Saturday, October 30, 2004

Scrap yarn afghan:

Using hook of choice & scrap yarn, chain any even number of stitches plus one.

Changing colors as desired, sc in first st from hook, dc in next st, *sc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, repeat from * to end of row.

Next row: ch 1, *sc in first st, dc in next stitch, rep from * around until end.

Repeat last row desired number of times.

Variation:

First row: ch 1, *sc, dc in first st, skip one stitch, rep from * around.
Second row: Ch 1, skip first stitch, *sc, dc in next stich, skip next stitch, repeat from * around.
Repeat desired number of rows.

Variation 2:
Chain any multiple of 3 plus 1:
First row: ch 1, *(sc, 2 dc) all in first stitch, skip two stitches, rep from * to end, in last stitch, sc.
Next row: ch 1, (sc, 2 dc) all in first stitch, in every sc across work (sc, 2 dc).
Rep desired number of rows.

Variation 3: Same as variation 2 except make (sc, hdc, dc) in every stitch across.


I finally took pictures!

Here are the brown lane cervinia calzetteria socks I'm crocheting:



That's the first sock, minus the afterthought heel.

Here's the second sock, with the afterthought heel in progress:



After I scanned the second photo, I tried on the sock & promptly decided to frog the heel. It fits, but it's a little tight. I already know how I'll make my changes, I just have to do it.

Here's the hat I made last night:


and a freeform hat I made a while ago:


and 2 sets of pink gloves I made, from the pattern over there on the left:

the gloves will be added to the hat charity box.


Last night was trick or treating at the nursing home I work at. Great fun, but I was exhausted by the time I got home. Jon got home shortly after me, which was nice because he's not usually home that early.

So needless to say, I was too damned tired to crochet much of anything last night. I made a hat using scrap yarn, that I'll donate to one charity or another. I need to box up those hats, and get them out of here. I've been making hats on & off for charity for a year now, and still haven't sent them anywhere.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Worked on the socks again, and one of the scrap afghans - almost done both.

I've been mostly working on my Halloween costume for work - I'm going to be a lion, so I crocheted a mane & a hat of sorts to wear on my head. I still need to work on the tail.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Well, last night I worked on my crocheted socks some more, and I'm almost done one (minus the heel, which is an afterthought heel) & the second isn't far behind. It's a toe up sock pattern, with an afterthought heel - the kind of sock I usually make. The funny thing is, I thought that this sock was a recreation of the one I designed in April over Easter. Last night I was looking at both socks, the ones I'm making now & the ones I made then, & I realized they were totally different! So, I guess I have two patterns to write up now.

Did I mention what yarn I'm using for these socks? it's the sock yarn from Smileys, whose name escapes me at the moment. It's slightly thicker than regular sock weight yarn with slightly less yardage.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

I've mentioned this before, but since I joined the socks CAL, I think I'll mention this sock pattern again:

South Bay Crochet - Toes Up Crochet Sock Pattern

it's the basis for lots of other sock patterns, I think, esp. my versions :)



I thought since I joined (or signed up to join) the hats webring, I should show a pic of my most recently photographed hats. The pattern is my own design, based off a bag pattern from Daphne's fabulous bag pages. I make hats all the time, but mostly free form.

Stuffed puffy pumpkin

I signed up for a bunch of CAL at crochetville, and this is one of the things I want to make. Halloween is going to be here before I know it, so I better get cracking. I'm also making both a fall afghan & a Halloween afghan, though I think the Halloween one will be a little small.

Well, we went yard saling yesterday. Sad to say, no yarn, no new patterns, no new hooks, no crochet or knit goodness at all :(. Jon did get some Garfield books, and we got a pottery blueberry planter for my mom, for her blueberry kitchen, but no crochet goodness for me :( how sad.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Well, I started another scrap afghan project yesterday. Ironically, I printed the pattern from my own website! LOL I just couldn't remember how to start it. It's the block afghan pattern from my site, and it'll be about 18" square - just right for a kitty to snuggle under.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

I'm here! I've been making blankets for the pet shelter still, and I've also spent a lot, and I mean a lot, of time frogging old, old blankets that I made 7 or 8 years ago. I'm just not happy with them, and I'd rather frog them & reuse the yarn for the animals, then have these afghans sit in a closet forever unused. Almost all the yarn I use (other than socks) is plain old, acrylic or acrylic blend yarns bought from yard sales. The yarn from these afghans? They came from Ames, those big old Caron pounders that they sold for 2 for $7. I used to go and pick up a $100 worth of yarn when they had it on sale, put it all on clearance, and then pay for it & bring it home as I went along. Ah, those days are long gone. I still miss Ames.

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, updating my website & adding new patterns. It's not really going anywhere. I'm working full time, going to college part time, and trying to volunteer at the senior center once a week as well. Saying I'm busy, and exhausted all the time, is an understatement.