Thursday, May 3, 2012

I got the first pair of booties done, just in time for my friend to take them to Denver.  I have a few weeks to get the other pair done. They turned out very nicely. ( I used my phone to take the pictures so the detail isn't as clear.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I got the first baby bootie done.  It is adorable! I now have one more to do and then another pair.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I have gotten the crocheted socks done, cast on the remaining top-down knit sock, and started a baby bootie.  The socks turned out very well.  They fit better than the first pair. The first pair is in the pictures at the bottom of the page. The colorway is called "Seaglass" and the yarn is a superwash wool and nylon blend.

The bootie is a pattern I have never done before but it is for a friend and she wanted this particular pattern.  I have to finish the cuff of the bootie, and sew the seam from top to toe. Then its on to the second one.

Monday, April 9, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter or a joyous Passover.  I have been doing a lot of handwork to keep me sane during the last little while.  My husband has been home-bound since he got out of the hospital in February.  Knitting and crocheting have kept him alive! (said tongue firmly in cheek.)  I am working on a shawl out of Rowan's Colourscape Chunky in  the now discontinued Frosty colorway.  I am designing as I go and allowing the colors to shine rather than having the stitches take center stage.  I got the yarn as a Craftsy special.  I wasn't too happy with the quality of the yarn, I found that it contained quite a bit of detritus, from grass and straw to burrs and stickers.  I even found about an inch and a half of a netting-like fiber.  However, the colors more than make up for the issues.  As the pictures show, I am crocheting the shawl using an openwork double crochet and chain.  The increases are a simple v-stitch and a modified v-stitch at the beginning and end of each row; the beginning is ch 5, dc in sp; ending is dc in last sp, ch 2 dc in ch 3 of beg ch5.

I have also been working on  the second sock of a pair of crocheted toe-up socks. The yarn is a lovely soft acrylic DK weight I got from Mary Maxim.  It was an irregular of their Mellowspun DK .

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The 125th annual Mesa County Fair is coming up in July.  I have been thinking entries for the fair and have decided on one or two. First is the blue sweater that I worked so hard on for almost a year. Second is the shawl that I have mentioned in a previous post.  I have been debating about what crochet projects I'm going to enter and I think one of them may be the Geisha Jacket that I altered to suit my body type.  I am also considering the crocheted socks and maybe the crochet hook roll I made.  It is always fun trying to decide on entries.  This year will be a celebration for the fair, considering that it is the 125th fair.  I'm hoping to have many more blue ribbons this year.

Monday, March 12, 2012

I have a new pair of socks done. These were cuff-down. and they are shorty ankle socks.
They are laying on one of my kniitng bags.

Monday, March 5, 2012

This was an interesting experiment with a Craftsy yarn purchase.  The yarn is Gedifra Morelia in Powder.  The pattern is based on KUAS's dummy clap shawl.  I changed the number of cast-on stitches and did some basic edging in garter stitch. I made this to go with a sleeveless outfit that I'm hoping to go dancing in later this year.  I wanted something to cover my shoulders and arms.

I used 4 skeins of Gedifra Morelia in powder on US size 19 (15 mm). I bound off loosely with my largest wooden crochet hook which is a size 15 (which is about a 10 mm).

This is my pattern:

Cast on 20 st.
R1-4 K
R5 K3, P14, K3 (WS)
R6 K (RS)

Repeat last 2 rows until 3 rows from desired length
Last 3 Rows: K

Bind off: K2, slip1st st off over 2nd st, k1, slip previous stitch over last st, drop next st off left-hand needle and ch 1 with crochet hook, bind off next 3 st, drop st, ch 1, bind off 4 st, drop st, ch 1, bind off 3 st, drop st, ch1, bind off 3.  Work the dropped stitches down to the cast-on edge.