Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Now that I finally get how to do tunisian entrelac, I decided to put some Patons Satin Crimson & Snow to use and make a patchwork scarf.
I used an H hook -- and yes, tucking in those ends did get tedious -- but it made for some mindless handwork while watching tv.
The edges curled fiercely until I added the triangular block to the edge. And then after steam blocking it --- oh my. It is one of the softest things.
This booklet was key in helping me understand the whole concept of constructing the entrelac blocks.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Yes having been inspired by Coats Crafts UK's post about fiber activist Rockpool Candy and her use of her body and plastic tubing to crochet with I want to make February the month we all challenge ourselves to try new crochet materials. And I'm not just talking about the usual non yarn stuff like cut up plastic bags or rope I mean some real crazy stuff like cooked spaghetti or old shoe laces!
I'm thinking of calling it 'Flipping Febuary' (working title, open to suggestions) and anyone can participate. During February just post a photo of some crochet you've done using any non-yarn material. You don't have to crochet a real item like a blanky or scarf, just crochet a few rows or a square. Make sure to note what material you have used. I encourage you to really see how far you can push the boundaries. The funnier and weirder the better!
I think there should be a prize ( I will put something together) for the craziest post. To select the winner and to make it fair I think we should have like a vote in system. Can we put polls on this site or something that tallies votes???? The voting will be open to everyone followers and participats.
So I hope you all think this is a fun idea too and join in. Let me know what you think and if you want to change or add anything to the challenge.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Crochet fans will be amazed at this art installation recently created at the Turnpike Gallery in Leigh, Greater Manchester. Using her entire body as the crochet hook, the artist has created a huge pod big enough to sleep in.
The artist is known as rockpool candy, and is what she calls a fibre activist. The giant formation is crocheted from thin plastic tubing showing that you really can crochet from just about anything. The crochet hook is, in fact, the artist's entire body.
This is probably the craziest crochet you will ever have seen. It makes you realise you can crochet with just about anything.
Why stop at dainty crochet, when chunkier yarns give fantastic effects too. As long as you have a big enough hook, you can crochet with anything. Try Rowan Biggy Print with a 20mm hook. Move over traditional, and make way for experimental crochet.
Source: Coats Crafts UK
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have just produced this crochet pattern for a turtleneck ribbed cowl. The pattern is available to purchase through my Folksy store by clicking here.
I have designed this pattern in order to raise some money for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal please support me in this by purchasing the pattern here.
Alternatively please donate directly to DEC
We have to make the world a better place :-)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Also, does anyone have a pattern for cocheted Granny Hangers like THESE? I've found several patterns on the Internet, but none of them are the granny ones. I'd appreciate a link to the pattern or someone pointing me in the direction where I can buy the pattern.
Thanks for any help!
Reply here or via email: PammySue 8 . gmail . com (remove spaces)
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Having been away from crochet & knitting for many years due to a shoulder injury, it is great to re-learn these techniques. I have spent several months crocheting scarves and knitting hats in time for Christmas presents and decided I will be better prepared for next Christmas. I have ordered wools to start making next years gifts.
Thank you for allowing me to join your crocheting community. I look forward to keeping up to date with all your activities and look forward to contributing a little of my work