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Christmas scarves

I’ve got two in the works, hoping to have something ready for holiday gifts.

One is from Rita Weiss’ “24 Hour Crochet Projects” which is just a simple sc, ch 1 in alternating rows. The book shows it in a multi stripe, but since it’s an easy stitch I’m using Bernat Softee Baby in a pastel rainbow variegated (#31415 Candy Baby) and I don’t know if it’s just luck, but I’m getting a great pattern of large diamonds running up the center. When my fakakte scanner is back up, I’ll add the pictures…

The second I’m also very happy with. It’s the shell scarf from Bev’s Country Cottage. If you’re not familiar with her site, please check it out – she has a multitude of charity cap and blanket patterns, hospital items to make, and many other handcrafts including knit and cross-stitch. Her patterns are always pretty, and so far very easy for a novice like myself. Often, when I’m browsing or googling for a type of pattern, I’ll end up there again and again.

My purple one-skein chenille scarf looks like a big dook, even after the cabbage-beet-grape juice (yum!) bath. I have a few ends to weave in and then I’ll wash it out again and fabric-soften the heck out of it. I made it with a big hook, so it’s very open, but it wraps my neck twice with a lot of extra length left over. It will be functional, at least to wear to the bus stop in the cold weather.

I also made a quickie wreath-shaped xmas ornament with some old green yarn by sc around the edge of a plastic milk bottle ring and increasing for two rows to make it ruffly. I’m totally happy to recycle and NOT end up at the craft store; it’s ridiculous how easily I lose my mind and begin “stockpiling” when I get in there. Not that there’s anything wrong with that ; )

Speaking of Christmas, does anyone have a good idea for a skein each of red, green and white worsted that all have a silver strand running through them? I feel like I’ve had them forever, and each year, I think “yes, I really should use those” – and my mind goes blank. If someone comments with a nice link or something I can actually make before the 25th, I’ll send you my extra copy of the ’07 spring issue of Crochet Today that I bought a duplicate of recently. Note: I just checked my stash; the red and green are Caron Christmas Glitter, but look quite a few years old. The white is Jamie baby from the same era but the strand on this one is pearl, not silver.

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Growing the Snake

New toy made at the request of my 3 year old; he’s very happy with it so far. I’ve sewn in the eyes and tongue, and have been stuffing it as I go.

The whole thing is crocheted in the round, pattern from Yarncat. I originally saw it at Dot’s Crochet a few months ago.

 

I’m trying to keep it a little soft and mushy so he can bend it. I could probably still manage to get some armature wire or pipe cleaners in there to shape it. That’s a stitch marker behind the head, it’s supposed to go on for 100 rounds. We’ll see. I’ll work on 5 or 6 rows before I get bored and put it down for a (too) long while. On the upside though, I did just find out that I can single crochet -in the dark- at the movies!

I love the way the variegated is making a spiral camoflauge pattern. The yarn is Red Heart super saver in “Sage Mary”. I may change the face, possibly move the eyes down and add a goofy smile.

He wants me to make him a dragon after this.

 

 

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Bagged today…

flowerprintpantfab3.jpgAwesome cute print on a thrifted pair of pants. I want to make a felted clutch in a matching dark/medium pink and use this fabric for the liner. I love the colors. I think they look modern, but the pants are pegged and appear very 80’s in style.

I bought a few skeins of Patons classic merino (petal pink, old rose, burgundy, rich red, that’s pink, and paprika) that would be perfect for this. I intended use them for a ripple to match an Ikea rug that my sister-in-law owns. I’m inspired by the fabric, so that’s a start. I have been reading too many patterns and new books and not crocheting enough lately. Oooh, I just figured out that if I can get a jump in on this, I may be able to have it ready in time for the 2007 Color-A-Long on Craftster! And my neice’s birthday is in July, so I could give it to her as a gift…

The image is from a scan, I need to get my camera fixed so I can post my progress on a few more things. The nikon had an unfortunate accident last weekend involving gatorade and first-grade soccer practice – a nice excuse for a new digital SLR though, no?

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Stripes The Long Eared Bunny

Is he or isn’t he?
Is He or Isn’t He?

So I picked up my first Rachael Ray magazine last night. My husband and I used to enjoy her old $40 a Day show way back when. (Yeah, we’re cool, we were into her before she sold out and went mainstream, man.) I’ve always thought she was a bit too “chummy”, like your goofy friend that the boys make fun of but secretly like. But hey, that happens to everyone, right? No? Well, nevermind then…I know she’s quite in vogue these days with all the tv and the Oprah and I’ve read the amusing net backlash as well. (“Raytard”. Enough said.) I only bought the issue because cooking is not my forté and I’ve been hearing that a lot of her recipes are simple, and, for lack of a better term, man-pleasing. Superbowl steak sandwiches. Chili. She wrote a book called Guy Food, for goodnes sake, And since my beloved will barely eat what I do prepare, I thought she deserved a chance.


Enough of the backstory. I’m surveying the mag after a late night grocery trip and finding nothing simple nor manpleasing. Since it’s a bit of a lifestyle magazine as well, there are cute tablesettings and household tips and such. I reach the “Everyday Faves” section, which showcases the current must-haves in fashion and home items. And what to my wandering eyes should appear? A forlorn little bunny with floppy striped ears! As surprised as I was to see crocheted toys advertised in a hip mainstream magazine, I was immediately saddened by a mental picture of the poor sweatshop workers having to mass produce them. It looks like all single crochet with color changes every three rows…I get a blister just thinking about it.

I halfheartedly closed my new useless recipe book and dragged the kids to bed alongside my sickly (and possibly malnourished) husband and fell asleep without further thought about cooking or sweatshops. So, imagine my surprise this afternoon while surfing some blogs when I saw this post pointing to a “cute, snuggly knitted bunny”. I know there is enough polarization in the fiber community, and may the great Skein in the Sky forgive me if I am wrong, but I do not believe in my heart of hearts that this animal is knit.

Rachael’s got it listed for sale at apartment48.com, a site which gives no indication of the thing’s construction. A quick google reveals he’s (and let’s call him he for the sake of argument, shall we? I’m sure no one is questioning the gender of a stuffed toy) made by Schylling and sold by dozens of progressive Ikea type boutiques online. Some sites, including Amazon, say he’s knitted, while others have been saved by the don’t ask, don’t tell policy popularized by today’s military. Notice also that he can be “long eared” or “long earred”, which only serves to add more fire to the stew. Though what really caught my attention was the total lack of copywriting originality. Each site seemed to be remixing each others’ descriptions like I did when I copied my term paper out of an encyclopedia in the 7th grade.

Down and Dirty in the trenches

Listen, I know it’s tough enough to crochet in a world that caters to knitters, so let’s set the record straight if we can.

By passing over all the rhetoric, maybe we can out this bunny and bring a peace unto a nation of crafters.

Perhaps it’s true, by Stripes we can all be healed.

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Kuler = Cooler Color

*kuler*

Not directly crochet related but definitely of interest to anyone planning a color scheme for a project. Follow the link above and choose from different “rules” such as Analogous, Complementary, etc and play with the colors until you make a scheme you like. The combinations are endless! Browse other themes by popularity or rating. With names ranging from Japanese Garden and Cherry Cheesecake to Watermelon Stomp and Tech Office, you’ll no doubt be inspired by the creative input of other users. Register to save and publish your palettes, as well as download them for use in several Adobe software packages such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

I’m starting a ripple afghan this week and I’m definitely going to try this along with the random stripe generator at Kiss Your Shadow.

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