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Stay Tuned For Change

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For those who have been loyal followers I’ve been gone for a while. I will be back soon with a new name and probably a new blog. Having a philosophical difference with WordPress and will probably be moving my writings. Look for information on Tricraftual which is the name that I will be using.  See you soon

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Fiber Has No Politics

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Just read  The Confessions of a Yarnho one of the blogs that I follow and GG was talking about meeting a fellow fiber lover and all they had in common. Funny because this morning I saw a post from a fiber friend that told me that we have very different political views.  It gave me food for thought because when I post here all I care is about my latest knitting, crocheting or needlepointing project. When we meet at a store or festival we only talk about what we have in common not our differences. It made me think that this could be a lesson for us all. Life is short, use yarn and enjoy!!!

Needlepoint drawn by my husband and stitched by me.
Needlepoint drawn by my husband and stitched by me.

Patternless Freedom

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I pulled out my crochet and knitting motif book to see if I could come up with more varieties of freeform pieces. I tried a few and it was okay and then my pattern challenges arose and I was stymied. So I decided to go patternless. So far so good. What freedom for someone who can’t read patterns well. The freeform journey is just that a journey. We’ll see where that goes.

 

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The Freeform Journey Continues

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I have a billion ideas in my head. I see my freeform pieces being made into fabric and hung on walls or used as bags and today I even thought about a skirt made from freeform crochet. I have begun to play with shapes because I am more straight lines than swirls.

IMG_0254I am beginning to see that all of my color choices don’t please me but I am having fun making the different shapes. I see such beautiful things that people make freeform.

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Much more to come!

Seek and Ye Shall Find…..Thank Goodness for You Tube.

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Bullion Stitch made with latch hook. Genius!
Bullion Stitch made with latch hook. Genius!

As you know, I am currently crazy for freeform crochet. I tried making the bullion stitch in several patterns but probably due to my tight crochet, I was frustrated and unable to do it. You Tube to the rescue. Saw a video done in another language can’t tell you which and the lady used a latch hook to make the bullion stitches. Wow! It works so easily. I am so happy with this thing. Don’t have the link but I’m sure you’ll find it and bullion away. 

C2c afghans My Latest Addiction

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So several weeks ago the Crochet Crowd and Mikey introduced me to the Corner to Corner (C2c) afghan. As usual I couldn’t get it from the pattern and had to refer to Mikey’s video on YouTube. I got the hang of it and the rest is history. The pattern is on the Red Heart website. You can make the pattern a “lapghan” or a full afghan. It can be square or rectangular. The combinations are limitless. I am making my first for a relative in a nursing home and I am using Red Heart yarn. The next will be for a baby and will be made with a more expensive yarn. I have even begun getting feeds from a facebook page C2c crochet madness which I love!. I have a couple of ideas and can’t wait to get to my LYS Knitknack to get the yarn to go along with the ideas! Crocheting is a nice change for a knitting dominant crafter like me!

Mastered the decrease to create corner for rectangle
Mastered the decrease to create corner for rectangle

Cluster Stitch Bag — My version

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I used the basic pattern from bobwilson123 on Youtube which uses the beginning of a crocheted beret as the bottom of the bag and the cluster stitch as the rest of the bag.    http://youtu.be/BO5kYGJ7tDg. The video will give you the basics. I decided that I wanted a larger bag so I did more rounds of the bottom and increased stitches for a few rows as I started to construct the body of the bag. Since I was flying without a pattern at this point I added too many stitches and came up with a mushroom shape. After completing the bag I put it in the washing machine and this is the result. Now I have to line it.

Bag Bottom
Bag Bottom
My Cluster Stitch Bag
My Cluster Stitch Bag