I was really good this year…..compared to a few years ago lol OK so I spent most of my Christmas money on yarn. I purchased enough yarn to last until the next Boxing Day sales. More then a few peoples’ eyes came close to popping out when they saw what I had in my cart. (True be told, the cart was over flowing and I had to keep my hand on top of the stash.)
There is enough yarn to make all my Christmas gifts for next year and several projects for charity…..and no I don’t feel guilty.
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.
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)
I went yesterday to purchase some more yarn to crochet squares for charity. Instead of paying attention to the weight of the yarn I only looked at the colours and the material it was made from. This morning I discovered that the weight was too light for most of the charities. I really liked the colour of the variegated yarn so I decided to make an afghan for my spare room with it and off set it with solid colours. Due to the weight I will only get 1 four inch square and part of a second square. Also due to the weight in order to get some warmth from the end result, I am using a number 3.5 crochet hook. It will be one of those “year long” projects.
I am pretty sure that I will need more yarn but I will need to go to a different store in the chain.
My hope was that I could work on a square no matter where I was once I got the number of stitches figured out. I am not the best when it comes to crochet tension so as a result I have to measure each square as I go. Even when using the same wool with the same sized crochet hook I often end up with 1/2 inch difference in the size. 😦
I decided to just sit today and start a dozen or so squares that I can work on, on the go without having to worry I have the wrong size.
‘Why can’t I find pot holders any more?” This is what I was asked recently whilst on a short break in Ripon.
The hotel owner saw me crocheting in the lounge and asked me this question, so when I got home I had a look online and found that there are many around but made by, and advertised amongst craft enthusiasts. I could not find any nice ones for sale in high street stores. Always keen to take on a new challenge I scoured my computers pages for some patterns and set to work to produce…….
I think that pot holders will really enhance that old fashioned english tradition of taking tea. At the The Old Deanery where we stayed in Ripon tea was wonderfully presented in silver tea pots with a pot of hot water and, yes really, sugar lumps, where do you see those today? We loved it…