Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

For me

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

I know I need to get on with the books, but for now some more yarn and crochet.
Block striped crochet rectangle
I got a bit further on the bodice of DD’s dress last night, but today I was seduced by some beautiful handspun I was given that’s been hanging around to inspire me for the last few weeks.
fine green 3-ply handspun
I’ve been dithering, but think I want to use it for myself – a hat probably. I tried it on this pattern via the Youtube video:

I needed to practise it first, however, so am back on the acrylic.
hat crown

The spring/Pesach (Passover) cleaning? Um…

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Sizing

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.

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! 😉

Suggestions?

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?

New Yarn

Friday, 14 January 2011

NaBloPoMo Jan2011A very slightly late birthday present from my brother: gorgeous new wool!
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Maybe some soakers?

Finished the blanket sample

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Well, I ran out of yarn, and therefore brought the blanket sample to a close. Not at all sure what I’m going to do with it, as it’s too small for a blanket, and too synthetic for a trivet (which the size and shape and thickness would otherwise make it great for).

Petal piece (top) in four colours

Oh well, whatever I end up using it for (in my garish colour combinations), I can show you how to use up every scrap of yarn by changing colours mid-way through the increase (flat) rounds, rather than in the more visible petal rounds.

back of petal piece, with unevenly coloured rows visible

In the bottom left section of the first picture, you can see where I’ve used up the purple on part of the increase round, even after the first petal round in yellow, but none of the other partial rows are noticeable (and I didn’t hide them).

Edging close-up

You may also notice that instead of ending with a petal round in both loops of an increase round, I finished out with a round of petals in the back loops only, where another had been in the front loops. This was because I didn’t have enough yarn for the extra row, but may even work better (particularly because of the tendancy of the petals to hug the centre of the piece). I’m thinking about going back and changing the instructions, or at least offering this alternative.

Stash Pics!

Friday, 13 November 2009

I really, really, need to be getting ready for Shabbat, so I’m just going to show pictures of (much of) the yarn I have here and now. (For very basic yarn details see the alt tag in picture properties (on a PC right-click on the pictures. I don’t have time to type these twice, and I’d rather they were there!)
Madame Tricote Camilla

TeDdy's Wool Super Cotton

Heela Knitting Yarn

Brown Rowan Cotton Tape

Inbalit Malaga Prints

Black Ice Yarns Lame

Black Inbalit Koral

Yellow Madame Tricote Rio

Des Montes Crafts Peruvian Cotton in turquoise and red

Practically creative

Friday, 20 June 2008

I’m still plugging away at the potholders; I’m onto the fifth one, although the fourth is missing its last row, seeing as I ran out of yarn – Twilleys Sincere Organic Cotton – (and began the fifth – in another colour) on the way to the shopping centre, so I did get to buy some more. I think when I (a) have money available and (b) have depleted my stash a bit more, I’m going to get enough to make myself a shawl or other piece of clothing with it. It really does drape beautifully.

170. A Fashionable History of Hats & Hairstyles by Helen Reynolds
171. A Fashionable History of the Shoe by Helen Reynolds

I really enjoyed the Hats & Hairstyles book, so I read the Shoes one too, and it is as good; I’m just more interested in headwear. The books aim to cover (briefly) the whole of known history, and are arranged more thematically than chronologically, so there is a double page spread on wigs, and another on flat hats, or on tall hats, with examples from a wide variety of places and periods. Most of the books of costume history I’ve seen (and I’ve looked through a fair few, by now) are more strictly chronological, or very focussed, so this way was interesting. The text in both is clear, readable, and flows well, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

Time to go – Good Shabbos!

Grey, the new pink

Monday, 17 March 2008

This is the start of a blanket for me, from lots of old stash yarn. The non-variegated strand is really this vivid pink, but my scanner has decided it’s grey, unfortunately. Here is an old picture of the yarn for comparison:

I finally took my camera in for repair today, and tomorrow I find out could they actually fix it or not. If not it’ll take more time and two or three times the money to get the whole lens replaced, apparently, so here’s hoping. I really am looking forward to being able to show off/display all my projects again properly.

And no, I haven’t quite finished the Seraphina’s Shawl, I just decided I like having two bigger projects on the go to switch between, and so began this one too.