Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Chain Stitch

A series of chain stitches
A series of chain stitches that make a chain.

Today, we are going to learn the foundation of all crochet projects.  Whether you are going back and forth in rows or going around a center point, you will need to know the chain stitch.  And you won’t just see it in the beginning of a project.  It is used in many other stitches and patterns.

Unfortunately, the chain stitch also seems to be the hardest for a crocheter to master.  This is why I recommend doing chains upon chains until you have enough to wrap around several hundred Christmas Trees.  (Okay, that last sentence was a bit of an exaggeration, but you should practice as much as you can.)

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What’s on My Bobbin? – “Wishing for Spring” Merino Roving

Wishing for Spring Merino Roving
Wishing for Spring Merino Roving

Yesterday was a bit of a roller coaster around here.  If the wind wasn’t threatening to blow the roof off my home, I was dealing with what I can only conclude was a direct result of Mercury being in Retrograde.  All I could do to keep myself sane was to spin some new hand painted Merino roving.

Though by the end of the afternoon yesterday I threw in the towel. The wind was howling and my stress levels were threatening to turn perfectly good fiber into a tangled mess. I put Loki back in the kitchen and spent the rest of the evening watching Minecraft videos on You Tube. It was hard not to cheer up as I watched Mumbo Jumbo’s total fail in his latest video.

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WIP Tuesday – A Frogging We Will Go

So it begins...
So it begins…

Today’s post is about giving it up, starting over, and trying to move on.*  No, sillies, it’s not “personal”.  It’s about frogging a project that just doesn’t seem to be working out for you.  Whether it’s the yarn, the pattern, the combination of the two, or something else that makes you strongly dislike a project, sometimes you just have to “let it go”. (cue the characters from “Frozen”)

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April Fool’s, a Day Late and a Dollar Short

Things that can make you cry
Things that can make you cry: Snow on your deck on April 2nd!

Yeah, so I woke up this morning to find that Mother Nature has the worst sense of humor of anyone else I know.  She also has a lousy sense of timing too.  Just look at the picture!  Really?  Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, but you wouldn’t know it from the mess on my deck today.  And it’s still coming down!

Yesterday I had the laundry drying on the deck and all the windows open as the sun shined.  The weather forecast seemed to be an April Fool’s joke so I ignored it.  Good thing I don’t have any plans to leave the house today.  The joke is on me (and everyone else in the area).

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Beginner Crochet Series – Learning How to Do the Slip Knot

Today we are finally going to start getting our hands dirty.  Okay, so it’s not that exciting in the grand scheme of crochet.  But it is important nevertheless.  We are going to be learning how to do the slip knot.

The slip knot is the absolute first thing that your hook will do for most of your crochet projects.  It is the yarn’s anchor so the whole thing doesn’t unravel.  It is the starting point.  Having said that, once it has been created, crocheters tend to forget about it since it’s not counted as a chain stitch.

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The BFL Spin in Done!

The two-ply and the single
The two-ply and the single

Yesterday afternoon I finally finished the BFL spin.  It was such a pleasure to ply the yarn and put it on the niddy noddy.  As always, my spinning came out better than I thought it would.  When I spin the singles I imagine them as horrid pieces of rope.  I ask myself what ever possessed me to spin.  In my heart I know it’s low confidence and that I have come a long way from the pile of knots I first spun over a year ago.

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Trying to Create a Rectangular Basket Pattern

Tangled yarn web
The many strands of yarn that show my first two rectangular basket prototypes

They say that “necessity is the mother of all invention” which is certainly true as I continue my attempt at creating a rectangular basket pattern.  I’ve been trying to tackle this for several months now.  Maybe I’m wrong, but it shouldn’t be this difficult.

I need to write a versatile basket pattern that I can adapt into several sizes.  With the excessive amount of Red Heart Super Saver I have collected over the years, I’m certainly not lacking color choices.  It’s writing the bottom of the pattern that is proving difficult for me.

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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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