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Goodness, life has been exceedingly full over the last ten days. It all began with a washing basket that only had 2 towels and a half load of washing in it.
That was two Sundays ago – the day before I began my two week placement in an Oncology ward at a large public hospital. As I picked up that wretched basket, I felt a sharp and painful twinge in my lower back. No, no, no, no … this could not possibly happen at the start of placement. But despite spending the rest of the day resting my back, taking pain relief ...read more
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My buddy Lauren, from wilting with Lauren fame, wanted to learn crochet. My grandma taught me years ago, though I didn’t quite get it and wasn’t very good at it.
I still had a hook and yarn and I thought it would be something that we could do together at the Where Women Gather meetings. After watching some videos on youtube and some big practice with ugly green yarn I got the hang of it again. Correction, I actually got it this time.
I really wanted to make a slouchy beanie hat and an infinity scarf. I made ...read more
I still have lots of acrylic yarn leftover so I'm starting another one, but I'm calling this one done. It's 6 feet square and it's super warm.
Before I get to my craft shopping spree I just wanted to let you all know that my Autumn Paisley Maple fabric design got 122 votes in the Spoonflower challenge! Not too shabby for a first go. I was pretty pleased with it, so thank you to everyone who voted.
Also note this post has a lot of links in it. I've tried to link to every shop I went to, and every wool and fabric I bought, incase anything catches your eye and you want to get some for yourself.
Now, on to the shopping. Today's post ...
Is it a bird? Sort of. Is it a peacock? Almost.
If you've chatted with Jewish people lately, are one yourself, or you watch Colbert, you may be aware that Thanksgiving this year falls on the first day (second night) of Hanukkah, causing a clever person to dub it 'Thanksgivukkah.'
Alternatively, one of my favorite machine embroiderers, Sue Warshell of Stitches by Sue, is calling it Thanukah, which is definitely less of a ... read more
I'm using size 3 cotton crochet thread with a 2.75mm crochet hook. The center wool circles and yo-yos are about 1.75" in diameter. Again, this is the tutorial I am using for inspiration. I have experimented with the crochet stitches around the edge as well as the centers.
I finally finished the crochet granny stripe blanket I started a few months ago! As it was my first ever crochet blanket it was a bit of a learning curve, but I got there in the end and I'm delighted with the results!
Isn't it a beaut? The wool is snugly soft and the blanket was even softer after a quick wash and tumble dry :)
What a Night! The 2013 Seattle Mariners Stitch 'n Pitchread more
I tried, tried and tried to work on that crcohet shawl pattern for the crocheted shawl. It was a crochet fail.
That pattern was so weird. I hated the way it was written. Half the stitches were on the first page and half the stitches were on the second page. It just was a big pain and I kept losing my place. So I worked with that and re-typed the lines so I could follow them. Then when I got to the second row the pattern had a vague instruction about putting clusters in the top of the cluster made ...
As you know, I'm currently making a lapghan with pretty pink and green, hand dyed bulky Wool of the Andes ("WOTA") yarn from Knit Picks. It's really very touchable for 100% wool. This is one of those happy yarns and when I pick it up to work with it I smile uncontrollably. I'm going to be sorry to finish this pretty project.
In a previous post I said that I was going to knit with this yarn and make a feather and fan pattern lapghan, but I have to say that the knitting was like torture. It ...
- enjoying the crisp winter sunshine and a lovely walk in the Clent hills;
- wrapping my cold hands around a steamy mug of hot chocolate after our walk;
- finishing the crocheted Fingerless Gloves . . .
- and blocking the (sort of) matching infinity scarf;
- making a start to my next quilt - another scrappy trip;
- hoping to finish the corduroy shift dress, but struggling to get the collar just ...
Things I have learned:
1. When using a button in the center, if there are only two holes it is best to place the hanger so that the holes line up vertically. Otherwise, the button tends to pull away at the top.
2. Doing four chains and skipping two double crochet gives a more petal-like look (bottom left with the cream wool center and red button in photo above).
It happens every year….
The weather gets cold, and I get the itch to play with yarn.
Today I have the first of two crochet projects for you, both head warmers. (Head warmer #2 is coming your way next week!)
They are adorable, work up in one night in front of the TV, and make great stocking stuffers, too!
Nikki, In Stitches
- *100 yards of a “chunky” yarn
- Size G Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle
*Any of your favorite yarns can be used for this project. I used Paton’s Classic Wool, but anything that’s a little ...read more
I've started working on my crochet shawl project again today. I'm on the fourth row now. It takes a while to finish a row so it's slow going right now. As the row decrease it should go faster. Here's a picture of my progress so far. It doesn't look like much now but I'm hoping to get at least a couple hours of crocheting in every day from now on until it's finished.