I had a slip-up with my challenge. While I’m having no problems working from my current craft books, I did slip in a spring fabric and pattern purchase. Oops! I should make sure I incorporate those items in my crafty plans this year.
This month, for the Craft Book challenge entry, I finished up a project that I had worked on for a while based on a square found in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs. I didn’t follow the instructions given for linking them since I did more of a triangle shape that I sized as I went along. I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread (warm teal and copper mist) and added beads to the edges for weight and fun. All that work trying to get a decent picture and I managed to only capture the reverse side of the shawl.
And two other things for Thursday…
How cute is this? I must have this fabric!
There is nothing like a good ole’ sweet orange! I once went on a snowboarding trip to Vermont and when I returned my friends/family asked about the trip. I remarked “Vermont has THE best oranges!”. At a small market near our lodging, our group picked up this super huge bag of oranges. I faintly remember orange, black, and gold packing. Let me say, those oranges were the best damn oranges on the planet! We tried looking for that supplier/brand again and never found them. If you are in Vermont and have an orange tree in your back yard, please do share! 😉
I do it to myself all the time. I see fuzzy yarn, sometimes in the bargain bin, and I say “Oh, that looks so cozy and warm!” I buy 2-3 skeins and throw it in the stash pile. I revisit the stash at a later date and this time think “What the heck am I going to make with this stuff!?”. I always fall in love with some of those novelty yarns because of their fuzz factor, softness, and/or color, but then end up holding on to it forever because I can’t think of a suitable project for any of these yarns. I need to learn how to just say NO! So, I’m determined to get them out of my stash and not just by gifting them away. Challenge Accepted!
Meet Beaded Bouclé. I picked up two skeins of this at Joann Fabrics as one of their exclusives. Bouclé is a very annoying knit to begin with so add some beads and that makes it all the more troublesome. At least its texture can hide mistakes because ripping back to fix is next to impossible. Instead of a basic rectangular scarf, I went with a simple collar shape. The finished project is so comfy I think I wore it all day for three days straight.
This pattern is adapted from Sally Melville’s Wear-As-A-Collar-Scarf found in Scarf Style. I’ve omitted all the other yarn cast ons, changed a few rows, and type of yarn used. I used two skeins of a discontinued Bouclé from Joann Fabrics (NOT the Rainbow Bouclé). Unfortunately, I cannot find the yarn information for it, but if I can find it I will update this post.
Cast on (CO) 36 stitches.
Row 1: Loop CO 2 stitches, knit to end of row – 38 stitches. Turn work.
Repeat Row 1 thirty-five (35) more times – 108 stitches.
Row 36: Loop CO 3 stitches, knit to end of row – 111 stitches. Turn work.
Repeat row 36 until piece measures 9″ from CO edge. Bind off.
I have finally finished knitting up the Pink Shawl in a loose lattice lace. Got kind of bored with it after the first skein, but when I finally realized who I wanted to gift it to, I got the mojo to hurry up and finish it. For the most part, it wasn’t a bad stitch pattern because it kept you focused on what you were knitting. I just had to make sure I counted my rows because I got tired of taking out the end of the last row to find out where I left off.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (No Dye Lot)
Colorway: Victorian Rose 9721
Stitch Pattern: Loose Lattice Lace
I used about 2.5 skiens and its about 70 something inches long.
The only problem I had with the yarn was that the coloring was different on 2 of the skeins which I didn’t expect from No Dye Lot yarn. But, when you purchase a skein of yarn years ago and then realize you need more, what do you expect? It’s probably more likely discolored from age. More of a reason to whittle down the yarn stash NOW.
To have only started knitting a few years ago, my stash of yarn has grown tremendously. So…in an attempt to use of some of this ‘stash’, I put myself on a yarn diet and started working on this Rectangular lacey shawl to use up my one skein of Caron Simply Soft in Victorian Rose. Well, of course, one skein wasn’t enough to do what I wanted and I had to purchase two more. Hopefully I did not buy more than I really need or I’ll be starting all over again. That’s the problem with diets anyway.