What’s on My Bobbin? – Rainbow Wishes

The first ply with the some of the fiber
The first ply with the some of the fiber

Once again I am working with a particular Merino top to create a yarn I am calling “Rainbow Wishes”.  The first skein of yarn I spun using this fiber is called “Muddy Rainbow” since the colors mingled together into a muddied mess.

Last year I entered two skein of handspun yarn into the crafting competition at the Burlington County Farm Fair.  I was surprised when both did incredibly well, earning a first and second place.  Competing is not my thing, but I was proud of what I had accomplished in such a short time.

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Keeping My Mind Occupied While I Crochet

Dimholt today
Dimholt today – Starting the lace panel

I try to keep my mind occupied while I crochet or spin.  Unless the crochet pattern is especially difficult, I need some form of entertainment or educational experience.  My mind has to be working or it wanders off somewhere and I loose my stitch count.

I’ve always liked mental activities, not physical ones. When I was in school, I hated gym class, but loved English and History. My ideal gym class would have been sitting in the bleachers reading a good book. Instead I had to move around and waste a precious forty-five minutes of my day doing activities I wasn’t very good at.

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Planes, Outside Spinning, and Weekend Gaming

This past weekend was lovely.  Though the overcast skies threatened rain on Saturday, I took my spinning wheel onto the deck and spun my heart out.  I even managed to get a bit of a sunburn on my right arm before I put my umbrella into an old plant stand I had hanging on the railing.

Somebunny poked her whiskers outside
Somebunny poked her whiskers outside

Sunday was spent playing PC games because there was a threat of rain.  No doubt I would bang my spinning wheel against the door frame as I ran inside to avoid the raindrops.  The only thing I can do while gaming is run my tractor into a building as I hitch up a flatbed trailer or fall into a lava lake as I run across a field.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Moving on to the Second Row

Now that you have tackled the single crochet into the chain stitch row, you are ready to move onto the second row.  You are over the beginner crocheter’s hump.  The rest should be much easier.  Sure, you’ll have stitches that will make your eyes glaze over and your hair turn gray.  But doing the single crochet into the chain row is the hardest to learn because it’s awkward and fiddly.  So pat yourself on the back and get ready for the next adventure into the world of crochet.

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What’s on My Bobbin? – Some of My First Hand Painted Fiber

The Chocolate and Mint Spin
The Chocolate and Mint Spin

Several weeks ago I started making my own hand painted fiber.  After my heavy-handed first attempt at dyeing in a roasting pan, I figured I would have more control with this technique.  And I do indeed.  This is becoming an addictive part of working with fiber.  I try to block at least one day a week to have fun and make a heck of a mess.  This usually falls on Sundays so I can hang the fiber out with the week’s laundry.

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Thinking Outside the Box When You Crochet

The Starting Pile of Yarn
The Starting Pile of Yarn – Lion Brand Suede and Cascade Heathers

Thinking outside the box is important in crochet because it is a creative activity.  Whether you need to change the stitch count in a sweater because you aren’t the same shape as the designer or you forgot a double crochet several rows back, the ability to be flexible is important.  And I know designers hate to admit that they are humans sometimes (just kidding 🙂 ), they can and do make the occasional mistake.  Even a one word typo can throw you for a loop.

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WIP Tuesday – Continuing to Work on the Dimholt Shawl

Dimholt Shawl close up of stitches
Dimholt Shawl – close up of stitches

The sun is shining and the trees are sprouting their leaves while the lilac flowers are smelling wonderful.  I continued to work on the Dimholt Shawl while I was at the library this morning.  It’s going to be a slow process since the yarn is much thinner than what I normally use and there is so much of it in the cake.

I’m still loving how slowly the gradient is in this yarn.  It adds to the fun, but doesn’t do much for my impatience.  The photo to the right doesn’t show the last row of back post double crochets because  they are hidden underneath.  You’ll be able to see them when I start the next set of repeats.

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More Than One Way to do Crafting

The two skeins of the Embers spin
The two skeins of the Embers spin

As with most of my weekends, I spent it crafting.  Do you realize that there is more than one way to craft?  Yes, I was creating tangible items when I spun the Embers roving into yarn.  But I also did some virtual crafting when I made iron ore into iron pick axes in Minecraft.  I find both of these types of crafting enjoyable for their own distinct reasons.

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

Hello, everyone and welcome to this week’s lesson on making a single crochet into the back hump of a chain stitch.  Hopefully, you have been practicing your chain stitches as well as working on identifying the parts of each stitch.  This week we will be making our first of many single crochets.  If you want to review Part One, please click here.

Since you are going to be putting the first single crochets into your most recent chain stitches, they should be much easier to work with than the first chain stitches that your did when you first started.

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