Frogging Again

I frogged three projects today.

One, I wasn’t liking how it was turning out. Maybe the yarn was too busy for the pattern, and the random colour changes were not randomly nice enough for my brain. And so, it was frogged.

The second project was of course another shawl. And I liked the pattern. And I liked how the colours were working in the pattern. But I didn’t have enough of the yarn, and I didn’t want a shawlette. And I don’t remember what the brand or colour is, so that I can purchase another skein if needed. But as far as I remember, I only had this one ball of it. Maybe when I sort out the yarn stashed in the boxes and bags, I’ll find another skein of it. But I’m pretty sure that there’s only one. AAarrghhh …. And so I frogged it.

As for the third ball – well, it was a WIP long enough. And while I had big plans for the project, alas, I wasn’t feeling that project again. Maybe because it was a WIP for so long. Or maybe because I had started it when I was just learning and practising stitches and didn’t like how wonky it looked. And so … it was frogged 😦

On the plus side … I have 3 balls of yarn that I can start new projects with 🙂 🙂 I’m hopeless, I know …

Fruity Pebbles Dress

I was so excited to start something with this yarn last year … But it’s been starts and froggings, and the yarn was getting frayed.

With one skein of yarn, I usually look for knit projects, because for me, knitting takes up less yarn.  And with one skein of yarn, there’s more chance that it’ll be a decent-sized project.

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None of the projects I started was looking like anything I wanted to continue with So I decided to make a toddler dress.  I figured there would be enough yarn for that, even if it was crocheted.

I followed a basic pattern, crocheted from the top down.  I made a few notes here and there as I worked on it, so hopefully now that I’m putting it together, it’ll make sense.  Because of the colours, the boys have named it the “Fruity Pebbles Dress”.

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Fruity Pebbles Dress

Yarn:  fingering weight
Hook:  E4/3.50mm
Other notions:  stitch markers
Abbreviations:  ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
slst = slip stitch
st = stitch
trc = triple crochet

This pattern will fit from newborn to 6 months.

** Note:   This pattern has not been tested by others.  The pattern is based off my notes and what I did.  If you find something that does not work, please do let me know.

Set-up round:  Ch 50;  join to make a circle, making sure that it does not twist. Alternatively, you can ch 50, ch 1 and start from Rnd 1.
Rnd 1:  sc around; slst to first sc;
Rnd 2: (Filet stitch) ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), sk next st, dc in next st, ch1.  *Sk next st, dc in next st, ch1*.  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to third ch of the first ch-4.
Rnd 3:  ch 1, sc in same st.  Sc in next st, around.  Slst to beginning sc.
Rnd 4:  Repeat Rnds 2 and 3
Rnd 6:  (V-stitch round)  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same stitch.  *Sk 2 st, v-stitch in the ch-1 sp of the v-stitch below.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 7:  Sl st to ch-1 space.  Ch 4, dc in same stitch. Sk 2 ch, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 8: (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 1, sk 2 st, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 9:  Repeat Rnd 8
Rnd 10:  (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 2, sk 2 st, v-stitch in next st.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 11:  Repeat Rnd 10
Rnd 12: (increase row)  Sl to ch-1 space.  Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same space.  *Ch 3, sk 2 st, v-stitch in next st.*  Repeat from * to *.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.
Rnd 13:  Repeat Rnd 11 and 12 two times, or until width measures 20 inches or to desired width.
Rnd 17 -18:  Slst to ch-1 space.  Ch 4, dc in same space.  *Sk next st, v-stitch in ch-1 sp.* Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to third ch of beginning ch-4.

Shape armholes: 
Lay piece out flat.  From the outside edge of left side, count 12 v-stitches in.

Adjust the piece so that the circle join (with the live working yarn)  is under the armhole. Place a stitch marker through both sides of the piece.  Make sure that there are also 12 v-stitches on the other side.  There should be a total of 24 v-stitches loose, to shape the armhole.
Repeat on right side.

Picking up the yarn from under the armpit join, continue the pattern to form the body of the dress.  You will be crocheting in the round from one marker to the next, and around to the starting point.

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Rnd 16 – 17:  Repeat Rnd 12 (increase row).
Rnd 18:  (shell stitch row)  Ch 1, sc in same stitch.  *Skip 2 stitches, 5 trc in next st.  Sk 2 stitches, sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to beginning sc.
Rnd 19:  Ch 4 .  2 trc in same st.  * Sc in third stitch of shell from round below.  5 trc in the sc from round below.*   Repeat from * to * to last stitch.  2 trc in the beginning sc.  Slst to top of first trc at beginning of row.
Next rounds:  repeat Rnd 18 and 19 to length desired.
Last row:  sc evenly around for the border.

Finishing:
Armholes:  attach yarn through a stitch at the bottom of the armhole that joins with the body.  You will be following the shell stitch pattern.

Round 1:  repeat Rnd 18 (shell stitch row).
Round 2:  repeat Rnd 19 (3 trc).
Repeat Rnds 18 and 19 twice.   Crochet additional rounds if you want to make the sleeves longer.
Last row:  Sc evenly around.  Fasten off.

Neck:  Attach yarn to the top of the shoulder. sc evenly around.  
Rnd 2: Crochet Moss stitch around the neck.  (ch 2, sk next st, sc in next st.  *ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st.*  Repeat from * to * around.  Slst to beginning sc. 
If the neck is too wide or loose, add another round of moss stitch pattern.
Last row: sc in each stitch around.
Fasten off.

Border:  sc 2 round around the bottom of the dress.   Fasten off.

Block or steam slightly, stretching lightly to shape.

Hope you enjoy making the pattern.
** Note:   This pattern has not been tested by others.  The pattern is based off my notes and what I did.  If you find something that does not work, please do let me know.

The Year of the CALs: Autumn Jewels Wrap

2018 came and went … Projects were started and unraveled … more projects were started and put aside …

It was a chaotic year for me. I don’t know if I’ve settled down yet from the stresses and tensions of events early last year. But I do know that I needed to get back to crafting … and I’m hoping that there’ll be more time for that this year … Wait, let’s just make it a goal and say that I will make time for crafting this year.

I can’t even remember now what I was working on during the past year. I did take quick photos of some projects, and I did finish some items, so let’s start from there.

This past year was the Year of the CALs. After so many years of declaring intentions to join and participate in a CAL and downloading the patttern, this past year, I actually did join and stuck to it! Wow !

Maybe because last year was stressful, and the CALs gave me a purpose to sit and work on something. The weekly releases of the pattern probably did help in settling me down, in giving me something to work towards to, and following a pattern instead of trying to make up random stitches and counts probably helped a lot too 🙂

And here’s the first one that I was actually excited to work on – the Autumn Jewels Wrap. Actually, I worked on this after the CAL was done, but I’m counting this as a CAL that I actually ‘joined’ 🙂

Autumn Jewels Wrap

I got this yarn from a stash forum. And when I saw a pic of the Autumn Jewels Wrap, I knew that the yarn would be perfect for it. The colours weren’t jewel tones, but I liked the sparkly thread that ran through the yarn, so that can be the jewels part of the pattern 🙂

The pattern is not hard, and neither the construction of the piece. I’ve made items in similar fashion, either by design or mistake 😮

Decorative borders are always something that I’m at a loss to do, other than crochet evenly across the edges and then a couple of rows/rounds of single crochet. Maybe that’s something I should experiment with this year, and come up with a go-to border pattern that I can use in projects. It shouldn’t be that hard.

I really enjoyed working on this. The sparkly thread made this a little stiff, but it’s still drapey enough over the shoulders.

Blocked and drying in the sun

I’m on the lookout now for jewel-toned yarn to make another one, in a smoother yarn (maybe a wool/silk mix), and in a bigger size. Let’s see if I can get it done in time for autumn this year 🙂

Rediscovered …

I opened a bag, and out popped this WIP … one that I started last summer, stopped because I couldn’t find the second skein of this yarn to continue, found the skein and continued on, then was packed away in a weekender bag, and remained there.  Ay-yaay ….

So now that I’ve rediscovered it, it’s high time that it was finished.  It’s coming on to summer again.

There’s no pattern to this.  Last year, I was obsessed with the tip-to-tip pattern – starting from one point of the scarf, and increasing to the width, then decreasing to the other point.  Kind of a gamble, because I don’t weigh the yarn, so I’m eyeballing the yarn and guesstimating the widest width of the scarf before I start decreasing to finish off.  lol

For the stitches, I was on a run with the knit mesh stitch.  Just a simple yo, k2tog.  My eyes were liking the pattern with the variegated yarn, and it was working up fast.  Well, It looked like it was working up fast, because there weren’t too many stitches yet when knitting back and forth.  Now that there’s 100+ stitches – I haven’t counted yet how many I have on the needle now – the purl stitches are kind of getting tedious for me.

I also started adding rows and patches of stockinette stitch to make it more interesting.  I was thinking of making some kind of pattern with the solid rows, but then I was thinking too much and counting stitches, and then I would forget with the next row anyway, so I just let it be.

I’m hoping that when it’s done and blocked that you’ll see the pattern better.  And hoping too that it’ll be wide enough.  And that I will guesstimate right and will have enough yarn for a decrease to a point, or else there’ll be frogging sessions.   I don’t know why I do this to myself instead of following a pattern … and sticking with it 🙂

Enabler Shoppers

I finally made it to Michael’s and Joann’s (the craft stores here).  And that’s because SIL is here, and of course it’s always exciting to go yarn shopping with another enabler … errr .. fellow shopper 🙂

I didn’t realize how many bags we had between us, until I looked in the back seat …

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OMG … did we really buy so much??

Here’s a tip for all yarn shoppers … don’t go for long periods without going into the yarn/craft shops, even if it is just to see what’s new and feel all the new yarn and textures that’s out there.  Because when you finally get to go out, this is what happens … lol

For me, my main goal was to get two more balls of the Red Heart Treasure and the Impeccable Loops and Thread in grey and white, to finish off the languishing WIPs that I unearthed a couple of weeks ago.  And guess what … they’re discontinued !!  horrors !  I couldn’t find them at Michaels, or maybe I didn’t see them, because these Caron Big Cakes were in my way …

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These Big Cakes are big ! Oh, bad photo – there’s nothing to compare them with.  I’ll show comparisons next time.  Anyway … they’re over 500 yds each, and all acrylic – which was kind of a let down for me, I thought they might have the same 20% wool as the original cakes.  But I’m off-setting it against the additional yardage.

I picked up the Cookie Crumble (the grey/white) off the shelf, and picked up what I thought was another cake of the same colour.  It wasn’t, and I didn’t realize it until I took it out of the bag to take a pic of the yarn haul.  But I’m thinking that it’s close enough to the grey/white, so that if I alternated rows/rounds while working with it that it would not be noticeable.  *sigh*  I was thinking of making another jacket/coat with it, but we’ll see what it evolves into, when I start working with it.

I picked up the other two colours with the plan to mix and match them already.  The colours are close enough.  I’m thinking maybe a squarish/rectangular poncho.  Hmmm … maybe one colour for the front, and another for the back.  That might be interesting …

By the way, I haven’t stopped starting WIPs … I’ve got a couple more started … more on that later … I need to organize this yarn haul first …

 

 

 

 

Fall is Here

It sneaked up on me at 4:02 pm today.  That’s the time I heard in the news, and I had to stop and wonder where summer went.

Interestingly, for the past several weekends I started multiple fall projects, as well as pulled out languishing WIPs to try and finish them.  Or maybe it was the other way around – try to finish languishing WIPs, but ended up starting more projects, so now I’ve actually added to the WIP pile …

Don’t believe me?  Here ….

These are two knit projects from a couple of years ago.  It started out as inspirational projects because I wanted to work with the new yarn.  It turned into practice pieces … and then got left in a bag in a bag in a bag … What to do with this now?  Continue it?  Or frog and start again, because supposedly, I can knit better now and what I make now will look better than these …

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And this is kind of a WIP, but a new one that I started … because I think I should finally make something from this gorgeous yarn and colourway.  I’ve started several items with the yarn, and frogged them all.  The yarn is getting a little frayed, so I think I should start a project and stick with that.  This is short rows and mesh stitch practice.  Now that I’ve started this, I’m hoping that I have another skein of the yarn hidden somewhere, so that this can be a decent size when done.  And I’ve lost the label, so I’m not sure where to look for it now …

 

And this?  I started this the week of the solar eclipse in August, because the colorway was named Moonstone … I know, I know, kind of corny.   *sigh*  Anyway, it’s just going to be a wide and long shawl or wrap.  Just a pattern series of garter stitch and mesh stitch.

And another Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, in Namaste Neutrals.  Because I liked the glint against the browns.  I’m thinking a capelet would look nice with this.

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This was going to be the super-scarf last year.  Remember that trend?  I don’t know if that’s still a trend this year, but I’m determined to finish this year.  But see, I’ve run out of the yarn and I’m only at half the length, so I need to get out and get some more of this.  I’m leaving this out to work on, anyway.

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So there you have my fall projects … I’ll keep you posted on the progress …

Have a good weekend, all !

 

Summer Doldrums

Hello all!
Enjoying your summer?
Haven't played with yarn for a couple of weeks now, with everything going on …

I wound this up to start on a summer project … it's now in shambles again with starts and frogging and needs to be wound up again.

I was working on this on the flight to California … and that's how it's stayed since touchdown. Between the soccer games and drive arounds and walkabouts, it's been too late home and too tired to work on anything 😕

By the way, Tin says that this reminds him of 'old people colours'. Huh? 😲
No idea what 'old people' colours are … do you know?

Trying again this weekend to work on something …
have a good weekend, all!