I know, I do not need more yarn. I have mom’s stash to get through, I have yarn that I have spun, I have more yarn than I know what to do with. However when this yarn went on sale for $3 per 400+ yard hank, I was a goner. I picked up to of the same color and wound one into a center pull ball already. I was thinking about patterns, most people think that one is enough for a min-shawl and anything of a substantial size requires four. Since I hate mini-shawls, and do not have four, I started crocheting a half-granny shawl. I know, my standard pattern, but it is just beautiful!
I have barely started and it is already 12 inches across and 7 inches long. I am certain that if I were to stretch this during blocking it would get considerably larger. I have a row of double crochet lattice work before the yellow starts turning orange, I am going to try and free-style several different motifs into this pattern. The hook that I am using, shown, is a 3.0mm hook.
I have several other patterns and projects I am thinking about, along with a couple of other purchases from this huge sale of knit-picks products. The more I work on crafting the more I realize that at present my go-to crafts are spinning and crochet. I hope to up my weaving, knitting, and felting game in the next few years but at present these are my comfort crafts. I wonder if crocheting a good pair of socks would get me over my troubles with the idea of knitting a pair, or should I just keep swatching for these knitted socks? Oh, these crafting dilemmas.
As you can see I am still working on samples for my cup cozy classes as well as working on my latch hook tutorial. I admit I am having a blast with these crafts. I think that I might finally have something of a handle on wet felting, and crochet has always been a passion of mine. I am really looking forward to teaching the Latch Hook class, it is over a couple of class periods so I think that the patrons will have a chance to make some real progress on this.
I am still prepping for Spinzilla, I hope to have a progress picture on that in the near future. Time just flies when you are having fun. I also know that some of you might be directed from either pinterest or my instagram account, if so, Welcome! I am currently experimenting with Hootsuite to coordinate my blog and social media accounts, please forgive any glitches along the way.
For the classes that I will be teaching I needed to create some samples. I have knitted up two different cup cozy’s, the two by two ribbed one is supposed to be the easy one while the cabled on should be intermediate. I think that the cables actually went faster than the ribbed one since I did not have to move my yarn from the front to the back constantly. I obtained all of the patterns from Ravelry. The cabled cup cozy is Pumpkin Spice by Evan Middleton. The Masala- Two by Two Cup Cuddler by Kara L. Mayfield was the basic ribbed cup cozy.
The really simple pattern that I crocheted was the Christmas Tree Cup Cozy. It was so much fun to do in less than an hour. The pattern, also from Ravelry was the Christmas Tree Coffee Cozy by Tamara Kelly.
All three of the patterns were very fun and easy, they were also free! The directions were very easy to follow and I am so pleased with the results!
It turns out that if you lock the cat in the computer room with you and let mom sleep in for a couple of hours you can crochet up a Half-Granny Shawl.
I love this pattern simply because it is so quick to crochet up and the results are amazing. This is with the brights wool I spun up for the Paradise Fibers spinlympics & entered into the first week of the 51 yarn challenge by Jacey Boggs Faulkner. This is my third shawl that I have crocheted with my handspun yarn, though it is the first using just one skein.
I’m really loving my yarn and handspinning, it is a joy when things get a little too busy in my ‘real life’.
I decided that my second big project of the year, or third depending on whether I am counting Spinzilla or not, was to make a half-granny shawl for my mother from my Spinzilla yarn. I remain completely amazed at how well my chaotic riot of colors works together. This was started while I was waiting for my mother to have a minor surgery, it was supposed to be half and hour and wound up taking two hours, thank goodness I had my crochet with me. Fortunately mom came out with flying colors. I enjoy the ruffled edge (alright it wasn’t supposed to ruffle but it’s cute anyway) seems to tie the entire piece together.
Life is a series of funny adventures. A neighbor offered to teach my mother to ‘Crochenit’ or ‘Cro-Hook’, my mother reassured my neighbor that she learned the technique as an ‘Afghan Stitch’ but thanked her kindly anyway. Mom then looked at me and said, “They are the same thing right?” knowing full well this would be a challenge I could not resist as a librarian.
As it turns out, mom was wrong. What she learned as the Afghan stitch is also known as Scottish crochet, Tunisian crochet, etc. It is created using a crochet hook with a long shaft and an end that looks like a knitting needle. The results can be found above, as you can see from the curled edge on the bottom (this tends to curl a bit) the ‘wrong side’ looks like the purl side of knitting while the ‘right side’ has beautiful bars that have been used in the past to embroider onto solid colored pieces.
The fun part is that the other form, Cro-Hook or Crochenit is essentially the tunisian crochet with a color change every row using a double ended hook.
As you can see, I have another new obsession all thanks to my neighbor. I have a book on Crochenit stitches waiting for me at home and 101 tunisian stitches will be ordered later today using my Amazon Rebate!
Look at each one of those weird structures. Each stitch looks like this little weird star like knot of 4 strands of yarn that shouldn’t cooperate, should certainly not stay together, and yet they not only stay together but you can build on them and eventually create clothing (if you want) or a toy. Depending on your yarn and hook they can be huge and loose, small and tight, etc. One of my colleagues at the Community College at which I work stated that a stuffed bunny my mother crocheted (named bunbun) looked water-tight. (He is former Navy).
That’s my philosophy for the day. A hook and some fiber and you can conquer the world, right after I finish this next row.