Wednesday, October 19, 2016
This is my own design, for an earbud case. I have several colors, and all will be listed soon (like in the next 2 days or so). I am also working more on this project:
This is the front and the beginning of the back of the Little Girl's Poncho pattern from the Crochet Winter 2016 magazine. The magazine is from the Crochet Guild of America, which I joined this year. I am surprised that this project is not in Ravelry. I will add it, in my notebook, but I'm not sure that any of the Crochet magazine patterns have been added, which is a shame.
I hope to get the Master Crocheter's program, and get that going just after the holidays. I would also like to start a crochet guild up where I am, as it appears there are lots of crafters around, but no guilds. It's not like you have to have one; most of us crafters do just fine on our own. However, it would be nice to see the demographics from around the area.
I finished the Speckled Scarf from Purl Soho yesterday, and had a model for it. I'm a bit biased, but I think she's one of the most beautiful models in the world. She also wanted to knit, and tried desperately with needles and yarn, but wound up drumming with the needles instead.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I have it started, and have found that I need another skein. I can get it, so that is not a problem. I think it might even be the same dye lot (praise be). I'm going to work on it still, but I have a back up plan for all the kiddos - hats and mittens. There is nothing better than a warm wool hat and mittens for the cold weather. I know I have enough for 2 of the 3, and I think once I am done with one gift, I will have the yarn for the 3rd one. I have also started this project:
The front is done, and the back is on its way. I still have to finish the Speckled Scarf, and am winding that one down as well. I will probably have enough left to make another one, which will be after the first of the year.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
I know a lot of crocheters don’t like to pay for patterns. Why? Do you think it took the designer any less time to work on it? It didn’t – as a designer, I know what goes into pattern making. There’s a lot of work that goes on. You should seriously support the designers. Don’t just scour the internet looking for a “free” pattern and then use it instead. Again, I wholeheartedly agree that we all have to watch our budgets and carefully consider our purchases, but look at it this way: if you spent $5 on a pattern and made it twice, then the pattern cost for each item is only $2.50. You spent WAY more than that in time making the item than you did buying it. Even if you only made one of the item, you still spent more than $5 of labor (unless you would only pay yourself $.05 per hour to crochet or knit something) to make it. I currently have no patterns for sale, so by advocating for purchasing patterns, I make no profit. I have no ulterior motive for this one. I have several patterns in my favorites that I will pay for, when I get ready to make them. Like you, my budget can only stretch so far, and I have to carefully weigh my purchases, so I usually don’t purchase a pattern online until I’m ready to use it. I know that a magazine is a “better value” for patterns, but I have also heard that designers don’t get nearly enough from a publication to make it worth it, other than the publicity. I will make the disclaimer that the previous sentence is all hearsay. I have not had a magazine publish a design, so I don’t know how they pay designers. I will say however, that many people are self-publishing patterns now, because magazine or periodicals aren’t purchased like they once were, and the submission requirements are usually tougher, and it can be difficult to get a pattern published. So, people skip the middleman and publish them personally. It’s not hard to do, and it can get someone’s work out much quicker than going through someone else.
Friday, September 23, 2016
It's the Weekend Wrap by Cocoknits. It is a fast knit, provided that you knit it according to the pattern. Because I can't leave well enough alone, I haven't been knitting it from the pattern. I started to, but when I tried it on, it wasn't as long as I wanted or as wide as I wanted. So, I increased the stitch count and row count (given in inches). Since I was halfway through it, it has been taking longer. I had to take it all out, and then start all over. And then I found a hole. Then after the armhole my stitch count was incorrect. So, it is a simple and wonderful pattern. I just kept screwing it up. I plan on doing this again, actually, as a Christmas gift. There are so many projects I want to do, but I find that I have seemingly less time now than ever. I think because I don't make time anymore. I always wait until I'm done for the day, but I'm never really done for the day. It's the curse of being a stay at home mom.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
It never ceases to amaze me at what I will agree to when one of my children is involved. My middle child, ever the girly girl and on the go, wanted a blanket for her dolls. I had been gifted some acrylic yarn, and thought this would be a perfect use for it. I have a pink, yellow and eggshell color that is from the 1970's. I plan on making the blanket pink (because what other color is there?) with white daisies. A pillow has been requested as well, and another blanket for the guest dolls. Yes, this doll has a guest bed in her house and her friends sleep over all the time. Five year olds have great imaginations. I hope to finish this and my sock while hubby has surgery and doctor appointments in the next couple of days. He is going for the first cataract surgery tomorrow, and the second will be in a couple of weeks. Positive thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
August is called the "dog days" of Summer. It is usually hot, and with nothing to celebrate, the heat makes the days drag. I am trying to take full advantage of it, by trying to complete something. I have a sock and a half, and hope to finish it within a day or so. The sooner I am done with it, the sooner I can move on to another project.
The front of my sweater is done, but I need to get started on the back. Then I have the mittens for Christmas, at least 2 pairs of socks for Christmas, and the birthday sweaters to do. Think I can get it all done? Yeah, I don't think so either, at least not this year.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
I have fewer and fewer of those these days, as I am becoming my husband's personal assistant. It's not really all that bad - he is just having a lot of doctor's appointments and I am the one who has to coordinate them all within his work schedule. He's having cataract surgery in August, which is rough because he has to have them one at a time and each eye requires a week off of work. Most people don't think that's a big deal, but it is when you don't have sick time or vacation, and if you don't work, you don't get paid. We have to carefully orchestrate everything, and I get to be the conductor. It's not as exciting as it sounds, I promise.
My 12 Days of Christmas garland got sidetracked, because the color combination wasn't quite what I wanted. I got about 2/3rds done, and didn't like it. Fortunately, it's small, so it wasn't that much work.
My sweater is still in progress, but working on the other 2 things means the sweater goes for TV knitting. And since I haven't been watching much TV these days, there's not much progress on it. I have split it for the front and back, and am working now on the front.