Thursday, March 31, 2011

WIP update - 31 March 2011

Amigurumi Doll - body being worked on.

Lucy Bag - need to pull out and start working on again.

4-S vest - need to keep working again

cardigan rework - need to work again.

DW Season 18 scarf - pulled out of hibernation for mindless working.

Amsterdam Coat - Moved to "inactive" for the time being. Too much other stuff to finish.

"scheduled": (which means I need to finish some stuff between now and then)
3-way wrap - Start Date: 02 April 2011

Eve's Rib Tunic - Start date: 01 May 2011

Spinning FO: Purple sparkle

This yarn was spun from some roving I got from someone doing some de-stashing.

Estimate is: 6 oz

2 ply, approximately light worsted weight.

All of it took me approximately a day to spin, BUT, that is about all I did that day.

FO: Spring All Shawl

Pattern: All Shawl by Doris Chan - Elegant Ewe variation

Modifications: main body to 25 rows (pattern indicates 20 rows), final row of edging skipped (picot fan) in favour of SH-ch10 repeats until the end.

Almost made the complete end too... ran out a few repeats too soon.

Started: 20 March 2011
Completed: 29 March 2011

Did not work on it daily, so it took a little longer.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

What I'm currently working on... 20 March 2011

Spring All Shawl (Pattern: All Shawl) - just started using Manos Silk Blend, and using the pattern variation she calls "Elegant Ewe"

amigurumi doll - take 1 (Pattern: Amigurumi Doll Pattern from Stitch) - Making it slightly larger because this is a test for me.

blue 4-s vest (pattern:4-S Vest from Everyday Crochet: Wearable Designs Just for You by Doris Chan) - Making this out of varigated blue Sugar N Cream...

Mixed craft "Lucy" bag Pattern: Lucy Bag from: Two Old Bags, Lucy Bag) - Crocheted bottom, knooking sides and strap - Knooking is knitting using a crochet hook. This edition is striped using Peace Fleece.

Amsterdam Coat - take 1 (Pattern: Amsterdam Coat by Doris Chan) - this so far really has not been started... so it's really a project in mind instead of in works, but I'm keeping it in this group anyway.

Dr. Who scarf - Season 18 - Variation: 3 very light colours (white, beige, cream) variation instead of eggplant, burgundy, and some other red...

Jersey style Cardigan - Patterned off the dark Red jerseys worn by the University of Wisconsin Badgers mens hockey team, this is a rework because the sweater I made was too big (on purpose because it was done to match the XL jersey I have, forgetting that the jersey is too big for me except when I'm wearing hockey equipment under it) and so I think I'm going to use Cinnabar out of Doris Chan's EveryDay Crochet for it... but try to make it with a V neck instead.

FO: Luna Lovegood's Cardigan

Pattern used: Luna Lovegood's Cardigan (from Ravelry by Megan Nieves)

Yarn Used: Caron Simply Soft Brites in Grape

Modification: 6 buttons instead of 4 or 5, and longer in the waist (I'm long waisted, so it didn't look good on me until the place where I stopped)

Hook size: Boye I hook

Started February 18 2011

Completed March 19 2011

I had set this one aside for a little bit while I worked on other things, but one month should be enough time if someone is project-monogamus... which I'm not.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

FO - felted bag and slippers

Felted Bag -

Pattern Used: Well Traveled Bag

Yarn Used: Dale of Norway Heilo

Colours: Royal Blue, Charcoal, Black - main body is Royal Blue, striping is Black and Charcoal

The bag itself was not big enough for my liking, so I doubled the width and length of it...


Tall Boot Slippers -

Pattern Used: Felted Crocheted Slippers

Yarn Used: Dale of Norway Heilo

Colours used: Black, Royal Blue - pattern calls for double stranding, so it was one strand of each.

Monday, March 14, 2011

WIP update - 14 March 2011

4-S vest - nearing the end of the yoke

Amigurumi Doll - finished head (just about), started body

Luna Lovegood Cardigan - need to get back to

Amsterdam Coat - need to start - size 45 pattern printed out

mixed craft Lucy Bag - need to get back to

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WIP update - 10 March 2011

Well Traveled Bag - almost finished. Decided it needed a flap over the top... so I made one. Not sure it is big enough yet, but that's ok. I am waiting on another felting project before I felt both of them because they're made out of the same yarn and I want to make sure it looks good and also want to see if there is leftover yarn to make the flap bigger.

blue/black felted tall boot slippers - Same yarn as mentioned. I might go and buy soles for these to be able to wear them around more. I suspect I will be lining these in flannel because I get itchy around wool a lot. These are about half finished - I'm on the boot part of it now - and are likely to be finished in the next day or so.

4-S Vest - ripped out and started over. I am about to where I was before and it does look better.

Luna Lovegood cardigan - Have not really touched this one in a while.

Amsterdam Coat - The pattern wrote out longer than I thought it would... I'm a little nervous now, but nothing ventured.......

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Very Well Traveled Bag

The Well Traveled Bag is almost finished. I am down to one last ball to go before throwing it in the washer to felt.

I have 8 balls of yarn left. I think they're going to be turned into felted slippers.

The bag was started... almost 2 years ago.

I bought some shiny purse handles that would be pretty for it too, I think.

As per prior observation, I think I decided I was going to finish this project and that's what I am going to do.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

WIP update - 06 March 2011

Luna Lovegood Cardigan - making up the buttons now. Still have to do most of the sweater, but the buttons had me curious.

Well Travelled Bag - Have brought this project out of hibernation for now. Am considering making pockets for the inside so as to use up more yarn.

4-S vest - I am going to rip this out and start over because I messed it up the first time.

Lucy Bag - I may put this on hiatus until I finish something else.

Amsterdam Coat - going to probably start this soon.

FO: Cinnabar Hoodie

Cinnabar by Doris Chan

Yarn used: Red Heart Super Saver - Artist Print

Hook Size: J for the body, I for the trim

Start: 19 February 2011
End: 05 March 2011

Total time: 2 weeks, though I did not work on it constantly for the entire time. Some days I did not work on it at all, others, I worked on it a lot.


The original pattern did not have a hood, and the sleeves were full length.

On me, it's 3/4 length sleeves, and waist length, but I have long arms and a long waist.

I still need to block it and find a better lit place for the picture, but it is done.

Posted to the Everyday Crochet community on Ravelry and Doris Chan told me that this was a whole new design. =D I told her I took inspiration from others who had added a hood to the pattern.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Personal Observation on a personal habit

I have noticed recently that when I'm in the middle of a project, I can have a whole bunch of projects going at once. But the closer I get to finishing ONE project in that bunch, the more often the drive is to finish THAT project and then start on something else.

Unless it's a small project like a hat or something... Usually hats are "finish now! This is quick!"

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Crochet: Pencil hold vs. Knife hold

The 2 most prominent ways to hold a crochet hook are like a pencil and like a knife.

Anyone who does one and says the other is "doing it wrong" needs to take a lesson in "To Each Their Own".

I hold my crochet hook like a knife. I recently tried the pencil hold, and found it made my wrists and hands hurt. But that may partially be due to the fact that I was trying something new that my muscles didn't like.

I have seen others crochet just fine using the pencil hold, and if that's what works for them, more power to them.

Knife hold for me works perfectly fine. I've gotten a LOT of stuff finished using the knife hold.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

As of 02 March 2011 - WIP update

Cinnabar in Red Heart Super Saver Artist Print - working on sleeves and main body now. It is short-sleeved and waist length as of now. Considering adding more length, longer sleeves, and a hood. Will still need a cardigan band and buttons. Added pockets - reused from the sweater that gave its life due to lack of use to this new project.

Blue Stella in lace-weight - Lacey Lamb Turquoise - Going to build this one bigger than the rounds indicate, due to lighter weight yarn. Thus far, it is palm-of-hand sized.

Luna Lovegood's Cardigan - Caron Simply Soft Brites - Grape - still working on the yoke.