Thursday, January 22, 2009

Round Motifs

I finished my red, white & black cardigan. Final pics will be loaded after I get someone to take pictures of me in it. So, I move on other projects.

ROUND MOTIFS: I found this really cool top in an old CROCHET! mag. It's a very skimpy halter top that I would never wear but the motifs can be used to make something I would wear.
This pattern is so pretty. I know they probably look like hexagons but they are not. The pattern reads:
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 15 dc in the 4th ch from hook, join with a sl st in 4th ch of beg ch-4. (16 dc) (I choose to use the magic ring for a tighter close in the center).
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in next st [dc in next st, 2 dc in next st] around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. Fasten off. (24 dc)
It says to make 30 motifs, arrange motifs and sl st them together.
My question: How do I join round motifs. I have never done any work with motifs before so... help is needed on this one. Squares, I don't see a problem. Hexagons, I don't see a problem. But round; don't quite get it yet so I can't go shopping for yarn. :(

I had to take my car in for service this morning, freaking up because the engine light was on. Guess how much it cost (drum roll please) NOTHING!!!! it was something to do with the thermostat but it was covered under warranty. What a relief!! I took my travel supplies with me, yarn and hook, and I made a very nice hat while I waited. All thanks to Dot

This hat was very quick and simple. It calls for two rows of bobbles. I think if I make another one I'll add another row or two of bobbles.

Keep stitchin'

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Red, White & Black

Well, I was supposed to be working on The Chevron Lace Cardigan based on the pattern and software download by Milobo I am not happy with my yarn choice. Someone gave me some Reynolds Lopi Lite which is 100% wool. I have never worked with 100% wool before so it takes some getting used to. So I frogged it, toss it aside and started looking for idea for something else.

I don't do New Year's Resolutions, too disappointing, I do Life Changes. So this year's life changes in the craft department include working with colors and texture and better fit. I also look forward to trying crochet with wire and beads.

Anyway, yesterday I started a cardigan based on the Sweet pattern by Amy Houck

I can't get enough of this pattern. Any beginning can used this pattern and make the perfect sweater on the first try. In this one sweater, I have already achieved my 'life change'. I have colors, texture and the fit is awesome. I thing of either making this a twin set with matching shell or mock twin set with the inset shell front.

Here is a closer shot of the texture I added with a simple twists of the switches. This whole design is inspired by fellow member on Ravelry that I added to my fav's. I hope she doesn't mind. But thanks Riotflower

I bought a skein of Paton's Grace yesterday. I just want to experiment with it, get a feel for it and maybe that will make a great lacy cardigan for spring. My son and his girlfriend have adopted a godchild so maybe it would be good to make a cute little jumper or cardi for her. I think if I wanted to make a sweater for myself I'd want to use two strands together just to bulk it some a bit so it would take to freaking long to get it done. But isn't beautiful! Lots of lilac, lavender, white, and sky blue. Of course all these colors probably go by different names but I'm old school.

Keep stitchin'