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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Posted in Crochet, Emroidery, Free Patterns, Knitting, Photography, That's Cool, tagged boucle, clef, Crochet, embroidery, knit, Knitting, Photography, scarf, snow, treble, tree, winter on January 28, 2008 |
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I finished the knit boucle scarf for my mom. Even though the pattern was very simple it took a lot longer to make than I’m used to. There are more stitches to the inch compared to crochet and being a slow knitter doesn’t exactly speed things along.
When I did finally finish the knitting I still wanted to embroider something simple in the corner. After deciding on a treble clef, I put an image through knitPro to get one of those nifty graphs. Originally, I intended to try out the duplicate stitch technique but the Caron SS yarn was fatally hidden by the boucle. Those little tufts of yarn buried my best attempts.
Since the duplicate stitch didn’t look right, I tried the back stitch. Even with two strands together all that fuzzy boucle still got in the way, so I finally came to the conclusion that the crochet slip stitch was my only option.
The slip stitches turned out to be just what I was looking for. The only downfall is you have to free hand a bit more than the embroidery (exactly the reason I put it off). The extra effort was worth it, though. The slip stitch made the curves look much nicer than the embroidery and the raised effect makes the insignia really pop.
My favorite part of the slip stitch technique is the opposite side. Since I wove the ends in back through the treble clef, the backside doesn’t look that much different from the front. See the gray yarn outline through the back?
This scarf was made just in time, too. We got four inches of snow yesterday and then a few more today. What’s weird is that it snows during the night and early morning and then it’s really warm and sunny during the day.
During the day, on account of the warm weather, the snow trapped on tree branches melt off randomly in clumps. It sounds like it’s raining all around in short, heavy bursts - defintely an auditory experience. Plus, every once in a while when I was under a tree (hard not to do around here) I got smacked in the head with an ‘organic’ snowball courtesy of Mother Nature.
*That’s cool* a random fact
The treble clef is also known as the G clef because one end circles around the ’G line’.
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Time to bring out the fall scarves. The leaves are fiery red and the gas pedal is more tolerable with a blast of heat to the toes. It’s officially chilly.
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