My latest craze ..

.. is mosaic crochet.

I now know that there are two distinct ways of doing this, both of which achieve— not exactly the same end: they both show the same pattern, but one is spikier and has little blobs of colour at each end; and the other is smoother and doesn’t.

In fact they’re done differently. Not enormously differently (can one use two adverbs in conjunction ??), but sufficiently differently (seems one can ..) to cause me great confusion when trying the other having started out on one.

That is, I believe, 11 rows. There are 24 in one repeat of the pattern, so you will understand that it’s only an indication. I’ve chosen to do four repeats horizontally – 195 chain cast-on. I mean to do four repeats vertically, too, so that it will be some kind of square. I say “some kind” as I don’t yet know how equal are the row and column heights ..

Tinna, the woman whose pattern this is, says on her videos that mosaic crochet is really addictive. She is entirely correct. It’s hard for me to stop doing it and move to any one of the several chores that await me; but of course that could  be because I am a lazy slob. [grin]

If you think mosaic crochet looks interesting and you decide to consult Dr Google as to how to get stuck in to it, remember the two different kinds ! Tinna’s is, to me, by far the easiest; and I reckon it looks the best, too. But you may find that Marly Bird or Martin Up North or Tatsiana (from whom Martin learned) use a method more appealing to you.

Just remember that I did warn you – via Tinna – of its addictive entrapment, yes ?


The crochet tournament

So, I have no idea whether or not coordinator Lynda has allowed my second go at the first round, because I have no access to Instagram of Facebook (I am, normally, happy to say). She hasn’t acknowledged my sending her the completed Heat 1, Stage 1 re-do; so I’m completely in the dark as to whether or not I’m actually participating !

I did point out that I HAVE TO request  that the second version goes in; because if it doesn’t and the original stays there (if it’s even up !), my entries will appear as 3.5mm hook for the 1st round and 4mm hook for rounds 2 and 3.

But I just don’t know what’s happening. To be honest, I don’t comprehend why what I did is as offensive as it appears to be; but I seem to have definitely put Lynda’s nose ’round behind her ear. Would that it were not so !

That’s the first stage of Heat 1, and it comprises rounds 1-10.  Next stage is rounds 11 to .. erhmm .. 19 ? Maybe 20; can’t remember offhand.

And now that I’ve done that and am well underway for Stage 2, I’m continuing on with Michele’s Minerva scarf. On a roll, I am ! Ere very much longer I’ll be able to send her a photo of the completed article, and she will faint. Not. :)


Hands up those who wish they’d entered a crochet tournament ..

Such fun !

Crochet Australia came up with this great idea a few weeks ago – or longer, I dunno – and it grew and grew. Became an Eventbrite affair, even ! There are only 261 of us entered, but that’s a number quite big enough for Crochet Australia to manage, I’m sure.

CA chose three of Oz’s best and best-known crochet practitioners to create the items that constitute the Tournament:

Joy Clements – Crochet Road

Shelley Husband – Crochet Designs by Shelley Husband

Emily Littlefair – The Loopy Stitch Designs

and we’ve begun ! Friday the first email came through at 0900 on the dot, with the first pattern, by Joy, and a timetable for the three stages of it.

You’ll find this extremely difficult to credit, but I managed to stuff up bigtime.   :(   The unfortunate C.A. chief, who is co-ordinating it all, has learned not to come near me with a bargepole, alas. And not with just one issue, but two:

    1. I don’t belong to Instagram and I CERTAINLY don’t belong to Facebook; so already I’ve had to ask her the favour of taking charge of my photos (sent by email) and putting them into the mix – which she has done (I think) with Heat 1, Stage 1;
    2. but then I really excelled myself. I actually finished the entire square because I was anxious about my gauge and, sure enough, it was right off ! Not 50cm but just under 45. ACK ! I called for The Frog and applied him.

Then I emailed the unfortunate Lynda and asked her forgiveness and permission to start all over again, if poss.

She said I didn’t need to start over because the size isn’t important. But M-R always goes at everything like a bull at a gate, and I had. So  – well, we shall see. Cross your fingers that Lynda is feeling happy next weekend, when my new email reaches her ..

So you want to set up a YouTube crochet channel ..

Not I ! – and I doubt I’ve ever responded negatively to such a thought as vigorously as I did when coming across this pattern:

Gosh, this is pretty ..

It is a glorious thing indeed !

It is called “Spring Fling Garden Blanket or Throw“, and was created and made by a young Canadian woman living in London whose name is Debi. Her website is Dearest Debi and on YouTube she’s DebiDearest, with over 59 thousand followers. She looks like an adolescent, but is the mother of a couple of children. And she is, as you can see from the image, a very creative crochet designer.

Just imagine how exhausting it must be, developing a pattern like that, and of that size .. The mind boggles. Well, mine does.

And then she has to actually produce one, right ? – probably a few for her own satisfaction before she hands it over to her testers.

But that’s far from the end of it ! Because then she has to make another one, in segments, for her crochet-along videos !  There are no less than 8 videos covering all of the 108 rounds, and they show every round with nothing left out: CALs or KALs must do this or they can’t be considered useful (or usable !). So there a crochet YouTuber must go again, making it yet another time but in close-up segments, editing repeated bits to prevent the video’s being hours long, and talking over it as she goes.

Jesus. Not for me. Not that I am ever going to be sufficiently talented as to design anything.

Honestly: can it be worth it ? I might ask Debi.

Wondering if it’d be a bit risky asking her about weaving in all the ends ..    [grin]

Heavens ! – another FO !

Who knew ?

There I was, crocheting away like a fiend, readying a scarf/shawl for a friend’s birthday, and wondering what had made me start with 297 chains ..

Anyway, here it is:

laid on the pathway outside our side of the units.

It is, you must agree (or I will give you a chinese burn on the softest part of your arm !), different.

I started out to make Tinna’s pattern called ‘Coorie’, but became lost after the first row. I shan’t bore you shitless with the story: suffice it to say that the scarf/shawl is based on Tinna’s pattern, OK ?

Tinna on Icelandic shores

I lost the plot, as I say, very early on; and having taken some desperate measures to get help (then signed out of the d.m.s VERY promptly), was only able to achieve a kind of vague likeness. No matter, S will not know how unlike it is to what it shoulda bin.

I reckon it’s OK.

WIPs are multiplying like rabbits   :(

It took me forever to finish another cardi; and as I ran out of wool I was obliged to crochet the drop-shoulder sleeves out of a much darker blue. In trying to provide an (unspoken) excuse, I used the same darker blue to edge around the whole thing. End result: wearing it, I look as if I have peripheral artery disease of the arms. Sighh ..

I was stuck doing this bloody thing for so long that when I finally finished it I instantly began on something entirely different to excise the V-stitch from my mind: having found a very appealing afghan square that a crocheting Pom I admire, the inexhaustible Dora Does, had come up with, I started in on that.

I call it ‘my bed of nails’. Imagine a whole afghan of these squares !   [grin]

But then, I was completely sidetracked by coming across a faaabulous scarf/shawl created by the talented Icelander, Tinna Thorudottir Thorvaldar. She based her design on her idea of a tartan; but it’s open to endless variation. I have begun this, too – 297-stitch chain !

I’m expecting – nay, hoping for, rather – a delivery of Noro Silk Garden on Tuesday morning; this I was informed by Australia Post would be delivered last Thursday ! Pfuh ! The porpoise of the Noro is a knit-along on the site of Michele Lee Bernstein, of whose work, too, I am an admirer.

From Michele’s site I’m going to learn how to knit entrelac without using several different balls of yarn at once ! I already know how to make tunisian crochet entrelac, and have a photo of a swatch I did to show my eldest sister of an array of blues:

by which she was unimpressed, thank all the gods. I mean, all those ends ..

Unlike Hannah, who thrives on WIPs by the dozen, they only make me feel stressed. I have decided that although I’m now well in to the other two, it’s Michele’s entrelac I shall actually make my next project. WHEN I lay hands on my wool.   [grump grump ..]

We use the term W(ork)I(n)P(rogress) largely to mean something sitting somewhere not being worked on, do we not ? Or is it meant to describe everything that’s actually been started but not finished, including the one we’re working on ..?

FO from a few weeks ago

A VERY big cardigan ..

This was the WIP I posted about before. I am somewhat embarrassed to put photos of it in my post, as I clearly remember raving about the yarn colour/s.


Well, I’m always ready to admit to my mistakes.

Meant to show the ‘cabling’ better, but another fail !

I’m sort of pleased with it, inasmuch as it’s an FO .. and I intend to wear it out in the cold weather, in spite of my friend S who reckons it’s for inside only.   [grin]

And btw, it’s meant to be that long !

See ?

Lion Brand crochet pattern WIP

The pattern is called, unfortunately, “Curvy Girl”. I suppose I’m happy that the noun isn’t spelled “Grrl”, or something: it’s enough that the adjective, decided on by The Industry (only the gods know which one) causes eye-rolling ..

I can link to it because it’s free – although you’ll have to join ’em to be able to download anything. Should you want to ..

Moving around to the other side of the dining-room table, we have ..

and where the rest of the shots went, I have NO IDEA: I framed them to show all edges ! Sighh ..

Here’s the beginning of the left front:

Two points to be made about this project: (1) it’s an Ice Yarn, a worsted acrylic that’s non-pilling. The sole colourway available was this, so I bought it. <*> I fell in love with it the moment I opened the parcel, and have told Ice Yarns so. They are pleased. Unfortunately, photos don’t show it to its best – all mixed colour yarns have this problem; so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

And (2), the pattern itself is, like, weird. The back – as ever, the first part – is written is such a way that I found myself counting rows over and over and still not knowing if I were doing the right thing in the right row. It’s not .. ahh .. wrong; it’s just written with a very strange method of repeat. I emailed Lion Brand, and while they were friendly, they were unprepared to acknowledge my point about the strangeness. So I must assume that the way I’ve understood crochet patterns over these last fifty or so years is me interpreting incorrectly. Amazing it’s ever worked ..


<*> Who knows where I got that idea ? – I don’t: there’s a whole range of this yarn (see link). But the one I saw solo somewhere on the site is the best, anyway !



The lazy woman’s guide

Since I’m never going to work out how to crochet long rows without having to count stitches, and since I’m far too lazy for such dedication, from the moment I realised how ‘non-meeting’ were the edges of the top-down cardigan it was always going to be frogged. So, I thought, I’ll frog it NOW and start again with something else.

Then I considered the amount of yarn that had been consumed by the pattern, and thought again: all that winding ! Far from good for the arthritis in the ancient thumbs.

Once having decided to try simply making a rectangle-or-square-depending-on-how-it-fits-my-back, on making two rectangles to match for the front and two in-the-round sleeves, I undid the slip knot on the bottom of the unfinished cardi and frogged a few rows. Then I made a (rather enormous) chain and started on the single crochet ‘rib’.

And thus have I progressed: crochet frogs brilliantly – much better than knitting ! – and all I had to do is dump the unfinished cardi in the basket and pull from it as needed.

I’m using ‘Crunch stitch’, which isn’t meant for garments. Me being a total smart-(_|_), I couldn’t see why not so gave it a burl. It turned out to be like nothing so much as a cuirass: I reckon it could stop bullets.   :\

Hence the couple of mesh rows in the middle: they’re my attempt to loosen it up. Somewhat.

Bet you can’t recall ever seeing a garment of any kind crocheted in crunch stitch.

Still, the sides don’t wander in and out. Every cloud ..

As always, there’s a problem :\

Yes, I realize it looks like an infant’s garment: that’s because the sleeves aren’t there. And that‘s because I haven’t made ’em yet.

You can see the problem, yes ? – I appear to  be incapable of crocheting a straight line. Even in the so-far-last 5 or 6 rows, in which I assiduously counted all stitches, it doesn’t line up !

I may have to top meself. (I wonder how many times I’ve said that ?)

If someone would inform me WHY my edges wander all over the place, I would be very happy indeed. The trouble is that crocheting a garment is always going to mean a whole shitload of stitches – especially with top down, of course – that, it seems, need to be constantly counted. At least, they do with me.

Any hints from anyone who can crochet without needing to count, 24/7 ? Please ?


Trying something new

Just because you have no idea what it is don’t mean it’s no good, you know. [grin]

I’m crocheting a cardigan in a top-down pattern ! – first time for top-down, ever ! Of course, a knitted top-down cardi would be the ultimate challenge (yesyes Anna – I hear you saying “Not for some !” and sniffing); but that’s for STITDF. Work that one out if you can.

(Also, I am using yarn left over from a unsuccessful project. Well, in truth it wasn’t actually unsuccessful: I just totally lost interest in it. Wait till you see the third colour ! – and yes, I’m determined to use them all.)

This is a pattern from Angela at Little Monkeys Design, and I was going to begin it roughly six months ago; but I was distracted by The Shawl. Sighh ..

One of two current WIPs. T’other one is purely practical, and not for showing. Pardon ? No, it isn’t a toilet-paper cosy !