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.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kimono: A Modern History

Took a brisk walk on a chilly day to visit The Metropolitan Museum.  The kimono exhibit was gorgeous, as I had hoped and expected.  I dig the Japanese sense of design. The show featured fabric, variety and innovation, and history if you cared to read the displayed text.
It's there until January 19, 2015.

An official photo. The rest are mine.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Crocheting for Charity

Once a month, I try to attend IN THE LOOP,  a knitting and crocheting club held at the World Financial Center. We focus on projects with a purpose, knitting and crocheting garments and gifts to benefit those in need.

For the past few sessions, I had the pleasure of visiting with my friend while we crocheted. Betty Chen, needlewoman extraordinaire, finished the fingerless gloves with speed and precisions.
I had to take the pattern home to complete mine.  
Just mailed them to our club leader, Ina, in NJ, today.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cynthia's Shawl

Dear Rebecca, 
Last night I cuddled up in this sumptuous shawl while I meditated. I sit near a window, so it was great to be able to feel so cozy and warm. I really love the look and feel of this hand-made shawl. Thank you so much for the beautiful and generous gift. I will treasure it, and use it often. 
Love, Cynthia

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This was posted on the facebook group that I joined, Creative Crochet Crew.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shawl for Cynthia

Here's the story about the new project I'm working on, and enjoying very much. It is also giving me a break from the Jonah afghan!

While visiting recently, Cynthia wrapped herself in the crocheted shawl I have on our couch. She appeared very happy and warm. 

I offered to make one just for her, to her delight.  We met at Michaels store and selected the yarn together.  She chose these two colors, to go with her living room decor. I have since named Mushroom Barley Soup and Rusty.

Email to Cynthia:

Dear Cynthia

I have been enjoying the challenge of working with this VERY THICK yarn for your shawl: Mushroom Barley Soup and Rusty!

  I have never worked with such fat rope before.  To get the feel of the material, I have been trying many different stitches and designs.. hoping to use BOTH colors in the finished shawl.

Here is my process:

1) Every other row, a different color. The texture and thickness were too different. Also, this stitch style made the shawl STIFF, not cozy.

2) Tried your original suggestion of intertwining the two yarns. So heavy! 
 It would have made you feel like you were wrapped in a concrete shawl!

3) Then I figured, I'd just give a suggestion of the mushroom barley yarn.. with a different stitch, but then it looked like fuzzy teeth.

3) Then I figured, I'd just give a suggestion of the mushroom barley yarn.. with a different stitch, but then it looked like fuzzy teeth.

4) So I tried just Rusty. Too stiff.

5) Finally I realized that a more open stitch with the lighter yarn would serve our purposes of having you wrapped and warm and cozy on a cool evening.  

So this is what I have come up with... Mushroom Barley with a hint of rusty.  This is about a third done.  It will be much taller.

Email reply from Cynthia:

Wow, thanks for trying out so many options. It's great having such a crochet master on this. It looks gorgeous! I'm very excited. 
Thank you! 
Love, Cynthia

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Enjoying the magnificent beauty of your gift full out!

Here's the "thank you" email from Alice:
So LOVE this blanket, bubie!!!  Karl and I get to look at our wedding colors all the time now! Looks like the Picnic House!  This gorgeous gift kept Karl and me warm all through the night!
Sending Love & Smooches...
Your Pal Al