Introduction to My Beginner Crochet Series

Welcome to my Beginner Crochet Series!  Whether you have never picked up a crochet hook before today or you have only dabbled just a tiny bit only to have a wonky something-or-another as a result, I hope to help you learn and improve your crochet skills.

Dish cloths
Small projects like these dish cloths are a great way to feel you have achieved something when you first start crocheting.

Crochet is so much more than your Grandmother’s doilies and Granny Square afghans, though both are staples in the world of yarn.  And yes, it will take many hours of practice to master the basic stitches.  However, your biggest challenge will be training your hands and fingers to effectively use a crochet hook.  I understand you will feel awkward and clumsy in the beginning.  This is a new skill that requires fine tuning your motor skills.  And you know what?  That’s okay.  You are not a robot that lacks programming.  You are a human being that needs to make mistakes to move forward and improve yourself.

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Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid

For my first “What’s on my Bobbin?”, I would like to introduce you to my half-finished Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid.  Because I only have four bobbins for my Louet S17, my spinning projects should be fairly easy to have a “Finished Project Follow Up” blog post written for them.

BFL Fractal
This is the second half of the BFL Fractal Spin I am currently doing.

I really wish I could remember exactly which booth I bought this fiber from.  I really do.  But that day at New Jersey Sheep and Wool was such a blur.  It was my first time there as a spinner looking for fiber and I was so overwhelmed.  I tried my best to grab business cards and keep receipts with the fiber, but I failed for this braid.  At the very least I am sure that it is a Bluefaced Leicester because I clearly remember the sign above the display. Continue reading “Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid”

Endlessly Wrapped Cowl – Free Pattern

This week I am pleased to introduce you to my Endlessly Wrapped Cowl.  This pattern is great for beginners since there is plenty of basic stitch practice.  It also works well if you just need a quick cowl with almost endless wearing options.  Wrap it around once, twice, or even three times.  The choice is up to you.

Endlessly Wrapped Cowl
Close up of the stitches for this pattern.

Crocheting into the back humps of the chains stitches gives you a nice braided edge to most of your projects.  If your chains are fairly consistent, the back hump should be an easy part of the stitch to identify.  Once you do a few stitches the back humps should turn to the top of your work.  Even if your chains go a bit wonky here and there, with a little tug you should be able to see them.  If you plan on adding a border to your project, this makes that task quite easy because the bottom of the chain stitches are exactly like the tops of the other stitches in crochet.

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WIP Tuesday: Cloudberry Blanket by Mijo Crochet

WIP Cloudberry Blanket
Today’s WIP: The Cloudberry Blanket by Mijo Crochet

Welcome to the first installment of WIP Tuesday!  I’m looking forward to sharing projects that are currently on my hook in the hopes you will be inspired to join me.  There is also my selfish desire to kick myself in the rear so I can finally get my ever expanding pile before my home gets taken over by the WIP Monster.

Today’s highlight is the “Cloudberry” blanket/lapghan designed by Johanna Lindahl of Mijo Crochet which caught my eye several months ago as I was browsing her website.

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Future Plans for My Website

After some well needed time alone, I am looking forward to bringing you some exciting future plans for my website.  It has been a long time coming and I am ready to begin this new adventure!

A Taste of Yarn
This is a small collection of my yarns (handspun and commercial) and the projects I am crocheting.

I’ve been trying to find a way to bring my love of crochet to others. In-person teaching has been a good way to start, but I feel that something is missing in a two hour class. Learning the very basic chain stitch is not easy for someone who has never touched a hook. The beginner is concentrating so hard on one or two steps that they can’t process the rest of the entire dance.

 

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Poncho Sleeves: Is That a Thing?

Poncho Sleeves?  Is that a thing?  Or is it an oxymoron?  Or am I just being a moron?  Hmm…  Oh well…  If it wasn’t a thing before, it is now.

This past fall as I was crocheting the Modern Granny Winter Poncho by Jeanne Steinhilber of the Crochet Crowd, I realized that it really needed to have sleeves.   The temperatures were beginning to drop, but not enough for a winter coat.  And while the cowl was keeping my neck toasty and warm, my arms were still chilled.  Rather than continuing to add round after round until the poncho became an unwieldy blanket, sleeves became the best option.Ppncho Sleeves

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From Fiber to Yarn and Then Finally to Cowl: Spinning for a Complete Project

Batt and skein
The second batt I need to spin and the remaining yarn from the first batt

I started a new venture this past fall.  It’s something I never imagined myself doing.  I’ve always been content to just grab yarn off the store shelves, not worrying about anything other than how soft it felt or what color it was.  That all changed when I took a spinning class at a local yarn shop.

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I Opened My Etsy Shop!!!

Congrats to me!  Now I can sell my crafts!  There will be lots of crocheted items such as scarves, shawls, blankets, and whatnot.  And when I finally get a hold of liquid leading, I’ll be starting the Gallery Glass stuff too!

Just look for “CraftingbyLora” to see my stuff.

 

Why I am Firmly Against Natural Gas Pipelines

In one word:

BOOM!!

There is nothing more terrifying than an explosion that comes out of nowhere and maims or kills you.  With the horrific tragedy of a natural gas pipeline explosion that happened in Pennsylvania recently I have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to dig holes in the ground to add natural gas pipelines.

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