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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

First "non-scarf" knitting project!

Sooo, I don't really love to knit--probably because I kind of suck at it hahaa. BUT I've decided that I have to force myself to do better and pick up those needles! I like to do it, I just go so slow that I guess I get frustrated! HOWEVER, I've finally completed my first "non-scarf" knitting project!

I've made the pocket purse from the Klutz Knitting book :). This was my project on my commute yesterday! Now, it isn't as good as my crochet pieces, but I think it's decent. I kind of have a steady gauge...hahaha.

Anyway, I love it! And I've been carrying it around with me because I'm so proud that it's not a scarf! :)

I even learned how to knit 2 together! :-D

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Alpine Frost Test swatch---AKA bookmark!

Originally uploaded by scullybubbles322
I did it!!!!! I was able to do the pattern and it actually, for the most part, looks like the magazine one! YAY!!!!!! Ok, so now I have a super cool bookmark!

This was done with an F hook...I think I might still use that hook for the final project. It came out 8 inches wide, when the pattern says it will be 9 inches wide with the proper gauge (that's with a D hook!) maybe I'll try and fix it, or maybe I don't care so much ha!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Alpine Frost Scarf

So I've decide to crochet the Alpine Frost Scarf from Interweave Crochet (Winter 2008) for my mom.

All of the above images are from Interweave Crochet and copyrighted by Alpine Frost Scarf, Amy O’Neill Houck, Interweave Crochet, Winter 2008 and found here.

I just think the scarf is so pretty and lacy and just sooooo nice! I even bough the yarn that the pattern calls for! Anyway, I started to make this last night and just couldn't get past the first two rows of the pattern! My chains look weird and big and loopy (I realize things change after I block it). My stitches look short and fat, and they are hard to see. The pattern calls for a size D hook (which I tried first), but I crochet tightly so I also tried and E and F and they still looked weird to me. I'm having trouble judging my gauge because I can't really get past the first few rows of the pattern. This is my first time crocheting with lace weight yarn--I've used crochet thread just fine, but this is giving me problems! I'm not sure what kind of tension to having on the yarn. For a bit I thought I was holding it too tightly because the pattern was acting stretchy, so then I frogged it and tried with very light tension and it looked messy.

UGH!!! I'm frustrated but won't give up! I just need some help. OH, and my friends knit, so I'm not sure where to turn to for in person assistance.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Long needed catch up

While it has been a long time that I've update, it hasn't been a long time since I've crocheted!

I unfortunately passed out this summer and ended up with a concussion, a sore chin (from putting a hole in my desk with it), a badly sprained knee, and lots of free time spent sitting on my couch recovering. At least I made a bunch of different projects!

Here is a "baby Babette" blanket that I made for my friends Alyson and Jim who are expecting their first baby 11/1/09. I also made them this baby sweater and crocheted puppy!

I also made blankets for twins--they are the same pattern with alternating colors in the border!

And I made a granny square baby blanket, that just needs its ends tucked in!

Thankfully I'm feeling better!!! :)