Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fringe and other things

 So this is the Neon bright RHSS I was using to try and do an argyle color pooling.  I think the color changes are just to long to get the look I wanted with out making a queen sized blanket.  Not to say you cant get the argyle, I just wanted solid colored, but you can easily make a smaller scarf with multi colored argyle that's heavy on the black.
That being said I did still get a neat color pooling that I liked.  Little zig zag groupings of colors.  I decided to turn it into a cowl, with some fringe which meant Dayton would be front and center making sure each strand was placed just right and if she didnt like it she would attack.
I am still debating on if I want to try and do a bit of knot work with the fringe or leave it as is.

Last, I finished off the bit of gold and scarlet silk/wool blend roving I have had on my Ladybug for a while now.  I find the spinning to be very relaxing for me once I get into the grove of it all.  I was hoping to get enough out of it to weave a scarf but that did not happen, so I am still not sure what I will make with this very soft fingerling weight single.

Still trying to get myself into a creative mood to 'dive' into christmas/birthday gift  making I have a few things on my list but not nearly enough.  I know I want to do some more fingerless mitts but I don't want to do the same ones I did last year so I would need to work up a new stitch pattern.  I have a throw I have been pecking at in filet crochet that is working up a bit narrower then planned so I have to think of a good way to edge it.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Updates -- &-- Sad news

Sad news first, my beloved beagle Buddy died over the Laborday weekend.  (He is the one on the right of the photo hidding his face)  His passing has hit me pretty hard, he has been my little baby for over 10 years, the reason I smile out of the blue.  I have been pretty depressed and have not even realy touched my crochet hooks since.

BUT the birthday season (Nov-Jan) is comeing up on top of Christmas so I have been forcing myself to work on items.  I have a filet blanket in the works as a christmas gift, and I was thinking of some scarfs.        
I dont know if you guys have seen the craze that is resurrecting with variegated yarn, but I plan to try dipping into it.  Planned Pooling, where you work up the yarn with a pattern planned out - this tool is pretty useful once you understand out to use it.  The popular pooling trend right now seems to be argyle.

Here is an example of how I worked up a planned pooling with RHSS Neon's-

 So some tips on how to use this site- decide on the stitch/pattern you want to use to make your item.  Then chain all the way threw your first set of color changes (or in my case for this pattern 1/2 ((no stitch count as not all skeins are identical even in the same color way), you want to start your first row on a next color-- I plan on using the moss stitch (sc, ch) so I would start mine with ch 2 of  purple, then sc into the 4th chain from hook working across ending with a sc in the last color change that you want (for me its the orange), now to make sure you get the colors to cascade add 2 more stitches (or a less slanted version do just 1).

I got roughly 50 stitches into each color change in the pattern. I rounded up/down on a few colors that gave 48/52 in some spots but 50 in others.  So what you want to do is work up a few inches (4 at least) and count how many stitches you get in each color change and just plug them into the site, this way you dont need to know a chain/hook/tension/gauge as you will be working with the hook and tension you want. You will want to take your time, and be patient as it does not always work up properly the first try (trust me -.-) just make sure when you start your first row of work you start on the first color you list on the site.  You can always over chain your starting chain to do that, and just undo the extra once your finished.   This works best with color changes between 4-12 inches anything less and you only get about 2 stitches and it wont pool well, and more is more likely to result in stripes unless you work on a large piece.

I have not got a good sample worked up yet myself but I pick it up and play with it when I am feeling particularly sad to try and take my mind of things.  I am going to unravel what I currently have on my hook, and try to work it up again with a larger hook and see if that helps me get the pattern I want with the pooling with out having to work length wise.

 Last bit of news, I have managed to brake my ergo handle.  The bottom has torn open in such a way that the hook slips down and pokes out the bottom.  I am going to try some gorilla glue on it and see if it will hold up before fully giving up on it and throwing it away.

Friday, August 26, 2016


24 oz bottle with less then 20 yards of yarn.

When I got to the strap I decided to do it as double V's by (Dc2 , ch 1, Dc 2) into the same stitch, then turn the work, slst to the chain and repeat!

It makes little O shapes and has a great feel, nice and stable.  I like how stretchy the mesh is so I know it will fit almost any water bottle I have.

I like it enough that I might want to make a few more if its maiden voyage goes well.  That way when it soaks up all the sweat on the bottle and I hang it out to dry I have a dry one to use.

I know its a small thing but its the first thing I have made solely for myself in a long time, as well as the first none BLSV that I have worked on in a while.

Its been a while....

Sorry I have been slacking a bit on the updates.  Mostly I have been working on smaller versions of the BoHo Lily Spiral Vest, between dealing with real life issues and trying to get outside more and be more active.

Here is the first thing I have picked up to hook that is not a BLSV.  I am semi free forming a holder for my water as this bottle does not contain a handle or easy to carry when damp.  So I just decided to whip up a chain loop holder.  I am thinking I will add a long strap so I can sling it over a shoulder.

How I did it?  My bottle is 2 inches wide, so I started off with a G hook and made a chain 6 ring which was 1/2 inch wide.
Then worked 6 (ch 3, sc) into the ring.
Next to give it a bit of stretch so I could use it for multipul bottles and not just this tall skinny one, I did 6 (ch 4, sc) around working into each chain sections from previous rows.

I am continouing the ch 4, sc each row now till I get the length I want then I will cap it off with a row of sc.  If I do a long strap I might work it in DC.
BTW I am down 29 pounds since the end of May!!!  So my slacking here wasnt all going to waste.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

So fancy

 Got to visit the zoo with my favorite niece over the weekend.  Here she is showing off her BoHo Lily Spiral Vest  for all the goats in the children's petting area to see.

This one was worked up in a J hook, and I eliminated most of the repeat sections to make it a toddler size like recommended in the sizing notes.  Its just a touch big on her but thats ok she can grow into it!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What I am up to...

We had a pretty bad storm roll threw yesterday, it took out our tree in the back yard and our A/C.
 So I am sitting in a house about 90 degrees give or take a breeze from the windows waiting for a repair guy to tell me what is wrong, and then take all the money I could have spent on a new fridge (need), or yarn(want).

So I did what any reasonable hooker would do, and finished off the wip on my hook.  This is a hot pink child size BoHo Lily Spiral Vest.   I used my own hand ply'd cotton to make this, and actually had to ply up a few yards to finish off the last round.   I eliminated all the repeats before the arm round, and adapted the arm holes to a 30 chain (still worked the same amount into it in the next round).  I only worked the smaller edge for a few rows.

Do to the heat I opted not to steam block this as I dont want or need the added heat and humidity it would provide.  Since it is cotton I soaked it in cold water and pinned it out on my blocking mats
Hubby just bought these mats for the floor at the end of the bed for me, and I dont think he would mind if I used them to block out a wet block so our bed didnt get wet/damp.

I am hoping Jordan (niece) love's it even if it isnt her current favorite color AquaTeal.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Yes an other one...

First and formost thanks to Beth for being my model again!

I finished this cute smaller version of my BoHo Lily Spiral Vest in Red Heart Unforgettable Dragonfly.  Doing the small version only ate up 3 skeins (technically 2 1/3),  I used a H hook, and omitted a few rows after the arm section, plus did the alternate smaller edging provided in the end notes section of the pattern.

Pictures where taken when it was litterly just off my hook, I had not even got to tuck in the tails because I did not bring my full crochet box to gaming last night just yarn and a hook.  I am really enjoing making these in the 'smaller' verson.  I need to get around to blocking both is one and the gray one I finished a while back, as bueatiful as I know they will turn out setting them up and pining them and steaming them is a dreaded task.  I think I dislike blocking more then I dislike weaving in tails.