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Tuesday
Sep112012

Almost Year-end Catch-up

It's been a BUSY year for me this year!!  I didn't realize it had been quite so long since my last posting here, but WOW, it's been quite a while!

I went to the CGOA conference in Manchester this summer, and as usual, had an absolute blast meeting up with old friends and new, right along with learning some new techniques.  I have to admit though, that this summer I actually took more knitting classes than crocheting.  BUT....at least now I know I can have my seams on knit projects look as "hidden" as I do on my crochet seams!  I just never seemed (ha, very punny) to catch the right areas of the knit stitches to get a really nice looking seam going.  Now there's no more excuses!!  lol  The fall show and event is going on this week in Reno, so if you're in the area, or if you get a chance to go, do so!  It's so worth it to go at least once.

Missyboo and my Hubby came to Manchester for the last two days.  Missyboo was looking forward to modeling in the fashion show again this year.  She was so nervous last year, but once on the runway, she nailed it fine.  Couldn't wipe the ear-splitting grin from her face for quite a while afterwards, what with all the whoops, hollers and whistles she received.  (c) Doris ChanThis year though, the only thing she modeled was by helping me to "display" my afghan that took third place in the CGOA Design Contest.

I've spent most of the year doing a lot of contract crochet jobs for several designers.  Let me tell you, there are going to be some BEE-U-TI-Ful designs coming out in the next few months!!!!  And now that there's a "quiet" spell going on, I've been working on a couple of my own projects.  I'm hoping to have one ready for testing in the next couple of weeks.

And speaking of my own designs, I was poking around on my Ravelry page yesterday, and discovered that my first independent pattern is only 20 "hearts" away from being listed as a favorite of 3000 people!!!  Can you hear me saying: "OMG!!"?  And there are almost 800 projects posted and linked to this very same pattern!!  Can you hear me saying:"OMG!!" again??  I'm absolutely flabbergasted about that, and I thank everyone who's favorited it and posted pictures of their projects! 

Here's a link to the pattern itself if you might be interested in making this hat for any of the men or boys in your life.  It's gotten quite a few good reviews from the guys who've received them.  It's also good for any of the women and girls in your life too.  It can be done with spiraling cable ribs or with straight cable ribs, and in any color combination you desire.  It's called Reversible Strands for Men (and Women, too!)

straight cable ribsspiraled cable ribs On a different note, I had to take Missyboo school shopping a couple of weeks ago.  My 10 year old is now wearing adult sized shoes.  No more kids section for her.  No way, not with needing anywhere from a 6.5 to a 7.5 shoe these days!!  Who said it was ok for her to grow so much, so fast, and so soon?? But if she keeps going like this, I'll be able to wear her shoes next year!  Muwahahahaha!

Have a good day!  :D

Sunday
Jun242012

So Much To Do, So Little Time!!

Well I did it again!  I thought I was going to get ahead of myself this year and have everything ready to go to the Knit and Crochet Show, also known as Chain Link, in Manchester ........peacefully.  NOT!  I just printed out the homework for my classes last night.  Even that took awhile as the site was having some difficulties popping up the individual classes and the homework page associated with them.  Maybe I'm not the only one doing the last minute thing here?  hmmmm.......

My suitcase isn't even packed yet!  Woe is me!  Good thing I'm on vacation this week!  Work won't be interfering like it usually does to get me out the door with everything I need!

Checklist:

  • Yarn
  • hooks
  • needles
  • tape
  • scissors
  • paper
  • pen
  • graph paper
  • stitch markers
  • swatches
  • clothes
  • shoes
  • toothbrush

oh dear, no check offs for me yet!

 If you're going, I hope you have a good time.  Who knows, maybe we'll meet up at the store for those last minute supplies we forgot to pack in our haste to get to class!

Monday
May142012

Lock-ups

I used to always lose my stitch markers, or I simply couldn't remember where I had "stored" them for future use.  So one day while Hubby and I were at Staples, I found these plastic jars called Lock-ups in one of the floor bins.

There were three different sizes, a small (about 6oz) medium (about 8oz), and large (about 10oz).  I bought two of the medium sized ones, and so far, I'm loving 'em!! 

All my stitch markers are in one, all my pins for blocking are in the other.  The thing I like best about them?  They can be "locked" into a stack with a simple twist of the top jar!

When I'm not using them, they're stacked, and on the back corner of my work table.  No more pulling out my hair saying: I know I had some!!  or Where did I put them now?!

What do you use to "contain" your markers?

Have a nice night!  :)

Saturday
Apr282012

Hook-winked!

Today some members of my crochet guild spent the day at the Connecticut Sheep and Wool Festival in Tolland/Vernon, CT demonstrating various crochet techniques such as Tunisian and crocheting with roving, along with basic crochet to anyone interested.  We also had a table for displaying various items that were brought along, made from natural fibers. 

Boy, was it COLD in the barn!!!  The wind was blowing pretty strong all day, and it was warmer outside than inside!  You'd swear you were standing in front of a commercial freezer door the way the wind was whipping through the inside of the barn!! 

Anyways, one of the women helping to run the show was making the rounds of all the vendors and volunteers tables to see if they were interested in donating any items such as skeins, hanks, garments, accessories, etc., for an impromptu judging contest if enough items were collected. 

I "entered" two items; my Jalapeno Sunrise jacket, and a cabled vest.  Both crocheted.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that both had won ribbons!! The jacket won a first place blue ribbon, and the vest won a yellow third place ribbon.  Imagine more surprise for me when I found out that the vest had been judged in the knitted garment category!!  Especially when it was specified that it had been crocheted!!  (I added the "lighter" picture for a bit more clarity of the pattern)

I've never entered anything into a judged event before, so I'm still a bit flibberty-gibbity about winning two ribbons!  Guess this means I'll have to enter some items into the Big E in Massachusetts this year to see if I can do it again!  Lol!

Have a good night!  :D

Tuesday
Apr242012

Silver Nights Done. (or is it?)

I started this project about a year and a half ago.  I just loved the way this was shaped, and since my knitting skills aren't the most expert (hahaha!  lol), I figured this would give me the opportunity to learn a few more things, such as wrapping and turning in garter stitch.  I think I have that down pretty well after a few starts and stops and froggings.

This is done in two main parts: the upper back and sleeves, then the front body and "tail".  After putting them together, the shoulders and collar get completed.  I've had it together for almost 8 months now, but it ended up getting put aside for other projects and contracts that needed to be done.  This past couple of weeks, my schedule has been clear enough for me to get back to it again. Yay!  Figured to finish it up in time to take with me to Chain Link in Manchester this year!

After getting the sleeves sewn up, I dug Big Bertha out of the closet and draped her with this new jacket.  Imagine my surprise when after 4 days of hanging, the tail is now just above the floor instead of staying between knee and mid-calf.  That's a LOT of stretch!!!  The center point on the back is supposed to be around the top of the waist area, not below the waist, the tail in the mid-calf range.

Despite all the stretch, I really like the way the shape of this jacket fits with my "shape", but knowing me and my klutzy habits, the last thing I want to do is step on the back of this and tear it, or trip on it going up and down some stairs.  So..........I'm thinking I'm going to be learning yet another thing about knitting......steeking. But not so much the actual steek itself, but the sewing that needs to be done to the fabric prior to making "the cut".

Now, I've cut my knit fabric before, but it's always been in line with the rows.  Easy-peasy for picking up and finishing off.  The thought of cutting along the sides of the rows scares the daylights out of me!  What if I miss a couple of stitches?  Will the whole thing fall apart on me anyway?

I figure if I cut and re-shape the tail now so the length is just below the knee, I can then crochet a pretty border around the bottom hem to get even more of a point to the tail without all the excess length.  to then be followed up with the dreaded weaving in of ends!

Who says when one gets older, the less chances are taken?  Muwahahaha!  (wish me luck!)

Have a nice night.  :)