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.
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.
After moving the box around every day for over a year, I am going to start the Hygge CAL designed by Kirsten Ballering of Haakmaarraak.nl. Well… I’ll start it as soon as my internet comes back on. The internet pooped out just as I hit the enter key to get to Kirsten’s website. Go figure.
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.
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.
Have I told you how much I like the way my first dye project came out? Well, if you missed all the other posts recently, let me tell you know that I really like the way the Muddy Rainbow looks. Something this interesting needed an equally interesting pattern so I chose the “Sequin Diva Cowl” by Sara Sach of Posh Pooch Designs.
i really want to show off the gradient of this skein so the increase of a triangle wasn’t going to cut it. I decided to go with the Sequin Diva Cowl because it has crazy “teeth”, but the stitch count remains the same across each row.
The pattern is an easy four row repeat. I memorized the instructions quickly even though they are not written in convention terms. Just keep in mind that you stop five stitches from the end on the same row you did the extra half double stitches and you’re all set. My brain took a left turn somewhere as I was crocheting the third set and I had to frog to the beginning of the sequence.
I also altered the pattern and did five stitches less that the 35 per row because I’m not sure I would have had enough yarn. With 166 yards my cowl may still be a little snug in the end, but it should be just fine.
How It’s Going So Far
I started with the chains this morning around 9ish and I had finished eight four row sequences by the time Mom showed up at 11:30. I’ll get back to this project as soon as I am done publishing this post and I expect that it will be completed early this evening.
Though the fiber is not next to skin soft, it is draping very nicely. I imagine this would go well over a winter coat with a collar. I just love the way the gradient goes from deep orange to dark maroon with brown, then to black and finally dark teal. My only concern is the sharp contrast from dark teal to deep orange when I sew the ends together.
Do you have any projects you are working on today? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to see what you are working on.
I’m sorry to say that there isn’t much to discuss in my world of crochet so WIP Tuesday is cancelled for today. After staying up way past my bedtime last night trying to get a Minecraft server together for my Mom and me, we skipped knitting because she had a doctor’s appointment. Bad us. 😉
Now after being out all day, my lack of sleep is catching up with me. I’m yawning and my eyes are bleary. The forecasted rain doesn’t seem to be helping Even Yuki seems to be feeling the change in barometric pressure as she just did a DBF (aka: Dead Bunny Flop) at my feet.
One Lonely Crochet Project in the Works
I did manage to cake up my first dye project in preparation of putting it on my hook. This is such an interesting gradient that I wanted to see how it really changes from one color to the next. It looks even better as a cake and I can hardly wait to start turning it into something nice. I had hoped for a corner to corner scarf, but with only 166 yards it will have to be something less grand. Perhaps a thin cowl if I work it in the round.
Contrary to what Yuki might be thinking, this new toy is not a birthday present. Though it might be made of wood and tempting to chew if you are a rabbit, this is far from being for a bunny. It’s a new blending board so I can play with even more fiber. My fun isn’t going to end anytime soon.
It was a “factory second” and thanks to my Dad it now has a working foot. Even if the rolags look less than stellar, my upper chest will be getting a workout. LOL
There is a pile of fluff sitting in a bag that I desperately need to turn into spinnable fiber. It’s all an experiment at this point so if it turns into mush, oh well.
How was your Tuesday? Did you do what you needed to do or did you play hooky too? Let me know in the comments below so we can swap stories of how bad we are.
Previously known last week as Unnamed Pattern #1, I decided that The Kindness Wrap was a much better choice. I am continuing my theme of being kind towards others. It’s a tough world we live in and kindness will go a long way towards making it better.
This is a fun and easy pattern with an unusual shape. Starting with three double crochets, the pattern grows on one side before becoming a rectangle that lays across the back. To finish this wrap the double crochets are decreased until you reach the final point.
It’s Monday morning and the bun sisters are enjoying fresh hay while I sit at my computer trying to figure out what to write. It will probably be another rambling post, since I don’t have a set topic for Mondays.
The weather is overcast and somewhat chilly with light blue heading this way. I don’t think it will amount to more than a dusting if I even see one of those white “things” falling from the sky. Rumor has it that the temperatures are going to warm up later this week. Could that imaginary season of spring actually be heading this way? Nah. It’s all myth and legends, I tell ya’.
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”)
I love crocheting. I really do. There is a challenge in deciphering instructions that makes the cogs in my brain creak and turn. It’s calming once I’ve stopped raging at what feels like my own stupidity when I’ve frogged the first few rows for the fifteenth time and it starts looking more like the finished project. Then as the project grows before my eyes, I find myself being amazed at the creativity I possess, gaining confidence with myself as a human being.