Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A crocheter who loves books.....

The Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 4 is one of the books I got over Christmas. Now, I have a few stitch dictionary books already...but it is always nice to add another one to the collection, right? "Crochet is the hottest trend in crafting today. This inspiring fourth volume from the best selling stitchionary series includes chapters on many different crochet techniques: basics, geometrics, color, lace, edgings, and embellishments." What I really like about this book, is all of the stitches have beautiful photos taken of them that are crisp and clear. Each stitch has written and charted directions. The charts are drawn in color similar to the swatch example on the given stitch. It is also a great source for some crochet inspiration if needed.

This reference is coming in handy for me right now. I am currently working one one of my crochet resolutions for 2008. Making something for charity.
Crochetville is having a CAL for Warm up America. Caron is sponsoring a contest for making 7" x 9" crochet or knit sections (rectangles) for Warm Up America. It's called the Soften the World Simply Soft Sweepstakes. There are two categories, individuals and groups. Individuals can submit a single rectangle to win $25 in Simply Soft yarn (20 winners chosen randomly). In the group category, the group that submits the most rectangles wins a check for $300 for their group. All rectangles must be made with Simply Soft yarn and will be donated to Warm Up America. So, I have been using my stitchionary as a guide for my rectangles. So far, Crochetville has collected 235 squares. And so far, I have crocheted ONE! I am getting there. If you are interested more about the contest or would like to participate, click here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Who knew????

Who knew that winding endless balls of yarn could be so fun? I am procrastinating on my boboletta. I am excited that there is a CAL (crochet a long) on crochetville about the boboletta. The pattern is not difficult, but there are a couple of sentences that could have been worded differently. I am waiting for a couple of people to catch up to me on the pattern so we can work it out together. Hmmmmmm...what else could I be doing? Ahem.....finish a Christmas gift maybe. Maybe not. So, I decided to clean up my yarn baskets and try out my new ball winder. Trying to organize. Trying to procrastinate...must. finish. first wearable.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Snow day....

Well, we had our first snow day of the school year. It was a nice way to extend a weekend!

The kids had fun playing in the snow and building snowmen as I crocheted!!!!! I have been busy the last few weeks crocheting, but really nothing to show for it. I ripped out my Kimono Shrug at three times due to my sides not lining up. But thanks to the people responded, especially Ghost...I think I have fixed my problem...Thanks.

Well...then I received some of my order from Webs. 13 skeins of Berrocco Ultra Alpaca (the rest is on back order ). I decided to put my Kimono down, and start something else. I ordered the Boboletta Cacoon Sweater pattern from Gourmet Crochet. Then, I received my order from Joann.com which included a ball winder. Oh, boy...what fun. So, to make a long story short....I decided to ball up some Ultra Alpaca and start the Boboletta. Currently that is what I am working on now. I will definitely take pictures on my progress and the beautiful yarn as soon as I get new batteries for the camera!

I also destashed my Noro Silk Garden to make a scarf. I have made the Shelly scarf from Crochet Me, about three times now. It is a real easy pattern, and the results are beautiful. I decided it was time to make one for me. I don't know how I feel about this yarn. I am hoping it will soften up after washing it. It is a bit scratchy...and now that I am writing this....it probably not the best yarn to wrap around my neck. Hmmmmm, going to have to rethink this one.

My hubby asked for me to make him a hat. I have never made a hat before, except for my Cranium hat. I was looking at Crochet Garden's Thick Warm Crocheted Winter Hat. So, that is a project for another day.

I think that crocheted cables are the "new" crochet thing. I have noticed them in a lot of designs. I am going to have to practice these, because I am not finding them that easy. Have you noticed a lot of cables?? In the next weeks or so I will be reviewing a couple of books that I received for Christmas. Oh, great fun!!!!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008

Just wanted to wish my blog readers a Happy New Year filled with lots of love, much happiness and health. Thanks for being faithful readers and making this blog a success this past year.
On Crochetville, they have a thread going on about what your crochet resolutions will be in 2008. I thought I would share mine with you today.
Since I have been crocheting for almost a year....these are my first crochet resolutions.
  • Try to use up stash yarn. Maybe difficult since I have so many sized and colored balls left.

  • Only buy yarn for a project I plan to do. Unnecessary yarn buying because it is on sale or free shipping after $45. Of course this does not apply to my Christmas $$ that I plan on buying random yarns on sale online....

  • I need to not be so afraid of making a wearable. I need to be challenged more and need to try to understand patterns more and construction of a sweater.

  • Need a well written explanation on how to sew squares together.

  • Find a basic class on sewing...it would help my crochet skills.

  • Do some sort of charity crocheting this year.
So...that is it for now. I am sure I will think of many through out the year. I have decided to try my hand and hook at the Kimono Shrug pattern. I bought Caron Simply Soft in a light purple with white as the second color. So far I have ripped it out several times. I am having problems with the most simplest of things. Does this ever happen to any of you???

  • I can't for the life of me get this side to be straight. Mind you, the opposite side is perfectly straight. I do not understand because I am counting correctly. It is so frustrating to me. I should be able to get this skill down...hehehhe. How am I ever to make a wearable with my crocheted sides like this. Hmmmmmmm, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Anyways, enjoy your New Years!