Working on a New Shawl Idea …or Not

The final color combination
The final color combination

There are two organza bags full of lovely yarn that have been sitting on my shelf for about a year. I made sure to get a nice rainbow selection when I placed the order.  Then I added several more skeins of a creamy white so I would have a neutral to place between each color.

Did I have a pattern in mind when I hit the “Place Order” button on the website?  Are you kidding?  I like to live dangerously.  Who cares about dye lots?  So what if I need 300 more skeins of the yellow?  Pah!  That’s for noobs!

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WIP Tuesday – Working on Part 2 of the Hygge CAL

In the middle of Part 2 of the Hygge CAL
In the middle of Part 2 of the Hygge CAL

As I continue on to part 2 of the Hygge CAL, I’m still not sure if it will be done in time for the Farm Fair.  The single crochets that make up a majority of the wrap are super easy and I could get through them in a week or two, even with numerous distractions.  I lack the confidence to do the cross stitch on a black surface.  It has been many years since I did any cross stitch work so I am hoping it will be much like riding a bicycle.

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Beginner Crochet Series – The Half-Double Crochet Stitch into the Next Row

Last week I showed you how to do the half-double crochet stitch into the chain.  This week I will show you some tips and tricks for making half-double crochets into the next row.

Now that you are familiar with making a half-double crochet stitch into the chain, you are ready to move into the next row and beyond.  This isn’t difficult.  However, I wanted to break it into its own category because there are some things to keep in mind as you move forward.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away …or Not

Rain on the deck
Rain on the deck

The forecast for the next forever is calling for rain, rain, and even more rain.  Did I mention that it’s going to rain?  I have no problem with rain normally, but something tells me that by the end of the week I am going to be sick of it.  Rain makes the flowers grow and helps replenish the water supply.  Remind me of this when my head is throbbing from a weather headache.

The dandelions in the yard are doing extremely well with the rain that has fallen.  The leaves are competing with their supermarket cousins and the bun sisters are loving it!  Even the plantain leaves are bigger than normal which is great.

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WIP Tuesday – A Bit of a Head Scratcher Today

Today’s blog post is a bit of a head scratcher.  Perhaps it’s the heat.  Perhaps it’s the sudden change in temperature from early March to late June.  It must be my brain melting.  That is the only explanation for it.

Deflated Mokona
“You don’t even look like a rabbit, Mokona.” “Oh, shut up.”

Mokona is doing her best impression of a rug this afternoon.

I’m struggling a bit today with finding an ongoing project to highlight for today’s WIP Tuesday so I turned to the Google machine to look for inspiration.  I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.

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Beginner Crochet Series – The Half-Double Crochet Stitch into the Chain

Today we are going to be making the half-double crochet stitch into the chain.  The half-double crochet is the next stitch in height after the single crochet.  There are several things to keep in mind when doing this stitch so please pay attention.

This is the stitch that you will probably be redoing the most as you crochet.  It’s not a difficult stitch, but pulling your hook through three loops at once can be a bit annoying.  This is when using your hook and fingers to work together is a necessity as well as learning to relax so your stitches are not tight.

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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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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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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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