Saturday, May 23, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fleece and Fiber Fair in Long Island

Braid braidy braid braid

The wool comes from creatures like these.

Thanks to Adele for this pretty mermaid wool.
Also I bought some new wood knitting needles. 
Supposed to give the knitter a "warm" feeling.

So many pretty colors.

More pretty colors, including this gal's hair.

Shawl pins



Knitting group in the tent.

Quilters in the tent.

Even rug making goes on here.

It was a hot day, 
but my sister and I had a lovely time. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Crochet is like cooking, while knitting is like baking: You can improvise with crochet, like cooking. If you don't have an onion, use a shallot.  But with baking and knitting you must follow the pattern or recipe EXACTLY. If you don't use an eighth of a cup of baking powder, forget it.  Quite a bit more exacting and rigid than my first love, crochet.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Learning to Purl

Patient, clear and warm, our teacher, Will, schools us on process.
Thanks Will!

Sampler scarf with alternating knit and purl stitches. I can do it!
That purl stitch is a bitch.  Really challenges me. Just need practice.

Learning to Knit!

Yes, I am exploring new ways to love creating with yarn!

Taking a 2-week class at Lion Brand Yarn Studio.  Last week we learned to cast on and knit.  Next week, the purl stitch and casting off.

Here's a photo of our homework.

I have been inspired by some wonderful women.
I set up Adele's website.  Working with photos of this yarn maven's gorgeous yarns created such an itch that needed to be attended to.

And when I saw the simple, beautiful scarf Adele knitted and gave my sister, I thought... I could do that!

Also, over the years, Shellie's beautiful work has mystified me, as if their creation is beyond my understanding and capabilities.  But now I see that one day, I can accomplish such gorgeousity!

My craftastic pal, Betty Chen, is the queen of needle arts. Beader, Quilter, Crocheter and Knitter supreme has created some fiber art that makes me want to be a better person!

In class, I found myself using the "continental" approach to knitting, rather than the "English" style, as taught by our Lion Brand instructor.  Apparently, according to Betty, Continental is easier and faster, and also more natural for a crocheter.  This is where the yarn is held and fed with the left hand, rather than wrapped around the needle with the right hand.

Hopefully in the future, I will have less reason to resort to violence when uninformed people expose their ignorance.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ripple throw for Colette ... WIP

WIP means "Work in Progress"

Her color requests: blue, purple, gray and white.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beyond Call the Midwife

So enamored was I with this pattern, I created a colorful blanket. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Jonah & Chen blanket done

This blanket was created for our nephew and his new bride, Chen, who live in Israel.
The original pattern that they chose looked like this: 

But I decided to go with more big circles and random colors, 
rather than the style of the original.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Call the Midwife blanket

This blanket was posted on the Creative Crochet Crew facebook page.  It was seen in the program, Call the Midwife.  I love it... this will be my next project.
Maybe I might just make it a shawl with three rows of squares, but longer.

I have been making this shawl with the extra colors from the Jonah and Chen blanket, but ...
I'm thinking I can use the left over soft yarn in pastel shades and make a lovely lacy shawl instead .. 
or in addition to.

Coming together

This Jonah & Chen blanket has been challenging. It is the first time that I haven't LOVED a crochet project. But it is now taking shape and looks quite cheerful and I do like it alot!

A big border with white and other fun colors will complete this.  Then it is a matter of getting it over to Israel to the bride and groom.
Of course when it is finally finished, pictures on this blog will abound.

Some of the squares don't line up quite right, leaving gaps to be filled with plain white.  

Because I used different weight yarns, it doesn't lie exactly flat.