Bath Mat Cont’d

July 14, 2011

My Hexagon Bath Mat is almost complete. Hurray! This bath mat has turned out to be a bigger pain than I thought it would. To start, the mat was much smaller than I expected, which meant I had to double the the amount of pattern pieces needed to complete it. Secondly, trying to join each piece as I went along (like the pattern calls for) was impossible, so I had to sew them together using a darning needing and yarn. I actually think this method was for the better. To join them the other way, (joined only at corners) would have created huge gaps, and a bath mat needs to be pretty sturdy. Third, I have discovered that I very much so dislike assembling pieces of a pattern, especially when a certain cat is watching from a hidden spot, just waiting for me to leave the disassembled pieces so that she can pounce and destroy everything.

Note the ears lurking in the background....

Hexagon Bath Mat

June 11, 2011

Leave it to the Japanese to create patterns that are non repetitive, understood by the universal crochet and knitting community, and extremely stylish. Japanese patterns, which use symbols instead of the written word to explain a pattern, are easy to understand, once you’ve gotten the symbols memorized. I particularly like them because you don’t end up reading: ‘row 3: ch1, then sc in each sc, sl st in last st.     row 4: ch1, then sc in each sc, sl st in last st.     row 5: ch1, then sc in each sc, sl st in last st’…… etc. for an entire 22 rows. Plus Japanese patterns actually show you the shape which the final product will be, whereas most European/North American patterns will show you fancy photograph of only one side of the project.

I am currently in the process of creating a new bath mat for my freshly painted bathroom and the pattern is very simple for someone just learning how to read Japanese pattern symbols.

picture from pattern found on Ravelry

You’ll have to forgive me for not posting any of my own pictures, but I have a new computer and it doesn’t have a memory card reader, so this will have to make do until I can get an adapter.

The main colour I am using is Bernat’s Off White Cotton and the centre colours I have chosen are Lichen green, Cloud blue and Mushroom from Red Heart’s Eco Ways Yarn. As much as I try to avoid buying from these big companies, I felt a little better with my choice knowing that the yarn was created from 100% recycled materials. Hopefully my choice of yarn will turn out.

Oh, and for those of you who don’t know what a Japanese pattern looks like, here is an example from this pattern:

So I guess there’s no better place to start than the beginning. This is the first time I have ever blogged, and I actually can’t believe that I’m doing it. I have always been really intimidated by write my thought down or sharing my ideas for all to see… but I do have good reasons for starting this blog, so maybe sharing won’t be so bad.

1. I have so many projects and ideas for projects in my head, that I’m hoping that writing about them will help me to plan them out, and help me to actually finish one before starting another.

2. I am really starting to become interested in yarn crafts to the point where I want to become more involved in them, and by that I mean taking classes, learning how to design etc. So I’m hoping that I can expand my horizons and connect with others who share a passion for knitting, crocheting or any sort of craft for that matter.

3. I hope that I am eventually able to combine cultural elements into my crafts and share it. If I’m not able to do that (which is very likely, seeing as I am not very creative in the way of design) then well, at least I can share the different cultures and their crafts with the world.

And there we have it, blog number 1 complete, and it wasn’t as scary or as hard as I thought it would be.