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 …

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Year of the CALs: Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves

I can strike one to-learn item off my list: gloves!

Ok, so they’re fingerless gloves, and I still have to tackle gloves with fingers, but I have a better idea now of what it entails.

This pattern has been on my to-do list for a while. Each year, I try to learn something new, whether it’s a new stitch, a new pattern, a new item … I saw this pattern and saved it for the future, until I saw it again chosen as a featured CAL in one of the crochet forums. Great!

This is the finished pair, complete with the beads. The cuff could be a little longer, but since I was tweaking the pattern again to account for the change in yarn weight, it’ll do for now.

Finished pair

This is the first pair that I started with. However, it was spiraling, and steam-blocking helped un-spiral it a bit. But I was also running out of the purple yarn, so I added the grey to finish it off.

I decided to continue with the cream-white pair instead. It wasn’t spiraling as much, and I knew that I had enough yarn to finish it.

Beginning of the cuff

Working on CALs reminded me again why I didn’t join or work on it the same time it was going on. I get impatient for the next part of the pattern to come out. Or I’m pressured to keep up with the pattern, because I don’t want to fall too far behind.

Full cuff done

Working on it during the holiday period probably helped with the CAL as well. It ended just before the Christmas weekend, so I had it in mind that perhaps I could gift this once finished. And so I endured waiting for the next bit of the pattern … until the week before the last part was due to come out …

I finished glove part in good time … but then I had to wait almost a week before the last part would come out. I thought about trying to construct the last part from the photos, but decided to just wait until the pattern came out.

Finished glove, before adding the beads

And by the time the last part came out, I had moved on to other things … I finished the glove after the holiday season …

And the purple pair? Well, I thought I could work on it while waiting for the last part of the pattern. This is as far as I got … Again, I think the cuff should be longer … I’m contemplating frogging it and starting over … Or just frog it and start a new pair in a new colour and yarn …

The Lacy Victorian Fingerless Gloves pattern by Esthermay Bentley-Goosen is available on Ravelry. Go and check it out – it really is a beautiful and well-written pattern, and you will enjoy making the gloves.

Cakes for Wraps

Red Heart came out with colour-coordinated cakes for wraps, and the colours were looking good on the site. But when I saw it in person, this was the only one that I liked from the selections available in the yarn store.

With the good yardage in light fingering weight, I thought it would make for a good-sized shawl-wrap. I’ve always liked the almost-blanket size wraps, the ones that can wrap around you twice. Light-weight wraps work well for spring too.

This is the progress so far. I’m liking it, so we will keep on going 🙂

With the yarn being thin, it’s going to take a while to finish this in time for spring. And because winter and cold weather has just started here on the east coast, I’m still puling out wool yarn and working on winter items 😉

I’m quickly piling up WIPs again 🙂

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 🙂

My Summer Tunic Top

I got this beautiful silk-mix yarn a couple of years ago, from a destash group and started several projects and frogged it because I didn’t like the way it was turning out.

But after several froggings, the yarn was getting frayed and losing its luster.  So I decided that I had to start a project, and stick with it to the end.  Since summer was starting, I decided I should just make a blouse or top.  Then I won’t have to spend to get a new top, and I use up yarn from the stash, right? 🙂

I decided on a top-down crochet top, with the idea of a block of squares for the pattern.  I started with the basic circle, with increasing rounds.  The pattern stitch is just a round of sc, then a row of 2dc, ch 1, 2dc, around.  For the increase, I would ch2, instead of the ch 1.

And so I crocheted on, shaping the armholes, and then continuing the rounds for the body.  But then, it started to balloon out … I must have added a stitch somewhere.  Or maybe my tension changed … I wasn’t liking it …

And another round of frogging took place … 😦


A new issue of the Crochet magazine came out, with photos of summer tunics and tops.  I decided to follow a tunic pattern, instead of trying to come up with one.  I was a little concerned that I would run out of yarn – I had lost the labels for this yarn, and wouldn’t know where to get it.  Besides, it might be discontinued by now too.  But I went on, anyway.

I was liking the way this was turning out … no more frogging.

I shortened the length of the panels, eyeing the balls of yarn that I had left to work with.

With the two panels done, for the front and back, I only had 1 1/2 skeins of the yarn left for the sleeves.  More guessing games on the length of the sleeves, to make sure that I had enough yarn for both 😮  That’s why the labels all say to buy enough yarn for your project, right?

And the finished product … apologies for not so good pics, but I was excited to wear it, so I took a selfie.  Forgot that I could have asked somebody to take a pic of me, so maybe next time.

It didn’t turn out too bad.  I had about a half ball of yarn left-over too! 

The neckline is a bit too loose, so I’ll use that to tighten up and shape the neckline a bit. One sleeve edge is tighter than the other, but that should stretch out with use.  The horizontal rows didn’t match front and back, because when I was joining the panels, one panel was coming out longer than the other, even though they both had the same number of rows.  Don’t know why that was – maybe my tension changed again, or I was crocheting looser.  So when I was joining the panels, I was ‘decreasing’ one side, so that the bottom edges would match.  *sigh*  More lessons learned.

All in all, I’m quite happy with it 🙂

2019 SO Scarf Project

Hello all !

I know I haven’t been blogging for a while – a long while.  My mind is still running all over the place, and definitely not settled.  I’m going to try and write more often – including playing with yarn – and settle down.  In the meantime, here’s a quick post on the 2019 Special Olympics Scarf Project.

It’s starting to heat up, now that we’re going on to the last quarter of the year.   I’ve started all the groups going again, so at least it’s on the crafters’ radar, and we’re not caught by surprise when the first deadline rolls up (SO Iowa, on 1 November 2018).

We’ve got 12 states participating.  One or two may announce colours later in the summer or early fall.  But everybody can start on any of these states now.

All the details can be found on the page for the 2019 SO Scarf Project – click here.

2019 SO collage

If you’re on Facebook or Ravelry, we’ve got groups working on this project as well.  You’re welcome to join either or both the groups, for updates, postings, and inspiration from the crafty members. Links to the groups can be found on the sidebar, or click on the following links:

Facebook – Knit and Crochet for a Cause

Ravelry:  Special Olympics Scarf Project 

 

See you there!