I’ve just been trying to add up how many times I’ve fed the hook through the yarn (not including any mistakes and undoings along the way). It makes my head spin!
I cast on 250 stitches.
Two rows of single crochet makes 750 stitches.
Then 51 rows of double treble stitch (250 x 4 x 51) makes 51750
Adding 3 loops and two loops round every other end makes 51875
And not even one third through this project.
Who else takes time to count stitches sometimes?
And look who thought he was helping today, my furry friend Mercury.
I recently began a crochet project and I am loving it. Every day I am finding time to do a few rows. Every day I love deciding which colour to crochet next. Every day I tell myself it is using up excess piles of yarn and I can look forward to searching out new ones to purchase and new projects to plan. My name is Tina and I am a yarnaholic !
My usual ‘thing’ is knitting and I dabble with sewing too. It’s so refreshing to be making something right now and enjoying every minute of it. There have been a few moments in the last few months when I haven’t had as much joy from crafting as I should have had. This week, this moment, this summer I am have a ‘Marie Kondo’ moment, yarnwise. I am sorting my yarn stash – deciding whether it ‘brings me joy’ or if I am ready to ‘let go’ and gift it to someone else (occasionally it goes back into the stash for another project, that’s allowed). I haven’t Marie Kondo’d any other areas of my life – but I almost feel I have joined the MK movement!
Who else is loving their crafting right now?
Not bemoaning about my lack of recent lack of words here or anywhere (family and friends would dispute it if I did – ha – only they’ve been verbal for the past few weeks rather than noted down in pen, or in this case via a keyboard.)
So, a little update re my last crafting: I finished the wrap/scarf I was making in Louisa Harding’s Orielle. I love it! I asked friends on here ‘how long is long enough’ when I was about 3/4’s of the way through. Advice given was to keep going – so I did. I cast off when it was 196cm long, it drapes around my neck with long enough dangly ends to feel comfortable and if necessary to tuck nicely inside a jacket. I look forward to wearing it when the weather changes and by then I may have actually blocked it too so it won’t seem quite as ‘curly’ at the edges.
Since then I cast on another couple of projects. I started a winter jumper on a plane ride (I couldn’t bear to sit for several hours without a project in hand). Since returning it’s remained in the carry on bag as I don’t think I like the way it knit up.
Then we’ve had lovely summer weather and for some people that means all thoughts of knitting go out of the window. For me, summer knitting still evokes childhood memories of sweaty hands and squeaky needles! I suspect it was cheaper yarn and tense knitting style. Now I often switch to working with a cotton or linen mix – change of season, change of materials. This year I decided to change tact entirely.
Crochet. I haven’t crocheted for years and I am not very experienced. Thus a new challenge and a great excuse to use up many scraps of yarn (in theory).
A rather dreadful first attempt. I could hardly remember how to hold the hook and the first book I pulled off the shelf read like gobbledygook. These two and a half rows were pulled back twice and stitches rethought.
Moving from double crochet to double treble helped a lot. Now it’s growing! I aim to make a blanket. Watch this space. Progress could appear several times over the next few months!
Other progress of note. One son graduated from University. (Proud moment!) One holiday done, one to go (chilled and ready to chill again!)
Sharing a few snapshots of works in progress by some lovely friends at my craft group – as I can’t share what I’ve been working on until after 25th (current project just finished as a Chrissy gift).
In the Loop meets five times a month. Some of us knit, some sew, some crochet, some sketch. At times we chat and consume refreshments much more than we craft during the two hours! I try and take something simple as I’ve been known to knit a few pattern rows incorrectly and have to rip them back later and start all over again. (Just fondly (?) remembering the time I decided to cast on a new project and counted and recounted stitches so many times I gave up and decided the cake in front of me needed more attention than the wool!)
So, here goes, Krissy’s hexi patchwork bag. She has made several of these, all hand stitched. Patience of a saint!
Jane’s teal shawl, halfway there. The cone is 4 strands worked together, can’t wait to see it finished. One of the other ladies, Susan has a matching cone, so it’s a bit of a competition over who finishes their’s first!
Liz is making a cream alpaca sweater – to us it’s a mystery as there is no photo on the pattern. Liz is one of the fastest knitters I know.
Marianne has been busy crocheting sparkly tree decorations.
As I said a peep into last week’s get together. This week will be our last one before Christmas. To celebrate In the Loop style we aim to all have made one Christmas card in any style of our choosing. They all go onto the table and we all take a card from the same pile (but not our own obviously!). I can’t wait to see what card I am dealt.
Does anyone else out there do ‘Secret Santa’ Christmas card giving ?
Have a good day. Hope your own Christmas preparations are going well. x
So, again it’s being a while since I blogged. Dare I say I am back on track and intend to be back on WordPress more often? I was having a mini cupboard sort out (that’s a mini sort out, not a sort out of a mini cupboard!) and found these little star quilted patches. I put them together, added the long strips either side then ran out of steam …. I think when I made them (a few years ago now), as well as having a play with fabric and a new craft book, I thought I would make a quilt. Ha ha ha, say those who know me, rolling their eyes skyward. Another over ambitious project. I absolutely love blues and whites together so this time I thought maybe ‘a cushion cover’, then realize i do not have a space in a room where blue and white would be shown off to effect. I am now thinking of either a knitting needle case, making sure the stars are uppermost so I can see them every time I go into my craft room or maybe a sewing machine cover. I am learning not be over ambitious with my crafting. I may have many projects but none are large and many are portable.
In the last month my crocheted granny square blanket has grown, though the aran wool is warm to work with so that has been put aside in favour of a DROPs cotton shrug or wrap – I say either as it is being created as I work on it. For non knitters that may sound weird, but there may be other knitters who will understand! It began as a tunic top, though working from a girls pattern rather than a ladies, despite sizing it upwards, it has not grown enough and I know it will not fit me as a tunic top. I love the colours – teal, raspberry and lime green (sounds ghastly, watch this space!) and I will not rip it back, so I shall get to a certain point and decide what it will eventually become.
I have also nearly finished a fabric summer top. You see, I have been busy making rather than blogging! I have also been getting stuck into a new ‘real’ job, travelling up to London three days a week. I knit or crochet on the train and bus, get a few strange looks along the way, and have only been approached with interest once! I don’t think there are many fellow travelers around my way who craft or maybe there WIPs are too big to bring along! Who knows?!
Last week I started to blog the progress of my latest knit WIP and just posted a photo on here – oops posted it on it’s own then started to write this! I meant to put both together but it is Sunday afternoon and I am struggling a little as it was a late night last night – I am starting to flag already and look forward to an early night catching up on lost sleep tonight!
Craftwise I had a quite a good week in the end and finished the baby cardigan and hat in super quick time for me. It’s a first size – although it looks so tiny I can only hope the little one expected in January stays little for a while after she is born so at least she can wear it more than once! I knit baby things from time to time, mainly as display garments in the shop where I work – I must say this is probably the smallest set I’ve done for a while. I also finished a white aran cabled baby hat on Friday – it was very cute, bit stressful on the hands whilst knitting – but I forgot to photograph it. If it is still at work next week (and hasn’t been sold!) then I shall take a pic and pop it on here just for interest. Does anyone else struggle sometimes with aching paws when doing cable knits? I don’t usually find it too much of a bother but the yarn was a bit tough to work with this time and the instruction ‘K1B’ isn’t my favourite.
So, you know me, not one to return straight away to another WIP I have started a new project, albeit another QUICK one. My boss has given me yarn and a mystery crochet pattern. I am not a competent crocheter. In fact, my limit has been granny squares. I tried to crochet a long time ago and gave it up, telling myself I am obviously a more natural knitter. This time, and without a picture, I intend to learn beyond a granny square. The pattern, to me, was complete gobbledygook on Wednesday evening, and again 2nd try Friday afternoon! Not only do crochet terms sound unfamiliar, but the pattern is also American not British and terms differ. This pattern is SIMPLE I was told – well, pat on the back to me – if you look at the green and blue photo above – I AM getting it! For those crocheters reading this you may be wondering how I found it so difficult to understand – well, initially I joined it twisted – just like I have done before when knitting hats in the round – then I kept popping the hook in the wrong hole! Now, it feels so easy I am flying through the rounds. I am using a 20mm hook, mind you, so of course it will grow quickly. I shall chart my progress here.
As for the rest of the week – non-craftwise – bit odd. Too much time at work, fewer customers than hoped for. Too much time hanging around at home with the builders home. We had a new front door put in on Thursday – it’s great to look at but when inspected by hubby Saturday morning he isn’t happy with the job so I will need to wait in again for a 2nd visit. This is on top of waiting in for other building supply deliveries, blah, blah, feeling a little frustrated. Love the hubby dearly but sometimes he was Mr DIY and could do all these jobs himself. As the builder said though, he just couldn’t do the job my hubby does. That makes it square peg in a square hole for both of them then.
Ta ra for now.