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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) on: September 15, 2017 11:59:20 AM

Virus Shawl Crochet-Along

What is the virus shawl?
The virus shawl is a popular crochet pattern for the shawl, that has also been adapted into a poncho pattern, a square blanket pattern, a rectangular blanket pattern, and much more I'm sure!

Why is it called the virus shawl?
Good question! I have actually seen two different reasons for this.  
#1. The pattern spreads out from the center of the top, like a virus spreads through the body.
#2. The pattern became so popular, that it 'went viral' like a funny video or cat meme.

Why should we all crochet-along?
To share photos of our work, support one another, and pass on tips & information about the pattern!  Smiley

Shawl Video Tutorials
The pattern is in the public domain, in the form of a crochet chart, available HERE from woolpedia.de.  Scroll down to the 3rd shawl on that list, and you will also find links to videos teaching you to hook it right handed or left handed.  These crafter in the woolpedia videos does have a German accent, and if you have trouble understanding here, there are numerous other crochet vloggers have also created videos about the pattern, so feel free to watch any of them that you feel comfortable with.  Here are a few:
Virus Shawl by Jonna Martinez video is done with US crochet terms
Virus Shawl by Bella Coco video is done with both UK & US crochet terms

Shawl Borders
Shawl Picot Border
Border Variation #2
Shawl Straight Edge Border
Shawl Fishnet Border

Poncho & Blanket Variations
Square Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
     V-Stitch Border for Virus Blanket
Rectangular Virus Blanket Video Tutorial
2 Pointed Virus Poncho Video Tutorial
4 Pointed Virus Poncho w/ Collar Video Tutorial

Completed Projects here on Craftster
Mistress Jennie's Virus Shawl
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first Virus Shawl on: September 14, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Finally got around to giving the virus shawl pattern a try!  I know I'm late to the party, but what are you going to do?  I started by printing off the chart, then pulling up a video on how to crochet it on youtube. I used the video to help me learn to read the chart, and by the time the video was done, I was able to work solely off the chart with the repeating pattern.  I've always been afraid of working from charts, so this was a big help.  JonnaMartinez on youtube also has some great videos on making the shawl, along with variations for adding a decorative border, or making a virus poncho or blanket.  I liked how clear her videos were, so if you're thinking of trying this, take a chance to check her channel out.

The shawl was made with 1.5-1.7 skeins of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn, in the colorway Prism.  It is a worsted weight yarn, but I found it veery thin for worsted.  I used a 4.5mm hook.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but it has an electric blue metallic strand running through it. I bought the yarn months ago, specifically for this project, but had put it aside to finish some other projects that came up, including a pussyhat and a baby blanket, both made with Caron Simply Soft Party, which also has a metallic strand.  In working on those I became very frustrated, because the metallic strand frequently broke, and was finicky to work with.  So when I finally got around to this shawl, I was afraid the metallic strand would behave the same way.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It behaved much better, and I had no breaks in it at all, over the course of the entire project.  I would highly recommend the yarn.

I think I might make another one, since this one was so much fun.  And just for reference, this last photo isn't distorted.  The shawl is laid across my king size bed, so you can see just how long it is.  I made it to cuddle up in while working in my studio, which can get cold, so I wanted it plenty big!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 'Create More' Paper Banner/Bunting on: September 10, 2017 02:48:19 PM

This was made for kittykill in a recent personal swap.  Like my All Hallows Eve Banner, it was made solely from card stock, ribbon, markers & inks in my stash.  I was so excited to see that red and turquoise were some of her favorite colors, because it's one of my favorite combos.  I cut out the pennants and letters with my Silhouette Cameo, the distressed them each with Tim Holtz distress ink pads, before using glue dots to attach the letters.  I strung them all onto a long ribbon, and left them loose, so that kittykill could adjust them closer together or further apart as needed when hanging it.  I also included a few extra pennants, in case she ever wants to add to it.  Cheesy

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Celestial Dishcloths - Sun, Solar Eclipse, Cloud, Star & Rainbow on: September 10, 2017 02:41:15 PM

These were created for kittykill recently, in a personal swap.  She mentioned having a cheerful yellow & red kitchen, so I made a cheerful sunshine dishcloth.  Then I had some white cotton, so I made a cloud to go with it.  And then there was the excitement around the eclipse, so I whipped up a solar eclipse cloth to match.  After that I decided that she clearly needed a celestial set of cloths, and added in a star and a rainbow.  Well, the best I could come up with for a rainbow, since I crocheted them all from stash!

Sunshine Dishcloth Pattern made from Sugar'n Cream in yellow.

For the Eclipse, I started with the Sunshine pattern above, and added the edging from this Eclipse Coaster pattern, made from I Love This Cotton! in black, and Sugar'n Cream yellow and bright orange.

Cloud Dishcloth Pattern made from I Love This Cotton! in white.

Star Dishcloth Pattern made from I Love This Cotton! in colorways Turquoise, Pewter, Aqua Ombre, and Teal.

Fire Blossom Dishcloth Pattern made from I Love This Cotton! in colorway Brights!

5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / All Hallows Eve Banner on: September 09, 2017 12:15:05 PM

Another project made for FiberAlchemist in the Vintage Halloween Swap!  I was trying to work from my stash as much as possible for this swap, so I dug through craft closet, and found a big stack of card stock in black and orange, Fiber's preferred Halloween decor colors.  The pennants, Halloween cameos, and letters were all cut on my Silhouette, and the Halloween cameo designs actually came from the Silhouette store online.  I aged them each a bit with some Tim Holtz distress ink, and distress paint, before attaching the letters & cameos with glue dots.  They felt a bit unfinished, so I went back and added a border of dots around each pennant in either silver or black sharpie.  Finally I strung them all onto some silver & black ribbon.  I'm really pleased with how it came out!

6  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Spider Web Table Topper (Crocheted) on: September 09, 2017 11:56:59 AM

This was made for FiberAlchemist in the Vintage Halloween Swap.  The pattern is from Red Heart Yarn, and calls for 1 skein of their super saver.  Since I hate how scratchy that stuff feels, I made mine with most of a skein of charcoal heather (Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Soft Worsted Heather) for the web, and half a skein mottled pumpkin orange (Lion Brand Heartland in Yosemite) for the lacy edging, both dug out of my stash.  While I was making it, I discovered a flaw in the pattern.  Sadly I was on the last row of webbing at the time!  I went back and rewrote the pattern, made myself a crazy color coded chart, and even a matching set of rainbow stitch markers to match the chart, and re-crocheted the whole thing.  Glad I did though, since it came out so much nicer after I fixed the pattern.  Smiley

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Wicked Halloween Sign on: September 09, 2017 11:41:11 AM

I made this for FiberAlchemist in the Vintage Halloween Swap.  I was inspired by a tutorial from Silhouette, which called for cutting the words out and using the 'dead space' as a stencil instead of using the words themselves.  Then using a paint pen to 'scribble' in the letters, and removing the vinyl to leave the scribbles behind.  I started off by following the tutorial, but sadly, that just did NOT work.  The paint pen bled under the vinyl stencil so much that the words were completely illegible!  So I sanded the paint off, and started over.  I used the Silhouette for what it was intended, by cutting the words out of silver vinyl, and applying them like normal.  But there was a bit of dead space at the top, so I added a scrolly skull to fill it in.  I like how it kinda feels like a tombstone with the curved top.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / SETTING UP: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~ DO NOT POST HERE on: September 08, 2017 08:57:45 AM
SETTING UP for the ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Yule Term 2017/18*~


~*Yule Term HPC Staff*~
Headmistress Mistress Jennie
Deputy Headmistress noodle-bug

Gryffindor Head of House Abbeeroad
Hufflepuff Head of House Moonflame
Ravenclaw Head of House FiberAlchemist
Slytherin Head of House ErinAquaheart

Alchemy Professor edelC
Apparition Frog Choir Director  TechnicolorAquahearts
Arithmancy Professor  noodle-bug
Astronomy Professor  Inselaeffchen
Care of Magical Creatures  ErinAquaheart
Charms Professor edelC
Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor  TechnicolorAquahearts
Divination Professor  FiberAlchemist
Flying Professor  gaudiknight
Herbology Professor  Inselaeffchen
History of Magic  jenleahlynn
Muggle Studies Professor  POSITION OPEN
Potions Professor  noodle-bug
Study of Ancient Runes  jenleahlynn
Transfiguration Professor  ErinAquaheart

Kitchen Elf Abbeeroad
Pinterest Pixie seeuudee
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pumpkin Spice Latte Charm Bracelet on: September 05, 2017 03:27:46 PM
Love it or hate it, you know your Facebook & Instagram feeds were full of them today....  The Pumpkin Spice Latte has returned, and heralded the season of PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING!  So to celebrate, I created a Pumpkin Spice charm bracelet.  Goes great with yoga pant and Uggs....  Or you know, real clothes.  Wink

The charms include pumpkins both big and small, bags of coffee beans, coffee cups, muffins, croissants, shortbread cookies, and milk cartons.

The beads are a mix of Czech glass, Swarovski crystal pearls, and stone, in shades of pumpkin, copper, rich coffee brown, cafe au lait, and a touch of deep green, in a nod to the iconic coffee house's green straws.

After staring at this all day, now I'm wondering if I have the makings of pumpkin spice muffins in my cupboard.....  Wink
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Back to Hogwarts - Round 7 GALLERY on: September 01, 2017 08:19:28 AM

Back to Hogwarts Round 7 - GALLERY

Mistress Jennie ---> patty_o_furniture
patty_o_furniture ---> Mistress Jennie

chrmisha ---> teag
teag ---> chrmisha

jenleahlynn ---> silentblair
silentblair ---> jenleahlynn

Abbeeroad ---> Ruby Copperhead
Ruby Copperhead ---> Abbeeroad

FiberAlchemist ---> luckdragon
luckdragon ---> luckdragon

lady4feet (est send 10/2) ---> ErinAquaheart
ErinAquaheart (est send 10/2) ---> lady4feet

seeuudee ---> edelC
edelC ---> seeuudee

mamabear_siobhan ---> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen (told by organizer to hold off sending) ---> mamabear_siobhan

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
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