Crafty Goals

And hello again!

How has summer been treating you?

Summers are always busy for us, with the kids off from school (and now it’s back-to-school planning and shopping) and soccer tournaments everywhere. ¬†But this year was unusually hectic, with an unexpected trip and a not-so-organized (them, not me!) soccer tournament across the country ūüė¶

I’m still in the doldrums and can’t get started on anything and I thought that I would have more time during the trips to work on yarny stuff – yeah, we know how that goes … ¬†I’ve been posting quick posts instead on Facebook and Instagram – yeah, the new technology for this year, thanks to Charisse – but sometimes, it’s good to sit and write a proper post, right?

On the one hand, the beach cover-up/top that I made last year made it to the beach! ¬†yaaayyy! ¬†It’s a bit big for me, but it doesn’t look bad here, does it?

And since I was surfing the world web forever looking for a crochet boho/bohemian skirt, I decided I was going to make one this year … did I write about this already? Anyways, I started this back in June, ripped most of it off because it was starting to taper, instead of flaring out, and now that it’s fixed and flaring nicely, I now have to decide on making it a drawstring waist or garter waist …

I should hurry up and finish it before summer is over, so I can use it ! ¬†Yes! ¬†this weekend! ¬†That’s the crafty goal!

What’s your crafty goal for the weekend?

Have a good weekend, all!

 

 

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Summer is Here! 

So you know what that means … beach! 

I was surfing again for more ideas for a beach cover-up, but I’m falling back to the ones that I found last year.  I usually go on a pattern obsession, until I get tired of the pattern, or I make a really nice piece from the pattern. Then it’s on to the next. ūüė¨

One thing I said I would do for this summer is a long skirt. So when I got the Ice yarn, I started on this. 


I was going to make another top, with the gradually changing colours. Then I changed my mind and decided the colour changes would look better on a skirt. 

So now, the waist (the white part) is about two inches wider than my waist, but I could always fix that with a drawstring or garter waist. 

And as usual, it started with a pattern, but now I’m just winging it with a combination of stitches. Looking like it’s getting narrower, so hoping that it will stretch after wet blocking it – wait, is that for the weaving projects? Either way, it’s going to be soaked and blocked after it’s done, so it can kind of fit me ūüėĎ


So that’s the project for the summer. I should be finishing this up soon, and will actually get to use it before summer is over. And I’m already looking for the next project  … maybe another beach top? ūüėĄ

What are you working on for the summer? 

Revisiting the Bucket List

Several years ago, I made a bucket list of what I wanted to make. ¬†The original post came up as a related post, so I decided to see what I’ve actually done. ¬†I could actually strike some items off the list – wow!

So, revising the bucket list …¬†Here is what was on my original bucket lists, and how I’ve done …

1) ¬†Entrelac ‚Äď learn how to knit and crochet entrelac correctly – nope, not yet. ¬†I’m still doing the biased basketweave pattern. ¬†Will remain on the list.

2)  Granny Squares with a Zigzag Twist Рnope, not yet.  Will remain on the list.

3)  Apache Teardrops Рnope.  Having second thoughts on whether I still like this.

4)  A hexagon project РYes !!!  The African Violets !  I still want to add to it, to make it bigger.

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5) ¬†The Cathedral Rose Window Afghan ‚Äď Stained Glass Afghan ‚Äď Kaleidoscope Afghan – Nope. ¬†Will remain on the list.

6) ¬†Kitchener stitch and seamless grafting – nope. ¬†I’ve sort of figured out a way to join seamlessly, but this will remain on the list.

7) ¬†A lacy beach coverup – yes ! ¬† Here’s the post ¬†and another one, if you want to read all about it.¬† ¬†And one already in progress ūüôā


8) ¬†A fine-lace/fingering weight project. Yes! ¬†I’ve worked more and more with fingering weight yarn. ¬†I do have hanks of lace in the stash, but haven’t started anything with that yet. ¬†And while this is not quite a fine lace project, there is ‘lace’ in the title – does that count? ¬†Hawaiian Lace and Busco Gancho Lace¬†


9) ¬†A Japanese pattern ‚Äď any pattern. ¬†Nope – will remain on the list.

10)  A woven blanket made with the Cricket loom.  Yes !!  And am planning on starting another one, before I forget how to use the loom and weave.  This 5-panel blanket had me woven out, after I finished working on it.

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11) ¬†Mandala Crochet Coat¬†– nope. ¬†But will definitely remain on the list, since I’m drawing a lot of mandalas, anyway. ¬†One of those designs will end up as a coat, since I now have the basics on how to crochet a coat or jacket ūüôā ¬†¬†Oh yes, although not a mandala, I did crochet¬†two coats last year! ¬†Yaaayyy!!

 

Not originally on the list, but I added ponchos to my mental list, even though I think at some point I said I wasn’t going to make those.


Surprisingly, I don’t have any new major thing to add … Just more ideas to make the same things with different yarns or patterns, like the coat, beach cover-ups, and woven blankets.

But the year is young … something may come up yet! ¬†ūüôā

Do you have a crafty bucket list?  How are you doing with it?

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Top

You may have seen this … I posted this on a couple of the crochet forums, and got several requests for the pattern. ¬†So while it’s still fresh in my mind, I’m writing it out.

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I didn’t follow any patterns for this … I kept seeing the pictures on Pinterest and Ravelry, etc of a nice, soft, comfy-looking, sweater with wide sleeves (paid pattern), ¬†so I decided to have a go with my own version. ¬†All respect to the designer of the paid pattern, but the photo inspired me to try my own version. ¬†Besides, I’ve been wanting to play with this Caron Cakes Pistachio since I bought it, but I actually held back until I cut down on some of the WIPs lying around ūüėČ ¬†See how good I was? ¬†:o)

So here is how I made this.   This is basically two rectangles, joined together at the top and bottom.  Bear in mind that this was all experimentation and lots of frogging took place.  Because of the yarn, I chose to crochet this length-wise, so that the stripes would be horizontal in the finished product, instead of vertical.  I was thinking that the colour changes would not be so noticeable.  To determine the length, I just started chaining, and then measured against my outstretched arms, from left wrist to right wrist.  To determine the width, I just measured myself from shoulder to waist, and crocheted rows until it measured the width that I liked.  The rectangles are crocheted from the bottom up.

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This was made with worsted weight (4) yarn, and using an H/5.0mm hook.

First panel

Set-up row:  Chain 200.  Turn.
Row 1:  ch 3; dc in next stitch and all stitches across.
(Ribbed portion)
Row 2:  ch 1; fpdc in first dc below; bpdc in next dc; fpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Row 3:  ch 1; bpdc in first dc below; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next dc.  Continue in pattern across to last stitch.  Turn.
Rows 4 Р6:  Repeat rows 2 and 3

From here on, I made a fpdc/bpdc border on both ends of the panel, with the pattern in the middle. ¬†This is referred to as ‘FPDC/BPDC border’ in the pattern.

FPDC/BPDC border:  (consisting of four stitches at beginning and end of the panel, resulting in a ribbed border).
When starting a row (FPDC/BPDC border start):  ch 1; fp/bp dc into the first dc; bp/fp dc in the second dc; fp/bp dc in the third dc; bp/fp dc in the fourth dc.

When finishing a row (FPDC/BPDC border finish):   crochet the pattern until the last four stitches remain.  On the fourth from the last stitch, fp/bp dc in the stitch; continue the pattern to the end of the row.
Row 7:  (filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
*Ch 1; skip next dc; dc in next.*   Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
fpdc in next st; bpdc in next st; fpdc in next dc; bpdc in next. (FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 8:  (staggered filet stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in ch-1 sp; *ch 1; dc in ch-1 sp.*  Repeat * to * until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 9:  (crossed dc row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
Skip first ch-1 space;  dc in next ch-1 space; dc in skipped dc.  (Crossed dc made).  Continue across, until the last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 7 and 8 (filet stitch)

Row 12:  (solid row) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
dc in next dc; dc in ch-1 space.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish)  Turn.

Row 13:  (v-stitch) (FPDC/BPDC border start)
skip first dc; v-stitch in next dc.  Repeat across to last four stitches.
(FPDC/BPDC border finish) Turn.

Row 14:  Repeat Rows 7 and 8. (filet stitch)
Row 15:  Repeat Row 9 (crossed dc)
Row 16:  repeat Row 13 (v-stitch)
Row 17:  repeat Row 12 (solid row)

Continue with the pattern, or add your favourite stitch, remembering to finish and end with the FPDC/BPDC border.
When you have crocheted about 26 rows or width desired, finish with Row 12 (solid row).  Fasten off.

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Second panel:  follow instructions as for first panel.

Form shoulders:
When you have completed two panels, stretch or block lightly.  With two sides facing each other and starting from the end of the panel, measure 15 inches from the end for the left shoulder.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right shoulder.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and that there is enough space for a neckline.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left shoulder together, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

Form bottom edge:
Measure 12 inches from the end for the left side.  Place marker into both stitches.  Repeat for right side.

Fold the rectangles in half, and make sure that both sides are symmetrical, and there is enough space for waist or hips.

Attach yarn to first stitch at end of panel, and sew left side together, starting from the first stitch at end of the panel, with slip stitch or whip stitch through both loops.  Fasten off.
Repeat for right shoulder.

Finishing:
For the neckline:  Attach yarn to one of the dc on one of the joining sides.
Round 1:  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.
Round 2:  ch 1, fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern to the next shoulder join.  fp/bp dc two together (decrease).  Continue pattern, sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 3:  ch 1, fp/bp dc in first stitch.  Continue pattern around.  Sl st to first fp/bp dc.
Round 4:  repeat round 2.
Round 5:  repeat Round 3.
Fasten off.

At this stage, the neckline is a wide, boat-style opening.
If you prefer a narrower neck opening, then repeat the decrease twice, and finish with a row of fpdc/bpdc with no decrease.

For the bottom edge:  turn the piece upside down.  Attach yarn to one of the dc on the sides.  Ch 1, and continue the FP/BP DC pattern around.  Crochet 5 rows around, or to desired length.

Weave in ends.  Stretch or block slightly.

Here is what the finished piece looks like, laid flat.

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You can see the two rectangles in the middle part, with the FP/BP DC border on the ends.  The neckline is on the top and the bottom waistline, with the 5-6 rows of ribbed FPDC/BPDC border pattern.
Depending on your preference, you can increase or decrease rows, so that you have a higher/narrower neckline and waist. ¬†Hope you’re all understanding what I mean, my vocabulary isn’t working well today ūüė¶

Please note – this pattern has not been tested by anybody else, and these are my notes on what I did. ¬†If you are going to crochet less than or more than 200 stitches, then you may need to adjust the pattern slightly. ¬†You may need to adjust anyway, from the pattern above, but hopefully not too much. ¬†If you have an extra stitch or two at the end of the row that will not complete the pattern, just dc into the remaining stitch(es) before the FP/BP DC border. ¬†That’s what I did, and it’s not noticeable, anyway ūüėČ

If you have any questions, just let me know, and I’ll try my best to re-construct what I did, so I can answer your questions ūüôā

Good luck and have fun!

 

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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VKL: What You Can Make With String and Needles

Here’s all the other fashions that caught my eye. ¬†As I had said before, my fingers have not been itching yet to make any type of clothing such as these. ¬†Perhaps some time in the future when I know I’ll have uninterrupted time to sit and learn how to make a sweater.

VKL: The Fashion Shows

I’m so behind on these posts about the Vogue Knitting Live event. ¬†Our internet is out at home, so I’ve been trying to post from the office during my lunch hour, but you know how that goes … Anyway, here’s more of the Vogue Knitting Live adventure.

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There were three fashion shows that day, but I only saw the first show in its entirety. That’s because I was looking for a place to sit down so that I could fix and sort my bags, and it happened to be the seats for the Knit Swirl Fashion show, so I just stayed there. ¬†These were beautiful pieces, knit from the inside out, and with the variegated yarn brings out the colours.

Then I started walking around, and missed out on the second fashion show – Noro Knits – because I was on the wrong floor. ¬†I didn’t get any good photos from that – I was at the back, and couldn’t get any good shots.

For the third one, the Vogue Knitting Fashion Show, I was on the wrong floor again, and got there halfway through the show.  At least I managed to get a good spot on the floor, and got some good shots in.


My fingers still do not itch to try to knit or crochet a sweater or dress. ¬†Perhaps in time, there might be a sweater, cardigan or dress out there that will inspire me to actually make one. But in the meantime, I’m content to just sit on the sidelines and admire these.