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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Dishclothpalooza II [Lots of pics] on: August 06, 2012 05:41:14 PM

As a thank you to my co-workers for promoting my crochet classes (and jokingly as a bribe to keep doing so ^_-) I made them some dishcloths.

We have a lot of employees, so I'm not sure how many I'll need, but I'm hoping that 40 will cover most of them.  I'm working tomorrow, so I'm going to count the people on the schedule and see if I need to make any more.

I actually started making these a while ago (my first post was here).  I decided to post this separately (even though some of the same dishcloths are in the "all together" shots) because I made some changes on some of the new ones, like this one:

More details below.

So on Saturday morning, this is what I had:

(On the right: 19 finished cloths. Top left: yarn for the rest. Bottom left: progress made Friday evening and Saturday morning.)

Here's the latest 21:

And here are all 40 together:

All 40 stacked up:

Changes to the pattern:

Basically, the pattern works in short row wedges, where your rows have stitches numbering: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

The changes I made were to the order of those rows.  In this pic you can see the original one on the left, and the one on the right went: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3

As much as I like the spiral in the first, I do enjoy the lack of it in the new version.  And the middle doesn't tend to poke out like in the original, either.

Here it is in some self-striping yarn:

And in variegated yarn:

(And I didn't notice until I uploaded the pic, the one on the right has seven wedges instead of six. I wish I could say that was the only time that happened... oh well, it'll still wash dishes!)

This one has the changed pattern outlined above on the left and a second changed pattern on the right:

The one on the right is the same cloth as at the beginning of the thread.  In this one I went: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14. (Though, the next one I do like this, I'm going to start with the evens instead of the odds).

I... I think I might be done making dishcloths for a while. Tongue

ETA: here's the link to the original pattern:  http://1craftyboy.wordpress.com/2007/12/27/tunisian-short-row-dishcloth/
22  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / plaid - first attempt on: July 29, 2012 12:44:31 PM
I was thinking about turning this into a bag, but it turns out that you're supposed to do the hemstitching before you remove the project from the loom.  Alas.  Next time!

So this is... I don't know... a very small table runner maybe. ^_^

Or a narrow place mat?


And my selvedge is looking better!

For this one I used Bernat Waverly... which I think might be too stretchy for weaving... it was really tricky to maintain any kind of even tension.
23  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Discussion and Questions / Finishing on: July 29, 2012 11:41:48 AM
I've made a second thing on my Cricket Loom (I tried out plaid this time) and don't want a fringe, but I can't figure out how to get rid of it at the top and bottom.

Is there a resource list somewhere that I'm missing?  Every Google search I try thinks I want "loom knitting", probably because that's the only kind of loom I've looked up before this weekend. *sigh*

ETA: after some more searching I finally came across the term "hemstitching" which answered my question.  It seems that since I've cut the project off the loom I may be stuck with the fringe.  Oh well! Next time!
24  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / My first scarf on: July 28, 2012 05:18:14 PM
Today is my birthday (yay!!) and my fiance and I went down to a LYS and he bought me a Cricket Loom.

I set it up this afternoon and made my very first project: a scarf!

It's about 5' long and almost 5.5" wide.

Here's an in-progress shot:

I used Bernat Satin with a solid coloured warp and a variegated weft:

My edges are pretty wonky, but I figure that will fix itself over time.  It's a scarf - it'll be warm, wonky or not. Tongue

I'm still getting used to all of the new lingo, but I'm hoping I'll pick it up fast!

I think I'm going to try a plaid for my next project... then try some of the neat techniques I've found on Youtube. ^_^
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Single Crochet Blankets on: July 25, 2012 07:31:52 PM
I've been chatting with some crocheters lately on the subjects of blankets that are made up entirely (or almost entirely) of single crochet stitches (US terminology.  In UK terms it'd be double crochet stitches).

There seem to be two schools of thought on the subject: either it's no big deal or they can't imagine ever making a project that large out of so small a stitch.

I was wondering, where do you all fall on this question?

If you wouldn't normally make a project that large with such small stitches, do you think you'd reconsider if the end result was really awesome looking?
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / loom knit stocking on: July 09, 2012 08:33:56 AM
We've already started getting Christmas items in at work.  I know, I know.  It's July, for crying out loud!  I've been working so much that seeing the stuff we have in so far has already gotten me into the mood. 

I thought I was losing it, too.  After all, I did recently do an 11.5 hour shift... I'm not sure I've found all of my sanity that I lost that day yet.  But then I checked the calendar, and you know what?  It's only 168 days until Christmas.  That may seem like a lot of time to some of you, and I certainly crochet fast enough not to have to worry really, but I do work in retail, and my personal time gets cut less and less as we march towards the Big Day.

Since I was feeling the bug anyway, I thought I'd roll with it and finally try to make a Christmas stocking on a knitting loom.

I look the smallest round loom (24 pegs) and some Patons Melody yarn in two colours (not Christmassy ones, I know... this is just a prototype).

I started with the black yarn, and worked with it until it was twice as long as I thought the cuff should be, and then used the "hat brim" technique to fold it up.  I cut the black and switched to purple and continued to work normally for about 8".

I didn't cut the purple, but added the black to make a short-row heel over 14 pegs.  The decreases were fast, one on each row, but the increases were slower, increasing only every other row.  Once I got back up to 14 pegs, I cut the black then continued on with the purple for about 4".

I cut the purple then switched to black to form the toe, going for a couple of inches (just eyeballing it, really).  Then used the "drawstring gather" technique (from making hats) to finish off the toe.

And ta-da!

Here it is next to a measuring tape:

You can maybe see that it measures about 16-17" in length.  I ended up using almost exactly half a ball of each colour (about 43 yards -ish each)

This thing is on the small side for a Christmas stocking, but rather huge when compared to actual footwear.  At least, it would be if you had normal-sized feet. I, on the other hand, have Amazon Feet, and so on a lark, I decided to try it on. 

Just for a bit of a laugh, you know...

27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two-person lap-ghan on: May 14, 2012 08:27:37 AM
Mr.Fantastic and I like to relax on the love seat after a long day's work.  Sometimes we get chilly, so I made this blanket just wide enough to cover both of our laps.  I made it the same length as the couch is wide so that when not in use, it fits perfectly on the back. ^_^

I used Oddly Linked stitches (10 loops tall) and Bernat Waverly yarn in Aqua Frost, Greek Sea, and Turtle Green.  I really love this yarn - it's so cushy!

Close up:
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ladder Joined Blanket on: April 30, 2012 11:23:34 AM
I can't remember what we were talking about, specifically, but the other day mr.fantastic asked me if you could use the Jacob's Ladder technique to join motifs together (keep in mind, he doesn't crochet at all - apparently he just pays really close attention!).

I, of course, had to try this out as soon as possible.  

IMG354.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr


IMG355.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr


IMG357.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Granny squares are super quick for me to make up, especially when they're in a single colour, so I made 36 of them, about 5" wide, with a sc border.

Then I used a different colour to create ch10 lines joining the squares together.  I first went one way:

IMG348.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

IMG350.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

Then the other:

IMG352.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

IMG353.jpg by fantasticmio, on Flickr

I worked on the wrong side to minimize the amount of the dark blue yarn you could see on the front.  After making a ch10 and joining it to the next square, I slip stitched up three stitches on the square before making another ch10 and linking back to the first square.  When leaping to the next pair of squares, I did a ch2 before joining to the square above, then went back to ch10, back and forth.

After that it was simply (ha!) a matter of laddering it up.  I wanted each ladder to alternate between going over and under the crossing ladders, but that turned out to be trickier than I imagined.  Usually when I cross ladders, I go by with the one that goes under before going by with the one that goes over.  For this, though, I ended up sometimes having to take a ladder under an established ladder... absolutely possible, but tricky.

I used pipe cleaners to hold the ladders in place once I was done so that I could remove the blanket from the bed to add the border (which eventually holds the ladders in place).  

After that, I added a reverse single crochet border, and then it was just a matter of weaving in the ends.

I'm pretty happy about how it turned out.  This blanket was started as a proof of concept, and now that I know it works, the blanket will be donated to charity.  For the next one I make, I'm trying to find some self-striping yarn that I'm not allergic to (I'm allergic to animal fibres and also to Bernat Mosaic Sad  It's been quite the challenge!)

29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Owl-shaped swatch on: April 25, 2012 06:30:19 AM
I was messing around with the crocodile stitch and thought that, in brown, it looked like feathers, and so I made this owl:

I just sort of winged it (er, no pun intended), and am not totally happy with the ears, but it works.

I didn't have anything in mind for what to do with this when I was finished (hence the title), but I imagine it could work nicely as an appliqu - the best idea for this I came up with last night when I was imagining a blanket that looked like a zoomed-in picture of a tree (focused on the branches with the trunk off to the side) with a bunch of these owls attached so they were sitting on the branches.  I guess I'm going to have to make that now!

I figured you're never really going to see the back, regardless of what you do with this, so I wasn't as careful with weaving in the ends.  Here's the back:

30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Broomstick Lace wrap on: April 10, 2012 11:56:17 AM
A coworker of mine has been really great - she gives me a ride when we close the store together, and she was a sympathetic ear and had some great advice when I was having problems with one of the managers.

After some super secret intel, I ended up making her this wrap:

It's Lion Brand Homespun in the colour "Tudor".  A simple pattern, that basically went in rows of: sc, dc, sc, broomstick lace (groups of 3).

I thought the yarn would obscure the broomstick lace, but it turns out that when you wear it, it all stretches out and shows it off nicely. ^_^

I hope she likes it!
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