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Archive for April, 2007

Blog Promoting

I ran across this blog entry and thought I’d share it. It has some great ideas for celebrating Earth Day any day of the year.

Celebrating Earth Day the Knitting and Crocheting Way. « What’s Cluttering My Couch

Looks to be an interesting blog all together, so don’t feel you have to stop at just that one page.

Enjoy!

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 I’ve been searching and searching for Sirdar Yo Yo yarn, in my LYSs & on-line. I finally found a site that had it, but I couldn’t find a listing for the price or how to order, so I emailed them. I got a reply today, with a link to the yarn. For a mere $73.98, I can own two 400g balls of this yarn. That’s quite a bit of yarn, I know, but that’s also $36.99 a skein, NOT including shipping. I’ve never in my crocheting-yarn-lovin’ life paid more than about 5-7 bucks for a single skein of yarn. Sad thing about this yarn in particular is there’s really not much out there that would make a good substitution.

Looks like I need to save up my yarn allowance if I truly want this yarn, as well as the jacket I’ve been wanting to make with it.

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On-the-Go Bag

I decided to do a quick project this weekend, as my attention span was too small to do anything intricate. (My carpal tunnel was acting up, too, which didn’t help any.)

 This is the On-the-Go Bag from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet. Instead of using the yarn specified for the pattern, I used a bulkier, varigated 100% wool yarn I got from Joann’s. I didn’t have to switch colors every couple of rows; instead, I just crocheted from the bottom to the top without stopping, other than to begin a new ball of yarn. I then tossed it in hot water in the washer to let the felting process begin. This is the first time I’ve ever done felted crochet, and I must say that I’m quite pleased with the results. It’s kinda cool to watch a crocheted piece go from big stitches to smaller closed ones and become a thicker fabric. I really wish I had taken before and after photos.

Since I used a bulkier yarn, my bag turned out about two inches taller than what the pattern stated, and it is about 1-1.5 inches longer across the bottom. I used two-2 mm leather cords (actually, it was one long cord, cut in half to the size I needed) for the drawstring closure, as well as a black plastic cord lock. I also decided to add the silver beads to the four ends of cord hanging down to make it a little more individual to my liking.

This is a super-easy pattern, and I loved working with the wool yarn. The felting process was rather easy, and it’s something I’d like to try again. I’m sure I’ll also make up another bag in this pattern as I find the yarn I’d like to do it in.

inside the bag   toggle, cords, & beads   On-the-Go Bag

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I had the opportunity to go to another LYS on Friday–one that I’ve been to before and that I really like. I didn’t buy anything, though, because I get in there and I lose all of my senses. On one hand, my mind does a flashback to all of the projects I’ve ever wanted to do but didn’t have the right yarn for, on the other hand, my mind starts thinking about what could be made with “this yarn, and this yarn, and oh! what about this yarn!” I really should make a list and keep it in my wallet so when I’m in the area & can visit the store again, I know exactly what I want need, without the distraction of what I could find a need for. I didn’t leave there totally without something, though. I talked to the sales lady about yarn substituting (meantioned in my previous post), and she told me what to look for. The yarn I need is a boucle–a word I didn’t even know how to pronounce until recently–and she didn’t have any in her store. I know Joann’s has one, which I’ve decided now to try for this particular project. If it turns out too large or too small, I know someone to give it to, so it won’t be a total loss if the yarn doesn’t work out.

I also went to the Half Price Book Store in search of some new crochet books. I was a little disappointed that there were only a handful of books on one little part of a shelf, while knitting took up three whole shelves by itself, but I tried to ignore that fact. I ended up with two books I’d been wanting, as well as three others to add to my collection. Two of the books were only $5.98, one was $6.98, and two others were only $7.98–not a bad deal if you ask me, especially since I couldn’t even get them on Amazon for that cheap. Then when I got home, another book I had ordered about a week ago was in the mail. So, without spending an arm (I couldn’t crochet without my arm!) and a leg, I added six new crochet books to my bookshelf in one day.

Felted Crochet by Jane Davis

So Simple Crochet by Melody Griffiths – The pattern I can’t seem to find a yarn to substitute for is in this book. See my review of it on my Book Shelf.

Learn to Crochet by Sue Whiting-not that I need to learn, but there’s a hat pattern in this one I want to try, and who knows when I might find an opporturnity to pass this book on.

Today’s Crochet-Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America by Susan Huxley – I thought about joining the guild but haven’t yet.

Blue Ribbon Crochet, edited by Carol Alexander – I’ve seen many of the patterns in this book for free on Annie’s Attic pattern of the day.

Heirloom Crochet Treasures from The Needlecraft Shop – nothing but thread crochet in this one.

Now to figure out what projects will be next on my to-do list…

And I’ll update my Book Shelf as I have time.

Happy Crocheting!

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LYS

I went to a LYS today. Well, it’s really not all that local, but it’s one I’ve been wanting to go to, and I was in the area, so we stopped by. I wasn’t impressed. I mean, there were some really awesome yarns there, but unfortunately, there was very little that had to do with crochet, except a few books. There weren’t even any notions geared for crochet, nor any hooks. I asked the clerk for some assistance in yarn substitution, but she didn’t have a clue what to substitute. It was a bummer of a visit, and I left there deflated, with one brow raised in a quizzical manner.

I know so many people think that knitting is “all that” and such, but you know, it gets really annoying that crochet takes such a back burner to the k-word, especially when both crafts have some awesome patterns and both use yarn. So what! if one uses a hook and the other two needles. Crochet is by no means inferior to knitting–or to any other craft for that matter. It really makes me want to open my own yarn store and gear it more towards the crochet, without totally ignoring knitting, as so many yarn stores seem to do just that–except in opposite order.

Needless to say, I left the LYS without a purchase. I know that tomorrow I’m going to another one–one that I’ve visited before–and I also know that I won’t be disappointed.

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My issue finally arrived in the mail yesterday. What a bummer to know that it’s been on the shelves at just about every store I’ve walked in that carry magazines for about three weeks now. A call was made to the company about the late issue, with which the reply came “we’ll send another one”. I wonder if this is the “other one” or the first one that should have been here weeks ago. Anyway…

 There’s several patterns in this issue I want to try. I love the Butterfly Blankie, which I want to make for myself, even if it is meant for a kid. I love butterflies, and I just think this would be a fun blanket to have around the house. I’m going to try my hand at the Crochet Coasters, too. I’ve never done anything with resin, but I’ve wanted to, so this will be a good project to start with. And finally, I want to make a Rosebud Tote. It’s done in tunisian crochet–a technique I haven’t yet attempted. There seems to be a good tutorial in the magazine for it, and I have a couple of books that touch on the subject, so this is definitely on my ever-growing list of things to make.

I just wish my hands could crochet a little faster. That list just keeps growing and growing and growing…

Edit: The issue I got yesterday was the first issue; the issue I got today was the make up issue for not receiving the first one. Yes, now I have two…

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High Hopes

My 15-yo daughter actually picked up a crochet hook this evening and had me show her how to hold it and the yarn. She did a bit of a chain then one row of single crochet. Hey, that’s a start!

 She’ll do anything to get out of going to bed…lol.

 Actually, she and I both started learning to do crochet at the same time just a little over a year ago. She caught on to the chain and sc before I did, but she quickly lost interest in it and forgot it. I continued on with it, and now it’s just a part of who I am. I’m hoping she’ll want to learn some more, although I’m sure tonight was just a fluke. But who knows. Guess we’ll see!

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