Sunday, December 23, 2007
Random Felted Potholders
Before felting, this is what they looked like. It's a super-easy pattern. I used a J hook and did 50 rows of 40 single crochet stitches. To make the hanging loop, at the end of the last row I made a loop of 20 chains, turned and did 24 sc in the loop. I used the Random Stripe Generator to create the color scheme.
(Actually, I just discovered the Random Stripe Generator and I've been playing with it all weekend. It's a fun and useful script so I've bookmarked the site.)
I threw the giant squares in the washer with a couple of towels and, using the hot water wash cycle only, I got felt! I ended up having to run the wash cycle twice to get fully felted. They have been drying all day. These are large potholders which I really like. They measure 9-inches high and about 8-inches wide.
I've still got some yarn left so I'm going to make up a few more of these for me. An important note for future reference - When using white towels in the washer with the crocheted item, always put the crochet inside a pillowcase. If you don't do this, you will have lot of white lint to pick out of the felt.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wednesday Washer - Idiot's Dishcloth
So I present here **Ta-Da** the first project!! This is called "Idiot's" Dishcloth. I've seen these made by other knitters, it's a basic pattern which can be found here. It's knitted from Sugar & Cream yarn and I really like how the variegated version worked out.
Labels: Wednesday Washer
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Fashion Crochet by Caroline Horne
Back in 1969, Coats & Clark revised a little British book and brought it to America. It is the book shown here - Fashion Crochet by Caroline Horne. Caroline Horne introduces herself as a teacher of Fashion Crochet and I know she put out a couple of crochet books.
Fashion Crochet contains 14 patterns of "attractive chic clothes". And it does have a good list of items with instructions of how to make a handbag, pants, hat, coat, dresses, and slippers. There's even a pattern for a pair of stockings!
But readers of modern pattern books would be surprised to see how the projects are presented. There's no full-color pictures here. Just black-and-white drawings, although there are also some small B&W photos of stitch samples. And the directions include a period after each abbreviation, something that modern books don't do.
It's an interesting book but I probably won't make anything from it. Although...if I do get really bored one day, I might try the stockings. The gauge is 5 grps. to 2 inches.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Happy Hooker - Debbie Stoller
However, this book contains the pattern for Stitch Diva's Baroque Jacket which I was planning to buy anyway. And there's more really neat patterns inside, including Julie Holetz's Fat Bottom Bag and the most adorable pink fuzzy bunny slippers designed by Shannon Murphree. So far, I've made the Baroque Jacket and the Fat Bottom Bag. I plan to make the Li'l Monkey afghan soon.
Actually, there's 40 crochet patterns here and they are all really good. One pattern, the One Skein Scarf, has turned up as a free pattern on Patons website. There is a major list of errata though and you can find that here. .
And if you want to learn to crochet the first 95 pages are full of instructions.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Anyway, I had the Calorimetry on my to-do list and I found some Noro Kureyon in my stash. I know some folks had problems with the width of this, so I went down one needle size and used a size 7. It is still a little wide, but it fits well. And I really don't have a problem with this width, it will keep the top of my head (and my ears) warm should we every have any cold weather here is Mississippi.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Book: our best Baby Afghans
Our Best Baby Afghans is put out by Leisure Arts and contains 54 crochet patterns for some wonderful baby blankets. There's small blankies and larger afghans, one-piece patterns and motifs to sew together.
This is the book I go to again and again when I need a gift for a new mommy.