Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I wanted to do some simple motifs as a sort of "break" from big projects. It is also another part of my stash busting efforts. I want to move along most of my acrylic. Motifs like these allow for even small bits to be used.
So, here's my first attempt. I saw this really cool blanket (pattern) on Ravelry (link) and thought it would be fun. Here's the first triangle...
I really like the look. Making it, however, is not my idea of relaxing and fun. I'm not a huge fan of post stitches and did not realize at first that the entire thing is post stitches! Oops.
So I moved on by pulling out this book.
Let me stop for a moment and tell you of my love for this book. The motifs are clever and attractive. The projects help the reader see the possibilities created by linking motifs together. The instructions are clear and the pictures enticing. I love this book. I recommend it to anyone who wants to break out of the motif "box" and into other shapes!
I was hoping for a cute double crochet triangle without those post stitches. No luck. There was a great one in single crochet, but I'm not that patient. I want quick and gratifying! I did try to make one on my own. Nope. So, I thought, let's try a different shape. Page 96 yielded this beauty:In a mere five rounds (plus a single crochet edge to make joining easier) there sat a beautiful six inches of hexagon. And, bonus, the center looks like a flower. Yup, this one is a keeper!
Look out Caron Simply Soft stash yarn. Your days in the skein are numbered!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Do you remember Spirit Week? Did it occur at your school? It does at mine!
Each day next week has a theme. Students and teachers are encouraged to dress up to fit the scheme, and it can become quite entertaining. This year I actually remembered to plan ahead. I have a flower lei for Hawaiian Day, my BoSox cap for NE Sports Team Day, and a Tie Dyed bandanna to wear on Tie Dye day (yup, I keep it low key). But, I didn't really have a good combination of clothing for Red, White, and Blue day where everyone wears the school colors to show support for the sports teams.
Remember that pink scarf? Well, the scarf strikes again! This one is meant to be a bit silly and fun. It reminds me of something a cheer leader might wear. (Although, my sister says it looks more like an Olympian's ribbon - the ones that hold the medals.)
Three quick swipes of back loop single crochet with a flower off the end of two of the passes and voila! I got the idea for the flowers from the shawl on the front of IC this month. =-)
I have heard that after Spirit Week, the red, white, and blue Friday is going to continue. So, this will get a lot of use. This is the first project that I have purposely "killed" by steaming with a very hot iron which is hovered over the acrylic. It is really amazing how much softer/more flexible it becomes. Now, I won't squeak every time I move! LOL
Enjoy your long weekend if you have one!
Monday, October 06, 2008
I love how soft this turned out. The yarn is quite springy so the motifs are a bit more elongated than I expected (but still pretty). If I were not in such a rush to get this done I might have swatched and gone down a hook size.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
*Fan cord runs from counter across to the table while the ironing board extending the blocking space cuts you off from the other direction!
Of course that means stash diving to find just the right yarn. While several presented themselves for consideration I suddenly realized the scarf had to be pink. Breast Cancer pink. Why? Well, one of the clubs at my school is doing a week of awareness and fund raising so they have asked everyone to wear pink. Pink every day. Do you know what color is not currently in my wardrobe? Yup. You guessed it. I don't feel like wearing a little piece of pink ribbon is enough for me. I want a bigger statement. I'll have one by Monday...
Excellent progress! I started Friday night and completed the second ball by the time I had polished off my cup of chai on Saturday.
There is nothing quite like traveling with your project and taking some quiet moments to crochet in public. Surpisingly not one person noticed the woman sitting in the window crocheting the bright pink scarf! I think maybe they were too focused on the door to the shop where yummy drinks, hand made chocolates, and Gelato can be found.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Off to attach the third and final ball of yarn to the scarf. Must block it tonight!