Making Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls is So Much Fun

Asymmetrical Crochet Shawls are so much fun to make.  Whether they are triangular with an increase on one side or some really weird shape altogether, they are not boring.  And I’m only talking about the basic shape.  Change the stitches every so often and you can have a crochet masterpiece.  The possibilities are absolutely endless.

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Misc. Monday – The Trouble with New Jersey Summers

Flowers in pots
Flowers in pots

The trouble with New Jersey summers has got to be the unbelievable humidity.  I hate it!  It might be only 81.7°F, but I feel like I’ve been running a 25,000km marathon.  The relative humidity at the moment is 85% and showers are forecast for the rest of the week with cooler temperatures than it has been lately.

It’s not even 10 in the morning and I need another shower.  I ended up turning on the dehumidifying feature on my AC just to feel comfortable in my home.  And no, I haven’t been sitting on my bunny bum all morning.  I cleaned the bunny cage and that is a bit of a task when just picking up a teaspoon is a chore on days like this.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Quick Crochet Stitch Review

Single thru Treble stitches
Single thru Treble stitches

Today I want to do a quick crochet stitch review of the stitches you have learned so far.  Consider this a “cheat sheet” so feel free to bookmark this post.  Though I haven’t mentioned the treble crochet stitch yet, you should be able to figure it out until I do that post.

The photo to the right should give you a good indication of how each stitch looks.  So if your stitches don’t match, please review the previous posts.  I will add links to the original posts next to each stitch for your convenience.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – A Tribute to a Volcano

Tribute to a Volcano
Tribute to a Volcano – The second ply waiting to be spun.

The fiber I am ever so slowly putting onto my bobbin is a tribute to a volcano.  Don’t ask me which one since they are all show the undeniable destructive power of Mother Nature.  But in a volcano’s destruction lies regeneration and beauty.  As the hot lava cools it creates new land that is rich in minerals.

The Earth is forever changing, even though we can’t always see it due to our short lives.  There is a continual churning of the Earth’s crust.  It’s sort of (in my mind) like kneading a ball of yeast bread dough.  The outside is folded inward which forces the inside outward.

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WIP Tuesday – Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl

Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl
Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl – Try to say that three times fast.

Being in the midst of a hot and heavy summer, I decided it was high time to finish my Asymmetrical Seashore Shawl.  I don’t live too far from the “Jersey Shore”.  As a child I would spend a week with my extended family, enjoying the sun and sand.  When I got older, the trips were mostly with friends in the off-season to avoid the insane traffic.  But the allure of the sea lapping the sands remains with me to this day.  It’s mystical, ethereal, and haunting.

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Misc. Monday – Are We Back to Normal Yet?

After working my bunny bum off trying to get the Hygge CAL completed in time for the Farm Fair, I am hoping that things in my life are now back to normal.  I know that the word “normal” is all relative and keeps changing, but can I have my life back now?  That would be great.  Thanks.

I completed the wrap on Saturday just after noon. The lining is done.  So is the cross stitch, overlay crochet, and all the bobbles.  This afternoon I hand it over to the judges and hope they appreciate all the blood (from pricking my finger with a needle), sweat (from the hotter than hell July), and tears (not really, but it was close at times) I put into this project.

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Misc. Monday – Getting Close to Crunch Time

It’s getting close to crunch time on my Hygge CAL.  The Farm Fair is one day more than two weeks away.  Yikes!  And though I have finished the first half of the cross stitch, there is so much left to do.  So I must apologize in advance if blog posts are next to nothing for the time being.  I’ll try to make some update posts, but I can’t make any promises.

I literally wore my butt out yesterday trying to get the first half completed.  Not exactly 100% completed since I realized after I rolled her up that I forgot three red stitches in the top right corner.  Oh well.  I’ll do them today.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – To Tell You the Truth, Not Much

To tell you the truth, I have less than an ounce of fiber on my bobbin.  Because I have been working so hard on the Hygge CAL, I haven’t been spinning much these last few weeks.  The temperatures are finally more in line with the calendar so looking like a molting bunny doesn’t appeal to me at the moment.  Just now I went into the kitchen to get the fiber to photograph and ended up splashing some cool water on my face so handling the fiber would have ended in disaster.

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The Bright Rainbow Singles – Looking for a Pattern

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Want Ad – Two skeins looking for the perfect crochet pattern

Now that the bright rainbow singles are done, I am looking for a pattern to crochet.  With 1062 yards of sport weight yarn there is more than enough for a nice sized shawl or wrap.  A fancy stitch would be lost as your eyes is drawn to the bright, vibrant colors.  That being said, the yarn would look nice crocheted into a Seraphina Shawl.  But I’ve done too many of those already.  I want something different.

Last Thursday I wrote a post about fulling the Bright Rainbow Singles.  As the week has progressed the last skein has relaxed a teeny bit more.  I’m looking forward to winding them into cakes to see how the colors change from being on skeins.  I don’t expect anything terribly dramatic, but I believe that there are longer lengths of color that what I can see now.

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