on like $60 in one sitting.  *facepalm*

Alright, so you’re interested, but why am I only telling you this now?  Well, I wasn’t able to before.  Only a few close people to me knew I was doing these surveys.  But Brand Institute has now asked  it’s current participants to spread the word and recruit more panel members.  What in it for me?  Well, yes, I get a sign up bonus, not gunna lie.  And you can too when you recruit people as well!  Oh, and you don’t have to have Paypal either!

If you have ANY questions at all, leave a comment and I will do whatever I can to answer them.  It’s OK to be skeptical, I always am when it comes to anything promising to make me money and sounds too good to be true.  I probably would never have bothered with Brand Institute if I hadn’t received something about it in one of my official pharmacy industry emails years ago.

This is the first thing you will see on their website homepage:

Brand Institute is the world’s premier brand identity consultancy. Our brand agency portfolio of services includes brand strategy/architecture, name development, market research, regulatory and visual identity solutions.

Brand Institute is the parent company of Drug Safety Institute (DSI), a subsidiary comprised of former nomenclature safety experts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, USAN Council, World Health Organization (WHO), and extensive experience with European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). This skilled and knowledgeable team provides our pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, OTC clients with name safety and marketing research services, providing the most efficient and proven paths to drug name approval.

So, now I leave you to sign up!

This is Our Life – Week 5

“Finding the Light”

IMG_1679I am late posting this week’s assignment because I actually struggled all week trying to find inspiration.  We are lucky to have large windows in a basement apartment, so a lot of natural light comes into the main rooms.  But since the prompt was to “work with what you have”, I wanted to find something a little different that wasn’t staged.

IMG_1653It turns out our hallway (which has no windows) is an excellent place to take photos.  It only has one overhead light, but my theory is that since it is narrow and the walls are all white, the light is reflected at many angles, and ended up making for really well lit pictures. Because the light has a normal bulb in it, the photos did have a yellow cast, but that was easily fixed in Lightroom.  So, because I was so pleased with how they turned out, all of the photos I present to you today are clean edits!  I’m surprised at myself that I didn’t use any filters!

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It’s amazing how much joy Adeline can get from floor Froot Loops.  She munched and scattered away, as I snapped away.  And coincidentally, her jammies match!

But then she got bored and curious:

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Temperature Scarf CAL – January Wrap-up

The Bernat Temperature Scarf Crochet-Along officially started February 1st, 2013, but I had gone back and recorded/crocheted the temperatures for all of January.

IMG_1644January started out chilly, but not horrible.  A lot of light blue to begin with.  Then we had a very mild week, represented by the two shades of green.  At that point I wondered if I would ever get to use my lowest temp colour, sparkly purple, and despite my fiery hatred for winter, I found myself wishing for colder temperatures.

I ate my words the following week when we had a terrible cold snap.  It was the coldest it had been all winter, and even though I finally got the colours on the scarf, I worried if I would actually have to ADD another colour.  And that sent me into a panic because I specifically picked sparkly colours for the lowest and the highest temperatures, so then my whole scarf would be ruined!  RUINED!

IMG_1642But, since this is Canada, and only here can it go from -28C wind chills to 13C within one week.  We had everything from snow squalls, high winds, thunderstorms, rain, and something called “ice fog” in the last week of January.  I was outside on my patio 3 times one evening in only a tank top and I wasn’t cold!  So I was able to introduce a new colour to the scarf – the yellow!

The dark green had been the highest temperatures so far, and this time there was even a gradual change in colour.  Right from light blue (0 – -5C) up to yellow (13C – 19C).

I’m still really pleased with the scarf.  I got all the ends weaved in so far (Note to self: weave in ends as you go along, there is nothing worse than weaving in a billion ends at once) and the edge is looking pretty.  I still may or may not go with a border.  Probably not, because let’s face it, after a year of working on one project, I’m not going to want to do ANYTHING else to it.  Done will be done.

IMG_1646There’s still time to join in!  The crochet-along only just begun, you can catch up!  Find the official information here and follow along.

If you want to know the yarn/stitches/temperatures I’m using, check out my first post here.