Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This pattern, will be availble TODAY. I made this one out of cotton, but I have made subsequent ones out of wool, which I recommend for more warmth. This is a fun basic hat and it looks great on a snowman too, when you're not wearing it.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The good news is that the Special Olympics easy knit scarf with the massive size 13 needles is over two feet long at this point, though, unfortunately, it is curling. I tried to curb the curling by placing rows of garter stitch at the bottom and the right and left edges, but it is not working. Does anyone know what I should have done differently? I'm not going to frog it, or start over, but it might be nice to learn for the next time.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Scarves can either be crocheted or knitted, but they need to be in Red Heart Super Saver Delft Blue and White. Don't quote me, go look it up for yourself, but I think they need to be shipped by January 15, 2009.
In the above photo, I had grand ideas of learning a Fair Isle technique in knitting, and I was using size 9 needles. Well, I had no idea how to get started with the Fair Isle part, and it was taking sooooo lonnnnnggggg. ugh.
I did what any impatient crafter would do, I got out the size 13 needles, doubled up the yarn and viola'! This is alot more fun!
I might even get this one done in time! I have about 12" done now.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I found a scarf that I started for Captain probably a year ago! The scarf was 3/4 complete, I found the hook with the project, and somehow, miraculously, I found the stitch pattern! So, I finished the scarf and Captain is getting it for Christmas this year!
I call it the "Flat-tire scarf" because it resembles tire tread and it's wool, so it would keep you warm if you had to change a flat tire. (That's as clever as it gets, folks). It is a Tunisian design in a combination of two stitches. It's black (of course, he wouldn't wear anything else), with a little bit of texture. It's made with 2 balls of Lion Wool. If he doesn't like it, I can felt it and give it to Chief! But, he should like it, because it's pretty basic. No, I'm not worried that he will see this, because I don't think he reads this blog, and if I'm wrong, I'll be the one who is surprised!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I once put in alot of effort in naming one particular blanket. The colors appeared very earthy to me and somewhat Spanish/Mexican, so I looked up children's names on the Internet that were of Spanish/Mexican origin. I chose a lovely name for the blanket, but then the editor changed it anyway, so all the effort was wasted. So now, the names are just descriptive "fuzzy purple blanket" "hooded baby cardigan" etc, Or, by the very creative code number. Right now, I'm working on "08113".
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box, and when he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me, the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.” The little old man was so moved - he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. “Honey,” he said, “that explains the doll, but what about all of this money - where did it come from?” “Oh,” she said, “that's the money I made from selling the dolls.”
Happy Anniversary, Captain. :)
Thursday, November 6, 2008
My current obsession is: Alpaca yarn
My current goal is: to meet all my deadlines!
My current favorite project I’ve done this year: I tend to 'love the one I'm with'. That is the one I am currently working on is usually my favorite. Of the ones you have seen, I have a soft spot in my heart for the Brocade Afghan and the Sunny Spread. Though, actually, those are projects from previous years.... I don't know if I have any from this year that you know about yet...
My most recent finished project: Hmm, I can't really tell ya... let's just say that I liked it so much I found time to make one for myself...
My current casting-on-as-we-speak project: I'll tell you it's a garment...it will show up in print....
My current crocheter of inspiration: That's hard because I admire the vision of so many others, but I'm really more inspired by stitches than I am by people.
I get a crocheter's high from: When my gauge is "pretty". That is, it is evenly divisible by 4. I also get a "high" when I receive a check, when I receive my designers' copy of the publication, and when I finish a project with less than one skein of yarn leftover, when I finish a project in time to send it parcel post...
I learned to crochet: from my Great Tanta Margaret, who lived next door when I was young and from my Mom who reminded me later.
My current number of un-finished projects on needles: 5, not counting the abandoned ones...
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The name of the project,
the size of the project: if it is a garment this should include the finished dimensions of the model garment and the amount of ease or type of fit you designed.
If it is an afghan or an item where it is difficult to tell which side is the "back" and which side is the "front" or Right side/wrong side... I physically tie the tag on the back or wrong side (where it wouldn't be seen while photographed if they choose to leave the tag on during photography) and I write on the tag, "This is the BACK". I do this because I don't think that the stylists or photographers are always crocheters, and they may not see the subtle differences between the right side and the wrong side.
If you are tagging a swatch, still put all your contact information on one side. On the other side, put the proposed sizing of the finished project. Under the title of the project, I'll write (swatch) so that it is easy to see at a glance that it is not the finished project (I'm not making a dishcloth, it's a swatch!)
I don't know if this is too elementary for the buyers, but I think it's best not to leave any confusion. This is how I do it. I buy the tags in boxes of like 200 from Staples office supply store.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Here is a self-portrait of me and Captain. This is actually really funny because I took the photo with my arm outstretched and it is really, really, rare to catch Captain being goofy.