Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
The top photo is from Crochet Today and the bottom photo is mine before the red edging got put on. You can actually see the stitch detail a little better in my bottom photo. It is a very easy pattern, which is important with this boucle' yarn. It can be hard for beginners to work with, but made easier by holding it up to a window.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Two hanks of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky, 100% superwash wool, 140 yds each, in 504 Lakeview. Yum. This yarn is really scrumptious, I should know, I already used the rest of the collection.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
On p. 32 there is a knit hat and mitts set with an crochet flower embellishment. (It's nice, but this is typical for crochet to appear as an embellishment for a knit.)
On p. 34, there is an ALL CROCHET hat and scarf set, in pretty colors. Designed by one of my all-time favorite designers, Mari Lynn Patrick. It's made of Mission Falls new 1824 Wool. (hmm, stick that yarn in your brain in case it comes up later on a test or something).
p.43 another flower embellishment on a purse this time.
p. 52 is a very pretty crocheted belt, by Jeannie Chin in Louet Euroflax worsted. It's a pretty belt. It got a tiny photo in the corner and can be easily overlooked at first. It appears to be in all sc and ch-1 sps. (To be fair, it is in a section labeled "12 Easy Projects").
p. 54 Two sweet crocheted bluebirds in Amigurumi/toy 3-D style. Cute. All sc, designed by Ana Paula Rimoli in Moda Dea Bamboo Wool.
p. 54 Crocheted Slipper Boots. Lion Wool and Fun Fur (I didn't even know they made Fun Fur anymore). Totally fuzzy, totally not my style. By the very talented, Linda Cyr. Because of the fuzzy-ness you can't tell they are crocheted and not knit.
p. 56 Crocheted pillows in a chevron style by Margarita Mejia made of Cascade Yarns 220.
So, 5 items that are 100% crochet, and two items with clearly crocheted embellishment. Thank you Carla Scott, editor of KnitSimple, for supporting crochet in this fun magazine (I'm a subscriber).
Would crocheters be so welcoming of 5 100% knit items in a "crochet" magazine? What do you think?
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
These photos were taken on Tuesday, two days after the storm when the roads were drivable because trees that landed in the roads had mostly been moved by then. The storm was Sunday, power came back on at my house on Thursday night. My dear pal, Missy, didn't get power back until Sunday morning.... yesterday.... a week later. As you can see, the weather is beautiful. Go figure.
Let me see if I can think of something crochet to say. Apparently, Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet took a road trip with a "trunk show" of the Fall issue items to a store called "Threadbear" in Michigan. Patrons of the store got to see ALL the items from the fall issue in person! Some lucky ones even got to TRY ON some of the garments from the issue! How cool is that! Had I known it was going to be so cool, I would have tried to organize a ROAD TRIP!!! what fun! Chelsea, from CrochetCollection commented that she got a photo of herself wearing my Driftwood Cap. I can't wait to see it! Chelsea also wrote an article that appears in this same issue. Very cool.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Let me first say, that I really feel for the people truly effected by Hurricane Ike (and Katrina, and Rita, and Gustav....etc). We have a home, we had water, we had stores, gas, ice within driving distance (after the first two days). Still, I am very glad to have electricity again.
I actually have been doing very little crocheting. I did work on a baby afghan and finished a hat. I'll have to do sneak peeks when I get the chance. Really, I spent much of the time reading and trying to occupy the kids. They re-discovered toys, games and books. (imagine that.)
Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'll post again as soon as I can. In the meantime, send me a comment bringing me "up to speed" on what has been going on in your crochet world!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thank goodness for crochet-lite hooks!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Where was I? I washed and dried the swatches for Chickee's dress. I measured them and noticed that they both shrunk about 1/2 ". The patterned swatch "crumpled" up a little bit, so I smoothed it, watered it down (wet block) and pressed it gently flat with my hands, and let it dry on it's own. It's flatter (flat enough), but is not as soft as the machine dried one. (file this info in my head).
I made the swatch of the increases and decreases. I think this will be for the skirt. I think it will be a side-to-side construction with rows running from waist to hem to give the best flare.
I got out the ole' measuring tape and took all of Chickee's current measurements. Now, the First Communion is in April/May. I wonder how much she will grow between now and then? Any guesses? I made note of some of her wishes. She thinks that she wants the skirt kinda full. She wants the waist tighter. She wants the dress to hit her about mid-calf. She doesn't want the bodice to hit her too high on the neck. She thinks she wants a shawl rather than a bolero/shrug/cardigan. I might have to veto this because she might be walking with a lit candle at some point, and I don't want her tugging a shawl into place while holding a candle, walking, and perhaps wearing a frothy headpiece of some sort to be determined later.
The plan is to now take Chickee's measurements and compare them with the ASTM standard sizing guides and the CYCA sizes and see where they fall. She is 7 and is probably of average size. We will see!
Last night, while thinking about falling asleep, I was thinking about how I would construct the bodice, side to side? top down? bottom up? Will there be buttons up the back? Which construction method will be easiest? which one will look the best? Will I use the same stitch pattern I have been playing with for the skirt or do I want to pick something else? How will I tie the bodice together visually with the skirt? Do I keep the dress all one piece, or would it be smarter to make it a two-piece set that only appears like a dress? (Will this be acceptable for the ceremony)? Do I want to do a waistband for the skirt or just sew the skirt onto the bodice? How do I want to segue between the bodice and the skirt? Chickee wants it tight around her waist. How do I do this with the skirt and stitch pattern I am practicing? do I need a tie or sash? If so, would it be too busy to use the same stitch pattern? Should I use a more basic stitch pattern? should I go with a satin ribbon or something different than crochet?
She wants a rounded neckline. Which stitch pattern will give me the easiest result? do I want to do top-down or bottom-up, or side-to-side. What neckline do I think would look best (despite my 7 yo's opinion?)
Much to think about!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
These swatches are currently in the washing machine, then they will go into the dryer with the rest of the load of whites. The care of this garment is really secondary, because I really only expect Chickee to wear it one time, since it is a special occasion dress. Still, I want to see what will happen to it, and it's good experimenting for future projects.
This yarn is Plymouth Yarn, "Jeannee"
I started with this yarn for several reasons. It's 51% cotton, 49% acrylic. It's soft, it's bright white, it's dk weight, and I have BUNCHES of it in my stash. Let's just say it was slated for a different project, Plymouth helped me out, then the project didn't happen, and Plymouth said I could keep the yarn! So 'Thank You' to Plymouth yarn. It's the least I can do to give them a little plug. I will likely try out other yarns for this project, but really, since I have enough on hand to finish the whole project, I should try and use it. (I also like it). Let's see what happens when it gets out of the dryer. These 2 swatches have used an entire ball of yarn.
Next, I'm starting a new ball of yarn to make another swatch to play with the increasing/decreasing of the stitch pattern.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Here is a photo of Captain, playing play-doh with our Niece. Too cute.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have made some goals to give myself direction...
I already know the color, that's a given. But if I didn't know the color, I would be thinking about what would be flattering with Chickee's coloring, what colors she likes, what colors are available in the yarns I want, etc.
Yarn: Her First Communion will likely be in May or late April. In Ohio, that means that it could be cool or it could be pleasantly warm (or there could be snow, lol). I will rule out wool, I am going to think more like, cotton, linen, or blends. I'd like something not too expensive. Because it will likely be all the same yarn, I think I will rule out corn, because while I love it, it's easy to care for, it tends to get "weighty" when you use a big quantity of it. I want something DK weight or lighter, maybe something the weight of Lustersheen. (But I'm not sure I want acrylic....)
Style: With spring, I'm thinking sleeveless, but with wanting some modesty for church, maybe a removable bolero/cardigan topper. I think that I want something simple on the bodice and more elaborate/decorative for the skirt that can be repeated in the bolero somehow to tie them together. Obviously, nothing too lacy (see-through would be bad), but some laci-ness on the lower rows of the skirt might be ok if done in an "eyelet" kind of way. Generally, around here, dresses are usually more knee to mid-calf length, not floor-length, and not higher than the knee.
Time to keep thinking about the neckline and shapes and maybe choose some yarn for swatching...
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is the top of the sculpture which is about 40' tall. It totally looks like it could be freeform crochet, don't you think? Does it inspire you? I love the organic shapes. That is one of the challenges of crochet, getting organic shapes, but freeform is the perfect method for that!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
This bag book has 7 designs, available on Ravelry (and here at GoCrochet) any day now. This book includes designs by Pam Gillette, Margaret Hubert, Carrie Sullivan, Gwen Blakely-Kinsler, Noreen Crone-Findlay, Christy McMahon and Myra Wood. This says 'Volume 1', because there are MORE volumes coming! I have a bag in volume 2, and there is rumor of a third volume. Wow, crochet friends, you are seeing history in the making. You are seeing the industry changing right before your very eyes! Designers joining together for a mutually beneficial project getting designs to the consumer faster than ever. Fantastic.
The Captain and I took Chickee and Chief to Indianapolis this weekend for a quick trip to the Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Children's Museum. I have lots of crochet sightings and crochet inspiration to share with you! This is what's coming in the next several days!