Sunday, August 31, 2008

Ooh, crochet along!

Hello there folks! I hope you have all been having a glorious holiday weekend. I have certainly been making the most of my extra time off. And even though not all of it has been spent crocheting, I still feel like I've made some decent progress this week.

First things first, I finished the vest I wanted to make for my new pirate jinxlet that is on his way. Mr. Picasso Pants was kind enough to model the finished project for us:

It is a little bit bigger than I had planned on it being, but I kind of think it works. I used the pattern for the vest from the Leisure Arts Sock Monkey booklet (thanks to my little sis for sending me that book!) and I used my Alpaca Boucle yarn to make it. It's a pretty happy little outfit, just waiting for the right space faring alien to come along and don it.

After making that I was kind of at a loss for my next project. I have two more in my queue, not counting the Doctor Who project, but I haven't gotten a chance to take the patron of the commissioned blanket yarn shopping yet and the cape is going to be a pretty darn involved project, so I'm not quite ready for that one yet.

Then I got my newsletter from Lion Brand yarn and found out that they are having a crochet along! How fortuitous. The pattern is the Crochet Sampler Afghan, which is one I had been thinking about giving a go.

I went out Wednesday and bought my yarn--I've decided to go with Lion Brand's Pound of Love (in turquoise) rather than the Fisherman's Wool called for. Cori doesn't play well with yarn that isn't machine washable. It also calls for a size P hook, so I had to get one of those. It is making for a pretty large, loose weave. I am pretty happy with it, because it's super nice and soft and I think it will be a great cuddle up blanket. I do think sometime down the road though I'd like to give it a try with a smaller hook (I know several of the participants of the CAL are doing just that), because it seems this pattern is meant to be made with a tighter weave and I bet it would look pretty nifty that way as well.

The pattern itself is pretty simple. There are three different squares, and it calls for ten of each. Here's a glimpse at each square.

Square one: This is just a straight forward single crochet the whole way through square. It gets a little added texture since the pattern calls for you to SC in the back loop only of each row, which gives it those fun ridges.

Square two: Another pretty simple one, this square just alternates single crochet and double crochet rows. If you remember, that's what I used for my friend's birthday blanket back in April/May. I love how that particular pattern looks, especially with a big hook, and it is such a simple one to do as well.

Square three: This one is a little more complicated, at least for me. Though once I got the hang of the stitch, it seemed to work up much more quickly. This one alternates single crochet rows with rows of the cluster stitch (with three double crochets to a cluster). It looks really super spiffy. I may incorporate this stitch into another blanket down the road.

So those are the three squares. They are assembled in a basic 3, 2, 1 repeating order, with five squares to a row and six rows. I've got four squares completed and hope to get another two done today and another two done tomorrow. I did have to make one change to square one though. The pattern calls for that to be 33 rows long, but squares two and three are each only 18 rows, which at 10 rows of SC and 9 rows of DC each, works out to about 28 rows of SC. So I am making my square one only 28 rows. We'll see how it looks as the blanket progresses, though I think for me that may be the way to go. You know me, I can never just stick with a pattern.

If you're interested in the crochet along, it doesn't seem to have any time restrictions, and it just started this week, so feel free to jump right in! You can learn more at Lion Brand's Blog for the project. They also have a group up in Ravelry.

So until next time, happy crocheting!

Have a great week,

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hey, look who's back!

Sigh, I have been neglecting this one, sorry about that. In all fairness, I was on the road last Sunday and that is why there was no post, but also for some reason I was in a crochet funk the last little while and just really didn't have anything new to report.

While I have made some progress on my Doctor Who scarves, I have also realized that this project is going to take me a while to complete, because it's not one that I am compelled to get done on any sort of schedule. I am therefore declaring this my "in between projects" project and putting it on hiatus for the moment. Here's how far I have gotten so far though:

And on the miniature:

Despite my lack of scarf-related motivation, however, I did manage to get one of my long-time pending projects done this weekend.

Behold, the faux vintage purse!

I am pretty happy with how this came out, though I am still debating on whether or not to keep it for myself or gift it upon someone. I really like how the Noro Silk Garden yarn came out on this. I think this was the perfect project for my special yarn. I didn't have quite enough for the whole thing, so I ended up using this cool pale green that my mom sent me last year for my birthday (thanks, Mom!) on the side panels for a nifty contrast, see...

I really love how the contract yarn worked up, I can't wait to figure out the right project for the rest of the skein.

Here's a glimpse at the purse in its various stages:

(Here's the lining with handles.)

(Here's the body of the purse.)

Here is the patten for anyone interested.

Materials: 2 Skeins Noro Silk Garden Yarn, 1 Skein Brooks Farm Wool Yarn, Size F Crochet Hook, Pair of 8.5"x5.5" Oval Bamboo Purse Handles, Liner Fabric, Needle, Thread

Cut one piece of fabric 24" long and 10" wide (body)
Cut two pieces of fabric 9" long and 3" wide (side panels)
Starting 1.5" from top of main body piece, sew one of the smaller panels on each side (.25" from edge)
Fold main body piece so that ends are even, sew other sides of panels
Sew bottom of side panels to bottom of main body panel
Fold remaining top portion of body over a handle and sew in handle (do for each side).
Turn right side out.

(I hope those make sense, I don't work with many sewing patterns, and I kind of just made this one on the fly.)

With main color, chain 40.
Row 1: Single crochet (SC) in second chain from hook, SC across (39 SC).
Rows 2-5: Chain 1, turn, SC across (39 SC).
Rows 6-20: Chain 3, turn, double crochet (DC) in second stitch from hook, DC in each stitch across (39 DC including chain 3).
Rows 21-30: Chain 1, turn, SC across (39 SC).
Rows 31-45: Chain 3, turn, DC in second stitch from hook, DC in each stitch across (39 DC including chain 3).
Rows 46-50: Chain 1, turn, SC across (39 SC).
Finish off.
*Side panel Row 1: With contrast color, join on edge of row 21 (first SC in center of body), chain 3, DC in each of next 9 rows (10 DC including chain 3).
Rows 2-15: Chain 3, turn, DC across (10 DC including chain 3).
Rows 16-20: Chain 1, turn, SC across (10 SC).
Finish off.**
Repeat from * to ** on other side for second panel.
Join sides of side panels to rest of body with slip stitch (two in each DC stitch, one in each SC).
Turn right side out.
Slip liner into purse.
At right corner of front of purse, join with main color, chain 1.
SC around top edge, join with slip stitch (98 SC).
4 slip stitch around handle to attach to purse.
39 SC.
4 slip stitch around next handle spot.
10 SC.
4 slip stitch around next handle spot.
39 SC.
4 slip stitch around next handle spot.
10 SC, join with slip stitch to first SC, finish off.

Okay, there you have it.

I have a few new potential projects floating around in my head, so hopefully I'll have more details on those soon.

I hope all is well wherever you are.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Some progress is better than no progress...

Still not a lot of crocheting this week, but I did get some done. Here's how I am doing so far on my Doctor Who Scarf:

I'm a little less than a third of the way done with it, according to the pattern at least. I am adapting a knitting pattern for crochet so this is kind of an experiment. If it's not quite long enough when I come to the end of the pattern, I figure I'll just continue the repetitions until it is just right.

As I do each section on my scarf I am doing a section on the mini-scarf for Mr. Picasso Pants. Here's how that one looks so far:

Mr. Picasso Pants says, "Ooh, a scarf just for me? Yay!"

Well that's all I've got for you today folks.

Hope all is well in your worlds.

Take care,

Sunday, August 3, 2008


There's not a whole lot of progress to report for this week. I have started my Doctor Who scarves, but I am not very far and haven't taken any photos.

It's just been one of those weeks where I haven't felt very motivated to crochet. Hopefully I'll be less of a bum this week, and will have some actual progress to show you in the next post.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Until next time,