I packed one 100g ball of each color. Perhaps I'll be able to get to the point where I need to start on a second ball before we return. Guess I'll darn in the ends if I get to that point and perhaps continue with my just started first crochet sock.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Driving from Houston Texas to Ruidoso New Mexico. Made good progress with the cozy blanket CAL. I did lose my favorite 4mm hook at the overnight stop hotel though! Grrr. Using a 3.75mm now and holding the yarn more loosely when I remember to hopefully match the tension.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Yay. The last balls of Stylecraft arrived and I'm underway with Lucy from Attic24's crochet along. Making a blanket for a double 180cm x 180cm rather than single 120cm x 180cm bed so it's going to be a long haul. The pattern is very easy, yarn soft and color choices pleasing.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Teaching a few of the girl scouts again. Making an ornament to decorate the tree at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Pattern says Easy Peasy but required five different stitches to produce the appealing curved edge: ch, sc, hdc, dc, sl st. The girls managed fine and the dear little fish were so cute they wanted to keep them, rather than send them off to the museum. Pattern was free from jennyandteddy.com
Here I go again. Have registered for the Craft Yarn Council's second certificate. Have been working my way through the crocheted samples. Tunisian crochet is new to me as is filet, cro-hook, hairpin and broomstick lace. Of course, I'm hard at work on Christmas crochet gift making too so my coursework must compete with this.
Blocking ahead of me since Tunisian curls. I'm not a big fan of blocking but it's best practice for producing polished items.
It's my birthday today. I'm quite old. Look what one of my gifts is! This book is a veritable tome of essential knitting knowledge. Will come in very handy for my weekly yarn workshop where I get all kinds of questions. I take my Ipad and can quickly look for a video or term I'm unsure of but there is nothing like good old traditional printed matter.
My parents are visiting from Scotland for Thanksgiving so she accompanied me to the yarn store on Friday and joined my workshop. She brought me a guide to crochet that belonged to my grandma : First Steps in Crochet published circa 1969. Some of the patterns have stood the test of time.
Made some holiday ornaments for the store since the holiday season is almost upon us.
Patterns are on Ravelry:
Christmas Holiday Garland by Annoo Crochet
Christmas Lights by Amalia Samios
Had to make crochet and knitted versions because now I'm running the workshop myself supporting both knitters and hookers!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Simply Crochet had a pattern for this cute ghost. Couldn't resist it.
Have signed up for the Craft Yarn Council's crochet 2 certificate. Looks like I'll be learning some fun new techniques.
Still doing Nimblefingers' Facebook page and teaching their Friday afternoon workshop. Now I'm doing knitting as well as crochet.
Attended the Hearts and Hands event today. My friend bought my crochet cowl for her mother-in-law and I bought the knitted one which I'll give to my sister-in-law, both for Christmas presents.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
It's been a while since I've posted but recently I've just completed a knitted cowl and crochet cowl for the Mission Stitchers who sell items at the annual Hearts and Hands holiday market using donated Glisten Kollage gray sparkly yarn. Patterns were Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West and Morticia Chevron Cowl by Erin Chastain-Harris. I'm pleased with both and wonder if they are a little too modern for the event.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Oh I know I said the blog is on hold but I just couldn't resist posting this chain link rope I made over the weekend away with family and friends in cabins on the edge of the Big Thicket State Park. The pattern is from Modern Crochet by Molla Mills. I just LOVE this book. Have made this functional rope on the request of the yarn store where I work and I can hardly bear to be parted from it!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
One of my students asked me to finish off a baby blanket for her third grandchild due this Wednesday. It's a four row crochet ribbon border - rows 1 & 4 single crochet. Row 2 & 3 - a shell pattern of 5 dc and sc. It's rather pretty! We didnt want too big a gap for little fingers to get in!
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Will be at Nimblefingers on Memorial Dr, Houston every Friday afternoon 1-3pm. First student wanted help putting a crochet ribbon edging on her knitted baby blanket. My photo, posted on the store's Facebook page is getting some interest. Loved it!
My daughter wanted an owl for her bag. Realized the pattern I posted didn't match owl one. There is evidently more than one cute crochet owl pattern on the web! My modification is single crochet black edge which makes it stand out more. I do love their silly misshapen googly eyes!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Had a huge amount of this material just lying around and used scissors to turn it into rag yarn. Was rather tough cutting it and only just had enough to make a small crochet rug. Used double crochet throughout. It's comfy to stand on and the color means it won't show dirt.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I have been meaning to buy a really big hook for sheets and t-shirt projects for some time. Found this very reasonably priced pack of three for $4.99 from The Crochet Dude. He lives in Houston like me so have to be a fan. The yarn is for a giraffe for my nephew who LOVES them. Criteria for choice - softness, colors and price.
Hobby Lobby does a 40% off your most expensive item coupon which I just love. Bargain.