Posted in Crochet, Photography, tagged arts, big, blade, book, booklet, butterfly, Crochet, dishcloth, edit. flower, editing, Flickr, goodwill, grass, huge, labs, leaisure, motif, pattern, photo, pretty on March 29, 2008 |
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Today I fiddled with the Framer function on Big Huge Labs. There were a lot of tempting options, but I settled on the ‘brushed edge’ for this photo.
The pink butterfly is from the corner of the rain cloud picture I posted on Easter. What looks like a flower is actually a tiny pink butterfly sitting on a blade of grass.
Whenever you see a photo mosaic here on A Whole Load of Craft, you can bet it’s a product of Big Huge Labs. There’s so many options I could never fully explore each one, but I’m a fan of the mosaic functions. You can cram a lot of photos into one cohesive picture.
The Big Book of Dishcloths by Leisure Arts is something I’ve wanted to buy after seeing Mellissa’s pretty dishcloths on her blog The Adventures of Wondermommy. Wouldn’t you know, I was off-island yesterday and found it on a rack at Goodwill for $2? It was a nice little surprise on a busy, errand-filled day.
Some may not like the black and white photos inside the actual booklet, but I found myself admiring several different patterns. Not only are there some interesting dishcloth patterns, this book doubles as a stitch library of sorts. There are a number of interesting and unique stitch patterns. This booklet is a great resource for crocheters and relatively cheap, even at the regular price of $7.95.
Stay tuned for actual finished objects in the near future, including some toddler-sized slippers!
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Posted in Crochet, Free Patterns, tagged baby, blanket, chairity, Crochet, daisy, donate, Flickr, flower, free, garden, link, pattern, scarf, square on February 9, 2008 |
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I found these photos of this Flower Garden Scarf motif blanket buried in my Flickr photo collection. I’ve been working, little by little, to get my Flickr account pictures updated with pattern and blog post links. I find it’s really helpful when others put these links up, so I’m trying to do this myself, but the process is really time consuming!
I’ve had to space it out, working on a few photos at a time. The job is pretty much complete. Now I’ll just have to keep up with all the new blog photos, not to mention Ravelry notebook upkeep. (How did a little hobby get to be so time consuming?)
So, about the actual blanket. The Flower Garden Scarf pattern from Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Happy Hooker is the basis of the whole blanket. Basically I made the scarf and just kept going. I learned the join-as-you-go technique crocheting the flowers together and I am convinced this is the best way to put together motifs.
I’d like to try the Prairie Star afghan at some point, and that’s joined the same way. The Moonstitches blog has a great tutorial on join-as-you-go piecing, using photos from her beautiful hexagon blanket.
Another project I worked on last summer was the Daisy Flower Charity Square for Krochet Krystal. I used Krystal’s photo from her blog because I never took a picture for myself. (Thanks Krystal!)
The pattern is free, but you are required to join a Yahoo! group and she asks that you donate a square to her cause as well. The top four are mine and each one took about 20-35 minutes to make. These squares are challenging to work, but the finished square is solid and very striking.
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