Beginner Crochet Series – The Single Crochet into the Chain Stitch, Part One

First single crochet into chain
This is how the first single crochet into the chain should look.

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are having a good day.  Mine is going well at the moment.  Today we are going to learn the basics of the single crochet into the chain you have been practicing the last few weeks. Once again this post will be a “lecture” and not a “lab”, but it’s still very important.  No falling asleep in the back of the class!

The first single crochet into the chain is going to be frustrating, but it’s very important that you persevere.  Once you are over this hurdle, the rest should be much easier.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – A Mixture of Colorful Fiber, That’s What

All four of my bobbins
This is what’s on all four of my bobbins today.

Do me a favor, folks.  No matter how much I beg, plead, and cry please don’t let me get me another bobbin.  I have four bobbins and in typical spinner fashion, I feel I need about 300 more.  The hard, fast rule in my home is that the fourth bobbin is ONLY for plying so it is off limits for singles.  Otherwise, I would be in one heck of a pickle and my life would turn into a really hard logic puzzle.  And I really suck at logic puzzles.  LOL

Bobbin #1

Bobbin #1
Bobbin #1

What you see on the fat bobbin is purple Super Wash Merino in a lovely purple with sparkle.  This is half of a two ounce roving.  I like the fact that one half of the braid was dyed one color and the other half was dyed another.  This would make it easy to spin all together and then Andean ply if I had chosen.  But I will ply this as I normally do with the second half of the roving on bobbin #2.

Peeking through is the sparkly Wintery Batt I spun last month.  I haven’t taken it off the bobbin because I wanted to add the green, sparkly Romney and do one big wind off onto the niddy noddy so I could full the singles all at once.  However, since I am not in the mood to deal with excessive sparkle, it might be a few more months before I spin the green batt.

Bobbin #2

Bobbin #2
Bobbin #2

I spun the second color of the purple roving onto this bobbin.  It’s a strange color and I’m not 100% sure that it goes with the purple.  The best description is flesh colored which makes it sound rather macabre, but I’m going to ply it with the purple anyway.  I tried to think of other colors to ply it with, but nothing really stood out in my mind.  I’ll let you know how it comes out in the end.  I’m hoping to be delightfully surprised.

Bobbin #3

Bobbin #3
Bobbin #3

Recently, I started dying fiber.  This was my first attempt and though I was a bit skeptical while it soaked in the dye, I think it came out alright.  I do have a problem with adding too much of an ingredient when I cook and it seems I did the same thing for my first round of dyeing.  But I’m alright with that.

Originally, I had intended to make a bright rainbow gradient.  I should have known better.  The colors were muddied and incredibly dark in the pan, but I like the way it came out.  I accidentally made chocolate brown and black but I don’t care.  I like it.  I’ll get better the more dyeing I do.  (As a side note, there was not one bit of dye on my fingers when I was done spinning.  Yeah me for setting the colors correctly!)  My plans are to ply this with the second half of the same roving once I clean off the other bobbins to make a really dark autumn to winter gradient yarn.

What fiber is on your bobbins?  Do you think you might need more bobbins or do you feel you have enough?  Let me know in the comments below.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

The Kindness Wrap

The Kindness Wrap
The Kindness Wrap

Previously known last week as Unnamed Pattern #1, I decided that The Kindness Wrap was a much better choice.  I am continuing my theme of being kind towards others.  It’s a tough world we live in and kindness will go a long way towards making it better.

This is a fun and easy pattern with an unusual shape.  Starting with three double crochets, the pattern grows on one side before becoming a rectangle that lays across the back.  To finish this wrap the double crochets are decreased until you reach the final point.

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WIP Tuesday – The Adirondack Wrap

Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof
Close up of the stitches of my Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof

I came across The Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof designs a bit over a month ago when someone posted a link to the pattern on Facebook.  It wasn’t hard to fall in love with this wrap.  The geometry of three triangles sewn together to create one big rectangle caught my eye.  When I saw that it used Lion Brand Mandala, I knew I had to put it on my hook.  This is what I chose to worked on today at the library.

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This Weather is a Drag…

Sleeping Yuki
The only thing you can do in the sudden heat is nap. Zzzzzz…..

I’m going to pretend I live in the United Kingdom and talk about the weather we had this past weekend.  You can chalk it up to the fact that I watched way too many Mumbo Jumbo Minecraft videos.  However, there wasn’t much choice on Saturday.  I could barely move with the sudden increase in temperature and the bun sisters were little furry puddles on the floor.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Reviewing the Chain Stitch

Chain stitch review
A chain I made using a speckled cotton yarn.

Good Friday morning, crochet friends!  I hope you are all doing well with last week’s lesson. Today we will be reviewing the chain stitch.    There is no pressure to move to the next phase.  I know you are anxious to get going, but you are becoming a crochet samurai and you need to swing your katana until your shoulders scream in agony.  Okay, just kidding.  I’m not a drill sergeant.  I promise. 🙂

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Combining Individual Talents to Create a True Family Project

Mom's bag
The finished family project just in time for spring.

Everyone in my immediate family has their own creative talents.  Some of these talents overlap since Mom and I both crochet while I spin some of the yarn Mom likes to use in her knitting.  My Dad takes over the mechanical aspect of things when hardware is involved like adding grommets to the sock yarn bags my Mom sews.  Sometimes all three of us collaborate to create a true family project like the one I am showcasing today.  This one became even more multigenerational as you will see below.

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Future Spring Pattern Releases

I have several pattern releases planned, but writing them down is the biggest challenge for me.  It’s all clear in my mind.  But unless you are in my brain, you would have no idea how I did what I did.  I can’t even help myself since my notes are all over the place.  However, writing patterns is a new adventure for me and I enjoy learning.  Eventually, I will get myself organized and writing patterns will become second nature.

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WIP Tuesday – What’s Next for the “Frog”?

What was once frogged...
What was once frogged…

Remember my post from last Tuesday about me frogging a sweater I knew I was never going to finish?  Oh, what a stir it caused!  I’m still laughing about the insanity!  But now I have to get back to work with the remnants of that stupid sweater.  It was an ugly frog that needs to become a handsome prince.  What shall it become?

Perhaps I should just chuck the whole lot and give it to charity.  The problem is that I am very stubborn when it comes to problems that need solving.  I will work on them far longer than I should.  And I’m afraid that this is the long road I will travel with this frogged yarn.

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Rambling on a Monday Morning

Fractal Spin as of Monday Morning
This is today’s project so far. Check back later for the end result.

It’s Monday morning and the bun sisters are enjoying fresh hay while I sit at my computer trying to figure out what to write.  It will probably be another rambling post, since I don’t have a set topic for Mondays.

The weather is overcast and somewhat chilly with light blue heading this way.  I don’t think it will amount to more than a dusting if I even see one of those white “things” falling from the sky.  Rumor has it that the temperatures are going to warm up later this week.  Could that imaginary season of spring actually be heading this way?  Nah.  It’s all myth and legends, I tell ya’.

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