Tag Archive | crochet

Yarns Sales

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.

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German Scalloped Triangle Shawl aka Virus Shawl

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 shawl pattern

shawl pattern part 2

Virus shawl written pattern (4)

 

Crochet Bug

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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More to follow

“Frogging” old WIP

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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)

Sometimes I need to pay closer attention

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.

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I am pretty sure that I will need more yarn but I will need to go to a different store in the chain.

Squares of Warmth follow up

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.

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Anyone else have this kind of issue?