Sometimes I remember things or objects from my youth that have literally been forgotten for decades. One of those bits of flotsam and jetsam that recently floated across my consciousness was the rag rug from my childhood we had on our living room floor. The colors were drab and muted, very utilitarian in nature; however, put on the old wood floor, it really fit. Around 1975, my mother decided she’d had it with her young daughters cleaning the floor by using Pledge and creating a dangerous, slick surface for her stockinged feet – don’t do it! – and she had the standard gold shag carpet installed. Goodbye wood, goodbye rug.
Flash forward 41 years, and here I am, wanting to make a rug similar to the one from my childhood. This transmogrified into wanting to make an outdoor rug for our new deck; a rug that wouldn’t require washing and was durable. I’d read somewhere that it was possible to use paracord for certain crocheted objects and the said material could be purchased at a craft store. Without further thought or research, I did just that.
I purchased 120 yards (really?) and a more ergonomically friendly size “N” crochet hook. With only a vague notion as to how I should proceed, I powered through it. I’ve done enough crocheting through the years to improvise, even though I’m not a big fan of it. As you can see, the yardage fell far short of the imagined rug, but at least it made it outside. It’s sturdy, a bit rough on the hands, but it will last quite a long time out in the elements. My family was so impressed by this little place mat that now they want me to make a bigger one.
Will I? Yup. But later. My fingers got callouses from this!
120 yards – what was I thinking?
Next time, I’ll be sure to have some lanolin handy!
Heavy duty scissors!
On the outside table.
Finished. Didn’t bother trimming the ends!
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So, just when I was really jamming on my Deadhead Baby Blanket – yea, someone wanted this! – I noticed a gaping hole in my fabric about 4 rows down. Puzzled, I tried to figure out what caused it. Normally, we’re talking an easy fix to pick up the stitch, because after counting my stitches, I discovered I was short one; but WHERE I lost it remained a mystery. I was stumped. As you can see on two of these pictures, I was pretty far along. And I also included the point that had me guessing. If you point out where I lost it, please let me know!
I was so frustrated, I just frogged the whole thing, and we’re starting again. I’ve decided I’m going to do a different texture, a bit more complex. Like I need that with this! Either way, it’ll look good when I’m done and again, Wendy better like this…!
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The socks are finished. Thank you. It’s been my experience that socks are not a small, weekend project, contrary to their size. They take awhile, at least for me; so when I finish them, it’s a bit of a disappointment when they don’t fit they way I would like. I try to work in a lot of negative ease, and this time, I used KnitPicks Stroll Tweed, which must have been slightly larger than the yarn I used the first time I made Vanilla Latte Socks, so I ended up with slightly larger socks. Oh, well. They’re still cool looking and I will be wearing them!
The fit is not as snug as I would like.
Eye of Partridge stitch for the heel flap. Never mind the white leg!
Now that those are finished, I need to concentrate on one of the harder projects I’ve ever started. I say harder, because it’s not something I would normally knit. I talked about this on my last post, the Deadhead baby blanket! I love the girl who requested this like I would my own daughter (my daughter is sitting next to me on the couch right now – thank goodness she doesn’t follow my blog!!) or else I would have passed on it. I am anxious to be done already and I will be following the advice of a blogger friend, Angela of Avanta Knits, and using intarsia for the color changes. That means that I will be learning intarsia. I believe I’ve used the method before, way back when, but it wasn’t called that, it was just block color changing. Not hard at all (clears throat nervously).
Nice, fluffy, blanket with a simple texture.
And this has to fit on it somehow! LOL
As you can see, I have broken the picture down into stitches, but I wonder if this will be detailed enough? It’s 6″ x 6″, and I’m using Red Heart Soft worsted weight yarn. Thinking of putting it dead center. How I’m going to pull that one off will be a bit of good math and a LOT of luck. The dimensions and numbers I have used were based on the garter stitch, even though I will be using a stockinette stitch for the logo. Yikes. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed on this one!
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You ever spend way too much time on the wrong project with the wrong yarn at the wrong time of year? Welcome to the last several weeks of my crafting! I have been fighting this thing since the beginning.
Several weeks ago I put out an impassioned request for some ideas on how to use the linen stitch. I rattled off a list of items I didn’t want to make, which included a cowl, but as a proper linen stitch needs to be worked in the round, I was limited. So what did I do? I started a cowl. No big deal. Except I had to cast on 16 different times because I kept twisting the foundation row. That is such a rookie mistake, that I should have taken my cue from such an inauspicious start.
The yarn is Malabrigo that I’ve had tucked away in a bag in my closet for over a year, and I wanted to use it. I even rescued a snarled skein that had previously kept me from using the yarn at all – that’s how bad I wanted to get this thing started! As for a pattern, I was loosely basing in on Kristen Kapur’s Chickadee Cowl, but not having too much success. The yarn combination was just wrong for me. So now it sits, rewound and back on its shelf in the closet, awaiting a more suitable project.
Doing the Eye of Partridge stitch for the heel and loving it.
In the meantime, I figure it’s never a wrong time to work on socks!
See you in the funny pages.
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Yea…this post has nothing to do with A.A. Milne’s wonderful creations…
I’ve been having trouble with my FB page. It appears that I can’t properly access it, because I’m still in my personal profile. Is this happening to anyone else? I am a huge fan of progress and improvements to my digital environment, but I sometimes the changes that are effected feel like they are done just for the sake of change. I got enough damn change in my life without having to deal with superfluous modifications that don’t actually help!
Ok. Rant over. I promise.
I hope everyone had a great Easter.
For myself, my latest and greatest pattern still sits atop my yarn tray, still unfinished. Something that should have been done in 3 days max. My problem? I am sooo not in the mood to crochet! I want to knit!!! And you’re probably thinking, Grow up! Just knit something or pick up the damned hook and finish this alleged wonderful project so you can knit! (Umm….I hope you’re not really thinking that.) I don’t like more than one project going because it starts feeling too chaotic, but in instances like these, my whole creative process gets in a bottle-neck because, again, I refuse to have too many thing going at once. Oh, well. It’ll be done, I’ll show it off, and on to the next one!
Do you have any rules about your crafting?
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making an error/finding an error in your current knit or crochet project.
What started as a joke posting on my Facebook page, actually made me do some rethinking about the 5 stages of grief. It was 3:00 am and I’d just discovered that a pattern I’d downloaded, printed up and purchased yarn for had not been written correctly. Maybe someone else who is a sharper tack than I would have caught the error and amended it before they were 3/4 of the way finished.
So, while I was frogging my project, I felt a funny should be made. You know, the kind of idea you come up with in the wee hours of the morning. Maybe it was because I was loopy with sleep that I made this connection, but I do believe it’s valid, at least to how I reacted to this particular incident.
When I first realized that it was the pattern and not a misunderstanding on my part, I thought NO WAY! (denial); rapidly followed by irritation that I’d gone through all the hoops to make this happen (anger); then I started thinking of ways to fix it at this point (bargaining); but quickly determined, with a sinking heart, that it wasn’t possible (depression); and just started with the frogging (acceptance).
See? It was all there in a microcosm!
What weird connections have you made recently?
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You may have noticed the my blog posts, as of late, have been mostly food entries and many of you crocheters and knitters may be thinking I’ve done a bait-and-switch move.
I assure you that is not the case.
January and February have brought about a general lassitude, especially when it comes to my knitting. I would compare the progress on my latest project, Lion Brand’s Curvy Girl Cowl Neck Tunic, to that of a snail; however, I have yet to see a snail move backward and then forward again along the same slime track! Yes, I have been frogging in an inordinate amount. Again, I accredit this lack of attention and sloppiness to the general lassitude. I would also invite you to look at other knitting or crocheting blogs, and you will see a pattern (pun intended). Feel Good Knitting has posted about her February Blah, and The Sweaty Knitter about her procrastination in Still Kneading, Not Knitting and I know I’ve run across others that slip my mind. You see? It happens to all of us, but to some, it’s very specifically this time of year.
So, I leave you with this, dear readers, an image of my current project with yet another frog in progress while lying atop two more projects that await to be started and/or finished.
Word of the Day:
- formal + medical : the condition of being tired : lack of physical or mental enery
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