Busco Gancho Lace

So … I signed up for a workshop on how to make the Busco Gancho Lace shawl. ¬†I think it’s more of a CAL, but a workshop sounds good too ūüôā ¬† The finished sample shawl was made in a beautiful colourway, but what I really wanted was the pattern for the shawl, but it was only available to the workshop participants. ¬†So I signed up … *sigh* ¬† It promises that it’s not an ordinary triangle shawl, and that there will be more to constructing the shape than just a regular triangle. ¬†So …

I know I have lace yarn somewhere in the boxes, but not in self-striping yarn, and I didn’t have time¬†to go through the boxes to search for it. ¬†Seeing¬†these SWTC Little Star yarn in the WIP bag, I frogged it and decided to use it for this workshop instead. I didn’t like how they were working up on the needles anyway, and I had only knitted four rows, so I didn’t feel so bad about frogging. ¬†Do you ever feel bad frogging a WIP?

We had to make two swatches Рone with a 3.0mm hook (top swatch), and another with a 3.5mm The swatches came out bigger than I thought.  I thought this Little Star was a fingering weight, even a light fingering weight, but these came out big.  Or perhaps I was using the wrong size hooks.

I had planned on using the red-orange to start off, and then eventually transition to the red-purple, when I ran out of yarn, because as usual, I only bought two hanks, and it looks like this shawl will take more than that, even if I crochet with a loose tension. It should work.

So that’s another CAL I’m working on … as if I don’t have enough to do already! ¬†But I think this will work up really quick … Stay tuned for an update next week!

The Year of the CALs Continues …

Last year, I ventured out of ‘solo’ crocheting and joined challenges and CALs. I completed two challenges, and 1/6 of two other CALs.

I think I’m addicted, because this year I signed up for three more CALs and a KAL this year. I have no idea why I did that, when I really should be working on finishing the other CALs. Hopeless, hopeless, hopeless …

After much internal debate, I signed up for the Jane Crowfoot’s 2014 Crochet Club. ¬†janiecrowfootOnce again, I was intrigued with her designs – this year it has a 60’s flair to it. ¬†I opted to just purchase the patterns, instead of the full kit, hoping to cut down on the costs. ¬†I thought that purchasing the yarn here locally would be much better, and I could choose my own colour palette. ¬†After going online to order the yarn, it did come out at a lower cost than if I purchased the kit, but not by much. ¬† Or maybe that’s because I added some extra balls in there … Anyway, the yarn arrived two weeks ago – and I haven’t had time to even open up the box. ¬†Suddenly, there are soccer tournaments to run – and the season hasn’t even started yet!

Earlier this year, out of the blue, I thought of kaleidoscopes

kaleidoscope-crochet-blanket-club-2014-391-c[ekm]300x146[ekm]and decided that I should come up with a kaleidoscope pattern to crochet. ¬†I ended up on Ravelry and Pinterest looking for kaleidoscope inspiration and stumbled upon the Kaleidoscope Crochet Blanket Club by Amanda Perkins instead. ¬†So I joined that too. ¬†The yarn arrived three weeks ago. ¬†I still haven’t wound the skeins into balls yet, and have not started on the first motif yet. ¬†There’s over 600 motifs to complete the blanket …

hexagon projectFrom the bucket list, a hexagon project has been on my mind for some time now, and was planning to start up one this year. ¬†I was thinking of using the African Flower pattern. ¬†But then I started browsing in Ravelry (which I shouldn’t have done) … because now I’ve come across The Hexagon Project¬†by Agrarian Artisan. ¬†This is by far the cheapest of the CALs – $1.71 for the patterns. ¬†There are no yarn purchases – unless you absolutely have to – but this yarn is coming from the stash. ¬†I’m going to have to dig through the stash again to look for yarn for this CAL ‚Ķ and for the KAL as well.

Halfway through knitting the first square, I didn’t like the colors I had chosen for the Sage Yarn KAL. ¬†So I’ve stopped knitting, and am now four weeks behind!! ¬†So it’s back to the stash for colors that I want to work with now ‚Ķ

I think my big projects are pretty much set for the year, with these CALs and KAL. ¬†In between I’ll be making hats, scarves, cowls for instant gratification or to fill in the time before the next pattern comes out … if I ever catch up with the patterns … *sigh*

Icy Snowflakes Finished

I arranged and rearranged the squares to fit the picture in my head …

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And at the end of all the arrangings, this is what it looked like:

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Hmmm … no, this is not what I had in mind. ¬†It didn’t come out as planned, the way I thought it would look …

But I wasn’t frogging it either to rearrange, because for some reason, I joined the squares going out from the middle. Not row by row. ¬†Don’t know why; guess I was just too excited about finally joining the squares together.

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In hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have used blue to join those middle white squares; maybe use white instead, so there’s no outline around the squares. ¬†Maybe that’s what’s bothering me with this. ¬†I may frog it yet … or make another throw, in different colours … nah. ¬†I’ll just take better pictures of it next time; apologies for the quality of these photos, taken late at night because I couldn’t wait till the morning.

At least somebody is enjoying it …

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Crochet and a Book = Heaven

And we’re back!

Sorry, I didn’t get time to post a quick update before my absence, but we had to get through hectic weeks and then it was time to fly out. ¬†I even had a post ready on what WIPs/projects/yarn to pack, which obviously didn’t get posted in the rush.

In the end, since I was still inspired by my then-current project, I packed this with me on the plane, and between the waiting time to board and the flight, I was almost done by the time I arrived in Aruba.

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It’s a pretty pattern, and only four rows to memorize for the pattern. ¬†It’s the Brumbay Scarf/Wrap pattern, and as usual, I was so excited about the yarn and a new pattern, that I didn’t think about the cast-on count – again! ¬†I don’t have enough yarn to make it a shawl, so it’ll have to be a cowl … unless I can work on the yarn budget and buy another two skeins of Drops Big Delight yarn!

After finishing the ball of yarn on this project, I moved on to the motifs.  Remember this?  The original Wool-Eater CAL from Sarah London, until I got side-tracked and started working with the chunky neons instead.  This was my take-along project while on the beach or by the pool.

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And when I wanted to take a break from the crochet, I caught up with my reading as well. ¬†What bliss! ¬†I really didn’t know sometimes which I wanted to do first – crochet or read. ¬†It’s so rare that I actually have extended uninterrupted hours to do either one, that when I do get the chance, I don’t know what to do! ¬†LoL ¬†Do you have that problem too? ¬†Next time I might bring audio books, so I can do both at once.

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And that was how it went during the week that we were there. ¬†It also helped that we had limited wifi access, so that cut down on the time spent in front of a small screen. ¬†But really … who had time to stare at small screens when I could use it to read and crochet?

Now I’m going into withdrawal … no sun, sea, crochet, reading! ¬†It’s back to the real world now … *sigh*

Will post more pics soon, as I connect with blogland again … How has your summer been?

Frogging!!

Remember this?

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And this?

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I picked it up finally to work on the third and joining round to see if I could make some progress on it, and it just wouldn’t work out according to the pattern and the photos. ¬†I enlarged the photos to see if I could figure out why not, and had a sneaking suspicion that I had mis-read the pattern instructions.

So I went back to step one and read the instructions over, and sure enough … I was working too many stitches in the second round. ¬† Aaarrghhhh!!!

So now I’m frogging the second round, and working on it again, this time with the correct number of stitches. ¬†Guess I’m not making much progress with this CAL ūüė¶

Lesson learned …. maybe it’s worth making a complete set of the motif pattern, before working on so many motifs first.

Wool-Eater Motif CAL: Motif Towers

Long rides are good for churning out quick motifs like this one … well, as long as you’re not the one driving, that is!

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I was enjoying making these, until I remembered that there was another two rounds to complete the motif, and that maybe I should start working on those!

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So here’s my tower of motifs done so far. ¬†These are really bright colours, aren’t they? ¬†I don’t seem to notice how bright they are, until all put together like this.

I decided to play around with colour placement. ¬†This is why I can never work on a scrap project … eventually, my brain wants to arrange it in some kind of colour sequence, or pattern, or design …

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I still have to add the last round, which is the joining round. ¬†I’ll be doing that in soft white, or cream. ¬†That should work well to off-set these bright, neon colours. ¬†That’ll be for the next long ride …

Wool Eater Motif CAL: Progress

Progress on the Wool Eater Motif CAL.

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Well … sort of.

This was the original project for the CAL. ¬† And yes, I still plan to continue this. ¬† I’m an expert in the first two rounds of the motifs already ¬†LoL!

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But there’s no progress on this one … I’m having too much fun with the bright neons one first!