This is just the start of trying to write out a full pattern for the Virus Shawl. Most of what has or will be written has been based on a wonderful video set which can be found here:
There are 5 parts to the video. They also have on their web site a pattern graph which can be found here: http://woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/
I have also used the written pattern translated by Michelle J. Iseman which can be found
I think I have gotten obsessed with crocheting as of late. I have in the last 2 weeks learned several new stitches, completed various projects and started a lot of new ones.
The one that I finished that took the longest time was a customer order boot bag. I think I took it part at time a half dozen times before I felt it was good enough.
One of the stitches that I learned is a simple shell pattern that I am using for an afghan order. The colours are based on a picture the person has, her request.
Another stitch that I learned is called corner to corner or c2c for short. Just a sample of a couple of pieces in progress. The light green will be a baby blanket and the darker mixed colour is the shawl.
I have also been working on custom designs. The following is the start of a craft bag that I am making for myself with my notes on how I am working / planning / designing it.
More to follow
Frogging means to rip out stitches. If you say rip out several times very quickly is sounds like a frog song – ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.
As part of getting projects done before starting new ones, I went looking for all of the knitting and crochet projects that I have started. Then as I found each one, I reviewed the piece with the following in mind:
- do I still liked what I was doing
- if I like it, do I still have or can I find the yarn in the house to finish it
- if I don’t have the yarn and I like it, it goes in the “to review again” pile
- if I like it, can find the yarn then it goes into the to finish pile
- if I don’t like what I was doing, was it the colour or the pattern or the size
- if it was the colour, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
- if I don’t like the size, can I add to what I have already done – if no, it gets frogged
- if I don’t like the pattern – it gets frogged
Based on the above, I have frogged 2 afghans and 1 scarf this week. I have 2 other afghans that are in the to frog pile and 1 afghan to finish.
- I didn’t have the colours to finish afghan “A”. I know the one colour is no longer available. The balls of yarn went in one of my yarn baskets to be used sooner rather then later.
- Afghan “B”, I have no clue what I was thinking with it. My best guess was that it was going to be a “lap-gan”, a small blanket to be used in an office to keep my legs warm under my desk. I used most of the yarn for it already & used it for a scarf.
- Afghan “C” I am still working on frogging it. It was done except for the edging. I think the total size was 12 feet by 8 feet. It was for a king sized bed with “extra” to hang down the sides. I have spent about an hour frogging it so far. I don’t like the pattern and it was less the perfect in my crocheting. The yarn will go into a clear plastic bag to go in my yarn large project blanket box.
- Afghan “D” I don’t like really anything about it. When I get to frogging it, the yarn will go into one of my baskets. I will have to re-think the colours and pattern.
- Afghan “E” was one I started over a year ago as a Christmas present and forgot all about. It will be the next thing I finish. (hopefully lol)
This year I have decided that rather then track what I “need” or “should” do, I will keep track of what I have done in the way of projects. I am hoping that this way I will get a more positive outlook. Some how the “to do lists” really make me feel bad when I get off track. I seem to forget some days just how I have come as I am too busy looking at how far I think need to go.
This is not my aunt but she has made me a couple of bears using this method. I believe there are 13 parts in the video series.