Thursday, August 12, 2010

crochet fun terms

Every now and again someone will ask me a question which leads me to add or update something on the web site. As I was looking at the page on reading patterns and the abbreviations for crochet terms, I thought about other terms that crocheters use which are not linked to patterns, but more to forums and crochet lists.

A few that came to my mind immediately were WIP (works in progress), frog (rip back), UFO (unfinished object), and PHD (projects half done). What terms do YOU hear on your crochet list?

Once again I was perusing the crochet books and couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this one. 500 designs. I have a lot of 100 pattern books and there is the 200 squares one, but I don't think I've ever seen one that claims 500.

The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns

I might have to look at that one. My library is really good about requesting books for me and I do like to look at them before deciding to purchase.

Here is one that I just purchased myself and am waiting to get in. I saw it at Sandy's blog and it looked good. If you decide to get this from Amazon. Be sure you find the one that is 6.78 as it is listed more than once and the other one is almost twice as much.

Filet Crochet: More than 70 Designs with Easy-to-Follow Charts (Stitch Collection)

I've been making double yo-yos for a while now and I'm starting to wind down on that. I plan to start a scarf with some yarn that was gifted to me by my friend Kathy.

That's all for tonight.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, August 9, 2010

yo-yos and saltines

This is a repeat of the Crafty Corral blog, so if you've read that one. I hope to return to making squares soon. If anyone was following along with me, I apologize for the delay. I didn't hear from anyone though so I assume you are all doing your own thing - which is perfectly fine. After all, that is what I'm doing too! LOL

I've been keeping myself busy with small projects, trying to use up all my little balls of yarn.

Here are some pictures of the double yo-yos for Crafting for a Cause. These will be made into afghans for Native Americans. The double yo-yos are Rnd 1: 16 dc in ring, Rnd 2: 2 dc in each stitch for a total of 32 in the round. I like these because there is more place in which to weave the ends.

Here are some red, white, and blue saltines that will be made into afghans for Fisher House. These were made as part of a contest at Bev's Charity Challenge. I would have made them anyway, but it's a nice incentive to move forward. In the first batch, I concentrated on blue and white, and in the last batch which I'll be mailing tomorrow, I concentrated on red. If you look closely, you can see that there are two colors of red included. The "real" red is that messes with my camera. The darker red looks like it comes out fine.

These are simple to make, just two rounds of a granny square. For this effort, I work a ch-2 in corners and a ch-1 on the sides of Rnd 2. I also use a ch-2 for my beginning chain up on Rnd 2 because my dcs are short. You can see pictures at my tutorial

Here's how I make mine.
Rnd 1: ch 3, 2 dc, (ch 2, 3 dc) three times, ch 1, sc in top chain of beg ch-3 to join (12 dcs)

Rnd 2: ch 2, in same sp work 2 dc, ch 1, in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 1, in next ch-3 space work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 1, in next ch-3 space work (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc), ch 1, in next ch-3 space you already have one shell worked, in same space work (3 dc, ch 2) then join to first ch-2 either by using the invisible finish off or by joining with a slip stitch in top chain of beginning ch-2. (8 shells - 24 dc - 4 ch-2 spaces, 4 ch-1 spaces)

I was so excited that my little Amazon thingie started working, that I thought  share with you some crochet books I've found. I periodically search the store for things of interest and my wishlist is pages and pages long. I'm sure many of you are in the same spot.

Learn to Yo-Yo Crochet - I'm starting off with this book since I am talking about yo-yos, although this is not strictly speaking the traditional yo-yos. These are made by using long chains and the yo-yos are joined together as you go, working half the yo-yo in one pass, and the second half of it in another. That is my explanation. You may look at it differently. I made a scarf using this method which you can see at the Cabana blog.

The Crochet Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You'll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You'll Ever Ask (Answer Book (Storey)) - I have this book and it's small enough to carry with you in case you ever get confused or need a quick answer to a question.

Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting - I also have this one and since I am more a visual learner, I like to have a number of reference books on hand as I find sometimes a person will phrase things just so or have a photo that is just right to answer my question or confirm what I think I need to do.

The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet: *All You Need to Know to Crochet *The Essential Reference for Novice and Expert Crocheters *Comprehensive Guide to ... Charts, and Photos for 200 Stitch Patterns - You all know I have this one. I've been using it to do different squares over the past months over at Crochet Cabana blog. This book is  different than other books in that the foundation row is not counted as Row 1 or Round 1. The pattern begins with the next row. Skill levels are given, symbol crochet for the pattern is shown, and multiples are supplied. That's a lot of information included.

Lily Chin's Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know - I love this book. We all have heard of Lily Chin, of course. The book is small enough to throw in your purse, if your purse is a good size like mine is, to flip through while waiting at the doctor's or while stuck in traffic. Be careful not to get so engrossed you stop traffic yourself. LOL She covers the basics, but also gives a lot of tips you'll wish you'd discovered a long time ago. Even as I'm typing this, the book fell open to the page on joining and I had to stop and read it, though I've read it before. If you're like me, sometimes things go in, but they don't STAY in. LOL

That's all for today. I don't want to overwhelm you. There can be too much of a good thing. :-)

Happy crocheting!