I am horrible at remembering to do these, lol. So since I missed check in #2 & #3, I figured I would just throw them in together.
Ok, so I have a total of 6 blocks done. Whew! I laid out the six & realized that to fit a queen size bed like B wants, I am going to need 30 blocks. So I am just rolling along. Once I get one square done, I start another. I can actually finish a square in a little over a day. Would be quicker if that was I all I had to do, lol. I have another that will be finished before this post is posted. *I am typing this on May 24, 2014 & is scheduled to post on May 27, 2014*
Start by writing a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the tools you use for your craft. this might be a spinning wheel, crochet hook, pair of scissors or your knitting bag. These first few lines should include a description of this tool’s task and usage. If you are feeling particularly in tune with this item you might assign it feelings.
Then, write a dialogue between yourself and this item. It might describe your relationships, the annoyances that you have felt for this item at some point (or could it have possible ever have felt annoyances with you) and the wonderful work that you have created together.
I can’t believe it I get to have a post. Finally, I get the recognition I deserve! Where would you be without me? I tell you where to start your end stitches, where to add stitches, make increases or decreases. You can’t knit without me very often or least Hev can’t. She uses me to show her where to switch to purls or knits in ribbing, where she needs to start or end her edging stitches. I come in the colors of orange & teal & can open or close to be moved where ever Hev needs me to be.
Hev: Hey, you are supposed to be locked in my knitting, not stealing my computer & writing blog posts!
Stitch Marker: Oops! I got caught. Don’t worry, I have another marker in my place, I wouldn’t let you down.
Hev: Ok, you better not. I don’t want to be knitting when I am supposed to be purling, lol. Jessica would not like the mess up on the ribbing on her blanket.
Stitch Marker: Nope, it is all good.
Don’t faint anyone, I have actually managed to crochet two squares. I know it is shocking! LOL, just kidding. Surprisingly, I understand crochet more than I do knitting, but I prefer to knit then crochet. Weird I know, but that is me.
So I made on square & then thought it might be helpful if I took pictures of each round so that you all would see how each round looks. So I did. I would have finished a lot sooner, but I had to wait on some rounds to get enough light for the camera. Towards the end of the rounds the square got too big to fit, with good detail, into the frame. So here you go, from top to bottom, left to right. Each of the rounds photos. You can also click on each photo & view the full-size image. I hope this helps if you were having any problems.
As you all are aware I am a major crafter. I know how to knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt, tat, latch hook, embroidery, & several other crafting skills. Since I am taking part in Jessica’s Pineapple CAL, I have noticed something with my crochet & knitting styles. See the pictures below, the one on the left is my knitting style, & the one on the right is how I crochet. Notice anything odd? I am right-handed also by the way.
I don’t know why I tension the yarn in different hands. Does anyone else tension in opposite hands? I would think that since I tension with my left hand in crochet (first one I learned) I would be able to tension with it for knitting. Nope, every time I try to tension or knit Continental style, I wind up losing my stitches or can’t get the yarn to wrap over the needle correctly. Hence, why I knit English style.
- Pattern: my own design
- Needle: US 7 – 4.5 mm
- Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Solids
- How much used: 1092 yards, 594 grams 3 skeins = 1092.0 yards (998.5m)
- Color family: Black
You see those photos up there? Yep, that is Grace’s owl bag completed & ready to send. I know I finished knitting it about three months ago, but I was in the middle of moving house, than my father’s wedding (still trying to figure out what he was thinking) followed by the start of tax season. Followed by fighting with my Mom’s (now mine) Sears Kenmore 148.15600 (Model 1560) Sewing Machine. Plus, I was scared to death of the zipper. I had only done one other zipper & that was in Home Etc with my beloved teacher, Betty Ebert, there to walk me through it. Now I was on my own & praying I got it right. Yep, went in without a hitch. So happy with that one. Then came the lining of the bag & then done. Grace left the lining fabric to my choice & I found the green owl fabric at my Michael’s. Took a pic & asked her if this would be cute? She fell in love with it & so it got used. I bought 4 yards of it (I like making sure I have plenty), thinking that if I screwed up completely I would have enough to re-do the lining. Oh, before you tell me that a knitted strap is going to stretch, please notice, that the underside of the strap is lined also (top right photo above). This way the strap won’t stretch & it gives a pop of surprise when it is shown. I picked this tip up from Pinterest about the strap. I used 4.5mm brown safety eyes from 6060 (Etsy shop). I put a total of 32 eyes on this bag. Trust me those safety eyes are not easy to put on, they hurt if you have tender hands. Overall I did have fun making this bag. It was my first time using a pattern that I came up with. Not the owl cables but the other parts of it, I made up. Now to get it to Grace for her to see if she likes it or not.
The Sewing Machine
Mom bought it brand new, taught me to sew on the machine. This machine is all metal & over 30 years old. Kicker? It doesn’t like to be moved & so when you move it, the machine needs to sit to get used to the change of temp. At our old house we didn’t have anywhere to leave it up so it stayed in the case all the time. Since the machine is completely metal *love that* temperate changes effects it. I have it set up in my office & I don’t think it has ever been used so much. B is trying to get me to get a new one, but they are all plastic & I don’t want them. So there is a mild war going on right now between us. My Kenmore is over 32 years old & it still is sewing just fine. I can find all the parts to it & so I don’t feel the need to change machines.
Well, that is about it. Keep watching cause I have a post about the CAL (Crochet A Long) that I am taking part in to type up & the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week is coming up on May 12 through May 18th & I will be taking part in that also.
Jessica is hosting a CAL (Crochet Along). Now before you say anything about this being a knitting blog, if you will look in the archives, I do crochet also.
To quote Jessica’s post about the CAL:
There are two (2) options for this CAL, but first let’s run through some beginning stuff:
- COLORS – The blankets I am thinking of can be either worked with one color or multiple colors. I will be using one color though.
- TIME – I was thinking of doing a square every 2 weeks. There are a lot of CALs out there going on and I don’t want to burden people by a time line of doing the squares weekly. We would start April 1, 2014 and do another square every 2 weeks from that date. It would end sometime in September 2014.
- SIZE – The squares will be for 12 Inches. We will do no more than 12 squares. That means your blanket before edging (after putting the squares together) would be 4 foot by 3 foot.
That all seems pretty easy to do. The blanket would be the perfect size for a lapghan that you can keep or give away. Also if we follow the time frame you will have time to put it together – even if you are behind – before the Holidays approach.
So what 2 designs where you thinking of you may be asking? One has 12 different designs and one has the same design for each square.
Calendar Afghan by April Moreland
This blanket was designed throughout the year of 2009. Each month April designed a square to go with the theme of that month. The list of squares can be found on this page. If you would like to see what each square would look like in one color or multiple colors you can find April on Ravelry as CrochetAmore and you can find her designs on Ravelry here.
I found this blanket while looking through Grace’s project page on Ravelry. This blanket uses 1 square design. It makes a beautiful blanket. You can see what others have done on Ravelry by looking at projects made from this square.
If you are interested in this CAL & I hope you are go vote on your choice of projects here.
Whew! I got all my presents completed in the middle of November. Now all that is left is to work on my stuff. So I have a Hap shawl (Hapish), a lace circular (Queen Anne’s Lace) shawl & then I got an order for three knitted & three crochet dishcloths. So how are all of you comming with your presents? All finished, haven’t even started, or in the process?