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WIPs

Since I finally got some photos taken of my WIPs, I thought it was time to make a post to my blog. That darn Ravelry is getting all of my attention these days, it seems. (Yes, without it, these photos wouldn’t even be available yet, since I was able to add these to my project folder there.) Even my WIPs are begging to be worked on once again. But in all honesty, the weather doesn’t do a lot to encourage me to play with thick yarn.

I started this shawl awhile back as a pattern tester. It proved to be a larger project than I had expected, so now that the pattern is being sold, I’m just doing it as part of a CAL instead. Well, I’m doing it because I really want to see the ending result even though I’m behind on the time limit for getting it done.

shawl - a WIP

The colors are black and silver, and I love how it’s turning out. I just wish I’d gotten it finished sooner. Ah, well, at least I’m still working on it.

black 'n goldMy most recent WIP is a school spirit blanket for my daughter in her school colors. I have the yarn. Yep. Black and Gold. I’m using a pattern that I’ve used before which uses 2 strands of yarn held together. Normally, one should be varigated and the other solid, but I tried that and the gold showed up way more than the black, so I’ve decided to do a striped one. I’ll use two strands of black until the skeins are used, then do a gold stripe, then another black. Then I’m debating on putting black & gold tassles on the ends. I don’t like tassles much, but my daughter seems to want them. We’ll see how it goes.

Hobo BagNext we have the dreaded hobo bag. This bag was supposed to be my tote for spring, so I started it way back in March. It was going fine until I realized I did part of it wrong, and I just haven’t taken the time to fix the mistake. Of course, I could just keep going and pretend like it’s not there, but I don’t want to, so maybe I’ll get it done in time for it to be next year’s spring bag.

I have other projects I want to do. I’m planning to crochet a sweater for a KAL/CAL in the near future, and there’s that ever-growing Christmas gift-giving list I need to work on, and will, just as soon as I get a chance.

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Crochet Stitch Markers Pendant

A couple of posts back (here), I mentioned the items I made for a crochet swap I’m taking part in on one of the forums I go to. Yesterday, I received my items from my partner, and I have to say they’re pretty awesome.

My package included a neat little crocheted bag, just the right size for carrying the necessities, a cool t-shirt with a crochet hook skull transfer, a crochet magazine written in Spanish–a language I don’t speak, but it has charts, which my partner and I both are hoping I can decipher–, some great lil’ stitch markers in an Asian theme (pictured above), and four balls of size 20 crochet thread in yummy colors. There were also a couple of non-crochet related items: a handmade bar of soap and a great wire-wrapped pendant/necklace (seen above).

Crochet Swap

Now, I just have to wait for my partner to get hers. I hope she’s as pleased with it as I am with mine.

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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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