Saturday, September 11, 2010

International Crochet Day

Just popping in to mention the contest at Jimbo's Front Porch. Tomorrow is International Crochet Day. What are YOU going to do to celebrate this special fiber art? Go let Jimbo know.

Myself I plan to spend some time crocheting, in public if I can! I'll keep you posted on that.

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

strips and squares

 I decided to make some crocheted strips to use for making scarves using the pattern Restful Rainbows (an afghan pattern). I've done this before and liked the result. You can see one of them below. Anyway, I made two strips and played around with them in the photos. :-) I was able to make 2 strips and 1 square from one skein of Vanna's Choice (3.5 ounces).

The pattern can be found in Mile-a-minute Afghans (Leisure Arts and Oxmoor House c1996).

Here are two squares I made from leftover after making four strips.  The pattern is Susan Smith's Filet Granny Square which can be found at Crochet Cabana. These squares came out 6" for me with an H hook. They are going to Share a Square. If you are making squares for this effort, remember to leave a long tail for sewing. 

That's it for today.

Happy crocheting!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

dragonfly square and scarves

I'm going to try and show you the dragonfly square I made. I don't know if you can see the dragonfly in this yarn. It seems to show up better in light colored yarn. The pattern is here. It wasn't terribly difficult to do, but you do have to pay attention and count your stitches well.

Those who have visited my other blog, Crafty Corral, in the past, know about the Knit Your Bit campaign to make scarves for veterans all across the country. This is headed up by the folks at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, right in my backyard. :-) Not literally, but you get the idea. This is the 5th year of the program and it's going strong. Each year a new pattern has been offered to knitters and crocheters. The new pattern will be out very soon. Keep on the lookout. It's a good one!

Although they encourage you to use their pattern, scarves are happily accepted with any appropriate pattern - something a veteran, particularly a man as most are male, would enjoy. If in doubt, read the FAQ or e-mail Lauren.

In other news, I saw this interesting looking scarf by Coats and Clark. There is a video showing how to make this Cosmic Loopy scarf using their yarn called Cosmic Yarn, which has both thick and thin sections. You use the thin sections to make the scarf and the thick sections make the loops. Here is the video.

See? A little tricky, but only uses single crochet stitches.

I haven't tried that one, but I do have another scarf done. Here's a photo of it. I used Red Heart Soft off white yarn. Very nice yarn though I usually shy away from Red Heart. The RHSS is so rough but this one is not. It reminded me, in fact, of the bamboo yarn I used some time back. Finished size was 5 3/4" x 63 1/2". I did not border this scarf because I found I was pleased with the way it came out without it. It will be headed to Knit Your Bit.

That's all for now.

Happy crocheting!