Tag: yarn

Crochet Project for a Change – Fall Feeling

It’s still pretty warm here in Florida, but I’m working on the Fall Feeling with this new project. I had an urge to crochet and found this loden green yarn in stash as well as the brown. It’s woolease from Lion Brand so is nice and sturdy and washable – perfect for a throw.

As for the colors, I don’t know why I bought 10 balls of this green. It’s a pretty color, but I sure can’t wear it as a sweater – it makes me look sick. The brown, left over from earlier projects, is called Mink Brown and is a really lovely flecked and “fibery” color. Again, it’s not a good color for garments on me. SO, the next best thing is to make a warm and cozy blanket sort of project.

The hexagons are modified from an octagonal block found in one of my stitch dictionaries and they are simply edged with the brown. Single crochet holds it all together.

The hexagons don’t take very long to make but I figured out that I’ll have to make somewhere between 120 and 192 of them to make a fair sized throw. We’ll see if I chicken out early and it ends up more like a scarf!

STILL Making Swatches

And, I should really be done with that by now. But an earlier bit of procrastination has now added a little excitement to my days. Actually, I was mulling the whole thing over – letting my subconscious work on it. Yeah, that’s it.

After spending most of today knitting bits of fabric, measuring them in all their different dimensions and what seemed like hours of fiddling with arithmetic and schematic diagrams, I am finally happy with the idea. Now, part of tomorrow is set aside to actually draft the instructions.

This one is a sweater and is worked in 5 colors of Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash. I’ve not used this yarn before and it is wonderful to work with. It is everything you would look for in a good basic yarn. Easy to work with, good stitch definition, huge color range, 100 % wool and washable too!

It works to about 5 stitches to the inch on size 7 needles. So far, I haven’t found anything not to like about it. We’ll see how it works into an actual project.

A Problem- Made Better by Chocolate and Yarn

I’ve spent a good part of the morning just trying to figure what order to start pulling all the projects and various parts of the book together. That often turns into serious procrastination so, I do what any sane person would do:

Eat some chocolate and do the very easiest thing first.

That usually works to get me going and it did. I started with double checking the abbreviation for the word “inch” to make sure it is consistent throughout. It’s a start and it allowed me to put off dealing with a much more unpleasant problem.

One of the projects has to be reworked. Never a good thing – I goofed with the original pattern measurements and it didn’t felt like as I planned and is absolutely the wrong size and shape. There isn’t enough yarn to make it again and I can’t get that particular yarn quickly. That means I’m off to the store this evening to get more yarn and will have to completely redraft the pattern in addition to the rework. This is why samples are made and instructions tested – to save innocent knitters from this sort of aggravation.

Even with that problem, there’s a bright spot. I get to go buy yarn!

Knitting, Crochet and Books in Progress!

It’s been a while, but I’ve talked with my editor (a lovely and gracious woman) at Kalmbach Publishing who also published my first book (see it here) about blogging the development and writing of a book. As long as I don’t use specific material from the books, I can share the process here.

Right now, I am working on two books – one each for new knitters and new crocheters. We’re actually well into it now and are at the pattern drafting stage. That means making swatches, working out the math and then putting it together into a project that works.

This morning, I’ve just finished a swatch with a nice Bam Boo yarn from Classic Elite. It’s really lovely and drapes beautifully. It puts me in mind of nice summer weight things -things that we can actually wear here in Florida! I’ll put that idea on my ever growing list of things to do when the books are done.

One other fabulous thing I stumbled on – the wrist yarn holder by Lacis (here) This is great! It lets me make swatches and other work while standing and walking around. I’m working up to taking it with me on my morning walk.