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If the image at the left looks like a large blob of grocery bags, you’re halfway correct. It’s plastic bags cut into strips to make a “material” suitable for crocheting.

This weekend I went to another craft day at Lissa’s house with two other craft-a-teers. Learning to make plastic bags into a big ball of yarn that could be crocheted into just about anything I wanted is one of the things we did together. Carrie was the “pro” at the idea, and she and Lissa demonstrated how to fold the bags then cut them with a rotary cutter. While they folded & cut, I attached the strips together, making my very own ball of very plastic yarn. Now to figure out what to do with it. Carrie had a couple of bags she’d already made which were really cute, and Lissa was working on one for herself. I’m sure I’ll make a bag out of it, but I don’t know yet if I want to look for a pattern I like or just wing it. I guess time will tell what this plastic glob will become.

Among the other things we did: a knit hat was finished and we all checked the washer when it was time to see how much it had felted, a pair (actually a single) flip-flop was attempted to be made with some very thick jute, and we all crocheted and knitted, whichever was our preferred way of doing things at the time. We also talked, laughed, munched, and had an overall good time.

Jenn was a little late so she missed out on the plastic glob yarn making demonstration and the felting, but she jumped right in and started working on a market bag she’d been crocheting. I was totally delighted when she said she thought crocheting was so much easier than knitting and that she may just have to switch back to it. Now I don’t feel all alone when I bring out my hook and yarn. It’s good encouragement for me to start going to the Wednesday night “knitting” group again since she’s usually there as well.

Too, last time I was at craft day, I took a few of the things I’ve made over the year. One was a really pretty wire crochet bracelet done with gold wire and golden-hued beads (liked the one shown at the right). It was gorgeous, if I do say so myself, and I gave it to Jenn. She told me when she arrived this last time that a friend of hers wants me to make a couple of bracelets to try to sell in her store. How cool is that! So, in the next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to add some wire crochet projects to my WIPs.

All four of us decided we were going to try to get a table together at a couple of upcoming craft fairs in our area for the holidays. One can’t be signed up for until the first part of September and the other I need to call on and see what information I can find out. It’ll be my first  shot at a craft fair, and having a few other people to hang out with and craft with doesn’t hurt. I’m looking forward to it. Not only are my crochet WIPs going to grow in the very near future; my other crafty venues are going to get some attention as well.

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Slow to WIP

My WIPs are slow moving lately. I haven’t picked up my hook since right before I left for Texas, and all of my works are still in progress. I’m still working on my two crib blankets, my butterfly shawl, and my daughter’s spirit blanket. I’ve yet to make a single stitch in the felted slippers, and now there’s two other projects I want to start. Once is crocheted socks for a CAL in Ravelry, and the other is a pair of high top baby booties for the new baby boy in our family (found in Crochet Today, Sept/Oct issue). I’m going to try to get the yarn for both in the next couple of weeks and see what I can do. In the meantime, I’m still going to work on my other projects and hopefully make a dent in them.

In other news, I picked up two more books while I was in Texas. One is Treasury of Crochet Techniques and Patterns, published in 1984. It has a decent technique library but the patterns themselves are mostly things that I’d never make. The other book is Vintage to Vogue: The Best of Workbasket. It has some really nice patterns in it for both knit and crochet, rewritten to suit today’s styles. I have some of the old copies of Workbasket that I got at an estate sale, so I thought this would be a good addition to my pattern books.

Now I just need to get that hook moving again since I have so many more patterns than I seem to have time!

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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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