This is a picture of a swatch I crocheted using my handspun yarn. I spun a few mini-batts that I received in my PhatFiber box, the one on top is Spice Trader and I know that the bottom bit in red was spun with some white bamboo silk to create the third ply (I spun the spice trader with some silk too but you can barely see the white). At this time all of the yarns that I am spinning are 3 ply for the added support and structure, also I am not used to a flat 2 ply yarn and don’t have the confidence to try and create one yet. I love how this is turning out, eventually (one day) I hope to turn this project into a purse. Right now it is a great resting place for my tahkli spun 3plys.
Chainmaille has always been something that I have been interested in. The thought of using metal rings to create something that can deflect swords or in modern times sharks has held a lot of appeal. The reality of chainmaille, however, is neither romantic or simple. I understand the concepts of creating a 4-1 pattern, what I am unable to do is to get those little scales to hold still while I try and get the next ring onto the first two without messing up the order that they are supposed to be in, not to mention getting those darned cut ends to line up without over-twisting and snapping the scale. (Can you tell I became very frustrated with this craft?).
So a few years ago I gave up on it altogether. I still read about a few patterns, and considered how I might use closed rings, sort of like washers, to add a new element to crafting, but I pretty much gave up on it.
Imagine my delight when I saw a pattern to crochet scale-maille onto a glove! I had a blast thinking about the applications, then I found out that they are now making plastic scales so I do not have to worry about abrasive edges, weight, or expense (so much, they aren’t cheap but they aren’t cost prohibitive either.) My imagination went wild! I only got as far as these wristlets but I am thinking about fingerless gloves, sleeves, they might make neat anklets for the summer, a vest, a sweater, a cowl, a tail, the possibilities are endless.
So this is my exciting news, for those of you that want to think about incorporating them into your own work I found that you want to put 1 scale every other row, and every other stitch. Any closer and they will not lay right.
My Learning to Crochet class went very well. Okay, so out of the 8 people that signed up only 2 showed up. Since for March in Western New York it was a positively gorgeous day at around 60 degrees I cannot blame them for wanting to spend time outside rather than in a Crochet Class.
One of those that did show up already knew how to crochet but she was wonderful company and seemed to enjoy the washcloth we were making. The second student was completely new to the craft and still managed to create 1/2 of a washcloth by time the 2 hours were up.
Both were wonderful conversationalists and everyone involved had a grand time. One of the ladies is coming back for the knitting class and I am extremely hopeful for a better turnout then.
It was suggested that we hold more classes in September when people are beginning to think about Christmas Presents, and that might be a good idea.
I am also hopeful that I can hold a class on Granny Squares. It amazes me that people consider these simple, repetitive objects to be something complicated. Then again it was one of the first things I learned to make. The knitted washcloth the students will be learning on the 30th is found below.
Wednesday March 9th I will be teaching students how to crochet! Everything from creating a slipknot, then a chain, then a single crochet, turning the piece and finally how to create a dishcloth. I am so nervous!
I do computer tutoring all the time and occasionally I have done some needle tatting classes but this is a new kind of class for me. I managed to create a very detailed powerpoint to follow but who knows how the class will go. Every new class is quite an experience, but I look forward to it and will post how it went later!