this is the basic, beginner, beaded barrette!
Open up your blank barrette. Take apart the little bar that's there.
Join with a slip stitch & sc as many times as possible across the whole barrette, without making it too full. If it's too full, the barrette won't close.
Ch 3 (for first dc), and then slip up a bead, ch 1 bead stitch, dc into same space.
*2 dc in next sc, (1 dc, ch 1 bead stitch, 1 dc in next sc), and repeat across.
Anybody else get weird ebay emails this morning? Claiming that you bid on something, & didn't pay for it? I haven't bought anything on ebay in ages, though I do still go on the site & browse yarn. I haven't even bid on anything so I KNOW it wasn't us. And then I noticed that we got two, identical emails, to the same email address (I have multiple accounts) but that one looks like I was bcc'ed the email to the account. And they were 2 hours apart. Weird.
In other, knit related news, I finally "learned" to knit & read at the same time. My favorite way to knit is by listening to audiobooks, and that works great, but lately I've been having a hard time finding audiobooks I could really get in to. Interlibrary loan is great, but still limiting. I'm currently rereading the Crystal Singer series; the copy I have from the library is all three volumes in one large, oversized paperback book. It's working great. I'm not reading as fast as I would without knitting and not knitting as fast as I would without reading, but, it's nice being able to do both. I'm just working on a very basic knit top for myself out of recycled cotton/ramie yarns, it's striped so I do have to stop & look at my work for a second here & there, but for the most part it's working out grand.
In other, non topic news, my blog was recently marked as "spam". I had to do that stupid word verification thing on every post I tried to do yesterday. Pain in the butt, but even more so since I often use the imageshack "post to blog" feature, and since I'm on dialup,anything that saves me time is wonderful! That in itself wouldn't be so bad, but a, I was trying to post patterns yesterday, and 2) no matter how many times I tried that word verification thing, it kept saying I wasn't typing the right word!! It took a long, long time & I finally gave up & didn't finish all I wanted to do. I was happy to see that I've gone back to usual.
The only thing I could think of was my repeated etsy posts - I admit, that taking things out of context would have made it seem like I was spamming. and, I guess I was, but I was also excited. I'm actually pleased that blogger has such a feature! Because anything to help eliminate spam is a good thing, even if it is my own blog being affected.
Use small size hook, gauge does not matter
Ch 4, make 17 dc in 3rd chain from hook = 18 dc.
2 sc in every dc around. End off on first piece, on second one do not end off. You will join the two small pieces together, holding wrong sides together.
Ch 1, sc through both thicknesses, ch 3, **sc in next stitch through both scrubbies, ch 3, and repeat around scrubbie.
Voila! that's it!
another basic dishcloth pattern
first 5 rounds equals 4"
Need 100% cotton
Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Work in continuous rounds, mark beg with a stitch marker & continue.
2 sc in each sc around
2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next, rep around
2 sc in first, 1 sc in next 2 sc, rep around
2 sc in first, 1 sc in next 3 sc, rep around
Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet now & next round), 1 dc in next 3 sc, ch (counts as increase), do NOT skip sc but in the next sc, dc in next 3 sc, *ch 1, work 3 dc, and repeat around from *.
Next round: ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, ** dc in next 4 dc, ch 1, rep around from **.
Final round: work sc in every stitch around.
This makes a very large dishcloth but is easily adjusted to size desired.
Measures just under 14" square
Used I hook to get gauge of:
7 sts to 2 inches
100% cotton yarn
Ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook & in every chain across = 49 sc.
Ch 1, turn.
In back loops only in this & every row, sc in every sc across, ch 1, turn.
Repeat for desired size.
To my etsy store this am, & I'll be adding vintage patterns this afternoon.
Sorry, I don't remember how to do the LJ cut, so I'll only add one photo...
My store is:
Please stop by & say hi!
BTW, hubby made this pin & the other pin I'm selling! So that makes it extra special fun.
In other news, off to a flea market at a church this morning, my favorite kind. You never know what you are going to find & it's usually for an extra special price! I made a small, cute little shawl last night out of some vintage wool I dyed, I'll take photos after it's dry.I washed it last night, hoping it would soften up a bit.
& I joined & opened my own etsy store!
These socks were made from a recycled 100% wool sweater & the yarn dyed by me to create stripes. The pattern is a simple yo cable from the book Sensational Knitted socks.
Both socks are finished, though this is obviously the work in progress sock. Unfortunately, they are a tad small & realy not as high a sock as I like, but c'est la vie. It's another FO, and this pair was finished Thursday before the Olympics started, so I met my goal.
I don't remember if I posted this photo yet or not. It's a wool cotton sock blend & they are pretty short socks, about 4" long. Stitched on size 1 needles. Considering they are cotton wool socks, they are actually surprisingly warm & very comfy to wear. I was not a fan of sockotta socks, though I like them more now after a year's worth of wash & wear, but these I loved from the second I put them on my feet. Unfortunately, the label's long gone, but I think they were Lana Grossa. The only ball of that brand I've ever even seen, I think they were a sock of the month kit with the pattern long lost to me.
another pair of scrap socks. The exciting thing is/was this was the first pair of socks I knitted on size 0 needles. I absolutely loved the difference in fabric & will be making more socks on size 0's, however, I'll be limiting those socks to Opal where I want the patterning to really pop. Just not worth my time otherwise.
These were made with most of a skein of Regia, leftover Knit Picks solid yarn in that beautiful browny-orange color, and some other odd leftover yarns from stash.
I have lots & lots of pictures to update with, but, the camera &/or the computer is being a pill & I can't upload any photos today.
Well, I got a late start due to major dental trauma, but, I started last night & my fingers are flying! After a week of debating back & forth & back & forth, I finally decided to change my mind only slightly. I honestly felt that stripey toe up knee high socks weren't going to be much of a challenge, so I decided to do toe up, fair isle knee high socks instead, or at least, as far as my yarn will go. I think I have enough, because all of a sudden it dawned on me that my box of tapestry yarn should be just about the same gauge as the other yarn I'm using, and still 100% wool! woo hoo! I'm doing it in shades of blue & purple, with a few odd shades thrown in for constrast, and as always, they are dramatically mismatched, my favorite socks! They are coming along very, very fast, and I am so in love! I'm using a fair isle pattern from the book "Sensational Knitted Socks" - I wanted a fair isle pattern easy to memorize, something that looked a little more complicated than it was in reality, and something that would look good with the lots & lots of colors I was planning on using. So the final decision was the last fair isle pattern in the fair isle section. I am making them toe up, on double points, both socks at the same time on different sets of points, and 5 needles a piece, all of my favorite/usual way of knitting socks.
To be different, I am planning on making an hourglass/short row heel. I don't normally do this! I think I've made *one* pair of socks, ever, with that type of heel. Because these are toe up, and fair isle, I need a heel with no gusset. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the heel will be big enough. I hope. I pray. I wish. *crosses fingers*
In other knit-related news, DH & I took off for an indoor yard sale this morning, the first of the year. We were both anxious to be off & had a later-than-we-wanted start, so when I left with knitting, I had the KO sock with 4 needles & didn't grab the 5th working stitch. So I was knitting with just the 4 needles & not very happy about it. Jon & I kept cracking jokes about how "wouldn't it be funny if I found needles the right size at the yard sale?" and wouldn't you know it, I found, not only dpn, but the exact size i was using, in the middle of somebody else's wool sock, complete with a finished, matching pair! I'll be doing the burn test in a bit to verify it's wool. I will definitely be frogging these socks, however, as nice as they are, they aren't exactly my size & the kitchener stitch is atrocious. Not that I can kitchener well, but even I can do a better job than that, and that's why I knit toe up socks! I also picked up a cone of Shetland wool yarn & a mystery skein of wool (I think, I have to do the burn test for that, too). Debated about picking up a neat basket filled with acrylic; I didn't really want the acrylic as I have 100's of pounds of it already stored at my parents house (yard sale yarn! yeah) but I loved the basket. I didn't want to be one of those people dumping things out on the floor, so I passed over everything & just bought the socks with the needles, the cone yarn, and the one skein of mystery feels-like-wool & looks-like wool. I picked up a few things for my parents for Christmas & Jon picked up a bit of Barbie-plastic canvas patterns, and that was it.
Any size hook you like.
Crochet a chain 2" long, plus one chain.
Turn, sc in every chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in blo in every sc across, ch 1, turn.
Repeat, working in blo, as many rows across as needed for the ribbing of your cuff.
When finished, slip stitch together, ch 1, and sc across ends of every row. Join, ch 1,
and increase at the beginning of the next 3-5 rounds. Work until the mitt/wristwarmer is just under the beginning of your thumb.
Sc in next 4 sc, ch 2, skip all the sc & work 4 sc in the last 4 sc of that round, join.
Join with a slip stitch in any stitch, sc around, when you get to the stitch before the ch 2 work a dec sc in that stitch & the first ch 2 space; dec in 2nd ch 2 space & in the next space, finish around.
Try on - how does it fit? A little big, decrease in one more stitch. A little snug? Eliminate the decreases.
Work for a few more rows, end off, weave in ends, enjoy!
Mine used less than one skein of worstened weight wool
by Cindy Long
Do those crochet terms and abbreviations have you stumped? Read on...
Pattern: A set of written instructions that may or may not result in creating the object in the picture. Most patterns include a list of supplies, but this is for your amusement only. After all, Amazonian Rhesus yarn in smoky turquoise does not exist, and cannot be obtained. Patterns also have fun-to-do math problems, such as 1 dc in next 7 dc (34 dc made)…?!
Yo: Yarn Over, meaning you need to wrap your yarn over your hook. Of course, this assumes the yarn doesn’t split, fray or tangle. If this happens, yo then stands for, “Yell Outrageously.”
Dtrtrc: Double-treble-treble-crochet. This is a stitch where you yo four zillion times, insert hook in stitch and pull through the next two loops, repeating until all loops are off the hook, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.
Reverse sc: This stitch is the lefty’s revenge on all of us righties—for once we have to work backwards, too!
Catalog: A dangerous device that hypnotizes crocheters. It lulls them into a catatonic state, causing them to spend the family’s grocery money on patterns and yarn. It may also be an evil plot to cause the downfall of the American economy.
Hook: A device permanently attached to a crocheter’s hand. It is also connected to her blood supply, and if for some reason it becomes dislodged from her hand, she breaks into a sweat and starts to feel faint. If the hook cannot be immediately replaced, the only valid substitute is a catalog (see above).
Yarn: The only reason sheep farms still exist! It’s also what crocheters buy when they have money; if there’s any cash left over, they buy food and clothes.
Doily: This seemingly innocent item looks like a table protector, but if someone actually tries to put a wet glass or an ashtray on it, the creator will instantly turn into a snarling Doberman. Use doilies at your own peril.
Cat: A non-mechanical device used for unraveling afghans, unwinding skeins and keeping one’s lap warm. A cat requires daily maintenance in the form of light stroking.
Dog: Another non-mechanical device that is used for chasing down balls of yarn and putting tooth-mark engravings in wooden hooks. It’s a high-maintenance item that does not store easily.
Baby: A valid excuse to crochet something.Housework: An ancient rite that was performed by some B.C. women (Before Crochet). Historians believe it may have had something to do with a device called a “vacuum cleaner,” which was kept in closets now occupied by yarn.