Category: crochet

week 255

So much closer to the finish line for this project.

I’m going to do the middle part with circular needles.

All this yarn for finishing the pullover. I have a bit less yarn to work with, although there was exchanging of the Yarn Collective bit with a bigger ball that was for another project, that’s temporarily stalled.

yarn for sleeves and middle sections

The four knit panels are finished and have been attached to each other but need a bit of steaming to make it pretty.

I tried on one side and the shoulder seam hits my shoulder in the right places, but that’s before adding the narrow middle and everything is altogether, so it’ll probably be closer to cap sleeve. Not sure what I want to do about the neckline, but we’ll see how much yarn is leftover at that point.

four finished knit striped panels

 

Friday, I finally frogged the Mandala yarn I was knitting with, as it just sat there for the longest time. I had two balls, so crocheted them together and let the colour changes happen naturally. The end isn’t as flat as the beginning, but it’s not that big a deal. As long as they mirrored slightly, which they do. I wish the colour changes were more staggered, though.

crocheted wrap using two Mandala balls

I used the next size up, on the recommended hook size on the label. By the way, this colourway is Pegasus.

side of Mandala yarn wrap

week 253

I’ve been knitting for about three years or so, after so many stops and starts.

When I first learned to crochet, I did the scarf route and gradually learned more complex things. I don’t think I’ve ever knit a scarf, and started with shawls or wraps although my first project was a pullover that I did both knit and crochet in, but it’s sitting in my closet for reasons. I’ve only made three pullovers or cardigans that I have worn, two of them on a regular basis. I’ve made way more, obviously.

The funny thing is I realise it’s easier to go top down when I crochet, but it has to be from the bottom when knitting.

That said I am starting another top down pullover, not sure about the sleeve length at the moment. The crochet thread mixed with one of the bits of yarn not successfully dyed that one time and so far, so good. Just going to use these until I run out then use the one bought at the thrift store, to finish the top.

I originally knit the beginning, but it didn’t feel right, so frogged the yarn and started off with a 3.75mm hook.

crochet thread and fingering thread used to start yet another top down pullover

The pullover I’m most focused on at the moment, is on piece four.

I messed up on binding off the third piece by binding off at the end of a row, and not at the beginning. So, this totally happened.

when you bind off on the wrong side

This is the current progress on the fourth panel.

In the meantime, I did bind off the shoulder seam, then sew up the sides of the first two, leaving a space for an armhole. For armholes, I always leave eight inches, or about 20 cm, of space, because it leaves ample room.

After finishing up this panel, I will bind off the shoulder then sew up the side, then it will be time for the two middle panels.

Didn’t get so far.

beginning piece four of the striped pullover

week 251

For the longest time I had this project in a pile of WIPs. I finally just wanted to finish it.

It’s almost finished as I want to add random pom-poms all over.

This is the frogged yarn from the cardigan I knit and somehow made one side way too wide to be comfortable to wear. The yarn is doubled up, and when I was at the last yarn cake, I crocheted with both ends.

For some reason I didn’t feel like continuing the actual pattern planned out so made it on one side. especially since I wasn’t exactly paying attention to the holes made.

The more I look at it, I want to sew armholes and turn it back into a cardigan.

crochet shawl or something

It’s a bit blurry, but the quilt top is coming along.

After sewing the side pieces, noticed the middle part was too long, so needed to make it wider, rather than longer. Removed several rows from the bottom, and will attach them to the sides.

When everything is finally sewn together, going to sew over the rows, on the outside, firmly attaching the batting under the top, before making something for the back and attaching that.

And I roughly measured length and it’s 4 feet, or about 122cm. I figure it’s just as wide as it is long. If not, I can sew two pieces of batting together.

quilt squares

Started the third section of the pullover.

My straights are no15, Japanese needles, bought a long time ago. For the inside pieces, when I will pick up the stitches and attach them to each other, I wanted to use a circular needle.

Unfortunately I guesstimated and bought 6.0mm needles. I need 6.5mm. It’s a tiny little difference, but half mm does matter because the stitches could be a wee smaller.

start of the third knitted piece

Yarnbox is selling off skeins of yarn before they completely close up shop. I bought two and they are both so much prettier in person than in this photo. They’ll probably be forever in the stash but that’s normal.

two yarn skeins

week 248

When I know I’ll be sitting in a car, or just waiting in general, I bring a bit of yarn and either needles or a hook. Oftentimes, it’s just to keep my hands busy and a bunch of the things started end up getting frogged.

I tend to gravitate towards stripes and want to make a simple top using various yarns in my stash. It will be various purple yarns, one reddish purple one and a blue yarn on top. Part of me wants to put rows of grey between overlap and solo bits. Right now, it will be broken up into four parts then in the middle, which attaches pieces, will be crochet. I haven’t made anything than a basic layout, but it’s going to be whenever.

another striped knitting project with purple yarn

 

Progress on the weaving project.

I prefer it upside down, as it looks better this direction. I think it should end on green and white as it begins that way, instead of just blue, as planned.

progress on weaving project

 

These squares have been sitting there for a while, because I’ve been constantly putting it off. When I cut them out, I had them set up a certain way but didn’t even bother paying attention to that arrangement, while sewing them together. They’re all random and it’s slightly wonky. I need to sew the rectangles onto the sides then smooth it all out with an iron and sewing over the cover.

folded up middle of simple quilt top

 

This green yarn was originally used so I can practice making cables, but after messing up my count then trying to redo it and having yarn slide off the cable needle, I gave up and will attempt cables on a different yarn.

In case you’re curious, this and the purple yarn are Tahki Yarn’s Stacey Charles Lena. WEBS took over the line and the yarn is almost gone.

another crochet project

week 247

I started this a couple days ago and just randomly experimenting. The orange bit is crocheted then woven in, couple rows where I chained the yarn then wove that in, then the rest are just woven in. It looks odd but like the texture. I’m going to add a bit more orange then end on more blue. This looks good the way it is but unsure if it will be turned upside down. Depends after I attach fringe at bits.

(In case, you are wondering if I ever will get around to that blocked canvas on the left. I have not finished crushing up the crystals, so whenever I get around to doing that, then I can finally make paint and work on my painting.)

medium sized weaving project

 

The hat isn’t finished but this is nearly it done. I want to add a bit of netting, which should have been applied underneath the bits of flowers.

In case you want to know what I was aiming for, if you look at the corner underneath, is the original pattern envelope, with a picture of what is it supposed to look like.  Instead of leaving the middle space free, I covered as much of it as possible because I like it that way. I’m that bad at following directions especially when it’s just words and limited illustrations. I am not a milliner but have been watching a bunch of YouTube examples. It’s amazing, how once you know what you’re doing, it looks easy, but otherwise it’s just material and questioning at every step what you’re doing with all the material.

hat in progress

 

I had leftover ribbon from making some of the flowers and decided to make a floral bouquet with it. I plan on gifting it to someone I talk to on Twitter. I’m a bit excited it will belong to someone who lives in New Zealand, as I’ve never sent anything to anyone that lives there.

This is just step one, where they’ve taken on the shape of flowers. Basically, you take a bit of thread and thread across the bottom of a bit of ribbon, scrunch it up, sew the free ends of the ribbon together, then gather the bottom with the rest of the thread and tie off the thread. All the sewing is done on one side and you flip it over and have your “petals”.  I need to buy green floral tape before attaching the wire. Am going to attach some green crochet leaves, then that should be done and ready to send to her.

blue ribbon flowers

 

The not so secret block blanket is coming along, but has taken the odd shape. Need to add semi-triangular shapes to the sides, attach a few things and will be done.

This is the back.

crochet blocks blanket

It’s not obvious with this but I layered netting over the velvet. I tried to colour one piece with paint and got more paint on my hands than on the netting. After putting that down, I put two more pieces over that and didn’t bother gluing it down, as the next layer will keep it attached. Do I know what my next layer is? No.

layers on board: velvet ribbon, netting

 

week 246

I’ve gotten a new comforter, which means for now, the background will clash with whatever item I’m taking a picture. I really do need to set up a little area to take decent pictures.

 

This will be the background for something, but unsure what at the moment. I used all the smaller pieces that were going to be used for the hat, and just glued them to this canvas board as the first layer. I did it sideways, but this direction looks better. Should have painted the canvas board before doing it but too late to remove the ribbon, as it’s been a few days.

(I haven’t taken any pictures of the hat, but it’s coming along. It’s not exactly clear-cut what I’m doing going by illustrations and written directions. It might be done by next week, but, even if it’s not, I’ll post a picture in next week’s blog.)

strips of blue velvet ribbon glued onto board

 

Still haven’t decided what to add to the pillow, so it’s still a blank slate.

In front of it, the blocks being added to each other. It’s turning out awful but I’m sure the end will be decent enough.

squares being put together for a blanket

 

Should have been more aware of the light, but this is the progress on the other square blanket. The best thing about chunky weight yarn is you don’t have to wait too long.

I’ve spent the majority of last week making squares and started attaching them on Sunday. I have a few left but will attach them on the side, but feel it’s a few squares short.

squares mostly put together for another blanket

Complete with off-center square so it doesn’t line up.

upper corner of second blanket, square isn't flush with the other squares

 

Was feeling a bit antsy and had time on my hands so started knitting. Have no idea what this will be in the end. Also, this is the yarn I bought at the thrift store so have no idea the actual contents but feels like 100% wool.

start of another knit project using thrift store yarn

week 245

Slow weeks happen, and I tried to spend as much of the time trying to destress with the week between school year ending to summer school beginning and didn’t get much done, by way of projects.

 

Started an experiment. As one of my year end goals is to be able to knit a basic cable, I’ve finally watched enough tutorials on YouTube, to finally get the nerve to attempt to do one. I’ve tried in the past but can never figure it out. For the longest time, I assumed you had to work backwards on the back, and cables only are worked on one side.

As an aside, a lot of videos assume you know how to start off a cable and have several rows already done.

So, I’m finally going to do a cable. After a few rows of knit and purl, it will be a bit of cable, which will be the front of something. Not sure what yet. And it will be two or three different yarns, as I have a massive amount of green yarn to experiment with.

I cast on 33 stitches originally, then tried to do basic math and it doesn’t work out, so have cast on 40.

So, it’s basically co40

knit and purl two rows each, then

knit 15, purl 2, 3/3 right cable, purl 2, knit 15 on the front

purl 15, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 15 on the back

until not sure when.

new pullover project

 

This blanket is slowly coming along. I’m purposely not showing the front of this until I’m finished.

partial view of another crochet blanket