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.
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.