What To Do …

My fingers are looking for something to do …

Yes, I have WIPs I can work on … but they’re not calling to me.  I have lots of ideas in my head on what to work on … but I can’t settle down long enough to start on them.

So I just picked up hook and yarn and started a granny square …

It’s the easiest thing to do, right?

So this is what it looks like at the moment – a bit washed out, but the lighting was kind of dark, so I had to lighten up the photo a bit.

Don’t know if I will continue with this, or if I’ll change my mind and make it into something else instead …

For more inspiration, I took out the stray hanks of yarn that I purchased from a destash group on Facebook … I decided it was time for a winding party …

 

 

All done … and ideas are running through my head again … So now, what to do?

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This just means that I have to look for patterns to experiment on …

 

Inspired by Yarn

It’s been a busy fall/autumn season … And there was lots of playing with yarn, but no major item finished … except for this.

The Bouvardia Hooded Jacket (available on Ravelry).  It’s a pattern I saved a couple of years ago, and each time I see it, I want to start making one but then I don’t … except this time, I did.

Maybe it was the yarn – Lion Brand Landscapes in Mountain Range – that inspired me. The yarn colours were the colours of fall, and it was soft and squishy.  Or maybe it’s just my brain saying that it was time to work on something else other than hats, scarves and shawls.  In any case … Something clicked in my brain, and said that it was Sewing 101 after all.  I suddenly pictured in my brain the different parts of the jacket and how they are assembled.  Just like following the sewing patterns …

This is the finished product, hanging on a door.  It’s looking longer than it should be – it reaches my ankles – and that’s because the yarn and pattern stretches.  I also had to fiddle with the pattern a bit – okay, a lot.  It’s a nice and easy pattern – granny stitches – but unfortunately, there were some mistakes and omissions in the pattern, and I had to figure out and fill in the blanks a few times.

See the wavy ends at the bottom?  In the pattern picture, this is showing as straight and rectangular.  I followed the instructions on the pattern, and it came out wavy.  I frogged and started over, and frogged again, making sure to follow the pattern step by step.  It still came out wavy, so I left it like that.  I think it adds a nice touch to it, anyway.

The pattern didn’t say anything about adding buttons, but I added them.  The front was a bit loose, so I added buttons so that I can close the front if I wanted to.

Oh, and the hood!  It’s turned out a bit bigger than it should,  because I miscounted stitches again *sigh*   But it doesn’t look bad, so no frogging needed.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.  This is my first attempt at ‘big’ clothing items.  And now that my brain has caught on to clothes construction, I’ll be coming out of my comfort zone to try making more jackets and tops.  One more skill to add to the collection!

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Crochet Unevenly

I thought I was done with this modified Baktus pattern scarf.  Vaguely, I remembered reading of a scarf pattern that was straight on one side, and the increase and decrease was on the other side.  As usual, miscalculating on the amount of yarn and the number of stitches, I finished the two balls of yarn that I had with a scarf that was more of a trapezoid than an obtuse triangle.  So I put it away …

Until I discovered two more balls stashed away in my ‘yarn for current WIPs’ that I had forgotten about !  You see why you need to organize your yarn, so that you know how much yarn you have for a project that you’re working on, or know where to look for more?  lol … Oh, and now I know what this yarn is … the first two didn’t have labels, so I didn’t know if I could find these selling anywhere.   These two balls had the labels folded and inserted in the middle of the wound-up balls.


Good …  I could use the two balls to knit a border around, making the scarf bigger and wider.  The stitches would be perpendicular to the body, but I figured that would be an interesting design instead.  hmmm … just noticed that I’m using a lot of geometry terms for this scarf …

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I got tired of picking up stitches, so I decided that I would just crochet the border around, instead of cramming all those stitches to knit on the circular needles.  Pattern instructions would usually say ‘crochet evenly around’.  Well, because of the thick and think strands, and the resulting thick and thin stitches, it didn’t feel that it was an even crocheting around.  I continued on, anyway, loosening and tightening the stitches as I went along.  Every once in a while, I would insert two single crochets in a loose stitch, so that the yarn wasn’t pulling across tightly with one single crochet, or too loose because it stretched too much.


So now, I have another finished scarf … yaaayy !  It is in some sort of triangle shape now, and the border edges are kind of rolling up  … but it’s so nice and soft and squishy …

 

The Original Super Scarf

Found the original  Dr. Who scarf pattern today, as released by BBC, they said  … and if I added up the rows correctly, that’s 814 rows !!   Wait … I’m going to add that up again, just to make sure  … nope, it’s 832 … no wait … 830.  Yes, 830 rows!

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I’m calling this the original super scarf – It’s not so wide, but it is super long !

The Dr. Who scarf was always on the to-do list, and I was just going to use any old scraps and left-over yarn.  Some years ago, I saw some posts about others who made the scarf in the same colours as the original.  I didn’t like the original colours – I still don’t.  So I’m still going to use my own colours – but now that BBC has released the original count of rows, then I’ll follow that instead.

How about you?  Are you up to knitting a Dr. Who scarf ?

 

 

 

 

Poncho Capelet

Ta-dah!

I finally finished the cowl poncho capelet, made with the Caron Cakes in Red Velvet, and got my office colleague to model it … after which she walked off with it!  lol  I thought she might like this.

I fell in love with the Red Velvet colours when I saw the ball of yarn, and it didn’t turn out too bad worked into a project.  As I’ve said before, the Caron Cakes work well with round patterns and designs, and you don’t notice the colour changes too much.

And since this is a new pattern that I’m obsessed with, I’ve already started another one, but this time in thinner yarn.  This one is not draping as much as I want it to.  Maybe it was because the increases were too gradual, so it didn’t drape or make too many folds.  And maybe a bigger size hook would be better.

And as usual, I started off following a pattern, then branched off and tweaked instead.  Maybe I should have stuck with the pattern, because now I think the stitches and pattern are too ‘solid’ – not as lacy (which would help the drapiness and make folds in the cape).

 

Not too bad for an experiment.  I’m already halfway through the other colourway – Cookies and Cream – so I’ll change the stitches of that one to a more lacy pattern, with a bigger hook, and maybe that one will drape better.

Can’t wait to start the weekend for more experiments!

Good weekend, all!

 

Colours of Change

Back when I was just learning how to crochet, the moss stitch easily became my favourite stitch (both in crochet and knitting).  There were many projects with the moss stitch … an easy and relaxing stitch to get in the rhythm of crocheting.

One of my earlier moss stitch projects was a scarf, and it started out beautiful with the argyle effect.  After I attached the second skein, it didn’t continue the pattern.  I think it’s still tucked away in a storage box of WIPs.

Recently, the crochet moss stitch and planned pooling of colours has risen to the top of the crochet trends.  I had just gotten two hanks of the limited edition colours from Expression Fiber Arts, so I decided that I would try and get the argyle effect this time.

It started off well … there was actually an argyle/tartan effect coming out …

But it didn’t last long … not even when I attached the second hank …

I didn’t mind.  I liked the colours, and the effect.  And the colours were pooling, even if not the way that I wanted or expected it to.

And once it’s wrapped around your neck, it didn’t matter how the colour pooling patterns came out … It still looked good.

 

 

I’m hoping this colourway comes out again … I want to make it wider and longer.  Making it longer is no problem, but making it wider will change the patterns a bit … or a lot .. and I don’t want to frog this any more.  So it’s going to sit in my WIP bag until the colourway comes out again.  I can wait …

Weird Moods 

I was in a weird mood some weeks ago, since coming back from vacation and I bought the Caron cakes.

No idea why I was so obsessed with defending the Caron Cakes from all those who were ready to write it off without even trying it, or after crocheting a swatch and not liking it were so quick to trash it … Really?   I too was a little let down when it wasn’t quite the gradient yarn that I thought it would be.  But I didn’t have any problems working with it, and the colours and the texture and effect weren’t too bad.  So I continued with it, but I wasn’t going to write bad reviews about it, based on it not being the gradient colours … eeeesshhhh

A poster even called me rude because I didn’t answer what she wanted to hear … Really?   Was I too direct in my answer about not buying it if she had to think about ways to like it?  If you see a hank of yarn and you liked the colours and looks of it, you wouldn’t need any other reasons to buy it.   And vice versa .. if you saw a yarn and didn’t like it, you wouldn’t even think about buying it.  So why find reasons from other people to like the yarn?  Love it or leave it!   eeessshhh …

That’s why I’m mostly a lurker in those crochet and knit forums.  I think I’m helping somebody when they say they need help, but I think now that it’s really for the posters looking for validation and reasoning out when they’ve already made up their mind.  eeeessshhh …

End of rant.  I’m just going back to playing with my yarn …. I’m almost finished with this, I promise.  That’s the neck I’m working on now …