Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Listen : Muse Speaking

This is the yarn and label to show you what I started with. It is called SENSATIONS and is made by/for Jo-Ann Fabrics. A beautifully colored Boucle that was given to me by my fairy real mother. Started with it a couple of times but just could not stand to work with it. I like to experiment before starting a project and this stuff could NOT be unraveled. Forget about it!

Maybe someday I'll be able to use it...and of course, could not possibly trash it. So we co-habit..for several years now.
I ran across it again about three weeks ago while looking for inspiration, and decided to hold it for a while and hope something would happen. It did.
Using a K hook, I chain stitched the whole skien and rolled it up in a big ball. Did a little swatch and it was soooo much easier to work with AND unraveled it with ease. I highly recommend chaining your own yarn when it is called for. Felt like a genius for a minute then back to "now what's next".
My search begins for a project and which stitches to use. Sometimes the yarn itself is my muse.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Discontinued yarn

This is the last skien of a discontinued Red Heart yarn that is sage with flecks in it. I love this yarn and am disproportionally sad to see it go.

I will have to take exceptional care of this wrap I made myself so it will comfort me into the future as much as it comforts me now.
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Frosty Grn Fleck by Red Heart has NOT been discontinued! I was misinformed. It is available at createforless.com for sure, and I'm sure other places too. I regret reporting it as discontinued. My pictures above do not do it justice. Please look for yourself at photos of full skeins at your favorite supplier.

Unexpected find

Stumbled across this pattern from an old Coats&Clark project sheet while looking for a pattern to use for my chained-yarn (more on that later).

It was so fast and fun that my trial swatch turned into a lovely scarf. It may be worked side to side or lengthwise. The pattern is for a string poncho (size 3 thread) but I used a scrap of regular worsted and an H hook. I worked it side to side beginning with a chain of 31. *** update, see below*** The pattern then proceeds:
Row 1 (right side) : sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch,* ch 6,sk next 4 ch, sc in next 2 ch: rep from * across, turn.
Row 2 : ch 3, sk first sc, dc in next sc *ch 2, sc in next ch-6 sp, ch 2, dc in next 2 sc: rep from * across: turn.
Row 3 : ch 3, sk 1st dc, dc in next dc, * ch 3, sl st in next sc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc: rep from * across working last dc in top of ch-3: turn.
Row 4 : ch 1, sc in first 2 dc, * ch 4, sc in next 2 dc: rep from * across working last sc in top of ch-3: turn.
Row 5 : ch 1, sc in first 2 sc, * ch 6, sc in next 2 sc: rep from *across: turn.
Rep rows 2-5 for pattern ending with pattern row 4.
Other angles to help you decide if you want to work it across or along. Like most patterns, it is a little slow at first, but then it really takes off.

I made a mistake! The starting chain must be 33, not 31 as originally stated above. I apologize to anyone this may have driven crazy. Thank you, my real Mother and Sister, for finding this mistake. You know who you are and how much I appreciate you both.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Deenie for Stephanie

This was a work of love. A lady named Deenie Wires in our craft group started it before she died. She was in her 90's and everyone loved her. Her family donated all her crafting to our group, and Stephani Duke (our fearless leader) asked if anyone would like to finish it-so I did. It is just a giant granny square with crab stitch edging, but it was a work of love!

If you want a written pattern, email me or leave a comment.