Category: crochet

One-twelfth of a project

Last night I was able – thanks to BOM’s always showing each day’s lowest temperature before the day has ended – to finalise July as the first month of my temperature blanket. I planned it in Excel for two reasons:

    1. there IS one calculation column within it;  and
    2. it’s much quicker to tabulate input and move it around in Excel than it is in Word.

I have wasted literally hours trying to solve the problem of linking to an Excel spreadsheet that one has uploaded to one’s Media Library. Every time it appears to be fine until clicking on the link; and then one is told the file is corrupted. So, after a whole big lot of swearing and grinding my teeth, I can only insert part of the Excel page as a screengrab:

I had decided I’d use

    • Winter solstice = lowest temp.s
    • Spring equinox = mean temp.s
    • Summer solstice = highest temp.s
    • Autumn equinox = mean temp.s

but I was wrong. If you check the sole calculated column within the document – and here I’m hoping you can see it, in all its truncated glory – that are the mean temp.s, and observe the colours each day’s entry produces, you’ll see how extremely boring they are. I mean, two colours only – Alaska Sky and Periwinkle – with a single day of Cobalt (off the bottom) ! No way will I risk that lack of differentiation in my “blanket” !  So it’s going to be the first two low and the second two high. More colours !   :)

Now to take a couple of terrible photos. Wait one ..

As big a wide shot as I know how to produce ..


Wee bit closer – not so’s you’d notice.   :}


Not exactly a close shot .. mebbe a mid-shot.


And here, folded over, is my dilemma: I really like the back ! If only it weren’t for all the knots ..

So the completed .. thing will be 12 times that large. I’m going to have to stop deleting posts older that six months.   :\

Regarding my mention of (ACK !) knots .. At the beginning of this project, I must have tried about ten different stitches, each time determined that THIS WILL BE THE ONE ! For at least nine different reasons, I changed my mind. Hence knots. At least they’re invisible knots ! (Should you check that link, first mute your machine then go to about 1’28” to get to the useful stuff.)

There will be another 11 posts like this one.

I fervently hope ..

OK: time to reveal the reverse gussets ..

You may/may not recall my whingeing how no pattern fits me on account of my distinct pear-shape, yes ? (or no ?) – in this post ..

So I finally got ’round to it and finished off my version of the Fiber Spider’s double-hexagon pattern for a granny-stitch cardi, complete with said reverse gussets. These, I think you won’t have difficulty in believing, are NOT in his pattern !

Here you can view the gussets in all their weird glory:

(Well, you try crocheting short rows !)

I’m considering trying to get hold of those little double grab thingies to attach: yes or no ?

And I fear my total lack of photographic ability is once more at the fore with the photo hereunder:

I have NO IDEA how to take a selfie with my phone. Yesyes, I know you can see that for yourselves: shut up !

The cardi actually goes the whole way ’round my (_|_) and could be done up, had it any buttons (or little double grab thingies). Wonders will never cease !


Quick peek because of my new Tunisian stitch

Here is less than three weeks of my temperature blanket.

I mean in future only to post a photo at the end of each month; but I simply have to show you this because I haven’t found this variation on Tunisian crochet anywhere on the Web.

150 sts wide: the white will be between each month. This is the front.
Zoomed in on the front.

This is the back; and I haven’t yet decided which of the two I prefer !

I offer a small prize to s/he who can find this stitch on the Web.

Far as I’m concerned, its name is Funnycomb Stitch. Tunisian crocheters will realize that it’s the alternative to Honeycomb Stitch.  [grin]

My temperature blanket

I discovered this enticing idea through an on-line American woman whose posts I’d first found a long time ago, when she was just a really keen and really able crocheting person. Now she’s a business, and doing so well as to have a DreamBox !! Sighh ..

It was through Toni that I learned of a crocheting project (although it could be knitted, I haven’t found a single example) that takes a year. Exactly.

It’s like this: you take the highest temperature your town/city experiences and the lowest, and divide that range into small groups – mine is in groups of 3°; then you allocate to every group a colour.  My total of colours is 14 (I think, without checking). You choose your starting date – it can be as noteworthy as January 1st or as insignificant as May 23rd – and off you go.

Get it ?

You’re crocheting a blanket comprising a record (within 3° or whatever) of the temperatures of where you live, over a whole year, one day at a time.

Here‘s a perfect example, from 2016.

The woman who made that one has chosen an interesting group of colours, and you can imagine how other people’s blankets would be completely different. Hers was celebrated by our Bureau of Meteorology (known all over Oz as BOM); whereas mine also utilizes the BOM range, but interpreted differently:

There’s the colour range that BOM uses on its weather maps; but I don’t see, e.g., exactly the same colours in her blanket.

So: you observe that I’m doing a 1st July – 30th June year, and that so far only three of the colours are in play.

All I’ve been able to do to date is the very first row, which is a divider that will occur between every month: I don’t yet have the relevant colours in hand. My own fault: I meant to use the mean temperatures until I discovered through doing the sums that I was going to have a very repetitive colourway. So I decided instead to do what I hope can be read below the dark blue bit on the top left – Autumn equinox and Winter solstice the lowest and Spring equinox and Summer solstice the highest. Having purchased the colours for the mean temperatures, that left me without any for the lowest; but they’re now ordered – and posted ! – from Tassie, and will reach me some time this week.

Having seen the size of the blanket the BOM employee made, I’m going to copy Toni and do mine in five*# panels: that way it becomes a controllable and even usable object ! And I will use Tunisian crochet, too (won’t need a cable about 5m long if it’s in panels); but maybe not TSS .. Hmmm ..

This is very definitely a project that requires quite a number of posts. Stand by, anyone who likes the sound of this !


*I lied. It’s going to be seven panels.

#No I didn’t: five panels it is.


A problem (without images)

I am more than merely the “big” that my beloved second-eldest sister was wont to tell me – I am fat. Have been for nearly all my life – apart from those times when the need not to be over-rode everything else; but they were short-lived. I am a distinct A shape; I can often wear tops that are 3 sizes smaller than my pants – and it is always pants, for I never wear skirts (if you’d inherited my mother’s ankles, you wouldn’t either !)

So here I am, trying to make myself garments because I so detest shopping for them that 95% of my ‘wardrobe’ is roughly 17-22 years old – going back to when Chic was with me and would drag me off to buy some new gear. Then, I was unenthusiastic about it: now, it fills me with fear and loathing.

Consider this poor crocheting person: her shoulders are nothing like a swimmer’s, so there are many patterns I could use that fitted me from the top down to the waist. Thereafter they would fly apart and become useless in terms of protecting me from cold; and certainly any kind of button of toggle would be screaming in a tiny voice (like Boodie’s) across the vast tundra of my tum to its matching thingy on the other side – which would be screaming back “WHAAAT ?” – and never the twain would meet. Sighh ..

Now, were I clever enough to find a pattern that fitted my arse, its shoulders would be falling off mine, and the rest of its top half would be hanging in a wrinkly muddle almost down to my midriff.

What to do ?

There ! – I added an image, anyway. Reams of text are off-putting.

I had reached farther than midway point on one of those hexagonal granny-stitch cardigans by following instructional videos from the dearest bloke who works very hard to be as helpful as possible (and he is !) – the point where the tops of the inverted Ls have been joined and they have been crocheted together, and I tried it on. Same old same old. Of course.

So: am I going to frog it all – approx. 6 balls of Stylecraft Special DK, which is a shitload of wool – because whereas my instructor’s hexagons required 18 rows, mine required 24 – in a rage ?

I am not.

I am going to invent how to add an inverted V of short rows – yesyes, I do realize it won’t be in granny stitch ! – to each front edge. I shall make it as fancy as I can; but short rows’ being hitherto unknown to me I am not sanguine about the ‘fancy’ part. The gussets (sort of) will probably end up as garter stitch. But if they can achieve two straight edges that will meet, I shall be ecstatic, regardless of their total unlikeness to the rest of the cardi.

I shall post a photo or two along the way. You are at liberty to shudder and turn your eyes away ..

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 ?