Saturday, September 30, 2006

Which One?

I found this wonderful yarn today and thought, of course I'll do this in single crochet to show off the wonderful random lines of color in the purple base. However, I didn't anticipate how much texture sc creates. After some trial I now have two scarves begun and need help to decide which is better.

The one on the left is the hdc and the one on the right is the sc. Click on the picture for a close up. Which do you think does a better job of showing off the yarn?

Thanks for your input!

Friday, September 29, 2006


Why eek? Well, just look at this! Ericka Jo found this in a thrift store for just $5. Why did she buy it? Well, would you have believed her if she said she'd found a designer crocheted sweater composed completely of teddy bears? If this had been child sized, then it might have been cute. However, intended for an adult it is pretty scary. Get a load of the one on the upper left hand side with the patriotic bib! It appears that there just weren't enough bears on the front as if you turn it around the solid back is decorated with two bears holding hands that are directly over the right buttock. EEEK!

Now for the squeal of joy. Here is the completely crocheted scarf for the International Scarf Exchange. I'm really pleased with the result. Now I just have to screw up my courage and block it to remove that weird one sided curve I mentioned in a previous post. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


O.K. Gina so you tagged me for seven "songs", but didn't specify any categorization. Therefore, I am going to go for variety. So here goes (there is a link to the actual music whenever I could find one):

1) Since the holidays are coming AND I just got tickets to see George Winston in concert (finally!) my first pick is "The Holly and the Ivy" from the album December. I love piano music and this one is particularly dear because I sang it in college choir so often find myself humming along.

2) Pink Floyd's "High Hopes" from The Division Bell. There is something about that ringing bell in this song that I really like.

3) I am currently obsessively listening to "The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall. The melody to this one sticks with you. You've been warned!

4) A perennial favorite is "If I Had a Million Dollars" by the Bare Naked Ladies. I was driving when I first heard this, thoroughly enjoyed the clever lyrics then LOL when I heard the ending. It was like, duh, of course!

5) Natalie Cole's "Better Than Anything" from Music That Makes Me Dance - This one makes me laugh because of the ending which debates whether shopping is better than love! Any thoughts ladies?

6) Josh Groban's "Oceano" from his album Closer. So soothing!

7) Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" off of the album Storm Front. It caught my attention when it first came out and I continue to be impressed by his ability to recite that long list of significant historical events and people. This is one song you must listen to closely! Searching for the music I found this fascinating web site that has links to all the things mentioned in the song.

There are so many others but that's my list for now. Stitch Witch, Vickie, and Kat with a K consider yourselves TAGGED!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Rest of the Story

Just wanted to make a quick post before hitting the hay. Here is a picture of the small ensemble that toured the Boston Knit Out and Crochet Too. They are from left to right:

ErickaJo and her sweety

Here also is the promised picture of the Artyarns Supermerino I purchased at the Windsor Button shop:
I'm trying to be patient while finishing two current projects. New yarn makes we want to get stitching with it immediately! LOL This will, I believe make a lovely scarf with the pattern I have in mind. (Literally in my mind as I'm just making one up!) Happy stitching - I'm off to bed.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I Won? Sort of (The Boston Knit Out and Crochet Too)

The early bird gets the goodies! Little did I know when planning to go to the Boston Knit Out and Crochet Too there would be freebies. What yarn addict doesn't love free stuff? Take a gander! We made the rounds of all the tables and ended up with lots of free yarn, coupons (not pictured), and a book signed by the author! Next stop was the fastest knitter contest. Neither of the ladies with me would give it a go BUT challenged me to try the fastest crochet contest. I know I'm not fast. Nevertheless I was there to have a good time. I'm somewhere in this picture of concentrating crocheters...
Get a load of the variety of postures. Looking at the pictures made me LOL to see how twisted around we crocheters became as we worked! And the surprising news...I WON! Well, I was declared the winner beating out one other crocheter by a mere half a stitch (we were doing double crochet). However, after recovering from shock and composing a smile for a photograph it was discovered there was a woman on the other end who had done another entire row! I was prepared to give back my lovely prize. Luckily, there was another one available so I got to keep it. Look!

According to the tag this beauty is from Lantern Moon. I'm hoping to find time to move my stuff over soon.

We stayed to enjoy a fashion show and the key note. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the fashion show. It sounded a bit hokey, but was fun. The variety of items paraded around the Common was fascinating. Some were daunting and awe inspiring in their complexity and color work.

Before leaving we headed to Windsor Button. I don't think any of us could bear having looked at all that yummy yarn/FOs and leave without some. I think I've reached blogger's limit so a picture of the Artyarn tomorrow!

Happy Stitching from the (almost) Fastest Hooker at the Boston Knit Out and Crochet Too! :-D

Sunday, September 24, 2006


So, visiting my family we inevitably ended up in AC Moore. I hadn't planned on purchasing a thing ( I was delusional; I realize that now...). My sister, in an effort to get my mother knitting, had recently purchased some fun yarn for her. It worked.

The shopping was meant to outfit mom with the appropriate sized needles and a contrast yarn. Well, we did get those items, plus a few more:

9 skeins of laceweight mohair in greys

5 skeins of laceweight mohair in blues (this is MINE - who could resist this stuff at 50% off then an additional 10% with my teacher discount?)

1 small knitting bag

1 very tangled skein of the original fun yarn which they discounted because we spent a good twenty minutes disentangling the thing from the snarl of sale yarn


1 skein of wool look a like that will become Heather's wonderful smocked gloves! (I just knew my sister wouldn't be able to resist the pattern! It will be a while, but she promises pics when done.)

Several hours later and a number of dollars poorer we returned home full of satisfaction.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Oh What FUN!

Wednesday night's knit and crochet group was just brimming over with loveliness! Take a peek:

Amanda is modeling the totally AWESOME sweater she just finished. I'm in envy. The sock is one of her WIPs. I was admiring the colorway all night.

Although I didn't get pictures of them, there were a lot of socks in process. I found myself really attracted to the textured patterns. I've considered crocheting socks, but the knitted ones are so lovely that I may have to give them a go... Here's a pair from the needles of the talented Jackie:
Check out her latest delightful sewn and knitted creations on her blog! The gloves she's modeling were knit by Gina in record time (was it two days Gina?). They are an original design by the amazing Heather who also creates stitch markers, knitting needles, and gorgeous yarn colorways! Such creativity in one tiny woman.

Moving on to the other crocheter of the group check out this soft cuddly cotton baby blanket created by Caroline.
I just love the lacy pattern. That is one lucky baby! The hat is going to the Caps for the Capital project I've mentioned before. As this hat evidences, she is having a grand time playing with color combinations to create cheerful hats for this worthy cause. Only a few more months to stitch before mailing off to D.C.!

Then to top it all off we had a newbie join us! A REAL newbie. A newbie who had never touched knitting needles or yarn before. Mike, wearing a Nine Inch Nails t-shirt and leather coat, sat right down and was soon knitting away. Here's to the joy of yarnwork and fearless beginners who are willing to plunk themselves down amidst a boisterous group of the yarn addicted!

Monday, September 18, 2006

The sad truth

This is the scarf I was making for my ISE pal. The sad truth? It is taking on a decided curve on one side. How can it curve on just one side? Doesn't that break a law of physics or something? Because of this weirdness, I'm now searching for a new pattern. I cannot bring myself to frog this yet so will begin again with one of the other balls of yarn to see if things go better. I tend to think this is a yarn problem as the spin for this yarn makes it springy! Perhaps it is just not meant for crochet... Trial and error makes for adventures in crochet! :-D

Saturday, September 16, 2006

LYS Crawl yields Helpful Pamphlet

I was ruminating the other day that a guide to yarns would be helpful so I could choose the right yarn for my project. Viewing the scarves being created on the ISE blog, I realize now just how important matching the yarn to the pattern can truly be. Trial and error is fine in many cases but there is a limit to the number of times I'm willing to swatch! So far I haven't found one. The up side of this is that it leads to many interesting conversations with experienced knitters and crocheters.

Then on a yarn crawl today I ran across a resource I didn't realize I needed until it jumped into my hands. This pamphlet is a yardage guide for a variety of crocheted items so you can purchase the right amount of yarn even if you don't have a pattern yet! What a great idea! Needless to say I purchased one. :0)

P.S. Knitters - there is a version for knitters too!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Ah Ha! She is not Crazy!

O.K. so the crazy part might be debatable, but I was correct about the Interweave Bam Boo Scarf pattern being totally messed up. I left a message on the Interweave site and just received my answer:

"We are aware of the problem with this pattern; it is currently being reviewed and we will post the correction as soon as possible. I apologize for the error and any inconvenience it may have caused. "

I haven't checked to see if the errata page has been updated yet, but I hope they do it soon so some other poor soul doesn't get as frustrated as I did! They get many brownie points for 1) responding to my e-mail 2) responding quickly and 3) apologizing. I'm looking forward to the corrected pattern. I hope it will still look as lovely as the picture in the magazine!
Here she be! The ISE scarf has begun. This is the pattern I was planning to use originally but thought would be too warm for my pal. When the Interweave pattern didn't work, I decided to try this pattern with the fingering weight yarn. And wouldn't you know it, the scarf is lovely. There will be contrast color later! This picture makes the yarn look much redder than it is, however, I was too impatient to wait for the sun...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

International Scarf Exchange (ISE)

Sorry that it has been a while since the last post. I have been debating posting about the progress of ISE, however, decided that if I am careful it will not give my identity and pal away. So, to your left is the lovely yarn pairing that I picked out for my pal. It is INCREDIBLY soft and yummy (think cashmere, silk, new wool...) The owner of the LYS kindly gave me an extra 5% off so that I could at least pretend to be close to my budget!

So last night I sat down with the pattern and was sadly disappointed. It is wrong and there is no eratta (sp?). I went so far as to diagram the pattern to make sure I was not just messing it up as I stitched. Hah! No such luck. Each row of the three row pattern yielded a different number of stitches. I guess this wasn't the pattern meant for my pal after all.

Back to the books and internet for a new pattern...

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I Think I've Got It

After several more false starts and much frogging it finally hit me. To change the point on this shawl and make the wedge shape broader all I needed to do was START WITH MORE STITCHES! duh... Why did it take so long for this to occur to me? I'm well into this latest attempt and am pretty sure the shallower V will result in sides that fall further down the upper arms that the original pattern to provide better warmth when worn. Cross your collective fingers. I really don't want to frog this baby again!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Well, as you can see my plan did not work. The back of the shawl did not lay flat with the extra increases. Unfortunately, it also did not ripple in a manner that was attractive. I stopped as soon as the camera (thank GOODNESS for timers) revealed the problem. Shortly after this picture was taken the shawl took a trip to the frog pond. Tonight I started again. I thought that maybe using the original pattern with the slight increase which DID work combined with working an even row in between might be the ticket. I didn't get to try this idea, however, because upon arriving at the knitting/crochet group tonight I discovered I didn't have the right size hook with me! As a firm believer that there is a reason when things like this happen I decided to try the pattern with a smaller hook doing the increases every row. The body is stiffer, however, I'll keep going for a while and see how it develops... Wish me luck!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Could this be it?

The first shawl I ever created was intended to grace my shoulders. It was, however, admired by my mother and became her possession instead. I was thrilled she coveted it. Turns out she has been using it as a small afghan in the mornings when the house is cool and only occasionally for her shoulders! (You just never know what you are creating...) This was back in June.

Today, my mother "commissioned" a second shawl, this time in white. She has gotten so much use from the black one that she wants another before heading south for the winter months! Just one thing, it needed to be a shallower triangle than the first one so that it would cover more of her arms (and maybe even have the ability to be worn wrap style). You see while I am five foot four, my mother is only four foot ten. That six inches makes a big difference! So here was the first attempt. I added some stitches so it would increase faster. The triangle is shallower but nowhere near enough. Luckily, I like this one on me. I may get a shawl out of this after all! BTW this is the Light and Cozy Shawl.

So back to the drawing board. More increases spread across the pattern resulted in this. Here are the first eight of an estimated necessary forty to fifty rows. It seems to have promise. Could this be it? Only time will tell!

Sunday, September 03, 2006


From the "did you know" corner...
Interweave which produces such cool knitting stuff has a yearly issue devoted exclusively to crochet! How did I discover this exciting info.? Well, I went into my LYS and in the course of my musings about yarn for the International Scarf Exchange, heard from the owner: "This just came in. It's not even on the shelf yet. What to take a look." Words of doom! I not only bought this year's issue but also one of the back issues she helpfully provided for my perusal. :-D She may not be "Sir Patrick the Enabler", however, she didn't do a bad job of getting me to spend money when I hadn't intended to spend a dime...
Into the idea stash the magazines went to be oohed and ahhed over later. After I finish grading summer reading assignments. (I DO have SOME willpower!)

Friday, September 01, 2006

It's a what?

Meet my new crochet basket. Not a basket you say? True. However, who could turn down such a sturdy set of cubbies that are the exact depth of a skein of Red Heart when the cost is just $5.00? This gem was found at the local Salvation Army where I was actually looking for a suitable basket along with any yarn they might have.
What luck to spot this sitting, upside down, just to the right of the exit. It is even signed on top by the artists who decorated the third shelf with lovely marker scribbles! (Hence, why it was displayed UPSIDE DOWN!)
I was shopping because it became painfully clear I needed something in which to store my WIPs as they are taking over my coffee and kitchen tables. Any time I need to switch projects in my bag, the present projects end up on one of these two tables. I'm not even sure what is in the works anymore! Thank you Marie, Kim, and whomever else enjoyed these shelves. Sorry to have removed your beautiful butterfly stickers but they just didn't match the decor in my living room. Here's to another crochet overflow problem solved!