Posts Tagged ‘National Crochet Month’

Not up so early (or late)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Day 3’s instructions go as follows:

UK: 3. Tr 15 in B in corner, sl st in A under tr in A. Turn.
US: 3. Dc 15 in B in corner, sl st in A under dc in A. Turn.

I’m going to try again to upload the pictures from this year’s Freeform CAL…
Day 1:
Ring of ecru crochet cotton, worked into with oversized hook for lacy effect.

Day 2:
Complete circle of lacy effect

Day 3: (2 pics, because the first is slightly blurry but shows the ruffles well, and the second isn’t blurry and shows how the yarn shines.)
Ruffle of large ribbon yarnRuffle of large ribbon yarn, with shine!


Thursday, 18 February 2010

I have, at last, begun the test of my upcoming mystery pattern for NatCroMo. I can’t say much, but I have already changed one or two small details, and I really think it’s going to work well.

What I can tell you, is that this is going to be a fairly small project, requiring two well-contrasting colours (I recommend solids, at least for one of the two) of a smoothly spun yarn. Use whatever yarn you like, with an appropriate hook, but I’d recommend DK or thicker (bulky might be good) for a more useful final size.

It’s March: NatCroMo 2009 is here!

Sunday, 1 March 2009

March 1 clue: round of brown and red trebles (UK), in front of two apples

The first clue of the second edition game is up already, and I’m giving you clues on here as well. Please join in and enjoy it!

We’ve got a discussion thread over on Ravelry as well, or comment here with your suggestions and thoughts.

Subsuming the Centre

Sunday, 16 March 2008

I’m still trying to get my scanner do a camera’s job, and so this picture shows the new stitches around the edge of my game piece well enough, while scrunching the middle rather badly.

As you can see, I haven’t really learnt to do bullion stitches well. I need to practise those to get them even.

72. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Wow. This did not turn out quite as I had come to expect it to, from osmosis of the story through the general culture, or even from the earlier chapters. The Creature is both greyer and more black and white morally than I had anticipated, and while Victor Frankenstein remains emotionally immature he does display slight glimmerings of empathy near the end. Unfortunately far too late, when harsher emotions have taken sway of him, but they are there.

I’ll admit to not anticipating that Mary Wollstonecraft‘s daughter would write all her female protagonists as sacrificial angels, but then she was a very young writer of her time.

I’ve been listening to this on Craftlit for the last few months, and I’m really pleased to have ‘read’ it this way, as I might not have got to it in print for another few years. In fact I’m reasonably likely to so far sooner now than I would have been otherwise. I don’t want to get into the arguments over whether listening to a book is the same as physically reading it. Suffice it to say that I believe this rather depends on the concentration one puts in. It is harder, but quite possible, to read a book without taking it in, just as one can allow an audiobook to just wash over one’s head. In any case, Heather’s commentary and extra information really helps my concentration on the audio files she plays.

If you haven’t come across Craftlit before, I heartily recommend it. Now is a good time to start, as having just finished Frankenstein, she is about to begin Little Women, although the older files are all available, and it is well worth finding the time to go back and listen to Pride and Prejudice, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Turn of the Screw, A Tale of Two Cities, Tristan and Isolde and the various shorter stories and pieces she podcasts between the longer novels. The audio files actually come from Librivox, so you can get them alone directly, but Heather‘s introductions and discussions really help me get more out of the experience (she was obviously a brilliant English Literature teacher), and her craft talk is interesting too. She also rerecords the occasional chapter that got through Librivox’ quality control undeservedly.

National Crochet Month

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Or for me, that should be International, I think! Anyway, it comes from the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and over on Ravelry the CLF has spawned an offshoot NatCroMo group for the month of March 2008. I’ve taken on giving out instructions for a daily game/CAL, and I’ll be putting them on a page here on my blog (which is where the Ravelry pattern page should lead to) as well as on the Ravelry thread, so please do join in, whether you have got your invite for Ravelry yet or not. (And if you haven’t signed up for Rav yet as a current or beginning crocheter or knitter, whyever not?)