Associations

Associate Professional, Crochet Guild of America                            CGOAlogotiny.jpg

Also a member of CGOA local chapter, The Happily Hooked on Crocheting Club8bc2.jpg

Thursday
Apr282011

Margaret Hubert

I had a nice change up to my schedule today.  My friend Margaret Hubert was giving a talk at my local library today, and I decided I was going! The library had "advertised" for the week prior to "Come meet the author Margaret Hubert April 28", and one day shortly after the sign was put up, Missyboo and I were driving to town.  She saw the sign and asked, "Mom, is that the same Margaret Hubert we know?"  When I told yes, she was all excited.  "I know an AUTHOR?!"

Margaret was giving a talk on free form crocheting and knitting, and had brought lots of samples with her for all to see.  It always amazes me to see the finished, final project done in free form.  I can admire it all I want, but I just cannot bring myself to actually do it.  It's too chaotic for me for some reason.  I like and prefer making something balanced from start to finish.  Even though lots of free form projects have balance to them, too!  Maybe it's the thought of all those ends to be taken care of!!  lol

I thought these slippers were cute.  Missyboo would love a pair like them herself!

I also found out there's a local Knit and Nosh that meets on Thursdays at the library, and when it was mentioned that I should come to the meetings, I replied, "Thanks, but I'm a crocheter who knits."  The response to that was one lady pointing out different people that were there and telling me, "she's a crocheter who knits; she's a spinner and weaver; that lady over there spins and dyes her own yarns; and the rest of us are knitters who crochet."  So..........maybe I've found a place to go on Thursday afternoons for an hour or so!

I'll be going to the 102nd  CT Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, too.  My crochet club has had a booth there for the last three years to demonstrate crochet and have some lessons for anyone interested.  We all bring lots of neat projects with us for display, and of course, they're all made from natural fibers of some sorts.  A lot of the people that stopped by to look were really surprised at some of the items we had.  A lot of the comments were along the lines of "Wow, I didn't know you could do that in crochet!"  Hey, one festival at a time!!  lol

Have a good night!  :D

Friday
Apr152011

Who Keeps Stealing the Time?!?!?!

My goodness, I didn't realize how FAST time has been flying past me lately!!!  It's almost July again.  Time for getting ready to go to another CGOA Conference!! There will be two this year, one in July in Menneapolis, MN, and another in September, in Greensboro, NC.  I've got my classes all set for going to MN.  First time there for me!  I've been to Manchester, NH twice and Buffalo, NY once.  Should be interesting though.  Since I'm from WI, it only made sense to go there rather than NC so Hubby and Missyboo can join me the last day in MN, then we can go visit family in WI the week after classes.  Hubby was talking about us driving out there, stopping in WI to pick up my niece, dropping me off at the hotel in MN, then they would continue on to see Mt Rushmore and do some sightseeing in the Badlands, but I don't think that's going to pan out too well.  Niece takes a lot of summer camps and Missyboo wants to do a summer reading program.

I've been busy doing model making projects for several different designers since last July, and trying to work on different projects of my own in between.  One of them is teaching myself to knit better with Silver Nights jacket, which can be found at LynAdell.com.  In previous postings about this project I made comment about how bad I thought my wraps looked.  I finally found the secret that works for me when doing garter stitch, and NOT on a pair of socks, either!!  Looking on Youtube showed me a lot of wraps, but just about every one of them was dealing with socks.  So by playing around, I figured out a way for me, that I think works.  But I finally figured it out when doing the body/back section.  So......that means when I finish the body/back, the sleeves will be ripped out one more time (I think that will make it the fourth time!!) and redone.  I'm thinking this time I won't make it quite so flared either.  So here's the latest picture on my knitting journey for this jacket.  The bottom of the V is center back, and then the sides come up and around to the front chest sections.  When I get the shorter side up to the longer side size, I get to add the upper back/sleeve section.  Then the only thing left to do knitting-wise is the collar, and done!  I'm getting closer!!  :D

I've also been working on getting three hat and neck cowl sets put together.  I've got the pieces made, but still need to get the patterns written up.  After that, I'm going to send them out for charting.  Fingers are crossed that I can get that done by the end of this month.  I know, just in time for summer, right?  lol

Sunday
Dec122010

Lands End Feel Good Campaign

Land's End donated lots and lots of yarn this year to knitters and crocheters to make squares and blankets for Warm Up America.  My CGOA chapter, The HHCC, placed an order for some cones, so did I.  Our November meeting was devoted to making up as many squares as we could, and we came up with one whole blanket's worth.   I managed to finish one of the blankets from the cones I received, too.  Our blankets went to Elizabeth House, a battered women's shelter in Danbury, CT.

I also finished off my second blanket from the cones.  I made up the pattern for the first blanket, and used a variation of that pattern for the second one.

copyright NLS Stitches

Let's see if I can get pictures to work today!  It's rainy, gray, and cold.  Perfect for me not to be able to get anything done right the first time!  Ok, looks like success for the first one here!  Yay!  lol  

The second blanket's variation simply placed main body's stitches alternately one row to the next.  The first blanket's main body stitches were stacked one over the other.  It gave a nice pattern, with subtle variations to it between the two blankets.copyright NLS Stitches  I made some "stripes" to divide the sections from each other, and it makes this a reversible blanket, too, because on one side, the stripe has a bit of raised texture to it, on the other, it's flat.  But as you can see in these pictures, the stripes show up fine on either side.   I sent the second blanket to Warm Up America.

Time to make some chili before the games get started today, so.........have a nice, warm and toasty day!  :D

Sunday
Oct312010

Getting Closer!!

I've been doing a lot of crocheting for some designers this past couple of months, so I haven't had a chance to sit down and finish my Silver Nights Jacket lately!  But I think I'm getting closer to doing so!  :D

I did get the sleeves re-done, and you know what?  It works out pretty well when you follow the directions the way you're supposed to!  lol 

I did figure out a way of doing the wrap and turns so they're not so "visible" and I'm liking the effect so far.  Both sleeves curve the same way now and don't spiral around on me like the first one did when I had everything going on on the one side instead of both sides.  I'll have to get some pics taken of that part.  I also got started with the back section and got about half way done with the left side when I started doing some model making.

Today I get to take Missyboo out trick or treating with some friends at the mall.  That'll be a first!  I didn't know we could do that!  Should be fun.  I even get to get dressed up!  Missyboo and Hubby made me get a costume too!  Haven't done that in ages!

I'll also have to get back to my blankets I'm making as part of the Land's End Warm Up America campaign.  The yarn is soft, but it does have a tendency to be on the splitty side!

Monday
Aug232010

Knitting Lesson #4

More on Wrap and Turns.

This knitting stuff can get complicated in a hurry!  I now know that there are almost as many ways to do wrap and turns as there are for casting on and off!  Eesh!  In knitting, the wrap and turn is used for doing short rows.  The wrapping of the next stitch is supposed to keep holes from forming in the fabric for the next time you come back across that stitch with a new row.

Youtube.com is a great site for finding videos/tutorials, but it's also a great site for finding "errors" and a multitude of variations of the same thing you're searching for. 

This is what I have so far on my Silver Nights jacket.  The big area on the left is the first sleeve done in all it's "wrong" glory.  The first mistake I made with this sleeve it to not read the directions correctly.  About the midway point, I'm supposed to increase a stitch at the ends of Rows 1 & 3 of the repeats, to give a slight curvature to the inside edge, closest to the  center "V" shape.  That will be the underarm area of the sleeve. 

I did make my increases, but got it backwards.  I started with the increases, so all the shortrows and shaping were done on the same side of the work, the cuff area.  WRONG!!  lol  (Looks almost like the shape for Superman's chest shield, doesn't it?)

So now I get to take the sleeve apart and get it done correctly, with the increases where they're supposed to be.  Why?  Because after the sleeve seam is sewed together, the seam does this spiraling act so it ends with being on my inside wrist instead of staying to the outside.  Because I did not get the shaping correct at the underarm area, it pulled the fabric around and out of kilter.  But that's ok, it will give me the chance to work on my wrap and turns better!

I had watched one video on youtube prior to doing my first wrap and turns on the center V shaping, did my cast off, and forgot to grab the wrap into the cast off.  Re-did the cast off with the wrap included, and it turned out MUCH better.  (pictures posted in Lesson #3.)

I can see exactly where each wrap was done.  I'm not sure yet if that's the way it will always be, no matter what, or if it's just my lack of experience in doing them.  Some don't look too bad at all, others are a bit wonky, and others yet are "holey".  Because the wrapped stitch and the wrap itself are supposed to be knitted (or purled) together, did I not pick up the right piece of yarn?  Or did I do the wrap itself incorrectly to begin with?  But I will tell you, it gives me a much better appreciation of the simple slip stitch we use in crocheting!!!

I continued doing the wrap and turns for the sleeve's shortrows, and this picture gives a pretty good idea of what it looks like.  Most are visible, some more so than others. Can you see the "wonkies"?  There are two vertical rows of them in this picture.

So back to youtube I went.  I found one that was doing the wrap and turns specifically for garter stitch, which is my stitch pattern for this jacket.  That's my next practice session - to see if I can get better looking results using that method, rather than the one I did use!  So all and all, I guess I really don't mind that I have to take the sleeve apart.  Again.  

Oh yeah, did I mention that this will be the third time doing the sleeve?  The first time I was doing the shortrows on alternating sides of the sleeves because I didn't know then that the wrap and turn is a two parter, kind of like Tunisian crochet.  The first part is working X amount of stitches and making the wrap.  The second part of that is turning the work and stitching back to the beginning of previous row.  What' that old saying about "third time's the charm"?  lol

Have a good day.  :D