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[2KCBWDAY4] Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Day 4

Today’s topic is a question we are to ask ourselves: whatever happened to your _____ …

Ya know – I racked my brain on this one and realized that there is one item that I do wonder what happened to it, but I really don’t think that I will ever know. What I can do is tell you the story of my first afghan.

Around age 5 I joined little league – yup, baseball. I was the only girl on the league and took a lot of flack from the community for this, especially the parents of the boys. After a couple years I landed myself on a team with a fabulous coach. There were a couple awesome coaches, but Mr. S really stood out to me that year. I was maybe 8 years old. He was a special education teacher at my school and spent the evenings coaching a little league team. He was a very nice man and a very very VERY patient man.

The end of baseball season was approaching and I decided to do something for Mr. S. That is when  I sat down, hook in hand and started crocheting red and black granny squares. I genuinely had no idea what it would turn into. My parents bought the yarn for me and with the last skein of red, they accidentally bought a darker red. I noticed but needed to make the squares. What I had was just enough of the darker red squares to make an afghan with a big S in the middle.

I gave it to him and he loved it. I am pretty sure it was the only afghan he would ever have been given by one of his players.

I sometimes wonder how Mr. S is doing… and sometimes, when I think of him, I wonder if he still has that afghan.

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If you are interested in reading other peoples’ blog posts for Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011, just head to google and search for 2KCBWDAY4

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[2KCBWDAY3] Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Day 3

Today’s topic is all about how I organize my yarn …. well, this should be a relatively short blog *laughs*

Until about a month ago all of my yarn was in boxes. Oh, and some was in bags because it was considered a “WIP Bag” – then my beloved took pity upon my mess and bought me a very large basket. This is my first attempt at organizing my yarn so while I still have a lot in boxes, I am pleased with my basket of yarn.

It isn’t much, but it’s mine.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[2KCBWDAY2] Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Day 2

Today’s topic is one of reflection – to look at myself and see how I have grown; compare myself knowledge and skill-wise.

I know it may sound impressive when I say I’ve crocheted for a good 30+ years; however, part of becoming better is knowing there is always room for growth. I know that while I am good at what I know, there are so many more stitches and techniques that I can learn.

Looking back at the last year, I think I have spent a lot of time being more creative – making my way away from patterns, mine and others’, to just feel free to play freely with the hook and yarn. I have come up with an interesting stitch that I am still working with before releasing it on my blog and in patterns.

As for what I create, I have to admit that previously I tended to shy away from wearables beyond the basics; however, recently, I have taken a turn in making more items like shrugs and shawls and am hoping to tackle some sweaters and socks. It may seem like something every crocheter would make, but honestly – in the 30 years I have crocheted, I have shy’d away those types of patterns and spending more time on other things more focused on household.

So there you have it – my personal reflections on my crochet life in the last year. I would love to hear about yours so please either comment or leave a URL where I can go to read your entry.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[2KCBWDAY1] Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Day 1

A TALE OF TWO YARNS
Today’s topic is a simple one – tell readers about two yarns, perhaps one I like and one I do not. This is simple enough because yarn is the …. foundation …. (get it?) … of crochet. I don’t know if it is inherent to knitters and crocheters, but I am a very texture based person. I really enjoy touching things – and with crochet, that means I get to run my hand over so many different fibers. Simply put – texture is important.

So what yarn do I enjoy? I know there are a lot of expensive yarns out there: silk blends, cotton, bamboo – all so lovely to touch. But while texture is important, I have to consider cost. I do a fair amount of charity crochet and I go through a lot of yarn just crocheting other types of items for personal use and gifts. I like to use expensive yarns, but I’m just a regular ole person – I can’t afford to put 10$ or more into a skein of yarn, and then make something that takes 5 or 6 skeins.

my cowel in ILTY oatmeal

This is why my favorite yarn is “I Love This Yarn” brand yarn. I will buy other acrylic yarns, including Red Heart, but you will find a lot of my projects use ILTY. I like that it is rather affordable and for an acrylic yarn, it is relatively soft. If I have to choose a specific color from this brand, I love the tweeds and even more specifically, “oatmeal” would be my favorite. I keep several skeins on hand for emergency use and have made several items out of it already. The price just makes it even more appealing than it is already.

There is one yarn that was deceptive. I was visiting my mother and my husband went to Walmart for some random items. He came back and had a bag of this yarn. It was absolutely gorgeous and the texture was lovely. I was actually surprised he picked out such a nice yarn. When I went to crochet a scarf out of it, it was a nightmare. The crimped nature of the yarn and the fiberous nature of it made it hard to count stitches and stay on track with the pattern. I ended up frogging as much as I could until the yarn got tangled into itself. At that point, I threw away the remaining portion.

Unfortunately – I had 3 skeins of this stuff!

Well – the story does have a happy ending. I stuck the yarn in a bag and shoved it into a drawer. Out of sight, out of mind. One day I was watching YouTube videos and came across a pattern that I wanted to try. It was a loom knitted caterpillar scarf. I started it with regular yarn (probably ILTY hehe) and didn’t like it. I frogged it. I conceded I would most likely need to go buy yarn until, for some reason, a lightbulb came on and I went and got the frustrating yarn. The yarn worked into the loom beautifully and did wonders for the pattern. I was glad I had it, even if it made me angry months ago.

Scarf made with Lion Brand Homespun

So what is the yarn – the yarn was Lion Brand Homespun yarn. The color I had was called Colonial (which reminded me of peacock blue). It has a silky texture to it, it is affordable, and it is hard to work with.

This yarn was truly a lesson in buying yarn that fits the project. Not all yarns can be forced into a certain pattern.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Rambles and Reflections

 

[Video] Granny Square Beret Tutorial

The videos below walk you through the entire ‘granny square beret/cap’ pattern found on headhuggers.org. I have written permission from Sue of HeadHuggers.org to do this tutorial.

HeadHuggers.org is a charitable program that brings crafters of all kinds together to create hats and get them into the hands of people going through chemotherapy, which causes the individual’s hair to come out. The belief of HeadHuggers.org is that the person has enough to worry about with worrying about their head being cold.

In order to follow along with these videos, you will need to use the written pattern located here (will open in a new window):
http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/cpatt08.htm

Hopefully this pattern will help those struggling with the pattern get through it and have a wonderful hat suitable to give away to someone who can use it.


Video 1: Creating the Granny Hexagon

Video 2: Creating the Granny Square

Video 3: Joining the Granny Pieces Together

Video 4: Adding the Brim

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Pattern Links, Video Tutorials

 

WIP Wednesday

And here I am again – with many of the same projects on hook and only a little headway. I have been crocheting, but my project list will ebb and flow through the week and it just seems that it misses WIP Wednesday.

So let’s get crack-a-lackin’ on my projects:

1. The new and improved baby blanket for a friend

Still going stong on this baby blanket

I was only able to put an hour or so into this one. I am hoping that I can really focus on it this weekend and maybe even finish it. I do have some homework due since Spring Break is over… so I guess I’ll have to play it by ear.

2. Legwarmers for friend
These don’t seem to be going anywhere and I’m not sure why. I think I’ll touch base with her again tomorrow and find out where we were. I think I was needing some more measurements but she may have forgotten or think we are on a different page than what I think.

3. Scrapghan #1
Still there… still eating all the leftover yarn.

4. Scrapghan #2 (on hold)
Still on hold.

5. Kitty Toys
I’m still fiddling BUT I did get an order from a coworker for 2 more kitty toys. I had given her an early design and apparently her kitties like it. Perhaps the earlier design will work for my needs.

7. Dishcloths
This is just one of those things I’ll always be working on.

IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE
I have really been putting some focus into my blog. I was able to do the tutorial for the head hugger pattern for headhuggers.org and have put some time into creating an abbreviation page. I am also putting some time into getting a list together of good charitable projects. I was thinking of having an open list but the more I think about it, I’m leaning towards having it be charitable projects I’ve worked on personally… perhaps I’ll find a happy median.

I got a new book of crochet and am looking forward to delve into it… and I think I may go do that right now.

I wish you all the best. God Bless and Happy Hookin’
– Cris

PS: If you like looking at what others are working on, then I’d suggest heading over to Tami’s Amis blog.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in My Projects

 

[Video] HDC Turban Pattern Tutorial

The videos below walk you through the entire ‘hdc turban’ pattern found on headhuggers.org. I have written permission from Sue of HeadHuggers.org to do this tutorial.

HeadHuggers.org is a charitable program that brings crafters of all kinds together to create hats and get them into the hands of people going through chemotherapy, which causes the individual’s hair to come out. The belief of HeadHuggers.org is that the person has enough to worry about with worrying about their head being cold.

In order to follow along with these videos, you will need to use the written pattern located here (will open in a new window):
http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/cpatt22.htm

Hopefully this pattern will help those struggling with the pattern get through it and have a wonderful hat suitable to give away to someone who can use it.

ROWS 1-3

ROWS 4 and 5

ROWS 6 and 7

ROWS 8 to end

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Pattern Links, Video Tutorials