Saturday, October 9, 2010

Nope this is not the same scarf. This is the 7" x 59" version. Well, actually it IS the same scarf PATTERN, but not the same scarf. Finished it on Friday afternoon while watching Castle on DVD.

Also, look what I got in the mail today. Three new Etimo hooks. I got these from Caron in sizes G, 7, and I. These are the hooks with the ever so soft handle. When I say soft, I am not talking playdough or silly putty soft. The "base" of the hook is still hard, but the covering over that base is soft. Lovely.

That's all I've got for today.

Happy crocheting!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hospice need, scarf #4, new pattern,

 In the previous post, I put the pattern for the scarf I just finished. I call it the Ocean Tide scarf because it reminded me of the colors of the ocean. I put it in a separate post so if you wanted to do the print option you could do so without getting extra stuff.

I couldn't put the labeled picture where I wanted it. It wouldn't move, but you have it anyway. It is just to show the pattern is Rows 7-14. That is the repeat. You can make more or less patterns if you want to change the size of the scarf.

I made this one 6" x 58" because that is what the Special Olympics has asked for. You can find more patterns at the Coats and Clark Red Heart yarn web site. There are knit and crochet patterns. The sizes vary but those are the official patterns so I guess if your scarves come out a bit more or less that will be okay too.

The yarn used is the Red Heart Super Saver Turqua and Blue. They do play well together, don't they?

I have a second one almost completed in this same pattern. That one came out 7" which is why I made this one. I wanted it 6" wide. The multiple is 3 + 1 so you can make it as wide as you want. You can even make an afghan if you so choose. :-)

In other news, Red Heart had a really cute pattern in the newsletter. Here is a sock monkey with a matching baby hat.

I also saw this interesting granny square, worked in a spiral at Crochet Me. There were some corrections in the comments, but I think they were changed in the pattern as well. I must try this. I have so many "must try" things on my imaginary list. :-)

Another pattern I thought was interesting was this Mosaic scarf at Craft Leftovers.

Then there was this butterfly scarf... and this Vintage Lace Square ...  and this Diamond Stitch Neck Scarf .

I think the deadline has passed for the Feel Good yarn - not sure about that - but here are some patterns if you want to make 7" x 9" rectangles for Warm Up America from your own stash. 

I also wanted to mention this need for lapghans for a Hospice program in Florida. It was passed on to me and I'm passing it on to you. They are completely out of lapghans so this is a pressing need. My family has used our local Hospice program and it is such a blessing to have these caring folks as your support and help during your loved one's final days. Check out the note at Meadowlark's Nest and if you're able to help, holler out to her or to Becky. The mailing address and phone are provided at the blog. The lapghans should be 36x48 inches. No pattern is specified.

I think that's it for now.

Happy crocheting!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scarf #3

Here's the next Turqua and Blue scarf. I used the Knit Your Bit pattern #5 with the faux cable and ribbing. The ribbing is worked in the Turqua and the faux cable with the blue. What do you think? I'm still not sure how I like it.

Length is 64". Width of the faux cable is 6" and the ribbing is 5" wide.

The Red Heart yarn was not bad to work with. Still the same stiff feel which usually washes up softer, but I did not encounter any thick sections or thin sections that had to be cut out. I was pleased with that.

I started to work on a - dare I say it - knitted piece. I got about an inch or two worked, then made an error and that was the end of that. I couldn't figure out how to proceed, so it got put away and I made about a third of another scarf in the time it took me to do that couple inches. :-) I guess it is just not meant to be.

For this new scarf I'm making up my own pattern. It's simple, but uses the post stitches.

Have a good evening and keep those hooks moving.

Happy crocheting!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Love's Many Cloths

Before I forget I wanted to talk about Love's Many Cloths. I have been to the site many times and have donated to projects on occasion. I was surprised to see my good friend Millie on there now. I have donated to Millie's cause before, but didn't realize it was part of the Love's Many Cloths, so there ya go. The Internet is such a big place!

You can visit the Facebook page, the web site, the yahoogroup, or the blog.

So what IS Love's Many Cloths? According to the Yahoogroup:
LOVE'S MANY CLOTHS welcomes anyone who enjoys crafting and is willing to give to shelters and other agencies that help people who are less fortunate. We knit, loom, or crochet cloths and many other items as a group and send to these organizations: A hospice and a South Georgia hospital that receives cloths regularly with the close contact of one of our List Moms, Beverly
You'll notice that the web site lists several other efforts with which they regularly share donations, from teddy bears, to baby items, to chemo hats, to winter wear. This is a diverse group and a lot of folks are helped as their hooks keep moving.

As I perused the Facebook page I saw a couple of needs pop up. Toe covers. Now who would ever think of making that? Yet, there's a need. Hacky sacks. The teens at Solomon's Porch enjoy these. Wash cloths, squares, scarves, baby items.

All that is to say that whatever you want to make, someone somewhere has a need of it, so just jump in and create. Perhaps consider making an item as a gift or for yourself, then one for charity. You can even use your leftover yarn from other projects to create charity items, then nothing is wasted. You are helped and others are helped too.

Well, back to my own crocheting. I am making the seaman's cable scarf I designed for Knit Your Bit, using two colors, for Special Olympics. We'll see how that works out.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Scarf #2

Here is the finished Fibonacci scarf. As you can see, I have numbered the "stripes" so you can see how it works.

The numbers I used are 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. Going from left to right, you add the two numbers next to one another to get the next number. It is supposed to give you a pleasing visual pattern. I went through to 21, then did the sequence backwards. That has you beginning and ending in a different color.

You can use these numbers in many ways. Check out Crochet Cabana for more information.

Happy crocheting!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

scarf #1

First scarf done. This one came out a little shy of the 6" width requested and a little longer than the 60" length. Hmm. Finished size is 5 1/2" x 63".

It cracks me up that these all come out different sizes when they are made exactly the same. The difference can be caused by many different things. The yarn is probably primary, of course. I imagine tension is slightly different for each as well.

Makes a good point for checking gauge and not letting too much time pass when working on a project where gauge matters. Even in a project where gauge doesn't matter for width or length you want it to at least be consistent within the project as an afghan which is slightly wider on the second half would not be as nice as one that is consistently the same width.

Kim Guzman's newsletter this week had a link to her baby Santa pattern. Here is the link to the blog post because you must see her little boy, so cute when he modeled the pattern and a handsome young man now. If you're quick, you might be able to whip this up for the special wee one in your life.

Working on scarf #2 with the two blue yarns. This time I'm using the Fibonacci numbers for my pattern.

Happy crocheting!