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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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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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Arm Knitting A Great Tool For Kids

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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!

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2013/12/19/video-how-to-arm-knit/

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

 

 

Crochet Thursday – Love of Crochet Magazine

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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.

Love of Crochet Spring 2013 800 Love of Crochet Spring 2013!

 

 

 

 

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.

Soft and Cuddly Baby Jacket

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.

Sunday Weekly Review

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Well this week I was determined to start and finish  Building Block #7

Block # 7
Block # 7

from Knit Purl Hunters  afghan book.

Building Blocks by Knit Purl Hunter
Building Blocks by Knit Purl Hunter

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.

My Block # 7
My Block # 7