Happy Flower Day [for no reason]!
While getting more info about the coming Hygge CAL, I visited Esther’s blog. And one of her articles relates to crochet slang … cake, ami [which means friend in French], frog, hooker, OCD, barf, bomb … Curious? Check her ‘how to speak crochet slang‘ and learn a new language. Pretty fun read.
The coldest day of the year in sight, I quickly made myself a warm hat. We may be in Hotlanta but in January-February we face from time to time a few days of ice and snow…
Join with a slip stitch or join with a needle or join with a hook … choice is yours.
With a slip stitch : you would join your circle with a slip stitch into the top of the chain 2. End of the story.
With the hook … same technique as with a needle:
In order to make a pillow or blanket, Jules explains how to add 2 extra rows to transform the flowers into an hexagon.
4 mm hook, small quantities of 8ply/DK yarn in 3 colours.
A very well done video about how to crochet the granny square…
When Alyska was a very young little girl she had this wonderful multicolored cloche hat that she was wearing all the time. And she attracted all kind of comments … and photographers. We remember those Asian tourists in Amsterdam asked her to pose with her hat. One day, the hat was no longer her favorite – probably because of the pink – but I kept this photogenic hat like a little treasure.
Out of the blue my son came up with this acupuncture comment … Pretty accurate!
I have never been ‘far’ enough to get to the blocking part. I had so much to learn. Still have. But my projects becoming more complicated, I was forced into the technique. Of course, Google is my friend and I have been surfing a lot to understand it and find the best way to correct cranky projects. However, it seems that blocking is good for all projects as it makes them smoother and softer.
Here are the results of my researches.
You will need:
WET – either you immerse your project in cool water, gently squeeze it out [don’t wring it out] and spread your piece out to the correct dimensions without distorting the direction of the stitches on the board(s), or you can pin the project first on the board(s) and then wet it down with a water-filled spray bottle. Either way, I mix my water with Soak, an eco-friendly rinse-free laundry soap deliciously scented [Lacey – combines spring blossoms with sweet bergamot creating a light yet alluring fragrance]. Let your project to dry completely before removing the pins. It can take a few days …
STEAM – pin your project on the blocking board(s). Hold the iron close to the fabric until convincingly damp. DO NOT touch the fabric with the iron [duh]. As with wet blocking, leave the pieces to dry.
My concern is – and I haven’t found the answer yet – if you offer one of your heavily blocked project to someone and the person washes it … what than?
Often you can see the seam in the round and it’s not necessarily the prettiest sight. Here is a way to perform a seamless joint. A bit more time-consuming since each round requests the use of your tapestry needle but the result is worth it!
Here is the picture from Sarah London’s post showing the result of her technique:
… Just had fun finding a name for a scarf that would be more ‘appropriate’ for a man than a woman. Mainly what differentiate the male/female label would be the pattern and the choice of colors.
Here are my two favorite patterns. Both are worked in the lengthwise so the chain count will determine the length of the scarf.
#1 – This one is dead simple: it’s just HDC all the way. For Ronald, I chained 185 and made 18 rows alternating Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash [100% Superwash Wool washable in the machine at 40. Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50] in #1975 – Provence (red) and in #1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather. For Charlie, my 2-years old grand-son, I did 12 rows and used randomly 5 colors: #1910 – Summer Sky Heather, #910A – Winter White, #874 – Ridge Rock, 3854 – Navy and #821 – Daffodil.
#2 – It’s a very well known pattern and it’s hard to find out who is the true ‘owner’ of this pattern. The ribbing effect is done by using a BPDC stitches and it is reversible. For Darling, I alternated each row with grey #816 – Gray and #821 – Daffodil.
For a video-explanation, go to ‘every man’s scarf‘ by Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux.