Spoiler Alert

Don’t worry, I’m not spoiling the Avengers or the latest episode of Game of Thrones.  I’m only spoiling Mother’s Day.  Not to worry though, Mom doesn’t believe in spoilers (I checked) and besides, it’s a surprise whenever you find out.

April and my temporary knitting stoppage have come to an end!  Whoo-hoo!  Except, I still haven’t picked up my knitting needles.  The big surprise…I’m crocheting!

The pattern is a freebie from Universal Yarns called the Corona Shawl.   I picked this pattern because Mom likes lacy things and crocheting lace is so much easier than knitting lace.

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That said, I do have one complaint…there’s no chart.  In my mind, crochet charts are akin to knitting stitch maps.  Diagrams that show you how the stitches interact with each other from one row to the next.  Without it, I spent a lot of time looking at project photos to make sure I was getting things in the right places.   I do love that we have a resource like Ravelry to turn to.  All the people who upload project pics were a big help to me.  Three Cheers for Ravelry!  Still though, I wish designers embraced the chart more.

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There is another surprising element to this project…the yarn is acrylic, and I sorta like it.  It’s Lion Brand Mandala and it’s not your grandma’s acrylic.  It’s a nice and soft…perfect for baby things that need to be sturdy and washable.

So, SURPRISE MOM!  Your Mother’s Day package is going to be late and acrylic.  lol.

After that, I’ll be getting back to the knitting…I have plenty of projects lined up, as always.   Here’s one last cross stitch from April too…

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Thanks, Diane, for leaving your suggestion in the comments on my last post!  I loved your suggestion and was working on it as I heard the news about Peter Mayhew!  May the Force be with him!


 

 

FO Monday -Crochet ‘Entrelac’

Last week there were multiple FOs for other people.  This week there are multiple FOs for me.  This is the part where have 10 WIPs at once finally pays off!

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First up, the crochet piece I started as a swatch.  It was so much fun to do that it grew into a full blown WIP, complete with yarn chicken!  I got more yarn, only a single skein though.  I knew then, it wouldn’t be enough but it was available and it was a dye lot match and one is better than none.

With my skein count at 4, I decided, enough is enough, even if I barely had a scarf.  That’s 4 skeins of Crystal Palace Mini Mochi, 780 yards.   (Which I’m just now realizing is way less than I thought.  Each skein is 195 yards, I thought it was 300.  I was annoyed that 1200 yards wasn’t enough.  ooops.  my bad.  I completely understand why I never had enough now!  On average, crochet uses 30% more yardage than knitting.  Imagine a knit shawl with 520 yds.  yeah, that’s exactly what I’ve got here.  and it’s just not enough.)

 

I’m quite pleased with my solution to the problem, in any case!  It’s a button!  One single button from the stash.  It wasn’t even an agonizing decision, as buttons often are.

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With one little plastic button, I’ve gone from shawl-that-isn’t-even-big-enough-to-be-a-scarf to the perfect garment.   The stitch pattern (diagonal crochet stitch tutorial here) is predominately double crochets.  They’re tall enough that a button pushes through anywhere, easily…no buttonhole necessary!  (aka no planning necessary!)

Now I’ve got a beautiful shrug!  Perfect for warming the shoulders without the bulk of a shawl (or the fuss.)

I realize this isn’t a new or unique idea but I’m tickled pink with it.  There are lots of ideas out there.  That doesn’t help me remember them all.  Having the right idea at the right time…priceless!  I never would have planned this and I’m pleased as Punch that this is where I’ve ended up.   I may never take it off…at least until the next FO comes around!

 

Not Quite FO?

 

Nothing this week has been quite right, so it’s no surprise that today’s FO is not quite an FO yet.  The progress is good, but as I suspected all along, I had no where near enough yarn!  Damn you, Crochet!

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So far, so good.  It’s lovely!  I want to wear it but this happens…

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It’s just not big enough.  They aren’t called Shlankets (half shawl/half blanket) for nothing! I’ve got one more ball of Mini Mochi but it’s a different color.  I don’t think it works.

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I think I need more yarn.

(Who am I kidding?  I can’t say that with a straight face anymore.  Of course, I need more yarn.  DUH!  I’ve already browsed Ravelry stashes twice, I just need to send a few messages!  There’s quite a bit of this color in the wild… come to me pretties, come to me!  You will be mine!)


And to kick your weekend off, check out this link for a tour of Stephen West’s stash and a color chat with Taiu of Koigu!  They’re the first two Knit Stars to share with us!   Looks like we’ll get two more videos next week too!

Secret Knitting

It may appear that I’m not doing much knitting these days.  Don’t worry–I absolutely am!  I just can’t share it.  It’s secret knitting time here at FogKnits Headquarters!  Enough said, eh?

Here’s the pile I can talk about!  The changes are rather invisible over the last two weeks though.  On the left, my entrelac-esque crochet shawl, it’s growing but the rows are so long at this point, you don’t see the progress.  Hundreds of crochet stitches take a LONG time!

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On the right, my Rockefeller shawl, stalled after clue 2, excited to get back to it shortly!

In the middle, my planned pooling scarf, it’s been on the back burner, untouched for a year until last week.  I don’t know what possessed me to pick it up last week, guilt probably.  I managed some small dents in it last week, adding about 6 inches, you can’t tell at all though.  I’ve gotta add about 4 feet before that sucker starts to look much different!  The slog continues.

And, on the top,  I bought yarn for my next sweater.  (because I really need to BUY yarn!  yeah right.)  No sweater making until the secret knitting is done though, so far I’m holding strong.  I’m going to make another Sabine.  I couldn’t resist the shiny purple!  I may cave in and swatch this week.  It’s shiny AND purple after all…

Right on Schedule!

Once a year, I get bit by the crochet bug.  Last June, this happened

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It was lots of fun to do.  The instant gratification factor left me saying I should really crochet more.  It’s only taken me a year to act on that.

As if on cue, I can across this link to a crochet tutorial over the weekend. The time had come, something tempted back into crochet!  Just a few short hours later, my hook was on the move.  I love it!  It’s a crochet version of entrelac.

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What started as messing around with a swatch has grown into a full blown project!  I blame the yarn…Mini Mochi!  Stripes make everything more fun!  My current goal is a shawl but ‘shawlette’ may be a better term.

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That’s the current state of affairs.  One ball of Mini Mochi done, one more to go.  Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s enough.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that yet.

(Yes, I do…let’s face it, I’m going to buy more yarn.  I’m just in denial right now!)