Monday, August 15, 2016

The Kitchen Hand Towel



I posted a photo of this in FB.  It is one of the Southwestern kitchen towels that my beautiful niece sent me one Christmas while I was in AZ.  I think the bright colors perk this place up.  Although not too much rain (about 15" a year), it is often overcast.  While overcast in most area's means purely dreary days, here it is still fairly bright.  The clouds are not as thick since they go around the Olympic Mountains and the come back together - often not at all - very hight up, somewhere above me or out further in the ocean (Juan de Fuca Straight really).  By the way, Juan was a Greek - that is the Spanish translation of his name and it stuck for some reason.  Otherwise it would be called the Ioannis Phokás Straight!

 Back to the towel.

She placed a potholder in the middle and sewed it straight across while the towel is gathered.  On the other side of the potholder she put a button.  Not only do you have a potholder should you need it but you can also hang it on the oven door easily and it is facing the correct direction, or you can, as I did, put it on a door handle and let the back of the potholder hang down.

I am closing in on finishing the blue sweater for Alice, but the wrist is acting up again.  Anything wth twisted stitches seems to aggravate the bursitis.  I have been thinking about making myself something for years and always end up only making a scarf for myself.

I have my eye on a pattern that is similar to a short sleeved jacket that I love.  Mine is navy, crocheted, and in a "Fish Net" pattern of sorts.  The one I want to make is the Blue Skies Jacket (why do people always name their designs after the color they use?)  It is from the 2008 Crochet! magazine, and designed by Tammy Hildebrand.  The yarn is discontinued (of course) so will sub it with one of the bulky yarns I have on hand (actually recently purchased!). I might re-adjust the pattern to meet the needs of a DK weight instead!


What have you made for yourself lately?  

 getting ready for Christmas, slowly but surely, by adding expected projects to my Ravelry page, purchasing yarns I will need if I don't have what is required, and hopefully will give myself the above jacket for my reward!!




Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Blue Sparkle Sweater

The Blue Sweater is coming along nicely.  The pattern is Sophie's Cardigan.

This is the yoke which seemed to need some decreases as the back became a bit too "full" - sort of balloonist.  Hopefully the tab she has you make with take care of it.


Joined the under arms and started the body.


Progress!  



I bought several buttons as she said she wanted 'fancy' ones….



She settled on the glass ones that "look like diamonds" to her.

I have one 'short sleeve' finished and am hoping that she wants it that way rather than long sleeve (bad G'ma!).  The length is finished (and a bit long so she can wear it for a couple of years). 

I'm pretty sure she will love it simply because it is blue and is sparkly!


The  yarn is the Downton Abbey yarn collection,  Lady Mary in Cobalt Twinkle by Premier Yarns.  It is a DK weight, and I am using an H hook.  

Somewhere in the middle of the body I picked up a Clover hook but had been using a Dreamz hook.  It turns out that the Clover is really a tad larger than the Dreams, so it is a little on the puffier side where I have used the Clover that it would have already been.  It's okay, but think I will try to perfect the look of the sweater when I block it out.

I also saw that another person who had used this pattern kept the top yoke pattern going throughout the sweater all the way to the end.  I started to do the pattern at the bottom but only did one row when I realized I was already at my last row for her size!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hook, Hooky, Hookie!

I have had a renewed interest in hooks….larger hooks.  Years ago when I first stared crocheting a lot I found a MoEZ group that crocheted Tunisian (generally) graphs with large hooks which were supposed to make your project go faster.

  

I purchased quite a few of them (note long hook on the left with red end).  It is about a 13mm.  They are very very smooth and very light. Even much lighter that bamboo.

The top two are size R - 17mm, and Q - 15.75mm and are ChiaoGoo hooks. The brown one is a Dreamz hook which is a 12mm hook.  The one under that is a 11mm hook from a company called Twin Birch out of North Carolina, a family business.  Their hooks are very pointy, so I just order them and then take an emery board and soft the end to where I feel comfy.  I tend to poke myself all the time! It's a lovely family business and you will enjoy working with them.

The bottom green one is an interchangeable hook from Dreamz in size N, 10mm.  I love the feel of the Dreamz hooks because they are polished to the nth degree, and come in lovely colors. However, when working with anything under an I hook I'd rather use a Clover if it is regular crochet.  Tunisian, I'll take a Dreamz or one of the LionBrand plastic hooks which have no thumb indentation and are PERFECT for Tunisian. A larger project will be made with the interchangeable hooks with the cables.


Lately there have been quite a few garments being made with bulky yarns and using large hooks, both regular crochet and Tunisian.  I was about ready to make my granddaughter a lovely sweater in bulky yarn but could not find any that was appropriate for her.  That was a bummer.  Instead, I ended up using the sparkly blue yarn for her sweater.

I bought some of the new Malabrigo yarn from The Loopy Ewe (my FAVORITE on line store!) which is sort of like a tie dyed roving wrapped in a nylon hair net cover!  I have one in each color. They ARE lovely!

I hope that since it is so thick I will be able to make a nice scarf/cowl/something with each one.  don't remember exactly but think it is 90 yards.


This yarn went FAST!  I went on line right when they loaded it up and in the process of looking they started disappearing!!  

Enjoy whatever project you are in the process of making, or thinking about making!