Friday, December 29, 2017
I used to think I would like it. I even tried some online over the years. I could never keep up though. It seemed that when my sons were younger they ate up time, either because they truly needed me to do things for them or during school years, they needed me there to taxi. As they got older and left home, things never seemed to slow down. I seem to do better with an in person KAL or CAL.
This says I can commit to those I have to face in person rather than put off and play catch up when I feel like it or when I have time as I see fit.
I have been considering running a KAL/CAL in 2018. Perhaps on a semi-monthly or monthly basis with clues coming out on the first or last day of the month or the first and 15th. I'm unsure what type of project to do. I do know, I would offer a YouTube video of an unfamiliar technique. Options being considered are an afghan, a cowl/scarf, a shawl, a sweater.
Whatever is chosen will be in worsted weight. That seems to be universally available. Color options would be totally up to you. The only advice I would offer is when a variegated or dark color might be inappropriate. It's very hard to see things like lace or cables in dark or variegated yarns.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Like the other directory type apps, I won't keep this. I prefer to search YouTube for various crochet videos myself.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Here is a chart for your pleasure. This can encompass the year if you choose or you can make them all be autumn/winter related. Notes about this chart: Each block shown by a dark grey line is really 10 small blocks.by 10 small blocks. I have enlarged it as far as possible. The background of some charts are not white. You can choose to change them as you desire.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
For this week let's delve into some more complex charts
Here is a flower that can be transformed into a doily, a scarf, a blanket, a poncho, a sweater, the sky is the limit.
Rd 1: ch 3, dc in ring, ch 2, * 2 dc in ring, ch 2. Rep from * 4 times more. Join in top of ch 3.
Rd 2: sl st to ch 2 sp, ch 3, dc in ch 2 sp,* ch 7, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp. Rep from * around 5 more times. Join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3.
Rd 3: * 6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc in ch 4 loop. Rep from * around. Join with sl st. Fasten off.
They can be joined by a sl st in the final round by working a ch 1, sl st in next flower, ch 1 before finishing petal.
For the knit stich let's try this Japanese lace stitch. Make a note. The chart only shows the right side stitches. All return rows are purled and not shown.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Here is are charted designs for you that tie into this theme.... I'm thinking of doing the bear in loop stitch. Two blocks knit, two blocks crochet. 4 bears. I might also do the rest of the blocks in colorwork and choose tree colors for the trees and maybe a nice gold for the scrolls.
Monday, November 20, 2017
It was also election day recently. I wish the political signs were removed once it's over quickly. The signs were put up over Labor Day in some cases. Bears seem to move as slowly as the government does. By now even if the signs are not down, the bears should be getting ready for their long winter's nap. Worked in worsted weight yarn this makes a nice sized pillow or 1/4 of an afghan.
Will you choose pattern or color or both? I'm thinking that doing the bear in loop stitch could be cute. Then give this as a baby present?
Friday, November 17, 2017
Since I first mentioned more than a year ago that I was putting classes online, I have had a roller coaster learning experience.
I've been learning editing of video. I've been learning set design and making my set. I've been learning about lighting. I've been learning more about timing and scripting.
This almost makes me think I should have been in the AV club oh so many years ago in high school. Although I don't think many of the technologies I'm using today actually existed in those days. The "word processor" I learned to use then was 10 times larger than the laptop I use today in size while holding a millionth of the data. It operated on the 5.25 inch floppy disks.
I'm getting closer to putting up video content both on my site and YouTube.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Ok. This app appears to be baby patterns on the surface. What it actually is is an app for purchasing magazines by the name of love knitting for baby. If I understand the whole thing, these are digital downloads. Once subscribed, there is a free 14 day trial. Each magazine is $6.49 US. There is a tab for other magazines by the same publisher.
I'm not saying one way or the other if it should be downloaded. I would be interested in this if I didn't have hundreds of baby patterns and a new grand child on the way.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
As for week 17, the same applies here. Have fun with this. Can you make it a lace?
Enjoy the weather with some fun spring/summer motifs. Color work is the way to go for these. The brighter the better.
This would be great as a pillow, purse, or in an afghan as panels.
Lots of fun motifs here for gearing up for the colder weather that is sure to come or simpler items. All these can be done in texture or color. Use fingering weight yarns or lace weight and make these into bookmarks or book covers for those books that you read over and over.
Play with tapestry crochet and make change purses, make up bags, pencil pouches. Play with texture and have even more fun now that you know the charts better.
I can see the potential for coasters, mug rugs, cup cozies and napkin/flatware holders in these. Who wouldn't love a picnic when these beauties are on the table with yummy food. Don't forget to put the picnic table's feet in bowls of water to deter ants from joining you and hang a red ball covered in sweet smelling sticky in a tree away from you to deter flies and bees. The bowls of water can be pie tins for wider feet and the balls can be washed off.
This could be an early gift made up when we don't even want to dream of hot cocoa or fireplaces. The markings on the side look like yarn color names. However, I don't know which company this came from to give credit. Anyone know?
Here is a lovely little block from Japan. It's Crochet, done in one of the join as you go methods. For Knitting here's a lovely Russian lace stitch.
Here is a granny type square. Imagine this in the colors of the summer! That would be one smart tote bag. This knit stitch pattern on the other hand reminds me of roses in summer. This could be a beautiful baby blanket or a made into a sweet dress for your little girl.
Here are a bunch more square and hexagon motifs. Mix and Match them unifying them by color choice or pick one or two and go crazy with the patterns.
Here's a fun little crown for the prince or princess in your life. It's crochet. Try in worsted weight yarn and you can do fewer repeats. Glue "gems" around the band for a really regal look.
The Knitting stitch reminds me more of a flower I see growing along roadsides, Queen Anne's Lace. But this isn't the name of the stitch.
Architecture has given us some beaurtiful knit and crochet patterns. This arches pattern is crochet. I can see it as a pillow cover, afghan, baby gift.... What can you see it as? Meanwhile the seersucker knit stitch pattern just sounds like summer. Done in a light weight cotton, linen, hemp or silk yarn it could be a beautiful shell.
Interlocking crochet has fascinated me for quite a while. It shows a different stitch to each side.
Meanwhile the knit stitch below it is a fake Entrelac stitch pattern. This is done with a trick of the eye and is in a fair isle type of knitting.