Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Crochet fish

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

Crochet Certificate 2

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.

Birthday present

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.

Dear Mum

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.

Baubles for workshop

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!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Minecraft dirt blocks

Made 21 of these using a modified version of a pattern at  http://draadjes-blog.blogspot.com/2012/05/free-pattern-minecraft-dirt-block-cube.html?m=1 

Attached each one to a camo clip to create party favors for my 8 year old's birthday.

Fantastic colors

This stash buster afghan was on sale at the Hearts and Hands market made by one of the Mission Stitchers. Love the use of color and stitches.