Turtle neck debardeur

My creation combining two patterns.

The turtle neck comes from the Fall Crochet Poncho CAL and the body from the Amelia poncho sweater. I made it shorter, narrower and closed 5.5 in each side.

  • Yarn is Misti Alpaca chunky (4 skeins).
  • Hook is a 7 mm.

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snowtlanta slouchee

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…

  • Lion’s Pride Woolspun Bulky #5 – 127 yd | 116 m in #149 charcoal.
  • Hook 7 mm
  • Pattern by Tammy from Posh Patterns – size 5T to Adult – mainly using extended single crochet and front & back posts for the border.

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acupuncture for crochet projects

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:

  • blocking boards [flat boards]
  • rust-proof pins
  • Spray bottle with cool water (or basin full of cool water) or steam iron

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?

 

catastrophe, despair, frustration

One of the worst nightmares of any crocheteuse: running out of yarn at the end of a project.  Frustration and despair hit you like a bullet in the face.  You were so close to the finish line!  I feel your pain  … So what’s next?  Full of hope, you go through all your stashes trying – desperately – to find the matching yarn.  You just need a tiny bit to save your day [and project].   Unfortunately, it is the end.  And all you are left to do, after you took some time [depending how bad you feel] to digest your ‘situation’, is one of the following:

  • finish with another color which will be absolutely ugly and a constant reminder of your disaster.  Not so a good idea.
  • frog this last unfinished row and make it in another color.   Could work …
  • frog this incomplete row kin addition to the previous one to retrieve enough yarn do to the finishing row.  I guess this would be your best choice.

Voila.

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two on two


I did invest in that wonderful stitchpedia [The Big Book of Crochet Stitches] and to facilitate my crochet-life on the go, I made some samples and re-typed the pattern.  No intention to plagia or anything: it’s just for my own convenience instead of carrying that book with me.

Here is my sample of the two on two pattern of page 62.

Chain any multiple of 4 + 1

  • Row 1 – SC in 2nd chain from hook and in every chain across.  Chain 1 and turn.
  • Row 2 – SC in the first 2 stitches then *CH 2, skip the next 2 stitches, SC in the next 2 and repeat the sequence. End with CH 2, skip 2 and SC in last stitch.  Chain 3 [counts as 1st DC in next row].
  • Row 3 – DC in next stitch then *CH 2, DC in next 2 SC and repeat across.  Chain 1 and turn.
  • Row 4 – SC in the first 2 DC then * CH 2, SC in next 2 DC and repeat across.  End with SC in 3rd chain of turning chain.  Chain 3 and turn.
  • Pattern: repeat rows 3 – 4.

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oh that blue

While waiting for my Buyer’s appointment in Cumming, I decided to hit the road earlier in order to investigate some yarn shops along the way.  Just at the idea, my wallet started shivering.

My first stop was at ‘Only Ewe & Cotton Too‘ at The Silos Marketplace in Alpharetta.  After wishing the welcoming dog [which looked like a sheep] a happy 2, my eyes got attracted to this pure extrafine merino wool, made in Italy, by Lana Grossa.

The colors were wonderful and I wanted them all!  After hesitating between two shades of pink, I went for this mint melange #133.  Each skein is a 50 gr/160 m and costs $11.50.

My second stop in Alpharetta was a fiasco since there was no shop there….

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