I finally figured out a good project to work on during study breaks; I read and outline for 40-45 minutes and then crochet or knit for the remainder of the hour (rinse and repeat). Washcloths are perfect — and in this case, I got to practice my crochet skills.
When I mentioned the Wooly App, I’d forgotten about one of their recent updates — the ability to add photos to your projects and stash. As with similar apps, you can choose to take a photo or add an existing one from your phone’s gallery (I’ve done both successfully). Prior to that enhancement, I was using the Yarma app and it works the same way, though not as seamlessly. My point is — there are fewer barriers now to sharing photos of projects on Ravelry if you have a smartphone and one or both of these apps! I’ll admit to preferring photos shot with a camera (rather than my phone) because it’s ideal for getting photos with lots of detail, but any photo is usually preferable to none.
If you’ve tried one (or both) of these or have any ideas of your own, I’d love to hear them.
Last week, I enrolled in Linda Permann‘s online course, “Crafty Crochet Embellishments” and I decided that I really love this format for online craft classes! I didn’t have the recommended yarn or hooks for the project I chose, and instead, I worked with what was handy – some Malabrigo laceweight yarn and a 2.75mm hook. At this gauge, these earrings are best worked with crochet cotton (preferably mercerized), but they’re so quick to make, there’s no reason NOT to experiment with whatever you have.
An added bonus is that in this series of lessons, Linda uses some of the patterns found in Crochet Adorned — one of my all-time favorite crochet books.
To friends and family near and far – I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
This is the ornament I received in the annual Twisted Yarns exchange. I love it and it looks great on my tree. Details: Ann’s African Flower Star, based on Hexagons are My Stars Tutorial – [Ravelry Pattern Link]
It’s that time of year in the greater Houston area — when temperatures range from overnight lows in the 30’s to daytime highs of the 70’s and low 80’s. My favorite scarves and shawls come out and many get a bath and re-blocking.
When I wore the green scarf this past week, we had a bit of sunlight after two rather dreary days, so I chased the rays around the house like a cat before the sun could disappear behind a cloud again.
This is my third Anne scarf; I’m unapologetically a pattern repeater. When I find something I like, I crochet (or knit) it more than once — and I really like this pattern (complete with both diagrams and written directions) so it’s likely this won’t be my last.
School started here a week ago for a 7th grader and a 4th grader. I’m adjusting to the new routine and the new activities that requires one of them to be at school by 6:30 a.m. “My” time starts around 7:30 a.m. and lasts till 3:30 p.m. every day, so there’s a grid that I can fill every day with tasks, errands, chores, or craft time. But I like to have something to show for myself by the end of the school year besides a bunch of check marks on a to-do list — progress toward a new challenge or skill. I have some ideas, but no solid goals yet. There’s one big commitment that I’d like to make since it’s a dream/goal I’ve had for a long time, but I guess it’s fear that’s keeping me from doing it. It’s not something I’m likely to share until it’s finished (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with knitting or crocheting), but as I write this and record it here, I’m at least making myself think about it. Otherwise, there will be a million little things that attract my attention and time, until it becomes easy to avoid the one thing I believe I was meant to do.
Hook: Boye 1.5mm, Size 8
Thread: DMC Cebelia #10 in Ecru
Rock: my garden (I rejected the first stone – it was far too heavy and oddly-shaped)
Last year I saw this and Kati was kind enough to lead me to Resurrection Fern as her inspiration (her Covered Stones set is here).
As a brand new crocheter, I thought her stones were to be admired rather than duplicated, so I had no plans to attempt it until recently when So KnitPicky pointed me to the Purl Bee instructions for Margaret Oomen’s stones. I just had to try this simpler version of the coveted covered stones. Now that I understand the concept a little better, it’s quite tempting to try more of a free-form design.
The first one in Spud & Chlöe Sweater, “Moonlight” No. 2507:
And the second in Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton:
This is now being offered as a class at Twisted Yarns, with permission from the designer, M.K. Carroll. I’ll be teaching this on Saturday, August 28, 2010, so if you know how to crochet and want to make this scarf, call the shop to reserve your spot. I recommend purchasing your yarn for this during the annual Beat the Heat Sale that takes place this Thursday and lasts through Saturday — you’ll get at least 15% off your yarn purchase!
While I was in Yakima, Washington, I visited a cute little yarn shop there (Little Red Hen Yarns on Summitview) and found my favorite organic cotton yarn on sale and bought 3 skeins to bring home with me. With help from Ravelry, I found the perfect pattern for a highly textured crocheted washcloth on the Lion Brand site. While I don’t often visit the site due to the annoyance of having to register and log in to see the patterns, I discovered this morning that there’s a free iPhone/Touch app for Lion Brand that makes it easier to search for and use the patterns there. These were so quick to do and I’ll soon be able to replace all my well-loved washcloths.
Erica called me yesterday and wants to stop by and liberate all the Cascade 220 Superwash remnants from my stash to make a sister blanket for the Soft Waves Ripple I crocheted last year. I’ve been knitting so much lately that I’m getting really twitchy to crochet something. Producing the remaining yarn for her is really going to make it difficult not to. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t, right?
I used the Soft Waves Ripple pattern from Jan Eaton’s book, 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. Since then, I’ve become aware of other ripple patterns that I want to share. There are excellent tutorials available as well.
Lucy’s Attic 24 Ripple – this is one of my favorites. Her crochet projects are always so girly, colorful, and happy. Since she’s based in the UK, one has to remember that their crochet terms are a little bit different than ours. Their TR (treble crochet) is our DC (double crochet). If you’re a member of Ravelry, Lucy’s pattern page is here. Prepare to be dazzled.
Stephi G’s Rugged Ripple – Last but not least – another free ripple pattern, but the beauty of this one is that you can download and store it in your Ravelry library. The colors in her photo are irresistible. I loved using the Cascade 220 Superwash for my first ripple, but I’m a longtime fan of the regular Cascade 220. While it’s not machine washable, it’s much more economical and I have so many small skeins of leftovers from other projects. Twisted Yarns just received several bags of new colorways and as I type this, I’m wishing I’d gotten some yesterday. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t.
It’s much easier to find excellent crochet pattern support these days; obviously, that could be due to Ravelry, crochet bloggers, and the fact that I’m now actively looking for great crochet patterns. Often it’s really difficult for me to see beyond a poor visual representation of a crochet project – or to navigate a button- and blinky-filled list of crochet patterns to find a gem. Again, well-photographed crochet projects on Ravelry help immensely!