On a Roll with Beach Cover-Ups

It’s summer, and once again my thoughts run towards crocheting a beach coverup.  Never mind that I already had patterns saved from last year, and I did start, but it didn’t come out looking right, so it was set aside for another time.  I browsed through Pinterest, Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, Facebook, and clicked on websites leading me to other websites … And then came back to square one.

Cover-up Number One:  I only have two hanks of this bright multi-colour yarn, so I thought it would make a nice beach cover up.  The pattern is from Yarnspirations – Beachy Keen Cover Up, and I figure that the two hanks should be enough.  I showed it to Just, and he said he didn’t like it … said the colours were ‘too fruity’.  Huh??  ‘Fruity’?   I looked at it again.  It’s just for the beach, I thought, nothing fancy.  Somehow, that gave me second thoughts and it was set aside …

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Beach Cover-up Number Two:  I picked up another WIP, started since last year.  This started out as a shawl/wrap, and also to practice that yo, k2 together stitch (which I thought was the brioche stitch, but it isn’t).  After using up two hanks, my brain said that it was too lacy for a shawl/wrap, and since I had beach cover-ups on my mind, I thought maybe I should convert it to one instead.  I only had basic sewing, way back when, but I suddenly remembered the basics of garment construction, etc.  So, since it was almost a rectangle, I folded the short end about 10 inches over, joined the sides together to form sleeves, and voila!  a lacy, long shrug!  I used the other hank to knit around the edges and sides, to widen the side panels and for the border, continuing in the same pattern. See those solid strips?  When I lost count of the yo, k2 tog, I would just knit 3-4 rows of garter stitch and start over.   It’s turned out okay, so here I am testing it out at the beach.

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Beach Cover-up Number Three:  And somewhere, somehow, something clicked in my brain … And I decided to try the Whimsical Duster with the KnitPicks Felici Sunset colours.  The pattern called for worsted weight, but since I was working with fingering/sock yarn, I had to make adjustments … and miscalculated … After a couple of froggings, it finally looked like it was the right measurements and gauge, etc.


Another miscalculation on the length and how finished items can stretch … I stopped crocheting when it was about knee-length, then added the borders.  Since the stitches were looking bulky and twisted, I decided to give it a quick soak and gently squeezing out the water, then laid it to dry … It’s looking rather long, I thought.

Sure enough, when I tried it on again after it was dried, the length was now down to my ankles … *sigh* … No, I am not frogging that to adjust the length.

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And encouraged that I actually finished with two usable cover-ups, I’m now planning a third, in different colours … and a tunic-style one … I have to be careful now that I don’t get too ambitious … But hey!  if I don’t finish before the summer trip, I could always finish it while on the beach and then just slip it on, right?  Right!

How’s your summer going?

 

 

More Yarn Guilt …

As you may have seen from the Facebook page, I sort of went on a crafty break after the 5-panel woven blanket.  That seemed to have used up my creating and crocheting/knitting energy.  There were times that I wanted to pick up hook, needles and yarn, and would start on something, anything, but then nothing came of it.

You know how it is … Browsing around on the internet, you come across a pattern that you really want to try.  And for once, I didn’t have a gazillion WIPs waiting to be picked up, so I would start on the pattern … and then nothing, because it wasn’t working out.

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To kick-start myself back into crocheting or knitting, I ‘treated’ myself to a skein or two … or three … of yarn … Yeah, you know how that is too, right?  lol  I was good, though … I would only buy one or two of the skeins … mostly from somebody’s yarn destashing, so I was okay with that.

 

And summer was here, so that means extra time with yarn while on the beach, right?  And there’s that summer book that I’ve been reading on the beach for the past year …

And then KnitPicks brought back some special colour edition yarn, so then I thought I would try that out …  You know I’ll always buy sunset colours, and nothing can go wrong with rainbows, right?

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So, has anything come out of these yarn treats?  Well, actually … yes! More on that in the next post … promise!

 

 

2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project

A mid-summer update … and reminder …

I, myself, have not been able to do anything for this project yet.  There’s so many things going on, it’s the middle of summer, and it’s easy to lull yourself into thinking that there’s lots of time after summer to work on this.  But we all know how those deadlines creep up on us …

So, if you’re looking for a quick and portable project, think hats and scarves, in any of the following colour combinations.  And if you’re stomped for a pattern our featured pattern for this year is Diagonals.  I think SO South Dakota is my favourite colour combination this year – main colour Red, and any accent colours you want to add to it.  Now, how easy is that?

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Yarn Guilt

Yes, this is me … Yarn Guilt.
Even if the purchase items were on sale … and it only cost $20 at the end … yarn guilt sets in.
But it’s true … It makes me happy … and some days, that’s all it takes to brighten the day.

Ancient Arts Yarn

There’s a lot of Yarn Guilt out there. I’m a knitter, I have been an indie dyer, I have owned a yarn store. A common theme I see with a lot of knitters and crocheters is Yarn Guilt.

I’ve noticed a couple different types of Yarn Guilt. The guilt that comes with the actual purchase of yarn, and the type that comes from a particular colour/pattern/brand. Yarn Guilt is a feeling that you should not be purchasing yarn for whatever reason, and I am of course going to explain why Yarn Guilt is a crock (for the most part).

There’s a level of guilt that many fibre artists feel when they’re padding the stash. You see a beautiful yarn. You love it. You want it. You don’t have a project in mind for it, but you just know that somehow your life will be a little bit more complete if…

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Four Seasons Cowl

I know I’ve posted about this WIP before, but I’ve now named this my Four Seasons Cowl.  I had four lone skeins, and in colourways that were close to the seasons.  So Four Seasons Cowl it is.

I always wanted to knit the linen stitch again, after my first try – the Downton Abbey Cowl – some years ago.  This is how far I’ve got and coming along nicely.   I like how the colours play against each other and make up patterns as the piece progresses.  And these colourways are playing out nicely, don’t you think?  Hmm … looks like watercolours in this photo …

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This is Fall and Winter.  Technically, it was still fall/autumn (before 21/22 December) when I started, so this part is the fall/autumn. It’s got the oranges and purples.

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Winter is the darker blues/greens/purplish hank.  Although it doesn’t represent our winter weather this year.  It’s been unseasonably warm, and even though we’ve had a blizzard and snowstorm, it’s still not as bad as in previous years.  I shouldn’t complain … I really don’t want winter to stay too long.

And I started on Spring, with the bright colours.  Yes, we’re a little ahead of the seasons, but then I’ll be finished in time to use this for spring, right?

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Hoping to start on Summer soon … maybe this weekend … but I already have the 5-Panel blanket on the weekend project list … and the African Violets … *sigh* … we’ll see how it goes …  

What’s on your hooks and needles this weekend?

Happy Weekend all !

 

 

All the Colours

I started a fifth panel over the weekend.  The boys said they wanted it wider so that they can wrap themselves around it:) while they roll around on the floor in the living room. And here’s what I came up with for the fifth panel … I added orange …

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Don’t know why, but now that I lay it all out side by side, it changed the colour tones of the panels a bit, didn’t it?  I’m sure it’ll all look ‘together’ when I finish joining them together, but when seen separately like this, it looks a little out of place.

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And as I brooded over the colours and the placements, I realized something … This is almost the same colours as my Happy Scarf ….

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… and the Tapestry Blanket!

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… the Augusta Shawl …

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And the current knitting WIP is along the same colours …

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Hmmm … this seems to be my go-to colours!

Or maybe if when in doubt, then throw-in-all-the-colours scheme?  lol

 

 

 

Why Is Yarn So Expensive in a Yarn Store?

A great article … It certainly helps explain or clear up the differences in prices. I realized after a while that I had to switch to natural fibers if I wanted my projects to end up looking like it did in the photos. Wool purchases are still a budget challenge, of course, but just as I did when I first started accumulating a stash, it’s building up slowly.

I would love to support LYS’s .. really, I would. However, I still encounter the glazed eyes when I mention that I’m looking for wool to crochet a shawl or wrap, and a hurried ‘Let me know if you need help’ as they turn away. Yes, it’s a little of the ‘knit snobbery’, and sometimes I laugh because, seriously? Just because I crochet doesn’t mean that I can’t use wool or higher-end yarn!
Anyways … let’s not ramble on about this pet peeve … Maybe another time …

ELIZABETH KAY BOOTH

When people come in our store, I can always tell the ones who shop in chain/discount stores by the way they pick up a ball of yarn, look at the price, and immediately put it down again in shock. I truly hope they never visit one of the shops in Beverly Hills that only sell fine cashmere or they might actually faint. Our shop sells a variety of fibers, at a variety of prices, but like any yarn shop, and even online retailers, our yarn is still priced above what you pay at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Sometimes people are so rude I just want to tell them to stop being so cheap, but alot of the time, it seems like they simply don’t understand why it costs more than what they’re used to. I hope the following list helps in understanding what you’re paying for, regardless of what your budget is.

  1. The majority of yarn shops…

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