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.

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.