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 🙂

 

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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!

 

2019 SO Scarf Project: Maine

SO Maine announced their colours for the 2019 Scarf Project – Purple, Blue, Green.

That happens to be my favourite combination too – or one of my favourite combinations.  It shouldn’t be too hard to get a scarf or two done with those colours, and will of course look great in the group’s featured pattern, stripes.

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Here’s the complete list so far.  That brings it to 9 participating states so far.  It’s great to get this going early.   Several more state programs will announce colours in the late summer, and with only 2-3 months left before their deadline to receive scarves, some of the states don’t meet their goal.

2019 SO collage

So any time you’re in between projects and don’t know what to do, choose a colour combo, and start a striped scarf.

You can always find the complete info on this page, or join the Facebook and Ravelry groups.

See you there!

Looking Ahead to Summer

Spring is making half an appearance this year, so I’m skipping ahead to summer  🙂

Looking through my closet, I was thinking that I should update my wardrobe with a couple of new tops.  Except that I knew I wouldn’t have much time to go browsing the stores and aisles in the mall, and finances are kind of tight this year – very tight.  And the flashbulb went off in my head … why not crochet summer tops instead?  Surely I would find enough skeins of yarn in the stash for that … And crochet clothing is coming back into fashion, right?

Found crochet thread size 3 in the stash!  Can’t remember what I bought it for – maybe it was for a top that I was thinking of.  So I started with that, with a simple top-down pattern.  I kept thinking that this would be more suited for a beach cover-up, but we’ll see how that goes.  I’m kind of stuck at this point, at the moment … Not sure what to do next, but I’m probably just going to continue in the pattern.

Digging through the stash, I found this grey-white yarn that has also seen many starts and froggings.  Since I couldn’t find a pattern I liked that went with the yarn, I figured I might as well make this into another crochet top.  hmmm … except this is ruffling a bit much.  More adjusting to be , as this is going to end up big and fluffy on top … I hope I don’t have to frog again ….

And finally, another yarn that’s seen lots of starts and frogging.  The yarn was getting frayed, and a little washed out.  It had to be made into something.  Instead of crocheting top-down, these are front and back panels, that will joined at the shoulders and sides, and sleeves added.  It’s going to look kind of boxy, now that I’ve laid it out flat.  Next time, I’ll make it more fitted, or at least with a waistline.  Or maybe I should just follow patterns …


So that’s my obsession at the moment.  And then I’ll be ready for summer ….

 

2019 SO Scarf Project

My goodness! I am really way behind in my posts! It’s been such a hectic, chaotic, and stressful period, and haven’t kept up with everything. Anyway, let’s start fresh this year.

The 2019 Special Olympics is off and running, with 8 states already announcing their colours. It’s also the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics, so this will be a little more special.

Here’s the colours for the 8 states. More states will announce colours by late summer/early fall, so it’s good to get started on these early.

The group has chosen Stripes as the featured pattern, but you can use any pattern/design.

As usual, you’re welcome to join the Facebook and Ravelry groups and meet all the other crafters. The complete info and details will be on a separate page – which I just remembered that I also still have to work on 😲

Anyway, you can’t go wrong with scarves and stripes. Let’s get started!

2018 SO Scarf Project

It’s October ?!?

These days are creeping up so fast on me – I can’t keep up.

It also means that the Special Olympics Scarf Project deadlines are fast approaching!

Here’s the updated list of participating SO states.

2018 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The first deadline is 1 November for SO Iowa.  Yes, 1 November already!  as in 3 weeks from now!!

I’m not worried about SO Iowa though – they’ve got their own fan base of crafters who help them meet their goal for the year.  But if you want to whip up a quick scarf or hat for them, their colours are Bone and Autumn Red.

Our group’s featured pattern this year is Waves and Chevrons.  These are samples from a previous Scarf Project year.

2018 SO pattern

If your state is not participating, please do consider making an item or two for another participating state.  And if you can’t decide on a state, look through the colour combos on the list, and pick one.  The more exciting ones are the main colour/accent colours ones – you can really let your imagination run wild with those!

 

SO Arkansas has another interesting combo – any 2, 3, or 4 of these colours.

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Help spread the word as well.  And you’re more than welcome to join the Facebook page and Ravelry group to connect with other crafters working on the Scarf Project (see links in the sidebar).

Hope to see you there, and let’s get crafting!

 

 

 

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 …