Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Crochet Cable Scarf finished :)

Squee! It's done. I'm happy with how it turned out. Fortunately I listened to the little voice sitting next to me at the SnB group. I frogged a couple of repeats out of the scarf because I realized that, even though I love long scarves, knee length before the fringe was kind of silly. So now it falls to my knees with the fringe. I'm kind of restraining myself from starting another one instantaneously with another color of the failed Dr. Who scarf. But I think I'm going to do a basketweave one next. Don't worry, I'm not a scarf whore or anything. It will mostly likely get gifted or put in the charity shipment. No biggie.

I'm a bit of a process crocheter in case you couldn't tell. Of course, I'm being egged on a bit by the sheer giddy joy of removing myself from the "toilet paper cozy" crowd. Thank heavens. Sheesh. I had a bed doll when I was a kid. That was the closest I ever came to that. I've never understood the necessity for those and it pisses me off a bit that that is the first thing that people think of with crochet. Sigh. That's another soap box ... but now on to the pics.

I wanted nice arty front porch of my bungalow pics, unfortunately I lost the good light. I may try again tomorrow. For now, the couch with scarf.

This pic shows the color a bit better than the previous one. It's a bit washed out but it is close. I seriously love the cables. I want to mess around with other cable configurations now. I just need to get out my reference books. :)

Here's closeup of the edging. It is slipstitch with chain loops. A bit irritating and boring to do, but cute. It took more yarn than I thought as well. But worth it I think.

Man, I'm starting to miss Photoshop. I know, I know, it is extremely washed out, but at least you can see the chains.

I'm going back to Katie's wedding afghan tonight. Maybe the good mojo will return. But man am I going to have to stretch it out. I'm on the last row and then all I need to do is edge. Let's see if I can make it last a game. *fingers crossed*

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

High school nostalgia ... but in a good way for once

A friend of a friend made a mix tape where she pretended to be either a college DJ or Dr. Demento and included the song I'm embedding below. I loved it then and it still makes me smile. Three cheers to Lime & Violet for finding it, I've been looking for it for a long long time.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cables .... the new obsession

I've been wanting to make this pattern for forever. It comes out of the Encyclopedia of Crochet by Donna Kooler. It has a matching tam, but somehow I don't think it will fit my cranium (it's like Sputnik, at least where most hats are concerned). The yarn is Mary Maxim Mellowspun in medium willow. It's more of an olive green than this picture shows with little flecks of almost warm brown. I think it's really pretty and it has the added benefit of making my eyes look even greener, an effect that I like a lot :)

I really like how these cables are turning out. It looks complicated but it is actually fairly simple once you understand the concept. And believe it or not, I have the repeat memorized already. Which is a good thing, since I find the written instruction in the book a little hard to follow. And for me charts don't work so well unless I've copied them and can write on them.

Also, in other news, after about a year of ownership, I figured out my camera and how to make my cables actually show up. Hooray for messing with the settings and d'oh! for not thinking about it sooner.

Monday, October 8, 2007

And now ... even though it is a bit late ... an FO

Yeah. Not late at night, but I took these pictures on September 17th. Yeah. I'm on top of the downloading off of my camera, right, lol.

The pink camo blankie is done at last :) It turned out nicely with very few ruffles from the edging, which is always good.

Anyway, on to the visual proof :)

Here's the finished afghan on a queen-sized bed. Length pretty much goes across the width. The afghan is about 39" wide.

I hemmed and hawed about edgings. I was going to do a shell edging to kinda counteract the camo, but changed my mind. Crab stitch it is!

I think it turned out well though :) Now I get to start another incarnation of cabled scarf for myself (and to show at the art show at work I hope).