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 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!

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? 

Revived … African Violets¬†

I had already finished the African Violets, with one round only, which measured just about 5 feet across.  Not long or wide enough for a blanket, but just enough as a lapghan.

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But I was enjoying making these hexagons – even though they were a bit fiddly at times, so I set it aside. ¬†And then I ran out of the watercolours yarn or the dark purple or dark orchid yarn and couldn’t get out to the craft store to get more, so it was set aside again. ¬†You know how that goes ūüėČ

But I knew that I wanted to add another round of hexagons, to make it bigger.


 

And so it would come out of the project bag every once in a while, when a bug would hit me and all I wanted to do was make the middle circles, sort of like mindless crochet … That usually happens when I wanted to work with yarn, but none of the current WIPs call, or I can’t settle down enough to work on a WIP.

I ended up with more middle circles than I needed, so I had to start on the petals. ¬†But I haven’t unraveled the other middle circles … maybe I can use them again …

I thought the end was in sight … I had enough circles to make into small hexagons, which were then joined into bigger hexagons to make one big hexagon motif – makes sense?
And now this … Working late at night, my eyes tricked me, and instead of following the hexagon pattern around, I joined a big hexagon motif at the top and bottom …

So now, it’s more of a rectangle, instead of the flower motif …

The boys like it as a rectangle shape,  instead of the flower motif.  They said that the flower motif was not wide or big enough.  Maybe because of those odd corners around.  Even with this, Tin was asking why the ends were sticking out.

So it looks like I will continue with this shape. ¬†I’ll just add single crochet rounds for the border, and it should even out the sides and top a little bit, right? *sigh*

This is another project that I don’t want to end. ¬†At times I like this colour combination, specially when I see a picture of it. ¬†Other times, I think that this colour combination is too dark. ¬†Maybe I shouldn’t have used the dark brown to join the big motifs together, but that’s supposed to be branches, joining the flowers. ¬†Anyway … I’m almost done with this, as soon as I crochet a border wide enough. ¬†Next time, I’ll use brighter colours …

 

 

 

Weaving for a Better Life

I was in this area years ago, but was not interested in weaving yet Рonly the finished product.  I was gifted a beautiful jacket, purchased tablecloth sets, a lapghan, drawn by the vibrant colours and patterns.

Now I want to go back there and spend some time watching and learning what they do. They spin and dye their own yarn, and weave the cloth.

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https://www.linktv.org/shows/women-in-focus/the-art-of-weaving-textiles-for-a-better-life

I wish there was more footage of the actual weaving, but the message they bring as well is important – as tourists interested in purchasing a ‘souvenir’, we shouldn’t haggle it down to the cheapest price. ¬†This is, after all, their livelihood, and as they said, they will never go beyond poverty if we are paying for less.

And what about all the discussions I see on the knit and crochet forums, the indignant posts about how their handmade items are worth the price, and therefore should not be questioned or counter-offered with a lower price?  So why do we shortchange the makers of those handcrafted souvenirs that we come across in our travels?

Are they not also worth the time and price?

 

2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project

The 2017 Special Olympics Scarf Project is in full swing.

Actually, we’re nearing the end of the project for some participating states, with about four states holding their winter games soon. ¬†But don’t worry – there’s still another 12 participating states that you can knit and crochet items for.

For a full list of participating states and what they need, go to the 2017 SO Scarf Project page. 

In the meantime, be inspired by the items made by our Facebook and Ravelry group members.

 

The Original Super Scarf

Found the original ¬†Dr. Who scarf pattern today, as released by BBC, they said¬†¬†… and if I added up the rows correctly, that’s 814¬†rows !! ¬† Wait … I’m going to add that up again, just to make sure ¬†… nope, it’s 832 … no wait … 830. ¬†Yes, 830 rows!

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I’m calling this the original super scarf – It’s not so wide, but it is super long !

The¬†Dr. Who scarf was always on the to-do list, and I was just going to use any old scraps and left-over yarn. ¬†Some years ago, I saw some posts about others who made the scarf in the same colours as the original. ¬†I didn’t like the original colours –¬†I¬†still don’t. ¬†So I’m still going to use my own colours – but now that BBC has released the original count of rows, then I’ll follow that instead.

How about you?  Are you up to knitting a Dr. Who scarf ?