Curly Wurly

Craft | Friday August 21 2009 | 11:10 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , |

I’ve been putting my new-found crochet skills to good use and completed my first project.  My Curly Wurly Scarf is a variation of lots of twisted crochet items I’ve seen and developed to form this pink and grey scrummy scarf just for me!

 

Curly Wurly

 

So here’s how it came about:

Curly Wurly Raw Materials

Materials:

Pink Double knitting: not very much, enough for foundation chain and one double crochet row

Grey Double knitting: not very much, enough for 2 double crochet rows

Pink/Cream/Grey: I needed just over one ball but would probably make scarf a little shorter next time and use just one ball.  I used Sirdar Crofter DK Fair Isle

 

 

Make foundation chain, to length you want scarf, in pink (mine was 72inches but would probably go a bit shorter next time)

Row 1: 1 turning chain, then start dc in 2nd chain and dc in each chain of foundation chain, turn

Row 2: Join grey. 1 turning chain, then start dc in 2nd chain and dc in each dc, turn

Treble rowRow 3: Join Fair Isle. 3 turning chain (counts as 1tr), 2tr into same place, then 3tr into every dc, turn (I did try just 2tr into each dc but found in this yarn it didn’t create any twist)

 

 

 

 

 

Double Treble RowRow 4:  4 turning chain (counts as 1dtr), 1 dtr into same place, then 2dtr into each tr, turn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double RowRow 5: Join grey. 1 turning chain, then start dc in 2nd chain and dc in each dtr, fasten off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curly Wurly Scarf HangingThat’s it!  A curly wurly scarf!!  I have lots of ideas on curly wurly colour combinations so there may well be more.  It was fairly quick to make, although row 4 took quite a while to complete.

I am delighted with the result of this and look forward to wearing it with lovely grey woolies this winter!

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Dear knitting,

Craft | Friday August 14 2009 | 12:15 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , |

There’s no easy way to say this.  It’s over! Another has won my heart.  I know it’s only been 2 weeks but it’s the real deal with crochet.  Over the years you’ve tied me in knots and I never truly understood how you worked.  I’ve tried and I’ve given it a good shot, and many times I managed, but crochet makes sense to me, its logical and and I always know where I stand.

You are so demanding; long needles, a big bag to carry you in, patterns where I need to constantly write down where I’m up to.  It’s all just too much.  I need more freedom and crochet gives me it with one little needle it even fits in my pocket and is so flexible and forgiving.

There may be times when you tempt me back, but it will only be a fling.  Don’t beg or plead or try to win me back.  I may come willingly, I may even let you and crochet get together, wouldn’t that be fun.

Don’t be too sad, move on.  It was fun while it lasted.

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I’m Hooked (part 2)

Craft | Sunday August 9 2009 | 9:57 pm | No Comments | Tags: |

It’s only been one week since I learned to crochet but I’ve not stopped since!!

I finished the first granny square and then made another 3, and even took yarn and a hook with me when I was on holiday this week!  Although the colours and yarn combinations below aren’t necessarily the best, I am rather pleased with the results. 

 4 granny squares

As I liked the granny squares so much, and think they could be very versatile, I bought a great book called ‘200 Crochet Blocks for blankets, throws and afghans’.  It is full of great combinations of stitches, colours and patterns with ideas on combinations of squares that work well together to create a full project.  Each pattern has a rating of difficulty which helps too, and all the blocks should come out the same size so can be easily combined.

I chose a fairly simple pattern to start with and got going and I’m really pleased with the results. I’ve got lots of things I want to make the squares into and plan to start scarves and cushion covers initially.  I also plan to try a more lacy pattern next.

crochet square

Squares and blocks will be a great way to use up small scraps and balls of yarn left over from other projects so I’m looking forward to using up some of my stash, but I must tryvery hard to use colour comibinatons tastefully!

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I’m hooked!

Craft | Saturday August 1 2009 | 6:46 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , |

I have spent today at a crochet workshop at Fibre and Clay in Knutsford and I think I got over my hurdle of where to stick the hook (so to speak!!).  Sarah Hazell was the tutor and there were 9 lovely ladies all keen to get to grips with hooks instead of needles.

We started off with a crocheted coaster which gave us practice in the main stitches and how to follow a crochet pattern.  This started off a little tricky as I just couldn’t work out how to hold the hook and yarn properly as my insitinct is to do this in a simialr way to knitting.  However, I am pleased to say I started to learn my double crochet from my half trebles and the result is here:

Crochet coaster

I just have one more row to finish the pattern then it will be ready to hold a lovely cuppa.

After (a lovely) lunch we started on granny squares which are something I have long been keen to do.  After just the first round I ‘got it’ and was in happy frou-frou world where I could just get on with it.  I started thinking of all the lovely things they could be used for and the yarn I have squirelled away that I could use to make them.  I am very pleased with the results of my first granny square and I may well finish it and start another before the day is out.

First granny square

I think I’m hooked!!  (Sorry, had to use that line).  There’s something about crochet that I find much more logical and sensible than knitting and I think it may be more versatile in terms of shape.  I’m off to Cambridgeshire tomorrow for a few days and likley to have crochet in my pocket this week instead of knitting.   I’ll report back soon with my achievements (even if that’s just lots of granny squares!)

Many thanks to Sarah and everyone at Fibre and Clay today for a great day.

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Knitting Lifeline

Craft | Thursday July 30 2009 | 7:03 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

I love reading knitting books, magazines and websites and have just read a brilliant tip!  Modern Knitting gives the following advice for using a Lifeline when knitting a complex pattern, such as lace or cable:

‘Lifeline

If you’re knitting a tricky pattern and there’s a risk you may need to unpick it (or frog) to fix a mistake, leave yourself a lifeline. Thread a tapestry needle with a smooth thin yarn (dental tape works well) and weave it through the stitches on the needle. You can then pull the stitching out back to your lifeline, confident the stitches will be held safely. The lifeline can be pulled out easily when the work is finished. Essential for intricate lace patterns – I wish I’d known about this one earlier.’

Having given up on some stitch patterns in the past, or even resorted to sending them to my mum to complete, I think this is the best knitting tip I’ve heard.  I’m about to start knitting a Debbie Bliss waistcoat which is all cable so I will use this technique until I get into the swing of it.

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It’s official: I MUST knit daily

Craft | Thursday July 23 2009 | 11:44 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , |

A few weeks ago, in the midst of a period of anxiety and depression, I started knitting again (see socks in previous entries)!  Having not done so for a while I found it quite a relief and it was that week I felt I turned a corner in how i was feeling.  I’ve read many times that knitting, and other crafts, are well known to be a relief from mental health problems and maybe it was working for me too.

Since then I have started a series of 6 sessions of counselling and in the first yesterday we spoke about the little things that I like to do that I could achieve on a day to day basis to start working back towards what is ‘normal’ for me, particularly the things which I have not felt up to doing recently.  Of course knitting came up and had to be on the list.  I do find it rather strange to have an action plan / workbook which includes knitting, walking and keeping in touch with friends, but I guess it’s all steps along a path. 

So if my action plan says I should knit daily, then knit I will!

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