Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Project: Chunky Square Blanket.

I've been having fun with this, again with my trusty gray N-hook. And I took a good look and figured out the proper way to do corners in solid granny squares. They look a lot better than the ones I used to make! :)


Close-up of two sets of squares.


Another close-up as I experiment with camera angles. I need to figure out how all the other arts and crafts bloggers always manage to take such awesome pictures. (Maybe I'm just my own worst critic? *shrugs*)


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blue and Green Fillet Crochet Fashion Scarfc

I had fun with this one. Not only was the yarn combination just right to use my favorite hook (my trusty gray N-hook), but the colors are two of my favorites. :)


Wrapping it like that makes it bunch up less. Like training one's hair by braiding it when it's wet, it seems.


Unfortunately, I still only have myself as a model, though if she'll let me I'll rope my friend Carolyn into it. She's more photogenic.


I do like these, though. I felt almost pretty during this "shoot."


Until next time! :)


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Tempted to take all my medium/worsted weight or lighter yarn and just start making a blanket, just a plain double crochet (US terminology) blanket, adding whatever color comes next, and seeing how many I'd make while listening to books or watching TV or whatnot. Just for the fun of it.

The only thing stopping me is that I've done such "patchwork blankets" before and they've turned out kinda hideous. I've recently found out how to make those rows even (you'd think I'd have had the hang of that for years but nope, just this month! *sigh*), but it'd probably still look awful...well, maybe unless I only put the same type/weight/intensity yarn in the grab bag. Though most of what I have in that sort of quantity is Read Heart Super Saver, which gets made into blankets a lot but isn't the softest yarn out there. (It's not the scratchiest either--that would be fisherman's wool or rug yarn :P)

What do you think? Would you be interested to see it anyway?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Stash.

This is about 90% of it. The rest is a bunch of wool that was once a too-big blanket I made for Chris in '07, what little cotton yarn I have, and the sale yarn I bought just last night.

(Apologies for the poor photo quality--I took the picture with my phone. The promised actual digital camera pics of stuff I'm made are still being worked on. I seem to get in the mood to take pictures of stuff at the worst times--like right now, at still night in the morning, when all my shop stock and projects are in bins in the bedroom...where my husband is sleeping. Today! This morning or afternoon! No...really!)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Still alive.

Just last night I was able to have computer and internet working at the same time for the first time since early February. I charge my camera by USB-ing it to my computer, so it's being raised from the dead as I type this. I've made a bunch of stuff and organized most of my yarn in the meantime, and I do hope to have months' worth of pictures (in posting-every-day terms) once I've got everything photographed.

I got back into scrapbooking recently because I didn't seem to be making anything but hats and scarves (and it's finally coming into spring here in New York where the manchild and I are currently stationed), so while maybe I can sell those to my Aussie friends, I do need more summery things to sell locally, and now that I can access Ravelry and sites like it, I can go for ideas.

I have taken a crack at summery shawls (mixed success) and bags (eh...but I'll keep trying), but I want other stuff to do, some idea that I can do my way so that it becomes a unique design like my ruffle scarves and even the scrunchies.

Happy crafting, and I'll take pics of the new scrapbook journal pages too!

And for anyone who's interested, the old scrapbooking pages are at :)