WIP Tuesday – Spring Cleaning the Spindle Spun Continues

Spindle spun springtime yarn
Springtime yarn I spun on my spindle last year

The yellow tulips just at the bottom of my steps are pushing through the cold, hard ground as I continue spring cleaning my spindle spun yarns.  Today’s project celebrates the spring season, though it seems to be late this year.  Six days ago I woke to 10 1/2 inches of snow on my deck and it’s still hanging around.  Is it too much to ask for warm, sunny days so I can sit outside with Loki and spin my heart out?

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Beginner Crochet Series – Inserting Your Hook into the Chain’s Back Hump

Last week we talked about the parts of a chain stitch and why it’s the foundation of crochet.  Today I want to do a bit of an editorial on why I choose to do the first row in the back hump of my chain stitches.  The only time I stray from this is if I am working in the round, such as a Granny square, a triangular shawl, or a cowl.

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WIP Tuesday – Using Some of My First Handspun Yarn

Today's WIP
A Granny Stitch Cowl with some of my first handspun yarns

Today’s WIP is a combo project using some of the handspun yarn I spindle spun in the beginning of my spinning adventures.  (Is you head spinning yet from that sentence?  Mine is.  LOL)  The yarn has been sitting in a box at the foot of my bed for over a year.  As the spring cleaning bug continues in my home, I decided to wind the skeins into balls so I was sure to use them.

With the sparkle and green that I plied with gray, I didn’t want a fancy stitch lost in the colors.  When I thought about it, the Granny Stitch seemed like the best option.  Quick and easy was the way to go because I really want this project done.  I don’t want it to sit around for ages.

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Beginner Crochet Series – Parts of a Chain Stitch

Foundation Row
This is the reason I want you to learn how to do good chain stitches.

When I first started crocheting, the first row of crochet after the chain stitches was the most frustrating part of any project. Either I was missing a chain here and there or putting two stitches into the same chain. My stitch counts were never right and it was enough to put me off a pattern.  Sometimes I even wanted to totally give up crochet.

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WIP Tuesday – Crochet Tea Cakes Shawl

Tea Cakes Shawl
Close up of the stitch work on the Tea Cakes Shawl

Today’s WIP Tuesday project is the Tea Cakes Shawl designed by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd.  I have a confession.  This pattern really confused me at first.  It drove me bonkers!  I almost gave up.  Grasping the concept was almost beyond my comprehension.  Or so I thought.  Then I realized I was reading between the lines and making it harder than it actually was.  Do the pattern just as it is written, silly.  (*face palm)  Duh!

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Why I’m not a Yarn Snob

Red Heart Super Saver and Handspun Yarn
Does this trigger the Yarn Snob in you? It shouldn’t.

Here is my yarn story for today’s Misc. Monday:  Once upon a time and for a fleeting moment shortly after I began spinning, I felt my soul being drawn towards a certain negative force.  It felt so wrong.  It’s just not who I am.  However, I couldn’t fight it.  I was being drawn into the depths of yarn hell!.  Then, like the protagonist in a shape-shifting monster anime, I resisted that negativity and regained myself.  Ahhh….  Zen….

What was this horrible force drawing me into the void, you may ask.  It was the awful enemy, “The Yarn Snob”.  It looks down on Red Heart Super Saver.  It scoffs at Lion Brand Pound of Love.  It sneers at Caron Simply Soft.  It also considers certain other yarns (depending on its branch of yarn religion) less than dirt.  It’s a horrible enemy that must be quashed!.  It must be annihilated!

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Beginner Crochet Series – Getting to Know Your Hook

Crochet hooks in the snow
Using the recent weather to my advantage

I know your first thought is to bypass this post.  Please don’t.  It’s important to know your crochet hook because it is the tool you will be using.  It is your partner in this endeavor.  It is an extension of your hand like a pencil is when you write.

In the beginning you might hate your crochet hook.  It’s awkward and doesn’t listen to what you are telling it to do.  But it’s just like picking up a pencil for the first when you were a child.  You need to train your muscles so they use the correct movements to make your stitches.

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Revisiting the Seraphina Shawl Pattern by Doni

Seraphina Shawl
Stitch detail of the Seraphina Shawl by Doni

Several years ago I wrote a blog post about the “Seraphina Shawl” by Doni.  This is my all time favorite shawl pattern.  At least six of these fantastic shawls have passed through my hooks with one or two still waiting to be finished.

If you look on the Seraphina Shawl’s Ravelry page, you will see that it is quite popular with over 1600 projects.  I’m not the only person who considers this pattern their favorite either as it’s beautiful and fun to crochet.

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WIP Tuesday – “Dimholt” by Jasmin Räsänen

Dimholt shawl WIP
Today’s WIP – The Dimholt Shawl

Good day, everyone!  Hope the beginning of your week is going well.  Today’s pattern for WIP Tuesday is something that I have been working on for several months.  It feels like a really long novel I don’t want to give up.  I’ll be sad when it’s finished because it’s such a pleasure to crochet.  What is it?  Oh, it’s a shawl called Dimholt by Jasmin Räsänen that I found on Ravelry.

The shawl is so delicate and graceful that I had to find the perfect yarn to highlight the filet crochet and lacework.  As an added bonus, the yarn I chose is a long gradient so I am not going to get bored.

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