Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas and latest projects

Happy New Year! I hope the year brings you much joy, peace, and success!

I was very excited to open my first Christmas gift which was a handmade purse and an Adipose made by my sweet daughter!

This purse is already filled with ... yarn!

 Here's a closeup of the Adipose and a nearby TARDIS.

Adipose sitting on shelf

Another project I've been working on is a pikachu pillow, commissioned as a gift for a special gal. I made the pieces (except for the nose) and daughter put it all together and added the mouth. It's a 14" pillow.

Let me quickly go over what I did for the face.  I chained 46 with an I hook, and worked 54 single crochet rows. I probably could have gone to 50 chains. It's rather hard to figure out the number of chains because the chain is not the same length as the finished piece comes out. Yarn used was Red Heart Super Saver bright yellow.

For the eyes I used Red Heart Super Saver black. I worked one round of 16 dc and then one round of 32 hdc. The white is a thinner yarn, Baby Bee (category #3 yarn) which I got at Hobby Lobby. I think I did one round of 12 dc. For the red cheeks, I used scrap yarn in a bright red, two rounds of hdc because the yarn was thicker, though worsted weight.

I'm also working on dishcloths for the Bridge Project with donated yarn. These are always needed. The two solid yellows are straight single crochet. The green and yellow is my spiked dishcloth.

The small solid blue is Mielke's Double Thick Diagonal potholder. (These can be made larger of course.) The peach and blue is from Leisure Art's Big Book of Dishcloths #67. It also appears in Leisure Art leaflet #2666. The round one is #53 in the same book. I did to round 6. This book is also available as a downloaded e-book.

I also wanted to mention a book I happened to pick up at the library. It is Crochet 101 by Deborah Burger. It is a hardcover, spiral bound book so it lies flat. There are a lot of good tips in this book as well as patterns to practice what you've learned. Symbol crochet is taught and used throughout. One of the things shown which I don't recall seeing in another book is how to use a double crochet as the first stitch of your row. In other words, how to start a double crochet row without chaining up. I think this book would be a nice one to have in a crochet collection.

I think that's it for now. Have a good crocheting day!

Happy crocheting!

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