Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bright Bunting

My UK mag Simply Crochet issue 19 arrived with the pattern for beautiful bunting by Lucy from Attic 24. Hurray! Kept the same colors from earlier but discarded the three original triangles I made (one chewed by the dog, I'm not kidding) in favor of this new triangle. Have already made five. The pattern calls for 12 but surprise surprise it's stash yarn so I am going to have to stop when I run out of the smallest ball and join them with whatever is left from the three other colors. I have a sneaky suspicion my work is getting more polished. These triangles look amazing and I'm totally addicted to making them (when I should be doing other things like packing for four weeks away starting tomorrow!)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Getting beginner balls and hooks ready

Teaching informally at a friend's tonight. Gathering together my materials and unravelling my previous beginners work. Had to capture this gray collar by the mom of one of my Girl Scout students. She crocheted a long time ago with much finer thread in her native Venezuela. Think I will do a few rows and get them started like that. Having passed my teaching certificate I know what is involved in a real beginners' class and need more time than half an hour between chat and dinner (not that there is anything wrong with chat and dinner at all!)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Crochet edging for too short dress

Bought a linen dress a while back and decided to add a crochet edging because it's an inch too short. It turned out very well. Used stash yarn oddments which dictated the length of the edge. Used a combination of ch1, hdc and for the final row ch3, sc.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf

Used the super Moogly Blog pattern for gifts to take back to the UK.

Started out with cotton stash yarn Lily Sugar and Creme left over from my market bags. Then found some 50% off sale yarn in gray with a fleck at my local yarn store and edged it with a single crochet stitch in contrasting stash yarn to brighten it up a little. Next two were Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable soft 100% acrylic in great colors.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chilling out with Mollie Makes

Includes super-cute jewelry and lacy collar to crochet. And the chevron pillows designed by Kath Webber make my project list. Wow! My favorite part of the day!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Passed Crochet 1 Certificate

Hurray! Received an email from my Master Teacher. I passed the Craft Yarn Council Crochet 1 Certificate. Officially a certified crochet teacher.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Crochet ripple blanket - ta dah!

It is done. Feeling really quite happy with this. Edging is very pretty. My first blanket (not counting the baby granny square). Took a LONG time. Measures 185 x 135cm approx. Size was dictated more by stash yarn availability than anything else. Entirely inspired by (and pattern from) Lucy at Attic24.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Estate sale finds

One of my mommy friends texted me to tell me there was yarn at an estate sale on her street. Passed on the yarn but look at these beauties I bought for $2 each. Hours worth of hooking created these gorgeous vintage crochet afghans. I will certainly cherish them!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Motifs in happy colors

Making crochet triangle motif #70 from book Beyond the square crochet motifs by Edie Eckman. Using up my stash yarn as usual and have selected four contrasting bright colors: pink, purple, yellow and green. I think I may even block them before I turn them into a garland. 

Crochet preemie hats

Teaching has tailed off for the summer so used a little of my lovely Knitpicks Comfy yarn to make some preemie hats for a school mom neighbor who is collecting donations for March of Dimes. Adapted a pattern from Teresa's 10 minute preemie hat on making them different sizes with different numbers of dc on a magic loop.