Posts Tagged ‘Ravelry’

Spring cleaning startitis

Monday, 11 April 2011

Still on the crochet, and in theory I was sorting out the cupboards-ful of crochet projects and yarn. I found one hibernating project that I hadn’t previously photographed

square spiral multicoloured blanket
a cotton baby blanket the yarn for which I decided could be put to better uses as a summer dress for DD. I’ve only just begun it, obviously, but here’s a taster of what it’s intended to look like, colourwise at least.
crochet stripes
I was looking for a pattern to adapt to what I had in mind, and found one or two I may also make, but decided to try winging this. I am taking notes on what I’m doing, just in case it’s nice enough that I or anyone else might ever want to repeat it.

I haven’t frogged the blanket yet, but will presuming I get to wanting the yarn for the dress.

I haven’t yet, but I’m also thinking hard about another dress for DD and a hat for me…


Friday, 8 April 2011

Um, I’ve been thinking as I crocheted it that the soaker (the pattern for which currently only comes in one size) was going to be a bit big. I hadn’t realised until I sewed up the sides and tried it on DD that it’s entirely MASSIVE on her.
soaker on baby
I do still need to add ribbing to the leg cuffs and waist, and probably a drawstring on the latter as well, but I really can’t see us using this for a LONG time yet.

More crochet!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

So I’m still on the same yarn, making more things for DD. I’ve mentioned a couple of times here that I want to make some wool soakers for her, and I even have some perfect wool for it, but here I am doing it first in acrylic! Apparently it should work…

I don’t know how well this is going to fit, but I think it’s on the big side, so she can grow into it. I haven’t started sewing it up, because I’m improvising a second, thicker layer for extra protection in the ‘wet zone’ (just a rectangle of DC (UK – SC in US) that isn’t in the pattern. It may be completely unnecessary, but for the first time I’d rather be safe than sorry!

If I’m really efficient I’ll get this finished for tomorrow, and get DD to model the moebius scarf at the same time!

NB Flickr have messed up their sharing feature, meaning that I can’t seem to get the URL for the actual picture, so I’m having to blog via Flickr, and then fix the post on WordPress. If there’s bizarre formatting in the post please refresh in a couple of minutes!

Baby moebius scarf

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

For the past couple of days I’ve been dithering about what to make from the giant ball of yarn my mother sent, especially considering it’s synthetic and the weather’s warming up here. It’s variegated like sock yarn often is, and so anything lacy was out – I’ve tried sock yarn lace before, and in my opinion it just looked like a mess.

So for now, since the weather’s gone cool again, I’m doing DD a moebius scarf. No ruffles so far, like I’ve done on the ones I’ve made myself, but I’m making it somewhat wider than she needs now (which is why I haven’t just bound off as you see it in the picture), so that she can use it next winter too. She’s asleep, so I don’t have a picture of it on, but I’m pleased so far.

I’m coming up with ideas for matching items too, until it gets too hot. Watch this space…

Not crocheting a cushion

Sunday, 3 April 2011

My mother sent me a very large ball of yarn, (400g/1200m Zettl Sensatione) and I’m trying to decide what to do with it.

Baby dwarfed by ball of yarn

Baby dwarfed by ball of yarn

(The baby is in the picture for scale – and because I like taking photos of her!)

I’m definitely not going to make a cushion out of it – I could use it for one of those as is! 😉


Vote for the best of crochet

Saturday, 19 March 2011

I haven’t been doing all that much for NatCroMo/ItCroMo this year, but I will at least be voting in the Flamies, the Crochet Liberation Front‘s annual awards, and I’d recommend you do too. If you don’t know enough about the candidates to vote there’s a Voter’s Guide with links to the nominees’ websites for more information. People are encouraged to only vote in categories where they have a real opinion. Have fun with it. The awards will be announced on Monday April 18, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM CDT on the Getting Loopy Podcast and live at a special Red Carpet Event in Georgetown, Texas. Have fun!

Crochet musings

Thursday, 17 March 2011

I finished the dishcloth on the way to meet the recipient, and forgot to take a photo of it complete, but the one I took before is only missing a couple of rows. I need to get back to the shawl, and then I think it’s time to make something else for my little girl. Soakers would be useful, and I’m thinking a pair or two of longies would go well with a little denim dress we were given for her, until the weather warms up enough for her to go bare-legged. I wish I’d made her a little cowl already, as I can’t imagine putting a scarf on such a little neck, but if it hasn’t been really necessary yet this winter, I doubt it will be.

I was given some absolutely beautiful handspun, and I’m dithering about what to make of it. It’s too fine for a soaker (at least all the ones I’ve seen online are made with fairly thick yarns), but I could make her a skirt to go with it. Not sure would there be enough for a dress for her, but maybe…

Would it be too distracting from Pesach cleaning to go through my WIPs and decide what I’m doing with them?

Crocheting again at last!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

purple freeform motif shawl
So, here’s the shawl in progress. I’m making motifs from Edie Eckman‘s Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, with some edging inspiration from Betty Barnden‘s The Crochet Stitch Bible and making a hodge-podge batwing shawl. I do find a little structural guidance useful in my freeform crochet work. (There are more pictures on the Ravelry project page.)

By the way, I’m really sorry if anyone was looking for a March NatCroMo/ItCroMo pattern from me this year, but between the new baby distraction meaning I didn’t come up with anything and then being offline even if I had it just wasn’t to be this year. The Party group on Ravelry is doing a Freeform daily CAL, however, which I’m hoping to join in on now that I’ve at least read all the email I missed (there are a lot of blog and forum posts still to catch up on, however).

Anyway, the current plan with the shawl is to continue the series of smaller motifs along the bottom, and then to do some more edging rows to give it more shape and coherence. I think the front sections could do with being longer, too, when the shawl is on.

This is intended as a gift for the wonderful doula who helped with DD’s birth. Without her, I’m quite sure we’d have ended up in surgery for a Caesarian, and I really really didn’t want one of those unnecessarily.

Breastfeeding Books

Saturday, 8 January 2011

NaBloPoMo Jan2011I’ll admit that while all these books are great, I’ve found the Breastfeeding Group on Ravelry as much help. That’s not entirely a fair comparison, as the books do what they’re meant to, which is to provide generalised information and encouragement, while a discussion group can (and this one really does) provide specifics. Good in-person support is also pretty essential, of course, but that has to be found locally!

Cover of Straight from the Heart
45. Straight from the Heart by Tehilla Abramov

As indicated by the numbers, it’s by far the longest since I read this one, but it’s also the most specific inits intended audience, as another Orthodox Jewish book. It covers (more briefly) much of the same general information about breastfeeding and its benefits as the others, but also why and how it is encouraged Jewishly and halachically. (Which it strongly appears to be.) Definitely worth having for those interested in this perspective!

Cover of Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 6th ed.
53. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (6th ed.) by La Leche League International

I’ve linked above both to the sixth edition, that I read (having found it second-hand locally), and the new eighth edition, that I’d probably still get if I found it easily. I really don’t know how different they are, of course, so will only comment on the sixth. I’m not sure which edition my mother used, back in the seventies, but she seemed to recognise elements in this nineties version, although it’s been reworked and added to so many times.

Anyway, it’s certainly the classic comprehensive guide, with pictures, explanations and anecdotes on the nutritional, biological, familial, financial and societal benefits of breastfeeding. It doesn’t shy away from recommending a way of mothering beyond ‘just’ breastfeeding, but as with What to Expect, and indeed, all of these books, I am thankfully quite capable of taking what suits and is useful to me, and leaving the rest, so that’s okay. It’s well sourced in its content, and has a chapter near the end specifically about the original founders of La Leche League, as well as information about how the organisation has developed.

I still haven’t really made contact with LLLI here, but may well still do so.

Cover of

Cover via Amazon

60. So that’s what they’re for! (2nd ed.) by Janet Tamaro

And this is the funny one. It’s got lots of good information, and is aimed at people who aren’t yet entirely convinced breastfeeding is for them and their family, as well as those who are. The author gives plenty of individual examples of situations both positive and negative, her own and from her research. Obviously she’s encouraging breastfeeding, as all of these books are, but this one especially does admit that people sometimes find it difficult, and they all talk about how to get support when it’s needed.

Multiple Layer Crochet Flower Petals – in detail – part 3

Thursday, 2 September 2010

This post continues from part 1 and part 2 in elaborating the basic recipe for my Many Petalled Baby Blanket. (Sample project’s public Ravelry page.)

As I said yesterday (in part 2), do continue in the htr pattern for as many repeats as you see fit. (This will mean your round numbers and stitch counts will be different from mine, but I hope it is still clear what to do. Let me know if I can clarify anything.) I am going to move straight on to the tr part of the pattern, so that I can show it to you sooner.

  • R15: In blo of R13, *2tr in first htr, 1tr in each of next 3htr. Repeat from * to end of round. (60 tr)
  • after first tr round

  • R16: In flo make 10 petals.
  • 10 petals around

  • R17: In blo of R15, *tr in each of first 4tr, 2tr in next tr. Repeat from * to end of round. (72 tr)
  • back of piece at this point

  • Continue in pattern (increase by 2 petals in each flo round; increase by 12 tr in each blo round).
  • End with a petal round in both loops.

Some general tips for this pattern:

  • Don’t worry about the front loops getting pulled too large, as these will be tightened up in the back loop rounds.
  • If you use more than one colour, change at the beginning of a round, or potentially during an increase round, as this won’t be seen as much as during a petal round.
  • one petal row in new colour

  • Bear in mind that this makes for a thick blanket! For the same reason (roughly double the normal stitches of a similarly sized item) it will take more yarn than you expect.
  • Once you’re doing a stable number of increases per round, crochet-friendly stitch markers are your friend!
  • back of piece with 12 stitch markers showing

  • If the previous round had a useful multiple of petals, those can help with increase placement. (In the picture below increases are made between each petal, for 12.)
  • arrow marks increase between petals

I think that pretty much ends my tutorial/pattern expansion. I’ll blog more pictures when it’s finished. Do let me know if there’s anything still to clarify. I’d love to see how you use the pattern or techniques!