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My favorite accomplishments of 2009

My 2009 Favorites

1. Knitting a sock monkey
2. Achieving some personal goals
3. Learning how to crochet*

Since getting some new books, I'm tempted to experiment with crocheting some garments first:

Crochet Adorned by Linda Perman
Crochet Adorned, by Linda Perman


Everyday Crochet, by Doris Chan

From the introduction in Doris Chan's book:

If you would love to wear your own creations, but struggle with the crocheting because you have fitting or sizing issues, then dive in here. From sleek camisoles to pullovers, cardigans, and coats, the designs in this book contain the elements and guidance to help you make well-fitting, attractive crocheted clothes that you will be proud to wear.

Hers is an interesting approach - crocheting top down with shell stitches. The shells expand down and out rather than up and out, which allows for some natural shaping. And, similar to knitting, top-down construction allows you to try on the garment in progress so you can revise as you go. I'm anxious to try it out but a little bit uncertain about choosing yarn for these projects. I'm not as confident in deviating from the yarns recommended by crochet designers.

Meanwhile, I have plans to knit a sweater for Paul this year as well. I decided on a pattern from Ann Budd's The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. He prefers a looser fit, so I'm going to knit him a Drop Shoulder-style sweater with turned up, hemmed sleeves. Swatching has already begun:

Cascade 220 Swatch Color 1913

This should be an interesting year.

* this is the Ripple blanket that started it all and made me REALLY want to learn how to crochet.


Oh both those crochet books look fascinating, I will be watching this space with interest.

Yeah for you.

I have the Knitters Book of Handy Sweater Patterns and I LOVE it. Beware, Ann Budd tends to make arms a bit short, just a bit.

sock monkey! i love it.

i saw a similar technique for noting needle size on swatches. i think it had something to do with creating holes, with YO's, in the same way your number of duplicates corresponds to the size needle. i think i like your method better!

I actually have met the author of Crochet Adorned. She lived in Bozeman and I found her blog. When I realized she worked in the local yarn shop and was having a book signing I had to go. What a treat! And I have a very useful autographed book full of wonderful patterns. She has moved to San Antonio, sadly, but we still communicate via blogs. This is a book to get.

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