So, after weeks of working on and off on my crochet fingerless gloves, I have decided to put them down for now until I can manage to figure out a way to complete the glove without turning the pattern. You see. the stitch pattern I was using, was going great, until it came time to work the thumb hole. That required me to turn the pattern, and well, the stitch does not look good in reverse, which is unfortunate because every other row, for 6 or 7 rows, is reversed. So I have given up….for now.

The shawl that I am working on, is taking FOREVER!! I was hoping to have it completed for mother’s day, but I may have to push it back to my mother’s birthday in september. I just get so bored doing the same stitch over and over for 300 rows, and it seems like I am getting no where with it. I will continue to plug away at it, but I will also be starting a new project so my brain can at least be challenged from time to time.

Also, we just finished remodeling our en suite bathroom, and the Hexagon Bath Mat which I had made last summer, is way too small for the area I want it to fill, so I have begun working on that project again, trying to double the size. As soon as that project is over, I will be starting a new one, I just have to decide what it is…

I’m currently working on a pair of fingerless gloves, which are taking much loner than I expected, mostly due to the fact that I’m designing the pattern by myself, and have so far, failed the last 2 attempts. Hopefully, the third time will be a charm. I am using a cowl pattern I found as my inspiration…

I’m using the same stich for my fingerless gloves, but obviously the pattern will be very different. For Christmas, my boyfriends sister gave me the most beautiful blue yarn, of which the exact colour and brand escapes me. This was perfect, because I have the Berroco Vintage DK yarn in Cracked Pepper, so I’m using the two colours in this pattern to make it somewhat more visually interesting.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been recording my pattern, so completing the second glove will be a wonderful challenge! But hey, who doesn’t love a challenge, eh?

Wow! You never realize how much of your life you spend working until you move to a full-time position. Not to complain, not only am I happy about the promotion, but my bank account and local yarn stores are happy too. Over the christmas break I embarked on two new patterns. The first, a wrap around shawl. The second, fingerless gloves, the pattern which, I am making up as I go. But more of that later.

The shawl is another Japanese pattern. I love these patterns. They’re to the point, and because they’re drawn, and not written, you don’t have to read 300 lines of “repeat row 1”.  This pattern takes forever!  I’m nowhere near 1/3 of the way complete, and I’ve been working on it pretty regularly. But it will be well worth it in the end. At least, the pictures look promising.

Now, I have to admit, I actually started the shawl last June. But three  rows into it, and my demon cat decided one day while I was out of the house, that my ball of yarn (Palette wool from Knit Picks in Navy) was too round and needed to be stretched out. I came home from work and walked into a murder scene. It was literally like a horror movie. The yarn ran a trail from the bottom of the stairs, up to the top, around the kitchen table three or four times, down the hall, into my bedroom and there, on my bed, in the messiest lump of navy merino yarn I have ever seen, was the cat, curled up and fast asleep. I was so angry and after trying for hours to untangle the mess, I felt so defeated that I put the shawl away until Christmas.

Each row takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It wouldn’t take so long except that the way in which the yarn was spun, causes for the hook to easily slip through the  yarn, separating it, so i have to take extra care not to do that.

This is only 26 of 275 rows completed

Each row takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes to complete. It wouldn’t take so long except that the way in which the yarn was spun, causes for the hook to easily slip through the  yarn, separating it, so i have to take extra care not to do that. I’m hoping to have this done by April so that I can send out to my mother in time for mother’s day.

It seems like everyone around me is having, or has had a baby in the last few months, so that means it’s double time on the baby patterns. I have just finished a really cute hat for my friends niece. I was torn between a cutesie baby hat such as this pattern on I found on Ravelry:

Spring time Beanie

Or an earflap hat pattern that I created which was a little more bold, but just as cute. The bold earflap hat won, and I couldn’t be more happy with the results! Here is the beautiful baby wearing her awesome new hat.

Baby K. - Punk rocker in the Making

She's too tired for rockin' out

This pattern was a combination of two patterns that I found on Ravelry. The majority of the pattern comes from this Ravelry site. The second portion of the pattern, or the mohawk, came from this pattern. I just adjusted the pattern to fit the hat.

Although I am a huge believer of eco friendly, real wool, and purchasing yarn from a local yarn supply store, I thought it would be best for both baby and mommy to make this out of synthetic yarn. I didn’t want it to be too hard on the baby’s skin, and I wanted it to be easy to wash for mom. I used the softest yarn I could find: Bernat Satin in Ebony and Lion Brand Baby Soft in Pink Lemonade.

I know, I know. Most people would never put black on a baby, but you can’t have punk rocker without the rebelious black and hot hot pink hues! I think it suits her!

Oh! and nd a HUGE tank you to my friend T. (who just so happens to be Baby K.’s aunt) for the awesome photos!

Well, the big 75th anniversary party is over, and the corsages were a hit! I ended up using a different pattern than the rose pattern I spent weeks searching for(see below blog). It took way too long to make, and, as I quickly realized, takes a lacing hook and yarn. So  a simple shell pattern which was then rolled up into a flower shape had to do. Here are the results:

This is one that i made from strips of jersey cloth while I gave my cramping hands a break from crocheting.

Most of these corsages ended up in everyone’s hair! We were lucky enough to have some student hairdressers and make-up artists volunteer their time to “vintage” up our looks for the big party, and when the corsages came out, everyone, including the hairdressers, wanted them up in their hair….I sense an etsy idea brewing!

The Ever Elusive Pattern

September 20, 2011

Have you ever found a picture of a craft online and thought “My God! I HAVE to make that!”? The museum that I work at is celebrating its 75th Anniversary and there’s going to be a big party to celebrate. Along with a slew of other responsibilities, I have been put in charge of making corsage for employee identification at the party. While looking for flower patterns I stumbled across this beautiful crochet rose:

And lucky for me there was a pattern attached to it:

So I started crocheting this pattern and half way through it I realized that something wasn’t right. So I enlarged the photo and lo and behold, the pattern wasn’t for the pictured flower at all. So I immediately went on a search for the proper pattern, but I couldn’t find it anywhere.

After weeks of searching, translating Russian and Chinese websites I lucked out and found the pattern! So If you are have been searching for this pattern and can’t find it anywhere, here it is!

It’s a japanese pattern, and it’s slightly hard to make out, but if you know what you’re doing, or have the patience to try until it makes sense, then it will be well worth it. Hopefully this will turn out as nicely as the picture, and more importantly the corsages will turn out.

The Irish and Their Lace

September 8, 2011

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Ireland, I’m instantly transported to the island’s country side with its emerald-green fields, rolling hills, its beautiful old stone cottages and its dreary weather. I have  a friend who lived there and said it did nothing but rain and when it wasn’t raining it was cold and damp, so she had no choice but to move her “office” to her couch and do all of her work in front of the fire. I imagine that this weather was a major contributing factor in the developement of Irish Lace. Well, that, and the efforts of some very “crafty” nuns during the Potato Famine.

The Irish economy was weak to begin with before the famine struck. The majority of Irish land was too rocky to produce anything other than potatoes, and those farmers that were lucky enough to grow other vegetables, had a difficult time purchasing the seeds to plant with. The Ursuline Nuns saw an opportunity to help women earn additional income for their family. The nuns taught those wanting to learn and the craft quickly evolved from a venetian style crochet to its own style. The patterns which were created by the women often became a family tradition and turned into closely guarded family secrets. The wealthy would pay for the fine crochet cloth and thus, the women would be able to help provide for their families.

Irish lace is some of the most beautiful and fine work I have seen. Just look at the work that went into this wedding dress and childs frock.

If you want to see more of this intricate lace work, there’s the The Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Museum in Ireland, which you can see in person, or in a budget friendly look at their online shop. I highly suggest you take a peak. I guarantee you will be amazed!