In my defense I’ve actually been working on a couple of projects.
First is The Millie Cardigan from Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper . The pattern is by Alicia Paulson, and it’s worked from the yoke down, which is SUPER easy! It’s all single and double crochet. I’ve decided to use ribbon instead of fabric strips for the ties and I’m going to make “toggle” closures with the ribbon and decorative buttons isntead of just having it tie to close. I may also crochet some flowers and vines on it too. I really want to make it up special as it’s a gift for my friend Jen. It is the LATEST birthday present ever… she probably won’t actually get the sweater til sometime in August. Her birthday was in February. Oy.
Scarf pattern from Interweave Crochet Winter 2008.
Second, is a scarf project from my completely abused Winter 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet. It’s called Mitered Squares and it’s by a designer named Annette Petavy. The pattern is single crochet in the front loop only with a regular decrease in the center of each row. The name of the pattern pretty much says it all. Anyway, with a little counting and a stitch marker, this scarf works up in no time.
For the Mitered Squares project I’m using Jo-Ann Fabrics Debbie Mumm Traditions in Purple, instead of the recommended yarn(South West Trading Company Karaoke). The Debbie Mumm isn’t very thick so I used a size G hook instead of a K hook (as recommended). I’m not having any problems working it up.
I’d like to try using these mitered squares for a blanket. I actually think the Traditions yarn would work up nice. I’m so in love with variagated yarn right now! But that is also another post.
I was working my crochet on the bus today and my hands were dry… It seems like dry hands cause you to feel every twist of thread in a strand of yarn, doesn’t it? I know I did… and it got me wondering about something I thought about a few days ago while I was working on my project at home.
I was watching one of the CSI shows and they were talking about epithelials, the skin cells that slough off our bodies when we touch things, and how they were found on some object that was relevant to their case.
It got me thinking this:
Every time I touch this skein of yarn and wind it around my hand, pulling up loops to create the fabric, I’m leaving a little bit of me behind. It’s not just my skill (or lack of it!) as a crafter that goes into, not just my time, not just my effort – but actual small bits of me that hold my very DNA are being woven in as well.
That might gross some people out… but not me. I was kind of awed by the thought. I don’t think anyone who picks up a crochet hook or a set of knitting needles ever thought of what they do as being anything other than personal. To me those little skin cells are physical reminders of the love, the heart, the soul we put into every project our hands touch. And yeah, they probably all get wiped away when we wash or block those projects but I’d like to think that just a little bit of me is locked in and will stay with whoever holds or wears that piece.
Oy. Do you ever get that feeling you’ve gotten in way over your head but you’ve committed yourself to a course of action and to pull out now would be worse than starting all over?
Oh, I am so there!
I started working on the Big Bow Cardigan… which only days ago I was so excited about. Now, not so much. It’s a simple, easy pattern… so why do I want to tear my hair out six rows in? Why does the prospect of following through on an apparel sized project make me want go find the razorblades that I know must be lurking somewhere in the medicine cabinet?
As a wise young actor once said, “I can’t know.”
Is it that, as a returning crafter, I’m insecure about my ability to achieve gauge? Is it that I don’t want to show up to YarnThings with a hot mess on my hands? Or maybe, just maybe, my eyes were bigger than my crochet hook?
I’m freakin’ and Beacon doesn’t handle this… so, I’m going to give the Big Bow a break, read about Edward Cullen and Bella Swan for a couple of hours, have a little mini prayerfest, and get some sleep.
Just wanted you all to join me on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 5:30 pm at Top Pot Donuts at 5th and Lenora for the first Seattle YarnThing meeting.
Please bring you, some yarn and knitting needles and/or crochet hooks, and any patterns you might want to try. There are coffee and pastries at Top Pot to snack on while hang out. Invite a friend! I hope you can make it!