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
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.
The ladies I crochet and knit with (the Bergen Crafters) have posted about arm knitting and I didn’t know what it was. Today I received an email from Lion Brand and there was a link to a video on the technique. I watched and decided that it would be a great technique to use to teach kids to knit. If they grasp the concept using their arm I think they can be taught using needles. In the mean time they can make a fast fun scarf which they can use or give away immediately. I like it!
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!
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.
I don’t want to talk about the frogging I did yesterday. All the ways back to the six border rows. So today I purchased a subscription to a magazine by the people who publish Love of Knitting. Love of Knitting is one of my favorite magazines. It always has a variety of patterns at different levels and I always find myself trying at least one. So when they sent me an email about their crochet magazine I was interested.
One of my recent goals is to improve my crochet skills. I think I’ve found a pattern to try in the Spring 2013 issue of the magazine.
It looks simple and I’ll let you know when I get started with it. I’m looking through my stash for yarn to do this project. Should have enough. We’ll see.
Well this week I was determined to start and finish Building Block #7
from Knit Purl Hunters afghan book.
I went to my group class with Kari the wonder woman at my Local Yarn Store Knitknack in Maplewood, NJ and thought I had it all down. Well for some reason it turned out to be harder than I thought. I put a large F in the word frog this week. A four row pattern and I had to start over three times before I got it right. In row three you reduce ten stitches and in row four you put them back. I had a different number of stitches every time I did row three and four. Well I think I finally have it down. We’ll see.