Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WIP -Wednesday

 Something I really focused on last year was trying to bust my stash. And continues to be a and one of my goals this year.  So far I have finished a couple of things and this is my latest stash buster…

Using one skein of Noro Sekku.  This beautiful but discontinued yarn is a lace wt, blend of cotton, wool, nylon and silk. Using an H hook I am working up, The Starry Night Shawl by Sheryl Thies. This pattern is made with a fingering wt, and an I hook. It is an experiment, we will see how it turns out..

Looking pretty good.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Out with the Old Onto the New

 As 2016 came to a close, my last big project was making snowflakes to give as gifts to friends, coworker, teachers and family.  

This year,  I made about 50 snowflakes, and the pattern is Boreas from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio.  It is a quick snowflake to make with only two rounds.  
 Each snowflake takes me about 10 minutes to crochet, and then stiffening and pinning takes about another 5-10 minutes.  Today on the treadmill I was working on ...
a few more as ran out and need a few more. 
 Our winters are plenty long enough to enjoy a pretty snowflake.   
For  2017, I will have to set my number higher maybe about 75.  


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

FreeForm Crochet Wisconsin

This year I participated in the International FreeForm Fiberart Guild challenge...
The challenge this year was Flora and Fauna -native to your region... 

The idea of paying homage to my home state became my challenge...

as well as be in a group of so many other talented artists!

I am looking forward to next years challenge....


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday WIP

One of the projects I am working on is the Twilight Skies from Kristin Omdahl's latest book Continous Crochet....
It is a Pentagon Motif Yoke top.  I have just the right amount of Caron Naturally Country...
to complete the project.  I am busting my stash one project at a time.  

I hope to finish it before the weekend...
about 35 more rows to go...


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mod Tunic

Looking through Colorful Crochet Lace, I found a perfect project for this yarn...
another stash busting project...
It is a lacy modular design, made with 12 squares.   For the shoulder squares, I made the extra small size.  Then for the remaining squares, I made the small size squares.  
Once you have all your squares made, you sew them together. To complete the project, you add edgings around the neck, sleeves and bottom.
My edging is created with 3 rounds of single crochet.  The 2nd and 3rd  rounds are worked in the back loops.  The last round is slip stitch, ch1 in each stitch around. 

I love the idea that you can create a gorgeous top from fun and lacy squares.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Navy Blue Lace

When people ask me how long did that take you to make?  My first thought was, hmm not quite sure,  then I would have to think, how long did it take. 

 Now I am in the habit of writing down start and finish dates...

For instance, I started the Sweet Clara top last Saturday, worked on it for 2-3 hours each night, and finished it Tuesday.  It is a beautiful pattern, well written with diagrams, and works up quickly.  

I made my foundation chain, and worked the first row, then joined,  eliminating the risk of twisting the chain...
Then you join the foundation chain as a part of weaving in ends.

Since it is a top down design, you can try it on as you are working, and make any necessary modifications. To create a better fit for myself.. 

I added an extra round of shells before working the underarm.

Then, I continued working until my yarn was gone...

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekend WIP

Continuing with more stash busting, and working up my yarn cakes first.  I am starting with this yarn cake...
And the perfect pattern, Kristin Omdahl's,  Sweet Clara top. I was looking for a different pattern but then I found my print out of this pattern and the match was made. 

 For my birthday I bought myself a few project bags from Darn Yarn MN, so this WIP will dwell in this lovely bag... 

Now off to crochet!